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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               WHAT TO DO LOCAL. PAGES B-2.B-3 HILARY DUFF In concert! WEEKEND The HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Season preview. SPORTS, PAGES D-5 to D-8 FALL TV New syndicated snows. CNY, PAGE E-3 BIG ON WIGS? 'Dress up' for adults. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGEE-8 Affiliated with SyraeuM.com THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 FINA1 EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLEARING Some sunshine should return to Central New York today as what's left of Tropical Storm Katrina moves away. The humidity should also drop as a high-pressure system approaches the area. Complete forecast, D-12 Human stampede kills 800 in Baghdad Reports of suicide bomber in crowd cmse panic among Shite pilgrims. The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Panicked by ru- mors of a suicide bomber, thousands of Shiite pilgrims broke into a stampede on a bridge during a religious procession Wednesday, crushing one another or HIGH: 79 LOW: 62 plunging 30 feet into the muddy Tigris river. About 800 died, mostly women and children, officials said. Hundreds of lost sandals Uttered the two-lane bridge while children floundered in the waters below, trying to reach dry land. The tragedy was the single biggest loss of life known in Iraq since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion. "We heard that a suicide attacker was among the said Fadhel Ah', 28, barefoot and soaking wet on the river- bank. "Everybody was yelling, so I jumped from the bridge into the river, swam and reached the bank. I saw women, children and old men falling after me into the water." The crowd was on edge because of the 110-degree heat, a mortar barrage near the Shiite shrine where they were headed and the ever-present fear of suicide bombers, etched into memories after re- peated attacks against large religious gatherings. Seven people died in the mor- tar barrage three hours before the stam- pede, the U.S. military said. Police later said they found no explo- sives at the bridge either on any indi- OlMMtPAGEM Syracuse gets grants to prevent youth violence The federal government has awarded nearly to Syr- acuse programs that help young people avoid crime and gangs. LOCAL, PAGiB-1 Police charge woman in hit-and-run accident Chade Boutwell, 19, of Syra- cuse, was charged Wednesday with striking two boys on a bike with her car and leaving the scene, pob'ce said. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Methodist Bishop Kim resigns after complaint Hae-Jong Kim, who led the local United Methodist church from 1992 to 2000, has resigned as part of the resolution of a complaint against him. LOCAL, PAGE 1-1 Four indicted on charges of planning terror attacks The head of a militant Islam- ic prison gang and three others were indicted Wednesday on charges of planning terrorist at- tacks in the Los Angeles area. STORY, PAGE A-9 Morning-after pill delay prompts official to quit Food and Drug Administra- tion Associate Commissioner Susan Wood resigned Wednes- day, saying the agency overruled scientists' determination that the morning-after pill could safely be sold without a prescription. STORY, PAGE A-12 Kiddie roller coaster hits, kills teen worker A teen operator died after being struck by and pinned un- derneath the Lady Bug Roller Coaster at a Long Island park. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 FDA approves flu vaccine long used elsewhere The federal government on Wednesday approved Fluarix, a flu vaccine made in Germany that has long been used in other countries to immunize adults. BUSINESS, PAGE C-4 Corrections Real Estate Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions? CalU70-NEWS Index Business........ C-l F-5 H E-6 E-l Classified..... Comics......... CNY...................- Crossword.. Editoriok.......A-10 Entertainment. E-3 letters...........A-ll Local news..... Lottery............ Movies............ New York....... Obituaries..... Sports............ Stocks............ Sudoku.......... Television...... B-l ..A-2 Wkd A-8 1-6 D-1 C-3 E-7 E-5 THE POST-STANDARD ____. III III I 'We Need Something, And There Is Nothing' jerry Lara San Antonio Express-News The Associated Press EILEEN GLENN. 26, of New Orleans, sits grief-stricken at a Red Cross shelter Wednesday in the gym at Davis Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. Glenn and four children were evacuated, but her mother and other relatives were left behind. Shelter, food, water elude refugees of Katrina SIGN OF TIMES Knight Ridder News Service New Orleans A major American city all but disinte- grated Wednesday, and the ex- pected death toll from Hurri- cane Katrina mushroomed into the thousands. Bodies floated down streets. Defeated survivors waded waist-deep and ghost-like through floods. Packs of loot- ers rampaged through the ruins and armed themselves with stolen weapons, and gunfire echoed through the city. The governor ordered New Orleans abandoned, with 350 buses shuttling at least people no homes, no jobs, no possessions from the Su- perdome and elsewhere to Houston's Astrodome. Some Houston soys welcome, we wi help Houstontans mobilized for an influx of up to refugees from New Orleans on Wednesday as this oil city opened its pocketbook, its shelters and its vacant American landmark, the Astrodome, to its homeless neighbors. The city, schools, churches, hotels, hospitals and dozens of relief agencies organized to accommodate the refugees inside the Astrodome, which has been used only sporadically since the Houston Astros left four years ago for more modern quarters downtown. Red Cross contractors prepared to move thousands of cots into the ballpark dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World when it was built in 1965. A catering company set up makeshift kitchens. And the air conditioning, so desperately missing in New Orleans, was turned on. with physical problems left the Superdome Wednesday. And the mayor confirmed what many knew in their hearts but could not bring themselves to say. "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, Mayor Ray Nagin said when asked how NEW ORLEANS, PAGE A-6 Dennis photographer A gallon of unleaded regular gasoline passed Wednes- day at this Fastrac station on Route 31, near Interstate 81, in Cicero. Across the nation, gas prices shot up 30 cents to 50 cents per gallon overnight in response to supply disrup- tions caused by Hurricane Ka- trina. In Central New York, it was still possible to find cheaper gas. AAA's daily sur- vey showed an average price of per gallon of regu- lar. To ease pressure on the gasoline supply, the federal government will loan oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to refiners. Page C-1 Money for nothing? Too good to be true for pair of dupes ,r Pniinrt victims because thev're co By John O'Brien Staff writer Counterfeiters swindled two Syracuse business owners out of Sunday in a DeWitt hotel room, federal agents said. The business owners went to the Microtel in Carrier Circle on Sunday to meet with two men who told them they could take in bills and pro- duce two counterfeit bills for every one real one, said Edward Pollock, resident agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Cus- toms Enforcement, the investiga- tive arm of the Department of Homeland Security. The would-be counterfeiters claimed they could put the real money between two pieces of stock paper, pour chemicals on it, add weight for four hours and the colors of the money would leach into the paper and make counterfeits so real they could pass any test, Pollock said. Instead of putting the real cash inside the stock paper, the swin- dlers made a switch when the victims weren't looking, Pollock said. The con artists put a brick of junk paper inside and told the victims they had to let the chem- icals do their work for four hours. The real money likely ended up in a suitcase the two men were carrying their chemi- cals in, Pollock said. He would not identify the two victims because they're cooper- ating with police and because they weren't charged.They could have faced charges of attempted counterfeiting, but investigators decided not to charge them be- cause it's unlikely they'd be con- victed since there was no CON MEN, PAGE A-}   

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