The Billings Gazette from Billings, Montana on April 11, 2006 · 1
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Innocent?: Ex-Enron chief says so6A INTERNET SPYING WHAT HAPPENS ONMYSPACE DOESNTSTAY ) ONMYSPACE PHIL'S ON A ROLL A new Mickelson is winning majors. Sports ID Technology 1C TUESDAY,APRIL11,2006 The Source LOCAL EDITION Todays briefing Musician combs through city for lost violin Local ZOOMONTANA CHANGES: ZooMontana will operate into the foreseeable future without a director and with management duties handled by two longtime employees, a zoo official said Monday. IB DUTCHER INTERVIEW: Yellowstone County commissioners said Monday that interim MetraPark general manager is their choice for for the park's new general manager. IB OUTBREAK WINDING DOWN: Reports of Norwalk virus in the Billings area continued to decline on Monday, suggesting to health officials that an outbreak of the highly contagious sickness is winding down. 2B ASSAULT TRIAL The trial of a 65-year-old man accused of grabbing an 18-year-old Billings woman off a downtown street and molesting her began Monday in District Court 3B State Hi,,.,.,, ... Ml. Ill II 1 . 4p Small-town girls basketball Is the focus of "Class C," a documentary filmed In Montana including commentary from Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson that is currently In production. 1B y . 4.. t ; . ' r V" V -v f f V- :.;) Sen. Conrad Burns kicked off his re-election campaign this week with a 12-stop fly-about in which he's touting the amount of federal dollars he has acquired for Montana. IB PPL OFFER: A top PPL official told Gov. Brian Schweitzer Monday his company will do all that it can to help Montana attract a coal-to-liquids industry. 38 ENRON PROPOSAL Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath on Monday criticized a proposed settlement reached over allegations that Enron Corp. ripped off businesses in the Northwest in 2000 and 2001. 48 Nation CITIFIED: College graduates are flocking to America's big cities, chasing jobs and culture and driving up home prices. 2A WAL-MART BANKING: Allies for once, the banking industry, unions and consumer groups urge regulators to reject a bid by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to expand into the banking business. 2A BRACING: Joe Spraggins knows it will take stockpiles of food, water and fuel and better evacuation routes to survive If the Gulf Coast gets hit by another monster storm. What the Harrison County emergency management director cannot fully plan for is the psychological toll another hurricane could exact on residents still struggling to rebuild their lives. 3A World President Jacques Chirac caves In to protesters, canceling a law on youth employment that fueled nationwide unrest and strikes. W String instrument left on curb Saturday at airport By MIKE STARK Of The Gazette Staff Someone, somewhere, knows where Evan Price's prized violin is. The last time he saw it, the 127-year-old fiddle was sitting in its case on the curb at Billings Logan International Airport on Saturday morning in the moments before he left in his rental car and inadvertently left it behind. By the time Price, 33, realized it wasn't in the car several hours later, the violin had been plucked from the curb and hasn't been seen since. Price, who returned to Billings on Sunday night to look for it, cringes at the thought of losing the violin, which is valued at around $50,000. Whoever grabbed it simply may not have known what they were getting, he said. A peek into the violin's f-shaped hole, though, would reveal it's a famed Praga. "It's not a Kmart Blue Light Special," said Price, a violinist for the Turtle Island String Quartet, which performed in Billings on Friday. "I think somebody picked it up by chance and maybe saw opportunity but could be con- r.'i'!K :.::;,zz To hear an excerpt from the Turtle Island String Quartet's "4four," see the link in this story. vinced to do the right thing." On Monday, Price woke up earlier than usual, anxious to hit the streets in search of his missing fiddle and hoping that someone is inspired to do the right thing. "It's a new day," Price said Monday morning. Over the course of the day, he talked with police detectives and spent hours checking with local Please see Violin, 8A i i i : i -Vll --jPS LARRY MAYERGazette Staff Turtle Island String Quartet violinist Evan Price talks with Sherry Llnnerooth, of