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CDISPATCH.COM
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FIVE QUESTIONSINSIDEWEATHER
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In what 1952 play is Giles Corey“pressed” to death, his last wordsbeing “moreweight”?
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Enzymes from the papaya fruit areused to make what kitchen staple?
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What instrument do AustralianAborigines traditionally make fromtermite-hollowed eucalyptus trees?
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What word did the University of Hawaii Warriors drop from their teamname in 2001?
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The island in the middle of VictoriaFalls is named for what famous man,the first European to see the falls?
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Celebrate Elvis:
Mark the birth-day of the King of Rock and Roll withan Elvis-inspired “Love Me TenderMeal” of burgers and fixings at 5:30p.m. (get $10 advance dinner ticketsby Jan. 5), followed by a free lectureat 6:30 p.m., “The Hillbilly Cat: LocalRoots and National Impact of ElvisPresley’s Music,” by Carla Falkner of the Mississippi Humanities CouncilSpeakers Bureau. The evening at theRosenzweig Arts Center concludeswith Elvis tunes by Shane Tubbs andbirthday cake. For tickets or informa-tion, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
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“All That Jazz”:
TheStarkville/MSU Symphony Orchestrapresents this free concertat 7:30p.m. at First Baptist Church inStarkville. For moreinformation aboutthe orchestra, visit starkvillemsusym-phony.org.
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This multi-day eventin Columbus honoring Dr. MartinLuther King Jr.features a commemo-rative breakfast with keynote speakerHarry Johnson of the MLK NationalMemorial Project Foundation, an all-star comedy show,aday of service,an evening of jazz and spoken word, ayouth night and more. For eventdetails, go to dream365.info, emailinfo@dacollc.com or contact LearnardDickerson at 662-425-1234.
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Monroe Richards runs sock-footed with the football while Jaylin Duck reaches to make a tackle. They were part of a pick up footballgame at a house on 10th Avenue South Thursday afternoon.
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This Jan. 17, 2012, file photo shows vegetables left over by students on their cafeteria trays at theRoosevelt High School in Los Angeles. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast-food forfueling the nation's obesity epidemic, but a poll finds that they’re split on how the government shouldhelp. A third of people say the government should be deeply involved in finding ways to curb obesity. Asimilar proportion want the government to play little or no role, and the rest are in the middle.
BYSARAHFOWLER 
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Do desperate times callfor desperate measures? At least one area accountant suggests there may be a link between tough eco-nomic conditions and a recent rash of embezzle-ment cases in the GoldenTriangle.In September 2011,Bernice Lile, 62, was arrest-ed for embezzling nearly $500,000 from her employ-er, thefts that started in2004. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison inDecember.InJuly, Cynthia JeanieGodbey, 46, a former accountant with MississippiUniversity for Women, wascharged with embezzling$30,000 from the MUW Foundation. And inNovember, Beth SykesCollum, 49, was arrestedand charged with embez-zlement after it was allegedthat she stole a substantialamount from theMississippi Horseshow  Association where sheserved as treasurer. Theinvestigation continues. Julie Melvin, a CertifiedPublic Accountant at T.E.Lott & Co., said when theeconomy goes down,embezzlements go up.“Historically, you cansee that trend when youstart having recessions andeconomic crisises acrossthe board that affect a lot of people,” Melvin said. “Withthe recession, you have somany people affected, somany jobs lost, you have a lot of mitigating factors andalot of increased pressureto maintain the status quo.”Melvin, who specializesin fraud pro-tection, saidthere arethree factorsthat con-tribute tothose whomake thedecision toembezzle:Opportunity, flawed ration-alization and external pres-sure.Melvin said that most employers don’t discover that their employees havebeen embezzling from
Business owners have personal role in deterring embezzlement
BY JEFF CLARK 
