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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - May 24, 2007, Winchester, Virginia The Winchester Star Soldiers' bodies found in Iraq By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD - A body recovered by Iraqi police from the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday was identified as one of three American soldiers abducted in an ambush claimed by al-Qaida, relatives and officials said. A second body was also found in the area, but there was no immediate word if it was also one of the missing soldiers, according to a U.S. military official who requested anonymity because the information has not yet been released. Military officials told the family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance, Calif., that a commanding officer identified the remains recovered from the river, but that DNA tests were still pending. "They told us, We're sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe,' " said the soldier's aunt, Debbie Anzack. "I'm in disbelief." Anzack, 20, vanished along with the two others after their combat team was ambushed on May 12 about 20 miles outside of Baghdad. Five others, including an Iraqi, were killed in the ambush, subsequently claimed by al-Qaida. American forces also disclosed nine more deaths on Wednesday, raising to 20 the number of U.S. troops killed in four days. The spike in American deaths and the discovery of the bodies come at a difficult moment for Washington, where the Bush administration and Congress are struggling to agree on funding for the unpopular war. The search for the captured soldiers has also taken thousands of troops out of the pool of forces for the Baghdad security crackdown. Nationwide, at least 104 people were killed in sectarian violence or found dead on Wednesday, including 32 who perished in suicide bombings. One bombing took place 60 miles west of the capital, the other in a city to the east near the Iranian border. In the search for the U.S. soldiers ambushed and captured on May 12, See Soldiers, Page A8 Thursday, May 24, 2007 111th YEAR No. 275 WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601 JEFF TAYLOR The . Beam me up Zachary Hayes, 15 months, of Winchester, gets a boost into the sunbeams from his uncle, Josh Hayes, as the two enjoyed a walk on Wednesday in Winchester's Jim Barnett Park. City woman says she blew whistle GOP candidate faces felony charges By MARK R. DOROLEK The Winchester Star WINCHESTER - A campaign volunteer for Republican 27th District state Senate candidate Jill Holtzman Vogel was responsible for filing the complaint against opponent Mark David Tate, but she contends it was not a dirty trick. "I wish this had come out sooner, so it would not look so political," said Laurie A Letourneau, 58, of Winchester, who filed the complaint against Tate in January. Tate, 41, a restaurateur and former vice mayor of Middleburg, is vying for the Republican nomination against Holtzman Vogel. Tate was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of campaign election fraud and nine counts of perjury in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Tuesday. The charges are from Tate's campaigns in 2003 and in 2007 for the 27th District seat. Tate will face a scheduling hearing on June 5, just one week before the June 12 Republican primary to determine if he or Holtzman Vogel will run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. H. Russell. Potts Jr. Tate's alleged illegal activity came between Oct. 1,2002, and May 1 of this Mark David Tate year. Tate ran unsuccessfully against Potts for the Republican nomination in 2003, but lost the GOP primary by 106 votes. Potts announced in February that he would not seek re-election. Letourneau said she did not start volunteering for Holtzman Vogel - a War-renton attorney - until April, well after the complaint was filed. The complaint was filed with the State Board of Elections, after looking into Tate's campaign finance reports and finding "discrepancies" with them, she said. The Board of Elections then directed her to contact the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Office because it did not have the resources to pursue the investigation, Letourneau said. "This is more about honesty and ethics in politics," she said. Letourneau pointed to Tate's 2003 run for the office, when he was fined for campaign disclosure violations, as to another reason that she filed the complaint. "If Jill was doing what Mark did then, I wouldn't be supporting her," she said. See Whistle, Page A8 Flagpole proponent Kirk dies By ROBERT IGOE The Winchester Star QUOTABLE WINCHESTER - A Clarke County businessman will be remembered as a man of principle who was willing-to defend those principles. Jerry Kirk, who owned Apple Blossom U-Store-It in Waterloo, died on Saturday at his home at age 79, at a time when he was continuing his fight for what he believed was his right to fly an oversized American flag from his business. Kirk's legal battle began shortly after he installed an 80-foot-high flagpole at the storage center. He used that to display an oversized American flag. Kirk, a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, said he placed it because of his love for his country. County planning officials, however, said the flagpole was in violation of county codes, which limit permanent structures to no higher than 40 feet in the Highway Commercial " He felt that he was doing the right thing by displaying that flag. - Barbara J. Byrd Clarke County supervisor District where it was located, While the code did not mention flagpoles specifically, the Clarke Counjy Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors still ruled that it