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   Winchester Star (Newspaper) - January 5, 2006, Winchester, Virginia                                The Winchester Star 110TH YEAR NO. 156	28 PAGES/4 SECTIONS	WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2006	www.winchesterstar.com	35 CENTS 				 Texas Wins A Thriller Page C1 One Killed, Three Injured in Frederick Fight By SUZANNE WILDER The Winchester Star One man was killed and three others were injured during a fight on Wednesday night in the Brentwood Terrace subdivision east of Winchester. The Frederick County Sheriffs Office did not release details about the incident or the names of the victims, saying that the investigation is continuing. Capt. John Heflin said police re- Few details were available about the incident, which involved five people, in the Brentwood Terrace subdivision east of Winchester. sponded to a call about a fight in the 100 block of Hunter Run Road, Valley Mill Road, shortly before 8 p.m. When deputies arrived, they found three stabbing victims and another person with injuries to his face in a parking lot at Hunter Run Road and Park- side Drive, Heflin said. The lot serves a row of townhouses on Hunter Run Road. Two of the stabbing victims were taken to Winchester Medical Center. One of them died, Heflin said, but he did not know the condition of the second victim. The other two people who suffered injuries were not taken to the hospital, Heflin said. He would not comment on the reason for the fight, but said five people were involved. Heflin said no charges had been filed as of late Wednesday night. "We do expect to make some arrests, pending on the outcome of the investi- See Fight Page A2 School Work Workers were busy on Wednesday as they made progress on two area school projects. It was blue-hat day at the site of the former Millwood Station fire hall at Millwood Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester as crews razed the facility to make room for the new Harry F. Byrd School of Business at Shenandoah University. In southern Frederick County (right), work continues on a new elementary school. For stories and more photos, see Page B1. Officials Offer Details About Mine Tragedy Company Leaders Apologize For Errors in Revealing Deaths By VICKI SMITH Associated Press Writer TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. - The miners relied on their training and trusted their safety equipment. But it wasn't enough. Trapped by heavy smoke that blocked their escape routes, most of the 13 miners caught in an explosion did just as they were trained, retreating deeper into the mine and hanging a curtain-like barrier to keep out toxic gases while they waited for rescue, officials said on Wednesday. Their efforts may have bought them some time. But all except one were found dead more than a day and half after the blast. The miners' families learned of the 12 deaths during a torturous night in which they were mistakenly told at first that 12 of the men were alive. It took three hours before the families were told the truth, and their joy turned instantly to fury, with one man lunging at coal company officials. It was the nation's deadliest coal mining accident in more than four years. The sole survivor, 26-year- Assodated Press Randal McCloy, the only survivor of the mine accident, holds his son, Randal Jr., in this family photo from 2003. old Randal McCloy Jr., was in critical condition, suffering from dehydration, a collapsed lung, and heart, liver and kidney problems. McCloy, the youngest miner in the group, showed no sign of carbon monoxide poisoning, but may have suffered a brain injury because of lack of oxygen after being trapped in the mine for more than 42 hours, a doctor said. "There is an opportunity for recovery," Dr. Lawrence Roberts said on CNN's "Larry See Mine Pane A6 Sharon Suffers Massive Stroke Powers Transferred to Deputy By STEVE WEIZMAN Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive, life-threatening stroke on Wednesday and underwent lengthy surgery to drain blood from his brain after falling ill at his ranch. The powers of Sharon's office were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert. Doctors placed Sharon on a respirator and were trying to save his life only hours before the hard-charging, overweight, 77-year-old Israeli leader had been scheduled to undergo a procedure to seal a hole in his heart that contributed to a mild stroke on Dec. 18. Ehud Olmert Sharon's cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding stroke, came at a time of upheaval among Palestinian factions in Gaza and in the midst of Israeli and Palestinian election campaigns. Sharon's absence would halt momentum toward further peacemaking with the Palestinians and leave a major vacuum at the head of his new Kadima party, which was expected to head a government after the March 28 vote. In a written statement, President Bush praised Sharon as "a man of courage and peace," saying he and first lady Laura Bush "share the concerns of the Israeli people .. . and we are praying for his recovery," See Sharon Page A2 Many Politicians To Return Funds From Abramoff Guilty Pleas Entered in 2nd Case Associated Press Jack Abramoff arrives on Wednesday at U.S. District Court in Miami, where he pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy in his purchase of a fleet of casino boats in 2000. By JONATHAN WEISMAN c2006 The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Republican Party officials said on Wednesday that President Bush will give up $6,000 in campaign contributions connected to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, joining an expanding list of politicians who have shed more than a half-million dollars in tainted campaign funds. The announcement came as Abramoff pleaded guilty in a second criminal case, acknowledging that he conspired to defraud lenders in the purchase of a fleet of Florida casino boats five years ago. The court appearance in Miami came a day after Abramoff pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Washington to defrauding Indian tribal clients of millions of dollars, conspiring to bribe members of Congress and evading taxes. Under plea agreements negotiated in the two federal cases, the once-powerful lobbyist promised to provide evidence and testimony in a wide-ranging Justice Department corruption probe of lobbying of Congress and federal agencies. Fearful of adverse political fallout from the expanding in- See Abramoff Page A6 Iraq Violence Leaves 53 Dead By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber struck a funeral for a Shiite politician's nephew on Wednesday, killing at least 32 mourners, wounding dozens and splattering tombstones with blood - part of a surge of violence as Iraqi leaders try to form a coalition government. Altogether, 53 people died in the day's attacks, which included two car bombings in Baghdad and a militant ambush on a convoy of 60 oil tanker trucks heading from Iraq's biggest refinery to the capital. The funeral bombing in Muqdadiyah, 60 miles north of Baghdad, bore hallmarks of Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaida in Iraq. Politicians said the attack was an attempt to hinder a broad-based government, or force the dominant Shiite alliance into further compromises. Shiites were said to be close to a deal on a coalition with Sunni Arabs and Kurds nearly three weeks after the parliamentary elections. The bomber struck as more than 100 mourners chanted a ritual Islamic prayer, "There is no god but God." They were at the cemetery to bury See Iraq Page AG Business/Stocks |-D1-3 Classified | D4-8 Comics | B6 Dear Abby | D4 Life | C6 Movies | B7 Sports | CI-5 6 m"U8566,T)UU3("-" 5 MISS YOUR PAPER? Call 667-3200 from 7 to 11 a.m., 665-4946 after business hours. Kaine Adds to Cabinet By BOB LEWIS AP Political Writer RICHMOND - Gov.-elect Tim Kaine said on Wednesday that Richmond lawyer Patrick Gottschalk will serve as his secretary of commerce and trade. Gottschalk specializes in corporate law and economic development. He is also counsel to the Virginia Economic Developers Association and is an ex officio member of the VEDA's board of directors. He will succeed Michael J. Schewel, who served under Gov. Mark R. Warner and is returning to private law practice. "Pat has worked all over the world doing economic development deals," Kaine said, introducing Gottschalk at a news conference. Gottschalk graduated from the University of Virginia See Cabinet Page A2 mm 0608566000375   

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