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Plaza Lanes Bowling Leagues
by H. Lee Smith II
Jul 31, 2014 | 12 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Results from recent bowling league action at Plaza Bowling Lanes. Summer Fun 7-31 Women’s Lib 28-12 Justice League 25.5-14.5 Family Ties 23.5-16.5 The Rebels 23.5-16.5 Sweeter Than Yoo-Hoo 23-17 Tons O’ Fun 23-17 Howell Inc. 22-18 Wendy’s Baconators 20.5-19.5 We Don’t Care 19.5-20.5 Mississippi Care 19-21 Blue Balls 18-22 Victoria’s Secret 13-27 Lake Hill Motors 11.5-28.5 Short Bus Crew 10-30 High Team Game: Wendy’s Baconators 780 High Team Series: We Don’t Care 2150 High Individual Games: (Ladies) April Lumpkin 222, Debbie Palmer 208. (Men) Collin Dildy 258, Bruce Hammer 257. High Individual Series: (Ladies) Palmer 546, Lumpkin 508. (Men) Justin Lumpkin 682, Hammer 663.
Locals among NE tennis honorees
by Blake D. Long
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The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s and women’s tennis programs placed themselves among highly elite company with their latest national recognition. The Lady Tigers and Tigers were named 2014 All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for sustaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale. In addition, seven individual Northeast netters that possessed GPAs higher than 3.5 garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete status. “I am just as proud of their accomplishments and successes in the classroom as I am for every win on the court,” said Northeast head coach Ben Shappley. “I’m extremely impressed with their work ethic. They’ve earned these honors.” The Lady Tigers were one of just six National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) members to qualify for the ITA All-Academic Team award with a sensational 3.59 GPA. That number was second best in the Magnolia State behind only Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The Booneville duo of Allie Downs and Erica Whitten led the effort by compiling flawless 4.0 GPAs. Downs was one of only five women’s tennis players in the country to claim the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. Belmont’s Allison Wiltshire, who concluded the campaign at the No. 1 singles and doubles position for Northeast, flirted with perfection and accumulated a GPA of 3.96. Whitten’s partner at No. 2 doubles in Haley Brown also clinched her spot on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list with a 3.54 GPA. The Iuka product held a three-match winning streak for the Lady Tigers against opponents from East Central Community College and Holmes Community College in March. Northeast and Meridian Community College were the lone men’s representatives from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) to secure ITA All-Academic Team distinction. The Tigers placed half their squad on the ITA Scholar-Athlete lineup and carried an outstanding composite GPA of 3.22. Booneville natives Wesley Tye and Noah Wright paced Northeast in its studies and accumulated GPAs of 3.89 and 3.52, respectively, during their freshmen years. Tye and Wright excelled in match play as well and registered a regular season record of 6-6 at No. 3 doubles for the Tigers. The combo also accounted for 11 victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Micah Page collected a number of marquee wins during his final campaign in a Northeast uniform, including decisions over nationally ranked players Juan Miranda of East Central and Graham Lightsey of Jones County Junior College. Tishomingo’s Page devoted proper time to his scholastic endeavors as well and tallied a 3.59 GPA to gain ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades. As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA is comprised of nearly 1,700 coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions. It has a comprehensive awards program to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. The ITA annually decorates approximately 3,000 student-athletes from 500 different varsity programs across the country.
