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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 8, 2005, Athens, Alabama Friday, Ji t\ 8, 2005 e n ewsc our ler.c o m Daily Bible Moment 3f am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yo11r-selves, and you shall he holy; for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44 gi \ t/iimLonr vkaJxi 322 Hwy. 31N * Athens „    256-232-1051 •‘Wtf* Obit line 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001 Swan Creek bridge work still months from finish By Sonny Turner sonny(aa thensnews-couner.com Alabama Highway Department off icials said Thursday that work to replace the Swan Creek Bridge on U.S. 72 East in Athens is 40 percent complete, but still months away from full completion. “It’s moving along pretty well,” said Johnny Harris, an engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation in Montgomery. “We’re estimating it is 40 percent See Bridge, Page 2A Judge dismisses suit against city By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews~courier.com A lawsuit by Charter Communications against the City of Athens has been dismissed by a federal judge in Birmingham clearing the way for Athens to pursue its suit against the cable company. At least that was the word from Athens Mayor Dan Williams Thursday who said he was told that the judge "threw Charter’s suit out, allowing us to proceed w ith ours.” Charter countersued Athens more than five years ago after Athens filed suit against Charter asking the court for a declaratory judgment on whether Charter had met requirements of the franchise See Lawsuit, Page 2A News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Classified.......4-7B Comics..........8B Headlines  4A Horse & Farm 8A Ledger .........12A Lifestyles ........6A Obituaries........2A Catherine Cunningham Phillip Randall Thigpen Religion .9-11A Sports.........1-2B Valley ..........5A Weather.........2A AP Photos A wrecked double-decker London bus,left, has its roof blown off and debris strewn across the road after a blast in Russell Square in Central London Thursday. Above, a resident is in tears as she learns the fate of some of those nearby. News-Courier Knn Rynders Bridge work on U.S. 72 near Interstate 65 is progressing and is expected to be finished by early fall. 5A MQrCrCv Billie Hood of Athens Subscriber of the day Hungary to learn A retired local teacher travels to Hungary as part of the Global Volunteers program. Coming in Lifestyles Sunday. »Off Hey, Sound Off: In reply to all the folks who think alcohol has “just arrived” in Athens, and is the cause of all this violence. Stop it! Alcohol has been here for years, all we are doing now is generating the revenues. Is that so hard to understand? There have been shootings and violence long before Athens went wet. Some say it is all about the money. Those folks are exactly right, that is the only issue. If people are already buying the alcohol, why should we not get the revenues? More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 Cowboy’s mission Rider receives “calling” to travel and share his beliefs with others 8A Big bucks Athens Electric System requests $60-million budget for new year File photo East Limestone High School Head Football Coach Phil Cavnar, seen here roaming the sidelines last season, died of an apparent heart attack while jogging Thursday. East coach dies Phil Cavnar struck by apparent heart attack while jogging By Rex W. Greene and Phil Willis rex@athensnews-courier. com The sporting community in Limestone County was dealt a stiff blow Thursday when East Limestone head coach Phil Cavnar died of an apparent heart attack while jogging near his Madison home. Cavnar, 44, rebuilt the East Limestone program into a state power and just this past season recorded his 100th win. He was presently trying to prepare one of the deepest squads in school history for the coming season. “Coach Cavnar’s death will impact every program in the county,” said Limestone County School Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll. “He was the veteran among our coaches. “On the field he was a great competitor, but off the field he would do anything he could to help the other coaches.” Cavnar lived and breathed East Limestone football. He was also an avid fisherman and golfer, but to those around him, he was so much more. “Phil was a best friend to everyone, and that defines him more than anything,” said Mike Young, the former Clements High head coach and a one-time assistant coach at East Limestone. Current Athens High assistant Greg Greenhaw is another former East Limestone assistant coach. He says Cavnar was more about relationships than wins and losses. “In this business, we get caught up in wins and losses, and we forget that it is about building those relationships and pour ing you life into others coaches and those kids,” Greenhaw said. “That's the most important thing, his ability to build relationships.” Averaging eight wins a season over the last six years, Cavnar recorded nearly half his 100 wins in that time. That means he overcame some problems from the early years and taught the Indians how to be w inners. "They developed that winning attitude from him,” said Jimmy Drake, who was principal at East Limestone when Cavnar was hired. "Those kids, he got the respect from all the kids. “He encouraged and worked along with them. They thought the world of him. If said if you go to battle for me. I’ll go for you. It was a one-for-all and all-for-one attitude, and that’s carried over. The last few years See Cavnar, Page 2A 37 killed in London blasts Al-Qaida terrorist group claims credit for bombs LONDON (AP) — Terror struck in the heart of London on Thursday as explosions ripped, through three subway trains and blasted the roof off a crowded red double-decker bus. At least 37 people were killed and more than 700 wounded in the deadliest attack on the city since the blitz in World War II. British Prime Minister Tony Blair blamed Islamic extremists and said the bombings were designed to coincide with the opening in Scotland of a G-8 summit of the world’s most powerful leaders. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the bombings — which came the day after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics have the “hallmarks of an al-Qaida-related attack.” Police said there had been no warning and that the blasts at three subway stations went off within 26 minutes, starting at 8:51 a.m. in an Underground train just outside the financial district. Authorities initially blamed a power surge but realized it was a terror attack after the bus bombing near the British Museum at 9:47 a.m. — less than an hour after the first explosion. Trapped passengers in the Underground railway threw themselves on the tloor, some sobbing. As subway cars quickly filled with smoke, people used their umbrellas to try to break the w indows so that they could get air. See Bombings, Page 3A