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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               7 1 BRAVES REBOUND TO EVEN SERIES SPORTS, PACES C-1, C-2 6 2 The Post-Standard O 2005 The Post-Standaid Affiliated with Syracusc.com FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOAKED Tropical moisture will be pushed into Central New York today by a cold front from the west. The re- sult will be heavy rain lasting throughout the day and eve- ning. Some rain will continue to fall Saturday. Complete forecast, C-14 HIGH: 69 LOW: 50 'Credible' or 'doubtful': Pharmacists plan chemical attack? NYC Chases Claim of Bomb Plot FBI checks computers in White House spy probe FBI agents examined com- puters in Vice President Dick Cheney's office and talked to former and current White House aides Thursday as they investi- gated an FBI intelligence analyst accused of passing classified in- formation to Filipino officials. STORY, PAGE A-8 Camillas toddler run over by mower, arm badly cut A 2-year-old Camillus boy's arm was partially severed when he fell under the riding lawn mower his father was operating. LOCAL PAGE M Boot passengers didn't hove access to life jackets National Transportation Safety Board investigators prob- ing Sunday's fatal tour boat cap- sizing said life jackets were stored in a locker that blocked easy access, but that was not a violation of state law. STOUT, PAGtA-10 Lockheed Martin drops pensions for new workers Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday it will no longer provide traditional pension plans to new salaried employees in part to cut costs, offering them instead defined contribution retirement plans. In a letter to the company's salaried employees, Lockheed said it will contribute money to accounts for the new workers that give them the op- tion to invest the money as they choose. The company has a plant in Salina. Bush pushes companies to make more flu vaccines President Bush today will meet with vaccine manufactur- ers, hoping to personally boost the rickety industry amid in- creasing fears of a worldwide outbreak of bird flu. STORY, PAGE A-8 Retired CNY man wins malpractice case A 69-year-old retired insur- ance adjuster originally from Baldwinsville won a mil- lion medical malpractice, but he doesn't consider it a victory. The prostate cancer that the doctor missed is going to kill him. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l Corrections Destiny's tax Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS News service reports New York Authorities stepped up mass transit security Thursday after receiving what city officials called a credible threat that the New York subway may be the target of a terrorist attack in the coming days. But Homeland Security officials in Washington downplayed the threat, saying it is of "doubtful credibility." The threat involved the possi- bility that terrorists would pack a baby stroller with explosives and use it to bomb the subway, among other potential bombing methods, a law enforcement offi- cial said, speaking on condition of anonymity. New York officials responded by mobilizing police officers to begin looking through commut- ers' strollers, bags, brief cases, INSIDE: President Bush talks about the war on terrorism, and efforts to stop al-Qaida attacks in the U.SVA-8 and luggage. "This is the first time we have had a threat with this level of Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a nationally televised news conference along- side Police Commissioner Ray- mond Kelly, adding that he still felt secure enough to take the subway home Thursday night. Gov. George Pataki said the state would call up hundreds of National Guard troops while reaching out to law officers in Connecticut and New Jersey to patrol commuter trains. In Washington. Homeland Se- curity Department spokesman Russ Knocke said "the intelli- gence community has concluded this information to be of doubt- ful credibility. We shared this in- formation early on with state and local authorities in New York." Knocke did not elaborate. A counterterrorism official, who was briefed about the threat by Homeland Security authori- ties and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, FEDERAL, PAGE A-6 Migrant workers' home explodes OSWEGO COUNTY Sheriff Reucl Todd looks at the rubble of a migrant workers' dwelling that exploded Thursday at De- Marco's pumpkin and onion farm in Schroeppel. Officials Frank Ordonez Staff photographer said 10 people were inside and propane was likely to blame for the blast. "It looks like an accident, but we have to make sure it