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1 What is Greenland called by
its Inuit native residents?
2 What 1982 successor to the
VIC-20 is still the bestselling
computer model of all time?
3 What do Steven Soderbergh’s
director of photography Peter
Andrews and the Coen brothers’
editor Roderick Jaynes have in
4 In The Merr y Wives of
Windsor, Shakespeare coined
what word for “passionate,”
cursing us with a terrible
Foreigner song and thus the gui-
tar riff from “Funky Cold
5 What tinting process for
black-and-white photography
was named for the genus of cut-
tlefish that originally provided
the pigment?
Answers, 8B
Thursday, April 12
I Noon Tunes: Meet friends at
the Trotter Convention Center
Courtyard in downtown
Columbus for live music by
Marian Montgomery from 11
a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch by Zachary’s
is available for purchase. For
more information, contact Main
Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
I Falcon Showcase: The sec-
ond annual Columbus High
School Falcon Showcase at CHS
Commons includes a 5:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet, seated dinner
at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment
by the CHS Show Choir and Jazz
Band. Tickets to the event are
$50, or $250 for corporate
tables. For information, contact
Rosalyn Hodge at hodger@colum-
bus. or 662-251-
3007, or Gayle Fortenberr y at
Saturday, April 14
I Farmers' Market: The
Hitching Lot Farmers' Market at
Second Avenue and Second
Street North is open from 7-10
a.m. Beginning May 14, the mar-
ket will also be open Monday
evenings and Thursday mornings.
Info: Main Street Columbus, 662-
Matthew Reeves
Second grade, New Hope
Terrence Webb works at Sonic
Drive-In on Highway 45 and is also
a desk clerk at Best Western in
High 69Low 39
Mostly sunny
Full forecast on
page 2A.
133RD YE AR, NO. 27
It started with the bomb
threats. As the Columbus
Municipal School District
fought to get a grip on an esca-
lating situation — six threats
within a six-week time span —
school officials learned an awful
truth: Two of the nine threats
against city and county schools
this year were placed by a
Columbus High student, from a
school bathroom.
So, the Board of Trustees
Monday night voted to hire
additional security for the high
school, Interim Superintendent
Dr. Martha Liddell said
Tuesday, noting the advent of
spring also statistically means
an increase in discipline issues.
When pressed, Liddell admit-
ted another factor in the deci-
sion to amp security — a recent
weekend fight, which began on
Facebook and spilled into the
high school corridors.
“There’s something about
spring fever; you tend to have
more fights,” Liddell said. “We
had one a few weeks ago that
was disturbing, because it was
more students than usual.
According to Principal (Scott
Hallmark), seven or eight were
involved and other kids started
jumping in.”
The aggressors were taken
to the Lowndes County Juvenile
Detention Center, but Liddell
said the incident demonstrates
the importance of having
enough administrators and
security guards to handle the
1,300 students at CHS.
Doran Johnson was hired
Monday night to patrol the halls
of the high school on a tempo-
rary basis through June 30.
Chief Resource Officer Jimmy
Bonner is headquartered at
Columbus High, but floats as
needed between the district’s
seven schools, and a third
resource officer is stationed at
Columbus Middle School.
School officials Wednesday
were unable to provide the
salary amount of fered to
Johnson, who worked for the
district as a school resource offi-
cer from 2005 to 2010. School
board member Jason Spears
said the position, which will be
about 20 hours per week, is not
salaried and will cost the district
roughly around $6,000 per year.
She said it has not yet been
decided whether the district will
fund three resource of ficers
next school year, but she’s hop-
Black-hearted gamblers, lily-
pure maidens and stalwart heroes
leap from the dime novels of the
late 1800s to the McComas Hall
stage at Mississippi State
University April 12-14. The Theatre
MSU production of Tim Taggert’s
“Deadwood Dick or The Game of
Gold” begins at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
In 1876, Edward L. Wheeler
started turning out novels about
Deadwood Dick, a Robin Hood of
the Black Hills. The popular series
continued for 15 years. Taggert
has reincarnated Wheeler’s most
colorful characters and exciting
plotlines in this blood-and-thunder
script, where long-lost daughters,
gold mines and narrow escapes
are the order of the day.
Communication professor
Donna Clevinger directs the 25-
member student cast in action that
centers largely in Calamity Jane’s
Mantrap Saloon. There, Wild Bill
Hickock, hero Ned Harris and the
villainous Black ’n Red meet again.
“It’s a fun show because it’s so
over the top,” said MSU senior
Grant Alexander of Starkville. He
portrays Pong Ping, the Chinese
cook who falls in love with Lily
Blossom. “I think audiences will
have as much fun watching it as
we do performing it,” continued
Alexander, an English and psychol-
Mississippi State’s rootin’ tootin’ melodrama revisits the Old West
Courtesy photo
Mississippi State University students in “Deadwood Dick, or The Game of Gold” ham it up at
rehearsal for this Wild West production set for April 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. at McComas Hall on
the university campus. Admission is $10.
Luisa Porter/ Dispatch Staff
Matt West helps Mark Spears, district one volunteer fire chief, carr y a ladder into a home on Woodlawn Road
in Caledonia Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor called after seeing smoke billowing from a small window at the
top center of the home. The owners were not at home at the time and an update on the status of the home
was not available at press time.
Caledonia fire
CMSD hires additional security after bomb threats, fights
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is
investigating an early Monday morning shoot-
ing by a Columbus Police Department officer
in the 1100 block of Wheat Street.
A CPD source, who asked not to be named,
Columbus developer Mark
Castleberry was granted a set-
back variance for an upcoming
hotel project. At Tuesday’s meet-
ing of the Zoning Board of
Adjustments and Appeals,
Castleberry, of Columbus Land
Development, LLC., requested a
setback variance from 35 feet for
his new hotel franchise.
“This is for the proposed Hampton Inn fran-
Variance granted
for new Hampton
Hotel one of four under development
Details emerge in
Monday shooting
by CPD officer
Officer identified

A Madison County
grand jury will consider
charges that a
Ridgeland developer
let a homeless man
live aboard a vacant
houseboat that wasn’t
his and collected rent.
According to an affidavit
filed by houseboat owner
George Clements, John
Burwell allegedly allowed
Randy Phillips to live last
summer on the house-
boat docked at the Ross
Barnett Reservoir and
use electricity. The
Clarion-Ledger reports
the affidavit does not say
how much rent Burwell
was charging. Burwell
was charged with misde-
meanor conspiracy to
commit a crime and
felony accessory before
the fact. Phillips is also
charged with conspiracy
to commit a crime, tres-
passing and felony mali-
cious mischief. The
felony charges against
Burwell and Phillips are
expected to go to the
grand jury in May.
Sheriff Tyrone Lewis
says Hinds County jail
officials don’t know
how long an inmate
has been missing but
the discovery was
made Tuesday during a
head count. The
Clarion-Ledger reports
36-year-old Nathaniel
Tovoris Brent had been
held on sexual battery
and domestic violence
charges since March 6.
When asked Tuesday
about reports that Brent
had been missing since
Saturday, Lewis said
investigators were look-
ing into the possibility
Brent could have been
out more than a day.
Brent previously had
escaped from the coun-
ty’s Raymond facility in
2003. He was discovered
missing after 14 hours
and captured 10 days
later in Milwaukee.
Lewis said surrounding
agencies are involved in
the search for Brent.
The North Pike School
District has adopted an
abstinence-only policy
for sex education
classes in the fall. The
reports that the board
made the decision this
past week. Mississippi
schools have until June
30 to decide how to incor-
porate sex education
classes into the curricu-
lum for the 2012-13
school year. Under state
law, teachers will be
allowed to discuss con-
doms and contraceptives
but they cannot explain to
students how to use
them, and teachers must
give the risks and failure
rates of contraceptives.
School districts also have
the option of choosing an
“abstinence-plus” curricu-
lum, which gives teachers
more leeway to discuss
condoms and contracep-
tives, although they are
still required to provide
the risks and failure rates.
The curriculum is
approved by the state
Department of Education.
The city of Tupelo has
issued a call for bids
on the estimated $11.3
million indoor aquatic
center. Companies
have until May 1 to
submit proposals. The
Northeast Mississippi
Daily Journal reports that
construction could start
by July if the city can pick
a general contractor this
spring. Construction is
expected to take 14
months with the opening
by fall of 2013. Parks and
Recreation Director Don
Lewis says price will be a
major consideration but
company profiles also
weigh heavily into picking
a contractor. Supporters
say the city needs a per-
manent indoor facility to
accommodate both com-
petitive and recreational
swimming. They say the
facility will lure regional,
statewide and even
national events to the city.
Currently, swimmers use
the indoor-outdoor public
pool at Rob Leake City
“When you get to this point in the season, you
have to take advantage of what the other team
gives you.”
New Hope softball coach Tabitha Beard.
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George Lucas’ film produc-
tion company on Tuesday
abandoned plans to build a
sprawling studio in a rustic
valley north of San
Francisco, saying it has no
desire to be seen as “an evil
Lucasfilm Ltd., the force
behind the Star Wars
movies, surprised Marin
County by announcing that
it has pulled the plug on the
controversial Grady Ranch
project, citing bitter opposi-
tion from neighbors and
delays in the approval
The company said it
would construct new facili-
ties elsewhere and hoped
to sell the historic farmland
to a developer interested in
building low-income hous-
ing in an area about 15
miles north of the Golden
Gate Bridge.
“We love working and
living in Marin, but the resi-
dents of Lucas Valley have
fought this project for 25
years, and enough is
enough,” the company said.
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The Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market in Columbus opened for
spring bright and early Saturday morning at Second
Avenue and Second Street North. The market will be open
Mondays 4-6 p.m., Thursdays 6-10 a.m. and Saturdays 7-
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I In the Tuesday, April 10 edi-
tion, we incorrectly stated an
officer with the Columbus
Police Department had been
suspended for his involvement
with a shooting. The officer
actually was placed on paid
administrative leave.
I The Hitching Lot Farmers’
Market, located at Second
Avenue and Second Street
North in Columbus, is now
open Saturdays from 7-10 a.m.
Main Street Columbus clarifies
that the market will not begin
opening on Monday evenings
and Thursday mornings until
the week of May 14.
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When people think of
American Eurocopter, they
often think of military air-
craft, but the company’s
Columbus facility manufac-
tures helicopters which are
used every day for a wide
range of purposes, from law
enforcement to corporate,
commercial and business
Dr. James Brooks, a
Columbus optometrist,
learned that first-hand
recently while vacationing
in Las Vegas. He and a tour
group took a helicopter trip
across the Grand Canyon,
and when he returned and
showed the photographs
around town, he discovered
he had gone all the way to
Vegas just to ride in a heli-
copter manufactured right
here at home.
Brooks, along with other
members of the Columbus
Rotary Club, had the oppor-
tunity to learn more about
American Eurocopter
Tuesday afternoon during
a presentation by Earl
Walker, general manager of
the company’s Mississippi
Walker said the compa-
ny, which is a division of
EADS North America, has
come a long way since
breaking ground in 2003.
Initially, they started out
in a small hangar at the
Golden Triangle Regional
Aerospace Industrial Park.
Now the company’s 325,000
square foot facility, situated
on 40 acres and employing
335 people, is growing
exponentially — and the
Aerospace Park is growing
with it.
Last month, American
Eurocopter delivered its
200th Lakota helicopter to
the U.S. Army. Now the
Columbus facility has pro-
duced 209 of the 345
Lakotas they will deliver to
the Army and Army
National Guard by 2016.
The manufacture of the
high-tech machines is
“quite an accomplishment
for this area,” Walker said,
adding that the company
has been successful due to
its ability to meet cus-
tomers’ needs by building
the package they seek.
Another thing that has
made the company suc-
cessful is the local work-
force and community,
Walker said. Initially, there
were concerns they may
not be able to find people
with aviation experience,
but with the close proximi-
ty to Columbus Air Force
Base, as well as Huntsville,
Ala. — home of NASA’s
Marshall Space Flight
Center and Redstone
Arsenal — they found a
willing workforce that not
only had aviation experi-
ence but also had airframe
and powerplant certifica-
East Mississippi
Community College has
also been pivotal in work-
ing with American
Eurocopter, helping train
the local workforce with
necessary skills, he said.
“We were able to come
to Mississippi and have a
lot of success with the
Mississippi workforce and
with the support of the
community,” Walker said.
“We’ve had a lot of success
with the people from this
Though Eurocopter’s
North American division is
headquartered in Grand
Prairie, Texas, Columbus
holds the distinction of
being the only U.S. site
with a production and man-
ufacturing line. The Texas
site handles administration,
sales, marketing, technical
and customer support and
maintenance and repair.
