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C M K Y P G C M K Y P G C M K Y P G C M K Y P G Oct 28 2004 7:42:16:750AM By James O’Toole Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LITITZ, Pa.— President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday traded long-range salvoes over missing Iraqi munitions in a debate argued before partisan crowds in key battleground states. In a rally before thousands gathered on the Lancaster Airport runway, Bush charged that his rival had recklessly exploited incomplete information on the unaccounted-for explosives, first reported in a New York Times story Monday. In person and in a new television commercial, Kerry continued to pound the administration over the report, contending that it buttressed his case that the war’s planning had been done incompetently. Bush injected his first response on the issue amid a speech packaged to reach out to Democrats in the final week of his campaign for re-election. “Sen. Kerry this week seemed shocked to learn that Iraq was a dangerous place, full of dangerous weapons,” Bush said. “Our military is now investigating a number of possible scenarios, including that the explosives may have been moved before our troops even arrived at the site,” the president added. “This investigation is important and it’s ongoing. And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander-in-chief.” O NE OF A MERICA’S G REAT N EWSPAPERS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 200450 CENTSVOL. 78, NO. 89 10/28/04 ● FINAL Bridge.......................... B-7 Business................... C-14 Classified............ B-8, D-8 Comics........................ B-6 Crosswords.................. B-8 Divorces.................... B-10 Editorials................... A-18 Food............................ D-1 Horoscope................... B-7 Kids Corner.................. B-6 Local......................... A-11 Lottery....................... A-12 Magazine..................... B-1 Marriages................. B-11 Movies......................... B-5 Obituaries.................. A-15 Sports......................... C-1 Television.................... B-4 Weather Mild with times of clouds and sun. High 60, low 48. Page A-2 From the White House to the state House, get a reading on the candidates and issues you’ll find on the Nov. 2 ballot with our Voters Guide to the general election . Visit www.post-gazette.com TOMBSTONES TELL TALES Magazine, Page B-1 SOFT MARKET LEADS TO BARGAINS FOR OFFICE TENANTS Business, Page C-14 Union says US Airways aims to cut 2,800 jobs By Dan Fitzpatrick Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Bankrupt US Airways wants to cut its maintenance staff by as many as 2,800 people and farm out the work somewhere else, according to a top negotiator with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The proposal would eliminate US Airways’ 1,000 airplane clean- ers and cut another 1,800 workers elsewhere, leaving the company with about 1,700 unionized mechanics, ground support personnel and stock clerks, according to Bill Freiberger, assistant general chairman for the union’s District 142. The Pittsburgh area, where much of the company’s heavy maintenance work is handled, would be hit hard. Although the company did not predict where the cuts would be made, Freiberger estimates that as many as 2,000 jobs could be lost locally. It “would pretty much wipe out Pittsburgh,” Freiberger said. The proposed cuts, according to Freiberger, were part of a company presentation Tuesday that laid out what the airline wants from the IAM while in bankruptcy. US Airways, which is seeking $950 million in annual conces- sions from all unions, asked the mechanics for $220 million in annual cost savings. A day earlier, it asked the baggagehandlers, who are represented by the IAM, for about $100 million, according to union officials. US Airways did not return calls seeking comment. Although, the company also is SEE US AIRWAYS, PAGE A-5 Matt Freed/Post-Gazette WOMAN DIES IN PLANE CRASH Emergency workers look over a plane from the Beaver Valley Sky Divers club that crashed in New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, yesterday, killing a woman and injuring three other people. Authorities had not identified the dead woman. Story in Local, Page A-11 Bush strikes back at Kerry over missing explosives SEE CAMPAIGN, PAGE A-9 How much longer? By Mackenzie Carpenter Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The other night, Paul Klein, a Kerry supporter from Squirrel Hill, had a dream — that on Nov. 2, he fell asleep at 8 p.m, and didn’t wake up until 2 a.m. “By then the election was over and I had missed everything, so I raced to the television and turned it on and all I saw were a lot of red states with just a little bit of blue in there,” Klein said. Natalie Hauser, a Bush supporter, has her own nightmares to contend with. “I’m really stressing out about what will happen to the country if Kerry is elected,” the University of Pittsburgh sophomore said, adding she’s lost 10 pounds worrying about it. SEE ANXIETY, PAGE A-8 By Maeve Reston Pittsburgh Post-Gazette NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Protecting family values is a well-worn cliche in American politics, but when President Bush spoke about it last week in narrowly divided Stark County, Ohio, he nearly brought the house down. This is a county vibrant with young families, where people say preserving the safety and security of the American way of life is one of the most important issues in the election. It’s a place where young girls in sparkly T-shirts at the mall on Friday nights can be Terror fear is real for moms in Ohio Remains found of downsized human species By Nicholas Wade The New York Times Once upon a time, but not so long ago, on a tropical island midway between Asia and Australia, there lived a race of little people, whose adults stood just 3.5 feet high. Despite their stature, they were mighty hunters. They made stone tools to spear giant rats, clubbed sleeping dragons and hunted the packs of pygmy elephants that roamed their lost world. Strangest of all, this is no fable. Skeletons of these miniature people have been excavated from a limestone cave on Flores, an island 370 miles east of Bali, Indonesia, by a team of Australian and Indonesian archeologists. Reporting their find in today’s issue of SEE HUMAN, PAGE A-3 Carrying the campaign through Western Pennsylvania yesterday were Vice President Dick Cheney , top, who visited Washington County, and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean , above, who rallied the Kerry-Edwards ticket in Beaver County. Stories, Pages A-10 and A-20 THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE Presidential campaign takes a toll on supporters’ psyches SEE WOMEN, PAGE A-10 BOB SMIZIK Stephen Dunn/Getty Images The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, to complete their four-game sweep of the World Series. 86 years later, Red Sox win another one Cardinals no match for world champions ST. LOUIS I t should have been drama for the ages. It should have been baseball’s finest moment. It should have transfixed America. But it takes two willing and able partners to provide such a stage. Alas, baseball had only one. The noble Boston Red Sox, a team that for some strange reason has become America’s lovable underdog, were present and ac- counted for. They showed up with 25 good men who were primed to provide their long-suffering fans the tribute that had been absent from New England for 86 years. Too bad the St. Louis Cardinals never made a meaningful appearance. They were dancing in the streets of Boston last night, celebrating a World Series championship, but most of the rest of America was heaving a collective sigh. A World Series that could have been so special was a dud. After spectacular baseball in the League Championship Series — with Boston doing the unprecedented and coming from three down to beat New York and St. Louis rallying from a 2-3 deficit to eliminate Houston — the World Series played out as tedious and uninspiring. SEE BOSTON, PAGE A-3

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