Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 13, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Cold Springs girls 59, Tanner 46
Elkmont girls 63, Good Hope 61 OT
Athens girls 66, Butler 45
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McLain guilty on 8 counts
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As the handcuffs clicked on John McLain’s wrists Thursday, the clean-cut Athens attorney lowered his head when he saw his daughter, her head in her hands crying, and his mother trying to console her.
“I love you,” the daughter said.
“I love you.” McLain replied as sheriiFs deputies escorted him from a Madison County courtroom.
After two days of testimony and
"I was trying to help them."
- ATHENS ATTORNEY JOHN McLAIN FOLLOWING THE VERDICT
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about eight hours of deliberations Wednesday and Thursday, a 10-man, two-woman jury emerged about 12:30 p.m. with an answer for the 50-veaiH>ld man accused of
picking up two Madison runaways — ages 12 and 13 — improperly touching them and masturbating in the nude in friont of them at his home on July 4.
He was convicted of eight arunts:
• Two felony counts of enticing a child;
• Four misdemeanor counts of second-degree unlawiul imprisonment:
• Two misdemeanor counts of
See McLain, page 2A
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John McLain in court Tuesday
Lucky No. 13?
NEWS COURIER ILLUSTRATION BY KELLY KAZEK
Why be afraid on Friday the 13th?
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Are you a paraskevidekatriaphobic? Someone ailing with the “morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th” may not know exactly why they feel dread for the day or fixim where the bad luck superstitions of Friday the 13th are derived, but they surely will be careful about what they do today.
Unusually, 2009 will have three “days of terror” - today, March 13 and Nov. 13. The day is regarded by most folklorists as the most widespread superstition. But when and where did the infemous Friday the 13th get its bad reputation?
There is history and theory behind the number 13, the day Friday, the converged Fri-
Did you know
... paraskevidekatriaphobia is the morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th?
day the 13th and how the date become synonymous with bad luck.
The No. 13
The number 13 itself has much superstition behind it. Many cities do not have a 13th street or a 13th avenue and some buildings do not have a 13th floor.
Nevertheless, according to David Emery of About.com, ancient Chinese regarded the
See Friday, page 2A
Attorney quits case to testify for Woods
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Everyone involved with the capital murder trial of Jamal Woods came Thursday to the Madison County courtroom ot Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton expecting to immediately hear attorneys’ closing ments.
But defense attorneys Larry Morgan and Alan Mann threw a curve ball.
The defense rested its case late Wednesday, but Morgan asked to reopen the trial and be recused from the defense
team so he could take the stand as a witness. He told the judge he wanted to testify to a conversation he had with state Medical Examiner Adel Shaker by telephone that would have bearing on the circumstances of Thurston Turner’s death.
Turner, of Athens, is one of tvyp men Woods is accused of murdeC-ing in a Dec. 17, 2006, shooting at T.G.I. Friday’s in Huntsville. The man WockIs shot first, Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, also of Athens, died at the scene. Turner died nine days later in Huntsville Hospital.
Woods also was indicted for attempted murder in the wounding of Tory Rogers of Athens and bystander William “Tim” Reliford ot
See Trial, page 3A
Pennington closing office after board restricts license
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After 55 years of practicing family medicine in Athens, physician William S. Pennington, 81, is closing his office, saying the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners has revoked his license to prescribe controlled drugs.
Although Pennington still has a license to practice medicine, he
said the inability to prescribe controlled medications such as narcotics hinders his ability to care for patients.
“It’s sort of like telling a surgeon he can keep his license but he can’t operate,” Pennington said ¡Thursday.
In a paid advertisement taken out in The News Courier this week, Pennington states the board
says he has been operating a chronic pain clinic.
“A family doctor cannot properly care for his patients unless he can, when indicated, prescribe controlled drugs.” he wrote in the ad. “So I am closing my practice in the interest of the public.”
When interviewed, he said: “I insist I was not doing that.”
He said the board held a hear
ing about two weeks ago to decide the issue. In their investigation, board members looked at records of about 13 of his patients, Pennington said.
Pennington will not see any patients after noon today, he said, but the office will remain open for “a couple of weeks” so that pa-
See Doctor, page 3AIndex
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