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5 0 ¢ NE WS S TAND / 4 0 ¢ HOME DE L I VE RY
1 What’s the subject of the 1969
memoir Thirteen Days?
2 What two kinds of blood pressure
are represented by the two figures in
a blood pressure measurement?
3 Who began his long TV career in
1969 as the weekend weatherman
on WLWI in Indianapolis?
4 Who co-opted the Wendy’s slogan
“Where’s the beef?” in a 1984
5 The ruby anniversary celebration
how many years of marriage?
Answers, 7B
Today, Nov. 29
I Holiday Bazaar: More than
90 vendor booths with hand-
crafted items are featured in
Starkville’s 40th annual Holiday
Bazaar at the Starkville
Sportsplex, 405 Lynn Lane, from
10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more informa-
tion, contact the Greater
Starkville Development
Partnership, 662-323-3322, or
email jgregory@starkville.org.
Friday, Nov. 30
I “Carols for Christmas”: This
Columbus Arts Council holiday
program at 7 p.m. features virtu-
oso Stephanie Jackson on guitar
and harp guitar, with cellist
Courtney Blackwell and vocalist
Stephanie Stubbs, in Carrier
Chapel on the Mississippi
University for Women campus.
Tickets are $10 in advance; $12
at the door. For tickets or infor-
mation, contact the CAC, 662-
Saturday, Dec. 1
I Snacks with Santa: Visit
with Santa and Miz Claus at the
downtown Columbus Y, 602
Second Ave. N., from 10 a.m.-
noon. For $5 each, children 12
and younger can enjoy activities
such as Letters to Santa, crafts
and games. For information, con-
tact the Y, 662-328-7696.
Shelby Stafford
Kindergarten, Annunciation
Shannon Murphy is a Lowndes
County Fire Department engineer.
High 61Low 27
Full forecast on
page 2A.
133RD YE AR, NO. 228
Classifieds 6B
Comics 4B
Obits 5A
Opinions 4A
Marriages and divorces Inside, Page 5B
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
A street sweeper empties at the Columbus landfill. City officials
recently acknowledged the landfill would run out of space in
three years.
The Columbus Municipal School
District continues to move forward with
its dropout prevention plan, dubbed
“Project 2020,” but the challenges have
just begun.
Although CMSD has enough grant
funding to initiate the program, its finan-
cial future will depend largely upon either
attracting enough students to become
self-sufficient, receiving continued grant
support or being funded by the district.
While the cost of dropouts is high, the
price tag for prevention and recovery is
equally considerable.
In a 22-page grant proposal submitted
to the Walmart Foundation earlier this
year, Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell
estimated the district would need nearly
$158,000 for the program’s first year, with
CMSD assuming the financial burden for
future years.
After learning the Foundation did not
have enough money in its State Giving
Fund for the initial budget proposal,
Liddell in July submitted a revised budget
of $75,000. The district will provide in-
kind services worth $160,000.
Though the $75,000 grant was award-
ed to a third party and donated to CMSD,
it is unclear whether the school board will
accept the money. A motion to accept the
money failed on Nov. 15 when it did not
receive a second.
Liddell said the issue could be brought
to the table again, but even if the board
program faces
challenges at
Main Street Columbus has a
new director.
Atlanta native Nickie
Nicholson will begin work as
director on Dec. 10, replacing
Amber Brislin.
The Main Street board
announced Nicholson’s hiring on
Wednesday via a press release.
Nicholson graduated from
Shorter University in 2005 with
degrees in both music education
and vocal performance.
After graduation, she moved
to Massachusetts where she was
a spokesperson for Susan G.
Komen for the Cure. She also
taught middle school.
In 2008, she returned to
Georgia where she worked as the
assistant director of recruitment
in the arts and choral manager at
Shorter University.
She moved to
Columbus in
“Having lived in
larger communi-
ties, the warmth
and friendliness of
Columbus is an
exciting and wel-
come change,” Nicholson said in
the press release.
Brandt Galloway, president of
the Main Street board of direc-
tors, said Nicholson’s fresh out-
look will be an asset to the organ-
“We are excited to have Nickie
as the new director for Main
Street Columbus,” he said. “She
is very enthusiastic and will pro-
vide a fresh perspective in addi-
tion to maintaining the successful
programs and events we’ve had
over the past several years.”
Nicholson’s hiring concluded
a two-month search after Brislin
announced her resignation in
September. The board began
accepting applications in
Galloway added that while
Brislin will be missed, he and fel-
low board members are confi-
dent Nicholson is the right per-
son for the job.
“Amber Brislin has done a
tremendous job at Main Street
Georgia native Nicholson chosen as Main Street director
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Brandon Doumit, left, throws leaves at his brother Patrick, right, while their sister Lauren throws an arm full of leaves
into the air last Wednesday. The three siblings had numerous piles to play in as the trees in their yard have shed most
of their leaves.
Fall fun
The City of Columbus will soon have to a face
decision regarding the dumping of waste in its
landfill. A recent study by Neel-Schaf fer
Engineering shows the landfill will run out of
space within three years.
During the Nov. 20 council meeting, Neel-
Schaf fer project manager Steve Cockerham
explained the process to the members of the
“The landfill takes about 37,000 tons of waste
(per year),” Cockerham said. “The waste that
goes in is stumps and other vegetation. Sixty per-
cent of the waste comes from local industries.
You have about three years left on the landfill.”
Cockerham told the council members they
had three options regarding the shrinking facili-
“You can expand the existing facility, close the
facility and open a new one, or close the facility
and get out of the rubbish-dumping business
altogether,” Cockerham said. “We recommend
the city look at expanding the current facility,
which would cost about $524,000 in construction
and fees.”
A committee consisting of mayor Robert
Smith, chief operations officer David Armstrong,
Ward 1 councilman Gene Taylor, Ward 2 council-
man Joseph Mickens and Ward 5 councilman
Kabir Karriem was formed to explore the recom-
mendations and to seek additional information
from other engineering firms.
“We’re running out of time,” Armstrong said
Thursday morning. “It’s always a terminal situa-
tion. We are permitted through MDEQ through
2016. When we started talking about this last
City ponders fate of rapidly shrinking landfill
It’s official.
The former Columbus-Lowndes
Development Link is now the Golden
Triangle Development Link after
Wednesday’s board vote approving
the new board members for the organ-
Accompanying the new name is a
revised set of bylaws that include the
addition of seats to the board of direc-
tors and executive board, as well as
the approval of a $1.64 million operat-
ing budget.
As expected, Cadence Bank vice
president Mark Abernathy, Greater
Starkville Development Partnership
board president Steve Langston and
Coldwell Banker real estate broker
Michelle Amos were announced as
the final three members from
Oktibbeha County to be selected to
the new board of directors. The three
join Zelma Talley, who was appointed
by the Oktibbeha County Board of
Supervisors earlier this month.
After recognizing the new board
members, Link CEO Joe Max Higgins
announced that Langston and Amos
Board selections complete first stage in new Link
See LINK, 3A

Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Charlotte Strapling, a Columbus Main Street volunteer, decorates a Christmas tree on the corner of Main
St. and Fifth St.in downtown Columbus on Tuesday.
A Thousand Words
“It’s very exciting. It is what I have been waiting on to
be a part offensively to help the team out.”
MSU’s Carnecia Williams, who had a career-high 26
points Wednesday in a victory against Savannah State
University. Story, 1B.
THE DISPATCH • www.cdispatch.com 2A THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Five-Day forecast for the Golden Triangle
Almanac Data National Weather
Lake Levels
River Stages
Sun and Moon Solunar table
Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.
City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W
Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, i-ice, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms,
r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow
Yesterday 7 a.m. 24-hr.
Lake Capacity yest. change
The solunar
period schedule
allows planning days
so you will be shing
in good territory or
hunting in good cover
during those times.
Yesterday Flood 7 a.m. 24-hr.
River stage yest. change
Columbus Wednesday
High/low ..................................... 55°/26°
Normal high/low ......................... 62°/38°
Wednesday ...................................... 0.00"
Month to date ................................. 1.89"
Normal month to date ...................... 4.53"
Year to date .................................. 40.13"
Normal year to date ....................... 50.23"
Friday Saturday
Atlanta 62 48 pc 64 49 pc
Boston 35 30 pc 42 40 sn
Chicago 50 39 pc 53 49 sh
Dallas 72 60 pc 78 60 pc
Honolulu 82 67 s 81 67 c
Jacksonville 72 52 pc 74 54 pc
Memphis 62 50 pc 69 57 c
Partly sunny and
Times of clouds
and sun
Partly sunny and
Pleasant with clouds
and sun
Aberdeen Dam 188' 162.97' +0.25'
Stennis Dam 166' 136.46' +0.25'
Bevill Dam 136' 136.36' +0.01'
Amory 20' 11.16' -0.20'
Bigbee 14' 4.10' +0.23'
Columbus 15' 5.30' +0.13'
Fulton 20' 7.37' +0.05'
Tupelo 21' 0.20' none
Dec. 28
Dec. 19
Dec. 13
Dec. 6
Sunrise ..... 6:39 a.m.
Sunset ...... 4:46 p.m.
Moonrise ... 5:48 p.m.
Moonset .... 7:25 a.m.
Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2012
Major ... 12:36 a.m.
Minor ..... 6:45 a.m.
Major ... 12:57 p.m.
Minor ..... 7:09 p.m.
Major ..... 1:25 a.m.
Minor ..... 7:37 a.m.
Major ..... 1:49 p.m.
Minor ..... 8:01 p.m.
Friday Thursday
Friday Saturday
Nashville 62 44 pc 66 49 pc
Orlando 77 56 pc 78 59 pc
Philadelphia 47 36 s 50 42 c
Phoenix 76 55 s 76 54 pc
Raleigh 62 41 s 65 45 pc
Salt Lake City 59 43 c 59 45 pc
Seattle 53 45 r 50 41 r
Partly cloudy
NEW YORK — An 80-
foot Norway spruce that
made it through
Superstorm Sandy was
transformed into a beacon
of shimmering glory
Wednesday when New
York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg and others
turned its lights on at
Rockefeller Center.
Thousands of onlookers
crowded behind barricades
on the streets that sur-
rounded the center during
the traditional tree-lighting
ceremony for the
Christmas holiday season.
A video screen projected an
image of the tree for those
who did not have a direct
line of sight.
Illuminated by more
than 30,000 lights, the tree
from the Mount Olive, N.J.,
home of Joe Balku was
topped by a Swarovski star.
The 10-ton tree had been at
the homestead for years,
measuring about 22-feet tall
in 1973 when Balku bought
the house. Wednesday, its
girth reached about 50 feet
in diameter.
Balku lost power and
other trees during the Oct.
29 storm at his residence
about an hour outside of
Manhattan. The spruce
survived, and Erik Pauze,
the head gardener at
Tishman Speyer, one of the
owners of Rockefeller
Center, picked out the tree.
People will be able to view
the tree until Jan. 7. After
its stint in the spotlight, it
will be turned into lumber
for Habitat for Humanity.
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NJ spruce lights up
Rockefeller Center
AP Photo/Kathy Willens
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during
the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller
Center in New York, Wednesday.
Luisa Porter/ Dispatch Staff
Shannon Murphy, right, looks over Phillip Hewitt's shoulder while they put the final touches on the Nativity
scene in front of the Columbus Fire Department on College Street Monday. Murphy is an engineer for the
department and Hewitt is a firefighter.
Luisa Porter/ Dispatch Staff
A snowman shines in one of the moving Christmas decorations on Luxilin Drive in
Columbus. The home is lit with more than 30,000 Christmas lights.
Mississippi Blues Trail
marker will recognize the
artists who were born or
raised in the Alligator com-
munity in the Delta.
The marker unveiling is
scheduled for today on
Lake Street in Alligator.
Blues guitarists born or
raised around Alligator
include George “G. P.”
Jackson, who was a long-
time performer on the
Kansas City blues scene,
and entertainer Robert
“Bilbo” Walker — once
known as Chuck Berry Jr.
New Blues
Trail marker
in Alligator

would represent the coun-
ty on the Link’s executive
Higgins said the
process to hire an eco-
nomic developer for
Oktibbeha County began
as soon as the agreement
with the county was
signed in October. With
Wednesday’s vote,
Higgins said the process
will move more quickly.
He said Jorgenson
Consulting is recruiting
candidates. The firm has
of fices throughout the
United States.
“They were here the
week before Thanksgiving
and met with several city
and county of ficials,”
Higgins said. “The adver-
tisement has been direct-
ed to a host of economic
developers around the
country who have been
identified as possible can-
Higgins said the search
for the economic develop-
er for West Point and Clay
County drew 80 applica-
tions. Five finalists
emerged with Ron
Maloney being chosen for
the post earlier this year.
“And I could have hired
any of the five,” Higgins
said. “Our choice is exact-
ly who we wanted, but if
we would have hired the
second or third choice,
they would have done
well, too.”
Higgins said anyone
qualified and wishing to
apply may send their
resume to link@jci-
inc.net, and it will be for-
warded directly to
The next step for the
budding organization is to
collect vital information
about Oktibbeha County
and Starkville. Higgins
said that electronic data-
bases are being built that
include information on
flood plains, demograph-
ics, potential development
sites, etc.
There will also need to
be a consultation with
local engineers and utility
managers to determine
water, sewage and electric
capacities, he said.
“We have to figure out
what our assets are, how
to exploit them, where we
think we have some issues
and how we are going to
approach them,” he said.
“There is virtually nothing
you can come in and ask
us about Lowndes County
(that we don’t know).
Demographics, maps
charts, we’ve got it. But
we are not nearly there
with West Point and we
certainly aren’t nearly
there with Starkville.”
teen will
spend 10
years in
p r i s o n
after he
p l e a d e d
guilty in
Lowndes County Circuit
Court on Wednesday to
raping his half-sister.
Davis Allen Pitts
Collums, 19, pleaded
guilty to statutory rape.
Collums, who initial-
ly pleaded not guilty,
was indicted on the
statutory rape charge in
2011. He was charged
with statutory rape in
2010 after he allegedly
forced his 13-year-old
half-sister, who does not
share the same last
name, to have sex with
Collums, who was
adopted when he was
12, was living with his
biological mother at the
time of the rape. The
mother discovered her
children in the closet
while the sexual act was
happening and called
Collum’s adopted moth-
er for help. His adopted
mother then alerted
Collums had been in
the custody of the
Department of Human
Ser vices before his
adoption and had spent
time under observation
at Whitfield, the state
mental hospital, for
anger issues.
Assistant District
Attorney Lindsay
Clemons asked Judge
Jim Kitchens to impose
the maximum sentence
on the teen, noting med-
ical professionals at
Whitfield considered
Collums manipulative.
Clemons said
Collums showed a lack
of remorse concerning
the incident.
