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Jobless benefits hit record
The number of people receiving unemployment benefits has reached the highest level on records that go back more than 40 years, the government said Thursday, and more layoffs are spreading throughout the economy.
Iraq said Thursday it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for U.S. diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians.
Jury selection continues
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Seating panel for T.G.I. Friday's slayings trial takes fourth day
By Karen Middl eton and Kelly Kazek
Jury selection wore on for the fourth day Thursday with still no jury seated in the murder trial oi 23-year-
old Jamal Woods.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, attorneys were still in the midst of questioning each potential juror individually. Jury' selection was to continue today with the possibility of opening statements later in the afternoon.
Woods was indicted for two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, and Thurston Turner, 27, both of Athens, at T.G.I. Friday s in Huntsville on Dec. 17, 2006. Witnesses told investigators that Woods became jealous when Beavers spoke to Woods’ wife, Rotesia Horton Woods.
He is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the wounding of Autora Frias Tory Rogers, 23, also of Athens, and bystander William Reliford of Hazel Green. Rogers survived severe wounds and lay in a coma for three weeks. Reliford was released after
a short hospital stay.
Attorney Alan Mann is representing Woods. Madison County Assistant District Attorney Don Rizzardi and Mann are expected to call some 40 witnesses to testify before Circuit Judge Laura W. Hamilton.
Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers was 21fyears old the night of Dec. 17, 2006, when he was shot to death at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on University Drive in Huntsville.
Beavers, an Athens native, had moved to Huntsville after a year at the University of Memphis, where he had gone following his 2004 graduation from Athens High School to play basketball and further his education, to decide what he wanted to do with his future.
His plan was to return to college and get a business degree, said his great-uncle, Greg Turner of Kentucky.
See Beavers, page 3A
Thurston Turner died Dec. 26, 2006, at Huntsville Hospital from injuries sustained when he was shot in the face Dec. 17 during the T.G.I. Friday’s shooting
He was 27 years old and a father of two young children.
Turner, a Tanner native, “flatlined” the night of the incident but was revived, his great uncle Greg Turner
said at the time.
Thurston worked at Details, a subsidiary of Steel-
See Turner, page 3A
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Teddy Olson, left, enjoys his nephew, Dylan Dunbar, while staying at his grandfather s h°rne in Rogersville. Teddy, a former West Limestone High School student, lost his mother and home in a fire in December. A fundraiser is being held for him at 6 p.m. Saturday at the school.
Community rallies around teen whose mother died in house fire
By Jean Cole
With his ribs wrapped in gauze, 18-year-old Teddy Olson sits on the couch at his grandfather’s house and peers into a snapshot of his mother.
The 5-by-7 square he holds - and the others like it - are the remnants of Patty McCurry as she was in life. She died Dec. 23 in a fire that destroyed the family’s mobile home in Salem.
Gone are the voice, the laughter and the life that was his mother.
Trying to fill the space are family, friends, coworkers and a generous community.
On Saturday, friends are hosting a music-filled fundraiser to help Teddy buy a mobile home, pay medical bills and cover other essentials. Those who
See Rallies, page 2A
Line-up of musicians announced in benefit Saturday for teen fire victim
By Jean Cole
Do you have $5 to spare for a teenager in need?
He doesn’t need a new car, high-dollar tennis shoes or a state-of-the-art sound system — he needs a home.
And you can help him - and hear fine music and enjoy a silent auction and bake sale - if you stop by the old gymnasium at West Limestone High School at 6 pm Saturday for a fundraiser for Teddy Olson, the 18-year-old West graduate who recently lost his mother
See Musicians, page 2A
How to help
Event: Fundraiser for Salem fire victim includes live musical acts, silent auction and bake sale Time: 6 p.m. Saturday Location: West Limestone High School's old gymnasium Cost: Admission free but a ’ $5 donation would be appreciated
Rep. Davis to speak at ASUs Black History event
Athens. State University and Calhoun Community College have scheduled events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month.
The 2009 theme highlights the centennial of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the election of Barack Obama as the first African American President of the United States.
The keynote speaker for Black History Month at ASU will be Congressman Artur Davis. Davis will be speaking at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in McCandless Hall, with a reception following in the parlor of Founders Hall.
As Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Artur Davis begins his third term, he is developing a national reputation as a thoughtful leader who is poised to influence the national debate.
The theme for this year’s Black History Month at Athens State University follows the national theme derived by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History: “'Ihe Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas.”
ASU also will host an art show featuring works by Andrew Anderson and Willie Davis from Feb. 9 until Feb. 20 in the Art Gallery of the San-dridge Student Center. It is free and open to the public from 8 am until 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
For information call Athens State at (256) 233-8126.
Calhoun events include:
• Heart of Africa by Ivy Joe Milan, 11 am, Feb. 4, Chasteen Student Center in the Limestone County campus;
• Financial Literacy by Lester Jones, Primerica Financial Services, 11 am., Feb. 10, Chasteen Student Center,
• Open microphone event, Sharing the Creative Arts of African Americans, 10:45 am., Feb. 11, front lobby, Chasteen Student Center,
• Hygiene for Health drive, Feb. 17-19;
• BSA bocdc discussion, “Covenant In Action” led by Kenneth Anderson, noon, Feb. 17, Brewer Library Green Room Limestone campus;
• African American Film
See Davis, page 2A