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A look at The Beaumont Enterprise at the start of the Iraq War 10 years ago.
A look at The Beaumont Enterprise at the start of the Iraq War 10 years ago.

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EDITORIAL:
War with Iraq was unavoidable response to threat/
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MARCH 20, 2003
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 THE ADVOCATE FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS SINCE 1880
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50 Cents
 Today:
Sunny.High: 70s.Low: 50s.Update,page 2A
THURSDAY
WEATHER
 
Advice & TV................2BBusiness....................8BClassified....................1CComics......................5BObituaries..................10APrime Time................1BPuzzles......................3BSports........................1D
Look for Sports inside theArea Wide Classified section
I N S I D E
Dow Nasdaq
+71.22-3.48
HealthSouth in trouble
SEC files charges againstrehabilitation giant
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Section designed and copy-edited by Beth Bryant Miller,(409) 833-3311,ext.452
 
FIRST STRIKE
The Enterprise wantsinformation from SoutheastTexans who have loved oneswho are in the military andeither are serving in the Per-sian Gulf or will be deployedto that area.The Enterprise wants tofeature these service menand women in the newspa-per,with photos,if possi-ble. Contact VanessaEverett at (409) 833-3311,ext. 427,or veverett@beaumontenterprise.com ormanaging editor Brian Pear-son at (409) 838-2803 orbpearson@hearstnp.com
S H O W D O W N I N I R A
Giuliani set to speak at civic center tonight 
For sale:One slightly used chemical plant 
By DAN WALLACH
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BEAUMONT — GoodyearTire & Rubber Co. on Wednes-day offered its chemical divi-sion for sale, which includesthe Beaumont plant on Inter-state 10.The combined Beaumontplant is the largest inGoodyear’s chemical division, which includes plants in Hous-ton; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and aresearch and developmentcenter at corporate headquar-ters in Akron, Ohio.Goodyear employs about1,400 people across the chemi-cal division, with about 840 in
PLANT,page 9A
Goodyear division includes Beaumont site
By DIANA REINHART
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 After the Sept. 11 terroristattacks, when Americans sadly  waited to know how much dam-age had been done, former New  York City Mayor Rudy Giulianiused these words: “The number of casualties will be more than any of us can bear.”The words showed a compas-sionate side to the tough mayor, who nearly got trapped in hiscommand post near the World
GIULIANI,page 9A
Tickets to Giuliani’s speechcan be purchased for $15 from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the TexasEnergy Museum,located at600 Main. Dinner tickets nolonger are for sale. The speechwill begin at 7 p.m. For moreinformation,call 833-5100.
U.S.firepower explodes at ‘targets of military opportunity
By JOHN DONNELLYAND MARCELLA BOMBARDIERI
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 WASHINGTON The UnitedStates and its allies launched waragainst Iraq at daybreak today in andaround Baghdad, only 90 minutesafter President Bush’s deadlineexpired for Iraqi leader Saddam Hus-sein to leave his country.Bush told a national televisionaudience that the air strikes were “theopening stages of what will be abroad and concerted campaign” totopple Hussein and gain control of the country.“We will prevail,” the presidentsaid.Hoping to catch Iraq’s leaders off-guard by starting the strikes at firstlight, Pentagon officials said theimmediate targeting were “leader-ship sites” around Baghdad. They said that F-117 fighter jets and cruisemissiles took part in the attack.In Washington, U.S. defensesources said U.S. special forces oper-ating with the Iraqi opposition insideBaghdad apparently were targeting Saddam Hussein and other Iraqileaders. As the first explosions rocked theIraqi capital, the main frequency of Iraqi state radio appeared to havebeen taken over by the U.S. military,Reuters reported.“This is the day we have been waiting for,an announcer said in Arabic shortly after the normal Iraqibroadcast went off the air suddenly, within minutes of U.S. air strikesstarting.The new announcer said SaddamHussein’s administration was underattack.In a four-minute address, asomber Bush said that the war wouldnot be without risk and that it “couldbe longer and more difficult thansome predict,” but said that the risk of inaction was far greater to thesecurity of the United States.Saying that 35 countries were pro-viding direct military or logistical
STRIKES,page 4A
The Associated Press
An explosion behind a mosque in Baghdad illuminates a portion of the cityon Thursday morning. At 9:45 EST,presidential spokesman Ari Fleischerannounced that ‘the disarmament of Iraq has begun.’ U.S. air strikes focusedon parts of Baghdad where it was rumored Iraqi leaders were meeting.