The Columbus facility
holds another distinction as
well — the Federal Aviation
Association has issued it a
“Made in the U.S.A.” pro-
duction certificate, allowing
every helicopter it pro-
duces to bear that logo after
meeting the rigid criteria.
As images flicked across
a projection screen show-
ing the company’s aircraft
being used for border
patrol, emergency medical
airlifts, Homeland Security,
offshore work, tourism,
military and other uses,
many Rotarians expressed
surprise at the variety of
areas the company serves
throughout the world.
“I was surprised at the
international reach of this
company that’s located
right here in the Golden
Triangle,” Rotarian and
Cadence Bank Senior Vice
President Larry Cantrell
said Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m so impressed with the
quality of what they do for
the Coast Guard, business
and the military. Their qual-
ity is quite obviously recog-
nized by all these people.”
Eurocopter GM speaks on success of Columbus operations
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American Eurocopter announced the delivery of their
200th Lakota UH-72A helicopter last month. Earl
Walker, general manager of the company's Mississippi
operations, spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club
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From left, Lenore
Prather listens as Dr.
James Brooks discusses
a cell phone image with
Earl Walker, general
manager of Mississippi
operations for American
Eurocopter, Tuesday
afternoon following the
Rotary Club meeting at
Columbus Country Club.
Brooks recently took a
helicopter tour of the
Grand Canyon and was
surprised to learn the
helicopter was made at
American Eurocopter in
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Congratulations are due to
Bubba Watson for his
admirable performance in
our new national sport.
Not golf. Hugging.
On Sunday, Watson won
the Masters golf tournament.
And then the hugs began.
He hugged his caddie. He
hugged his mother. He
hugged pro after pro. He
hugged his caddie again, at
length and tearfully.
As I watched him enfold
person after person in the
warm circlet of his arms, I
couldn’t help realizing how
far the epidemic has spread.
Everywhere you look,
people are hugging. Friends.
Strangers on trains. Bears. Politicians. The first lady.
Especially the first lady. One day, just for fun, she
surprised all the visitors to the White House with
When did hugs become compulsory?
You meet someone for the first time, you shake
her hand. You meet her a second time, and she
expects a hug. Sometimes she expects the hug
before the first meeting is even over.
It’s a fairly recent development. Once, we greeted
people by running at them with lances. Then some-
one wisely came up with the handshake instead.
But candidates are no longer required simply to
shake hands and kiss the occasional baby. They
have to hug grandmothers and volunteers and their
wives, every time they appear anywhere, to show
warmth. But careful! Not too much warmth!
We’ve reached the point as a society where some-
one like Mitt Romney is expected to hug people in
order to become president. Not dozens of people;
thousands upon thousands of people. This is patently
In stand-offs, the person who wants a hug always
wins. If you really want to avoid hugs, the only way
is to carry around something large and unwieldy at
all times. And even then you can sometimes be
ambushed - say, by the first lady leaping out from
around a corner.
This seems erroneous, at best.
Perhaps I’m biased. I come of WASPish stock, so
my family hugged just once a year, during the sol-
stice. For the most part, we depended on hand-
shakes and small checks to express emotion, except
for occasions where real warmth was needed, when
we would clap one another on the shoulders and
mutter, “I’m only mildly disappointed in you.”
In Singapore, you are required to seek permission
before hugging someone. How idyllic life must be!
What happened to the good old-fashioned hand-
shake? When did it become a sign of standoffish-
ness, rather than a sign of “Hello, I have just met
you, and I am unarmed”? All I ask from people I
have just met is that they be unarmed. I do not need
proof of their emotional warmth.
“You sound upset. Let’s hug it out.”
Alexandra Petri is a member of The Washington
Post’s editorial staf f.
All it takes is one little
twit. Or a tweet, as the
case may be — not
that the two are mutu-
ally exclusive.
In fact, very likely
the person who recent-
ly started a rumor
about South Carolina
Gov. Nikki Haley was
trying to create that
idiot’s delight —
“buzz” — for his blog.
Or whatever little virtu-
al temple he had erect-
ed to himself.
So it goes in the
ridiculous political
arena in which we now
find ourselves.
The rumor — that
Haley was about to be
indicted for tax fraud
—was so delicious
that other bloggers,
tweeters and even
some mainstream
media outlets felt com-
pelled to repeat it.
Except that it wasn’t
true. Not even a little
bit. Some twit thought it would be
fun to start a rumor and see what
happened next. We all know what
happens: Indictments spread like
wildfire; corrections couldn’t roast
a marshmallow.
The damage took only a couple
of hours. And Haley, a rising star in
the Republican Party and a possi-
ble vice presidential pick for Mitt
Romney, is all too aware of the
potential cost to her reputation.
She's been through this before.
While she was running in the
Republican primary for governor,
two men stepped forward to claim
sexual dalliances with the married
mother of two.
Obviously, South Carolinians
either didn’t buy it or didn't care.
The attack was so vile and, frankly,
not so credible that voters reacted
by checking the box by Haley’s
name. Her popularity as
governor ebbs and
flows as these things
go, but her appeal as a
national figure does not
seem affected by local
attacks. She’s going to
be around for a long
Meanwhile, what
Haley experienced as a
target of the rumor mill
should be of more gen-
eral concern to every-
one. The New York
Times tracked the path
of the Haley/tax rumor
to show how quickly it
traveled from a small
spark in the fevered
brain of a political
enemy into a bonfire of
inanity. It began with a
blog item, then was
tweeted by The Hill, a
Washington political
newspaper, and report-
ed in a short article by
The Daily Beast.
All of this happened
between 12:52 p.m.,
when the blog post
went online, and 1:12 p.m., when a
reporter for USA Today actually
decided to call Haley’s office and
find out if the story was true. Give
that reporter a raise! But the
rumor was retweeted at 1:14 by a
Washington Post reporter and later
picked up by online outlets Daily
Kos and The Daily Caller. By 3:29,
The Drudge Report linked to the
Daily Caller article featuring the
headline: “Report: DOJ may indict
SC Gov. Nikki Haley for tax fraud.”
The next morning, The State
newspaper, South Carolina’s
largest, had a front-page story. All
in a day’s whisper.
What is abominably clear is that
this sort of thing can happen to
anyone at any time. And much
worse things can be said that can’t
easily be disproved. Haley extin-
guished this fire by releasing a let-
ter from the Internal Revenue
Service stating that there was no
But what if, instead, the rumor
were that a candidate was once
suspected of child abuse?
“Neighbors, who remembered
Candidate A as quiet and polite,
nonetheless say they always sus-
pected ...”
We used to recognize rumors
for what they are, but in the era of
insta-everything, rumors get to
enjoy enough time in the sunlight
to make an imprint on the commu-
nity psyche. Most disappointing
during this particular cycle was the
failure of legitimate news organiza-
tions to turn the rumor over and
examine its underbelly before
repeating it.
What happened to a minimum
of two corroborating sources
before a story is posted?
Even laymen unfamiliar with tra-
ditional journalism’s standards and
procedures learned that rule from
“All the President’s Men,” the
movie based on Woodward and
Bernstein’s historic Watergate
That was then. Now editors
faced with dwindling subscriptions
and advertising must compete with
the twits who make it up as they
go. But the danger of trying to
keep up with twits and tweeters is
that eventually you may get good
at it — and no better.
Integrity of information is the
one thing newspapers can promise
readers that other new media can’t
deliver with the same consistency.
It isn’t only a matter of pride or
even of survival of newspapers, in
which I obviously have a personal
interest. Ultimately, it is a matter of
helping protect freedoms that will
become diminished as a less-
informed citizenry surrenders
responsibility to titillation — and
slouches inevitably toward idiocra-
Kathleen Parker’s email address
Once again the Centers
for Disease Control and
Prevention has ranked
Mississippi the top state in
the nation for teen pregnan-
cies. With 55 births per
1,000 teens aged 15 to 19 in
2010, Mississippi sits more
than 60 percent above the
national average.
So once again we implore
public school districts in
Mississippi to adopt sex-edu-
cation programs that deal
with more than abstinence.
The CDC considers teen-
pregnancy prevention one of
its top priorities. Of ficials
with the Atlanta-based feder-
al agency believe the strug-
gle to keep teens from hav-
ing an unwanted pregnancy
is a “winnable battle.”
So do we — if that “bat-
tle” is fought with the prop-
er weapons, the most power-
ful of which is knowledge.
We wish telling children
and young adults to “just say
no” was enough.
But it isn’t. Until
Mississippi does more to
prevent unplanned teen
pregnancies, there will con-
tinue to be more of them.
The costs to mothers and
children and taxpayers are
According to the CDC:
I Teen pregnancy
accounts for nearly $11 bil-
lion per year in costs to tax-
payers for increased health
care and foster care,
increased incarceration
rates among children of teen
parents, and lost tax rev-
enue because of lower edu-
cational attainment and
income among teen moth-
I Pregnancy and birth
are significant contributors
to high school dropout rates
among girls. Only about 50
percent of teen mothers
receive a high school diplo-
ma by 22 years of age, ver-
sus approximately 90 per-
cent of women who had not
given birth during adoles-
I The children of teenage
mothers are more likely to
have lower school achieve-
ment and drop out of high
school, have more health
problems, be incarcerated at
some time during adoles-
cence, give birth as a
teenager, and face unem-
ployment as a young adult.
What we can do, we
should do. And comprehen-
sive sex education is some-
thing every school district in
Mississippi can and must
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Tuesday weighed the con-
stitutionality of requiring
large graphic photos on cig-
arette packs to show that
smoking can disfigure and
even kill people, with two of
the three judges question-
ing how far the government
could go.
Some of the nation’s
largest tobacco companies,
including R.J. Reynolds,
sued to block the mandate.
They argued that the gov-
ernment’s proposed warn-
ings go beyond factual
information into anti-smok-
ing advocacy. The Obama
administration responded
that the photos of dead and
diseased smokers are factu-
In February, U.S.
District Judge Richard Leon
ruled that the requirement
ran afoul of the First
Amendment’s free speech
protections and blocked the
requirement. The govern-
ment appealed.
The nine graphic warn-
ings proposed by the Food
and Drug Administration
include color images of a
man exhaling cigarette
smoke through a tracheoto-
my hole in his throat, and a
plume of cigarette smoke
enveloping an infant receiv-
ing a mother’s kiss. Some
other images are accompa-
nied by language that says
smoking causes cancer and
can harm fetuses. The
warnings were to cover the
entire top half of cigarette
packs, front and back, and
include the phone number
for a stop-smoking hotline,
At Tuesday’s hearing,
Judge A. Raymond
Randolph, an appointee of
Republican President
George H.W. Bush, asked if
the government could go so
far as to require cars to
carry a warning that “speed
kills,” with a graphic illus-
tration. Justice Department
attorney Mark B. Stern
replied that he didn’t think
there would be any problem
with that.
Another Republican
appointee, Judge Janice
Rogers Brown, asked if the
government could mandate
a cigarette warning that
said, “Stop! If you buy this
product, you are a moron,”
or “Smokers are idiots.”
“No, I don’t think saying
smokers are idiots is accu-
rate,” Stern replied. He said
such a warning would be
Brown also questioned if
the government was on a
path to put warnings on
other legal products.
“Where does this stop?”
asked Brown, who like
District Judge Leon was
appointed by Republican
George W. Bush.
Lawyers for the tobacco
companies made a similar
argument in their brief.
They superimposed the
FDA tobacco image of a
cadaver onto a McDonald’s
bag with the warning that
fatty foods may cause heart
disease, and the FDA’s
image of a premature baby
in an incubator on a bottle
of alcohol with a warning
that drinking during preg-
nancy can cause birth
defects. They also showed a
Hershey’s chocolate bar
with half the wrapper cov-
ered by a picture of a mouth
of rotting teeth and a warn-
ing that candy causes tooth
Stern said those compar-
isons trivialized an impor-
tant issue. “Addiction really
means addiction,” he said,
and it was not like eating
The third judge on the
panel, Judith W. Rogers, an
appointee of Democrat Bill
Clinton, didn’t ask any ques-
tions of the Obama adminis-
tration, but she grilled Noel
J. Francisco, a lawyer for
tobacco companies. Rogers
asked Francisco if he was
challenging the accuracy of
the FDA’s text warnings,
such as smoking causing
cancer and heart disease.
The lawyer said he was not,
but that the government
was going beyond mere
facts by including a phone
number to quit.
“The government is try-
ing to send a powerful mes-
sage: Quit smoking now,”
he said. When the message
tells people to live a certain
way, it crosses the line from
facts to advocacy, he
But Randolph said he
had a hard time finding that
line, adding that the judges
were in “new territory.”
