Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bloomberg: How the Braves fleeced Pearl

Was Pearl yet another city that fell for another pitch of baseball and bright lights only to later regret the decision?  Were then-Mayor Jimmy Foster and his team simply yet another example of bond dummies that break their cities upon the rocks of bad bond deals? Bloomberg News shined a spotlight on how the Atlanta Braves manipulates cities into practically building new stadiums at little cost to the organization.  Only time will tell whether Foster's gamble paid off for Pearl.  Bloomberg reported:

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The real Dilbert speaks on Trump

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has been analyzing Trump's march to the Republican nomination.  He defies conventional wisdom and argues on his blog that Trump is a genius at work:

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Moss Creek thug charged with kidnapping

JPD issued the following press release about our Moss Creek thug:

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Victim provides more info

JPD captured a suspect in the armed robbery and rape that took place several nights ago at The Park at Moss Creek Apartments.  JJ obtained a transcript of an interview one of the victims gave to a tv station.  It provides more details on the horrific crime.  The names have been removed.

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Kelly Williams: More Flood for Less Rain


After the great Mississippi River flood of 1927 congress told the US Army Corps of Engineers to make sure it didn’t happen again. The Corps has been trying for almost 90 years. The result? More flood for less rain.

This pithy assessment of the Corps work is from John McPhee's acclaimed "Atchafalaya" written 27 years ago. It's still true today because the Corps is still trying to fix the flooding problem by holding the rain instead of speeding its flow to the Gulf. (Mississippi is a holding pond.) Wrong strategy: Contain the River. How: build levees. Result: even more flood for less rain.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

JPD gets 'im.

JPD nabbed a suspect in the armed robbery and rape that took place at The Park at Moss Creek Apartments this week.  JPD issued the following statement a few minutes ago:

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Some guys just don't want to get caught.

The Pearl Police Department issued the following press release:

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Turn in unwanted drugs Saturday

Madison-Rankin District Attorney issued the following press release:

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She gone

Representative Kimberly Campbell posted this announcement on Facebook:

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Rick Cleveland: Is this the best baseball season ever?


The question was asked this past weekend: Is this the best college baseball season in Mississippi history?

It was a good weekend to ask it: Ole Miss swept Auburn. Mississippi State took two of three at LSU. Southern Miss took two of three one-run games from Rice. All three Mississippi teams are nationally ranked. All three have Top 20 RPIs. All three are in the conversation about who will host regionals.

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PSA: Learn how to defend yourself.

The following post is a public service announcement from JJ:

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D.A. wants the Sheriff's money

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and Sheriff Victor Mason are fighting  over $1.068 million in Hinds County Circuit Court.   Hinds County deputies seized the money during a traffic stop on January 25, 2016.  The District Attorney wants 20% of the seized funds, but the Sheriff argues the D.A.'s office did not participate in any part of the investigation or seizure and thus is not entitled to any portion of the funds.

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White-tail deer importing ring busted

Chasing tail is not always a good thing.  U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Court: Madison County must pay Parkway East bonds (Updated)

There is no sugarcoating it: Madison County was body-slammed in federal court today.   U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that Madison County must pay the bonds for the Parkway East Public Improvement District if the PID defaults.  The court stated the county guaranteed the bonds, all $27.7 million of them.

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Measles in Memphis

The New York Times reported yesterday:

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Attack at the Park at Moss Creek

An armed robbery and rape occurred at the Park at Moss Creek Apartments last night. Nextdoor posts provided details of the crime. JPD sources confirmed the crime took place. The victims were three women and one man although only one woman was raped. The suspect is a 6'2" black male. 

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And you thought this legislature was bad....

I came across this old Jackson Daily News front page while looking for Gold Coast stories in the archives last year.  This 1940 front page shows the blatant racism that once took place at the capitol.  Keep in mind, the newspaper reported this story from a positive point of view. One can almost hear the chuckles as the editor sent the story to press.  Warning: racist language is used in the story

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Mayor announces pothole blitz

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Graduation rate improves

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Byram PD looking for hit & run driver

The Byram Police Department issued the following statement:

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Wife-beaters:1 Victims: 0. Thank you, State Senators.

Paul Hampton provided more details in the Sun-Herald on why the bill that would have added domestic violence as a ground for divorce died just short of the finish line last week in the Mississippi legislature.  It seems an additional ground for divorce was added in conference committee that didn't sit too well with some members.  Mr. Hampton reported:

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Thank you!!!

