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SEPTEMBER 11, 2002 jJ ESliJIlf E AT " R ' ILLIN0IS r t SERMIIB CENTRAL .g ILLINOIS SINGE 1873 . m . v. J Pet medicine I Owners are spending more on their animalsCl Arrest made A Decatur man is being held in the death of Carla Casey A3 Moral victory Mount Zion manages a tieBl Remembrance & Renewal A Look Back WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration raised the nationwide terror alert to its second-highest level, closed nine U.S. embassies overseas and heightened security at federal buildings and landmarks in America as new intelligence warned of car bombings, suicide attacks and other strikes linked to the Sept. 11. anniversary. Americans were urged Tuesday to be alert but unbowed go to work, to school, on trips despite specific threats against U.S. interests abroad and less credible concerns that terrorists might attack America again. After a hectic series of telephone calls and late-night meetings, President Bush's top advisers decided Monday to recommend raising the level from code yellow "significant risk" of attack to code orange a "high risk." Bush met twice with the advisers Tuesday morning, the last time in the top-secret Situation Room, before telling them, "Let's do it." Despite no evidence of a plot against the United States, the Sept. 11 anniversary and intelligence gathered in the last 48 hours some from a high-ranking al-Qaida operative prompted the decision. Tom Ridge, Bush's homeland security director, said plans for multiple attacks on U.S. targets in southeast Asia were in "an operational phase." Code orange is the highest alert level imposed since the system was established in March. The only higher status, code red, reflects a severe risk of attack on U.S. soil based on credible evidence. "The threats that we have heard recently remind us of the pattern of threats we heard prior to Sept. 11," Bush said on the eve of the anniversary. "We have no specific threat to America, but we're taking everything seriously." From immigration officers to meat inspectors, government workers were put on high alert as security precautions rivaled measures taken immediately after last year's attacks. Vice President Dick Cheney canceled a Tuesday night speech and was taken to a secret location to protect the presidential line of succession in case of an attack. He will remain in seclusion at least through the Sept. 11 observances, a senior administration official said. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered that live anti-aircraft missiles be stationed near launchers that had been deployed around Washington for a training exercise. Across the country, access was restricted to public places and events. Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, announcing ALERTA2 i I ! ! n n n H H U ! I . a II I I Associated Press SECURE: With the Pentagon in the background and bleachers set up for today's memorial service, a military vehicle patrols the grounds Tuesday. INSIDE Shaken out of complacency, Americans return to bedrock patriotism r " ., "': j ft - ki: , , 1 I A --... r ... :.i ,. -w, By HUEY FREEMAN H&R Staff Writer Katie Helton, a student at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, was two miles from the World Trade Center when the twin towers were demolished by hijacked 767 jumbo jets, killing thousands of people. "The World Trade Center attack has changed b Letters Readers share their memories of the day the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked A5,6,7 Herald & ReviewKelly J. Huff MEMORIES: J. David Webb had his patriotic feelings stirred, like most Americans, after Sept. 11. Webb, who served in the Vietnam War, wrote down his feelings to remind himself and others about the price of freedom. Captain's death 'such a waste' By TONY REID H&R Staff Writer Capt. Jack Punches Jr. loved his family and his country. And his heart held a special place for the heartland that raised him to be confident and proud, accepting no limits on his dreams. One year to the day after the captain died amid events that scarred a nation and launched a new world war on terrorism, those who love him celebrate his life and still agonize over his senseless death. Punches lived in Sullivan and Bethany before his family moved to Tower Hill when he was in the third grade. He would graduate from high school there and go on to a top-flight career as a Navy pilot, serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. By Sept. 11, 2001, he had retired but was flying a civilian desk at the Pentagon, helping lead a team that spearheaded the Navy's counter-narcotics operations. He was at his desk after 9:30 a.m. on 9-11, but his eyes CAPTAINA9 -.- Herald & ReviewPhil Jacobs LOSS: Ruth Godwin clutches a photo of her son Capt. Jack Punches Jr. me in many ways but perhaps the biggest is the fact that my sense of security has vanished," Helton wrote in a letter to the Herald & Review. In her letter, Helton, a 2000 graduate of Shelbyville High School, wrote of images burned into her memory on that infamous day. "When asked about the attack and all I went through, I can close my eyes and still see and smell the smoke, hear the cries and sirens, and see the people in Manhattan evacuating into Brooklyn. I can see the millions of people crying, knowing that what just happened shattered their lives." Helton was one of dozens of Herald & Review readers responding to the paper's request to share their recollections of Sept. 11, 2001. Several people wrote about journeys disrupted by closed airports and canceled flights, while others recalled feelings of sadness and patriotism that were stirred by the terrorist acts. They also spoke of fear, disbelief and anger. "Today the American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance all resonate with new fury, new pride, new resolve not to let any of those who would do us harm succeed," wrote J. David Webb, a retired Clinton shoe store owner who lives in Forsyth. "My hope is that we will not become complacent ever again." Webb, who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, wrote that he was touched deeply by the way Americans rallied after the attacks. "Watching those brave responders amid the chaos left no tear unshed," he wrote. RES0LVEA9 t " Honoring our heroes right here at home Special Section I" - t& f ?. . it Reporter Amy Hoak was in Washington the day of the attack A5 i 9 f Si r Tight security planned at ceremonies worldwide A2 IN YOUR OWN WORDS: Readers tell us how 911 changed their lives. See the H&R Web site, 50 cents Our 128th year Issue 254 Four sections INSIDE Business C10 Classifieds D1-6 Comics C6 Dear Abby C7 Life C1-7 Movies C5 Obituaries A4 Opinion A8 Puzzles D2,3,4,5 Television C3 HIGH LOW 77 m WEATHER i Today: Sunny and mild, i Tonight: Mostly clear. DetailsB6 02138 "00001 ' Deii very... 421 -6S90 Newsroom...421-6979 Classified...421-69S0 Outside Decatur...1-800437-2533

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