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ARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011 INTERNATIONAL 14 World News Roundup Border Fence Bill signed Ariz on ‘Web’ to raise money PHOENIX, May 9, (AP): Arizona lawmakers want more fence along the border with Mexico — whether the federal government thinks it’s necessary or not. They’ve got a plan that could get a project started using online dona- tions and prison labor. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year. Gov Jan Brewer recent- ly signed a bill that sets the state on a course that begins with Brewer launching a website to raise money for the work, said state Sen Steve Smith, the bill’s sponsor. “We’re going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it,” said Smith, a first-term Republican sen- ator. Arizona — strapped for cash and mired in a budget crisis — is already using public donations to pay for its legal defense of the con- troversial get-tough illegal immi- gration law, known as SB1070. The state is appealing a federal judge’s ruling blocking key provisions of the law, including a requirement that immigrants get or carry immi- gration registration papers. Part of the marketing pitch for A man and woman make their way along a street immersed by floodwaters from the Richilieu River in the town of Saint-Blaise-Sur-Richilieu, Quebec, Sunday. (AP) donations could include providing certificates declaring that individ- ual contributors “helped build the Arizona wall,” Smith said. “I think River it’s going to be a really, really neat thing.” Construction would start “after we’ve raised a significant amount of money first” but possibly as 1,300 homes told to go, 370 people in shelters soon as later this year, Smith said. “If the website is up and there is an overwhelming response to what we’ve done and millions of dollars in this fund, I would see no reason Mississippi forces more evacuations why engineering or initial con- MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 9, Record river levels, some dating bridge that runs parallel to the river. going through.” struction or finalized plans can’t be (AP): Tourists gathered along Beale as far back as the 1920s, have The Brentwood, Tennessee, couple Downriver in Louisiana, officials accomplished,” he said. Street and gawkers snapped photos already been broken in some areas came to Memphis to watch their son warned residents that even if a key The nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 of the rising Mississippi River, even upstream. Heavy rains and play in a rugby tournament and were spillway northwest of Baton Rouge kms) US-Mexico border already as more residents were told Sunday snowmelt have been blamed for stopping by the river on their way were to be opened, residents could has about 650 miles (1,050 kms) of to flee their homes and the river’s swelling the big river, and there’s so out of town. expect water 5- to 25-feet (1.5- to fence of one type or another, nearly crest edged toward the city, threaten- much water in the Mississippi, the “If it was my house, I would be 7.5-meters) deep over parts of seven half of it in Arizona. The state’s A sidewalk memorial is seen where a man shot and killed his girlfriend and ing to soak greater pockets of the tributaries that feed into it are also devastated,” said Kim Mueller, parishes. Some of Louisiana’s most border is the busiest gateway for two 5-year-old twins, before turning city. backed up, creating some of the whose home was spared last year valuable farmland is expected to be both illegal immigrants and mari- the gun on himself in a murder-sui- Officials went door-to-door, worst flood problems so far. during the Nashville floods, which inundated. juana smuggling. cide inside an SUV that was wit- warning about 240 people to get out At Beale Street, the famous thor- inundated parts of downtown and The vital Morganza spillway, Declined nessed by three other children, Los before the river reaches its expected oughfare known for blues, water many low-lying neighborhoods. northwest of Baton Rouge, could be Department of Homeland Angeles authorities said May 8. The peak Tuesday. In all, residents in pooled at the end of the road, and She thought the wide river looked opened as early as Thursday Security spokesman Matthew shootings occurred Saturday night, dozens gathered to catch a glimpse. May 7, in a residential area of East more than 1,300 homes have been peaceful. “It’s just awesome,” she although a decision has not yet been Chandler said federal officials Los Angeles, according to Sheriff’s told to go, and some 370 people Scott Umstead, his wife and their said. made. declined to comment on the Sgt Michael Thomes. (AP) were staying in shelters. three children made the half-hour