We did it!!! JJ wants to thank you very much for supporting Reimagine Prep.  We raised over $3,000 to help the kids at the South Jackson charter school visit the World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Seeing actual history beats reading about it any day of the week.  Thanks for supporting these students. 

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Technology is such a wonderful thing.  Check out these workers near Ridgewood Road and Northside Drive.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Harvey & Wyatt trade licks

A food fight broke out between former Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson and the Northside Sun. The editorial page of the weekly newspaper sharply criticized Jackson's leadership for a lack of resurfacing of roads in the Bold New City  The Northside Sun claimed audited financial statements provided the following information on how many miles were paved each year:

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Stallworth tries to stall takeover

Our favorite Reverend filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on April 6 against Governor Bryant, MDOT, and the state of Mississippi.  The lawsuit is posted below. Start reading on page 3. The case was assigned to Judge Carlton Reeves and referred to Magistrate Keith Ball.  The lawsuit is posted below.  Some of the complaint looks very familiar.

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Will the House hold a Pimp & Ho Party?

The Mississippi House of Representatives continued to distinguish itself last week after it killed a conference report that would reform campaign finance laws.  Representatives Cory Wilson and Bill Denny led the fatally doomed Charge of the Reform Brigade as they sought passage of the report.  See the videos posted below for yourself as they show bipartisanship can occur in Speaker Gunn's House when members are properly motivated.

Geoff Pender ably described the scene that took place on April 19 in the pages of the Clarion-Ledger yesterday:

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Latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson for the week ending April 10, 2016.  The good news is property crimes are substantially lower across the board.  The bad news is homicides and carjackings are higher on a year to date basis.  Precinct 4 is seeing a substantial reduction in violent crime but unfortunately house burglaries and auto thefts have increased by approximately a third from a year ago.  The stats are posted below.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hinds Republicans convened yesterday

JJ videotaped the Hinds County Republican Party convention yesterday at the War Memorial Building in downtown Jackson.  99 delegates selected delegates to attend the state GOP convention in May.  The delegates also voted for members to serve on the Hinds County Republican Party executive committee.  The delegates were elected at precinct caucuses held that morning.  Pete Perry chaired the convention.

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Happy Birthday!!!

Say Happy Birthday to this pothole at the intersection of Riverside and Devine:

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Was justice served in custody fight?

A campaign to bring two Madison teens home to their mother has blown up local Facebook pages over the last few days.  JJ's inbox has received a few messages from readers who are very concerned about this situation.  The Facebook page posted this message on April 20:

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Traffic alert

The First Lady visits Jackson today and JJ hopes she has a wonderful visit. Here is a traffic bulletin that was issued by one of the neighborhood associations yesterday:

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Friday, April 22, 2016

UHC leaving Obamacare

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that UnitedHealth will withdraw from most Obamacare exchanges:

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Meanwhile back at the playpen

It seems a certain teacher at a private school in Vicksburg has a tough time controlling his class.  JJ posted a video Tuesday that showed a student climbing back into the classroom window after she had climbed out and flipped off the class.  Another video has surfaced that shows another student showing his strong desire to try out for the gymnastics team:

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Is JA moving to MHSAA?

Jackson Academy might apply for membership to the Mississippi High School Athletics Association.  The Northeast Jackson private school sent out an email to parents that stated it is "studying possible membership" in the MHSAA.  The email states:

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Child killer gets 20 years

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Meet Lindsey

WARNING: NOT SAFE FOR WORK, KIDS, OR HILL-CRUZ FANS.

It's time to take a break.  The legislature is done.  The presidential race is now a full-scale scrum.  Everyone is mad. Recriminations fly back and forth at a furious pace. Vengeance is plotted. Stop.  Relax.  Step back from the ledge for a minute. Take a deep breath.   Meet Miss Lindsey Pelas, a South Louisiana girl who is making it in Hollywood.   

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Mayor slams legislature

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Will Doc kidnapper go free?

Will accused kidnapper Andre Kennedy get out of jail? A Hind County grand jury indicted Kennedy  on February 26 for kidnapping, armed robbery, and burglary.  Kennedy and his accomplice Edwin "Guttalife" Robinson (allegedly) kidnapped and robbed a doctor from his Ridgewood home early on a Saturday morning, May 16, 2015.  However, Kennedy has not been arraigned.  His attorney, public defender Chris Routh,  filed a motion to dismiss on April 19.  The motion is posted below. Earlier post and copy of indictment.

