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October 6, 2009

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Pakistan Resists Greater U.S. Influence as job loss rises,

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —
Steps by the United States to obama aides act
also have real security concerns,
which were underscored Monday
officials, who did not want to be
named for fear of antagonizing
vastly expand its aid to Pakistan,
as well as the footprint of its em-
bassy and private security con-
to fix safety net
when a suicide bomber, dressed
in the uniform of a Pakistani se-
curity force, killed at least five
the United States. The United
States was now seen as behaving
in Pakistan much as it did in Iraq
tractors here, are aggravating an people at a U.N. office in the heart and Afghanistan, they said.
already volatile anti-American of Islamabad, the capital. In particular, the Pakistani mil- WASHINGTON — With unem-
mood as Washington pushes for The U.S. Embassy has publi- itary and the intelligence agencies ployment expected to rise well
greater action by the government cized plans for a vast new build- are concerned that DynCorp is be- into next year even as the econo-
against the Taliban. ing in Islamabad for about 1,000 ing used by Washington to devel- my slowly recovers, the Obama
An aid package of $1.5 billion people, with security for some op a parallel network of security administration and Democratic
a year for the next five years diplomats provided through a and intelligence personnel within leaders in Congress are discuss-
passed by Congress last week Washington-based private con- Pakistan, officials and politicians ing extending several safety net
asks Pakistan to cease supporting tracting company, DynCorp. close to the army said. programs as well as proposing
terrorist groups on its soil and to The embassy setup, with Amer- The concerns are serious new tax incentives for businesses
ensure that the military does not ican demands for importing more enough that last month a local to renew hiring.
interfere with civilian politics. armored vehicles, is a significant company hired by DynCorp to pro- President Obama’s economic
President Asif Ali Zardari, whose expansion over the last 15 years. It vide Pakistani men to be trained team discussed a wide range of
association with the United States comes at a time of intense discus- as security guards for American ideas at a meeting on Monday,
has added to his unpopularity, sion in Washington over whether diplomats was raided by the Is- following his Saturday radio ad-
agreed to the stipulations in the to widen American operations lamabad police. The owner of the dress in which he said it would
aid package. and aid to Pakistan — a base for company, the Inter-Risk Security “explore additional options to
But many here, especially in Al Qaeda — as an alternative to Co., Capt. Syed Ali Ja Zaidi, was promote job creation.” But offi-
the powerful army, object to the deeper American involvement in later arrested. cials emphasized that a decision
conditions as interference in Afghanistan with the addition of The tensions are erupting as the was still far off, and that the ef-
Pakistan’s internal affairs, and more forces. United States is pressing Pakistan fort would not add up to a second
they are interpreting the larger The fierce opposition here is to take on not only those Taliban economic stimulus package, only
American footprint in more sin- revealing deep strains in the al- groups that have threatened their an extension of the first.
ister ways. liance. Even at its current levels, government, but also the Taliban “We’re thinking through all ad-
American officials say the em- the American presence was fuel- leadership that uses Pakistan as a ditional potential strategies for
bassy and its security presence ing a sense of occupation among base to organize and conduct their accelerating job creation,” said
must expand in order to monitor Pakistani politicians and security insurgency in Afghanistan. Obama’s senior adviser, David
how the new money is spent. They officials, said several Pakistani  JANE PERLEZ Axelrod.
The latest deliberations oc-
curred against a backdrop of
Vaccine Arrives, as Flu Fear Creates a Rush worsening joblessness. While
some economists and policy mak-
The fear of swine flu is being cinations and setting aside days “We’re waiting,” she said. ers say the recession is easing, a
compounded by new worries, this when children would be vaccinat- The Centers for Disease Control report on Friday showed unem-
time among primary care doctors ed in alphabetical order. has embarked on an extensive ployment in September inched up
who say that they are swamped At Westchester Pediatrics, an immunization drive with a goal of to 9.8 percent, a 26-year high.
by calls from patients seeking the office with 6,000 to 8,000 families producing 195 million to 250 mil- Among the options for addi-
new vaccine, and that they are ill- in Hartsdale, N.Y., exasperated lion doses of vaccine. tional steps is some variation
prepared to cope with the nation- doctors have added a new choice The vaccine is being distributed on Obama’s proposal during the
wide drive to immunize everyone, to the office answering machine: free to local jurisdictions, like city stimulus debate to give employ-
particularly children and chroni- “If you have a question about the and state health departments, ers a $3,000 tax credit for each
cally ill adults. flu vaccine, please dial 6.” Press- which are responsible for taking new hire, which Congress reject-
The federal Centers for Disease ing 6 produces a further message orders from doctors, hospitals, ed last winter. Another option
Control and Prevention released saying that the swine flu vaccine school systems and the like. Nor- would allow more businesses to
the first doses of vaccine on Mon- is not yet available, and to keep mally, doctors order vaccines di- deduct their net operating losses
day. But many doctors, especially checking the Web site rectly from manufacturers. going back five years instead of
pediatricians, say they know little for updates. As of Monday, 62 states or local- the usual two.
about the program and have been For those who are not satisfied, ities had put in orders for a total of The search for further rem-
deluged with questions. a sign in the office waiting room more than 1.7 million doses. edies is part of a two-track effort
At the same time, the pediatri- counsels patience. Actual delivery will lag, howev- in the White House and Congress.
cians are struggling to figure out In Philadelphia, Dr. Shea Cron- er, adding to the confusion about Democrats are also considering
how to administer perhaps thou- ley of Advocare Society Hill Pedi- when doctors will get their share. plans to continue through 2010 the
sands of doses quickly in small of- atrics said she was concerned that The New York City Department of extra unemployment assistance
fices with limited staff, while still emergency rooms were starting Health and Mental Hygiene said and health benefits available to
dealing with other illnesses. to see a rise in flu cases, but she Friday that it expected to get only people who are out of work for
Some said they were consider- did not know when she would be 68,800 doses by early this week. long periods.
ing hiring nurses just for the vac- getting her share of vaccine.  ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS  JACKIE CALMES
International Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2

