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LOUISIANA TOP NEWS

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PRISON CLOSING-WORKERS

DEQUINCY, La. — When the warden at the 942-bed state prison in DeQuincy called a late-afternoon meeting of top staff, workers thought it was a send-off for an assistant warden who was retiring that day. The warden's secretary, Carol Lee Fruge, tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/RfeuEz ) that was when warden Robert Henderson told staffers he had just learned the C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center would be closing.

ISAAC-CEMETERIES

POINTE A LA HACHE, La. — Blue tarpaulins cover loose caskets near Plaquemines Parish cemeteries. The caskets floated out of tombs during Hurricane Isaac and were scattered around large sections of eastern Plaquemines Parish. Seventy-year-old O'Neal Dorsey tells The Times-Picayune http://bit.ly/Pk5IXJ that Hurricane Katrina hardly touched the parish's cemeteries, but Isaac left damaged caskets and exposed bodies.

OUACHITA RETAIL

MONROE, La. — Economist Bob Eisenstadt says Ouachita Parish's retail activity in 2012 is outpacing the nation's. Eisenstadt is an associate professor of economics at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He tells The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/SS9TPp ) that the year started strong and continued on a solid pace.

DERIDDER SLAYING

DERIDDER, La. — Jurors have brought a manslaughter conviction against a man charged with murdering a woman who was beaten to death three years ago in DeRidder. The American Press (http://bit.ly/OuYrBOCOPY ) reports that Billie Joe Weldon will be sentenced Oct. 22.

ULL MATH PROGRAM

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana-Lafayette's math education department plans to recruit teachers during the fall for a new program designed to boost students' interest in careers in the sciences. The university received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a program called Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle. It's designed to provide professional development to teachers in Iberia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes. A total of 20 teachers will be selected for the program after an application process that involves a classroom observation, said Peter Sheppard, associate professor of math education and the grant's principal investigator. Sheppard also is interim head of the College of Education's department of curriculum and instruction.

LSU SMOKEOUT

BATON ROUGE — With the new semester has come a renewed push to make LSU a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Current policy requires people to smoke 25 feet away from the entrance to any campus building. Heading the effort to snuff out smokes is Judith Sylvester, an LSU mass communication professor. Supporters of her movement are circulating petitions seeking to have the Baton Rouge campus declared smoke-free.

WEST BATON ROUGE-SCHOOL BUDGET

PORT ALLEN — The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board has adopted a budget for the 2012-2013 year. The budget envisions revenue of $46.4 million and expenses of $45.8 million. The budget was adopted this past week. It covers spending from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. A surplus of about $682,000 is expected at the end of the period. The school district plans to spend about $1.2 million more this fiscal year than during the previous year on employee salary and benefits.

ENTERTAINMENT AND ART

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SWAMP MONSTER FEST

HOUMA, La. — A new Halloween festival set for downtown Houma will feature a mix of modern pop culture and monster myths from Cajun lore. The first Rougarou Fest — the name means "werewolf" in Cajun French — is scheduled Oct. 26. It links several existing downtown events with Halloween festivities, including a parade, costume contest and a monster-themed race.

OHR-O'KEEFE MUSEUM

BILOXI, Miss. — Two descendants of George Ohr attended the opening of the fifth building completed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the museum dedicated to the man once called "the mad potter of Biloxi." Ohr's great-granddaughter Phyllis Allen tells The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/Ppf0kX) that she likes to come to anything that showcases Ohr. Her cousin Dottie Moran of Ocean Springs also came to Saturday's opening of the new City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics.

VICKSBURG MUSEUM

VICKSBURG, Miss. — With the grand opening of the Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport about two months away, airport officials hope an agreement with the owner of the hangar housing the museum will keep it in the north Louisiana town of Mound. The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/PFG0Pa) that the airport's board this week approved an agreement with Vicksburg business owner and foundation president Dan Fordice, who owns the hangar. The agreement allows the airport to buy the hangar and keep the museum.

