The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on July 5, 2008 · Page 1
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Bloomington, Illinois
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Saturday, July 5, 2008
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Cubs edge Cards; Pujols hits 300th homer Sports In light of smoking bans, members-only clubs popping up in Germany AlOrr.'v BIoomington-Normal ((UBS m m y ffl I f SATURDAY JULY 5, 2008 Inside With honor Local World War II veteran takes part in a daylong tribute coordinated by Honor Flight Chicago. Local, A3 Crown reopening? The National Park Service is studying how it could safely reopen the Statue of Liberty's crown for the first time since the 911 attacks. Nation, A8 Road games and gas Area athletic directors try to get a handle on how rising fuel costs could impact their programs and schedules. Sports, B1 Go with the grain Faux bois gives the look of wood, without the splinters. Life, D1 Book smarts It's not so easy coming up with a marketable title for a book, Susan Hazlett discovers. Life, D1 Weather Today's weather symbol was drawn by Keane Rogers, Prairieland Elementary School, Normal. High: 81 1 Low: 61 Complete weather: Back paqe 24-7 updates: PMASIi Inside the Marriott project Want an inside look at the Marriott Hotel and conference center construction site? Log on to for a video tour from a Core Construction superintendent and a photo gallery. Find Abby D2 Movies D5 Classified C1 Obituaries D4 Comics B6 Opinion A6 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B4 Horoscope D2 Sudoku C5 - j ., ,4 J J jfv ! . 1 ! Sunday Tower of sound The new organ at Second Presbyterian Church weights about 14 tons and contains 3,350 pipes. In Life. LEE ENTERPRISES 75 Cents 6 IIB32685II00001"" 5 Copyright 2008 The Pantagraph Bloomington, III. 5 sections, 52 pages . 1 . ; I - . i i I uTl ' '"' ' . : iV j i i -"H r x II i ! Ml ' 'i ::- - lV. VlH - The PantaqraphSTEVE SMEDLEY Tim Phillips of Lincoln walks with an American flag during Towanda's annual Fourth of July parade Friday morning. In addition to the parade, there were yard sales and the American Legion brought in a Blackhawk helicopter. Teedom, family celebrated Parades, picnics mark July 4 By M.K. Guetersloh . NORMAL Picnics and parades gave Central Illinois families a chance to be together as they celebrated the Fourth of July The holiday was especially meaningful for the Wright family of Normal. Fri day afternoon was the first time in about 10 years that the four sisters and one brother were all together. And each sib ling brought a young family of about five children each to Fairview Park. "It just all fell together that we could be together today," Shani Wright of Normal said. "We weren't sure we could all make it because two had to work." For a short time, she organized the setup of the family picnic. "I'm just filling in until my older sister gets here from St. Louis," she added. "She was still doing some cooking this morn- READ MORE Independence Day across the country Back page On the Web O Central Illinois celebrates -Log on for two photo galleries from local Fourth of July festivities: www.pantagraph.comphotos ing." While young cousins chased after each other in the park, adults set up picnic tables under a pavilion. Each member of the family was clad in yellow. "That makes us recognizable," Wright said. "We figured when it gets closer to the fireworks and with everyone running around, it would be easier to keep track of everyone." Meanwhile, Lorena Surratt of Bloomington spent the afternoon at Miller Park in Bloomington. Going to Miller Park for the Fourth of July has been a family tradition for decades. ' . One of her daughters, Bonnie Trice of Bloomington, tried to keep up with three of her brothers while playing horseshoes. Trice made the first ringer out SEE FAMILY BACK PAGE . '"" , . r m st ,vv'.f x v " v Ike Gaston of Bloomington lines up a throw while playing horseshoes at Miller Park with sister Bonnie Trice and brothers Halsey Gaston and Car Surratt. Fourth a working holiday for troops in Iraq By Maya Alleruzzo ASSOCIATED PRESS BAQOUBA, Iraq It's Staff Sgt. Edgar Covarrubias' second Fourth of July in Iraq. No family barbecue, no fireworks, but Covarrubias says he'll call his mom, wife and kids to share the day anyway. Across Iraq, America's Independence Day was a normal workday for most U.S. troops. But the military threw in a taste of home at larger bases with ribs, corn on the cob and red, white and blue cake. The holiday is even leaner at smaller outposts closer to the violence, where it comes with a can of meat, some cook ies and a job not yet done. "We are not going to stop our operations to celebrate the Fourth of July," said Sgt. Mark Johnson, 26, at a small joint U.S.