In Guinea Violence, Soldiers Prey on Women in brief

CONAKRY, Guinea — Cell- pulling on her trousers. If internal opposition continues
phone snapshots, ugly and hard The cellphone pictures are cir- to grow, Camara may be forced Pakistan Bombing
to refute, are circulating here culating anonymously, but mul- either to leave power or to tighten
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A
and feeding rage: they show tiple witnesses corroborated the his grip with an even more au-
suicide bomber dressed in the
that women were the particular events depicted. thoritarian government.
uniform of one of Pakistan’s se-
targets of the Guinean soldiers The attacks were part of a vio- Bernard Kouchner, the foreign
curity forces struck the U.N.
who suppressed a political dem- lent outburst on Sept. 28 in which minister of France, the former
World Food Program offices in
onstration at a stadium here last soldiers shot and killed dozens of colonial power here, urged “in-
Islamabad on Monday, killing
week, with victims and witnesses unarmed demonstrators at the ternational intervention.’’
at least five people in what the
describing rapes, beatings and main stadium here, where per- The exact number of women
police said was a serious breach
acts of intentional humiliation. haps 50,000 had assembled. Local who were abused is not known.
in a building tightly guarded by
“I can’t sleep at night, after human rights organizations say Because of the shame associated
private security officers. There
what I saw,’’ said one middle- at least 157 were killed; the gov- with sexual violence in this West
was no immediate claim of re-
aged woman from an established ernment puts the figure at 56. African country, victims are re-
sponsibility for the attack. The
family here, who said she had But even more than the shoot- luctant to speak, and local doctors
bombing was the first direct at-
been beaten and sexually molest- ings, the attacks on women — hor- refuse to do so. Victims who told
tack against a U.N. agency here
ed. “And I am afraid. I saw lots of rific anywhere, but viewed with of the attacks would not provide
in the Pakistani capital, and the
women raped, and lots of dead.” particular revulsion in Muslim their names because they were
agency immediately closed its
One photograph shows a naked countries like this one — appear afraid of retribution.
offices in Pakistan. (NYT)
woman lying on muddy ground, to have traumatized the citizenry But the witnesses were ada-
her legs up in the air, a man in and hardened the opposition’s mant. “I affirm, in categorical
military fatigues in front of her. determination to force out the fashion, that women were raped, Deadly Storm in India
In a second picture a soldier in leader of the military junta, Capt. not just one woman,’’ said Mama- NEW DELHI — More than
a red beret is pulling the clothes Moussa Dadis Camara. dou Mouctar Diallo, 34, an opposi- 240 people have died, and hun-
off a distraught-looking woman Diplomats said the violence tion leader who said he had been dreds of thousands have been
half-lying, half-sitting on muddy had irreversibly undermined severely beaten himself. “I saw left homeless in southern India
ground. In a third a mostly nude Camara’s standing with other many rapes.’’ after four days of heavy rainfall
woman lying on the ground is countries.  ADAM NOSSITER at the end of the monsoon sea-
son, the government said Mon-

Search for Survivors Continues in Indonesia Towns day. The sudden rains, com-
ing after a severe drought, de-
luged villages and caused wide-
LUBUK LAWEK, Indonesia — sian business, managed to make ting off landslides to its north. spread disruption in the states
The arrival of heavy machinery their way to some of the most Emergency workers have so of Andhra Pradesh and Kar-
in this tiny village on Monday remote villages in the district of far focused most of their efforts nataka. Floodwaters are now
allowed search teams to reach Padang Pariaman, like this one, on Padang, where hundreds of thought to be receding, officials
deeper into a region devastated about 50 miles from Padang, the large buildings collapsed, trap- said. (NYT)
by a series of landslides caused provincial capital of West Suma- ping many people inside. The
by the earthquake last Wednes- tra. Indonesian government said it
day. But the delicate search for In the late morning, one crew had counted more than 600 bod- Deaths in Iraq
survivors gave way to large ma- here unearthed the bodies of a ies, and that some 1,000 people BAGHDAD — A suicide
chines clawing away at wrecked pregnant woman and her two were still missing. The death toll bomber detonated himself
buildings, twisted trees and mud- young daughters. Others began is certain to rise as workers pen- among mourners at a funeral in
covered debris to find the dead. digging out the bodies of about 40 etrate the villages. western Iraq on Monday, killing
After heavy overnight rain, people swept away as they were An official with the Indonesian 6 people and wounding 16 in An-
the Indonesian military and celebrating a wedding. Health Ministry estimated that bar Province, a region that has
the police spent the day march- The earthquake, with a magni- more than 600 people could have grown increasingly violent dur-
ing through thick mud, placing tude of 7.6, struck the western In- been buried by the landslides, ing the past few months. The fu-
stakes wherever they could smell donesian island of Sumatra last raising the potential toll beyond neral’s mourners included po-
decomposing flesh. Several back- Wednesday evening, devastating the United Nations’ estimate of lice officers, tribal sheiks and
hoes, provided by a local Indone- Padang, a city of 900,000, and set- 1,100. PETER GELLING members of Awakening Coun-
cils, the Sunni militias that fight
insurgents.  (NYT)
State Forces Are Accused of Abuses in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras She said the men kicked out beatings and mass arrests, hu-
Failed N. Korea Deals
— Rosamaria Valeriano Flores most of her top teeth, broke her man rights groups say. Eleven North Korea has received
was returning home from a visit ribs and split open her head. “A people have been killed since the the equivalent of about $2.2 bil-
to a public health clinic and found policeman spit in my face and coup, according to the Committee lion under deals starting in
herself in a crowd of people dis- said, ‘You will die,’ ” she said. for Families of the Disappeared 1994 aimed at persuading it to
persing from a demonstration in Valeriano, 39, was sitting in the and Detainees in Honduras. dismantle its nuclear facili-
support of the ousted president, office of a Tegucigalpa human The number of violations and ties, a South Korean lawmaker
Manuel Zelaya. As she crossed rights group last week, speak- their intensity has increased said Monday, in what his office
the central square of the Hondu- ing about the assault, which took since Zelaya secretly returned to said was the first accounting of
ran capital, a group of soldiers place on Aug. 12. Honduras two weeks ago, taking the cost of the failed strategy.
and police officers pushed her to Since Zelaya was removed in refuge at the Brazilian Embassy, North Korea abandoned its nu-
the ground and beat her with their a June 28 coup, security forces human rights groups say. clear disablement process last
truncheons. have tried to halt opposition with  ELISABETH MALKIN year.  (AP)
national Tuesday, October 6, 2009 3

