Victoria Advocate from Victoria, Texas on February 7, 2008 · 5
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Victoria Advocate from Victoria, Texas · 5

Victoria, Texas
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Thursday, February 7, 2008
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- - ... - VICTORIA ADVOCATE, Thursday, February 7, 2008 A5 NATION&WORLD In brief Hate-crime count filed in W.Va. - CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One of several white people charged in the suspected kidnapping, torture and sexual assault of a black woman has been indicted on a hate crime count, and two others have 'entered guilty pleas in the case. Six people arrested after Megan Williams, 20, was rescued in September had been charged with counts that carry maximum life sentences, but until Tuesday's indictments no one had been charged with a hate crime. The issue has been a sore point among many of Williams' supporters. Karen Burton, 46, of Chap-manville, was indicted Tuesday on charges of committing a hate crime, kidnapping and malicious wounding. Three others were indicted on counts including kidnapping, sexual assault and conspiracy One of last WWI U.S. veterans dies TAMPA, Fla. - Harry Richard Landis, who enlisted in the Army in 1918 and was one ui umy surviving w U.S. veterans of World War I, has died. He was 108. Landis, who lived at a Sun City Landis Center nursing home, died Monday, according to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. The remaining U.S. veteran is Frank Buckles, 107, of Charles Town, W.Va., according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, John Babcock of Spokane, Wash., 107, served in the Canadian army and is the last known Canadian veteran of the war. Landis trained as a U.S. Army recruit for 60 days at the end of the war and never went overseas. tut the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs counts him among the 4.7 million men and woman who served during the Great War. Militants in Pakistan declare cease-fire DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Taliban militants declared a cease-fire Wednesday in fighting with Pakistani forces, and the government said it was preparing for peace talks with al-Qaida-linked extremists in the lawless tribal area near the border with Afghanistan. Any deal that allows armed Islamic extremists to operate on Pakistani soil would run counter to U.S. demands for the government to crack down on militants. The Bush administration contends a failed truce last year allowed al-Qaida to expand its reach into this turbulent, nuclear-armed country, and the U.S. has sounded warnings in recent days about a revival of militant strength. COMPILED FROM ADVOCATE WIRE REPORTS U CO. INC. We Will Be Closed FRIDAY, FEB. 8TH for Inventory We Will Close THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH at 4:00 pm We Will Re-Open for Business MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH mm-.-, Deborah Montgomery stands with her dog outside of her heavily damaged mobile home on Wednesday in Moulton, Ala. Residents in five Southern states tried to salvage what they could Wednesday from homes reduced to piles of debris, a day after the deadliest cluster of tornadoes in nearly a decade tore through the region, snapping trees and crumpling homes. At least 54 people were dead. Twisters kill at least 54 across the South BY RYAN LENZ THF ASSOCIATED PRESS LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - One man pulled a couch over his head. Bank employees rushed into the vault. A woman trembled in her bathroom, clinging to her dogs. College students huddled in dormitories. Tornado warnings had been broadcast for hours, and when the sirens finally announced that the twisters had arrived, many people across the' South took shelter and saved their lives. But others simply had nowhere safe to go, or the storms proved too powerful, too numerous, too unpredictable. At least 54 people were killed and hundreds injured Tuesday and Wednesday by dozens of tornadoes that plowed across Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. It was the nation's deadliest barrage of twisters in almost 23 years. "We had a beautiful neighborhood. Now it's hell," said Bonnie Brawner, 80, who lives in Hartsville, a community about an hour from Nashville where a natural gas plant that was struck by a twister erupted in spectacular flames up to 400 feet high. The storms flattened entire streets, smashed warehouses and sent tractor-trailers flying. Houses were reduced to splintered piles of lumber. Some looked like life-size dollhouses, their walls sheared away. Crews going door to door to search for bodies had to contend with downed power lines, snapped trees and flipped-over cars. Cattle wandered through the debris near hard-hit Lafayette. At least 12 people died in and around the town. "It looks like the Lord took a Brillo pad and scrubbed the ground," said Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who surveyed the damage from a helicopter. Hundreds of houses were damaged or destroyed. Authorities had no immediate cost estimate of the damage. President Bush gave assurances his administration stood ready to help. Teams from the i A - i - MATT Severe storm system claims dozens More than 50 people died and hundreds were injured in storms that swept across the South. Death tolls by state as of 5:30 p.m. EST i Area of severe weather TEXAS NOTE: Some tornado sightings overlap. ILL. i IND. MO. . , ) " Arkansas J At least 1 3 killed f4 S "2 rv7v tenvi ARK ' GA:. - 5 MISS- ALA. SOURCES: National Weather Service; Weather Underground ederal Emergency Management Agency were sent to the region and activated an emergency center in Georgia. "Loss of life, loss of property -prayers can help and so can the government," Bush said. "I do r 7 WEEKLY SPECIAL 2 SPECIAL 2 Enchiladas, Rice & Beans wReg. Drink SPECIAL GOOD THRU 3-9-08 $99 nil Tax MCKEANTHE TIMES DAILYASSOCIATED PRESS Reported tornado sighting OHIO Kentucky At least 7 killed Tennessee At least 30 killed SC. Alabama At least 4 killed FLA. AP want the people in those states to know the American people are standing with them." Most communities had ample warning that the storms were coming. Forecasters had warned for days severe weather was possible. Changes in life could mean changes in taxes. H&R Block Maximum Refund Guarantee. Come in today. Whether you've just gotten married, had a baby, bought a new home or retired big life changes can mean big tax changes. H&R Block will maximize your refund by showing you new tax deductions or credits you're now entitled to. 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