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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - April 3, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Delphi, GM, auto task force to hold talks in D.C. PAGE 4A  The News Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  50 cents  Friday, April 3, 2009  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Strong storm topples trees  Lady Eagle honored  Athens High girls basketball standout selected to play in North-South AllO-Star Game.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  Send your photos  If you see effects of severe weather - flooding, downed trees, or other damage - send photos to The News Courier. E-mail to kelly@ athensnews-courier.com  Hear about the pizza problem?  After a customer guessed a keyword (bailout) to a scrapped promotion, Dominos had to give away 11,000 pizzas  Read about it in today's WEIRD NEWS at enewscourier.com  Under the Local News heading  69847  00001  Police nab snatcher with purse  A pink, mirrored makeup compact led to the arrest Wednesday ot an Athens man by Athens Police, an official said.  A customer at  Wittichen Supply Co. __  at 1131 U.S. 31 South Samuel Morris noticed her purse was taken from her unlocked vehicle about 4 p.m. and telephoned police, said Capt. Marty Bruce.  Officer Brandon Turner, who heard an alert for the suspect, was returning to the police station when he saw the suspect — Samuel Roy Morris, 53, of 805 Second Avenue — traveling south on U.S. 31, he said.  Morris was the only other person at Wittichen at the time of the theft, Bruce said.  After stopping Morris, Turner found the compact in his vehicle that belonged to the victim, the captain said.  The rest of the items in the purse, which were not recovered, included a Family Security savings account card, birth certificate, $8 in cash, $20 Alabama driver’s license, Social Security card, Medicaid card and $50 in clothing.  Morris was charged with unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and was transferred to the Limestone County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of posting a $2,500 bond.  Theft charge  Good police work led to the arrest of an Athens man in connection with the March 29 theft of a $2,500 generator from  See Snatcher, page 2A  ASU will host British historian Jeremy Black  Jeremy Black, professor of history at England’s University of Exeter, will be presenting a lecture in April sponsored by The Livingston Concert Lecture Series College of Arts and Sciences of Athens State University.  Black will,host a discussion, “Could the British Have Won the War of Independence?” at 7 p.m. April 16 in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. A reception will follow in the parlor of Founders Hall.  Both the lecture and the reception are  See Historian, page 3A  Going buggy  This pair looks like a young couple strolling the countryside in a horseless carriage. East Limestone High School students Noora Siddiqui, left, and Ryan Deetman have a  East students competing in annual moonbuggy race  Six students from East Limestone High chool are hoping their moonbuggy will mnch them into fame. Well, at least win lem a prize at the 16th Annual Great loonbuggy Race.  The 16th Annual Great Moonbuggy lace is being held today and Saturday at tie U.S. Space & Rocket Center in  Huntsville. Students are required to design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems that are similar to problems faced by the original moonbuggy team.  “Our participation in this competition See Moonbuggy, page 3A  Cruise In  on the  Square  Cruise In on the Square will be from 3-9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Athens, restaurants and shops will remain open and people will bring custom and vintage vehicles to the square for enthusiasts to see and discuss. 'This event is free and open to photo courtesy of buzz estes the public.  From wire, staff reports  Athens and Limestone County residents escaped the brunt of what was predicted to be “dangerous” winds Thursday when a line of thunderstorms swept through the area.  Forecasters as early as Tuesday predicted a severe weather outbreak for the area. Schools throughout the state let out classes early in anticipation of possible tornadoes.  Limestone County Schools let  out an hour and a half early and all athletic competitions were canceled for the evening. Athens City Schools canceled all after-school programs and Athens State University also canceled night classes.  Thousands of students in Alabama got a break from school as a precaution against storms that forecasters say could spawn tornadoes and torrential rain.  See Storm, page 2A  Standing left, owner, Rodney Dempsey (holding Blake Hall), Forrest Sandlin and Tyler Dempsey look over wind damage that uprooted a tree and damaged the roof of the Dempsey home on Ingram Road Thursday.         Index      Classified .    .................4B      Comics ...    .................3B      Ledger ...    ................6A      Mini Page .    ...................5A      Obituaries    ...................2A          Johnny Hatfield          Lou Jean Hines          Virginia White      Religion ..    ...................10A      Sports ....    ....................IB     Liver Special - Tuesday  $2.99  Sr. Citizen Day - Wednesday  2596 Off  Athens Location Only Discount applies to individual meals only  Follow The News Courier  Find updates on twitter that lead you to enewscourier.com  JÉ   

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