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Treasurer: bond bill is abusive and irresponsible

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following statement yesterday:

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GOP Food Fight!!!

The Mississippi Republican Party will hold its precinct caucuses and county conventions this Saturday.  A fracas of sorts erupted today after the Sun-Herald reported that Mississippi Republican Party Grand Poobah Joe Nosef sent a text that made made the national talk radio shows:

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Clinton gets new Chief

The city of Clinton issued the following press release:

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Is bill that "helps" Jackson really a Trojan horse?

Jackson City Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. provided an update on Facebook about the Capital Improvement District Bill.  Things are a'changing and maybe not for the better.  Mr. Priester wrote:

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Rick Cleveland: Hanging out with The Senator

This was September, 1979. Mississippi State's football team was playing Maryland at College Park, Md. The late, great Orley Hood and I covered the game for the Jackson newspapers.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

King sues Barbour for alleged beating

Kurtis King sued Haley Reeves Barbour, Jr.  in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. for assault and battery today.  Barbour is the son of former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.  Washington police arrested Barbour nearly a year ago for aggravated assault after King allegedly complimented and "inappropriately touched" his wife, Jennifer Barbour. 

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Constitutional Clayton is free

Constitutional Clayton Kelly is now free on parole.

Sent from my BlackBerry Passport 

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Accused double killer to undergo mental evaluation

Hinds County Court Judge Melvin Priester, Jr. ordered a mental evaluation for accused killer Zebulum James last week.  James was arrested in November for killing a woman at the Shell station on Watkins Drive and another woman in the parking lot of Logan's Roadhouse on County Line Road on the same night.  Both victims were white.  James also proceeded to shoot at a JATRAN bus and a home during his campaign of death. 

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Mother accuses teacher of assaulting child

Update: The plot thickens.  A second video has surfaced and is posted below. 

A video shows a 13 year-old student's head hitting a window as a teacher pulled her through the window.  The incident took place at a private school in Vicksburg. Her mother posted the video and several statements on her public Facebook page:

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Tax Cut FOOD FIGHT!!!

The Leftenant Governor and the "State Newspaper" are a'feudin' over tax cuts.  Leftnenant Governor Tate Reeves celebrated the passing of tax cuts in a press release that was issued yesterday:

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Hannan fund-raiser tonight

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Passenger removed from flight

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following press release:

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No respect

Poor Coach Mullen.  He makes it to the Boston Marathon and then this happens:

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Rating the restaurants

 Here are the "C" ratings for Jackson metro area restaurants issued since November 13, 2015.  The Mississippi Department of Health inspects and grades each restaurant.  The department inspects the restaurant again within ten days after the "C" is issued.  The restaurant listed below all passed their follow-up inspections.

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Stallworth sues Governors and DPS

Reverend Jeffrey Stallworth sued the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Governor Phil Bryant, Attorney General Jim Hood, the states of Mississippi and Maryland, and the current as well as previous governor of Maryland in U.S. District Court Friday for damages for the placement of his name on a sex offender registry, malicious prosecution, defamation, and violation of his constitutional rights.  

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Help send Reimagine Prep's kids to WWII Museum

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JJ is raising money for kids at Reimagine Prep to visit the World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Let's be honest.  Kids are going to find history more interesting and fun to study in a museum such as this one than in a book.  However, a visit to this museum cost money.  Many of the students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and never get a real chance to see such history on display at a museum.


 If you wish to donate, you can donate to the Gofundmepage set up for this particular trip.   Readers who do not feel comfortable donating online can send checks to   Reimagine Prep, Attn: Kate Cooper, 309 W. McDowell Road, Jackson, MS 39204.  The cost of the trip is $2,500. If you wish to donate and the goal is already reached, please feel free to donate.  That means more kids can go on the trip or it can pay for future field trips.  The aquarium, Vicksburg Military Park, and other educational field trips.  

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Call the waaah-mbulance for JPS

Jackson Public Schools District officials came crying to the legislature Friday over charter schools.  The Jackson Free Press reported last week:

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How we build them

Popular Mechanics posted a cool picture listing of all the skilled trades that are used in the building of a destroyer in the current edition.  Enjoy the Navy porn posted below.

