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Co-owners B.J. Lex, left, and Danny Lex of Lex Farms in Shreveport, La. try to repair water pumps in two of
their greenhouses yesterday, because of severe damage caused by Hurricane Rita.
Rescuers search hard-hil
areas looking.- for survvors
The death toll from Hurricane Rita
rises to seven after rescuers discover five
dead in their home
CREOLE, La. (AP) - With Hurricane Rita's floodwaters
receding along the Texas-Louisiana coast yesterday, rescu-
ers pushed deeper into hard-hit bayous to pull out residents
on skiffs, crews struggled to clean up the tangle of smashed
homes and downed trees, and Army helicopters searched for
up to 30,000 stranded cattle.
The death toll from the second devastating hurricane in
a month rose to seven with the discovery in a Beaumont,
Texas, apartment of five people - a man, a woman and
three children - who apparently were killed by carbon
monoxide from a generator they were running indoors after
Rita knocked out the electricity.
While residents of the Texas refinery towns of Beaumont,
Port Arthur and Orange were blocked from returning to their
homes because of the danger of debris-choked streets and
downed power lines, authorities in Louisiana were unable to
keep bayou residents from venturing in on their own by boat
to see if Rita wrecked their homes.
"Knowing these people, most of them are hunters,
trappers, farmers, they're not going to wait on FEMA
or anyone else," said Robert LeBlanc, director of emer-
gency preparedness in Vermilion P'arish. "They're
going to do what they need to do. They're used to
And many were finding that conditions were, in fact,
primitive. Across southwestern Louisiana's bayous, sugar
cane plantations, rice fields and cattle ranches, many people
found they had no home to go back to.
Terrebonne Parish's count of severely damaged or
destroyed homes stood at nearly 9,900. An estimated 80
percent of the buildings in the town of Cameron, population
1,900, were leveled. Farther inland, half of Creole, popula-
tion 1,500, was left in splinters.
"I would use the word destroyed," Army Lt. Gen. Ru
sel Honore said of Cameron. "Cameron and Creole ha
been destroyed except for the courthouse, which was bui
on stilts on higher ground. Most of the houses and publ
buildings no longer exist or are even in the same locatio
that they were."
Houses in the marshland between the two towns we
reduced to piles of bricks, or bare concrete slabs with step
leading to nowhere. Walls of an elementary school gymn
sium had been washed or blown away, leaving basketba
hoops hanging from the ceiling. A single-story white hon
was propped up against a line of trees, left there by floodw
ters that ripped it from its foundation. A bank was opent
the air, its vault still intact.
"We used to call this sportsman's paradise," said Honor
a Louisiana native. "But sometimes Mother Nature wi
come back and remind us that it has power over the lan
That's what this storm did."
In the refinery town of Lake Charles, National Guard
men patrolled the place and handed out bottled water, i
and food to hundreds of people left without power. Scorese
cars wrapped around the parking lot of the city civic cente
Dorothy Anderson said she did not have time to get gr
ceries before the storm because she was at a funeral outc
town. "We got back and everything was closed," she said.
Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said i
teams used small boats to rescue about 200 people trappe
in their homes. In Chauvin, a steady stream of people wer
brought by small boats from flooded sections of Terrebonn
Parish. Some cried as they hauled plastic bags filled wi
"This is the worst thing I've ever been through," sa
Danny Hunter, 56. "1 called FEMA this morning, and the
said they couldn't help us because this hasn't been declare
a disaster area."
"Texas is a disaster area!" Jenny Reading shouted."
guess the president made sure of that, and everyone ju
forgot about us."
considered rare attack
violence in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) - Insurgents
dragged five Shiite Muslim school-
teachers and their driver intowa class-
T0 room, lined them against a wall and
gunned them down yesterday - slay-
ings in Iraq's notorious Triangle of
Death that reflect the enflamed sectar-
ian divisions ahead of a crucial consti-
The shooting was a rare attack on a
school amid Iraq's relentless violence,
and it was particularly stunning since
the gunmen targeted teachers in a
school where the children were mainly
Sunnis. Elsewhere yesterday, a suicide
attack and roadside bombings killed 10
s- Iraqis and three Americans, bringing to
ve at least 52 the number of people killed
ilt in the past two days.
ic The Iraqi and U.S. governments have
n warned that Sunni Arab insurgents are
likely to increase their attacks ahead of
re the Oct. 15 national referendum.
ps Shiite leaders have called on their fol-
a- lowers to refrain from revenge attacks
ll against Sunnis, fearing a civil war could
ne result, though Sunnis have accused Shi-
a- ite militias of carrying out some killings
to of Sunni figures.