was an Todd said. One man dies in Schroeppel farm propane blast. Eight others badly injured. By Douglass Dowty and Catie O'Toole Staff writers Tim Bowersox dug through piles of concrete blocks, walls and debris Thursday morning at DcMarco's pumpkin and onion farm, finding migrant workers screaming because they were so badly burned and injured. "We were pulling people and digging for them. There were no tools, no equipment. We pawed through the debris trying to find the said Bowersox, deputy fire chief for the Phoenix Enter- prise Fire Co. Ten workers were in the building in Schroeppel when it exploded about a.m., said farm owner Anthony DeMar- co, of Elbridge. One man was killed. Another was airlifted to University Hospital in Syra- cuse. Seven others were driven by ambulance to University Hospital after the blast. The eight in Syracuse were all in the intensive care unit Thurs- day night. One migrant worker -VICTIMS, PAGE A-6 INSIDE: List of migrant worker accidents 14 propane accidents in 5 years Safety A-6 CNY soldiers receive warm welcome home Index Business...... Classified.... Comics........ CNY............. Crossword.. Editorials.... Letters Local news, D-l F-8 r-i E-1 .A-12 .A-13 .....B-l Lottery......... New York.... Obituaries., Sean Kirst.. Sports.......... Stocks Sudoku....... Television... ...A-2 E-4 A-10 .....B-4 B-l .....C-1 .....D-3 ......E-7 ......E-5 Reservists based in Buffalo cheered by families. Their battalion lost 48 members. By Pedro Ramirez III Staff writer About 170 Buffalo-based Ma- rine Corps and Navy reservists among them as many as 20 from Central New York re- turned home Thursday after seven months of dangerous duty in Iraq. When the reservists walked single file onto a green area be- side the Corps Re- serve Center near Lake Erie a crowd of family and friends cheered. The center is home to India Company, part of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine ment, based in Brook Ohio. 3rd Battalion were killed during the deployment in Iraq and about 150 Marines were injured. Most were from other companies, based in Ohio or Moundsville, W.Va. One member of India Compa- ny was killed in combat. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey L. Wiener, a corpsman from Long Island, was serving with a weap- ons company when he was killed on May 7. The returning Marines, though, chose not to talk a lot about the losses or the dangers they encountered. Lance Cpl. Andrew Fecco Jr., 25, of North Syracuse, spent much of his time driving a Humvee during patrols around the city of Hit, Iraq. During one patrol a suicide Regi- bomber hit one of the vehicles in Park, Fecco's unit. But Fecco says too much focus is placed on the bad Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer MARINE LANCE CPL. Andrew Fecco Jr. is greeted by his mother, Jackie Salanger, of North Syracuse, upon his return from Iraq. Be- hind them is his father, Andrew, his brother, Matthew, and his girlfriend, Jaime Taylor. Forty-eight members of that news happening in Iraq and he didn't talk much about the bat- talion's casualties. "You know joining that there's people going to make the ultimate he said. "You just remember them forev- er." There were other stories to tell. RESERVISTS, PAGE A-11 I N SJ D THE POST-STANDARD 7 MOVIE REVIEWS CNY, PAGE E-1 DELICACIES FOR DESTINY Kramer's fried testicles a hit CNY, PAGE E-1 WINE TRAILS lips for finger Lakes tnps DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 SU FOOTBALL Connecticut game preview SPORTS, PAGES C-1. 6-8 BROTHER BEARS Zoo's Kahless and Morath greet public LOCAL. PAGE B-2 Cervical cancer vaccine effective No one who got papilloma virus vaccine in study shows signs of the cancer. By Linda A. Johnson The Associated Press An experimental vaccine to prevent the most common forms of cervical cancer proved 100 percent effective in a two-year test on more than girls and women, drug maker Merck Co. says. Merck is hoping to win Food and Drug Administration ap- proval for the vaccine, Gardasil, and put it on the market as soon as late 2006. It would be the first vaccine to prevent cervical can- cer, a disease caused almost ex- clusively by a highly common sexually transmitted virus called the human papilloma vims, or HPV. Doctors expect the vaccine to be routinely offered to girls and boys, too, because they can spread the virus to their partners before they become sexually active, though the practice is cer- tain to run into opposition from conservatives and religious groups. "I see this as a phenomenal VACCINE, PAGE A-ll   

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