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Florida’s Gov. Bush visits
Jerry St. Pé,
says casino
officials are
committed to
reopen on
the Gulf
Coast with
an even
larger presence.
■ Sunshine State
storm aid brings
governor to Coast
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Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour visit the Florida law enforcement
staging area set up in Bay St. Louis Wednesday morning.
30, before the winds of Hurricane Katrina had calmed, the
Florida State Highway Patrol
officers arrived on the Gulf
Coast. Since then, help from
Florida has continued to arrive in the form of firefighters, search, rescue and recovery personnel, and law enforcement.
On Wednesday, Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush, along with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and
an entourage of Florida leaders, toured the Coast and saw
firsthand the efforts of Florida
“Many have been here since
(last) Monday,” Bush said.
“The winds hadn’t even subsided.”
Barbour compared Florida
to “a good Samaritan” and “a
guardian angel” to Mississippi.
“I told Gov. Bush that when
his term ends, he can come
over here and we’ll make him
‘King of the Coast,’” Barbour
See BUSH, Page 4-A
Attorney general thanks relief workers
■ Hood praises NOVA
volunteers on visit
to Ocean Springs
The Mississippi Press
OCEAN SPRINGS — Among a mix of Jackson County residents looking for relief at the
disaster recovery center, Mississippi’s attorney
general came to thank crisis relief workers.
Attorney General Jim Hood came to personally thank volunteers from the National
Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), a
crisis response team currently housed at the
Federal Emergency Management Agency and
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s
recovery center. The response team is assisting
county residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina, which slammed the Mississippi Gulf
Coast on Aug. 29.
“I came down here to recognize them, they’re
a wonderful group,” he said.
Hood said those affected by Hurricane Katrina, especially children and disaster relief
workers, need NOVA’s services.
Scott Sasser, the leader of NOVA’s Arkansas
Crisis Response Team, calls his group “crisis
intervene-ers.” Sasser and the other five team
members — all school counselors — have been
working together for five years.
“There are lots of emotions and reactions
people are dealing with that are not normal,”
Sasser said. “Sometimes, they don’t even know
what the first step is to start recovery.”
Those are the people NOVA is here to help.
See HOOD, Page 4-A
Execs plan
to rebuild
Associated Press Writer
JACKSON — Mississippi Gaming Commission chairman Jerry St. Pé says casino
executives are assuring him their companies
plan to rebuild in coastal areas hit hard by
Hurricane Katrina, but it could be months
before the first
casinos reopen,
even in temporary locations.
In a telephone interview
Wednesday, St.
Pé told The
Associated Press that the executives he’s spoken to this week in Las Vegas want Mississippi to change its laws to allow casinos to be
built on land rather than only over water.
St. Pé said “there are differences of opinion”
among industry executives about how far casinos should be allowed to go inland.
“I have heard nothing other than a commitment to remain and in the future have
an even larger presence on the Mississippi
See CASINOS, Page 4-A
State secures
cruise ship
for evacuees
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Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, right, meets with Scott Sasser and Susan
Sharp Smith of Arkansas, with the National Organization for Victim Assistance,
Wednesday at the Disaster Recovery Center in Ocean Springs. Hood thanked
them for their assistance with crisis response.
JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour, frustrated by how long it was taking to obtain
temporary housing for hurricane evacuees,
said late Wednesday that Mississippi had
secured the use of a small cruise ship to house
hundreds of evacuees willing to live on it.
The state had hoped to bring the 490-passenger ship to the Port of Pascagoula, at the
state’s southeastern corner. But it will be
moored off Mobile, Ala., instead because Mississippi coastal waters were too dirty for the
ship’s water treatment system, the governor
See EVACUEES, Page 4-A
Hurricane Katrina blows new business to Singing River Mall
The Mississippi Press
GAUTIER — While victims of Hurricane
Katrina’s wrath continue to pick up the pieces,
Singing River Mall survived — and is now the
only operating mall on the Mississippi Gulf
The mall has already signed leases with
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls
Operations, ALION Science and Technology
Corporation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Gift Box has also opened in the mall.
The corps will operate in the mall for a few
Mall manager Tina Dubose said five to 10
more businesses are currently going through
the leasing process. She confirmed that several of these undisclosed stores were previously
located in Biloxi’s Edgewater Mall, which was
severely damaged Aug. 29 by Katrina’s massive
storm surge.
According to Dubose, these other businesses
are waiting on liability insurance before signing contracts.
Dubose said Singing River Mall received
“minimal damage.”
“We were up and operational that following
Wednesday,” she said.
Donna Taylor with the Louisiana-based Stirling Properties Commercial Real Estate, said
there are no immediate renovation plans at
this time.
“We are continuing forward with our plans
for the mall,” she added.
She said their focus currently is to accommodate current tenants and to bring in more
retailers formerly located in Edgewater Mall.
“This is one of the bright spots of this whole
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The areas already leased “will almost double
the occupancy of the mall,” Guillotte said. And
he believes once businesses move to Gautier
from other areas, they will stay.
“It’s really looking good out there,” he said.
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Heavy rain hits North Carolina
coast as Ophelia picks up strength
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Ophelia lashed the North Carolina
coast with high winds and heavy rains
Wednesday, beginning an anticipated twoday assault that threatened serious flooding and an 11-foot storm surge.
“If you have not heeded the warning
before, let me be clear right now: Ophelia is
a dangerous storm,” Gov. Mike Easley said
from Raleigh, appealing especially to those
in flood-prone areas to evacuate.
Ophelia was moving so slowly — just 7
mph — that authorities expected the
storm’s passage through North Carolina
to take 48 hours from the start of rainfall
on the southeastern coast Tuesday afternoon to the storm’s anticipated exit into
the Atlantic late Thursday.
The storm had sustained winds of 85
mph Wednesday afternoon, the National
Hurricane Center said. Hurricane warnings covered the entire North Carolina
coast from the South Carolina line to Virginia, where a tropical storm warning covered the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.
More than 12 inches of rain had fallen on
Oak Island at the mouth of the Cape Fear
River, said meteorologist Jeff Orrock with
the National Weather Service in Raleigh.
More than 77,000 homes and business
were without power in eastern North Carolina, electric utilities said.
On Ocean Isle Beach, south of Carolina
Beach, a 50-foot section of beachfront road
was washed out by heavy surf and the only
Doris Hollowell walks her dog along
the boardwalk in Atlantic Beach,
N.C., Wednesday during high winds
from Hurricane Ophelia.
bridge to the island was closed.
Video broadcast by Durham’s WTVD-TV
from Carteret County on the central coast
showed a section from the end of a hotel’s
fishing pier breaking off and floating away.
Jetnella Gibbs and her family made their
way to a shelter at a Craven County high
school after the rain started Tuesday.
“We noticed the street was starting to
fill up, and I said, ’It’s time to go,”’ she
said. “I know if this little bit here has flooded the street, what will it do when it real-
ly pours?”
The storm’s eye was expected to brush
the coast between midnight and 2 a.m.,
but it might not come ashore, said Bob
Frederick, meteorologist at the weather
service bureau at Newport, N.C.
At 8 p.m. Ophelia’s large eye was centered about 35 miles southwest of Cape
Lookout on the Outer Banks. Hurricaneforce winds of at least 74 mph extended 50
miles out from the center and forecasters
said some strengthening was possible.
Following the criticism of its response
to Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had 250 workers on the ground — a larger-than-usual
contingent given Ophelia’s size. FEMA also
put a military officer, Coast Guard Rear
Adm. Brian Peterman, in place to command any federal response the storm might
The storm’s slow, meandering path to
the coast gave FEMA more time to get staff
on the ground than is usually the case with
North Carolina hurricanes, said Shelley
Boone, the agency’s team leader for Ophelia.
Easley said he had spoken to Homeland
Security chief Michael Chertoff and that
National Guard teams were prepared to
evacuate sick, frail and elderly residents.
Ophelia is the 15th named storm and
seventh named hurricane of this year’s
busy Atlantic season, which ends Nov. 30.
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Oliver L. Bosarge, 76 of
Lucedale, Miss., died Aug. 30,
2005 in Pascagoula, Miss. He
was born June 17, 1929, in
Jackson County. He was a veteran in World War II and a
member of Hurley Pentecostal
Church. Mr. Bosarge was preceded in death by his wife,
Juanita Kirkland; parents,
Levert and Irean Bosarge; son,
Steve Holland; brothers,
Howard L. and Dody Bosarge;
sister, Beatrice Gentry.
Survivors include sons, Ricky
and Larry Bosarge both of
George County, Miss.; son and
daughter-in-law, Malcolm L.
(Aimee) Bosarge of Ala.; daughters and sons-in-law, Ramona
(Wayne) Havard of Wade,
Miss., Debra (George) Wilkinson of Ala. and Gail (Charlie)
James of George County; sisters, Louise Rockwell of Gautier, Miss., Ann Willis of Moss
Point, Miss., and Joyce Phillips
of Wade, Miss; brothers, Jake
Bosarge of Ala., and Jerril
Bosarge of Lucedale; grandchildren, Ernie Havard, Brandon James, Meagan Bosarge,
Juanita Wilkinson, Brittany
Wilkinson, George Wilkinson,
Jr., Jamie Bosarge, Anna
Perez, Billy Jack Holland,
Shane Holland, and Jessica
James; and numerous greatgrandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday, Sept.
13, 2005, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
at Heritage Funeral Home in
Escatawpa, Miss.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at 2
p.m. from the chapel with Rev.
Jerry Hamilton and Rev. Russell McDonald officiating.
Burial will follow in Johnson
Cemetery in Wade, Miss.
Pallbearers will be Ernie
Havard, Brandon James,
George Wilkinson, Jericho
Hamilton, Teresa Havard, and
Brad Bradshaw.
Arrangements by Heritage
Funeral Home, Escatawpa,
Miss. Locally owned and operated.
Hudis Odell Salisbury, 77
of Gautier, Miss. passed away,
Sept. 14, 2005, in Gautier,
Mr. Salisbury was a life long
resident of the Gautier area,
having been born on May 11,
1928, in the Fountainbleau
Community. He was easily recognized around town by the
hard hat he always wore. His
greatest pleasure was fishing
and doing for others. Our community will miss seeing his
face and his good deeds will
be remembered. He was a
member of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Gautier.
He was preceded in death by
his wife, Ann Salisbury, on
Sept. 19, 2003.
He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Burge ( James C.)
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of Gautier; a grandson, Jamie
Burge also of Gautier; a brother, Herman Salisbury; three
sisters, Ruthie Young, Tillie
Sullivan, and Agnes Salisbury;
a devoted sister-in-law, Iris
King; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and a host of
Visitation for Mr. Odell will
be Friday, Sept. 16, 2005 from
10:30-12 noon at O’BryantO’Keefe Funeral Home in Gautier.
Graveside service will follow
at Pinecrest Cemetery with
Rev. Larry McVeay officiating.
Arrangements by O’BryantO’Keefe Funeral Home, Gautier, Miss.
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Mr. Frank Lee Montgomery, 82, of Moss Point,
Miss., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005. He was
born Sept. 20, 1922 in Tunnel
Springs, Ala. At an early age,
he confessed his faith in Christ
at Amity Missionary Baptist
Church. He served in the army
and was a World War II veteran. Mr. Montgomery worked at
Ingalls shipyard until his
retirement in 1987.
Mr. Montgomery was preceded in death by his father
and mother, Frank and Nancy
Richardson Montgomery; his
daughter, Dorothy Louise
Seals; a son, Eckerson Lyndbert Montgomery; four sisters;
and five brothers.
He is survived by his devoted
wife of 58 years, Mamie Montgomery; six sons, Edward
(Edna) Montgomery, Richard
(Mary) Montgomery, both of
Moss Point, Miss., Raymond
(Mary) Montgomery, Gautier,
Miss., John Montgomery, Harvey, La., Sherman (Darleen)
Grandison, League City, Texas,
Curles (Debra) Montgomery,
Pascagoula, Miss.; one daughter-in-law, Geraldine Montgomery, Jackson, Miss.; one
son-in-law, Clayton Seals, Jr.,
Moss Point, Miss.; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be held
at First Baptist Church, Moss
Point, Miss. on Saturday, Sept.
17, 2005, at 2 p.m. Visitation
will be two hours prior to service.
Interment will be at First
Baptist Cemetery, Moss Point,
Arrangements by Robinson’s
Friendly Funeral Home, Moss
Point, Miss.
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Judie M. Jordan, 66, of
Ocean Springs, Miss., died Saturday afternoon at the Ocean
Springs Hospital.
Born in Dearborn, Mich.,
Mrs. Jordan lived on the Coast
for the past 43 years, working
as a registered nurse at several Coast hospitals for the past
20 years. Mrs. Jordan served in
the U.S. Army before she met
and married her husband
Oscar Jordan, and moved to
Mississippi, first living in
Oxford and then moving to
Ocean Springs.
Mrs. Jordan is survived by
her husband of 45 years; two
sons and daughters-in-law,
Robert and Clarissa Jordan of
Oxford, and James and Karen
Jordan of Baton Rouge; two
grandchildren, Hayley and
Christopher Jordan of Baton
Rouge. Other survivors include
her mother-in-law, Jessie Jordan and sister-in-law, Eleanor
Cissy Jordan of Latimer; and
two sisters, Sherie Anderson
of St. Johns, Mich. and Debbie
Seivers of Dearborn Heights,
Visitation will be from 3 to 4
p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at
the St. Paul United Methodist
Church on Porter Avenue in
Ocean Springs, Miss. Services
will immediately follow the visitation.
The family requests that in
lieu of flowers donations be given to either the Salvation Army
or the American Red Cross for
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Point, Miss.
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2005. George County Funeral
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LUCEDALE — Sixteen wild
fires in four counties in four days
recently kept firefighters on their
“There has been so little rain in
recent weeks,” Drew Stafford,
information officer for the Mississippi Forestry Commission,
said, “and with all of the fuel on
the ground in our forested areas,
the risk of fire has been critical.”
Local fire departments, forestry
commission fire crews and FEMA
have responded to the fires,
Stafford said. Stafford said the
risk of fire is greatest in southern
counties but bans have been
issued in northern counties,
mainly due to lack of rains.
As evidence about how critical
the situation is, Stafford said
there have been 16 wild fires,
woods and grass fires in George,
Jackson, Harrison and Pearl River counties over the past four
days. These are fires reported to
the forestry commission or requiring its help.
“The Mississippi Forestry Commission has issued a burn ban
for 29 counties,” Stafford said.
The fires in the four counties
have been put out by local firefighters, Forestry Commission
firefighters and FEMA crews
with helicopters. These fires do
not include the numerous grass
and woods fires handled by local
firemen without Forestry Commission assistance.
Stafford said violators may face
fines of up to $500 if convicted
of violating the burn ban, which
includes all fires not in a container such as an incinerator or
an outdoor grill.
George County firefighters
have responded to eight calls
since Sunday, according to fire
coordinator Lorraine Howell.
Six were structure fires and
two were wild fires. At least some
of the structure fires were electrical, possibly caused by shorts
or damage to wiring as a result of
Hurricane Katrina. The wildfires,
she said, appear to have been
caused by people burning debris,
which got out of control.
The situation is made more
dangerous because of all of the
drying wood and leaf material
and the dry, windy weather, Howell said.
“There is a penalty for violating
the burn ban,” she said, “and we
are taking this seriously.”
Stafford pointed out storm
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debris will be removed by contractors hired by city and county
officials. This removal is paid by
“There is simply no reason for
people to burn at this time,” he
said. “They should be taking the
storm debris to the nearest road
right of way.”
Stafford also offered tips for
assessing the condition of trees
damaged by the storm but still
standing. “If there are broken
limbs in the crown, they should
be removed,” he said. “If more
than 25 percent of the crown is
damaged, you should consider
cutting down the tree. If there
are visible cracks in the trunk of
the tree, it is a hazard and should
be removed.
Or, if there is raised soil around
the roots where roots have been
pulled loose or the root ball is
exposed, the tree will probably
die and should be removed.”
Stafford noted that damaged
trees that are still standing, but
do not pose an immediate threat
might be left standing for a few
“The damage caused by this
storm was so extensive and so
widespread that crews are working full time just removing the
dead and dying trees. If you can
let a damaged tree wait a few
weeks before having it cut down,
it will probably be easier to find a
qualified arborist or tree removal
company to do the job.”