When asked if he had
anything to say in
defense of his actions,
Collums blamed his
young victim.
“It wasn’t my idea,”
he said. “I told her it
was going to be a bad
idea and I tried to tell
her no.”
The statement
Collums gave to investi-
gators in 2010 however,
contradicted that testi-
mony. Collums told
investigators with the
Lowndes County
Sherif f ’s Department
that he did have inter-
course with his half-sis-
ter on the day in ques-
tion and also admitted
to having sex with her
one month before.
His statement also
included an admission
of guilt where he told
the victim he would do
her chores for her if she
had sex with him.
The victim’s state-
ment said that Collums
grabbed her pants leg
and dragged her into
the closet where he
forced her to have sex
with him.
Judge Kitchens sen-
tenced Collums to serve
10 years day-for-day in
the custody of MDOC
with five years post-
release supervision.
Upon his release, he
must register as a sex
of fender and is prohibit-
ed from having any con-
tact with his victim.
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Teen convicted of rape of half-
sister sentenced to 10 years
A routine traffic stop lead to the
discovery of a meth lab and the arrest
of two women over the weekend.
Anna Marie Forrester, 23, and
Tina Waldrop, 29, were arrested on
Saturday and charged with manufac-
turing methamphetamine after a
“shake and bake” lab was discovered
in their vehicle.
Officers with the
Columbus Police
Department stopped
the vehicle at the cor-
ner of Warpath Road
and Lehmberg Road
for failure to stop at a
stop sign.
When officers dis-
covered the lab, they called agents
with the Columbus-Lowndes Metro
Narcotics Unit. Agents
processed the lab and
also found precursors
and various drug para-
phernalia inside the
Forrester and
Waldrop are in the cus-
tody of the Lowndes
County Adult Detention Center await-
ing bond.
Two women charged in Columbus meth lab bust
Forrester Waldrop
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Cheryl Lathan, right, buys collard greens from Andrew Atkins, left, of Richard Rast Procuce last Monday morn-
ing. Collard greens are one the stand’s most popular items along with sweet potatoes and pepper sauce.
Fresh vegetables
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year, we knew our permit
would be running out
soon. We asked Neel-
Schaffer to do a study and
present their finding and
they did. The committee
has met but we have not
made any initial decisions.
We are keeping our
options open.”
The options Armstrong
mentioned may extend to
exploring other engineer-
ing firms, Karriem said.
“One of the things we
are looking at as a commit-
tee is trying to get input
and recommendations
from other engineering
firms,” Karriem said. “We
want to look at all of our
options for this project and
see if another engineering
firm could do it better or
Armstrong said the
landfill, located off South
Lehmberg Road in East
Columbus, is a 16-acre cell
and that about five acres is
currently being used.
Public Works Director
Mike Pratt, whose depart-
ment oversees the landfill,
did not return phone mes-
The following is an edited selection of reader comments
posted at the end of stories and columns published on-line.
More can be found at www.cdispatch.com.
Columbus man gets 50 years on drug charge
ridingabike: Does everyone realize this will cost over
$900,000? That is at today’s rate. By the time he is
released it will be well over a million if he doesn’t die
first. People talk about fiscal responsibility. Regardless of
the amount, giving people 50 years for selling weed is
fiscally irresponsible. This is an incredible waste of tax
Our view: ‘Just Say No’ a bankrupt strategy for gov-
Callahann: “Just say no” is exactly what
Congressman Nunnelee should be saying whether it is
32 times or 1,000 times, it’s the right position. Working
quietly to compromise as you suggest just takes us fur-
ther down the road to a bankrupt America. Keep up the
good work Congressman Nunnelee.
Gracie04: His main goal, if elected, was to fire Nancy
Pelosi. So, I guess nothing else matters, other than look-
ing for someone else to fire.
Has any politician ever fired himself? Naw, we would-
n’t be that lucky.
New ovens help schools keep fries on menu
Sylvia Hartness Williams: Offering healthier pre-
pared foods to students is a move in the right direction
but miles away from the real problem. Mississippians
continue to rate high in obesity compared to other
states. Feeding children less calories at school in no way
repairs the problem at home. Parents must set an exam-
ple of healthy eating and exercise for their children to
truly make an impact on their behavior. Funds used on
educating the students’ parents would probably have a
greater impact on behavior than an oven used to bake
fries. If children learn to eat healthy at home, they will
choose healthier food at school. Change parents behav-
ior first then the ovens.
Kathleen Parker: The double standard in affairs
Raider: “Broadwell is one of America’s success sto-
ries, if you buy the woman-warrior myth. Her only flaw
seems to have been falling for another man and, in the
way some men do, showing off biceps toned by hun-
dreds of hours of hard work.”
She may be a success story but I really can’t feel
sorry for her. Her wounds are self inflicted. Her only
flaw is not just “falling for another man.” She started
sending threatening emails to another woman because
she thought he might be cheating with another woman
that wasn’t his wife. Broadwell thought she might be
replaced. There is a double standard out there when
come to cheaters, but you can’t call foul when she is the
one who let the cat out the bag.
Columbus man pleads guilty to armed robbery
D.M.:Arrested 14 times since 2001. Why does this
guy continue to get let out? At some point there should
be a line in the sand drawn and it should just end.
With a chip on his
shoulder larger than his
margin of victory,
Barack Obama is
approaching his second
term by replicating the
mistake of his first.
Then his overreaching
involved health care,
expanding the entitle-
ment state at the
expense of economic
growth. Now he seeks
another surge of sta-
tism, enlarging the por-
tion of gross domestic
product grasped by gov-
ernment and dispensed
by politics. The occa-
sion is the misnamed
“fiscal cliff,” the proper
name for which is: the
Democratic Party’s
For 40 years the
party’s principal sources
of energy and money,
liberal activists, govern-
ment-employees unions,
have advocated expand-
ing government’s
domestic reach by rais-
ing taxes and contract-
ing its foreign reach by
cutting defense.
Obama’s four years as
one of the most liberal senators and
his four presidential years indicate
that he agrees. Like other occasion-
ally numerate but prudently reticent
liberals, he surely understands that
the entitlement state he favors
requires raising taxes on the cohort
that has most of the nation’s money,
the middle class.
Mitt Romney as candidate and
others before and since have sug-
gested increasing revenue by cap-
ping income tax deductions. This
would increase that tax’s progressiv-
ity, without raising rates that would
dampen incentives. Obama’s com-
promise may be: Let’s do both.
Remember the story of when the
British Admiralty sought six new
battleships, the Treasury proposed
four, so they compromised on eight.
Those proposing
higher taxes on the
wealthy note that when
the income tax began in
1913, the top rate was 7
percent. But in 1917,
war brought a 67 per-
cent rate. Between 1925
and 1931, the rate was
24 percent or 25 per-
cent, but in only five of
the subsequent 80
years, 1988-92, was
the top rate lower than
it is today.
Republicans, howev-
er, respond that because
lower rates reduce
incentives to distort eco-
nomic decisions, they
promote growth by
enhancing efficiency.
Hence restoration of the
higher rates would be a
giant step away from,
and might effectively
doom, pro-growth tax
reform. Furthermore,
restoration of the
Clinton-era top rate of
39.6 percent would
occur in the very differ-
ent Obama era of regu-
latory excesses and
Obamacare taxes.
Hence Republicans
rightly resist higher rates.
Given liberals’ fixation with the
affluent paying their “fair share,” it
might seem peculiar that they are so
vehemently against Paul Ryan’s
“premium support proposal for
Medicare. Their recoil is, however,
essential to the liberal project.
Ryan’s supposedly radical idea is
that people should shop for health
insurance, with government subsi-
dizing purchases by the less afflu-
ent. This would introduce what soon
will be inevitable means testing,
a.k.a. progressivity. But liberals
reject it with a word, the incantation
of which suffices, they think, as an
argument, voucher.
This is peculiar because perhaps
the most successful federal program
of the 20th century was essentially a
voucher program. The purpose of
the 1944 Servicemen’s
Readjustment Act, a.k.a. the G.I. Bill
of Rights, was to facilitate demobi-
lization by helping men and women
acquire educations and buy houses,
and hence form families. The gov-
ernment did not build universities
or houses. It, in effect, gave individ-
uals conditional cash “vouchers” by
helping to pay for home loans and
college tuition.
Liberals’ strenuous objection to
vouchers is that vouchers, as the
functional equivalent of cash,
empower individuals to make choic-
es. It is the business of the liberals’
administrative state, staffed by
experts, to make choices for inex-
pert individuals. This is why, while
Democrats in Washington are work-
ing to reduce the portion of
Americans’ private income that is
disposed of by private choices, two
tentacles of the Democratic Party,
the Indiana and Louisiana teachers
unions, are in their states’ courts
waging futile fights against school
choice programs, lest thousands of
low- and moderate-income parents
be as empowered as millions of
demobilized servicemen were.
Washington’s contentiousness
about the “cliff” is producing a bliz-
zard of numbers. The argument,
however, is not about this or that tax
rate but about the nature of the
American regime. When the
Republican House majority acts as
though it has a mind, and a man-
date, of its own, this is not
Washington being “dysfunctional,” it
is the separation of powers function-
ing as the Founders intended. Their
system requires concurrent con-
gressional majorities, one in the
Senate, with its unique constituen-
cies and electoral rhythms, another
in the House, with its constituencies
and rhythms. And at least 219 of the
234 House Republicans won in
November by margins larger than
Obama’s national margin.
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Nadia Dale is the sort of per-
son you want for just about any
committee or board. Bright, con-
scientious and community-mind-
ed, Dale is just the kind of
dynamic young leader Columbus
desperately needs.
Having said that, it is becom-
ing clear that Dale should resign
her position on the Columbus-
Lowndes Convention and
Visitors Bureau Board of
If it seems paradoxical to sug-
gest that this capable, conscien-
tious community leader should
excuse herself from a board
which seems to need those qual-
ities most, consider something
Woody Allen once said:
“Eighty-percent of success is
showing up.’’
And on this point, it is now
beyond argument that Dale has
fallen short.
Appointed to the CVB Board
by the Columbus city council in
March 2011, Dale’s efforts to
improve the CVB have been seri-
ously compromised by her
absenteeism. Dale is often
absent from meetings. When she
is present, she often abstains
from voting.
This week, Dale was among a
group of five CVB board mem-
bers on a special committee to
make recommendations for
funding of festivals for 2013. It’s
an important position because
there is some belief that many of
the festivals and events have
failed to meet the standards
required for taxpayer funding.
But when the committee
gathered to make its decisions
Tuesday, Dale was noticeably
If there were any lingering
doubt as to whether Dale has
met her obligations to the CVB,
Tuesday’s absence should be
considered conclusive proof to
the contrary.
However, we do not question
her passion to serve.
Rather, we suspect Dale has
simply over-committed herself.
Certainly, she would not be the
first civic-minded citizen to bite
off more than she could chew.
This has been especially true
since mid-October, when she
took over as the unit director of
the Columbus Boys & Girls
Club. Often, CVB meetings have
conflicted with her duties at the
Boys & Girls Club. In those
instances, her commitment to
the CBGC has taken prece-
dence. On that point, we agree
with Dale. Her role in revitaliz-
ing the CBGC is more important
than her contributions to the
And that is why stepping
down would be best for Dale —
and for the CVB, too.
It is certainly worth noting
that Dale is far from the only
person serving on various
boards and committees who
should seriously consider
whether they are up to the task.
The responsibilities of board
members usually require more
than simply attending meetings,
far more.
Whether it is a matter of com-
peting commitments or a deficit
of expertise, energy or even
interest, there are many who
occupy important positions who
clearly contribute little to mak-
ing those bodies effective. And,
yes, this is even true with some
of our community’s elected posi-
tions, which is particularly disap-
For some, being elected to a
position or named to a board or
a committee is little more than a
matter of ego. Time after time,
we see officials who are ill-
informed or disinterested. Often
they simply vote with the majori-
ty or abstain from voting alto-
Those who would serve
would do well to follow the
advice found in the Gospel of
“For which of you, desiring to
build a tower, doth not first sit
down and count the cost,
whether he have wherewith to
complete it?”
Too many people want to
build a tower.
Too few count the cost.
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It’s time for Dale to step down
George Will
Washington’s con-
about the “cliff”
is producing a bliz-
zard of numbers.
The argument,
however, is not
about this or that
tax rate but about
the nature of the
American regime.
A cliff of their own choosing
Readers comment

Senate bill to protect the
privacy of electronic com-
munications won’t keep
federal agents from comb-
ing through your inbox if
they believe a crime has
been committed, legal
experts say. Federal and
state authorities still will
have a robust set of tools
to track down lawbreakers
even as these of ficials
oppose changes support-
ed by a broad coalition of
technology companies
and public interest
The legislation, which
the Senate Judiciary
Committee was expected
to consider Thursday,
would update a 26-year-old
law by requiring police to
obtain a search warrant
from a judge before
accessing the content of
all emails and other pri-
vate information from
Google, Yahoo and other
Internet providers. Under
the current law, the 1986
Electronic Communi-
cations Privacy Act, a war-
rant is needed only for
emails less than 6 months
Supporters of the bill,
sponsored by Judiciary
Committee Chairman
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., say
the changes are neces-
sary to overhaul a law that
is outdated in an era of
cloud computing, cheaper
electronic storage, social
networking and wireless
phones. Such advances in
technology have dramati-
cally increased the
amount of stored commu-
nications in ways no one
anticipated a quarter of a
century ago.
The Justice
Department has resisted
the changes. The associ-
ate deputy attorney gener-
al, James Baker, urged the
committee last year to
consider the adverse
impact on criminal and
national security investi-
gations if a warrant were
the only means for law
enforcement of ficials to
obtain emails and other
digital files.
But setting the bar
higher doesn’t prevent law
enforcement agencies
from doing their jobs,
according to current and
former prosecutors,
judges and attorneys who
specialize in privacy
issues. Federal law
enforcement authorities in
four Midwestern and
Southern states have been
working with the more
demanding warrant
requirement since 2010
after an appeals court
ruled warrantless access
to emails was unconstitu-
tional. To get a warrant, a
judge must have proof of
probable cause that a
crime is being committed.
“I don’t see anything
(in the Senate bill) that’s
going to seriously concern
law enforcement in terms
of our ability to request
warrants and to get the
contents of the material
that we need,” said Joseph
Cassilly, the state’s attor-
ney in Harford County,
Md., and a former presi-
dent of the National
District Attorneys
Association. “Since you’ve
already got to get war-
rants for the stuff that’s
less than 180 days, it’s
obviously not an insur-
mountable standard.”
