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The Auburn Plainsman A SPIRIT THAT IS NOT AFRAID Thursday, March 7, 2013 Vol. 119, Issue 35, 16 Pages Shooting sends two to EAMC Online Full recovery expected for Hyatt House Apartment shooting victims Chandler Jones COMMUNITY REPORTER Campus A4 KATHERINE MCCAHEY / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR Bo Jackson was voted best athlete of all time by ESPN through a fan-voting system. Jackson is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two professional sports, football and baseball. BO KNOWS BEST Bo Jackson voted ‘Greatest Athlete of All Time’ by ESPN Sport Science and Sportscenter Sports B1 Andrew Yawn SPORTS REPORTER THE PLAINSMAN POLL This week’s question “ Jackson’s speed qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Team for track and field, but he pursued football and baseball instead.” Chandler Jones Last week’s question INDEX A2 A6 A7 B1 B5 COMMUNITY REPORTER The case of Ronieta Shonette Thomas-Yates, of Auburn, dominated the Auburn City Council meeting Tuesday, March 5, as her mother and cousin spoke at Citizen’s Communications. Marsha Thomas, Yates’ mother, requested that the Council order all the records of the Auburn Police Department pertaining to her daughter’s case be given to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation for a “complete and thorough investigation,” Thomas said. “I truly believe that if it is turned over and someone else looks into it, a fresh pair of eyes, a lot of unanswered questions could be answered for us,” Thomas said. “And we will definitely find out what happened.” Yates passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012, from what Police ruled a suicide. According to Thomas, Yates was found in her apartment’s guest bedroom with a loose, thick, white cable cord wrapped around her neck three times. Yates was associate director of The Counseling Center at Auburn University at Montgomery. “We believe that the theory of suicide was adopted initially and caused the Auburn Police Department to not do a first-class investigation,” Dejuan Ghoston, Yates’ cousin said. “We are asking again the ABI be allowed to take over the entire investigation.” The family believes that many crucial pieces of evidence were overlooked, including a wine glass and physical evidence from the body. “My heart goes out to Ms. Thomas,” Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said. » See SHOOTING A2 —John Brenkus ESPN SPORTS ANALYST In a follow-up poll done by ESPN’s SportsNation, 30 percent of fans say that Jordan should have won. » See JACKSON A2 Mother wants to reopen alleged suicide case Vote online at Campus Opinion Community Sports Intrigue The legend of Bo continues to grow. After beginning with a bracket of 16 athletes representing a variety of professional sports from the past century, Jackson aced Roger Federer, knocked out Muhammad Ali, outscored Michael Jordan and ran over Jim Brown to take the title of ‘Greatest Athlete of All Time.’ The contest was a collaboration between SportsCenter and ESPN Sport Science. The victor of each match up was determined by ESPN sports “scientist” John Brenkus by comparing the measurables and accomplish- ments of each competitor. “Jackson’s speed qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Team for track and field, but he pursued football and baseball instead,” Brenkus said in his case for Jackson on ESPN. “At the 1986 NFL combine, his time of 4.12 seconds in the 40 is still the fastest ever measured at any NFL combine -and more than a tenth of a second faster than the modern combine record of 4.24 set by Titans running back Chris Johnson.” Jackson is also the only athlete to be named an AllStar in two professional sports — baseball and football — and won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. At 9:27 a.m. Saturday, March 2, Auburn police responded to calls of a shooting at Hyatt House Apartments on Gay Street. According to Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson, two men were taken to the East Alabama Medical Center after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. In a press release, the Auburn Police Department identified the victims as Randy L. Holland, 20, of Auburn and Lorenzo O. Jackson, 24, of Opelika. Holland was taken to EAMC for a gunshot wound to his right leg and Jackson had gunshot wounds to both legs. “They are in the ICU at the hospital,” said Paul Register, assistant chief of the Auburn Police Department. “It ap- pears that they probably will recover.” The police are in search of persons of interest, but have not released a motive. Dawson said the investigation is still in the preliminary stage. No University students were involved. “We’re still looking at several possibilities and still have an on-going investigation,” Register said. “We’ve interviewed numerous people. We’re getting further into the case. We just don’t want to release any details about suspects or anything like that right now.” The police believe this to be an isolated incident and are allowing traffic flow and people into their homes. “We ask the community for prayers,” Dawson said. RAYE MAY / PHOTO EDITOR The shooting occurred Saturday, March 2, at the Hyatt House Apartment complex on Gay Street. Both male victims were hospitilized. Birmingham native confirmed as trustee Austin Lankford CAMPUS REPORTER RAYE MAY / PHOTO EDITOR Marsha Thomas holds a picture of her daughter, Ronieta Shonette Thomas-Yates. “I can only imagine what she’s going through losing a daughter, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the daughter committed suicide. » See THOMAS A2 Wayne Smith has been confirmed by the state Senate as an at-large member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees. “It is a very humbling honor to be able to be on the board,” Smith said. “I am excited about the opportunity.” Smith graduated from Auburn in 1968 with a degree in secondary education and received a master’s degree in school administration in 1969. He then received a degree in healthcare administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1972. A Birmingham native, Smith now lives in Nashville, Tenn. He has been in Nashville for 17 years and is currently the chairman, president and CEO of Community Health Systems, which has 135 hospi- SMITH tals in 29 states. Over the years, Smith has stayed involved at Auburn. He has been on the Foundation Board for five years and is also a member of the Auburn University Research Advisory Council. Smith has also received awards for his involvement and with the University. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alumni Association. » See TRUSTEE A2

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