He also had some pointers for
selecting a qualified arborist or
tree removal firm.
“Be sure and find someone who
is insured and bonded,” he said.
“Ask for references and call the
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George County
starts school
second time
■ Students fall back
into routine of
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Classes at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County campus in Gautier resumed
Wednesday after being closed for two-and-a-half weeks after Hurricane Katrina. Area high school students have
the option to enroll at MGCCC in order to earn credit toward their high school diplomas while local schools struggle to reopen in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Teams to attack chemical spills
■ Environmental
group identifies
hundreds of Katrina
related chemical spills
Mobile Register
A national environmental
hazards group operating out
of Mobile has identified at
least 450 chemical spills or
similar incidents in Alabama
and Mississippi associated
with Hurricane Katrina.
More than 200 people, representing various federal and
state agencies, are working
out of the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center north of
Mobile Regional Airport to
locate and address the environmental hazards unleashed
by the hurricane two weeks
Another group, based in
Baton Rouge, La., is handling
a separate set of operations
in Louisiana.
“The scope of this is well
beyond any state to handle
alone,” said Bruce Freeman,
the Alabama Department of
Environmental Management’s
state coordinator at the Coast
Guard operations center.
The U.S. Coast Guard and
Environmental Protection
Agency officials, who are
working together to direct the
effort, said the number of
reported spills and the personnel required to handle
them is likely to continue to
grow in the coming weeks.
"Who knows how long this
could go on,” said Rod Elkins,
the Coast Guard’s Gulf Strike
Team deck officer.
The Coast Guard group,
which has its permanent base
of operations in Mobile, is a
sort of multi-agency hazmat
team that addresses difficult
spills and unusual threats on
a daily basis. But hurricanes,
officials said, wreak havoc on
a scale that requires more
resources and cross-state coordination than the 38-member
team can manage.
The hangar and offices
w h er e th e str ike t ea m is
based is now an improvised
encampment for scientists
from U.S. Fish and Wildlife,
the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration,
EPA and dozens of contract
workers specializing in mapping and other specialized
These scientists, some of
whom have been called in
from as far away as Pennsylvania, are charged with coordinating with state regulators
from Alabama and Mississippi to make sure that spills are
addressed in appropriate
One of the difficulties and
frustrations that the group
has faced in the days after
Katrina is setting priorities
when so many problems need
attention, some of which presented the possibility of an
immediate loss of life.
"We weren’t going to complain about a fuel tank (in
Alabama) when there was a
chlorine and ammonia leak”
that threatened the lives of
residents in Mississippi, Freeman said.
The most immediate threats
to life are now under control,
he said, and the group has
been turning its attention to
the more long-term threats,
such as the hundreds of leaking boats and fuel cylinders
and chemical tanks scattered
through the area.
Team members said they
had already started a partial
cleanup of an oil spill on the
Mobile River, which appears
to have several sources and
spread for almost two miles
along the marsh.
For now, workers have been
d irect ed t o c u t d o w n an d
remove the vegetation conspicuously coated with oil. But
Bradford Benggio, a NOAA
support coordinator, said the
group may have to reassess
in a few weeks and direct a
more sophisticated and thorough cleanup of the area.
Dean Ullock, an EPA official who coordinates the activities of the Gulf Coast Strike
Team, noted that Katrina’s
damages were far more widespread and severe than the
damage done last year by
Hurricane Ivan. The cleanup
after Ivan, he said, took the
better part of six months.
“This,” he said, “could go
on for years.”
VFW helps veterans hurt by hurricane
The Mississippi Press
PASCAGOULA — “Commander, I joined the right organization.”
That’s what an Iraq veteran
who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina told Donnie Verucchi, state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Mississippi, after receiving $200
from the organization for hurricane relief assistance.
“That made my day,” Verucchi
said of the Meridian soldier’s
comment. Verucchi was at VFW
Post 3373 in Pascagoula distributing money to VFW members who lost homes and possessions to the Category 4 storm
that hit Mississippi on Aug. 29.
Since Tuesday, Verucchi said
more than 270 members of the
VFW and the group’s ladies auxiliary unit, for which his wife,
Carolyn. serves as state president, have “really poured their
hearts out of the terrible tales of
destruction of their property, but
fortunately, there have been no
member deaths reported.”
Andrew D. Booker, 82, of Moss
Point, rode the storm out at
home with his 84-year-old wife,
Veronica. Damage to their home
included the roof, sheet metal,
siding and shutters.
Booker worries about his elderly friends and neighbors, some
who lost everything and are left
without means to get the help
they need.
“It was kinda rough,” Booker
said of the storm’s fury and
aftermath on the community.
The $200 VFW contribution
made him feel “real good to be a
member of the organization.”
Henry F. Little, 78, who along
with his Pinecrest subdivision
neighbors in Pascagoula
received extensive flooding in
their homes, agreed.
Booker, a U.S. Navy veteran,
and Little, a U.S. Army combat
engineer, both served during
World War II. They said they
agreed with early reports that
Katrina will cost America more
than fighting two world wars.
“It was as bad as looking on
TV and what it looked like in
Europe after World War II,” said
Little, who also served in Korea.
“Some people don’t even have a
Booker said he believes the
costs will be comparable to the
“I can see it with the total devastation that happened,” Booker said. “They said there was a
90,000-square-mile area that
was affected. That’s a big area.”
The relief money goes along
with VFW’s commitment to all
Americans as one of the nation’s
largest community service
providers, said Bob Cochran Jr.,
vice commander of Post 3373.
“We’re always giving something to the community like the
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"I've been through two wars and I've never seen devastation like this," said Henry F. Little of Pascagoula, right,
to Donnie Verucchi, the State Commander for the Mississippi Veterans of Foreign Wars. Verucchi came to
Pascagoula to give each VFW member $200 to help
them recover from Hurricane Katrina. Little, a veteran of
World War II and the Korean Conflict, is a member of
VFW Post 3373.
Reporter Brad Crocker can
ball teams and churches. Now is
the time for the VFW to give be reached at [email protected] to their own mem- or (866) 843bers,” Cochran said.
L.C. “Doc” Blanchard, public
relations officer for the state
VFW and past state commander,
said the resources came from
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other day and tested all of
our circuits. They said everything was fine. This problem
apparently didn’t show up.”
The Middle School gym
and arts building uses a different power source from the
main classroom building. The
power failure did not include
those two buildings, so students were moved to the
gym. By 10 a.m. Horn called
parents and gave them the
option of picking up their
children early or letting them
remain at school for the rest
of the day.
“Makeshift classes were
going to be held in the two
buildings with electricity,”
she said. “The power company assured us we would have
electricity by tomorrow. Perhaps we can have everything
back to normal by then.”
The power problem at the
middle school also affected
the Lucedale Intermediate
The intermediate school
suffered more storm damage
than most buildings in the
district. This included losing
the roof of an entire wing.
This section of the building
housed six classrooms and
the cafeteria. In order to
resume classes, meals are to
be prepared at the middle
school and transported to the
intermediate school. With the
power loss at the middle
school, sack lunches for the
students were hastily prepared.
“We should have hot lunches again tomorrow,” Williams
Despite the inconveniences,
the high school will resume
its football schedule Friday
night when the Rebels host
the Gautier High School
“Our focus is on academics,” Wallace said, “but sports
is part of the school experience. Everyone knows that
there is supposed to be high
school football on Friday
night. I believe it is important to resume our football
It is important for the students, but it is also important for the community. Football is an important release
of tension for everyone; it
gives people something to
think about other than the
trauma we have all been
Reporter Royce Armstrong
may be reached at [email protected]
or (601) 947-9933.
LUCEDALE — Blocked
classrooms, electrical failures, dead telephones, sack
lunches and altered class
schedules were among the
adjustments George County
students and teachers faced
Wednesday as they returned
to school a second time this
“It was almost like a second first day, George County
High School principal Paul
Wallace said. “At least this
time most of the students
knew where they were going.
We didn’t have as many students lost as we did the first
The George County School
system experienced a second
first day of school this year,
thanks to Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged Mississippi on Aug. 29. The school
year was interrupted after
only three weeks of classes
when the storm damaged
buildings and brought the
school district and the county to a stand still with power
outages, gasoline shortages
and damage to homes, farms,
fields and forests.
The disruption lasted for
two and a half weeks. It was
a bumpy start for the second
opening day of this alreadybumpy school year.
“‘My books were lost in the
hurricane’ may receive some
special consideration for a
few days,” joked Wallace.
“One of the things we talked
about in our teacher meeting
yesterday was making sure
we get our students back on
a sound mental footing.”
Other than concern for student welfare, Wallace said
the day went smoothly.
“The students I have spoken with were ready to come
back to school,” he said. “It is
fun to be out of school for the
first day or two, but after
that they are ready to get
back into a normal routine.
Youngsters this age want
i n d e p e n d e n c e , bu t th e y
always want structure. A
school is a safe place. We
work very hard to make it a
saf e e n v i r o n me n t w h e r e
learning takes place.”
Tony Williams, principal at
L u c e d al e I n te r me d i ate
School, agreed.
“The students were excited this morning,” he said.
“For the most part, they
picked up right where they
left off before the storm.
Nothing in their schedule has
changed,” he said, “despite
the damage to the building.”
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evacuees are encouraged to take advantage of
the Red Cross facilities. Citizens are able to
freely come and go as needed.
• Vancleave High School (Miss. 57 and Ballpark Road).
• East Central High School (Miss. 614 off
Slider Road) has been MOVED to Riverfront
Community Center (4412 Hwy. 90 in Moss
Point’s Orange Grove Community).
• Christus Victor Lutheran Church (2755
Bienville Blvd. or U.S. 90 in Ocean
• Gautier Convention Center (just north of
U.S. 90 on Library Lane).
• St. Paul’s United Methodist Church East
Campus (Miss. 57 and U.S. 90 in Ocean
• Special Medical Needs Facility — Singing
River Mall at Conrad’s Restaurant (U.S. 90 in
• Hot Kitchen at First Baptist Church (Live
Oak Avenue in Pascagoula) — food only.
p.m.) — look for changes.
• Volunteers call (228) 762-7222.
• Pascagoula High School (off Market
Street) — new.
• Roving unit on Fountainbleau Road, Cook
Road at Tucker Road in west Jackson County
— new.
• Roving unit in Escatawpa community in
Nathan Hale.
• First Baptist Church of Helena (Wildwood
at Saracennia Road).
• Singing River Mall in Gautier (U.S. 90).
• Simmons Bayou Road in Ocean Springs.
• Jefferson Street Complex in Moss Point.
HEALTH — new
• Jackson County Health Department has
set up a mobile medical unit in the parking lot
of its old site on Hospital Road (8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Services available include: family planning
(re-supply), limited child.
health illness care; and tetanus shots and all
Jackson County Health Department services
are free.
• The WIC warehouse is also opened with a
nutritionist onsite.
• Always wear the appropriate protective
equipment, including hard hat, safety glasses,
hearing protection, heavy work gloves, cut
resistant leg wear (chain saw chaps) that
extend from the waist to the top of the foot, and
boots which cover the ankle.
• Avoid contact with power lines until the
lines are verified as being de-energized.
• Always cut at waist level or below to
ensure that you maintain secure control over
the chain saw.
• Bystanders or co-workers should remain at
least two tree lengths (at least 150 feet) away
from anyone felling a tree and at least 30 feet
from anyone operating a chain saw to remove
limbs or cut a fallen tree.
• Take extra care in cutting “spring poles;”
trees or branches that have gotten bent, twisted, hung up on, or caught under another object
during a high wind.
• If the tree or the branch is suddenly
released, it may strike the person cutting it, or a
bystander, with enough force to cause serious
injury or death.
FEMA-Temporary Housing
• FEMA in conjunction with MEMA has developed several temporary housing optionsfor
individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
• Travel trailers, mobile homes and other prefabricated structures are being brught in to provide interim housing.
• Identification for occupants of travel trailers
and mobile homes are being done by several
methods. FEMA and the State of Mississippi
are coordinating the efforts. to be eligible for
the temporary housing, an individual or family
will be required to register for FEMA assistance
at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).
• September check distribution is over.
• Checks not already delivered are being
returned to the Social Security Administration.
• If you have not received your September
check, call your local Social Security office.
• Call 1-800-772-1213 for more information.
• The United States Postal Service has a
retail van at the Gautier Post Office, 1600 US
90 in Gautier. Customers will have access to
postal products and services at the van.
NEW HOPE CENTER (for immigrant
assistance ONLY)
• The New Hope Center is opened to provide information and assistance to Gulf Coast
immigrants whose primary language isn’t English. Translators who speak Vietnamese, Spanish and French staff the center. The center is
set up with computers and Internet service.
The New Hope Center is located in Biloxi on
Howard Avenue.
• Pascagoula School District is expected to
re-open Oct. 3.
• Administrators and guidance counselors
should report daily at 7 a.m. at Pascagoula
High School.
• All hourly employees must report at 8am at
War Memorial Stadium.
• Contact number: 228-938-6443.
• Moss Point School District is expected to
re-open Sept. 26.
• Ocean Springs School District is expected
to re-open Sept. 26.
• Ocean Springs’ Greyhounds will play the
Carencro High School Bears from Louisiana.
This has been changed to a road game.
• Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
is expected to re-open Sept. 14.
In prime-time
speech, Bush
to commit
to rebuilding
Gulf Coast
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Gulf Coast
will be mended, President Bush intends to
pledge in a prime-time address Thursday
from New Orleans in which he plans to offer
new federal spending for the monumental
task of helping hurricane victims rebuild
their lives.
Bush planned to outline a broad plan for
reconstruction of lives and communities now
and in the long term, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Wednesday.
Presidential advisers drafting the speech
were working on plans for legislation that
would provide job training and housing for
people who have to start over, according to
one Republican official.
The advisers also were discussing tax credits for businesses to stay in the devastated
region, said the official, who was consulted
but wanted to remain anonymous because
Bush had yet to deliver the speech.
Bush planned to describe his understanding of the suffering brought on by the killer
storm while charting a hopeful vision for the
future. Many people, including members of
the president’s party, have said Bush should
have given that kind of speech soon after
the hurricane made landfill in Louisiana on
Aug. 29.
Rather than speak before a live audience,
Bush planned to stand alone and broadcast
his message directly into the camera. The
White House had yet to announce the site of
the speech, which was to follow Bush’s visit
to Mississippi.
The format would be similar to the somber
speech he gave in front of the Statue of Liberty three years ago on the first anniversary
of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Gulf Coast,” St. Pé said. “I view that as extremely encouraging.”
Mississippi legalized dockside casinos in
1990, limiting them to already touristy areas
on the waters of the Mississippi River or the
Mississippi Sound. The first casinos opened in
The thriving gaming industry along the
Gulf Coast generated $500,000 a day in tax
revenue before Katrina hit Aug. 29.
More than half of the 13 coast casinos — 12
that were already open and one that was set
to open this month — were heavily damaged.
Gov. Haley Barbour is expected to call a
special legislative session in the coming
weeks, and lawmakers say a change in gaming laws could be on the agenda. Barbour
has not taken a public position on the question.
William Perkins, spokesman for the Mississippi Baptist Convention, said the convention opposes allowing casinos on land.
The Baptists are the state’s largest religious
group, making up about a quarter of the population.
A Mississippi law enacted this year allows
casinos to be built on pilings to provide more
stability in storms. None had time to do that,
and it’s not clear whether pilings would have
made much difference in a hurricane like
Katrina, with storm surges approaching 30
The dockside casinos have revived the
slumping tourist trade along the Mississippi
coast. Biloxi became a mini Atlantic City as
jangling slot machines and neon signs
elbowed out the shrimpers’ ice houses along
the sandy beach.
Katrina’s effect on the Mississippi economy
could be severe. About 14,000 people work
in the dozen casinos along the coastline. Each
casino has a land-based hotel.
St. Pé said he also spoke Wednesday with
executives of International Game Technology,
one of the largest makers of slot machines.
“We’re satisfied that the matter of replacing
the thousands of slot machines will not be a
hindrance,” he said.
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“We talk with them and allow them to vent
and tell their story,” he said. “They sit down
in tears and then they regain their composure
and confidence to go on and do what they
have to do,” Sasser said.
