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   Winchester Star (Newspaper) - May 22, 2007, Winchester, Virginia                                Tuesday, May 22, 2007 lllth YEAR No. 273 WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601 v %m mi Valley Ave. cost, timeline swelling GINGER PERRY/The Winchester Star ABOVE: Jerry Clark, DARE officer for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, unpacks in his new office on Monday. BELOW: The county's new Public Safety Building is located at 1080 Coverstone Drive, near Winchester Regional Airport. Settling in Public Safety Building opens By ERICA M. BUSH The Winchester Star WINCHESTER - There are still boxes to be unpacked, equipment to be installed, and offices to be arranged. But the new Frederick County Public Safety Building is open for business. The approximately 70,000-square-foot facility, located at 1080 Coverstone Drive, officially opened its doors on Monday. "If s going very well," Frederick County Sheriff Robert T. Williamson said about his staffs first day in the complex near the Winchester Regional Airport, on the grounds of the former Carper's Valley Golf Course off Millwood Pike east of Winchester. The Frederick County Sheriffs Office, Fire and Rescue Department, and emergency dispatch center will call the county's new Public Safety Building home. Dispatch has not yet moved into the facility. The Sheriff's Office and Fire and Rescue Department eel- By ED FARRELL The Winchester Star WINCHESTER-The cost ofthe Valley Avenue widening project, like the estimated length of construction, continues to grow. When the project was started last summer, it carried a projected price tag of about $1.5 million and an intended completion date of December 2006. Bad weather, however, and a steady stream of changes in the scope of work have boosted the price to $2.8 million and left the city with no firm estimate of when the job will be completed. And recently discovered drainage problems at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Tevis Street have put a hold on state matching funds, and could cost the city an additional $3 million to correct in the future. Perry Eisenach, Winchester's Public Works director, said there was no official deadline for the 1.5-mile project, from Middle Road to the city's southern limit, other than "as soon as pos- See Valley, Page A6 GINGER PERRY/The Winchester Star A crew from Ricketts Construction Co. Inc. works on a storm drain on Monday as part of the Valley Avenue widening project in Winchester. Newsweek: CCHS among best in U.S. ebrated the last day in their North Kent Street offices on Friday. Staffs spent the weekend unpacking from their respective moves from the Winchester-Frederick County Joint Judicial Center and Frederick County Office Complex. "It was a long weekend," Williamson said, adding that a lot of boxes had already been unpacked. Timothy Welsh, deputy chief of operations for the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Departoent^ said he;thinks it will take about two weeks before his department is situated and all the cardboard boxes stacked in their offices are un- See Settling, Page A6 By JESSICA J. BURCHARD The Winchester Star WINCHESTER - Competing with private and charter schools, is always a daunting task. But Clarke County Public Schools Superintendent Eleanor F. Smalley is thrilled with how her county's high school fared in a national listing of top schools. "We're very excited," she said. "If s very competitive and there are more and more private academies and charter schools." Clarke County High School ranked 30th in Newsweek magazine's ninth annual America's Top High Schools listing. The listing evaluates the top 1,200 schools across the country. The annual compilation rates schools based on how many ofthe total number of students participate in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given in May, and dividing it by the number of seniors graduating in May or June. The ranking also takes into account how students perform on the tests. See CCHS, Page A6 Immigration compromise faces increasing criticism By JONATHAN WEISMAN c 2007 The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The Senate voted on Monday night to move forward on an overhaul of immigration laws, but even proponents of the delicate compromise proposal conceded that the furor over the deal was surpassing their expectations and endangering the plan. The 69-23 vote masked deep troubles from the right flank of the Senate, as well as from the left. Opponents conducting a debate on the mea- sure included some unexpected voices, such as freshman Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont, and Bernie Sanders, an independent liberal from Vermont. Several conservatives - and some liberals - made it clear that they cast a vote to proceed only to fundamentally change the proposed legislation in the coming days. With dozens of amendments planned, traps being laid by opponents could upset the fragile coalition that drafted the measure. What's more, Senate