1 POR: Heath opens season with a loss to Marshall County. 1B AURDAY, August 30, Vol. 112 No. 243 hank the good Lord I ve not had anything major wrong with me. What we re hoping now is that spouses can have reasonable insurance. Nevada Riley Continental to pay more of retirees insurance Judge rules company must pay $158 million into insurance fund BY JOE WALKER MAYFIELD, Ky. James and Nevada Riley are keeping their fingers crossed that a new health insurance fund for Continental ire retirees is worth the wait. hey opted to drop the company insurance after Continental decided early last year not to fund it. he coverage would have cost more than $1,000 monthly, much too high for a couple on a fixed income. he two opted for AARP coverage until James Riley, who will turn 70 next month, eventually got back on the company plan. At 63, Nevada Riley had to file for ocial ecurity to afford the $464 monthly cost for an AARP policy that she eventually dropped after 18 months because she had only one claim. hank the good Lord I ve not had anything major wrong with me, Nevada Riley said. What we re hoping now is that spouses can have reasonable insurance. U.. District Judge Jack Zouhary approved a settlement uesday in oledo, Ohio, requiring Continental to pay $158 million into the fund, according to Wayne Chambers, vice president of the United teelworkers Local 665 in Mayfield. he settlement was in response to a UW lawsuit after the company put a Please see INURANCE 10A GOP welcomes McCain pick en. John McCain smiles as his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. arah Palin, pumps her fist after being introduced to supporters at a campaign rally Friday in Dayton, Ohio. Area Republicans praise choice of Alaska governor BY BILL BARLEMAN Kentucky Republicans are surprised but pleased that John Mc- Cain picked Alaska Gov. arah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. I think it was an absolutely great choice, said Russ Randall, 1st District Randall GOP chairman. he has demonstrated the ability to govern, she is a stickler for ethics and has exhibited her desire to reduce government and cut expenses. I think it s an absolutely great choice. Russ Randall 1st District GOP chairman Dan Underwood, chairman of McCracken County Republicans, said he knew Palin was being considered but thought McCain would pick someone better known such as former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. I really think she s a much better choice, Underwood said. he is very conservative and some- Please see GOP 6A Palin pledges to reach out to all Americans, regardless of party in race to White House BY LIZ IDOI AND BEH FOUHY DAYON, Ohio Republican John McCain introduced firstterm Alaska Gov. arah Palin as his vice presidential running mate Friday, a stunning selection of a little-known conservative newcomer who relishes fighting the establishment. he s exactly who I need. he s exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of Me first and country second, McCain declared as the pair stood together for the first time at a boisterous rally in Ohio just days before the he s exactly who I need. he s exactly who this country needs... John McCain Presumptive Republican presidential nominee opening of the party s national convention. Palin, the first Republican woman on a presidential ticket, promised: I m going to take our Please see PALIN 6A It s very exciting. I can t stop my emotion. I would like to see my old neighbors. LANCE DENNEE he un Orlando Chirino talks about his upcoming deployment to New Orleans for hurricane relief duty at the Paducah Red Cross office on Friday. Katrina evacuee heading back to New Orleans Former Louisiana resident ready to aid city after Gustav BY LEIGH LANDINI WRIGH Orlando Chirino couldn t take his beloved Boxer puppy into the New Orleans uperdome as he sought shelter from the approaching winds and rains of Hurricane Katrina three years ago. he Honduran-born musician Orlando Chirino, Red Cross volunteer couldn t face leaving his dog behind, so he put Vivaldi in his Volkswagen and began driving north from the French Quarter. With little money and no idea where the road might lead, he drove. And drove. And drove until he ended up in Carbondale, Ill., where he once lived. He met a woman who told him about Paducah. He sought help from the American Red Cross after finding Paducah. A couple helped him find shelter at a local hotel and then took him into their home. Later he found his own place. he Red Cross helped him when he Please see GUAV 9A 1. Radishes (left) can be planted as late as Oct. 1. 1D 2. Hurricane Gustav sent retail gas prices higher Friday the first increase in 43 days. 5B Five hings hat Will Make You marter 3. Mourning doves experience a 65 to 80 percent annual mortality rate (left). 1C 4. ince Jan. 1, 31 sworn officers have retired from the Kentucky tate Police. 3A 5. Michael Jackson (left) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with he Jackson Five and as a solo artist in D Forecast oday 90 Partly sunny. 10A Index Business... 5B Classifieds.. 3C Comics... 5D Crossword... 4D Deaths... 8A Movies... 4D Opinion... 4A Outdoors... 1C V Listings... 6D Daily 75 unday $2.00 Have a news tip? Call Customer ervice: or
2 2A aturday, August 30, 2008 he Paducah un LOCAL paducahsun.com he Lineup oday Dance, 7 to 10 p.m., American Legion Post 26 Hall, Mayfield. $5. Paducah Elks Lodge barbecue sale, 310 N 4th t. Fibs and butts ready after 2 p.m. Reservations: Reunions Damron family, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, olu Community Center, olu. Potluck meal, music by Hampton singers. Blandville Fire Dept. picnic, 11 a.m. today, Chicken and barbecue, music and door prizes. Williamson family, descendants of Daniel Boone Williamson, 11 a.m. today, Lamasco Baptist Church Fellowship Building, Lamasco. Potluck buffet at noon. Creditor responds to Westwood suit taff report he bank that filed one foreclosure lawsuit against the owners of the Westwood Hills development has replied to a second foreclosure lawsuit, raising the possibility the two cases might merge. BB&, which holds mortgages on the property, and Youngblood Excavating & Contracting of Mayfield, which did work on the property for which it wasn t paid, both sued hepherd s Next Villas, owned by Wade and Lura Hayden, earlier this month. everal other companies with liens against property the corporation owns, as well as Paducah and McCracken County, were named in both lawsuits because of their financial interest if it is auctioned, which both lawsuits seek. he bank filed a reply to the Youngblood lawsuit, asserting its claim to any money from such a sale. All of the parties have 20 days to reply to the lawsuits, and several, including the Haydens and the city, had not as of Friday. prayground stays closed taff report Paducah s Blackburn Park sprayground will remain closed through the holiday weekend, but parks officials believe they know the source of a leak that shut it down. race tevens, athletics and aquatics supervisor for the parks department, said a plumbing contractor should visit the site uesday to examine an apparently cracked drain line. he sprayground closed last week first because of a malfunctioning motion detector, which was replaced this week, and then because of a leak that cost the pumping system thousands of gallons. It remains closed until further notice. Friday s lottery Kentucky Pick 3-midday: Pick 3-evening: Pick 4-midday: Pick 4-evening: Cash Ball: CB 7 Kicker: Illinois Pick 3-midday: Pick 3-evening: Pick 4-midday: Pick 4-evening: Little Lotto: Mega Millions: MB 22 Est. Mega Millions Jackpot: $132 million Grocery workers escape robbery unhurt BY HELLEY BYRNE CLINON, Ky. Police searched Friday for a man they say held a gun to a teenage grocery stocker s head, then made him and another employee get inside the freezer during a supermarket robbery. About 9:20 p.m. hursday the stocker was standing on the loading dock behind Greg s upermarket, 162 Kimbro Lane, putting out some milk crates. He noticed a white Chevrolet Impala pulling up behind the store. hen a male passenger got out with a handgun, Hickman County Deputy heriff Kenneth Vincent said. He put the gun to the back of his head and made him lead him through the store to the front where there was a night manager sitting, Vincent said. he robber made the night manager lie on the floor and ordered the stocker to take money out of the cash register and safe and put it into a blue duffel bag. He also took some cigars, Vincent said. He was telling them to shut up the whole time, Vincent said. He also told them to do what he said or that they would die, Vincent said. he robber took several thousand dollars, although the amount had not been determined by Friday afternoon, Vincent said. He then made the night manager and the stock boy go to the very back of the store and put them in the freezer, Vincent said. he employees remained in the freezer about five minutes before using a safety button inside the door to free themselves. hey called 911 at 9:37 p.m. he employees described the robber as a light-skinned black man in his late teens or early 20s with shoulder length braided hair. He was 5-feet-10 to 6 feet and weighed about 200 pounds, they said. He was wearing black