What they “have to do” is plenty, but there
is a wide assortment of help present at the
recovery center. Along with the crisis group,
there are also representatives for the Blue
Roof program, the Small Business Administration, the Mississippi Bar Association, Medicaid and the American Red Cross.
There is even help with unemployment,
housing and a daycare for children while
their parents are receiving support.
“They have been a tremendous help, and
‘tremendous’ is not a big enough word,” said
Gary Wiley, manager of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
“We have seen some people come in here
that have basically lost everything in their life
and (NOVA’s) helping,” Wiley said. “They’re
walking around watching for these people,
starting conversations so they can get it out.”
Reporter Clair Byrd can be reached at
[email protected] or (866) 8439020.
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Children enjoy the rare privilege of air-conditioning in a tent Wednesday in Bay St.
Louis, where food is served to more than 4,000 people daily by the Christian Life
Church of Orange Beach, Ala.
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The Florida Highway Patrol, along with other relief agencies, had set up a staging area in
Tallahassee before the storm, said Capt. Jeffrey
L. Succi, a highway patrol district commander
from Ocala, Fla.
“First we went to Jackson County,” Succi
said. “Until today, we had half in Jackson
(County), and half in Hancock (County).”
On Tuesday, the highway patrol moved out of
Jackson County, citing an “enhanced response”
capability in that area.
In Waveland, southwest of Bay St. Louis, the
Orange County, Fla., police department assumed all law enforcement duties the day after
Katrina hammered the Coast.
To replace the 26 Waveland police cars destroyed by Katrina, the sheriff ’s office provided
vehicles the day after the storm hit, Barbour
“We’ll be here as long as it takes,” Cpl.
Richard Jones of Orlando, Fla., said, through a
ragged stubble beard and red eyes. “It could be
several months.”
Until recently, Jones, who works in the
marine unit, was working on search and rescue
operations. “Not so much rescue anymore,” he
said, 17 days after Katrina ravaged the Coast.
“When we got here, there was no radio systems — nothing. (We) set up the towers to dispatch calls,” Cpl. Mike Wilson, also of Orlando,
added with his arm outstretched across the
trash-strewn shopping center parking lot that
serves as a staging area for Florida law enforcement and National Guard operations.
The sheriff’s deputies are operating on 10-day
rotations, and the Waveland contingent of the
Orange County force is staffed entirely with
Ocean Springs is also receiving support from
10 officers from the Florida Department of
Transportation Motor Carrier Compliance
department, which has been in the area for
nearly three weeks.
Though the officers normally work in commercial vehicle enforcement, they are fully
vested with the authority to act as law enforcement officers.
“This is almost a common ordeal for us in
Florida in the summer,” Lt. Dave Carlton of
Wildwood, Fla., said.
“After losing power for a couple weeks, it
was hard,” Carlton recalled from the devastation caused by Hurricane Charlie in Central
Florida last year. “But I’d hate to lose everything like these folks in Mississippi did.”
Some aid has been slow in coming to Bay St.
Louis, which had a population of 8,209 in 2000.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
set up a “soft” Disaster Relief Center Sept. 9,
which is now capable of servicing 600 people per
“This is primarily a place for people to get registered (for aid),” FEMA Public Information
Officer Jess Seigal said.
Across the parking lot, a series of large airconditioned tents set up by the Christian Life
Church of Orange Beach, Ala., stands ready to
accommodate displaced residents with food,
water, hand-washing stations and rest rooms.
“We accommodate 4,000 people a day,” Vince
Burchfield, a church member, said. The church
had set up the relief efforts two days after the
hurricane hit.
“(We) fed 10,000 people before FEMA put
their boots on,” Burchfield said.
The devastation is far-reaching. As far as
seven miles inland, storm surge damage is evident. Many houses, if left standing, are separated from their foundations and scattered
about as if by a capricious child.
South of the staging area on U.S. 90, the
impact becomes even more apparent.
“We completely lost our home,” Waveland
resident John Gurrisi said as he and his wife,
Delia, tried to cool down in an air-conditioned
tent set up by the Christian Life Church. They
moved there in June from California to retire.
“We left at the urging of our daughter to
Crestview, Fla., and slept in the parking lot of
a Wal-Mart in our van. We spent two nights
there,” Gurrisi said.
The Gurrisis were eventually admitted to
the Crestview Red Cross shelter, but were invited by a local deputy sheriff, Sam Otto, to stay at
his daughter’s house. His daughter, who was
away, had left instructions with her father to let
any evacuees use the house.
Two days later, they left for Waveland.
“We couldn’t care for our dogs,” Gurrisi said,
suddenly tearing up. “They were hungry, foaming at the mouth. We put them in an adoption
center (in Crestview) — that was the hardest
“I don’t think I’ve ever been without a dog,”
Delia Gurrisi said, her eyes moist. They had
owned the dogs, one a chocolate Labrador
retriever, the other a Sheltie, for 10 years.
Like many residents, the Gurrisis plan to
rebuild, although their house was heavily damaged and they did not have flood insurance.
“You know what you could do for us?” she
said, blinking. “Pray. Pray for wisdom.”
Bush empathized with the residents of the
“The mayor of Waveland had that look,” he
said. “I understand what it feels like, to be
overwhelmed by the magnitude.
“We’re fortunate to be able to lend a hand.”
Ryan Sirmons can be reached at [email protected] or (866) 843-9020.
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“This is a small solution,”
Barbour told a news conference. “We are going to look at
base camps and modular cities,
if you will. But I just want to
say to you we are not where
we need to be on temporary
Housing on the ship will be
made available to displaced
residents of Jackson County,
on the Alabama border. The
governor did not provide a
timetable or other details
about the ship.
Barbour called the lack of
temporary housing for thousands of Katrina evacuees “far
and away our biggest problem.”
He said about 2,000 travel
trailers and mobile homes are
en route to hurricane-ravaged
areas of Mississippi but most
are still in staging areas, and
fewer than 250 were ready for
Even if 500 mobile homes
could be set up every day, it
would take two months to get
to 30,000, Barbour said.
“And I just don’t think we
can wait 60 days. ... We are
asking Homeland Security to
give us more temporary hous-
ing and to come up with more
creative alternatives for what
we have,” he said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reported
Wednesday that more than
216,000 Mississippi disaster
victims have registered with
the agency and more than
$191 million in payments have
been approved.
Mike Beeman, a FEMA coordinator, said state, local and
federal authorities are looking
for 300,000 trailers and recreational vehicles to temporarily
house Katrina victims in both
Louisiana and Mississippi.
FEMA will consider allowing people to put the fully furnished trailers on the sites of
their damaged or flattened
homes, but Beeman said final
approval will rest with local
authorities. The agency wants
to be sure freestanding trailers are self-sufficient and rely
on working sewage and water
systems, he said.
Emergency officials in Harrison County are planning to
move hundreds of Katrina
evacuees out of schoolhouse
shelters by Saturday so officials can clean the buildings
and resume classes.
“Getting kids back in school
would be a great thing to do,”
county emergency management director Joe Spraggins
Some of the shelter occupants will move into trailers.
Others will be moved into public buildings.
In Waveland, a town of 7,000
where little remains since a
storm surge washed over it,
residents began taking advantage of a mobile filtration unit
that turns contaminated water
into clean water.
Timmy Carver, who has been
living in tents in Waveland
with his wife, sister, nieces and
nephews, said the family had
been using water from jugs to
clean up and cool down until
the unit from Ecosphere Technologies Inc. began operating
this week.
“It’s wonderful,” said Carver,
a 35-year-old Bay St. Louis resident. “I cannot explain it. “It
feels so good, it just feels so
good on the body, because it’s
hot — it’s hot down here in the
In Biloxi, a desalination unit
is also now providing drinking
water to the Biloxi Regional
Medical Center.
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A new boss
Tucked away in a little-known office in the Department of Homeland Security, R. David Paulison led the
U.S. Fire Administration, a division that works to
reduce the economic and human toll of fires.
But talk to Florida firefighters who know Paulison,
and consider his resume’ before heading to Washington, and it looks as if Paulison is the right man to take
the reins at the Federal Emergency Management
Before joining FEMA, Paulison was chief of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, overseeing 1,900
personnel and a $200 million budget.
He began his career as a rescue firefighter, part of
the first responders to Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and
the crash of a ValuJet airliner in the Everglades in
1996. He is also a certified paramedic.
Paulison knows the challenges faced by first responders and the pain of Katrina’s victims on the Gulf
His selection has drawn congressional praise on both
sides of the aisle.
Thirty years of experience, many of them as a first
responder, have well prepared him for the job..
And it was a good first step earlier this week when
Paulison said the first priority under his leadership
will be housing for the thousands displaced by Katrina.
“We’re going to get people out of the shelters. We’re
going to move on and get them the help they need,”
Paulison said.
In fact, we’re likely to see the biggest boom in government housing since the end of World War II.
What’s encouraging about Paulison’s simple pledge
is that he clearly sees in human terms the tremendous
losses inflicted by Katrina.
He sees them with a firefighter’s eyes, a firefighter’s
mind, a firefighter’s heart.
That’s desperately needed, especially when you consider that in the days after the storm, local governments were largely on their own. For example, Christian Life Church member Vince Burchfield of Orange
Beach, Ala., said the church serves 4,000 people daily
in storm-ravaged Bay St. Louis.
FEMA, which coincidentally shares the same Bay
St. Louis parking lot with Christian Life Church, has
serviced only 600 daily, according to Jess Seigal, an
agency spokesman.
“(We) fed 10,000 people before FEMA put their boots
on,” Burchfield said.
We hope Paulison will change that.
Paulison faces a mountain of challenges in his new
job as interim FEMA director. He needs our prayers —
and our support — as the Gulf Coast rebuilds in the
coming months and years.
Jackson County
The Rebuild Jackson County Hurricane Relief Fund
is a marvelous step forward by local business leaders,
community leaders and out-of-towners who care about
the Coast.
It’s an even better idea to make it a global initiative.
We believe such an approach can rebuild a better county.
But with all due respect, we’d ask leaders to consider
a strategic plan, just as the city of Pascagoula initiated
recently with its steering committee.
Taking that a step further, consider this:
If Katrina was anything, it was democratic: Rich and
poor, black and white, Hispanic and Asian-American,
elderly and young all know painfully well that this savage hurricane was no respecter of person or position.
We’d urge the leaders taking this forward-thinking
step to establish a committee representative of the
entire county.
If there is a silver lining in these days of black clouds,
it is that Katrina gives us an opportunity to rebuild the
Gulf Coast as we want it, with a vision that could set
not only a state standard, but a global benchmark.
That means not just a powerful or monied few, but all
of us.
As Dr. Dewey Lane rightly put it: “This is an overwhelming tragedy, but a huge opportunity.”
Granted, capital, scads of it, will be needed from the
public and private sector to invest and rebuild the
Coast. But the voices of everyone with a stake in Jackson County should be heard in this effort.
Just as Katrina was democratic in its savagery, the
reconstruction of Jackson County should be democratic
in listening to ideas from all corners of the county.
No idea should be discounted, or immediately swept
from the table. There should be no such thing as a
dumb idea, or a dumb question.
Such a monumental task should not be left only to
those in positions of power, but to all of us.
This is an opportunity not only to recraft our county
in bricks and mortar, but to reshape its spirit. There is
the potential for Jackson County to be not separate
communities, but one county, where race, age and
social standing don’t matter.
What a wonderful county we can have.
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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, left, Alabama Gov. Mike Riley and President Bush
review a map of the disaster-stricken Gulf Coast with Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown, one week before Brown’s resignation.
The roots of federal
failure run deep
have a lot of responsibility,” he said. “Part of
this is embedded in the system that we don’t
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want a strong federal presence. ... The
founders were clear in wanting to protect citiWASHINGTON — The muddled federal
zens from the national government.”
response to Hurricane Katrina has exposed a
Hence the initial and continuing confusion
simple truth well known among government
insiders: For reasons that run deep and prob- over who is in charge of the response to Katrina, the awkward breach between active-duty
ably can’t be fixed, Washington has difficulty
military commanders and the National
making long-range plans, coordinating its
Guard, the quarreling between Louisiana Gov.
actions and tackling the tough political decisions required for swift disaster response and Kathleen Blanco and Washington.
Despite the lessons of the recent past, “the
other critical responsibilities.
bureaucratic infighting and turf protection
Katrina’s immediate aftermath saw heroic
seem undiminished,” said Richard Benservice by individuals and stellar work by
Veniste, a member of the Sept. 11 commission
agencies such as the Coast Guard and U.S.
that aired the government’s shortcomings
Postal Service — the latter of which acted on
early storm warnings and saved thousands of related to the 2001 terrorist attacks.
A second structural problem is embedded in
tons of mail by diverting it from the hurrithe calendar.
cane’s path.
“If it’s beyond the next election cycle, we’ll
But overall, as President Bush finally
worry about it next year after we get ouracknowledged this week, Katrina “exposed
selves elected,” said Winslow Wheeler, recentserious problems in our response capability.”
ly retired chief defense analyst for the Senate
How could this happen?
Budget Committee.
Safeguarding its citizens is government’s
Work within the executive branch is simihighest calling, and certainly no one in govlarly compressed, first by a four-year clock of
ernment service is actively working against
that responsibility. Then why have the repeat- presidential elections, then by the sheer number of crises.
ed warnings of experts and blue-ribbon comAdams, senior budget director for national
missions gone unheeded? Why, four years
security in the Clinton administration,
after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,
described his White House work this way: “I
revealed precisely these deficiencies, have we
am standing with a paddle in the middle of a
not come to grip with them?
big room. All around the edge of the room,
The answers go to the very heart of Ameripeople are throwing balls at me. My job is
can democracy.
deciding which balls to hit back. In the White
“You’ve got to redesign the system,” said
House, that’s long-range planning.”
Newt Gingrich, former conservative RepubliIn that kind of pressure cooker, “you become
can speaker of the House and fiery governrisk-averse,” said Wheeler, author of “The
ment reformer.
Washington veterans cite these key factors: Wastrels of Defense: How Congress Sabotages
U.S. Security.”
• Power and authority, as the founding
“If you are outside the conventional wisdom,
fathers intended, are scattered across Conyou are vulnerable,” he said. “Both parties
gress, the White House, executive agencies
have purged themselves of big thinkers and a
and on through state and local governments.
diversity of views.”
That complicates coherent planning, allocaSo bad is the bureaucratic undertow, Gintion of money and accountability.
grich said, that if you dropped a couple of
• Two- or four-year election cycles keep
attention spans short and focused on the next whiz-bang business executives into the federal
campaign. Money is appropriated year to year, government, “in 60 days they’d become slower
and less competent.”
with results demanded immediately.
And without clear political vision, the work
• The executive and congressional bureaucracies stifle initiative and smother creativity, of Congress and the executive branch can disa problem some say has grown worse with the solve into parochial sniping and pork-barrel
proliferation of congressional committees and politics.
“Retail politics seem to trump leadership,” a
subcommittees and the consolidation of independent agencies into the vast Department of frustrated Ben-Veniste pronounced after
almost three years of investigating the govHomeland Security.
• The rising demands of bitterly fought elec- ernment’s failures in the Sept. 11 attacks.
tion campaigns tend to stifle political courage “Time and time again you see the political will
is just lacking to make the kind of sacrifices
and spur partisan squabbling.
that are needed.”
“Katrina laid all this bare — that AmeriNowhere is this clearer than in the federal
cans don’t feel safe, and that’s the No. 1 essenmoney distributed in the name of homeland
tial mission of government independent of
party,” said Gordon Adams, director of securi- security, including terrorism and disaster prety policy studies at the Elliott School of Inter- paredness, a process that seems to ignore the
most urgent needs.
national Affairs at George Washington UniUnder congressional direction, for example,
the Department of Homeland Security last
“It is a scary time,” said Joan Claybrook, a
year handed out grants to states for “countertlongtime Washington player who headed the
errorism” activities. South Dakota received
National Highway Traffic Safety Administra$26.13 per capita, while New York — arguably
tion in the Carter administration and is now
a greater terrorist target — was given $5.37.
president of Public Citizen, a government
Wyoming was given $37.13 per capita, while
reform group.
New Jersey got $6.37, according to DHS fig“Every generation has seen challenges, but
today we see the speed and destructive power ures.
