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  1. 1. Gov. Bill Richardson rallies for Barack Obama OUR TOWN PAGE 1 CharlotteSun STOCKSa deep economic slowdown TUMBLE PREP FOOTBALL AND WEEKLY HERALD SPORTS PAGE 4 Rising fears of A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS prompts Wednesday’s Wall Street tumble. DeSoto’s record-setting fullback Marcus Shaw is only AN EDITION OF THE SUN FRONT PAGE 9 getting better, but he’s not doing it all on his own. VOL. 116 NO. 297 AMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITY DAILY THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, 2008 www.sunnewspapers.net 75 cents Bad ballots mar absentee voting Campaign On The Early voters have problem performing their civic duty By TERRY O’CONNOR Dent said she handled. We even put postage on Trail NORTH PORT ASSISTANT EDITOR didn’t think it was it for them.” SARASOTA — Sarasota County the kind of The problem came to light Supervisor of Elections Kathy problem that after Detert noticed her race Dent said Wednesday she knew required a press was not included in her 10 days ago that 69 flawed release or other sample ballot and a supporter absentee ballots had been sent notification. called her complaining about to Florida voters by her office. “We took care of the omission. “We discovered it a week ago BENTLEY DETERT DENT it,” Dent said. “We More than 52,000 absentee Saturday and took care of it,” discovered the ballot requests had been Dent said. Bentley was omitted from the errors and reordered the ballots received through Saturday, said bad absentee ballots. Neither TODAY: The state Senate District 23 — 69 absentee ballots. We Scott Farrington, assistant Sen. McCain is in race between Republican Nancy campaign said they had been reissued those ballots already. It’s Ormond Beach, Fla., at a Detert and Democrat Morgan informed of the problem. been contained and completely BALLOTS | P5 rally at Allstar Building Materials from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. He will then be in WO R L D S E R I E S G A M E 1 | PH I L L I E S AT R AY S Sarasota, Fla., at Robarts Sports, 3000 Ringling Blvd. The event will be from BEST-OF-7 SERIES, GAME 2: TONIGHT AT TROPICANA FIELD, 8:00 P.M. TV: FOX 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with Series fever spikes doors opening at 3 p.m. Gov. Palin will have a morning rally in Troy, Ohio, north of Dayton. She will then have an afternoon campaign in Beaver, Pa. Sen. Obama is canceling campaign events scheduled for Thursday in Ripken Madison, Wis., and Des Moines, Iowa, and flying to brothers visit Hawaii because his grandmother Madelyn Dunham, 85, has taken ill, Port Charlotte his campaign has announced. He plans to return from Hawaii late By PATRICK OBLEY Friday evening or early SPORTS EDITOR Saturday morning. Wife PORT CHARLOTTE – A day Michelle Obama will take All times had passed since the Charlotte his place at rallies in Akron Stone Crabs officially introduced and Columbus, Ohio. GAME 1 themselves to the denizens of Wed., Oct. 22 Charlotte County when Bill Sen. Joe Biden’s Philadelphia Ripken pulled up to the $27 campaign reported the at Tampa Bay million work-in-progress off State Delaware senator plans to Road 776. visit three North Carolina GAME 2 Times have changed since cities today. He will hold a Thurs., Oct. 23 rally in Charlotte, Wake Philadelphia Ripken last visited the former at Tampa Bay spring stomping grounds of the Forest University in Texas Rangers as a player. Winston-Salem, and GAME 3 Meredith College in “I had three spring trainings Sat., Oct. 25 Raleigh. Tampa Bay here in 1993, ’94 and ’96,” he said. at Philadelphia “I enjoyed my spring trainings here, I really did. After being with GAME 4 FRIDAY the Orioles, where we didn’t have Sun., Oct. 26 a set site, I was like a kid in a Tampa Bay candy store and I didn’t mind the Sen. Obama is in at Philadelphia Hawaii. fact it was a little bit on the GAME 5* outskirts of (Port Charlotte).” Mon., Oct. 27 Ripken was in town Wednes- Sen. Biden will visit Tampa Bay day to take a look at what the Charleston, W. Va., Friday to at Philadelphia locals have done to the old place talk to voters about the GAME 6* and to check in on the progress of economy and the middle the Ripken Baseball Group’s class. Wed., Oct. 29 Philadelphia newest venture. Then, he was at Tampa Bay headed to Tropicana Field to Sen. McCain visits watch Game 1 of the World Series Colorado Friday stopping in GAME 7* Denver, Durango and between the Philadelphia Phillies