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THOMASVILLE – Thomasville residents could have the opportunity to utilize a fixed bus loop service as early as October. Rex Buck, Davidson County’s public works director, said the Davidson County Transportation Department currently is in the planning stages of creating a fixed loop bus service as a pilot project for the Chair City. This week, the Thomasville City Council gave the OK on a resolution in support of the concept. According to the current proposal, an 18-passenger bus will be used from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with a loop frequency every 30 minutes. Davidson County already has purchased the bus and the bus shelters are on order, Buck said. The High Point Metropolitan Planning Organization is funding the pilot project with $80,000 through stimulus funding, according to Buck. The public works director said the target date for the start of the bus service in Thomasville is Jan. 1, 2011, but the pilot project could be rolled out as early as October. “We have to negotiate easements for the bus shelters, and there is going to be some tweaking
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Eloise Leonard (from left) and daughter Sharon Leonard get rebate paperwork filled out by Tammy Misenheimer for the refrigerator they purchased at Lowe’s on N. Main Street Thursday morning. Due to the large volume of sales, Lowe’s had different computer areas set up for different parts of the sales. By 8 a.m., there had been 165 sales, many were multiple appliances, as people took adavantage of the rebate program.
Appliance rebate program lures buyers BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Terrie Brown of Greensboro had long considered replacing her 20-year-old refrigerator. When the state’s appliance instant rebate program kicked in Thursday, she stopped thinking about it and did it. “It was kind of like, if I don’t jump on an opportunity like this now, it may die soon,” Brown said after she bought an Energy Star qualified refrigerator on Thursday at Sears in Oak Hollow Mall. “I wouldn’t have come out just to buy a refrigerator because of the program, but I know it’s a matter of time before my refrigerator runs out.” The North Carolina Energy Efficient Appliance and Replacement Rebate Program began Thursday, offering instant 15 percent rebates on Energy Star dishwashers, clothes washing machines, refrigerators and freezers at participating retailers. It runs through Sunday or until the $8.8 million in funding for the program runs out,
according to the state energy office. Lowe’s received reports from the state energy office around 5 p.m. Thursday indicating there was
‘I wouldn’t have come out just to buy a refrigerator because of the program, but I know it’s a matter of time before my refrigerator runs out.’ Terrie Brown Oak Hollow Mall shopper $5.5 million left in the program, said Daniel Kennedy, appliance department manager. About 50 people were waiting in line when doors opened at Lowe’s at 6 a.m. Thursday, he said. Sears manager John Capes said
the stream of traffic was “nonstop” on Thursday. “It definitely had the feeling of the day after Thanksgiving when we opened this morning,” Capes said. “We haven’t stopped since.” Aislynn Denny of High Point said she started to consider replacing several appliances when she heard about the program. “I immediately started thinking, ‘I have to replace this, and I have to replace that,’ ” said Denny, who also shopped at Sears on Thursday. “My husband and I just thought this was finally a good time to do it.” She said she probably would have waited until later in the year to buy a new refrigerator, but the program spurred her to shop on Thursday. Denny doesn’t mind taking advantage of a rebate from the federal government, either, she said. “I don’t know if our government can afford this, but I’m glad to take advantage of it,” she said. “People need all of the breaks they can get right now.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3617
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Attorneys for murder defendant seek delay in trial Go figure As you may know, for many years, most newspapers published the volume (year) and number (issue for any given year), usually just under the nameplate at the top of the front page. More often than you would think, those numbers got jumbled. That happened with The High Point Enteprise. Examples: an edition published in 1886 had Vol. 10; an 1897 edition had VOL. XVI (16 years); an 1891 edition had VOL. XV (15 years) and a 1912 edition had Vol. 17. An Enterprise anniversary edition in May will set you straight.
