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IIAT10!!: Finger pointing in Florida, recount and wcmes about fall election. A2 Mattoon zette Thursday September 12, 2002 o w I 1 la. 3 125th Year, Na 176 50 Cents 2002 Mattoon Jounal Gazette ClL Momtffe OUTSIDE 7855 Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s. Mostly clear at night Full report on A6. America Remembers Sept. 11 by the numbers Forty was the number of innocent people killed last Sept. 11 in the crash of Right 93 in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, 40 was the number of times a bell tolled for them. DetailsAlO House, Senate honor with tears Congress lifted its voice in sorrow, anger and even song Wednesday in tribute to victims of the attacks and in gratitude to the heroes of Flight 93, who lawmakers believe saved their lives by downing their aircraft. DetailsA8 STATE Two more deaths from West Nile Two more lllinoisans have died from West Nile virus, bringing the state's death total to 13, the most in the nation. Details A12 LOCAL Freight train derails in Cumberland Co. A CXS freight train traveling to East St Louis derailed near Montrose about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. DetallsA3 CLASSIFIEDS To place one, call 235-5656 Inside l2 w Advice i CI Classifieds C6-12 Comics C4 Ufestytes Cl-2.5 Local A3.7 Lotteries A6 Markets A5 Obituaries A6 Opinion A4 TV listings C5 Lincoln students reach out to world BY KRISTA LEWIN Staff Writer MATTOON Instead of a somber ceremony marking the anniversary of 911, Lincoln School students sent the world some love as they held hands Wednesday around the perimeter of the school. As the children joined hands and stood in the circle, a squeeze of the hand, which represented a hug, was passed from student to student. Nancy Conlon, kindergarten teacher and one of the event organizers, said school officials opted for this type of upbeat ceremony because she said it is difficult for one to explain the magnitude of the 911 tragedy to kindergarten through third grade students. When kids see something sad or experience something sad, they usually want to give, a hug or receive a hug because, to them, hugs are a way of healing, Conlon said. That is why it was decided to create the circle of students which was a representation of the world, she said. When the students squeezed each -others' hands, they were passing a hug around the world, she said. Although faculty and administrators were enthusiastic about the concept of the ceremony, several of them were skeptical if the circle could be joined because of the number of students at the school. "When we decided to have this ceremony, we didn't know if we would make it around the entire building, but they did," said Madeline VanKeuren, principal. A roll call a vow to Americans relive By The Associated Press At ground zero, the names took precedence, 2,801 of them read aloud, from Gordon Aamoth Jr. to Igor Zukelman. Patriotic resolve held sway at the Pentagon. And in a field near Shanksville, Pa., grief was partially offset by pride. At each of the three sites, and in communities across the nation and world Wednesday, Americans and their allies relived the staggering events of one year ago and remembered those who died. "For those who lost loved T m ASS(K:AlT.DPRKSSPIKn"() Sheree Estes, right, of North Canton, Ohio, lights her candle during a candlelight vigil at the First Nazarene Church Wednesday, In Canton, Ohio. Hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the acts of heroism, compassion and sacrifice which emerged from the terrorist attacks one year earlier. ONLINE II .... Lincoln School students present flags during the reciting of school's 911 ceremony Wednesday. VanKeuren walked around the entire circle to make sure that each student passed the hand hug. While students waited for the hug to be passed, they sang a song that was created of names. a staggering day ones, it has been a year of sorrow, of empty places, of newborn children who will never know their fathers here on earth," President Bush said in an evening speech to the nation, delivered from Ellis Island with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Bush acknowledged that Americans no longer felt invulnerable to their enemies' attack, but vowed a relentless quest for justice and security. "What our enemies have begun, we will finish," he See NAMES, A9 at www.jg-tc.com or prevail iV V O by Conlon for students to sing during the 9U ceremony. The song is sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star:" "Let's give a cheer to red, white and blue, and the boys and girls at Lincoln too; INTENT CROWD KKVIN kllJIOKKKKSTAKK PIK)T(X;RAPIB;R Students listen during the rededication of the Freedom Shrine at Mattoon High School Wednesday. For more on the rededication, see Page A3. EIlPs enrollmentmp by 6percent freshman class largest in history BY ROB STROUD Staff Writer CHARLESTON Eastern Illinois University's fall 2002 enrollment has increased by 6 percent and its freshman class is the largest in university history. Figures released following the 10th day of classes indicate a total fall semester enrollment of 11,163, an increase of 632 from last year's figure of 10,531. There are 2.751 freshmen enrolled this fall, representing an increase of 593 from last year. Additionally, President Lou Hencken said the on-campus enrollment has increased from 9,653 students in fall 2001 to 10,153 in the current semester. CONTACT US at (217) 235-5656 y KHISIVIKVl INSTAIT the Pledge of Allegiance at the Give the world a hug for all to see; Peace around the world for you and me; Let's give a cheer to red, white and blue, '' ' A s. '" v y t , . t ASS(X:IATKD PRESS PHOTO President Bush meets with family members of victims killed at the World Trade Center at a memorial in New York Wednesday. President mourns ca year of sorrow' By The Associated Press NEW YORK - With words of comfort and resolve, President Bush joined the nation Wednesday in remembering "a year of sorrow, of empty places" since the terrorist attacks that killed thousands and drew America into war. He vowed victory over "history's latest gang of fanatics." The Statue of Liberty and a forever-altered skyline were at his back as Bush spoke from Ellis Island, the first Stop of immigrants and a symbol of American tolerance and independence. "This nation has defeated tyrants, liberated death camps and raised this lamp of liberty to every captive land," Bush said. "We have no intention of ignoring or appeasing history's latest gang of fanatics trying to murder their way to power. They are discovering, as others before them, the resolve of a great democracy." The emotional return to III SI I, M On-campus enrollment was under 10,000 students in fall 2000, following about 10 years of consecutive enrollments greater than 10,000. "I think as a, university, we decided to increase the numbers," Hencken said. "We just put an emphasis on increasing enrollment." Hencken had set a goal last year of increasing enrollment by at least 250 students. Hencken said, as an example of this cooperation, that many faculty members and administrators in the last year have personally taken , prospective students and their families on tours during campus open houses. Another factor that likely helped increase enrollment was the hiring of two additional : StT I II . V 1

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