JonathanManleyMichaelBarrowGrantHargrove
U.S.beginsaction atdawn overBaghdad
 A chronology of the Iraqiconflict from 1990 to now 
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Coalition significantly  weaker this time around
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 Americans react to news with prayer,sadness,support
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 Another goal of U.S.action is to find Saddam’s stash of weapons
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 Turkey will allow U.S. warplanes in its airspace
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INSIDE
 
W E D N E S D A Y ’ SL O T T E R Y N U M B E R S
P A U S E T O P R A Y
Lord
,Help us use what others may consider roadblocks as ways to discover unexpected moments of peace with you.May we rejoice, relax, pray and give thanks.
 Amen
T H O U G H T O F T H E D A Y
‘Spring has no language but a cry.’
Thomas Wolfe
 American author (1900-1938)
P E O P L EI N T H EN E W S
Lisa Presley debuts single at trade show 
ORLANDO, Fla. —
Elvis Presley’s
daughter quietly made herfirst singing appearance at an industry trade show.
Lisa Marie Presley’s
debut, to promote her first album’simpending release, was before 1,000 enthusiastic record labelexecutives and music sellers Tuesday at the National Associationof Recording Merchandisers’ annual convention.But it was hard for the audience to hear Presley’s voice aboveher band.“She’s a little shy, but she’s new. Give her six months, and she’sgoing to get much more comfortable,” said
 Alan Josef Kaplan
 with the music production company Music Universe.Kaplan added that Presley has “star presence,” and “you cansee (mother)
Priscilla 
and Elvis both in her.”Her album, “To Whom It May Concern,” is scheduled forrelease April 8.
Paul Reubens to appeal judge’s decision
LOS ANGELES —
Pee-Wee Herman
actor
Paul Reubens
isappealing a judge’s refusal to throw out a misdemeanor childpornography possession charge.Reubens’ attorneys argued that Superior Court Judge
Carol H.Rehm’s
February ruling was flawed because a 1989 statute doesnot apply to material produced before the law was enacted.Lawyers
Blair Berk 
and
Benjamin L.Coleman
said Reubens’collection of vintage erotica predates 1989.Berk and Coleman also argued that the statute of limitationsfor a misdemeanor crime expired before the city filed the chargelast November.Reubens, 50, has pleaded innocent to one misdemeanorcount of possessing material depicting children under 18 engag-ing in sexual conduct. He’s free on $20,000 bail.
The Associated Press
National forecast
Information:
Forecasts and statistical information are provided by the National Weather Service. Weather conditions are broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio WXK-28 at 162.475MHz. FM, or call the service at (337) 439-0000 (recording) or (337) 477-5285.
National temperatures
T O D A Y I N H I S T O R Y
On this date:In
1815
, Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his “100 Days” rule.In
1828
, Norwegian poet-dramatist Henrik Ibsen wasborn.In
1896
, U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protectU.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.In
1969
, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.In
1976
, kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Fran-cisco bank holdup.In
1987
, the Food and Drug Administration approvedthe sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.In
1990
, Namibia became an independent nation as theformer colony marked the end of 75 years of South Africanrule.In
1995
, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed and more than5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poi-sonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains.