Price, Lester, Lackey traded in deadline flurry
by The Associated Press
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Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday. In the seventh inning of a tight game at Comerica Park — with the bases loaded, no less — Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson suddenly trotted from his position to the dugout. He was on his way out of town, too, in a blockbuster, three-team swap that brought former Cy Young winner David Price to the AL Central-leading Tigers. A whopping 18 teams began the day within five games of playoff position, resulting in a dozen deals shortly before Major League Baseball's 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline. The World Series champion Boston Red Sox, mired in last place, were the most busy. They sent Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to AL West-leading Oakland for Cespedes, traded Lackey to St. Louis, dealt shortstop Stephen Drew to the Yankees and moved pitcher Andrew Miller to Baltimore. The Miami Marlins, often sellers as deadline day approaches, became buyers when they acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart from Houston in a six-player trade. Teams can still make trades through Aug. 31 to have players eligible for the postseason, but it becomes more tricky. Now a player must first clear waivers, meaning every club in the majors has a chance to claim him before he can be traded. All the action off the field Thursday made for great fun for fans, plus some heated up pennant races. A look at the deals, and what they meant: SEE YA, SAWX A year after winning their third crown in a decade, Boston bailed out. The Red Sox picked Oakland as the landing spot for the coveted Lester, then paired up with the team they beat in the World Series last October to swap Lackey for Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig. "It speaks to where we are as a team," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "There's nothing sort of celebratory about this. These moves are made because, collectively as an organization, we haven't performed well enough, in this year anyway." STRAIGHT A'S Looking for its first World Series title since 1989, Oakland kept dealing. After getting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs in July, the team with the best record in the majors added Lester and outfielders Jonny Gomes and Sam Fuld. The Athletics had one leftover issue: They were set to give away 10,000 T-shirts at Saturday's game that honored Cespedes, and they plan to hand them out. PRICE IS RIGHT A lot of teams wanted the 28-year-old lefty ace, who now joins fellow Cy Young winners Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in Motown. In the three-team deal, Jackson went to Seattle while pitcher Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames joined Tampa Bay. Price (11-8, 3.11 ERA) recently won six straight starts, and he isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, boosting his chances to help bring Detroit its first championship since 1984. "The question that we asked ourselves is: What gives us the best chance of winning the world championship this year?" General manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We thought adding him to our rotation at this point would give us the best chance to do that." THE SON WILL STILL SHINE Cabrera teared up in the Cleveland clubhouse as he talked about being traded to NL East-leading Washington for infielder Zach Walters. The trade came a day after the Indians sent pitcher Justin Masterson to the Cardinals. "I had fun here," Cabrera said. "This was the team that gave me the opportunity to play. It's hard ... it's hard. It was like I grew up here." "That's the business," he said. "It surprised me a little bit, but there is nothing I could do. I knew this was going to be possible. Today when I got here, I didn't even know it was happening." While Cabrera got emotional, it was another day at the park for his 7-year-old son, Meyer. Wearing an Indians jersey, he played catch on the field while his father's former teammates took batting practice before their game against Seattle. MORE TO COME? Chase Headley, Jake Peavy, Huston Street, Joakim Soria and others were dealt well before the trade deadline. And if history is any guide, there will be at least a couple more trades before September. Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels drew plenty of interest leading up to Thursday, and could be in play.
Political rhetoric about federal spending dodges main issues
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As it did during the Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary and likely will again to some degree in the November general election, the talk turns to cutting federal spending…sorta. The rub is that most politicians, special interest groups and the media all talk about it but only in the abstract. In Mississippi, the conversation is complicated even more by the state’s historic poverty and the massive role that federal spending plays in the state’s economy. How large? About 46 percent of all Mississippi revenues come from federal spending. One in five Mississippi lives below the federal poverty level in a state with the lowest per capita income in the nation and the highest rate of utilization of food stamps. What no one really talks about is the fact that significant reductions in federal spending – not just in Mississippi but across the nation – can’t come without congressional action on the future of Medicare and Social Security. Mississippi has over a half-million Medicare recipients and some 632,000 Social Security recipients. The Heritage Foundation reports that “45 percent, or almost half of all spending, went toward paying for Social Security and health care entitlements (primarily Medicare and Medicaid). In 2002, that was only 25 percent. Without reform of these massive and growing programs, Washington will have to borrow increasing amounts of money, piling debt onto younger generations and putting the nation on a dangerous economic course. Social Security is the largest federal spending program and has held this position since surpassing defense in 1993.” That cherry bit of news is compounded by Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government spent $3.602 trillion in Fiscal Year 2014 and collected $3.042 trillion in revenues, which left a projected federal budget deficit of some $600 billion. The deficit looms in a country with a national debt hovering just under $17 trillion that already requires an increase of the current federal debt limit of $16.7 trillion. In their annual report, Medicare's trustees estimated that the Medicare trust fund that provides hospital care to the nation's retirees — called Medicare "Part A" — will run out of money by 2030. In their annual report, Social Security trustees reported that the program is fully solvent until 2033, but faces a moderate long-term shortfall. With that as preface, cutting federal spending has an impact – a human impact – in Mississippi. Federal funds in Mississippi pay for Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, education, social welfare, and highways. Federal funding pays the lion’s share of government costs for Mississippi's $7.5 billion agricultural and forestry production in 2012, which provided 29 percent of all Mississippi jobs and 22 percent of the state's total income. For public health care, the role of federal spending is most impactful. Three-fourths or more of Medicaid costs in Mississippi are paid by federal tax dollars. And to give a complete perspective, Mississippi puts two-thirds less into the federal coffers than it takes out as a state. Mississippi receives about $3 back in federal spending for every dollar in federal taxes paid. So that brings us back to politicians talking to us about cutting federal spending. If there was a single issue that decided the outcome of the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi, it was certainly no race. It was federal spending. In the general election scenario, it will be interesting to see how that issue plays between two nominees who have been part of Congress and know the facts on what federal spending cuts actually mean for Mississippi as part of an effort to get the nation’s fiscal house in order. Bottom line, it can’t be done without reforming the Medicare and Social Security programs – one of the hardest political “sells” on the planet. (Daily Corinthian columnist Sid Salter is syndicated across the state. Contact him at 601-507-8004 or sidsalter@sidsalter.com.)
