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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syri SATURDAY. JULY 23, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING COMFORTABLE A high pressure system will ensure Central New York has slightly cooler temperatures and less humidi- ty today. The nice weather will continue Sunday and Monday, too, although there will likely be more clouds and temperatures will rise as the week goes on. Complete forecast D-8 Syracuse undercover police caught in crossfire By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer Police officers usually arrive at a scene after the bullets have flown. Thursday night, they were front and center, caught in what police be- lieve was a gang conflict. The two undercover Syracuse offi- cers were stopped at the light at South Beech and East Fayette streets HIGH: 83 LOW: 59 about p.m. when a Honda Accord and a Kia minivan pulled up side by side behind them, attracting their attention because Beech Street is only one lane hi each direction. "Next thing you know, they hear two Sgt. Tom Connellan said. "They look back and see muzzle flashes coming from both cars." Suddenly, the vehicles pulled around the unmarked car, with pas- sengers continuing to shoot at each other this time over the officers' car. "Talk about a dangerous situa- Connellan said. "This could have been a family with kids inside the car, with this barrage of fire. It's a miracle no one was seriously injured: no civilians, no officers, no innocent bystanders. This could have been a real tragedy." The officers, whom police would not identify Friday, crouched down as the Honda and Kia sped around them, then turned on their emergency lights and chased the shooters north on Beech Street. The suspects' vehicles wove back and forth, crisscrossing and trying to cut each other off, as the gunfire con- tinued, Connellan said. omens, rAGE Hie scene Map shows route of vehicles during Thursday night's shootings. Page A-4 Solvay firm's records sought in forgery probe State prosecutors investigat- ing possible forgeries on medical release forms have subpoenaed records from a Solvay company that processes injury claims for Onondaga County. LOCAL, PAGE 1-1 Man sentenced in Syracuse death An Oswego County man who left the scene after running down a Syracuse pedestrian with his car in September was sen- tenced Friday to the maximum prison penalty. LOCAL, PAGE 1-3 Reactions still flowing in on nominee for high court Supreme Court nominee John Roberts picked up fresh compliments from Senate Re- publicans on Friday. And a Democrat who voted against him previously advised him to be more forthright in answering lawmakers' questions. STORY, PAGE A-3 Gunfire brings tragic end to newlyweds in Iraq It should have been a joyous homecoming for the newlyweds. Iraqi army captain Wissam Ab- dul-Wahab and his bride had spent their wedding night at a fancy hotel. But their first day as husband and wife became their last. Gun- men sprayed their car with bul- lets as they drove home Friday, killing the bride and wounding the groom. STORY, PAGE A-S Collins keeps perspective as shuttle launch nears On the verge of a second launch countdown, the astronaut who will lead NASA's return to space said Friday it's not impor- tant when she and her crew fly, but that "we do it right." Discovery is scheduled to blast off Tuesday after a two- week delay caused by a malfunc- tioning fuel gauge, a "very elu- sive problem" in commander Eileen Collins' words. STORY, PAGE A-3 Public's help needed to catalog aggressive hunter Quick! What has large pro- truding eyes, is black with yel- low spots along its spindly 4-inch-long body, has wings a half-foot long and can fly faster than 30 mph? ANSWER AND STORY, PAGE A-8 Corrections Owego Pick 10 Homicide victim's Date of Lori Leonard Jazz in the City, Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call470-NEWS Index London: High Tension; NYC: Random Checks Business __________ C-l Classified E-5 Comics _________ M 0 Editoriok A-8 Local news ...._ B-l lottery __________ A-2 Movies ._ E-4 Obituaries B-4 Sports 0-1 Stocks C-2 Television M 2 THE POST-STANDARD A NEW YORK CITY police officer searches Vanessa Critchell's bag, chosen at random, before she passes through the turn- stile Friday at the Lafayette Avenue subway station in the London terror probe intensifies The Boston Globe London British plainclothes offi- .cers fatally shot a man after chasing him through a crowded Underground station Friday, and antiterrorist police later re- leased video unages of four suspects who apparently tried but failed to detonate backpack bombs on London's transit sys- tem Thursday. In a day of fast-paced developments in a city on edge, police searched several houses and arrested two people on anti- terrorism charges, at least one of them said to be related to the bombing cam- paign that has now struck twice against one of the world's busiest transportation systems. Police released closed-circuit televi- sion unages of the four men whom they believe fled after