The Associated Press
D I N E T T E S E T
2 Almanac
 Thursday,March 20,2003
 
 Today:
 Thursday,March 20,is the79th day of 2003. There are 286 daysleft in the year.Spring arrives inthe northernhemisphere at7 p.m.
 www.SoutheastTexasLive.com
E-mail:thepaper@ih2000.net
W E A T H E R
City ..............................Hi........Lo ..Prcp
Albuquerque ..................40........32 ..0.74Atlanta............................61........60 ..0.12Atlantic City ....................46........38 ......00Baltimore........................49........42 ......00Baton Rouge ..................78........50 ..0.35Boston............................34........30 .....00*Buffalo, N.Y...................55........30 ......00Chicago ..........................43........36 .....00Cleveland........................64........36 .....00Columbus, Ohio ..............70........57 ..0.13Denver............................33........28 ..1.02Detroit ............................51........35 ......00*Fort Wayne, Ind.............54........37 ......00*Hartford, Conn. ............46........28 ......00Honolulu ........................83........75 ......00Indianapolis....................67........46 ..0.19*Jackson, Miss. ..............79........53 ..0.66 Juneau............................43........34 .....00Kansas City ....................48........48 .. 0.38Las Vegas........................68........54 ......00Los Angeles ....................71........52 ......00Memphis ........................75........59 ..0.89Miami ............................90........77 .....00Minneapolis ..................n/a ......n/a ......00Mobile ............................84........67 .....00Nashville ........................75........57...0.68New Orleans ..................78........54 ......00New York ........................43........36 ......00*Norman, Okla. ..............57........48 ......00Omaha............................89........69 .... .00Philadelphia....................51........40 .....00Phoenix ..........................70........50 ......00Pittsburgh ......................59........46 ......00Sacramento....................65........39 ......00St. Louis..........................67........56...0.69San Diego ......................65........52 ......00San Francisco ................62........50 ......00Seattle............................51........41 ..0.15Washington, DC ..............49........44 .... 00
City ....................................Hi ....Lo........Prcp
Abilene..................................67 ....50 ...........00Alice......................................83 ....52 ..........00Amarillo ................................50 ....37........0.24Arlington................................74 ....48 ..........00Austin....................................77 ....46 ..........00Brownsville............................85 ....54 ..........00Bryan-College Station............78 ....51 ..........00Childress ..............................56 ....42 ...........00Conroe ..................................77 ....46 ..........00Corpus Christi........................85 ....51 ..........00Corsicana ............................74 ....51 ..........00Dalhart..................................47 ....36 .......0.87Dallas....................................73 ....49 ..........00Del Rio..................................78 ....50 ..........00Denton..................................71 ....47 ...........00El Paso..................................61 ....45 ..........00Fort Stockton ........................67 ....50 ...........00Fort Worth..............................72 ....48 ..........00Galveston..............................78 ....57 ...........00Houston ................................78 ....53 ..........00Huntsville ..............................77 ....51 ..........00 Junction ................................72 ....49 ..........00Laredo ..................................84 ....55 ..........00Lubbock................................52 ....35 ...........00Lufkin....................................77 ....45 ..........00Marfa ....................................57 ....39 ..........00McAllen ................................84 ....52 ..........00Midland ................................67 ....47 ..........00Mineral Wells ........................72 ....46 ...........00San Angelo............................72 ....53 ...........00San Antonio ..........................77 ....47 ..........00San Marcos ..........................79 ....46 ..........00 Tyler ......................................75 ....50 ..........00Victoria..................................83 ....53 ..........00Waco ....................................76 ....50 ..........00Wichita Falls..........................66 ....41 ...........00
 Texas temperatures
Lotto Texas
— $35 million10 - 20 - 30 - 31 - 41 - 42
Texas Cash 5
2 - 4 - 23 - 24 - 27
Texas Pick 3Day:
0 – 2 – 3
Night:
6 – 4 – 1
Don’t miss Friday’s Enterprise
Ouch! Memphis’Chris Massie’sstretching technique seems quitepainful but if it will help his teamget through to the next round,thenmore power to him.His team takeson Arizona State tonight.
In Sports
Plus...
 The latest moviereviews and show times.