-Iraqi outpost in the city of Iskandariyah, some 30 miles south of Baghdad. "Nothing special is planned for today SEE TROOPS BACK PAGE Jesse Helms Jesse Helms dead at 86 By Whitney Woodward ASSOCIATED PRESS RALEIGH, N.C. When telling stories about Jesse Helms after his death on the Fourth of July, the politician who took his place in Congress recalled how the iconic North Carolina senator liked to invite pages to sit down and chat over ice cream. "Can you imagine how excited these young people would be, sitting and having ice cream with the chairman of the Senate For eign Relations Committee?" asked Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Other stories weren't as sweet. Helms opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act as a commentator and voted against its reauthorization once in the Senate. He notoriously registered his disgust in 1993 when President Clinton nominated an openly homosexual woman to serve at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I'm not going to put a lesbian in a position like that," Helms said at the time. "If you want to call me a bigot, fine." "I wish, as do many people, that he would have used his strength and power to work for the. civil rights movement, instead of against it what a legacy that would have been," said the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. In the hours after Helms died early Friday at the age of 86, having spent the past few years out of the spotlight while in declining health at a Raleigh convalescent home, he was remembered by some as a patriot. Many noted with reverence that he died on the Fourth of July, as did Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and praised his legacy as an unyielding conservative champion. "I certainly can't help but think the Lord made it happen that way," said his longtime political strategist, Tom Ellis. "We know, at least conservatives know, what that meant to the cause." But there were also reminders that Helms was the often caustic "Senator No," a man who in three decades in the Senate delighted in forcing roll-call votes that required Democrats to take politically difficult votes on federal funding for art he deemed pornographic, school busing, flag-burning and other cultural issues. His funeral is planned for Tuesday at Helms' longtime church in Raleigh. Two fires raging in California By Amanda Fend ASSOCIATED PRESS BIG SUR, Calif. A pair of out-of-control wildfires roared along California's central coast Friday, chewing through opposite ends of a parched forest and threatening a total of more than 4,500 homes. While flames from the stubborn fire in the northern flank of the Los Padres National Forest inched closer to Big Sur's historic vacation retreats, state emergency officials said hot winds had caused a newer blaze 200 miles south in Santa Barbara County to double in size overnight. Residents of more than 1,700 homes in and around the city of Goleta were ordered to evacuate, joining an equal number of people who were told to leave Big Sur days earlier. Driven by wind gusts as high as 40 mph, the Santa Barbara County fire was so fierce early Friday that firefighters at one point took shelter in about 70 homes they were trying to defend, said Capt. Eli Iskow of the county fire department. "Hundreds of firefighters were in place around hundreds of structures," Iskow said. "I think we saved every one of those structures in that area." Wind was less o a problem in Big Sur, which remained eerily empty under a thick blanket of fog and smoke at the start of the long holiday weekend. No more properties were lost since Thursday, but the density of the parched terrain allowed the 13-day-old wildfire to keep advancing on the storied tourist town, where flames made their way toward the scenic Pacific Coast Highway and sent forest creatures running toward the Pacific Ocean for cover. iui.,i,.i.,ji. jf-MHn fji M t"-"1" i" ' : "' '"I 'JM mm -' 'SL '. J ...... .. ;" Associated PressTONY A VELAR A firefighter battles a backfire in Big Sur, Calif., on Friday. The raging blaze near Big Sur was one of two out-of-control fires being fought. Another fire in Santa Barbara County was being fueled by winds up to 40 mph. ' ?- ej j-fiW -V-

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