Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2002 · Page 11
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. . v-, Classifieds inside Sunday, October 27, 2002 — B-1 ELSEWHERE News from the nation, world B Briefs By The Associated Press Searchers find pilot's remains HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Searchers found the remains of a pilot whose F-16 crashed in the desert following a midair collision, the Air Force said Saturday. The body of the pilot, whose name was not released, was found early Saturday afternoon several miles from where his plane crashed Friday, said Col. Steve Hoog, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the young pilot," Hoog said. "Our next focus is to figure out the how and why behind this accident." The plane collided with an F- 16 piloted by Capt David Rosz- mann, who ejected safely from his craft. He was taken to a clinic at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden and released Friday evening, the Air Force said. The pilots were flying a combat training mission in a four-jet formation over the Utah Test and Training Range. Jiang delivers message they wanted CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — He knew exactly what they wanted to hear, and Jiang Zemin didn't disappoint: China's president faced Pacific Rim CEOs on Saturday and spun his favorite tale, the one about the dynamic nation that will continue to embrace the world — and keep opening its markets. Days'before his expected retirement as leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang —• who has shepherded China toward the market reforms begun by his patron and predecessor, Deng Xiaoping— engaged an enthusiastic crowd at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. As is his style, he didn't talk much politics per se. He talked money and markets and "kaifang," or "opening up" — the principles that have shouldered him through a decade of economic reconfiguration that has turned China into the closest- watched developing economy on the planet. Marchers protest war against Iraq WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters circled the White House on Saturday after Jesse Jackson and other speakers denounced the Bush administration's Iraq policies and demanded a revolt at the ballot box to promote peace. The protest coincided with anti-war demonstrations from Augusta, Maine, to San Francisco and abroad from Rome and Berlin to Tokyo to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City. In Washington and many of the other demonstrations, protesters added complaints about U.S. policy toward the Palestinians. Ministers agree to send 2,000 troops ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — West African ministers agreed Saturday to send 2,000 troops to Ivory Coast to replace French soldiers monitoring a week-old truce that has halted fighting between government and rebel forces in this former French colony. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, secretary-general of the Economic Community of West African States, also said talks were expected early next week between the government and rebels, who have seized half the country since launching a failed coup attempt on Sept. 19. Yeager, 79, breaks sound barrier again EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier Saturday for what he said was the last time, more than a half-cenuiry after lie became the first person to accomplish the feat. Yeager, 79, split the air with a sonic boom as he-opened an air show that drew thousands of fans to the desert base. Yeager took an F-15 Eagle to just over 30,000 feet on his last supersonic flight, capping a 60-year career. Edwards test pilot Lt. Col. Troy Fontaine was in the back seat as the plane reached Mach 1.45, or nearly l>/4 times the speed of sound. Muhammad had little in his life Alleged sniper devoted to his kids By BOB KEEFE Cox News Service TACOMA, Wash. — Before John Allen Muhammad became the killer authorities think he is, he was a stern but devoted father who taught his kids about football and karate and respect for their elders and themselves. Unsuccessful as a businessman, unsuccessful as a soldier, Muhammad had little more left in his life other than his children. His own fatherless childhood and his conversion to Islam reinforced in him the importance of being a strong family leader, a patriarch. So when Muhammad's ex-wife took his son, 12, and two daughters, 9 and 10, away, it was so devastating and stressful that it may have led him to kill innocent strangers, some say. "People don't just go crazy and start shooting other people," said John Mills, a Tacoma attorney who represented Muhammad in a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife Mildred. "If you look through his divorce files, there's a fairly clear explanation." Mills, of course, doesn't believe that Muhammad's alleged actions were justified or that his failed family was completely to blame. A person has to have lots of mental problems to take another person's life. But as investigators search for what caused Muhammad to snap and allegedly start randomly killing people in the Washington, D.C. area, they may discover it has less to do with his religion, less to do with his training as a soldier and most do with his shattered family life here in Washington state. "Family problems can definitely