“No one in government is making hard
of international and domestic threats. There
choices,” said David Williams, vice president
is little time to adjust,” she said. “We don’t
of Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonhave the luxury of time anymore.”
Chief among the federal government’s struc- profit reform group in Washington. “It’s about
tural problems is its division of responsibility, handing money out. There’s very little of
somebody saying, ‘No.”’
said Paul Light, professor of public service at
David Wood can be contacted at
New York University and author of many
[email protected] Chuck
books on government reform.
“It’s built into the Constitution that we have McCutcheon can be contacted at
[email protected]
a federal system where states and localities
My daughter has a good idea.
The first order of business
when we gather again as a Girl
Scout troop should be to sit
down together and write thankyou notes to everyone who has
helped pull Jackson County
through the storm.
It’s a noble thought and I am
tickled and proud that she is
thinking in that direction. But
there’s one flaw in her plan.
We’d need an ocean of ink to
pen the letters of thanks to all
of those who have given so much
of themselves to us.
Every day I meet folks from
someplace else.
Holding the spoons that
dished up my fruit salad, they
hand me a plate of something
hot and give
me a smile.
Loading the
bottled water
into the trunk
of a borrowed
car, they ask
me if I need
through piles
of diapers,
they come
back with an
armload of
size 4T pull-ups for a friend’s
granddaughter and offer a pack
of baby wipes.
In desert camouflage, they
toss a few cases of MREs into
my backseat and wish me a good
day, ma’am.
Leaning in the car window,
they offer words of comfort and
scripture from a worn King
James version of the Holy Bible.
Strangers have brought salvation to Jackson County.
While this county climbs to its
knees after Hurricane Katrina
has laid it out flat, people from
non-coastal communities have
come here to help.
I’ve met Rotarians from Florida who trucked over 3,000
pounds of meat to grill for anyone who wanted a meal. The
Palatka Sunrise Rotary raised
$8,000 in two days to feed the
hungry in Moss Point.
A new friend from Minnesota
parked an 18-wheeler at the
Carpenter’s Training Center on
Miss. 63 a little ways north of
the interstate to serve hot dogs
and chili to the thousands who
drove by.
His was one of at least a
dozen big rigs riding south with
aid for displaced Mississippians.
Churches of Christ in Tennessee packed moving boxes
with supplies and sent them
down for distribution. Each one
had a Bible and a handwritten
note of inspiration and concern.
And it’s not just the National
Guard, churches and organizations lending a humongous helping hand.
Towns across America have
reached out to us as well. South
Mississippi has been blessed by
foster parents galore, clambering to adopt our cities, our counties and our people in need.
Castle Rock, Colo., wants to
help us get back to a place better than before, thus Rebuild
Jackson County was born. The
fifth-wealthiest county in the
country has big hearts and fat
Other cities are standing in
line to play parents to
Pascagoula, Moss Point, Ocean
Springs and Gautier.
Out of the ruins of devastation and despair, we are finding
kindness and love.
Royce Cumbest, president and
CEO of Merchants & Marine
Bank, imagined the logo for the
Rebuild Jackson County. It’s a
flying eagle clutching a hammer
by its talon.
Eagles are the only birds who
soar through storms, using the
tumultuous winds to sail a better course, he said.
Jackson County is that eagle
with a heavy hammer to carry.
With the help of all our new
friends, we will be able to tote
the load.
Donna Harris is a reporter for
The Mississippi Press. Her column appears on Thursday. She
can be reached at [email protected]
‘Let’s just find ways to get it done’
■ State, federal
education officials
encourage local
The Mississippi Press
BILOXI — More than 150
officials from storm-ravaged
schools across Mississippi gathered at Biloxi High School
Wednesday to touch base and
get answers from state and federal officials in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina.
The group met last week in
Gulfport with State Superintendent Hank Bounds and
Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Henry
L. Johnson to provide Bounds
with a list of needs and questions as it works toward the
reopening of schools.
“Your communities don’t
recover until your schools get
back in session,” said Shawn
Dennis, assistant superintendent of operations for Florida’s Escambia County schools.
He was at the meeting to
offer advice and answer questions about how to effectively
react after a natural disaster.
An unofficial expert, his district has faced four named hurricanes, a fire and a hailstorm
in the last year.
Bounds told the administrators he had answers to many of
the questions raised at last
week’s meeting.
“The effort today is to help
you, number one, recover from
the effects of the storm and,
(two), start school as quickly
as possible,” he said.
Johnson praised the efforts
school administrators have
made toward reopening school.
“I’ve been impressed with the
folks in Mississippi for the very
first time that I met with you,”
he said.
He assured everyone the
support for rebuilding schools
extends all the way to the top.
“My sense is from meeting
with the president is that his
notion is ‘Let’s just find ways to
get it done’,” he said.
“Our intent is to find the
quickest and the best way to
get to ‘yes’ to your requests,”
Johnson said.
After staff members from the
state Department of Education
addressed concerns about payment for non-certified hourly
employees, new USDA processes for feeding children, dual
enrollment for upperclassmen
and virtual classrooms and the
possibility of National Guardsmen teaching classes, Bounds
provided the list of reimbursable items FEMA officials
have approved.
FEMA will cover lost textbooks, classroom furnishings,
technology, teacher supplies,
library books and the total
reconstruction of school buildings, Bounds said.
School buses will only be
replaced if they’ve been totally
destroyed. Otherwise, they will
be repaired.
In the meantime, the wheels
are in motion to get students
back in classrooms.
“We’ve got 400 portables
(temporary classrooms) ordered
and on the way,” said Jason
Dean, a policy advisor for the
takes aim
at economy
Hurricane Katrina is starting
to eat into the economy, leading
to concern that consumers will
lose confidence and curtail
The government reported
Wednesday that retail sales
plummeted last month, even
before the storm hit, as high
gasoline prices jolted consumers. Also, industrial output was nearly flat, reflecting
widespread shutdowns of oil
platforms, refineries and chemical plants along the battered
Gulf Coast.
Analysts said they still
believed Katrina will amount
only to a temporary blow to the
economy and that stronger
growth will follow as rebuilding
gets under way.
But they said the impact
could turn out more severe if
soaring energy prices cause
consumers to cut back very
sharply on spending elsewhere.
Industrial output posted a
0.1 percent gain in August.
governor’s office.
Bounds said he’s already
talked to textbook publishers,
and expects delivery of ordered
books to take one to three
Rebuilding school facilities
will be challenging enough, but
rebuilding the financial foun-
dations of affected school districts will be even harder.
Assessments for tax rolls are
made in October, and taxes are
collected in January.
In many districts, Bounds
said, the tax base is gone.
Sen. Mike Chaney, education
committee chairman, said the
financial problems that will
face schools are unprecedented
in Mississippi’s history.
“They’re issues that we’ve
never dealt with before,” he
said. “This is one time I don’t
think any legislator is going to
say they have all the answers.”
State auditor Phil Bryant
tried to assuage concerns.
“One of the things I want to
share with you is don’t fret or
worry about your audit,” he
However, he encouraged the
superintendents to keep good
“Document. Document. Doc-
ument. That’s what FEMA’s
going to tell you,” Bryant said.
Schools in Jackson County
are scheduled to reopen in
about two weeks.
Reporter Allison Mather
can be reached at [email protected] or (251)
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Tent city houses help for Gautier and beyond
Greg Saunders of
Md., with the
Church in
the U.S.A.
helps rebuild
the home of
Ira and
Weaver on
Beach Road
in Gautier.
home of 35
years was
gutted by
Saunders is
part of a
group funded by the
Capital Presbytery currently living
in a tent village in Gautier.
The Mississippi Press
GAUTIER — The grassy
areas surrounding the Gautier Presbyterian Church
have a much different look
Earth-colored tents dot the
once-open area as teams with
the Presbyterian Church in
the United States of America
prepare for up to 150 volunteers to help rebuild the city
after it was battered by Hurricane Ka-trina on Aug. 29.
The tent city is the first of
15 such villages that will
soon dot the Gulf Coast west
from Gautier. The second
camp will be set up in
includes churches in Virginia
and Washington, D.C., is
funding the effort.
Gary Hurst, a 20-year-old
college student, was in the
process of transferring from a
school in Texas to one in Virginia.
After hearing a call for volunteers to help rebuild
homes along the Coast, he
decided to sit out a semester
and is now volunteering his
time to help hurricane victims.
He said the Presbyterian
volunteers brought enough
lumber, tools, water, tents
and portable toilets and
showers to supply their large
“The whole point of this is
to be completely self-contained,” Hurst said. He and
five other team members will
continue to set up tent cities
arrive.They will be in the
area until at least the end of
Carisa Anderson/The Mississippi Press
the month, Hurst said.
Jim Jochum, another team
member from Alexandria
said they will have groups
arriving Sept. 16 and Sept.
23 from Virginia churches.
Jochum’s home church,
Bush Hill Presbyterian
Church is organizing the
effort. The Rev. Carl Rush,
pastor at Bush Hill,
addressed the Gautier coun-
cil Tuesday night. He let
them know they are in the
area and want city leaders
to help them find areas
where they can best be used.
“We’re ahead of the game
as far as setting up tent
cities, but we don’t really
know where to go in the
cities,” explained Jochum.
The team spent Wednesday afternoon in the devas-
tated south Gautier area at a
home being held up by four
2-by-4s. Hurst said they will
work to make the structure
more weatherproof and stable.
Jochum said four licensed
contractors and other volunteers from Annapolis, Md.,
are on their way to the area
to help.
Jochum said the group
faced a number of challenges
o n t h e w a y t o G a u t i e r,
including a flat tire, a ruined
transmission and moving
their heavy cargo to a new
The team finally reached
Jackson County only to have
the oil line in the truck break
12 miles from the church.
Hurst was driving the truck
and stayed with it while it
was being repaired. The rest
of the team went ahead to
set up camp.
Jochum said they “lost a
day and a half getting here,”
but he said they are here and
ready to work.
Reporter Joy E. Stodghill
can be reached at jstodghil or
(251) 219-5551.
Katrina agricultural loss tops
$3 billion; timber hardest hit
The Associated Press
Shrimp boats destroyed and blown from their moorings by Hurricane Katrina sit on
the shores of a waterway Tuesday in Biloxi. Along the Coast, hundreds of fishermen lost their boats and even their homes when the storm devastated the area on
Aug. 29.
Katrina threatens to wipe out
many Gulf Coast shrimpers
The Associated Pressr
BILOXI — Hanh Luong has no home and no
cash. The only thing he has left, and his only
hope for the future, is the Santa Maria, a battered
98-foot fishing boat he worked years to buy.
But two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, his
boat remains tethered to what’s left of Biloxi’s
piers. The polluted Gulf of Mexico is off-limits to
shrimping and all the major processing plants
between Alabama and Louisiana have been pulverized by Hurricane Katrina.
“I need to fish,” the 52-year-old Vietnamese
immigrant says. “I need shrimp.”
These are desperate times for southern
shrimpers. Much of the fleet is on land, in the
trees, or splintered by the storm.
“Boats are at the bottom of the water. People
are dead inside,” says Dung Nguyen. Many of
his fellow shrimpers stayed aboard their boats
during the storm in a futile attempt to save them,
he says.
Those who survived, like Luong and Nguyen,
can do little but wait.
“This year, no more work. No jobs,” said
Nguyen, a shrimper for the past 10 years. “They
say shrimp is poison.”
Katrina could not have come at a worse time for
the $2.5 billion American shrimping industry,
which has been buffeted for years by high gas
prices and cheap imports from Asia.
The once-dominant Gulf Coast shrimping business now supplies about 10 percent of the shrimp
sold in the U.S., with Louisiana and Texas responsible for the biggest hauls. Most of the remainder
is imported.
Texas shrimpers escaped unscathed, but Hurricane Katrina threatens to wipe out many other
Gulf Coast shrimpers.
“It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back for
some of them,” said Alabama shrimper Joey
Rodriguez, who learned the trade on his grandfather’s boat and whose elderly father still fixes
nets in the family shop. “If you’re somebody who
was already down to the last thread of survival,
just trying to keep the bills paid, this will leave
you flat out.”
For shrimpers like Rodriguez, the millions of
dollars being lost each day along the Gulf Coast
is only part of the tragedy. Shrimping is part of
southern culture, a trade that is passed on and
binds generations and families. For Nguyen and
the many other Vietnamese immigrants, many
now subsisting on donated food, shrimping was
their American dream.
The son of a fisherman, Luong came to Biloxi
from Vietnam in 1980 and found a job shucking
“I get some money, I buy a little boat and go to
work,” he says. “I get some more money, I got a
bigger boat.”
Before the hurricane, he loaded thousands of
pounds of shrimp into the freezer. Now he borrows
$200 a day in gas to keep the generator running,
hoping a processing plant will open soon. Other
shrimpers just gave up, giving away thousands of
pounds of raw shrimp or leaving it to rot in the
Luong can’t afford to give up. He borrowed
nearly $700,000 to buy the Santa Maria. Though
he’s paid off the loan, insurance won’t buy him a
new home and the shrimping industry is so bad
now, he couldn’t get $200,000 for his boat.
“You’ve got families displaced out of heritages
and livelihoods,” Rodriguez said. “It’s the only
thing they’ve known. How each individual story
plays out, God only knows.”
Rodriguez works in Bayou La Batre, Ala., the
setting for the shrimping scenes in the movie
“Forrest Gump.” The situation is even worse in
Mississippi and Louisiana, where processing
plants were reduced to scrap metal and valuable
equipment was thrown into the water. The only
shrimp processing plant operating on the gulf is
in western Texas.
“In the past 10 years, we’ve lost half the commercial fleet,” said Rex Caffey, an agriculture
professor at Louisiana State University’s Sea
Grant program. “My guess is the next half will be,
well, this could be the death knell.”
“The hurricane just added misery on top of
misery,” said Tommy Schultz, 73, a retired fisherman from Pascagoula, Miss. “At the end of
town, where the seafood families live, it’s completely gone. There ain’t five structures down
there. ... It’s the end of the line,” he said.
Attorney general investigating gouging cases
JACKSON — Fourteen-thousand dollars to remove a tree.
Five dollars for a gallon of gas.
Hotel rates through the roof for
evacuees. Landlords threatening to evict tenants for higherpaying renters.
The suffering from Hurricane
Katrina continues as fears of
consumer fraud flood phone
banks at the Mississippi state
attorney general’s office. As
many as 3,500 calls a day since
the storm hit the Gulf Coast on
Aug. 29.
“We have had several hundred calls on price gouging, primarily, and some other scams
that are seeming to creep up,”
said Assistant Attorney General
Grant Hedgepeth, who heads
the office’s consumer protection
He estimated “way in excess
of 100” investigations are under
way into profiteering on goods
and services during Mississippi’s
declared state of emergency.
“I don’t care if it’s Labor Day
weekend or an Ole Miss football
weekend, you are not allowed to
raise your prices during that
time. Not during a state of emergency, you are locked into your
customary price,” he said.
One arrest has been made so
far — a motel owner in Pearl,
near Jackson, whose population
doubled to about 800,000 from a
wave of coastal evacuees, was
charged Sept. 2 with two counts
of price gouging on room rates.
He faces up to five years in jail
and a $5,000 fine.
Hedgepeth said the attorney
general’s office was preparing to
formally ask Gov. Haley Barbour
to extend the month-long emergency declaration at least another 30 days.
“There will be arrests long
after this thing has been settled,”
said Jacob Ray, spokesman for
Attorney General Jim Hood.
Bank provides loans
for local governments
in hurricane areas
JACKSON — The Mississippi
Development Bank is making
available up to $100 million in
loans to help local governments
keep operating in areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina, state
Treasurer Tate Reeves says.
“This is the most efficient way
we can help local governments
quickly get the money they need
for recovery and rebuilding,”
Reeves said in a news release.
Development bank directors
met Wednesday in Jackson and
authorized issuing up to $100
million in short-term bonds.
Local governments can apply to
the bank for the loans to assist
with capital or working capital
Information about the loans is
available from Bill Barry at the
Mississippi Development Bank:
JACKSON — Cotton fields
are flattened. Hundreds of chicken houses are destroyed. Timber
and pecan trees are splayed
across the ground.
Two weeks after Hurricane
Katrina hit, the damage to agriculture in the Gulf states has
topped $3 billion, officials say.