Thursday's attempted bombings, which closely mirrored four suicide bombings two weeks earlier that killed 56 people and wounded more than 700. Police said four British Muslim men, three of them with links to Pakistan, carried out the first round of attacks. In the attacks Thursday, the unidenti- fied suspects apparently set off detona- tors attached to their bomb-laden back- packs, but for some undisclosed reason the explosives failed to ignite. It remained unclear Friday night whether the man shot by police at Stock- well station in south London was one of those pictured on the security camera images. But Metropolitan Police Com- missioner Sir Ian Blair said during a news conference that the shooting was The Associated Press Brooklyn borough of New York. Security in the city was tightened after a new round of attacks in London's transit system. Code Orange The Associated Press SCOTLAND YARD released this photo Friday of one of the men they want to question in Thursday's incidents. More photos, Page A-4. part of antiterrorist operations and "di- rectly linked7' to the investigation of the attacks Thursday The slain man, who police said had been under surveillance and whom eye- witnesses described as wearing a bulky coat, refused to obey law enforcement of- ficers' orders to stop and was tripped and fatally shot as he attempted to enter a train, according to police accounts. The MAN SHOT, PAGE A-4 New Yorkers show tolerance The Associated Press New York It's generally not a good idea to pick a New Yorker at random, go through his things and slow his rush to the subway. Nobody needs an- other irritation on a hot, crowded, smelly commute. But city straphangers submitted calmly Friday as police inspected their bags and briefcases after the latest attacks on Lon- don's Underground. Some were skepti- cal, some were critical, but most said they were glad for the extra security. "It doesn't bother said Davon Campbell, 24, a security worker who lost about four minutes while an officer rifled through his rolling suitcase and two shoulder bags at the Woodlawn station in the Bronx. "I can understand why they're doing it. It's important." Ron Freeman, 25, a stockbroker who had his backpack searched at the La- fayette Street station in Brooklyn, said, "They should have done this a long time ago, ever since And Amy Wilson, 28, said the offi- cers' work "makes me feel safer. I like knowing they're here." At Woodlawn, Sgt. Kevin O'Connor used a bullhorn to alert riders entering the station that they might be searched. "If you do not agree to this inspection, you must exit the transit system immediate- he added. He said he hadn't seen anyone turn around and his officers hadn't met with any resistance. BUS, PAGE A-4 Bombs kiU dozens in Cairo The Associated Press Cairo, Egypt Three car bombs exploded in quick succes- sion in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh early today, ripping through a hotel and a cafe packed with European and Egyptian tourists. Security offi- cials said at least 45 people died in the deadliest attack in Egypt in nearly a decade. The powerful blasts, begin- ning at a.m., rattled win- dows miles away and sent pan- icked vacationers streaming out of hotels and clubs. Smoke and fire rose from Naama Bay, a main strip of beach hotels in the desert city at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, also popular with Israeli tourists, witnesses said. Dazed tourists milled about the darkened streets as Egyptian rescuers searched for dead and injured. Bodies of the dead lay under white sheets or were load- ed in plastic bags into ambu- lances, while other emergency vehicles sped away with the wounded. "There seemed to be a lot of bodies strewn across the road" near one cafe, Chris Reynolds, a policeman visiting from Bir- mingham, England, told the BBC by telephone. "It was hor- rendous." Three car bombs were used in the attack, said a security official in the operations control room in Cairo monitoring the crisis. Ech- oes and secondary blasts had ini- KADUEST, PAGE A-4 Multiple explosions in Egypt Source: ESRI LONG-LASTING FLOWERS Consider growing (jnXMnis. CNXPAGEE-1 INSIDE BIG DRIVERS Honda Accords two inches larger in America. AUTO, PAGE M SUDOKO PUZZLE ANSWERS, PAGE A-2 SECOND PUZZLE, PAGE E-11 Community Health Center to expand By James T. Mulder Staff writer The Syracuse Community Health Center wants to put up a pedestrian skybridge to expand across South Salina Street. The nonprofit community- owned center, which cares for mostly low-income patients, plans to build a two-story build- ing to house its administrative offices on land it owns across the street from its main clinic at 819 S. Salina St. An unused skybridge that links the Atrium office building with the Bank garage on the north end of South Salina, near Clinton Square, has been offered as a donation to the cen- ter, according to Dr. Ruben Cowart, president and chief ex- i ecutive officer of the health cen- ter. The enclosed walkway, owned by the Atrium, was built in 1976 when the Atrium was a WORK, PAGE A-4 ;