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Buffett T-shirt controversy

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A Ventura, Calif., artist admits she goofed in leaving Mississippi off the official T-shirt sold at Jimmy Buffet's free concert on Sunday.

Biloxi native Del Oehms Hamilton tells The Sun Herald that friends pointed out that her home state wasn't listed on the T-shirt she bought at the Jimmy Buffett and Friends concert at Gulf Shores, Ala.

Over a peace symbol mural with dolphins, a turtle and a pelican are TX, LA and then AL - no MS. Between AL and FL, Georgia was included in the list of states affected by the oil spill, although it doesn't have a Gulf coastline.

"Oh, no. That is sad," said artist MB Hanrahan when she learned of the mistake on the logo she designed. "Artist chagrined. It won't happen again.

"We turned that around in record speed," said Hanrahan, whose signature is on the tag of the T-shirts.

She's produced designs for Buffett before and said she was very honored to be asked to do this logo that was printed on the shirts and a souvenir sticker.

The commemorative shirts came in a variety of colors and depending on the size sold for $20 or $25. Buffett organized the concert and invited his musician friends to bring attention - and 35,000 tourists - to the Gulf Coast, which has seen business slip away since the oil spill 85 days ago.

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