In his ruling, Leon wrote
that the graphic images
“were neither designed to
protect the consumer from
confusion or deception, nor
to increase consumer
awareness of smoking
risks; rather, they were
crafted to evoke a strong
emotional response calcu-
lated to provoke the viewer
to quit or never start smok-
“While the line between
the constitutionally permis-
sible dissemination of factu-
al information and the
impermissible expropria-
tion of a company’s adver-
tising space for govern-
ment advocacy can be frus-
tratingly blurry, here the
line seems quite clear,”
Leon wrote.
The case is separate
from a lawsuit by several of
the same tobacco compa-
nies over the 2009 Family
Smoking Prevention and
Tobacco Control Act, which
cleared the way for the
more graphic warning
labels and other marketing
restrictions. The law also
allowed the FDA to limit
nicotine and banned tobac-
co companies from sponsor-
ing athletic or social events
or giving away free samples
or branded merchandise.
Last month, a federal
appeals court in Cincinnati
ruled that the law was con-
Court weighs graphic health
warnings on cigarettes
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message: Quit smoking now. When the mes-
sage tells people to live a certain way, it
crosses the line from facts to advocacy.”
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ogy double major.
Chip Templeton of
Starkville will be at the
piano, providing “songs of
the Gay Nineties” and spe-
cial music. The longtime
educator and businessman
is an associate with the
North Mississippi
Research and Extension
“It’s indeed a privilege
to work with these talent-
ed students in this very
entertaining melodrama,”
said Templeton.
“Musically this has been a
challenge and positive
learning experience for
me, as there’s no musical
score. ” The accom-
plished pianist will create
the sounds and songs that
set the production’s mood.
How to go
Individual $10 general
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For more information,
contact Clevinger at 662-
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Continued from Page 1A
ing, as the board reviews
the budget this summer,
they’ll find enough cost-
savings to consider it.
School board member
Currie Fisher said the
board will have to look at
the budget’s ability to sup-
port an additional resource
of ficer, but she agreed
with Liddell’s assertion
and noted, with the large
population of students at
CHS and the relatively low
number of security person-
nel, she believed extra
security was needed to
enhance what’s already in
She said she expected
concerns about the hiring
of an additional person,
given the board’s decision
last month not to renew
the contracts of 68 certi-
fied staf f members, the
majority of which were
teachers. But she stressed
Johnson’s position is tem-
porary until June, and once
budget talks begin, the
public will have the oppor-
tunity to give input on
whether or not extra secu-
rity at the high school is
It’s mostly a preventa-
tive action, Liddell said.
The resource officers are
certified police of ficers,
with authority to make
arrests, and district offi-
cials hope increased police
presence will stop trouble
before it starts.
Resource officers also
can act as trusted adults
for students who may
develop a close enough
relationship to feel com-
fortable divulging potential
situations brewing.
“It’s important to have
more (resource officers)
visible, especially at the
secondary level,” Liddell
said. “Nothing has escalat-
ed on the campuses at all,
other than the bomb
threats. But the last few
weeks of school, the kids
get really rowdy, so it’s just
a preventative measure.”
Last month, the district
hosted a safety summit
with local law enforcement
agencies and a national
technology expert, to
develop better strategies
for threat assessment and
response, both at school
and during of f-campus
school activities.
Those discussions will
be continued Friday, with a
joint session between dis-
trict officials and represen-
tatives from the
Mississippi Department of
Education, from 10 a.m. to
noon at Brandon Central
Deputy Superintendent
Craig Shannon recently
estimated 26 hours of
instruction time have been
wasted in the district, from
handling multiple bomb
threats this school year,
with 14 of those hours
being lost at Columbus
High School.
Continued from Page 1A
chise,” Castleberry said.
“This is a real franchise
— we hope to get started
on construction in the
fourth quarter of this
year. I understand this
setback is for safety pur-
poses. We have a retain-
ing wall for safety, so this
is irrelevant. We are ask-
ing for a setback of five
Columbus Building
Of ficial Kenny Wiegel
said he received a few
calls inquiring about
Castleberr y’s appear-
ance, but no one had
opposed the request.
“I think you used com-
mon sense in this matter
and I move to approve
this request,” Zoning
Board member Kevin
Staf ford said.
The proposed 90-room
Hampton Inn is one of
three hotels planned on
Castleberry’s property on
18th Street North. An 85-
room Fairfield Inn and
Suites, with 16 suites,
opened in April of last
year. Castleberry said a
110-room Courtyard by
Marriot, including a
bistro and Starbucks cof-
fee shop, will join the
Fairfield Inn and the
Hampton Inn on the prop-
Hoping to attract a top-
notch boutique hotel to
be connected to the
Trotter Convention
Center, Castleberry also,
in 2011, optioned the
Gilmer Inn, a downtown
Property options are
common between
landowners and govern-
mental or economic
development entities,
making way for economic
development projects by
securing an agreement
from the owners of
desired properties to sell
at a fixed price within a
specified amount of time.
Castleberr y’s option
on the Gilmer Inn has
“Originally, we wanted
to place the Hampton Inn
at the Gilmer site,”
Castleberry said. “Hilton,
Inc., the Hampton Inn’s
parent company, came to
town and decided it need-
ed to placed at the 18
Street North site. So right
now, there is no move-
ment, at least from Castle
Properties (at the Gilmer
The fate of another
Hampton Inn has
changed, but work on its
former site has restarted.
Wiegel said the hotel
on Highway 45 next to
Belk, once planned as a
Hampton Inn franchise, is
back under construction
after being dormant for
several months.
The site sat untouched
for months after a pro-
posed Hampton Inn chain
decided to pull out, leav-
ing the owners to pursue
another chain.
“I stopped by the hotel
(Monday) to see if there
had been any movement
on the construction,”
Wiegel said. “There was a
crew working on the west
end of the building. The
new chain does not like
the footprint of the (previ-
ously planned) Hampton
Inn and the are making
some adjustments such
as adding several rooms.
The foundation has been
laid and they are working
again. Albeit slow, there
is some work going on
“We started this hotel
as part of the Hampton
Inn franchise,” co-owner
Sunni Sethi said in
February. “But this is no
longer going to be a
Hampton Inn. I can not
tell you what chain the
hotel is going to be, yet.”
Sethi said funding had
been secured for the new
hotel and the franchise
had been “locked-in.”
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‘Made in Mississippi’
With the Columbus Arts Council
Friday April 13, 2012
Six to Eight o’clock in the evening
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Co-hosted by:
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Tuesday said Of ficer
James Hanson has been
placed on a paid adminis-
trative leave, pending the
Public Information
Of ficer Glenda
Buckhalter and the CPD
did not release the name
of the officer involved, nor
did MBI.
But Buckhalter said
the shooting occurred
around midnight April 10.
Hanson was responding
to a burglary at 607 21st
Ave. N, when he was told
to look out for a green
Honda Accord. The car
was spotted on 14th
Avenue and the driver
turned onto Wheat Street,
before stopping. The driv-
er, Jequanta Harris, 22, of
3550 Hwy. 373, and an
unknown passenger exit-
ed the vehicle. The pas-
senger fled on foot and
Harris was shot for failing
to comply with Hanson,
Buckhalter said, noting a
gun was found in the
vehicle. An undetermined
amount of marijuana was
also found in the Honda.
The vehicle’s passen-
ger is still is being sought
by Columbus police.
Harris was taken to
Baptist Memorial
Hospital-Golden Triangle
and later was airlifted to
University Medical
Center in Jackson. He was
listed in good condition
this morning. Harris’ fam-
ily declined to comment
on the matter.
The Meridian Star
reported Harris was
arrested for possession of
marijuana by the
Meridian Police
Department in Januar y
Hanson is the second
CPD officer to be placed
on leave, while under
investigation, in about the
past two months.
Officer John Rice was
placed on paid administra-
tive leave, after a Feb. 4
shooting at the Dutch
Village gas station on
Highway 50 in East
Police Chief Selvain
McQueen would not com-
ment on Monday’s shoot-
ing, but did confirm “an
of ficer had been placed
on paid administrative
leave.” He said the investi-
gation of the Feb. 4 shoot-
ing is “ongoing.”
Local law enforcement
agencies routinely place
officers on leave and turn
the case over to MBI,
when an of ficer dis-
charges a firearm in the
line of duty.
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North Mississippi No. 295
meets April 12 (and each
Thursday) at the Lowndes
County Volunteer Fire Dept. No.
2, Jess Lyons Road. Contact
Marj Bryde at 662-329-2825.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly of
Mississippi No. 288 meets
April 16 (and each Monday) at
Community Baptist Church,
Yorkville Road East. Weigh-in
begins at 5:30 p.m. Contact
Deborah Stevenson at 662-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly of
Columbus No. 266 meets April
16 (and each Monday) at the
Episcopal Church of the Good
Shepherd at 321 Forrest
Blvd., Columbus. Weigh-in
begins at 5:15 p.m.
Golden Triangle AA meets
daily for support. If you want
to drink, that is your business.
If you would like to stop drink-
ing, that is our business. For
more information, call 662-
The Golden Triangle Multiple
Sclerosis Support Group
meets April 16 (and third
Tuesdays), 6 p.m. at L.H.
Nickels and Associates, 2900
Bluecutt Road, Suite 1,
Columbus. For information,
call 662-435-0138.
The Diabetes Support Group
meets April 12 (and second
Thursdays) 6 p.m., Baptist
Golden Triangle Classroom 4.
For information call 662-244-
1597 or 800-544-8767, ext.
1597, or e-mail info.goldentri-
CPR classes are offered at
Baptist Golden Triangle twice
monthly, at 6 p.m., in the
Patient Tower. Pre-registration
is required. Contact the
Education Department, 662-
244-2498 or 800-544-8762,
ext. 2498 or e-mail
La Leche League of Columbus
will meet April 16, 6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m., at the Chapel Annex
on Columbus Air Force Base.
For more information, contact
Chelsea 719-213-9613 or
Christina 662-425-4322.
La Leche League of Starkville
will meet April 13 from 11 a.m.
to noon at the Emerson Family
Center, 1504 Louisville St. For
more information, contact
Rebecca at 662-546-0236 or
Jennifer at 662-324-1596.
A free Domestic Abuse
Recovery Group meets
Thursday evenings from 6 -7
p.m. through Safe Haven Inc.
Group counseling for rape
recovery is also available. For
more information and location,
please call 662-327-6118 or
The Hamilton Class reunion for
classes from 1938-1976 is
Saturday at 5 p.m. in the
school cafeteria. For more infor-
mation, call Judy Pugh at 662-
The 2012 Public Relations
Association of Mississippi will
hold its annual conference in
Columbus Thursday and Friday.
To register, go to
Columbus Girlchoir presents a
Tour of Kitchens April 21, 10
a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets ($20) are
available at the Columbus Arts
Council, Tennessee Williams
Welcome Center and from
Girlchoir members. Brunch and
refreshments will be served
The New Hope Community
Center on Stadium Road hosts
live country music by Gene
Robertson and The Echos April
21 (and first and third
Saturdays) from 7-10 p.m.
Admission is $5.
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point is accepting
scholarship applications from
Clay County graduating high
school students who plan med-
ical careers. Get details/appli-
cations from high school guid-
ance counselors or Anne
Comer, 662-495-2141.
Application deadline is April 16.
The City of Starkville Sanitation
Department will deliver garbage
bags April 14-15 to customers
scheduled for Monday and
Thursday collection. Bags will
be delivered to customers
scheduled for Tuesday and
Friday collection April 21-22.
Mississippi State University
Chemistry Department hosts a
golf tournament April 20 at the
MSU Golf Course, 11 a.m. For
more information, contact
Reatha Linley at 662-325-3584
Local chapters of Greek organi-
zations will host a picnic for
Oktibbeha County graduating
seniors May 4 from 6-8 p.m. at
McKee Park.
The Alabama-Mississippi
Chapter of the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society hosts a walk
April 21 at McKee Park. Check
in at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9
a.m. For more information, con-
tact Robin Burns at 601-856-
5831 or
The Starkville Tea Party hosts a
rally Saturday at noon at the
Oktibbeha County Courthouse.
Special guest is Kim Wade,
radio talk show host. There will
be an open mic segment to
voice concerns.
Mississippi State University
Department of Sociology and
Social Work is sponsoring a
Day of Silence to raise aware-
ness about lesbian, gay, bi-sex-
ual and transgender students at
the Mitchell Memorial Library
today, 2-4:30 p.m. For more
information, contact Sarah
Pellegrine at 601-260-1319.
Delta Omega Lambda hosts its
Inaugural Founder’s Gala and
Silent Auction April 28, 7 p.m.
at Coskrey Auditorium, 365
Barr Ave., Starkville. All pro-
ceeds go to benefit the DOL
Foundation and scholarship
fund. For more information,
email or
The Columbus-Lowndes County
Branch of NAACP hosts a
health fair April 21, 8 a.m.-1
p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club
of Columbus, 1818 14th Ave.
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The MUW Student
Programming Board hosts a
homecoming parade April 19.
