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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r 5 WAYS TO SAVE IN THE GARDEN The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com FINAL EDITION C MONDAY, MAY 2. 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING UMBRELLAS NEEDED Cold and an ap- proaching storm system will com- bine to fill Central New York's skies with clouds and rain to'day. There may be an isolated thunderstorm. Rain will take awhile to move away. Complete forecast C-10 Climber from Oswego Dies on Mount Everest HIGH: 51 LOW: 35 Kurdish funeral mourners killed in car bombing A car bomb at the funeral of a Kurdish official in Iraq Sunday killed 25 people and wounded more than 50 others, bringing the four-day death toll blamed on insurgents to 116 people, in- cluding 11 Americans. The in- crease in violent attacks may be linked to Sunni dissatisfaction with representation in the new government. STORY, PAGE A-10 District attorney considers charging runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks may be charged for falsely saying she was abducted when in fact she had left on a cross-country bus trip to avoid her wedding. STORY, PAGE A-7 Fed poised to raise short-term interest rates The Federal Reserve is ex- pected to raise the federal funds rate Tuesday by one-quarter of a percentage point, to 3 percent, aiming to fight inflation. STORY, PAGE A-3 Italy to release report on agent's death today Italy is expected to release its own report today on the U.S. killing of an Italian agent in Iraq, after the two countries failed to agree on the circumstances lead- ing to the death. STORY, PAGE A-10 Iron, North Korea topic at U.N. nuclear conference The U.S. will urge action against Iran and North Korea today at the United Nations con- ference on nuclear nonprolifera- tion and is likely to be the tar- get itself of non-nuclear nations who say the big powers are mov- ing too slowly on disarmament. STORY, PAGE A-5 With right bid, you can own future pope's YW Reimund Halbe has a divine offering on eBay: A VW Golf once owned by Pope Benedict XVI in his days as Cardinal Jo- seph Ratzinger. The vehicle has already drawn bids exceeding million in the auction, which ends Thursday. STORY, PAGE A-2 Two teenagers rescued after six days at sea After six days at sea. two teens were rescued Saturday off Cape Fear, more than 100 miles from where they had put in off Sullivans Island, S.C. STORY, PAGE A-7 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Mike McAndrew Staff writer An Oswego native climbing Mount Everest with his brother died Sunday when he fell into a deep crevasse. Mike O'Brien, 39, slipped as he and his brother Chris were climbing down from a camp at feet to their base camp, said their father, Dr. David O'Brien, of Oswego. The pair wanted to be the first American brothers to reach the summit together. Chris O'Brien, 32, helped recover his brother's body. "Michael knew the Dr. O'Brien said. "He did it for a good cause." The brothers whose mother and sister died from complications from Huntington's disease were climbing Mount Everest to try to raise for the Hereditary Disease Foundation. "We prayed to God that they'd be Dr. O'Brien said. "1 guess God knows best." O'Brien was the second climber to die on Mount Everest in three days. Professor Sean Egan, 63, of the Uni- versity of Ottawa, died Friday of cardi- ac arrest while climbing down the slope of the moun- tain. The brothers' 64-day expedition, which began in early April, was to take them up the south face of Mount Ever- est. They hoped to reach the summit, at O'Brien feet, in mid- to late-May. Saturday night, Mike O'Brien called his girlfriend, Rebecca Stodola, in MOTHERS, PAGE A-4 Camp II 20.350 ft. Highest point reached by the climbers KRT IN SYRACUSE, THE CROWD IS IN THE RUNNING RUNNERS HEAD SOUTH on Clinton Street at the start of the 27th Mountain Goat Run Sunday morning in Syracuse. A record runners took official times in the 10-mile race, while 456 more finished an accompanying 5K run on a breezy, 50-degree morning under partly sunny skies. Two-time defend- Dennis photographer ing men's champion Kevin Collins, of Manlius, (No. 1, at front center) earned his third straight win, this time over a redesigned course, with a time of 51 minutes, 49 seconds. Michelle LaFleur, a Jordan-Elbridge graduate now living in Savannah, Ga., won her third overall women's title in Inside: Race coverage begins on C-1; Day in photos, C-7 Complete 10-mile race results, C-6 In local news: Sean Kirst on running the A party at the finish line with a big, happy Zoo-Crossed