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Friday September 13, 2002 125th Yea, No. 177 OUTSIDE 8055 Partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy at night Full report on A10. NATION Reeve reveals 'super abilities "Superman" star Christopher Reeve's against-all-odds improvement has stumped doctors, who say it is the first documented case of such progress. DetallsA9 TOP THIS Dog sparks fire in search for meat "OAND RAPIDS? Mich. AP) A Fire Department investigator trying to find out what sparked a $5,000 kitchen fire has come up with a beastly suspicion: the doggie did it. Pablo Martinez believes a trash-loving chocolate Labrador retriever named Brooke started the fire byturn-, ing on the stove while 4 jumping to get at a ' ' garbage can. Martinez talked with tenant Tracy Jonas and asked her to retrace 1 some of her actions before the fire. Jonas and a friend had cooked hamburgers Monday night. They put the fat in a re-sealable " plastic bag and placed the bag in the trash can, where they also discarded the meat wrapper. "I knew Brooke's reputation. But I thought I was being wise putting the trash can on top of a counter next to the stove," Jonas said. "I guess Brooke was a little wiser this time." CLASSIFIEDS To place A Classified Ad, call 235-5656 Inside ? ' ... Advice A6 Classifieds C7-14 Comics C6 Lifestyles A6.C1-5 Local A3.8-9 Lotteries A10 Markets A5 Obituaries A10 Opinion A4 TV listings C4 Mattoon Mil BACK ON BROADWAY The Broadway Avenue bridge and cost about $2 million. - . i ' i ;. i . ' . "X - - ; 'A . ..' . : ' . y. . . .... ; . . i.'y . '. V : ' . ' , ' !: ' mn - - - ' -- 1 '-- ' State asks U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate death penalty for Coles County inmate BY DAVE FOPAY Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD The state of Illinois is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for the only Coles County inmate on death row. The Illinois Attorney General's Office recently filed a notice that it wants the President: Food pantry only serves residents in Areola school district BY KRISTA LEWIN Staff Writer ARCOLA The Areola Food Pantry president invites people to visit the pantry or serve as volunteers before they make assumptions about who is receiving assistance on a monthly basis. Tara Good, the president, said there are a lot of generous Areola residents but some have spread rumors about the food pantry that aren't true. Good is inviting people to visit the pantry from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and see for themselves what goes on. "We don't look at the color of your skin if you are hungry," Good said. "If you fall under the monetary guidelines, you qualify. We serve all kinds of people from white, Hispanic, single moms to families, to elderly people, to the disabled." Each month, an average of 70 families and 275 individuals are served by the food pantry, " Good said. ---- - The pantry, which has been open for three years, serves residents who live within the Areola school district. The pantry is supported by 10 churches that decided three Americans' life By The Asseciated Press WASHINGTON - Death is on the decline for babies, adults and older people alike, with AIDS, homicide, cancer and heart disease all claiming fewer lives, the government reports in its annual look at American health. Life expectancy reached a record high of 76.9 years, with the gaps between ONLINE flATIOri: Reno IM 50 reopened to traffic on Thursday Supreme Court to consider a lower federal court decision in the case against Patrick H. Wright. Earlier this year, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a federal Judge's deck sion that upheld Wright's conviction but that he should be resentenced. Wright, now 59, received the ' death penalty in "We serve all kinds of people from white, Hispanic, single moms to families, to elderty people, to the disabled." Tara Good, president of the food pantry years ago to combine their separate pantries into one agency. Good said it has-worked out better to have one food pantry, overseen by a board, than several pantries where people might take advantage of the system. Residents who qualify are given a list of food choices that they would like, Good explained. Pantry volunteers try to honor their requests but sometimes the shelves become low such as the current situation at the pantry and residents have to settle for what they are given, she said. They are able to come in one Thursday a month for the non-perishable items, she said. For fresh-grown vegetables, they can come in as See FOOD, A7 expectancy reaches new high of 76.9 years blacks and whites as well as men and women narrowing over time. The report released Thursday looks at health trends spanning the second half of the 20th century and finds improvement on almost every measure. "When you take the long view, you see clearly how far we've come," said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. at www.jg-tc.com or CONTACT US at (217) 235 challenging Florida diffhanger. A2 Cents KKVIN KII .1 1( )l I I.RSTAI K I'l l( )T( X ;H 1KB afternoon. Construction of the bridge began in November 2001 September 1983 for his conviction for stabbing Carol Specht to death after breaking into her Mattoon apartment in June of that year. Wright was f also convicted of slashing the throat pf Specht's daughter, Connie, and trying to sexually assault both women. In April, the federal appeals court agreed with the earlier ruling by U.S. District FERRIS REFLECTION ash k i n -;d phi -:ss n uno A Ferris wheel Is reflected in a puddle of water as Jeff, Zach, Mlndy and their mother, Gracia Bumham, walk around the Kansas State Fair on Thursday In Hutchinson, Kan. yym Judge Harold Baker, who concluded that the Coles County judge who imposed Wright's sentence should have considered Wright's troubled childhood.;." . . Lori Bolas, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said the state filed its 'SwDKATILA? .' h :'. 1 - mi It With better medical care and a drop in smoking rates, death rates for heart disease have been cut in more than half, and they have declined even more dramatically for stroke and other cerebrovascular disease. Death rates from injuries, particularly si. i in; : - 5656 te 2002 Mattoon Journal Gazette drees "Moots to act Tells leaders to confront Iraq with ns or let U.S. go it alone By The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS Raising the specter of war, President Bush told skeptical world leaders Thursday to confront the "grave and gathering danger" kicmr of Saddam INblUt Hussein's U.S. offer Iraq or to seek U.N. stand aside as support is the United welcomed. States acts. DetallsA7 Hesitant r. allies asked him not to go it alone. From the United Nations' cavernous main hall, filled with wary friends and one bitter foe in Iraq's ambassador, Bush said the body must rid the world of Saddam's biological, chemical and nuclear arsenals or risk millions of lives in a "reckless gamble." Behind the scenes, U.S. diplomats reported progress toward a U.N. resolution giving Iraq a firm deadline just weeks way to disarm or face dire, but thus far unspecified, consequences. "If Iraq's regime defies us again, the world must move deliberately and decisively to hold Iraq to account," Bush said in his 15-minute address. "The just demands of peace and security will be met or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power." Bush gave Saddam a chance to avoid confrontation, but only if Iraq meets a S BLSII.A7 Case against Iraq President Bush made his case for action against Iraq to the United Nations on Thursday. He said Iraq had defied 16 of the U.N. Security Council resolutions and must comply to the demands or else face the consequences. Some of the ways Iraq has defied the resolutions: H Stockpiles of VX, mustard and other Chemical agents. I Production of tens of I thousands of liters of anthrax and other deadly agents for use with Scud warheads, aerial bombs and aircraft spray tanks. H Ability to build a nuclear weapon within a year if they acquire fissile material. Using oil money R7 sanctioned for the purchase of food to buy missile technology including long-range missiles. For compliance with United Nations, Iraq must: Disclose and destroy all weapons of mass destruction. End all support of terronsm and act to suppress it. Cease persecuting the Shi'a, Sunnis, Kurds, Turkomans and others. Release or account for all missing Gulf War personnel and return stolen property. End illicit trade outside the oil-for-food program. SOUHCE AuocwMd Preu AP HSUD

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