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Sedalia Democrat (Newspaper) - March 24, 2008, Sedalia, Missouri
Sedalia Missouri Neffs monday March 24, 2008 his a3extremists Pound Green zone Iraq violence kills at least 57 by Robert h. Reid Assort vill pm is Baghdad a rockets and mortars pounded Baghdad a Green zone on sunday and a suicide car bomber struck an iraqi army Post in the Northern City of Mosul in a surge of attacks that killed at least 57 people nationwide. Hie latest violence underscored the fragile Security situation and the resilience of both sunni and shiite extremist groups As the War enters its sixth year and the . Death toll in the conflict approaches 4, xxx. Attacks in Baghdad probably stemmed from rising tensions Between rival shiite groups a some of whom May have been behind the Green zone blasts. It was the most sustained assault in months against the nerve Center of the . Mission. The deadliest attack of the Day was in Mosul when a suicide Driver slammed his vehicle through a Security checkpoint in a Hail of gunfire and detonated his explosives in front of an iraqi Headquarters building killing 13 iraqi soldiers and injuring 42 other people police said. Iraqi guards opened fire on the vehicle but Stop it because the Windshield had been Bullet proofed said an iraqi army officer. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not supposed to release the information. Mosul iraqis third largest City about 225 Miles Northwest of Baghdad has been described As the last major Urban area where the sunni extremist Al Aida group maintains a significant presence. In Baghdad rockets and Khalid Mohammed associated press smoke rises from the . Protected Green zone in Central Baghdad Iraq on sunday after it was targeted by a series of rockets or mortars. Some to blasts were heard in the sprawling area in Central Baghdad starting shortly before 6 . . Officials said there was no indication of casualties. Mortars began slamming into the Green zone about Sunrise and scattered attacks persisted throughout the Day sending plumes of smoke rising Over the heavily guarded District in the heart of the Cap ital. A . Public address system in the Green zone warned people to a Duck and cover and to stay away from windows. At least five people were injured in the Green zone a . Embassy statement said without specifying nationalities. Hie zone includes the . And British embassies As Well As major iraqi government offices. But iraqi police said to civilians were killed and More than 20 were injured in rocket or mortar blasts in scattered areas of Eastern Baghdad a some of them probably due to misfired rounds. Also in the capital seven people were killed and 14 wounded in a suicide car bombing sunday in the shiite area of Shula in the capital police reported. Such attacks Are the hallmark of sunni religious extremists. Gunmen opened fire on passengers waiting for buses in a predominantly shiite area in Southeastern Baghdad killing at least seven men and wounding 16 people including women and children according to police. Police also found the Bullet riddled bodies of 12 people a six in Baghdad four in Mosul and two in Kut scene of clashes Between government troops and shiite militiamen. Elsewhere several mortars or rockets struck a . Base in the shiite City of Hillah about 60 Miles South of Baghdad iraqi police said. Hie american military did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the Green zone attacks but suspicion fell on shiite extremists based on the areas from which the weapons were fired. The attacks followed a series of clashes last week Between i a. And iraqi forces and factions of the Mahdi army the biggest shiite militia Loyal to Radical cleric Muntada father believes she was murdered associated press St. Louis a John Johnson has seen the photos of his daughters lifeless body. He has seen the documents detailing the army a investigation. He has even seen the full color graphic autopsy photos. It All leads him to one conclusion his daughter did not commit suicide As the army has said. Quot beyond a doubt la Vena was murdered Quot Johnson told the St. Louis Post dispatch for a Story published sunday. A and my opinion is that people want me to go away. But that Isnit going to army pfc. Lavena Lynn Johnson was found dead july 19, 2005, in a Small contractors tent in Balad Iraq. Army investigators and coroners ruled she had shot herself in the Mouth with an m-16 Rifle. Nearly three years later Johnson is trying to get someone anyone to listen to his pleas to get his daughters Case reopened. He has argued with army officials pleaded with legislators. Johnson also had his daughters body exhumed from Jefferson Barracks National cemetery and autopsied again. He May ask for a third autopsy after being unsatisfied with the results. A i have