Thurs., Oct. 30 Colorado Springs. and the organization that will Philadelphia at Tampa Bay provide the talent to his Stone Crabs, the Tampa Bay Rays. Gov. Palin will speak *If necessary at Missouri State AP PHOTO He considers himself the “Big Spectators arrive at Tropicana Field for Game 1 of the baseball World Picture” fella of the Ripken group. University’s McDonald Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays in St. Peters- Arena at 11 a.m. burg, Fla., Wednesday. VISIT | P5 — Source: AP Alleged burglar jailed on nearly $1M bond Suspect may be responsible for a rash of burglaries in North Port By TERRY O’CONNOR crimes, including 33 The CCSO arresting Milliken to the Sarasota of criminal those are felonies,” Estrada NORTH PORT felonies. officer didn’t have to go far County crimes after a mischief. said. “It adds up pretty ASSISTANT EDITOR “It definitely solves a lot to arrest Milliken. He was jailhouse discussion. Bond was quick.” NORTH PORT — A string of cases for us,” said already in jail stemming “We questioned them set at “That’s a new one on of 17 burglaries — seven of Estrada. “I can’t think of from an April 29 arrest on a and obviously a confession $976,240 for me,” said NPPD Chief Terry which were armed — has anything in recent times as number of similar charges. was made,” Estrada said. the Fort Lewis. “I haven’t seen a been solved, according to extensive as this.” Altogether, Milliken has The captain said no one was Myers bond that high.” North Port Police Depart- Milliken was arrested at 110 charges on his rap shot or hurt during any of native, No information was ment Capt. Robert Estrada. 2:30 p.m. Tuesday by the sheet, which date to his first the burglaries. including available Wednesday on the Geoff Allen Milliken, 19, Charlotte County Sheriff’s arrest in Charlotte County The latest charges against MILLIKEN $100,000 two juveniles. 7000 block of Cameo Court Office, along with two other on Nov. 16, 2005. He’s been Milliken include 15 felony apiece for Some property has been in North Port, is being held juveniles, in connection arrested on at least six grand thefts, 11 unarmed three armed burglaries. recovered, Estrada said. on a nearly $1 million bond with North Port crimes different occasions. burglaries, seven armed “You look at all the Milliken’s arraignment is set after being charged with 40 dating back to February. Police said they linked burglaries and seven counts counts and the majority of for Nov. 21. 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  2. 2. Front Page 2 D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net HEALTH/NATIONAL NEWS The Sun /Thursday, October 23, 2008 | NATION Deliberations begin Patients skimp on medicine CHICAGO (AP) — The could not afford the gas both cases, about one-fifth in Stevens case ailing economy is leading money to drive them to the said their condition got many Americans to skip doctor. He gave them soup worse as a result. WASHINGTON — With doctor visits, skimp on and soda instead, and they • The number of pre- Sen. Ted Stevens’ fate and their medicine, and put off got better. scriptions filled dropped possibly the outcome of his mammograms, Pap smears “I never felt the crunch 0.4 percent for the quarter re-election race hanging in and other tests. And like this before,” Hendricks ending in June — the first the balance, jurors in his physicians worry the result said. time it hasn’t risen, accord- corruption trial declared will be sicker patients who The numbers show ing to IMS Health, which themselves stressed out need more expensive Americans are increasingly has been tracking such after a few hours’ delibera- treatment later. putting their health at risk: data for 12 years. tions Wednesday and went In Lombard, Ill., Donald • More and more are • Elective surgeries like home early. Hendricks lost his job over postponing needed care, hip and knee replace- Four hours after U.S. AP PHOTO the summer at an event- according to a Kaiser Family ments, diagnostic tests and District Judge Emmet planning company. When outpatient procedures fell Donald Hendricks sits with his wife Rhonda, left, and their Foundation poll released Sullivan declared, “the two of his six children came children, left to right: Demitrius, Donxell, D'Angela, Dominique down with a fever and sore Tuesday. The portion who roughly 1 to 2 percent in case is yours,” the eight and Donald III at their home in Lombard, Ill. Tuesday. said they or a family mem- recent months at many women and four men throat several weeks ago, he ber have put off needed hospitals, said Dick Clarke, passed the judge a note. care climbed to 36 percent president of the Healthcare Beer, alcohol and alcoholism Things had become in the Oct. 8-13 telephone Financial Management “kind of stressful,” jurors poll, up from 29 percent in Association. While the said, and they asked to go April. Almost one-third decline seems small, the home for some “clarity.” They left without reaching a verdict. DEAR DR. 