“In some areas, it was total
disaster,” said Patrick Sullivan,
market development director for
the Mississippi Department of
Agriculture and Commerce.
More than half of the losses
are in the timber industry,
where many of the trees that
can be salvaged now have less
value. But the damage is widespread, reaching Christmas tree
growers and businesses raising
More than $2 billion in damage is reported in Mississippi
and $1 billion in Louisiana.
Alabama, which was less severely affected, has not yet compiled
“The numbers are getting bigger every day,” Louisiana State
University AgCenter economist
Kirk Guidry said.
The damage will weigh heavily on producers. But the impact
of the poultry losses on consumers is expected to be small,
and it is too early to say the timber losses will affect prices for
building products, experts say.
The damage is evident around
Wiggins, Miss., about 35 miles
from the coast, known for turning out poles for the utility
industry. Now, much of the damaged timber will likely only be
good for less lucrative pulp.
“They look just like somebody’s messed-up hair,” timber
appraiser John Guthrie said of
the downed trees in the area.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated all of
Mississippi’s 82 counties disaster areas, making them eligible
for federal assistance programs.
The state is the nation’s
fourth-largest poultry producer; agriculture officials said 300
of 6,000 chicken houses were
destroyed and more than 2,000
damaged. The hardest-hit cotton
crops account for only about
1,500 of the 1.2 million acres in
the state, officials said.
Louisiana’s damage estimate
is expected to keep growing
because early estimates did not
include damage to fences, equipment, buildings, pasture land
and other infrastructure losses,
Guidry said.
Guidry said 10,000 to 11,000
head of cattle in Louisiana were
dead or missing.
“The ones that are alive, the
problem is getting them feed
and water,” he said.
The Mississippi Cattlemen’s
Association put out a plea for
donations and help to repair a
huge number of flattened or
damaged fences.
Many dairies throughout the
three-state region were forced
to dump milk when power was
lost in refrigeration units.
Pecan growers in Mobile and
Baldwin counties in southwestern Alabama, where 50 percent
to 60 percent of the state’s pecan
crop is produced, suffered heavy
losses, said Monte Nesbitt, a
pecan expert at Auburn University.
Farmer Art Sessions said Katrina had ruined the entire crop
growing on his 1,500 pecan
trees. About 300 trees were
blown down and replacements
will need eight to 10 years
before they start making money.
“I’ve been through Camille,
Frederic and Ivan, and this compares to any of them as far as
wind damage,” he said.
The Christmas tree growing
industry of southeastern
Louisiana took a hit, with producers facing losses from
knocked-down trees. Up to half
of the crop could be lost because
of root system damage, Guidry
said, while those trees that have
been put back up with stakes
likely will grow crooked, reducing their retail value.
“It is a setback to a lot of
farmers,” Sullivan said, “but
farmers in Mississippi are very
resilient. They’ll be back.”
Like so many of you, Blossman Gas was
born and raised right here on the MS Gulf
Coast. That’s why we stand with you today to
bring it back–our beaches, schools, churches
and most importantly, our way of life.
Blossman Gas crews have arrived from
eight southeastern states to restore your
service as quickly and safely as possible.
Every Blossman Gas location from
Waveland to Pascagoula is working around
the clock to supply propane, repair tanks and
install propane and electric appliances.
To all of our customers, employees,
neighbors and friends, including the Red
Cross, Salvation Army and FEMA–we thank
you for your strength and commitment.
It stands as strong as the Biloxi lighthouse
that leads our way home.
If you have questions about your
Blossman Gas service and relief efforts for
those severely impacted by the storm, please
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NEW ORLEANS — The putrid air
rising from New Orleans’ slowly receding floodwaters was found Wednesday not to be overly polluted, encouraging news for a mayor weighing the
reopening of the French Quarter and
other dry parts of the city.
Mayor Ray Nagin had said a clean
bill of health for the air would allow
the tourist-friendly French Quarter
and central business district to reopen
as early as Monday. And while the
Environmental Protection Agency still
found the floodwaters contained dangerous levels of sewage-related bacteria, the air pollutants were determined to be at acceptable levels.
Nagin said he expects about 180,000
people to return to the city within a
week or two, when power and sewer
systems are restored. Some retailers
should be operating by then, as well as
two hospitals.
“Once they come back, we’ll have
the critical services for them to at
least live a semi-normal life,” he said
Wednesday on CNN’s “Larry King
In the future, the mayor said, he
wants a plan for the city to be in full
control of disaster evacuations, instead
of relying on help from the federal
“I’m not going to plan on the cavalry coming,” he said. “Unless they can
give me some incredible comfort that
this has been fixed, I am not going to
be in this position again.”
As the grim cleanup continued,
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco took
responsibility Wednesday for failures
and missteps by the state government
in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She pledged to remake
New Orleans better than before the
“To anyone who even suggests that
this great city should not be rebuilt,
hear this and hear it well: We will
rebuild,” she said, addressing a meeting of state lawmakers in Baton
About 40 to 50 percent of the city
was still flooded, down from 80 percent
after Katrina hit, as 53 permanent
and temporary pumps worked to
siphon off 8 billion gallons a day.
On the hard-hit east side, block after
block of once-flooded neighborhoods
gave way to a slimy, putrid muck,
ruined cars, snapped utility poles and
collapsed houses.
Virtually all homes bore marks indicating they had been searched for victims. None in sight during a pass
through neighborhoods had an additional numeral that would indicate
The body count in Louisiana alone
climbed to 474 on Wednesday, and it
was expected to rise further as state
and federal officials went about the
tedious task of collecting bodies and
then using DNA to identify them.
“It’s going to take months, maybe
years,” said Dr. Louis Cataldi, the
coroner for Baton Rouge Parish. “This
is not going away.”
Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen,
head of the federal hurricane response,
outlined the procedures for body collection, including readings of ecumenical prayers and ceremonial washing of bodies in accordance with various religious traditions.
“This is a very, very sensitive
process,” Allen said. “We are mindful
of the dignity that needs to be accorded to these remains.”
The state attorney general’s office
said all of its investigators have been
pulled from other tasks to work on
the Medicaid Fraud Unit, the team
whose work led to Tuesday’s negligent
homicide charges against the husband-and-wife owners of a Chalmette
nursing home where 34 elderly residents drowned in floodwaters.
Kris Wartelle, a spokeswoman for
Attorney General Charles Foti, said
the office has been besieged with alle-
The morning sky lightens over downtown New Orleans and the West Bank across the Mississippi River from the central business district. The West Bank has had more of its electrical service restored
than the downtown area. Officials are hoping to allow people to return to the downtown area on Monday during daytime hours.
gations of neglect that may have led to
injuries or deaths at nursing homes
and hospitals.
But Louisiana District Attorneys
Association President Peter Adams
said he would be surprised if such incidents were widespread. “What we’ve
mainly seen in heroism,” he said.
In Washington, Senate Republicans
scuttled an attempt by Sen. Hillary
Clinton to establish an independent,
bipartisan panel patterned after the
9/11 Commission to investigate what
went wrong with federal, state and
local governments’ response to the hurricane.
Separately, a Senate committee
opened a hearing on the disaster, with
the panel’s Republican chairwoman
Two suicides, 55 other deaths
reported among Katrina evacuees
The Associated Press
HOUSTON — At least two of the Katrina
refugees scattered around the country have committed suicide, and 55 others have died as well,
most of them sick and elderly people whose conditions may have been worsened by their stress,
authorities said Wednesday.
In Texas — which has at least 250,000 Katrina
victims, more than any other state — at least 53
have died in the 21⁄2 weeks since they were evacuated from the New Orleans area. Two deaths
were reported in Tennessee.
Alma Morrow, a 78-year-old New Orleans
refugee, died in Dallas on Monday of kidney failure and a collapsed lung, according to her brother. Nineteen other members of her family had
been evacuated to San Antonio.
“All she was doing was asking for me,” said
one of her sisters, Ophelia Evans, 76. “I think
probably she would have made it if she didn’t
have to go through this.”
Two suicides were reported in the Houston area:
A 44-year-old man from Metarie, La., shot himself
to death in a Humble hotel Sept. 4, and on Sat-
urday, a 25-year-old man from Marrero, La.,
hanged himself in a Pasadena apartment, authorities said.
Most of the post-Katrina dead were elderly or
already sick, with heart conditions, cancer or other terminal illnesses, authorities said. Many had
been living in hospitals, hospices and nursing
homes. Several suffered heart attacks.
Experts said the stress and trauma of the storm
and its aftermath may have hastened their deaths.
“Their underlying medical condition obviously
contributed to the death,” said Beverly Begay,
chief investigator for the medical examiner’s office
in Houston’s Harris County. “Whether the trip
contributed, that’s a possibility.”
A 14-year-old New Orleans boy staying in northeast Texas went into cardiac arrest and died after
complaining of pain after swimming. The boy had
a previously undiagnosed tear in his aorta, said
Bill Lemmert, Smith County justice of the peace.
A 71-year-old man from New Orleans died inside
the shelter at the Houston Astrodome, and a 90year-old woman died in the stadium parking lot.
The dead in Houston also included a fetus and
a 104-year-old woman.
saying that changes instituted after
Sept. 11 in the government’s emergency-preparedness failed their first
major test during Katrina.
With billions of dollars to boost disaster preparedness at all levels of government, “we would have expected a
sharp, crisp response to this terrible
tragedy,” said Sen. Susan Collins, RMaine. “Instead, we witnessed what
appeared to be a sluggish initial
President Bush prepared to travel to
the state Thursday to deliver a primetime televised speech to the nation.
Louisiana Transportation officials
estimated Wednesday that about 1.2
million people were evacuated from
the metro New Orleans area in the
two days leading up to Katrina’s Aug.
29 landfall, many of those people still
scattered in other states.
A day after Nagin said the city is
essentially broke, New Orleans’
already beleagured school system
announced it would also need federal
assistance to keep paying its teachers. The last paychecks were being
made available at Western Union locations to 7,000 employees spread across
the nation, but after that $13 million is
doled out, the system will be out of
“The cash situation is dire,” said
William Roberti, with Alvarez &
Marsal, a restructuring firm that has
been working with New Orleans’ public schools.
We are looking for a 40,000 sq. ft.
warehouse for distribution of food,
clothing, cleaning supplies and
Christmas assistance in Jackson
County. We are also looking for paper
grocery bags and possible transportation
for our workers. A 15 passenger van or
1-ton truck would suffice.
The Mississippi Bar has received hundreds of requests for assistance
and offers of assistance. Please be patient as we provide disaster legal
assistance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and assist the many
lawyers affected by Katrina.
Monetary donations still being accepted.
With information, resources, offers of assistance, etc. changing by the
hour it is difficult for the Bar to keep lawyers updated as needed.
Members are encouraged to use the Bar's website as
“the place” to access valuable resources, to request assistance, etc. A
message board is being added to the site to allow lawyers needing
assistance to post requests for assistance and for those wanting to
provide assistance to post what they have to offer.
Lawyers with electricity and/or Internet access, please visit
The Mississippi Bar’s website at to access disaster
assistance resources for lawyers and law offices. If you only have
telephone access please call 601-948-3269.
Please call
if you have anything you
would like to donate.
Send Checks to:
3217 Nathan
Hill Ave.
Pascagoula, MS
MS 39567
Contact: JR. Wittner, (251) 219-5553
E-mail address: [email protected]
Thursday, september 15, 2005
Sad time,
but we’ll
be back
There’s really no way to
express how I feel about
Hurricane Katrina and
what it did to our community.
Like many others in
Jackson County and along
the Coast, I lost my beloved
home. That awful storm
took us down to a slab, and
took with it the memories
of a lifetime. Wedding pictures, baby pictures, family
archives, personal library,
more, all
with the
Actually, part
of what I Richard
just said Lucas
totally accurate. We all do
still have the memories.
They are in our mind and
our hearts, and we need to
keep them there and cherish them.
Mary Jon and I have
worked hard to find what
we can in the rubble (be
that on our lot or three
blocks away). We have certain small victories: Cooper’s Pascagoula Junior
High School basketball
team picture from that 10-3
squad and Wesley’s All-District football trophy from
his senior year.
Every day we search,
panning for gold as it were.
Remember, we are just
one family of thousands. So
many of our friends, family
and fellow citizens are
experiencing the same
heartache and hard work
that we are. Through all
the anger, frustration and
uncertainty, we must look
forward. I don’t know much
right now, but I do know
this: We’ll be back.
The people of the Mississippi Coast in general —
Jackson County and
Pascagoula in particular —
are strong, tough, resilient
people. To quote some literary wag (Shakespeare, I
think; somebody help me),
“Our heads may be bloody,
but they are unbowed.”
It will take a while, but
this community will come
back bigger and better than
So now, as I walk through
my yard during another
work session, and I see my
mangled basketball goal
lying symbolically in the
ruins, I will think, “Hey, a
brand new goal is going
back up where you were,
big guy.” Life must go on.
We are strong, and we shall
Comment concerning
Richard Lucas’ column can
be sent to [email protected]
Sea Wolves petition for cancelled season
■ Team ponders move to
Mobile, but decides to
wait and play next season
From Wire Reports
BILOXI — Due to Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Sea Wolves operating
owner Mike Rogers announced
Wednesday that the team would not
be able to operate in 2005-06 but that
it would return to action at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in 2006-07.
The Sea Wolves have submitted a
request to the East Coach Hockey
League Board of Governors for a voluntary suspension for 2005-06, a
request that will be presented for
approval at the ECHL Board of Governors Preseason Meeting on September 22.
The inside of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum was
extensively damaged by
flooding, including the
team offices, locker rooms,
ice-making equipment and
two Zambonis.
The Sea Wolves had discussed moving the team to
Mobile this season.
“We’re just going to have a longer
offseason than usual,” Rogers said.
“We are very appreciative of the City
of Mobile, Mayor Mike Dow and SMG
for their willingness to work with us.
The organization also looked into
alternative housing, but the
short timeframe before the
start of the season made it
impossible to pull together.
We will maintain a presence on the Mississippi
Gulf Coast and look forward to celebrating our
‘Decade In The Den’ beginning in October 2006.
“The Sea Wolves organization
wants to acknowledge Commissioner Brian McKenna and the league
office for their assistance and patience
while we explored all options,” Rogers
added. “And we want to thank the
ECHL member teams, the ECHL fans
and the entire hockey community for
the tremendous outpouring of support we received in such a trying
Rogers said that payments already
made for 2005-06 season tickets can be
used toward the 2006-07 season or
will be refunded if requested.
The Sea Wolves plan to announce a
new front office location and contact
information in the near future and for
the latest ticket and team information, fans can visit the team’s web site
William Colgin/The Mississippi Press
Local football fans will have a chance to cheer again this Friday when seven local teams continue their season. Pascagoula and St. Martin
will not play this week, but both teams’ coaches said they could have played if needed.
Coast teams finally hit the field after hurricane
The Mississippi Press
After surviving the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, Jackson, George and
Greene County football teams get
back in action Friday night with a
full slate of games.
Teams on the Coast missed action
last week while the rest of the state
continued with their seasons.
Despite the two week layoff, most
teams got back on the field last week
for practice, even though school has
not started back.
Only two teams in The Mississippi Press coverage area will play close
to home as Gautier travels to George
“It’s a little different coming back
after something like this, but the
kids have been in good spirits,”
George County head coach Al Jones
said. “It’s going to be like playing
the first game again.”
The field at George County suffered minor damage to the lights,
but the problem was fixed Wednesday afternoon.
“The kids are just ready to get
back to playing football,” Gautier
head coach Don Nelson said. “A lot of
our kids are helping out the Red
Cross, FEMA and MEMA here at
the school and then have been coming to practice.”
Pascagoula and St. Martin will
not play this week.
The Panthers, who were originally scheduled for an off week on Friday, will continue their season next
Saturday at 2 p.m. on the road at
Pearl River Central.
“We could’ve played this week if
we needed to,” PHS head coach Dan
Bland said. “Our locker room got a
lot of water, but I think we would’ve
been able to play this week.”
St. Martin head coach David Gregory said his team would have been
able to play this week, but they were
unable to find an opponent.
Gautier travels to Lucedale to take
on the Rebels in a game which was
originally scheduled for Sept. 9.