In Debate on Health, It’s Coverage Vs. Cost in brief

WASHINGTON — As Demo- lenges facing Congress and the gress to prescribe the permis-
crats prepare to take up health Obama administration as they sible coverage.
care legislation on the floor of the head toward the final stages of The Senate Finance Com-
Cocaine Vaccine
Senate and the House, they are the effort to pass health care leg- mittee had been scheduled to Scientists say they have de-
facing tough choices about two islation. meet Tuesday to finish work on veloped a vaccine that can pre-
competing priorities. They want Under the legislation, the gov- a sweeping health care bill that vent cocaine addicts from get-
people to pay affordable prices ernment would not only require it put together over the last two ting high by blocking the drug’s
for health insurance policies, but insurers to accept all applicants. weeks. But it postponed the ses- effect on the brain, though it
they want those policies to offer It would also define the accept- sion while it waits for a cost es- does not blunt cravings for the
comprehensive health benefits. able levels of coverage. timate from the Congressional drug. Although the vaccine had
These goals collide in the bills Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Budget Office. only limited success, it created
moving through Congress. The said the federal government had Under the committee’s bill, enough of an immune response
different versions of the legisla- to specify coverage levels be- there would be four levels of in some subjects that many of
tion would all require insurance cause the benefits under many benefits — bronze, silver, gold them cut their drug use by half,
companies to provide coverage existing insurance policies were and platinum — and all insurers researchers reported in a study
more generous than many poli- inadequate. would be required to offer, at a to be published in Tuesday’s Ar-
cies sold in the individual market “We have more than 46 mil- minimum, coverage in the silver chives of General Psychiatry.
today. That is good for consum- lion people who are uninsured,” and gold categories. The vaccine stimulates pro-
ers, Democrats say. Bingaman said. “We also have Most employer-sponsored duction of antibodies that bind
But Republicans say the new a substantial number who are health plans already meet the to cocaine and hold it in the
requirements would mean added under-insured. Although they proposed federal standards. But bloodstream, preventing it from
costs for some consumers and have coverage, it is so bad or so insurers and actuaries say that reaching the brain and other or-
for the government, which would inadequate that if they really get one-third to one-half of policies gans.
help pay premiums for millions of sick, they find they cannot afford bought by individuals and fami- The trial’s success is signifi-
low- and middle-income people. the health care they need.” lies fall short. About 17 million cant because some of the same
That tension between keeping But the No. 2 Republican in the people buy insurance on their principles are being used by
costs low and improving cov- Senate, Jon Kyl of Arizona, said own, in this individual market. other scientists in trying to cre-
erage is just one of many chal- it was “an act of hubris” for Con-  ROBERT PEAR ate an antinicotine vaccine,
which could have even broader
appeal. (NYT)
3 Americans Share Nobel for Work in Cell Biology
Florida Gun Scare
The Nobel Prize in Physiology H. Blackburn of the University of Only eight women had won
or Medicine was awarded Mon- California, San Francisco; Carol the Nobel Prize in Physiology TAMPA, Fla. — The Univer-
day to three American scientists W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins or Medicine. Asked how she felt sity of South Florida was locked
who solved a problem of cell biol- University School of Medicine; about becoming No. 9, Blackburn down on Monday after someone
ogy with deep relevance to cancer and Jack W. Szostak of Massachu- replied, “Very excited, and hop- reported a man with a gun and
and aging. The three will receive setts General Hospital. ing that nine will quickly become a bomb near the library. The
equal shares of a prize worth The discoveries were made a larger number.” police had one person in custo-
around $1.4 million. some 20 years ago in pursuit of Thomas Cech, a Nobel Prize dy. No one reported shots being
The recipients solved a long- a purely scientific problem that winner at the University of Colo- fired or injuries. Students were
standing puzzle involving the seemingly had no practical rele- rado, said the discovery had had told to return to their normal
ends of chromosomes, the giant vance. But telomeres have turned a broad impact on several fields routine about three hours af-
molecules of DNA that embody out to play a role in two medical of biology and medicine and had ter the lockdown began. Vincent
the genetic information. These areas of vast importance, those also provided a “fascinating in- T. McCoy, 23, a student at the
ends, called telomeres, get short- of aging and cancer, because of sight” into the transition between university, was arrested and
er each time a cell divides and their role in limiting the number the DNA world and the RNA charged with making a false
so serve as a kind of clock that of times a cell can divide. world that preceded it in the ori- report. The Tampa Police De-
counts off the cell’s allotted span “I am thrilled that the basic sci- gin of life. RNA is a close chemi- partment’s bomb squad exam-
of life. ence can be celebrated,” Greider cal cousin of DNA. ined McCoy’s backpack and de-
The three winners are Elizabeth said in an interview Monday.  NICHOLAS WADE termined it was safe, the police
said.  (AP)

After Failed Execution, Ohio Postpones Two Others High Court Refuses
CINCINNATI — In continuing dures. be executed in conformity with
2,000 Cases
fallout from a failed execution The state is looking into backup constitutional requirements is WASHINGTON — The Su-
last month, Gov. Ted Strickland procedures in case the standard scheduled for Nov. 30. preme Court on Monday re-
on Monday postponed two other execution techniques fail, as “More research and evaluation fused to hear appeals concern-
executions to give corrections of- they did on Sept. 15, when tech- of backup or alternative proce- ing the Pledge of Allegiance,
ficials more time to revise lethal nicians at the state prison in Lu- dures is necessary before one or the Confederate flag and li-
injection procedures. casville tried for over two hours more can be selected,” Strickland cense plates bearing the words
The announcement came just to maintain an intravenous con- said in his order. “Choose Life.” In those and
hours after a federal appeals nection in order to inject Romell The state expects to have back- some 2,000 other cases that ac-
court indefinitely delayed one of Broom with lethal drugs for the up procedures in place in time to cumulated during the court’s
those executions, which had been abduction, rape and murder of execute another inmate, Kenneth summer break, the court let
scheduled for Thursday, because a teenage girl in 1984. A hearing Biros, on Dec. 8, he said. stand rulings from lower courts
of similar concerns about proce- to consider whether Broom can  BOB DRIEHAUS without comment.  (NYT)
business Tuesday, October 6, 2009 4
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majority of health care decisions intelligent consumerism in health be to combine personal data with The Walt Disney Co. has hired
are really made by individuals, care may be the Web. health information to deliver tai- one of its star TV executives to
instead of medical professionals, That is why on Tuesday, a start- lored health plans for individuals. overhaul its struggling motion pic-
whether choices are about diet up company led by Adam Bos- That is what Bosworth and his ture studio. Rich Ross, president of
and exercise or ways of manag- worth, former head of the Google San Francisco-based company, Disney Channels Worldwide, will
ing chronic conditions like diabe- Health team, plans to become the Keas (pronounced KEE-ahs) immediately take over the top job
tes and heart disease. newest entrant to the online con- Inc., mean to do. at Walt Disney Studios, according
The long-term answer to im- sumer health business. Although success is far from to people briefed on the matter but
proving the health of the nation’s Already, surveys show that a certain, Keas has some big part- who asked for anonymity because
population and curbing costs, majority of adults in America ners, including Google Health and they were not authorized to speak
experts agree, is to help people routinely scour the Internet for Microsoft HealthVault.  (NYT) to the news media.  (NYT)
business Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5