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Priester provides update on Stanley nomination

Jackson City Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. provided an update on his Facebook page about the nomination of James Stanley to the JMAA Board of Commissioners.  Mr. Priester apparently replied to this website's asking when a confirmation hearing would be held for Mr. Stanley.  JJ thanks Mr. Priester for being forthright in his post and providing new information. Mr. Priester wrote :

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Jackson water passes lead test.

The city of Jackson issued the following statement:

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Beat the teacher, get a star.

Enforcing school discipline is apparently considered to be racist.  Paul Sperry argues the Obama administration is endangering teachers with its attacks on school discipline in a New York Post column.  One school district even offered bonuses to principals for lowering suspension rates even as their teachers are beaten by students.  Mr. Sperry writes:

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Bond revoked for suspect in Kendrick murder, Judge jails attorney.

Update #2: Routh just filed a motion to strike Judge Weill's response and the transcript posted below. (2:00 PM)

Update: Jimmie Gates reported on this story in the Clarion-Ledger.  He only published Hinds County Public Defender Michelle Purvis's account and none of the documents that were available online. 

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill revoked the bond of Lauren Shell Blackwell Wednesday.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Blackwell and Walter Lee Young for capital murder in the death of 81 year-old Lee Kendrick last October. They were indicted for auto theft as well as they allegedly stole the victim's car after killing him.  However, the arraignment ended with the jailing of public defender Chris Routh for contempt of court although the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered his release later in the day.

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How to melt snowflakes

Bedwetters took over an administration building at The Ohio State University.  It came as a rude surprise to these everyone-gets-a-trophy kids that they might actually get arrested and expelled.  It's funny they were all gone by 12:30 AM when he said a paddy wagon would be arriving at 5:30 AM to pick them up if they were still in the building.  Watch the video for yourself:

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dukes charged in Hankins murder

JPD issued the following press release:

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MSU black students demand safe space

The Coalition of Black Students presented a list of demands to the administration of Mississippi State University. The group also held a sit-in at Lee Hall yesterday and demanded that the administration stop flying the Mississippi state flag.   The demands and a video of the event are posted below.

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Dept. of Health opens public health lab

The Mississippi Department of Health issued the following press release:

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Airport bill passes

The airport takeover bill passed the Senate 31-15 on a motion to concur. It now goes to the Governor's desk for his approval.  Fire up the lawyers.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued this statement:

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Confirmation hearing? What confirmation hearing?

Mayor Tony Yarber nominated Ward 1 resident James Stanley to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners on February 23.  Mr. Stanley possesses a sterling resume: a  decorated combat fighter pilot, many years spent at Ergon in management, and more years spent as an engineer.  City Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. postponed his appointment to the board as he promised at the February 23 meeting that a confirmation hearing for Mr. Stanley would be held a week later. Watch his promise for yourself in this video:

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Medicaid fraud busted in Madison

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Judge: Lumumba did not tell the truth. I never filed a bar complaint against his dad.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill said attorney Antar Lumumba did not tell the truth when he claimed in a motion to recuse that Judge Weill once filed a bar complaint against his father, the deceased Chokwe Lumumba, Sr.  Lumumba sued attorney Toney Baldwin in Hinds County Circuit Court for allegedly interfering with his representation of several clients in Stonewall (Clarke County).  Judge Weill denied his motion.  The court also hammered the attorney for filing his motion more than 80 days after the deadline had passed.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Catch & release, squawk! catch & release. Meet Ontario Williams.

Update: MDOC stated in an email:  when this person was indicted he was in prison. He was housed at the Issaquena County Correctional Facility. He went on probation in May 2015. (So he indicted before he went on probation.) Upon learning late that this person is a suspect in a shooting in Jackson, MDOC visited his residence early this morning and did not find him. MDOC then obtained a warrant for his arrest for probation violation.  He is now being sought by MDOC. Once he is arrested and taken before the judge, the judge will determine what happens to him.

JPD is looking for two suspects in a shooting that took place recently at the Westwick Apartments.  At least one suspect is well known to police and is currently free on the street as the judges, prosecutors, and MDOC can't exactly figure out what to do with Ontario Williams.  Check out his story.

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MDOC gets rid of RID

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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Latest crime stats

Here are the Jackson crime stats for the week ending March 6, 2016. Burglaries and other property crimes are down substantially from last year across the city and in Precinct 4. Violent crime is down as well in Precinct 4 although it has slightly increased in the rest of Jackson. 