pants, a black, long-sleeved shirt, a black baseball cap and white gloves. He wore a black bandana over the lower portion of his face, Vincent said. he car was a white, newer model Chevrolet Impala, Vincent said. He had no description of the driver. Greg s upermarket owner Greg Godby said little because of the ongoing police investigation. It is the first robbery in the 15 years he has owned the grocery, he said. We re just glad that no one was hurt, he said. helley Byrne can be contacted at Forum offers no consensus on lakes winter pool JOHN WRIGH he un A button ball bush protrudes from a Kentucky Lake bay s bank as two anglers fish from their boat near Gilbertsville on Friday afternoon. Lake drawdown toward the winter pool remains an issue for fisherman, business interests and regulatory agencies. hieves remove trailers, Bobcat MEROPOLI, Ill. About $40,000 worth of construction equipment was stolen from a Kelly Bell Inc. work site in Massac County sometime after 10 p.m. hursday, said Chief Deputy heriff ed Holder. A worker reported the theft at 7 a.m. at the construction site, 3580 Ill. 145, five miles outside Metropolis. wo 16-foot trailers a white, enclosed trailer with drills, saws and other tools, and a black flat utility trailer were stolen along with a yellow Bobcat. Deputies believe that two vehicles were involved, Holder added. Anyone with information can call the Massac County heriff s Department at Wreck on parkway leads to DUI charge DAWON PRING, Ky. Mari Lewis, 22, of Princeton was cited to court for driving under the influence after a single car crash at the 24-mile marker of the Western Kentucky Parkway Friday morning. According to state police, Lewis was westbound at 10:40 a.m. when she lost control of her car. Her vehicle traveled through the median, crossed both eastbound lanes and ran off the shoulder. Lewis was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended/revoked license, possession of suspended/revoked driver s license, improper display of Briefs BY EVE VANREEE LAKE CIY, Ky. A search for common ground between tourism interests and resource managers on a Lake Barkley water elevation schedule was left a bit high and dry after a stakeholders conference Friday. A four-hour parley called by U.. Rep Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, brought together tourism and lakes area business representatives to lobby for some extension of higher summer water levels for easier boating on Lake Barkley and, necessarily, canal-linked Kentucky Lake. Representatives of lakes and resource managers the U.. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, U.. Fish & Wildlife ervice, and ennessee Wildlife Resources Agency discussed the present elevation schedule. We want to see if there are areas where we can reach consensus, Whitfield said early in the session. We need to decide if we can find a consensus or if this is just an issue that can t be resolved. After an assortment of familiar comments on the long-running issue, moderator om McManamy of Kuttawa presented a strawman elevation schedule, not a real alternative but a starting point that he hoped would lead to a compromise. he straw schedule suggested holding the lakes at summer pool registration plates, expired registration and registration receipt, and no insurance. Greene plans meeting with charged worker Paducah Public chools director of information technology remains suspended, and his employment fate may be decided next week. Randy Greene, Paducah schools superintendent, said he will meet with Jeffrey Nelson next week and expects to know more after they talk. Nelson, 59, and his wife were arrested at their Lovelaceville Road home late uesday after McCracken County deputy sheriffs said they seized foot marijuana plants growing on the property. he Nelsons were charged elevation (359 feet above sea level) until July 10 and then dropping to 358 feet, holding it until Oct. 1, then beginning another lowering toward a new winter pool of 355 to 356 feet in December. he present schedule maintained by the corps on Barkley and VA on Kentucky Lake is summer pool of 359 through the July 4th holiday, then a slow drawdown to reach winter pool of 354 by Dec. 1. Under the schedule, the lakes were at about Friday. he only offered reaction to the suggested starting point for compromise came from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources western district fisheries biologists Paul Rister, who said he might consider the workability of such a schedule if the first drawdown stop was 357 feet instead of 358 feet a 2-foot drop instead of 1 foot. As meeting time wound down without any significant compromise shaping up, Whitfield said he would separately consult a number of people from the tourism side to assemble a proposed alternative to the existing schedule. He said he would present the corps with the proposal and hope that the agency would weigh it and consider launching an environmental study. hat would be a precursor to any regulatory adjustment. teve Vantreese can be contacted at with cultivating marijuana as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; they were released from jail late Wednesday on bond. hey are due in district court for a preliminary hearing hursday. Hunters to draw sites BERKLEY, Ky. 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3 paducahsun.com REGION he Paducah un aturday, August 30, A ruck wreck hurts 2 Governor restores rights of convicted child molester JOHN WRIGH he un Jesse Mullinix talks with a Marshall County deputy sheriff near where a tractortrailer stopped after crashing on U at Benton on Friday afternoon. Mullinix said he saw the crash while trailing truck in his car. At 12:17 p.m. Robert kimehorn, 45, of turgis was traveling north when the truck dropped off the roadway, according to the Marshall County heriff s Department. He lost control of the truck, which traveled down an embankment and overturned on one side. Passenger Roy Hazel, 48, of Morganfield was freed from the truck after a 45-minute rescue. Both were taken to Marshall County Hospital. LEXINGON, Ky. Gov. teve Beshear has restored some rights to a Lexington man convicted of child molestation charges. Beshear gave back the right to vote and to hold office to Ron Berry, who served three years in prison after being convicted in 2002 on 12 counts of sodomy involving teenage boys. Berry, 64, formerly headed the Micro-City Government youth program, which is now defunct. Attorney Gayle laughter, who represents several people who accused Berry of molesting them, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she doesn t mind Berry being allowed to vote, but was surprised that the governor would allow him to hold office. I m legitimately at a loss for words on this one, laughter said. I guess it is good to know which side of the fence the governor is on in this battle against this scourge on society. Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton said the governor routinely approves the partial restoration of civil rights if applicants have served their sentence, paid restitution and have no further charges against them. Blanton said allowing Berry to vote automatically gave him the right to run for office. A full pardon would have restored all his civil rights, including the right to carry a firearm and sit on a jury, and would have wiped away his convictions. We apply the same standard for everyone, Blanton said. he partial pardon was signed on Aug. 20 and filed Wednesday in court. Blanton said Berry s application for a partial pardon was sent to Fayette Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson, who prosecuted the case. He said the governor s office did not receive any objections. Larson said he didn t object to it because he didn t see it. We object to people who kill people, and people who are sex offender. McDonald Man faces rape, abuse charges Johnny W. McDonald, 38, of ennessee treet, was arrested Friday morning on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse. According to Paducah police spokeswoman Robin Newberry, a 32-year-old woman told police she was walking on Brown treet just off Irvin Cobb Drive at 6:38 a.m. when a man walked up behind her and grabbed her. he said they struggled and he dragged her into a grassy field, where she said he assaulted her. he victim said the man told her he was sorry, hugged her and walked away. he woman went to a nearby motel and the clerk called police. Newberry said that minutes after officers responded, Officer Rene Long found McDonald walking near Old Mayfield Road. McDonald matched a description the woman provided, including a spot on his neck where she said she had burned him with her cigarette. McDonald was detained and the victim identified him. McDonald was jailed. taff report tate police force hits 5-year low LEXINGON, Ky. tate police are bracing for more retirements, and the statewide force has already shrunk to its lowest manpower in five years. Lt. Phil Crumpton told the Lexington Herald- Leader there is usually a wave of retirements near the end of the year. ince Jan. 1, 31 sworn officers have retired, reducing the force to 931. In 2005, there were 1,013 state troopers. A tight state budget means state police might not get a new class of recruits in January. Kentuckian dies in Iraq attack FRANKFOR, Ky. gt. David K. Cooper of Williamsburg died Wednesday in Baghdad from wounds suffered when his patrol came under small arms fire, the Pentagon said. Cooper, 25, was stationed out of Fort Hood, exas. Gov. teve Beshear ordered that flags at state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day of Cooper s funeral. Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg was handling arrangements. Driver charged in 3 crash deaths DAWON PRING, Ky. tate police charged a Madisonville woman in a crash that killed three people in June. Meagan Gibbs, 23, is charged with three counts of second-degree manslaughter, assault and wanton endangerment. he charges follow a June 9 crash on Ky. 109 just north of Dawson prings in which Penny Garrison, 34, and Jordan Duke, 12 of Dawson prings and Beverly Lopez, 64, of t. Charles were killed. Police said Gibbs full size pickup truck crossed the center line and struck the compact pickup truck that carried those who died. Gibbs and her 1-yearold son Avery Gibbs were Briefs treated at a hospital and released. Fox seeks return to education panel FRANKFOR, Ky. One of the most recognizable names in Kentucky education circles sued the state Friday, asking a judge to return her to the Council on Postsecondary Education. Virginia Fox, former chief executive of Kentucky Educational elevision and a former state education secretary, sued Friday in Franklin County. Gov. teve Beshear had replaced Fox on the council with former Lexington Mayor Pam Miller. Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton said the governor appointed Miller only after lawmakers failed to confirm Fox s appointment. Blanton said Beshear acted properly. Fox, appointed by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher for a term that doesn t expire until 2012, said in court papers that she was confirmed by the enate but that the House took no formal action. Fox also is asking that a judge clarify whether gubernatorial appointees need confirmation from both the enate and House. Faster trial sought in park injury LOUIVILLE, Ky. he family of a Louisville teen whose feet were severed by an amusement park ride last summer is seeking to move up the date of the trial in their lawsuit against ix Flags Kentucky Kingdom. he Courier-Journal of Louisville reported that the attorney for the parents of Kaitlyn Lasitter filed a motion this week asking to expedite the trial, which is set for Jan. 5, Attorney Larry Franklin says in the motion that by the time the trial takes place, 30 months will have passed since the Lasitter, now 14, was riding Kentucky Kingdom s uperman ower of Power ride and a cable snapped and severed her feet. Escapee caught in Wal-Mart lot CENRAL CIY, Ky. wo inmates who escaped from a Frankfort minimum-security prison this week have been caught. he Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro reported that John Alstatt, 53, was arrested hursday outside the Central City Wal- Mart without incident. Muhlenberg County heriff Eddie Perry said Alstatt and Robert Fritz, 28, on Monday had walked away from the Frankfort Career Development Center. Police in Evansville, Ind., say Fritz was apprehended uesday after police spotted him in a stolen truck. Alstatt had been serving a seven-year sentence. Fritz was serving a 10- year sentence. een rape suspect sought BY HELLEY BYRNE McCracken County deputy sheriffs seek a 16-year-old who is charged with rape and missed a court appearance. heriff s Detective om Emery charged Arturo oto with first-degree rape April 7 after a 16-year-old girl told investigators oto raped her behind C-Plant Federal Credit Union on Lone Oak Road. he girl was out of school on spring break at the time, Emery said. he told investigators that oto, a neighbor, had walked with her to get a phone card at a gas station. hey just knew each other enough to say, Hi, Emery said. he told police she was attacked and raped, leaving bruises and bite marks. A judge certified oto as an adult April 30, and a grand jury indicted him in June. oto s brother paid his $5,000 cash bond, and he was released f r o m the Mc- Cracken Juvenile Detention Center. o t o did not show up for his oto arraignment in McCracken Circuit Court on Aug. 15. He was charged on a bench warrant with failure to appear in court. Emery said oto may still be in the area. He had been staying in a Lone Oak apartment with his older brother and another family, he said. oto may also have returned to Mexico, where he is a citizen, Emery said. Emery asked anyone with information to call West Kentucky Crime toppers at 443-ELL. Callers remain anonymous. helley Byrne can be contacted at HARRY. BYRNE, D.P.M. he Paducah un is published daily by Paxton Media Group, LLC at 408 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, KY Periodical postage paid at Paducah, KY (270) UP IN MI YOUR PAPER? NEW UBCRIBER? QUEION ABOU A BILL? WAN A BACK IUE? 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4 4A aturday, August 30, 2008 he Paducah un OPINION paducahsun.com Edwin J. Paxton, Editor & Publisher, Frank Paxton, Publisher, Edwin J. Paxton Jr., Editor, Jack Paxton, Editor, Fred Paxton, Publisher, David Cox Editorial Page Editor Jim Paxton Editor & Publisher Duke Conover Managing Editor Editorial U V. HEM Lone Oak s independence has been expensive Lone Oak residents don t have much to show for their 29-year endeavor to prevent encroachment by the city of Paducah. As residents consider whether to dissolve the city with a referendum in November, it s time to weigh the benefits against the costs of operating the city. he force driving incorporation possible annexation turned out to be a false alarm. If Paducah ever had designs to annex the half-square mile that encompasses Lone Oak, it would be evidenced by its annexation of the surrounding neighborhoods over the past three decades. hat hasn t happened. Lone Oak may never have been in danger of becoming part of Paducah. Nor is it likely to be in the foreseeable future. Despite that history, Mayor Kimberly tevens says Paducah still poses an annexation threat, especially in the commercial areas. Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton insists the city has no such designs. he record confirms this. o the question now is, does the city of Lone Oak have other sufficient reasons to exist. Mayor tevens says it does. But when she rattles off the list, one can t help but ask, hat s it? tevens says Lone Oak has a low crime rate thanks to the existence of its own police department a chief and two part-time officers. hat s not exactly 24/7 coverage. Fortunately, sheriff s deputies patrol the area, providing roundthe-clock security. hey ll still be there whether or not Lone Oak dissolves. he says Lone Oak charges a smaller business license fee than Paducah. And payroll taxes for employees of Lone Oak businesses are a half-percent lower than in KENUCKY U.. REP. ED WHIFIELD 2411 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C Paducah office: Washington office: U.. EN. JIM BUNNING 316 enate Hart Office Bldg. Washington, D.C Washington office: Owensboro: U.. EN. MICH McCONNELL 361A Russell enate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C Paducah office: Washington office: of the city s 175 registered voters signed a petition to place a referendum on the ballot to dissolve the city. Lone Oak s dissolution is all but assured. Paducah 2 percent compared to 1.5 percent. And the city provides a limited amount of street maintenance. hat s about it. o get those benefits, residents pay almost twice the property tax rate as Paducah residents. hose lower business license fees and payroll taxes are nice, but they hardly make up for the burdensome property taxes. In fact, Lone Oak property taxes were higher than Paducah s on day one. No wonder four attempts by the city to annex adjacent neighborhoods failed. Residents in those areas looked at Lone Oak s high taxes and low levels of service and said, No thanks. You ve got to wonder how Lone Oak officials could have imagined that other neighborhoods would welcome annexation when the concept had been anathema to them. tevens hasn t given up. You ve got to admire her tenacity. he still hopes the city will not only survive by grow through annexation. But there may be no city left to grow after the November election; 100 of the city s 175 registered voters signed a petition to place a referendum on the ballot to dissolve the city. Lone Oak s dissolution is all but assured. he us versus them mindset that prompted Lone Oak s incorporation turned out to be baseless. But expensive. Lone Oak residents are finally wising up; it s not worth the cost to prevent us from becoming part of them. After 29 years of sending the city of Paducah the message we don t want to be part of you, the only thing residents have to show for it is thinner wallets. Write your representative Here are the addresses and phone numbers of your officials in Washington: ILLINOI U.. EN. RICHARD DURBIN Room 364 Russell enate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C Washington office: Marion, Ill.: U.. EN. BARACK OBAMA Dirksen enate Office Building 40B Washington, D.C Washington office: Chicago office: U.. REP. JOHN HIMKU 513 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C Washington office: Biden will make the case ad nauseum Vice president. Who among us can contain their excitement? Not me. I can t wait to hear more from the man for whom brevity is a Rubicon he will not cross. Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you something about Joe Biden, as Joe Biden himself might say: Joe is the guy who will tell the hard truths, say the unsaid things literally, not just figuratively to ensure that he has gone the extra oratory mile in service to this great cause, America, for which he will give not merely his last breaths but an unknowable number of breaths in service of the country he loves, never once tiring or being distracted by the grammatical ballast of the period, the wedge issue of the paragraph break or the thud of his audiences heads soporifically smacking the tables in front of them. No, never let it be said that Joe won t say what needs to be said, not only when it needs to be said but the other times as well, again and again and, ladies and gentlemen, again. One can only hope the perpetual motion machine that is Biden s mouth will, like a million monkeys banging on typewriters, eventually stumble on a plausible explanation for why Obama picked Biden, of all people. It s a leaden cliche to note that the choice of a running mate is the first presidential decision a candidate makes. What, then, does it say that Obama s first such decision contradicts the alleged promise of his presidency? In his career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic convention, Obama ridiculed the pundits who like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states; red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But when it came time United tates helped provoke eruption of Russia/Georgia war EDIOR: All in favor of going to war over an ethnic dispute in a corrupt, anti-democratic and remote former oviet republic raise your hand. No takers? Hey, I m with you. he neoconservatives of the Bush administration are intent on menacing European peace, and even risking global nuclear war, in their efforts to control oil supplies and to humiliate Russia. here is a lot of high-minded blow from the administration (and the Paducah un Editor Déjà Vu, Aug. 17) about freedom and democracy, but scant mention is made of oil or of the American taxpayer-underwritten oil pipeline that bisects Georgia, and no mention at all is made of the American military personnel who are stationed in Georgia to goad Russia and threaten stability in the region. he ringing of Russia with American missiles and the offering to Georgia of NAO membership are moves coldly calculated to inflame the region. Analogies to the Russian intervention in Georgia are available and, indeed, abundant in recent American history: our invasions of Grenada, Panama, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the Contra fiasco in Nicaragua are some of the more notable examples. he essential fact is that countries usually act in what they perceive as their national interest in their own neighborhood. he Caucasus region of the Russian hinterland is not our neighborhood. Jonah Goldberg to act presidential, Obama passed on several short-list VP candidates from red states the governors of Virginia, Kansas and Iowa in favor of the senator from deep-blue Delaware. Over the last two years, Obama s campaign has gone further, investing a great deal in this idea of Obama as a postpartisan candidate who transcends all of these silly categories. Quoting the candidate, the official Republicans for Obama Web site proclaims: For the first time in a long time, we have the chance to build a new majority of not just Democrats, but Independents and Republicans who ve lost faith in their Washington leaders but want to believe again who desperately want something new. And to feed that bottomless yearning for the new, Obama picked a Democrat who was first elected to the U.. enate when Obama was 11 years old and Richard Nixon was still popular. When Biden already a seasoned pol first ran for president, Duran Duran was still thought of as the cutting edge of music. What happened? Was Robert Byrd too trendy? And what about all that jibberjabber about postpartisanship? When Obama, the most liberal member of the U.. enate, according to the 2007 vote scoring done by National Journal, picks the third-most-liberal senator, does that count as reaching Letters across the aisle? Even more flummoxing is Biden s actual record. Put aside the fact that Biden s biggest backers are trial lawyers and credit card company lobbyists (so much for attacking business-as-usual), and there s the signature issue of Obama s campaign: the Illinois senator s superior judgment on the war in Iraq. In his months-long battle against en. Hillary Clinton, Obama insisted that his early opposition to the war represented singular proof of his qualifications to be president. But Biden, with his unparalleled foreign policy experience in the words of an Obama senior advisor, supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq on the same grounds that Clinton did. o Obama asks voters to value judgment over experience or expertise; but when Obama himself chose someone best qualified to be president in his stead above all, I searched for a leader who is ready to step in and be president he proclaimed in pringfield, Ill. he went the opposite way. Perhaps that explains why Obama accidentally introduced his VP as the next president of the United tates. Of course, we know why Obama really made this choice. He thinks Biden will help with Pennsylvanians, Catholics, men and the working class. And Biden is ready to serve as the kind of partisan attack dog that Obama, until recently, decried as an unhealthy feature of our politics. hat s fine. Except it suggests that so much of Obama s new politics has been just words after all. And with Biden onboard, we know words are one thing the Democratic ticket will never run out of. Mr. Putin is not my favorite gangster neither is Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney. Both regimes are making hefty profits (for their friends) while pushing for war (for everyone else). We must refuse to follow Bush s gang into Georgia as we mindlessly followed it into Iraq. he former oviet Republic of Georgia is, to be blunt, simply none of our business. It is definitely not a vital American interest. Resist the temptation to meddle there; refuse to accept the lies and exaggerations of this administration; resolve that the whole of Georgia is not worth the bones of another American soldier and that not one more penny should be wasted there to draw blood. KEVIN MURPHY iline, Ky. Write to us HE PADUCAH UN welcomes letters from readers. Published letters must include a daytime phone number, signature and address. All are subject to editing for clarity and brevity. Writers should limit letters to a maximum of 300 words; shorter letters are preferred. Letters may be mailed to Viewpoints, he Paducah un, P.O. Box 2300, Paducah, KY Writers are limited to one letter per month. Writers may letters to
5 paducahsun.com NAION he Paducah un aturday, August 30, A Phoenix storms damage planes, football practice field PHOENIX A series of fast-moving thunderstorms packing winds of up to 100 mph plowed through the Phoenix area, leaving tens of thousands without power, damaging several airliners and collapsing a brand-new college football facility. here were no immediate reports of injuries from hursday s storms, which were a particularly intense episode of Arizona s summer monsoon season. About 500 travelers were forced to spend the night at ky Harbor International Airport, where damage was reported to terminals, cargo areas, electrical systems, jetways and aircraft. he airport was shut down for about an hour. outhwest Airlines spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said three of the company s Boeing 737 jets were damaged. wo were quickly repaired and put back in service. Airport officials said three United Airlines jets, an Aeromexico plane and aircraft from commuter carrier Mesa airlines also were damaged. National Weather ervice meteorologist Leslie Wanek said ky Harbor recorded peak winds of 75 mph, but radar indicated gusts of up to 100 mph in parts of the metro area. In empe, Arizona tate University officials said the storm damaged the school s new $8.4 million indoor practice facility, which is used mostly for football. A witness said the fabric roof on the structure was shredded and the bubble dome had deflated. mithsonian execs face cuts in pay WAHINGON At least 17 mithsonian Institution executives with six-figure salaries will see future pay cuts many in the tens of thousands of dollars under reforms adopted by the museum complex. According to figures released an Associated Press request, the chief financial officer could see the biggest reduction. If the cuts planned for five years from now were made today, CFO Alice Maroni could lose as much as $120,000, or 41 percent of her base salary of $293,280. Others could see reductions ranging from $6,000 to more than $80,000 a year. Nonprofit watchdogs and members of Congress have questioned salaries at the mithsonian since former ecretary Lawrence mall s compensation grew to nearly $916,000 for Man to plead guilty to 2003 robbery Residents view a tree Friday after it damaged a home hursday night in downtown Phoenix. torms left thousands of residents without power. ERIE, Pa. An attorney said his client will plead guilty to conspiracy in a 2003 bank robbery that led to the collar-bomb death of a Pennsylvania pizza delivery man. Attorney Jamie Mead of Erie said Kenneth Barnes will plead guilty Wednesday to his role in planning the heist. Delivery man Brian Wells told police he had been forced at gunpoint to wear a bomb around his neck and rob the bank. Wells died when the device exploded as police waited for the bomb squad. