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Proving her mettle Danielle Adams one of the top rookies in the WNBA. Sports, B1


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Healthy-looking Chavez returns to Venezuela. World, A3

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Summer Cool Down

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TUESDAY July 5, 2011 50 cents

Autism not in DNA?

Study focuses on issues in womb By CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press

No verdict yet in Anthony trial

CHICAGO — Most of the risk of autism has been blamed by experts on inherited genes. Now one of the largest studies of twins and autism shifts the focus to the womb, suggesting that the mother’s age and health may play a larger role than thought. The new research doesn’t solve the mystery of what causes autism. Most scientists think faulty genes and outside factors are both at work. And since autism spectrum disorders include a wide range of conditions, from mild to severe, it’s unlikely there’s a

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jurors did not reach a verdict Monday in the Casey Anthony murder trial after deliberating for almost six hours on the prosecution’s claim that the woman killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying and love life. The jury began considering the case around noon after prosecutors gave a rebuttal closing argument and said the defense’s assertion that Caylee’s death was an accident made no sense. The sequestered jury was scheduled to resume deliberating Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. — Wire report

IMF leader faces new accusations Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced a potential new sexual assault investigation Monday after a young French writer said she would accuse him of trying to rape her during a 2002 interview — just as the former IMF chief’s fortunes seemed to be growing brighter. — World, A3

Four motorcyclists die in Texas wreck A Houston-area man has been jailed on four counts of criminally negligent homicide after his car swerved into oncoming traffic on a highway near Canton, killing four people on motorcycles. — News, A7


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Eagle photos by Dave McDermand Above: Spectators enjoy a laser light show projected on the left front wall of the Bush Library on Monday night. Below: A patriotic puppy pays its respects to Old Glory at the Heritage Park July Fourth celebration in the Historical District of Bryan on Monday morning. By JONATHAN RESENDEZ


he heat didn’t stop hundreds of Brazos Valley residents from flocking to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum for the “I Love America� Celebration. While some waited in line at the museum, which offered free admission for the holiday, others simply sought shelter from the sun under trees with their coolers and kids in tow. Organized by the College Station Noon Lion’s Club, the all-day event featured food, free watermelon and performances by Kathy Ross, Jason Adams as Elvis and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, as well as an F-16 flyover. Instead of fireworks, which are currently banned in Brazos County due to drought conditions, a laser light show capped the evening’s events. “This is our big service event we’ve put on since the early ‘50s,� said James Haverlend, president of the Lion’s Club. “But this will be

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the first time without fireworks. It’s something different than what it’s always been.� Don Dickenson, lead organizer of the event, said there was an equal amount of positive and negative responses to the cancellation of the fireworks show. “I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘If there’s no fireworks, I’m not bringing my kids out,’� he said. Just as many people said the light show was the reason for bringing their children to the event. “Instead of burning things down, we’re going to be lighting things up,� he said. The “I Love America� event took “three months and 30 gray hairs� of planning, Dickenson said. Free admission and a dunking booth featuring the likes of Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk and ex-NFL players played a part in drawing people to the event, which Dickenson said has attracted 15,000 to 20,000 people in the past.

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Behind the hunt for bin Laden By ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO Associated Press

WASHINGTON — After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his Cabinet inside the Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold. Hidden from view, standing just outside the frame of that now-famous photograph was a career CIA analyst. In the hunt for the world’s most-wanted terrorist, there may have been no one more important. His job for nearly a decade was finding the al-Qaida leader. The analyst was the first to put in writing last summer

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“I have a beautiful wife.� TED SEIDEL College Station

FAA looks to new air traffic control system

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By JOAN LOWY Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar six decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads. It’s getting harder to pry money out of Congress. The airline industry is hesitating over the cost of equipping its planes with new technology necessary to use the system. And some experts say the U.S. could lose its lead in the manufacture of high tech aviation equipment to European competitors because the FAA is moving too slowly.

Seventy-five years ago this week the federal government, spurred by the nascent airline industry, began tracking planes at the nation’s first air traffic control centers in Newark, N.J., Chicago and Cleveland. The original group of 15 controllers, relying on radioed position reports from pilots, plotted the progress of flights using blackboards, maps and boat-shaped weights. Air traffic control took a technological leap forward in the 1950s with the introduction of radar. That’s still the basis of the technology used today by more than 15,000 controllers to guide 50,000 flights a day. Under FAA’s Next Generation Air

Navigation controls are seen in the cockpit of a FAA Gulfstream jet at a hangar at Washington’s Reagan National Airport. AP file photo

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