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In their own words, Part IV

Here is the next batch of emails that were submitted to the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen last week by a group of Ridgeland citizens who sued the city over the zoning for a proposed Costco.  JJ has not read these emails.  The emails were obtained through public records requests filed by the plaintiffs.  Read them to your heart's desire and comment away.

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Rudy wants to slug it out in federal court.

Rudy Warnock removed a Madison County lawsuit to federal court last week.  The Madison County Board of Supervisors sued him in Madison County Circuit Court on March 31.  Madison County asked the court to order Mr. Warnock to turn over the plans and other documents for 35 projects as well as the Sulphur Springs project.  However, Mr. Warnock had sued the county on February 1 in U.S. District Court for $1.4 million in damages.  Earlier post on the two lawsuits. 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bond set at $150,000 for (alleged) Hambrick killer. Partner bails out.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green set bond at $150,000 for Arkel Coleman on March 10. Coleman is the accused killer of Eric Hambrick.  The victim was an employee at MEMA.  He was killed outside of the Waffle House on High Street on May 28, 2015 after participating in choir practice at First Baptist Church. Two hoodlums approached Mr. Hambrick in the parking lot, beat him, and robbed him.  He fell to the ground and died of injuries sustained from the beating and the fall to the pavement.  JPD arrested Arkel Coleman  and Sherderwick Anderson a few days later.

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By the numbers: Vaccine exemptions

The Mississippi Department of Health has denied 23 applications for vaccine exemptions over the last five years.  However, the department told JJ that all applications submitted by Mississippi-licensed doctors were approved.  The number of requests and exemptions have more than tripled in five years. 

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Nurse Practitioners: Medical Licensure board renegs

 Update: The MBML withdrew the amendment that is the subject of the story below and submitted a revised one on April 4.  The agency stated it withdrew the original amendment due to a "technicality".  The revised amendment is posted below. 

The battle over allowing nurse practitioners to operate more freely in Mississippi may not be over.  Watchdog.org reports the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure might be changing the terms of an agreement it reached with the legislature this year.  Steve Wilson writes:

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Monday, April 11, 2016

15 days



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Mayors, better watch those interims.

Governor Phil Bryant signed SB #2587 last week.  The new law cuts off all municipal funding for interim appointments who serve over six months and require confirmation by the legislative branch. The bill was authored by Senator Josh Harkins (R-JMAA).  The new law will go into effect on July 1.  There is no "grandfather clause".  A city will be barred from paying an interim appointment's salary if he has served over six months in that position on July 1.  The state auditor can recover the funds expended in violation of the law.  The bill states:

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Epps sentencing delayed, Cecil wants to fight. $800 million?

Defendants Cecil McCrory and Chris Epps showed up in U.S. District Court this morning for sentencing in the MDOC scandal.  However, McCrory told the court he wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial.  The court delayed Epps' sentencing until July 18.  Mr. McCrory was scheduled to be sentenced on June 9. 

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HUD: protecting tenants from criminals is racist

Protecting tenants from criminals is now racist, according to HUD.  A landlord who wants to provide safe housing can incur the ire of HUD if he screens potential renters with a criminal background check.  Thank you, Justice Kennedy.  HUD issued "guidance" a week ago on the use of criminal background checks by landlords. Meet the new racism as defined by HUD:

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Worldstar!!!

The scene: Westwick Apartments off of Flag Chapel Road.  Date: February 2016.  The event: see for yourself.

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You have to pass it to find out what is in it.

The Harrison County Board of Supervisors channeled their inner Nancy Pelosi last week and questioned an MDA deal that is supposed to bring one thousand jobs to the county.  The Sun-Herald reported on April 4:

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One step forward, two steps back.

The Clarion-Ledger  called the airport take over bill "state-sponsored theft" in an editorial published Friday.  However, one short passage gives one pause and shows the mindset of the state newspaper:

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hope she feels better.

A young Che wannabe freaked out when she discovered a booth in the student union at Denison University (Ohio) that promoted capitalism and opposed gun control. It is not known if she uses Pampers or Huggies.  See video for yourself.

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Clinton PD lock & loads



The city of Clinton purchased 42 M4 AR-15's for its police department recently.  The rifles cost approximately $36,000.  Charitable donations funded the purchase.  A rifle will be issued to each patrol officer.  Each rifle is outfitted with a flashlight, sling, cases, and scope.  Officers will complete a special weapons training program before they receive the rifle.

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Where is the money?