Not everyone was as happy. A separate spillway northwest of Arizona legislation. The Mississippi spared Kentucky drive from the town of Collierville Cedric Blue’s south Memphis New Orleans was to be opened State Corrections Director and northwest Tennessee any cata- to the east. He has never seen the neighborhood was near the over- Monday, helping ease the pressure Charles Ryan said getting inmate strophic flooding and no deaths have river so high and marveled at the flowing Nonconnah Creek. He has on levees there, and inmates were labor to help construct border fenc- been reported there, but some low- other gawkers. watched as the water engulfed three set to be evacuated from the low- ing wouldn’t be a problem. lying towns and farmland along the Flock homes on his street. Blue has lived lying state prison in Angola. Minimum-security prisoners banks of the big river have been in his one-story house since he was Engineers say it is unlikely any already have been used to clear Tourists typically flock here in inundated with water. And there’s May for a music festival or barbecue born, and he fears the rising water major metropolitan areas will be brush in immigrants’ hiding spots tension farther south in the will wash away a lifetime of memo- inundated as the water pushes down- near the border and clean up trash championship, but the river had the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana, area buzzing this year. ries. stream over the next week or two. and other material dumped by bor- der-crossers, he said. with the river’s crest continuing a “It’s probably the biggest tourist He was angry that he hadn’t seen Nonetheless, officials are cautious. Work crews of Arizona inmates lazy pace, leaving behind what attraction in Memphis,” Umstead any officials in his neighborhood. Since the flood in 1927, a disaster also have been used to refurbish could be a slow-developing disaster. said. “I just want a new life and reloca- that killed hundreds, Congress has Caylee Casey public buildings, build sidewalks Jittery Memphis residents have The water on Beale Street was tion,” Blue said as a garbage can made protecting the cities on the and construct park facilities. been abandoning low-lying homes about a half-mile (800 meters) from floated in the high water near his lower Mississippi a priority, spend- for days as the dangerously surging the world-famous nightspots, which house and a yellow “No Outlet” ing billions to fortify cities with At 50 cents an hour, “we are a relatively inexpensive labor force,” America river threatened to crest at 48 feet are on much higher ground. street sign was nearly covered. “I floodwalls and carve out overflow Ryan said. “If we have the funding (14.63 meters), just shy of a 48.7- Kim Mueller, and her husband would like the elected officials to basins and ponds ‚Äî a departure to do it, we’re capable of doing it.” foot (14.84-meter) record of a dev- Lloyd were taking pictures of the come down here to see this with from the “levees-only” strategy that Florida man murder trial: The trial astating 1937 flood. river from an elevated walking their own eyes and see what we’re led to the 1927 disaster. Arizona’s existing border securi- of Casey Anthony, the young mother ty fund is being used to pay for accused of killing her 2-year-old daugh- legal costs of defending SB1070 in ter Caylee, is drawing so much media court, though Brewer’s 2010 exec- attention that the judge is keeping the Anthony waited a month before proved irresistible to TV talk-show Perry. suffer trauma. utive order creating the fund allows location of jury selection secret until telling her mother that Caylee had dis- hosts and bloggers. The Anthony case Caylee’s decomposed remains were Some outside experts said the lack of its money to be used for any “bor- the proceedings begin. appeared in the summer of 2008. became a media sensation, as HLN talk found in December 2008 by a munici- a cause of death could make it hard to der security purpose.” A federal Forecasters say the river could crest Anthony’s mother then contacted show host Nancy Grace gave her the pal meter reader in woods not far from get a first-degree murder conviction judge has blocked implementation late Monday at Memphis — hours authorities. Over the next several moniker “Tot Mom.” Protesters sus- where the little girl lived with her “If you can’t say how she died you’re of key parts of SB1070, but Brewer sooner than previously predicted — but weeks, hundreds of volunteers scoured pecting Anthony had a role in her mother and grandparents. Detectives kind of hamstrung on saying what the has said she’ll take the case to the the mayor says the city’s ready for it. central Florida in search of any clues to daughter’s disappearance demonstrated