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TRIAD – Census workers will be knocking on doors next week to collect information from households that did not return a 2010 census form. Census workers will visit Triad neighborhoods between May 1 and mid-July. Nearly 19,000 census takers
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from households that have not returned the census. Workers may have less work than in previous campaigns, however, because a higher percentage of people returned their forms on time. “I congratulate North Carolina because happily, 74 percent of households have mailed back the cen-
Participation: In the Triad, Guilford and Forsyth counties were 2 percentage points ahead of their participation 2000 rate as of April 23. Guilford improved from 72 percent to 74 percent, and Forsyth from 73 percent to 75 percent. The 2010 rate for Davidson County and Randolph County was 76 percent, up 5 percent for Davidson and 7 percent for Randolph from 2000. The county with the biggest increase overall was Dare County, up 41 percentage points to 76 percent from 35 percent in 2000. The county with the lowest participation rate so far is Avery County at 63 percent, but that’s still a 19 percentage-point improvement from 2000. Information: www.census2010.gov
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Chips fly as Gordon Cook from Whiney Point, N.Y, uses an 8-inch saw to do some fine detail to the black bear. as a fundraiser for Thomasville Tourism, many of the participants are taking The Thomasville Touradvantage of the competiism, ECHO Chainsaw tion to enjoy the company Sculpting Invitational of their fellow carvers. will be held today and “I enjoy the carvers,” Saturday in downtown said Gordon Cook, a carvThomasville’s clock er from Whitney Point, tower parking lot. N.Y. “We are kind of like a family. We get together as Artists will be carving often as we can.” 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today Thomas Bland, a carvand 8 a.m. to 12:30 er from Reidsville, Ga., p.m. Saturday. A “quick agreed with Cook. carve” will take place “I’ll probably like talkat 11 a.m. Saturday. A ing to all the carvers better public auction will be than I do actually standing held at 2 p.m. Saturday. there carving because I can go home and do that,” For more information, Bland said. “These guys call Thomasville Tourare scattered all over the ism at 472-4422 or visit United States and I don’t www.thomasvilletourget to see them but a couism.com ple times a year.” Union Grove carver Eddie Hoots said attending for Thomasville Tourism. the chain-saw competition “The whole event is re- is a must for him. “With it being this close, ally about raising money I had to come,” he said. “I for them,” Everett said. While the event serves wouldn’t miss it.”
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Black bear cubs are part of a display by Eddie Hoots of Union Grove. Mark Scott, director of Thomasville Tourism, said the event has 10 carvers who are the “top guys” in the nation competing in the three-day event. “I think people have
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“I know I have a 30-year entrenched veteran I’m going up against,” Brandon said, referring to Jones’ years in the N.C. General Assembly and on the Greensboro council. Brandon, who has a background as a political consultant, has been going door to door in the district, visiting at least 3,000 residences in a year, he said. Brandon, who grew up in Greensboro, has set up a campaign headquarters on Thissell Street in High Point. He argues that Jones hasn’t provided productive representation for constituents, meaning the district hasn’t gained resources it deserves to combat problems such as infant mortality, AIDS and unemployment. Jones disputes Brandon’s
accusations, saying he has spent decades in the trenches taking on issues of importance to his constituents. Jones, the chairman of the Guilford County legislative delegation, was one of the early backers of the sit-in memorial that opened Feb. 1 as the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. Jones’ other initiatives as a legislator have included backing legislation to promote stem-cell research in North Carolina and health care for underserved populations and co-sponsoring bills for local concerns such as the High Point Market and the proposed John Coltrane music hall. Jones said he isn’t worried about an anti-incumbent backlash, since he sees that as more of a development in Republican races than Democratic ones. “The tea party attitude is pretty much nonexistent in a district like mine. It’s more a pro-Obama constituent makeup. My constituents have hope for
The 60th State House District covers parts of High Point, Greensboro and sections of southern Guilford County. The district has 61 percent registered Democratic voters, 24 percent registered Republican voters and 15 percent unaffiliated voters. Incumbent Democrat Earl Jones, who has served since winning the seat in 2002, and Democratic challenger Marcus Brandon are vying in the primary Tuesday. The winner will take on Republican challenger Lonnie Wilson in the Nov. 2 general election. the future because of the leadership they have in the state House and with the election of Obama,” Jones said. email@example.com | 888-3528
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Brandon tests Jones in state House GUILFORD COUNTY – Democratic challenger Marcus Brandon is hoping to tap into the sentiment against incumbents to pull off an upset in the 60th State House District primary, while veteran Rep. Earl Jones is relying on his long years of service to propel him to the general election this fall. Brandon, making his first bid for public office, and Jones, a four-term representative and former Greensboro City Councilman, will square off in the Democratic primary Tuesday. The race has been apparent to motorists traveling parts of High Point in the contrast between the brown-andyellow campaign signs for Brandon and the blue-andwhite signs for Jones. Brandon launched his campaign a year ago because he realizes that he needs a street-level, retail politics approach to take on an incumbent with name recognition.
