The Daily Spectrum from Saint George, Utah on November 25, 2001 · 1
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i Astronauts To Take Off Under Unprecedented Security Nation, Page A13 ,JAILY i Tainted Evidence Presents Problems In U.S. Investigation In Afghanistan War On Terror, Page A7 NEWS SUU Loses 73-71 In Overtime At Idaho State Sports, Page B1 l i sunaay, Novemoer zs, 2001 www. thespectrum.com t. CM Today's Weather High 37 Low 18 Morning snow Details, B8 Morning briefing mmjmmmmwfmfmm Changing the world one kid at a time Where can the children of criminal or abusive parents in Southern Utah go? What will happen to them? As problems of violence, drug addiction and moral decay victimize more and more young people, Utah's adults must come up with answers to these questions. C1 Secret LDS papers returned to church A collection of documents willed to Utah State University by a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints historian has been returned to the church. The church claimed ownership of the papers, which contained information about secret temple rituals and early church leaders. A4 Out-of-wedlock births still high To what extent government influences poor women's childbearing decisions likely will be one of the most heated debates on Capitol Hill next year when Congress renews the welfare program. A11 The complex sex-trade industry The thousands-of-years-old trade in human beings worldwide for sex is a complex trade, and with several changes in the global economy and elsewhere, it's becoming more pervasive than ever. A14 Israeli dies amid vows of revenge An Israeli was killed and another wounded in a mortar attack in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, hours after tens of thousands of Palestinians called for vengeance at the funeral of a prominent Islamic militant killed in an Israeli missile attack. A16 Inside Today Answerline . A4 Around Town A4 Business B8 Classifieds . . D2 Crossword . . D4 Focus CI Local A4 Movies C5 Nation All Obituaries. . . A5 Opinion A6 Sports B1 State A4 Stocks B7 Travel C6 Weather . . . . B8 West A5 World A14 Subscriber Service If you haven't received your newspaper by 7 a.m. call Subscriber Service before 10 a.m. and a copy will be sent GAMMZTT Spectrum: 674-6212 Daily News: 586-6999 0 2001 The Spectrm $1.50 II llll I I II II i 6 6io60"00160 County emergency planners have answers to post-Sept. 11 worries Emergency plan aims to answer 'what if questions By ED KOCIELA ekocielathespectrum .com CEDAR CITY Like the Sword of Damacles dangling precipitously over a nation's head, terror and its associated dangers have prompted reasonable adults to ask more "what if questions than a busload of curious 3-year-olds. Questions such as "What if the big one strikes, what happens?" After Sept. 11, defining "the big one" became even more of a challenge. But in Iron County, they'll just play it by the book "The Iron County Emergency Operations Plan." The plan, written by the Iron County Local Emergency Planning Committee, is a voluminous document that details exactly what steps will be taken in the event of an emergency, whether created by man, fate or Mother Nature. Ranked in order of probable frequency, flooding and debris-flow top the list of emergencies, followed by hazardous-materials transportation accidents, hazardous-materials fixed-site accidents, wildfires, earthquakes, dam failures and acts of terrorism. "When I took office, one of the things I was most worried about was Y2K," said Iron County Sheriff Dude Benson, who heads the ICLEPC. See PREPARED on A3 TaSitam fig Sites In Ei jf4 - X'- ! ,"".' 'tlf it 4 1 : i' i. Northern alliance soldiers on hilltops watch a convoy of defecting Taliban fighters cross the front line near the village of Amirabad, between Kunduz and Taloqan, Afghanistan, Saturday. Hundreds of Tal- b More than 1,100 are said to have surrendered by nightfall Saturday Jerome Delay AP iban fighters defected to the northern alliance Saturday, paving the way for the fall of Kunduz, where several thousand foreign fighters are said to remain. By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press BANGI, Afghanistan A trickle of surrendering Taliban fighters became a flood Saturday, and those laying down arms were greeted like brothers by northern alliance fighters besieging Kunduz. It was unclear whether a hard core of foreigners loyal to Osama bin Laden would opt to fight to the finish. By nightfall Saturday, alliance officials said more than 1,100 Taliban and foreign fighters mostly Arabs, Chechens and Pakistanis had surrendered under a deal negotiated with the Islamic militia's senior commanders. Some Taliban fighters crossed the front and promptly joined the alliance. However, thousands of other fighters were believed still in the city, including members of bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network. When the siege began Nov. 12, alliance commanders estimated about 10.000 Taliban fighters and 3,000 foreigners were defending the city the last Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan. See FLEEING on A3 Selection of torchbearers: So far, so good Leo Durocher was wrong. Nice guys don't always finish last. That was made ev ident the other day w hen the Salt Lake (Olympic) Organizing Committee named Utah Shakespearean Festival founder Fred Adams as one of the torchbearers when the Olympic flame passes through Cedar City on Feb. 5. Fred is the latest Cedar City resident inv ited to join the elite group that w ill be so honored. Now. this torch relay thing is one of those events that's supposed to honor those w ho hav e giv en much to their community. And. so far, I can't argue ith one selection. Adams has done more for this community