Line up begins at 5:45 p.m. For
more information or to enter,
contact Symone Bounds, 601-
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at 5:30 p.m. at the art gallery in McComas Hall, with student introductions at 6
p.m. The reception will move to the Colvard Union Art Gallery at 6:15 p.m. and
will end at the Visual Arts Center at 7 p.m. For information, contact the art
department at 662-325-2970.
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From obscure former sena-
tor driving a pickup truck
across Iowa, Rick
Santorum made a surpris-
ing — he calls it miraculous
—leap to become the most
formidable threat to Mitt
Romney’s march to the
Republican nomination. His
shoestring campaign,
which ended Tuesday, was
a constant reminder of
Romney’s trouble connect-
ing with the party’s conser-
vative core.
Santorum’s presence in
the race pushed to the fore
polarizing social issues,
such as abortion, access to
birth control and gays in
the military, that many in
the party preferred not to
delve into as the GOP pre-
pared to court independent
voters in the general elec-
tion campaign against
President Barack Obama.
Although he accused the
media of unfairly focusing
on that part of his broader
campaign, Santorum was
unapologetic about taking
on such issues.
“We did focus a lot, yes,
on the families and on the
dignity of human life and on
the moral enterprise that is
America,” he said Tuesday
in Gettysburg, Pa., as he
announced his decision to
suspend his campaign.
He added: “We were
winning in a very different
way because we were
touching hearts. We were
raising issues that, well,
frankly, a lot of people did-
n’t want to have raised.”
As it became obvious
Santorum could not tri-
umph in the primaries and
caucuses, he began talking
of an unorthodox strategy
of stealing the nomination
away from a weakened
Romney at a divided
Republican National
Convention. Santorum
argued that the delegates
would embrace him as the
true conservative in the
race, even though most are
being sent to the conven-
tion by voters who chose
Many Republicans, bent
on showing unity against
Obama, considered such a
strategy disastrous and
began calling for the party
to rally around Romney as
the presumptive nominee.
While Santorum avoid-
ed mentioning Romney on
Tuesday, he pledged to stay
in the fight to defeat
Obama, which presumably
means embracing the
party’s nominee at some
point. In a recent interview,
Santorum even said he was
open to the possibility of
becoming Romney’s run-
ning mate.
He seems an unlikely
choice for Romney, given
that just last month he was
calling the former
Massachusetts governor
“the worst Republican in
the country” to challenge
Santorum likes to com-
pare himself to President
Ronald Reagan, a fellow
conservative who happens
to have lost his own first bid
for the party’s nomination
before winning in a land-
slide four years later. The
comparison suggests
Santorum might expect
better chances for himself
in 2016, should Obama win
No matter what,
Santorum has made him-
self a national name and
gained influence over his
party’s agenda.
His withdrawal came
after he had fallen hopeless-
ly behind Romney in the
race for GOP delegates.
And he risked an embar-
rassing loss in his home
state of Pennsylvania if he
stuck around for its April 24
primary. Polls indicated his
once strong lead slipping
away in Pennsylvania,
which ousted Santorum
from the Senate in a rout in
2006. Many voters there
still remember him unfa-
Santorum said he came
to the decision to leave the
race with his family after
his daughter Bella, who suf-
fers from a rare and serious
genetic condition, was hos-
pitalized over the holiday
weekend. She came home
Monday night.
Longtime Santorum
adviser John Brabender
said the candidate, his wife
and top advisers agreed on
Monday night that ending
the campaign was for the
best. “It was something
everybody felt good about,”
Brabender said, and “was-
n’t something that gave us a
restless night.”
Santorum and Romney
talked by phone on
Tuesday and agreed to
meet in person soon,
Brabender said.
One Pennsylvania sup-
porter, Chad Collie, said
Santorum’s withdrawal left
him “speechless.”
Collie, owner of a plaster
and drywall business, had
brought his wife and two
children, ages 3 and 5, to
what he expected to be a
Gettysburg campaign event
for the “truly genuine con-
servative” he planned to
support in the state’s GOP
primary. Would he be will-
ing to vote for Romney
instead? “We’ll see,” said
Collie, who views Romney
as about the same as
Obama. “I’m not opposed to
a third party.”
Santorum’s early success pushed GOP to the right
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A trio of area high school basketball standouts signed scholarship offers Tuesday.
Starkville High’s Tory Rice (left) signed with Itawamba Community College. SHS
teammate Jacolby Mobley signed with East Mississippi Community College. East
Oktibbeha County High’s Chris Rice (right) also signed with Itawamba.
STARKVILLE — Wes Rea said he
would like to admit he wasn’t trying
to hit a home run in the 12th inning
Tuesday night.
However, if he did
say that — he’d be
“You’re definitely
looking for some-
thing to drive and
move the runners up
with a chance to
score at that point,”
Rea said.
The Mississippi
State University
freshman first baseman sent the
1,519 fans home happy with two-run
shot off into Left Field Lounge for a 2-
0 victory in 12 innings over South
Alabama University at Dudy Noble
Rea took the third straight fastball
he saw from right-handed reliever
Tyler Huffer (0-1) over the 330-foot
sign in left field that curved around
the foul pole.
“I knew I got that one no doubt,”
Rea said. “They got me off guard and
then I just decided to sit on that one
The victory marked the second
straight walk-off victory for MSU (21-
12) after defeating Vanderbilt
University Sunday in similar fashion
in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The drama of the night came in
the sixth inning when in his first ever
career start on the mound for fresh-
man right-hander Brandon Woodruff,
he was pulled from the game while
still throwing a no-hitter through six
completed innings.
“We want to take care of his arm
STARKVILLE — One of the best shoot-
ers in Mississippi high school basketball
has been assured the same offensive free-
dom at his next stop on the hardwood.
Starkville High School guard Jacolby
Mobley has the reputation of taking and
making shots from at least 25 feet out in
his final two seasons with the Yellow
Jackets program. The 6-foot guard will
have the opportunity to play the same style
of basketball after signing with East
Mississippi Community College Tuesday
EMCC head coach Mark White sold
Mobley on his program by using former
SHS player Coco Ware, who would go on
to become a first-team junior college All
America selection two years ago before
signing with Mississippi Valley State
University, as a perfect example to his play-
er development process.
“As I told him, that’s his role on our
team and I don’t want him to be any differ-
ent,” White said. “We showed Jacolby the
stats and our guards have always led our
team in scoring and taken the most shots.
That’s what he does — he’s an unbeliev-
able shooting talent.”
EMCC made a third straight appear-
ance in the NJCAA Men’s National
Basketball Championships this season and
White, a former Mississippi State assistant
coach, has compiled a five-year coaching
record of 103-42 with the Lions, including
collective marks of 75-16 overall and 33-3 in
MACJC North Division regular-season
play over the last three seasons.
“They got a great program and it was
perfect because they always win so I love
to win,” Mobley said.
New Hope High has been
on the search for offensive
consistency throughout the
fast-pitch softball season.
The Lady Trojans found lots
of it Tuesday night, as New
Hope pounded out 13 hits in a
17-0 rout of Columbus.
Both coaches agreed to call
the contest with one out in the
top half of the fourth inning.
New Hope drew five straight
walks and had scored nine
runs in the frame when play
was halted.
“We have been working on
hitting better,” New Hope
sophomore D.J. Sanders said.
“We have been struggling with
different speeds of pitches. So
we have been working on mak-
ing adjustments.
“We did a lot better job of
watching pitches tonight. That
was a big key.”
New Hope drew eight walks
and reached as hit batsmen on
two more occasions. Three
errors also plagued
the Lady Falcons’
“I was proud of
our eye for the ball,
we made much wiser
decisions at the plate
tonight,” New Hope
coach Tabitha Beard
said. “We watched
when we needed to watch and
we swung when we needed to
“When you get to this point
in the season, you have to take
advantage of what the other
teams gives you. We did a real-
ly great job of that tonight.”
This contest was much dif-
ferent than three weeks ago
when New Hope took a tightly-
contested 5-1 decision between
the rivals at its home park.
“We played hard and we did
a better job of hitting strikes,”
New Hope junior Lauren
Holifield said. “Our defense
has always been solid. Good
defense usually leads to good
“We were able to
have a good start and
that kept us going
throughout the
New Hope turned
four hits into three
runs in the first
inning. Holifield,
Kaitlin Bradley and
Sanders set the tone with con-
secutive singles to start the
contest. Bradley drove in a run
with a hit, while Ashley Reed
did the same.
Four more hits led to a five-
run second inning for the Lady
Trojans. Again, Holifield and
Bradley set the table with
back-to-back singles to open
that at-bat.
New Hope failed to score in
the third inning before erupt-
ing for nine runs in the fourth
Holifield capped a four-hit
night with a massive three-run
home run in that at-bat.
Holifield also recorded the
pitching win in the circle. She
faced one batter past the mini-
mum while allowing no hits in
three innings of work.
Sanders also threw a no-hit-
ter when the teams first met at
New Hope.
“Laurel did a great job pitch-
ing,” Beard said. “She has real-
ly elevated her game. She does
a great job of throwing strikes
and competing.”
Now New Hope (11-3-1
overall) gears up for a Class
5A, Region 3 matchup at
Neshoba Central Thursday.
The Lady Trojans can clinch
the region title with a win.
New Hope beat Neshoba
10-1 earlier this year.
“Hopefully, our offense will
carry over,” Holifield said.
The Associated Press
Arkansas fired coach Bobby
Petrino on Tuesday, publicly
dressing him down for unfairly
hiring his mistress and inten-
tionally misleading his boss
about everything from their
relationship to her presence at
the motorcycle accident that
ultimately cost him his job.
Athletic director Jeff Long
announced his decision at an
evening news conference and
laid out a stunning laundry list
of misdeeds against the man he
hired away from the Atlanta
Falcons four years ago.
The 51-year-old Petrino, a
married father of four, had main-
tained an inappropriate relation-
ship with 25-year-old Jessica
Dorrell for a “significant”
amount of time and at one point
had given her $20,000, Long
said. He would not disclose
details of the payment, but said
both parties confirmed the
Dorrell, a former Razorbacks
volleyball player,
worked for the
R a z o r b a c k s
F o u n d a t i o n
before she was
hired by Petrino
on March 28.
Long said she was
one of three final-
ists out of 159 applicants and got
the job after a time frame Long
said was “shorter than our nor-
mal af firmative action hiring
Petrino never disclosed his
conflict of interest in hiring
Dorrell or the payment, Long
And he ignored multiple
chances to simply come clean.
“He made the decision to
mislead the public, (and it)
adversely affected the university
and the football program,” Long
said, choking up at one point as
he discussed telling players that
their coach was gone. There
was a “pattern of misleading and
manipulative behavior to
deceive me.”
It was an abrupt ending for
Petrino, who had built Arkansas
into a Southeastern Conference
and national power over four
seasons, including a 21-5 record
the past two years. But Long
made it clear that the success on
the field was overshadowed by
repeated deceptive acts and that
no one was more important than
the program itself.
Long said Petrino was fired
“with cause” — meaning he will
not receive a multimillion-dollar
buyout — and there were no dis-
cussions about ways to keep
Petrino at Arkansas. Long
Arkansas parts ways with embattled football coach Petrino
Trio of stars close college deals
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Rice, Harris sign with Itawamba CC; Mobley signs with EMCC
New Hopes cruises
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Columbus High
Columbus High
moves into the
region lead with
a late-inning rally
against Grenada.
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Mobley being close to
home for at least the first
two years of college at
EMCC was a major factor
to choosing EMCC as his
next stop after he gradu-
ates from high school.
“I didn’t want to be too
far away from my momma
now and knowing I can
come home any weekend I
want is good to know,”
Mobley said. “I’ve always
loved basketball so to get to
do it at the college level is
very exciting for me.”
White and SHS coach
Greg Carter are connected
as former MSU assistant
coaches under Rick
Stansbury and the pipeline
of talent from SHS to
EMCC is obviously evident
to the Lions’ success on a
national stage.
“I always told Greg
since I’ve been at East that
any player that he has the
God-given ability to be a
college basketball player
then we want,” White said.
“You look at the track
record of guys from
Starkville with John Harris,
Woody Howard and so on.
We love Starkville guys and
it’s huge to get guys from
Greg’s program.”
Mobley is one of three
Starkville High School tal-
ents signed to play at the
next level joining forward
Gavin Ware inking with
Mississippi State during
the early period and for-
ward Tory Rice agreeing to
play at Itawamba
Community College
Tuesday as well.
“I enjoy moments like
this because it’s an oppor-
tunity for them to not only
play basketball but to get a
college education,” Carter
said. “It makes me feel
good because a college
education is so important
to young men.”
