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   Yuma Sun, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 2007, Yuma, Arizona                                 Video: Meet Yuma city council candidates  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007  IN QUOTES  "O.J. said 'Hey, just bring some firearms."'  Co-defendant in Simpson case, informing police/ A3  YUMA  O.C. Johnson rolls out team colors in tribute to principal/ B1  > DESERT LIFE  Make Texas Rangers your home (garden) team/ D1  SPORTS  San Pasqual wrestling coach Klostreich inducted into national hall of fame/ CI  > NATION  GOP derails eavesdropping bill in house/ CI  > CLASSIFIEDS  Antique brocade. You want it. You need it. It's $150 in The Sun Classifieds/ C5-10  Subscription/ Delivery service  Call 539-6900  ^INSIDE  ANNIE'S MAILBOX............D1  BUSINESS .................A6  CLASSIFIEDS .............C5-10  COMICS ....... ...........C3  CROSSWORD................C3  DESERT LIFE ..............01,2  FINANCIAL .................A6  FOREI ....................B4  FUNERAL NOTICES ...... ... .B2  HOROSCOPE ..............D4  LOTTERIES .................B1  OBITUARIES ................B2  OPINION .................A7  FUBUC NOTICES ...........C4-5  ¿QUEPASA? ...............D4  SPORTS .................CM  YUMA/REGION .............B1-3  V ujviAa A RìZ0 H^  SPORTS* CI-4  DESERT LIFE • D1-2  CLASSIFIEDS • C5-10  OPINION • A7  QUE PASA • D4  DISNEY PUNNING OVERHAUL OF CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK/ D4  PHOTOS BY RYAN BRENNECKE/THE SUN  THE COCOPAH INDIAN TRIBE'S museum recently installed two murals constructed out of thousands of images that represent tribal history and community life in preparation for the 11th Annual Cocopah Cultural Celebration this Saturday.  Feasting on culture  > Cocopahs celebrating heritage of tribe, neighbors  ► "IF THIS CALCULATION WERE DONE IN ANOTHER THREE MONTHS, IT WOULD BE MEASURABLY HIGHER."  — Mark Zandi^hief economist at Moody's Economy.com  BY DARIN FENCER  SUN STAFF WRITER  A huge public feast followed by traditional dancing and singing will mark the 11th Annual Cocopah Cultural Celebration, a time when the tribe shares its own culture and celebrates the cultures of neighbors and friends.  The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Cocopah Reservation West, located northwest of Somerton.  The Cocopah Indian Tribe began holding its annual celebration in 1996, when the tribe was then celebrating the opening of its museum, which vill be open for tours Saturday.  "The Cocopah Museum and the Elders Cultural Council members established this day to  recognize, respect and enjoy the tribe's cultural identity and history," said Liz Pratt, spokeswoman for the tribe. "This celebration is an opportunity for the tribe to share its culture through music and dance, celebrating with surrounding, neighboring communities."  But the tribe doesn't stop at celebrating Cocopah culture. The tribe also invites artists and performers from other cultures  MEMBERS of  the Cocopah Indian Tribe work on constructing a traditional dwelling that will be open during the 11th Annual Cocopah Cultural Celebration this Saturday.  to participate in the event. This year the lineup of entertainment will include performers from other tribes, as well as a Hawaiian dance group called Hui O'hawai'iofYuma.  "The tribe sees this day as a chance to recognize and respect all cultures," Pratt said.  In addition to various events, the tribe's cultural staff also  SEE TRIBE/AS  'Baby Jessica' raising son, waiting on trust fund  ASSOCIATED PRESS  MIDLAND, Texas - The 18-month old girl pulled from a backyard well two decades ago is now a young wife and mother — one waiting to collect donations given to her during her ordeal that are expected to total $1 jnillion or more.  The anniversary of Jessica McClure's rescue passed Tuesday like almost every other day in the 21-year-old's life, with no public comment  from her about the event that once captivated viewers around the world.  The young wife and mother is living quietly in this West Texas oil patch city, the same one where she fell into the backyard well.  "Jessica's just been a wonderful, wonderful mother," said her father, Chip McClure. "That's always been Jessica's dream, to be a stay-at-home mom."  In 3-1/2 years, however, her quiet existence might  change when all the donations sent to her when she was a baby mature into a payment of $1 million or more.  Many of the sympathetic strangers who remained glued to television coverage until Jessica was freed from 22 feet below the ground showered her family with teddy bears, homemade gifts, cards and cash. It will remain in a trust fund until she turns 25.  Her father says Jessica is a happy and active woman, and SEE JESSICA/AS  ► "IT'S A LITTLE SURREAL. IT'S DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND." — CMpMcClmw said about tin 20 yoare after tbo roscM.  Social Security raise smallest in four years  >■ Cost of living adjustment about $24  ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — With essentials like food, gasoline and medical care all rising at a faster clip, an extra $24 a month likely won't go very far. But that is the boost the typical retiree will see in Social Security checks come January.  The 2.3 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment that will go to 50 million Social Secu-  —w ^ mm————— ^ m   rity recipients is the smallest in four years even though mflny prices are rising more quickly this year than last year.  Blame it on the vagaries of how the government computes the annual COLA. The price change is based on the amount the Consumer Price Index increases from July through September from one year to the next.  In the past two years, using the third quarter as a benchmark boosted the inflation adjustment, especially the 2006 increase, because it reflected the fact that gasoline and other energy products soared in September 2005 after Gulf Coast refineries shut down in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  But this year, energy costs, which were up in the spring, have been falling in the summer, a fact that lowered the COLA change. However, analysts are expecting energy prices to resume rising in coming months given a recent run-up in global oil markets that has  SEE SMALLEST/AS  Parents falsify claims to avoid vaccinating kids  > Some filing under religious exemption, but for wrong reason  ASSOCIATED PRESS  BOSTON — Sabrina Rahim doesn't practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of , her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool.  She is among a small but growing number of parents around the country who are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children when the real reason may be skepticism of the shots or concern they can cause other illnesses. Some of these parents say they are being forced to lie because of the way the vaccination laws are written in their, states.  "It's misleading," Rahim admitted, but she said she fears that earlier vaccinations may be •to blame for her son's autism. "I find it very troubling, but for my son's safety, I feel this is  SEE AV0B/A8  » V'/Jv  |te ia|tòfi#tep into politics   

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