Most of the games being played
this week by Coast teams were
scheduled for the week of Sept. 9,
except for the game involving No. 4
Ocean Springs.
The Greyhounds were set to host
Carencro (La.), but the two teams
agreed on a switch.
“We were originally set to play
them at home, but they asked us to
move the game,” Ocean Springs athletic director Don Hinton said of the
school near Lafayette.
Vancleave was set to host Bay
High last week, and are filling the
void in their schedule with a trip to
1A No. 2 Mount Olive.
“Mount Olive is a 1A powerhouse
and taking a trip there will be a
good challenge for us,” Vancleave
head coach Jim Bloomfield said.
“After a tough game against Long
Beach, I wanted to see how the guys
responded. We couldn’t do that last
week, so hopefully this game will
give us a chance to see that.”
No. 4 Greene County takes a trip
to West Lauderdale. The Wildcats
have had a lot of recent history with
West Lauderdale, who they have
faced four times in the last three
No. 6 Moss Point gets another
See FOOTBALL, Page 2-B
Braves still have no answers for hot Phillies
By the Associated Press
infielder Ramon Martinez hit
his first career grand slam,
leading the Philadelphia
Phillies to a 12-4 victory over
the Atlanta Braves on Wednes-
Cash 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-8-6
Play 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-2-4-0
Fantasy 5 . . . . . .1-9-13-23-29
Lotto . . . . . . . .3-6-11-15-39-51
Pick 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N/A
Pick 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N/A
Cash Quest . . . . . . . . . . . .N/A
Lotto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N/A
Powerball (xx) . . . . . . . . . .N/A
day night.
The Phillies have won three
straight against division-leading Atlanta and five of six overall.
Atlanta’s Andruw Jones hit
50th homer, becoming the first
major leaguer to reach that
mark since Alex Rodriguez (57)
and Jim Thome (52) in 2002.
Padres 5, Giants 4,
10 innings
Giles tiebreaking single with
two outs in the top of the 10th
inning gave San Diego a 5-4
victory over San Francisco on
Wednesday and snapped the
Padres’ four-game losing
Pirates 5, Cardinals 3
ST. LOUIS — Brad Eldred
hit two solo shots for his first
multihomer game, keeping St.
Louis’ magic number for clinching the NL Central at two.
Nationals 6, Mets 3
NEW YORK — Preston Wilson and Vinny Castilla hit consecutive homers in the fifth
inning to lead Washington.
Astros 10, Marlins 2
Clemens made his scheduled
start Wednesday night and
allowed one run in 6 1/3
innings in a 10-2 win over the
Florida Marlins, pitching in
honor of his mother after she
died early that morning.
AL Capsules
Mariners 10, Angels 9
SEATTLE — Last-place
Seattle swept the AL Westleading Los Angeles Angels for
the second time this season.
Yankees 6, Devil Rays 5
Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking,
two-run single in the seventh
inning, leading the New York
Yankees past the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays 6-5.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
TORONTO — David Ortiz
hit his career-high 42nd
homer, a tiebreaking two-run
drive in the eighth inning that
led the Boston Red Sox over
the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3.
San Francisco’s Randy Winn rounds the bases after
hitting a solo home run in the third inning Wednesday.
National Football League
All Times CST
1 0 0 1.000 22
1 0 0 1.000 34 10
New England 1 0 0 1.000 30 20
N.Y. Jets
0 1 0 .000 7
1 0 0 1.000 24
1 0 0 1.000 26 14
0 1 0 .000 7
0 1 0 .000 7
1 0 0 1.000 27 13
1 0 0 1.000 34
0 1 0 .000 7
0 1 0 .000 13 27
Kansas City
1 0 0 1.000 27
0 1 0 .000 10 34
0 1 0 .000 20 30
San Diego
0 1 0 .000 24 28
N.Y. Giants
1 0 0 1.000 42 19
1 0 0 1.000 9
1 0 0 1.000 28 24
0 1 0 .000 10 14
New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 23 20
1 0 0 1.000 14 10
Tampa Bay
1 0 0 1.000 24 13
0 1 0 .000 20 23
1 0 0 1.000 17
0 1 0 .000 7
Green Bay
0 1 0 .000 3
0 1 0 .000 13 24
San Francisco 1 0 0 1.000 28 25
0 1 0 .000 19 42
0 1 0 .000 14 26
St. Louis
0 1 0 .000 25 28
Thursday’s Game
New England 30, Oakland 20
Sunday’s Games
Miami 34, Denver 10
Washington 9, Chicago 7
Buffalo 22, Houston 7
Pittsburgh 34, Tennessee 7
Kansas City 27, N.Y. Jets 7
Jacksonville 26, Seattle 14
New Orleans 23, Carolina 20
Cincinnati 27, Cleveland 13
Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 13
Detroit 17, Green Bay 3
Dallas 28, San Diego 24
N.Y. Giants 42, Arizona 19
San Francisco 28, St. Louis 25
Indianapolis 24, Baltimore 7
Monday’s Game
Atlanta 14, Philadelphia 10
Sunday, Sept. 18
Detroit at Chicago, noon
Baltimore at Tennessee, noon
Pittsburgh at Houston, noon
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, noon.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, noon
Minnesota at Cincinnati, noon
New England at Carolina, noon
San Francisco at Philadelphia, noon
Atlanta at Seattle, 3:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona, 3:05 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Jets, 3:15 p.m.
Cleveland at Green Bay, 3:15 p.m.
San Diego at Denver, 3:15 p.m.
Kansas City at Oakland, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 19
N.Y. Giants vs. New Orleans at East
Rutherford, N.J., 6:30 p.m.
Washington at Dallas, 8 p.m.
National League Glance
East Division
Pct GB
83 63
.568 —
78 68
78 68
75 71
New York
71 74
.490 111⁄2
Central Division
Pct GB
St. Louis
93 54
.633 —
77 68
.531 15
72 72
.500 191⁄2
72 73
.497 20
67 77
.465 241⁄2
58 87
.400 34
West Division
Pct GB
San Diego
72 73
.497 —
Los Angeles
66 78
.458 51⁄2
San Francisco 66 79
65 80
58 86
.403 131⁄2
Tuesday’s Games
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 4
Washington 4, N.Y. Mets 2
Florida 4, Houston 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Cincinnati 3, 10 innings
St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4
Milwaukee 3, Arizona 1
Colorado 6, L.A. Dodgers 4
San Francisco 5, San Diego 4
Wednesday’s Games
Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 3
San Diego 5, San Francisco 4, 10 innings
Philadelphia 12, Atlanta 4
Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 3
Houston 10, Florida 2
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, (n)
Milwaukee at Arizona, (n)
Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, (n)
Today’s Games
Washington (L.Hernandez 15-7) at N.Y.
Mets (Seo 7-2), 12:05 p.m.
Milwaukee (Ohka 10-8) at Arizona (Estes 7-
7), 5:10 p.m.
Atlanta (Sosa 11-3) at Philadelphia (Myers
12-7), 6:05 p.m.
Florida (Vargas 5-3) at Houston (Pettitte
15-9), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (Suppan 14-10) at Chicago Cubs
(Prior 11-5), 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Lowe 10-13) at San Francisco (Hennessey 4-7), 9:15 p.m.
Friday’s Games
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, (DH), 4:05 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 6:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Florida, 6:35 p.m.
Milwaukee at Houston, 7:05 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
Washington at San Diego, 9:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.
Wild Card
Pct GB
78 67
.538 —
77 68
76 68
74 71
.510 31⁄2
Tuesday’s Games
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 4
Washington 4, N.Y. Mets 2
Florida 4, Houston 2
NL Boxes
PADRES 5, GIANTS 4, 10 innings
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abr h bi
DRbrts cf 3 1 0 0
Winn cf
511 1
Loretta 2b 4 1 0 0
Vizquel ss 5 0 1 0
RaHrdz c 6 1 4 0
Niekro 1b 3 0 1 0
BGiles rf 4 2 3 2
JRmrz pr 0 1 0 0
Randa 3b 5 0 0 0
Ellison rf 1 0 0 0
Fick 1b
400 0
Drham 2b 3 1 0 0
Jhnson lf 2 0 0 0
Alfonzo 3b 3 0 1 0
MaSwy ph 1 0 0 1
Bonds ph 1 0 0 0
Jkson lf
000 0
Chavez 3b 1 0 0 0
Brrghs ph 1 0 1 2
Feliz lf
411 2
Seanez p 0 0 0 0
Mtheny c 4 0 2 1
Hffman p 0 0 0 0
Linden rf 3 0 0 0
Alxndr ss 2 0 0 0
Cain p
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Eyre p
000 0
Otsuka p 0 0 0 0
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Nady lf
100 0
Clark ph 0 0 0 0
Hwkins p 0 0 0 0
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Totals 36 4 7 4
San Diego
001 001 002 1 — 5
San Fran.
001 000 030 0 — 4
E—Cain (1). DP—San Diego 1. LOB—San
Diego 15, San Francisco 7. 2B—RaHernandez (18), Burroughs (6), Feliz (27). HR—
Winn (8). SB—Jackson (14).
San Diego
1 1 2 3
0 0 0 0
3 3 2 1
Seanez W,7-1
0 0 1 1
Hoffman S,38
0 0 0 1
San Francisco
2 2 6 2
0 0 1 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 2 1
0 0 0 0
2 2 2 1
Hawkins L,2-7
1 1 1 0
Umpires—Home, Mark Wegner; First, Gary
Darling; Second, Larry Poncino; Third, Paul
T—3:26. A—38,477 (41,584).
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abr h bi
LCstillo 2b 3 1 1 0
Biggio 2b 4 1 1 1
Conine lf 4 0 2 0
Brntlett 2b 0 0 0 0
MiCbra 3b 4 0 0 1
OPlmro lf 5 0 0 0
CDlgdo 1b 3 1 0 0
Lamb 3b 5 2 3 1
JEcrcn rf 2 0 0 0
Brkmn 1b 3 3 2 0
Easley ss 4 0 1 0
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Pierre cf 3 0 1 0
Lane rf
432 2
Mssngr p 0 0 0 0
Burke cf 1 0 0 0
Resop p 0 0 0 0
Gipson cf 2 0 2 1
Qantrill p 0 0 0 0
Bgwell ph 0 0 0 0
Lowell ph 1 0 0 0
Burns p
000 0
L Duca c 3 0 1 0
AEvrtt ss 4 1 2 3
Wlnhm c 1 0 0 0
Asmus c 2 0 0 1
Burnett p 2 0 0 0
RChavz c 1 0 0 0
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Clmens p 1 0 0 1
Hrmida rf 1 0 0 0
Qualls p 0 0 0 0
JVzcno ph 1 0 0 0
Wheelr p 0 0 0 0
Quitr 1b 1 0 0 0
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Totals 34101210
100 000 001 — 2
Houston 030 000 34x — 10
E—Bruntlett (1). DP—Florida 1, Houston 3.
LOB—Florida 6, Houston 11. 2B—Gipson
(1), AEverett (27). 3B—Lamb (5). S—AEverett.
Burnett L,12-11
3 3 5 5
2 2 1 0
1 1 1 1
4 4 3 0
0 0 0 0
Clemens W,12-7 6 ⁄3
1 1 2 4
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
1 0 1 0
HBP—by Burns (JEncarnacion). WP—
Umpires—Home, Ed Hickox; First, Bill
Hohn; Second, Bruce Dreckman; Third, Doug
T—2:59. A—30,911 (40,950).
abr h bi
abr h bi
Furcal ss 4 0 1 0
Rollins ss 5 2 3 1
Btemit ss 1 0 0 0
Chavez lf 0 0 0 0
MGiles 2b 4 0 1 1
Mchels cf 5 1 2 3
CJones 3b 3 0 0 0
BAbreu rf 4 1 1 1
Orr 3b
000 0
Vctrno cf 0 0 0 0
AJones cf 4 2 2 1
Burrell lf 1 2 1 0
Kolb p
000 0
Geary p 0 0 0 0
LaRche 1b4 1 1 0
ALopez p 0 0 0 0
Frncur rf 4 0 1 0
Utley 2b 5 1 1 0
Jhnson lf 2 0 1 2
Kata 2b
000 0
Lerew p 0 0 0 0
DaBell 3b 5 1 3 1
AMrte ph 1 0 0 0
Lbrthal c 3 2 2 2
Mcbrde p 0 0 0 0
Pratt c
100 0
Brower p 0 0 0 0
REMtiz 1b 4 2 2 4
Hlndsw lf 1 0 0 0
McCnn c 2 0 0 0
Pena c
201 0
HRmrz p 1 0 1 0
Lngrhn lf 3 1 2 0
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Lidle p
Tucker ph
Fultz p
ToPerz ss
Totals 38121512
000 210 010— 4
Philadelphia304 031 10x— 12
E—MGiles (11). DP—Philadelphia 1.
LOB—Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 9. 2B—
LaRoche (25), Langerhans (18), Rollins 2
(30), Utley (32), DaBell (29). 3B—Johnson
(3). HR—AJones (50), Michaels (4),
REMartinez (1). SB—Rollins (34). SF—
MGiles, Lieberthal.
HRamirez L,11-9 3
7 6 1 2
3 3 2 1
1 1 1 1
1 1 2 1
0 0 0 1
Lidle W,11-10
3 3 1 3
0 0 0 1
1 1 0 0
0 0 0 1
Umpires—Home, Jeff Kellogg; First, Paul
Schrieber; Second, Mike Reilly; Third, Andy
T—2:46. A—23,125 (43,826).
American League Glance
East Division
Pct GB
85 60
New York
82 62
.569 21⁄2
72 73
.497 13
69 76
.476 16
Tampa Bay 60 86
.411 251⁄2
Central Division
Pct GB
88 56
84 62
.575 5
75 70
.517 131⁄2
66 78
.458 22
Kansas City 47 96
.329 401⁄2
West Division
Pct GB
Los Angeles 81 64
80 65
.552 1
71 75
.486 10 ⁄2
64 81
.441 17
Tuesday’s Games
Minnesota 9, Detroit 3
Cleveland 5, Oakland 2
Toronto 9, Boston 3
N.Y. Yankees 17, Tampa Bay 3
Baltimore 4, Texas 3
Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 4
Seattle 2, L.A. Angels 1
Wednesday’s Games
Detroit 4, Minnesota 2
Texas 7, Baltimore 6, 10 innings
Seattle 10, L.A. Angels 9
Cleveland 6, Oakland 4
Boston 5, Toronto 3
N.Y. Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 5
Kansas City 10, Chicago White Sox 9
Today’s Games
Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 15-7) at
Kansas City (Greinke 4-16), 1:10 p.m.
Oakland (Blanton 9-11) at Boston (Schilling
6-7), 6:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Small 7-0) at Tampa Bay
(McClung 6-9), 6:15 p.m.
Seattle (Harris 2-3) at Texas (Loe 8-5),
7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Maroth 12-13) at L.A. Angels
(Colon 19-6), 9:05 p.m.
Friday’s Games
Oakland at Boston, 6:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 6:35 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m.
Wild Card
Pct GB
84 62
.575 —
New York
82 62
80 64
Wednesday’s Games
Cleveland 6, Oakland 4
N.Y. Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 5
AL Boxes
abr h bi
Tyner lf
301 0
LFord lf
200 0
JCastro 3b4 0 0 0
Mauer c 2 1 1 0
JJones cf 4 0 1 0
Cddyer rf 4 0 1 1
Mrneau 1b 4 1 1 0
MRyan dh 2 0 0 0
LeCroy dh 1 0 0 0
Punto pr 0 0 0 0
Rivas 2b 1 0 1 0
LRdrgz 2b 2 0 2 1
Bartlett ss 4 0 0 0
Totals 33 2 8 2
Planco 2b
Inge 3b
Shltn 1b
MOrdz rf
Logan cf
Monroe lf
CPena dh
Infante ss
VWilsn c
Grndsn cf
abr h bi
412 0
300 0
401 0
300 0
000 0
401 2
401 0
301 0
210 0
323 2
30 4 9 4
College Football
6:30 p.m. — Utah at TCU (ESPN)
3 p.m. — PGA Tour: The 84 Lumber Classic (ESPN)
Major League Baseball
Noon — Nationals at Mets (ESPN)
1 p.m. — White Sox at Royals (WGN)
6 p.m. — Braves at Phillies (TBS)
7 p.m. — Cardinals at Cubs (WGN)
WNBA Playoffs
7 p.m. — Finals Game 2 (ESPN2)
College Football
7 p.m. — Houston at UTEP (ESPN2)
3 p.m. — PGA Tour: The 84 Lumber Classic (ESPN)
Major League Baseball
6 p.m. — Teams TBA (ESPN)
6 p.m. — Braves at Mets (TBS)
Grffnno 2b 4 2 3 2
Mueller 3b 4 1 1 0
DOrtiz dh 4 1 1 3
MRmrz lf 4 0 0 0
Nixon rf 3 0 1 0
Varitek c 3 0 0 0
Olerud 1b 4 0 1 0
Cora ss 3 0 0 0
Kapler cf 2 0 0 0
Mchado cf 1 1 0 0
32 57 5
Jhnson lf 4 0 0
Rios rf
VWells cf 4 0 0
Koskie 3b 3 2 3
Hlnbrn 1b 4 1 2
AHill ss
Zaun c
Mnchno 2b 3 0 1
Adams ph 1 0 0
Quiroz dh 2 0 0
Grifn dh 0 0 0
Totals 32 3 7
100 020 020 — 5
Toronto 020 001 000 — 3
E—Koskie (6). DP—Boston 2, Toronto 3.