ANALYSIS

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LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

NEW ORLEANS — There are those who say nuance and thoughtful debate are sadly lacking in American politics but sometimes indignation and outrage are called for. For instance who could blame the pro-school voucher American Federation for Children for being angry when it discovered, as it said in a press release, that "The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is using Twitter to accuse the Black Alliance for Educational Options of being racists!" Except, that's not quite true. At least the AFC's news release doesn't cite any hard evidence. What is true is that in a series of Twitter exchanges on Aug. 30, as most of the state was paying more attention to Hurricane Isaac, the LFT was tweeting like crazy in a back-and-forth with critics about books and curricula reportedly used by some private schools that have been approved to accept students whose tuition will be paid using state-funded vouchers. LFT points to reports that books used by some approved voucher schools tend to cast the Ku Klux Klan as more of a benevolent society than an anti-black, anti-Jewish terrorist group. Thus, one could perhaps understand why LFT tweeted: "In Louisiana a black educational interest group endorses teaching that the KKK is good." Except it doesn't. AP News Analysis. By Kevin McGill.

MEMBER EXCHANGES

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VOLUNTEERING

ALEXANDRIA — The economic downturn has hit many people very hard. Charitable organizations nationwide also are feeling the pinch as donations slow as well. By Cynthia D. Jardon, The Town Talk.

ISAAC-MARY PLANTATION

DALCOUR — Mary Plantation House, Plaquemines Parish's oldest building and a historically significant example of French Creole architecture, withstood 10 feet of Hurricane Isaac's tidal surge — a force that felled trees on the property and ruined some antiques in the home's first floor. By Paul Purpura, The Times-Picayune.

LOUISIANA NEWS IN BRIEF

ISAAC-AWARD NOMINEE

NEW ORLEANS — Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse, for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors award because they showed "an extraordinary amount of courage, sacrifice and selfless service" during the storm. .

MANDEVILLE-DRUG TAKE-BACK

MANDEVILLE — The Mandeville Police Department will collect unwanted and unused prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 29. Drugs can be turned in at police headquarters, 1876 U.S. Highway 190, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Department spokesman Lt. Gerald Sticker said the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the take-back day.

SLU-CAREER FAIR

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana University students and alumni can participate in a career fair set for Thursday. More than 130 businesses and organizations will participate in the event, which is set from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center. The fair is open only to SLU students and alumni. Representatives from of a variety of companies and government agencies will be onsite to answer questions and accept resumes.

NEW ORLEANS-FILM TRAINING

NEW ORLEANS — The Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy and the New Orleans Video Access Center will offer training for individuals who want to work as production assistants in the city's film industry. The workshop is set for Oct. 20-21 at Second Line Stages, 800 Richard St. in the Warehouse District

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SPACE SHUTTLE-LAST STOP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The beginning of space shuttle Endeavour's final flight to California has been postponed because of weather along the flight route. NASA had planned for the 747 carrying the shuttle to take off from Kennedy Space Center on Monday. The flight is now scheduled to take off at sunrise Tuesday.

LOTTO-POWERBALL

NEW ORLEANS — Nobody won a jackpot in the weekend's big-money lotteries sold in Louisiana. The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says Wednesday's estimated jackpots rise to $149 million for the Powerball, $300,000 for Lotto and $170,000 for Easy 5.

EXHIBITION HALL-APPOINTMENT

BATON ROUGE — Brandon Berger has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority. The board oversees convention facilities in New Orleans. Berger is the owner of The Berger Co. The appointment was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

TRAFFIC SAFETY SUMMIT

HOUMA — A meeting focusing on traffic safety is set for Sept. 27 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma. The session, planned for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will focus on impaired driving, young drivers, protecting vehicle occupants and various safety issues. The event is organized by the South Central Planning and Development Commission.

ISAAC-TERMITES

BATON ROUGE — State authorities are urging builders and homeowners to take steps to prevent the spread of termites as they rebuild after Hurricane Isaac.

BOSSIER COLLEGE ENROLLMENT RECORD

BOSSIER CITY — Enrollment at Bossier Parish Community College has set a new record for the fourth consecutive semester. The college enrolled 7,900 students for the fall semester, an increase of 11.63 percent from fall 2011. The school opened in 1967.

CONSTITUTION DAY LECTURE

HAMMOND — Ryan Rowberry, a former U.S. Supreme Court fellow, will be the featured lecturer as Southeastern Louisiana University marks Constitution Day on Thursday. Rowberry is an assistant professor at the Georgia State University College of Law and associate director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.

