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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, Athens, Alabama Baby welcomed Reporters get first look at newborn panda at National Zoo 15^Wearing down Late lapse costs West Limestone in game at Tanner    IBThe News-CourierServing Athens and Limestone Colntv: A Commi лил of Tradition and Fn i reVVednesdav, November 30, 2005 enewscounencom 50 Cents Brenda Тепл’ of Athens Subscriber of the dav HDffF Hey, Sound Off: 1 have a construction background of between 45 and 50 years, working mostly in the Southeast. I have observed things that are connected with roads, pipelines, tunnels and various other types of heavy construction. Recently 1 noticed three things of which I make the following comments; 1. The county commission deserves congratulations on the new surface of Highway 99 which has been resurfaced using a new skid resistant surface. 2. The commission resurfaced Elk River Mills from the river bridge to Cairo Hollow' Road with a good black “slick” Surface. 3. Now, the shoulders on U.S. 72 between Athens and Oliver Bridge at the Lauderdale County line are higher than the pavement, which in turn will result in hydroplaning and will cause wrecks. Get the new's with your morning coffee Subscribe U) The Seu's-Courier liirm Index Classified 4-6B Comics..........3B Headlines 4A Health ..........8A Ledger ..........6A Obituaries 2A Thomas Edward Johnson Fred G. Kelley William Pryor Newby Kelley Wales Jr. Annie Ruth Young Sports.........1-2B Valley...........5A Weather.........2A Daily Bible Moment '^he Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Matthew 16:27 Limestone Chape iNl 322 H*\. 31 N* Athens 2.4-232-1051 256-771-09.34 7    69847    00001Delphi workers stage protest Hundreds picket just I outside gates Ba Tashia Lon FI.I. tashia(^i athensnew's-couher. com •‘Miller W RECKS American VALUES." were just some of the words that could be read on some of the protest signs outside the Delphi Plant in Limestone County Tuesday. Miller is referring to Delphi Chairman and CEO Robert S. “Steve" Miller. “Today will bring awareness to what's actually going on in f)elphi and it will make a difference," said \'ann Owens, a member of UAW Local 2195. as he stood near U.S. 31 South just outside the gates of the Limestone Delphi complex with other picketers Tuesday afternoon. He said their purpose is to bring information to the general public about what Miller is trying to do, as far as using the bankruptcy laws to put the blame of the financial condition of Delphi on hourly employees where it was actually the previous executives. The Associated Press reported that Delphi, which filed for bankruptcy last month, was originally scheduled to defend the compensation plan in bankruptcy court Tuesday, but that hearing was postponed until January 5. Unions See Delphi, Page 3A Ncws-C’ourier Kim Rvnders Limestone Delphi employees (from left) Ricky Roberts, Leonard Skipworth and Tim Martin hold their protest signs high for people to see Tuesday just outside the gates of the Limestone County complex. Judge grants Delphi more time in court NEW YORK (AP) - Delphi Corp. got a little relief Tuesday after a bankruptcy judge gave them more time to decide whether to reject a contract with execu-tive-search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., which is finding the embattled auto supplier a new chief financial oft'icer. Judge Robert D. Drain told lawyers for Russell Reynolds that granting Delphi more time does not necessarily mean the firm will not receive the approximately $149,000 it’s owed for searches if it finds a new CFO. “You want reasonable comfort that your client will be compensated for its services," Drain said. “1 don't think you will be barred from that." At the court hearing Tuesday, Drain also denied requests by Sensus Precision Die Casting Inc. and Solectron Manufactura de Mexico S.A to impose deadlines on Delphi to assume or reject contracts with the two manufacturers. “One of the reasons (Delphi) is in Chapter 11 is to further rationalize its manufacturing facilities,” Drain said after See Court, Page 3A Work on Unit 1 73 percent complete Bv Karen Middleton ancne\vs@,pclnet. net Work on the idled Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 1 reactor is more than 73 percent complete and still on schedule for May 2007 restart, according to TVA spokesman Craig Beasley. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will hold a quarterly status report meeting with TVA Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. at Browns Ferry’s Site Training Center to discuss completed work, future milestones and NRC oversight and inspection. “We are 73 percent completed with engineering and modifications,” said Beasley. “Right now, we’re working on bulk modifications and we w'ill begin the transition to returning systems to service shortly after the first of the year. Then it’s preoperative testing, then startup.” This is the fifth series of status meetings on the SI.8 billion Unit 1 restart and the first since a restart panel was formed. See Unit 1, Page 3A Ai’ Photo Saddam Hussein addresses the court in Baghdad Monday. The ex-Iraqi president is being tried in Iraq and could get the death penalty. Saddam trial will resume next week BACillDAD, Iraq (AP) — Mounting political pressure to speed up the trial oi’ Saddam Hussein threatens the independence of the Iraqi special court trying the case, international observers warned Tuesday, a day after a brief second session. A U.S. official close to the tribunal said the court planned to streamline procedures when it recom enes next week, including steps to prevent defense lawyers from using stalling tactics to delay the proceedings. The deposed leader and See Saddam, Page 3A Gasoline right for holiday travel News-C'ouricr Kim Rynders Christy McBride, with Cook Travel, LLC. in Athens, holds a ski destination brochure. Ski trips are a popuiar Christmas, winter, famiiy destination for the hoiiday travei season. Ba Tasuia I.()\ fee tashiaCa athensnew s-courier. com It won't be long before Christmas and some will be hitting the roads for a little holiday travel. And with recent drops in fuel prices some might wonder what can be expected during the upcoming holidays. Clay Ingram, public relations manager with A.AA Alabama, said that he thinks we will continue to see prices come down tlirough next month. But there are no guarantees, he said. The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in the state Tuesday was $2.11, which was down one cent from Monday and down 45 cents from state average a month ago. But some stations in Athens Tuesday were reporting regular grades of gasoline at $1.95 per gallon. However, the price of gas was still 23 cents higher than a year ago. According to Ingram, some things contribute to the decline in the fuel costs including people who are doing a pretty good job conserving fuel nationwide and refineries are getting back up after being damaged during the hurricane season. He also said that this is typically the time of year when the demand drops anyway. Aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is not a lot of travel, Ingram said. See Gas prices. Page 3A ;