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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with FINAL EDITION FRIDAY. JULY 29, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING NICE ONE A high pressure system will keep the skies clear in Central New York for much of the day, but a weak front could bring a stray thundershower into the area later. Most of the weekend will be dry. Complete forecast D-10 IRA: We Will Put Down Arms HIGH: 83 LOW: 58 Coming soon to o CNY mall near you: Nlacy's The soon-to-be new owners of Kaufmann's department stores plan to change the stores' names to Macy's early next year. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Rep. James Walsh, involved in peace process for years, applauds historic move. I By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Hours after the Irish Republi- can Army declared that it will re- nounce violence and disarm, i Rep. James Walsh stood next to the second-in-command of the IRA's political wing, Sinn Fein, and said the action represents "a shining light at the end of a long tunnel." Walsh, R-Onondaga, has vorked for years in his role as chairman of Congress' Friends of Ireland caucus to help move Northern Ireland's feuding fac- tions to peace. His influence in Irish affairs has engaged Central New York- ers, who saw both Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and Repub- lic of Ireland Prime Minister Bertie Ahem come to Syracuse in the past two years. In Washington Thursday, Walsh introduced Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein's chief negotiator, to a Capitol Hill briefing as several other mem- bers of the House stood nearby. McGuinness said it was a "truly historic and momentous day" in the long struggle to bring peace to Ireland. The IRA's announcement imposes upon all parties to the peace pro- cess "a responsibility to seize this he said. McGuinness said he wanted to "pay tribute to all those on Cap- itol Hill who have supported us in the good times and the bad." He singled out Walsh in particular for his work on behalf the Irish peace process. Walsh, who has made several trips to Ireland in support of peace talks, said the congres- sional effort has been "truly bi- WAISH, PAGE A-4 Alex Wong Getty images SINN FEIN chief negotiator Martin McGuinness (left) arrives at a news conference with Rep. James Walsh, R-Onondaga The Irish Republican Army said it will disarm but not disband. Syracuse to Destiny USA: Financing plan no good Mayor Matt Driscoll Thurs- day announced that developer Destiny USA's latest construc- tion financing plan for a million expansion violates a 2002 agreement under which the city promised Destiny a 30-year property tax exemption. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Prosecutor: Lori Leonard was killed in Chittenango The Washington County Dis- trict Attorney said Thursday he believes Lori Leonard was killed in Chittenango. A judge Thurs- day ordered Shawn Doyle, 29, o Hudson Falls, be held in jail to let a grand jury hear the case. IOCALPAGEM New formula for highway aid would help New York The billion, six-year transportation bill before the House of Representatives in- cludes a change in the formula for distributing highway and mass transit aid that could have cost New York hundreds of mil- lions of dollars. The vote on the bill is ex- pected today. STORY, PAGE A-5 U.S. may give diplomats in Iraq security service The U.S. military is consid- ering offering protection to for- eign diplomats in Baghdad after al-Qaida agents killed three Arab envoys this month, the American ambassador said Thursday. STORY, PAGIA4 London police: Attacks could happen any day The London police chief warned deadly terror cells could strike any time as thousands of officers stepped up patrols of the transit system. STORY, PAGE A-4 United Way grant goes to gay youth counseling United Way of Central New has awarded over the next three years to a youth group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths. The group, operated by AIDS Community Resources, offers counseling for people 14 to 20 years old. LOCAL PAGE B-l Corrections Quilt Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS AERIAL ASSAULT ON EEE OVER CICERO SWAMP David Lassman Staff photographer PESTICIDE TRAILS from the wings pf a twin-engine Piper Aztec as part of Onondaga County's attempt to control mosquitoes at the Cicero Swamp that could carry the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. The pesticide Kontrol kills flying insects but didn't