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Election season is in full swing inColumbus as incumbents and challengersbegan qualifying Wednesday for this year’smunicipal elections.Incumbents who have qualified areRobert Smith (mayor), Gene Taylor (Ward 1councilman), Charlie Box (Ward 3 council-man), Kabir Karriem (Ward 5 councilman)and Bill Gavin (Ward 6 councilman). Localbusiness owner Susan Mackay has regis-tered to run as a Republican in Ward 2 andformer Columbus Municipal School District employee Kenneth McFarland has qualifiedin Ward 5.Incumbent council members JosephMickens (Ward2) and Fred Stewart (Ward4) have not yet qualified, but have both saidthey would be running for re-election.Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board member WhirllieByrd has also announced she would be chal-
Races shaping up in Columbus municipal elections
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BY LAURAN NEERGAARD AND JENNIFER AGIESTA 
The Associated Press
 WASHINGTON — We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn’t start  with resolutions to eat better andget off the couch. But don’t try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too muchscreen time and cheap fast foodfor fueling the nation’sfat epi-demic, a poll finds, but they’resplit on how much the govern-ment should do to help.Most draw the line at policiesthat would try to force healthier eating by limiting food choices,according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Centefor Public Affairs Research. Athird of people say the gov-ernment should be deeply involved in finding ways to curbobesity, while a similar propor-tion want it to play little or norole. The rest are somewhere inthe middle.Requiremorephysical activi-ty in school, or provide nutrition-
Poll: Obesity’s a crisis but we want our junk food
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BYSARAH FOWLER 
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 AColumbus man has beenrrested and charged in con-ection with an early morninghooting on New Year’s Day hat injured three people withunshot wounds.Davin Lamar ontgomery, 20, of Columbus was arrested by nvestigators with theColumbus Police Department tahome on Pandora DrivenThursday afternoon. Heascharged with aggravatedssault.Police are still looking for emarcus Damon Smith, 25,or his suspected role in thehooting. Smith is wanted for ggravated assault and pos-ession of a weapon by a con-icted felon. The shooting occurred at 1:39 a.m. in the parking lot of print Mart conveniencetore located on the corner of ighway 69 and Yorkvilleoad.The store’s security amera captured the incident nvideo. Thevideo showed a groupofmen arguing in the parkinglot before the argument turned physical. The videoshowed a black male in a bluehoodie being handed a gun.Themanthenfired into therowd, wounding three peo-le. The investigation is ongo-ng and morearrests are xpected. Anyone with informationegarding Smith’s location isncouraged to call the CPDnvestigations Division at 662-44-3500 or CrimeStoppers at 1800-530-7151.
One arrestedin New Year’sshooting
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 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ELLSWORTH, MaineAsigned copy of a rareStephen King book is upfor auction at a Mainebookstore, with proceedsgoing to a nearby home-less shelter’s emergency home heating fund. The copy of “TheRegulators,” written by horror writer and Mainenative King under thepen name RichardBachman, was donatedby a customer of Scottie’sBookhouse inHancock.Owner Michael Riggssays thereareonly 550copies of the book in a special collector’s box. Auction proceeds willgo to the EmmausHomeless Shelter’semergency fuel fund inEllsworth.Emmaus director Sister Lucille MacDonaldtells WABI-TV it’san“ingenious” way to helppeople struggling to buy heating oil. The book is on displaat Scottie’s and bids arebeing accepted by email,phone and in personuntil Jan. 31.
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SAY WHAT?
“That was a good win for us on several fronts. We had to come backfrom the public embarrassment of the loss to Alabama A&M.”
MSU men’s basketball coach Rick Ray after his team’s victory against the University of New Orleans.
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Theweatherisexpected to turn much colder soon.Howdoyou define cold weather?oteontoday’s poll at cdispatch.com
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LOSANGELES —BCunwrapped a wel-omegiftin the finaleek of 2012, a ratingsictory powered by unday night football.More than 30 millioniewers watched theashington Redskinsefeat the DallasCowboys and claim their irst division title in 13ears,according toielsen Co. figureseleased Tuesday. The NFL contest drew he biggest audience in16years for a regular-sea-on prime-time game,econd to a 1996 Packers-Cowboy contest, NBCaid. Thenetwork, makingcomeback after a stringof lackluster seasons,ranked No. 1 in total viewers and in the adver-tiser-favored young adult demographic for Dec. 24-30.