counted as a -structure, and the supervisors ruled 3-1 against a Planning Commission recommendation that maximum height limits be increased by 50 percent in all zones. That increase still would have left Kirk's flagpole over county limits. "He flew a beautiful flag," said Clarke County Supervisor Barbara J. Byrd. "He felt that he was doing the right thing by displaying that flag. He was very proud of it, and our flag is a symbol of our country and a lot of sacrifices made for our freedom. I think we all lose sight of that sometimes." Kirk appealed the decision based on First Amendment grounds and with an argument that the flagpole was situated in an imbedded cylinder with a sand-filled base, making it See Flagpole, Page A7 GINGER PERRY/The Winchester Star Jerry Kirk's 80-foot-high flagpole still stands at the Apple Blossom U-Store-lt in Waterloo. Frederick IDA to file Allegheny rate hike opposition By ERICA M. BUSH The Winchester Star WINCHESTER -The Frederick County Industrial Development Authority and 18 local employers are expected to file a brief today with the Virginia State Corporation Commission opposing a possible rate increase from Allegheny Power. The authority and local businesses are arguing that Allegheny Power's request to increase the fees the company charges residential and business customers in the northern Shenandoah Valley will damage the region's economic growth. Allegheny has filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission that could result in a substantial rate increase over the next three years. The increase sought by the utility company will cost its customers more than $35.9 million over three years, according to a press release issued on Wednesday evening on behalf of the IDA and local employers. Attempts to reach IDA members on Wednesday night were unsuccessful. Allen T. Staggers, Allegheny Energy's manager of corporate communica- tions, said earlier this month that purchasing energy in a market with high rates is the factor that would cause the power company to increase rates. Allegheny contends that the existing agreement on a capped rate should end on July 1, while the SCC believes the cap should continue for another year, Staggers said. If Allegheny is allowed to raise rates immediately after July 1 and pass the costs on to customers, the rates would increase 41 percent for residential customers, 60 percent for medium-size industries such as Wal-Mart, and 76 percent for large industries such as Rubbermaid Commercial Products. Because the rates would be spread over a three-year period, the residen- See Allegheny, Page A8 Justice aide testifies By DAN EGGEN and PAUL KANE c 2007 The Washington Post WASHINGTON - A former senior aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales leveled serious new accusations against him and other Justice Department officials on Wednesday, including an "uncomfortable" attempt by Gonzales to review his account of the firings of a group of U.S. attorneys as Congress was intensifying its investigation of the issue. Monica Goodling, Gonzales' former senior counselor and White House liaison, also told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that she "crossed the line" by using political criteria in hiring a wide array of career professionals at Justice, including See Testifies, Page A8 Monica Goodling Plants accused of polluting Star Staff Report BOYCE - Three citizen groups have filed a lawsuit against the poultry industry for illegal dumping of processing and construction waste. On Wednesday, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, and Waterkeeper Alliance announced their intentions to sue Pilgrim's Pride Corp. and Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. for violating federal and state environmental laws. The notice filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg states that the environmental groups will file suit against the poultry processors in 60 days unless the discharges are corrected, according to Bill Gerlach, staff attorney for the Irv-ington, N.Y.-based Waterkeeper Alliance. The notice is required under federal law. The groups charge the poultry processors with the unlawful dumping of poultry waste and construction debris into die North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Timberville, located in Rockingham County about five miles west of New Market. See Polluting, Page A7 TODAY'S QUICKREAD 'Semper fi,' and we mean it After 40 years apart, an elite group of Marines are together again, faithful to each other and their missing Vietnam-era colleagues as they ride in remembrance. Full story Bl COMING FRIDAY What can your children do to keep busy over the summer? The Star will preview some of the programs that will be available to keep youngsters active during their off time. Sparks flies Seventeen-year-old songstress Jordin Sparks has been crowned this year's winner of "American Idol." Full story C8 2 Four Sections, 32 Pages Bulletin Board...........B2 Business....................B7 Classified Ads............D2 Comics......................C7 Dear Abby..................B4 Editorials...................A4 Local.........................Bi Movies.......................C8 Nation.......................A5 Sports........................CI Virginia......................A3 Weekend....................Dl TODAY'S FORECAST Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers OA and thunderstorms. South winds 5 to 10 mph. HIGH Full report A8 'In Focus' An exhibition of some of National Geographic magazine's greatest portraits opens on Friday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Full story Dl 53 LOW Miss your paper? Call 665-4946 from 7 to 11 a.m. See us on the Web: www.wlnchesteretar.com 0608566000375