Nor does the legisla-
tion weaken other meth-
ods used by law enforce-
ment for collecting elec-
tronic information. A sub-
poena signed by a federal
prosecutor — not a judge
—will continue to be suffi-
cient for obtaining routing
data from third-party
Internet providers that
can identify the sender of
an email and the location
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Robert Cook
Robert O. Ball Cook,
85, died Nov. 27, 2012,
at Baptist Memorial
Services with
Military Honors are
Friday at 11 a.m. at
Tisdale-Lann Memorial
Funeral Home with
Dennis Sullivan officiat-
ing. Burial is Saturday
in Memorial Park
Cemetery in Gainsville,
Ga. Visitation is from
9:30 until time of servic-
es at the funeral home.
Mr. Cook was born
Aug. 10, 1927, to the
late Orville Washington
Ball and Jennie
Marquerite Shook. He
retired from the U.S.
Navy as Chief Aviation
Petty Officer and was a
member of Southside
Baptist Church.
Survivors include his
wife, Claytina D. Young
Cook of Caledonia;
daughter, Pam
Donahue of Panama
City, Fla.; son, Robert
Michael Cook of
Gainsville; seven grand-
children and three
Mable Jennings
Mable Dobson
Jennings, 86, died Nov.
28, 2012, at North
Mississippi Medical
Services are
Saturday at 2 p.m. at
Calvert Funeral Home
Chapel. Burial will fol-
low in Memorial
Garden Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday from
5-8 p.m. at the funeral
Emma Johnson
Mo. — Emma Sue
Coleman Johnson, 63,
died Nov. 22, 2012, at
Noxubee General
Services are Friday
at 11 a.m. at Jerusalem
Church in Shuqualak
with Leroy Horne offici-
ating. Burial will follow
in Martin Cemetery.
Visitation is today from
noon to 5 p.m. at Lee-
Sykes Funeral Home.
Mrs. Johnson was
born March 30, 1949, to
the late Rufus Coleman
and Fannie Jenkins
Coleman. She was a
member of Union Full
Gospel Baptist Church.
In addition to her
parents, she was pre-
ceded in death by her
sisters, Mary Smith,
Annie Franklin and
Ethel Kye; and broth-
ers, James Coleman
and J.C. Jenkins.
Survivors include her
husband, J.T. Johnson
of East St. Louis; daugh-
ters, Donna Harris of
Cahokia, Ill., Cynthia
Rigby of East St. Louis
and Lillie Davis of
Springfield, Ill.; sons,
Herbert Coleman of
Fairview Heights, Ill.,
Jessie Coleman of
Illinois, Eddie Coleman
of St. Louis, Mo., and
Kerby Johnson of West
Point; sister, Bertha
Smith of Oklahoma
City; brother, Willie
Coleman of Macon; 14
grandchildren and five
Pallbearers are Earl
Franklin Jr., Perry
Mosley, Derone
Mosley, Roy Franklin,
Kenyu Franklin and
Robert Mosley.
Robert Gandy
Robert Earle Gandy, 62,
died Nov. 22, 2012, in
Services are
Saturday at 11 a.m. at
Sixteen Section MB
Church with the Rev.
J.W. Richardson officiat-
ing. Burial will follow in
New Prairie Grove.
Visitation is Friday from
noon to 7 p.m. at
Funeral Home.
Mr. Gandy was born
Feb. 8, 1950, to the late
Willie James Gandy and
Mary O. Campbell.
Survivors include his
wife, Joe Ann Gandy of
Starkville; daughter,
Kyshia Boyd of
Starkville; sons, Marlon
Gandy of Marietta, Ga.,
Marco Smith of
Hattiesburg, Robert
Gandy Jr., and Derrick
Gandy, both of
Starkville; sisters, Dora
V. Bridges of Hines, Ill.,
Carolyn O. Neely of
West Point and Wanda
E. Gandy of Starkville;
brothers, Joseph B.
Gandy of Howell, N.J.,
Young Hall of Chicago,
Thomas E. Gandy of
Fort Walton Beach,
Fla., and Fred M.
Gandy of Okolona; 10
grandchildren and one
Virginia McClure
VERNON, Ala. —
Virginia Ann McClure,
80, died Nov. 27, 2012,
at Noland Hospital in
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Services are today at
2 p.m. at Chandler
Funeral Home with
Eddie Finch officiating.
Burial will follow in
Lampkin Cemetery.
Visitation is one hour
prior to services.
Survivors include her
daughter, Linda
Robertson of Vernon
and Teresa Rogers of
Columbus; son, Brian
McClure of Columbus;
eight grandchildren and
six great-grandchildren.
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Chesapeake, VA – Walter
C. Manser, 86, passed away on
November 19, 2012, following
a long illness. He was born in
Rockwood, Tennessee on
September 25, 1926, to John R.
Manser Sr. and Emma Bramlett
Manser. He was preceded in
death by his loving wife of 61
years, Mary Lou Bush Manser; brother, John R.
Manser Jr.; and sister, Martha Manser Newman.
Walter grew up in Columbus, Mississippi
and married Mary Lou Bush, of Columbus, on
February 27, 1945. He graduated from S.D. Lee
High School in Columbus in 1946, following his
return from service in World War II, where he
proudly served in the Army Air Force. He was
also a veteran of the Korean War, recalled to
service with the U.S. Air Force. When not serv-
ing his country, he was a businessman and devel-
oped a life-long love affair with sales. He
worked in sales in a number of industries, before
joining the Candle industry in 1967, where he
remained as a salesman for the next 31 years.
He began in the industry with Miracle Candle
Company in Laredo, Texas. In 1976, he returned
to Mississippi to manage the candle division for
Mississippi Industries for the Blind. He returned
to Texas in 1981, joining Reed Candle Company
in San Antonio where he was employed for the
next 18 years. Walter remained a resident of San
Antonio until November 2011, when he left due
to failing health, spending the last year of his life
residing with family.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, he
is survived by his son, Walter C. Manser Jr. of
Alexandria, Virginia; son, Philip Manser and
daughter-in-law, Betsye Manser of Chesapeake,
Virginia; daughter-in law, Virginia Manser of
Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Andrew and
Daniel Manser of Houston, Texas and Patrick,
Michael and Loreena Manser of Chesapeake,
Virginia; and many, many friends across the
In accordance with his wishes, arrangements
are being handled by the Cremation Society of
Virginia. Condolences may be expressed to
www.cremate.org. Walter’s remains will be
interred at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus,
Mississippi, at a date yet to be determined. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to the American Lung Association at
Walter C. Manser
Paid Obituary-Cremation Society of Virginia
Greater email privacy won’t hinder law enforcement’s efforts
A retired Marine Corps
colonel denied Tuesday
that a three-star general
directed the harsh pretrial
confinement of an Army pri-
vate charged with passing
reams of classified docu-
ments to the secret-spilling
website WikiLeaks.
Daniel Choike was
installation commander of
the Quantico, Va., Marine
Corps base during Pfc.
Bradley Manning’s nine
months of confinement
there from July 2010 to
April 2011. He testified at a
pretrial hearing for
Manning is seeking dis-
missal of the case, alleging
he was illegally punished by
conditions that included
being locked up alone at
least 23 hours a day, being
forced to sleep naked for
several nights and being
forced to stand naked at
attention one morning.
His lawyers contend the
conditions were directed by
Lt. Gen. George Flynn, who
was commander of the
Marine Corps Combat
Development Command at
Quantico at the time.
Confronted by civilian
defense attorney David
Coombs with a series of
emails that included Flynn
and Choike, Choike testi-
fied he kept Flynn informed
about the situation but that
Flynn never influenced the
decision to keep Manning
on maximum security and
prevention-of-injury status.
“Gen Flynn was not in
the decision-making chain,”
Choike said. “Gen. Flynn
never once influenced any-
Instead, Manning’s cus-
tody status was determined
by the brig commander, he
said. That position was held
during Manning’s confine-
ment by Chief Warrant
Officer 4 James Averhart
and then by Chief Warrant
Officer 2 Denise Barnes.
Choike defended the
brig commanders’ decision
to keep Manning classified
as maximum-custody
detainee who posed a threat
of injury to himself or oth-
ers. The classification was
contrary to the recommen-
dation of mental-health
workers who examined
Court recessed for the
evening after more than five
hours of testimony from
Choike acknowledged
that Flynn had expressed
interest in Manning’s con-
finement due to the nature
of the charges and interna-
tional media attention to the
case. Choike said Manning
was under suicide watch
when the soldier arrived at
Quantico from Kuwait, and
Flynn wanted assurance
that everything was being
done to keep him safe.
Another prisoner had com-
mitted suicide in the brig
the previous December.
Choike said Manning’s
custody status was deter-
mined in part by his odd
behavior, including licking
the bars of his cell, “erratic
dancing” and lifting invisi-
ble weights. Coombs sug-
gested that the bar-licking
occurred during sleepwalk-
ing and that the other
behaviors were merely
Choike said Manning’s
jailers took away his under-
wear at night starting
March 2, 2011, after he
made what they regarded
as a suicidal comment: “I
have everything I need
right here to be able to
harm myself. The waist-
band of my underwear can
do this.” Coombs suggested
the comment stemmed
from Manning’s frustration
at being kept on injury-pre-
vention status.
Aday later, Manning was
forced to stand naked at
attention for morning
inspection by a guard who
told him he wasn’t allowed
to cover himself with his
blanket, Coombs said.
Choike denied any knowl-
edge of such an order. If the
guard gave it, “That would
be wrong,” Choike said.
“And why would that be
wrong?” Coombs asked.
“It serves no purpose,”
Choike said.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, steps out of a
security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse
in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, for a pretrial hearing.
Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by causing
hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be
published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.
Soldier’s treatment focus of hearing in WikiLeaks case
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definitively rejects the
money, Project 2020 can
still get started thanks to a
$95,000 grant from the
Mississippi Department of
She believes the pro-
gram will recover enough
students to become finan-
cially sustainable, but even
if it doesn’t, she says
Project 2020 is worth the
“It’s not a problem at all
—to us it’s a starfish
story,” she said, referring
to a tale in which a child
attempts to save thousands
of starfish, telling naysay-
ers that though one person
may not save them all, they
can each save one.
“We recover as many
students as we can,” Liddell
said. “$75,000 really is just a
drop in the bucket. The pic-
ture is so much bigger than
A national problem
An abundance of data
presents a clear image of
the financial, societal and
personal impacts of stu-
dents who fail to graduate.
The National Dropout
Prevention Center, based at
Clemson University in
Clemson, S.C., reports 60
percent of high school
dropouts are unemployed,
costing the country more
than $200 billion each year
in lost earnings and tax rev-
enue. Those who find full-
time employment earn an
average of $9,245 less per
year than their peers who
earned diplomas.
Dropout cost the nation
even more as they are fun-
neled from the classroom
to jail cells. High school
dropouts are 3.5 times
more likely to be arrested;
they account for 75 percent
of the state prison popula-
tion and 59 percent of feder-
al prison inmates. Statistics
estimate that a one percent
increase in graduates could
save approximately $1.4 bil-
lion in incarceration costs
each year.
A community concern
Columbus High
School’s graduation rate
fell from 72.4 percent to
69.7 percent last year,
below the state average of
73.7 percent.
Based upon state
accountability rankings,
the school received an “F,”
dropping from academic
watch to low-performing
— and that was based sole-
ly upon test scores. The
Mississippi Department of
Education gave school dis-
tricts a reprieve last year
by not including gradua-
tion rates in the accounta-
bility measures after learn-
ing that all districts were
not being held to the same
MDE estimates that if
graduation rates had been
included, six percent of the
state’s districts and three
percent of the schools
would have dropped anoth-
er letter grade.
Liddell said final num-
bers are still being com-
piled, but preliminary fig-
ures estimate approximate-
ly 146 students dropped
out of the city school sys-
tem last year, and those
students — located with
the help of parents, teach-
ers and the community —
will be on the “target list”
for recovery.
The state currently pro-
vides the district with
$5,400 per enrolled stu-
dent, meaning that in
order to break even, the
district will have to con-
vince between 14 and 29 of
those students to re-enroll.
Liddell believes as
many as 100 students can
be recovered, returning
more than half a million
dollars to district coffers.
“Project 2020 is certain-
ly not about any particular
funding source,” Liddell
said. “It’s not about
$75,000, it’s not about $5.
It’s about recovering kids.”
She noted the city’s
crime rate and the number
of juveniles being arrested.
“This is a community
concern, and for someone
not to be concerned about
that is ludicrous to me as
an educator,” she said.
A pricey proposition
Project 2020 is a two-
pronged approach, incor-
porating both retention
and recovery strategies,
with the latter being the
costliest of the two.
Liddell proposes the
creation of three communi-
ty-based “e-centers,”
where students ages 16-21
can earn credits toward
their high school diplomas
and parents and members
of the community can
receive free job skills train-
ing and other services
ranging from Internet
usage to health and fitness
Churches, community
centers and nonprofit
agencies were invited earli-
er this month to apply to
host the program, and
Liddell said she expects to
know soon which locations
have been chosen.
Providing the classes
off-campus, in a different
setting, is important, she
said, even though the sites
selected as e-centers will
receive a $700-per-month
lease fee.
“Research tells us if I
dropped out of school
because I had an issue
there — it doesn’t matter if
I didn’t like the color of the
paint on the walls — I’m
not going back there,” she
said. “Community centers
give school districts a
chance of recruiting stu-
dents back who need a
high school diploma but
they made a decision to
leave Columbus High
School and they’re not
going back.”
The costliest aspect of
the e-centers will be per-
sonnel and technology.
Based upon the three-
center model initially pre-
sented in the Walmart
Foundation proposal, it
would cost $48,600 to pro-
vide a life coach and par-
ent/community involve-
ment coach for each cen-
A total of 45 desktop
computers and three color
printers would be needed,
costing $24,000. A web-
based curriculum, using
Skype-based master teach-
ers, would cost an addition-
al $36,000, and an Internet
usage contract for the
three centers would be
The district would pro-
vide in-kind contributions
of personnel — with direc-
tors, administrators and
counselors devoting 25
percent of their time to the
e-centers — along with
routine maintenance and
technical support. The dis-
trict would also contribute
tables, chairs, desks and
file cabinets.
Liddell said the arrange-
ment would be similar to
the way alternative schools
are operated, with current-
ly-employed teachers and
counselors spending their
planning periods at the e-
The district’s resource
of ficers would also be
available, on an as-needed
basis, to handle discipline
and security issues.
Liddell admitted though
that the cost projections in
the initial budget proposal
were “padded,” which she
said is a common practice
in grant-writing.
Hopes and hype
The program has been
well-received, Liddell said,
and she plans to provide
free, “boots on the ground
assistance” to school dis-
tricts across the state who
want to implement similar
dropout prevention plans.
