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HOLIDAY OUTLOOK Retail sales lowest since 1990. Business, B14 r . Friday December 7, 2001 Final 50 cents Hampton-Newport News, Virginia PLETHORA OF 'NUTCRACKERS' WINNING ACURA Christmas classic can be seen SUV both talented all over Hampton Roads. and beautiful. Ticket, Dl WheeIs,Fl mm mm WEATHER High 71 Low 50 Petals, B18 NATION & WORLD WATER ON MARS? MAYBE Mars is warming and the atmosphere is becoming more dense, leading experts to predict water could return to the Red Planet. A19 : TWO KILLED t IN SHOOTING A man opens fire at the factory where he worked, killing one and wounding several others before killing himself. A11 BUSINESS CLEMENTINES BANNED Imports of Spanish rlamAnti'nae Kawa i roi iui iuo i iavo been suspended and they've been removed from stores in 17 states other than Virginia to prevent spread of the Mediterranean fruit fly. B15 LOCAL JEFFERSON VISITS Thomas Jefferson gives Virginia educators a piece of his mind, telling them that education is a fundamental pillar of a republic. B1 GLOOMY LOOK AT FINANCES Even if Virginia climbs out of a recession, it could find itself $2.1 billion behind during 2003 and 2004. B1 IIADICTC mniiiM- i J DOW INDUSTRIALS ps DOWN 15.15 y Stocks, B1 6 INDEX Advice P12 Answer Desk P13 Business B14 Classified El Comics , D12 Jim Spencer Bl Movies P2 Obituaries B13 Ticket PI Tv Bil dailypress.com For continuous updates, go to daifypress.com sozsv'oooss11" PEARL HARBOR DEC. 7, 1941 Third of three parts AP Smoke rises from the USS Arizona as the ship sinks in this photo from' the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1 941 . Sixty years ago today, Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, plunging the United States into World War II. 'Naval Aviator, Reluctant Hero' Hampton man seeks to honor pioneering WWII pilot By R.W. Rogers Daily Press NEWPORT NEWS It's hard to say what Navy Capt. Edward L. Anderson would make of the effort to put him in the state's aviation hall of fame nearly 60 years after the World War n hero became the first American pilot to attack a Japanese vessel after Pearl Harbor An intense perfectionist more likely to give credit than take it, Anderson began his 32-year naval career as an enlisted man before attending the Naval Academy, going on to help shape some of the war's most pivotal moments and eventually taking command of an aircraft carrier It's a career that John Figg believes is worth commemoration in the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond. That's why he has been campaigning for the Claremont man's inclusion since Anderson died in 1998. Figg's interest in Anderson is nearly as fateful as Anderson's own career. He knew the naval aviator as "Uncle Edward," having married his niece. But he Capt. Edward L. Anderson was the first U.S. pilot to attack a Japanese vessel after Pearl Harbor. knew next to nothing about Anderson's military exploits other than that he had fought at the Battle of Midway, a stunning U.S. victory that historians point to as turning the war in the Pacific. I Bush in town A1 6 It was upon reading Anderson's obituary that Figg, a Civil War buff from Hampton, became intrigued enough to do some research. While the former Navy captain kept his military heroics largely to himself, history was much less reticent about the self-made man nicknamed "Swede" Figg's painstaking examination eventually produced a 2-inch-thick binder that he has titled, "Capt Edward L. Anderson, USN Naval Aviator and Reluctant World War H Hero." Anderson graduated from Claremont High school with the intention of attending the College of William and Mary. But the $400 yearly tuition proved too steep. He then tried to secure an appointment to the Naval Academy That didn't work out either. Instead, he joined the Navy as an enlisted man and earned his way into Annapolis through Please see HeroA14 A moment frozen forever, like very few in a lifetime By Calvin Woodward The Associated Press WASHINGTON It took 60 years for Bernice Kinsler to understand completely the tears that flowed during a family reunion at a New York City hotel on Dec. 7, 194L She was 12 then and confused when word spread of the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Suddenly all the women started crying," she said. "I remember asking, why all of them?" On Sept 11, 2001, she finally, deeply, understood. "The flashback was overwhelming," said Kinsler, a retiree in Sun City Fla. "I started to cry In that instant I knew what they felt" The mists of six decades have hardly diminished memories of the exact moment when Americans heard about Japan's attack on the United States. As with only a few other transcendent events in a lifetime the assassination of John Kennedy, perhaps man landing on the moon, now the terrorist attacks people remember where