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Ash Wednesday marks the first dayof what?
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In slang, what’s “Adam’s ale?”
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What two covers of Tommy Jamesand the Shondells songs hit numberone in consecutive weeks of November 1987?
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What Georgetown star was thefirst player to be chosen by an NBAdraft lotterywinner?
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“Six Dance Lessons”:
Starkville Community Theatrepresents “Six Dance Lessons inSix Weeks” at the Playhouse onMain, Starkville, at 7:30 p.m.Reservations and info: 662-323-6855.
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Mayor’s Senior CitizensLuncheon:
Columbus MayorRobertSmith’s annual SeniorCitizens Luncheon is from 11a.m.-1 p.m. at Trotter ConventionCenter. Free to those 55 andolder. Info: 662-328-7021.Hunt Museum: The public is invit-ed to the grand opening of theR.E. Hunt Museum and CulturalCenter,924 20th St. N., from 4-6p.m.
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MSU reception:
Afree recep-tion 5:30-7:30 p.m. opens theMississippi State Fine Art Thesisexhibit, Colvard Student Union,MSU. Info: 662-325-2970.
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Storytelling festival:
Beentertained by nationally-knownprofessional story performers atPossum Town Tales, with ses-sions for grown-ups, kids, aworkshop, plus luncheon at theRosenzweig Arts Center and JoeCook Auditorium. Info: ColumbusArts Council, 662-328-2787.
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Flames and smoke billow from a home inackson Tuesday evening after authoritiessayasmall plane carrying threepeoplerashed into the residence shortly after 5p.m.
BYEMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
The Associated Press
 JACKSON Three pilots flying together toafederal safety conference died when their single-engine plane faltered in midair andcrashed into a house that went up in flames. The three men had just taken off fromHawkins Field Airportin Jackson on Tuesday when a witness said the Piper PA-32 began“spitting and sputtering.” The witness, a Jackson police officer, saw the plane sputtering like it was out of fuel, hewould later tell the plane’sowner — a bud-dingpilot whose own life was spared when hedecided to go deer hunting instead of flying.Themen on board were headed to a Federal
Plane crash inJackson kills three
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Afirefighter tries to control a house fire on Hotel Street in Crawford Tuesday morning. Betty Sharp, one of theresidents of the home, was airlifted to Memphis, where she is being treated for smoke inhalation, according to afamily member. The home was a total loss.
Daring rescue
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Gilliam Harris talks with Mike Hainsey, executive director of theGolden Triangle Regional Airport, Tuesday afternoon after theRotary Club meeting at Lion Hills Golf Club, formerly theColumbus Country Club. Hainsey said October was the busiestmonth in the historyoftheairport.
BY CARMEN K. SISSON
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 As new economic develop-ment continues to fill the once-empty acreage at GoldenTriangle Regional AerospaceIndustrial Park, the adjacent Golden Triangle RegionalAirport is seeing a spillover effect, with morepassengersthan ever. The airport is a mirror of thegrowing local economy.Since2003, $4.5 billion in new industry has made Columbus home,resulting in morethan 2,000 workers flooding into the area for positions at AmericanEurocopter,Severstal, Paccar,Stark Aerospace and Aurora Flight Services.