be a factor that can set someone off," said Jackie Helfgott, an associate professor of criminal justice at Seattle University. "I'm sure that has to have been a trigger for this particular person." Muhammad was born in Louisiana and spent much of his adult life here in this town of 195,000 south of Seattle. He had no reason to be in Maryland, where he and John Lee Malvo were arrested Thursday and charged — except for <he fact that his ex-wife and children had fled there from Tacoma. Clearly, Muhammad had been looking for his ex-wife and children. According to Mills, Muhammad had been trying to find her for more than a year so she could be served with court papers. He was trying to get her into court to try and regain custody of his kids, or at least gain visita- Continucd on Page B-2 John Allen Muhammad, right, shown with John Lee Malvo, who was described as his stepson, may have been motivated in the sniper shootings by a failed family life. (AP photo) Special forces officers entered the theater early Saturday where hundreds of hostages were being held by Chechen rebels. ( AP pnofo ) Moscow counts dead, girds for more attacks By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Writer MOSCOW — A shocked, wary Russia counted its rising toll of dead and steeled itself for new terrorist blows Saturday in its never-ending Chechen war, after commandos striking behind clouds of disabling gas brought a sudden bloody end to a hostage nightmare. The special forces assault on a Moscow theater after a three-day siege left Russians with feelings of both pain and pride: More than 90 hostages were dead, but 750 others were rescued and dozens of their Chechen captors killed. Russia "cannot be forced to its knees," President Vladimir Putin declared afterward on national television. But the Russian leader acknowledged the heavy cost to victims' families: "We could not save everyone. Forgive us." The key targets for the unidentified gas were almost 20 suicide attackers, Chechen women, who sat among the hostages wrapped in explosives, officials said. Had they detonated the charges, the toll of innocents would have been much higher, Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Vasilyev said. The incapacitating agent apparently seeped into the theater ' through the ventilation system, Moscow's TVS television said, and then soldiers from the Alpha antiterrorist squad burst in. Television footage showed them kicking in glass doors and opening fire, the thunder of their assault rifles setting off car alarm shrieks in the theater parking lot. Soon the hostages were brought out, some in the arms of soldiers, most loaded unconscious onto city buses. Government film of the aftermath PUTIN showed dead female hostage-takers sitting in red plush theater seats, in black robes and veils, heads thrown back or bent over, indicating they may have been shot while unconscious. Precisely placed bullel holes could be seen in their heads. One had a gas mask on her face. Besides the women's explosives, the attackers had rigged other bombs throughout the hall, officials said. "The use of special means" — the gas — "allowed the neutralization of the female terrorists who were wrapped in explosives and kept their fingers on the trigger," Vasilyev said. Because only one Alpha trooper was reported wounded, some analysts believed the gas, which officials would not identify, had so incapacitated or disoriented the gunmen that they couldn't puli the triggers on their guns. "They couldn't feel it, because such gas has no smell," Lev Fyodorov, a scientist who once worked on Soviet chemical weapons, said on Russian television. Besides 50 Chechen assailants reported killed at the theater, officials said three other gunmen were captured, and authorities searched this nervous city for accomplices and gunmen who may have escaped. The precision terror operation that began Wednesday night in the Russia's capita] had defied the Kremlin's repeated contention that the nationalist rebels in predominantly Muslim Chechnya were on the verge of final .defeat. A Federal Security Service official said the well-armed theater raiders had foreign links and contacts with unspecified embassies in Moscow, ihe ITAR-Tass news agency reported, raising the prospect of insurgents backed by international terrorists plotting other violence in Russia. "We can't have any euphoria," Vladimir Lukin, the deputy Parliament speaker, said after the raid. "I don't think we have broken their will." Most surviving hostages, staggering or unconscious from the gas, were being kept from family members who gathered in freezing rain outside a hospital, and their conditions were not reported. But the death toll rose as the day stretched on. Police officials said hours after the raid that 67 hostages were killed, hut the Health Minisiry later said the number had risen above 90. How they died was not immediately clarified. Vasilyev, ihc deputy interior minister; said none of the R7 initial victims died from gas poisoning. He said nine died because of heart problems, shock or lack of medicine. At the same time, doctors at City Hospital No. 13, where more than 320 freed hostages were taken, said none of ihose hospitalized had gun- shol wounds, TVS television reported. The end came 58 hours after (he gunmen stormed into the crowded theater during a performance of the