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					WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2003                                                         Butler County’s daily newspaper                                                                                      DAILY 35¢

                                                          SIGHTS ON SADDAM
Bliss in Baghdad                                                                                                                                                                       crash
                                                                                                                                                                                       kills 2
Jubilant                                                                                                                                                                               3 hurt when
crowds                                                                                                                                                                                 semi hits 5
celebrate                                                                                                                                                                              By JIM SMITH
                                                                                                                                                                                       Eagle Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                          RICHLAND TWP, Clarion
                                                                                                                                                                                       County — Two people were
   BAGHDAD, Iraq — Jubilant                                                                                                                                                            killed and three others serious-
crowds swarmed into Baghdad                                                                                                                                                            ly injured early this morning
streets today, dancing, looting,                                                                                                                                                       when they were struck by a trac-
defacing images of Saddam                                                                                                                                                              tor-trailer on Interstate 80
Hussein as U.S. commanders                                                                                                                                                             where they were standing after
declared that his regime’s rule                                                                                                                                                        an accident.
over the capital had ended.                                                                                                                                                               The five got out of their vehi-
   “The capital city is now one                                                                                                                                                        cles after a sport utility vehicle
of those areas that has been                                                                                                                                                           rolled over shortly before 2 a.m.
added to the list of where the                                                                                                                                                         on the Emlenton Bridge, where
regime does not have control,”                                                                                                                                                         they were struck by the tractor-
said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks                                                                                                                                                         trailer, authorities said.
at U.S. Central Command in                                                                                                                                                                Two unidentified, out-of-state
                                                                                                                                                                                       women who were riding in the
   However, Brooks said that
                                                                                                                                                                                       SUV were killed. Their names
Saddam loyalists were holding
                                                                                                                                                                                       were not immediately released,
out in the north, including Sad-
                                                                                                                                                                                       pending notification of next of
dam’s hometown of Tikrit and
                                                                                                                                                                                       kin. One other was injured.
still posed a threat, including
                                                                                                                                                                                          Clarion County Deputy Coro-
the possible use of weapons of
                                                                                                                                                                                       ner Chris Hile pronounced the
mass destruction
                                                                                                                                                                                       women dead at the scene at 4:33
   Even as they encountered
                                                                                                                                                                                       a.m. The women died of massive
sniper fire from roving bands of
                                                                                                                                                                                       injuries to the head, chest and
holdout fighters, Marine and
Army units swept through Bagh-
                                                                                                                                                                                          The three injured in the
dad, seizing or destroying build-
                                                                                                                                                                ASSOCIATED PRESS       crash, whose identities were not
ings that once housed some of
Saddam’s most feared security                                                                                                                                                          immediately known, were taken
                                     LOOTING ERUPTS — Iraqi civilians push carts with goods                 Baghdad following the apparent end of Saddam Hussein                       by ambulance to Clarion Hospi-
forces. Marine tanks rolled into     today after looting a government warehouse on a main road              regime’s rule over the capital.
the commercial center, greeted                                                                                                                                                         tal in Clarion and United Com-
                                     leading to Baghdad. Jubilant crowds swarmed the streets of
by people cheering and waving                                                                                                                                                          munity Hospital in Grove City,
white flags.                                                                                                                                                                           Mercer County.
                                        “Thank you, thank you, Mr.       free of Saddam’s control, U.S.     here, but I would definitely        hilltop near Mosul; senior Kur-           An official at the scene who
   Civilians gestured to the
                                     Bush,” some of the looters          officers said their forces faced   stay on the cautious side and       dish leader Hoshyar Zebari             requested anonymity, character-
Americans with V-for-victory
                                     shouted. An elderly man beat        continued resistance, fierce       say we still have more to           called it the most important           ized the injuries as “life threat-
signs. “We were nearly mobbed
                                     a portrait of Saddam with his       but disorganized, from small       come.”                              gain in the region thus far.           ening.”
by people trying to shake our
                                     shoe, while a younger man           groups of holdout pro-Saddam          U.S. commanders focused            The     fate    of    Saddam            Poor visibility due to the
hands,” said Maj. Andy Milburn                                                                                                                  remained unknown; his sup-
of the 7th Marines.                  spat on the portrait.               fighters. The U.S Central Com-     attention on targets to the                                                morning fog did not allow med-
                                        Not everyone rejoiced.           mand reacted cautiously to the     north — including Tikrit, still a   porters retained control of the        ical helicopters to transport the
   At police stations, universi-                                                                                                                upscale Baghdad neighbor-
ties, government ministries, the        “This is the destruction of      euphoria and chaos in Bagh-        stronghold of loyalist troops,                                             injured to hospitals.
