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Today's Birthdays – October 2, 2011

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Celebrity Birthdays

1737 Francis Hopkinson, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence (d. 1791) 1800 Nat Turner, American slave and slave rebellion figure (d. 1831) 1869 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian independence movement figure (d. 1948) 1890 Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1977) 1893 Leroy Shield, American film score and radio composer (Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy) (d. 1962) 1895 Bud Abbott, American comedian and actor (d. 1974) 1895 Ruth Cheney Streeter, American military officer, first director of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (d. 1990) 1911 Jack Finney, American author (d. 1995) 1915 Chubby Wise, American bluegrass fiddler (d. 1996) 1917 Charles Drake, American actor (d. 1994) 1928 George “Spanky” McFarland, American actor (d. 1993) 1929 Howard Roberts, American Jazz musician (d. 1992) 1932 Maury Wills, American baseball player 1934 Earl Wilson, American baseball player (d. 2005) 1935 Omar Sivori, Argentine football player (d. 2005) 1936 Dick Barnett, American basketball player 1937 Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., American attorney (d. 2005) 1938 Rex Reed, American movie critic and actor 1948 Avery Brooks, American actor 1948 Donna Karan, American fashion designer 1948 Chris LeDoux, American musician and rodeo performer (d. 2005) 1949 Richard Hell, American musician 1949 Annie Leibovitz, American photographer 1953 Vanessa Bell Armstrong, American gospel singer 1954 Lorraine Bracco, American actress 1956 Charlie Adler, American voice actor 1956 Freddie Jackson, US soul singer 1957 Dave Faulkner (musician), Australian rock musician 1960 Robbie Nevil, American singer and songwriter 1960 Dereck Whittenburg, American college basketball player and coach 1962 Jeff Bennett, American voice actor 1962 Mark Rypien, American football player 1962 Claude V. McKnight III, American Jazz, R&B, and Gospel Music Singer 1967 Bud Gaugh, American musician (Sublime) 1967 Lew Temple, American actor 1967 Gillian Welch, American singer and songwriter 1968 Kelly Willis, American country music singer-songwriter 1970 Kelly Ripa, American actress 1971 James Root, American guitarist (Slipknot) 1971 Tiffany, American singer 1972 Aaron McKie, American basketball player 1973 Melissa Harris-Perry, American professor & author 1973 Efren Ramirez, American actor 1973 Proof, American rapper (D12) (d. 2006) 1973 Scott Schoeneweis, American baseball player 1974 Michelle Krusiec, American actress 1974 Paul Teutul Jr., American custom motorcycle builder 1974 Brian Knight, Umpire in Major League Baseball 1976 Mandisa, American singer 1976 John Thornton, American football player 1980 Shane Andrus, American football player 1982 Tyson Chandler, American basketball player 1982 Amber Lee Ettinger, American actress 1985 Buster Davis, American football player 1985 Brandon Jackson, American football player 1986 Camilla Belle, American actress 1987 Phil Kessel, American ice hockey player 1987 Joel Reinders, American football offensive tackle]]]]> ]]>

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Happening today: Turn in your unused prescriptions on Take Back Day Saturday

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 24, at locations across the country.

In Vicksburg and Warren County, event locations will be staffed by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office or the Vicksburg Police Department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Outlets of Vicksburg, 4000 S. Frontage Road
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 3341 Halls Ferry Road
  • WalMart, 2150 Iowa Blvd.

The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets.

Collection sites will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

“The initiative – now in its 10th year – addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea in a statement. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Together with our partners, we are not only holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but offering other ways to dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications.”

Given the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the DEA wants to ensure that the public is aware of other ways they can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs without having to leave their homes. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have tips on how to safely dispose of drugs at home.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, prescription drugs can be disposed of at any of the 11,000 DEA authorized collectors at any time throughout the year. Search for those sites at https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1.

DEA also encourages the public to reach out to their local law enforcement to find out if they have any permanent drug disposal locations throughout their local community.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms. DEA will also accept vape pens or other electronic cigarette devices from individual consumers, only after the batteries are removed from the devices. If the battery cannot be removed, individual consumers can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept the vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal. Liquids, including intravenous solutions, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs cannot be dropped off. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information on DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and to find other collection sites near you, visit www.deatakeback.com.

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Sinkhole repairs on Mt. Alban Road giving way

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Repairs on a sinkhole on Mt. Alban Road at Culkin Road in Warren County are giving way in four places due to the extremely heavy rainfall Friday night.

A broken water pipe undermining the roadway caused the sinkhole to open Friday morning. Crews were quickly on the scene to fix the pipe and repair the sinkhole. That fix is now giving way.

Use caution and avoid the area if possible.

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Absentee ballot rule change allows voters to correct an error

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One change in the absentee ballot process will allow voters to “cure,” or correct an issue of mismatched signatures.

Previously, when a signature on the ballot did not exactly match the one on the ballot application, the ballot would not be counted. Now, due to recent Mississippi legislation (House Bills 1521 and 824) that authorized the Secretary of State’s Office to develop administrative rules with regard to absentee voting and polling place safety, voters with mismatched signatures will be notified, and they will have 10 days to correct the issue and still have their vote count.

The newly adopted rules also provide regulations concerning safety for in person voting. Secretary of State Michael Watson said his office will continue to work with county election officials to uphold the integrity of the electoral process and ensure it is as safe as possible to vote in person on Election Day.

 

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