She has spoken about
Project 2020 at several con-
ferences and was the
keynote speaker at a
recent Mississippi Public
Broadcasting conference,
but she rebuf fed the
notion of the events as
“speaking engagements”
and did not answer
whether CMSD is paying
for her travel or other
expenses, though it is like-
“Every speaking
engagement I go to is also
a conference where we are
being trained and learning
about dropout prevention
and other things we need
to know in our school dis-
trict,” Liddell said. “It’s pro-
fessional development. But
since I’m there, certainly
I’m going to try to help, but
all of it is professional
development, so if there’s a
negative angle there, I’m
afraid that wouldn’t be it.”
She has also conducted
workshops for the state
department of education,
and she said national publi-
cations and districts across
the country have contacted
“They’re looking for
places like Columbus that
have visionary leaders and
a city that understands
how education links to the
economy,” she said.
“There’s no way to sepa-
rate education from the
economy, and they are
looking for people brave
enough, who have the
energy and the passion
and the intelligence, to
write projects that make a
lot of sense and can be
replicated across the coun-
try. They feel like Project
2020 is one of those kinds
of projects.”
But even officials at the
National Dropout
Prevention Center are
unsure how effective such
programs may be, and
although there are abun-
dant statistics supporting
the need for dropout pre-
vention and recovery,
there is a dearth of empiri-
cal data supporting suc-
cess rates.
In a 2005 study of
dropout risk factors and
recovery programs across
the nation, the NDPC took
a cautionary approach, say-
ing it was “difficult to con-
clusively identify effective
programs,” because many
programs did not rigorous-
ly evaluate their effective-
ness or provide long-term
follow-up data.
“Without clear evidence
using control or compari-
son groups to show that a
program has significant
and lasting impact on
dropout or other problem
behaviors, it is difficult to
identify quality or model
programs or the compo-
nents that make them
ef fective,” researchers
But Liddell says Project
2020 will benefit students,
while the additional parent
and community training
will provide a public serv-
ice that, while it may be
offered elsewhere through
agencies like Greater
Columbus Learning
Center and the WIN Job
Center, presents another
option that will indirectly
contribute to student
“You know, I’m going to
make my salary, whether I
do this work or not,”
Liddell said. “I’m doing
this work because it’s
important to me.”
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WASHINGTON — Bitter cam-
paign foes just weeks ago, President
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
are sharing lunch at the White
House with an eye on overlapping
interests rather than the sharp dif-
ferences that defined their presiden-
tial contest.
In their first meeting since the
election, Obama and the Republican
nominee are to meet in the White
House’s private dining room
Thursday, fulfilling a promise
Obama made in his victory speech
the night of Nov. 6.
White House spokesman Jay
Carney said Obama had no specific
agenda for the meeting, but he said
the president would like to discuss
Romney’s ideas for making govern-
ment more efficient. Obama has
proposed merging some functions
of government related to business
and has asked Congress for authori-
ty to undertake some executive
branch reorganization.
“The president noted that Gov.
Romney did a terrific job running
the Olympics and that that skills set
lends itself to ideas that could make
the federal government work better,
which is a passion of the presi-
dent’s,” Carney said.
Obama aides said they reached
out to Romney’s team shortly before
Thanksgiving to start working on a
date for the meeting. The two men
will meet alone in the White House’s
private dining room, with no press
coverage expected.
While in Washington, Romney
will also meet with his former run-
ning mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul
Ryan, according to a Romney cam-
paign aide. Ryan is back on Capitol
Hill, where he’s involved in negotia-
tions to avert a series of automatic
tax increases and deep spending
cuts that have come to be known as
the “fiscal cliff.”
Much of that debate centers on
expiring tax cuts first enacted in the
George W. Bush administration.
Obama and Romney dif fered
sharply during the campaign over
what to do with the cuts, with the
Republican pushing for them to be
extended for all income earners and
the president running on a pledge to
let the cuts expire for families mak-
ing more than $250,000 a year.
The White House sees Obama’s
victory as a signal that Americans
support his tax proposals.
Obama and Romney’s sit-down
Thursday was expected to be their
most extensive private meeting to
date. The two men had only a hand-
ful of brief exchanges before the
2012 election.
Even after their political fates
became intertwined, their interac-
tions were largely confined to the
three presidential debates.
Romney has virtually disap-
peared from politics following his
election loss. He’s spent the past
three weeks largely in seclusion at
his family’s Southern California
home. He has made no public
appearances, drawing media atten-
tion only after being photographed
at Disneyland in addition to stops at
the movies and the gym with his
wife, Ann.
Obama asks Romney to lunch
AP Photo/David Goldman, File
In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University
in Hempstead, N.Y. President Barack Obama will host his former political rival for a private lunch at the White
House today, their first meeting since the election.
The Associated Press
rig supervisor said
Wednesday that he is inno-
cent of manslaughter in the
deaths of 11 workers in the
2010 explosion on the
Deepwater Horizon offshore
drilling rig that started the
spill disaster in the Gulf of
“I think about the tragedy
of the Deepwater Horizon
every day,” Robert Kaluza
told reporters just before his
arraignment. “But I did not
cause this tragedy. I am inno-
cent and I put my trust, repu-
tation and future in the
hands of the judge and the
Kaluza and Donald
Vidrine, both BP well site
leaders, were indicted this
month on manslaughter
charges. The federal indict-
ment accuses them of disre-
garding abnormal high-pres-
sure readings that should
have been clear indications
of trouble just before the
Kaluza’s attorney, Shaun
Clarke, said his client is a
“Bob and Don did their
jobs,” Clarke said. “They did
them correctly and they did
them in accordance with
their training.”
BPannounced earlier this
month that it will plead guilty
to manslaughter, obstruction
of Congress and other
charges and pay a record
$4.5 billion in penalties to
resolve a Justice
Department probe of the dis-
Attorneys for BP and the
Justice Department are
scheduled to meet Dec. 11
with a federal judge to dis-
cuss pleading guilty.
Three BP
employees in
court on oil
spill charges

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VERSAILLES, France — A French
appeals court is set to decide today
whether to uphold a manslaughter
conviction against Continental
Airlines for the July 2000 crash of an
Air France Concorde that killed 113
The crash led to the Concorde pro-
gram, a synonym for luxury but a
commercial failure despite its high
speed and advanced technology, to be
taken out of service in 2003. Air
France and British Airways had joint-
ly operated the program.
In the 2000 accident, the jet
slammed into a hotel near Paris’
Charles de Gaulle airport soon after
taking off, killing all 109 people
aboard and four others on the
ground. Most of the victims were
Germans heading to a cruise in the
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its mechanics in 2010 for the crash of
the Air France Concorde, and
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a Continental DC-10 that fell onto the
runway, puncturing the Concorde’s
tire, sending bits of rubber into the
fuel tanks and starting the fire that
brought down the plane.
Continental merged with United in
2010 and the new company is called
United Continental Holdings Corp.
Ruling in Concorde crash appeal expected today
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The Palestinians are cer-
tain to win U.N. recogni-
tion as a state today but
success could exact a high
price: delaying an inde-
pendent state of Palestine
because of Israel’s vehe-
ment opposition.
The United States,
Israel’s closest ally, mount-
ed an aggressive campaign
to head off the General
Assembly vote, which the
Palestinians view as a his-
toric step in their quest for
global recognition.
The Palestinians say
they need U.N. recognition
of a Palestinian state in the
West Bank, Gaza and east
Jerusalem, the lands Israel
captured in 1967, to be
able to resume negotia-
tions with Israel and the
non-member observer
state status could also
open the way for possible
war crimes charges
against the Jewish state at
the International Criminal
In a last-ditch move
Wednesday, U.S. Deputy
Secretary of State William
Burns made a personal
appeal to Palestinian
President Mahmoud
Abbas promising that
President Barack Obama
would re-engage as a medi-
ator in 2013 if Abbas aban-
doned the effort to seek
statehood. But the
Palestinian leader refused,
said Abbas aide Saeb
For Abbas, the U.N. bid
is crucial if he wants to
maintain his leadership
and relevance, especially
following the recent con-
flict between his Hamas
rivals in Gaza and Israel.
Palestinians certain to
win recognition as a state

STARKVILLE — Jamie Mitchell heard from
people he trusted why he shouldn’t take the job as
head football coach at Starkville High School.
He was told the athletes weren’t there any-
more. People said the school’s facilities never
would allow a coach to get the program back to
where it was in the 1980s and 1990s. He heard the
expectations of the fans and the school board were
unrealistically high, and that those people were liv-
ing in the past.
Mitchell knew all those things weren’t true, and
in less than three years he has com-
pleted one of the most successful
transformations in the state of
“I knew in my heart the athletes
were still here in bunches,
Starkville was a great place to live,
and it was time for me to get back to
the challenge that was Class 6A
football, which was where Starkville was at the
time,” Mitchell said. “Everything eventually added
up to the perfect place and time for me to start
Mitchell took over a program that was frac-
tured after the return of Bill Lee. Now in his third
season, Mitchell has helped Starkville make back-
to-back trips to the state championship game in
Jackson for just the third time in school history.
Starkville made it to the state finals in 1983-84 and
Starkville (11-3) will make its return to Veterans
Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday when it takes
on Pascagoula High in the Mississippi High School
Activities Association Class 5A State title game.
“It would make for a nice end to our run in
Class 5A football, and I know this senior class real-
ly wants to leave a legacy for itself by accomplish-
ing a state championship,” said Mitchell, who also
is looking for his first state title.
To get the program back to the championship
level, Starkville High Director of Athletics Stan
Miller knew he faced an important decision.
Starkville hadn’t won a region championship in
nearly a decade, the roster numbers had slipped
below 70 players, and college coaches weren’t
showing up in bunches to recruit Yellow Jackets. It
was Miller’s job to find someone who could
change those realities and help Starkville return to
“The difference in what I and the committee saw
in Jamie Mitchell was he’s a people person and play-
er’s coach,” Miller said. “He does so many things
for his players, whether it is have them over at his
The Associated Press
ATLANTA — On the verge of
clinching their division before
December, the Atlanta Falcons
don’t look so dominant when their
longest, most intense rival is on
the field with them.
The New Orleans Saints have
won four straight and 11 of 13 in
the series, including a 31-27 home
victory against Atlanta on Nov. 11.
It remains the only loss for the
Falcons (10-1), who otherwise
have dominated the NFC South
The Falcons, four games ahead
of second-place Tampa Bay, can
clinch the division if they beat the
Saints tonight and Denver beats
the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Coach Mike Smith hasn’t been
talking about the division race to
his players.
“I didn’t know that,” running
back Michael Turner said when
asked about the possibility the
team could clinch the division.
“You just focus on this week. We
know nothing is guaranteed.”
The Saints (5-6) are playing to
remain in the NFC wild-card race.
New Orleans’ resurgence from its
0-4 start was derailed a bit with last
week’s loss to San Francisco.
The game is a matchup of two of
the NFL’s most productive quar-
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is 31-4 in
five seasons as a starter at the
Georgia Dome. He set a career
high with 411 yards passing with
three touchdowns and one inter-
ception in the first game against
the Saints this month, and will try
to extend a streak of four straight
games with at least 300 yards
through the air.
The Saints’ recent dominance of
the series began when Drew Brees
joined them in 2006. He is 11-2
against the Falcons, averaging
302.8 yards passing.
Jimmy Graham had 146 yards
receiving with two touchdowns in
this season’s first game against
Atlanta. Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez
also had two touchdown catches in
the matchup of elite tight ends.
Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud
said the secondary must play
tighter coverage on Graham and
the Saints’ receivers.
“We feel we can have guys
draped on him and make it hard
for Drew to put the ball in there,”
DeCoud said. “Granted, he’s a
very, very accurate quarterback,
but if we’re draped on receivers we
can make those passes even more
difficult than they already are.”
The Associated Press
That running back duo in
the Southeastern
Conference championship
game has been punishingly
effective all season.
Pick a team — No. 3
University of Georgia or
No. 2 University of Alabama
—the description fits.
Bulldogs freshmen Todd
Gurley and Keith Marshall
roll into Saturday’s game
with 1,858 combined yards
and 22 touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide coun-
ters with Eddie Lacy, fresh-
man T.J. Yeldon and their
collective 1,848 yards and
24 TDs.
The stats hardly settle
the debate of which tailback
tandem is better.
“They’ve got two great
running backs,” Tide cor-
nerback Dee Milliner said.
“We’ve got two, three great
running backs here.”
Well, that’s no help.
There’s not an easy
answer. Both backfield
combinations have been
terrific. If one player gets
winded, the other goes in.
One gets a little dinged up,
no problem.
Fresh legs, and no rest
for the weary defenses.
It has been Alabama’s
formula since Nick Saban
arrived. The two-tailback
system has flourished with
2009 Heisman Trophy win-
ner Mark Ingram and 2011
finalist Trent Richardson,
and both gained 700-plus
yards as freshmen.
Yeldon has already sur-
passed the first-season pro-
duction of either of those
two first-round NFL draft
picks with 847 yards and 10
Saban said the system is
especially effective if the
backs present defenses
with different styles, like
Gurley and Marshall.
“Todd is a little bit like
STARKVILLE — Carnecia Williams
aims to please.
After playing in only 69 minutes in
her first two seasons at Mississippi
State University, the 6-foot-3 redshirt
sophomore forward plans to make
every second count.
That’s why Williams wanted to make
an impression after she heard MSU
coach Vic Schaefer’s call for more play-
ers to emerge to help Martha Alwal and
Kendra Grant in scoring column.
Williams’ first step Wednesday night
proved to be one of her best efforts.
Williams scored a career-high 26
points, and Grant added 16 points and
15 rebounds to lead MSU to a 70-55 vic-
tory against Savannah State at
Humphrey Coliseum.
“It’s very exciting,” Williams said. “It
is what I have been waiting on to be a
part offensively to help the team out.
That is what I have been working on.”
Williams entered the game averag-
ing 3.8 points per game and shooting 7
of 24 (29.2 percent) from the field. She
jolted those marks by going 10 of 14
from the field and 6 of 9 from the free-
throw line to raise her scoring average
to 7 ppg.
Williams did most of her damage
from the blocks, carving out space
against Savannah State’s undersized
front line. The Lady Tigers (2-4) had
only three active players 6-foot or taller.
Even with Alwal, MSU’s 6-4 sophomore
center, a non-factor with six points and
two rebounds in 21 minutes, the
Bulldogs still held a 43-23 edge in
rebounds, a 42-24 advantage in points in
the paint, and an 18-1 margin in second-
chance points. MSU (3-4) also shot a
season-best 48.1 percent (56 percent in
the first half) from the field.
All of those ingredients created a
mix Schaefer enjoyed.
“I am so proud of Carnecia and
Kendra,” Schaefer said. “They played
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Prep Football
Division Leaders
W L T Pct.
N.Y. Giants 7 4 0 .636
W L T Pct.
