- - Thursday, September 22, 2011

ALABAMA

Natalee Holloway’s mom opposes declaring her dead

BIRMINGHAM — An attorney says the mother of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway will oppose a petition by her former husband to declare their daughter dead.

Dave Holloway, a Mississippi insurance agent, filed the petition in June. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for Friday.

The 2005 disappearance of Natalee, 18, of Mountain Brook, during a trip to Aruba with friends remains unsolved.

Mr. Holloway wrote that it was his “painful” belief that his daughter is dead and recounted the years spent investigating her disappearance.

His request says the teenager didn’t have a will and owned about $500 worth of personal property.

Ms. Holloway’s attorney, John Q. Kelly, called the request “inexplicable” and said Natalee’s mother still hopes for her daughter’s safe return.

ARKANSAS

Missing moon rock found among Clinton’s papers

LITTLE ROCK — An archivist sifting through the papers and memorabilia amassed during Bill Clinton’s time as Arkansas governor found a moon rock brought back by the Apollo 17 mission that had mysteriously disappeared.

The rock, which weighs less than half an ounce, was found in one of the roughly 2,000 boxes of Clinton materials that are housed in Little Rock, said Bobby Roberts, who directs the Central Arkansas Library System.

The rock was collected during the 1972 Apollo 17 mission and was given to the state more than 30 years ago.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported the rock missing last year.

Mr. Roberts said he was not sure how the rock ended up among paperwork from when Mr. Clinton served as governor, but he said he is glad it has been recovered.

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