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HIGH POINT – It could be another year before an alleged gang leader facing a capital murder charge gets his day in court. Attorneys for Keith Lauchon Jackson Jr. want his trial delayed until they can gather additional information about his case to determine whether to file a motion Jackson under the newly enacted Racial Justice Act. That law allows capital murder defendants to present evidence of racial bias in the decision to seek the death penalty against them. A motion filed by Jackson’s courtappointed attorneys, Jim Kimel and Robert McClellan, does not allege that race has been a fac-
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Keith Lauchon Jackson Jr., 21, of High Point, faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of 21-year-old Joshua Matthew Sweitzer at what was then the Lucky Mart convenience store in south High Point. In October 2009, he was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for his role in a string of armed robberies in High Point and Davidson County. Federal prosecutors described him as a Crips street gang leader. tor in the case against disproportionately been Jackson, who is black carried out against blacks and is charged with first- in murders involving degree murder in the white victims and that Oct. 31, 2007, shooting blacks face a higher risk death of Joshua Matthew of wrongful conviction. Sweitzer. They also cited a 2008 But it claims that statis- Appalachian State Unitics, studies and patterns versity study that found show there has been gen- black defendants who eral racial disparity in killed white victims bethe state’s capital pun- tween 1999 and 2006 were ishment system – specifi- 14 times more likely to be cally that the races of vic- sentenced to death than tims and defendants are white defendants whose factors in whether the victims were black. death penalty is imposed The motion also argues in murder cases. that a delay is necesThe attorneys argue sary to allow time for the capital punishment has completion of a statewide
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study by two Michigan State University law professors that is trying to determine whether race played a role in the decisions to pursue the death penalty in murder cases over the past 20 years. The study is expected to be complete in August. The attorneys also ask for discovery information from the state that could shed light on prosecutors’ decision-making process in the case. They argue they will need “a minimum of one year to research and obtain the types of evidence” that could be used when they decide whether to file another motion seeking to prevent the state from seeking the death penalty against Jackson. The motion has not been heard and a judge has not yet made a decision on whether to grant the attorneys’ requests. email@example.com | 888-3531
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Denton store sells Albemarle man $1 million lottery ticket ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
DENTON – A Denton convenience store sold a $1 million lottery scratchoff ticket to a man from Ablemarle, according to a press release from the N.C. Education Lottery. Chai Lee won $1 million playing the $200 Million Extravaganza instant scratch-off game at Cagle’s Chevron on N.C. 49 in Denton. The $1 million prize will be paid as an an-
nuity in $50,000 payments for 20 years. According to lottery officials, he has already received his first check, which has an after-tax value of $34,006. Lee declined media interviews, but he told lottery officials he was surprised to win and hasn’t decided how he will spend his prize money. He bought the winning the ticket after going fishing after work, lottery officials said.
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PEC yard sale Laurel Van Deusen, administrative assistant at Piedmont Environmental Center, arranges Star Wars toys on a on rack. This is just part of numerous Star Wars items that were donated to the center for its yard sale on Saturday.
Advocates urge budget support for teacher salaries, classrooms BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
GUILFORD COUNTY – Teachers, bus drivers and education activists called on school district leaders Thursday to find ways to maintain teacher salaries and support for the classrooms. Superintendent Mo Green’s 2011 proposed $651.5 million budget would cut administrative expenses by an additional $6 million and eliminate 26 full-time positions, most of which would be transferred to vacant positions. Teachers fear that Green may increase class sizes in elementary schools, especially if state cutbacks are more than the $29 million expected, said Tijuana Hayes, president of the Guilford County Association of Educators, told the Board of Education during a budget hearing. “We don’t want furloughs or reductions in pay,” Hayes said. Gov. Beverly Perdue
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State: An additional $29 million cut. District Administrative Expenses: Cut $6 million Jobs: 26 full-time positions cut with many of those going to vacant positions. Teachers: No cuts proposed. Furloughs: A possible salary reduction of up to two days for all district employees who make more than $25,000 per year. has proposed restoring a teacher longevity – based salary increase – on average about 1.8 percent. Teachers would get a one-time bonus to make up for a furlough last year that cost them 0.5 percent of their salaries. The school board would have to match salary adjustments for employees paid entirely with local funds. “But we have been left out of the budget again and have had no raise in five years,” said Johnny Cook, speaking for classified employees. Classified employees include bus drivers, custodians and lunchroom workers.
