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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING TIPSY An unstable air mass over the Northeast will provide an oppor- i tunity for more rain and thunder- showers today in Central New York. Temperatures will be much cooler than they have been. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 64 LOW: 53 Chicken sdods retailed, Sally Sherman Foods is re- calling more than pounds of chicken salad that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The five-pound containers of chicken salad and chicken pasta Caesar are being recalled. There have been no reports of illness but consumption of the contami- nated food could cause listerio- sis, an uncommon but potential- ly fatal disease, The chicken salad has been sold in the Syra- cuse area. Call (914) 664-6262 for more information about Ihe recall. N.Y. Racing Association 'squandered' over The New York Racing Asso- ciation gave a no-bid contract wortli to its ex-CEO's daughter and son-in-law, issued another no-bid contract that paid a public relations firm mil- lion, and "squandered" at least a year on trophies, according to an audit covering three years of spending that was released Wednesday by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi. NEW YORK, PAGE A-14 Senate OKs wider use of ef hanol in gasoline The Senate on Wednesday endorsed a broad expansion of the use of ethanol in gasoline, despite claims by opponents that it would force up gasoline prices outside the Farm Celt. STORY, PAGE M House closes some books on users of Patriot Act Lawmakers voted Wednes- day to block the Justice Depart- ment and the FBI from using the Patriot Act to peck at library re- cords and bookstore sales slips. STORY, PAGE M Legislators: no marijuana for patients with cancer The House Wednesday re- fused to allow cancer patients and other severely ill people to smoke marijuana to ease pain. STOUT, PAGE A-5 Corrections Syracuse Center of Syracuse Deputy Police Chief David Richard A. Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Index Busies ________ C-l arf..__ZLE-i UinXy __________ A-J NwYort Spirts __ Stales .A-M (-3 Lid MK 1-1 IhtrOST-SUIBMB Home From Iraq Dick photographer ARMY SPEC. GLEN CULVER is greeted by his wife, Diedre, and-daughter, Naomi, 2, while Sgt. Eugene Cruikshank (right) is welcomed home by his wife, Kelly, and their children, 3-year-old Robert and 7-month-old Kyrsten. Family, friends, new babies greet 600 soldiers By Pedro Ramirez III Staff writer The first of sol- diers who have spent the last year in Iraq returned to Fort Drum Wednesday to cheering, crying relatives and friends. The first 300 soldiers with the iOth Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade arrived by plane at Wheeler-Sack Army Air- field Wednesday morning. A second plane with another 300 soldiers arrived late in the afternoon. The rest of the brigade's troopers will return on seven flights through the following week, said Ben Able, a Fort Dram spokesman. As the 2nd Brigade returns home, the 10th Mountain's 1st and 3rd Brigade are preparing to leave for Iraq and Afghani- stan over the next several months. Once all of 2nd Brigade's soldiers are home, the 10th Mountain will have no troops in Iraq until the 1st Brigade deploys there in late summer to early fall, said Staff Sgt. Russ Rozean, speaking for the 1st Brigade. On Wednesday about four hours after the first group of 2nd Brigade .soldiers landed, the 10th Mountain held a wel- come home ceremony at Ma- grath Gym. Children held up signs welcoming home their dads. Wives and girlfriends whooped and cried when the column of desert camouflage- clad soldiers marched into the gym. "I can't put it into 2ND BATMUON, PAGE A-i Military jet with bombs crashes near Ariz, homes The Associated Press Yuma, Ariz. A Marine Harrier jet carrying four 500-pound bombs crashed Wednesday in a residential neighborhood, forcing the evacu- ation of people. There were no reports of injuries and (lie pilot ejected safely, authori- ties said. The jet was coming in for a landing at Marine Corps Air Sta- tion-Yuma when it crashed in the backyard of a home about a mile from the base, said Marine Cpl. Michael Nease. It was also carrying 300 rounds of 25-milimeter ammunition, he said. The Marines were investigat- ing the accident but had not de- termined a cause, Nease said. Nease said two homes near the crash site sustained some structural damage after the air- craft burst into flames, he said. A one-mile radius around the crash was evacuated while a mil- itary explosives disposal team dismantled the bombs so they could be removed. About people were being evacuated, including a trailer park that is less than a block from the crash site, said Betty Conner, a training consul- tant for the Red Cross. A shelter was set up at a nearby middle school. "I was just sitting here. It was Kids bring smiles, mascot to cheer up ill 6-year-old Noski jwpfls, cMMMity rally to support boy bewg treated for Iwkewia. By Delen Goldberg Staff writer Devon Pollic wants to be a hockey player when he grows up. But the 6-year-old Pulaski boy has never been to a hockey game. He's too weak to attend sporting events. Devon has battled acute lym- pboblastk leukemia since he was 4 years old. He's underjone rounds of chemotherapy, suf- fered through painful boat nw- row biopsies struggled with Wednesday, miles from the nearest ice rink, on a patch of grass under the hot sun, Devon got his hands on some serious hockey stuff: The Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club sent its mascot, Al the Ice Gorilla, to Pu- laski to lead a parade of pupils from Lura Sharp Elementary FUMES, t-11 DEVON POLLIC a kindergarten pupil at Lura Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski, is under- going treatment for leukemia. He received a visit on Wednes- day from teacher Kelly North's second-grade class and Al the Ice Gorilla, the mascot of the Syracuse Crunch. 39 charged with possession of alcohol Busts node at parties IN homeowner dso charged. By Meghan Rubado and Debra J. Groom Staff writers Onondaga County sheriffs deputies accused 39 young adults of possession of alcohol at two parties: one a house party in Onondaga and the second a going-away party in Skaneateles. Sheriff Kevin Walsh said he was dismayed that a parent who was home during the Onondaga party said he didn't know it was going on. "The major problem is there are a lot of parents who are still willing to open their homes, and that can have tragic results for the Walsh said. At a May 27 barn party at 4408 Jordan Road, Skaneateles, Iwo dozen people under the legal drinking age of 21 were charged with possession of alcohol with intent to consume, according to the sheriffs office. A June 5 party at 3968 Stetson Circle, Onondaga, left 15 under- age people charged with the same Alcoholic; Beverage Con- trol law violation and an adult homeowner charged with two misdemeanors, said John D'Er- edita, spokesman for the sher- iffs office. In both cases, noise com- plaints from neighbors sent dep- uties to the addresses. High school students in the Wesl Genesee district intended the Onondaga party and students from Skaneateles and Marcellus high schools were among the guests at the Skaneateles party, said Capt. Peter Bronstad, of ihe sheriffs South Community Sta- lion. Both parties also involved recent high school graduates. Deputies had parents pick up their children from the parties. Sheriff Kevin Walsh recently DEPUTIES, PAGE A-13 Autopsy finds Schiavo was blind, in coma Examination does not find cause of irreversible brain damage, but rules out abuse. The Associated Press Largo, Fla. The autopsy released Wednesday on Terri Schiavo backed her husband's contention that she was in a per- sistent vegeta- tive state, find- ing she was severely and irreversibly brain-damaged and blind as well. It also found no evi- dence that she Schwvo was strangled or otherwise abused before she collapsed. Yet medical examiners could not say for certain what caused her sudden 1990 collapse, long thought to have been brought on by an eating disorder. The findings vindicated Mi- chael Schiavo in his long and vitriolic battle with bis in-laws, who insisted her condition was not hopeless and suggested that their daughter was the victim of violence by their son-in-law. f.HMiMi   

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