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Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - April 29, 2003, Indiana, Pennsylvania Whos in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about the fol lowing area people Scott Bowman Claudia Brown April Shipley Keli Sheffer Amy and James Williams Randy Twigg Travis Russell Tonya Ganoe Jennifer M Reeping MDs voice opinions Doctors across the state are rallying against the high cost of malpractice insurance Page 3 Making the cut Michelle Wie 13 makes waves as the youngest player ever to make the cut in an LPGA event Page 15 TUESDAY APRIL 29 2003 Vol 99 No 247 24 pages 2 sections com Forecast Partly cloudy tonight with a low of 42 partly sunny Wednesday with a high of 67 Page 2 50 cents car on a street in Fallujah Iraq was riddled with bullets after soldiers opened fire on Iraqis at a demonstration AMER MOHAMMED RASHID Missile forces fire on Iraqi protesters By NIKO PRICE Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD Iraq sol diers fired on protesters in a town west of Baghdad after some crowd members shot at the troops with automatic weapons officers said today A local hospital director said 13 Iraqis were killed and 75 injured officials also announced that one of Saddam Husseins top advisers who served as oil minister and earlier headed Iraqs topsecret missile pro gram had surrendered Amer Mohammed Rashid known to weapons inspectors as the Missile was ranked 47th on the mostwanted list of 55 members of Saddams inner circle The shooting took place Monday night in the town of Fallujah about 30 miles from Baghdad in an area where sup port for Saddam was strong The area is familiar to the American government as the nearby Fallujah II plant which Saddams government said pro duced chlorine and hydrochlo ric acid for civilian use had been cited by the CIA in the past as a possible chemical weapons facility Col Arnold Bray of the 82nd Airborne Division said at least seven Iraqis were hit by gunfire but neither he nor Central Command had definitive casu alty figures There was fire direcdy over the heads of soldiers on the roof They returned fire in order to protect the lives of our sol said Lt Col Eric Nantz Iraqis interviewed at the hos pital insisted the demonstra tion was peaceful and no one was armed or throwing rocks One wounded 18yearold man Aqil Khaleil said sol diers fired without warning The troops were head quartered in a schoolhouse and some of the protesters fired at the building Bray said The crowd of about 200 demonstrators reportedly was objecting to the presence in Fallujah of troops Some townspeople however said the protest was held by students ages 5 to 20 to ask the soldiers to leave the school so classes could resume today as sched uled Bray insisted some of them were armed Ask them which kind of schoolboys carry AK he said soldiers said many in the crowd had AK47 assault rifles and were firing into the air a common practice at boisterous events in Iraq Dr Ahmed Ghanim alAU di rector of Fallujah General Hos pital said there were 13 dead including three boys no older than 10 He said his medical crews were shot at when they went to retrieve the injured Rashid who surrendered Monday is a former general who oversaw Iraqs topsecret missile programs before be coming oil minister Rashid is married to Dr Rihab Taha a microbiolegist known as Dr Germ who was in charge of the secret Iraqi facility Continued on page 12 Graduation ceremony finalized USA Today journalist to speak IUP News Service Tom Squitieri an awardwin ning foreign correspondent and the Pentagon reporter for USA Today will deliver the com mencement address at Indiana University of Pennsylvania A crowd of more than is expected to fill Miller Stadium for the May 10 ceremony which will begin at 11 Degrees to be conferred on the students who have been accepted to participate include seven associate degrees baccalaureate degrees 243 mas ters degrees 33 doctoral degrees and 11 specialist certificates Squitieri has been a reporter since joining the Valley News Dispatch his hometown paper in Tarentum in 1971 He has been based in Washington since 1979 working for Thomson Newspapers the Lowell Sun and the Boston Herald before joining USA Today in September 1989 Since Sept 11 2001 Squitieri has been on the frontlines re porting on the ongoing cam paign against domestic and in ternational terrorism He has re ported from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan detailing the al liances between various terrorist groups around the world and ef forts to bring stability to Central Asia As a foreign correspondent with USA Today Squitieris as signments have included cover ing the invasion of Panama in 1989 reporting from Iran Iraq and Turkey during the Gulf War reporting on the strife in North em Ireland in 1992 1993 1995 and 1996 covering the coup in Haiti in 1991 and returning in 1993 1994 1996 and 1997 re porting from BosniaHerzegov TUP Commencement When May 10 11 Where Miller Stadium Featured speaker Tom Squiferi USA Today reporter ina and