Jackson Chief Administrative Officer Gus McCoy sent a letter to the City Council on March 31 that stated that the water and sewer revenues could not be audited due to "extenuating circumstances." Read the letter for yourself below.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

In their own words III

Here is the third batch of emails between Ridgeland officials and other parties regarding Costco.  Enjoy.

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Meanwhile Kent and Larry chime in


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Bedwetter alert

OHMIGOSHIJUSTSAWTHEKLANTHEKLANISMARCHINGTHROUGHOURSCHOOLHELLLLPPPP!!!!!!! Not exactly. It seems our helicopter-parented students really do need a safe space from reality.

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What the hell is going on?

Show me the money? What if we don't know where the money is? Deputy Director of Administration (Jackson) Michelle Battee-Day stated in an April 4 letter to the Jackson City Council that water sewer collections were drastically behind projections.  The letter is posted below.  The collections and projections do not include sanitation revenue.  The letter states:

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No comment

Straight from the Magnolia Bar Listserve.  Hinds County Public Defender Ray Carter provided some colorful and jocular commentary on the airport takeover bill:

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hope comes to the Delta. Charter school expansion bill passes.

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Clinton PD catches burglar

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement:

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Victim notification system now includes Hinds County Detention Center

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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We were treated worse than animals. My name was 177153

Reddit recently had an AMA with a 92-year old Holocaust survivor.  There is another group that is fading away as we lose our World War II veterans- Holocaust survivors.  The grandson of Henry Flescher helped him answer questions on Reddit as he confessed he understandably did not know how to use Reddit or a computer.  Link to AMA session.  It is a riveting story.  Here are some highlights:

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In their own words, part II

Here is the second batch of emails between Ridgeland officials and other parties regarding Costco.  290 pages of emails are posted below.  Have fun digging through them to your heart's content.

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In their own words

JJ posted yesterday 290 pages of emails between city of Ridgeland officials and other parties regarding Costco.  It is a bit much to expect readers to comb through so many pages so JJ took the liberty of reading the emails and posting a "road map" below.  Readers should be able to better read the batch of emails.  I'll post another batch and a road map tomorrow as well.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ridgeland carjackers caught in Hernando (Updated)

Update: Mugshots added. 

Ridgeland Police issued the following statement.

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Rick Cleveland: When garbage time became magic time

In basketball, we call it “garbage time.” One team has an insurmountable lead on the other with the clock winding down. The winning coach clears his bench, giving little-used “scrubs” a chance to play.

Garbage time? Not for McKie Edmondson, now a 40-year-old Madison businessman. Edmondson, a high school standout at Jackson Academy, was a walk-on sophomore guard on the 1995-96 Mississippi State Bulldogs, the only Magnolia State team in history to advance to the Final Four.

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The Belhaven shooting claims another victim

Damn.  Conner McAlister died by his own hand last night.  He was the boyfriend of Carolyn Temple when she was murdered over a year ago.  Prayers for his family and friends.  Law enforcement sources confirmed his death. 

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One down, one to go

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Ridgeland Aldermen approve "Costco" zoning amendment. Emails show discussions between Costco and city since March 2014

The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 last night to approve an amendment to its zoning ordinances that allowed C-2 zoning include service stations. An overflow crowd filled City Hall last night. The Board of Aldermen voted to approve a similar amendment in June 2015. The amendment was a concession to Costco as the company told Ridgeland it was crucial that the city change its zoning laws so it could operate a gas station at the proposed site for a proposed store on Highland Colony Parkway. However, no public notice was made about the June 2015 hearing and several Ridgeland residents sued the city in November. The conscript fathers of Ridgeland chose to have another hearing and issued the proper notices. Alderman Ken Heard moved to repeal the June 2015 amendment and revert to the prior zoning ordinance. Alderman D.I. Smith seconded the motion. However, the motion died on a 4-3 vote and the Board voted 4-3 to approve the proposed ordinance last night.

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Car thief shot

JPD issued the following press release and mug shots.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Let's get ready to ruuuuumble!!!!

Zoning board hearing tonight in Ridgeland at 6:00 PM. Get here early. There are about  forty seats and that is it. ‎Subject: proposed site for Costco.  Am tweeting away at kingfish1935. There are some nuggets. Read the documents posted. 

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Editorial: The airport belongs to Jackson. Period.

