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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               C WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON A FUNERAL The Post-Standard AffiliatedwlthIyrKUM.com MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005 FINAL EDITION 02005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING KA-BOOM A cool front crashing through the wann air will generate severe thunderstorms this afternoon and some'showers tonight. Less humid air will arrive in Cen- tral New York Tuesday. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 84 IOW: 66 'Spomolot'best musical at 2005 Tony Awards "Monty Python's Spama- which celebrated the bois- terous British comedy troupe, won for best musical Sunday at the Tony Awards, which recog- nized the best of a busy Broad- way theater season. STORY, Next for airport security: checking your hands? The government is consid- ering looking for explosive resi- due on airline passengers' hands, among other changes. STORY, PAGE A-5 Don't skip the apple peel if you want antioxidants The skin of apples has more antioxidants than the flesh, and Red Delicious peels have the most of all. researchers say. STOPPAGE A-5 i Swiss voters support EU passport-free lone After recent rejections of its proposed constitution, the Euro- pean Union got a vote of confi- dence for its Schengen zone from Swiss voters, although iheir nation is not a bloc member. STOW, PAGE A-4 Arubo officials arrest two in missing U.S. teen case Authorities charged two men Sunday in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama student in Aruba, and asked the FBI to send a diving team. Louisville Bats duo set sights on Gncinnati Third baseman Edwin Encar- nacion, who helped the Louis- ville Bats beat the SkyChiefs Sunday, may follow Wily Mo Pena to the Reds. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 Research: Gentle bouncing helps babies pick up beat Lightly moving babies to music while you sing or play helps wire their brains to hear rhythm, a new study shows. Apple Computer expected to switch computer chips Apple Computer Inc. is ex- pected to announce today that it's dropping IBM and switching to Intel microprocessor chips. News.com reported that the transition would begin with the lower-end computers, such as the Mac Mini, in mid-2006 and higher-end models a year later. Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index 12 Charges Trial Likely for Saddam; in 2 Months By Bassam Sebti The Washington Post Baghdad, Iraq Saddam Hussein will be tried in connec- tion with 12 of the best-docu- mented crimes among more than 500 allegedly committed by the former Iraqi dictator, the prime minister's spokesman said Sun- day. Laith Kubba, the spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim al- Jaafari, also appeared to confirm recent statements by Iraqi offi- cials that Saddam's trial would begin within two months. think it is true, and there is no objection that it takes place in that short Kubba said at a news conference in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zonp1, Saddam, who ruled 1979 until his ouster by U.S. forces in April 2003, has been held at an undisclosed facility since he was captured eight months after the fall of his gov- ernment. Last July, he was ar- raigned in Baghdad on several broad counts, including the as- sassination of political oppo- nents and the use of chemical weapons against ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq. For nearly a year, however, it has been unclear when he would be tried and what the specific charges would be. Kubba said Sunday that while Saddam stood accused of more then 500 crimes, the Iraqi gov- ernment would try him for 12. Kubba did not specify what the charges would be other than to say they would include "the crimes of northern Iraq.'' "There is no time to waste on 500 Kubba said. At his news conference, Kubba also said Iraqi forces had been successful in the first week of a security crackdown in the capital, called Operation Light- ning. "The citizens in Baghdad feel the clear decrease in the level oi Kubba said. He cited improvement in the performance of the security authorities but ac- knowledged that "there are mis- takes that are happening." PARTNERS THROUGH GREEN AND ROUGH Frank Ordonez Staff GOLFING BUDDIES Don Nash (left) and Bob Augat didn't let Augat's sudden loss of vision stop them. Augat is legally blind but still makes his way across Lyndon Golf Course in DeWitt and Manlius with the help of his friend. Friendship for blind golfer is above par By Mike Fish Staff writer When Bob Augat hit a seven iron from the first fairway at Lyndon Golf Course recently, his playing partner im- mediately commented on it. "It's off to tie right, not too Don Nash said. That may sound harsh, but for this twosome, it was just another sign of a great friendship. Bob Augat, who is 84 years old, is le- gally blind. He still plays golf, but only with con- siderable help from Don Nash, who is 78. Before each shot, Nash helps Augat line up his club about three inches behind the ball. Nash often corrects his stance, tells him how hard to swing, advises him on whether the face of his iron is too open or closed, and carefully places the ball back on the tee when it falls off. Augat tees the ball up in the fairway to make the game playable and enjoyable. "He hits