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  3. 3. Thursday, October 23, 2008/ The Sun WORLD/NATIONAL NEWS www.sunnewspapers.net D/E/N/C Front Page 3 AP poll: Presidential race tightens in final weeks Among likely voters, Barack Obama’s seven-point lead over John McCain has narrowed to almost even during the past three weeks. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama at 44 percent and surged to a seven-point lead experience in government 55 percent presidential race tightened McCain at 43 percent, sup- over McCain, lifted by voters than Obama. I don’t think Obama after the final debate, with ports what some Republicans who thought the Democrat Obama has been around long 50 48% 48% John McCain gaining among and Democrats privately have was better suited to lead the enough,” said Angela Decker, whites and people earning less said in recent days: that the nation through its sudden 44, of La Porte, Ind. 44% than $50,000, according to an race narrowed after the third economic crisis. 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  4. 4. Front Page 4 D/E/N/C www.sunnewspapers.net WORLD/NATIONAL NEWS The Sun /Thursday, October 23, 2008 | NATION US commandos rescue HIV testing planned amid scare NORMANDY, Mo. — American hostage near Kabul By JASON STRAZIUSO captives were wounded in a not known whether any Officials plan to start HIV ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER raid by Italian commandos. ransom demands were testing at a suburban St. KABUL, Afghanistan — Last week’s rescue made. But a spokesman Louis high school where as U.S. Special Forces came to the attention of for the Army Corps of many as 50 students may soldiers conducting a the AP after a U.S. military Engineers in Afghanistan have been exposed to the daring nighttime opera- official sought to bring its said growing insecurity virus that causes AIDS. St. Louis County tion freed a kidnapped successful outcome into imperils its work to spokesman Craig LeFebvre American working for the the public eye. Officials rebuild the country. said Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers declined to reveal even “This guy didn’t have mode of transmission in — the first known hostage the smallest detail or the any money at all. It was the scare at Normandy rescue by American forces captive’s identity, saying like a personal life mission High School could include in Afghanistan. they did not want to for him to help others,” sexual activity, drug use, The American, who was compromise military said Bruce J. Huffman, a AP PHOTO piercings or tattoos. abducted in mid-August, tactics or the man’s safety. spokesman for the Army The Health Department is not saying whether the had been held in a growing insurgent stronghold 30 Three U.S. military officials told the AP that Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan. Palin’s wardrobe pricetag miles west of Kabul, U.S. Special Forces troops were “We all felt sick about it, Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah infected person was a Palin, speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday. The Republican student. Testing at the school military officials told The able to locate the kidnap- because he was never going Associated Press. They said Party had spent $150,000 on clothes, hairstyling and is beginning this week. per’s hideaway in the to be able to pay a ransom. several insurgents were accessories for Sarah Palin and her family from such Nirkh district of Wardak He’s over here helping killed in last week’s upscale stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nieman Marcus. X-rays detected province outside Kabul, people and they’re trying to Most of the expenses for Palin were initially incurred by Jeff mission to free him. but would not specify how. make a buck off him.” from Scotch tape Taliban militants have Larson, a Republican consultant who was the CEO of the They spoke on condition News of the rescue lw kidnapped dozens of host committee for the Republican National Convention. 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