In Weekend
Page designed and copy-edited by Derric Williams,(409) 833-3311,ext.440
Powerball
— $44.8 million19 – 37 – 40 – 47 – 51 (40)
Louisiana Lotto
— $250,0007 - 16 - 20 - 25 - 29 - 35
Louisiana Pick 4
2 - 7 - 2 - 8
Louisiana Pick 3
0 - 5 - 0
Avg yr to dateAnnual averageMonth to dateYear to date
Greg’s Triangle 5-day forecast
Today
Mstly Sunny
High 79Low 54
Friday
Partly Cloudy
High 72Low 50
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
High 74Low 49
SundayMonday
Partly Cloudy
High 76Low 55
Partly Cloudy
High 79Low 60
Greg’s Lakes 5-day forecast
Today
Mstly Sunny
High 79Low 52
Friday
Partly Cloudy
High 70Low 47
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
High 73Low 46
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
High 76Low 54
Monday
Partly Cloudy
High 80Low 58
Beaumont............Port Arthur..........Orange................Lake Charles........Lumberton............Jasper..................Winnie..................Woodville............Kountze................Sabine Pass........
On the water
Coastal forecast
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Bay waterschoppy. Patchy light rain possible early.
Tides
Sabine Pass tides
– High:4:06 p.m.Lows: 10:21 a.m. and 10:23 p.m.
Galveston tides
– High: 5:06 p.m.Lows:11:36 a.m. and 11:38 p.m.
Lakes
Yesterday’sFullpoollevelRayburn
........................169.33......164
Steinhagen
(Dam B)........81.23........82
Toledo Bend
..................171.81......172
Livingston
......................131.10......131
Rivers
FloodYesterday’s24 hr.stagestagechgs.
Sabine
Bon Wier......30..........25.10......dn 0.12Deweyville....24..........23.85......dn 0.04Orange............4............N/A............N/ABurkeville....43..........24.61......dn 0.07
Neches
Evadale........19..........16.80......dn 0.03Beaumont......4............3.30......dn 0.10
Village Creek
Kountze........17............N/A............N/A
Pine Island Bayou
Sour Lake....25..........17.60......dn 0.05
Trinity
Goodrich......36..........10.50......dn 0.50Liberty..........26..........12.40......dn 0.10Moss Bluff....15............8.00......dn 0.30
Today’s Forecast
Southeast Texas Today
James Brown • Greg Bostwick • Kerry Cooper
Fish and Game Forecast
Today a.m.:Today p.m.:Fri a.m.:Fri p.m.:
minor 4:15 major 10:30
Rowe IntermediateJasperHigh: Low:Rainfall:
LowHigh
More sunshine is expected for the nextfew days.A weak cool front will movethrough tonight with a little cooler temper-atures Friday and Saturday.
12:30 and 10:004:30 and 11:0012:30 and 11:005:00 and 11:30
U.S. highU.S. lowTexas highTexas low
Records
Mostly Sunny
6:20 a.m.6:27 p.m.
High 7954Low
Sunrise:Sunset:
41 WeatherNetStations inschools acrossSoutheast Texas
54
79
777978797978
79
7973565455534954485157
SE Texas TemperaturesElsewhere
Record high
............83............1910
Yesterday’s high
......77
Record low
..............28............1965
Yesterday’s low
........48
Yesterday’s Rainfall:
0.02
91, Sanford, FL01, Caribou, ME35, Lubbock85, Brownsville11.53”57.7115.843.03”
March 19, 200377430.02”
SW 6-22 knots. Seas 3-4 feet. Bayschoppy. Water temp....67.
Price Elem.BeaumontHigh: Low:Rainfall:
March 19, 200377480.02”
Hazardousweather outlook
Dry weather is expectedfor the next few days as highpressure settles in from thenorthwest.The next risk for showersand thunderstorms will likelybe around the middle of nextweek.
