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Today's Birthdays – October 22, 2011

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Celebrity Birthdays

1811 Franz Liszt Raiding, Hungary, romantic composer/virtuoso pianist 1845 Sarah Bernhardt France, silent film actress (Camille, Queen Elizabeth) 1903 Curly Howard actor (The Three Stooges) 1917 Joan Fontaine Tokyo Japan, actress (Gunga Din, Ivanhoe, Rebecca) 1920 Mitzi Green NYC, actress (Little Orphan Annie, So This is Hollywood) 1920 Timothy Leary Harvard prof, LSD taker 1933 Donald H Peterson Winona Mississippi, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6) 1935 Ann Rule crime author 1938 Christopher Lloyd Stamford Ct, actor (Taxi, Back to the Future) 1938 Derek Jacobi London England, actor (Lanner-Strauss Family) 1939 Tony Roberts NYC, actor (Annie Hall, Edge of Night, Lucie Arnaz Show) 1942 Annette Funicello Utica NY, actress (Mickey Mouse Club) 1943 Catherine Deneuve [Dorleac], Paris, actress (Repulsion, Hunger) 1943 Paul Zukofsky Brooklyn NY, violinist (Cappricio) 1945 Leslie West [Weinstein] rocker (Mountain-Mississippi Queen) 1946 Deepak Chopra, Indian-American physician and writer 1947 Haley Barbour 63rd Governor of Mississippi 1948 Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Manson family member, attempted assassin of Gerald Ford 1952 Jeff Goldblum Pitts Pa, actor (The Fly, Thank God it’s Friday) 1952 Patti Davis aka Patricia Ann Reagan, 1st daughter (House of Secrets) 1959 Marc Shaiman, film & television composer 1963 Brian Boitano US, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1988) 1966 Valeria Golino Naples Italy, actress (Rain Man, Little Flames) 1968 Shaggy, Jamaican musician 1969 Spike Jonze, American director and film producer 1972 D’Lo Brown, American professional wrestler 1975 Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor (Modern Family) 1980 Michael Fishman actor (DJ-Roseanne) 1982 Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (TE) 1983 Plan B, English rapper and actor 1985 Zachary Walker Hanson Tulsa OK, drummer-Hanson, (MMMBop) 1990 Jonathan Lipnicki, actor (Jerry Maguire) 1992 Sofia Vassilieva, American actress (Medium, Hurt, My Sister’s Keeper)]]]]> ]]>

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Vicksburg Warren School Districts reports nine new COVID-19 cases and 64 in quarantine

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The Vicksburg Warren School District reports nine new COVID-19 cases in its schools for the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 16.

In addition, 57 students, teachers and staff members are newly quarantined due to possible exposure to the virus during in the same time period.

Cases and quarantines were reported in the following schools:

Academy of Innovation
10 quarantined – students

Beechwood Elementary
2 new positive cases – staff
1 new positive case – student
5 quarantined – student

Bovina Elementary
1 new positive case – student

Dana Road Elementary
1 new positive case – teacher/staff
1 new positive case – student
12 quarantined – students

Warren Central High School
1 new positive case – student
20 quarantined – students

Warren Central Junior High
2 new positive cases – teachers/staff
7 quarantined – teachers/staff
10 quarantined – students

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Mississippi joins lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws

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Mississippi has joined the U.S. Department of Justice and 10 other states in suing tech giant Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws, Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced Tuesday.

The Department of Justice and 11 state attorneys general filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets.

“When companies engage in fierce marketplace innovation, consumers benefit,” Fitch said in a statement. “But Google crossed the line and engaged in the kind of monopolistic behaviors that do harm not only to individual consumers, but also to the market itself. We bring this suit to promote competition by making room for others to grow.”

Google is the gatekeeper to the internet for billions of users and countless advertisers worldwide. For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising, the suit claims.

As alleged in the complaint, Google has entered into a series of exclusionary agreements to lock up the primary avenues through which users access search engines, and thus the internet, by requiring that Google be set as the default or exclusive search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide. In particular, the complaint alleges that Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in search and search advertising by:

  • Entering into exclusivity agreements that forbid preinstallation of any competing search service.
  • Entering into tying and other arrangements that force preinstallation of its search applications in prime locations on mobile devices and make them undeletable, regardless of consumer preference.
  • Entering into long-term agreements with Apple that require Google to be the default – and de facto exclusive – general search engine on Apple’s popular Safari browser and other Apple search tools.
  • Generally using monopoly profits to buy preferential treatment for its search engine on devices, web browsers, and other search access points, creating a continuous and self-reinforcing cycle of monopolization.

These and other anticompetitive practices harm competition and consumers, reducing the ability of innovative new companies to develop, compete, and discipline Google’s behavior.

The antitrust laws protect our free market economy and forbid monopolists from engaging in anticompetitive practices. They also empower the Mississippi attorney general as parens patriae (the power of the state to act as guardian for those who are unable to care for themselves) on behalf of Mississippi citizens to bring cases like this one to remedy violations and restore competition.

Decades ago, cases brought against Microsoft by the DOJ and a coalition of state AGs recognized that the antitrust laws forbid anticompetitive agreements by high-technology monopolists to require preinstalled default status, to shut off distribution channels to rivals, and to make software undeletable. The complaint alleges that Google is using similar agreements itself to maintain and extend its own dominance.

In addition to Mississippi, the attorneys general of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina and Texas joined the U.S. Department of Justice in the lawsuit.

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Vicksburg to accept award Thursday for Water Treatment Plant of the Year

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The American Water Works Association will present the City of Vicksburg with the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Vicksburg Water Plant (601 Haining Road) at 10 a.m.

This is the city’s second consecutive year to win this award, which cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement last week when he announced the award.

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