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Julius Caesar was killed on the f-teenth day o March, but during mostmonths, the Roman ides actually ellon a dierent date? Which?
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What amiliar product is Rich UnclePennybags the mascot or?
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Drug lord Mr. Big is the villain o what James Bond novel and flm?
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What song is, appropriately, attribut-ed to a seventeenth-century compos-er, Dr. John Bull?
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What dish, named or a amousgeneral, is coated in oie gras, mush-rooms, and pu pastry?
 
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INSIDE
Classifeds
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Comics
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Obituaries
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Opinions
4AShaquita Blanchard
has beena server at The Grill at JacksonSquare in Columbus or eightmonths.
 Thursday, Jan. 24
 
Gordy Forum:
The Gordy Hon-ors College Forum at MississippiUniversity or Women begins itsspring program series at 6 p.m.in MUW’s Parkinson Hall NissanAuditorium with a discussion oninternships and opportunities.The series continues throughApril with lectures, flms and un-dergraduate research. Programsare ree and open to the public.For inormation, contact Dr. TomVelek at tvelek@as.muw.edu or662-241-6850.
 
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Bully Gras Ball:
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National Coach of the Year
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Tom Velek holds a soccer ball next to his National Coach o the Year trophy and other awards he has earned over years o coaching.
BY JEFF CLARK 
clark@cdispatch.com
 Ater a similar bill died incommittee last year, the HouseEducation Committee narrow-ly passed an expanded charter school bill Monday by a vote o 16-14. House Bill 369 passedthrough the committee ater about 90 minutes o debate,according to The AssociatedPress. The bill waspresented by Rep. Charles Bus-by, R-Pascagoula, who was appoint-ed to the com-mittee by HouseSpeaker PhilipGunn, R-Clinton.Gunn replacededucation committee member Linda Wittington, D-Schlat-er, with Busby in November. Voting in avor o the bill were14 Republicans and two Dem-ocrats. Voting against it wereour Republicans and 10 Dem-ocrats. One Republican didnot vote. The Senate passed its version o the expanded charter school bill last week. Two o the main componentso the House bill are that it willonly provide or the ormationo 15 charter schools per year and it will only allow them tobe created in under-perorm-ing “D” and “F” school districtsuntil 2016. The bill has beencontentious between memberso the Senate and the Houseand particularly divisive amongsome Republicans and Demo-crats.Rep. Tyrone Ellis,D-Starkville, represents anarea that includes Oktibbeha County, where the school dis-trict was recently placed intoa state-mandated conservator-ship. Although Ellis said hesupports education reorm, heeels charter schools are not thesolution.“Under (Mississippi’s) con-
House to vote on its version of charter school bill
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BY ADAM MINICHINO
aminichino@cdispatch.com
 Tom Velek remembers theletter well.His oldest son, Avery, haddecided to get involved in soc-cer ater a ew years away romthe sport, so the decision wasmade to sign him up with theColumbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. That’s when the waiting be-gan.It wasn’t until Velek receivedthe letter that he discovered why he hadn’t heard rom hisson’s new coach. He didn’t haveone. The letter inormed Velekand the other parents that the team their children weresupposed to play on needed a coach.“The gist o the letter was,‘Dear parent, your son or childdoesn’t have a coach and we’recontacting you to see i you would be willing to coach theteam,’” said Greg Lewis, pro-gram director at CLRA. “Tomcame down and said, ‘I guess
Velek: From reluctance to renown
BY SARAH FOWLER 
 sfowler@cdispatch.com
 A Colum-bus MiddleSchool teach-er has beenplaced on ad-ministrativeleave ater being arrest-ed or elony domestic vio-lence, aggravated assault.Erica Harris, 31, was ar-rested at approximately 1:30a.m. Monday ater a verbalaltercation with her husbandturned physical. The coupleare separated and living indierent residences. Harris was at her husband’s home when the incident occurred.Columbus Police Depart-ment Public InormationOcer Glenda Buckhalter said Erica Harris went toher estranged husband’shome in the early morninghours and argued with him.Buckhalter said as Harris was attempting to leave theresidence in her vehicle, her husband was hit by the mir-ror o her car.Investigators with the po-lice department were calledto the scene and Harris wasarrested and charged withelony domestic violence, ag-gravated assault.Columbus MunicipalSchool District Public In-ormation Ocer Michael Jackson said the district was
