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Jobless rate jumps to 7.6%
The nation lost nearly 600K jobs in January, the worst showing in a third of a century, as a vicious cycle of cutbacks in consumer spending forced more layoffs by employers.
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Suspect’s flight described
Witness: Woods asks friends
to aid in his escape, hide car
seeks end to retiree benefits
From stall, wire reports
Troubled auto supplier Delphi Corp. has reportedly asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to cancel health care and life insurance benefits for current and future salaried retirees.
At least one local former employee discovered her prescription drug card was no longer valid last weekend. When she called, she was told General Motors would take over the drug plan for Delphi employees.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report Friday that the request filed Wednesday with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York seeks to cut those benefits to 15,000 people as soon as April 1. The
See Delphi, page 3A
Pair charged with burglary of apartment
By Jean Cole
jeai i Qathensiic\\s-c()urier.com Two Athens men are facing burglary charges after allegedly stealing a computer, camera and other electronic equipment from a local apartment, an official said.
Maverick Labarron Dortch, 18, of 11789 Gary Redus Drive and Benjamin Allpn Hill, 18, of 21970 Bean Road East were arrested 'Thursday and charged with third-degree burglary, records show. They are accused of stealing five Sony PlayStation games, a Sony PlayStation game console, an Acer brand computer, a Kodak digital camera, an Mp4 player
See Burglary, page 2A
What are they celebrating?
By Karen Midditton
Jamal Woods of Huntsville dialed his cell phone frantically in the late night hours of Dec. 17, 2006, and into the early morning hours of Dec. 18.
He needed a way to ditch his car and he needed a ride.
He was on the run. Shortly after 9 p.m. he had gunned down four people in front of a restaurant full of people. Two of those people, Tan-querav “Tank” Beavers, 21, and Thurston Turner, 27, both of Athens, were mortally wounded. Beavers died instantly where he stood at T.G.I. Friday’s bar, and his
cousin, Turner, was so gravely wounded he would die nine days later.
Two more, Autoro “Tory” Rogers of Athens and William “Tim” Reliford of Hazel Green, were both in Huntsville Hospital with serious wounds.
In police jargon, a “BOLO” — be on the lookout— had gone out for the 1971 black Chevelle with silver racing stripes in which Woods had been seen making his getaway.
Woods connected with one friend, Norman Rogers, who picked up Woods at the
See Trial, page 3A
Jamal Woods,in red shirt, who is on trial for capital murder in the shooting deaths of two Athens men, sits in Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton's courtroom in the Madison County Courthouse. The trial began Jan. 26 and will continue Monday.
Students from Tech School
will help NASA with Ares I
ward U.S. Space Exploration Policy goals: devel-
Students at Limestone Career Technical Center will join those from nine other high schools and engineering academies in Alabama and Ten-nessee to help NASA plan, build and test vehicle hardware to ready the stage for the next-genera-tion Ares I rocket.
The student teams are participating in NASA’s High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware, or HUNCH project. Now in its fifth year, the project is designed to boost students’ interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the cornerstones of technical and aerospace careers so vital to the nation’s economy.
It’s also a key component of NASA’s work to-
oping the Ares I rocket and Ares V heavy cargo launch vehicle to carry human explorers and advanced science missions to space, return American astronauts to the moon and launch new missions of exploration into the solar system beyond.
Through March, student teams, partnering with engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will analyze current plans, model hardware and fabricate prototypes for elements of the Ares I upper stage and the J-2X engine that will power that stage to orbit. These
See Rocket, page 2A
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Limestone Career Technical Center teacher Jason Emerson looks over blueprints of an Ares I part that students are helping NASA design as students Josh Thompson, center, and Simon Gregg assist. Students from the school will join those from nine other high schools in Alabama and Tennessee to help NASA plan, build and test vehicle hardware of the Ares I rocket.