LOB—Boston 2, Toronto 5. 2B—Graffanino
(13), Koskie (16), AHill (21), Menechino (7).
HR—Graffanino (6), DOrtiz (42). SB—Koskie
DWells W,13-7
3 3 2 1
0 0 0 0
Timlin S,8
0 0 0 1
Towers L,11-11
5 3 1 5
0 0 0 0
HBP—by Schoeneweis (Nixon), by Bradford (Koskie).
Umpires—Home, Wally Bell; First, John
Hirschbeck; Second, Lance Barksdale; Third,
Rob Drake.
T—2:19. A—25,865 (50,598).
abr h bi
abr h bi
Jeter ss 5 1 2 2
Lugo ss 4 1 0 0
ARod 3b 6 0 1 1
Crwfrd lf 4 1 2 2
JaGbi 1b 5 0 0 0
Cantu 2b 3 1 1 1
Phillips 1b 0 0 0 0
NGreen 2b 0 0 0 0
Shffield dh 4 0 2 0
Huff rf
411 0
Matsui lf 5 2 2 1
Gomes dh 4 0 1 1
Posada c 3 0 0 0
TLee 1b 4 0 0 0
BWllms cf 4 2 2 0
THall c
401 1
Sierra rf 2 0 0 0
ASGzlz 3b 4 1 1 0
Crosby rf 1 0 1 0
Gthrght cf 3 0 2 0
Cano 2b 5 1 1 2
EduPrz ph 1 0 0 0
Totals 40 6116
Totals 35 5 9 5
New York 100 120 200— 6
Tampa Bay 000 220 100— 5
E—Lugo 2 (21). LOB—New York 14, Tampa Bay 5. 2B—Matsui 2 (41), Crawford (30),
ASGonzalez (18). 3B—Crawford (15). SB—
NGreen (3), Gathright (15). CS—Lugo (9).
New York
Wang W,7-4
6 ⁄3
5 5 0 3
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
1 ⁄3
0 0 0 1
MRivera S,38
0 0 1 2
Tampa Bay
4 3 3 4
Orvella L,3-3
2 2 2 1
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 0
Sturtze pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
HBP—by Sturtze (Cantu).
Umpires—Home, Mike Everitt; First, Tim
Timmons; Second, Tim McClelland; Third,
Chuck Meriwether.
T—3:31. A—14,396 (41,315).
000 010 010 —
002 000 02x —
E—Morneau (7). DP—Minnesota 2, Detroit
1. LOB—Minnesota 8, Detroit 5. 2B—
Morneau (19), Granderson (4). HR—Granderson (5). S—LRodriguez, Inge.
2 2 1 6
0 0 0 0
JRincon L,6-5
2 2 1 2
1 1 1 3
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
1 1 0 0
Dingman W,2-2 11⁄3
0 0 1 0
Darensbourg pitched to 2 batters in the
HBP—by Douglass (Mauer).
Umpires—Home, Ted Barrett; First, Alfonso Marquez; Second, Rick Reed; Third, Chris
T—2:26. A—19,438 (40,120).
abr h bi
abr h bi
Good field,
poor date
at 84 Lumber
Nextel Cup
(x-non-points race)
Feb. 12 — x-Budweiser Shootout (Jimmie
Feb. 20 — Daytona 500 (Jeff Gordon)
Feb. 27 — Auto Club 500 (Greg Biffle)
March 13 — UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
(Jimmie Johnson)
March 20 — Golden Corral 500 (Carl
April 3 — Food City 500 (Kevin Harvick)
April 10 — Advance Auto Parts 500 (Jeff
April 17 — Samsung/RadioShack 500
(Greg Biffle)
April 23 — Subway Fresh 500 (Kurt Busch)
May 1 — Aaron’s 499 (Jeff Gordon)
May 7 — Dodge Charger 500 (Greg Biffle)
May 14 — Chevy American Revolution 400
(Kasey Kahne)
May 21 — x-All-Star Challenege (Mark
May 29 — Coca-Cola 600 (Jimmie Johnson)
June 5 — MBNA America 400 (Greg Biffle)
June 12 — Pocono 500 (Carl Edwards)
From Wire Reports
Phil Mickelson. Vijay Singh. David Toms. Jim
Furyk. With four of the top five money winners on
the PGA Tour, the 84 Lumber Classic has a better
field than most of the post-major tournaments.
For tournament founder and lumberyard billionaire Joe Hardy, it’s not good enough.
Hardy is willing to spend big to turn what now is
a well-attended but relatively unimportant event
that begins Thursday into an upper-tier tournament
that doesn’t compete with football season, the pennant races, the back-to-school rush or the European pro circuit.
So, after spending nearly $75 million in the last
year building a five-star, on-course players lodge
and further improving the Mystic Rock course at
his Nemacolin Woodlands resort southeast of
Pittsburgh, Hardy is lobbying hard for a better tour
date starting next year.
With Hardy showing he can attract many of the
recognizable names via intense lobbying — Tiger
Woods was set to play last year, but pulled out
after the Ryder Cup — he wants better dates to
showcase his fast-maturing tournament.
While attendance should be respectable, with
about 70,00 tickets sold, the 84 Lumber Classic is
going against the Steelers’ game Sunday in Houston and Pitt’s televised game Saturday at Nebraska. That kind of competition is bound to limit the
crowds, especially since most fans are expected to
drive at least an hour each way to get there.
Tulane to wear patch
to commemorate Katrina losses
NEW ORLEANS — Tulane athletes will wear a
special patch this year to commemorate the
upheaval of Hurricane Katrina.
The patch is based on a slogan used by university president Dr. Scott Cowen who wants them to
“carry the torch, be the face and represent the
name” of Tulane for the upcoming seasons while
its students, faculty and staff remain displaced by
the hurricane.
Tulane teams across all sports will wear a commemorative patch illustrating those three points
throughout the 2005-06 academic year. The Green
Wave football team will be the first to wear the
patch when it takes on Mississippi State this weekend in Shreveport, La. in the first game of 2005.
The patch, is in the shape of Tulane University’s
primary logo, the “Shield.” A thick green outline carries the words “The Torch, The Face, The Name.”
Inside the green outline is a torch above an
image of the skyline of New Orleans, dominated
by the Louisiana Superdome. The words “Tulane
University, 2005” are above that image.
Sugar Bowl could play at LSU if hotels return
NEW ORLEANS — Work crews were busy in
several on New Orleans’ major hotels on Wednesday, repairing damage from Hurricane Katrina.
That’s good news for the Sugar Bowl.
If enough hotels in the New Orleans area are up
and running by December, this year’s Sugar Bowl
will be played at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton
If they aren’t, Atlanta’s Georgia Dome would be
a likely alternative, Sugar Bowl executive director
Paul Hoolahan is expected to tell the commissioners of the 11 Division I-A conferences at a BCS
meeting Tuesday in Chicago.
Monarchs 69, Connecticut 65
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Yolanda Griffith made
the most of her first appearance in the WNBA
Finals, scoring 25 points Wednesday night as the
Sacramento Monarchs beat the Connecticut Sun
69-65 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
The Monarchs lost both regular-season meetings but used a strong inside game, anchored by
Griffith, to hand Connecticut a rare home loss. The
Sun, making their second straight appearance in
the finals, had lost only three games all year at the
Mohegan Sun arena coming in. Game 2 is Thursday night in Connecticut.
June 19 — Michigan 400 (Greg Biffle)
June 26 — Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Tony
July 2 — Pepsi 400 (Tony Stewart)
July 10 — USG Sheetrock 400 (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.)
July 17 — New England 300 (Tony Stewart)
July 24 — Pennsylvania 500 (Kurt Busch)
Aug. 7 — Allstate 400 (Tony Stewart)
Aug. 14 — Sirius at The Glen (Tony Stewart)
Aug. 21 — GFS Marketplace 400 (Jeremy
Aug. 27 — Sharpie 500 (Matt Kenseth)
Sept. 4 — SONY HD 500 (Kyle Busch)
Sept. 10 — Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (Kurt
Sept. 18 — Sylvania 300, Loudon, N.H.
Sept. 25 — MBNA 400, Dover, Del.
Oct. 2 — UAW-Ford 500, Talladega, Ala.
Oct. 9 — Banquet 400, Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 15 — UAW-GM Quality 500, Concord,
Oct. 23 — Subway 500, Martinsville, Va.
Oct. 30 — Bass Pro Shops MBNA 400,
Hampton, Ga.
Nov. 6 — Dickies 500, Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 13 — Checker Auto Parts 500, Avondale, Ariz.
Nov. 20 — Ford 400, Homestead, Fla.
National League
HOUSTON ASTROS—Recalled OF Charlton Jimerson from Round Rock of the PCL.
the contract of OF Doug Clark from Fresno of
the PCL. Designated INF Brian Dallimore for
National Football League
Jenkins on injured reserve. Signed DT Atiyyah
Ellison from the practice squad. Signed DE
Khaleed Vaughn to the practice squad.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Placed CB Donald Strickland on injured reserve.
Raymond Ventrone to the practice squad.
Released LB Andre Torrey from the practice
Bickerstaff from the practice squad. Signed
DB Eugene Hiram to the practice squad.
Gabe Franklin from the practice squad and
DE Adell Duckett. Signed TE Landon Trusty
to the practice squad.
Bruce Thornton to the practice squad. Waived
CB Michael Harden from the practice squad.
National Hockey League
Brett Festerling and returned him and G J.P.
Levasseur to their junior teams. Assigned
RW George Davis, C Ryan Shannon and D
Michael Knight to Portland of the AHL.
Released D Jonathan Daversa, C Derek
Edwardson, LW Simon Ferguson, C Jonathan
Lehun, RW Scott May and D Eric Lundberg.
BOSTON BRUINS—Agreed to terms with
G Tim Thomas on a one-year contract.
the retirement of C Ron Francis.
Smyth to a two-year contract.
terms with F Matt Zultek.
terms with F Sean McAslan on a one-year
a voluntary suspension for the 2005-06 season, planning to return to play in 2006-07.
AUBURN—Named Joanna Booker assistant equestrian coach.
IUPUI—Announced freshman F Ryan Pride
left the men’s basketball team, and freshman F Jeremy Holland transferred from Bowling Green.
NORTHWESTERN—Named Adam Widman associate director of media services.
RHODE ISLAND—Named Jay Campbell
assistant gymnastics coach, Lindsay Sawyer
assistant softball coach, Stephen Santonastaso assistant volleyball coach.
Walsh men’s basketball coach.
TROY—Named William Small men’s assistant basketball coach.
YALE—Named Matt Kingsley men’s volunteer assistant basketball coach.
Use of Tiger Stadium costly for Saints
— Playing four times in Tiger
Stadium will cost the New
Orleans Saints about $1.2 million, LSU athletic director
Skip Bertman said Wednesday.
That works out to about
$300,000 per game. It will be
used to cover game expenses
and wear and tear on the
field. Bertman said LSU will
realize little, if any, profit.
“You cant run a football
game in Tiger Stadium without 1,500-1,600 people to
help,” Bertman said, “and
most of them are not volunteers.
“There will be wear and
tear on the field, and I don’t
want to have to pay to make
the field right. I’m assuming
we’re going to expend some
effort to keep the field in
shape, not that the field is in
bad shape.”
Saints owner Tom Benson
and the Saints “have been real
good about everything,” Bertman said.
Bertman will go before the
LSU Board of Supervisors
Sept. 23 to get formal
approval for allowing the
Saints to play in Tiger Stadium. He added there also will
be a request to allow beer to
be sold for Saints games only.
The NCAA does not allow the
sale of alcoholic drinks at
member events.
Earlier this week, the
Saints and LSU agreed to
hold four of their home games
in Tiger Stadium, starting
with an Oct. 30 meeting with
the Miami Dolphins, led by
former LSU coach Nick
Saban. The Saints will return
the following Sunday (Nov. 6)
to play the Chicago Bears and
will play games there against
the Tampa Bay Bucs (Dec. 4)
and the Carolina Panthers
(Dec. 18).
Bertman said a typical Saturday night game in Tiger
Stadium requires about 450
uniformed police from four different agencies, all paid, to
provide such amenities as
security and traffic control.
Then there are the numerous
game marshals, ushers, ticket
takers, concession stand
workers, doctors, Red Cross
workers and ambulance personnel.
“You have to have electri-
cians and plumbers available,”
he said. “It’s like a large city,
100,000 people, on a given
Saturday. The chances of
nothing going wrong are zero.”
Field conditions are a big
concern, especially if it rains.
The field is sand-based for
better drainage and the added
use could tear it up because
it’s designed for seven games
per season.
Even more stressful for the
field is that the teams are
scheduled to play back-to-back
days two consecutive weekends.
The Tigers play North Texas
on Oct. 29 before the Saints
play Miami, then Appalachian
State for homecoming on Nov.
5, the day before the Saints and
Bears meet.
LSU associate athletic
director Herb Vincent said the
field will probably be re-sodded during a 19-day break in
November between the
Saints-Bears game and the
LSU-Arkansas game on Nov.
25. It was already scheduled
to be completely replaced after
this season.
SMG, which staffs and manages game day operations for
the Saints and the New
Orleans Hornets, has offered
its services in meetings
between the Saints and LSU.
SMG regional vice president
Doug Thornton said that, while
LSU knows how to put on a
football game, there are some
NFL specific areas such as field
security and game production
in which it might need help.
San Antonio apparently loves
the New Orleans Saints.
On Wednesday the Saints
Min. age 18
sold more than 50,000 tickets
to home games at the Alamodome in San Antonio during
an eight-hour period.
Several hundred fans began
lining up outside the Alamodome ticket office shortly after
9 a.m. Wednesday to purchase
tickets to the three Saints
games scheduled to be played
in San Antonio.
John Carney, who kicked a
47-yard field goal with three
seconds remaining to give the
New Orleans Saints a 23-20
victory Sunday against the
division rival Carolina Panthers, was named special
teams player of the week by
the NFL.
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tough test to start its season
as they travel to 4A No. 1
Wayne County.
Moss Point, who was
scheduled to play 5A No. 1
South Panola the week the
hurricane hit, continues its
tough stretch of season opening games.
East Central travels to
Petal for a tough test before
region play starts next week.
“I think the guys are just
ready to get back to playing
football,” East Central head
coach Toby Melton said. “I
think they just need something to take their minds off
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Coordinated attacks kill 160 in Baghdad
■ Bomber lured citizens
with promise of employment
The Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq — More than a dozen highly coordinated bombings ripped through Baghdad
on Wednesday, killing at least 160 people and
wounding 570 in the capital’s bloodiest day since
the end of major combat. Many of the victims
were day laborers lured by a suicide attacker
posing as an employer. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attacks in the name of Sunni
insurgents, saying it was a retaliation for the rout
of militants at a base close to the Syrian border.
The spasm of violence terrorized the capital for
more than nine hours. The first attack, at 6:30
a.m., was the deadliest: a suicide car blast which
tore through the predominantly Shiite Muslim
neighborhood of Kazimiyah.
