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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama Why knot try Cinnamon Love Knots? Recipe PAGE 1CThe News CourierServing Athens and Limestone County: A Community    and    Future 50 cents Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Visit us online Inside Today Rattler flies high Tanner's Latraius Mosley soars past 2,000-point career scoring mark. SPORTS, PAGE B1 Woods takes stand 7 69 847 00001 t Defense blames action on traumatic childhood ' *as breaking news GM slashes more jobs General Motors is planning to cut another 10,000 salaried jobs this year, saying the cuts are unavoidable with a government restructuring deadline looming and industrywide sales in one of the worst downturns in history. PAGE12A Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Health..........8 A Ledger..........5A Lifestyles........1C Obituaries.......2 A Prude Marie Jackson Dorothy Irene Walker Sports...........IB Weather.........2 A By Karen Middleton karenfS }athensnews-courii r.crni Jamal Woods, 24, who is accused of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two Athens men two years ago, testified Tuesday that his mother always told him, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But when the village doing the childrearing is the Los Angeles “hood,” the African proverb takes a sharp downward turn. That is one of the defense avenues attorneys Larry Morgan and Alan you saw €> ^Breaking news at Mann are taking in trying to save Woods from death row on the capital murder charge. They say their client has an anti-social disorder resulting from his childhood on the streets of*South Central L.A. Woods was indicted for capital murder in the shooting deaths of Tan- See Murder trial, page 3A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Jamal Woods, above, takes the stand in his capital murder trial Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court. He is accused of shooting to death two Athens men and wounding two others. Circuit clerk’s office moving Marta Poole, Melesa Tommie and Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page load boxes to prepare to move files to the second floor of the courthouse. Clerk s quarters temporarily relocating during renovation By Kelly Kazek kt'llytg' Now that renovations are complete on the Limestone County District Attorney’s office space in the historic courthouse in downtown Athens, county commissioners are ready for work to begin on the Circuit .Court Clerk’s offices. Clerk Charles Page said when finished, his first-floor offices will have the same look as the DA’s offices and will give him more space and the ability to better organize the many documents kept on file there. Office hours The Circuit Clerk's office will close to the public for only one day - this Friday - and will re-open Tuesday morning. However, traffic court will continue as scheduled, Clerk Charles Page said. The Circuit Clerk is responsible for housing all documents related to court proceedings, as well as accepting court payments See Clerk, page 2A Officer: McLain admitted to nudity By Jean Cole jean d athensnc\\s-courier.a)m An Athens attorney accused ot kidnapping and sexually abusing two underage teenagers admitted to an Athens Police detective that the girls might have seen him    . nude as he W" “w walked to ©tweaking news the laundry room of his Athens home July 4, but he denied masturbating in front of the girls, the detective said. John Hamilton McLain V, 50, did not testify in his own defense Tuesday afternoon at the Madison County Court- See McLain, page 7A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Athens attorney John McLain listens in Madison County Court Tuesday as attorneys confer with the judge. An Athens veterinarian pleaded guilty Monday to possession of counterfeit bills in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, Term. According to a court clerk, Bruce Young, 62, of 311 N. Marion St., entered the guilty plea to possession of counterfeited $20 Feder- al Reserve notes, a charge brought by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Tennessee. Young’s sentencing is scheduled for May 4. Young was arrested by Lincoln County, Tenn., officials Sept. 10, along with Jason Heath Clem, 34, of Athens, at the Lincoln County Fair after a carnival worker suspected they were passing fake $20 bills. Young and Clem were scheduled to be in court in October on one count each of forgery, but the cases weTe eventually turned over to federal prosecutors. Clem’s case is pending. Young served time in prison on a ‘ conviction for conspiracy to commit counterfeiting in the mid-1990s. He temporarily lost but then regained his license to practice veterinary medicine. — Kelly Kazek Washington Street Diner One Block East of Athens Square 1 OO Washington St. Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm Open 6<X)am til 2:OOpm Mikn.-Fri. • 6:OGam til 12:OOpm Sc*. Take Out Orders - N^all Check: out our Doily .Blue Plate Special $4.63 ;