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LOCAL Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site gets a makeover, bridge to be replaced. A3 la. September 13, 2001 C qJc 3 125th Yea No. 201 SO Cents 2001 Iffid-BSnob Newspapers he. ATTACK ON AMERICA Thursday Inside today's newspaper OUTSIDE 7545 Mostly cloudy and cooler. Chance of showers. Highs in the middle 70s. Full report on A10. SPORTS Jerdan-Fellers win as girls' tennis falls Kimberly Jerdan and Mallory Fellers won a 15-13 tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles for Mattoon but Champaign Centennial took the rest for Wednesday's 8-1 girls' tennis win. DetailsBl TOP THIS Town wants to change city's pronunciation for one week BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) Call it Beat-Rice, at least for a week. Mayor John Bartels presented a proclamation to temporarily change the way the name of the city is pronounced at Monday night's City Council meeting. Beatrice is usually pronounced "Bee-AT-russ." Not coincidental, the University of Nebraska football team is scheduled, to play Rice , University on Saturday "Whereas, we are a proud community and wish to show how proud we are of our Cornhusker football team ... we wish to change the pronunciation of the name of our city," the mayor's proclamation said. CLASSIFIEDS Want to save a little money? Read the Classified Ads. To place one, call 235-5656 INSIDE CLASSIFIEDS. .C6-10 illFESTVUS Cl-5; LOCAL ..A3,6,9 . LOTTERIES Alfl MARKETS .......... A5 1 1 a n u a a 1 1 a siu, 0PINI0N............A4 ffv LISTINGS .r...C5 m4 Local legislators hope to prosecute gas-price gougers BY KRISTA LEWIN Staff Writer After . condemning the attack on the United States Tuesday, local legislators and their constituents had one more upsetting event to deal with as some area gas stations raised prices from a $1.66 a gallon to more than $2 and $3 per gallon within hours of the events. Gas stations throughout the area were doing normal to below-average business Wednesday unlike Tuesday when people stormed the gas stations and created long wait lines, causing police to direct traffic as well as keep the peace. Gas prices at stations in Mattoon and Charleston averaged a $1.66 perv gallon Wednesday afternoon." Rumors of increased gas prices due to Tuesday's attack See ;oi (;i A? TO REPORT GOUGING State Rep. Dale Righter and state Rep. Bill Mitchell encourage residents to report any indications of attempted price gouging to the attorney general's consumer protection hot line at 800-243-0618. Police close gas pumps in Windsor to protect customers BY DAWN SCHABBING Staff Writer WINDSOR Traffic problems tti some Shelby County towns prompted police to monitor and temporarily close gas pumps on Tuesday. Irate customers telephoned the newspaper office about the inability to buy gasoline for their vehicles yesterday afternoon but police explained that the action was needed. Some feared refineries were going to be shut down while others were trying to beat the price hikes at the pumps. "We had cars waiting along Route 16 to get gas. It was easier to temporarily close down the pumps than write 200 tickets for illegal parking," said Chief of Police Troy Agney in Windsor, He and Mayor Eric Bennett agreed that public safety was the main concern for stopping the sale of gasoline at Casey's General Store and Clark gas stations. - "I was pretty unpopular for the evening, but I did save See WINDSOR, A7 r safety ON THE INTERNET - READ LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS I j jrn I ill) J! ,A j j 1 1 v' ; . ; : ' r " ' ' J , wfl - wMJ - rc- riSv' I It 1 Rescue workers and vehicles are Wednesday. 1ss(id NSw York City orders 6,(JU0 body bags By The Associated Press ' YORK As the smolder ing ashes of the World Trade Center slowly yielded unimaginable carnage, investigators fanned out across the country Wednesday to track the conspirators who orchestrated an unprecedented NEW LLC students to raise funds for victims Staff report MATTOON Student organizations from Lake Land College have organized -donation collections for the victims of the terrorism attack on Tuesday. At the college, a drive-through collection will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and is expected to continue through Friday in front of the East Building. All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross. The schedule for the drive is 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4 pjm. Friday in front of the East Building. Lake Land students, faculty and staff are involved in manning the collection points. Groups involved include Student Government Association, Student Activity Board, Student Ambassadors and Phi Theta Kappa honorary society. 1 ass(h:iviki) I'HKss nio'io deployed near the site of the World Trade Center in New York on fc1 day of terror from the air. In one indication of the potential death toll, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was asked about a report that the city has requested 6,000 body bags from federal officials. "Yes, I believe that's correct," said the mayor. In another, 2,500 people visited , . KEN TREVARTHANKTAFF PI IOTOCRAPJ IliR Jackie Huddlestun of Mattoon collects a donation for the American Red Cross Disaster Fund from a driver leaving the Lake Land College campus main exit Wednesday afternoon in Mattoon. Volunteers will be at the main entrance in front of the east building today and Friday. For further information on relief efforts, prayer services and more, see Page A6. AND LIFESTYLES STORIES " ti r .... . e:mm.rx a t if Due INSIDE National airport guidelines to become stricter, more. DetailsA8 a grief counseling center handling SreSCI.M.AT I.T1 , z2sn zy 5C ONLINE AT www.jg-tc.com ....,,.,. , ..... ;.,,,,..,, Ji ..,c ....... . Bin Laden main Police check whether entered from Canada By Pie Associated Press WASHINGTON - Federal authorities have identified more than a dozen hijackers of Middle Eastern descent in Tuesday's bombings and gathered evidence linking them INSIDE NATO will support U.S. In possible retaliation. DetailsA2 to Osama bin Laden and other terrorist networks, law enforcement officials said. The massive investigation stretched from the Canadian border, where officials suspect some of the hijackers entered the country, to Florida, where some of the participants are believed to have learned how-to fly commercial jetliners before the attacks. Locations in Massachusetts and Florida were searched for evidence. The ntimes of two men being sought by authorities, emerged in Florida. There, the FBI interviewed a family that gave them temporary shelter a year ago. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that multiple cells of terrorist groups participated and that hijackers had possible ties to countries that included Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The identities of more than a dozen of the men who hijacked four planes with knives and threats of bombs . has been ascertained, the officials said. Several hijackers had pilot's licenses. At least one hijacker on each of the four planes was trained at a U.S. flight school, said Justice Department spokeswoman Mindy Tucker. The flight schools were in Florida and at least one other state. The hijackers used both cash and credit jcardsJo pur- . chase their plane tickets and hotel rooms. Authorities detained at least a half dozen people in Massachusetts and Florida on unrelated local warrants and immigration charges and were questioning them about their possible ties to the hijackers. No charges related to the attacks had been filed. Search warrants were executed in Florida, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Sealed warrants went out in several other states, officials said. "We're attempting to recreate the travels of each of the hijackers on the planes either the hijackers themselves or their associates," FBI Director Robert Mueller said. , For some of the suspected accomplices, "we have information as to involvement with individual terrorist groups," Mueller added. He declined to say which groups or whether : they were connected to bin Laden. Officials said authorities See INVESTIGATE, A7 uspect hijacker

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