A telephone number printed in Thursday’s Life & Kazoo section for tickets to a concert by The Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas and Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler was incorrect. The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. Tickets are $30 for seats in the orchestra and $25 for seats in the balcony. They are available by calling 887-3001 or visiting the Web site www.highpointtheatre. com
“We need a raise,” said driver Joe Wilkins. Wilkins and another driver Brenda Bailey urged the board to raise the proposed two-day furlough salary reduction level from $25,000 and above to $37,000. “We need to exempt drivers,” Bailey said. “I have struggled to maintain enough hours and I have worked in the summers.” County Manager Brenda Jones-Fox said has proposed level county funding for the schools at $175 million. Green wants an additional $6.4 million. Green’s budget includes an additional $3.4 million to cover increased expenses and $7 million
for repairs and maintenance, up $3 million. Green also wants to withhold the remaining 50 percent of funds that go to schools for supplies and professional development. Last year, Green withheld $6 million until the state approved allotments. “Consider carefully the impact of these proposed budget cuts,” said Ann Busby of High Point, chairwoman of the Guilford County Education Alliance. “You should eliminate cuts that have a negative impact on students.” Cutting education can damage the future for young people, said Joe Oots of High Point, an Alliance board member. “If we fail to fund education, we will fail to fund productivity and we will have problems in the future,” he said. By law, the school board must file a district budget with the Board of Commissioners by May 15.
Roaming cows entertain OSU students ternoon as their owner was trying to take them into the university’s veterinary medical center to have their hooves trimmed. They made their way onto a soccer field, where one of them was lassoed as students cheered “Ole!”
‘We’ve got the tax rate as low as we can, so this is one way we can give a service to all these unemployed ...’ Don Truell County commissioner rowed down to three. General locations for bus shelters being discussed are downtown Thomasville, the area of Lexington Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive and near Wal-Mart. Don Truell, a Davidson
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County commissioner from Thomasville who represents the county on the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation board, hopes the county eventually can connect the pilot project with PART’s park-andride location in Thomasville. “I know we can’t cut the tax rate all the time,” said Truell, who hopes the fare for the bus will be $1 to $2. “We’ve got the tax rate as low as we can, so this is one way we can give a service to all these unemployed, where they can make their little checks stretch a little bit.” Residents currently can utilize the services of the Davidson County Transportation Department by calling the department and setting up an appointment. Buck said the county is planning on operating the pilot project in Thomasville for six months and then reevaluate the service to see if it’s something that can be continued permanently.
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BOTTOM LINE COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two cows got loose on the Ohio State University campus, leading some students to skip classes to watch a roundup that lasted more than 90 minutes. Police say the pair of Belted Galloway cows got away Wednesday af-
and retooling of the proposed routes to make sure we service the areas of the city that the elected board desires that we service,” Buck said. Buck said Davidson County has identified several locations for bus shelters that will be nar-
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Released prisoner faces new charges MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
GREENSBORO – A man who was once mere hours away from execution for his role in a drug-related killing was re-arrested earlier this month after police said he tried to kill the ex-girlfriend who testified against him 15 years ago. Charles “Supreme” Walker, 45, who was previously convicted of first-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of 20-year-old Elmon Tito Davidson Jr., was arrested after police said he shot at Pamela Haizlip, his former girlfriend, on April 8. Walker, who police said ran a Greensboro drug ring in the early 1990s, and Haizlip were both charged in Davidson’s death. Davidson was bound, gagged and tortured. His throat was slit and then he was shot to death in a south Greensboro apartment in August 1992 when Walker accused him of attempting to rob Haizlip to steal drug money, according to court records. Witnesses said Davidson’s body was placed in a Dumpster. His remains have never been recovered and are believed to be buried in Greensboro’s White Street landfill.
