- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Giant U.S. flag unfurled in Texas
LAREDO, Texas A Mexican flag longer than a 50-yard dash and taller than any nearby building has greeted Americans at the U.S.-Mexico border near Laredo for four years.
But post-September 11 patriotism prompted the Laredo National Bank to unfurl its own giant U.S. flag on the American side of the border yesterday as part of a Memorial Day observance.
More than 2,000 people saluted as the 50-foot-by-100-foot flag was hoisted up a 308-foot flagpole while a high school band played the national anthem.
Bank officials thought about putting up the $300,000 flag about a year ago but dragged their heels until the subject was raised after the terrorist attacks.

Letter sent to paper leads police to body
WEST ALTON, Mo. Working from an unsigned letter sent to a newspaper, police found human remains in the same remote location north of St. Louis where two bodies were discovered last year.
Police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the remains found Saturday could be connected to the killings of nine women over the past 13 months.
The letter refers to a story printed this month in the Post-Dispatch, which chronicled the life of Teresa Wilson, 36. She is among women linked to drugs and prostitution that police suspect were killed by the same person.

Space station astronauts ready to come home
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. They missed out on Christmas and New Year's celebrations, Easter services, their wives' and children's birthday parties and, now, Memorial Day picnics.
After six months aboard the International Space Station, an exceptionally long mission by NASA standards, astronauts Daniel Bursch and Carl Walz and cosmonaut Yuri Onufrienko are more than ready to return to Earth.
Space shuttle Endeavour is set to lift off Thursday to pick them up and drop off their replacements.

Terror attacks spur interest in academies
SALEM, N.Y. Between the day Hunter Southerland applied to West Point and the day he was accepted, America was attacked.
People would ask the high school senior after September 11: Do you still want to go? The answer was always yes.
"I feel like what I'm looking at doing has meaning," Mr. Southerland said. "What I'm doing isn't just a waste of money and training. I'm really serving my country."
Applications for this fall's freshman class at West Point were up about 10 percent to around 11,000. U.S. Naval Academy applications for the graduating class of 2006 increased 6 percent to 12,323, continuing a four-year upward trend. U.S. Air Force Academy spokeswoman Pam Ancker estimated applications for the class of 2006 were up 5 percent to 10 percent.

Tobacco, alcohol use increase in New York
NEW YORK Manhattan residents drank more alcohol and smoked more cigarettes and marijuana after the September 11 attacks, according to a study.
Researchers at the New York Academy of Medicine surveyed nearly 1,000 Manhattan residents in the two months after the World Trade Center disaster. A quarter of respondents said they drank more than usual after the attack.
Nearly 10 percent said they had been smoking more cigarettes and more than 3 percent said they had been smoking more marijuana, according to a report in the June edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Efforts resume to right sunken ship
KEY LARGO, Fla. Efforts to right and fully sink a retired Navy ship resumed yesterday after a three-day delay because of high winds and seas.
The 510-foot Spiegel Grove sank upside-down six miles off Key Largo on May 17, hours before it was to be scuttled as an artificial reef and diving attraction.
Divers yesterday identified locations to attach giant inflatable lift bags to the ship, said Joe Farrell, president of Resolve Towing and Salvage of Fort Lauderdale.
Mr. Farrell expects to use the lift bags and buoyancy in the ship's own ballast to make the ship light enough so it can be rolled onto its right side by two tugboats.

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