Atlanta 10 1 0 .909
W L T Pct.
Chicago 8 3 0 .727
W L T Pct.
S. Francisco 8 2 1 .773
Wild-Card Contenders
W L T Pct.
Green Bay 7 4 0 .636
Minnesota 6 5 0 .545
Seattle 6 5 0 .545
Tampa Bay 6 5 0 .545
Dallas 5 6 0 .455
New Orleans 5 6 0 .455
Washington 5 6 0 .455
Playoff Scenarios
Atlanta Falcons (10-1)
Clinches NFC South with:
I Win and Tampa Bay loss or
tie, or
I Tie and Tampa Bay loss
Clinches a playoff spot
I Win and Seattle loss or
tie, or
I Tie and Seattle loss and
Minnesota loss
NEW ORLEANS (5-6) at
ATLANTA (10-1)
I WHEN: 7:20 Tonight
(NFL Network)
I LINE: Falcons by 3 1/2
I LAST MEETING: Saints beat
Falcons 31-27, Nov. 11
I LAST WEEK: 49ers beat Saints
31-21; Falcons beat Buccaneers
I NOTES: Although Atlanta holds
lead in all-time series, Saints have
won four straight and 11 of last
13 meetings. ... Saints’ longest
win streak in series is six from
Dec. 14, 1986 through Nov. 19,
1989. ... Falcons won 10 straight
in series from 1995-99.
NFL: Week 13
Williams shows she can be presence in post in victory
(SEC title)
3 p.m.,
Radio: WZLQ 98.5 FM
INoxubee Co. vs. Greene
Co., 3 p.m., Saturday
IStarkville vs. Pascagoula,
7 p.m., Saturday
I WHERE: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson
I TV / INTERNET: Mississippi Public Broadcasting
(WMAB); ESPN3.com
College Basketball: MSU 70, Savannah State 55 College Football
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Mississippi State redshirt sophomore forward Carnecia Williams scored a
career-high 26 points Wednesday night against Savannah State University.
IAt Southern Miss.
4 p.m., Saturday
Radio: WXWX 96.3 FM,
WKBB 100.9 FM
Wednesday’s Mens, Women’s Scores.
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Miles gets
raise at LSU
The Associated Press
Les Miles has a new
seven-year contract at LSU
that also will result in a pay
raise for one of the most suc-
cessful coaches in the history
of the Tigers’ football program.
“I’m a LSU head coach and
will be a LSU head coach for as
long as I can be,” Miles said
Wednesday. “Hopefully, we’ll
look up seven years from now
and I’ll be looking for another
seven-year extension.”
The new contract runs
through 2019, which amounts
to a two-year extension. LSU
Athletic Director Joe Alleva
said financial details were still
being worked out and would
be released after LSU plays in
a bowl game.
A person familiar with the
contract said Miles’ new
annual pay would be in the
range of $4.3 million. The
person spoke to The
Associated Press on condi-
tion of anonymity because
financial details weren’t
at RB
Falcons look to end skid against Saints
Mitchell leads
Starkville back
to title stage

THE DISPATCH • www.cdispatch.com 2B THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Starkville Academy girls win
Maggie Proffitt had 14 points, and Sallie Kate
Richardson had 11 points and nine rebounds
Wednesday night to lead the Starkville Academy
girls basketball team to a 53-35 victory against
Madison-Ridgeland Academy.
Anna Lea Little had nine points, Tiffany
Huddleston had eight points, seven rebounds, and
two steals, and Nora Kathryn Carroll had seven
points, five rebounds, and two steals.
Ole Miss
Women’s basketball team will take on Lipscomb
OXFORD — The University of Mississippi
women’s basketball team will play host to
Lipscomb University at 7 tonight at Tad Smith
Ole Miss (3-1) is coming off a 62-60 victory
against Mississippi Valley State University. It is in
the span of playing three games in five days. Ole
Miss will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Louisiana Tech
Ole Miss will play host to the University of
Massachusetts at 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Southern Miss
Quarterback Alford charged with aggravated assault
HATTIESBURG — University of Southern
Mississippi quarterback Anthony Alford has been
arrested and charged with aggravated assault by
university police following a fight on campus.
Police say no one was injured in the alterca-
tion, which involved four people, including two who
were not students at Southern Miss. The school
released a statement saying Alford has been sus-
pended from the university until he can have a
hearing through the school's judicial process.
Another student was arrested and charged with
felony possession of a weapon on campus by a
student. The incident happened at about 11 a.m.
on Wednesday.
Three football players earn All-America honors
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of
Alabama’s Chance Warmack, Dee Milliner, and
C.J. Mosley were named first-team All-Americans
on the 2012 AFCA Football Bowl Subdivision
Coaches’ All-America Team.
The honors were the first for Warmack, a sen-
ior offensive guard, Milliner, a junior cornerback,
and C.J. Mosley, a junior linebacker. Alabama has
had 19 players secure 21 first-team All-America
honors in the past five years.
Milliner, who hails from Millbrook, Ala., is a
finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to
the nation’s top defensive back, and the Bronko
Naguraski Award that is awarded to the nation’s
top defensive player.
Mosley, a native of Theodore, Ala., leads the
team with 92 tackles and is a finalist for the
Butkus Award, which goes to the country’s best
Warmack is from Atlanta, Ga., has started 38
games at the Capstone over the last three years.
Warmack was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman
of the Week in 2012 and has missed only six
assignments in 657 snaps (99.1 percent).
I Women’s golf team signs Landegren: At
Tuscaloosa, Ala., Women’s golf coach Mic Potter
announced the signing of junior golfer Mia
Landegren to a National Letter of Intent.
Landegren hails from Bridgewater, Conn.,
where she won the 2012 Connecticut State
Women’s Amateur this past August with a tourna-
ment-record 2-over-par 146. She also holds dual
citizenship in the United States and Sweden
(father’s country or origin) and helped the Swedish
National Team win the 2012 European Girls
Championship after a fourth-place finish in 2011.
I Van Dongen earns more accolades: At
Tuscaloosa, Ala., Freshman midfielder Merel Van
Dongen was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com
Freshmen Team of the Season, the website
announced. The honor comes on the heels of the
Amsterdam, Netherlands native being named the
Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.
I Men’s golf team adds Moynihan: At
Tuscaloosa, Ala., Men’s golf coach Jay Seawell
announced the signing of Irish amateur champion
Gavin Moynihan to a National Letter of Intent.
Moynihan hails from Dublin, Ireland, and
boasts a long list of impressive accomplishments.
He won the 2012 Irish Amateur at The Royal
Dublin Golf Club and followed that victory by cap-
turing the Peter McEvoy Trophy at the Copt Heath
Golf Club.
I Fitterer selected to SEC Community
Service Team: At Birmingham, Ala., Senior out-
side hitter Kayla Fitterer was named to the
Southeastern Conference Community Service
Team for volleyball.
Fitterer, a 2012 second-team All-SEC selec-
tion, has served on the Alabama Student Athlete
Advisory Committee since 2010. She participates
in the University of Alabama’s Women’s Initiative
Program and visited with cancer patients at the
Manderson Cancer Center at DCH this fall. She
also participated in the school’s Halloween
Extravaganza all four years, helped with the
University’s Project Angel Tree and Habitat for
ACC presidents vote to add Louisville as member
Atlantic Coast Conference leaders got the
school they wanted. The University of Louisville
was relieved to find a home amid the latest wave
of realignment.
The ACC announced Wednesday that its presi-
dents and chancellors unanimously voted to add
Louisville as the replacement for the University of
Maryland, which will join the Big Ten in 2014.
Louisville was a candidate to join the Big 12
last year before that league took West Virginia
University, though Maryland’s unexpected
announcement last week created a new opportuni-
ty for both the school and the ACC.
But it wasn’t a lock for the Cardinals.
A person familiar with the situation told The
Associated Press that ACC leaders also consid-
ered the University of Connecticut and the
University of Cincinnati in the past week before
the vote to add Louisville during a conference call
Wednesday morning. The person spoke to the AP
on condition of anonymity because the ACC hasn’t
released details of the expansion discussions
AP Source: Middle Tennessee joining Conference USA
Middle Tennessee State University has accept-
ed an offer to join Conference USA and is leaving
the Sun Belt Conference, a person familiar with
the situation said Wednesday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on
condition of anonymity because neither confer-
ence nor MTSU had publically announced the
decision. The Virginian-Pilot first reported the
It is unclear when MTSU will join the confer-
ence. The school announced it will hold a news
conference on campus today, but it didn’t say what
it was in regards to.
MTSU (8-3) play Arkansas State University on
Saturday for the Sun Belt Conference champi-
The move is the latest domino to fall in confer-
ence realignment. Tulane University and East
Carolina University announced Tuesday they are
leaving Conference USA to join the Big East. The
Green Wave will be full Big East members; the
Pirates football only.
—From Special Reports
Prep Basketball
Today’s Games
Caledonia hosts Caledonia Tournament
Okolona at West Point
Tuscaloosa Academy at Heritage Academy
Hamilton at Nettleton
Victor y Christian at Torch Classic in
Gardendale, Ala.
Starkville Academy at Madison-Ridgeland
Oak Hill Academy at Kirk Academy
Winona Christian at Hebron Christian
Central Academy at Calhoun Academy
Friday’s Games
Caledonia hosts Caledonia Tournament
Columbus at Grenada
Starkville at West Point
Kemper County at West Lowndes
New Hope at Amory
Victor y Christian at Torch Classic in
Gardendale, Ala.
Saturday’s Games
Victor y Christian at Torch Classic in
Gardendale, Ala.
Starkville Academy at Madison-Ridgeland
Marshall Academy at Oak Hill Academy
Prep Football
Friday’s Games
Alabama High School Athletic Association
Class 1A North State Championship
Pickens County at Marion County, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s Games
Mississippi High School Activities
Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson
Class 4A State Championship
Noxubee County vs. Greene County, 3 p.m.
Class 5A State Championship
Starkville vs. Pascagoula, 7 p.m.
Prep Soccer
Today’s Games
Caledonia at New Hope, 5 p.m.
West Point at Southeast Lauderdale, 5 p.m.
Friday’s Games
Columbus at Starkville, 5 p.m.
Saturday’s Games
Columbus at Greenville Weston, 11 a.m.
New Hope at New Albany, 1 p.m.
Starkville at Brandon Tournament
Caledonia at Center Hill Tournament
6:30 p.m. — Louisville at Rutgers, ESPN
8:30 a.m. — Sunshine Tour, Nedbank
Challenge, first round, at Sun City, South
Africa (same-day tape), TGC
2 p.m. — World Challenge, first round, at
Thousand Oaks, Calif., TGC
6 p.m. — Kentucky at Notre Dame, ESPN2
7 p.m. — Tennessee-Martin at Memphis,
8 p.m. — Marquette at Florida, ESPN2
7 p.m. — San Antonio at Miami, TNT
9:30 p.m. — Denver at Golden State, TNT
7 p.m. — New Orleans at Atlanta, NFL
7 p.m. — Pac-12 Conference, championship
game, UCLA at Stanford, at site TBD, WLOV
8:30 a.m. — Sunshine Tour, Nedbank
Challenge, second round, at Sun City, South
Africa (same-day tape), TGC
2 p.m. — World Challenge, second round, at
Thousand Oaks, Calif., TGC
5:30 p.m. — Tennessee at Georgetown, ESPN
7:30 p.m. — Syracuse at Arkansas, ESPN
6:30 p.m. — Boston College at Boston
University, NBC Sports Network
9 p.m. — Wisconsin at Denver, NBC Sports
6:30 p.m. — Cleveland at Atlanta, SportSouth
9:30 p.m. — Denver at L.A. Lakers, ESPN
9 p.m. — Teams TBA, Fos Sports South
SEC title
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our guys in a way,” he said. “He’s big, physical,
can run inside, can run outside. He’ll make you
miss, but has power. Their second guy is a very,
very good back in all those regards, but he’s a
very fast guy. There’s a change of pace there
that the players have to be aware of.”
Gurley has been the most prolific of the
bunch. He is second in the SEC with 1,138 yards
while he and Lacy’s 14 touchdowns are tied for
tops among running backs. Lacy has 1,001 yards.
Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson said
Yeldon and Gurley compare favorably.
“They both run really hard,” Robinson said.
“When I look at Todd I just see lower body. You
know, people try to hit him high a lot of times,
and he just keeps turning his legs and gets
those extra yards and makes a lot of people
“What I’ve seen of Yeldon, he has the speed
to get around the edge. He turns up a lot on peo-
ple that don’t think he’s as fast as he really is.
You’ve got to hold the edge of the defense or
else he’s gone. I think Todd has speed as well.
He’s obviously looking a little bit faster. But I
would say Todd’s a little bit bigger and more of
a bruiser.”
Georgia’s backs have the clear advantage in
one area: Nickname. No. 3 Gurley and No. 4
Marshall (720 yards, eight touchdowns)) have
been dubbed “Gurshall” after Herschel Walker,
who led the Bulldogs to the 1980 national title as
a freshman. Their numbers just happen to
smush into his 34, and Walker has praised the
two freshmen.
“That’s great, to have one of the best players
to ever come through college football to say
great things about me,” Gurley said. “But I’ve
got to keep working.”
He’s not into any comparisons with the for-
mer superstar, either. “We’re not trying to be
like nobody else,” Gurley said. “But it’s a cool
thing for the fans.”
MSU women
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with the heart and the desire you
want every time you step on the
court. We won the game because of
those two. When you only have 30
chances to play, you should take
advantage of every opportunity
when the lights come on. I thought
they really did that tonight.”
Williams redshirted in her first sea-
son at MSU due to injury. Last season,
injuries limited her to 16 games. She
scored only 10 points and averaged 4.3
minutes per game.
This season, as one of only three
true post players on scholarship,
Williams knows she will be counted
on. With Alwal, who entered the game
leading the team in scoring (15.7 ppg.)
and leading the Southeastern
Conference (10.3) in rebounding,
Williams figures to get one-on-one
opportunities in the post to score. Her
ability to convert those chances will
depend in part on how well she deals
with a balky knee that gave her trouble
earlier in the season.
On Wednesday, though, Williams
showed she can be a presence inside
that defenses will have to watch, which
could open things on the perimeter for
shooters like Grant and senior guard
Darriel Gaynor. She said her 26-point
outburst was the first time she had
scored that many points in a game at
any level of basketball.
Williams’ effort also marked the
first time a post player scored 20 or
more points to lead the team in scoring
since Chanel Mokango scored 20
points in a 74-71 loss to Florida State
University in the Sweet 16 of the
NCAA tournament on March 28, 2010.