said residue of a heart-shaped sticker defendant’s intent was,” said David Hill, US Supreme Court if necessary. Mayor AC Wharton said that despite Caylee’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, outside of the home Anthony shared was found on duct tape over the mouth an Orlando criminal defense attorney. The fund through Wednesday the tightened timeframe, he’s confident numerous photos surfaced of Casey with her parents. of her skull. The local medical examin- “What the state has going for them is the has received nearly 44,000 dona- that precautions such as door-to-door Anthony drinking, some of them So far, about 600 media credentials er, Jan Garavaglia, who once had her emotional, visceral appeal that the jury warnings have prepared the city. allegedly taken during that first month. have been requested. own national television show, “Dr. G: digs but if the jury is doing their job, and tions totaling more than $3.7 mil- “We don’t have as much time, but The heart-tug of a missing apple- “The pretrial publicity I’ve seen in Medical Examiner,” ruled that a cause the defense attorneys are doing their lion, collected online and through fortunately we’re ready for it,” Wharton cheeked girl contrasted with images of this case is unprecedented in the state of death could not be determined. The jobs, I would predict a conviction on the mailed donations since May 2010. told CBS television Monday. the hard-partying, single mother and of Florida,” said Circuit Judge Belvin autopsy said that Caylee’s bones didn’t third-degree felony of neglect.” (AP) Roughly half of the money has Wharton said disasters such as been spent, and Brewer spokesman Hurricane Katrina, which flooded parts Matthew Benson said the balance is also needed for SB1070-related of New Orleans and other areas in 2005, have shown that you can’t simply Teams scour rugged terrain legal expenses. Smith and other get the word out by issuing warnings on supporters of the border-fence leg- islation haven’t produced any cost TV. Authorities spent the weekend knocking on doors to tell a couple hun- Search for missing Canadian resumes estimates for the state project, say- dred people that they should abandon ing only that the state should be their homes before they are swamped RENO, Nevada, May 9, (AP): Search able weight but was hospitalized in able to do it far more inexpensively by waters from the rising Mississippi. teams continued to scour canyons and fair condition, told investigators the than the federal government. Wharton said officials are returning to mountainsides last time she saw 59-year-old Albert That still could be put the state’s some houses multiple times. Sunday for the miss- Chretien was on March 22, when he costs in the tens of millions of dol- “Door-to-door is a key thing that ing husband of a res- set off for help on foot with a GPS unit lars — or more. we’re doing,” he said, adding there are cued Canadian just a few days after they got stuck, A 2009 report by Congress’ stepped up patrols to prevent looting in woman who survived Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts said. Government Accountability Office areas where people have left their for seven weeks on More than a dozen deputies from said costs of federal fencing work homes behind. just snacks and water Nevada and Idaho’s Owyhee County At the center of this media mael- after they became returned for a second day of searching, to keep out people on foot ranged strom is the ponytailed, 25-year-old from $400,000 to $15.1 million per stranded in remote sheriff’s Detective James Carpenter Anthony, who could face the death northeastern Nevada. said. The teams were scouring rugged mile (1.6 kms), while costs for penalty if convicted of first-degree mur- vehicle barriers ranged from Rita Chretien, 56, Rita terrain along the northern border of the der. She also is charged with aggravated was discovered on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. $200,000 to $1.8 million. Costs child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of varied by such things as types of Friday in the couple’s van which was Bad weather prevented them from a child and providing false information mired in mud on a national forest log- using aircraft Saturday and would fencing geography, land costs and to law enforcement. She has pleaded An American flag waves amongst the bodies on May 8, in Concord, Ala. A tor- labor expenses, the report said. nado destroyed many homes and businesses when it ripped through the area ging road in Elko County, authorities probably prevent it again Sunday, not guilty and says a baby-sitter kid- napped Caylee. last week. (AP) said. The woman, who lost consider- Carpenter said.
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