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THURSDAY, JUNE 15,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A7 American Revolution flags sell for $17.4M By RICHARD PYLE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Long may they wave, somewhere. An anonymous bidder paid nearly $17.4 million Wednesday, on Flag Day, for four rare flags from the American Revolution. The remarkably intact regimental standards captured by a British officer in 1779 to 1780 were put up for auction by one of his direct descendants 225 years later. "These are inspirational, an extraordinary window into the birth of our country," said David Redden, a vice chairman of Sotheby's, which conducted the sale. Redding said that during wars of the 18th century, the primary targets in a battle were * You can imagine the soldiers carrying them, who suffered grievous wounds and made sacrifices to defend what were sacred objects. f f David Redden, vice chairman of Sotheby's the opposing commanders and their Units' flags, as trophies of victory. "You can imagine the soldiers carrying them, who suffered grievous wounds and made sacrifices to defend what were sacred objects," he said in a telephone interview. "You look at them, and you really K'et a sonsn of looking at something that has n pi-cat deal of spiritual significance." The final sales price for the four flags was well over Sotheby's pre-sale estimate of $4 million to $10 million. The eventual buyer, bidding by telephone, asked not to be identified, said Sotheby's spokeswoman Lauren Gioia. Only about 30 Revolutionary War flags are known to exist, and all except the four sold at auction are in museums or other institutional collections, Sotheby's said. Most also are in physical fragments with only bits of historic information available about them. The four flags, by contrast, arc in good condition and their histories were well documented by Lt. Col. Banastre Tarlcton, a firebrand British officer. This undated image made available by Sotheby's Auction House shows U.S. Revolutionary War Col. Abraham Buford's main battle flag "Perseveran- do," part of a trio of battle flags known collectively as the "Waxhaws Colors." ASSOCIATED PRESS Conjoined twins separated By ALICIA CHANG ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Regina and Renata Salinas Fierros were "doing great" after doctors separated the 10-month-old conjoined twins and rebuilt then: bodies during a daylong operation, a hospital spokeswoman said today. The twins were transferred early today to side-by-side beds in an intensive care unit after their surgeries were complete, said Childrens Hospital Los Angeles spokeswoman Janet Dotson. "The girls are doing great," she said. Ten-month-old Regina and Renata Salinas Fierros were born facing each other, joined from the lower chest to the pelvis. They were fused in several places, including the liver and genitals, they shared a large intestine, and Regina Was born with one kidney. During the operation, doctors made an incision at the breastbone and then divided the internal organs. Late Wednesday, the young twins spent their first moments apaf-t, when' one was wheeled tb ano'the"? 'room' so' plastic surgfeons could begin the reconstruction work. ''"'' Several doctors on the 80-person medical team also took part in the 2003 separation of conjoined twins from a set of triplets at the hospital. Wednesday's surgery was considered more complex because it involved more organs. Despite the risks, doctors said they expected a successful operation. "Everything has been going impeccably, as one could possibly imagine," surgical director Dr. Henri Ford said several hours into the surgery. Conjoined twins occur when a single fertilized egg fails to divide completely. It's estimated that a few hundred pairs of conjoined twins are born globally each year. In the U.S., they occur 1 in every 200,000 live births. The way that Regina and Renata were fused makes them a rare type of conjoined twins, occurring in about 10 percent of cases. The twins were born in Los Angeles on Aug. 2 to Mexican parents who were visiting relatives in the United States. The girls' mother, 23-year-old Sonia, said she didn't realize she was carrying conjoined twins until she was hospitalized with an infection. The couple extended their tourist visa so that the twins could receive medical care. Briefs MICHAEL DWYER / Associated Press Marc Raimondi of the Department of Homeland Security, foreground, watches as a woman is questioned Wednesday about a fugitive sought by members of a team from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency during a sweep near Everett, Mass., to capture illegal aliens with a criminal record. National sweep nets illegals Federal agents arrest By ANDREW RYAN ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON — A blitz by federal agents during the last three weeks captured nearly 2,100 illegal immigrants across the country in raids targeting child molesters, violent gang members and past deportees who re-entered the country U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials credited the roundup to a network of 35 fugitive apprehension teams. "This is a massive operation," said Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for immigration enforcement or ICE, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. "We are watching the country's borders from the inside." The crackdown, dubbed "Operation Return to Sender," kicked off May 26. An Associated Press reporter and photographer accompanied a fugitive task force as it made raids Tuesday night and early Wednesday. A swarm of immigration agents had sped silently, headlights off, down a Boston side street and surrounded an apartment house. "Police! Policia! Police!" 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If phone lines are busy please visit www-decompr0ssionreport.com Paid Advertisement. Dr. Mite Jennings D.C. arrested in 2002 and deported, but had slipped back into the country. He now faces, up to 20 years, in ; prison! ; '''.',;,;li,',.'.'