Will Health Insurance Exchanges Work? in brief

It is the sleeper issue in the cur- But policy experts say few law- at the New America Foundation,
rent health care debate. makers have yet paid enough a Washington research group
Despite all the disagreement in attention to what that new mar- that supports an overhaul of the New Blogger Rules
Washington, every proposal now ketplace should look like — and insurance market. On Monday, the F.T.C. said
before Congress to overhaul the whether it would actually work So far, the House proposal calls it would revise rules about en-
nation’s health care system in- as promised. for the creation of a national ex- dorsements and testimonials
cludes creation of an insurance Without careful design and change where someone in Iowa, in advertising that had been in
“exchange” — a marketplace adequate rules of fair play, and for example, may have the same place since 1980. The new regu-
that would operate something without letting enough buyers choice of health plans as buyers lations are aimed at the rapidly
like a Travelocity Web site for in- participate to create a robust in Maine and California. Because shifting new-media world and
surance policies. market, the exchange might not insurance is now a state-by-state how advertisers are using blog-
In theory, the exchange would actually stimulate new competi- patchwork, such an approach gers and social media sites like
fix a fundamental flaw in the tion among the nation’s health would conceivably enhance com- Facebook and Twitter to pitch
present system by giving small insurers. In other words: What petition by creating an interstate their wares.
businesses and individuals a happens if you build an exchange market. The F.T.C. said that beginning
broad choice of insurance poli- and insurers do not flock to it with But critics worry that the re- on Dec. 1, bloggers who review
cies at competitive prices. Right new, well-priced wares? sult may be a few big providers of products must disclose any con-
now, such buyers typically have The risk is that many local one-size-fits-all plans, still leav- nection with advertisers, includ-
few affordable options. markets could end up looking ing many small businesses and ing, in most cases, the receipt
The idea of an exchange has much as they do today — with consumers with products that do of free products and whether or
support from the White House small businesses and individuals not meet their needs or budgets. not they were paid in any way
and many in Congress — from at the mercy of too few insurers Both Senate proposals, mean- by advertisers, as occurs fre-
people who also advocate includ- wielding too much power in their while, favor the creation of state- quently. The new rules also take
ing a government-run insurance regions. based exchanges, where a state aim at celebrities, who will now
plan in the marketplace and from “We may not be able to im- may have the choice of deciding need to disclose any ties to com-
those who oppose letting the gov- prove competition in the short whether its residents can also panies, should they promote
ernment compete with commer- run through the exchange,” said buy from a national or regional products on a talk show or on
cial insurers. Len Nichols, a health economist exchange.  REED ABELSON Twitter.  (NYT)
journal Tuesday, October 6, 2009 6

In Overcrowded Moscow, Even the Dead Can’t Find a Resting Place

MOSCOW — Aleksei Orlov’s grandfather “Mama was a Christian and wanted to be over property deeds are common — and
was buried in Moscow’s Danilovskoe Cem- buried according to Christian tradition,” Or- sometimes end in bloodshed.
etery in 1946. His grandmother was laid to rest lov, a Moscow business analyst, said. “On the But, for the families of the 120,000 people
there four decades later. And, about 11 years other hand, it wasn’t possible to bury her. New who die annually in Moscow, the search for an
ago, Orlov buried his father there. plots are either far away, expensive or both.” afterlife dwelling is a singular challenge.
But when his mother died unexpectedly last Much of a Muscovite’s life is spent jockey- The 18th century Danilovskoe Cemetery
August, he found there was no room for her in ing for space. Officially, some 10.5 million in southern Moscow, where Orlov’s family
the family plot. Or almost anywhere else. people live in the capital, though unofficial plot is located, is a tightly-packed jumble of
Moscow, it turns out, is largely closed to the estimates, which include the city’s undocu- headstones and monuments. The graves’
dead. Of the 71 cemeteries in the Russian capi- mented immigrants, put the figure at millions occupants stare out ghostlike from portraits
tal, only one is open to new burials. The deficit more. engraved on headstones, a Russian custom.
has left relatives without room in family plots On the roads, drivers become knotted Small plots can be crammed with relatives —
to choose between burial far from the city and in enormous traffic jams, while masses of mothers, fathers, children, their spouses.
cremation, a practice that is frowned upon by people twist and tumble through the metro Even in the prestigious Novodevichy Cem-
the Russian Orthodox Church. at rush hour. Housing is so sparse that feuds etery, the likes of Nikita Khrushchev, Anton
Chekhov and the composer Dmitri Shosta-
crossword Edited By Will Shortz kovich seem to jostle with generals, actors
and the relatives of czars for a slice of eternal
ACROSS 42 “Comin’ ___ the
ground to rest on.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1 Christine’s lover Rye” The city government here has said there is
in “The Phantom 43 Actress Winona 14 15 16 no more room for cemeteries in Moscow, and
of the Opera” 45 Captain for 40 many citizens believe it is unwilling to free
5 Onetime science days and nights 17 18 19
up valuable land that could be used for other
47 “___ approved”
9 Philosopher with (motel sign)
20 21 22 23 purposes.
a “razor” 48 … KSG …
Russian attitudes toward burial also com-
24 25 26 27
14 “___ Lama Ding 52 “I don’t want to plicate the search for cemetery space. Un-
Dong,” 1961 hit hear about it!” 28 29 30 like many Americans, who tend to approach
for the Edsels
15 Paper purchase
55 Perform really cemetery real estate as they would, say, a new
badly 31 32 33 34 35 36
condo, many Russians still believe funerary
16 Best-selling 56 Golfer Isao
author Bret 37 38 39 40 41 42 arrangements to be the government’s respon-
57 Escape clauses,
Easton ___
e.g. sibility, as it was in Soviet-era times, and often
17 “The Lord ___ 43 44 45 46 47
fail to plan ahead, said Anton Avdeyev, direc-
60 Pair of lenses
shepherd …”
18 Only common
62 … ZKR … 48 49 50 51 tor of the Union of Funeral Agency Workers.
word in the 65 Cheese sold in “Our people are not ready for a market-
English red paraffin 52 53 54 55
based funerary industry,” he said.
language with 66 Cowboy star
the consecutive Lash, who taught 56 57 58 59 60 61 With the fall of the Soviet Union, the govern-
letters MPG Harrison Ford ment deregulated and privatized much of the
20 Wild animal track how to use a 62 63 64 65
funerary business in Russia. This has led to an
22 Command to a
bullwhip explosion of private funeral agencies. Funer-
66 67 68
person holding a 67 Boat in “Jaws”
ary agents largely operate free of oversight,
deck of cards 68 Trick
23 ___ lily 69 Rub out
69 70 71
and can easily take advantage of grieving
24 What colors may 70 Butterfly 10/6/09 (No. 1006)
families desperately seeking a burial plot.
do in hot water catchers’ needs 4 Walloped but What Evita asked
27 49 Crazedly
“The number of agents, licensed and not,
26 Moves back, as 71 German admiral good Argentina not to 50 One of about
exceed the number of people who die daily
a hairline Maximilian von do for her in Moscow,” said Aleksandr V. Yegorov, the
5 “The Lord of the 100 billion in the
28 … ADQ … ___ Rings” baddie 28 Fur human brain general director of Ritual, the quasi-govern-
31 Carney of “The 6 Lake ___, created 29 First anti-AIDS
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51 Snakes mental agency that oversees Moscow’s cem-
by Hoover Dam drug
32 Catch some Z’s 1 Goddess of 7 ID 30 Freshen, as a
52 Expensive fur eteries “This leads above all to corruption, to
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10 Narrowly spaced, 35 … NKC …
39 Circus stick ceremonially director Kurosawa
as the eyes 36 Romance/
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editorials of the timeS BOB HERBERT