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BROOKLINE, Mass. — There’sanew mysteryon Dennis Lehane’smind, but the story isn’t some-thing the best-selling author cancontrol from behind a keyboard. The plot kicked off ChristmasEve, when the crime novelist’s res-cue beagle Tessa escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latchdidn’t lock all the way.Since then, Lehane’sfamily haslaunched an all-out search. They’ve posted fliers, organizedfoot searches and used socialmedia to tryto bring Tessa back totheir home in Brookline, Mass.,near Boston. The 47-year-old author of booksincluding “Mystic River” and“Gone, Baby, Gone” is offering a monetaryreward and has saidhe’ll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa.Lehane said Thursday outsidehis home that he’s surprised by the media attention the story hasattracted, and thinks it has some-thing to do with the character offer.But he said as word of the miss-ing dog spread, his family hasheard from people across thecountry on a “Finding Tessa”Facebook page. They even got anoffer of help from a dog psychic inSan Francisco.“No dog since Lassie ever got this attention ... the flip side of thecomedy is, who wouldn’tdo thisfor their dog?” he said. The doggie dilemma comes asLehane faces a Friday deadline for finishing a movie script based onhis short story “Animal Rescue,”timing he said may be “sadisticirony.” The movie is scheduled tobegin shooting in March in New  York City. The author said he’s beenspending about four hours a day searching for the tri-coloredfemale beagle after he finishes writing, and his wife has dedicatedabout 10 hours a day to the effort. They adopted the 4-year-oldbeagle not long ago from a Florida rescue agency. Before that, Tessa  was a stray in Georgia. With the help of Twitter andFacebook accounts, Lehane andhis wife organized two searchefforts Thursday in sections of Brookline and Boston, where they suspect Tessa could be. In thebeginning, therewerethreesight-ings within about two miles of their home not long after a housesitter reported that the dog wasloose.But the trail went cold for daysafter a sighting near a McDonald’srestaurant. Tessa wasn’t wearingtags, but does have a microchip.“Every dog expert we talk to isstrongly suggesting that she’s insomebody’s house,” Lehane said.“That’s why we keep saturatingthe area with pictures. Becausesomebody could have her and just not know.”Missing dog posters dotted thefamily’s Coolidge Corner neigh-borhood Thursday, including inthe front windows at Durty Harry’s dog grooming shop where Tessa is a client. Shop owneMichelle Fournier said interest inthe search took off even beforepeople knew Tessa had a famousowner.“This is about a dog and her family. This is about a community  who loves dogs,” she said.Lehane said Thursday that  Tessa is so sweet that she’d takento spooning the family’s puppy before her disappearance. He saidif someone knows where Tessa is,he only cares about a happy end-ing, not about solving the mystery of whereshe’s been.“It’s a no-questions-askedissue,” the author said. “... Bringthe dog to a shelter or call me andIwill pick up the dog.”
Find this dog: Become acharacter in a Lehane novel
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Author Dennis Lehane stands next to a poster for his missing dog in Brookline, Mass., Thursday. The dog, abeagle named Tessa, went missing on Christmas Eve 2012.
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 JACKSON Runnersfrom 47 states and 10 coun-tries will take to the streetsof Jackson to compete inthe sixth annual MississippiBlues Marathon.Race director JohnNoblin said Saturday’sevent will be the biggest sofar, with about 3,000entrants in the marathon,half marathon and teamrelay.Figures cited by the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau show themarathon pumped $490,000into the local economy in2011.Bureau spokeswomanMarika Cackett told TheClarion-Ledger that the eco-nomic figure is on the con-servative side.
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BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
The Associated Press
 JACKSON Mississippi’sproposed health insuranceexchange is in limbo because of a dispute between the governor and the insurance commissioner.Gov. Phil Bryant andInsurance Commissioner MikeChaney, both Republicans, dis-agree about which of them hasauthority to create a plan andsubmit it for federal approval. An exchange is an online mar-ketplace where people can buy private health insurance. Under the health care law President Barack Obama signed in 2010,exchanges are to be set up andrun by individual states or by thefederal government.Chaney submitted anexchange proposal to the U.S.Department of Health andHuman Services in mid-November.Bryant objects to the federalhealth law and has sent two let-ters to Health and HumanServices Secretary KathleenSebelius trying to blockChaney’s proposal. The governor’s communica-tion with Sebelius brought a strong rebuke Thursday fromChaney.“The governor’s letter ques-tioning our authority is just bogus,” Chaney told The Associated Press. The federal government on Thursday said it has approvedinsurance exchange proposalsfrom 17 states and Washington,D.C. Four of those states haveRepublican governors.Gary Cohen, director of thefederal Center for Consumer Information and InsuranceOversight, said the Department of Health and Human Services“is not approving or denyingMississippi’s application at thistime.” The office Cohen heads at the department is responsiblefor the rollout of the federalhealth care law.