The Jamestown City Council approved a $2.9 million bond issue during a special meeting Monday. The issue included $1.4 million to finance the 2010 street projects in the city and $1.5 million to refinance four earlier bond issues.
After years of investigation, three weeks of trial and millions of dollars spent pursuing Barry Bonds, federal prosecutors were back where they started Thursday — deciding whether to try and prove the home run king’s records were built with steroids and lies.
A federal jury convicted Barry Bonds of a single charge of obstruction of justice Wednesday but failed to reach a verdict on the three counts at the heart of allegations that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it.
The eight women and four men sat in the jury box for more than 4½ hours, listening to angry arguments from federal prosecutors and Barry Bonds’ attorneys at the end of a 12-day trial that exposed the dark world of baseball’s Steroids Era.
Barry Bonds’ confident defense team rested its case Wednesday without calling a single witness, just minutes after a federal judge accepted the government’s request to dismiss one of the five counts against the home run king.
Over two weeks, prosecutors methodically worked to build a credible case that Barry Bonds lied to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Then, on Thursday, prosecutors called Bonds’ orthopedic surgeon to the stand.
Tears streaming from her eyes, Barry Bonds’ former personal shopper became the first and only one of the government’s 23 witnesses at his federal trial to say she saw the all-time home run leader getting an injection from his trainer.
As prosecutors moved closer to finishing their case against Barry Bonds, former major league infielder Randy Velarde described meeting the slugger’s personal trainer outside spring training ballparks for injections of human growth hormone.
Barry Bonds’ trial was a lot like high school chemistry and biology class Thursday.
After former Bonds business partner Steve Hoskins finished a cross-examination in which he admitted his previous statements included inconsistencies and inaccuracies, Larry Bowers of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency took the witness stand for more than four hours of mind-numbing testimony on the whats, whys and hows of steroids, human growth hormone and changes they cause to the body.
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