Frances Efird was re-elected to the board of directors for the Local Government Federal Credit Union. Efird, who’s retired from the city of High Point, will serve for the 2010-13 term.
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THOMASVILLE – Colfax’s Randy Everett recruited several of his chain-saw carving friends from throughout the country to participate in a competition that debuted Thursday in Thomasville. “I paid them,” Everett joked of how he enticed his fellow competitors to join him at the event. “I gave them all moonshine.” All joking aside, Everett, who assisted Thomasville Tourism with promoting the event, and nine other carvers were busy Thursday morning as a steady stream of people made their way through downtown Thomasville’s clock tower parking lot to see their work. The Thomasville Tourism ECHO Power Equipment Company Chainsaw Sculpting Invitational will be held through Saturday. “We are going to carve anywhere from around five to seven pieces,” Everett said, adding that “everybody has already done one.” Once finished, the works will go up for auction on Saturday to raise money
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In 1932, William Penn High School was accredited by the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools of the Southern States. That same year, a woman began writing for the “Colored News” section of The High Point Enterprise. Find out who she was and lots of other information about the Enterprise in the anniversary edition that will be published in late May.
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KERNERSVILLE – A chapter of North Carolina history will be relived this weekend with the grand opening of the 1873 Railroad Depot in Kernersville. The event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the depot, at the corner of Main and Bodenhamer streets. Attendees will get a first-hand look at the renovated depot, the secondoldest depot in western North Carolina, as historic Kernersville memorabilia will be on display,
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A litter of bobcats that were found during the demolition of an abandoned home in Newberry County rest and play with two kittens that belong to Zoe (left), a domestic house cat that will be nursing the bobcats for the next five weeks, at Carolina Wildlife Care, in Columbia, S.C.
Thomasville police officer shoots, kills pit bull BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
THOMASVILLE – A Thomasville resident says she and her neighbors are upset after police shot and killed her pit bull on Tuesday night. Jessica Rumley, of 507 Roosevelt Road, said her 6-month-old pit bull was shot by an officer multiple times around 8 p.m. after the dog got loose while she was at work. She said it was the first time that her pit bull had ever got loose. “We’ve never gotten a warning or reports on our dog,” she said. A Thomasville police investigation into the shooting by Capt. Loren Wesley, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, determined the officer followed policy and procedure, said Maj. James Mills. An officer is entitled to “put the animal down” if he or
she or a third party comes under attack, Mills said. “The dog was chasing the officer and closing the distance, and he was deemed vicious,” Mills said. “The officer took action to neutralize the dog.” Rumley claims the pit bull was shot five times, but Mills said he didn’t know how many times the dog was shot. She also said the dog didn’t have a history of aggressiveness. Rumley also claims that one of her neighbors is upset about the way police handled the pit bull. Rumley was issued a citation for allowing her dog to run loose, she said. “The neighbors across the street that saw everything, they thought it was outrageous and disgusting what this cop did,” Rumley said. “He shot the dog one time. As the dog was running off into the woods,
with a big rig to symbolize what he calls the 18 times Burr voted while in Congress to send U.S. jobs overseas through trade deals and tax breaks. The truck also represents more goods being shipped on the state’s highways, which he said in an interview will occur if his jobcreation proposals are approved. “We need to make things here,” Cunningham said.
