Investigators say you can’tdo anything about
who prey on yourgood will; just check themout before opening yourallet.
uthorities have not yet re-eased the name of a Toney man who
died in a housefire
Thursday night, andthe cause remainsundetermined.
witness questions thetiming of
Dr. David Tipton’s
arrival at home on the day e found his wife dead.
The sponsor of legislationto allow
electronic bingo atdog tracks
in Mobile Coun-ty and Birmingham is backor another try this year.
ASA clears space shuttleEndeavour for
on a 16-day mission – theongest space station visitever.
aide whoerved as President Bush’siddleman with conserva-tives and Christian groupsresigns after admitting toplagiarism.
,the third inline to theBritish crown,is whisked outof harm’s way in Afghanis-tan after his service is re-ealed.
urkey says it has
pulled itstroops out of northern Iraq
,oncluding a large-scale of-ensive against Kurdisheparatist guerrillas thatas strained relations withthe U.S.
is expected to com-plete construction thissummer on its third build-ing in Cummings ResearchPark.
Tuscaloosa prosecutorsoffer to
dismiss a disorderlyconduct charge
against Al-abama football captainRashad Johnson.
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Northrop/EADSis the top choice to build air tankers
By GARRY MITCHELL
The Associated Press
MOBILE – The Air Force an-nounced Friday it had pickedNorthrop Grumman and itsParis-based partner, European Aeronautic Defense and SpaceCo., to build 179 refuelingtankers at a site at Mobile, cre-ating an estimated 2,000 jobsand putting the city on the aero-nautics industry’s world map.The selection of Mobile gave Alabama’s port city its secondmajor industrial victory in lessthan a year.The contract is worth $30 bil-lion to $40 billion over 10 to 15 years and could be even morelucrative – it is the first of threedeals to replace the Air Force’sentire fleet of nearly 600tankers.Last May, German steel-maker ThyssenKrupp picked asite near Mobile for a steel plantexpected to create some 2,700 jobs when fully operational,another coup for the city on Mo- bile Bay. A project of this magnitude“is a change-agent for Mobile,”Mobile Area Chamber of Com-merce President Win Hallettsaid. “We are now well-posi-tioned to lead the United States’aerospace industry.”Supporters of theNorthrop/EADS plan said itcould move Mobile into thesame league with Seattle, whereBoeing builds large aircraft,and Toulouse, France, whereEADS makes the Airbus.“To say this is a great day for Alabama is a monumental un-derstatement,” Gov. Bob Riley said.“The Northrop Grum-man/EADS project will ex-pand the aerospace industry inMobile, as well as provide atremendous amount of oppor-tunities for additional aircraftmanufacturing suppliers, andgood paying jobs for the peopleof our region,” Mobile MayorSam Jones said at a news con-ference that turned into a cham-pagne-pouring celebration.“This a community-changingindustry.”The announcement sur-
Shots to buttocksfail to stop twomore break-ins
By NIKI DOYLE
Times Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A six-foot fence, three dogs,385 pounds worth of teenage boys and three gunshot woundsto the buttocks didn’t stop onealleged burglar from burstinginto two other homes before po-lice detained him Thursday night.Huntsville police were stilltrying to verify the suspect’sidentity Friday but believe he is36-year-old Marvin Horton,police spokesman WendellJohnson said.Horton allegedly jumped a 6-foot chain-link fence at 2702Ninth Ave. and dodged Bren-da Glover’s pit bull puppy, Rot-tweiler and German shepherd before forcing open her frontdoor at about 11:15 p.m.Glover said she went to bedearly, but her two sons, 17-year-old David and 18-year-old Jerry, were up playing video gamesand heard the dogs bark sec-onds before the burglar crashedinto their home.Glover woke up and heardthe man fighting with her sons, who managed to wrestle theman into a headlock. Shegrabbed an umbrella before en-tering the scuffle.“I told him to leave, and hesaid, ‘No, I’m coming in thehouse,’” she said. “He still keptcoming, and I told him, ‘I’mgoing to go get my gun if youdon’t leave.’”The three tried to push theman back out the front door, buthe wouldn’t budge, Glover said. When the burglar didn’t heedher warning, Glover retrievedher .38-caliber pistol and gavehim a final chance to leave be-fore firing a shot into his back-
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Trail of a burglar
Suspect forces entry,fights with two young boys,the mother of the boysshoots him.Suspect forceshis way in, fights withhomeowner who detainshim until police arrive.
Suspect forcesopen door, fights withhomeowner.
Flu, other ills putrecord numbersat city’s facilities
By STEVE DOYLE
Times Staff Writer email@example.com
A nastier-than-usual coldand flu season in North Al-abama has area hospitalsstuffed to the gills.Crestwood Medical Centerand Huntsville Hospital are both scrambling to keep pace with record numbers of pa-tients battling the flu, strepthroat, pneumonia and gas-trointestinal illnesses, offi-cials said.Huntsville Hospital sawsome of the highest patient volumes in its history in lateFebruary, with more than800 of its 881 licensed bedsoccupied, said Chief Execu-tive Officer David Spillers.Crestwood is just as busy, with136 of 150 patient beds full inrecent days and big crowds inthe emergency room and in-tensive care unit, said Chief Nursing Officer Martha Walls.The problems peaked Feb.20, when equally slammedhospitals in Birmingham andNashville began steering trau-ma patients to HuntsvilleHospital for treatment,Spillers said.For about a two-hourstretch that Wednesday,Huntsville Hospital askedparamedics to divert patientsto Crestwood’s emergency room.“That was to give (doctorsand nurses) time to catchtheir breath and get ready forthe next round,” Spillers saidThursday. “The people downin the emergency depart-ment work just as hard asthey possibly can, and no one
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2 men now freeafter testimony of dentist disputed
By SHELIA BYRD
The Associated Press
MACON, Miss. – At a small-town courthouse in one of ruralMississippi’s poorest counties,Dr. Michael West swore underoath that a dead girl had bitemarks all over her body and thatthey were made by the two frontteeth of the man charged withmurdering her.Such testimony had becomecommonplace for West. Thedentist considered himself anauthority on forensic odontol-ogy and had taken the stand atnumerous trials as a paid expertfor the prosecution.On the strength of West’s tes-timony and little else, a jury in1995 convicted Kennedy Brew-er of raping and murdering the3-year-old girl and sentencedhim to death.Three years earlier, Westgave similar testimony in anearly identical rape-and-mur-der case involving another 3- year-old girl from the sametown. West testified there were bite marks on the victim’s wristand they were made by LevonBrooks. Brooks, too, was foundguilty and was sentenced to lifein prison.Today, more than a decadelater, both Brewer and Brooks
Mobile lands Air Force contract
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Bob Jones players Kylie Cook, left, and Jala Harris celebrateafter winning the state Class 6A girls championship Friday.
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Butler players celebratetheir Class 5A boysstate championshipFriday afternoon.
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Madison Academy’s Dante Bow-man holds the 3A boys champi-onship trophy as the team re-turns to Madison Friday morning.They won the title Thursday night – their third title in a row.
An Albertville man shootsone of two backyard prowlersFriday.
Panel takes bite out of false verdicts
Bullets don’t deter suspect