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong is accused of masterminding the plot. A federal judge last month ruled that she s not mentally competent to stand trial, but that could change depending on how she responds to medication and treatment. Body parts seller could get life term PHILADELPHIA A man who made millions of dollars by plundering hundreds of bodies sent to funeral homes and selling their often-diseased parts and tissues to medical companies pleaded guilty Friday to a raft of charges that could send him to prison for life. Michael Mastromarino, 44, of Fort Lee, N.J., pleaded guilty to hundreds of counts of abusing corpses, forgery, theft and other allegations stemming from an operation authorities say he ran with three Philadelphia funeral directors. Mastromarino made millions of dollars off the scam, which also involved funeral homes in New York and New Jersey, prosecutors said. he bodies, including that of Masterpiece heatre host Alistair Cooke, were carved up without permission and were not medically screened. hey were sold around the country for dental implants, knee and hip replacements and other procedures. Mother convicted in microwave death DAYON, Ohio A mother was convicted Friday of killing her monthold daughter by burning her in a microwave oven, with jurors rejecting a defense attorney s claims there was evidence that someone else was responsible. China Arnold, 28, showed no reaction when the jury s verdict was announced and then lowered her head, looking down at the defense table. Relatives in the courtroom cried and covered their faces with their hands. hey later left the courthouse without commenting. Arnold was found guilty of aggravated murder and could be sentenced to death. he jury was scheduled to return uesday to begin hearing evidence in the death-penalty phase of the case. Chemical plant explosion kills 1 INIUE, W.Va. Federal officials are investigating the cause of a plant explosion that rocked an area west of Charleston, hurling a fireball hundreds of feet into the air, killing one worker and injuring a second. Among many other chemicals, the Bayer Crop- cience plant produces methyl isocyanate, which killed at least 15,000 people in the infamous leak at a Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal, India in But the chemical was not involved in the explosion, Kanawha County Emergency Management Director Dale Petry said, and was stored in steelwrapped underground containers that were far from the blast. tate Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kathy Cosco said the primary chemical involved, methyl isobutyl ketone, is highly flammable but not especially toxic. 2 planes escape collision over sea WAHINGON wo airliners were one minute from away from colliding when one of the planes turned away from the other over the Caribbean this week, federal authorities said Friday. he National ransportation afety Board said it was investigating an incident in which a Delta Air Lines flight and a Russianregistered passenger jet were heading toward each other hursday north of Puerto Rico when cockpit alarms went off. he NB said the pilot of the Russian plane a ransaero Boeing 737 descended 200 to 300 feet to avoid Delta Flight 485. he planes were on the same altitude 33,000 feet over open ocean and were 60 seconds apart from occupying the same airspace, said NB spokesman Peter Knudson. Court allows ban on mad cow tests WAHINGON he Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. he dispute pits the Agriculture Department, which tests about 1 percent of cows for the potentially deadly disease, against a Kansas meat packer that wants to test all its animals. Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests. Polish official defends missiles REDZIKOWO, Poland Poland s prime minister sought to reassure worried residents near the site of a planned U.. missile defense base on Friday, pledging that they and the country would be more secure, despite threats from an angry Russia. Before facing residents at a town hall meeting in the city of lupsk, Prime Minister Donald usk visited the former Polish air base in Redzikowo just 115 miles from Russia s westernmost edge that is to host the facility. In case of war, Redzikowo and lupsk will be more secure than other places, and not less secure, usk told reporters. till, some people in lupsk a city of 100,000 about 3 miles away needed more convincing. One person at the threehour meeting in a theater could be heard shouting that you condemned Redzikowo and lupsk to annihilation like Hiroshima and Nagasaki. hailand may call state of emergency BANGKOK, hailand hai police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of several thousand anti-government protesters who were besieging city police headquarters. he prime minister said he might declare a state of emergency if the rioting worsens. journalists witnessed police throwing dozens of canisters of gas at the crowd of at least 2,000 people. Protest leaders claimed they had come to demand the surrender of officers who allegedly beat demonstrators earlier in the day. ensions rose Friday, three days after members of the People s Alliance for Democracy occupied Prime Minister amak undaravej s office compound to demand his ouster. Alliance sympathizers also staged actions in other parts of the country, causing railway and airline delays and cancellations. More than 200 railway workers staged a work stoppage by taking emergency sick leave, forcing the cancellation of 35 trains from Bangkok to major provinces, said tate Railways of hailand spokesman Pairat Rojcharoen-ngarm.
6 6A aturday, August 30, 2008 he Paducah un FROM PAGE ONE paducahsun.com Briefs A boy holds a toy gun in a street in skhinvali, the regional capital of Georgia s breakaway province of outh Ossetia, on Friday. Georgia to sever diplomatic ties with Russia; Moscow criticizes move BILII, Georgia Georgia said Friday it will sever diplomatic ties with Moscow to protest the presence of Russian troops on its territory. Russia criticized the move, pinning blame for a breakdown in relations on bilisi. Georgia s remaining diplomats in Russia will leave Moscow today, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nato Chikovani said. Lawmakers had voted unanimously late hursday to break off ties with Russia, branding it an aggressor country in their conflict over two Russianbacked separatist regions in Georgia. Russia criticized the decision. Breaking off diplomatic relations with bilisi is not Moscow s choice, and the responsibility lies with bilisi, the IAR-ass news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko as saying. Russia will have to close its embassy in Georgia if ties are severed, the RIA-Novosti agency quoted an unnamed ministry official as saying. However, both nations consulates will remain open important for the many Georgian citizens living in Russia. ource: Pentagon chief has received initial recommendation on troop cuts WAHINGON he top U.. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, has given his military superiors and Defense ecretary Robert Gates his initial recommendation on when to resume a U.. troop withdrawal and at what pace, a senior military officer close to the process said Friday. he officer, who spoke to he only on condition that he not be identified, said Petraeus was still analyzing the situation and had not yet submitted a final set of recommendations. hat is expected to happen within the next week or so, but there is no firm deadline. he officer would not provide any specifics of Petraeus initial recommendation. He was granted anonymity because of the sensitivity of Petraeus deliberations and because they are not completed. Ex-Bosnian erb leader refuses to plead at hearing, signals he will fight court HE HAGUE, Netherlands Bosnian erb leader Radovan Karadzic made a defiant stand before a U.N. court preparing to try him on genocide charges, refusing to enter pleas Friday and branding the tribunal a NAO proxy out to liquidate him. Judge Iain Bonomy entered not guilty pleas on Karadzic s behalf on 11 counts, which also include charges of crimes against humanity, allowing pretrial proceedings to proceed even though he rejects the court s legitimacy. Karadzic is charged with genocide for allegedly masterminding atrocities, including the slaughter of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in rebrenica in July 1995 and the deadly siege of arajevo, when he was president of the breakaway Bosnian erb republic. Northwest violence puts Pakistan s presidential favorite under guard ILAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan s presidential front-runner has moved into a tightly guarded government compound over security fears, officials said Friday as a militant campaign against the government led to more violence in the country s volatile northwest. he party of Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain ex-prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has sought to assure the U.. since Pervez Musharraf s ouster as president that it is committed to battling terrorists. he country has been hit by a string of suicide bombings this month, including one last week that left 67 dead, many of them civilians. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told reporters Friday that Zardari who is widely expected to win a ept. 6 presidential election by lawmakers was staying at a hilltop mansion in Islamabad s government quarters for security reasons. He did not elaborate, but an intelligence official said there had been reports that the presidential hopeful could be the target of an attack and that he had switched locations after Musharraf s Aug. 18 resignation. PALIN: Public opinion polls show a close race between Obama, McCain CONINUED FROM 1A campaign to every part of our country and our message of reform to every voter of every background in every political party, or no party at all.... Politics isn t just a game of competing interests and clashing parties, added the Palin, 44, who has built her career in large measure by challenging fellow Republicans. In the increasingly intensive presidential campaign, McCain made his selection six days after his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, named en. Joseph Biden of Delaware, as his No. 2 on the ticket. he contrast between the two announcements was remarkable Obama, 47, picked a 65-year-old running mate with long experience in government and a man whom he said was qualified to be president. he timing of McCain s selection appeared designed to limit any political gain Obama derives from his own convention, which ended hursday night with his nominating acceptance speech before an estimated 84,000 in Invesco Field in Colorado. Public opinion polls show a close race between Obama and McCain, and with scarcely two months remaining until the election, neither contender can allow the other to jump out to a big post-convention lead. On his 72nd birthday, Mc- Cain chose Palin, a woman younger than two of the Arizonan s seven children and a person who until recently was the mayor of small-town Wasilla, Alaska and has been governor less than two years. He settled on her six months after first meeting the governor and following only one phone call between them last unday and CONINUED FROM 1A one whom people want rather than someone who is more conventional. Underwood said Palin will widen McCain s base of support, taking away votes from Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Palin wasn t picked just because she s a woman, but that is going to translate to support from Democrats and women who supported Hillary Clinton and don t like Obama, Underwood said. Dailey Wilson of Eddyville said Palin is an outstanding pick. he s already been an effective governor, has five children and is in touch with voters, said Wilson, a en. John McCain and Alaska Gov. arah Palin stand together onstage during the Road to the Convention Rally at the Erwin J. Nutter Center on Friday in Dayton, Ohio. McCain introduced Palin as his vice presidential running mate at the event. Area delegates Rick Grana of Paducah and Dailey E. Wilson of Eddyville are two delegates to the Republican National Convention that begins next week in Minneapolis. Grana is the former chairman of the McCracken County Republicans. Wilson is the daughter of Marvin Wilson, a former candidate for the 5th District state House seat. hey are among Kentucky s 44 convention delegates who will help to officially pick en. John McCain for the party s presidential nomination. a single face-to-face meeting hursday, according to a timeline provided by his campaign. he Obama campaign immediately questioned whether she would be prepared to step in and be president if necessary. oday, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency, Adrianne Marsh, a spokeswoman for Obama, said in a written statement. A statement was put out on Obama s plane with the candidate merely welcoming her to the campaign. President Bush complimented McCain for an exciting decision. Governor Palin is a proven reformer who is a wise steward of taxpayer dollars and champion for accountability delegate judgment to next necessary Underwood week s Republican National Convention. e n. Mitch Mc- Connell told the un s editorial McConnell to lead our country from day one, Mc- Connell said in a statement. tate Rep. teve Rudy, R- Rudy board last week that he didn t think Palin would be the choice because she has only been governor for two years. He predicted Romney. On Friday, McConnell said Palin was a great choice. Gov. Palin is a very bright West Paducah, said Palin will help to balance the ticket for Republicans who feel McCain is too moderate on some issues. From everything I ve heard, she sounds like a true conservative, Rudy said. he s down to earth, was raised in leader who will bring a fresh perspective to a ticket that already has the experience and in government, a presidential statement said. By selecting a working mother with a track record of getting things done, enator McCain has once again demonstrated his commitment to reforming Washington. en. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who came so close to being the first major party woman presidential candidate, said in a statement: We should all be proud of Gov. arah Palin s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and en. McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Gov. Palin will add an important new voice to the debate. It s an absolutely brilliant choice, said Mathew taver, dean of Liberty University chool of Law. his will absolutely energize McCain s campaign and energize conservatives, he predicted. GOP: Gov. Palin is a very bright leader who will bring a fresh persective to a ticket that already has the experience and judgment necessary to lead HERZOG INC. 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8 8A aturday, August 30, 2008 he Paducah un OBIUARIE paducahsun.com Georgia J. Davis BENON, Ky. Georgia J. Davis, 88, of Benton died Friday evening at Marshall County Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home and Crematory. Annie M. Lane Annie M. Lane, 86, of Paducah died at 12:10 a.m. hursday at Western Baptist Hospital. Arrangements were incomplete at Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home. Funeral notices Paid obituaries furnished to he Paducah un by mortuaries. Koss, heodore William M.D., Age 92, He was born on February 19, 1916 in Youngstown, Ohio and died August 6, 2008 of peripheral vascular complications in mithville, N. He was preceded in death by his son William Richard Koss, his parents Peter Koss and Victoria Koss-Kopara. He was orphaned at age three and adopted within a couple of years and raised by three ladies in Hamburg, NY. He served in the U.. Navy and practiced family medicine in Arcade, NY and Paducah, KY. He retired from Nashville s Veterans Hospital and has resided in mithville since He enjoyed a long retirement as a fisherman at Pates Ford Boat Dock and shared his catch with Jefferson Road neighbors. He was married for 63 Rev. Mary L. Verble, 88, of Paducah, passed away Friday, August 29th, at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. he was born in Cairo, IL on December 3, 1919 to the late John and Gracie Greaff Owens. Rev. Verble was a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God since 1966, and had pastored several churches. he also evangelized for several years. he was privileged to go to the Holy Land on six trips during the 1970s, and was authorized to bear the title of a Jerusalem Pilgrim. he has been attending Bethel Holiness Church in Paducah, and Belknap Pentecostal Church in Belknap, IL. he is survived by one daughter, Beverly Neeble and husband Gary of Paducah; four grandchildren, Walter Lee Jr., Jerry Lee and Kevin Lee all of Houston, X, and Dr. Mandy Neeble-Begazo of Foothill Ranch, CA; six heodore Koss years and became a good family provider. He believed in higher education, loved a good joke and on occasion was very witty. He will be remembered fondly by his surviving family, his wife Alice Nell Koss, his son heodore Francis Koss, and his daughter, Brenda Koss Curtis; five grandchildren, Vard Curtis III M.D., Richard Koss, Weston Koss, Jeffery Koss, and abrina Koss aylor and five great-grandchildren with another on the way in November. ervices will be conducted at t. Gregory s Catholic Church on eptember 6, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a lakeside dedication and short boat cruise at Pates Ford Boat Dock. Friends and family are invited to join his wake at the family residence at 5355 Jefferson Road at 4 p.m. Rev. Mary L. Verble great-grandchildren, Jason Lee, Jeffrey Lee, Matthew Lee, Brittany Lee, Makayla Begazo, and Kaden Begazo; one great-great-grandchild, Autumn Lee; and several nephews and nieces. he was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Earl