Salvaging Immigration Detention Does Obama Get It?

The Obama administration is unveiling mothers and their children, asylum seekers, The big question on the domestic front right
on Tuesday an ambitious plan to repair the upright members of communities who, but for now is whether President Obama understands
immigration detention system, a scandal- a lapsed visa or bureaucratic snafu, would not the gravity of the employment crisis facing
plagued mix of federal, state and local lock- be in trouble with the law. Those who can make the country. Does he get it? The signals com-
ups that grew vastly and rotted under the en- no case for staying here should be deported. ing out of the White House have not been en-
forcement crusade led by former President But it’s gratifying to hear Napolitano and Mor- couraging.
George W. Bush. ton acknowledge that nonviolent noncriminals The Beltway crowd and the Einsteins of
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napol- should not be warehoused behind bars. high finance who never saw this economic
itano and John Morton, the director of Immi- • “I.C.E. will provide sound medical care.” collapse coming are now telling us with their
gration and Customs Enforcement, or I.C.E., This fundamental government responsibil- usual breezy arrogance that the Great Reces-
deserve credit for proposing to clean up a sys- ity has been shamefully neglected in centers sion is probably over. Their focus, of course, is
tem notorious for shabby and abusive condi- around the country. The reform plan refers on data, abstractions like the gross domestic
tions, poor or nonexistent medical treatment vaguely to a new “medical classification sys- product, not the continued suffering of living,
and a trail of preventable injuries and deaths. tem” for detainees that should improve treat- breathing human beings struggling with the
The reforms, if they work and are maintained, ment and reduce unnecessary and disruptive nightmare of joblessness.
would be a necessary corrective to years of medical transfers. Even Obama, in an interview with The
willful neglect. Perhaps the most important principle be- Times, gave short shrift to the idea of an ad-
Napolitano and Morton say that they want hind these reforms is the reassertion of cen- ditional economic stimulus package, telling
to make the system more efficient, more ac- tral control over the sprawling, subcontract- John Harwood a few weeks ago that the econo-
countable and less costly. The whole point of ed system. The new plan asserts that central my had likely turned a corner. “As you know,”
detaining immigrants, after all, is to quickly control is not only smarter and more efficient the president said, “jobs tend to be a lagging
figure out which ones should be deported and but also cheaper. “Each of these reforms,” indicator; they come last.”
to deport them, not to let them languish and the agency says, “are expected to be budget- The view of most American families is
certainly not to inflict punishment or undue neutral or result in cost savings through re- somewhat less blasé. Faced with the relentless
suffering. duced reliance on contractors to perform key monthly costs of housing, transportation, food,
But immigration detention has strayed far federal duties.” clothing, education and so forth, they have pre-
from that basic mission. Today’s announce- Immigration detention is a prime example cious little time to wait for this lagging indica-
ment includes statements of “core principles” of things going bad when the government sub- tor to come creeping across the finish line.
so fundamental that you have to wonder what contracts a vital mission to poorly supervised Americans need jobs now, and if the econ-
they are replacing. Consider these: outsiders. The Obama administration, like its omy on its own is incapable of putting people
• “I.C.E. will detain aliens in settings com- predecessor, is under ferocious political pres- back to work — which appears to be the case
mensurate with the risk of flight and danger sure to be seen as tough on people who have — then the government needs to step in with
they present.” That means the government has been unfairly depicted as a fundamentally aggressive job-creation efforts.
finally come to understand that detainees are criminal, dangerous crowd. It is pushing back We’re running on a treadmill that is carry-
not all violent criminals. They include young with an effort to be sane and proportionate. ing us backward. Something approaching 10
million new jobs would have to be created just
to get back to where we were when the reces-
Animal Cruelty and Free Speech sion began in December 2007. There is nothing
currently in the works to jump-start job cre-
The First Amendment protects even dis- animal cruelty. ation on that scale.
turbing speech, a point the Supreme Court This is not the only deeply offensive speech We seem to be waiting for some mythical re-
should keep in mind on Tuesday when it hears protected by the Constitution. Nazis are al- bound to come rolling in, magically equipped
arguments in the case of a man convicted of lowed to march, and racists are allowed to with robust jobs creation, a long-term bull
selling videos of dogfighting and other animal spew racism. If legislatures have the power market and paradise regained for consum-
cruelty. A federal appeals court reversed his to disapprove certain categories of unpopu- ers.
conviction, ruling that the federal law under lar speech, a lot of expression could become It ain’t happening.
which he was prosecuted is unconstitutional. illegal. The government seems to think it is While the data mavens were talking about
The Supreme Court should uphold that well- enough that the harm caused by the animal- green shoots in September, employers in the
reasoned decision. cruelty depictions outweighs their social real world were letting another 263,000 of their
Robert Stevens, who ran a business called value, but the First Amendment does not say workers go, bringing the jobless rate to 9.8
“Dogs of Velvet and Steel,” sold videos of pit that Congress can restrict speech if it fails a percent, the highest in more than a quarter
bulls engaging in dogfights and attacking balancing test. of a century. The number of people officially
other animals. He did not participate in the at- It is also extraordinarily difficult to carve unemployed, including those who dropped out
tacks personally, but he was charged under a out free-speech exceptions. Animal cruelty is of the labor market — 15.1 million — is, as The
federal law that makes it illegal to sell depic- often depicted in videos and on Web sites that Wall Street Journal noted, greater than the
tions of acts of animal cruelty that are them- seek to call attention to the problem of animal population of 46 of the 50 states.
selves illegal in the state where the depiction abuse. The law makes an exception for certain The Obama administration seems ham-
is sold. depictions that have serious political, journal- strung by the unemployment crisis. No big
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third istic or other value, but there is no clear way ideas have emerged. No dramatically creative
Circuit, based in Philadelphia, reversed to sort through all of the covered expression initiatives. If that does not change, these stag-
Stevens’s conviction. The Supreme Court to determine who should be held criminally li- gering levels of joblessness have the potential
has created narrow exceptions to the First able and who should not. to cripple not just the well-being of millions of
Amendment for a few kinds of speech, includ- All 50 states have laws against animal American families, but any real prospects for
ing obscenity and, more recently, child por- abuse. The best way to fight animal cruelty is sustained economic recovery and the political
nography. The appeals court rightly declined to enforce these laws more vigorously and to prospects of the president as well. An unem-
to create another category for depictions of increase the penalties. ployed electorate is an unhappy electorate.
sports Tuesday, October 6, 2009 8