popular musical "Nord-Osl," vowing to die for Chechnya's independence and threatening to kill their captives unless Moscow withdrew its troops from the war-ravaged region. The special forces' assault began in icy rain when the gunmen began executing hostages before dawn Saturday, Vasilyev said. "About 5:15 a.m. there was shooting," he told reporters at the scene, three miles southeast of Ihe Kremlin. "There was a real threat. Therefore the operation was undertaken." ssues crowd ballots From pot smoking to crowded classes By DAVID CRARY Associated Press Writer Go easy on pot smokers, get tough on cigarette smokers, start a state lottery, secede from Los Angeles. Those are among the options facing voters in 40 states with initiatives and referendums on their Nov. 5 ballots. While the national spotlight focuses on the battle to control Congress, many voters will have other chances to vent their feelings on some of America's most contentious social issues. Nevadans, for example, will vote on whether their state should be the first to legalize marijuana and also on an amendment to reinforce an existing ban on gay marriage. Florida voters are expected to approve a sweeping ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces, including restaurants- Proposed cigarette-tax hikes are on the ballots in Missouri and Arizona. Voters in Tennessee and North Dakota will decide whether to approve state lotteries. That would be a milestone for Tennessee, which at present joins Hawaii and Utah as the only stales without legalized gambling. In all, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there will be 202 proposals on slate ballots, including 53 resulting from citizen petition drives. The others were drafted by legislators. Many voters also will face local and regional questions, including the proposed secession of the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood from Los Angeles. Oregon, traditionally a leader in placing citizen-backed initiatives on its ballot, has seven such measures this year, including two thai would set national precedents. One initiative would require labeling of food produced from genetically engineered crops and livestock; another would provide full, taxpayer-financed medical insurance for every Oregonian. "It's the richest benefits package known to man," said J.L.Wilson, a leading critic of the health care measure. "You would have to pay for people to go to a massage therapist four days a week because it's deemed 'medically necessary."' Volatile education issues are on the ballots in several states, notably Florida. Elected Democrats led successful petition drives there on behalf of proposed constitutional amendments to establish free prc-kindergarten and limit class sizes in public schools. Republican Gov. Jeb Bush opposes the class-size amendment, saying it would force higher taxes. His Democratic opponent in a tight election race, Bill McBride, says the measure is needed to compensate for neglect of schools by Bush's administration. In Colorado and Massachusetts, voters will decide whether to eliminate bilingual education and replace it with a one-year English- immersion program. Both measures had financial hacking from Ron Unz, a Palo Alto, Calif., millionaire software developer who in past elections helped push Peggy Haney, 72, a Las Vegas grandmother of seven, rolled a fake marijuana cigarette at the Stop DUI headquarters in Las Vegas. Stop DUI is opposed to legalizing marijuana in Nevada. (AP photo) through similar ballot measures in California and Arizona. An education measure on California's ballot this year has a celebrity patron. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, considered a future gubernatorial candidate, has pumped $1 million into a campaign to shift $550 million annually in state funds to after-school programs for elementary and junior high students. Voters in Washington state and two populous regions of Virginia face a pocketbook dilemma at the polls — whether to raise their own taxes to finance highway and transit projects intended to ease ever- worsening traffic jams. On almost all of the ballot questions, the federal government has stayed on the sidelines. Not so with Nevada's marijuana measure and an Arizona proposal to make possession of small amounts of pot a non-criminal offense comparable to a traffic violation. The federal drug czar, John P. Wallers, has visited both states to oppose decriminalization, which he calls "a stupid, insulting con." Nevada's measure would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana, which would be sold legally only at state- licensed stores. Pot smoking would be allowed in homes, not in cars or public places. Drug offenses also figure in Ohio and South Dakota ballot items that are backed by drug-law reformers and opposed by most criminal justice officials. The Ohio initiative would require judges to sentence first- and second-time drug offenders to treatment rather than prison. The South Dakota proposal would allow any defendant to tell jurors they can disregard a law if they don't like it. Political and election changes are proposed in several states. Measures in Colorado and California would allow voter registration on Election Day; a referendum in Idaho would restore term limits that the Legislature repealed.

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