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THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN 8-A WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2003 Iraq: Troops killed in police station From Page 1-A tacks. The Shiite-dominated south has been largely peaceful since the regime's fall. The Muslim sect was long repressed by Saddam and rose up in some areas as coalition forces invaded the country in March. Shiites have since assumed leadership roles in many regions and moved to restore order. Thus the British have not seen major violence for weeks.

"It's normally very quiet down here," British army Lt. Col. Ronnie McCourt said in Basra. "We've been here nearly two months now, and this is the first time people have been deliberately, consciously shooting at us." British army Capt. Dennis Abbott insisted the development "in no way reflects the general security situation" in British-controlled areas.

Forty-two British troops have died 19 in accidents since the war began March 20. Britain had suffered no confirmed combat deaths since April 6. In other attacks Monday and Tues day, Iraqi insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at U.S. troops in at least three towns in western Iraq. In Baghdad, guerrillas fired a grenade near the headquarters of the U.S.

administration, causing no injuries. Late Monday, insurgents fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the mayor's office in Fallujah, 35 miles west of Baghdad the latest in a series of attacks against people seen as cooperating with the U.S. occupation. U.S. troops shot and killed one of the ambushers, U.S.

military officers said. But local residents at the scene said the man killed was not involved in the attack and was caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, Rumsfeld said there is no evidence senior Iraqi leaders were among those killed in a U.S. attack a week ago near the Syrian border. Initial news reports about the attack said Saddam or his sons were thought by U.S.

intelligence to have been in the convoy, which was destroyed by U.S. air and ground forces. Hoon told Parliament in London that the British soldiers military police on a mission to train Iraqi police were apparently killed in a police station in the town. Earlier, a British army spokesman in Basra said the soldiers were killed by Iraqi fire. Elsewhere in the same town, a "large number" of Iraqi gunmen opened fire on a British patrol Tuesday with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and rifles, Hoon said.

The British returned fire, and one soldier was wounded in the fight. A rapid reaction force, including Scimitar light tanks and a Chinook CH-47 helicopter, came to help the ground troops but also came under fire, Hoon said. Seven people on board the helicopter were wounded, three of them seriously, the government said. Hoon said commanders were investigating whether the deaths and the ambush were connected. Gen.

Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, extended condolences to the families of the dead soldiers. "These losses are a reminder that Iraq remains a dangerous place," Myers said at the Pentagon. "But we must continue to stand firm." It was the deadliest day for coalition forces since May 19, when six U.S. Marines died, most in a helicopter crash and a vehicle accident. The deadliest single attack on coalition forces came March 23, in the early days of the U.S.-led invasion, when Iraqis opened fire on a U.S.

Army maintenance convoy near the southern town of Nasiriyah, killing 11 soldiers. At least 18 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraqi attacks since May 1, when major combat was declared over. Most of the attacks have occurred in the belt of central and western Iraq dominated by Sunni Muslims, Saddam's strongest supporters. Saddam loyalists, Sunnis and ex-army soldiers are suspected in the at lition troops were succeeding in mopping up the resistance.

"They're making progress against the dead-enders who are harassing coalition forces," Rumsfeld said at the daily Defense Department briefing. "Just as they were unable to stop the coalition advance in Baghdad, the death squads will not stop our commitment to create stability and security in postwar Iraq." The British casualties occurred in the town of Majar al-Kabir, about 180 miles southeast of Baghdad and just south of the city of Amarah. British Defense Secretary Geoffrey Deaths Israeli soldiers arrest dozens of suspected Hamas activists By Mark Lavie Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM Israeli soldiers swept through a West Bank city Tuesday, arresting dozens of suspected Hamas activists as Palestinian officials awaited a response from the Islamic militant group about a proposal to suspend attacks against Israel. Also Tuesday, leaders of the Israeli Arab Islamic Movement were indicted on charges of helping Hamas through illegal transfers of millions of dollars. Palestinian officials and Egyptian mediators have expressed optimism that Hamas would accept a moratorium on attacks against Israel.

Supporters view the proposal as a means of winding down 33 months of Mideast violence, but skeptics in Israel fear any moratorium would give Hamas time to regroup for more violence. Hamas has walked away from seemingly promising truce efforts in the past, and the violence and recriminations that have accompanied recent talks between Hamas and Palestinian officials have added a measure of uncertainty. Still, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Tuesday in Cairo, "There is a feeling of optimism that something like this (a truce) will be announced in the next few days." A Palestinian official said on condition of anonymity that Hamas might in principle accept a truce, but it was setting conditions that Israel might not accept. Israel which prefers a Palestinian crackdown on the militant groups appears ready to scale down targeted killings of militants, but it is unlikely to agree to other Hamas demands, such as releasing thousands of jailed militants. LISTON, Robert Wayne, 72, died Monday.

