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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 9, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Masters continues  Coverage continues on Day 2 of The Masters jjj  ews-Couner  I RIMY, April 9, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  ençwscuu ner.com  J.H. Shannon of Capshaw  Subscriber of the day  Rudolph guilty  Eric Rudolph pleads guilty in abortion clinic bombing case; gets four life sentences  3A  SUB Off  Hey, Sound Off:  This is in regard to Charley Reese’s article on last week’s Opinion page.  I quote: “Terri Schiavo, the person, died a long time ago.”  1 very much disagree with that statement. Because Terri did not communicate, that did not make her less than the person she was before her injuries. Even though her communication had stopped, her soul remained until her last breath.  This made Terri Schiavo , the person, very much alive. Terri died when she did take her last breath. That was not by god’s hand but by Michael Schiavo’s.  More Sound Off Sunday  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The News-Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-5A  Comics..........4B  Golf ............5B  Ledger ..........8A  Lottery ..........3A  Obituaries 2A  • Bill J. Pearson  Sports .........1-2B  Weather .........2A  Dailv Bible Moment  is divine power has give to us all things that pertain to life and godli ness.  II Peter 1:3  îïlimedone ^kafA  322 Hwv. JIN 'Athens rj    256-232-1051  *W, -**  0Wl  | inf  256-771-0934  7    698    47    '00001    6  One arrested in connection with robbery  By Tanjie Nash   tanjie@athensnews-courier.com   Athens Police have arrested one man and issued a warrant for another in connection with an armed robbery that allegedly took place Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Quadplex at 110 Thomas St.  David Andrew Hopkins, 25, of 27230 Thomas Edward Drive, Athens, is charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery, according to Lt. Floyd Johnson.  His arrest came after a 16-year-old girl reported to authorities that she and a friend were robbed at gunpoint around 11  See Robbery, Page 2A  Property gets OK for police building  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-courier. com  A proposed site on East Hobbs Street that would be the location of a new $3.2 million Athens Police Department has tested favorable.  But further testing of the property located between Thomas Drive and Shaw Street has been ordered by a city building committee that includes Athens Mayor Dan Williams and Police Chief Wayne Harper.  The committee wants assurance there are no dangers of seeping gas from an adjacent service station. In  addition, city officials have been told that some of the three acres still must be filled in with dirt.  The property is being offered to Athens for $200,000. The property consists of 1.6 acres on the north side of Hobbs Street and 2.67 acres on the south side.  If the property continues to prove suitable to build on, the building committee is expected to recommend to the Athens City Council to do away with its plan to tear down and build a new Athens City Hall in favor of this plan which will be millions of  dollars cheaper.  Athens Councilman Ronnie Marks is the chairman of the building committee that is meeting to study the city’s most critical building needs.  Marks says the city is interested in building an 8,000 square foot building at a cost of nearly $3 million.  Marks said the committee has also discussed the possibility of building a new fire station on the east side of  • K  1  See Property, Page 2A »;  AP Photos  People gather at the Colosseum in Rome to look at the live broadcast on a giant videoscreen Friday during the funeral of Pope John Paul in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.Below, a pilgrim prays on a wooden cross in Circo Massimo in Rome during the funeral.  News-Courier/Tanjie Nash  Congressman Bud Cramer, D-Alabama, visited Limestone County on Friday to announce the allocation of the final $2 million necessary for the construction of an interchange that will connect Interstate 65 with Huntsville-Brownsferry Road. On hand for the announcement are, from left, District 3 County Commissioner Bill Latimer, Commission Chairman David Seibert, Athens Mayor Dan Williams, Director of Limestone County Economic  Development Authority Tom Hill and Cramer.  Cramer presents  No timeline set for project’s construction, officials say  By Tanjie Nash   tanjie@athensnews-couKier.com  A $2 million allocation of state funds caps off the $5.5 million necessary for construction of a long-awaited interchange at Interstate 65 and Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road.  Congressman Bud Cramer, D-Alabama, was in Limestone County on Friday to award the funding. The project’s aim is to provide quick access to 1-65 and  $2M for 1-65 exit  thus, 1-565, which lies just a few miles south of the proposed interchange.  City and county officials as well as economic development officials have said the interchange will open a major artery for flow of east-west traffic.  “It’s the road to economic development, literally,” Cramer said.  North Alabama, he said, is “an economic area that has mushroomed in growth” in recent years.  “If we don’t make this interchange then we’re robbing ourselves of this major opportunity for economic  See Cramer, Page 2A  Pope laid to rest in Rome  Thousands fill St. Peter’s Square for funeral of Pope John Paul II  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Presidents, prime ministers and kings joined pilgrims and prelates in St. Peter’s Square on Friday to bid an emotional farewell to Pope John Paul II at a funeral service that drew millions to Rome for the largest gathering of the powerful and the humble in modern times.  Applause rang out in the wind-whipped square as John Paul’s plain cypress coffin, adorned with a cross and  an “M” for the Virgin Mary, was brought out from St. Peter’s Basilica and placed on a carpet in front of the altar. The book of the Gospel was placed on the coffin and the breeze fluttered its pages.  After the Mass ended, bells tolled and 12 pallbearers with white gloves, white ties and tails presented the coffin to the crowd one last time, and then carried it on their shoulders back inside the basilica for burial — again to sustained  applause from the hundreds of thousands in the square, including dignitaries from 138 countries.  Chants of “Santo! Santo!” — urging John Paul to be elevated to sainthood immediately — echoed in the square.  The first non-Italian pope in 455 years was buried at 2:20 p.m. (8:20 a.m. EDT) in the grotto under the basilica, attended  See Pope, Page 3A  Athens woman charged in Zip City shooting  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   FLORENCE — Lauderdale County authorities have charged an Athens woman with murder in connection with the shooting of a Zip City man last week.  Mary Sandra Call Tucker, 35, of Ripley Road, Athens, has confessed to shooting and killing the 55-year-old man who police said was a friend of Tucker’s. Police believe the shooting occurred during an argument. The woman would not tell investigators why they were arguing.  Tucker was picked up earlier this week by Lauderdale County authorities on a warrant for five bad checks after she wrecked her car in western Limestone County near the Elk River River Bridge. She was taken into custody after being released from Athens-Limestone Hospital of minor injuries following the wreck. Investigators said she confessed to shooting Roger Dale “Todd” Eddy, 55, while being questioned about her possible involvement in the homicide.  Authorities had said Tucker was a “person of interest” in the Friday, April 1, murder.  Investigators said the body of Eddy was found Sunday evening in the living room of his home at 10257 Alabama 17, which is just south of the Zip City Community Center in Lauderdale County. Investigators said a  See Shooting, Page 2A   

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