 Collection of all posts on Jackson airport

The brawl over the Jackson municipal airport began several years ago as the airport quietly hummed along in Rankin County, out of sight and out of mind. Jackson Municipal Airport Authority CEO Dirk Vanderleest ran the airport for 35 years. Mayors and Commissioners came and went but Dirk was always there with his steady hands at the helm. Taken for granted he was as the airport continued to be forgotten by those in power.

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$26 million received, $161,554 spent.

Only $161,554 of 1% sales tax commission money has been spent.  Anna Wolfe reported in the Clarion-Ledger yesterday that Jackson has received $26 million in 1% sales tax revenue but has spent little money on infrastructure projects.  Ms. Wolfe reported:

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Ben Allen is a developer? Who knew?  A true Renaissance man. 

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Lock & load: Escapees on the loose in Rankin

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release and pictures:

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Jackson government becomes more transparent

The city of Jackson unveiled its new data portal at a press conference yesterday.   Citizens will be able to obtain more information about their city and see how their government operates.  Mayor Yarber said at a press conference that the project will make the government more transparent to its citizens.  The video of the short press conference and a press release are posted below. 

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Monday, April 4, 2016

This post is sponsored by Ginsu.

Protests abounded throughout Jackson today.  It seems this group decided to get in on the act over at the intersection of North State Street and Woodrow Wilson:

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Drunk felon hits and drags JPD officer

JPD issued the following press release:

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Presenting the Mississippi State Capitol

JJ presents the Mississippi State Capitol as never seen before.  Yours truly and photographer Rick Guy took the drone out to the capitol on a lovely spring afternoon recently and shot footage of the capitol in all of its glory.  Classical structures, a golden eagle, stained glass windows, and blooming azaleas provide material for some beautiful shots.  Please try to do the video justice and watch it on a computer or ipad instead of a smartphone.  The video is best watched in high-definition mode.  Click on the little wheel at the bottom right-hand corner of the Youtube frame and select at least 720.  Enjoy.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Kid steals police car.

A 14-year old runway from a children's home stole a JPD cruiser from Precinct 3 this evening.  The yewt drove for two miles before his joyride ended.  He apparently couldn't handle a curve and left the road.  The cruiser came to a stop in by some woods and suffered minor damage.  The JPD officer assigned to the car left his keys in the ignition.  Yup.  It is probably a safe prediction that the officer will face some disciplinary action as well as some chewing of the gluteus maximus although it might be a gluteus extremus minumus when the session is over.  The yewt will soon face the face of Judge Skinner. 

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The suicide of Jackson

Zero, zero, zero.  Jackson literally spent zero dollars on repaving its roads in 2010 and 2011.  The Northside Sun recently provided a public service in publishing an article on Jackson's road repaving program that is available in the current issue.  The story included a table that stated how many miles of Jackson roads were repaved for each year since 1998  JJ took the liberty of using the newspaper's data to create a chart that will show exactly how dismal the true picture is. 

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Muni bill passes

The legislature passed an interesting little bill, SB #2587, and sent it to the Governor this week. Senator Josh Harkins is the author.  The bill is posted below. 

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Criminal alert for NE Jackson

There have been numerous auto burglaries in business parking lots today & the suspects are driving a silver Honda Accord with tinted windows & a paper tag on it.  If you see vehicle, report to JPD. 

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Thuggettes gone wild.

Trash gonna trash.  Some readers may find it difficult to watch all nine minutes of this video.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Consumer Reports: Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure ranks dead last.

It's official.  The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure really is shameful - according to Consumer Reports.  The magazine analyzed all state medical licensure boards and rated them in the current issue.  The results were not pretty as the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure ranked dead last out of all fifty states and was far behind the next highest board. MBML had the worst website and did the poorest job of disclosing disciplinary actions taken against doctors.  Article.

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Thieves!!!

There is no other word that can be used to describe the city clerk's office in Jackson.  JJ submitted an online public records request for a copy of the contract for the project manager for the 1% sales tax project.  The clerk's office charged $85 for the contract posted below.  They charged two hours for "staff time" and $45 for copying charges even though the contract was provided via email.  Keep in mind this is also a contract that was approved by the City Council at the December 15, 2015 meeting and attached to the minutes.   Thieving bureaucrats.  Meanwhile, the contract itself pays IMS Engineers $840,000 for the first year as project manager.  Read the contract for yourself below.  Nice list of subs.  Even Lord Snow gets in on the action.

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They're back.

Yes, it's true.  Your favorite cartoon came back today.

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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