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   Orange Leader, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 2003, Orange, Texas                                SUNDAY More dieters becoming dangerously thin Page 1D The good times rolled at Mardi Gras Page 1C RANGE March 2003 6 Sections 52 Official 911 mastermind caught Pakistan arrest could provide new information on bin alQaida Pakistan AP Khalid Shaikh the suspected mastermind of the 11 was captured Saturday in a raid in Pakistan involving officials told The Associated The arrest is a major coup in the war against terrorism and could provide new clues in the search for Osama bin is perhaps the most senior member of the alQaida ter rorist network after bin Laden and Egyptian Ayman Its hard to overstate how significant this White House spokesman Ari Fleischer Its a won derful blow to inflict on al A naturalized Pakistani who was born in Mohammed is on the FBIs mostwanted list and alleged ly had a hand in many of al Qaidas most notorious government had offered a reward of up to Everythings new for United except its purpose Open house for new office Tuesday By Amelia Feathers The Orange Leader This year the Orange County United which provides money to more than 25 local has started conducting business with an emphasis on After 40 years sharing a space with the local American Red the United Way has moved to a new office on the second floor of Wells Fargo 400 16th A ribboncutting and open house will be held Tuesday from 10 to noon at the new We outgrew our space at the Red said Linn director of United She also explained that the office was moved because the Red which provid ed free office space to United is planning to build a new Gardner said See UNITED Page 2A Big brood turns out to celebrate big day Most of womans 76 descendants help her celebrate 80 years By Chad McGee The Orange Leader Mabel Wingate Lawrence has seen a lot in her 80 but Saturday she witnessed perhaps one of the happiest moments in her A spotlight on you Her family put together a birthday party for her at Marys Catholic Church Parish but her happiest thought was just the simple fact that the entire could come She had 76 Lawrence descendants attending from her 17 chil 50 grandchildren and 14 I didnt think we could get everyone she Everyone has such busy schedules and lives in differ ent Im just so happy to see its really Its kind of like old We used to have one kid in each grade in school and two in college and one still living at home all at the same This is so neat and really brings us back clos er who exudes the a delightful watched as her grand kids and greatgrandkids per formed songs and chronicled million for information leading to his Mohammed was arrested along with two other men in a city near the Pakistani capital of Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed The raid was the Work of both and Pakistani according to and Pakistani offi cials who requested Pakistan has handed other alQaida suspects over to the United States but officials here would not say whether that was the plan this Military officials in the United States also would not comment on whether Mohammed would be turned over to the United States or another Leader photo by Brandon Thibodeaux Mabel Wingate Lawrence cel ebrated her 80th birthday Lawrence holds a letter of recognition from the White signed by both President George Bush and First Lady Barbara her life in a performance for her They sang songs like Wind Beneath My Wings and she visited with friends and a new greatgrandbaby she had never met My husband Lawrence was a singer and he wanted all the kids to she He sang at the Grand Ole Opry and its a treat to see the kids singing like he would have loved and Lawrence mar ried in The marriage lasted 42 until his See Page 2A Leader photo by Brandon Thibodeaux Gary disguised as a hula girl in a padded body suit got into the Mardi Gras spirit at Friday nights For more Mardi Gras sep Page And the winners the Orange Leader J After all the celebration for Orange Countys first Mardi Gras awardis were handed out for the best floats and More than floats strolled MacArthur Drive and Green Avenue for the beadthrowing Trophies were given in three categories First place for the float category was KreWe Cajun which repre sented Randy Melvin and Carolyn Hogap and their krewe dec 6raled their float as a ship with Jean Lafitte as its The krewe dressed as pirates and the krewe also was first place for best I f First place for the medi um size float was krewe Magic Touch which repre sented Texas as its First place for the small float went to Memorial HermannBaptist Orange The hospital krewe used Las Vegas as their theme and had every thing from slot machines to Vegas show girls and Elvis on their This is a great success but the war on terror ism goes on said Jim a spokesman at Central Command in Theres still a lot of work to officials say Mohammed organized the terror mission that sent hijacked passenger See ARREST Page 2A Low sales tax revenues may mean lean year By Royal Hopper III The Orange Leader Sales tax revenues are falling throughout the but the city of Orange is ready for what could be a lean said City Manager Sam Because of the cuts made last year and the year it will not be as devastating on us as it will be on other Kittrell The Texas Comptrollers Office reports city sales tax rev enues are down or statewide for the month of February as com pared to last City finance director Gail English said Friday sales tax revenues for the citys general fund are down dropping about from last years it doesnt sound like but if it stays that way the whole we are looking at and thats a lot more English The interest rates the city receives on the money in its bank account are also down by a possibly knocking another out of the city budget loss of Conns Appliance store and other businesses to West Orange and Pinehurst also put small dents in the citys rev Kittrell said the city has already started cutting expens es by city employees in prepa ration for next years budget Out of area travel by city employees is being along with and department heads are being asked to look at their own bud gets for the remainder of the year for ways to save Kittrell said the citys efforts at economic development were partly inspired by the need to offset revenue The Orange Economic Development funded by a halfcent per dollar sales tax approved by voters last was created for that It has generated since the tax first began to be collected in The city collected for the most recent payment received from the state comp trollers The comptroller collects all sales keeps the states share and then sends shares to cities and Falling revenues mean cutting and the majority of expenses the city faces are related to its If seri ous cuts become people and the services they help bring to residents will be Kittrell Orange has cut 22 positions in the city going from 207 in 2000 to 185 employees this because of tight city budgets and rising insurance Nation World Index Columbia disaster Debate over risk to shuttle evolved until eve of breakup See Page 6A Missile destruction Iraq says it is destroying missiles See Page 8 A Lotteries Opinion State Sports Lifestyles Visit our Web site at Email us at editorial@orangeleader.com   

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