Dr. Politics on Biden's big chance
by Roger Simon
Jul 31, 2014 | 0 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ask Dr. Politics! You are fair, and we are unbalanced! Dear Dr. Politics: Is President Barack Obama going to be impeached? Answer: Only if the Republicans go totally nuts -- which means it's possible. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has said: "We see thuggery going on in the White House. We're not going to take it." Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has said: "From my standpoint, if the president (enacts more executive actions on immigration), we need to bring impeachment hearings immediately before the House of Representatives." GOP intellectual Sarah Palin, who would have been a heartbeat away from the presidency if Americans could have stopped laughing at the prospect, has said that "the many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored" and that if "he's not impeachable, then no one is." And Obama's senior aide Dan Pfeiffer told reporters recently he would not discount the possibility of impeachment. He thinks House Speaker John Boehner "has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future." But who would benefit most from an Obama impeachment? It wouldn't be the Republicans. It would be Vice President Joe Biden. If Obama were to be impeached by the House and removed by the Senate, Biden would become president right at the start of the 2016 presidential race. And he would be in a very strong position to run for election as an incumbent. It is possible Hillary Clinton might even decline to run against a sitting Democratic president. Maybe Biden would offer her the vice presidency. Maybe Biden, who will turn 72 this year, would agree to run for only one term so Hillary could run in 2020. All of which is highly unlikely -- which is why it might happen. Dear Dr. Politics: Should Obama have gone to the Mexican border to visit all those sad migrant children? Wouldn't that have been good optics? Answer: Optics is a tricky thing. First, the press has become obsessed with how events are staged, which is not surprising, seeing as serving in public office has become an extended theatrical performance, an elaborate roadshow. So when staging goes wrong, it becomes a story unto itself. Remember when George W. Bush, wearing a flight suit, climbed out of a Lockheed S-3 Viking jet after landing aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003? Even if you don't remember that, I'll bet you do remember one thing: the banner behind him, which said, "Mission Accomplished." That was optics, but it was the worst kind of optics. So what would have happened if President Obama had gone to one of those grim, overcrowded detention centers where migrant children are being kept along our border with Mexico? The kids would have crowded around him, their faces beaming. Those who spoke English might have said, "We love you!" And President Obama might have said: "I love you back! Which is why I have asked Congress for billions of dollars to speed your deportation!" The kids might have been a little downcast at that. And downcast kids usually don't make for good TV. "But don't worry," President Obama might have said. "Once you return home to your dangerous, poverty-stricken countries, you will be free to get in line and apply for refugee status to come to the United States. Sure hope you make it. Goodbye and good luck!" Then, as the kids burst into tears, Obama could have gone down the rope line, posing for selfies with them. Good optics? I think he was better off golfing. Dear Dr. Politics: Did Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., really mistake two senior U.S. officials testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee as officials from India and make a complete jackass out of himself? Answer: You be the judge. Even though members of the committee had been given biographical information about the two witnesses and even though Clawson has said he is an expert on the Indian subcontinent and loves Bollywood movies, he found himself faced with two people named Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar. So naturally, Clawson assumed they were Indians. After all, they had Indian names and dark skin. Clawson forgot that not all Americans have pale skin and names like Clawson. In fact, Biswal is the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, and Kumar is the assistant secretary of commerce for global markets and director general of the U.S. Commercial Service. Both, needless to say, are American citizens. But how could Clawson have known that? Sure, it was on a piece of paper in front of him, but both names sounded as if they could have been those of Bollywood movie stars. “I'm familiar with your country; I love your country," Clawson told them as his colleagues sat aghast. "Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, I'm willing and enthusiastic about doing so." When afterward Clawson found out about his mistake, he did what elected officials do: He blamed his staff. "I made a mistake in speaking before being fully briefed and I apologize," he said in a statement. "I'm a quick study, but in this case I shot an air ball." Dr. Politics would like to help Clawson avoid further air balls. If he is wandering the halls of Congress and meets a guy named Chaka Fattah, Clawson shouldn't welcome him to America. Fattah was born in Philadelphia. (Daily Corinthian columnist Roger Simon is chief political columnist of politico.com, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times best selling author.)
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