he shot him four times. This is a 25-pound puppy.” Scott Reed, who lives across the street from Rumley, said the dog never rushed the cop. He also said the dog was loose, but wasn’t bothering anybody. “The dog didn’t do anything to have him killed that way,” he said. Mills said animal control officers are off the clock at 5 p.m. After that, officers handle the calls involving animals. “When anybody’s dog attacks anyone, anyone has a right to defend themselves,” Mills said. Rumley said she hopes to get a civil attorney. “The cops shouldn’t have came if they didn’t know how to handle dogs without shooting them,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3657
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PETA buys ad space on man’s cremation urns covered, and donations have helped pay some of Jamison’s medical bills. One of the PETA ads will say: “I’ve Kicked the Bucket – Have you? Boycott KFC.” The other reads: “People who Buy Purebred Dogs Really Burn Me Up. Always Adopt.”
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begin. Wells Fargo Corp. acquired Wachovia Corp. in late 2008 after the Charlotte-based bank lost billions of dollars on failed mortgages. “For over 100 years, Wachovia Bank stood as a proud example of North Carolina’s banking industry,” said Marshall, the state’s top securities regulator. The state lost Wachovia, she added: “We cannot allow this to happen again.”
and dog breeders on the urns that will hold the remains of Aaron Jamison, who is dying of colon cancer. The Springfield man offered the ad space earlier this month so his wife wouldn’t be left with funeral costs. Since then, the $800 cremation cost has been
counted,” Hatcher said. Government identification and privacy laws protect residents: • Identification: Census workers wear official identification badges labeled “U.S. Department of Commerce,” the census taker’s name, and the words “U.S. Bureau of the Census.” An employee should have a black workbag with “U.S. Census Bureau” on it and an official seal. • Confidential: Census workers are sworn to secrecy for life and face a fine of up to $250,000 and/or five years imprisonment for violating the oath. Title 13 of the U.S. Code prohibits sharing of personal data and requires census participation. The government does not use personal information, only gross figures.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A dying Oregon comedian’s last words will be written on his cremation urns – and the message will be sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal rights group has paid $200 to place ads blasting KFC
sus questionnaire,” said William W. Hatcher, regional director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The national mail participation rate was 72 percent. North Carolina was among the first four states in the nation to exceed the mail 2000 Census participation rate of 66 percent. “We hope people will cooperate with census takers in this follow-up because the census is so important to the state. We are constitutionally mandated to count everyone, and that’s what we plan to do,” Hatcher said. Some households might not have received a census because they were not deliverable to an address, or because the address was new. “If you did not get a census form, you will be visited in our follow-up operation. You will be
“We’ve got to rebuild the manufacturing base.” Marshall spoke from steps outside the Wachovia Building in downtown Raleigh to call on Congress to approve a reform bill that seeks tougher oversight of financial institutions. Marshall accused Burr of obstructionism as GOP senators blocked debate earlier this week, but Republicans gave way Wednesday for votes to
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Democrats criticize Burr as primary nears RALEIGH (AP) – Two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Thursday separately criticized Republican incumbent Richard Burr as Elaine Marshall used the steps of a bank building and Cal Cunningham an 18-wheeler to make their points. Cunningham, a former state senator from Lexington, began a 10-stop tour in Charlotte and Salisbury
along with a vintage model train demonstration. There will be souvenirs, prizes and refreshments, along with live music from the Sound Counsel Barbershop Quartet. Attendees also will see a history presentation and learn about future plans for the depot. Parking will be available off of Railroad Street at The Factory. The event is free, though donations will be accepted. Donations will go toward depot renovations and upkeep. For information call 993-7583.
