Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 10, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Scixiiig Atlic4is and IJincstoiie County: A Coniniunity of Tmditioii and Futu
Ala. civil rights pioneer
Before Rosa Parks, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin took a stand on a Montgomery bus
Local crime roundup
Authorities search for whoever took 9 guns
Man accused of spending $800 on stolen credit card
Man accused of fondling child
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Mom who gave birth to eight babies names fertiiity clinic she used
T.G.I. FRIDAY’S SHOOTINGS TRlA
Attorney: Was it one murder or 2?
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Was it one murder or two?
Jamal Woods was indicted for capital murder because he was charged with the shooting deaths of two men — Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers and Thurston Turner — pursuant to one action.
Beavers died instantly and Turner died nine days later of his wounds. But defense attorneys presented evidence that seems to implicate the treatment Turner received at Huntsville Hospital to stem profuse bleeding as the real cause of his death.
The state rested its case against Woods before noon Monday after showing T.G.I. Friday’s security camera shots of the moments leading up the shooting on Dec. 17,2006, and
See Murder, page ЗА
NEWS COURIER/JEAN COLE
The trial of Jamal Woods, accused of shooting to death two Athens men and wounding a third, and the trial of John McLain, an Athens attorney accused of sexual abuse, are taking place in Madison County Courthouse, above, in separate courtrooms. The courthouse is located in downtown Huntsville.
Smoother crossing on Hobbs
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NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
While it may be a inconvenient to encounter a closed street, in the long run It will be beneficial for Athens residents' vehicles. CSX is replacing the railroad ties at the Hobbs Street crossing, which are about 10 years old. Above, Terry Templeton of CSX shovels rock Monday at the tracks. Templeton says the railroad company replaces the ties during routine maintenance and hopes to get several years' use from the new ties.
Council moving forward on library
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Ji‘iii)iit‘ri^:ithciisiu'\vs-c(HirU‘r.(‘(>ni Vhe proposal for a library to take up occupancy in the former Kroger building is and will continue to be at the forefront of the minds of council members, Councilwoman Dr. Milly Caudle said at the Athens City Council meeting Monday night.
“Please be assured that we will work diligently. We want to get a library in there ...” she said.
Caudle said the Library Foundation Board would meet Thursday to discuss two main items involving, first, the relative space needed and, second, a financial plan for the library project. She did not want to put a time constraint on the planning, but stressed that the matter will be handled in a “systematic way” to accelerate an ordinance to present to the Limestone County Commission, which would part-
ner with the city of Athens in the project.
Council President Ronnie Marks noted in the work session prior to the meeting that proposed uses for the building included a plan with a library in the majority of the building and a small portion allotted to a revenue service.
Also, in the work session, An-
See Library, page 6A
McLain on trial
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Lawyer admits underage girls slept at house
By J KAN Cx)i i:
HUNTSVILLE - A 14-year-old girl wearing a gray-and-purple argyle sweater t(X)k her seat in the witness chair in the Madison County Courthouse and answered a state prosecutor’s questions.
She told how, on the night of July 4 she and her
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best friend ran away from home, walked for two hours
along U.S. 72 to Huntsville, nxJe to the top of Monte Sano mountain in an Athens attorney’s sports car, stayed overnight at his home and caught a movie before returning home the next evening. She answered most of the questions clearly and without hesitation. But her composure crumbled when the Assistant Attorney CJeneral
See McLain, page 6A
GM said to be in talks for Delphi
DFTROIT (AP) - C^eneral Motors Corp. is in talks with its former parts arm Delphi Corp. about taking back some Delphi factories that make key parts for GM vehicles, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday.
Troy, Mich.-based Delphi has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for more than three years, and like many suppliers is struggling with the shrinking U.S. auto market. I’he person said GM is worried that the plants could shut down if Delphi runs short of cash, crippling GM’s production.
The person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private, said the talks have been under way for several weeks and may not lead to any takeover of the plants. GM has had the option to take back factories in its 1999 agreement to spin off Delphi as an independent p>arts supplier.
Delphi plants make thousands of
See Delphi, page 2AIndex
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