SUNO-ENROLLMENT RISES

NEW ORLEANS — Officials of Southern University at New Orleans say fall student enrollment increased about 7 percent over fall 2011. The university says preliminary figures show 3,480 students enrolled for fall 2012 classes, including 274 first-time freshmen.

PEOPLE-CHEMISTRY AWARD

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana State University professor Isiah Warner has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society's award in analytical chemistry. Warner is Boyd professor and vice chancellor of strategic initiatives at LSU. His research focuses on analytical chemistry as well as development and application of chemical, instrumental and mathematical methods for analytical measurements.

ENTERTAINMENT AND ART IN BRIEF

SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

NEW ORLEANS — As Louisiana's commercial fishermen and seafood industry continue to recover from the 2010 Gulf oil spill, plans are under way for the 2012 Louisiana Seafood Festival. At a news conference next week, those involved in the festival are to announce the festival dates, music headliners and other highlights. .

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FRENCH FOOD FEST

LAROSE — Planning is under way for the French Food Festival, which will feature the musical groups Boston, Bad Company and Amanda Shaw. The festival is set for Oct. 25-28 at the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center. There's no charge to attend the festival, but tickets for the Boston and Bad Company concert, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25, are $20 each. The event will feature more than 20 local food dishes, live music and folklife demonstrations.

MCNEESE-MAYA ART

LAKE CHARLES — A free lecture on the concepts of time and space as represented in the art of the Maya culture will be presented Thursday at McNeese State University. The speaker will be David Ouellette, a McNeese assistant professor of art history. The presentation will be at 6 p.m. in the Stokes Auditorium at Hardtner Hall.

HIP-HOP-WOMEN

NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University plans a panel discussion on the role of women in hip-hop culture. Titled "Does Hip-Hop Hate Women? A Conversation About Sex, Love and Gender Politics in Today's Pop Culture, the program is conceived as a town-hall style meeting and is open to the public.

LOUISIANA SPORTS

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SAINTS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As long as Drew Brees stays healthy, the New Orleans Saints' offense is going to be just fine. The defense? Now that's a concern. By Steve Reed.

AP Photos NCCB125-0916121559, NCCB124-0916121535, NCCB120-0916121536, NCCB122-0916121530, NCCB118-0916121457.

SAINTS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for 253 yards and ran for a career-high 71 yards as the Carolina Panthers defeated New Orleans 35-27 on Sunday to hand the Saints their first 0-2 start since 2007. One week after tying a franchise low with 10 yards rushing in a 16-10 loss to Tampa Bay, the Panthers rediscovered their running game against a porous Saints defense. The Panthers ran for 219 yards and Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert all scored on short touchdown runs. Steve Smith overcame a sore knee to finish with 104 yards receiving — the 39th 100-yard receiving game of his career — and Jonathan Stewart hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception for the Panthers (1-1). By Steve Reed.

AP Photos NCCB119-0916121459, NCCB104-0916121308, NCCB103-0916121310, NCCB105-0916121322, NCCB109-0916121335.

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REPLACEMENT OFFICIAL DROPPED

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NFL has removed a replacement official from the New Orleans-Carolina game because it discovered he's a Saints fan. Side judge Brian Stropolo has been replaced by an alternate, Tim Keese. The NFL made the decision Sunday morning just hours before kickoff. By Steve Reed.

T25-COLLEGE FB POLL

NEW YORK — Alabama and LSU are back atop The Associated Press college football poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 the way they did most of last season. The Crimson Tide is No. 1 for the third straight week, and it was almost unanimous. Alabama received 58 of 60 first-place votes. LSU got the other two. By Ralph D. Russo.

AP Photos ARDJ110-0915121736, LAGH121-0915122216, ARDJ108-0915121545, PAL127-0915122017.

T25-ROLLING LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — At this point, it looks as if the toughest team unbeaten LSU has faced this season is its second team in practice. A 63-14 blowout of Idaho on Saturday, which helped the Tigers climb to No. 2 in the AP poll, served as the latest reminder that LSU's sideline is loaded with exceptional players waiting for their chance to shine. By Brett Martel.