F. Verble; one daughter, Carol Lee; one son-in-law, Walter Lee r.; her parents, John and Gracie Greaff Owens; one sister, Gordie Perry; and two brothers, Willard Owens and Charles Owens. Funeral services will be at Milner and Orr Funeral Home at 1 pm Monday, eptember 1st. Rev. Roger Hayes, Rev. Dr. Larry Morse, Rev. Kenneth Capps, and Gary Neele will officiate. Burial will be in the Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City, IL. Friends may call after 5 pm unday, August 31st, at Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. A special thank you to the staff on Wing hree at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Dr. James Eickholz for their superb care. You may leave a message or light a candle at milnerandorr.com Lauren E. Wilzbach Lauren Elizabeth Wilzbach, 21, passed away at the home of her parents in Mount Pleasant, C on August 25th, he Funeral ervices for Lauren Wilzbach will be held on aturday, August 30, 2008 in Collier Funeral Home, Benton, K e n - tucky at 2:00 p.m. he family will receive friends on aturday at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until time of the service. he was born on February 4th, 1987 in Norwalk, C., daughter of Peter Michael Wilzbach and Charlotte Brien Wilzbach. Lauren was a student at the tewart Home chool in Frankfort, KY. he is survived by her parents of Mt. Pleasant, C; a sister Lindsey Paige Wilzbach of Clemson, C and a half brother, David Gray Wilzbach of an Diego, CA. he is also survived by several uncles, Bill Brien of Benton, KY, cott Wilzbach of alem, IL, Mark Wilzbach of Basking Ridge, NJ, Paul Wilzbach of ucson, AZ, an aunt, Margaret Wilzbach, of Bayside, CA and her Great Aunt, Martha hompson Petty of Hopkinsville, Ky. he was the granddaughter of the late W.J. oad Brien, Jr. and Betty Brien of Benton, KY and the late Dr. Kenneth E. Wilzbach and Eileen Wilzbach of Evergreen Park, IL. he was the great grand-daughter of the late ed hompson and Kitty hompson Lee of Olive, KY and the late William Brien and Zula Brien of Draffenville, KY. Lauren also leaves behind many friends at the tewart Home chool and the University of Kentucky Children s Hospital in Lexington, KY. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in the name of Lauren Wilzbach to the tewart Home chool, 4200 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY Dale F. Wiman BENON, Ky. Dale F. Wiman, 78, of Gilbertsville died at 2:33 p.m. hursday at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. M r. Wiman retired from the Chrysler Corp. in Kokomo, Ind. He is survived by three sons, Elmer Wiman of erre Haute, Ind., Mike Dixon of trauhn, Ind., and Max Wiman of Kokomo, Ind.; three daughters, Gayle Hight of Curtisville, Ind., Judy Fowler of Gilbertsville, and rina Mahaney of ipton, Ind.; 23 grandchildren; and 30 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean Wiman; son, Dennis Wiman; four grandchildren; and his parents, Floyd Wiman and Bernadine Cramer Wiman. ervices are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. uesday at Filbeck- Cann & King Funeral Home and Crematory. Rev. Danny Holt will officiate, and burial will follow in the Moreland Cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. uesday. Dorothy Lynn Wade Dorothy Lynn Wade, 77, of Paducah died at 12:20 a.m. Friday at Lourdes hospital. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today with a graveside memorial service to follow at Love Cemetery in Marion at 1:30 p.m. Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. Funeral notices Paid obituaries furnished to he Paducah un by mortuaries. Laverne (issie) ucker, age 78 of Paducah, passed away Friday, August 28, 2008, at her residence. Mrs. ucker was a native of Calloway County, Ky., and was a member of the outhland Baptist emple. urviving is her husband of 57 years, Owen (Blue) ucker. One daughter, andy ucker of Paducah. wo sons, Leonard ucker (Judy ledd) of Reidland, Dusty ucker of Herndon; one brother, Alvin McCuistion of Paducah; two grandchildren, tacy R. ucker and Adrianne E. ucker, and a special family Graveside services for Mary Idella Nelson, 89, of Paducah will be held at 2 p.m. aturday, August 30, at Liberty Cemetery in Folsomdale. Rev. Kenneth Puckett will officiate. Mary died hursday, August 28, 2008, at 2:22 a.m. at Life Care Center of La Center, KY. he was born April 30, 1919, in Melber to the late Auzie Nelson and Mary Idella (Leek) Nelson. he was a homemaker and member of outhland Baptist emple. he is survived by four sons, Clifton McReynolds and wife Joy of West Paducah, Leonard McReynolds of an Diego, CA., Curtis McReynolds and wife Betty Brown FULON, Ky. Betty Jane Oliver Brown, 75, of Fulton died hursday at Lourdes hospital in Paducah. he was a homemaker. Brown was a member of Riceville Baptist Church in Fulton and a member of the Order of the Eastern tar. Mrs. Brown is survived by a daughter, Pam Brown Bennett of outh Fulton, enn.; a son, Randy homas Brown of Paducah; a sister, Marilyn Jeanne Clayton McIIwain of La Center; a brother, Jimmie Glenn Oliver of New Albany, Ind.; one grandson; and two stepgrandchildren. he was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben homas R.. Brown; her parents, Virginia (Adams) and James F. Jim Oliver; and a daughter, Gloria Carol Brown. ervices are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel in Fulton. Interment will follow at Greenlea Cemetery in Fulton. Visitation was 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and continues after 8 a.m. today until the funeral hour. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, National Call Center, 1701 North Beauregard t., Alexandria, Va ; or National Kidney Foundation, 250 East Liberty t., uite 710, Louisville, Ky Mike Hamlet PRINCEON, Ky. Mike Hamlet, 47, of Caldwell County died at 3:20 p.m. Friday at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Arrangements were incomplete at Morgan s Funeral Home. Laverne ucker friend, homas Dudgeon. he was preceded in death by her son, Derrill ucker; two sisters, Mozell Nole and Magdalene Little. Her parents were Leonard McCuistion and Pauline Duncan Mc- Cuistion. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. unday, August 31, 2008, at the Keeling Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Council officiating. Burial will follow in the Maplelawn Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family today, aturday, August 30, 2008, at the funeral home from 5:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. Mary Nelson Deloris of omerset, KY., and Lonnie McReynolds and wife Joan of Paducah; four half-sisters, Jane tice, Norma Collins, Artie Wallis and Martha Darnell, all of Paducah; one half-brother, William Nelson of Possum rot; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. he was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, three brothers, one halfsister, one half-brother, one grandson and one greatgrandson. Visitation will be Friday August 29 from 5-8 p.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Contributions may be made to Life Care Center of LaCenter Resident Fund, P.O. Box 269, LaCenter, KY You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at milnerandorr.com Jean Whitlow MAYFIELD, Ky. Jean Whitlow, 83, formerly of Mayfield, died Friday at Arbor Place in Clinton. he was a member of First Baptist Church in Mayfield. Mrs. Whitlow is survived by four sons; two daughters; one sister, Ann Cromer of Pennsylvania; and several grandchildren. he was preceded in death by her first husband, Bob Curry; second husband, Orvie Whitlow; two brothers, Edward Lee Finley and Harold Finley; one sister; and her parents, Ernest and Blanche (Beatty) Finley. Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. uesday at pence Chapel Cemetery. Interment will follow in pence Chapel Cemetery. Visitation is set after 11:30 a.m. uesday at Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield. Norman Lenhart Norman Leroy Lenhart, 72, of Paducah died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. Mr. Lenhart was a of the U.. Marine Corps veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He worked at Olive Garden in Paducah. He is survived by his sons, Bruce and David Lenhart; sisters, Velma Jean Fine of Monongahela, Pa., and Diane maldon of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and one brother, James Lenhart of evern, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Franklin Lenhart and Julia Lenhart mith; and one son Patrick Lenhart. here will be no services at this time. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. Jerry Don Doom Jerry Don Doom, 67, of Kevil died at 2:10 a.m. Friday at Lourdes hospital. Mr. Doom was a member of Masonry Union Local #135 and was a cement mason. He was a member of the House of Prayer and a volunteer for he Dream Factory. Mr. Doom is survived by his wife, Rose Hall Doom; two daughters, Donna Hopkins of Murray, and Brandi Little of Benton; two sisters, Judy Vinson of Mayfield and Gwen Underwood of Paducah; one brother, James Lee Doom of Hawaii; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, ollie Carl Doom and Pearl Daisy Crenshaw Doom. ervices for Mr. Doom are scheduled for 4 p.m. unday at Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Revs. Dale Crabtree and Jim Glover will officiate. Burial will follow in the Baker Cemetery in ymsonia. Visitation for Mr. Doom will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to he Dream Factory, P.O. Box 2333, Paducah, Ky ANA BARBARA, Calif. Barbara Warren, one of the world s elite endurance athletes in her age group and one-half of a well-known pair of triathlete twins, has died after breaking her neck in a bike crash at the anta Barbara riathlon. he was 65. Warren, of an Diego, died uesday at anta Barbara Cottage Hospital when her Mary Hoover MAYFIELD, Ky. Mary Helen Hoover, 99, of Benton, formerly of Mayfield, died Aug. 21 at Paducah Nursing & Rehabilitation. he was a retired teacher. he attended Murray tate Normal chool and eachers College. he taught in Marshall County, Mayfield and Graves County schools. he was a member of First Christian Church in Mayfield. Mrs. Hoover is survived by a son, Don Hoover of Columbus, Miss.; a daughter, Helen Green of Paducah; eight grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. he was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson R. W.R. Hoover; a son, Dr. William G. Hoover; a greatgrandson; and three brothers. Her parents were Joseph R. Fred and Callie (Houston) Gregory. ervices for Mrs. Hoover will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield. Interment will follow at Provine Cemetery in Marshall County. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. uesday at Byrn Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the MU Foundation for the Mary Helen Gregory Hoover cholarship, Murray tate Alumni Association, Development and Alumni Affairs Office, 106 Development and Alumni Affairs Center, Murray, Ky Odell Hopper PRINCEON, Ky. Odell Hopper, 85, of Princeton died at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kuttawa. he was a retired nurse s aide at Caldwell County Hospital and member of econd Baptist Church. he is survived by three sons, Frank Hopper of Myrtle Beach,.C., teve Hopper of Princeton, and Richard Hopper of Caldwell County; three daughters, Paulette Garnett of Hopkinsville, Virginia Oldham of Princeton, and andra Plock of Crofton; one sister, Doris Boyd of Princeton; 13 grandchildren; and 20 greatgrandchildren. he was preceded in death by her husband, Herman E. Hopper; her parents, Richard and Flora homas Boyd; five brothers; and one sister. ervices will be at 11 a.m. today at Morgan s Funeral Home in Princeton with Rev. Ken Cummins officiating. Burial will be in Lance Nichols Cemetery. Bonfatti s career spanned four decades BUFFALO, N.Y. John F. Bonfatti, a reporter for he Buffalo News and former sports writer for he Associated Press, has died. He was 52. John Bonfatti began his journalism career in the early 1970s at the Patriot-Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He was a sports writer for the Post-tandard in yracuse for six years before he was hired by the AP. He worked for the AP in Buffalo and later Philadelphia. He joined he Buffalo News in Warren was elite athlete at 65 family told doctors to take her off a ventilator, her twin sister Angelika Drake told the an Diego Union-ribune. Warren crashed her bike on a downhill road about halfway through the 34-mile cycling section of the race on aturday, race director Joe Coito said. Warren was paralyzed from the neck down and was breathing with the aid of the ventilator. Drake said her sis-
9 paducahsun.com FROM PAGE ONE he Paducah un aturday, August 30, A GUAV: I think this is where I need to be CONINUED FROM 1A couldn t do anything for himself. I love this place, Chirino said. I wish I could do something to help. He walked back into the Red Cross office and asked if he could help with hurricane relief after Dolly hit south exas in July. He leaves today for New Orleans to work as a Red Cross volunteer as Hurricane Gustav begins churning toward the Gulf Coast. It s very exciting, Chirino said with a thick panish accent. I can t stop my emotion. I would like to see my old neighbors. he visit isn t social. He plans to do whatever is asked. I m prepared for anything that happens, he said. I like to help people. I m in the right place. I think this is where I need to be. Glenda Adkisson, executive director of the Paducah chapter, praised Chirino s willingness to volunteer, especially since the agency helped him re-establish his life three years ago. It re-energizes you because you realize that you are making a difference, she said. Orlando has been an encouragement to us. Although he expects to help in New Orleans, Orlando said he s prepared for wherever the Red Cross sends him along the path of Hurricane Gustav. even other volunteers from the Paducah chapter are deploying from Hattiesburg, Miss., south through the Gulf Coast and as far west as Dallas. hey are Bill Carrington, Dr. Kenneth Brown, Marianne Brown, Joy Cook, Cindy Walker, Don Garrison and Marilou Goodsel. Leigh Landini Wright can be contacted at A hurricane again, Gustav plows toward Caymans BY MAURA AXELROD GEORGE OWN, Cayman Islands Gustav became a hurricane again on Friday as it plowed toward Cayman Islands resorts, the start of a buildup that could take it to the U.. Gulf Coast as a fearsome Category-3 storm three years after Hurricane Katrina. Gustav, which killed 71 people in the Caribbean, was expected to swirl through the Cayman Islands, a tiny offshore tax haven studded with resorts and cruise-ship souvenir shops, before crossing Cuba s cigar country and heading into the Gulf of Mexico by unday. Well-heeled tourists fled Cayman hotels by air, while Katrina victims in Mississippi still living in emergency cottages and trailers were told to evacuate beginning this weekend. Hotels on the Cayman Islands asked guests to leave, then after the airport closed prepared to shelter those who remained. Chris mith, of Frederick, Maryland, said his hotel handed out wrist bands marked with guests Workers remove a roof sign from Paradise Restaurant in preparation for the arrival of the Gustav storm system in George own on Grand Cayman Island on hursday. names and room numbers so that if something happens they can quickly identify us. hat was a little bit sobering, he said, standing outside the hotel with his luggage. About 20 islanders waited for the storm in a high school gym. If people give you a shelter, you should take it, said Pamela Hall, 52. he storm killed four people in a day-long march across the length of Jamaica, where it ripped off roofs and downed power lines. Ky. preparing for 4,000 Gustav evacuees FRANKFOR, Ky. Kentucky is preparing to become temporary home to 4,000 people if Hurricane Gustav forces mandatory evacuations from News Orleans. Chris Poynter, spokesman for Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, said Friday that the evacuees would be flown from New Orleans to Louisville, which is prepared to house 3,000 people at the Kentucky Exposition Center for up to a week. Lexington in central Kentucky is prepared to shelter 750 evacuees, and could take in an additional 300 with special medical needs, such as those who need oxygen or feeding tubes, the city s Mayor Jim Newberry said in a news release. Up to 250 evacuees would be sent to each of the western Kentucky cities of Owensboro and Bowling Green, according to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
10 FROM PAGE ONE 10A aturday, August 30, 2008 he Paducah un paducahsun.com Weeds grow through the parking lot at the former Continental ire General ire plant in Mayfield last year. INURANCE: Lawyers alleged Continental breached agreements by changing retiree health care in April 2007 CONINUED FROM 1A $3,000 cap on its payments for retiree health coverage a change the union said forced many families to pay more than $1,000 a month. Union lawyers alleged Continental breached agreements by changing retiree health care cover in April 2007, soon after the Mayfield plant closed. Retirees said they earned the right to receive benefits vested over decades of work. Continental responded that the change reflected an 87 percent increase in the cost of health insurance over the past six years. Chambers said attorneys don t envision any significant problems during a 30day waiting period following the judge s approval. Barring none, Chambers and other members of a court-established committee will set benefit levels, premium costs, deductibles and co-pays. he group, which met Friday in Pittsburgh, is confident of getting the details worked out in time for the fund to take effect Jan. 1, Chambers said. he advantage is this has been done for a lot of steel mills that have closed, he said. Even some of the rubber industry has gone through these types of agreements. here are some patterns we can follow. ettlement money will help provide benefits to about 2,300 retirees nationwide, including 1,232 from the Mayfield plant. Chambers said several have died since the deal was reached in April. He said roughly 1,200 dependents of Mayfield retirees are eligible for coverage. When Continental changed the plan, retirees had less than two weeks to decide whether to continue coverage and what they could afford, Chambers said. Many of them dropped coverage because it was too expensive. 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