Torre’s Steady Hand Points Way to Playoffs in brief

LOS ANGELES — Adjacent to pearances equal the record set diminished, Manny Ramirez;
a clubhouse where Bob Marley’s by Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox. endured three injuries to their Manning Injured
“Redemption Song’’ pulsated and Just as impressive is that only 2 of opening-day starter, Hiroki Eli Manning was found to
grown men in ski goggles, swim those 14 Torre clubs made it to the Kuroda; coped with an incon- have plantar fasciitis in his
goggles and scuba masks drank postseason as a wild-card team. sistent offense; and had to repel right foot on Monday, which
and doused one another with beer For Torre, there was a connois- late-season charges by the San means he will probably be able
and Champagne, a more serene seur’s appreciation of a six-month Francisco Giants and the Colo- to continue playing, but it is go-
acknowledgment of the Dodgers’ grind and a grueling final week in rado Rockies. ing to be painful. Manning sus-
National League West division which the Dodgers, who were as- “They’re the familiar finger- tained the injury during the Gi-
championship took place. sured of a playoff berth, needed prints of being very, very steady,’’ ants’ 27-16 victory Sunday at
Inside Manager Joe Torre’s of- seven days to win the game that Frank McCourt, the Dodgers’ Kansas City. He arrived at Gi-
fice the host poured Champagne clinched the division title. owner, said of Torre’s influence. ants Stadium on Monday wear-
into glass flutes that had been If Torre’s work was ultimately “Joe provides a certain leveling ing no protective boot or using
passed around the crowded room. taken for granted in New York, ingredient that prevents the team crutches and said he was not
They celebrated with a toast and or diminished because he did not from getting too carried away in worried about it as he headed
firm embraces. win a World Series in his final one direction or the other.’’ for a magnetic resonance imag-
It was the celebration of some- seven seasons, that has not yet If the Dodgers do their part, ing test. That test revealed the
one who had been there before, happened in Los Angeles, where then end up beating the Yankees, extent of the inflammation in
which, of course, Torre had, many the team’s $100 million payroll to it is easy to picture a reprise of the his foot.  (NYT)
times. After taking the Yankees start the season was baseball’s scene from Saturday night. Not
to the playoffs in each of his 12 ninth highest, or less than half of the celebration in the manager’s Rangers Over Devils
seasons as their manager, he has the Yankees’. office, but the one next door, where
led the Dodgers to the postseason The Dodgers led the division the soundtrack — to Torre’s ears The Rangers came out flat in
in his two years in Los Angeles. from April 15, but they had to — would be a redemption song, in- the opening minute against the
The 14 consecutive playoff ap- make do with a suspended, then deed.  BILLY WITZ New Jersey Devils, and Coach
John Tortorella had seen more
than enough. He burned his lone
N.B.A. Players Make Their Way Back to College timeout 1:24 in and chewed
out his club. The message got
As the N.B.A. opens its pre- leans Hornets resumed classes “I had classes with regular stu- through, and New York gut-
season, about 45 players — 10 per- at Wake Forest, and Westbrook’s dents and went to study hall and ted out a 3-2 victory on Monday
cent of the league — had traded teammate Kevin Durant contin- caught the school bus to the gym,” night. (AP)
gym bags for backpacks in the ued working toward his degree at Durant said. “It was everything I
off-season. Texas. did when I was there before.” Vikings Top Packers
The N.B.A. union began track- A league rule change in 2006 The average annual salary in
ing the classroom migration this mandates that players be at least the N.B.A. is $5.85 million, and A Minnesota Vikings defense
year. Debbie Rothstein Murman, one year removed from high players are generally secure in the that had 8 sacks, helped Brett
the director for career develop- school and at least 19 years old near term. Their retirement years Farve beat his old team the
ment for the union, said the num- to be drafted. For many players, can be completely different. An es- Green Bay Packers on Mon-
ber was much higher than in the that meant attending at least one timated 60 percent of N.B.A. play- day night, 30-23, in Minnesota.
past, although she does not have year of college. The rule stopped ers are broke within five years Favre threw for 271 yards and
earlier numbers. For elite ath- the influx of players who entered of retiring, according to a report three touchdowns.  (NYT)
letes, who command seven-figure the league directly from high by Sports Illustrated in March. NFL scores
salaries, returning to college is school. But it might have had an Professional sports leagues and
both an investment and a hedge inadvertent consequence: some unions have emphasized educa- Pittsburgh 38, San Diego 28
against what can be an uncertain are attempting to finish what tion as one way of helping athletes MONDAY
future. Chris Paul of the New Or- they started. prepare.  JONATHAN ABRAMS Minnesota 30, Green Bay 23