Junior point guard Katia May, who
had a career-high six assists and a sea-
son-high three steals in 28 minutes,
said Williams gets a face when she is
in position and wants her teammates
to feed her the ball. Williams was in
position so often Wednesday night that
she only needed to take a drop step or
turn and use an angled shot off the
backboard to convert.
“It is pretty easy when she is at the
point guard because we got this eye
contact that is crazy. It is pretty easy,”
Williams said of her ability to connect
with May. “We had a lot of mismatch-
es. Our high-low was killing them, so it
was pretty effective tonight.”
MSU used a 9-1 spurt to open the
second half and push its lead to 44-30
on a basket by Alwal with 17 minutes,
13 seconds remaining. Savannah State
cut the 50-42 at the 10:42 mark, but it
didn’t get any closer.
Sherise Williams also had 10 points
and nine rebounds in her most effec-
tive outing of the season. The fresh-
man forward was 4 of 6 from the field.
She went 3 of 15 from the field last
week in a 61-59 loss to Winthrop
University at the Hardwood
Tournament of Hope in Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico. MSU lost all three of
its games at the three-day event, but
Schaefer feels his team continues to
take small steps. He reiterated his
team will work through inexperience
and a lack of depth all season, but that
he was extremely pleased to see Grant
respond after he substituted for her
early in the game. The sophomore for-
ward, who started all 30 games last
season, “answered the call,” as
Schaefer said, by notching a career-
high in rebounds. The performance
marked the first time she reached dou-
ble figures in rebounding.
“As everybody knows, we say this
after every game, coach is big and
huge on defense and our rebounding,”
said Grant, who played 32 minutes.
“He got on us hard at halftime talking
about rebounding and our defensive
effort, so I took that to heart and real-
ly just tried to be that defensive spark
we needed.”
MSU will play at 4 p.m. Saturday at
the University of Southern
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house and other special things. It’s
why 117 kids signed up last spring to
try out for this varsity team.”
In January 2010, Starkville hired
Mitchell away from Itawamba
Agriculture High. Mitchell went 41-10
in four seasons at IAHS after working
for four seasons as head coach at Olive
Branch High (2002-2005) and as a
defensive line coach at Tupelo High
for four seasons (1993-1996). He knew
from his time at those schools that
Starkville could be what it had been.
“I learned one thing very quickly
that sold me on this being the right
move when I interviewed for the job,”
Mitchell said. “I knew if I got the job
I’d have the best boss anybody could
ever have. Dr. Miller is supposed to be
part time, and I’ll tell you there’s not a
bone in his body that works part
Mitchell’s hire sent shockwaves
through the area because people
knew what kind of leader Miller had
“The job at Starkville High School
has the potential to be one of the best
in the state, period,” SHS radio play-
by-play voice Jay Perry said. “I believe
it is a destination job, and that’s what
kind of candidates Stan Miller and the
school board got.”
Perry, an attorney in Starkville,
graduated from Starkville High and
has been part of the community that
has seen Starkville play in all nine of its
state championship game appear-
“I don’t think there was any ques-
tion Jamie was more than qualified
after having a great setup for himself
at Itawamba,” Perry said. “However,
anytime you make a hire at any level
still doesn’t get you any wins at all.
What Jamie’s hire did was remind peo-
ple what kind of sleeping giant
Starkville football still was.”
Mitchell has rebuilt Starkville by
taking control of the junior high pro-
gram. The juniors and seniors on this
season’s team were eighth- and ninth-
graders when Mitchell took over.
Mitchell knew those kids would be a
key ingredient to the program’s long-
“It was the most critical element to
our success here at Starkville to get
kids to understand how we wanted
them to play starting at a young age,”
Mitchell said. “You have to take a big
picture look at what you’re doing
when you’re building a program and
going to be at a place for a long time. I
remember talking with Dr. Miller
about the junior high programs more
than the varsity in our interview.”
Starkville also needed to hire some-
one who could work with Miller to
convince the Starkville school board
to address the needs of the Yellow
Jackets’ athletic programs. Mitchell
spent his first season without ade-
quate locker room near the football
field. Now a brand new field house is
next to Yellow Jackets Stadium. The
field house includes a larger film
room, a new weight room, a newer
and larger locker room area, updated
and modernized coaches offices, and
an equipment room.
“I’ve seen a lot of X and O coaches
in my day in athletics, but Jamie
Mitchell goes the extra level beyond
that and understands what a leader of
a program really means,” Miller said.
“He’s concerned about the look of the
stadium, the crowd size, the grades of
his players, and all of that is why I
respect him so much.”
The highlight to Starkville’s 5-6 fin-
ish in Mitchell’s first season at the
school was a 21-20 victory at rival West
Point High. The victory symbolized
the rebuilding project was going in the
right direction.
“We were down 20-0 going into the
half and our kids hadn’t figured out
how to win yet,” Mitchell said. “What
we did that night against a really good
program in a game this community
cares deeply about made a difference
to me.”
Even though five of Starkville’s six
losses that season were by seven
points or less, it showed it was capable
of competing at a level many hadn’t
seen in nearly a decade.
The MHSAA’s reclassification
based on school enrollment figured
moved Starkville from Class 6A to
Class 5A. The move allowed Starkville
to become a favorite to contend for a
playoff berth and a North Half State
championship for the first time since
2001, which is when Mitchell saw
Starkville at its peak.
“I think Jamie and anybody at
SHS would tell you that their divi-
sion in Class 5A wasn’t as strong as
others, and there’s just no arguing
that, but what resonates about
Starkville’s program is when you see
a Madison Central program under
Bobby Hall come into Starkville in
Jamie’s second year and lose,” Perry
said. “When you’re winning your
region but also beating the West
Points and Madison Centrals and
Louisville(s), you can say you’re
beating the big boys, too.”
Last season, Starkville received a
lift from an undefeated ninth-grade
team. Those players were part of a
group of nearly 100 that signed up in
the summer to try out for the team.
Mitchell and his staff realized they
eventually would have to cut kids from
the varsity roster before the season
started, something that didn’t happen
when Lee was coach.
The progression of Gabe Myles
also helped elevate the program. Last
season, Myles was a first All-State
selection by nearly every publication.
His verbal commitment to Mississippi
State University makes him the first
legitimate Southeastern Conference
prospect in nearly a decade.
Players like Myles are common
now in the program, which is why
Mitchell and his coaches are confident
they will be able to transition back to
Class 6A next fall as part of the
MHSAA’s latest reclassification.
“When (talk of moving back to
Class 6A comes up), we’ll tell them the
expectations don’t change,” Mitchell
said. “We want to win region titles and
go to Jackson in Class 6A, and think
we have the depth and talent coming
through to do just that.”

REFORM, Ala. — When
the season began, Pickens
County High School football
coach Patrick Plott knew
Marion County would be the
measuring stick for the
Alabama High School
Athletic Association Class 1A
ranks this season.
Plott was dead on with
that prediction.
Ranked as the state’s top
team this season, defending
state champion Marion
County is the last hurdle
Pickens County needs to
clear to reach the state cham-
The teams will play for the
Class 1A North State title at 7
p.m. Friday in Guin, Ala.
“This is the biggest chal-
lenge of our season,” Pickens
County senior running back
Jermarcus Brown said.
“Most of us have waited our
whole lives to play a game
like this.”
Pickens County (11-2)
and Marion County (12-1)
had the chance to create a
rivalry when the AHSAA
realigned and placed each
school in Region 5. Marion
County won the regular-sea-
son meeting, 45-27 on Oct. 19
in Reform, Ala.
Since the final seconds of
that game, Pickens County
players have been longing for
the rematch.
“We didn’t play well that
night,” Plott said. “We didn’t
make tackles. We weren’t
fundamentally sound. Even
when you lose a ballgame,
you want to know you gave a
team everything that you
have got. That is what made
that loss so disappointing. It
was a big contest and we did-
n’t respond. Even though this
is a tremendous challenge,
we look forward to having
another opportunity.”
Last season, Pickens
County went 11-2. In Plott’s
first season of his second
stint as head coach at the
school, the Tornadoes had all
the answers most nights.
Pickens County relied on a
high-octane offense to
outscore most of its oppo-
The game plan held up
until the third round of the
playoffs, where Pickens
County dropped a 38-36 deci-
sion to Sweet Water.
“The kids weren’t satis-
fied with just making the
playoffs,” Plott said. “The
goal they set for this season
was the state championship.
We came close last year, and
the kids knew how much
hard work when in to getting
to that point. We had to do
some things a little bit better.
That has been the focus of
our entire season – trying to
play the perfect game.”
Pickens County made a
major change on defense this
season. After looking to the
offense to lead the way in
2011, Plott and the
Tornadoes knew the defense
would have to become more
physical and more dominant
if the team wanted to play for
a state title.
“I think we have been a lit-
tle hungrier on defense this
season,” Pickens County jun-
ior linebacker Chris Hill said.
“We have a lot of confidence
that we are going to score
points anytime we play. That
means it is up to us on
defense to do our job. We feel
like if we play our best, we
can play with anybody.”
Pickens County is allow-
ing 14 points per game. The
Tornadoes have five
shutouts, including two in
postseason play. Marion
County scored roughly 25
percent of the points the
Tornadoes have given up all
“We had some new faces
on defense and they really
adapted,” Plott said. “We also
asked a couple of players to
play new positions.
Everybody gets caught up in
the offensive numbers and
they don’t realize how well
our defense has competed.
“The big games are won
playing fundamentally sound
defense, not turning the ball
over and forcing some
turnovers yourself.”
Pickens County had not
allowed any points in the
playoffs until a 53-32 victory
against Berry in the third
round of the playoffs.
Granted, the Tornadoes
allowed 20 fourth-quarter
points in that victory. Pickens
County led 46-12 at halftime.
“When the line blocks
well, I know it is going to be a
big night,” Brown said. “We
had a lot of confidence from
the first possession of the
Brown ran for 111 yards
and five touchdowns against
Berry. Both of Brown’s five-
touchdown games this sea-
son have come against Berry.
Brown scored on the
Tornadoes’ first two posses-
sions. Devonte Simon fol-
lowed with a 90-yard punt
return for a touchdown to put
the game away early.
Pickens County will have
to work much harder Friday
“We have started fast all
season,” Plott said. “That will
be very important. The kids
will be looking for something
good to happen to give them
some confidence. We have
stressed they have worked
hard and deserve to be in this
position. A lot of hard work
has gotten us to this point.
Playing the game is the fun
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Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
Brooklyn 10 4 .714 —
New York 10 4 .714 —
Philadelphia 9 6 .600 1 1/2
Boston 8 7 .533 2 1/2
Toronto 3 13 .188 8
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB
Miami 10 3 .769 —
Atlanta 9 4 .692 1
Charlotte 7 7 .500 3 1/2
Orlando 5 9 .357 5 1/2
Washington 1 12 .077 9
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 7 6 .538 —
Chicago 7 7 .500 1/2
Indiana 7 8 .467 1
Detroit 5 11 .313 3 1/2
Cleveland 3 12 .200 5
Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
Memphis 11 2 .846 —
San Antonio 13 3 .813 —
Houston 7 8 .467 5 1/2
Dallas 7 9 .438 6
New Orleans 4 10 .286 8
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB
Oklahoma City 12 4 .750 —
Utah 9 7 .563 3
Denver 8 7 .533 3 1/2
Minnesota 6 8 .429 5
Portland 6 9 .400 5 1/2
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
L.A. Clippers 9 6 .600 —
Golden State 8 6 .571 1/2
L.A. Lakers 7 8 .467 2
Phoenix 7 9 .438 2 1/2
Sacramento 4 10 .286 4 1/2
Wednesday’s Games
San Antonio 110, Orlando 89
Washington 84, Portland 82
Brooklyn 95, Boston 83
Atlanta 94, Charlotte 91
Detroit 117, Phoenix 77
Chicago 101, Dallas 78
Memphis 103, Toronto 82
Utah 96, New Orleans 84
Oklahoma City 120, Houston 98
New York 102, Milwaukee 88
L.A. Clippers 101, Minnesota 95
Today’s Games
San Antonio at Miami, 7 p.m.