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Report: Man with gun critical of Obama on Facebook COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) â€“ A man arrested at a North Carolina airport who authorities say was armed and wanted to see President Barack Obama had questioned the presidentâ€™s citizenship, a newspaper reported Thursday. Facebook postings apparently made last year by Joseph Sean McVey, 23, also refer to Obama by his middle name, Hussein, according to the Coshocton Tribune. The newspaper said a source
with access to McVeyâ€™s Facebook profile provided copies of screen shots. McVey had a handgun at his side when he caught the attention of officers in an Asheville Regional Airport parking lot Sunday just after the president departed aboard Air Force One, police said. His car was loaded with police gear, including a siren and lights, and had a note with formulas used for firing a rifle with a scope, authorities said. Asheville Regional
Airport Police Chief Jeff Augram said he is aware of the Facebook postings and that authorities are doing an exhaustive background check on McVey. James Mills, an Asheville attorney representing McVey, said he had no comment. McVeyâ€™s mother lives in Asheville. He lives in Coshocton, about 60 miles east of Columbus, where he has been a member of a volunteer organization that assists police and fire crews at emergency
scenes. McVeyâ€™s Facebook page on Thursday displayed little more than his name and high school to users other than his approved friends. A public comment from McVey could be found elsewhere on the site, on a page apparently set up by friends titled â€œJustice for Joseph â€™Seanâ€™ McVey.â€? â€œThank you for your generous support, everyone,â€? McVey wrote in a posting left early Wednesday.
In an 11-page report about the autopsy examination, the medical examiner reported that Taftâ€™s sister, Dina Holton, last spoke to Taft when she put her to bed that evening. Holton checked on Taft in the early morning, according to the report, and could hear her breathing but did not turn on the light. Some time between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on March 6, according to the report, Holton checked on Taft again and found her â€œunresponsive, with obvious bleeding from the head. The bed sheets and her garments were in disarray, according to the report.
RALEIGH â€“ Kathy Taft, the state school board member found fatally injured last month, was struck multiple times in the head by a heavy blunt object, according to a state medical examinerâ€™s report released Thursday. Taft , 62 of Greenville, was found fatally injured on March 6 in the home of a friend. She had undergone a facelift the day before, according to the autopsy report. Medical examiners listed the instrument of the blunt-force trauma as unknown.
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Mayor challenges Trinity in community cleanup I issued a proclamation recently declaring April 20-May 15 as “Trinity Roadside and Property Cleanup Days” to exhibit our pride in Trinity. During these 25 days, I am committed to walk the thoroughfares and my neighborhood and challenge other residents to join me and make a difference in improving the cleanliness of our city. Residents should sign up with a staff member to designate the street or roadway they want to clean up. Supplies will be provided free in the Annex Building at 6703 N.C. Highway 62 for roadside clean-up efforts: orange bags, orange vests, green bags (recyclables) and gloves. Place the filled orange or green bags along the roadside for scheduled pickups. The bagged refuge collected at one’s home site may be disposed of at the City Haul location (May 13-15 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the soccer field on Turnpike Road). There is no charge to dispose of electronics, metal, house-hold trash, junk and yard waste). Tires, batteries, wet paint, toxic or hazardous materi-
northeast Davidson for many generations. He is against raising our property taxes and current als and commercial waste are not the real estate business has given annexation policies. Moore unallowed. Also, no limbs longer derstands the difference between him a wealth of knowledge about than 4 feet or larger than 4 inches our entire community and how economic development and in diameter will be accepted. important a good school system is uncontrolled growth that destroys Let us commit to a covenant to our environment and creates an to High Point. Price understands maintain the level of cleanliness unfair burden on our schools. He High Point and the school system achieved by agreeing to take our is a very respected member of his better than anyone I know and paper products and drink cans church and community and will has the intelligence and energy home with us and place them in and persuasive ability to help our give northeast Davidson the repa container. Please join me in a resentation that is sorely needed. schools improve. commitment to exhibit the pride This is truly an opportunity to Our schools will be better if in our city that I have heard Price is on the school board. Vote elect a voice that will help protect repeated to me by many, many us. Moore is a friend to all resifor Ed Price on Tuesday. citizens. DAVID HORNEY dents of Davidson County and we CARLTON T. BOYLES High Point ask them on Tuesday to cast their Trinity vote for Owen Moore. JIM AND SUSAN HOBSON High Point Moore would represent
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County Board of Education Ed Price is the best candidate running for school board. Price has worked with young people all of his life as a coach, mentor and friend, and he really understands what makes youngsters tick. Price’s lifetime of experience in
The selection of Davidson County commissioners is an important part of the May 4 primary. We urge residents to support Owen Moore for a seat on the board of commissioners. Moore knows Davidson County as his family has resided in