Columbusteacher on leaveafter domestic violence arrest
Harris
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Better Business Bureau warns Rotarians of scams
BY CARMEN K. SISSON
csisson@cdispatch.com
 A Nigerian prince is dying and wantsto leave his ortune to you, but he needs$3,000 to und the transaction. You’vewon $1 million in a lottery you don’t re-member entering. There’s a must-seevideo on Facebook, but rst you must upgrade your sotware to view it. A com-pany you’ve never heard o is oering a great deal on roong, driveway reseal-ing, tree-trimming or lawn service.Most people recognize a scam whenthey see one — or do they?Not necessarily, says Mississippi Bet-ter Business Bureau president and CEO John O’Hara, the guest speaker at Tues-day’s Rotary Club meeting at Lion HillsGol Club.Senior citizens are oten targeted be-cause they have more time and, particu-larly in the South, are too polite to hangup the phone, he said. But all consumersrun the risk o alling or unscrupulousbusiness practices. Payday loans, in-come tax advances, extended warran-ties, home repair — all are areas ripe or 
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Mississippi Better Business Bureau president and CEO John O’Hara talks with BethJolly, director o contract compliance or EcoLab/Microtek, ollowing the Rotary Clubmeeting Tuesday at Lion Hills Gol Club. O’Hara spoke to Rotarians about how toidentiy scams and make complaints to the BBB.
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INSIDE
 
STATE OF THE STATE:
Coverageo Gov. Phil Bryant’s address andreaction.
Page 3A
Columbus coach claims national soccer honor
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High/low ..................................... 47°/23°Normal high/low ......................... 55°/33°Tuesday ........................................... 0.00"Month to date ................................. 6.54"Normal month to date ...................... 3.73"Year to date .................................... 6.54"Normal year to date ......................... 3.73"
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SAY WHAT?
“Even though it is just one game, thiswin really means a lot.”
Columbus High School senior DevinBerry, after their win over Starkville.
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DREAM 365 MARCH
Dream 365, a six-day observance honoring Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr., held a march Jan. 20 in Columbus commemorating the50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Sammy Young, Melvin Gatewood, Douglas Cockrell Jr., Ben Hairston, Vinod Sharma, Ronald GatewoodAmaris Banks, Lakedra Sims, Indya Hyse, Rhonda Ellis, Amanda StantonMary Orr, Takaria Stewart, Alexis Burks, Linda Pratt, Winnie EppsChristine Hairston, Mary Wicks, Fairie JohnsonSha’Rissa Spencer, Brooke Montgomery, Shelia Spencer, Alicia Prude, JaquaviaSpencer
Prince Harry’s wartimerole draws reprisal fears
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The Associated Press
LONDON— PrinceHarry’s ad-mission that he killed Taliban ght-ers while working asa helicopter gunner inAghanistan drew intenseBritish media coverageTuesday and sparked con-cerns about possible repri-sals. The 28-year-old princespoke in a pooled interview published late Monday ater he was saely out o Aghanistan. He had spent the last 20 weeks deployedas a co-pilot and gunner ina heavily armed Apache at-tack helicopter. Asked i he had killedrom the cockpit, the third-in-line to the British thronesaid: “Yeah, so, lots o peo-ple have.” The response was im-mediate Tuesday: TheDaily Mirror tabloid ran a page-one headline “RoyalSensation Harry: I KilledTaliban” along with a pho-to o a macho-looking Har-ry in combat gear and de-signer shades.Other newspapers ransimilar gung-ho storiesabout the prince’s military exploits. “Harry: I HaveKilled” was the story in theDaily Mail. Video shot during theprince’s deployment wasshown dozens o times onBritain’s major news net- works.In Parliament on Tues-day, Deense Minister Mark Francois praisedHarry, saying the princeshould be commended or his bravery.He “has done well or his country,” Francoissaid, oering kind wordsor a prince who has occa-sionally embarrassed theroyal amily, most recently by being photographed na-ked as he played strip bil-liards at a Las Vegas hotel.Many in Harry’s amily have also seen combat —most recently his uncle,Prince Andrew, who few Royal Navy helicoptersduring the 1982 Falklands War. Prince Philip, hisgrandather, served onRoyal Navy battleshipsduring World War II.Not everyone was ap-plauding the soldier-prince.Lindsey German, leader o the Stop the War Coali-tion, called Harry’s com-ments “arrogant and insen-sitive.”