White said one of the
first games he saw Mobley
play this season is when
the Yellow Jackets guard
dropped 25 points in a half
on Aberdeen, who eventu-
ally played in the Class 3A
state semifinals, and fin-
ished with a career-high 35
“He would make shots
from everywhere this
year,” White said. “What
we say is you have to give
us an unbelievable effort —
we do that on the defensive
end. In doing that, we let
you have offensive free-
dom. It’s a trade-off.”
Rice, who was some-
times overshadowed by the
recruiting hype of Ware’s
recruiting attention, will be
playing next season under
new head coach Grant
“Now is my time to
show people what I got as a
player,” Rice said. “It is
great to get into a college
that will let me continue my
basketball career.
Pate, 44, took over as
head coach of the Tupelo
Golden Wave in 2008 and
guided the team to a 26-9
record and their first trip to
MHSAA State Tournament
since 1999 where they
advanced to the Class 6A
championship game. He
finished with an overall
record of 92-31 in four sea-
sons as head coach of the
Golden Wave.
Rice, a 6-foot-4 forward,
was one of two local talents
going to ICC joining East
Oktibbeha High School
star Chris Harris with the
Indians program.
“Both of these kids
played in a championship
program and that’s what we
hope to bring to Itawamba
so I couldn’t think of two
better guys to start us as
we embark in a new era
here,” Pate said. “Success
breeds success and win-
ning speaks for itself.
Those guys are prepared
and been there before.”
Harris averaged 17.7
points per game and 11.7
rebounds per game in his
final season at East
Oktibbeha in the wide-open
playing style that Pate ran
also in his successful
tenure at Tupelo High
“Chris brings that type
of leadership to our team,”
East Oktibbeha coach
Barnett Robinson said in
January. “You know he is
going to play hard and do
whatever he can to make
his team better. His attitude
is great, and he always
works hard to be better in
everything he does.”
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declined comment when asked
about Dorrell’s job status.
Petrino finishes his tenure at
Arkansas with a 34-17 record in
four seasons, leading the
Razorbacks to a No. 5 final rank-
ing last season and a Cotton
Bowl win over Kansas State.
He did not immediately issue
a statement.
The April 1 accident left him
with four broken ribs, a cracked
vertebra in his neck and numer-
ous abrasions on his face. The
avid motorcycle rider said the
sun and wind caused him to lose
control on the windy two-lane
highway about 20 miles south-
east of Fayetteville.
What he failed to mention,
both at a news conference and
to Long, was the presence of a
That revelation was made
public when the state police
released the accident report.
Petrino informed Long of
Dorrell’s presence 20 minutes
before the police released the
report to the public, also admit-
ting to what he called a previous
inappropriate relationship with
Long placed Petrino on paid
leave later that night, saying he
was disappointed in Petrino and
promising to review the coach’s
conduct. He said his review
found that the relationship
between the two had lasted a
“significant” amount of time.
As the review continued, the
state police released the audio
of the 911 call reporting
Petrino’s accident. It revealed
Petrino didn’t want to call police
following the crash, and a subse-
quent police report showed he
asked police if he was required
to give the name of the passen-
ger during the accident.
Petrino was forthcoming
about Dorrell’s name and pres-
ence with police, but only after
misleading both Long and the
public during his news confer-
ence. That led to the school
releasing a statement from
Petrino’s family the day after the
accident that said “no other indi-
viduals” were involved.
The proved not to be the case
and the fracture in trust, along
with questions about Dorrell’s
hiring by Petrino to be the
school’s student-athlete devel-
opment coordinator, proved to
be too much for Petrino to over-
come in Long’s eyes.
Petrino took the school to its
first BCS bowl game following
the 2010 season, losing in the
Sugar Bowl to Ohio State, and
improved his win total in every
year. Arkansas was 5-7 his first
season in 2008, 8-5 the second
before finishing 10-3 and 11-2
during his last two seasons.
The coach’s tenure with the
Razorbacks began under a
cloud of national second-guess-
ing following his departure from
Atlanta 13 games into the 2007
season. His tenure with the
Falcons was the shortest for a
non-interim coach since the
1970 NFL-AFL merger.
His departure was so sudden
that Petrino left farewell notes in
the lockers of the Atlanta play-
ers rather than telling them of
his resignation in person. He
was introduced later that night
as the new coach of the
Razorbacks, carrying with him a
vagabond image after holding
15 jobs for 11 different pro-
grams/organizations in 24 sea-
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and to tell you how stupid I am is
that I didn’t even know the situation
in the game right there,” Cohen jok-
ingly said. “I know we did the right
thing there. He is such a mature
young man he absolutely knows
how his body works and he under-
stood that he didn’t have anything
Woodruff, who was a fifth round
selection by the Texas Rangers in
2011 Major League Baseball draft,
allowed just one walk and struck out
eight USA batters in just 67 pitches.
The prize high school product in the
Magnolia state last year said he’d
never been taken out of a game with
a no-hitter still intact but did confirm
he asked out after the sixth inning.
“I was expecting to go just three
or four innings tonight and
stretched it out tonight a little bit,”
said Woodruff.
MSU used five more pitchers in
the final six innings to hold USA (12-
21) to six total hits and record eight
more strikeouts in the game. Trevor
Fitts (3-0) got the victory after
recording two strikeouts in the 12th
The play which may have saved
MSU from an embarrassing loss
Tuesday was sophomore C.T.
Bradford throwing right fielder
Nolan Earley out at home plate in
the 11th inning to preserve a score-
less tie. Bradford didn’t start and
was a pinch running option in the
bottom half of the previous inning.
Therefore, the former High School
Mr. Baseball selection out of the
state of Florida two years ago
watched the first three hours of the
game on the bench before having
the assist be his first defensive play
of the night.
Mississippi State will return to
Southeastern Conference action
Friday night when they travel to the
University of South Carolina with
first pitch in Columbia being 6 p.m.
From special reports
HATLEY — Ethan
Earnest did his damage
from the mound and from
the outfield Tuesday night
to help the Hamilton Lions
(10-8, 6-2 Class 2A, Region
1) to an 8-5 win over Hatley.
Earnest, a senior left-
hander who last week threw
a no-hitter against Baldwyn,
pitched 6 2/3 strong innings
before tiring. He left with
the lead and then helped
seal the deal by throwing
out a runner at home in the
bottom of the seventh after
Hatley (18-1) had rallied to
cut the margin to 8-5. The
hit to center field scored a
run but Earnest’s throw
home helped the Lions stay
in a region race that figures
to come down to the end.
I Oxford 4, New Hope 2: At
Oxford, James Lear's two-run
home run in the bottom of the
sixth inning lifted the Chargers
past the Trojans in a Class 5A,
Region 2 game.
I Winona Christian 14,
Central Academy 1: At Macon,
Central’s Cole Newman had two
hits for the Vikings.
Hamilton beats Hatley
Miss. State
Softball team defeats Jackson State
STARKVILLE — Junior left fielder Jessica Cooley
and senior catcher Ka’ili Smith combined to go a per-
fect 6-for-6 with eight RBIs Tuesday in five innings as
the Mississippi State softball team (22-19) defeated
in-state foe Jackson State (24-19), 12-3, at the MSU
Softball Stadium. The ninth-straight win over a non-
conference squad marks the longest such streak
since 2008 (12), while the seventh run-rule victory of
2012 is MSU’s most since the 2008 squad registered
13 game-shortened triumphs.
Cooley became the first player in school history to
go yard twice in back-to-back games, finishing 3-for-3
with two home runs, four RBIs, two runs and her sec-
ond double in as many games. With 13 round-trippers
this season, the Birmingham, Ala., native ranks sec-
ond in the SEC in long shots and is tied with former
All-American Kellie Wilkerson for fourth-most home
runs in a single season by a Bulldog. All three former
MSU players above her on that list went on to earn
All-America honors.
Smith also dominated at the dish, matching
Cooley with an identical 3-for-3 performance with four
RBIs and two runs. The catcher also cranked out a
double, as well as her first three-bagger since March
29, 2011 vs. Alcorn State.
In the circle, junior left-hander Kylie Vry got back
on the winning track, throwing her seventh complete
game of 2012 to improve to 7-6 on the season. The
southpaw gave up three runs (one earned) in the first
inning, but went on to hurl four scoreless stanzas to
finish the game, striking out six while allowing four hits
and three walks.
I Men’s golf records Top 10 finish: At
Memphis, tying a Southeastern Conference high, the
Mississippi State men’s golf team turned its ninth Top
10 of the season with an eighth-place 910 card in the
Memphis Intercollegiate.
Behind John Darden’s 73, MSU matched its first-
round 309 Tuesday. The Bulldogs also turned in
another win against an in-state foe in Southern Miss,
improving the season record against Magnolia State
opponents to 7-2-1.
Darden’s final-round 1-over-par card secured his
first Top 15 of the season, while Chad Ramey issued
his team-best eighth Top 25 clip this year.
Axel Boasson’s 230 was highlighted by a second-
round eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie stretch that vaulted
him into the Top 15 momentarily.
I Track star earns weekly honor: At Starkville,
Tavaris Tate of Mississippi State was named the SEC
Male Runner of the Week, in a conference announce-
ment on Tuesday.
“There are an incredible number of great sprinters
in the SEC,” coach Steve Dudley commented. “For
Tavaris to find himself at the top is a great honor and
further confirms the fact that some of the premier ath-
letes in the nation are competing right here at MSU.”
Tate’s honor comes on the heels of his command-
ing performance at the LSU Invitational: Battle on the
Bayou, where the junior captured the 400-meter dash
title by clocking the fastest collegiate time in the
nation at 45.45 and earned a spot atop both the SEC
and national leader boards for the category.
Ole Miss
Baseball takes pair fromCentral Arkansas
OXFORD — The Rebels turned in a solid pitching
and defensive performance on Tuesday, sweeping
both games of a double header as No. 18 Ole Miss
(23-10) defeated Central Arkansas (13-17) by scores
of 2-1 and 4-0.
The starters claimed the win in both games with
Sam Smith (2-2) taking the win in game one, while
Josh Laxer (3-0) picked up the win in game two in a
predetermined start. Brett Huber picked up his sev-
enth save of the season, working the final inning in
game one.
“I thought we played well today in both games,”
said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We were
very clean and had great defense all day long. There
were so many great plays and diving catches. We put
some at-bats together and were able to throw a lot of
our guys.
I Defense shines at practice: At Oxford, the
Rebels’ defense was setting the tone during the Ole
Miss football team’s two-hour practice session on the
practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway
“I love what (defensive coordinator) Dave
(Wommack) and his staff are doing over there,” said
head coach Hugh Freeze, who calls himself an offen-
sive guy. “I do believe that in this league a great
defense gives you more opportunities to score. I
know you have to play great defense, and I’m
pleased with where they are today. They disguise
things very well. They’re coming from a lot of different
places, and our O-line was struggling to pick it up.”
Freeze was less pleased with the Rebels’ offense,
which he said took a step back on Tuesday.
“It was a total step back offensively,” Freeze said.
“It seems like every time we try to install something
new, we get that. We can’t get snaps correct. We did-
n’t play physical up front. The quarterbacks didn’t play
well. Not a good day.”
He said the coaching staff will not install any new
offensive plays, choosing to spend the remainder of
the spring improving the parts of the playbook that
have already been installed.
Senior Randall Mackey, who started six games at
quarterback last year, spent some time at receiver on
Tuesday. Freeze said the coaches are planning to
use Mackey at quarterback, receiver and running
back in 2012
I Track pair win weekly honors: At Oxford,
after achieving the world’s best high jump this year at
the Florida Relays, Ole Miss junior Ricky Robertson
was named the Southeastern Conference Men’s
Field Athlete of the Week, while Sam Kendricks was
tabbed the SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week for his
pole vault victory in Gainesville.
Robertson jumped a school-record 7-7.25 on his
first and only attempt at the height, edging France’s
Mickael Hanany (7-7) for the best jump in the world
this year and dramatically improving the position he
already held as the NCAAhigh jump leader. His win-
ning leap also set the Florida Relays and Percy
Beard Track records that had stood since 1993. In
addition to his high jump exploits, the Hernando,
Miss., native also ranks fifth in the NCAAin the triple
jump this season.
This is Robertson’s second athlete of the week
honor from the league office this outdoor season, and
he received the honor once during the indoor season.
The five-time All-American and five-time SEC champi-
on has collected six weekly accolades in his career.
Crimson Tide falls to UAB in baseball
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama baseball
dropped a 9-1 decision to the UAB Blazers on
Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the
loss the Crimson Tide falls to 13-20 on the season
while the Blazers improve to 20-14..
I Men’s tennis plays doubleheader: At
Birmingham, the men's tennis team (8-13) will begin
the final week of the regular season with a double-
header in Birmingham as it is slated to face UAB (16-
4) and Samford (14-3) on Wednesday. The match
against the Blazers will begin at 1 p.m. CT at George
Ward Park, while first serve versus the Bulldogs is set
for 6 p.m. CT at the Samford Tennis Center.