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n most cases, a primary election determines the candidates who will face each other in the general election. That isn’t the case in the District 2 primary for Guilford County commissioner this year. With no Democrat running in District 2, the primary will decide who wins the vacant seat created when veteran Republican Commissioner Steve Arnold announced his retirement, after 20 years in office, earlier this year. The District 2 Republican candidates are Bill Bencini, a manufacturers representative who has served as a High Point City Council member since 1999, and Myrene Stanley, an orthodontic laboratory technician and first-time political candidate with a passion for helping people. Bencini, who has been chairman of High Point City Council’s Planning and Development Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and who counts City Project board member, High Point Market Authority liaison, Piedmont Triad Council of Governments executive board member and Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation board member among his community involvement activities, believes he can provide more vigorous representation for High Point, especially in land-use planning. He also intends to push for more cooperation between commissioners and the city governments in Guilford County. Bencini, who vows to try to convince other commissioners of the true impact of the High Point Market on Guilford County, says he always will try to do the right thing when making tough decisions on discretionary spending. Stanley says she is “tired of politics as usual” and, while she admits she can’t bring the same type of experience to the job that Bencini does, she insists she will provide “a different dynamic ... new blood, a fresh face ... to represent, and be an advocate for, the little people.” A former president of the High Point Republican Women’s Club and a volunteer with The Salvation Army, Stanley says she has “been in a service mode since serving in the military,” and has strong conservative views on less government and low taxes, has “a passion for property rights” and takes a common sense approach to finding solutions to issues. Stanley has made a good impression during her first run for public office, but readily admits she doesn’t have a solid understanding of several major issues. Bencini’s experience and stronger knowledge of the issues with which a county commissioner will have to deal during the next few years gives him the edge in this race.
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We need scorecard to keep up with the loose nukes
resident Obama turned from the domestic third-rail issue of health care to the international radioactive subject of dirty-bomb terrorism by hosting a nuclear summit in D.C., convincing the leaders of 47 countries to attend – presidents and prime ministers and kings and queens and a couple of expendable pawns. No bishops, they have their own problems these days. Pretty much all the cogs in the atomic machine showed up except North Korea and Iran, which admittedly is like holding a steroids conference without Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire, but hey, it’s a START. The focus was on security, an encouraging sign, since the global stockpile of bomb-making materials is now large enough for 120,000 suitcase nukes. Which most experts agree is about 120,000 too many. It wasn’t a total Potemkin summit. Everyone agreed that terrorism is bad and nuclear terrorism is real bad, and working with one another is good and they should all meet again in South Korea in 2012 if the Mayans aren’t right. Took 60 years to assemble this pile of mutually assured destruction. Going to take at least a couple of meetings to get rid of it. Only nine members in the nuclear club right now. But a lot of wannabees. And since you can’t tell your nuclear players without a Nuclear Players Scorecard, here they are, with official Threat Level grading:
WILL DURST NUCLEAR PLAYERS SCORECARD • United States. Have weapons. Duh. But we’re not the problem because we’re the good guys. TL: Dove of peace flying under the rainbow of international co-operation. • Russia. Have weapons and big problem. Leakier than a tinfoil sieve after 3 days of target practice on a 50mm range, and the world’s largest source of loose nukes. TL: Giant Bear with flame thrower, roaming woods while being chewed on by Balkan squirrels. • China. Have weapons. Concerned only with economic strength. Need to convince them an irradiated consumer is not a repeat
consumer. TL: Drunken Panda staggering through a shopping mall with a fistful of shortfused flares. • United Kingdom. Have weapons. Not quite positive where they are. In the garden shed of their lake-country OPINION home perhaps. TL: Your Aunt Gertrude with a bagful of knitWill ting needles on the subway. Durst • Pakistan. Have weapons ■■■ and worried we pay too much attention to India. As stable as a two-legged stool. TL: Swarm of angry wasps inside a papier mache tent on fire. • India. Have weapons and worried we pay too much attention to Pakistan. Don’t you hate lovers’ spats? TL: Sacred bull in a china shop full of crystal decanters stoppered to the rim with nitro. • Germany. No nuclear weapons. But if they really need some, all they have to do is knock on France’s door and ask to borrow a couple. TL: A domesticated wolf on an ankle bracelet, but a wolf nonetheless. • France. Have weapons, but more interested in discovering ways to use them to braise lamb. TL: Carnivorous escargot in a mine field. • Israel. Everybody knows they have weapons, but they won’t admit it and haven’t tested any. Making a scary situation scarier. TL: Tasmanian Devil tethered to a water soluble stake in the rain. • North Korea. Have weapons. But delivery system is a team of musk oxen. TL: Electric Cuckoo Clock made out of C-4 with faulty wiring. • Iran. No weapons, but definitely in the market for a fixer- upper. TL: Cigar-smoking pit bull headed straight for the fireworks factory. WILL DURST is a San Francisco-based political comic who has performed around the world. He is a familiar pundit on television and radio. His column is distributed by the Cagle Cartoons Inc. syndicate. E-mail him at email@example.com.