Prince Harry
 
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 JACKSON Mississip-pi Gov. Phil Bryant said inhis State o the State speechTuesday evening that citizensexpect “bold action” romelected ocials in 2013, withan emphasis on strengthen-ing education and promotingob creation. The Republican said hewants lawmakers to approve a broad pack-age o education proposals, including merit pay or teachers, more emphasis on read-ing in early elementary grades and settinghigher academic standards or college stu-dents who want to become teachers. Bryant is also seeking approval or charter schools,which would be ree rom some regulationsaced by most other public schools.“It is imperative that we remember what others have also known — the path toMississippi’s economic success must passthrough the school house door,” said Bry-ant, who’s starting his second year as gov-ernor. He has been discussing most o hiseducation proposals or months. The three-month legislative session isnow in its third week and members o theHouse and Senate are starting to consider bills. The ull Senate passed one versiono a charter schools bill last week, and theHouse Education Committee on Tuesday passed a separate measure.
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stitution, we are mandat-ed to educate the state’schildren, but we did not make the shit to the next level with technology andteaching technology,”Ellis said. “As a conse-quence o us not makingthe shit, there are thosethat think we can just by-pass the transition. Wecan’t correct the problemi we bypass the ounda-tion. It’s like an old build-ing — you can’t retrot it.” With more than 100school districts in 82counties, Ellis said thesolution could be an over-haul o the current schooldistricts by repairingwhat’s broken instead o abandoning the publicschool system.“Maybe we shouldlook at creating one dis-trict per county and nd-ing out what is uniqueto those counties,” Ellissaid. “Once we do this,charter schools may not be needed. We need to at least have a model char-ter school and see how it works beore we just throw them out. I current-ly think they are disingen-uous and not the solutionto our bigger problems.”One proponent o thebill, Rep. Gary Chism,R-Columbus, said he seesthe bill passing throughthe House by a narrow margin.“We have 64 Republi-cans and we may lose veo them,” Chism said. “We will probably get ‘yes’ votes rom two memberso the (Legislative BlackCaucus) and the rest o the votes we will get rom white Democrats. It  will be the same bill that passed through commit-tee. We have made it aspalatable as we can makeit.” Although the bill didnot pass committee witha two-thirds vote, Chismsaid the bill was readthree times, which makesit eligible or a foor vote.Chism said the bill will goto vote today or Thursday.Should the bill passthe House, Lt. Gov. TateReeves, who supportscharter schools beingestablished at any level,including ‘“A” and “B” dis-tricts, said compromise will be key in passing unied bill.“The passage o a public charter school billin the House EducationCommittee is the next step in a long process, andI commend (Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon)and Speaker Gunn ontheir hard work on HB369,” Reeves said. “Over the last two years, all 32Republican senators andat least six dierent Dem-ocrats, including threemembers o the Legisla-tive Black Caucus, have at one point voted to support public charter schools in‘C’ districts. Why? Be-cause there are more stu-dents in ailing schools in‘C’ districts than in ‘F’ dis-tricts. I remain committedto allowing parents whosechildren are in ‘C’ districtsto have a choice in their children’s education.” The charter schoolexpansion bill has alsobeen publicly support-ed by Gov. Phil Bryant.During Tuesday’s Stateo the State address tostate lawmakers, Bryant said parents should havea say-so in charter schoolenrollment.“Not only should we en-deavor to pass a workablepublic charter school billto give our children onemore opportunity to suc-ceed, we must also giveparents the option to re-quest their child be trans-erred to another schoolthrough the implementa-tion o statewide open en-rollment policies,” Bryant said. “My agenda urther empowers parents by des-ignating privately-undedopportunity scholarshipsor low-income amiliesin ‘D’ and ‘F’ schools. Par-ents can use these pro-grams to send their childto a school that better meets their needs.”
