Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 29, 2005, Athens, Alabama Suspect arrested Authorities charge man for Pitts Grocery armed robbery 5^ Rattlers make finals Decatur Hertiage edges Tanner in finals of East tournament. IB The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Communit\ of Tradition and Future Tui’SDAV, November 29, 2005 cnewscou rier.com 50 Cents -^iiÉfli^iiIPMmMpWTì M Mitili! ifciiwWw ^ ¡yCrá.' Donna Uh of Athens Subscriber of the dav Hey, Sound Off: 1 have read the articles about crystal nieth 1 am so glad this matter is being addressed. I don’t know how big the problem is in Limestone County, but 1 do know that the illegal use and sale of prescription drugs is massive here. \et, no one seems to address this problem. I am annoyed that I can't purchase Sudafed or other OTC sinus medication without talking to a pharmacist. but anyone can buy “Controlled” prescription medication down the road from an “in-home" pharmacist. This month “Family Circle’ magazine ran an article about prescription drug use in teenagers. This is a huge problem not only with teens, but many adults as well. 1 mean really when a teen sees his parent deal with all of lifes problems w'ith pain killers and nerve pills — what is to be expected. Is there anyone out there willing to address this problem in our county, or is it something else that we are going to sweep under the rug? Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Sews Courier 232-2720 Index Classified.......5-6B Comics..........4B Ledger..........8A Valley...........5A Movie Listing 3A Obituaries........2A James N. Brister Sr. Fannie Mae Green Fred Harper Sr. William P. Newby Virginia R. Philpot Judy Ann Sample Aaron Ray Sullivan Sports.........1-3B Daily Bible Moment I)’ presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14 Limestone Ckpel f'-cj 322 Hwv.31N*.Vhens 25^232-1051 i •'"* 256-771-09.34 ! UAW will picket today Employees at Limestone Delphi stress it’s a picket and not strike Bv Sonny Ti rner sonny(^athensnew's-courier.com United .Auto Workers Local 2195 will conduct an “informational picket" concerning the Delphi bankruptcy and restructuing plan today. The picket will go from 6 a.m. untio 5 p.m. outside the gates of the Delphi .Alabama site property in southern Limestone County. The pickets are being held nationwide at all Delphi locations. The purpose of the pickets is to combat misinformation being spread by Delphi CEO Steve Miller concerning Delphi’s filing of bankruptcy and to address the grow inng concern of the outsourcing of jobs, affordable health care, pension loss and hte eroding middle class of America." U.AW Local 2195 members w ill be posted outside Delphi’s property carrying signs and fielding questions from the media. "This is a picket and not a strike." UAW officials stressed. U.AW President Ron Ciettelfingcr has described Miller’s scheme to reward a select group of Delphi executives with cash bonuses and stock potentially worth more than S5()() million as “obscene." The U.AW has filed an objection to Delphi’s plan with the bankruptcy judge, aiui promises to be in eourt to fight Miller’s "outrageous scheme." Meanwhile, Delphi said Monday it would accelerate talks with General Motors Corp. regarding its restructuring as the nation’s leading auto-parts supplier works to emerge from bankruptcy and reach an agreement with Its unions on wage cuts. Delphi also said it would push back a Dee. lb court date to ask a bankruptcy judge to eliminate union contracts if it had not reached a deal with labor unions. The meeting would not take place until at least .Ian. 20. 2006, the company said. Saddam lashes out during tria about treatment B.AGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A combative Saddam Hussein lashed out Monday at his treatment by American “occupiers and invaders" and lectured the chief judge about leadership as his trial resumed in a rambling and unfocused session. Two of the seven other defendants also spoke out during the 2 1 2-hour hearing, complaining of their treatment in detention or dissatisfaction with their court-appointed counsel. The court’s tolerance of such comments drew sharp complaints from Shiite politicians who contend the tribunal is trying too hard to accommodate an ousted dictator who should have already been convicted and executed. “The chief judge should be changed and replaced by someone who is strict and courageous," said Shiite legislator .Ali al-Adeeb, a senior otficial in Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s party. The tribunal adjourned until next week to give the defense time to replace lawyers slain since the trial opened Oct. 19. Monday was only the second session of the trial. Saddam, immaculately groomed and the only defendant wearing Western clothes, moved quickly to try to seize control of the proceedings at the heavily guarded Baghdad court. Dressed in black trousers and a gray jacket with a white handkerchief in the breast pocket, the 68-year-old former president was the last defendant to enter the chamber. W’hile other defendants appeared frightened and exhausted, Saddam swaggered confidently to his seat, greeting people along the way with the traditional Arabic greeting, “Peace be upon the people of peace” as he cradled a copy of the Quran. He began with a verse from the Muslim holy book that reminds believes who aspire for heaven See Saddam, Page 3A AP I’hoto Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein speaks in the courtroom to Presiding Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin as his trial resumed in Baghdad Monday. Child injured in dog attack B\ S()NN\ I t RNER sonnv'^ atliensnew's-coiirier.com An 11-year-0Id Athens boy was injured and hospitalized Saturday afternoon after he was attacked and bitten on the face by a pit bulldog. Limestone County Investigator Stanley McNatt said the child was taken to .Athens-Limestone Hospital and hospitalized following the 12:45 p.m. attack.. McNatt said the child remained in the hospital through the weekend. The attack occurred at a home on the 21000 block of Piney Chapel Road. “People were outside looking at the dog which was chained and the child went to pet the animal when the dog attacked him,” said McNatt. “The boy was bitten on the face and required a number of stitches at the emergency room. The child later had to undergo surgery.” McNatt said the dog was taken to a local veternarian where it is being tested for rabies. He did not know' if the animal would be put to sleep. The investigation into the attack is continuing, investigators said. U.S. 72 inside Athens city limits to be named for MLK By Karen Middleton ancnews@pclnet. net The Athens City Council on Monday voted unanimously on Monday night designate a section of U.S. 72 running through Athens in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but NAACP leaders say they won’t give up their efforts to have a street renamed for the slain civil rights leader. The controversy over renaming a street for King began in late summer when a special local NAACP committee requested that the council rename Hine Street. However, descendants of William Ernest Hine, a former Athens mayor objected and the measure died for lack of a motion. After a work session with city leaders the NAACP committee requested that the city go with the committee’s second choice of Brownsferry Street from Madison to the Lucas Ferry-Brow'nsferry intersection. Several residents spoke in favor of the Brownsferry option Monday, night, but in a previous council meeting several residents of Brownsferry spoke against the measure, saying it was too inconvenient to make address changes. Those against the renaming of Brownsferry presented a petition with about 28 signatures. On Monday night, those in favor of Brownsferry’s renaming presented a petition with 26 names. Councilman Jimmy Gill motioned that See City Council, Page 2A Athens business damaged by fire Athens firefighters fight early morning blaze at machine shop News-Courier' Tashia Lovell Above Samuel Fernandez, left, and Craig’s Machine Shop employee Jose Aleman,stand outside the business Monday morning after a fire broke out in the building. At left, Lt. Leslie Williams, left, and Athens firefighter Mark Walker were among the firefighters on the scene. See story on Valley, Page 5-A.