“We understand there is anongoing disagreement” amongstate officials, Cohen said.Federal officials are trying tobetter understand the questionof legal authority in theMississippi dispute, but they rec-ognize that the final determina-tion must be based on state law.In a Nov. 26 letter to Sebelius,Bryant wrote that he believedthe creation of a healthexchange was a “gateway” for the 2010 law, the AffordableCare Act, to take hold inMississippi. He said he wouldsupport a true state-runexchange not associated withthe federal law.But, Bryant wrote that under the federal law, “It is inevitablethat such an exchange will becontrolled by the federal govern-ment, not by the State. The fed-eral government has never pro- vided funds for a program with-out ultimately seizing control of it.”In a Dec. 28 letter, Bryant saidonly the governor — not theinsurance commissioner — hasthe authority to act on behalf of the state. He asked Sebelius toblock Chaney’s proposal.Bryant pointed out that in2011, the insurance commission-er sought permission from theLegislature to create a healthinsurance exchange, but legisla-tors didn’t pass a bill. After that,Chaney said he didn’t need leg-islative permission to create anexchange, and the MississippiInsurance Department started working on a plan.Chaney said, however, that the Legislature passed a bill in2009 — when Bryant was lieu-tenant governor — that allowscreation of a health exchange.Chaney said the 2011 bill wouldhave simply clarified the existinglaw, but the failure of the bill didnot take away the InsuranceDepartment’s authority to start an exchange.“He can rewrite all the history he wants to,” Chaney said of Bryant.Bryant wrote in his Dec. 28letter that the MississippiConstitution specifies the chief executive power in the statebelongs to the governor, and that the constitution does not men-tion the Insurance Department. The department was created by a law rather than by the constitu-tion.“I have concluded that MIDlacks authority under Mississippi’s Constitution andlaws to create an exchangeunder ACA,” Bryant wrote.“Therefore, HHS should not cer-tify an exchange based on MID’sapplication.”Chaney said Thursday that hedoes not expect to ask a court tosettle the dispute between himand Bryant. He said Bryant’sobjection means the stateexchange won’t get federalapproval because HHS officialstold him they want clear proof that the governor will work withthe Insurance Department tohelp implement the plan.“When the governor pulls theplug on the state-based healthexchange, there’s not anything Ican do to re-establish it,” Chaney said.Chaney has said repeatedly that he doesn’t like the federalhealth law, but he believesMississippi — not the federalgovernment — should controlthe state exchange. He said Thursday that Bryant’s action will force the federal govern-ment to eventually run theexchange in Mississippi.
BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
The Associated Press
 JACKSON Mississippi budget writershave released their initialproposals for fiscal 2014 but are months away fromdeciding exactly how muchthe state will spend on edu-cation, health care andother services. The 2014 fiscal year begins July 1. There are significant dif-ferences between a plandrafted by Republican Gov.Phil Bryant and a separateone drafted by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, a 14-member group dominated by theGOP. At this point in the budg-et-writing process, it’s nor-mal for the governor andlegislators to have differ-ences — and history showsneither side should expect to get everything it wants.Lawmakers face an early  April deadline to put a finalbudget on Bryant’s desk.
Miss. health insurance exchange proposal in limbo
Governor and insurance commissioner disagree on whohas authority to craft plan for federal approval“The whole goal here is to help the con-sumer in this state have more informationand make an intelligent decision about whatthey are going to buy.”
Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney
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Cathy Johnson, Larry Bennett, Barbara Richardson, Kathy Hodson, Joe Wall, Bettye Jones and Kevin Ballardstand behind an ambulance that they helped raise money to donate to Baptist Memorial Hospital-GoldenTriangle.
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Miss. lawmakers faceApril deadline for budget
 AREA ARRESTS
 The following arrestswere reported by theLowndes County Sheriff’sOffice and the ColumbusPolice Department:
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Marshall Emalvinorter, 34, of 10 Hargrovestate, wasrrested by CSO Dec.0 andhargedith burgla- y-breakingnd enter-ng. He hasot beeneleased.
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 Antonio Demondoore, 34, of 1104 3rd Ave.., was arrested by MHPan. 1 and charged with xpired license plate, nonsurance, careless driving,driving under the influence-first offense and violation of probation. He has not beenreleased. His court date isscheduled for Jan. 15.
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Frederick Demecko Washington, 35, of 152323rd St. N., was arrested by CPD Jan. 2 and charged with aggravated assault,manifesting extreme indif-ference to life and contempt of court. He has not beenreleased. His court date isscheduled for Jan. 30.
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