Kansas City
83/ 71
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93/ 76 PC
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70/ 38 S
Cape Town
68/ 59
60/ 41
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63/ 45 R
64/ 50 R
55/ 43 PC
High/low temperatures for the 20 hours ended at 4 p.m.
yesterday, Eastern time, and precipitation (in inches) Los Angeles 70/ 57 0 73/ 57 S 73/ 59 S Geneva 72/ 43 0 73/ 63 C 81/ 66 C
for the 18 hours ended at 2 p.m. yesterday. Expected Miami 91/ 81 0 92/ 79 PC 91/ 78 PC Hong Kong 90/ 79 0 82/ 75 PC 86/ 73 PC
conditions for today and tomorrow. Mpls.-St. Paul 52/ 39 0 49/ 43 R 60/ 40 PC Kingston 89/ 75 1.02 90/ 81 T 90/ 79 S
New York City 67/ 53 0 70/ 52 S 70/ 57 Sh Lima 67/ 61 Tr 70/ 61 C 70/ 62 C
Weather conditions: C-clouds, F-fog, H-haze, I-ice, PC- Orlando 88/ 72 0 88/ 74 PC 92/ 75 PC London 58/ 54 0 72/ 55 C 66/ 52 R
partly cloudy,R-rain, S-sun, Sh-showers, Sn-snow, SS- Philadelphia 67/ 50 0 70/ 48 S 68/ 55 Sh Madrid 84/ 52 0 79/ 64 PC 73/ 63 Sh
snow showers, T-thunderstorms, Tr-trace, W-windy. Phoenix 79/ 66 0 86/ 61 S 84/ 69 S Mexico City 78/ 57 0 81/ 56 PC 82/ 56 Sh
Salt Lake City 49/ 36 0.13 56/ 34 S 60/ 37 S Montreal 59/ 52 0.03 59/ 45 C 59/ 46 R
U.S. CITIES San Francisco 69/ 48 0 71/ 49 S 71/ 51 S Moscow 55/ 48 0.03 43/ 39 PC 46/ 36 C
Yesterday Today Tomorrow Seattle 64/ 44 0 65/ 43 PC 61/ 47 S Nassau 91/ 79 0.16 93/ 81 PC 93/ 81 S
Atlanta 62/ 54 1.58 66/ 55 C 76/ 65 T St. Louis 69/ 45 0 68/ 54 Sh 70/ 44 S Paris 69/ 55 0.01 77/ 63 PC 77/ 64 T
Albuquerque 79/ 57 0 73/ 50 PC 70/ 52 C Washington 70/ 54 0 72/ 52 PC 74/ 60 PC Prague 62/ 48 0.02 66/ 50 C 73/ 56 PC
Boise 45/ 39 0.17 58/ 37 S 62/ 40 S Rio de Janeiro 80/ 72 0 95/ 61 PC 95/ 66 PC
Boston 66/ 55 0 66/ 51 S 65/ 52 Sh FOREIGN CITIES Rome 77/ 61 0 75/ 59 S 77/ 59 S
Buffalo 57/ 46 0.08 60/ 43 PC 56/ 51 Sh Yesterday Today Tomorrow Santiago 66/ 41 0 73/ 45 C 75/ 45 C
Charlotte 61/ 55 0.54 67/ 54 C 79/ 60 PC Acapulco 94/ 79 0 88/ 77 T 86/ 77 T Stockholm 50/ 36 0 55/ 36 PC 61/ 43 Sh
Chicago 62/ 43 0 63/ 46 R 62/ 46 S Athens 79/ 59 0 81/ 63 S 81/ 63 S Sydney 67/ 55 0.08 66/ 56 R 63/ 50 R
Cleveland 63/ 43 0 69/ 45 PC 57/ 53 C Beijing 79/ 46 0 66/ 52 S 54/ 46 PC Tokyo 70/ 66 Tr 70/ 64 R 72/ 64 R
Dallas-Ft. Worth 69/ 57 0 80/ 69 T 74/ 61 C Berlin 59/ 45 0 64/ 48 PC 72/ 63 C Toronto 63/ 46 0.04 61/ 46 PC 57/ 46 C
Denver 59/ 42 0 59/ 36 S 74/ 34 S Buenos Aires 77/ 63 0.28 61/ 50 PC 57/ 43 S Vancouver 60/ 43 0 64/ 46 PC 64/ 48 PC
Detroit 59/ 45 0 65/ 49 Sh 60/ 50 C Cairo 90/ 68 0 86/ 73 S 86/ 72 S Warsaw 57/ 46 0.04 57/ 43 PC 64/ 48 C
sports journal Tuesday, October 6, 2009 9