                                     Islam,” said Qassim al-             dad.                               and the northern city of Mosul.     hood targeted by four 2,000-              Both westbound lanes on I-80
headquarters of the Iraq                                                                                                                        pound bombs in a U.S. strike
Olympic Committee, looters           Shamari, 50, a laborer wearing         “There are still many days      Lt. Mark Kitchens, a Central                                               near the crash remained closed
                                     an Arab robe. “After all, Iraq      of perhaps fierce fighting to      Command spokesman, said             aimed at killing the Iraqi pres-       at mid-morning.
unhindered by any police pres-                                                                                                                  ident.
ence made off with computers,        is our country. And what about      follow,” said Capt. Frank          special operations forces and                                                 Traffic was being detoured on
                                                                                                                                                  Elsewhere in the capital,            secondary      routes      through
furniture, telephones, even mil-     all the women and children          Thorp, a command spokesman.        airstrikes were “actively engag-
                                                                                                                                                however, U.S. forces steadily          Emlenton.
itary jeeps. One young man used      who died in the bombing?”           “There are other areas of the      ing” Iraqi forces in both cities.   expanded their reach, securing
roller skates to wheel away a           Even as most of the popu-        country where we have yet to          U.S. Special Forces and Kur-                                               Rescue workers described the
refrigerator.                        lace seemed suddenly to feel        be at... We’re seeing good signs   dish fighters seized a strategic    s See Baghdad on Page 5                scene early this morning as
                                                                                                                                                                                       “chaotic,” with paramedics,
                                                                                                                                                                                       police and firefighters converg-

Packages amass                                                                                                                                     INSIDE
                                                                                                                                       s Saddam Hussein returns to the lim-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ing on and around the bridge.
                                                                                                                                                                                          State police in Clarion, who
                                                                                                                                                                                       are investigating the accident,
                                                                                                                                                                                       could not immediately provide

for U.S. soldiers
                                                                                                                                    bo status he occupied after the first strike
                                                                                                                                    of the war nearly three weeks ago —                any information about the crash.
                                                                                                                                    U.S. officials are unsure if he is dead or            Authorities said the accident
                                                                                                                                    alive. P/2                                         occurred as the SUV was trav-
                                                                                                                                       s Residents in southern Iraq plead for          eling west on Interstate 80.
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS                  Troops and service agencies are                                                                U.S. troops to help restore order. P/2                All three occupants, including
   BUCKLAND, Ohio — While            being inundated with mass                                                                         s In a Pennsylvania Supreme Court               the two women, got out of the
Chris Bush watches news              donations of everything from                                                                   ruling, a Marine reservist called to active        vehicle and were apparently
reports about U.S. soldiers in       underwear and chili to compact                                                                 duty regains custody of his children. P/7          standing on the bridge.
Iraq, her hands are busy knit-       discs and Bibles.                                                                                 s Saddam Hussein is said to have                   The drivers of two cars that
ting colorful, coaster-sized            There’s been such a crush of                                                                built so many tunnels that just about any-         were traveling behind the SUV
prayer squares she hopes will        gifts that the Defense Depart-                                                                 thing could be underground — troops,               stopped their vehicles and got
eventually join them.                ment has asked the public to                                                                   weapons of mass destruction or the Iraqi           out to help the others.
