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   Winchester Star (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, Winchester, Virginia                                The Winchester Star 110TH YEAR NO. 81 40 PAGES/4 SECTIONS WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2005 www. wi nchestersta r.com 35 CENTS 4We Will Not Relent' in War on Terror Constitution Arrives By OMAR SINAN _Associated Press Writer_ BAGHDAD, Iraq - Residents of one of the city's most insurgent-hit neighborhoods received copies of Iraq's draft constitution on Thursday. Some refused' to take it and some shopkeepers balked at distributing it, fearing reprisals by militants determined to wreck the crucial Oct. 15 referendum. Insurgents continued their wave of violence with attacks in and around the capital, including the suicide bombing of a minibus that killed at least 20 Iraqis .and an American soldier. Despite the bloodshed, Iraqis in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora had their first look at the See Iraq Page A2 Associated Press President Bush: "We never back down, never give in, and never accept anything less than complete victory." Bush Urges Iraq War Support, Outlines Foiled al-Qaida Plots By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - President Bush said on Thursday that the United States and its allies had foiled at least 10 serious plots by the al-Qaida terror network in the last four years, including plans for Sept. 11-like attacks on both U.S. coasts. In a speech designed to revive flagging public support for the war in Iraq, the president also said the U.S. and its part- ners have stopped at least five more efforts by al-Qaida to study targets or infiltrate operatives in the United States. "Because of this steady progress, the enemy is wounded, but the enemy is still capable of global operations," Bush said. "Our commitment is clear: We will not relent until the organized international terror networks are exposed and broken, and their leaders held to account for their acts of mur- See Bush Page A8 Bird Flu Vaccine Program Pressed Bush Seeks Action From Manufacturers By LAURAN NEERGAARD _AP Medical Writer_ WASHINGTON - President Bush summoned vaccine manufacturers to a White House meeting today, hoping to personally boost the rickety industry amid increasing fears of a worldwide outbreak of bird flu. It's the latest in a flurry of preparations for a possible pandemic after criticism of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. This month, vaccine maker Sanoii-Pasteur begins the first mass production of a new vaccine that promises to protect against bird flu, producing $100 million worth of inoculations for a government stockpile. But it would take months to create a new vaccine from scratch if a different strain of bird flu than today's - known as H5N1 - emerges. Even if the vaccine works, Sanofi is producing enough to protect from 2 million to 20 million people - depending on how much must be put into each dose - and it's not clear when or where similar large stockpiles could be made. The nation has three main manufacturers of vaccine against the regular flu that circulates each winter. Bush called together the heads of major vaccine companies "to press ahead to expand our manufacturing capacity for a vaccine to address this risk," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said on Thursday. On the agenda for today's meeting is liability, McClellan said. If healthy people suffer See Flu Page A2 Apples and Big Boxes The big boxes are crowding out the orchards on the western edge of Winchester. This tree full of ripe apples overlooks the large Wal-Mart Supercenter under construction along U.S. 50. In the distance, across Va. 37, is the Winchester Medical Cen- Star Photo by Rick Foster ter complex. The Wal-Mart is expected to be completed and open for business in about a month. Other businesses are planned for the 43-acre site, with openings anticipated next spring. Potts Is Suing To Join Debate Governor Candidate Petitions U.S. Court By CHARLIE JACKSON The Winchester Star State Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. had hoped events on Thursday would breathe new life into his independent bid to become Virginia's next governor. That didn't happen. Instead, a last-minute federal lawsuit was filed by Potts's campaign to get the independent candidate from Winchester into the final gubernatorial debate of the season, scheduled for Sunday Decision 2005 , 'A Trail of Missteps' Lawmakers Fire Bipartisan Blast at Storm Recovery Efforts By JONATHAN WEISMAN and GRIFF WITTE c 2005 The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Lawmakers from both parties sharply questioned nearly every aspect of the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina on Thursday. They focused their discontent on suspect contracts and elicited a pledge that hundreds of millions of dollars in deals awarded with no competition would.soon be put up for bid. Nine House and Senate panels held Hurricane Katrina hearings on hurricane relief, with a sense of frustration frequently bursting to the surface. Several members chastised administration officials, citing tales of Gulf state small businesses losing