The Crimson Tide won two of its three matches
last week that started out with a 4-3 win over
Memphis, which was clinched by senior Michael
Thompson in a second-set tiebreaker. Following that,
Alabama fell 5-2 to No. 4 Georgia but bounced back
for a 6-1 win over 19th-ranked Tennessee, the Tide's
first over the Volunteers since 2006. Sophomore
Daniil Proskura would clinch the win, his third victory
of the week, from the No. 3 spot. Senior Ricky
Doverspike and junior Jarryd Botha had a stellar
week together at No. 1 doubles.
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6 p.m. — Major League Baseball: Miami at
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NBA standings
Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
Boston 33 24 .579 —
Philadelphia 30 27 .526 3
New York 29 28 .509 4
New Jersey 21 38 .356 13
Toronto 20 38 .345 13 1/2
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB
x-Miami 40 16 .714 —
Atlanta 34 23 .596 6 1/2
Orlando 34 24 .586 7
Washington 14 44 .241 27
Charlotte 7 49 .125 33
Central Division
W L Pct GB
x-Chicago 44 14 .759 —
Indiana 35 22 .614 8 1/2
Milwaukee 28 29 .491 15 1/2
Detroit 21 36 .368 22 1/2
Cleveland 19 36 .345 23 1/2
Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
x-San Antonio 40 15 .727 —
Memphis 33 23 .589 7 1/2
Houston 32 25 .561 9
Dallas 32 26 .552 9 1/2
New Orleans 15 42 .263 26
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB
y-Okla. City 42 15 .737 —
Denver 31 26 .544 11
Utah 30 28 .517 12 1/2
Portland 27 31 .466 15 1/2
Minnesota 25 33 .431 17 1/2
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 36 22 .621 —
L.A. Clippers 34 23 .596 1 1/2
Phoenix 30 27 .526 5 1/2
Golden State 22 34 .393 13
Sacramento 19 39 .328 17
x-clinched playoff spot
y-clinched division
Tuesday’s Games
Cleveland 103, Charlotte 90
Boston 115, Miami 107
Washington 93, Orlando 85
Philadelphia 107, New Jersey 88
Dallas 110, Sacramento 100
Chicago 98, New York 86
Today’s Games
Indiana at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Utah at Houston, 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 7
Sacramento at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Memphis, 7 p.m.
New York at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Boston, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 7:30
Minnesota at Denver, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Portland, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Detroit at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Miami at Chicago, 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Memphis at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
AL standings
East Division
W L Pct GB
Tampa Bay 3 1 .750 —
Baltimore 3 2 .600 1/2
Toronto 3 2 .600 1/2
New York 2 3 .400 1 1/2
Boston 1 4 .200 2 1/2
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 4 01.000 —
Chicago 2 2 .500 2
Kansas City 2 2 .500 2
Cleveland 1 3 .250 3
Minnesota 0 4 .000 4
West Division
W L Pct GB
Texas 4 1 .800 —
Seattle 3 3 .500 1 1/2
Los Angeles 2 2 .500 1 1/2
Oakland 2 3 .400 2
Tuesday’s Games
Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 2
N.Y. Yankees 5, Baltimore 4, 12
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland,
ppd., rain
Toronto 7, Boston 3
Texas 1, Seattle 0
Kansas City at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Today’s Games
Chicago White Sox (Danks 0-1) at
Cleveland (Masterson 0-0), 11:05
Boston (Lester 0-0) at Toronto
(R.Romero 0-0), 11:37 a.m.
Tampa Bay (Shields 0-0) at Detroit
(Verlander 0-0), 12:05 p.m.
Kansas City (Chen 0-0) at Oakland
(McCarthy 0-1), 2:35 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 0-0) at
Baltimore (Arrieta 1-0), 6:05 p.m.
Seattle (Millwood 0-0) at Texas
(Lewis 1-0), 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Weaver 1-0) at
Minnesota (Pavano 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Tampa Bay at Detroit, 12:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 12:10 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 1:05 p.m.
NL standings
East Division
W L Pct GB
New York 4 1 .800 —
Washington 3 2 .600 1
Miami 2 3 .400 2
Philadelphia 1 3 .250 2 1/2
Atlanta 1 4 .200 3
Central Division
W L Pct GB
St. Louis 5 1 .833 —
Houston 3 2 .600 1 1/2
Milwaukee 3 2 .600 1 1/2
Pittsburgh 2 2 .500 2
Cincinnati 2 3 .400 2 1/2
Chicago 1 4 .200 3 1/2
West Division
W L Pct GB
Arizona 3 01.000 —
Los Angeles 4 1 .800 —
Colorado 1 3 .250 2 1/2
San Diego 1 3 .250 2 1/2
San Francisco 1 3 .250 2 1/2
Tuesday’s Games
L.A. Dodgers 2, Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 3, Cincinnati 1
Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 2
Atlanta 6, Houston 4
Milwaukee 7, Chicago Cubs 4
Arizona at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.
Today’s Games
St. Louis (Garcia 1-0) at Cincinnati
(Cueto 1-0), 11:35 a.m.
Washington (Strasburg 0-0) at N.Y.
Mets (J.Santana 0-0), 12:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (Gallardo 0-1) at Chicago
Cubs (Dempster 0-0), 1:20 p.m.
Arizona (Saunders 0-0) at San
Diego (Luebke 0-1), 5:35 p.m.
Miami (Jo.Johnson 0-1) at
Philadelphia (Halladay 1-0), 6:05
Atlanta (Delgado 0-0) at Houston
(W.Rodriguez 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco (Lincecum 0-1) at
Colorado (Guthrie 1-0), 7:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Bedard 0-1) at L.A.
Dodgers (Billingsley 1-0), 9:10 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Cincinnati at Washington, 12:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 1:20
San Francisco at Colorado, 2:10
Miami at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego, 9:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10
Tampa Bay 001 000 100— 2 8 0
Detroit 001 000 13x— 5 8 0
M.Moore, McGee (7), Badenhop (8)
and J.Molina; Porcello, Coke (8),
Valverde (9) and Laird. W—Coke 1-
0. L—McGee 0-1. Sv—Valverde (1).
HRs—Detroit, A.Jackson (1).
New York100003000 001— 5 12 1
Baltimore200110000 000— 4 6 1
(12 innings)
F.Garcia, Phelps (5), Robertson (8),
Logan (9), Wade (9), Rapada (11),
M.Rivera (12) and Martin, C.Stewart;
W.Chen, Lindstrom (6), Ayala (8),
Ji.Johnson (9), Patton (10), Strop
(11) and Wieters. W—Rapada 1-0.
L—Strop 0-1. Sv—M.Rivera (1).
HRs—New York, Jeter (1).
Baltimore, Hardy (2).
Boston 000 001 002— 3 9 0
Toronto 102 003 10x— 7 11 0
Bard, J.Thomas (6), Bowden (7) and
Saltalamacchia; Drabek, Frasor (6),
L.Perez (7), Janssen (9) and
Arencibia. W—Drabek 1-0. L—Bard
0-1. HRs—Toronto, Encarnacion (1).
Seattle 000 000 000— 0 4 2
Texas 010 000 00x— 1 7 0
Beavan, Wilhelmsen (7) and Olivo;
Feliz, Adams (8), Nathan (9) and
Napoli. W—Feliz 1-0. L—Beavan 0-
1. Sv—Nathan (2).
Pittsburgh 000 000 100— 1 5 0
Los Angeles100 000 01x— 2 7 0
Correia, J.Cruz (7), Grilli (8) and
Barajas; Kershaw, Jansen (8),
Guerra (9) and A.Ellis. W—Jansen
1-0. L—Grilli 0-1. Sv—Guerra (3).
HRs—Los Angeles, Ethier (2).
St. Louis 100 002 000— 3 9 0
Cincinnati 000 001 000— 1 4 0
Lohse, Boggs (7), Motte (9) and
Y.Molina; Leake, LeCure (7),
Ondrusek (8), Marshall (9) and
Mesoraco. W—Lohse 2-0. L—Leake
0-1. Sv—Motte (2). HRs—St. Louis,
Beltran (3), Freese (3).
Washington100 003 110— 6 13 0
New York 000 000 110— 2 7 1
Detwiler, Stammen (6), S.Burnett
(7), Clippard (8), Lidge (9) and
Ramos; Gee, Parnell (6), Batista (8)
and Nickeas, Thole. W—Detwiler 1-
0. L—Gee 0-1. HRs—Washington,
Desmond (1).
Milwaukee 501 000 100— 7 7 2
Chicago 003 000 001— 4 7 0
Narveson, Estrada (6), Loe (7),
Veras (9), Fr.Rodriguez (9) and
Lucroy; Maholm, R.Lopez (5), Dolis
(7), Castillo (9) and Soto. W—
Narveson 1-0. L—Maholm 0-1. Sv—
Fr.Rodriguez (1). HRs—Milwaukee,
Ale.Gonzalez (1), Lucroy (1).
Chicago, Soto (1).
Atlanta 003 100 110— 6 11 0
Houston 010 010 200— 4 12 0
Hanson, Medlen (6), O’Flaherty (7),
Venters (8), Kimbrel (9) and
McCann; Weiland, Lyon (6),
D.Carpenter (7), W.Lopez (8) and
C.Snyder. W—Hanson 1-1. L—
Weiland 0-1. Sv—Kimbrel (1).
HRs—Atlanta, C.Jones (1),
Pastornicky (1).
League leaders
BATTING—AJackson, Detroit, .563;
Longoria, Tampa Bay, .538;
DavMurphy, Texas, .533; CPena,
Tampa Bay, .467; MiCabrera,
Detroit, .462; Hamilton, Texas, .450;
Sweeney, Boston, .444.
RUNS—AJackson, Detroit, 7;
MiCabrera, Detroit, 6; KJohnson,
Toronto, 6; Fielder, Detroit, 5;
Hosmer, Kansas City, 5; Kinsler,
Texas, 5; 9 tied at 4.
RBI—MiCabrera, Detroit, 8;
Cespedes, Oakland, 7; CPena,
Tampa Bay, 7; Encarnacion, Toronto,
6; AdGonzalez, Boston, 6; Arencibia,
Toronto, 5; Avila, Detroit, 5; Ibanez,
New York, 5; Seager, Seattle, 5.
HITS—Hamilton, Texas, 9;
AJackson, Detroit, 9; ISuzuki,
Seattle, 9; Figgins, Seattle, 8;
DavMurphy, Texas, 8; Pedroia,
Boston, 8; Sweeney, Boston, 8.
DOUBLES—DavMurphy, Texas, 4;
Encarnacion, Toronto, 3; Pedroia,
Boston, 3; Quintero, Kansas City, 3;
18 tied at 2.
TRIPLES—12 tied at 1.
HOME RUNS—MiCabrera, Detroit,
3; Cespedes, Oakland, 3; 10 tied at
STOLEN BASES—Encarnacion,
Toronto, 2; 23 tied at 1.
PITCHING—Below, Detroit, 2-0; 29
tied at 1.
STRI KEOUTS—FHer nandez,
Seattle, 13; Weaver, Los Angeles,
10; Masterson, Cleveland, 10;
Lewis, Texas, 9; Colon, Oakland, 9;
Verlander, Detroit, 7; Tomlin,
Cleveland, 7; Nova, New York, 7;
Sabathia, New York, 7.
SAVES—Nathan, Texas, 2; Balfour,
Oakland, 2; JiJohnson, Baltimore, 2;
Rodney, Tampa Bay, 2; League,
Seattle, 2; HSantiago, Chicago, 2;
Broxton, Kansas City, 1; Valverde,
Detroit, 1; CPerez, Cleveland, 1;
Aceves, Boston, 1.
BATTING—DWright, New York,
.583; Cozart, Cincinnati, .471;
Freese, St. Louis, .444; Furcal, St.
Louis, .435; Hart, Milwaukee, .429;
Bonifacio, Miami, .421; LaRoche,
Washington, .400.
RUNS—Kemp, Los Angeles, 6; 10
tied at 5.
RBI—Freese, St. Louis, 10; Ethier,
Los Angeles, 9; Kemp, Los Angeles,
9; LaRoche, Washington, 6; CaLee,
Houston, 6; Sandoval, San
Francisco, 6; Bruce, Cincinnati, 5;
Crawford, San Francisco, 5;
Headley, San Diego, 5; ArRamirez,
Milwaukee, 5.
HITS—Freese, St. Louis, 12; Furcal,
St. Louis, 10; Beltran, St. Louis, 8;
Bonifacio, Miami, 8; Cozart,
Cincinnati, 8; Desmond,
Washington, 8; LaRoche,
Washington, 8.