But in one of the first public calls for
e, individual Shiites to take action, a prom-
ill inent Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Moham-
d. med al-Yaaqubi, issued a religious edict
yesterday allowing his followers to "kill
Is- terrorists before they kill."
ce "Self-restraint does not mean surren-
of der. ... Protecting society from terrorists
r. is a religious duty," al-Yaaqubi said. He
o- also called on Shiites to "deepen dia-
of logue with Sunnis" who are not "terror-
ists or Saddamists."
ts Earlier this month, al-Qaida's lead-
ed er in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,
re declared "all-out war" on Shiites and
ne vowed to kill anyone participating in
th the referendum.
Leaders of Iraq's Sunni minority
id are calling on their followers to vote
y against the constitution and defeat a
ed charter they believe will fracture the
country and seal the domination of the
"I Shiite majority.
st U.S. and Iraqi officials tried to rally
Sunni support for the referendum by
-- releasing 500 detainees from Abu
Ghraib prison outside Baghdad to
mark the coming Islamic holy month
of Ramadan, a step called for by
There have been few attacksron schools
in Iraq which have little protection_
though children are constant witnesses to,
and sometimes victims of, the violence.
Classes had just ended at the Al-
Jazeera Elementary School in the
village of Muelha, 30 miles south
of Baghdad, when the shooting took
place at about 1:15 p.m.
Police Capt. Muthana Khaled said
that as five Shiite teachers got into a
minivan to head home, two cars pulled
up carrying gunmen wearing police
uniforms as a disguise.
The nine gunmen forced the teach-
ers and their driver out of the van
in front of students who were mill-
ing outside the school. The attackers
dragged the six men into an empty
classroom, lined them against a wall
and shot them to death, Khaled said.
The gunmen escaped.
Muelha is a Sunni-majority commu-
nity in a region of villages with mixed
Sunni-Shiite populations. The mix
has made the area south of Baghdad
a tinderbox of frequent shootings and
bombings, mostly by Sunni insurgents
targeting Shiite civilians. As a result,
the region is sometimes called the Tri-
angle of Death.
In the same region, a suicide attack-
er detonated his car in a market in the
town of Iskandariyah hours after the
school shooting, wounding six people,
Police Capt. Adel Ketab said. A day
earlier, a bomb on a bicycle ripped
through a market in Musayyib, just
south of Muelha, killing at least six.
Farther south, gunmen assassi-
nated a senior Shiite official from the
Supreme Council of the Islamic Revo-
lution yesterday in Iraq in the town of
Qurna, near Basra, said Haytham al-
Hussein, an aide to the leader of the
party, one of the main factions in the
The gunmen kidnapped Azhar
Qassem Abdul Wahid as he was leav-
ing SCIRI headquarters, Police Cap.
Mushtaq Kadhim said. His bullet-rid-
dled body was found handcuffed and
dumped by a roadside.
Bush asks for late-term abortion ban*
The Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a
national ban on a type of late-term abortion, a case that could thrust the
president's first court picks into an early tie-breaking role on a divisive and
The appeal follows a two-year, cross-country legal fight over the law and
highlights the power that Bush's nominees will have. Just a few months ago,
there would have been five votes to strike down the law, which bars what crit-
ics call partial birth abortion.
The outcome is now uncertain, with moderate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
retiring and her replacement still unnamed.
"This no longer puts the abortion issue in the abstract with the Supreme
Court. This is as live a controversy as you can get," Jay Sekulow, chief coun-
sel of the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, said yesterday.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland
Full disarmament of IRA announced
International weapons inspectors backed by Protestant and Catholic clergymen
announced the Irish Republican Army's full disarmament yesterday, a milestone
in Northern Ireland peacemaking that drew skepticism and scorn from the prov-
ince's Protestant majority.
John de Chastelain, the retired Canadian general who has been working on the
issue since 1997, declared that over the past week he had personally inventoried
and gotten rid of a mammoth stockpile of IRA weapons, ranging from flame-
throwers to surface-to-air missiles.
But the outlawed IRA, which for 12 years resisted British and Protestant
demands to disarm, barred the inspectors and the two religious observers from
discussing details of what had been surrendered, where it happened and the man-
ner of its disposal.
Terrorist cell leader sentenced to 27 years
A Syrian-born businessman was sentenced to 27 years in prison yesterday after
being convicted of leading a terrorist cell and conspiring to commit murder in the
Sept. 11 attacks. But he was cleared of a more serious charge in Europe's biggest
trial of suspected Al-Qaida members.
Another man accused of helping one of the hijackers set up a key meeting was
acquitted of being an accessory to murder but was convicted of collaborating with
a terrorist group. Sixteen other people were convicted of collaborating with or
belonging to the terror cell.
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