Services 11 a.m. Thursday (Resthaven, Oklahoma City). NOTHEIS, Jo Ann, 56, died Sunday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery (Vondel L.

Smith Son South). PHILLIPS, Carla Jo, 50, died Monday. Memorial service 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Smith Kernke, May). SMITH, Argus 88, died Monday.

Services 3 p.m. Saturday (Guardian North). SMITH, Phelton 52, died June 17. Services 11 a.m. today (McKay-Davis).

WILHITE, Gladys, 98, died Tuesday. Services pending (Guardian West). DEL CITY WILLIS, Mabel 77, died Saturday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Sunny Lane).

EDMOND GUILLIAMS, Joe Allen, 74, died Monday. Services 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Graveside services 3 p.m. Thursday, Tec*mseh Cemetery, Tec*mseh (Baggerley, Ed-mo nd).

GUTHRIE LATIMER, Dr. Steve, 75, died Tuesday. Services pending (Pollard, Oklahoma City). MIDWEST CITY CRUPPER-HARRIS, Pauline, 78, died Monday. Services 10 a.m.

today, Chapel Hill Funeral Home chapel, Oklahoma City (Paylor). NORMAN LANIG, Emily Ann, 91, died Monday. Services pending (Moore, Tulsa). TEc*msEH KESSINGER, Velma Pearl, 84, died Monday. Graveside services 10 a.m.

Thursday, Forest Hill Cemetery, south of Tec*mseh (Cooper). YUKON CHISUM, Sally 98, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. today, Holdenville Church of God, Holden-viUe (Bill Merritt, Bethany). LOZOYA, Margarita, 78, died Monday.

Vigil 7 p.m. Thursday, funeral home chapel. Mass 10 a.m. Friday, St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Yukon (Yanda Son).

THOMAS, Bill, 74, died Monday. Memorial service 10 a.m. Thursday, St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church (Smith Turner). ices Saturday (Greer, Mangum).

HENRYETTA JOHNSTON, Francis Earl III, 59. Services pending (Rogers). STOUT, Gladys Odessa, 94. Graveside services today (Shurden). WALKER, Arthur Lee, 93.

Services Saturday (Shurden). HOOKER ROBERTS, Haley Ann. Services Thursday (Roberts Brothers). HUGO BOSTIC, Clenard, 57. Services today (Rogan).

KEOTA CLYMA, Frank, 83. Services Thursday (Mallory, Stigler). KINGFISHER SMITH, Wayne 85. Services Thursday (Sanders). KREBS HARE, Marie, 72.

Services Thursday (Mills, McAlester). LAMONT DENKE, Leland "Lee," 61. Services pending (McCafferty-Bolick-Green, Tonkawa). LAWTON COLEMAN, Helen 79. Services Friday (Lawton Ritter Gray).

DURANT, Theodore 81. Services Saturday (Lawton Ritter Gray). FINCH, Jerry 63. Services pending (Whinery-Huddleston). HOWELL, Rowland 62.

Services Thursday (Lawton Ritter Gray). NOBLE, Alerta, 84. Services today (Becker). ORCUTT, Keum, 63. Services pending (Whinery-Huddleston).

LULA SWEAT, James, 66. Services Thursday (Criswell, Ada). McALESTER SPEARMAN, Wayne 79. Services Thursday (Bishop). McCURTAIN EIDSCHUN, Harry Lester, 76.

Services Friday, San Jose, Calif. (Evans Miller, Poteau). MEEKER WILSON, Danny 59. Graveside services Thursday, Prague (Parks Brothers, Prague). MULDROW BASSETT, Vikki, 49.

Graveside services Thursday, Roland (Agent). MUSKOGEE LODGE, Mary 75. Services pending (Foster-Petering). NIVER, Mary Jo, 75. Services pending (Bradley).

WHITNEY, Ronald W. "Ron," 49. Services Thursday (Bradley). NASHOBA DONICA, Carl Foster, 73. Graveside services today, Nashoba (Clayton, Clayton).

NOWATA KING, John W. 73. Services today (Stumpff-Nowata). OKMULGEE PETERS, Frieda, 87. Services Friday (McClendon-Winters).