DOUBLES—YMolina, St. Louis, 4;
Tejada, New York, 4; Braun,
Milwaukee, 3; Furcal, St. Louis, 3;
CJohnson, Houston, 3; DanMurphy,
New York, 3; 24 tied at 2.
TRIPLES—Cozart, Cincinnati, 2; 16
tied at 1.
HOME RUNS—Beltran, St. Louis, 3;
Bruce, Cincinnati, 3; Freese, St.
Louis, 3; Hart, Milwaukee, 3; Infante,
Miami, 3; 9 tied at 2.
STOLEN BASES—Bonifacio, Miami,
4; SCastro, Chicago, 4; DGordon,
Los Angeles, 4; Schafer, Houston, 3;
Furcal, St. Louis, 2; Maybin, San
Diego, 2; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 2;
Reyes, Miami, 2; Victorino,
Philadelphia, 2.
PITCHING—Lohse, St. Louis, 2-0;
35 tied at 1.
STRIKEOUTS—Hanson, Atlanta,
12; Billingsley, Los Angeles, 11;
Dempster, Chicago, 10; Kershaw,
Los Angeles, 10; Hamels,
Philadelphia, 9; Samardzija,
Chicago, 8; Norris, Houston, 8;
Pelfrey, New York, 8; Lynn, St. Louis,
SAVES—Guerra, Los Angeles, 3;
FFrancisco, New York, 3; Putz,
Arizona, 2; Motte, St. Louis, 2; 10
tied at 1.
College scores
Adelphi 11, Felician 3
Baruch 15, Purchase 6
Bentley 19, Assumption 15
Castleton St. 16-3, New England
Coll. 3-2
Chestnut Hill 14, Sciences (Pa.) 6
Harvard 5, Boston College 2
Manhattan 11, Sacred Heart 5
Susquehanna 3, King’s (Pa.) 2
Augusta St. 13, Erskine 8
Belmont 8, Tennessee Tech 1
Bryan 9, Lee 8
Carson-Newman 5, King (Tenn.) 1
Catawba 5, Wingate 4
Clemson 12, Furman 5
Cumberland, Tenn. 9, Indiana-
Southeast 6
Florida 6, Florida St. 3
Georgia Southern 3, Kennesaw St. 2
Georgia Tech 6, Mercer 4
Lindsey Wilson 8-12, Asbury 1-3
Louisville 12, Kentucky 0
Loyola NO 6-6, Tougaloo 0-5
Maryville, Tenn. 5, Emory 3
Milligan 9, Emory & Henry 3
Morehead St. 7, Georgetown, Ky. 3
Sewanee 14, Rust 10
St. Catharine 6, Martin Methodist 5
Thomas (Ga.) 10-9, Spring Hill 1-5
Thomas More 9, Ohio Wesleyan 3
Trevecca Nazarene 12,
Campbellsville 4
Tusculum 9-5, Barton 7-1
UNC-Greensboro 4, Duke 3
Virginia Tech 13, Radford 5
Ohio St. 6, Ohio U. 5
St. Scholastica 8-19, Northland 5-3
E. New Mexico 10, Wayland Baptist
Houston Baptist 10, Texas Southern
McMurry 11, Southwestern, Texas 7
Rice 6, Texas St. 5
Tarleton St. 9, Hardin-Simmons 3
UTSA 7, Texas-Pan American 3
NHL playoffs
(x-if necessary)
Wednesday, April 11
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Vancouver, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 6 p.m.
San Jose at St. Louis, 6:30 p.m.
Washington at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
Chicago at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Friday, April 13
New Jersey at Florida, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at Nashville, 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 14
Washington at Boston, 2 p.m.
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 6 p.m.
San Jose at St. Louis, 6:30 p.m.
Chicago at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
The Associated Press
HOUSTON — Chipper Jones came off the
disabled list and began his final season in the
majors with a single and a two-run homer to
help the Atlanta Braves get their first win of
the season, 6-4 over the Houston Astros on
Tuesday night.
The nearly 40-year-old Jones didn’t look a
bit rusty in his return after missing Atlanta’s
first four games following surgery on March
26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
The switch-hitter, who plans to retire at the
end of this season, singled in his first at-bat
and hit a left-handed homer — the 455th of his
career — in the third inning to put the Braves
up 3-1.
Rookie Tyler Pastornicky added a solo shot
for the Braves, sending his first major-league
homer into the Crawford Boxes in left field to
push Atlanta’s lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning.
Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson (1-1) yield-
ed six hits and two runs with eight strikeouts
in five innings for the win. Craig Kimbrel
pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.
Jordan Schafer singled in the seventh
before scoring after consecutive one-out sin-
gles that chased Kris Medlen. Chris Johnson’s
two-out single scored J.D. Martinez and got
Houston within 5-4 with runners at first and
Eric O’Flaherty escaped the jam by striking
out Chris Snyder to end the inning.
Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske drove in an insur-
ance run with a single in the eighth inning that
made it 6-4.
Kyle Weiland (0-1), who joined the Astros
in an offseason trade from Boston, allowed
eight hits and four runs in five innings.
The loss spoiled a special day for Houston,
which entered the game having won three
The Astros, who began as the Colt .45s, cel-
ebrated the 50th anniversary of their first
game on Tuesday by wearing throwbacks
fashioned after the original Colt .45 uniforms.
The white uniforms featured the word “Colts”
in orange lettering with a pistol below it.
Major League Baseball had initially object-
ed to having the pistol on these jerseys, which
will also be worn April 20, but rescinded the
objection in March, allowing them to wear the
original 1962 uniform design.
Five members of the 1962 team attended
the game and Bob Aspromonte, who started
the team’s first game, threw out the first pitch.
Brian McCann hit a two-out single in the
third and scored on a double to center field by
Dan Uggla to tie it at 1-1. The homer by Jones,
which landed in the first row of right-field
seats, put Atlanta up 3-1. A television shot
showed Jones’ father Larry Jones, saying: ‘It’s
out of here,’ as he and Jones’ mother Lynne
stood and cheered.
Schafer singled, stole second and third
base, and scored on a single by Carlos Lee to
get Houston within 4-2 in the fifth. Schafer,
who came to Houston last summer in the trade
for Atlanta’s Michael Bourn, finished with
three hits and three stolen bases.
Lee had three hits, two walks and drove in
two runs.
Bourn walked to start the seventh inning
and stole second base. He advanced to third
on a groundout and pushed Atlanta’s lead to 5-
2 when he scored on a fielder’s choice.
I Guillen suspended: At Miami, Marlins manager
Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games
because of his comments about Fidel Castro.
The suspension by the team takes effect immedi-
ately. It was announced Tuesday shortly before Guillen
was to hold a news conference to explain his remarks,
which caused a public backlash.
Braves finally
find win column
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Bill Parcells
is unlikely to become the New
Orleans Saints’ interim coach,
according to multiple reports.
Parcells prefers to remain retired
and not replace his protege and
friend, Sean Payton, who will serve a
season-long suspension for his role
in New Orleans’ bounty system, the
reports said.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel
declined Tuesday to confirm
Parcells has been ruled out as a pos-
sible Payton replacement, saying the
team “has nothing to report” con-
cerning the search for an interim
Parcells’ agent, Jimmy Sexton,
also declined comment.
If the Saints decide to select a
replacement from their existing
staff, the leading candidates are:
assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who
will serve a six-game suspension;
of fensive coordinator Pete
Carmichael Jr.; offensive line coach
Aaron Kromer; new defensive coor-
dinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Last season, Vitt and Carmichael
took on significant additional
responsibilities when Payton was
rehabilitating for weeks from a bro-
ken leg.
Vitt, who also oversees lineback-
ers, took on many of the broader
responsibilities, including handling
the head coach’s media availability.
Carmichael began calling plays,
something Payton had done before
his injury. Payton allowed
Carmichael to continue calling plays
through the final 10 regular season
games of 2011 as the Saints went 9-1
and broke numerous NFL offensive
If Vitt were to step back in as
interim coach, he would be able to
oversee the preseason, but then
would have to step aside for the first
six games of the regular season
before returning for the last 10, plus
whatever playoff run the Saints may
The Saints would have more con-
tinuity if they went with either
Carmichael, Kromer or Spagnuolo
as interim coach. Spagnuolo has
head coaching experience after
spending the last three seasons in
that role with St. Louis, but has only
been with the Saints for about three
Carmichael arrived in New
Orleans with Payton in 2006 and
Kromer joined the staff in 2008, but
both have increasingly been men-
tioned as up-and-coming head coach-
ing candidates around the league.
I USA assistant found dead: At
Mobile, South Alabama associate head
football coach Kurt Crain was found dead
at his home from an apparent self-inflicted
gunshot wound, a coroner said on
Tuesday. He was 47.
An autopsy would likely be performed
on Wednesday, said Baldwin County
Coroner Stan Vinson. Spanish Fort police
discovered Crain’s body on Tuesday after-
noon, according to a university news
Crain joined the South Alabama staff in
2008, working with inside linebackers.
“We’ve lost a great man, coach and
mentor at the University of South
Alabama,” Jaguars coach Joey Jones said
in a university release. “In my opinion, Kurt
was one of the best overall coaches I’ve
ever seen. He cared about the players,
they respected him greatly, and he was a
tremendous football coach and motivator.”
Crain was an Associated Press All-
American linebacker at Auburn in 1987 and
his 168 tackles from that season still ranks
second on Auburn’s single-season charts.
Crain was a two-time All-Southeastern
Conference pick after leading the Tigers in
tackles in 1986 and 1987.
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South Alabama assistant dead

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best thing
to do when some-
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for being myself?
My hair has been
bright blue for
the last two
semesters of col-
lege. I like it. I’m
young, and my
family is letting
me express my
“wild” side while
I’m in school.
Six months ago I went to
meet my ex-boyfriend’s moth-
er, and the first thing she said
to me was, “You’re one of my
son’s phases, right? Boys
don’t actually bring girls with
blue hair home to Mama.”
Abby, it was with my ex’s
encouragement that I dyed my
hair this bright color.
My family, my church and
most of my
teachers think
it’s OK. Is there
a social stigma
attached to exot-
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And what’s the
best way to
react when
someone insults
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myself? — NICE
PERSON: Whether
there’s a stigma attached to
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Some people — your ex-
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that you dyed your hair blue? It
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see her reaction. It would also
be interesting to know what
shade his current girlfriend’s
hair is.
When others comment
about the unusual color of your
hair, instead of treating it as
an insult, smile and say, “Don’t
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11). You’ll explore your talents
and make money with them
this year. Attractions develop
through the next six weeks.
There’s something you dearly
desire, which leads you to
approach life with a more pas-
sionate level of intensity in
August and September.
November is your chance to
heal a family relationship.
Virgo and Sagittarius people
adore you. Your lucky numbers
are: 5, 2, 35, 49 and 19.
ARIES (March 21-April 19).
You don’t have to wait for a
wish to be granted in order to
be thankful for it. You’ll issue
thanks in advance whenever
possible, letting others know
that you’re already happy and
expect to be even more so.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20).
Whether it’s a casual connec-
tion or a solid friendship, it
would be unwise to base the
relationship on what you want
to happen. If what is already
happening isn’t so great, this
is a good time to chalk it up
to experience and move on.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21).
You are so imaginative that it
will be important not to let
your imagination roam into
dark places. Why scare your-
self? Breathing techniques,
music and humor can all be
used to keep your mind reach-
ing for the light.
CANCER (June 22-July 22).
Trust your free associations,
first impressions and immedi-
ate gut responses. People will
try to override those initial
feelings. Take note of what
you thought before you
thought what they wanted you
to think.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Fear
of travel, or hodophobia, is so
common that even the most
adventurous have experienced
it to some degree. Fearful or
not, you have much to gain by
leaving the safety of familiar
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
You’re not the same person
you were. However, the seeds
of who you are now were
always inside you; you grew
them. And different seeds are
inside you now. It’s an ideal
time to add water and stand
back to see what happens.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
Your ability to concentrate
grows stronger when you’re
extremely interested in your
subject matter — and your
excitement grows right along
with it. Each new piece of
information adds to the mag-
netic appeal.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). In order to communicate
well, your attention has to be
on the conversation. Part of
you doesn’t want to communi-
cate at all. You’d rather quietly
work on your projects and see
what comes of that.
21). If you’re questioning your
lifestyle or the very nature of
your existence, you’re not
alone. Profound questions will
come to mind for many
Sagittarians now, and the
answers to these questions
are surprisingly simple!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). A meeting goes other
than planned. Could you have
played the situation another
way in order to get the
response of your dreams?