Eckroth Music, as Price searched for his $50,000 violin in Billings music stores . Monday afternoon. Price left the Instrument outside a car he was loading at Billings Logan International Airport. (2006 Tlx Billings (Write, I Lee NrwHMpcf, 120th year, No. J44 Survivor recalls 38 train crash DAVID GRUBBSGuette Staff Warren Jones shows two of the photographs he took early In the morning on June 19, 1938, hours after the deadliest train wreck In the history of Montana. The Pullman car Jones was riding In was one of several cars that escaped damage. Dozens died in wreck that was worst in history of Montana By ED KEMMICK Of The Gazette Staff Warren Jones and Maurice Odquist were among the passengers on the Milwaukee railroad's Olympian train just after midnight on June 19, 1938, when the train plunged into the rain-swollen waters of Custer Creek 26 miles cast of Miles City. Nearly 50 people were killed and scores more were injured, but Jones and Odquist were unhurt As it hap pened, they were both packing cameras, and as soon as it was light enough they began photographing the dramatic, devastating scene, the worst train wreck in the history of Montana. They ended up shooting remarkably similar pictures of twisted wreckage and partly submerged passenger cars. Jones sent his film to his father in Milwaukee for developing, while Odquist apparently sent his to Life magazine as quickly as he could. On July 4, 1938, Life splashed OdquLst's photos all over a spread that was headlined "A Survivor Photographs the Worst American Train Wreck Since 1887." "He was the smart one," said Jones, a rancher and banker who spent most of his life in Harlowton and now lives in Billings. Not that Jones was looking for glory, then or now. "I've always said, we were more spectators than survivors." Jones was born in Butte and his family moved to Milwaukee when he was 7 or 8, but he used to return to Montana every summer to spend time on his mother's family ranch near Two Dot In 1938, when Jones was 17, he and his cousin, John Baxter, who was 10 or 11, booked passage out to Montana aboard the Olympian. The Olympian, as every Milwaukee train that ran between Chicago and Tacoma was known, was a fast air-conditioned train, Please see Train wreck, 8A rrrsfan u Ape.'-"' .JM , ' mv. mi-LiavuUEXit J ft, Umn i U ' - ' . ' 1 r-pFsnri?1',-- ii m - .. td To view additional photos of the train wreck taken by Warren Jones, see the link in this story. Grassroots push for immigrant rights From small towns to big cities, Immigration rights supporters protested throughout the country Monday In a national day of action billed as a "campaign for immigrants' dignity." rtmanlTAil 1omnnctrat!nn -----tji .April 10 oOthcr Rallies across country oppose crackdown on immigration SOURCES. Ndllonil Capital Immigrant CotllDofl1, Ctnttr for Community Chtngt AP INDEX Classified 4C Markets CA Comics 7W0 Opinion 4A Deaths 5B.68 Sports ID Local IB TV 40 Get news updates online at A High 64' Party Low 38 cloudy Spring like tempenturti 68 Largely immigrant crowds say they seek freedom NEW YORK (AP) -Hundreds of thouxands of people demanding VS. citl-jEcrwhip fur linmlKMni tik to the streets In doxrns of cities from New York to San Dirgo on Mond.iy in some of the mt widespread demonstrations since the miiis protests began around the country Lwt month. r V Rallies took place In communities of all sizes, from a g.ithrring of at least 50,000 rcople in Atlanta to one nvolving 3,000 people In the farming town of Garden City, Kaa, which has fewer than 30.000 residents. Demonstrators in New York City held signs with slogans such as "We Arc America," "Immigrant Valurs are Family Values," and "Irgalbc Don't Criminalize." One sign said: "Hush Step Down." "We low tWs country. This country gives to us every thing," said Florentino Cruz, 32, an Illegal worker from Mexico who has been In the United States since 1992. "This country was made by immigrants." The protesters have been urging lawmakers to help an estimate J U million Illegal Immigrants settle legally In the United States. A bill passed by the House would crack down on Illegal Immigrants and strengthen the ait ion's border with Mexico. A broader overhaul of immigration Jaw Pleas Rallies, 8A I'M COMING WEDNESDAY Blood iKticftts: Modern medical technology provides bkxKl conservation option for patients. Hcahh fz3 t3 CwIftv! r

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