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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 17, 2009, Athens, Alabama East Limestone hosts baseball tourney PAGE IB The News Couri Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Coinnninity of Tradition and Future 50 (‘('Ills Tuesday, February 17, 2009 visit us ortkie www.enewscourierxom Inside Today 'Six Million Dollar Man' to appear at UNA Lee Majors is special guest at this year's George Lindsey University of North Alabama Film Festival VALLEY, PAGE 4A Is U.S. 'make-nothlng' nation? Just what do we still produce in this country? PAGE 8A Subscribe (k‘t (he news with your morning eolVi'e SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 69847 00001 W)ods’ sentencing delayed Sick juror postpones hearing for man found guilty in murder of Athens men By Karen Middleton kiircni^>nthcnsiw\vs-couritr.coin It will be at least two more days until the fate of Jamal Woods is known. The sentencing hearing for Woods, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed until at least Thursday because of the illness of a juror. Woods, 24, of Huntsville was found guilty Friday of capital murder in the Dec. 17, 2006, shooting deaths of Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers and Thurston Turner, both of Athens. He was also found guilty of attempted murder in the wounding of Tory Rogers of Athens, and Jamal Woods first-degree assault in the wounding of bystander William “Tim” Reliford of Hazel Green. Woods said he shot the men because they “disrespected” him by continuing to wave at his wife in the crowded T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant. Jurors could choose as a punishment either death by lethal injection or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Defense attorneys said that Woods suffers from an “anti-social personality disorder” resulting from an early life in South Central Los Angeles where he was exposed to friends and relatives who were members of the gang, the 69th Street Crips. Jurors in the course of the three-week trial heard a chilling tale of what goes into making an anti-social personality disorder See Sentencing, page 3A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS/FILE A juror in the Jamal Woods capital murder trial did not appear today in Madison County Court in downtown Huntsville, above, saying she was sick. Sentencing was postponed for Woods, who was convicted Friday of killing two Athens men and wounding two other men. Hoops fans ready for regionals NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Games beqin today at Wallace State College Clements High students cheer for the Lady Colts basketball team during Friday night's sub-region game against Addison. Clements is one of five Limestone County teams that advanced to the Northwest Regional Tournament at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville ¡^hich begins today. The Athens girls open the tournament against Brewer at 9 a.m. The Lady Colts take on ^^s Hill at 6 p.m. followed by the Tanner boys at 7:30 p.m. Action continues Thursday when thf Elkmont girls take on West Morgan at 3 p.m. The boys follow shortly after when they take on Hamilton at 7.30 p.m. Champí onship games will be played Friday and Saturday. More coverage, page B1. Nearly 800 jobs axed at Delphi’s steering division L'nnii staff, w ric n'i>orts BUENA    VISTA TOWNSHIP. Mich. (AP) — Nearly 800 jobs are being eliminated at the steering division ot Delphi Corp. near Saginaw. Mich. iTie cuts are hitting 425 hourly workers and 350 employees who are on salary. The layoffs were announced Monday at the Delphi complex in Buena Vista Township and will kick in March 1. The company operates three plants in Alabama, two of which are in Limestone County. The Limestone plants are scheduled to close in March. Mike Hanley, president of United Auto Workers Local 699, says the news was anticipated. Delphi has had temporary furloughs since the start of the year. Hanley tells The Saginaw News blue-collar workers who volunteer to leave will get severance. Tech students set thank-you event for inaugural trip Some students at the Limestone Career Technical Center are planning a thank-you bash for those businesses that helped sponsor the students so they could attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The sponsorship appreciation reception - a come-and-go event - will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, at the Limestone County Career Technical Center off Sanderfer Road in Athens. The students who were sponsored will share their photos, videos and personal gratitude to the sponsors. “Our trip to Washington, D.C., was a fabulous and monumental experience that could not have been possible without your help,” Monica McConnell, gifted education instructor, said of those who donated to help the students. Forty-two students along with teachers and parents took a five-day trip to Washington, D.C., that included the inauguration ceremony on the mall on Jan. 20, an inaugural ball that night as well as tours of the Smithsonian, the various monuments and other sites. — Jean Cole Index Classified.....................4B Ledger .......................bA Obituaries ....................2A Paul M. 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