Haizlip took a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in exchange for her testimony against Walker at his 1995 trial. She served two years in jail; Walker was convicted of first-degree murder and given the death penalty. Walker was 15 hours away from death in 2004 but was granted a stay of execution by the N.C. Supreme Court after the fairness of his trial was called into dispute. That dispute arose when Walker’s lawyers argued they were never made privy to certain police files during the trial. His attorneys say that information could have discredited some of the state’s witnesses. Walker was granted a new trial in 2007, but before it began, he pleaded guilty to accessory-after-the-fact of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, 15 years of which was credited for time already served. Walker got out of prison in April 2009 after his sentence was reduced through good conduct credits -- allowed under old state sentencing guidelines in place for crimes that happened before October 1994.
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Debris from the recent tornado waits to be picked up in front of 3701 Brandon Drive. Today is the last day the city will pick the debris as is.
Deadline to place storm debris at curb is today ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
HIGH POINT – The last day for High Point residents in the March 28 tornado corridor to place loose storm debris at the curb for collection is today, according to the city. After today, material must be boxed, put in clear bags or tied in bundles no more than 4 feet long and weighing no more than 50
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MEETINGS National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 668, meets at 11 a.m. Monday at Pioneer Restaurant, 10914 N. Main St. Archdale. The program will be by The Stratford Belles. 476-3259 Travelers Protective Association, Post D, holds its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Golden Corral at Oak Hollow Mall. A Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hilliard Memorial Baptist Church, 2311 Westchester Drive.
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A Project Veteran Aid workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Stratford, 1573 Skeet Club Road. It is to help qualified veterans and their widows receive benefits. Free
Death of a Parent, Sibling or Close Friend group meets 3-4:30 p.m. Monday at Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive. Registration and a pre-session interview are required; call Healthy Active Adults Day, 889-8446. a health fair, will be held Crossroads Depression 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at Kernersville Family YMCA, Support Group for people suffering from depression 1113 W. Mountain St. Free and bipolar disorder meets 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday SUPPORT GROUPS Death of a Spouse group at 910 Mill Ave. Facilitameets 5:30-7 p.m. Monday tor is John C. Brown. Call at Hospice of the Piedmont, 883-7480, e-mail jbrown@ 1801 Westchester Drive. mhaph.org, on the Web at Registration and a pre-ses- www.mhahp.org.
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pounds. The city relaxed yard waste collection requirements for storm debris for residents after the tornado. Since then, the city has removed several thousand tons of material from the storm-damaged areas. Contractors performing tree/stump removal or clearing are responsible for removing and disposing of that material. Yard
waste may be disposed of at the Ingleside Compost Facility. Commercial trucks/trailers will be charged regardless of where the material was generated. City residents may dispose of yard waste for free at Ingleside as long as it is from their personal residences (not a rental property) and is delivered to Ingleside in
their personal vehicles. Piles of debris/yard waste that remain after today will be tagged as a violation. After several tagged warnings, the city will remove the debris and charge the property owner $150 per load or the actual cost of removal and disposal, whichever is greater, according to the city.
