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Orange Leader, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 2003, Orange, Texas Support Our Troops Rally 5 today at the RANGE LEADER 128 94 April 2003 2 Sections 16 50 Cents forces closing in on Baghdad By David Espo AP Special Correspondent Army forces launched a nighttime attack on Saddam International Airport just out side Baghdad on Thursday and fought running battles with Iraqis along the citys southern A vise is closing on the President Bush told cheering Marines Some frontline units went on heightened alert against the threat of chemical ordered to wear rubber boots and suits despite temperatures that soared into the There was fierce fighting in to the where des perate Iraqis armed with rifles charged tanks in a sui cide We mowed down the said Lt Tracer rounds lit the night sky and artillery boomed near the airport a few mijes from the heart of Husseins Army units enjoolantered little resistance Attack on Iraq along the airport their convoy passing dead Iraqi sol diers and piles of discarded military Along the citys southern Army tanks and Bradley vehicles destroyed more than seven Iraqi armored person nel carriers and more than 15 Iraqi tanks in fighting that went on for more than four Two weeks into the American commanders reported a string of successes on the battlefield and with in an Iraqi population initial ly reticent about embracing invading Kurdish fighters in the north chipped when a top leader suggest ed they may agree not to seek control of the northern city of Despite declarations that tough fighting lies the nations top military official indicated there may not be an allout battle for Richard chair man of the Joint Chiefs of suggested isolating members of the old regime in the capital cut off from the country with an interim administration in place to begin work on a postwar gov ernment There were battlefield set as An Army sol dier investigating a destroyed tank in central Iraq was killed by friendly fire when he was mistaken for an the mil itary Two Marines were killed and one injured in the closequarters fighting in The Navy mounted a search for a pilot missing since his Hornet jet was lost to unknown causes on The toll of American troops dead passed and Bush vis ited Camp which has lost 13 more than any other Hes in the commander in chief told the family of one fallen Marine in a private AP photo Secondary explosions from a destroyed Iraqi SA6 surface to air missile shoot across the sky on the outskirts of Missiles on board the SA6 cooked off and ignited causing a large explosion which threw debris for hundreds of yards in every AP photo Troops from Fort make their way closer to the city center of They are with Task Force 269 3rd Brigade Combat 3rd Infantry To the cheers of thousands earlier in a he vowed and A vise is closing on the Iraq issued the latest in a series of exhortations in Saddams Fight them with your God will dis grace it referring to invading American and British But the daily urgings seemed increasingly at odds with the military situation across the and Myers said Saddam had lost control of 45 percent of Iraqs territo As conventional units fought Jthejr way tq outskirts of officials saidspe cial foices had raided the Tharthar presidential palace near Saddams home Documents were seized at the site north of said Vincent Brooks at Central Command in the Persian but no ranking members of the regime were Thats all he theres other operations To the far special forces and Kurdish militia men captured the town of Bardarash and a nearby one of few routes into the city of Mosul near govern mentheld oil Iraqis had held the town for 13 In the countrys southern British forces pene trated closer to the center of and warplanes dropped 500pound and pound laserguided bombson an Iraqi intelligence Diehard defenders have held out for days inside the city of American officials cited con tinuing examples of Iraqis cooperating with invading In they said a promi nent cleric under house arrest by the Iraqi govern ment had urged the popula tion not to interfere with the operations of American or British A small group of Iraqi defenders has been holding out inside the city in a considered a Shiite holy and local clerics said one rejigious leader had recently arrived in hopes of arranging for their safe pas sage out of the Details were sketchy on the attack on the airport in But its capture would give American and British troops control of a closein facility where they could airlift equipment and For the first time in the large parts of Baghdad lost The cause was not and the Joint Chiefs told reporters at a Pentagon brief ing that Americans had not targeted the power grid in See Page 2A Leader Online Please visit bur Web site at Weather Partly Cloudy Today will be partly cloudy with highs Inthe 70s Please see Page 8A for the complete weather Coming Sunday Orangefield High School art teacher Cindy Claybar sets a ceiling for her See Accent for how students decorate the room and show their Index Opinion Sports Comics City estimates waterfront development to cost million Kittrell The citySPfild break ground during the summed By Margaret Toal The Orange Leader The first phase of the new Orange waterfront park along the Sabine River will colst about a prelimi nary engineering study The study by the firm of Arceneaux and Gates gives reports on building boat parking spaces and a fishing pier on the The estimate includes extending Park Avenue past Simmons Drive for a roadway into the park The city has already bought land in the old Riverside area off Simmons Drive to be used for the The preliminary engineer ing plans call for a foot road extension on Park Avenue made of complete with curb and gut The entrance road will be feet from and parallel to Coopers Gully and connect to Pier Road east of Coopers Gully Three ramps will be near the Coopers gully outfall with a dock area adjacent to the Two parking lots are planned at the One will have about 63 spaces for cars and boat the other will have about 35 spaces with three as handi capped A 50foot fishing pier is pro posed near the boat The pier will be about eight feet wide and should be well lighted with at least two light fixtures located on the the report The design will be handicapped accessi The tee portion of will be about 45 feet long and run parallel to the The elevation of the fishing pier should be higher than the dock to keep boaters from docking on the the report City Manager Sam Kittrell said the city could break ground on the project some time during the A second phase of the park not included in the first phase engineering will include the addi tion of more boat an other park facilities and a possible berth for the USS The Sabine River Authority of Texas is contributing for the boat ramps and the park project this past week received a grant from the Texas Land The city has also applied for a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife But most of the money for the project will come from revenue on the city of Oranges new economic development sales Voters last year approved the half cent per dollar sales tax with proceeds to be used for eco nomic Park development is includ ed in state law as economic development because parks can attract businesses and industries to an City officials estiinate the city will raise to Leader photo by Royal Hopper 111 City cuncilman Bill Klein stands at the proposed spot for the new waterfont development along the Sabine The city plans for a million development for the a year in the sales Thecity of Orange will hold a public hearing on Tuesday as one of the steps to spend ttte new economic develop ment sales tax on the Kittrell said state law requires the city to hold pub lic hearings and go through a 60day process before spend ing economic development That would mean the city could begin spending sales tax money in
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