the former Yugoslavia from June 1992 to May 1993 July and August of 1993 and in 1994 1995 and 1996 covering the war in Moldova in 1992 the war in Burundi in 1993 the war in Rwanda in 1994 the war in Cor sica in 1996 the aftermath of the war in Lebanon in 1997 and re porting from Great Britain Ger many France Hungary Russia Czechoslovakia Brazil Argenti na and Chile Prior to USA Today Squitieris overseas assignments included covering the 1982 war in Lebanon the fighting in El Sal vador and Nicaragua in 1983 and reporting from Cyprus Hon duras Costa Rica Mexico Thai land Laos andVietnam Working on the domestic desk for USA Today Squitieri was the first to report how Stealth aircraft could be detected by radar He exposed a network of gun smug gling from the southwestern United States into Mexico re vealed a crosscountry pattern of serial killings of prostitutes de Continued on page 12 INSIDE Deaths Obituaries on page 4 GEORGE Kenneth Lee 58 Indiana RUNCO Kate Lindsay infant Pittsburgh STUCHELL Daisy L Kunkle 101 Indiana STUCK Meriam 95 Indi ana Blairsville Borough Page 11 Teddy If 50 million peo ple say a foolish thing it is still a foolish Anatole France French author and critic 18441924 This newspaper is printed on recyclable paper Please recycle Newspaper contents copyright 2003 Indiana Printing and Publishing Indiana Pa One mans trash Reuse centers for building materials are keeping useable materials out of landfills and aiding lowincome commu nities Page 5 Oil and water Marine life and the fishing industry are feeling the ef fects of an oil spill off the coast of Massachusetts Page 7 Fast fix Scientists are planning a study to see if periodic fast ing which seems to benefit mice also works for people Page Index Lottery Today in Tech plan approved Information compiled into one source KENWOOD Anyone interested in any as pect of Perms Manor Area School Districts technology program need only look to one source to have all the information at their fin gertips In a special meeting Monday evening the districts board of directors approved a 40 page technology plan that explains in detail the schools inventory of software programs budgetary situation Internet capa bilities internal email and how technology is used in the various curriculums It was a good exercise for superinten dent Thomas Sgriccia said of the plan that all school districts are required to produce It re ally forced us to look at a lot of those things that the administration may not focus on oth erwise Sgriccia said the plan also spells out Penns Manor School District the districts goals and objectives with regard to technology and upon a threeyear review theyll be required to evaluate whether they have been successful In addition to Sgriccia and the districts technology coordinator Thomas Graham the committee to draft the plan consisted of 11 people who represented teachers parents principals and school board members They worked together for the past three months Board members Joette Dudeck Steve Kochman and John Sutila were excused from the meeting The next regular meeting is May 8 at 7 SINGING IN THE RAIN Playing with a friend a duck umbrella on a rainy Saturday was 3yearold Adalyn Valenti daughter of John Valenti and Mari McCracken of Clymer Gazette photo by Darlene Shirley Runway expansion to be studied The Indiana County Airport Authority Monday approved a contract with a Florida firm to find out if it would be worth spending million to extend the runway at the Indiana Coun Stewart Airport Ricondo Associates of Miami Fla received a contract for to do a costanalysis study on the authoritys prelimi nary plans to extend the runway from feet to feet to accommodate larger airplanes Pending the approval of the con tract by the state Bureau of Avia tion the study is scheduled to begin in May and be don e by Jan uary The study will include a survey of businesses to determine how much more the airport would be used if the runway was extended and improvements were made to make its use safer In the meantime the authority is negotiating with Lee Simpson Associates of DuBois for a con tract to do an environmental as sessment for the runway exten sion project The county has re ceived a federal grant of to pay for an environmental as sessment to determine the im pact of the runway extension and other improvements on the community wildlife and wet lands George Urban of the Indiana County Office of Planning De velopment said the authority hopes to have a contract negoti ated in May for the environmen tal assessment so it can be com pleted by September In other action the authority received a report that plans are progressing for the annual air port festival that will be held June 14 and 15 Como Ready Reegers 7244630440 Discontinued Bedding Special Savings IXmds Of Plumville Got something to sell Use Gazette Classifieds Open House Extravaganza Norma White Realty See Friday Saturday Gazette Look For Menu Magazine In The Indiana Gazette May 5th OrGoTb Your Internet Services Buy Indiana 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