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Obamacare may have woes like Massachusetts plan Americans who are so excited and can’t wait for Obamacare to start should take note of what is happening with the Massachusetts health care and be very concerned. During the push for passage of Obamacare, the president and Democrats used that state’s health care plan as the successful model to look at. The Massachusetts health care plan was worked out and passed with a Republican governor and Democrat cooperation. At the present time, Massachusetts health care is a disaster and Gov. Patrick recently froze health care premiums at last year’s rates. He has also asked the federal government for a $450 million dollar bailout. The not-forprofit health insurance companies have stopped writing new policies saying they will loose $100 million this year. This action was later overturned by a judge. Massachusetts currently has the highest health care costs of any state, which is reported to be about $13,000 per resident per year. The Massachusetts health care plan has completely failed to control costs, and premiums have gone up every year. For the past two years, emergency room visits have gone up 17 percent, which was not supposed to happen. Some residents are gaming the system by only purchasing health insurance when they need it, and as soon as they recover the insurance is canceled. This results in much higher premiums for the honest state residents. Americans can expect to see many of the failures that Massachusetts health care has experienced when Obamacare is implemented. The New York Times recently reported that many Democrats in Congress are baffled by what is actually in this Obama health care law. Maybe they should have read a few of the 2,700 pages in the health care bill before they voted for it. REGIS KLINE Trinity
Gerald Hege thought he was above the law I am writing to remind everyone to get out and vote on Tuesday, May 4. Voting is our most precious, and most important freedom. Never take your vote for granted. Please think about whom you are voting for. We have several good men running for the office of sheriff in Davidson County ... and one bad one. I felt so strong about this that I changed my affiliation to uncommitted so that I could vote on the Republican ticket. So I am asking all Republicans and unaffiliated voters, to seriously think about who they vote for as sheriff. If you do not know about who I am talking about, then shame on you. It’s Gerald Hege. This man who was elected twice as sheriff thought he was above the law and could do as he pleased. Every Sheriff takes a sworn oath to serve and protect the citizens of their county. This means “all,” regardless of race, creed, national origin or political affiliation. Hege violated the oath, he violated his promise to the people,
State funding is important to market
ov. Beverly Perdue brought good news earlier this week when she visited the spring High Point Market activities. Perdue told market and city leaders that she recommends no cuts in the $2 million in funding the state provides annually to help sponsor market. On Tuesday, Perdue released her $19.1 billion proposed budget, which will undergo scrutiny in the General Assembly. Despite Perdue’s understanding of the importance of state support for market, area officials and legislators must be on guard for foolish attempts to cut market funding from Perdue’s proposal. The state allocation pays a major share of costs for the market’s transportation system, which plays a significant role in making market a positive experience for tens of thousands of buyers and sellers who visit. The transportation system has played a key role in the High Point Market’s efforts to ward off competition for industry dominance, so the $2 million is an important investment for the state. Additionally, some state funding is used for worldwide marketing efforts. Unfortunately, Guilford County officials don’t share Perdue’s understanding of market’s importance to an area wider than just High Point. For years, county officials have been asked to step up Guilford’s financial support of market. This year, the county proposes cutting the previous $75,000 allocation to just $50,000. Again, we ask county commissioners to grasp the wide, economic impact of market and to please financially support it accordingly.
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3. Breast feeding will become popular again. There were six of us children, all breast fed. Four still living, 94, 85, 83, 80 years old. Our mother was only five feet tall. Can you imagine a woman these days breast feeding six kids, and cooking three meals a day on a wood stove? 4. Our country will wake up and reject the “change” that the Chicago mob was attempting to impose upon us. We will take our country back. 5. My bones ache and my gut growls at some of the things that our leaders try to pull over us: • An unrelenting effort to bankrupt our country. • An attempt to trash every one that questions their actions. • Not pay their taxes, yet they were writing the tax laws. • If the new health bill is so great, why the need to hire 1,600 and the violated his own words. IRS agents to snoop on us to see if He lied, therefore, you cannot we have insurance? trust anything he has said or will The German people thought Hitsay. ler was the greatest! I have seen When Hege was in office, all he the people so hungry they would wanted was the limelight. He has butcher horses that we killed by not changed his spots. Should Hege get elected, he will the shelling during the war. Every time they walked the streets and be able to seek his revenge on those who have crossed him. Plus, were stopped, they had to show after two more years as sheriff, he their “papers.” I pray to God that our people could retire and draw his full pay will repudiate this colossal hoax amount for the rest of his life. G. REED STEED that is being served on our counDenton try. May God bless this great, giving, loving country, the USA. JOE ROWE What will America be like in High Point
May I say a few words? My words! My predictions for the future: 1. Houses will be built with all utilities – for said house will be on-site solar, not wires from poles, and have water from deep wells. 2. No more mention of role models – Tiger and John. Thank you Jesus for this act of kindness. My role models are buried under the shade of an old oak tree in Georgia.
