Memorial urged

for 9/11 workers

NEW YORK - The museum planned for ground zero should include a memorial to workers who died after becoming ill during recovery and cleanup of World Trade Center debris, two state lawmakers said yesterday.

Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat, and Sen. Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, said they would introduce legislation in Albany to ensure that those workers were recognized.

"We want to tell the story of the 9/11 workers who rushed here to help put the city back on its feet, who got sick because they did that, and now unfortunately many of them have died," Gianaris said at a news conference attended by ailing first responders and family members.

The Bush administration and state and local governments, have been criticized for being slow to acknowledge that many people developed debilitating illnesses from exposure to toxic materials at ground zero. - AP
Lost boat found,

crew of 4 missing

BOSTON - The Coast Guard said yesterday that it discovered a fishing vessel missing since Friday night submerged 36 feet in Nantucket Sound. All four crew members were missing.

Coast Guard rescuers said it appeared unlikely the crew would be found alive in the frigid waters, but they would continue the search.

The 75-foot Lady of Grace was last heard from Friday night; it was supposed to return to New Bedford Harbor early Saturday. The boat's last known position was 12 miles south of Hyannis, which is 60 miles southeast of Boston. - AP
Boy's body found in septic tank

KALISPELL, Mont. - The body of a 3-year-old boy was found in a septic tank less than 10 feet from the house where he was reported missing, Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan said Saturday.

The body of Loic J.M. Rogers was found late Friday, and an autopsy showed that he drowned, Meehan said. The boy had been reported missing Wednesday night near Kalispell, about 190 miles northwest of Helena.

It was unclear how the boy got into the septic tank; the manhole-sized lid was closed. Meehan did not classify the death as a homicide, but said investigators do not believe he could have climbed into the tank and put the lid back on himself. An investigation is continuing. - AP