This story contains ad- ditional reporting by The Associated Press.
 The ollowing arrestswere reported by theLowndes County Sheri’sOce Jan. 18-19:
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Lamar Williams, 32,o 205 Lawrence Drive,was arrested by LCSOan. 18 and charged withgrand larceny, more than$500. He has not been re-leased.
Christopher EugeneMurphree, 38, o 127 BeckDrive, was arrested by LCSO Jan. 19 and chargedwith speeding, resistingarrest, driving without insurance, driving with a switched tag, driving un-der the infuence, reusalto take a DUI test and fee-ing or eluding in a motor  vehicle. He has not beenreleased. His court date isscheduled or Feb. 26.
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BY JEFF CLARK 
 jclark@cdispatch.com
Gov. Phil Bryant, in his2013 State o the State ad-dress made during a special joint-session o the state’slegislators, chose job cre-ation, education and healthcare as his major talkingpoints. On the subject o jobcreation and industry, Bry-ant used the speech as anopportunity to stump or hisdelayed-accelerated tax pay-ment proposal.“As all o you understand,Mississippi’s business cli-mate plays a critical rolein attracting new opportu-nities and new jobs to our state,” Bryant said. “In my executive budget recom-mendation, I proposed a small business tax relie measure that will urther stabilize our business cli-mate. Each June, certainsmall employers in this stateare required to pre-pay a portion o their taxes. Thismove puts a large burden onour state’s job creators. My budget proposes relie or small employers, and I urgethe Legislature to support it. The National Federationo Independent Businesses joins me in my call.” While Bryant’s pledgeto block President BarackObama’s executive orderson gun control in the state was noticeably absent romthe address, he did touchupon the need or the stateto develop an energy policy.“We should also look toour energy sector or growthand job opportunities,” hesaid. “Mississippi is a leader in many energy related poli-cies and industry practices.By supporting energy de- velopment and investment, we can bring more jobs toour residents. As chair o the Southern States Ener-gy Board, I will work hardto make sure Mississippi ispositioned as a leader in theenergy economy.” Ater the address, SenatePro Tempore Terry Brown,R-Columbus, praised thestate’s top Republican or hiseorts.“I thought he did a good job,” Brown said. “The ocus was on job creation, which we are all about. I think hedid a good job o articulat-ing what we are trying to do with the charter school bill.He wants to create an en-ergy policy, which is some-thing we badly need.” With an expanded char-ter school bill expected tobe voted on in the Housethis week, Rep. Tyrone Ellis,D-Starkville, criticized Bry-ant over his public support or the bill.“I anticipated most o  what he said,” Ellis said.“There weren’t any surpris-es — it was all part o thescript. I politicians want to do something about edu-cation reorm, they need tostart where we are. No onereally wants to talk about the antiquated system wehave. I’m really appalledno one is saying anythingabout this. I we allowed theDepartment o Education toput orth a plan, I think we would be doing better than where we are now. We needto sit down and take thegloves o and have a realdiscussion about education,but I don’t see that happen-ing.”Bryant also pledged tocontinue his ght over ed-erally-mandated health careduring the address.“Let me be clear — any law that will add 300,000Mississippians to a ederalentitlement program partial-ly unded by the state willeither result in a huge taxincrease or drastic cuts toeducation, public saety, jobcreation and other budgets,”Bryant said. “It will leaveour children and grandchil-dren with ballooning ederaldebt. The research compa-ny Milliman analyzed the Aordable Care Act and itspotential impact on Missis-sippi. They determined that i Mississippi ully expandsMedicaid, our state willspend more than $12 billionon the program between2014 and 2020. These num-bers are staggering.”
Bryant’s speech is greeted with both praise and criticism

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