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hanks to all the veterans who attended the quarterly luncheon for veterans on April 10. We appreciate your taking the time to join us, and maybe together we can help each other solve some of the issues that come up when you are a veteran. We hope everyone will encourage other veteran friends to join us at the next luncheon, which will be July 10. We appreciate Chapter No. 20 Disabled American Veterans service officers who usually are there as well to help veterans solve issues. We were very glad to have a Department of Veterans Affairs military service coordinator from Winston-Salem there to help as well. At this month’s luncheon, we had nine World War II veterans and five Korean War veterans. As a matter of fact, we had a total of 42 veterans and their guests attend the luncheon. The gatherings are held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each January, April, July and October at Highland United Methodist Church, 1015 Mill Ave., just off W. Green Drive between Ward Street and Market Center Drive. We have mentioned in previous articles about the possibilities of opening a Disabled American Veterans office here in High Point. I am very happy to report that we have found a place, although it will be several more weeks before we can get this finalized. I will keep you up to date on this news. The DAV has one goal, and that is to provide all disabled veterans and their dependents the best service and most professional claims representation available from any source. The DAV provides free transportation to and from the VA clinics in the area. The beginnings of the DAV originated in the wake of World War II when thousands of American veterans returned home to an American that was not prepared to care for the carnage of war.
More than 4.7 million Americans served, and 53,500 were lost in combat. Accidents and illnesses from the deadly Spanish flu pandemic took the lives of 63,000. More than 200,000 were wounded during the war. VETERAN’S I think these are shocking statistics, I had no idea the VIEWS numbers were this great. A Cincinnati-born wounded Stan veteran, Capt. Robert S. Spangle Sr. Marx, became a champion of ■■■ the disabled veterans causes. This is proof that one person can bring great changes to seemingly impossible situations. It is often said that “what is past, is prologue.” For the Disabled American Veterans, the outstanding achievement of its 85 years, is a remarkable testimonial for the future of the DAV. I have been a member of the DAV for a number of years now. I was what I refer to as a non-active member. I needed help getting the benefits that I earned, and DAV helped me. I am very glad that I became an active member in the DAV. The commander of Chapter No. 20 is Wanda Autrey, U.S. Navy (Ret.). She is very knowledgeable about veterans benefits, and she has a volunteer staff that goes out of their way to help veterans. Thanks to Greensboro College for inviting area veterans to their production of “South Pacific.” This was a delightful evening and so generous of the students and staff to remember the veterans in this special way. May God bless America, and all the other nations. Semper Fi. STAN SPANGLE SR. is a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He’s a member of numerous veterans organizations.
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Navy SEAL cleared in Iraq abuse case BAGHDAD – U.S. Navy SEAL Julio Huertas was cleared Thursday of charges he covered up the alleged beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding the grisly 2004 killings of four American security contractors. The Blackwater guards’ burned bodies were dragged through the streets, and two were hanged from a bridge over the Euphrates river in the former insurgent hotbed of Fallujah.
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Israel rejects America on Jerusalem freeze JERUSALEM – Israel’s prime minister on Thursday rejected U.S. calls to halt construction in disputed east Jerusalem, clouding a new peace mission by Washington’s Mideast envoy. Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments were broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 TV shortly after envoy George Mitchell arrived for his first visit in six weeks.
Explosions kill 1, wound 50 in Bangkok BANGKOK – At least five grenades exploded Thursday in the center of Bangkok near a massive encampment of antigovernment protesters, killing one person. Panicked people ran through the streets and fled an elevated train station. Fifty were wounded in the explosions, sparked by civil unrest. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet (left) speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (center) during a group photo at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Tallinn, Estonia, Thursday.