In what was believed to be a new tactic, the
bomber set off the explosive after calling the
construction and other workers to his small van
and enticing them with promises of employment,
a witness said. At least 112 people were killed
and more than 200 were wounded, according to
Health Ministry officials. Twisted hulks of vehicles blocked the bloodstained main street in Kazimiyah’s Oruba Square.
Al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, purportedly declared “all-out war” on Shiites, Iraqi troops and the government in an
audiotape posted Wednesday on an Internet site
known for carrying extremist Islamic content.
The al-Zarqawi tape was a clear attempt, coming on the heels of the attacks, to create a climate
of fear, sow deeper sectarian discord and scare
Iraqis away from the Oct. 15 referendum on a
new constitution.
Iraqi soldiers secure the site following an explosion in Baghdad Wednesday. At least
73 people were killed and 162 wounded early Wednesday when a suicide bomber
detonated his vehicle near a group of construction workers in north Baghdad.
Iraqi forces arrested two insurgents in connection with the Kazimiyah bombing, one of
them a Palestinian and the other a Libyan, Iraqi
television quoted Prime Minister Ibrahim alJaafari as saying. Al-Jaafari also said the suicide
bomber was a Syrian, without offering any
Federal judge declares
Pledge of Allegiance
in schools unconstitutional
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge declared the reciting
of the Pledge of Allegiance in
public schools unconstitutional
Wednesday, a decision that
could put the divisive issue on
track for another round of
Supreme Court arguments.
The case was brought by
the same atheist whose previous battle against the words
“under God” was rejected last
year by the Supreme Court on
procedural grounds.
U.S. District Judge
Lawrence Karlton ruled that
the pledge’s reference to one
nation “under God” violates
school children’s right to be
“free from a coercive requirement to affirm God.”
Karlton said he was bound
by precedent of the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals, which
in 2002 ruled in favor of Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools.
The Supreme Court dismissed the case last year, saying Newdow lacked standing
because he did not have custody of his elementary school
daughter he sued on behalf of.
Newdow, an attorney and a
medical doctor, filed an identical case on behalf of three
unnamed parents and their
children. Karlton said those
families have the right to sue.
Newdow hopes that will
make it more likely the merits
of his case will be addressed
by the high court.
“All it has to do is put the
pledge as it was before, and
say that we are one nation,
indivisible, instead of dividing
us on religious basis,” Newdow told The Associated
Florida couple pleads
no contest to torturing
their children
INVERNESS, Fla. — A couple pleaded no contest
Wednesday to torturing and
starving five of their seven
adopted children, including
yanking out their toenails with
pliers, and were sentenced to
15 years each in prison.
John and Linda Dollar’s plea
to five counts of aggravated
child abuse avoids a scheduled Oct. 31 trial and saves
the children from an on-camera deposition documenting
their misery. The Inverness
couple also tortured the children, ages 12 to 17, with an
electric cattle prod and
bondage equipment.
Dressed in red jumpsuits
and chained at the waist, the
Dollars admitted they let the
situation get out of hand. The
family lived in a secluded
home and the children were
home schooled, so no outsiders knew their conditions.
“It was not intentional that
they be harmed in any way,”
John Dollar said. “They were
not responsible. We love
them, wish them well.”
He then started to cry.
“I just want to say that I’m
sorry for any harm that I might
have caused the children,” Linda Dollar said. “It was never
any intent to harm them.”
Woman executed
for slayings of husband,
children in Texas
Frances Newton was executed Wednesday for the fatal
shootings of her husband and
two children 18 years ago,
becoming the third woman,
and first black woman, to be
put to death in the state since
executions resumed in 1982.
Strapped to the death
chamber gurney and with her
parents among the people
watching, she declined to
make a final statement, quietly
saying “no” and shaking her
head when the warden asked
if she would like to speak.
Newton, 40, briefly turned
her head to look at her family
as the drugs began flowing.
She appeared to try to mouth
something to her relatives, but
the drugs took effect. She
coughed once and gasped as
her eyes closed. She was pronounced dead eight minutes
One of her sisters stood
against a wall at the rear of
the death house, her head
buried in her arms. Her parents held hands and her
mother brushed away a tear
before they walked to the
back of the chamber to console their other daughter.
About three dozen demonstrators chanted outside but
the crowd paled in comparison to the hundreds who gathered in 1998 to protest the
execution of Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman executed
in Texas since the Civil War.
“She’s back with her family,
in her mind,” said John
LaGrappe, one of her attorneys, who met with Newton
less than two hours before
she was executed and
described her as “strong and
optimistic. ... It’s her faith in
— From Wire Reports
details how the identification was made so quickly.
The attacks came as U.S. and Iraqi forces
pressed their offensive against insurgents in the
northern city of Tal Afar and along the Euphrates
River valley, striking hard at what officials have
said were militants sneaking across the border
from Syria.
Al-Qaida in Iraq said in a Web posting that it
launched the attacks, some less than 10 minutes
apart, in response to the Tal Afar offensive,
which began Saturday and evicted most insurgents from the city about 50 miles from Syria and
260 miles northwest of Baghdad.
“To the nation of Islam, we give you the good
news that the battles of revenge for the Sunni
people of Tal Afar began yesterday,” said the alQaida statement posted on a militant Web site.
Its authenticity could not be confirmed. It was
unclear why the statement referred to “yesterday.”
The audiotape was posted later Wednesday.
The speaker, introduced as al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, said his militant forces would attack
any Iraqi they believe has cooperated with the
Tal Afar offensive.
“If proven that any of (Iraq’s) national guards,
police or army are agents of the Crusaders, they
will be killed and his house will demolished or
burned — after evacuating all women and children — as a punishment,” the speaker said.
But most of the victims Wednesday were civilians.
At Baghdad’s Kazimiyah Hospital, dozens of
wounded men lay on stretchers and gurneys,
their bandages and clothes soaked in blood. One
older man in a traditional Arab gown and checkered head scarf sat in a plastic chair, his bloodsoaked underwear exposed and a trail of dried
blood snaking down his legs.
As the hours ticked by, at least 11 other car or
roadside bombs shattered what had been a few
days of relative calm in Baghdad. Two mortar
attacks were reported and a multitude of gunbattles broke out between U.S. and Iraqi forces
and insurgent attackers.
Roberts heads toward likely confirmation
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee John Roberts carefully picked his way
through a second day of questions from
the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Wednesday as Republicans challenged
Democrats to support his all-but-certain
confirmation as the nation’s 17th chief justice.
“If people can’t vote for you, then I doubt
that they can vote for any Republican nominee,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Minority Democrats sounded unswayed.
Sen. Charles Schumer told Roberts he
was “cutting back a little on what you said
yesterday,” referring to an earlier statement that the Constitution provides a right
to privacy.
The New York Democrat made his
charge after Roberts declined to cite any
examples of disagreement with the opinions of Justice Clarence Thomas on the
subject. Thomas has written there is no
general right to privacy, a right often
viewed as the underpinning of a right to
“We are rolling the dice with you,” Sen.
Joseph Biden, D-Del., told the 50-year-old
appeals court judge, who turned aside
questions about abortion, the right to die,
the permissibility of torture and other issues he
said may come before the
Even as Roberts fielded
questions, there was
fresh evidence of the contentious issues that await
him if he is confirmed to
replace the late Chief
Justice William H. RehnRoberts
quist. There were gasps
from the audience when
word was relayed from the committee dais
that a federal judge in California had ruled
the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in
public schools was unconstitutional because it includes the words “under God.”
Roberts was not asked for his opinion.
For the second straight day, Roberts
fielded questions calmly, summoning
descriptions of past cases from memory.
He spiced his testimony with a sense of
humor, promising at one point that if confirmed, he would not seek a pay raise “next
Republicans projected ever greater confidence that he would soon preside in the
grand marble Supreme Court building
across the street from the Capitol.
“We need you to bring to the court your
compassion and your understanding for
the lives of others who haven’t been as
successful as you have been,” said Sen.
Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, one of several
Republicans who spoke as if giving a sendoff message to a man about to embark on
a new mission.
GOP officials say they are confident of
the support of all 10 Republican members
of the panel when the committee roll is
called on Thursday next week, although it
is possible all eight Democrats will oppose
him. The full Senate may vote the following week, in time for Roberts to take his
seat before the high court opens a new
term on Oct. 3.
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Dust-busting hints that
keeps it from coming back
Dear Readers: dust in our
homes is a never-ending problem — it seems that we’ve just
dusted and it’s back! Here are
some hints
to help
dust — we
will never
conquer it.
• Don’t
just move
around —
using a
dry cloth
By Heloise
or feather
duster simply rearranges dust
and pushes it into the air,
where it then falls and returns
to another surface.
• Depending on what you
are dusting, you’ll need to use
a furniture polish, multipurpose spray cleaner or a slightly damp cloth to pick up and
hold the dust. Hint: I like to
put clean, old socks over my
hands and spray them with
furniture polish to dust.
• Microfiber cloths also do a
great job of removing dust
from furniture, computer
screens and even pets! These
are a must in my household.
• In between dustings,
stand in the middle of each
room and look at all surfaces:
the dining-room table, coffee
table, side tables and nightstands, etc. If they appear
dusty before you have the time
to do a thorough cleaning, do a
five-minute quick dust to help
keep dust from building up.
I hope these help you keep
the upper hand on those dust
bunnies that visit everyone’s
home! — Heloise
P.S. Here’s my ode to dust:
Dust, dust, go away
Don’t come back till doomsday!
If you do I’ll get my vac
That’s all I have to say
about that.
Amazing Vinegar
Dear Heloise: I found two
other uses for vinegar. In a
recent purchase from a nursery, I found an ant farm in the
dirt of the plant. After planting, I poured a solution of 1⁄2
vinegar and 1⁄2 water on it, and
the next day the ants were
dead. Oh, and it also kept the
rabbits from eating the newly
planted plant. — Cindy
Kurtz, Mohnton, Pa.
I knew about vinegar for ant
prevention, but to keep rabbits
from nibbling? I wonder if it
would work as well with deer?
If it does, it would be a miracle! And while we’re at it, vinegar will kill grass in between
sidewalks or steppingstones,
as well as moss. I could go on
and on about the many ways
vinegar can be used inside and
outside, but I don’t have the
space, so send for my vinegar
pamphlet. Why buy expensive
commercial products that are
full of chemicals when good ol’
inexpensive vinegar is all you
need? — Heloise
Write to Heloise at P.O. Box
795000, San Antonio TX
78279-5000 or fax (210)
Fight over wearing shorts
really a battle for respect
DEAR ABBY: The letter
you printed from “Needs
Advice in Texas,” whose mother forced her to wear shorts by
taking away all her
pants and jeans,
made me sad and
What was this
woman thinking?
I’m now 31 and never wear shorts,
except in the gym or
while hiking. Shorts
rarely flatter anyone. Capri pants and Dear
skirts are flattering, Abby
attractive and just
as cool in summer, without
causing self- consciousness.
That mother needs to learn
a thing or two not only about
fashion, but also respect for
her daughter. Being 14 and a
girl is hard enough. — SYMPATHETIC IN BOULDER
agree that the mother could
use some lessons in parenting
and diplomacy; however, not
everyone agrees with us. Read
DEAR ABBY: You agreed
with the GIRL? What were
you thinking? Your response
will undermine the authority
of that mother and lead the
girl to disrespect her mother’s
decisions. My daughter had
issues with wearing shorts,
too. I chose to have her confront her insecurities by
insisting she wear them. After
a few random compliments
from friends of hers, the
shorts issue is no longer an
DEAR ABBY: The girl told
her mother she was self- conscious about her legs, so she
forced the girl to wear shorts
anyway? What was the lesson
here — that she can’t make
her own decisions because
Mom is the boss? How would
that woman react if her husband forced her to wear
clothes she felt uncomfortable
Rather than teaching her
daughter to be confident in
her own decisions, she has
insisted she be submissive.
Wasn’t there a better way to
help her feel better about her
legs? If she thinks they’re too
big, how about walking or
exercising with her? It sounds
like those two could really use
some quality time together. —
DEAR ABBY: My daughter
(now 18) was the same way. I
decided long ago, starting
with the “shorts”
issue, that there are
bigger battles to
fight. We’ve been
through the Goth
look, black hair,
white makeup, blue
hair, pink hair,
boyfriends with
mohawks, Dumpster-diving
wardrobes, to glitter,
understated makeup, styled hair,
French manicures, and being
voted best dressed in her senior year.
We laugh about it now. But
the bottom line is, my daughter has confidence in herself.
That mother should count her
blessings, because there are a
lot worse things to fight
about. If the girl doesn’t mind
the heat — you know, it’s really no one’s business. — BEEN
DEAR ABBY: I’m a college
student who hasn’t worn
shorts in public since middle
school because I don’t feel
attractive in them. For hot
summer weather, I suggest
long, flowing skirts — which
are really “in” right now —
and long sundresses. They’re
perfectly acceptable summerwear, and besides being better
suited than jeans for hot
weather, they’ll cover her legs.
That should satisfy the mother while allowing the girl to
achieve the level of modesty
she desires. — L.B. IN S.C.
DEAR ABBY: Regardless
of whether that poor girl has
nice legs or not, if she’s not
comfortable wearing shorts
she should not be forced to. If
she’s hot in her jeans, that’s
her problem and not her
mother’s. Let’s hope that
“Needs Advice” forgets about
this when she puts her mother in a nursing home and gets
to dictate what SHE wears! —
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was
founded by her mother,
Pauline Phillips. Write Dear
Abby at
or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
It counts to count the deal
Albert Einstein claimed:
“Not everything that can be
And not
counts can
be counted.”
Dear Dr. Gott: Is it possible dementia) cause patients to
to get crotch lice from toilet
lose the qualities that make
who count
them human. I would like to
One of
remind you that we are human find that
their play Alder
my friends
when God puts a soul in us at
got crotch
conception and that we remain counts for
more than
lice and he
“human” until death. Please
those who do not count. Maksaid it was
address this important issue.
ing this grand slam requires
from sitDear Reader: No, I will
counting to 13 — you can do
ting on a
not. Here’s why:
it! Against seven spades,
toilet seat
You are confusing two vital
The key is to count out East’s
West leads the heart eight.
in a motel.
issues: 1) The reality of
East’s vulnerable threeWas that
advanced mental deterioration
After winning with dumheart opening shows a decent
caused by a disease, and 2)
my’s heart ace, draw trumps,
seven-card suit with some 6Gott, M.D.
The issue of a “soul,” which is
keeping a winner on the
10 high-card points. After
an opinion. This argument is
board, run the clubs, discardLice are spread by direct
separate from medical consid- South overcalls in spades,
ing your remaining heart,
North launches Blackwood
contact. The parasites will
and ruff the heart four in
eagerly leave one person for
While all responsible adults before bidding the grand
your hand. What have you
slam. This is slightly risky
another (or a toilet seat) for a
place a value on life as a Godfound out?
because he cannot be sure
warm nesting place. While I
given gift, there comes a time
You have learned that East
cannot comment on the likeliwhen the quality of life is per- about the diamond suit, but
started with one spade, seven
it would be unlucky if seven
hood of a person catching geni- manently altered and
hearts and one club. Therespades had no play.
tal lice from a contaminated
irreparably damaged. Anyone
fore, he must have four diaThere seem to be 13 easy
toilet seat, the risk is very real. who has had a family member,
monds. So, lead a diamond to
My question is: How does
a friend, a colleague or a loved
dummy’s ace and return a
heart, four diamonds and
your friend know he got crotch one with dementia knows
diamond, putting in your
lice from the toilet seat? If he
what I mean — the religious
nine when East plays low. (If
is a bad diamond break. If
suspected the seat, why did he consequences are overridden
East incorrectly splits his
sit on it?
by simple realistic considerahonors, you win the trick,
contract must fail. But if
I don’t mean to aggravate an tions.
cross to dummy with a spade,
already delicate situation, but
I am not going to address
and take a diamond finesse.)
honor or any four diamonds,
I wonder if the “friend” may
the issue of a soul or divine
©2005, NEA
have been covering up an
intervention because I am not the contract will be makable.
a trained cleric. However, I’d
I urge you to demand a more be happy to go head-to-head in
reasonable explanation than “I writing with anyone whose
got it from a public toilet.”
opinion could differ from mine.
Honesty is paramount in this
© NEA Inc. Write to Dr.
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