AP Photos LAGH122-0915121914, LAGH119-0915122205, LAGH115-0915122112.

ON THE NATIONAL SPORTS WIRE

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FBN--BRONCOS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons are in no mood to be part of Peyton Manning's feel-good comeback. They have their own lofty goals for this season, which means taking care of business against Manning's Denver Broncos in a most intriguing Monday night matchup. By Paul Newberry. AP Photos.

MISSISSIPPI TOP STORIES

BEECHAM APPEAL

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court was to hear arguments Monday from prosecutors who want the justices to reinstate the conviction of Jeffrey Dale Beecham. Beecham won a new trial on charges that he was intoxicated when he caused a 2007 accident in DeSoto County in which an elderly woman died.

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HEALTH LAWSUIT-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge says Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi residents were premature in their challenge to the federal law requiring people to buy health care insurance. The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/QujhmT) reports that District Judge Keith Starrett also reaffirmed his ruling that knocked the governor and another man out as plaintiffs. He says both have health insurance, and wouldn't be affected by the law unless they dropped that insurance.

JACKSON SUPERINTENDENT-LAST DISTRICT

JACKSON, Miss. — Shortly after Cedrick Gray became superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, officials in his former district in Tennessee learned they had a budget deficit. Fayette County Schools officials tell The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/QRfcv2) they believe last year's spending may have been up to $2 million over the $26 million budget. The general fund fell more than $1.3 million to $196,000.

ISAAC-CEMETERIES

POINTE A LA HACHE, La. — Blue tarpaulins cover loose caskets near Plaquemines Parish cemeteries. The caskets floated out of tombs during Hurricane Isaac and were scattered around large sections of eastern Plaquemines Parish. Seventy-year-old O'Neal Dorsey tells The Times-Picayune http://bit.ly/Pk5IXJ that Hurricane Katrina hardly touched the parish's cemeteries, but Isaac left damaged caskets and exposed bodies.

345TH AIRLIFT RETURNS

BILOXI, Miss. — After months in Afghanistan, the 345th Airlift Squadron — known as the Golden Eagles — is back in Mississippi. The squadron returned to Keesler Air Force Base on Saturday.

HALFWAY HOUSE

BROOKHAVEN — Operators of a proposed halfway house for women say they will appeal Brookhaven planners' decision to deny a zoning change to let them open. The Brookhaven Board of Adjustments denied the zoning change sought by operators of Doll's House after local residents complained.

WAVELAND PIER LAWSUIT

WAVELAND — The parties involved in a multimillion dollar lawsuit over the pier in Waveland have asked a judge to temporarily stop proceedings until state officials can review new briefs filed in the case. Officials with Digital Engineering and CDM Smith Inc. want to give the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency time to look at its documents that contend the pier is built to requirements and therefore eligible for FEMA funding.

MUW-MARKETIING

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women kicked off the early stages of its new branding campaign this week with the first of a series of interactive discussions. Six sessions are planned this month with small groups of stakeholders, around 25 per session. The sessions are being managed by idgroup USA, a Pensacola, Fla.-based consulting firm that specializes in identity and branding for colleges. The four-hour meetings focus on public perception of the university, mottos, logos, mascots the university seal and other elements used in marketing and recruitment. Since his arrival nine months ago, university President Jim Borsig has touted student recruitment, retention and graduation as his top priorities. AP Photo MSCCD101.

CORINTH BUDGET

CORINTH — The city's Board of Aldermen had adopted a budget for 2013 that makes no changes to property taxes. City employees will get a pay increase in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The raise will be 5 percent or 50 cents an hour, whichever yields the greater increase. A separate pay proposal for sewer department employees is under discussion and will be considered at the board's meeting this coming week. The property tax rate, including the school district, holds at 95 mills. The total budget is $9.96 million.

ENTERTAINMENT AND ART

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OHR-O'KEEFE MUSEUM

BILOXI, Miss. — Two descendants of George Ohr attended the opening of the fifth building completed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the museum dedicated to the man once called "the mad potter of Biloxi." Ohr's great-granddaughter Phyllis Allen tells The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/Ppf0kX) that she likes to come to anything that showcases Ohr. Her cousin Dottie Moran of Ocean Springs also came to Saturday's opening of the new City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics.