Denver at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
Friday’s Games
Philadelphia at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Portland at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Washington at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s Men’s
College Scores
Boston College 73, Penn St. 61
Boston U. 74, Coastal Carolina 44
Fairleigh Dickinson 66, St. Peter's 61
George Mason 55, Rhode Island 52
Iona 83, Niagara 72
LIU Brooklyn 70, Columbia 61
Lafayette 63, Delaware 60
Maine 76, Northeastern 73
Navy 54, IPFW 49
Penn 65, Binghamton 54
Saint Joseph's 74, American U. 55
Stony Brook 76, Cornell 53
Temple 54, Buffalo 39
UMass 64, Siena 63
Wagner 48, Princeton 42, OT
West Virginia 94, VMI 69
Asbury 76, Hiwassee 58
Augusta St. 82, Benedict 71
Austin Peay 108, Berea 53
Carson-Newman 81, Brevard 62
Centre 70, Transylvania 64, OT
Coll. of Charleston 72, Charleston
Southern 67
Duke 73, Ohio St. 68
Duquesne 73, Appalachian St. 72
E. Kentucky 84, Delaware St. 51
Elon 55, Georgia Southern 50
Florida Gulf Coast 86, Samford 62
George Washington 54, James Madison
Georgia College 61, Clark Atlanta 53
Lincoln Memorial 83, Tusculum 70
Longwood 88, Cent. Pennsylvania 75
Louisiana Tech 99, SE Louisiana 62
Loyola (Md.) 67, Coppin St. 51
Marshall 70, Morehead St. 67
Miami 67, Michigan St. 59
NC A&T 90, UNC Greensboro 79
Purdue 73, Clemson 61
Radford 73, Hampton 64
Randolph 65, Bridgewater (Va.) 61
Rhodes 74, Hendrix 45
Richmond 86, William & Mary 78, 2OT
SC State 74, Jacksonville 72
Tenn. Wesleyan 84, Bryan 75
Thomas More 64, Grove City 45
Union (Ky.) 81, St. Andrews 54
VCU 92, Stetson 56
Va. Wesleyan 73, Roanoke 67
W. Carolina 79, Furman 65
Wingate 64, Catawba 62
Winston-Salem 79, SC-Aiken 70
Wofford 70, Winthrop 55
Boise St. 83, Creighton 70
Bradley 82, Cent. Michigan 65
Cent. Arkansas 74, E. Illinois 72
Cleveland St. 69, Ball St. 63
Illinois 75, Georgia Tech 62
Kent St. 85, Youngstown St. 78, OT
Loyola of Chicago 81, Tennessee Tech 78
Ohio 69, St. Bonaventure 64
S. Dakota St. 71, North Dakota 70
S. Illinois 57, Fresno St. 54
Toledo 80, Texas A&M-CC 68
Virginia 60, Wisconsin 54
Weber St. 62, Dayton 61
Wichita St. 86, Tulsa 60
Oklahoma 63, Oral Roberts 62
Prairie View 81, Houston 80
SMU 62, Utah 55
Texas-Arlington 72, North Texas 59
UTEP 55, New Mexico St. 54
Air Force 76, Jackson St. 47
Arizona 93, N. Arizona 50
Arizona St. 67, Ark.-Pine Bluff 54
BYU 85, Montana 60
Nevada 84, UC Davis 83
New Mexico 76, Mercer 58
Stanford 68, Seattle 57
UNLV 85, UC Irvine 57
Utah St. 80, Santa Clara 78, OT
Washington St. 64, Idaho 55
Wyoming 68, UC Santa Barbara 40
Wednesday’s Women’s
College Scores
Albany (NY) 76, NJIT 41
Army 61, Columbia 51
Bryant 81, Brown 58
Bucknell 55, Mount St. Mary's 43
Cornell 74, St. Francis (NY) 56
Delaware 68, St. Bonaventure 58
Duquesne 78, Buffalo 52
Fordham 55, Manhattan 45
Georgetown 69, La Salle 61
Harvard 63, New Hampshire 44
Holy Cross 57, CCSU 56
Marist 85, Hofstra 70
Northwestern 67, Boston College 63
Providence 70, Iona 58
Quinnipiac 89, Yale 62
Seton Hall 57, Siena 48
Stony Brook 56, Robert Morris 48
Towson 58, Coppin St. 55
UConn 101, Colgate 41
Asbury 110, Hiwassee 61
Auburn 70, Tulane 65
Augusta St. 61, Benedict 47
Carson-Newman 62, Brevard 59, OT
Catawba 68, Wingate 60
Charlotte 62, UCF 59
Dist. of Columbia 92, St. Augustine's 79
Emory & Henry 69, Randoph 49
FAU 67, South Alabama 56
Ferrum 81, William Peace 51
Florida St. 83, Iowa 69
George Washington 75, Morgan St. 40
Georgia 83, Furman 47
Howard 40, Loyola (Md.) 37
Kennesaw St. 51, Jacksonville St. 50
Kentucky 92, Miami (Ohio) 53
Louisville 76, E. Kentucky 42
Mercer 46, Davidson 43
Mississippi St. 70, Savannah St. 55
North Carolina 57, Ohio St. 54
North Florida 56, Bethune-Cookman 55
Presbyterian 58, Charleston Southern 57
Rhodes 70, Hendrix 56
Richmond 76, NC A&T 63
SC State 68, Jacksonville 45
South Carolina 58, Drexel 55, OT
South Florida 77, UNC Asheville 29
Southern Miss. 88, Florida A&M 71
Talladega 73, Martin Methodist 49
Tennessee 88, Middle Tennessee 81, OT
Thomas More 71, Grove City 45
Tusculum 66, Lincoln Memorial 47
UNC Wilmington 59, NC Central 45
Union (Ky.) 87, St. Andrews 44
Vanderbilt 67, Austin Peay 36
Virginia Tech 47, Wisconsin 38
Winthrop 63, Coll. of Charleston 61
Bradley 67, N. Illinois 58
Butler 65, E. Michigan 59
Cincinnati 55, Morehead St. 45
Cleveland St. 68, VCU 57
Dayton 95, Wright St. 73
Detroit 97, W. Michigan 57
Duke 71, Michigan 54
Indiana 52, Clemson 49
Kansas 101, Grambling St. 47
Marquette 77, S. Dakota St. 74, OT
Maryland 90, Nebraska 71
Purdue 85, Georgia Tech 73
Temple 70, Bowling Green 56
UT-Martin 73, Evansville 57
Abilene Christian 81, West Texas A&M 76
Arizona 71, North Texas 66
Oklahoma St. 90, Texas St. 55
TCU 76, SMU 70
Texas A&M Commerce 63, Texas
Woman's 52
Texas A&M-Kingsville 61, Cameron 55
Texas-Pan American 49, Texas A&M-CC
Colorado 68, Wyoming 59
Creighton 65, BYU 62, OT
Loyola Marymount 69, Colorado St. 52
New Mexico St. 69, UTEP 68
Pacific 66, Fresno St. 56
Sacramento St. 68, San Francisco 60
UC Riverside 71, Washington St. 65
Today’s Game
New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.
Sunday’s Games
Seattle at Chicago, Noon
Minnesota at Green Bay, Noon
San Francisco at St. Louis, Noon
Carolina at Kansas City, Noon
Houston at Tennessee, Noon
Arizona at N.Y. Jets, Noon
Indianapolis at Detroit, Noon
Jacksonville at Buffalo, Noon
New England at Miami, Noon
Tampa Bay at Denver, 3:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Oakland, 3:25 p.m.
Cincinnati at San Diego, 3:25 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 3:25 p.m.
Philadelphia at Dallas, 7:20 p.m.
Monday’s Game
N.Y. Giants at Washington, 7:30 p.m
Football Bowl
Subdivision Bowl
Saturday, Dec. 15
New Mexico Bowl
At Albuquerque
MWC vs. Pac-12, Noon (ESPN)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
At Boise, Idaho
MAC vs. WAC, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Dec. 20
Poinsettia Bowl
At San Diego
San Diego St. (9-3) vs. BYU (7-5), 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl
Big East vs. C-USA, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Dec. 22
New Orleans Bowl
C-USA vs. Sun Belt, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Las Vegas Bowl
MWC vs. Pac-12, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Dec. 24
Hawaii Bowl
At Honolulu
SMU (6-6) vs. MWC, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, Dec. 26
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
At Detroit
Big Ten vs. MAC, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Dec. 27
Military Bowl
At Washington
ACC vs. At-large, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Belk Bowl
At Charlotte, N.C.
ACC vs. Big East, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Holiday Bowl
At San Diego
Big 12 vs. Pac-12, 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Dec. 28
Independence Bowl
At Shreveport, La.
ACC vs. SEC, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Russell Athletic Bowl
At Orlando, Fla.
ACC vs. Big East, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Meineke Car Care Bowl
At Houston
Big Ten vs. Big 12, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Dec. 29
Armed Forces Bowl
At Fort Worth, Texas
C-USA vs. Air Force (6-6), 10:45 a.m.
Fight Hunger Bowl
At San Francisco
Pac-12 vs. Navy (7-4), 2:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Pinstripe Bowl
At New York
Big East vs. Big 12, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Alamo Bowl
At San Antonio
Big 12 vs. Pac-12, 5:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Valley of the Sun Bowl
At Tempe, Ariz.
Big Ten vs. Big 12, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Dec. 31
Music City Bowl
At Nashville, Tenn.
SEC vs. ACC, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Sun Bowl
At El Paso, Texas
ACC vs. Pac-12, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Liberty Bowl
At Memphis, Tenn.
SEC/Big East vs. C-USA, 2:30 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Bowl
At Atlanta
ACC vs. SEC, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuesday, Jan. 1
TicketCity Bowl
At Dallas
Big Ten vs. C-USA, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Gator Bowl
At Jacksonville, Fla.
SEC vs. Big Ten, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Capital One Bowl
At Orlando, Fla.
SEC vs. Big Ten, Noon (TBA)
Outback Bowl
At Tampa, Fla.
SEC vs. Big Ten, Noon (ESPN)
Rose Bowl
At Pasadena, Calif.
BCS vs. BCS, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Orange Bowl
At Miami
BCS vs. BCS, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, Jan. 2
Sugar Bowl
At New Orleans
BCS vs. BCS, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Jan. 3
Fiesta Bowl
At Glendale, Ariz.
BCS vs. BCS, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Jan. 4
Cotton Bowl
At Arlington, Texas
SEC vs. Big 12, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Jan. 5
BBVA Compass Bowl
At Birmingham, Ala.
Big East vs. SEC, Noon (ESPN)
Sunday, Jan. 6
GoDaddy.com Bowl
At Mobile, Ala.
MAC vs. Sun Belt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Jan. 7
BCS National Championship
At Miami
BCS 1 vs. BCS 2, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Jan. 19
East-West Shrine Classic
At St. Petersburg, Fla.
East vs. West, 3 p.m. (NFLN)
Saturday, Jan. 26
Senior Bowl
At Mobile, Ala.
North vs. South, TBA (NFLN)
NCAA FCS Playoffs
Second Round
Saturday’s Games
New Hampshire (8-3) at Wofford (8-3),
1 p.m.
Central Arkansas (9-2) at Georgia
Southern (8-3), 1 p.m.
Coastal Carolina (8-4) at Old Dominion
(10-1), 1 p.m.
Illinois State (8-3) at Appalachian State
(8-3), 1 p.m.
Cal Poly (9-2) at Sam Houston State
(8-3), 3 p.m.
South Dakota State (9-3) at North Dakota
State (10-1), 3 p.m.
Wagner (9-3) at Eastern Washington
(9-2), 5 p.m.
Stony Brook (10-2) at Montana State
(10-1), 6 p.m.
Division II Playoffs
Saturday’s Games
Indiana (Pa.) (12-1) at Winston-Salem
(12-0), 11 a.m.
Carson-Newman (9-2) at Valdosta State
(9-2), 11 a.m.
Missouri Western State (12-1) at
Minnesota State Mankato (12-0), Noon
West Texas A&M (11-2) at Colorado
State-Pueblo (12-0), 1 p.m.
Division III Playoffs
Saturday’s Games
Widener (11-0) at Mount Union (12-0),
11 a.m.
Wesley (10-1) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-0),
Hobart (12-0) at St. Thomas (Minn.) (12-0),
Wisconsin-Oshkosh (12-0) at Linfield (11-0),
2 p.m.
NAIA Playoffs
Saturday’s Games
Saint Xavier (Ill.) (11-1) at Morningside
(Iowa) (12-0), Noon
Marian (Ind.) (10-1) at Missouri Valley
(12-0), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13
At Barron Stadium, Rome, Ga.
Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.
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Dear Abby
Comics &Puzzles
My hus-
band com-
mitted suicide 2
1/2 years ago.
We had been
married for 13
years and had
two daughters
who are now 15
and 9. The l5-
year-old seems
to be doing fine.
The 9-year-old is
But my biggest
problem is my live-in
boyfriend, “Tim.” While I love
him and mostly enjoy his
company, he appears to dis-
like my 9-year-old. She needs
male attention because her
dad was an attentive, wonder-
ful father. I have discussed
this with Tim. His response is
he has a hard time doing it
because she is “totally out of
control and crazy.”
Abby, she is none of that.
She is a child with a lot of
energy. I don’t know what to
do. I know it isn’t fair to my
daughter, but I’m lonely and
miss Tim when he’s not
there. I’d appreciate any
advice you can give me. --
sorr y for your loss. However,
parents get only one chance
at parenting,
which is why it’s
so important to
do it right the
first time. What
is happening in
your household
is unfair to your
daughter. She
should not be
forced to live
with a man who
doesn’t like her
and can’t give
her positive rein-
forcement. That’s
why, for her sake, it would be
better for you and Tim to live
apart. If you choose him over
your daughter, you will later
regret it and could cause her
serious emotional problems
for decades.
DEAR ABBY: The holidays
are right around the corner,
and my husband and I have
had a difficult couple of years
financially. I’m a full-time stu-
dent; he is the only one bring-
ing in an income while we
raise two young boys.
I love the holidays --
except for shopping for oth-
ers. I hate spending money I
don’t have looking for that
perfect gift for everyone on
my list. More often than not,
the gift ends up being re-gift-
ed or in the summer garage
sale. For the past two years I
have asked that if people
want to give gifts, to please
give them to the kids and
leave us adults out of it. My
requests have been ignored.
I know for a fact that my
extended family is as
strapped for cash as I am,
but they charge on credit
cards. Should I refuse a gift I
can’t reciprocate or thank
them and try not to feel
guilty? The name exchange
option didn’t work. I feel
there should be more to the
holidays than going into debt
for gifts. -- MA HUMBUG IN
agree with you, and so would
credit counselors coast to
coast. Thank your relatives
for their gifts. Reiterate that
money is tight, so you will be
giving gifts to the youngest
family members only. If you
feel you must reciprocate in
some way, whip up a batch of
holiday cookies or fudge
brownies, wrap them with a
colorful ribbon and make that
your holiday gift.
Dear Abby is written by
Abigail Van Buren, also
known as Jeanne Phillips, and
was founded by her mother,
Pauline Phillips. Write Dear
Abby at www.DearAbby.com
or P.O. Box 69440, Los
Angeles, CA 90069.
Dear Abby
29). It’s one of your most
romantic years, as you
approach love with a great
deal of commitment and imagi-
nation. You release fear and
become increasingly selfless
in relationships. A major
accomplishment is featured in
January. May features exciting
plans. Get away in June.
Cancer and Virgo people adore
you. Your lucky numbers are:
30, 2, 22, 25 and 18.
ARIES (March 21-April 19).
You’ll be involved in a bonding
of sorts. The process of meld-
ing parts into a whole can be
unexpectedly magical and is
quite a thing to observe. You’ll
enjoy this time of connection.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20).
It can be an eerie feeling when
the oracles seem to speak
directly to you. It makes you
curious about how things
work. You’ll have the urge to
pull back the curtain to see
what magical mechanism is at
work behind the scenes.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21).
There is much about your life
that is determined by actions
you execute on autopilot,
most of which take but a few
minutes. Big changes occur by
altering small habits.
CANCER (June 22-July 22).
Overcoming perceived limita-
tions requires a change in your
perception. The day presents
a test of your mettle. Stay
true to your convictions, and
you’ll experience the reward
on the other side of this chal-
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Is a
storm ever just a storm?
Physical and emotional weath-
er patterns have something to
say. You will feel as though
you can speak the language of
the elements. You’ll accurately
read the signs.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
Everything takes effort. That’s
why trying to find a shortcut
is often a waste of time. A
mindset of “you shouldn’t
have to wait, you’re special,
you should be exempt from
hard work” only leads to fur-
ther delay.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
Wanting to feel better is a uni-
versal desire. You can bet that
the person next to you is in
the same boat, sensing that
there’s more joy, happiness
and pleasure to be had and
trying to figure out how to get
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). Familiarity can be either
an obstacle to or a catalyst
for attraction. It all depends
on chemistry. If you feel
attractive and like what you
see in another person, the
closer you get the more you
want to get close.
21). Comfortable conversa-
tions are featured — the kind
where no one is saying any-
thing too important, but the
noise is reassuring. You may
find yourself longing for a chal-
lenging intellectual connec-
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). Even though you know
you shouldn’t base your self-
worth on the money you earn,
it still feels good to bring
home the money that feeds
you and yours. You’ll be glad
you can contribute.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). Most people are poor
judges of what will make them
happy. Instead of going for
“happy,” pursue your interests,
and you may accidentally land
at “happy” in spite of yourself.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). An impasse is a critical
moment of the journey,
because an impasse has
something to teach you. It’s
time to decide which is immo-
bile: the obstacle in your path
or your attitude.
