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   Victorville Daily Press (Newspaper) - June 23, 2011, Victorville, California                                 SOLDIERS COMING HOME  Obama: 30,000-plus surge troops leaving Afghanistan  ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON • Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by  next summer, withdrawing the "surge" of forces he had sent to rescue a flailing effort. Said Obama to a country eager for an exit: "The tide of war is receding."  A total of 10,000 troops will leave the war zone by the end of this year — fulfilling Obama's promise for  a withdrawal starting next month — and more than 20,000 additional forces will leave by summer 2012, shortly before the president will go before voters in search of a second term.  Still, almost 70,000 U.S. troops will remain in an unstable country, fighting in a war bound to see more Americans killed. Obama  SEE WAR • PAGE 8  IWo  killed in head-on collision  STAFF WRITER  PHELAN • A man and woman were killed early Wednesday morning in a violent head-on collision in Phelan, California Highway Patrol officials said.  Janis Cummings, 49, of Wrightwood, and an unidentified man from Phelan died a little after midnight when their vehicles collided on Phelan Road just east of Shasta Road, Officer Joaquin Zubieta said.  The 34-year-old man was driving his 2002 Honda Accord west on Phelan Road when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic, striking Cummings' Chevrolet  SEE COLLISION • PAGE 6  Woman shot in face with birdshot  Sibling also injured  BY BEATRIZ E. VALENZUELA  STAFF WRITER  FORGOTTEN  MEMORIES  VICTORVILLE • A woman was shot in the face and her brother in the back when someone fired into a group of people Tuesday night at Village Park, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Victorville station officials said. Two others were also hurt in the attack.  "At this time, it's unknown why the shots were fired," Karen Hunt, spokeswoman for the Victorville station, said.  Sheriff's officials received several 911 calls  SEE SHOOTINOt • PAGE 6  DAVID PARDO, DAILY PRESS  TRACKED OWNER ONLINE: Thirty-one years after a woman's family moved out of their home and accidently left her yearbooks behind, Hope Eggleston, of Hesperia, found them, tracked down the owner online and returned them.  Woman gets yearbooks back after 31 years  BY BROOKE EDWARDS It novor occurred to US to toss  ^^ them out. I mean, they belonged V V to someone. But in 1980, how would you go about finding who they would belong to?  Hope E9glMton, Hesperia resident  STAFF WRITER  HESPERIA • It was 31 years ago this month that Hope Eggleston and her family moved into a home in Buena Park.  Eggleston was just 7 years old that summer, but she was instantly drawn to the two high school yearbooks left behind by one Pat Anderson;  "My parents found them  in the garage when we were moving in/' Eggleston said. "One from 1964 and one was from 1966. We just eiyoyed looking through them and looking at the pictures. It  was just this funny little piece of history that we had."  Her interest grew when both she and her brother  SEE YEARBOOKS• PAGE 6  Melee breaks out at James A. Woody Park in Apple Valley  •Y BIATRIl I. VALINZUILA  STAFF WRITER  outing turned into a mel^e when they allege they wer0 attacked li nearly two dozen people.  "I have never, ever, ever  APPLE VALLEY • An Apple VaUey fomily had gathered to basketball at James ^j^en through anythinji fflfe A. yoody P^k Tqesday this," said the motfeer of  victims, who was «l«b II ii^a^ in the fighti  l^t w^l her  both of her sons — one who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq — were viscously attacked and had to be treated at St. Mary Medical Center.  San Bernardino County SherifTs Apple Valley officials  • PACE 7  National debt on pace to equal size of economy  CBO: Debt crisis looms absent major policy changes  BY ANDREW TAYLOR  ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON • The rapidly growing national debt could soon spark a European-style crisis unless Congress moves forcefully, the Congressional Budget Office warned Wednesday in a study that underscored the stakes for Vice President Joe Biden and negotiators working on a sweeping plan to reduce red ink.  Republicans seized on the report to renew their push to reduce costs in federal benefit programs such as Medicare.  The report said the national debt, now $14.3 trillion, is on pace to equal the annual size of the economy within a decade.  SEC DEBT CRISIS • PAGE 8  HIGH DESERT  Hesperia business owner to help Joplin victims  Page B1  STATE*NATION*WORLD  Al-Qaida militants escape Yemen prison  SANAA, YEMEN • Nearly 60 suspected al-Qaida militants tunneled their way out of a Yemeni prison in the lawless south Wednesday, deepening the chaos of a nation where protesters are trying to topple the autocratic regime.  A3  WEATHER > Page D6  High 103 Low 63  SUNSHINE  INDEX  Business  Classifieds  Comics  Crossword  Dear Abby  Editorials  C8  El  D4  D5  D5  B4  High Desert B1  Lottery A2 Movies D3 Obituaries B2 Scoreboard C5 Sports CI Weather 06  e  The Daily Press  is published by Freedom Communications '  vv I vv. -rwo«.^ 8  i-dMlUilliii i Mil al  ' nm«nMMllr inVW vMNf   

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