VICKSBURG MUSEUM

VICKSBURG, Miss. — With the grand opening of the Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport about two months away, airport officials hope an agreement with the owner of the hangar housing the museum will keep it in the north Louisiana town of Mound. The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/PFG0Pa) that the airport's board this week approved an agreement with Vicksburg business owner and foundation president Dan Fordice, who owns the hangar. The agreement allows the airport to buy the hangar and keep the museum.

ANALYSIS

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UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON — When the Mississippi Department of Transportation opened its new office building across from the state Capitol back in the 1990s, some folks immediately dubbed it the DOT-Mahal. It's big. It's relatively fancy. And it's home to one of the more powerful agencies in state government. Now, the MDOT home has a new name, compliments of the 2011 Legislature. This past week, officials held a ceremony to dedicate it as the William "Billy" McCoy Building, honoring the Rienzi Democrat who served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012, with the final eight years as speaker. McCoy, a former House Transportation Committee vice chairman, was instrumental in passing legislation that improved hundreds of miles of highways. Since leaving office, he has kept his distance from politics. AP News Analysis. By Emily Wagster Pettus.

MEMBER EXCHANGES

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HORSE RESCUES

COLUMBUS — When Lisa Oswalt was 3 years old, her father bought her a pony. "He always said it was the worst mistake he ever made," said Oswalt, now 46. "Except for maybe about three years, I've had horses ever since." Her last horse was Pete, a gentle gray gelding quarter horse who had come to Oswalt after being pretty much left to pasture for 10 years. Almost from the start, the two bonded. By Slim Smith, The Commercial Dispatch.

CHURCHES-EMBRACING DIVERSITY

HATTIESBURG — When Pastor Brad Corban of Court Street United Methodist Church looks out into his congregation, he doesn't see a melting pot of people. By Jennifer Jacob Brown And Emily Ham Price, Hattiesburg American.

MISSISSIPPI NEWS IN BRIEF

CLAIBORNE EMERGENCY CENTER

PORT GIBSON— The Claiborne County Emergency Operations Center will spend a $750,000 state grant to move out of a trailer and back into its stationary building. The grant came from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

CIVIL RIGHTS PANEL

CLEVELAND — The University of Florida's Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will hold its 4th annual Civil Rights Movement and Oral History in the Mississippi Delta on Wednesday at Delta State University. The theme of this year's panel discussion is "Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Movement Organizer: Lessons and Legacies."

GUARD UNIT RETURNS

HOUSTON — Members of the 288th Sapper unit of the Mississippi National Guard in Houston, Miss., are expected back home later this month after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. The unit began its deployment on Oct. 5, 2011.

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SPACE SHUTTLE-LAST STOP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The beginning of space shuttle Endeavour's final flight to California has been postponed because of weather along the flight route. NASA had planned for the 747 carrying the shuttle to take off from Kennedy Space Center on Monday. The flight is now scheduled to take off at sunrise Tuesday.

MISSISSIPPI SPORTS

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T25-MISSISSIPPI STATE-RANKED

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was in a surprisingly good mood after his defense gave up 572 total yards against Troy. It's a lot easier to be pleasant after a win. By David Brandt.

AP Photos ALDM113-0915121915, ALDM117-0915122217, ALDM104-0915122019.

GULFPORT COACH-HEART ATTACK

GULFPORT, Miss. — The football coach and athletic director at Gulfport High School is hospitalized after a heart attack that may have started during a game. Mike Justice remained hospitalized Sunday at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Assistant athletic director Donny Fuller tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/R7JH26 ) that Justice complained of chest pains at halftime Friday and went to the emergency room early Saturday. He says doctors put in two stents.

HOW THEY FARED

How Mississippi's top prep teams did Friday.

ON THE NATIONAL SPORTS WIRE

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FBN--BRONCOS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons are in no mood to be part of Peyton Manning's feel-good comeback. They have their own lofty goals for this season, which means taking care of business against Manning's Denver Broncos in a most intriguing Monday night matchup. By Paul Newberry. AP Photos.

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