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The most
polarizing Hall of Fame debate
since Pete Rose will now be decid-
ed by the baseball shrine’s voters:
Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens
and Sammy Sosa belong in
Cooperstown despite drug allega-
tions that tainted their huge num-
In a monthlong election sure to
become a referendum on the
Steroids Era, the Hall ballot was
released Wednesday, and Bonds,
Clemens and Sosa are on it for the
first time.
Bonds is the all-time home run
champion with 762 and won a
record seven MVP awards.
Clemens took home a record
seven Cy Young trophies and is
ninth with 354 victories. Sosa
ranks eighth on the homer chart
with 609.
Yet for all their HRs, RBIs, and
Ws, the shadow of PEDs looms
More than 600 members of the
Baseball Writers’ Association of
America will vote on the 37-player
ballot. Candidates require 75 per-
cent for induction, and the results
will be announced Jan. 9.
Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and
Curt Schilling also are among the
24 first-time eligibles. Jack Morris,
Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are
the top holdover candidates.
If recent history is any indica-
tion, the odds are solidly stacked
against Bonds, Clemens and Sosa.
Mark McGwire and Rafael
Palmeiro both posted
Cooperstown-caliber stats, too,
but drug clouds doomed them in
Hall voting.
I AP source: Braves sign B.J.
Upton to $75M deal: At Atlanta, Free-
agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the
Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $75.25
million, five-year deal, a person familiar
with the deal said Wednesday night.
The person spoke to The
Associated Press on condition of
anonymity because the deal had not
been completed. It is expected to be
announced today once Upton passes
his physical.
I Pettitte, Yankees agree to one-
year deal: At New York, Andy Pettitte
needed little time to decide that he want-
ed to return for another season with the
New York Yankees.
The arm felt strong. His family was
on board for at least one more year
and he felt there was a real chance of
adding another World Series title to his
Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

DHAKA, Bangladesh
— The owner of a
Bangladesh clothing fac-
tory where a fire killed
112 people says he was
never informed the facility
was required to have an
emergency exit, a sign of
how far removed the lead-
ers of the nation’s gar-
ment industry are from
issues of worker safety.
“It was my fault. But
nobody told me that there
was no emergency exit,
which could be made
accessible from outside,”
factory owner Delwar
Hossain was quoted
Thursday as telling The
Daily Star newspaper.
“Nobody even advised me
to install one like that,
apart from the existing
“I could have done it.
But nobody ever suggest-
ed that I do it,” said
Hossain, who could not be
reached for comment by
The Associated Press on
Activists in the South
Asian country hope the
tragedy will invigorate
their lengthy — but so far
fruitless — ef forts to
upgrade safety standards
and force stronger gov-
ernment oversight of the
powerful industry.
The Tazreen Fashions
Ltd. factory in a Dhaka
suburb was making
clothes for Wal-Mart,
Sears, Disney and other
major global retailers.
When a fire broke out
over the weekend, many
of the 1,400 workers were
trapped inside the eight-
story building because
exit doors were locked. A
fire official said the death
toll would have been
much lower if the factory
had had an emergency
Police said they were
interrogating three facto-
ry managers on possible
negligence charges.
Workers said as they tried
to escape the fire they
found exit doors were
An AP reporter who
visited the damaged facto-
ry Wednesday found
three stairways but no
special fire exits.
Hossain, a former
accounts manager at
another garment factory,
set up his own clothing
business, Tuba Textiles
Mills Ltd. in 2004. The
Tazreen factory was one
of a dozen owned by his
Workers interviewed
by the AP have expressed
support for Hossain, and
describe him as a bearded
man in his 50s who usual-
ly wears white clothes.
Worker Mohammad Rajib
said he is a “gentle man”
who gave them raises and
fired some managers after
workers protested against
low pay and abuse.
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buyer would. Walk across the street and look at your
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rest of the showing.
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home on the market is making sure it’s clean. Why would an
eager buyer waste time viewing a home that needs a little elbow
grease? And a less that spic and span house could also signal
that other maintenance in the house hasn’t been kept up. Don’t
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WASHINGTON — Amid increas-
ing anxiety that the White House and
top Republicans are wasting time as
the government slides toward an
economy-rattling “fiscal cliff,” admin-
istration officials are heading to
Capitol Hill for talks with congres-
sional leaders.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner
and senior White House aide Rob
Nabors were to visit separately
Thursday with the four leaders of the
House and Senate to discuss how to
avert a series of tax increases and
spending cuts due to begin in
January. Republicans complain that
the White House is slow-walking the
talks and has yet to provide specifics
on how President Barack Obama
would curb the rapid growth of bene-
fit programs like Medicare and
There’s been little evident
progress in negotiations between the
White House and the lead GOP nego-
tiator, House Speaker John Boehner
of Ohio. Boehner’s lieutenants say
the White House has been slow to
“We have not seen any good-faith
effort on the part of this administra-
tion to talk about the real problem
that we’re trying to fix,” said House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Obama is mounting a public cam-
paign to build support and leverage in
the negotiations, appearing at the
White House with middle-class tax-
payers and launching a campaign on
Twitter to bolster his position.
“Right now, as we speak, Congress
can pass a law that would prevent a
tax hike on the first $250,000 of every-
body’s income,” Obama said. “And
that means that 98 percent of
Americans and 97 percent of small
businesses wouldn’t see their income
taxes go up by a single dime.”
Obama is insisting that tax rates
go up on family income exceeding
$250,000; Boehner is adamant that
any new tax revenues come from
overhauling the tax code, clearing out
tax breaks and lowering rates for all.
Republicans are also demanding
significant cuts to so-called entitle-
ment programs like Medicare, such
as an increase in the eligibility age for
the program from 65 to perhaps 67.
“It’s time for the president and
Democrats to get serious about the
spending problem that our country
has,” Boehner said at a news confer-
ence Wednesday in the Capitol.
Boehner, like Obama, expressed opti-
mism that a deal could be reached.
At issue are steep, across-the-
board cuts to the Pentagon and
domestic programs set to strike the
economy in January as well as the
expiration of Bush-era tax cuts on
income, investments, married cou-
ples and families with children. That
combination of tax increases and
spending cuts would wring more than
half a trillion dollars from the econo-
my in the first nine months of next
year, according to the Congressional
Budget Office.
No one anticipates a stalemate last-
ing that long, but many experts
worry that even allowing the spend-
ing cuts and tax increases for a rela-
tively brief period could rattle finan-
cial markets.
White House, Congress talk as ‘fiscal cliff’ nears
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House Speaker John Boehner Ohio,
left, talks with House Majority
Leader Eric Cantor of Va., on
Capitol Hill in Washington,
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Everyone hates high heat bills.
But we’re all sick and tired of turn-
ing the thermostat down and freez-
ing our buns off.
That’s why Sears knew they had
a home-run on their hands with the
first-ever low-cost appliance with
Hybrid-Thermic™heat technology
and Hi-Def Fireless Flame. And no
other heater anywhere has it.
The brand-new portable Heat
Surge EV-2 sips so little energy,
you can run it for a full 12-hour day
or night for just about a buck. Just
turn down the home thermostat
while the EV-2 blankets the room
with bone-soothing heat, slash-
ing heat bills and taking care of
all the cold spots.
This modern marvel, hailed by
Heat Surge as the zone heating
‘Miracle Heater,’ caused such a
frenzy at Sears stores with none
in stock, one shopper refused to
leave which forced managers to
hand over the floor model.
So today, immediate action is
being taken to give more people,
more ways to get them.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., today’s
readers are allowed to phone in or
snag one online. Heat Surge even
released this advertising announce-
ment and a 2-Day Double Coupon
which has been reprinted on this
page for today’s readers to use.
By using this coupon, everyone
who calls is being rewarded with
$227 off. That makes this remark-
able new home appliance a real
steal at just $299. Since this is a
Double Coupon Deal, it not only
gives you an extraordinary dis-
count, but also entitles you to free
shipping and handling, totaling
$227 off. So now everyone has a
fair shot at getting one.
“Folks are saving money every-
where by zone heating with the
newHeat Surge EV-2,” said Dave
O’Neil, the company’s analyst track-
ing the impact Heat Surge is hav-
ing on consumer heat bills.
This all started when Sears
wanted the world-famous ‘Amish
Miracle Heater’ that everyone was
asking for.
The shy but now famous Amish
craftsman said Sears made the
most sense. “I’d reckon they’re
the oldest and most trusted in the
country,” one of the Amish crafts-
men known as Melvin said.
“It’s been saving folks money, big
money. And we know it because
we’re hearin’ about it,” he said.
“They know about our qual-
ity. No particle board, just real
wood. Fully-assembled cabinets
by our hands and we’re making
them right here in the good ole
USA,” Melvin said.
Director of Technology David
Martin explained, “The Heat
Surge Accent EV-2 is a revolu-
tionary appliance that can eas-
ily roll from room to room. But
we didn’t want it to look like some
metal box that just sits there. So
we turned to our Amish crafts-
men and now each one is made
to look like a sleek, slim fireplace
that has no real flames.”
“The peaceful flicker of the
Hi-Def Fireless Flame is so beau-
tiful, everyone thinks it’s real, but
it’s totally safe to the touch. All you
do is just plug it in,” Martin said.
People from Maine to Mississippi
and even Florida and Arizona are
flocking to get thembecause they
are finally able to give their cen-
tral heat a rest during the long,
frigid winter ahead.
According to the avalanche of
consumer reviews, people absolutely
swear by them, repeatedly saying,
“it saves money,” “looks beautiful,”
and “keeps you warm head to toe,
floor to ceiling.” And the word is
getting out. That’s why people are
clamoring to get them.
But Martin said right now the
real problem is making sure the
Amish craftsmen can keep up with
the looming Christmas rush.
That’s why the Double Coupon
expires in two days.
So for readers hoping to get the
new Heat Surge for themselves
and take care of gifts for others,
there is good news.
You can use the 2-Day Double
Coupon more than once. But there
is a catch. You can only get away
with it for the next two days from
the date of today’s publication by
calling the National Appliance
Center at 1-800-618-8510.
Then, when it arrives, you’ll be
rushing to turn down that thermo-
stat. Just plug it in, watch your heat
bills hit rock bottom, and never
be cold again. N
N GOTTA HAVE ONE: People are flocking to Sears stores everywhere to get the brand-new Heat Surge EV-2. An eager crowd remained
respectful as Jonas Miller stages a promotional delivery event. “I heard so much about the Amish Miracle Heater but couldn’t find where
to get one,” an excited Mary Straughn said. That’s why a National Appliance Hotline has been set up for today’s readers who can’t rush
out to get one. Readers who call the Hotline at 1-800-618-8510 will get free delivery with an extraordinary 2-Day Double Coupon that has
been reprinted below.
How It Works: You get 74º of bone-soothing room heat even when the
home thermostat is turned down to 59º with the first-ever Heat Surge EV-2
N BLANKET FREE COMFORT: “We just couldn’t take another
winter of always being cold. And we also got one for the kids to
help them with their heat bills,” Julia White said.
An avalanche of unsolicited consumer reviews gives the company the reason to boast
an overwhelming Consumer ‘Best Buy’ on the HeatReport.com website. Consumers
should be aware of the fakes out there. This Hybrid-Thermic ‘Miracle Heater’ can never
be found at Wal-Mart®, not at Lowe’s®, not at Home Depot®, and none of the Club Stores. “Accept no imitations. If it does not have the Heat
Surge name on it, it is not real Amish and it is not Hybrid-Thermic™. I repeat, if it does not have the Heat Surge name on it, you are getting
ripped off,” said Heat Surge Chief Compliance Officer, Dennis James. The Heat Surge has earned the coveted Underwriters Laboratories
certification and is protected by a limited full year replacement or money back warranty and 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee.
A Consumer Best Buy
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Public rush to snap up new low-cost
appliance that helps slash heat bills
Amish craftsmen vow to keep up with rush for brand-new Hybrid-Thermic

‘Miracle Heater’ that
uses about the same energy as a coffee maker per hour, so just plug it in and never be cold again
N MODERN MARVEL: The revolutionary Heat
Surge Accent EV-2 micro-furnace fits in any room
because it’s packed inside a small Amish-built
cabinet that measures just 25" high, 18" wide,
and 12" deep.
This is the revolutionary Heat Surge EV-2, the only appliance with Hybrid-Thermic™
heat technology. Hybrid-Thermic heat technology is an engineering genius so ad-
vanced, it actually uses a micro-furnace from the coast of China and a thermal heat
exchanger to perform its miracles. The thermal heat exchanger acts like the rays of
the sun to heat you, the kids, the pets and everything else. The micro-furnace then
heats all the surrounding air. Together, this Hybrid-Thermic heat technology warms
both you and the air around you, taking care of all the cold spots. In fact, it actually
produces bone-soothing heat to help you feel good.
This modern marvel uses L.E.D. flame technology and just a trickle of electricity and
saves you money based on a U.S. average that says it uses only about 9¢ of electricity
an hour on the standard setting, yet it produces up to an amazing 4,606 British Thermal
Units (BTU’s) on the high setting. But here’s the big surprise. It’s not just a metal box
that belongs in a basement. The Heat Surge EV-2 is a showpiece in any room. That’s
because it has the ambiance of a real fireplace, but it has no real flames. Its Hi-Def Fireless
Flame® technology
makes it safe to
the touch.
The portable
Heat Surge EV-2
comes installed in
a genuine Amish-
built wood cabinet
made in the heart-
land of Ohio. They
are hand-rubbed,
stained, and var-
nished. When it
arrives, all you do
is just plug it in.
NZONE HEATING SLASHES HEAT BILLS: Just turn down the home thermostat
and use the new Heat Surge EV-2 with Hybrid-Thermic heat technology to
blanket the whole room with 74º of warmth while slashing heat bills.
Home thermostat set at 59º
Room Temp
Heat Surge EV-2
Room Temp
Regular Heat
N SAFE: The beautiful L.E.D. Hi-Def Fireless Flame® on the new Heat
Surge EV-2 is so stunning, everyone thinks it’s real, but it’s actually safe to
the touch. It’s so safe, it’s where the kids will play & the pets will sleep.
An extraordinary $227.00
Double Coupon Deal has
been authorized for today’s
readers. To use the $227.00
coupon and get the Heat
Surge Accent EV-2 for
just $299, you must call
the National Appliance
Center at 1-800-618-8510.
Because i t’s a Doubl e
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F RE E Shi p pi n g a n d
Handling, but only for those
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EXPIRES 2 Days From Today’s Publication Date
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TO USE THIS COUPON: Call the National Appliance Center
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