worry some Cicero residents attending youth sporting events or eating outside at restaurants. The bug problems haven't slowed Cicero from growing faster than any other community in B-1. INSIDE 3 FILMS Are they good or bod? CNY, PAGES E-1, Jamie Foxx in "Stealth" E-MAIL IS FOR OLD FOLKS Teens prefer instant messaging, land-line phones. CNY, PAGE E-1 KARAOKE What's hot? What's hard? THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Are our astronauts safe? Index Business C-l Bridge HO Classified H Comics E-6 CNY E-1 Crossword E-6 Editorials Letters Local B-1 lottery..............A-2 Movies...............1-4 New York.........A-8 Obituaries........B-4 Sports...............D-l Stocks...............C-3 Sudoku puzzle E-7 Television......._.E-5 Weather........ D-10 THE POST-STANDARD The Associated Press NASA has indefinitely grounded future space shuttle flights, but the seven Discovery astronauts are already in orbit and looking forward to a home- coming on Aug. 7, provided their spacecraft is judged to be safe. Here are answers to some questions about their safety. Why did NASA ground the shuttles? After viewing photos and video taken in the minutes after Discovery's launch on Tuesday, NASA determined a large piece of foam insulation snapped off the shuttle external fuel tank just as it did on Columbia. With Columbia, the foam knocked a hole in the wing, which led to the destruction of the spacecraft when it returned to Earth in 2003. But with Discovery, the piece of flying debris apparently missed the spacecraft. How can NASA be so sure? SHUTTLE BACK FLIPS; PHOTOS STUNNING The mostly welcome news came after Mission Control received magnificent detailed photographs of Discovery taken by the crew aboard the international space station. The shuttle executed an unprecedented back flip to bare its belly to the cameras before docking with the space station. MISSION LOG, PAGE A-6 NASA managers have looked for damage in many photograph- ic and video images of the shut- tle. Also, a robotic arm holding a new boom extension with laser cameras did a six-hour survey of the shuttle's nose and wings, the most vulnerable parts. Astronauts at the international space station shot hundreds of NASA TV The Associated Press EILEEN COLLINS, commander of space shuttle Discovery and a Syracuse University graduate, floats in view of a television cam- era after entering the international space station. digital images of the shuttle's underside, and NASA may use the laser cameras again to give it an even closer look, focusing in particular on some damaged tiles that are not thought to pose a se- rious risk. What if some sort of damage is found? NASA, PAGE A-6 Siblings have boatload of fun on canal reunion SUDOKU SOLUTION TO THIS PUZZLE, PAGE A-2 WANT ANOTHER? PAGE E-7 The St. Phillipses' weeklong cruise will take in fireworks at Harborfest on Saturday. By Delen Goldberg Staff writer Look for the loud boat, the one booming with laughter. Then you'll know you've found the St. Phillips family. The eight siblings, ages 71 to 83. will dock their canal cruiser Saturday night in Oswego to watch the Harborfest fire- works and celebrate, with a bang, the end of a weeklong family reunion. The St. Phillipses hadn't seen each other in years. This week, they gathered aboard a classic canalboat and sailed along parts of the old Erie and New York State Barge Canal together. Anthony St. Phillips. 78. cap- tained the boat. He made his brothers and sisters first mates. "Being in charge of 71-year-olds to is the biggest challenge you'll have in your life." Anthony said, as his siblings scurried around him. ropes, stringing fishing poles and eating potato chips. "You have to use all sorts of psychology to keep them in line." The siblings started their jour- ney Sunday in Baldwinsville. They will return Sunday to Bald- winsviile from Oswego. They docked their rented boat, the Okcechobec. in Fulton on Wednesday. "You'd think we'd be in wheelchairs by now. but God has blessed us." sister Rose Bcvacqua said. "We got good senes from our mother." No walkers, canes or cranks on this boat. The St. Phillips sib- lings said they have never felt more alive. The last time the entire family gathered together to laugh and joke was as children. The St. Phillipses grew up on a muck farm outside Fulton. Their fa- ther. Alfredo St. Phillips, died during the Depression at age 49- before youngest daughter Jean Feency was born. Their mother. Laura'St. Phillips, died in i995 at the age of 98. V- LAUGHTER, PAGE A-6 w '-i ;