Likely not. So don’t take it per-
sonally. Think of what you
learned as neutral information.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). Someone is thinking of
you and trying to figure out
how to get to you. Maybe this
person is already in contact
with you, technically speaking,
but is far from being able to
reach your heart and soul.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). A super-smart someone
will help you with a problem
you’ve been having. Finally,
you’ll be able to move past
this and on to a project that’s
been on the back burner for
what has felt like an eternity.
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A newspaper ad for a
health-supply store touted a
sale on hearing aids “at
unheard-of low prices.” That
makes sense to me; it was
certainly more logical than
declarer’s play in today’s deal.
South’s balancing jump to
two spades was “intermedi-
ate,” showing opening values
and a good six-card suit. West
led a club: five, queen, king.
South returned a club to
dummy and lost a trump
finesse with his jack.
West then led a third club,
and South won, drew trumps
and led a diamond. West
ducked but still got a diamond
and two hearts. Down one.
Maybe South needed to
respond to that ad since it
appears he didn’t hear the
auction. East had passed
West’s opening bid but had
shown the queen of clubs and
was likely to have the king of
hearts. If West held the A-K,
his opening lead would have
been a high heart.
So West held the queen of
spades, and after South wins
the first trick, he should take
the A-K. When the queen falls,
he is safe for 10 tricks.
You hold: S Q 3 H A Q J 9 2
D A J 7 C 10 7 2. You open
one heart, your partner
responds one spade, you bid
1NT and he jumps to three
hearts. What do you say?
ANSWER: Some of respon-
der’s jump-rebids may be invi-
tational by agreement, but
partner’s three hearts is logi-
cally forcing. If he had bid only
two hearts, showing real heart
support, he’d have suggested
10 or 11 points. With six to
nine, he’d have raised to two
hearts directly. Bid four
West dealer
Both sides vulnerable
At first, winning big baseball
games came as a surprise to
Columbus High.
Now, a youthful Falcons squad
is basking in such a position.
Tyler Blevin’s two-run double
sparked a three-run sixth inning
Tuesday as Columbus turned
back Grenada 3-2 in a Class 6A,
Region 2 matchup at Sammy
Fletcher Field.
“We have been in so many
close games, we now play with a
lot of confidence in these spots,”
Columbus pitcher Trace Lee said.
“We always have the confidence
that we will make the plays in the
Columbus (13-7 overall, 4-3) is
now tied with Grenada for the
region lead with two region
games left to play.
“We aren’t satisfied with being
in first,” Columbus coach Jeff
Cook said. “We want to get in the
playoffs and continue to win. Still,
this is a mighty big step for a
young team. I love them and I am
really proud of them.
“All of our region games have
been close. This is a young team
which is really growing up.”
In the sixth inning, CHS start-
ed things with a leadoff double
from Chris McCullough. After
back-to-back outs, Lee drew a
walk. Blevins then tied the contest
with a massive shot to the right
center gap.
“I was looking for something to
get my teammates home,” Blevins
said. “We battled hard all night but
hadn’t caught any breaks. I can’t
say enough about Trace and what
he did on the mound to allow us
to win the game.”
After Blevins tied the contest,
Gavonta Webb hit a ball which
was erred by the Grenada short-
stop to bring home the go-ahead
With a new adrenaline rush,
Lee (7-4) closed out his six-hitter
by retiring the side in order on
seven pitches in the seventh
“This team has matured a lot,”
Lee said. “We feel like we are a
much better team. Grenada is a
really good team. To be able to get
wins like this gives our team a big
boost for the rest of the season.”
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Photo by Southern Living
This double citrus tart captures the bright, fresh flavors of lemon and orange in a crisp gingersnap crust. It’s
one of several desserts with “spring” written all over them.
here’s something about spring that seems
to call for “prettying up” our tables. It could
be the burst of floral color we’ve been treat-
ed to lately, or perhaps it’s simply that sense of
renewal in the air.
Just as we’ll trade in our thick sweaters for
short sleeves and sundresses, we leave behind
heavy, rich desserts for lighter delectables that
brighten our tablescapes. It’s the season of bridal
showers, luncheons, proms and graduations. The
season when al fresco entertaining begins to
beckon. In Columbus, the Hitching Lot Farmers’
Market has opened for business, with the first
fresh berries and other locally-grown ingredients
to be incorporated in our springtime sweets.
In the dessert world, “Pastries,” a new hard-
cover cookbook by French master pastry chef
Pierre Hermé, has created a stir, its luscious pho-
tographs reminding us how beautiful food can
actually be. The coffee table book ($31.50 at ama- traces histories behind many iconic
desserts — and then reveals how to reinvent
The good news is we don’t have to be a
renowned French pastry chef to make some-
thing pleasing to the eye. With the emphasis on
“pretty” and “lighter,” today’s food pages share
several Southern Living classics we think answer
the call. And not one of them is difficult or expen-
sive to make.
A rich, moist angel food cake is made from
scratch in minutes and transformed into single-
serve portions for petit-fours, covered with
lemon-cream cheese frosting and topped with
gumdrop rose petals. A key lime cheesecake
recipe goes light, with reduced-fat ingredients
and sugar substitute. And children especially
may get a kick from the Nutter Butter layered
dessert, but don’t underestimate its appeal to
grown-ups, too.
An Internet search for “springtime desserts”
will yield a bounty of ideas for your pretty table.
Enjoy the feasts for the eyes and palate.
Makes 8-10 servings
3 cups milk
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 medium-size ripe bananas
1 (1 pound) package peanut butter sandwich cookies
(Southern Living uses Nutter Butter brand)
2 cups sweetened whipped cream
For garnish, peanut butter sandwich cookies, dried
banana chips, fresh mint sprigs.
I Whisk together first four ingredients in a large
for spring
Lighter, lovely desserts brighten springtime tables
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Chill: Four hours
1 1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate,
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs, separated
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
For garnish, fresh mint leaves, lemon and
orange slices
I Stir together first four ingredients. Press mix-
ture evenly into a 9-inch tart pan with remov-
able bottom; set aside.
I Whisk together sweetened condensed milk,
orange juice concentrate, lemon juice and egg
yolks until blended.
I Beat egg whites at medium speed with an
electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold into
condensed milk mixture. Pour into prepared
I Bake at 325 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or
just until filling is set. Remove to a wire rack,
and let cool completely. Cover and chill at least
four hours. Remove tart from pan, and place on
a serving dish.
I Beat whipping cream and granulated sugar at
medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff
peaks form. Dollop around edges of tart; gar-
nish, if desired.
(Source: Mary Ann Lee, Southern Living March

Continued from Page 5B
saucepan over medium-low
heat. Cook, whisking constant-
ly, 15 to 20 minutes or until
thickened. Remove from heat;
stir in butter and vanilla until
butter is melted.
I Fill a large bowl with ice.
Place saucepan in ice, and let
stand, stirring occasionally, 30
minutes or until mixture is thor-
oughly chilled.
I Meanwhile, cut bananas into
1/4-inch slices. Break cookies
into thirds.
I Spoon half of pudding mixture
into a 3-quart bowl or pitcher.
Top with bananas and cookies.
Spoon remaining pudding mix-
ture over bananas and cookies.
Top with sweetened whipped
cream. Cover and chill two to
24 hours. Garnish, if desired.
(Source: Southern Living,
February 2009)
Makes 15 servings
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Lemon-cream cheese frosting
For garnish, gumdrop rose
petals and fresh mint leaves
I Preheat oven to 375
degrees. Line bottom and sides
of a 13-by-9-inch pan with alu-
minum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inch-
es to extend over sides of pan.
(Do not grease pan or foil.) Sift
together first three ingredients.
I Beat egg whites and cream
of tartar at high speed with a
heavy-duty electric stand mixer
until stiff peaks form. Gradually
fold in sugar mixture, 1/3 cup
at a time, folding just until
blended after each addition.
Fold in vanilla and lemon juice.
Spoon batter into prepared pan.
(Pan will be very full. The batter
will reach almost to the top of
the pan.)
I Bake at 375 degrees on an
oven rack one-third up from bot-
tom of oven 30 to 35 minutes
or until a wooden pick inserted
in center of cake comes out
I Invert cake onto a lightly
greased wire rack; let cool,
with pan over cake, one hour or
until completely cool. Remove
pan; peel foil off cake. Transfer
cake to a serving platter.
Spread lemon-cream cheese
frosting evenly over top of cake.
Garnish, if desired.
(Note: You may also bake this
in an ungreased angel food
cake pan for 30 to 35 minutes
or in three ungreased (9-inch)
round pans for 15 to 18 min-
utes or until a wooden pick
inserted in center comes out
(Source: Linda Nesloney,
Southern Living April 2008)
Makes 14 servings
Prep time: 25 minutes, plus
Bake time: 40 minutes, plus
3/4 cup reduced-fat graham
crackers crumbs (about 4
whole crackers)
Sugar substitute equivalent to 2
tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
For the filling:
2 packages (8 ounces each)
reduced-fat cream cheese,
1 package (8 ounces) fat-free
cream cheese, cubed
Sugar substitute equivalent to
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat
sour cream
1/3 cup key lime or lime juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
2 drops green food coloring,
I Place a greased 9-in. spring-
form pan on a double thickness
of heavy-duty foil (about 18
inches square). Securely wrap
foil around pan.
I In a large bowl, combine gra-
ham cracker crumbs and sugar;
stir in butter. Press onto the
bottom of prepared pan. Place
pan on a baking sheet. Bake at
350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a
wire rack.
I In a large bowl, beat the
cream cheeses, sugar substi-
tute, sugar and flour until
smooth. Add eggs; beat on low
speed just until combined. Stir
in the sour cream, lime juice,
vanilla, lime peel and food color-
ing if desired. Pour filling onto
I Place springform pan in a
large baking pan; add 1 inch of
hot water to larger pan. Bake
at 350 degrees for 40-45 min-
utes or until center is just set
and top appears dull. Remove
springform pan from water bath.
n Cool on a wire rack for 10
minutes. Carefully run a knife
around edge of pan to loosen;
cool one hour longer.
I Chill overnight. Refrigerate
Photo by Southern Living
This chilled Nutter Butter-banana trifle uses many
ingredients on hand in most kitchens.
Photo by Beth Dreiling Hontzas
An easy homemade angel food cake recipe yields 15
delicious petit fours.
For The Associated Press
o make the most of
tender spring veg-
etables, it’s impor-
tant to use a gentle touch at
the stove.
This not only results in
a more delicious dish, it’s
also usually much less
work. This simple braise of
chicken legs and spring
vegetables is a great exam-
ple. Though the chicken
cooks for 30 minutes in
chicken stock, the vegeta-
bles steam in the same pot
for just a few minutes.
For maximum flavor,
we brown the chicken in a
heavy pan before deglaz-
ing with a bit of white
wine. This adds all the fla-
vorful browned bits to the
sauce. If you prefer chick-
en breasts over dark meat,
you could certainly substi-
tute them for the legs. For
best flavor, opt for bone-in.
For the sauce, we use
chicken stock rather than
broth. Stocks are made
with the flavorful bones, so
they often have a deeper
flavor than broths. You
also can get stocks com-
pletely unsalted, unlike
broths. This allows you to
control the sodium you
add to your dish. You
should be able to find
stocks alongside the
broths and soups at the
Broccolini looks like
baby broccoli on long, thin
stalks. It’s actually a hybrid
of broccoli and Chinese
kale, but with a mild,
slightly peppery flavor.
Start to finish: 1 hour (30 min-
utes active)
Makes four servings
1 tablespoon unsalted butter,
room temperature
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon canola or veg-
etable oil
4 chicken legs, skin and
excess fat removed (can also
substitute a mix of drumsticks
and thighs)
Salt and ground black pepper
2 large sweet onions, quar-
1/4 cup white wine
2 cups no-salt chicken stock
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 bunch asparagus
1 bunch Broccolini
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
I In a small bowl, mix together
the butter and flour until com-
pletely smooth. Set aside.
I In a heavy bottomed pot over
medium-high, heat the oil.
Season the chicken legs with
salt and pepper. Working in
batches, cook the chicken legs
until well browned, about five
minutes per side. Transfer the
chicken to a plate.
I Add the onions to the pot
and brown for eight minutes.
Add the wine and scrape the
bottom of the pan to loosen any
browned bits. Return the chick-
en legs to the pan along with
the stock and thyme.
I Bring to a low simmer, then
cover. Reduce heat to low and
simmer until chicken legs are
tender, about 30 minutes.
I When the chicken is cooked,
place the asparagus and broc-
colini over the chicken and
cover. Allow vegetables to
steam for four to five minutes,
or until just tender and bright
I Transfer chicken legs and
vegetables to a platter.
Increase heat to medium-high
and whisk in the flour and but-
ter mixture. Continue whisking
until the mixture thickens,
about three minutes. Whisk in
the vinegar, then season with
salt and pepper. Pour the sauce
over the chicken and vegeta-
A light touch makes the most of spring veggies
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