SCOTT, Ronald "Pee Wee," 46. Services pending (Keith D. Biglow). RYAN HELLOMS, James Franklin "Pete," 68. Services Thursday (Dudley).

SALLISAW CALLAHAN, Roy Benjamin, 91. Services Thursday (Agent). TAHLEQUAH HOOD, Edith E. 88. Services today, Peggs (Hart).

TEMPLE McFATRIDGE, Lucy, 94. Services today (Hart-Wyatt, Walters). TRYON GREENFIELD, Ira Denson, 69. Services Thursday (Parks Brothers, Chandler). TULSA BLAKELY, Eric 2.

Graveside services Friday (New Dyer). BUSH, James H. "Trail Boss," 72. Graveside services today, Fort Gibson (Millsap, Fort Gibson). PAYNE, Margrette 81.

Services pending (New Dyer). WALTERS KING, Nancy 91. Graveside services Thursday (Jackson, Frederick). WAPANUCKA HOKETT, Darrell Dwayne, 40. Services pending (Atoka, Atoka).

WELLSTON BENSON, Maxine, 70. Services pending (Brown's, Luther). WEWOKA HARMON, Peggy, 63. Services today, Wewoka (Williamson, We-tumka). WOODWARD HOLCOMB, Karen, 44.

Services Thursday (Billings). WYNNEWOOD McCURLEY, Lavada, 65. Graveside services Thursday, White Bead (Stufflebean-Coffee, Pauls Valley). METROPOLITAN OKLAHOMA CITY CALVIN, Cardell Jr. 25, died Saturday.

Services pending (Howard-Harris). ISBELL, Don, 48, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Smith Turner, Yukon). KNIGHT, Beth Ann, 55, died Sunday.

Mass 10 a.m. today, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Smith Kernke, NW 23). KUHLMAN, Lovenia, 84, died Tuesday. Services pending (Vondel L.

Smith Son North). STATE ADA BRINLEE, June, 79. Services Thursday (Criswell). ALTUS LEE, James Phinis, 81. Services today (Lowell-Tims).

ALVA WHITE, Mary Alice, 88. Services pending (Marshall). ARDMORE LOFTON, Joseph Prather, 56. Services Friday, Gene Autry (Kirk-Dawson-Dillard). MEYER, Vera, 82.

Services Thursday (Harvey-Douglas). ATOKA MOSLEY, Clara Welch, 86. Services Thursday (Brown's). BARTLESVILLE STEEPLES, Everett L. 70.

Services Friday (Stumpff). BLACKWELL SELF, Donald, 64. Graveside services Thursday, Nardin (McCafferty-Bolick-Green). BRISTOW JOHNSON, Elex "Buddy," 84. Graveside services Saturday (Hutchins-Maples).

CHANDLER BERRY, Billy Joe, 72. Services pending (Brown's, Luther). CLINTON PRICE, Bobby Wayne, 56. Services Thursday (Kiesau-Marler). CUSHING MABE, Sunny Jean, 56.

Services Friday (Palmer). DAVENPORT McCOMBS, Clara Lou, 67. Graveside services Thursday, Bella Vista, Ark. (Bella Vista, Bella Vista, ENID PLYMALE, Eldon Denzil, 60. Services pending (Brown-Cummings).

STAIR, Betty 80. Services Thursday (Anderson-Burris). EUFAULA TUCKER, Sadie Marie Shepherd, 83. Services today (Gregg). FAIRFAX GILBSON, Roy Jr.

"Bud," 62. Services pending (Hunsaker-Wooten). FAIR VIEW MEEKS, Robert Elbert "Bob," 80. Graveside services Friday (Fair-view, Fairview). GRANITE SNOW, Brandon Kent, 42.

Serv News ROUNDUP Eric Ryan Pollard, 18, and Charlotte Nicole Wetselline, 19, both of Oklahoma City. Justin Nathaniel Tate, 20, and Karen Ann Nicholas, 20, both of Edmond. struck and became lodged in the shattered windshield, a forensic expert testified Tuesday. Another witness in Chante Jawan Mallard's murder trial said emergency care could have saved Gregory Biggs' life if he had gotten help quickly. In the trial's second day, jurors saw a bloodstained seat, interior door panel and center console from Mallard's car, which hit Biggs as he walked along a highway near her house Oct.

26, 2001. Wind fans flames, forcing evacuation ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A wind-driven fire Tuesday roared through brush along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, forcing about 1,000 people to evacuate. The fire, which had grown to 600 acres by Tuesday evening, left 16,000 homes and businesses temporarily without power and destroyed a house under construction. Gov.

Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency. WORLD 2nd student's body found in jungle ARECIBO, Puerto Rico Search teams found the body Tuesday of an American university student who vanished with his friend in a Puerto Ri-can jungle days ago. Divers found the body of Colin Mike Ewers, 21, trapped by a boulder near the 30-foot waterfall on the fast-flowing Tanama River where his friend's body was found a day earlier, said Delyris Aquino with Puerto Rico's Emergency Management Agency. ALSO IN THE NEWS VATICAN ART: The Sistine Chapel is now online. The Vatican put its art collection on the Web on Tuesday, launching a new site for the Vatican Museums that it hopes will attract more tourists while also disseminating the church's message around the globe.

The site allows visitors to take a virtual reality tour of some of the dozen museums and galleries that make up the Vatican collection, zooming in on a frescoed panel in the Raphael Rooms or viewing Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with a three-dimensional video. The Vatican Museums site is at http:mv.vatican.va FROM WIRE SERVICES NATION Foam called likely cause of damage WASHINGTON In their strongest statement yet on the Columbia disaster, investigators said Tuesday flyaway foam from the fuel tank was "the most probable cause" of the wing damage that brought down the space shuttle almost five months ago. "We've been trying to line up all the Swiss cheese holes," said Roger Tetrault, a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Tetrault said he believes the deadly breach was located part way down the leading edge of Columbia's left wing, at or near carbon panel No. 8.

The engineering analysis as well as the shuttle wreckage pinpoints that location, he said. That is the spot or close to it where a IVi-pound chunk of foam insulation from the external fuel tank struck during liftoff in January. N.Y. firings wrong, district judge rules NEW YORK The city violated the First Amendment rights of two firefighters and a police officer when it fired them for riding on a parade float in blackface in 1998, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S.

District Judge John E. Sprizzo said the government "may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because a segment of society finds it offensive." He rejected statements by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani that the firings stemmed from concerns over civil unrest, saying he concluded the "true motivation" was Giuliani's belief that the float was a "disgusting display of racism." Experts testify man wasn't dead FORT WORTH, Texas Blood spatters inside a woman's car indicate that a homeless man was still alive and possibly gasping after he was Johnny Lee Smith 25, and Shalyn Nichole Brooke, 24, both of Oklahoma City. Michael S. Johnston, 33, and Sheila Kathleen Casey, 28, both of Oklahoma City. Wayne Joseph Shouse II, 33, Meeker, and Misty Dawn Shinn, 24, Oklahoma City.

Troy Van Heller, 38, and Tracy Lajuan Eubank, 34, both of Oklahoma City. Travis Sheldon Holland, 22, and Tabi-tha Marie Kelly, 21, both of Midwest City. Ryan C. Tripp, 24, and Robyn K.Thomas, 22, both of Oklahoma City. Jason Thomas Hagar, 19, Mustang, and Melissa Diane Baer, 20, Yukon.

PUBLIC RECORDS BIRTHS Baptist M. and E. Punneo, Edmond, a girl. A. and J.

Shackelford, Oklahoma City, a girl. S. and C. Boone, Mustang, a boy. K.

and B. Griffith, Jones, a girl. Deaconess A. and S. Carter, Choctaw, a girl.

J. and B. Spears III, Choctaw, a girl. K. Forester and S.

Penney, Oklahoma City, a girl. A. Pando, Oklahoma City, a girl. L. Martinez and L.

Jonco, Oklahoma City, a girl. C. and D. Stone, Edmond, a girl. Lakeside M.

Brinkley and R. Jaques, Ada, a boy. D. And B. Bishop, Oklahoma City, a girl.

T. Carroll, Oklahoma City, a boy. J. Posay and R. Dolman, Oklahoma City, a boy.

K. and B. Cunningham, Yukon, a boy. K. and K.

Johnson, Edmond, a boy and a girl. Mercy A. and R. Hartwig, Oklahoma City, a girl. D.

and K. Goins, Edmond, a girl. S. and N. Steele, Oklahoma City, a boy.

L. and B. Koehn, Oklahoma City, a boy. S. and K.

Garlick, Edmond, a boy. L. and K. Hiel, Oklahoma City, a boy. F.

and B. Cullum, Oklahoma City, a girl. R. and C. Zacher, Norman, a boy.