   She’s one of 18 church volun-     stop mailing unsolicited pack-                                                                 president himself. P/20                               A westbound tractor-trailer
teers who have made and              ages to members of the military                                                                   s An audio tape purportedly from                traveled onto the bridge, strik-
shipped hundreds of the              near or at the front lines. The                                                                Osama bin Laden urges Muslims to rise              ing the five people, authorities
squares to Iraq. The hope is         Pentagon wants the mailings                                                                    up against the United States and Britain,          said.
that soldiers will carry them in     limited to family members,                                                                     and the Muslim governments that support               Troopers from the Clarion,
their pockets or tuck them           loved ones or personal friends                                                                 them. P/20                                         Punxsutawney and DuBois bar-
under a pillow and know some-        of soldiers.                                                                                      s As resistance in Baghdad crumbles,
                                                                                                                                                                                       racks and paramedics with the
one in America cares.                   “People who are giving prob-                                  ASSOCIATED PRESS              U.S. forces are now targeting Tikrit, Sad-
                                     ably feel a responsibility to the                                                                                                                 Emlenton and Knox ambulances
   “It makes us feel a little less                                                                                                  dam Hussein’s desert hometown, a
                                     soldiers and also want to show    AIR WAR — A Mark 7 Lynx helicopter from the                  redoubt bristling with loyalists who could         were called to the scene.
helpless,” said Bush, 54, of                                                                                                                                                              Also assisting were volunteer
nearby Wapakoneta.                   support to the families of the British 3rd Regiment, Army Air Corps, 16 Air                    be bent on making it the site of the
                                     soldiers,” said Abe Wanders- Assault Brigade, on combat patrol and carrying                    regime’s last stand. P/20                          firefighters from Emlenton,
   The squares aren’t the only                                         TOW missiles, flies over a destroyed Iraqi T55                                                                  Knox, Clintonville and Richland
things on their way to Iraq.         s See Packages on Page 5          tank south of Al Qumah, Iraq, today.                                                                            Township.

                                     Butt used in nest                     arette butt to use in building        IRS ready for surge                   prepare their returns.
      F OREC AS T                    sets house ablaze
                                                                           the nest.
                                                                              Konkle said there were no          in tax return filings
                                                                                                                                                         The filing deadline is Tuesday.
                             For a     Take one nest-building bird,        other possible sources of fire in        The Internal Revenue Service                                                Births. . . . . . 9
                                     add a smoldering cigarette butt
                                     and officials say they know what
                                                                           the area.
                                                                              “The nest was 60 percent con-
                                                                                                                 expects to get 52 million returns
                                                                                                                 during the last days of the tax                DEATHS                          Business . . . 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                Classified . . 21
                                     caused a house fire in Harris-        sumed and we weren’t able to          filing season, almost 40 percent            Ardell M. Bonzo, Economy           Comics . . . . 31
                                     burg last month.                      interview the bird,” he said. “I      of all the returns filed this year.         Pearl I. Eberhart, formerly        Crossword . 31
                          Page 2.
                                       The March 28 blaze was              believe he’s homeless.”                  More than 80 million of the           of Blawnox                            Editorial . . . . 4
                                     caused by “the careless use of           Reed cautioned residents           132 million tax returns expected            Marion M. Heaton, 239              Focus. . . . . 11
                                     smoking materials by a bird,”         against flicking lit cigarettes.      this year had been received at           Meridian Road                         Horoscope . 31
                                     Mayor Stephen Reed said Tues-            “This is at least littering, and   the IRS by last Friday, many of             Robert C. Johns, Kittan-           Lotto . . . . . . 2
                                     day.                                  if there are nearby birds build-      them arriving electronically. The        ning R.D. 3                           Obituaries. . . 6
                                       Fire Chief Donald Konkle            ing a nest, which they do in the      number of returns filed elec-               Richard Q. Kriebel, 210
                                                                                                                                                          Whipporwill Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sports . . . . 17
                                     said fire investigators found a       spring months because of egg          tronically increased 10 percent                                                TV . . . . . . . 30
                                                                                                                                                             Lillian I. Surrena, Har-
                                     large bird nest in the ceiling of     laying, there is a chance the cig-    over last year. The biggest jump         risville
                                     the house and determined a            arette winds up in the nest,”         — 27 percent — is among those
                                                                                                                                                                                                  VOL. 134,
                                     bird picked up a smoldering cig-      Reed said.                            who use a home computer to
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