More than 1,000gather to honorfallen HPDofficer
By PATRICIA C. McCARTERand NIKI DOYLE
Times Staff Writers firstname.lastname@example.org@htimes.com
HAZEL GREEN – Pho-tographs that flashed on bigscreens at the front of the Beth-lehem Baptist sanctuary atEric Freeman’s funeral showedthat he was more than a policeofficer gunned down Friday night.There was Freeman pressinghis face to the face of his new- born son … napping on thesofa, more than a year later, with the same child, now achubby-cheeked toddler …doing he-man poses with an-other son … staring down the barrel of a paintball gun …looking proud in an LSU jer-sey … hugging his cheerleaderdaughter … kissing his pretty wife.The slide show reinforced what everyone’s been sayingsince the 36-year-oldHuntsville police officer wasshot during a fairly routine traf-fic call: It just isn’t right. Thisone shouldn’t have been taken. A note written by Gov. BobRiley and read at the funeralcalled the officer “an Alabami-an of distinction, an Americanof heroic proportion” and re-ferred to his “unyieldingcourage.” It was presented toFreeman’s widow, Leslie, along with an Alabama flag that flewover the state Capitol Monday in her husband’s honor.More than 1,000 people
Police are looking for achild predator who sexually assaulted an
in Madisonon Monday and tried toure another student inHuntsville on Tuesday.
on theiray to the post office tomail Christmas gifts areilled when their car is hitby a dump truck on U.S.431 near New Hope.
at the trial of on Siegelman andichard Scrushy is releasedrom federal prison.
uthorities have closed thenvestigation into the disap-earance of
and do not have evi-ence to charge anyone.
The Senate votes to provide$70 billion for
in Iraq andfghanistan, handing a vic-tory to President Bush andis GOP allies on CapitolHill.
at sea gets safely toshore after an unusual res-cue in which the Navy air-ifted her from a cruise shipor emergency surgery.
Sens. Barack Obama of Illi-ois and Hillary Rodhamlinton of New York re-ain
deadlocked in Iowa
, ac-ording to a new poll.
.S. Secretary of State
cautionsagainst any action thatcould destabilize Iraq afterTurkey sent about 300troops across the border inpursuit of Kurdish sepa-ratist guerrillas.
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‘Unyielding courage’marked Eric Freeman
denies allega-tions that he took perform-ance-enhancing drugs, call-ng them “a dangerous andestructive shortcut that noathlete should ever take.”
ith Huntsville about toset a record for the lowestannual rainfall since at least1894, the U.S. House votesto provide more money for
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Lowe’s delivery driver endssearch at store’s cash register
By PAT SHELLENBARGER
Newhouse News Service
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For years, SteveFlaig, a delivery truck driver at a Lowe’s store here,had searched for his birth mother.He found her working the cash register at thefront of the store.For several months, he and Christine Tallady had known each other casually as co-workers.Last Friday, they met for the first time as moth-er and son.“I have a complete family now, all my kids,”said Tallady, who has two younger children. “It’sa perfect time of year. It’s the best Christmas pres-ent ever.”For Flaig, it was the reunion he had dreamed
Newhouse News photo
Steve Flaig and his recently located birthmother, Christine Tallady, share an affectionatemoment at Lowe’s in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Adopted son, birth mothermeet at work
Manager unsurehow long it’ll take to fix connector
By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.– NASA on Tuesday tracedfuel gauge failures in shuttle Atlantis’ tank to a bad con-nector, and a top manager saidhe did not know how long it would take to replace the partor when the spaceship mightfly.The erratic shuttle fuelgauges – part of a critical safe-ty system – forced back-to- back launch delays this month.Until Tuesday’s tanking test,NASA had been aiming for aJan. 10 liftoff of Atlantis witha European space station lab.“We’re going to follow thistrail where it leads us and we’regoing to solve this problem,and then we’ll go fly ... whetherit’s Jan. 10 or Feb. 10 or March10,” shuttle program manag-er Wayne Hale said.In orbit, meanwhile, space- walking astronauts helpedpinpoint the source of a flawedmechanism in the Interna-tional Space Station’s power
When shot fired,his training justkicked into action
By NIKI DOYLE
Times Staff Writer email@example.com
You always wish you coulddo more.It’s something that Billy Hancock, a retired Huntsvillepolice investigator, has thoughtfor days since he helped sub-due a man who allegedly shotofficer Eric Freeman last week. When the gunshot rang outFriday night, Hancock leaptforward to help another offi-cer restrain theman who fired.That knee-jerkreaction spreadquickly acrossthe city.“It soundedlike Huntsvillelit up in sirens,”Hancock said.Hancock saidhe was sitting in traffic at theintersection of Bailey Coveand Weatherly roads whenKenneth Shipp rear-ended his2005 silver Chevrolet Subur- ban.
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An Alabama State Trooper stands at attention as the procession for officer William Eric Freeman approaches State Line Cemetery on Tuesday.
Devotion to job,family recalled
• Capital murder sus-pect Kenneth Shipp fills outfinancial papers as he looksfor an attorney.
• Shipp’s roommatesays the suspect was bat-tling depression.
• Pictures from Tues-day’s ceremonies.
Retired officerhelped nab Shipp
NASA finds sourceof fuel gauge trouble