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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with TUESDAY. MAY 10, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SUMMERY Temperatures will climb far above normal today, but there will be a few clouds clut- tering the sky. A shower or thunderstorm could reach Cen- tral New York tonight or Wednesday. It will turn a bit cooler after that. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 82 LOW: 59 U.S. president rare sight at Victory Day ceremony President Bush joined Rus- sian President Vladimir Putin and leaders from many other na- tions for a Soviet-style display of military might to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazi empire. STORY, PAGE A-5 Age to buy cigarettes may be raised to 19 Sate lawmakers are consid- ering making it illegal for teens to buy cigarettes until they reach 19, in an effort to stop high- schoolers from buying tobacco products for their classmates. NEW YORK, PAGE A4 Second-grade friends found stabbed to death Two second-grade girls who were best friends disappeared while riding their bikes Sunday in Zion, 111. Their bodies were discovered in a park early the next morning. STORY, PAGE A-9 goes to hospital core for illegal immigrants Hospitals and doctors will start receiving federal pay for emergency care to illegal immi- grants, thanks to billion set aside by lawmakers. STORY, PAGE A-3 Kodak still king of digital camera sales Eastman Kodak Co. retained its edge on the digital camera market in the first quarter, ship- ping in the U.S. BUSINESS, PAGE M Israel delays withdrawal of Gaza Strip settlers Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday said he was postpon- ing the evacuation of Jewish set- tlements from the Gaza Strip until mid-August to accommo- date a three-week period of mourning for the destruction of temples in Jerusalem. STORY, PAGE A-4 N.Y. Times committee urges in-house changes A series of changes to build readers' confidence in The New York Times, including reducing the use of anonymous sources, has been recommended by an in- ternal committee. STORY, PAGE A-6 Corrections Group that supports Scott Magari, Cali Date of Camillus Elks Lodge Mary Jackson Memorial golf Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index CNY Gets the Predator; What About the Bases? Dick Blume Staff photographer HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE hears the announcement Monday that the 174th Air National Guard is getting a Predator squadron. At the podium, from left, are Maj. General Thomas P. Maguire Jr., Rep. James Walsh, Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. List of closings expected by Friday By Peter Lyman Washington Bureau Several New York commu- nities are still rebuilding after an economic tsunami mili- tary base closings struck them more than a decade ago. Another such wave will roll across the country this week, and no one is saying whether New York is in its path. The tsunami metaphor was used last week by Anthony Principi at the first meeting of the Base Realignment and Clo- sure (BRAC) commission, which he chairs. The Penta- gon's recommendations for bases to be closed or down- sized, due to be delivered to the commission next Monday, is expected to be revealed by Friday. Most observers expect the state's largest base, Fort Drum, will be spared. Prospects are less certain for other bases, in- cluding Syracuse's Hancock CNY MILITARY BASES: ON THE HIT LIST? A Hancock Field Air National Guard Base Mission: Home of Air Employees: National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing Fort Drum iV Mission: Home of U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Soldiers: Civilian employees: Payroll: million Latest major news: The Army added a third brigade at Fort Drum last year Latest major news: The Pentagon announced Monday that Hancock will be home to a squadron of unmanned Predator jets File Walts, 2003 Griffiss Business and Technology Park, Rome Missions: Air Force Research Lab; Northeast Air Defense Sector; Defense Finance Accounting Service Employees: More than employees and contractors Payroll: million Latest major news: Congress has steered about million to build up the operations at Griff iss Sources: U.S. Army; local bases; office of U.S. Rep. Sherwood File Blume, 2004 Boehlert Field and the Air Force Re- search Laboratory and other operations at the former Grif- fiss Air Base in Rome. Hancock's chances for elud- ing BRAC this time around seem to have been en- hanced by Monday's an- nouncement that the Pentagon has chosen it as the base for a squadron of unmanned Preda- tor jets. Rep. James Walsh, R- Onondaga, said the Predators are "part of the but the new mission doesn't neces- sarily insulate Hancock from cuts. The nine-member BRAC commission is supposed to base its evaluations on military concerns alone, but that hasn't deterred a massive mobiliza-. tion of marketing and lobbying Squadron could bring 460jobs to Hancock By Pedro Ramirez III Staff writer A squadron of unmanned aircraft is coming to Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, and with it as many as 460 jobs and a potential economic benefit to the Syracuse area, top political leaders are saying. Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. James Walsh announced Monday during a joint news conference at Hancock that the air base would be home to 12 Predator unmanned aerial drones. The three confirmed information first reported by The Post-Standard in March that the squadron would be lo- cated at the base in Mattydale. What they would not say was whether the decision would protect Hancock from an upcoming round of base closures. The Defense Depart- forces by communities ment may announce as early as bases and their federal, state this week which bases are on a AFTER, PAGi A-6 NEARNESS, PAGE A-6 Business____C-l Classified____F-l CNY_______E-1 Comics_____E-6 Editorials___A-8 Kids page __HO load news B-l lottery Movies___ New York... Obituaries Sports___ Stock..._ Television. Gang acts may become federal offenses Staff and news service reports New York The rapid spread of vicious street gangs such as MS-13 is causing alarm in cities and suburbs nationwide, igniting bitter debate about how best to combat the threat and in- spiring a comprehensive anti- gang bill in Congress. The measure is depicted by supporters as the only effective way to counterattack gang vio- lence, and assailed by critics as an overreaction that could clog both federal courts and adult prisons with youthful offenders, most of them minorities. Sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., the bill moved swiftly through the House Judi- ciary Committee last month and is scheduled for a House floor vote Wednesday. It would turn many gang-related violent off- enses into federal crimes punish- able by mandatory sentences of at least 10 years, expand the range of crimes punishable by death, and enable U.S. prosecu- tors to try 16- and 17-year-old gang members as adults in feder- al courts. "These aren't petty hood- E-5 i lums." Forbes said. "They're j cutting people's heads off. doing A-2 .E-4 A-8 rs-4 .0-1 .C-3 Khalil Associated Press Stray dog finds baby A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a shed where the infant was discovered nestled with a litter of puppies, witnesses said Monday. The baby girl, named "Angel" by hospital work- ers, was clad in a tattered shirt and wrapped in a plastic bag when the dog found her Friday, said Ag- grey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the baby was found in a poor neighborhood in Nairobi. "When the dog picked up the baby in a dirty bag, it came and dropped her behind the wooden building where the dog has its Mwalimu said. The 7-pound, 4-ounce infant was taken to a hospi- tal and is responding to treatment, said Hannah Gakuo of the Kenyatta National Hospital. Associated Press A BABY res- cued by a stray dog sleeps at Kenyatta Na- tional Hospi- tal Monday. Many cul- tures tell tales of ba- bies raised by animals: Mowgli in "The Jun- gle Book" by Rudyard Ki- pling; Shasta, an American Indian boy in a book by Olaf Baker; Romulus and Remus, before founding Rome; Tarzan, raised by apes and other ani- mals. For suppos- edly true sto- Insurgents surprise troops attacking town feralchildren. com U.S. intelligence didn't expect marines to meet any resistance in Iraqi town. By James Janega Chicago Tribune Al Qaim, Iraq The Ma- rines who swept into the Euph- rates River town of Ubaydi con- fronted an enemy they had not expected to find and one that attacked in surprising ways. As they pushed from house to house in early fighting, trying to flush out the insurgents who had attacked their column with mor- tar fire, they ran into sandbagged emplacements behind garden walls. They found a house where insurgents were crouching in the basement, firing upwards through slits hacked at ankle height in the ground-floor walls, aiming at spots that the Marines' body armor did not cover. The shock was that the enemy was not supposed to be in this town at all. Instead, American intelligence indicated that the in- surgency had massed on the other side of the river. Marine commanders expressed surprise Monday not only at the insur- gents' presence but also the ex- tent of their preparations, as if they expected the Marines to come. "That is the great said Col. Stephen Davis, com- mander of Marine Regimental Combat Team 2, responsible for this rugged comer of Anbar province near the Syrian border. American officials describe the region, known as the Jazirah De- sert, as a haven for foreign fight- ers who shuttle across the porous Syrian border, using the broken terrain for cover. Three Marine companies and supporting armored vehicles crossed to the north side of the Euphrates early Monday, using rafts and a hastily constructed pontoon bridge. From there they were expected to roll west to- ward the border, raiding isolated villages where insurgents are be- lieved to cache weapons and fighters. The offensive, planned for weeks, is expected to stretch on for several days. "We're north of the river (and) we're moving everywhere INSURGENTS, PAGE A-6 THE POST-STANDARD countersurveillance on police. They're trained in a type of i violence we've not seen ftereto- i fore." i Using federal law to combat I street gangs is nothing new in i 'STAR WARS': IS IT ANY GOOD? Episode III is graceless, wooden, cluttered, dark, despairing but genuinely powerful at the end, says Newsweek. CNY, Page E-1 INSIDE The Daily Dose How to protect your child from kidnapping or abuse. Onondaga Lake Parkway needs volunteers. Plus: 20 questions, no answers. PageE-8 WHATILEARNED FROM MY BROTHER Abigail Horan, a senior at CW. Baker, writes about her 3-year-old brother, Christopher, who has autism. Voices, Page B-6 RUNNING: JACKIE MIRON ON SUMMER RUNNING EVENTS YOU CAN D-2 ;