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CRAWFORD —The heroicefforts of a Crawford man saved thelife of his wife Tuesday morning. The mobile home belonging toHenry and Betty Sharp caught fire just after 8:30 yesterday morning with two women trapped inside.“I woke up and I thought,‘They’ve got that (wood-burning)stove burning already and it’s goingto be hot today,’” said Christina Smith, who was living in a back bed-room of the house. Smith isengaged to Betty Sharp’s son. “ThenI was confused because it was realfoggy. So I went to open the door and it was too hot.”It was then that Smith realizedthe mobile home was on fire. Sheescaped by breaking a bedroom window, suffering a bad cut in theprocess.Smith called 911 and the District 4 Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Volunteer firefighter Tameka Davis lives three houses down fromthe 282 Hotel Street home andarrived within minutes.“It was fully engulfed,” Davissaid.Smith said while she was waitingon the fire department to arrive, shetried to go back into the house to
Husband rescues wife from burning home
BY SARAH FOWLER 
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 A Columbus man willspend the rest of his lifebehind bars for the capitalmurder of his estranged girl-friend in 2010. Joe Earl Smith, 42, of 1357Charlie Smith Road, pleadedguilty in Lowndes County Circuit Court Tuesday to themurder of Linda Snell, who was found deadin her Cypress Park Apartment onLehmberg Road Aug. 30, 2010. Snell was 38.Prosecutor Forest Allgood said Smith hadbeen harassing Snell in the days before her murder. Allgood said on the Saturday beforethe murder, Smith pursued Snell in her vehi-cle and ran her off the road before draggingher out of the car and hitting her in the mid-dle of the street.Smith then fled but returned to Snell’sapartment sometime between Saturday andMonday. Smith forced his way into Snell’sapartment, kicking though the insulated wallto gain entry.Once inside, the two fought. Smithclaimed he hit Snell once and she diedinstantly. An autopsy contradicted Smith’sclaim and showed Snell had been beaten mul-tiple times.Smith turned down the thermostat andlocked the door, then fled the scene inSnell’s Honda Accord. He also took Snell’scell phone. When Snell’s family could not reach her,they became concerned and contacted law enforcement.Deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department forced entry intoSnell’s apartment and discovered her body in her bedroom just after 10 p.m. She waspronounced dead at the scene.Smith was taken into custody at a con- venience store in Brooksville the following
Columbus man sentenced to life for murder of ex-girlfriend
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Linda Snell, 38, was murderedby her ex-boyfriend Joe EarlSmith on Aug. 30, 2010.
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HARTFORD, Conn. —A76-year-old reputedConnecticut mobster isexpected to plead guilty in a weapons and prescriptiondrugs case that hasrevealed the FBI’s belief that he has informationabout the largest art heist inhistory.Robert Gentile, of Manchester, has a change-of-plea hearing scheduledinHartford federal court onWednesday. He has pleadednotguilty to allegations heillegally possessed firearmsandexplosives and sold ille-gally obtained prescriptiondrugs.It’s not clear whether there is a plea deal.Gentile’s lawyer and a spokesman for the U.S.attorney’s office declined tocomment about the hear-ing.Gentile hasn’t beencharged in the museumtheft. His attorney, A. RyanMcGuigan, has said hisclient knows nothing about the heist and isn’t a Mafia member. At a court hearing inMarch, Assistant U.S.Attorney John Durham saidthe FBI believes Gentile“had some involvement inconnection with stolenproperty” related to a 1990heist at Boston’sIsabellStewart Gardner Museum. Thieves disguised aspolice officers struck as thecity finished celebrating St.Patrick’s Day, tying up twoguards and making off with13 pieces of art includingmasterworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer,Degas and Manet worthmore than a half-billion dol-lars. The artwork hasn’t been found and the muse-umis still offering a $5 mil-lion reward.Durham has said that FBI agents had unproduc-tive discussions withGentile about the theft, but hedidn’t elaborate on hisallegations. Durham alsosaid the FBI believesGentile is a made member of a Philadelphia crime fam-ily.Gentile has beendetained since February  when he and an associate, Anthony Parente, werecharged with selling illegal-ly obtained prescriptiondrugs including OxyContin,Dilaudid and Percocet. Authorities searchedGentile’s home and report-ed finding homemade dyna-mite sticks, several guns,ammunition, homemadesilencers, a bulletproof vest,handcuffs, police scanners,brass knuckles and $22,000incash at the bottom of a grandfather clock.
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Veteran J.C. Long, of Columbus, looks in the window at The Attic, a vintage clothing storein downtownColumbus, Tuesday. In honor of Veterans Day the shop’s window display featured a mannequin wearing amilitary uniform donated by Long.
