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The Royal Wedding

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011

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THE BRIDE! THE GROOM! THE DRESS! THE PARTIES! PAGES 3A, 1B PLUS RELIVE THE DAY IN PHOTOS NEWSOBSERVER.COM

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‘I’ve never seen devastation like this,’ Obama says

ETHAN HYMAN ehyman@newsobserver

NCSU RELEASES QUARTERBACK WILSON Russell Wilson, who is playing professional baseball this season, is released by N.C. State to play football at another college if he desires. 1C

COOPER TRIAL ENTERS NEW PHASE The defense in the murder trial rests its case, but the weary jury will hear the prosecution’s rebuttal next week. 1B

JUDGE ORDERS EDWARDS TO TESTIFY Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards has to answer more questions in the court battle over posession of a sex tape and other materials his mistress says were stolen. 1B

Robbie Thomas looks through her possessions on Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Looters took many of her things that the tornado didn’t destroy. DAVE MARTIN - AP

Mobile homes can be risky when tornadoes are around By Jay Price

SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH DELAYED A mechanical problem scrubs the launch, which was to occur with the commander’s wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and President Barack Obama in attendance 4A WEATHER

Today: An ideal spring day. High 76; low 47. Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 79; low 56. 10B

INDEX Business ......4-5B Classified ........9D Comics.........6-7D Deaths.........8-9B

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Editorials.......14A Films...............5D Puzzles ...........5D TV...................2A

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ASKEWVILLE — When forecasters said that a tornadospawning storm was headed for Bertie County on April 16, Mary Holley grabbed her teenage daughter, jumped into her car and headed for her sister’s house. While they were gone, the tornado flipped and shredded their mobile home en route to killing 12 people in the county. “We don’t stay in a trailer when they say there might be a tornado,” Holley said recently in the parking lot of an Askewville church where she and other survivors were picking up donated food and household items. Others did stay, though, and it likely cost lives. At least 15 of the 24 North Carolinians who perished in the April 16 storms lived in mobile homes, according to a News & Observer tally, despite the fact that mobile homes make up just over 14 percent of housing in the state. That’s no coincidence, said a federal scientist who tracks SEE RISKY, PAGE 12A

INSIDE Unwanted notice: Small towns are scenes of destruction. ៑ 12A Speaking comfort: Obama tours ៑ 12A devastated areas. Helping out: N.C. utilities send workers to stricken areas. ៑ 4B Home again: Most pets displaced by the storms are claimed. ៑ 6B

ONLINE Gallery: See aerial photos of the April 16 tornadoes taken Friday at newsobserver.com. What you can do: Find out how to help storm victims at newsobserver.com/tornadoes.

COMING SUNDAY One street: Starting over on Raleigh’s devastated King Charles ៑ 1A Road.

Death toll reaches 329, 238 in Alabama, as people in 7 states pick up the pieces. By Greg Bluestein and Melissa R. Nelson ASSOCIATED PRESS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Southerners found their emergency safety net shredded Friday as they tried to emerge from the nation’s deadliest tornado disaster since the Great Depression. Emergency buildings are wiped out. Bodies are stored in refrigerated trucks. Authorities are begging for such basics as flashlights. In one neighborhood, the storms even left firefighters to work without a truck. The death toll from Wednesday’s storms reached 329 across seven states, including 238 in Alabama, making it the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak since March 1932, when another Alabama storm killed 332 people. Tornadoes that swept across the South and Midwest in April 1974 left 315 people dead. Hundreds if not thousands of people were injured Wednesday – 990 in Tuscaloosa alone – and as many as 1 SEE STORMS, PAGE 12A

‘A long journey’: 41 years later, a soldier is home By David Perlmutt THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

The bronze plaque planted in the ground has marked Donnie Shue’s grave in Concord since 1979. It’s been empty all that time, awaiting the body. Unknown to his family, Shue was killed a decade earlier on N o v. 3 , 1 9 6 9 , a f e a r l e s s 20-year-old Army Green Beret on

Donnie Shue

a secret, dangerous mission during the Vietnam War. For those 10 years, the military listed Shue missing in action. His father, Wesley, blamed himself for letting his son enlist and died of “a broken heart” in 1971. His mother, Nellie, pushed the Army to keep searching for answers. She never got them. Yet today, 41 years after he died

in an ambush in the mountain jungle of Laos, the remains of Sgt. 1st Class Donald Monroe Shue will be returned to Cabarrus County in a procession from Charlotte’s Army National Guard Armory that will be led by hundreds of motorcycle riders. Sunday, Shue’s surviving sisters will hold a funeral, then bury the remains. And, finally, the

grave at Carolina Memorial Park will be empty no more. “It’s been a long journey,” said sister Peggy Hinson, 73, of Kannapolis, wiping away tears at her brother’s grave this week. “But I’m at peace now that Donnie’s coming home and not in a foreign land, thrown up on some hill.” SEE SOLDIER, PAGE 11A

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