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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 28, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 AHS girls get sweet revenge for  The New  loss to Decatur PAGE IB  ^ourier  • *  Serving Athens and Limestone Couijß r : A Commiij  Wednesday, January 28, 2009  Tradition and Future  50 cents  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.coin   Inside  Today  Job losses spare no state  It already seems to be shaping up as another miserable year for workers from coast to coast as rising unemployment spared no state in December. Jobless rates hit double digits in Michigan and Rhode Island, while South Carolina and Indiana notched the biggest gains from the previous month.  PAGE 12A  Easy deep-   ; y  dish pizza  Local food writer Christy Jordan shares tips.  LIFESTYLES, PAGE 1C  Subscribe  Get the news with your morning coffee  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  7 ■’-'69847  00001  WAFF: Digital delay will cost  Senate delays planned February switch to digital TV by 4 months  From \\ ire, staff reports    stations.  A proposed four-month delay The Senate on Monday voted in switching to an all-digital tel- unanimously to postpone the evision format from the mandat- upcoming transition from ana ed Feb. 17 date, could cost local log to digital television broad  casting by four months to June 12. The full Congress could pass the proposal as early as Tuesday.  There are concerns that the delay will create added costs for television stations that would have to continue broadcasting both analog and digital signals. Paula Kerger, president and  CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service, estimates that delaying the digital TV transition to June 12 would cost public broadcasters $22 million.  Vanessa Oubre, station manager for WAFF-Channel 48, said Tuesday it is her under-  See Digital, page 3A  East meets western style  NEWS COURIER/ KIM RYNOERS  A group of visiting Korean students experienced their first weenie roast at Grassland Staples Tuesday in Athens.  Korean kids ride horses, gather round the campfire  By Jennifer R. Hill   jennifei@athensnews-couner.com   Things such as a “weenie roast,” horseback riding and hayrides are common entertainment for Americans, especially in rural areas such as Limestone County. Most likely, one would not be able to walk down a street in Athens and find a person who has not done all three.  See East, page 2A  NEWS COURIER/ KIM RYNDERS  Reitzel Murphy leads Oh Ju Yeong, also known as "Stella," on her first horseback ride. Stella is part of a group of Korean students visiting the U.S. to learn about American culture.  Testimony may begin today in  TGIF trial  By Karen Middleton  karen^athensnew vs -count >r. com  Potential jurors in the Jamal Woods capital murder case being tried in the Madison County courtroom of Circuit Judge Laura W. Hamilton were told Tuesday that prosecutors and defense attorneys could take as long as two weeks to present evidence.  Some 40 witnesses have been called to testify about the events of Dec. 17, 2006, in which Woods is accused of shooting to death Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, and Thurston Turner, 27, both of Athens, at T.G.I. Friday’s in Huntsville.  Also wounded in the incident were Autora Frias Rogers, 23, also of Athens, and bystander William Reli-ford of Hazel Green. Rogers survived severe wounds and lay in a coma for three weeks. Reliford was released after a short hospital stay.  Attorneys worked throughout the day Tuesday to try to seat a 16-member jury, which would include 12 regular members and four alternates, out of a pool of 99 potential candidates.  Monday the 99 were given questionnaires, each containing 78 questions. And questioning began after court convened Tuesday morning.  Attorneys did not expect to pTesent opening statements or call witnesses until Wednesday afternoon.  Don Rizzardi, Madison County assistant district attorney, is prosecuting the case. Woods is being defended by Alan Mann.  West Limestone students study xylene spill in pond  By Jean Cole  jean&athensnews-courier.com  A recent chemical spill in the Owens community has some students at West Limestone High School looking for answers of their own.  Students in Jerry Smith’s environmental science classes are studying the effects of xylene and how it might affect them and the environment.  “This has definitely rqised  their awareness,” Smith said of his students. “They are becoming aware that as an adult, there is no one looking out for you in relationship to exposure to pollutants - you have to do it yourself.”  In December, at least 500 gallon of the chemical, which smells like paint thinner, leaked from an underground pipeline and into a field and pond off Alabama 99  See Spill, page 3A  NEW COURIER/KIM RYNOERS  West Limestone students Janey Motes, left, and Kari White discuss their research into the recent xylene spill in the Owens community with environmental science teacher Jerry Smith.  Index  Classified.....................4B  Comics.......................3B  Health ............. ^A  Ledger .......................  Lottery.......................3A  Lifestyles .....  1C  Obituaries...................none  Sports ........................1®  Valley ........................^A  Weather......................2A  Washington Street Diner  One Block East of Athens Square  1 OO Washington St.  Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches  Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm  Open 6<X3am til 200pm Mon.-Fri. • 6:OOam til 12<X*m Set.  Take Out Orders -.Call 23^-O^OS C/iecIc out our Doily Blue Plato Special $4.63  Online edition  Find local businesses at The News Courier's online marketplace at  enewscourier.com  SH0PJ0CAL   

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