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Mattoon, Illinois
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001
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gS.:'. WO SLD: Explosions shake Afghanistan capital; U.S. government, Afghan rebels deny involvement A2 V - f. TT Mattoon Wednesday September 12, 2001 xoai 3 125th Year, No. 200 50 Cents 2001 MkMBinois Newspapers Inc. SECOND PEARL HARBOR Inside today's newspaper LOCAL No decision on Coles Co. budget The Coles County . Board "won't decide whether to hire a consulting firm to help with the budget for another week. Hesse to serve as poGce commissioner Commissioner Jerry Hesse is to be appointed as the new police commissioner, the City . Council decided Tuesday. DetailsA3 TERRORISM A3 Gas prices Jump In area, state. A5 Economy at risk due to attacks. A6 Authorities begin process of determining who's responsible; bin Laden denies involvement; Democratic countries condemn attacks. A7 Sense of peace deceptive; survivors tell stories of escape. A9 Plane crashes in Pennsylvania. A10 Attacks fallout will be far, wide, professors say; Mayor Cougill, Rep. Johnson condemn attacks; former residents, relatives, share stories of attacks. A1t Many local school districts cancel extracurricular activities; Mattoon officials react to terrorism; ICTC asks to refrain calling East ; Coast. ... A1 2 EIU students watch events unfold on TV; prayer services held in Charleston and Mattoon, at EIU; Oakland church to hold service today; St. John's Lutheran School puts flag at half-mast; Americans react with shock, anger. A13 Seattle-bound flight diverted to closed Willard Airport; national travelers stranded; Red Cross in Champaign holds blood, fund drives; Mattoon Red Cross requesting donations; Eastern t students turn out in . force to donate blood; SBLHC reviews disaster plan. A14.B4-Associated Press photographs of the attacks, survivors. OUTSIDE 8555 Partly sunny and warm. Highs in the middle 80s. Partly cloudy tonight Full report on B3 i : 1 Death loll from four acts of previously unknown terrorism may not be known for weeks By The Associated Press NEW YORK - In the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its twin 110-story towers. The deadly calamity was witnessed on televisions across the world as another plane slammed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed outside Pittsburgh. "Today, our nation saw evil," President Bush said in an address to the nation Tuesday night. He said thousands of lives were "suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror." Said Adiri. Robert J. Natter, commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet: "We have been attacked like we haven't since Pearl Harbor." Establishing the death toll could take weeks. The four airliners alone had 266 people abaard and there were no known survivors. Officials put the number of dead and wounded at the Pentagon at about 100 or more, with some news reports suggesting it could rise to 800. Bush ..... Deserted government offices to By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - A grim-faced President Bush asked the nation to find comfort in Scripture as he mourned the deaths of thousands of Americans in Tuesday's atrocities and vowed to avenge their killings. "Today, our natiqn saw evil," he said. In his first prime-time Oval Office address, Bush said the United States would find and punish "those behind these evil acts," and any country that harbors them. ' Bush spoke from the Oval Office just hours after bouncing ON THE INTERNET READ LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS n. jf. I . .. a jfflu Ww ' v"'- g- jt.vmata--r -lyvtjwmw wjWMwuwiwij . . In addition, a union official said he feared 300 firefighters who first reached the scene had. died in rescue efforts at the trade center where 50,000 people worked and dozens of police officers were missing. . "The number of casualties will be more than most of us can bear," a visibly distraught Mayor vows t o between Florida and air bases in da and air bases in Louisiana and Nebraska for security reasons. Fighter jets and decoy helicopters accompanied his evening flight to Washington and the White House, where his Marine One helicopter briefly sfood vigil on the South Lawn in the event of another evacuation. The helicopter took off about 10 p.m. EDT. With smoke still pouring out of rubble in Washington and New York, Bush declared: "These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." He spoke for less than five min I , If"..' Rudolph Giuliani said. Police sources said some people trapped in the twin towers managed to call authorities or family members and that some trapped police officers made radio contact. In one of the calls, which took place in the afternoon, a businessman phoned his family to say he was trapped with policemen, whom he named, the source said. Because of fires and unstable debris, no rescue attempts were -going on Tuesday night at the site of the towers, however. No one took responsibility for the attacks that rocked the seats of finance and government. But federal authorities identified Osama bin Laden, who has been given asylum by Afghanistan's Taliban . 'rulers, as the prime suspect. Aided by an intercept of communications between his supporters and harrowing cell phone calls from at least one flight attendant and two passengers aboard the jetliners before they crashed, U.S. officials began assembling a case linking bin Laden to the devastation. U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between bin nvenpe ' re-open today, utes from the desk that Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy used before him. Beside the door, a TelePrompTer operator fed Bush the words that he and his speech-writers hastened to pen just an hour earlier. He stumbled a couple of times even as he strove to maintain a commanding air. Aides pushed an American flag and one with the presidential seal behind him for the somber occasion. Immediately afterward, Bush joined a late-night meeting of his National Security Council and planned to remain overnight at the White House. AND LIFESTYLES STORIES I' ' ASSOC IIATKD J'RKHS PI IOTOS Top, the Statue of Liberty stands as smoke billows from the World Trade Center in New York Tuesday. Above, smoke and debris erupt from the south tower of the World Trade Center as it explodes after two jets crashed into the building Tuesday in New York. Laden supporters discussing the Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top attacks on the World Trade Center . and Pentagon, according to Utah See IT.RKOK, A8 deaths president says Bush said the government Bush said the government offices deserted after the bombings Tuesday would open on Wednesday. He asked the nation to pray for the families of the victims and quoted the Book of Psalms, "And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me." The United States received no warning of the attacks on the 8eeBl'Sll.A8 ONLINE AT 1 " S ST.? ' . ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO President Bush addresses- the nation Tuesday from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. 'Today, our nation saw ev3." .: President George W. Bush pi fm;! Vrx fi flj V i x v . .

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