Lovers New penguins find themselves immersed in their own soap opera Index By Amber Smith Staff writer It was, zookeepers say, love at first sight. As soon as Phil, a male penguin from the Philadelphia Zoo, set eyes upon Pilar, a female penguin from SeaWorld San Diego, their flippers were flapping and they were making a weird noise that penguins only make when they're in love, says Ted Fox, bird collection manager. Fox oversees the development of the new Penguin Coast exhibit, set to open this month at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse. Fifteen Humboldt penguins brought together from three places are in quarantine at the zoo, waiting for their exhibit space to be completed. Meanwhile Phil and Pilar are inseparable to the dismay of zookeepers. Penguin love, it seems, is meant to be black and white. The zoo intends for the penguins to breed. Officials chose the Humboldt species because it's one of the most threatened by endanger- ment, and the Syracuse zoo will be only the 13th in the nation with Humboldts. But, zoo- keepers are following the Species Survival Plan, which charts the lineage for breeding animals in captivity. "It's very, very specific and thought says Fox. "We're trying to maximize the gene diversity." According to the plan, Phil is supposed to mate with Poquita, who came from the Ore- gon Zoo in Portland. Trouble is, Poquita is not interested in Phil. She's not interested in any of the penguins. She's busy eating, fattening herself up in preparation for molting. She will fast as new feathers replace the old all over her body in a SOMETIMES, PAGE A-4 How Albany picks a new voting machine Vendors hove spent million lobbying lawmakers to pick their systems. By Erik Kriss Albany bureau There's a million-dollar battle raging over what kinds of voting machines New Yorkers will use starting next year. Thanks to the 2000 presiden- tial election debacle in Florida, New York's mechanical lever machines should be gone by the November 2006 election, the re- sult of a sweeping federal voting law requiring, in part, that voting systems be accessible to the dis- abled. The decisions state officials How we vote Types of voting equipment used in the November 2004 national election and the percent of voters that used each, according to Election Data Services, a Washington, D.C-based political consulting firm. Mixed 6.8% Lever 12.8% Poper ballots 0.6% Optical scan 32.3% Punch cntd 18.6% Touch- screen 28.9% The Post-Standard What do they sound ike? Hear the sounds that Humboldt penguins make at Classified _.. CNY Comics.___ Editorials._ local news, lottery....... .....E-l D-l ....D-6 A-8 Movies_____D-4 New York___A-6 Obituaries___B-4 Science_____B-6 Sports______C-1 Television___D-5 THE POST-STANDARD ;--s. KRAMER'S GARDEN TIPS Ladybugsand manly tools. PageD-1 SCIENCE: National Geographic is tracking the roots of humankind, and it wants your INSIDE The Daily Dose How to turn a passion into a business Or cope with conflict Or take a nap PageD-8 SPONGEBOB'S BACK New f episodes featuring voice of East Syracuse's Tom Kenny begin Friday. PageD-3 make in the next two months will change the way New York- ers vote. And lawmakers aren't making those decisions in a vac- uum. Since Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002, voting machine vendors have spent nearly million trying TOUCH-SCREEN, PAGE Pharmacies want federal rules for cold medicines FILM FEST FIN ALE Who won? Page D-1 .The National Association of Chain Drug Stores now wants a federal law on how to buy cold medications that can be turned into methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine. a main in- gredient in over-the-counter drugs such as Sudafed. Nyquil i can be boiled and extracted into highly concentrat- ed meth. To avoid a hodgepodge of state laws, the industry group i said Sunday that it wants: The medicines kept behind the pharmacy counter: I The medicines sold only by a licensed pharmacist or pharma- I cy personnel: Purchases limited to 9 grams or 366 30-milligram pills in 30 days. Drugstores required to keep written or electronic logs of all pseudoephedrine purchases. In January, a dozen senators announced legislation to put drugs containing pseudoephe- drine behind the counter. Then, the industry group argued it would create unacceptable bar- riers for regular customers. Now, "it's time for a federal solution." said Mary Ann Wag- ner, the group's vice president for pharmacy regulatory affairs. The Associated Press Online: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is at   

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