the ball about 90 percent of the Nash says. After each shot, Nash tells Augat where his ball went and then leads him to the next spot for the next swing. That's the routine. Every single hole. It can be a workout for Nash, who is basically playing two games at once. But Nash doesn't hesitate to needle his part- ner, telling Augat that nine holes with him is like 18 with anyone else. Nick Capozzi, who has been running the 18-hole public golf course in DeWitt and Manlius for 20 years, has never seen anything like it. "I think it's great, that someone can LOSING, PAGE A-3 7 years after disappearing, Texas student found alive The Associated Press d____t-l Movies_____D-4 Off______D-1 New York___A-6 -D-6 Obituaries___B-4 A-8 Sams_____B-6 -B-I Sports Comics____ Editorials Local news. lottery____ A-2 Television___D-5 THE POST-STANDARD Bryan, Texas A Texas University student who had been feared murdered after disappearing nearly seven years I ago has been found alive and j working in Kentucky, according to authorities. Brandi Stahr disappeared in October 1998, and police spent i hours searching for her body in wooded areas. They questioned a serial rapist and murderer about her just hours before he was exe- cuted last year. But a telephone tip led inves- tigators to Florence, Ky., where Stahr has been working for the last five years at a Sam's Club, said Texas Ranser frank Mali- nak. "We thought we were dealing with a missing persons Malinak said. "But, in actuality, we were dealing with a person who did not want to be found and was in hiding." Stahr, 27, hid from her family after she and her mother, Ann Dickenson, got into an argument over bad grades she received INSIDE during her sophomore year and her family stopped paying for school. For the last five years, Stahr worked under her real name, using her Social Security num- ber. But police said they were unable to locate her that way be- cause they don't have access to IRS records. Dickenson and Stahr haven't reunited yet, but have talked on j the phone. Stahr told her sister the family should not bother vis- iting, but her mother said noth- ing will stop her. "We're going. I'm going- Even if I have to sit out in a (Sam's Club) parking lot to see Dickenson said. Although Stahr committed no crime in her disappearance, in- vestigators spent a lot of money and time looking for her, Mali- nak said. "The responsible thing to do would have been to let someone know you're Malinak said. "There are going to be people expending man-hours and effort, trying to find a missing person." The Daily Dose In My Words: Why I started my own restaurant Also, how to be a good guest, or make a little extra cash. PAGE D-8 BAD 8ABY NAMES You wont believe what magician Penn Jillette named his new baby girl. Whafs right for you? FACE A-2 MONEYWISE. INSIDE SCIENCE: THE PENTAGON WANTS TO BUILD A ROBOT TV'S SUMMER PREVIEW Find out whafs fresh and hot CNY, PAGE D-4 KRAMER'S PUB CRAWL He says it's for a good cause. CNY, PAGE D-1 CABLE VS. DISK How drug busts pay for police equipment Hundreds of thousands of seized dollars buy body armor, high-tech weaponry. By John O'Brien Staff writer A man was armed and barri- caded inside a home three weeks ago, and Syracuse police waited him out. The officers were ready for anything, courtesy of drug dealer Van Williams. With money from Williams' ill-gotten Wealth, the Syracuse Police Department bought 44 ballistic outfits, including bullet- proof vests, helmets and gas masks about a year ago. The emergency response team offi- cers wore the body armor in the 10-hour standoff with Brian Brown, 22, who killed himself. The money was part of in cash and seized property thai police got from the prosecution of Williams, 60, of Onondaga, who was sentenced to prison for 15 years in 2003 for cocaine trafficking. Through the shared federal COMMON, PAGE A-7 Wonder where the money went? went for 253 coifee mugs like this one. What else they bought Page A-7 Government seeks to save flu vaccine stockpiles i By Candice Choi j The Associated Press Albany Faced with de- stroying the 3.1 million flu shots made available only after last season's shortage scare, the fed- eral government is exploring ways to free up its reserve vac- cines earlier if needed. For the upcoming flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering setting aside a cache of doses in "bulk form" meaning pro- duction would be started but in- terrupted before completion, hi the case of a widespread out- break, production could be re- sumed quickly. That option would reduce manufacturing costs if the re- serves weren't tapped, said Dr. Jeanne Santoli, deputy director for the immunization services di- vision at the CDC. Santoli said she does not yet know how- much money the "bulk form" option might save. A single dose of the flu vac- cine cost the federal government between S6.80 and S10 last sea- son, putting tie cost of the late season reserves to be destroyed at nearly million. Aside from the late season re- serves, the CDC spent about million on doses last year. New York stare received 3 million doses last year, with only doses comina from the CDC. About 9 percent of the state's CDC doses were de- stroyed. Neither the CDC nor the state Department of Health tracks how many of the remaining mil- lion doses distributed went MEASURES, PAGE A-fi   

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