Clinton says no to early end of US nukes in Europe TALLINN, Estonia (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday ruled out an early withdrawal of U.S. nuclear forces from Europe, telling a NATO meeting that any reductions should be tied to a nuclear pullback by Russia, which has far more of the weapons in range of European targets. No such negotiation with Russia is in the offing, and Moscow has shown little interest thus far in bargaining away its tactical nuclear arms. Clinton also said the Obama administration wants NATO to accept missile defense as a core
mission of the alliance, making it part of a broader effort to combat the
Clinton also said the Obama administration wants NATO to accept missile defense as a core mission of the alliance. dangers posed by nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and the missiles that delivery them. She said missile defense
and nuclear weapons are complementary means of deterring an attack on the U.S. and its alliance partners. A copy of her prepared remarks, delivered at a private dinner she attended with representatives of 27 other NATO member countries, was provided by her staff. Shortly before she spoke, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a news conference that in his view the U.S. nuclear weapons play a vital defensive role in Europe and should not be removed as long as other countries possess nuclear weapons.
Official: Pakistan army kills 31 alleged militants PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani troops killed 31 suspected militants in a northwest tribal region Thursday, while an attack on security forces in a nearby
district home to insurgents battling the U.S. in Afghanistan further heightened tensions. The 31 alleged militants, along with one soldier, died in clashes
Military fears volcano could harm US jets RAF LAKENHEATH, England (AP) – U.S. Air Force officials warned Thursday their biggest fighter wing in Europe could suffer long-term damage if Iceland’s volcano keeps belching ash into the skies. The Air Force sent two F-15 fighters on test flights Wednesday and another eight on Thursday, but said not enough data has been gathered to resume normal operations, despite the lifting of the civilian flight ban and the return to the skies of commercial airliners. Col. John Quintas, an F-15 pilot who commands the 48th Operations Group, said the test
It was unclear if the man detained in Puerto Rico boarded the plane in Nigeria or Senegal, and his name and nationality were not disclosed. He was not immediately charged with any crime and Customs and Border Protection issued a statement identifying him only as “potential person of interest,” who was removed from the flight for questioning. Agency officials declined to provide further details. But passengers told The Associated Press that the captain announced over the intercom that a passenger had been identified as being on a no-fly list while the jet was over the Atlantic.
flights all returned safely “They certainly didn’t after about 75 minutes in come down clean, but the air. The fighters did they did come down safe for flight,” he said. He said mechanics were analyzing the fighter engines to determine the extent of the impact of the ash, but added that determining their safety would be a complex task because the risks might not be immediate. “What we are concerned about is the long-term effects of low-level expoCol. John Quintas sure,” he said. F-15 pilot “We are in uncharted territory.” Quintas said. not encounter any major “We could be in this situproblems, though some ation for months.” pilots reported haze in arEight test flights took eas that were deemed the off on Thursday. Usually, highest risk. 50 will fly.
‘We are in uncharted territory. We could be in this situation for months.’
in Orakzai tribal region, government official Jahanzeb Khan said. Pakistan stepped up army operations in Orakzai in mid-March to root out Taliban fighters.
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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard held war games Thursday in the strategic Persian Gulf oil route, the Hormuz Strait, a show of its military strength at a time when the country’s leaders are depicting President Barack Obama’s new nuclear policy as a threat. Ahead of the military maneuvers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Washington of trying to dominate the world through its nuclear arsenal.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – U.S. federal agents detained a passenger on a New Yorkbound jet from West Africa, telling passengers the man was on a ’nofly’ list and ineligible for international travel for undisclosed security reasons. Customs and Border Protection agents detained the man while the Delta Air Lines jet stopped to refuel in San Juan, Puerto Rico after an overnight trip from Dakar, Senegal. The flight originated in Nigeria, the native country of a man accused of boarding a Detroit-bound airplane from Amsterdam in December with a bomb hidden in his underwear.
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The penalties will average a little more than $1,000 apiece in 2016. haul law kicks in, according to congressional estimates released Thursday. The penalties will average a little more than $1,000 apiece in 2016, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report.