work to giants such as Halliburton Co. Others challenged administration stances on tax breaks and health care for the displaced. Under questioning about the agency's reliance on contracts that lacked full and open bidding, R. David Paulison, the acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said, "I've been in public service a long time, and I've never been a fan of no-bid contracts." Asked by Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., why the agency did not hold competitions before Katrina struck, Paulison replied that "all of those no-bid contracts, we are going to go back and rebid. We're in the process of rebidding them already." A FEMA spokeswoman later said the new bidding process affects only the four largest no-bid deals. Those are $100 mil- See Katrina Page AS in R i c h-mond. The campaign also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction that would stop the debate from being held without Potts. The lawsuit challenges the validity of the rules devised by the University of Virginia Center for Politics, which is co-sponsoring the debate. According to those rules, Potts needed to achieve 15 percent of public support in two statewide non-partisan polls, which had been due for release on Thursday, to be eligible to participate in the debate. The latest Mason-Dixon poll, released in September, had Potts at 6 percent and opponents Jerry W. Kilgore, a Republican, and Timothy Kaine, a Democrat, at 41 percent and 40 percent, respectively. A Rasmussen poll released at the end of September showed Potts with 5 percent of support and his opponents knotted with 45 percent. The lawsuit filed against the University of Virginia Center See Potts Page AS Body Is Identified as Missing VCU Student By KRISTEN GELINEAU _Associated Press Writer_ RICHMOND - Remains found in a wooded area in rural Virginia were positively identified on Thursday as those of a missing Virginia Commonwealth University student, investigators said. Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe said the identification of Taylor Behl, 17, was confirmed by dental records. No cause of death has been determined., A task force investigating Behl's disappearance found the decomposed body in Mathews County on Wednesday - one month after the freshman vanished. The body was found off a dirt path that led from a county road. "I have the utmost confidence that we're going to be able to resolve this case," In Virginia Monroe said, adding that charges should be filed soon. Earlier on Thursday, before the remains were identified, Behl's mother addressed reporters. "I'm sure you can imagine the shock and horror I feel, knowing that the body found is most likely my baby's," Janet Pelasara said outside of her home in Vienna. "My mind still cannot absorb the fact that someone could so something this cruel and heinous to my 17-year-old." Monroe said police were led to the crime scene by examining photographs found on the web site of a 38-year-old amateur photographer who was one of the last people to see the teen before she disap- peared on Sept. 5. Ben Fawley is being held without bond on child pornography charges, He has not been charged in the Behl case. Fawley had a romantic relationship with the teen, according to his attorney, Chris Collins. "We certainly believe that the strongest suspect they have already in custody," said See Missing Page AS TAYLOR BEHL Family Photo via AP Saturday in The Star UfcEN'S \ DREAM    ] Readily Accessible? AH you want is to set around town or play on a swim? How hard is that to do if you use a wheelchair or can't sec? N.Y. Officials Report Terrorism Threat [Pfiiex By JOSH GETLIN c2005 Los Angeles Times NEW YORK - City officials increased security in New York's subways on Thursday, citing what they called a credible terrorist threat against the nation's largest mass transit system. But authorities with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington down^ played the seriousness of the threat, saying it was of doubtful believability. "We have never before had such a specific threat to our subway system," Mayor City leaders increase security throughout subway system. Michael R. Bloomberg said during an afternoon conference. New York officials said police presence would be increased at many of the city's 468 stations. For the first time, police urged New York commuters to refrain if possible from carrying backpacks, baby strollers, briefcases or bags that might be used to hide explosives. Bloomberg, speaking at police headquarters with New York Police Department and FBI officials, said the importance of the threat was "above the normal level" because of the detail involved. Officials were reluctant to elaborate, however, saying information about the potential threat had grown out of a "classified operation" overseas. Bloomberg said no suspects had been arrested in New York or anywhere else in the United States. New York officials knew about the Sec Threat Page A2 Business/Stocks | C7 Classified | D3-12 Comics | B7 Dear Abby | D2 Family | D1-2 Movies | B10 Sports | CI-6 MISS YOUR PAPER? Call 667-3200 from 7 to 11 a.m., 665-4946 after business hours. 0608566000375   

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