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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2022 FROM CORNER TO RAILROAD AVENUE, TELLING THE STORY OF OUR COMMUNITY. Weather Mostly cloudy High 50 Low 29 FORECAST A2 Advice A9 B9 Comics A8 Entertainment B8 Nation A5 Obituaries A2 Opinion A4 Puzzles A8 Sports B1 $2.00 Volume 217, Issue 341 A Lee Enterprises Newspaper Copyright 2022 Follow us online: InsideFather of July 4 shooting suspectcharged with 7 felonies PAGE A5 Back in action Auburn gymnastics hosts intrasquad SPORTS, PAGE B1 Contributions Lawmakers quick to unload FTX contributions PAGE A3 Strategic reserves US buying 3M barrels of oil to start replenishing reserves PAGE A7 JOHNWEST Each Christmas season, an army of small Christmas trees appear in local businesses across the Opelika-Auburn area. Each one is adorned with white pa- per ornaments trimmed in eye-catching gold. Each orna- ment also has a single baby-related item listed on it. The ornaments are part of the Christmas Tree Project, and a way for area residents to help provide for both expecting and newparentswhoare inneed this Christmas season.

The Christ- mas Tree Project is a yearly collection drive put on by the Hope Medical Clinic in Auburn to help their baby boutiquewith items thatparents would need for their infants. year between Thanks- giving and Christmas, we put three-foot trees out there throughout body that will take a said Daria Monroe, executive direc- tor at Hope Medical Clinic. come in, they pick that ornament up and they go out and buy the item, bring it to us and it helps us stock the Baby The Christmas trees can be found in locations all around town, with churches, restau- rants, shops, and schools all takingpart.AuburnHighSchool, the locations in Ti- Irritable Bao, Way Baptist, and Greater Peace Baptist are just a fewof the loca- tions where the Christmas Tree Project is set up this year. Thewhite andgoldornaments displayedon the trees list a vari- etyofbabyneeds.Somemention baby bouncers. Others mention crib sheets for boys or girls.

Others mention hooded towels, amongmanyotherneeds.All are items uses to help expecting and new parents provide for their babies. see the trees probably now that that mentioned them. got like probably 50 someplaces in beengoingon formany years to the point that many other places now are starting to replicate what we AMANDA SEITZ Associated Press WASHINGTON The Biden administration has proposed a banonmisleading ads forMedi- care Advantage plans that have targetedolderAmericans and, in some cases, convinced them to signup forplans cover their doctors or prescriptions. The rule, proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Med- icaid Services, would ban ads that market Medicare Advan- tageplanswith confusingwords, imagery or logos. The new reg- ulation would also prohibit ads that a health insurance plan by name.

anaggressive step to tackle a growing problem in theMedi- care Advantage marketplace, a booming business that offers privately runversionsof thegov- people who are 65 and older or have disabilities. Nearly half of all Medicare enrollees about 28 million are now turning to Medicare Advantage plans. LAUREN JOHNSON New information in the Ope- lika JaneDoe case points police to search Virginia and North Caro- lina formore leads. Opelika JaneDoe is theuniden- young girl whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area behind a mobile home off Hurst Street inOpelikaon Jan.28, 2012. Detectives believe she was killed in 2010 or 2011 andwas be- tween 4 and 7 years old.

In the early stages of investi- gation, detectives believe they found pictures of Jane Doe at an Opelika Vacation Bible School in 2011 atGreaterPeaceCommunity Church several miles from where her bodywas found. Opelika Police Captain Jona- than Clifton said he and the de- tectivedivisionare activelywork- ing this case and will not give up on it until solved. are always working this he said. is not a cold case.We’ve actuallybeenworking it for years. We need to jus- tice for Jane Doe and we want to know her name and she deserves a proper At the end of November, Clif- ton said they received information that JaneDoemighthave relatives living in Virginia or North Caro- lina.

He sent out a press release to those two states hoping to anyonewhomightbeable to iden- tify her. have followed leads in Arizona, Orlando, and New Jersey, and now got some leads that she could have some relations fromup thatwayaround go- ing to gather all the information thatwe can and hopefully be able to link some stuff to Opelika and thenmove the case During the past ten years of in- vestigation, Clifton said received tips, lookedatDNA leads and had help from other agencies including theNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NCMECgot involved in thecase shortly after Jane Doe was found back in 2012, and in 2016 law en- forcement asked for assistance from the organization in creating a facial reconstruction. Carol Schweitzer, the case manager and supervi- sor of forensic service, said they found signs of malnourishment and abuse, in Jane left eye, which was scarred and caused blindness. Opelika police search more Jane Doe leads ADAM SPARKS A Hope Christmas tree on display at Medicine Shop in Opelika.

PAULWISEMANAND STAN CHOE Associated Press WASHINGTON After scal- ing 40-year highs, in the UnitedStateshasbeenslowlyeas- ing since summer. Yet the Federal Reserve seems decidedly unim- its against accelerating prices is anywhere near over. On Thursday, stock markets buckled on the growing realiza- tion that the Fedmay bewilling to lettheeconomyslide intorecession if drive its annual target. The 500 stock index lost roughly its worst day since early November. The lossescameadayafter theFed raised its benchmark interest rate for the seventh time this year.

The half-pointhiketheFedannounced beenwidely expected. What spooked investors was ing of how much further the Fed seems willing to go to defeat high In updated projections they issuedWednesday, the policymakers forecast that they will ratchet up their key rate by an additionalthree-quartersofapoint to a hefty to 5.25% and keep it there through 2023. Some Fedwatchershadexpectedonlyan additional half-point in rate hikes. Those higher rates will mean costlier borrowing costs for con- sumers and companies, ranging frommortgages to auto and busi- ness loans. The policymakers also down- graded their outlook for economic growth in 2023 fromthe 1.2%they had forecast in September to a puny0.5%—asnear toa recession forecastastheywere likelytomake.

they raised their ex- pectation for the unemployment rate next year to 4.6% from 3.7% now. All of which suggested that the officials leastwould the price of taming Recession a growing fear as Fed plans to keep rates high Christmas Tree Project helps parents in need OPELIKA POLICE DEPARTMENT An enhanced image released by Opelika police is believed to be of a girl police have been attempting to identify since the of remains in 2012. Please see RECESSION, Page A2 Please see JANE DOE, Page A2 Please see CHRISTMAS, Page A3 BIDEN ADMINISTRATION Ban proposed on scam Medicare ads Please seeMEDICARE, Page A3.

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