Drugs and the Derby Favorite Are Exposed n.h.l. standings

Five months after the Ken- There is a growing concern tee, a group that has advocated Atlantic W L OT Pts GF GA
tucky Derby favorite I Want Re- within the veterinary commu- taking the mystery out of what Phila. 2 0 0 4 7 2
venge was scratched the morning nity that overmedication — with comes out of its members’ black Pittsburgh 2 0 0 4 7 5
of the race with a bad ankle, his drugs like corticosteroids, anti- bags. Rangers 2 1 0 4 10 7
owners are embroiled in a lawsuit inflammatories that can have Still, when IEAH’s lawyer, An- Islanders 0 0 1 1 3 4
that has exposed the fault lines dangerous consequences — and dre Regard, asked, “What do you Devils 0 2 0 0 4 8
of administering legal drugs to lax oversight are part of the think about the fact that one of Northeast W L OT Pts GF GA
America’s thoroughbreds. reason the United States has the the advertised issues of the Ken- Montreal 2 0 0 4 6 4
IEAH Stables, which bought world’s worst mortality rate for tucky Horse Racing Commission Boston 1 1 0 2 8 6
50 percent of the horse in March, thoroughbreds. is greater transparency and dis- Buffalo 0 0 1 1 1 2
asserts that I Want Revenge was In the weeks that I Want Re- closure?” Toronto 0 1 1 1 7 10
ailing as early as April 7 and that venge was being injected, The “I’m all for it,” he answered. Ottawa 0 1 0 0 2 5
the co-owner David Lanzman, New York Times asked the owner Northrop also testified that he Southeast W L OT Pts GF GA
who managed the colt’s racing or trainer of every horse running had not spoken with Lanzman or Wash. 2 0 0 4 10 5
activities, failed to disclose the in the Kentucky Derby to share Michael Iavarone of IEAH before Atlanta 1 0 0 2 6 3
injuries to IEAH. Lawyers for their veterinary records. Only 3 the morning of the Derby when I Florida 1 1 0 2 4 7
Lanzman deny the charge and of the 20 produced the records. Want Revenge was scratched. Tampa 0 1 0 0 3 6
say an injury to a ligament in I Mullins declined to provide the Regard asked him who he be- Carolina 0 2 0 0 2 9
Want Revenge’s right front ankle records. But according to veteri- lieved was his client — the owner WESTERN CONFERENCE
was discovered for the first time narian bills and the sworn depo- or the trainer.
on the day of the Derby. sitions of Dr. Foster Northrop “The trainer,” he said. Central W L OT Pts GF GA
On two occasions, veterinar- and Dr. Larry Bramlage. I Want “Do you bill the trainer?” Re- St. Louis 2 0 0 4 9 6
ians have testified, I Want Re- Revenge was being treated with gard asked. Chicago 1 0 1 3 7 4
venge’s ankle was injected with antibiotics, synthetic joint fluid “No,” Northrop said. “Bill the Columbus 1 0 0 2 2 1
what amounted to new transmis- and corticosteroids. owners. The trainer is the agent Nashville 1 0 0 2 3 2
sion fluid. The second time was While many in the industry of the owners is my understand- Detroit 0 2 0 0 6 9
just four days before the Derby have called for more transpar- ing of it, but with that said, I wel- Northwest W L OT Pts GF GA
and was done at the request of his ency with the public and greater come all owners to communicate Calgary 2 0 0 4 9 6
trainer, Jeff Mullins. communication among veterinar- directly with me.” Colorado 2 0 0 4 8 2
Regardless of the outcome of ians, trainers and owners, the tes- I Want Revenge, meanwhile, Edmonton 0 1 0 0 3 4
the dispute, the treatments are a timony in the depositions shows is convalescing at a farm outside Minnesota 0 1 0 0 1 2
Vancou. 0 2 0 0 3 8
striking example of how the use, that the good intentions have not Louisville, Ky. It is doubtful that
and overuse, of legal medications always been followed by action. he will ever return to the race- Pacific W L OT Pts GF GA
have placed America’s thorough- Northrop, who declined to com- track. This lawsuit, rather than a Phoenix 1 0 0 2 6 3
San Jose 1 1 0 2 6 6
bred population at ever greater ment, is the vice chairman of the Derby victory, may end up being
Dallas 0 0 1 1 2 3
risk of injury, and, in some cases, American Association of Equine his greatest legacy.
Anaheim 0 1 0 0 1 4
catastrophic breakdown. Practitioners’ Racing Commit-  JOE DRAPE L.A. 0 1 0 0 3 6

After Defeat, Jets Focus on Looking Ahead Trial in Slaying

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — On son, 24-10 to the Saints, served to land for first place in the Ameri- A judge has ruled that the
the plane ride back from New Or- highlight the difference between can Football Conference East and man accused of killing a leg-
leans, the Jets mostly stewed in this team and the one that stum- have already beaten the Patriots. endary Iowa high school coach
silence. But for those who remem- bled the year before. Because as The Jets have weathered what is mentally competent to stand
bered the collapse last season, poorly as Sanchez played Sunday, at the season’s outset appeared to trial. Judge Stephen Carroll of
when the team lost four of its final the Jets (3-1) believe they have be one of the most difficult parts Butler County District Court
five games, this defeat, and the established an identity. of their schedule. Their next four filed an order that said the man,
Jets’ reaction to it, felt different. Players also believe that that games — at Miami, Buffalo, at Mark D. Becker, 24, could ap-
“Last year when we lost, the identity, built on Ryan’s tough, Oakland, Miami — come against preciate the charges against
expectations seemed so high,” attacking, boastful brand of foot- teams with losing records. him, understand the proceed-
cornerback Dwight Lowery said. ball, will better prepare them to And Ryan, nicknamed the Mad ings and assist with his defense.
“I mean, expectations are always rebound after losses. Scientist by his former charges Becker is accused in the June
high. But last year, everybody “We’re not going to change who in Baltimore, gains use of anoth- shooting death of Aplington-
walked around on eggshells, re- we are,” Lowery said. “That’s er key element with linebacker Parkersburg Coach Ed Thom-
ally unsure how to react.” huge, to be able to say, this is who Calvin Pace returning from a as. Experts agreed that Becker
Perhaps no one exhibited the we are, this is how we play, this is suspension. hallucinates and suffers from
changed mentality better than what we do. The mood is different. “I wasn’t going to kiss him on paranoid schizophrenia, but
the man who changed it. During The personality is different. Our the lips, but I thought about it,” offered different opinions on
the flight, Coach Rex Ryan sat expectations haven’t changed at Ryan quipped. whether he was mentally fit to
briefly next to Mark Sanchez, the all.” No one at Jets headquarters stand trial.  (AP)
rookie quarterback, hours after Whether that theory translates seemed concerned about San-
he posted the franchise’s worst
passer rating (27.0) in nearly
losses into victories — after all,
the Jets were 8-3 last season —
chez. Instead, teammates said he
impressed them with the instant
Tebow Isn’t Cleared
three years. Can’t get much will be proved or dismissed over recognition of his mistakes, and Florida Coach Urban Meyer
worse, kid, Ryan reminded him the next three months. But after with the way he stepped in front said quarterback Tim Tebow
as they shared a laugh. their first four games under Ryan, of reporters and placed the blame had not been cleared to practice
The Jets’ first loss of the sea- the Jets stand tied with New Eng- squarely on his shoulders. (NYT) or to play against L.S.U.  (AP)