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www.pantagraph.com i i FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2002 50 Cents THE PARAGRAPH ' connk "-Tfe Antral Illinois A VI f rrtr : .- t Williams sisters to face off in Wimbledon finals sports r I "l ' i Y'l , r. i A -1 ... mil ii - -i- mi -.in 1 i J Matt Hedeman, 5, showed his colors during the annual Fourth of July and parties were popular on the Fourth of July. Parades lead By Steve Arney PANTAGRAPH STAFF BLOOMINGTON Fourth of July is about parks and big fireworks displays and patriotism and gargantuan gatherings in large cities and smaller towns. But it is more. It also is about little parades and parties, family barbecues and neighborhood functions. Bloomington 9-year-old Olenka Moss ranks Independence Day as her third favorite holiday behind Christmas and Halloween. Dressed in a shirt with wild horses running, she said the holiday means "independence, fireworks, flags, soldiers." ; It meant decorating her purple Schwinn with red, white and blue plastic ribbon and taping a red pinwheel to her bike handlebars so the pin- Parks filled with activity for Fourth By Steve Arney PANTAGRAPH STAFF They were the picture of contentment, lying side by side in the shallow end of the pool at Fairview Family Aquatic Center. They had matching golden tans, did Michelle Delira of Normal and Dirk Rients of Bloomington. She was in a two-piece with blue, white and green pattern, he in solid orange trunks. They would have napped had it not been for the occasional splashes caused by the passing of others see parks back page INSIDE ABBY D2 CLASSIFIED C4 COMICS B8 CROSSWORD D6 ENTERTAINMENT D6 HOROSCOPE D4 LOTTERY A2 MOVIES D6 OBITUARIES A12 OPINION ' A16 A PUUTZER NEWSPAPER 5 sections, - 3- .4 . 'fiM aft . iT ,- ... E 1 )l wheel spun as she rode down the boulevard during the parade on White Place in Bloomington. Classical music from a stereo powered by a generator blared from a pickup truck as three dozen children on bikes, in wagons and on foot circled the boulevard along with a handful of adults and two dogs. Probably the oldest of the young people was 12-year-old Joe Roberts. Fun and candy has its place, but Fourth of July isn't the same in his post-Sept. 11 world. He delivers the paper and reads it. He's ready for war. Dressed as Uncle Sam, Roberts said during an interlude in the celebration: "I would want to fight in a war. I feel mad, sad." SEE PARADES BACK PAGE sun wor;hinnprs Michelle Delira. Fairview Family Aquatic Center Weather TODAY'S FORECAST Warm with clouds and sun. High88Low66 For complete weather information, see Today's Weather on the back page. Copyright 2O02 The Pantograph 32685ll0000f 111 5 92 pages V" z1 Parade Thursday morning in Downs. Neighborhood parades celebrations i v 1 M The McManus family celebrated the Fourth of July cooling off in their pool float during the annual Downs parade Thursday afternoon. toD. and Dirk Reints. bottom, enioved Ivinq in the shallow end of while catching some rays on the Fourth of July. Senator: ByJoanCrabb PANTAGRAPH CORRESPONDENT LINCOLN State Sen. Larry Bomke says the state of Illinois has the money to continue operating the troubled Lincoln Developmental Center, even though there is virtually no money for LDC in the fiscal 2003 budget. Money could be found elsewhere in the $3 billion budget of the Department of Human Services, the agency that oversees LDC and nine other state-operated centers for developmental-ly disabled residents, he said. "DHS could fund Lincoln if it wanted to," he said. "The highlights the art of h? hrmrlhsJrl Prima PaHIC V , i 'K VZ f V The PantagraphB CORBIN : i The PantagraphB CORBIN State has money governor chose not to put money in that line item for DHS, but the point remains that DHS has transferability" within its budget, he said. The fiscal 2003 budget, which took effect Monday, contains only a nominal $5 million for LDC, which required about $35 million to operate last year. LDC only has enough money to run through Aug. 31, said Steve Puiszis, an attorney representing DHS in the agency's legal battle to close LDC. In seeking to overturn two court orders that are blocking the state from closing LDC, Puiszis has argued that the Tlistnm-i miiamim orhihif t f n n 0 n. Li irprt ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES A gunman opened fire Thursday at the Los Angeles airport, killing two people at an Israel airlines ticket counter before he was shot dead by a security guard, authorities said. Hours after the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities were still trying to determine a motive, and hadn't positively identified the gunman. The FBI said he had no identification on him. "At this point we have no reason to believe this was an act of terrorism," said Ron Iden, assistant director of the Los Angeles FBI office. The suspect walked into the terminal carrying a .45-caliber handgun, 9 mm handgun and a six-inch knife, Iden said. The FBI has a preliminary identification of the gunman, but wouldn't release it. Four others were injured, authorities said. Thousands were evacuated from the international terminal, although the Federal Aviation Administration said domestic arrivals and departures continued to operate normally. Late Thursday evening, a bomb squad went to a parking garage at the international terminal to inspect a car believed to belong to the gunman, said Los Angeles police spokesman Jason Lee. The garage was evacuated, but the search was only precautionary. The shootout happened with security on high alert around the country for a possible terrorist attack on July Fourth. It sent passengers ducking behind counters and hiding in airport offices. Israel's foreign ministry blamed terrorists, but didn't offer any evidence to support the claim. The suspect, described as a 52-year-old man, had approached another person at the counter and opened fire shortly before noon, said Alex Baez, a police spokesman. An El Al security guard fatally shot the gunman, police said. Dr. David Parkus, a trauma surgeon from Texas, said he was at the Singapore Airlines counter when he heard a rapid succession of gunshots and minutes later saw the gunman wrestling with an airline security guard. A second guard then shot the gunman, Parkus said. One guard was hit on the forehead with the butt of the gun and cut on his arm; a second court action was moot because the state cannot fund LDC in the 2003 budget. Puiszis also warned that LDC's 200 or so residents might have to be returned to their families if the court prevents the state from moving them before the money runs out. Logan County Associate Judge Donald Behle has issued temporary restraining orders that prevents the state from closing LDC until the state obtains a permit from the Health Facilities Planning Board, which meets next on Aug. 15. SEE LDC BACK PAGE - y J t-H I w.i L ... Jr Associated Press Stranded passengers waited outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday after police closed the terminal to travelers following a shooting at Israel's El Al airlines ticket counter. Three people, Including the shooter, were killed. guard was cut on the lower back, stabbed in the left thigh, and had a superficial gunshot wound to his right thigh, said Parkus. Parkus, director of the trauma surgery unit at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, said he helped hold the gunmen as he died, then performed CPR on two people. One of the victims was Yaakov Aminov, 46, relatives at his Los Angeles home confirmed. He was dropping friends off at the airport, and died of gunshot wounds, hospital officials said. His brother-in-law, Mark Ez-erzer, said Aminov has eight children and that his wife is pregnant. "He loved people and his home was always open," Ezerz-er said. "He was a very honest and a good person." Aminov, a jewelry shop owner, had taken his friend, Michael Shabtay, to the airport. After being caught in the spray of gunfire, Aminov collapsed in Shab-tay's arms, Ezerzer said. Also fatally shot was a 20-year-old woman. The airline said she was an employee of a company that provides ground services to El Al at Los Angeles airport. . SEE AIRPORT BACK PAGE for LDC "The governor chose not to put money in that line item for DHS, but the point remains that DHS has transferability" within its budget. Larry Bomke State senator 4

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