than many of us w ill ever realize, stamping it w ith his unique brand of creativ ity and etching our spot on the map as a national cultural center. Now. I have only one more Ed Kociela High Country Beat request for this committee, and that is for them to make room to add Donna and Charlie Cooley, who founded The Happy Factory, as torchbearers. They, too, have left an indelible print on our landscape as truly w arm and caring individuals. And they, too, have elevated Cedar City in the eves of the world as a place that reaches out to children, far and wide, to brighten their lives. I'll rest easy and bite my tongue from here on out well, at least for a little while on how I feel about the Olympics coming to Utah if we can persuade Mitt Rom- ney and the bunch up north to add the Cooleys to their list. After all. if we are to celebrate and honor our best, we cannot ov erlook w hat the Cooleys have done. Congratulations. Fred. We're all proud of you. We're just try ing to get you a little more company as you trot down the road next February. Showing tips Every now and then, as we discover them, we'll pass on some unique tips for your holiday shopping. I'll guarantee they won't be talking dolls or Harry Potter merchandise. First one of the seaon? Maurices is offering special-edition snow flake ornaments. The proceeds from these ornaments w ill go to either the Toys for Tots Foundation or the Students Against Destructive Decisions organization. You make the purchase, you make the call as to where the money goes. The ornaments are only $1. Add, Olympic Torch Relay The Utah Summer Games is marketing membership in both the USG Torch Club and Olympic Torch Relay Club. The latter arrives first on our calendars, of course, when the torch passes through town in February. Olympic Torch Relay Club membership will cost you or your business a minimum of $200. And. like a new car, there are some nice options you can add on, such as selecting banner placement, receiving a Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic flag or other goodies. If you are interested, call 865-8421. Ease vow mind Just so vou know. I learned from our kxal post office that Utah mail is randomly inspected for chemical threats three times a week in the Salt Lake City and Provo offices. Cull Ed KiK tela. Daily Sews' senior writercolumnist, 01586-7M6. ext. II. E imiil is ehxielathespettrum.aHn. 'J Ed Kociela Daily News Cedar City Fire Chief Clint Neilsen, left, and firefighters Mike Miller and Bret Irons examine some of the hazardous-materials equipment the city recently purchased with a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. students not improving in science Try a sample question This question from the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2000 science test required fourth-grade students to demonstrate how well they understand the purpose of the esophagus. Firry-five percent of students answered correctly. Question: Look at the picture below, which shows some of the organs that can be found inside the human body. What is the main job of the organ labeled 1 ? A: Carrying air C: Carrying blood B; Carrying food D: Carrying messages from the brain I r v- )lpj( Source: National Center tor Education Janet Loehrke. Gannett News Service By FREDREKA SCHOUTEN Gannett News Service WASHINGTON Most American students fail to advance beyond a rudimentary grasp of science, according to scores released Tuesday from an influential national test. Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress often called the nation's report card found that less than one in three students in grades four, eight and 12 tested last year demonstrated proficiency in science and their scores have not budged since 1996. And in alarming news for educators and high-tech CEOs clamoring for students to boost science achievement, the results show the average scores for high school seniors actually dropped during the same period. Just 18 percent of 12th-graders scored proficient or higher, down from 2 i percent in 1996. And nearly half of seniors tested last year. 47 percent, lacked even basic science skills. See SCIENCE on A3 Jacob Langston AP The Eastside Baptist Church in Altoona, Ala., is shown after it was destroyed by a tornado Saturday. 12 dead, homes destroyed in severe storms in South By TIMOTHY R. BROWN Associated Press Deadly thunderstorms swept across the lower Mississippi Valley, flattening homes and poultry farms and ripping down power lines. At least 12 deaths were blamed on the storms and dozens of people w ere injured. The scream of warning sirens woke Roosevelt Greenwood before daw n Saturday in Madison. Miss., and he crowded with his wife and four children into a tiny hall closet. "As soon as I closed the door to the closet, the tornado hit It look the roof off. said Greenwood. 33. "Where my 2-year-old son had been lying. the wall caved in on the crib" No one in his family was hurt, but the tornado that ripped through the town killed one person and injured at least 21 people, including a 32-year-old pregnant woman w ho remained in critical condition Saturday night. In addition to the 12 storm-related deaths. Universitv of Mississippi Medical Center spokeswoman Barbara AuMin said the woman gave birth lo a baby that died Saturday The house nevt to the Greenwoods was blown away, leav ing only a car w here the garage had stood. "It's definitely by the grac e of God that we're here." Greenwood said. See STORMS on A3 LET THERE-BE LIGHT... ON GALE! r-rSo-rSuSO Oiif innnnl lioM Rnlh fiale iSmSjie bui-b9-::;S M ...Now thru December 8fh! W9 i?, JSipBffliii O LIGHTING O HOME THEATER O APPLIANCES O HOUSEWARES O GIFTVVARE HISSES

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