Most of the people paying the fine will be middle class as Obamaâ€™s comprehensive law is phased in over the next few years. In his 2008 campaign for the White House, Obama pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000. Republicans have criticized the requirement that Americans get coverage, even though the idea was originally proposed by the GOP in the 1990s and is part of the Massachusetts health care plan signed into law in 2006 by then Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican. Attorneys general in more than a dozen states are working to challenge it in federal court as unconstitutional.
Ohio police: Missing mom is in Florida XENIA, Ohio â€“ Authorities say a 31-year-old Ohio woman whose disappearance triggered days of searches and national TV appeals by her family is in Florida. Police in Xenia (ZEENâ€™-yuh) in southwest Ohio say Tiffany Tehan (TEEâ€™-han) and Tre (tray) Hutcherson are in the Miami Beach area. The two were seen together on store surveillance videos. Police said Thursday that Tehan is safe, has been in contact with her family and is no longer considered a possibly endangered missing person.
Jury acquits man in â€™75 reservation slaying RAPID CITY, S.D. â€“ A federal jury Thursday found a man not guilty of murder in a killing on South Dakotaâ€™s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 34 years ago, during the height of the militant American Indian Movement. Richard Marshall was accused of providing the gun that was used to kill American Indian Movement activist Annie Mae Aquash in December 1975. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before reaching the verdict on the seventh day of the trial. Marshall hugged his attorney when the verdict was read, and cheering erupted in the courtroom.
Wyoming rally denounces ban of Ayersâ€™ address LARAMIE, Wyo. â€“ Some University of Wyoming students and faculty are denouncing the collegeâ€™s refusal to let former 1960s radical William Ayers speak on campus. About 80 people attended a rally Thursday organized by a group calling itself Wyoming Students for Free Speech. UW student Meg Lanker says the university should be a place where ideas can be heard and debated. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
This photo shows oil in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisianaâ€™s tip, as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns. The deepwater oil platform burned for more than a day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, turning what is likely a deadly blast into an environmental emergency with the potential for more than 300,000 gallons of crude to foul the waters every day.
Oil rig sinks, sets up big spill water every day. The environmental hazards would be greatest if the spill were to reach the Louisiana coast, some 50 miles away. Crews searched by air and water for the missing workers, hoping they had managed to reach a lifeboat, but one relative said family members have been told itâ€™s unlikely any of the missing survived Tuesday nightâ€™s blast. More than 100 workers escaped the explosion and fire; four were critically injured.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) â€“ A deepwater oil platform that burned for more than a day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, creating the potential for a major spill as it underscored the slim chances that the 11 workers still missing survived. The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, which burned violently until the gulf itself extinguished the fire, could unleash more than 300,000 of gallons of crude into the
Government wonâ€™t exempt airlines on tarmac time WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday he has turned down requests from five airlines for temporary exemptions to a rule against keeping passengers waiting longer than three hours on airport tarmacs. The new rule goes into effect April 29. The department has said airlines may be fined up to $27,500 per passenger. â€œPassengers on flights delayed on the tarmac have a right to know they will not be held aboard a plane indefinitely,â€? LaHood said in a statement. â€œThis is an important con-
sumer protection, and we believe it should take effect as planned.â€? The provision was part of a new airline passenger protection rule announced by LaHood in December. It prohibits U.S. airlines operating domestic flights from permitting a plane to remain on the tarmac at large and medium hub airports for more than three hours without letting passengers get off the plane. Exceptions are allowed only for safety or security reasons or if air traffic control advises the flightâ€™s captain that returning to the terminal would disrupt airport operations.
Carolyn Kemp of Monterey, La., said her grandson, Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, was among the missing. She said he would have been on the drilling platform when it exploded. â€œTheyâ€™re assuming all those men who were on the platform are dead,â€? Kemp said. â€œThatâ€™s the last weâ€™ve heard.â€? A fleet of supply vessels had shot water into the rig to try to control the fire enough to keep it afloat and keep oil out of the water.
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