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 The following arrestswere reported by theLowndes County Sheriff’s Office andColumbus PoliceDepartment:
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KelvinQuentinBozman,30, 23155thSt. N.#3,wasarrested by CPDNov.10andcharged with domesticviolence, aggravatedassault and two counts of aggravated assault mani-festing extreme indiffer-ence to life. He wasreleased Nov. 12 on a $5,000 bond. His court dateisscheduled for Dec. 12.
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Darron CornellGriffin, 27, of 513 33rdAve., #B in Tuscaloosa,Ala., was arrested by LCSO in Lowe’sparkinglot Nov. 8 and chargedwith possession of a con-trolled substance. He hasnot been released.
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 Jonathan Lushunoiner,27, of 605 N.Gaywood, was arrestedbyCPDNov. 9 at East Mississippi StateHospital in Meridian andcharged with four countsoffelonymalicious mis-chief. He was releasedthe same day on a $1,000bond. His courtdate isscheduled for Jan. 3,2013.
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Sara Stokes Kerlee,25, of 180 Tabatha Lane,wasarrested by CPDNov. 9 and charged withburglary-breaking andentering of a dwelling.She has not beenreleased.
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Carlos MarquezSmith, 29, of 9 ElmoreSt., was arrested by CPDNov.9and charged withdriving under the influ-ence, failure to obey a police officer, carelessdriving and three countsof disobeying a trafficcontrol device. He hasnot been released. Hisbond is set at $2,420. Hiscourt date has beenscheduled for Dec. 5.
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Dedria Smith, 24,of 3819 21st St., #5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., wasarrested by LCSO inLowe’s parking lot Nov. 8and charged with posses-sion of a controlled sub-stance with the intent todistribute. She has not been released. Her bondis $10,000. Her court date has been scheduledfor Feb. 11, 2013.
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Eric Cort Tate, 35,of 5455 Highway 96 inMillport, Ala., wasarrested by LCSO Nov. 8and charged with posses-sion of methampheta-mine. He has not beenreleased.
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Davonta Wells, 26,of 678 Pickensville Road, was arrested by CPDNov. 9 and charged withsexual battery, posses-sion of marijuana and violation of probation. Hehas not been released.His courtdate has beenscheduled for Dec. 5.
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Brittney Rebecca Porter, 22, of 1008 Third Ave. S., Apt. B, wasarrested by CPD Nov. 13and charged with arson.She was released thesame day on a $2,500bond. Her court date hasbeen scheduled for Dec.20.
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Carla P. Blair Ross,49, of 40036 Garner Drive in Hamilton, wasarrested by MDOC Nov.13 and charged with vio-lation of probation. Shehas not been released.
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 Joshua O’Bryan Wilson, 21, of 186Lehmberg Road, Apt.D30, was arrested by LCSO Nov. 11 andcharged with resistingarrest, no insurance, fol-lowing too closely, publicdrunkenness and con-tempt of court. He hasnot been released. Hisbond is set at $1,752. Hiscourtdate has beenscheduled for Dec. 11.
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 Jeffery BrandonFair, 32, of 20 KnightsCove, Apt. 1, was arrest-ed by LCSO Nov. 13 andcharged with violation of parole. He has not beenreleased.
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 Jennifer Cockrell,26, of 1917 Roberson St.N., was arrested by MDOC Nov. 13 andcharged with violation of probation. She has not been released.