 
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DENVER — Denver’s worstblizzard in at least twodecades shut down the city fora second day and closed oneof the nation’s busiest airports,stranding thousands of pas-sengers and ripping the termi-nal’s tent-like roof. Even lettercarriers stayed home.The storm dumped up to 6feet of wet, heavy snow in themountains and paralyzed alarge swath of Colorado and Wyoming that is home to morethan 3.5 million people. It forcedofficials to close parts of Inter-states 70, 80 and 25, and Nation-al Guard troops were sent to res-cue stranded motorists.The storm, which lumberedinto Colorado with rain turning tosnow Monday and Tuesday, washeading slowly east and expectedto taper off later Wednesday, oneof the final days of winter. A bliz-zard warning remained in effectfrom the Colorado-Wyoming lineto New Mexico.The snow was blamed for atleast one traffic death, record-ed in Wyoming. Interstate 70remained closed from theRockies almost to the Kansasline. To the north in Wyoming,Interstates 25 and 80 remainedclosed, isolating Cheyenneand other communities. Around the region, gusts whipped snow into drifts thatblocked streets and driveways,turning abandoned cars andtrucks into marshmallowy mounds.Laramie County Sheriff Danny Glick did not even try to get to work from his homeon the prairie about 15 mileseast of town.“I can walk on top of my barn,” he said. Stranded inside were chickens, geese andthe heavy equipment he need-ed to use to dig through the 9-foot drifts.Instead, he turned to anold-fashioned method. “It’scalled a shovel,” he said.
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Thursday, March 20, 20033A
 A Hearst NewspaperVolume CXXIINumber 135
Publisher
Aubrey L. Webb,(409) 838-2898
Assistant to the Publisher
David F. Pero,(409) 838-2847
Main Phone
(409) 833-3311
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3071Beaumont,Texas 77704
Street Address
380 Main St.,Beaumont
Web site
www.SoutheastTexasLive.com
E-mail
localnews@beaumontenterprise.comThe Beaumont Enterprise (USPS-047-140) Sunday through Saturday mornings only by carrier. Suggestedretail price $12 monthly,inadvance.
Calling The Enterprise
Circulation and Delivery
Customer ServiceMissing Paper
(409) 838-2818
City Circulation Manager
Les Simpson,(409) 838-2899
State Circulation Manager
Adrian Hopkins,(409) 838-2813
Single Copy Manager
Gwen King,(409) 838-2814
Director of Operations
Jeffrey T. Reedy,(409) 838-2812
Dept. e-mail
circulation@beaumontenterprise.com
Redeliveries
Monday-Friday until 10 a.m.Saturday until noonSunday until 2 p.m.
Inquiries
Monday-Friday,5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday,5:30 a.m.-noonSunday,5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
To become a carrier forThe Enterprise:
(409) 838-2800
Advertising
Director:
Jeff Noble,(409) 838-2819
Retail:
(409) 838-2868
Classified:
(409) 838-2888
Special Occasions:
(409) 838-2861
Obituaries:
(409) 838-2888
On-line sales:
880-0770aemfinger@beaumontenterprise.com
Newsroom
Reader Representative
(409) 880-0748
E-mail
ReaderRep@beaumontenterprise.com
Editor
Timothy M. Kelly,(409) 838-2801
Managing Editor/News & Business
Brian Pearson,(409) 838-2803
Managing Editor/Sports,Features &Photo
Gerry L. Dickert,(409) 838-2809
Opinions Editor
TomTaschinger,(409) 838-2887
Associate Managing Editor
Sheila Friedeck,(409) 838-2846
Features:
(409) 838-2889
Business:
(409) 838-2876
Sports:
(409) 838-2806
Photography:
(409) 838-2807
CORRECTIONS &CLARIFICATIONS
The Beaumont Enterprisewants to make sure it reportsthe news accurately. Thus,itpublishes corrections andclarifications in this space asit becomes aware of errors. If you notice a factual error inany Enterprise story,pleasecall the Reader Representa-tive line at 880-0748 so wecan take steps to get the cor-rect information in the news-paper and into our recordsfor future reference.
Because a reporter mis-read her notes, a story on page1A of Wednesday’s Enterpriseincorrectly stated that FehlElementary was the Beaumontschool with the highest pass-ing rate on the third-gradereading portion of the state’sTexas Assessment of Knowl-edge and Skills, or TAKS, test.Regina-Howell Elementary had the highest passing rate,98 percent. Fehl Elementary  was second with 92.2 percent.
Because of a reporter’serror, Anthony “Val” Volen-tine’s name was mispelled in astory on page 11A Wednesday.
Blizzard in Denver dumps 6 feet of snow,closes down city 

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