S. and A. Rahill, Edmond, a boy. E. and M.

Cefalo, Oklahoma City, a boy. Paul Benny Cabrera, 47, and Jennifer Lynne Cabrera, 47, both of Oklahoma City. Guadalupe Modesto-Silva, 38, and Delia Corrales-Corpus, 39, both of Oklahoma City. Earl Dudley Witt II, 23, and Jennifer Ann Hargis, 21 both of Del City. William L.

Scott, 21, Claremore, and Kayte Rie Riddel, 20, Oklahoma City. William Joshua Ferris, 20, Luther, and Casey Dawn Turner, 17, Jones. Raymond Eugene Wilder, 49, and Sherri Arvilla Penrod, 37, both of Oklahoma City. Michael Wayne Levescy, 29, and Christa Renee Chambers, 22, both of Edmond. Clayton Eugene Ritchie, 31, and Kari Brooke Potter, 26, both of Oklahoma City.

Larry Ramirez Martinez, 33, and Luz Maria Perez, 25, both of Oklahoma City. Frederick Miles Nayfa, 34, Oklahoma City, and Sheila R. Meadows, 39, Del City. Ronald Lee Watson, 47, and Karen Sue Shoemaker, 45, both of Oklahoma City. Juan Gustavo Diaz-Ordonez, 31, and Lisa Jimenez, 28, both of Oklahoma City.

Britton Alan Carter, 20, Choctaw, and Carrie Romoia Walker, 21, Harrah. Nicholas Grant Trotter, 21 Shawnee, and Jodi Michelle Bynum, 21, Oklahoma City. Joshua Lee Nash, 20, and Jennifer Lee Harris, 21 both of Midwest City. Michael Ray Colliver, 40, and Rhonda Glendora Barnes, 38, both of Oklahoma City. Robert Paul Rork, 38, and Kathy Yvonne Ball, 46, both of Midwest City.

Matthew Ryan Romesburg, 19, and Elizabeth Rochelle Briscoe, 19, both of Newcastle. Brent Robert Barnes, 24, Edmond, and Elizabeth Jean Newman, 22, Canyon, Texas. Ryan James French, 25, Yukon, and Stephanie Jo Hill, 24, Kingfisher. Norman E. and K.

Beddow, Pauls Valley, a boy. C. Gaddis, Norman, a girl. T. and B.

Woodring, Norman, a boy. C. Hoag, Norman, a boy. A. and R.

McPherson, Norman, a boy. A. Dragoo, Purcell, a boy. J. and B.

Forshee, Norman, a boy. S. and D. Sanders, Blanchard, a boy. P.

and S. Soell, Norman, a girl. T. Montelongo, Norman, a boy. Renaissance, Midwest City R.

and G. Miller, Midwest City, a girl. St. Anthony S. and J.

Higgenbotham, Oklahoma City, a girl. MARRIAGE LICENSES OKLAHOMA COUNTY Adam Justin Howell, 22, Edmond, and Stephanee Dale Williamson, 22, Midwest City. Theresa Jackson 52, and Elsia M. Stewart, 53, both Oklahoma City. Dennis Jay Prindle, 29, Oklahoma City, and Jennifer Michelle Hobbs, 26, Norman.

Kirk Gregory Fulton, 29, Newcastle, and Rosalynn Lea Roten, 21 Moore. Darrell Wayne Williams, 40, and Ser-reda Jean Morrison, 52, both of Oklahoma City. Brandan Robert Birabent, 25, and Catherine Nicole Locorriere, 23, both of Yukon. Jason Michael Canning, 24, and Amy Elaine Nolen, 22, both of Oklahoma City. Todd E.

Walker, 23, Oklahoma City, and Megan Louise Miller, 19, Choctaw. Richard William Denson, 23, and Neans Lynn Murray, 22, both of Oklahoma City. Lucio Galvan Jimenez, 54, and Enri-queta Antonio-Sanchez, 50, both of Oklahoma City. Bryan Gregory Ashley, 43, and Pamela Diann Lewis, 38, both of Yukon. Kenneth Wayne Stroman, 33, and Na-tashia Jovan Lovett, 25, both of Oklahoma City.

DIVORCES ASKED Bums, Young Ai v. James Earl Capshaw, Leslie Lienau v. Robert Allen Conner, Shannon Renee v. Bobby French Hooten, Billy M. v.

Susan Y. Washington, Darryll v. Stacie Wendt, Jennifer Lynn v. Benjamin Edward DIVORCES GRANTED Deal, Mandy Renee v. Patrick Noel.

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