BYJEFF CLARK 
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 Anhistorically signifi-cantColumbus school willsoon be reopening its doorstothe public, this time withadifferent educational mis-sion.On Wednesday, R.E.Hunt High School, thecity’s only black highschooluntilintegration in1971,will officially becomehe R.E. Hunt Museum andCultural Center during anpen house ceremony hursday afternoon.useum organizers say he museum will focus oneaching both the youngndold about the school’sole in the city’s history.“We are very excitedbout this,” museum boardhairman Johnny Johnsonaid. “We’re not where weeedtobe,but we feel weave enough to energizehe community.” The 10,000-square-foot acility is located in thechool’s fine arts building.heColumbus MunicipalSchool District’s Board of  Trustees declared the gym-nasium and fine arts build-ings at Hunt IntermediateSchool as surplus property in 2011 and voted to allow the building to be leased for the museum. The school was built in 1953 and closedinJanuary 2011. Although the museum will hold a grand openingon Thursday, there is no set date for when it will be opentothe public on a regulaschedule.Mississippi School for Mathematics and Sciencehistory teacher Chuck Yarborough said Hunt played an important role inthis history of Columbus.“Hunt was built as part of an effort to make sepa-rate but equal educationalfacilities a reality inColumbus,” Yarboroughsaid. “The school came out of a school study conductedby Mississippi StateUniversity of school facili-ties in Columbus in the late1940s. The report foundgross inequities in the facil-ities available to black and white students. For exam-ple, Union Academy hadover 1,000 students andsome classrooms sat over 60 students with no heat.For that number of stu-dents, there was one boysbathroom and one girlsbathroom — each measur-ing 8 feet by 10 feet. In any case, Hunt was built as a modern facility to help deal with that problem. This pre-dated the Brown decisionin 1954 and the state-wideeffort to build new, typically inferior, schools in other communities acrossMississippi in an effort tomaintain school segrega-tion.” Johnson said he and his19-member board, which will one day have 21 mem-bers, have been workinghard to get donations for the museum.“We have put the com-posites back up and somepeople have donated somememorabilia,” Johnsonsaid. “We have some itemsdonated by the Alva  Temple family. Mr. Temple was a Tuskegee Airman. We also have a lot of pic-tures and articles from the30s and 40s.”Financial donationshave also been made to themuseum, which is a 5013cnon-profit organization.“The (Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau) gave theboard $3,000 to cover theframing of some compos-ites,” CVB ExecutiveDirector Nancy Carpenter said. “They needed somenew frames for some of thecomposites of former class-mates. This is a way of cele-brating those who return toColumbus and visit Hunt and remember the goodtimes they had there.” With a grand opening onthe calendar, and withacceptance of both privatedonations and public taxdollars from the CVB, thequestion remains: When will the Hunt Museum andCultural Center becomefully operational and openits doors to the public? Johnson couldn’t pro- vide a definitive answer.“I don’t want to get pinned down to a date,” Johnson said. “We are try-ing to get some grant money. We are hoping toget a grant that would allow us to hire a part-time facili-tator. We aren’t sure whenthis will happen. The muse-um is available for privatetours for school childrenand anyone that wants tocontact us.” The museum grandopening will be held Thursday from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call Johnson at 251-1855.
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 JACKSON — Resolution of a long-running Mississippi personal injury lawsuit that challenges the constitu-tionality of a portion of the state’s tort laws is not expected before next year. The lawsuit, first filed in the feder-al court in 2006, contendsMississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages is unfair. The capwas put into place a decade agobecause of complaints that Mississippi was a “judicial hellhole”because of multimillion dollar ver-dicts in damage lawsuits.In October, the 5th U.S. Circuit of  Appeals in New Orleans told attor-neys for Lisa Learmonth and SearsRoebuck and Co. that briefs in thecase were old and it wanted new onesfiled.Learmonth’s attorney, R. KevinHamilton of Ridgeland, has a Monday deadline to file. Frank Citera of Chicago, representing Sears, has a deadline of Dec. 3 to file a response.Neither expects the case to bedecided this year.Citera said a decision is unlikely this year because of the complexity of the case and whether the 5thCircuit wants further oral arguments.Hamilton said while there hasbeen no indication from the 5thCircuit about possible new oral argu-ments, there’s always a chance thecourt may want additional briefs oncertain issues.
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