leaders gave up hope on Monday night that they could pass the bill this week, ensuring it will be left hanging over a week-long Memorial Day recess. That will allow the opposition to gather strength before a final vote can be scheduled next month. "Our plan is a compromise. It involved give-and-take in the best traditions of the United States Senate. For each of us who crafted it, there are elements that we strongly support and elements we believe could be improved. No one believes this is a perfect bill," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the deal's chief Democratic architect. "The world is watching to see how we respond to the current crisis. Lef s not disappoint them." Senate leadership aides said on Monday that the proposal could probably muster the support of about 30 Republicans and 30 Democrats - just enough to beat a filibuster, which was all but promised by conservatives. The bill would grant legal status to virtually all the estimated 12 million undocumented workers in the country, create a temporary-worker program, tighten border controls, crack down on em-See Immigration, Page A6 Va. Tech investigative group tours campus By SUE LINDSEY Associated Press Writer BLACKSBURG - The gunman who killed 30 people at a Virginia Tech building was "well-prepared" to continue his shooting spree with more than 200 additional rounds of ammunition, a state panel was told on Monday. Police found 203 live rounds in Nor-ris Hall, where Seung-Hui Cho killed 25 students and five faculty members before committing suicide on April 16, State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty told a panel investigating the massacre. Cho also shot two other students elsewhere. "He was well-prepared to continue on," Flaherty said. Cho fired 174 shots from two handguns on the second floor in a span of nine minutes, taking his own life at 9:51 a.m. as police on the stairwell approached the floor, Flaherty said. Asked to describe Cho's shooting method, Flaherty said, "I would describe it as very deliberate. There seemed to be nothing panicky at all." Earlier, after hearing testimony from a Virginia Tech attorney that privacy laws prohibit release of students' mental health and other records, panel member Tom Ridge said the group needs to find a way to gain access to Cho's records. "We'd be remiss if we didn't do a real deep dive into this area," said Ridge, the former U.S. Homeland Security chief. Cho was found "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization" in December See Va. Tech, Page A6 Lebanon continues attacks on militants HUSSEIN MALU/The Associated Press A Lebanese police officer stands near a burning building after an explosion hit a shopping area in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday. By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Lebanese troops blasted a Palestinian refugee camp with artillery and tank fire again on Monday, seeking to destroy a militant group with al-Qaida ties. The barrage smashed buildings and sent plumes of black smoke towering over the crowded camp on the Mediterranean. The fierce, two-day battle has killed nearly 50 combatants and an unknown number of civilians, raising fears that Lebanon's worst internal violence since the 1975-1990 civ- il war could spread in a country with an uneasy balancing act among various sects and factions. Refugees in the Nahr el-Bared camp, on the outskirts of the northern port city of Tripoli, hid in their homes as fighting raged, and Palestinian officials in the camp said nine civilians were killed on Monday. Reports from the camp could not be confirmed because officials and reporters could not get inside. 'There are many wounded. We're under siege. There is a shortage of bread, medicine, and electricity. There are children under the See Lebanon, Page A6 TODAY'S QUICKREAD Hold your water A local water treatment plant will have to wait for improvements until options are evaluated. Full story Bl Colonels advance No. 1 seed James Wood topped Warren County 4-2 in Monday's Northwestern District baseball tournament quarterfinals. Full story CI Still rising Retail gasoline prices climbed to another record on Monday, hitting an average of $3,196 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Full story Dl COMING WEDNESDAY A generous donation has given Orchard View Elementary School students room to roam. A dedication ceremony for the Frederick County school's new track will be held today. Four Sections, 28 Pages Bulletin Board...........B2    Life....... Business....................Dl Local.... Classified Ads............03 Movies.. Comics......................B7 Nation.. Dear Abby..................D3 Sports... Editorials...................A4 Virginia. C6 Bl B8 A5 .CI A3 TODAY'S FORECAST 73 HIGH Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Southeast winds around 5 mph. Full report A6 53 LOW Miss your paper? Call 665-4946 from 7 to 11 a.m. See us on the Web: www.wlnchesterstar.com 0608566000375 The Winchester Star   

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