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A few items stand out, such as the broken remains of a bronze statue by Auguste Rodin. The work had been in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald, a brokerage that lost hundreds of employees.

Richard Marx, an FBI agent who leads a contingent of about 30 agents, declined to say whether any box cutters or other evidence related to the hijackers had been recovered.

But he said there still was a remote chance that the so-called "black boxes" — the cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders — might be found.

"We won't know until we're through with all this what we've got here," Marx said. "This is the biggest crime scene in history."

—The Associated Press

Logan Security Going High Tech

B O S T O N, Jan. 15 — A pager-sized device that's more likely to be found in a Wall Street briefcase than on a state trooper's belt could become an important new weapon in the war against terrorism.

Logan International Airport is the first in the nation to test the BlackBerry as an electronic gateway to state and federal criminal databases, giving law enforcement officers the kind of information backup they've long said they lacked.

The wireless devices, made by Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion since 1999, generally are used by businesspeople to check e-mails or surf the Internet when they are away from their desks.

The devices being used at Logan are packaged with a software that enables officers to send encrypted queries to state and federal databases over a wireless network and get responses in less than a minute.

State trooper Barry Newell carries his BlackBerry on patrols around Logan. With the device, Newell can check whether a suspicious person is on the FBI's terrorist watch list — without using a radio, dispatcher, cruiser or computer.

"The beauty of this system is you can do it yourself," Newell said.

Logan officials are using the system as part of their effort to strengthen security after terrorists boarded two passenger jets at the airport on Sept. 11 and crashed them into the World Trade Center.

The BlackBerry patrols began two months ago after Aether Systems Inc., which makes the PocketBlue software, offered to let Logan try the $89-a-month devices for free. Aether said airports in three other major cities are considering similar tests but declined to name the cities.

—The Associated Press

Toy Boats Carry Child’s Hope

T A M P A, Fla., Jan. 15 — An 8-year-old boy had a single wish for the set of toy boats he built to carry a message for the victims of Sept. 11 — he wanted them to sail out to sea as far as possible.

The Coast Guard decided to help Justin Clark complete his project, carrying his 16 boats into the Gulf of Mexico on a routine patrol mission Monday.

"We'd be going out anyway, so we might as well help Justin out," said Petty Officer Robert Suddarth in St. Petersburg. "It doesn't hurt us to do it. It's a very positive thing to do."

Justin built the 8-inch-long boats out of pine with his grandfather's help.

Each boat carries a note asking that anyone who finds it throw the vessel back in the water, and adds: "I would really appreciate it if you would say a little prayer, in your own way, for the families of the September 11 tragedy or our people overseas who are protecting our freedom."

"I hope they get somewhere far away," Justin said. "The only place I don't want them to land is Afghanistan."

—The Associated Press

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