Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 18, 2004 · Page 10
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10-THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004 LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL The world briefly Car bomb destroys hotel in central Baghdad; 27 killed BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A thunderous car bomb tore apart a five-story hotel catering to foreigners in the heart of Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 27 people and showing the continued vulnerability of civilians to terror attacks just days before the anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. Flames and heavy smoke burst skyward from the Mount Lebanon Hotel, torching nearby homes, offices and shops. Rescuers pulled bodies from the rubble and searched for other victims of the attack, which wounded 41 people. There was no official word on who carried out the attack but a U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Jordanian Islamic militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is among those suspected of playing a key role. Dazed and wounded people stumbled from the wreckage, marked by a jagged, 20-foot- wide crater. A father cradled his young daughter, who was limp in his arms. Coated in dust, some rescuers dug through the debris with bare hands as uniformed firefighters fought the blaze and ambulance workers stood by with orange stretchers. Las Vegas police arrest man wanted in two dozen Ohio sniper shootings LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man wanted in a deadly string of sniper shootings that terrorized Ohio drivers was captured at a motel Wednesday after a tipster spotted him at a Las Vegas casino reading a newspaper story about himself. An unshaven and disheveled Charles A. McCoy Jr., 28, was arrested without incident less than 36 hours after Ohio authorities released his name as a suspect in the attacks. The arrest brought relief to Ohio residents who have been living in fear since the 24 shootings began in the Columbus area last year. The gunfire pierced homes and a school, dented school buses, flattened tires and shattered windshields, killing one person. "Once he started hitting random other places, we felt like there was nowhere safe to go," said Aimee Wagner, 31, a chemistry professor who often travels Interstate 270 to teaching jobs in the Columbus area. "I'm just happy he didn't get (he chance to lake another person's life." Islamic group claiming Madrid bombings calls truce with Spain CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — The Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for ' last week's Madrid train bombings has called a truce with Spain to give the new government lime to withdraw troops from Iraq, a London- based Arabic-language newspaper said Wednesday. The Al Hayat daily newspaper said it received a statement from the Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, which earlier said it orchestrated the bombings to punish Spain for supporting the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The blasts killed 201 people. Bui the United States believes the group, which ', lakes its name in memory of ; al-Qaida's fallen No. 3, lacks ; credibility and its ties to al'. Qaida are tenuous. In the past, ', the group has made claims about various events to which it was not connected — such as blackouts last year in the United States, Canada and London. ' Kerry criticizes Bush's Iraq policy, Cheney challenges Democrat WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat John Kerry assailed President Bush on Wednesday for clinging to a failed policy that leaves Americans mired in Iraq "with the target squarely on their backs" while Vice President Dick Cheney argued that his boss' rival lacks the judgment to be commander in chief. Marking the first anniversary of the invasion of the Persian Gulf nation, Kerry delivered a broadside to the incumbent's strategy toward Iraq, focusing on the unending hostilities, alienated allies and the loss of lives. As the presumptive nominee spoke, an explosion at a Baghdad hotel that killed more than two dozen was a stark reminder of the perils in postwar Iraq. Cheney, speaking on the other side of the country, praised Bush's victories in the war on terror and portrayed his boss as a strong, decisive leader — characteristics required for a wartime president and ones, he argued, that the Democrat lacks. The vice president devoted much of his speech to criticizing Kerry, citing his Senate votes against weapons and defense spending, and his opposite stands on Iraq. Pentagon to withhold up to $300 million from Halliburton WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to withhold about $300 million in payments to Halliburton Co. because of possible overcharging for meals served to troops in Iraq and Kuwait, defense officials said Wednesday. Starting next month, the Defense Department will begin withholding IS percent of the money paid to Vice President Dick Cheney's former company on a multibillion-dollar contract to provide services such as food, housing, laundry and mail to American forces in Iraq. Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall said the company disagreed with the decision and hoped to persuade the Pentagon to drop its plans. If the Defense Department does withhold the money, Halliburton will in turn with- hold 15 percent of its payments to its subcontractors, Hall said. The withholding won't affect Halliburton's bottom line, Hall said. Company executives told Wall Street analysts last week the company was taking in about $1 billion a month from its operations in Iraq. The company has set aside $141 million to settle the overcharging allegations and already has repaid about $36 million. America in 2050: Minorities rise to half population, more elderly WASHINGTON (AP) — For as long as there has been an America, whites have made up a clear majority. But that will change by 2050 when minority groups will be 49.9 percent of the population, the Census Bureau says. Asians and Hispanics will see the most dramatic increases between now and midcen- tury, when the U.S. population will have grown by almost 50 percent to reach 420 million, according to bureau projections being released Thursday. America will get older, too. Nearly 21 percent of its residents will be age 65 or older, compared with 12 percent now. The data highlight trends long predicted. But racial and ethnic changes are taking shape faster than expected, due in large part to higher- than-forecast immigration rates for Asians and Hispanics, said Greg Spencer, a bureau demographer. Whites now represent 69 percent of the population, but their growth is slowing because of low rates of birth and immigration. Their total will grow 7 percent to 210 million, or 50.1 percent of the population, in 2050.. Lost Coast Motorcycles of Ukiah L.L.C. (707)462-5160 1125 S. 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The traps, set on the eve of St. Patrick's Day, culminate a two- week curriculum using the leprechaun myth in classroom instruction. Raquel Brown and other Nokomis kindergartners, below, inspect their leprechaun traps Wednesday morning. White no leprechauns were found, the children did find suspicious evidence - little black treasure pots, gold chocolate coins, shiny letters and other goodies strewn about the classroom. Amy Wellnitz/The Dally Journal Make the News a Part of Your Children's Education The Ukiah OURTiAL Your ONLY Local News Source.

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