.,. M .;;..,';,,,',"-, '',',1,^ "This sends a,message,". sai,d,< Monico, a deportation officer, after a successful raid early Wednesday "When we deport you, we're serious." The operation has caught more than 140 immigrants with convictions for sexual offenses against children; 367 known gang members, including street soldiers in the deadly Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13; and about 640 people who had already been deported once, immigration officials said. The numbers include more than 720 arrests in California alone. More than 800 people arrested already have been deported. ICE's 2006 budget increased the number of fugitive task forces to 52, and the Bush administration is pushing for 70 by 2007. The teams face a mounting challenge. There are more than 500,000 "fugitive aliens" who have been deported by judges and either slipped back into the country or never left. There is often a disconnect between local and state prisons and (^^<Jbif$iEt>Mef'.fi meut that allows illegal immigrants to serve time and be released without being transferred to federal officials for deportation. The government has conducted large scale sweeps from time to time, including April 20, when Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced a new get-tough policy That day, agents rounded up 1,100 illegal immigrants in 40 cities. During the raid late Tuesday, the federal squad, which includes a Boston police sergeant detective, wore bulging bulletproof vests and stiff Kevlar gloves to protect their hands from needles, knives and rusty fences. Badges dangled on chains around their necks as they passed around wanted posters and shined flashlights on the face of a 24-year- old Latvian man who had served prison time for assaulting a police officer. Sensational Summer Specials! 5-Month CD 5.05 2720 Broadway Hays % 14-Month CD 785-628-1007 www.gpcu.org •Annual Percentage Yield. Minimum deposit of $500. CO Special open to all Members & Residents or Kansas. Non-ResWento, call to see if you quality. Rates subject to change. Federally Insured by the NCUA. If you do not receive your paper by 5:00 p.m. in Hays, 6:00 p.m. outside of Hays, Monday through Friday or by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday ... or if a problem persists and you are unable to work it out with your carrier, we would like to know about it. Please call our Circulation Department at... 785-628-1081 or Toll Free 800-657-6017 8:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 7:00 A.M. TO 10:00 A.M. SUNDAY We will do our best to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible. (JW&DAI \^^™ - THE VOICE c Tue Voice OF THE HIOII Texas sees 10 cases of Legionnaires' disease DALLAS (AP) — Ten cases of Legionnaires' disease have been diagnosed among patients and visitors at a San Antonio hospital, and health officials suspect the facility is the source of the outbreak. Among those diagnosed at North Central Baptist Hospital, three have died. But health officials said they already were ill, and they didn't know how much of a factor Legionnaire's disease played in the deaths. Six have been treated and released. One remains in the hospital. Karen May, spokeswoman for Baptist Health System, confirmed Wednesday the 10th diagnosis of the disease, a rare form of pneumonia, but wouldn't elaborate, citing privacy rules. May said that based on the disease's incubation period of two to 10 days, "It wouldn't be surprising or unusual for additional patients to be diagnosed." The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is investigating, said epidemiologist Cherise Rohr-Allegrini. The health district suspects all 10 people, five of whom were visitors to the hospital and five of whom were patients, acquired it at the hospital. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium most often found in sources of standing water. Pedplecan contract' the 1 flis 1 -'''' ( contaminated water source. 1 "' ,'.' The disease takes its name ' from an outbreak at the Pennsylvania American Legion convention in Philadelphia in July 1976 where 34 people died. Fires scorch more than 3,000 acres in NW Colorado GREYSTONE, Colo. (AP) — Winds gusting to 45 mph pushed a wildfire across 3,700 acres just north of Dinosaur National Monument Wednesday, and residents of 15 houses were advised to leave. Fire officials said they also advised residents of 20 ranches and homes in the surrounding area to leave. Evacuations were not mandatory and none of the houses were immediately threatened, said Lynn Barclay, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Land Management. An abandoned cabin was destroyed. "It's hot, it's windy, it's dry. We're in extreme fire danger," Barclay said. The fire had been estimated at 800 acres Tuesday night. Fire officials have said a stump that was still smoldering after a lightning strike last week ignited the fire about 200 miles west of Denver. World's largest photo planned to memorialize Marine base IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Walk into the massive air hangar and the first thing you notice is an oppressive darkness broken only by a tiny beam of light from a gumball-size hole in the wall. Then, as the eye adjusts, an upside-down image emerges on the opposite wall that is startling in its clarity — a dilapidated air traffic control tower, an overgrown runway and palm trees clustered amid rolling hills. Once home to roaring fighter jets, this decommissioned Marine Corps hangar is now the world's largest camera poised to take the world's largest picture. If all goes well, within days the hangar-turned-camera will record a panoramic image of what's oh'the Other side of the door using the centuries-old principle of "camera obscura." An image of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station will appear upside down and flipped left to right on a sheath of light-sensitive fabric after being projected through the tiny hole in the hangar's metal door. The fabric is the length of one-third of a football field and about three stories tall. Guinness World Records has created two new categories for the project — world's largest camera and world's largest photograph — and will certify the records once the photo is complete. FOSAMAX ALERT If you or a loved one has taken Fosamax and now suffer from Osteonecrosis or Jaw Decay, please call us today toll free at 1-866-369-3476 to discuss your legal rights. THE FOX LAW FIRM, P.C. 1-866-FOX-FIRM Principle Office-- Dallas, Texas WWW.FOXFIRM.COM. Heroes are alive and well in our town To the fathers and husbands who sacrifice so much for the ones they love, you are the heroes who walk quietly among us. Love your hero in a special way. Father's Day. It's about the heroes who love us. IBWSUW

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