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Preps HoopsLiberty Minutemen downHeritage Pioneers 58 53 Sports DI I 5k 4b Shop Shop Retail sales strong for 1998 holiday season Business AS Seeking Peace President leaves today on Mjdeast peace trip In The News A2 IlW 50 WsattlW Cloudy today with highs in the low to mid 40s and a chance of rain Heavy rain tonight lows from 35 to 40 Details A10 Abby 4 Lottery Classified 2 Markets Comics CM Movies Crossword 5 Obituaries Local 1 Opinion A 2 Religion 0 4 A 8 Sports 0 1 5 Scoreboard 2 2 Television 5 A 6 Weather A 10 MNWltf A Ur A Lynchburg Virginia Vol 133 No 345 wwwnewsadvancecom sur Telecom talks at critical juncture ate of Hill fiber optic cable network at stake By Steve Vaughan The News Advance RICHMOND A working group charged with reaching a compro mise on telecommunica tions policy had a more civil more productive session at their second meeting here riday i While the two sides local gov ernments and the telecommunica tions industry spent their meeting restating positions that had hardened since last leg islative battle over the ability of localities like Lynchburg to con struct and operate their own telecommunications networks riday the two sides began to build a framework for a compromise was much said Del WW Bennett HalifaxJ guess everybody had to vent last The basis of that compromise may be industry revisions of amendments that Gov Jim Gilmore' proposed to last telecommu nication bill that were rejected at the urging of the powerful telecom munications lobby The new proposal would allow localities to build systems and lease them to private telecommuni cation companies in areas where a third party arbitrator determined that state of the art telecommuni cations services were not available Please see TELECOM Page A 10 City man sentenced in fatal shooting By Shannon Brennan Debate on last article will start today House panel OKs three impeachment articles A visibly shaken President Clinton spoke to the media in the White House Rose Garden minutes before the Judiciary Committee voting began Il 31 31 I pll I rb i I I EBflB SI IH bjWfl 1 fl wl fl 'cfl 1 BB BB eB iBBB a AP photos Vote on articles follows a strict party 1 ine split By Marsha Mercer and Gil Klein Media General News Service WASHINGTON ignoring President last minute appeal for a lesser pun ishment the House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to recommend the impeach ment of the 42nd president for lying under oatn to a grand jury lying under oath in a deposition and obstructing justice At 9 am today the committee is to begin debating a fourth and final article which charges that Clinton misused and abused his power All the charges stem from attempted cover his relationship with Monica Lewinsky A special session of the full House is scheduled to take up impeachment Thursday If a majority of House members concurs with the committee the case will go to the Senate for a trial next year A two thirds vote of the Senate would remove Clinton from office Ten minutes before the vote on Article One a somber Clinton made a personal appeal for censure instead of impeachment in a brief Rose Garden appearance Clinton expressed his for his conduct and said am profoundly sorry for all I have done wrong in words and Clinton said for the first time he would accept a rebuke and cen sure from Congress He did not mention the word nor did he admit he broke the law as some Republicans had demanded A tape of the presi three minute speech was available in a room off the hearing room Republicans drift ed out to watch the plea and then returned tn vote Democrats have introduced a harshly worded censure measure in committee which may be voted on today It is expected to fail and Democrats have no assurance it will be considered by the full House With no Democratic support the panel Please see VOTE Page A 5 important to under I stand that none of the proposed articles include allegations of sexual mis Re Henry Hyde I IIMay the panel began voting on the four articles of impeachment IL JI ML a pBB' I 4 flBB I imp TUTeynwasnington were on the Judiciary Committee riday as Mood on Capitol Hill is solemn somber sad WASHINGTON (AP) All of sex lies that stained dress and how the president had argued over what is Now abruptly they came up against their constitutional duty And so the tone changed in Room 2141 of the Raybum office building Now the House Judiciary Committee confronted the reality that it was about to ask the House as a whole to send President Clinton to trial in the Senate with removal from office as the only per missible penalty upon conviction Given 10 minutes each to make a speech after hearing so long from a collection of professors and lawyers who had lectured all week they seized the moment Please see MOOD Page A 5 The News Advance A four year effort to prosecute Kevin Lamont Dammones for the 1994 shooting of Michael Smith came to an end riday when he was sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison for voluntary manslaughter Dammones 21 was 16 when he shot Smith in the temple on eb 20 1994 as he lay on a couch in his Madison Street apartment He told police he only meant to scare Smith whom he believed had hit and threatened his mother Dammones was charged with murder after Smith died in April 1994 at age 42 but mental capacity started a legal bat tle about his competency to stand trial In June Dammones was finally found competent and in October he signed a plea agreement Please see SHOOTING Page A 6 Voter roll problems not as bad as first thought No there arent that many felons or dead registered to vote rom staff and wire reports ALEXANDRIA If David York wants to keep voting have to convince elec tions officials he is not a felon And not alone The 30 year old Alexandria man was one of 11221 Virginia voters singled out last month by a state watchdog agency as 4 illegally registered to vote either because they are supposed to be dead or were con victed of felonies But after localities began purging those names from their voting rolls two weeks ago local registrars discovered the list included names of legitimate voters One Central Virginia registrar said more than half of the names on the coun ty's list are wrong of them belong on said rancis Brown the Amherst County registrar where 56 registered voters were listed as felons would say 60 to 90 per cent (of those listed as felons) should not have been on my Some of those voters were incorrectly being kicked off the rolls Local registrars said the problem is so widespread that they have suspended the voter roll cleanup project so that state officials can investigate are names on the list of people who were felons and since have had their charges reduced or said Marie Batten the Bedford County registrar finding all kinds of problems with that report The registrars needs up to date technology so we can crass check sit uations like Batten said of the 77 registered voters in question in Bedford at least 10 of them likely belong on the list of question able voters The problems are occurring statewide complained especially (felons) who had their rights restored because been voting for the last 15 years and wondering why now all these questions" said Loudoun registrar Please see VOTER Page A 10.

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