one goal and one goal Only and that a get to get Lavena her due process of Law a said Johnson of Florissant a a in a trying to get Justice for my daughter. Chris Grey spokesman for the . Army criminal investigation command in fort Belvoir va., says the army stands by the commands finding that Johnson a gunshot was self inflicted a just As the office of the armed forces medical examiner in Rockville md., ruled. Johnson claims the investigation is full of holes. He is troubled that no Bullet was Ever found and questions whether it was an m-16 that was used to take her life. Johnson said he took Black and White photocopies of his daughters body to his brother Joseph Johnson who has an associates degree in criminal science. John Johnson said the photos indicate Lavena had a broken nose and a split lip scratches and bruises on her arms and Burns on her right leg and hand. He also said there were signs her genital area was Quot torn up and that something unnatural perhaps Lye was evident in the area. Johnson contends his daughter was attacked raped and had her body dumped in the tent where a fire was started in Hopes of destroying her remains. Mid Missouri humane society pets of the week ir4219 8-0357 i m a i year old Shepard female pretty As can be super Sweet and very Friendly won t you please adopt me i m a Calm and Sweet older sir setter will it of be the one to make is life better a Good with other dog but i need a Friend please be the one to brins is time Here to an end with temperatures stamina to warm up make suet your animals have plenty of water amt take them out for a walk they be Peen waiting All Winter too1 or ame dont Ami Well font you a non Friend to Ualk hours 7 Days a week 10-5 a 2900 w. Main 8264816q Tom National Bank americans economic abyss deepening by Rachel Beck and Erin Mcclam Salt x Imi i kiss new York a for months americans have been subjected to a sort of economic water torture a a maddening drip of bad news about jobs Gas prices sagging Home values creeping inflation the slouching Dollar and a Stock Market in bumpy descent. Then came Bear Stearns. One of the five largest . Investment Banks nearly collapsed in a single Day before the government propped it up by backing emergency Loans and a rival stepped in to buy it for a paltry $2 per share. To the drumbeat of signs that seemed to foretell a traditional recession this added a nightmarish Specter a an old style run on the Bank customers clamouring to pull their Cash a stately Wall Street firm brought to its Knees. The combination has forced the Economy to the forefront of the National conversation in a Way it has not been since the go go 1990s, and for entirely opposite reasons. As economists and Wall Street types Grope for historical perspective a which is another Way of saying a Road map out of this mess a americans Are nervously wondering about retirement savings interest rates jobs that had seemed Safe. They Are surveying the economic landscape and asking just How bad is it Utey Are peering Over tile Edge and asking How far Down and the scariest part of All no one Ain say for sure. Hie last time the . Economy tilted into recession was 2 x 1. And it was an entirely different animal. Investors bore the Brunt of that downturn As the Stock Market Shook off the excesses of the late-�?T90s technology Boom. Encouraged by their government a and for downturn in historical context the technical definition of the word a recession Quot varies depending on whom you ask the National Bureau of economic research says it is a significant decline in economic activity lasting More than a few months normally visible in the following indicators Gross Domestic product quarterly 1990 1995 2000 2005 0 4 2007 0 percent i g.5% change a or Industrial production monthly 3 percent 2 1 0 a i -2 �?�3 retail sales monthly. 1992-2006 8 percent 6 4 2 0 �?�2 �?�4 merchant wholesaler sales monthly 1992-2000 4 percent 3 i 2 i i u ? 1 ii tit i-j�?T4 i f0--1 ,.i a a 1 r feb 2008 �?�0.54% ii a feb 2000 -0.57% i i -1 �?�2 -3 unemployment rate monthly 0 percent or Jan 2008 2.74% jul 2000 2005 note All indicators Are seasonally adjusted sources Bureau of economical analysis census Bureau. Department of labor Federal Reserve a rifled with tax rebates in their pockets a americans kept spending. Perhaps most importantly there was no reason for anyone to doubt the stability of the financial system. There was no credit crisis to speak of. And the housing Boom had yet to begin. This time around no one has declared a recession just yet by the generally accepted Rule that takes two consecutive quarters of shrinking economic activity. The Economy came close to stalling late last year but eked out Small growth. But the Lack of an official declaration makes the pain no less real
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