they were and what they were doing. "There aren't many days in your life you can do that," said Alf Jacobson, 77, of New London, N.H., who counts Pearl Harbor, high school graduation, his wedding day and JFK's death among them. ' Dec 7, 1941, was a lazy Sunday a day for God and football on the radio. Ralph LaPerche, then 19, played pinochle with a buddy in Rhode Island. Joe Conners was at a Savannah, Ga, movie house with his dad. "I was at a tea party dressed in my pretty dancing clothes when we got the news," says Elizabeth Estelle of Phoenix. "I thought They're going to kill all our eligible young men.' " (She found one, John, and they wed shortly before he went overseas to fight in 1943.) Many of those who can still remember that awful day were Please see MomentA15 surrender expected Taliban leader's fate still matter of much debate By Edward A. Gargan Special to the Daily Press QUETTA, Pakistan After weeks of relentless U.S. bombing and the swift loss of most of its territory and fighters, the Taliban movement has capitulated and plans to surrender today its last bastion of Kandahar, the movement's spiritual center. Besieged on all sides by three separate armies, two led by Pash-tun tribal leaders and the third a force of more than 1,000 U.S. Marines, the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, "agreed to surrender Kandahar and other places peacefully," his spokesman announced Thursday. "Mullah Omar has taken the decision for the welfare of the people, to avoid casualties and to save the life and dignity of Afghans," Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Tal- . iban's former ambassador to Pakistan, told reporters at his residence in Islamabad. Taliban fighters will start turning their arms over to an opposition Pash-tun commander today, he said, and Omar is supposed to be allowed to live quietly under a deal worked out with the opposition. But details of the deal were unclear, and the United States will not agree to any amnesty for the Taliban leader, the White House announced in Washingtoa Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also dismissed any chance of Omar walking free, though he left open the possibility that the Taliban leader could be brought to justice in a third country Thursday's deal, barring seri- Please see WarA8 Ashcroft defends terrorism dragnet By GaR Gibson Special to the Daily Press WASHINGTON Attorney General John D. Ashcroft shot back at his critics yesterday telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that "those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty" could hurt national unity and ultimately aid terrorists. Facing intense scrutiny by Senate Democrats, Ashcroft delivered his most spirited defense yet of the Justice Department's aggressive efforts. He said the . government has taken measured steps to fight an enemy intent on killing Americans, and he rejected suggestions that it has trampled civil liberties in the process. "Charges of kangaroo courts and shredding the Constitution give new meaning to the term, 'the fog of war, " Ashcroft said. "Each action taken by the Department of Justice is carefully drawn to target a narrow class of individuals: terrorists." Please see AshcroftA9 ASHCROFT School-issued laptops used to download porn In Henrico, pride turns to chagrin By Larry O'Detl The Associated Press RICHMOND Pride over a deal to provide laptop computers to every high school student in a suburban district has turned to embarrassment after dozens of youngsters were found to have downloaded hard-core porn. Graphic sexual images including some that one employee said "would make a sailor blush" have been deleted from many of the Apple iBooks that were issued to Henrico County's 11,800 high school students this year. When the $18.5 million, four-year deal to lease the computers was announced last spring, Superintendent Mark A. Edwards said it would provide a "vibrant engaged-type of learning that will enhance the learning process." Seven months later, district officials say 50 to 60 students have been disciplined for using the hardware to access porn. A first offense generally results in a 10-day suspension. "We knew there would be challenges, but we still see the benefits every day for children throughout the community," Edwards said Thursday "Obviously, we're paying very careful attention to this." r 1 """' "'i i. " 8 5 4" ' . ' " t ) - T--j-,jriiLjiLi ii. ' L - ( r in i J .up--, - iU AP Tenth-graders use laptop computers in a class at Henrico County's Tucker High School in July. Some students have used their laptops to download hard-core pornography and share it with classmates. He emphasized that an overwhelming majority of students have used the laptops responsibly A school employee, who asked Please see LaptopsA12

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