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Man stabs 28 kids at kindergarten in China
A child who was attacked at the Zhongxin Kindergarten is transferred into a hospital ward after a surgical treatment in Taixing in east Chinaâ€™s Jiangsu Province, Thursday. A knife-wielding man attacked the kindergarten class of 4-yearolds, slashing over two dozen children.
UK police: We had July 7 bomberâ€™s fingerprints LONDON â€“ British police acknowledged Thursday that they had long held the fingerprints of one of the Islamist suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the July 7, 2005 attacks on Londonâ€™s transit network. Scotland Yard said it had previously requested fingerprint information on Mohammad Sidique Khan only to be told by local police that there were none on file. But when police rechecked their archives last month they turned up two sets fingerprints for Sidique Khan, one dating to 1986, when he was just 11.
UN pays out $590M from Iraqi oil fund GENEVA â€“ A U.N. panel has approved $590 million in compensation payments for victims of Iraqâ€™s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The U.N. Compensation Commission says the money will go to five companies and four government or international bodies. It did not disclose the identities of the claimants Thursday but said all are in Kuwait. The panel, made up of the 15 U.N. Security Council member countries, has so far paid out almost $29.5 billion. Another $22.9 billion is earmarked to go to unidentified claimants in Kuwait.
Saddamâ€™s loyalists in Syria blast America DAMASCUS â€“ Supporters of Iraqâ€™s late dictator Saddam Hussein gathered in Damascus Thursday to denounce the U.S. â€œoccupationâ€? of Iraq and demand that his loyalists unite. About 500 Saddam loyalists, including members of his outlawed Baath Party, vowed to continue their support to what they called â€œIraqi national resistance,â€? a term they widely use to describe Iraqi insurgents attacking only U.S. forces.
8 killed in Baghdad car bomb near liquor stores BAGHDAD â€“ Iraqi medical and police officials say eight people were killed when a car bomb exploded near a pair of liquor stores in southwest Baghdad. The blast also injured 20 people, according to a medical official at Yarmouk Hospital. Both the police and medical officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media. While there has been a decline of violence in past years, low level attacks do continue across Iraq and especially in the capital Baghdad.
Brown seeks redemption Embarrassing campaign gaffe has UK prime minister on defensive BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) â€“ British Prime Minister Gordon Brown went for broke in the final TV debate on the economy Thursday, drawing on his vast treasury experience and banking on a political miracle after an embarrassing campaign gaffe. Slumped in the polls, Brown wasted no time in his last-ditch performance before the May 6 election â€“ using his opening remarks to neutralize Wednesdayâ€™s gaffe with a smart quip. Brown had forgotten
to turn off his microphone Wednesday after a Labour voter asked about Brown an influx of Eastern European immigrants. After the conversation ended, Brown was heard muttering â€œbigoted womanâ€? and blaming aides. â€œThere is a lot to this job, and as you saw yesterday â€“ I donâ€™t get all of it right,â€? Brown said, referring to
Baghdad vote recount to take about 2-3 weeks BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ Iraqâ€™s election officials said Thursday that a recount of the Baghdad ballots could take up to three weeks as a car bomb killed eight people in the capital, highlighting again the tenuous security situation while the chaos arising from the March 7 parliamentary vote drags on.
The timeline â€“ possibly even longer than it took to count the whole countryâ€™s ballots after the March 7 election â€“ means another delay for an election process. The voting process has already dragged on for weeks, and it threatens to undermine the countryâ€™s fragile stability.
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