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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 2005, Syracuse, New York THE G-MAC BUS BRIGADE Scranton, Pa., fans charter 50 buses to TAKE A TRIP watch their native son, Gerry McNamara, ON THE BUS. play against Notre Dame tonight. SPORTS, PAGE The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 Tne PCS' S aide d SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WARMING UP Today might be your last chance to build a snow for- tress before a r-id frices of last month s deposits Enjoy thp v because win ter will return bringing freezing rain and ice by midweek Complete forecast, 0-16 Judge: Ban on Same-Sex HIGH: 40 LOW: 22 The rating couid apply statewide if upheld by Court of Appeals in Albany. The Associated Press New York A Manhattan judge de- clared Friday that a state law that forbids same-sex marriage is unconstitutional a first-of-its kind ruling in New York that if upheld on appeal would allow gay couples towed State Supreme Court Justice Dons Ling- Cohan ruled in favor of five same-sex cou pies who had been denied marnage licenses by the city The couples, who have been together for periods ranging from three years to 23 ears brought a lawsuit arguing they were denied due process and legal protections to heterosexuals The judge agreed and said the New York City clerk may not deny a h cense to any couple solelv because the two are of the same sex 'Under both the federal and New York State constitutions it is beyond question that the right to liberty, and the concomitant right to pmacy extend to protect marnage Ling Cohan wrote in a 62 page decision But the judge also staged her ruling. which applies onh in the city, for 30 dajs The city Law Department issued a statement saying onh We are lew >ng the decision RULING, PAGE A-3 GATHERING EVIDENCE AT THE CRIME SCENE MEET SU forward Chsneze Privatizing alone won't fix Bush says President Bush acknowl- edged Friday that his proposed private Social Security accounts would not by themselves fix the future financial problems of the retirement program STORY, PAGE A-5 Ossie Davis, pioneer in race issues on screen, dies Ossie Davis, the imposing, nfltnl IT ed racial justice on stage, on screen and in real life, has died He was 87 Davis, with his wife Ruby Dee, Sjracuse several times including 1996, when he was the keynote speaker, at the Tubman Awards Dinner STORY, PAGE A-2 Black History in Central New York The William Sabme House, 9 Academy Green, Syracuse, was once owned by a slaveholder His sons couldn't abide by their father's views, though, and two of them became noted figures m the abolitionist fervor that swept Central New York STORY, PAGE B-2 REVIEW: Syracuse Symphony Or- chestra puts on true B-2 Corrections Award for Dennis Firefighter Douglas Graham's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions'' Call 470-NEWS (470-6397) Index Business____C-l Movies Classified____H NewYork. CNY_____ M Obrtuones. Comic. MO, 11 Sports Local news.. 1-1 Stocks ___A'2 Television THE POST-STANDARD Bush aims to cut 150 programs in 2006 The proposed fund-slashing budget will be tough to get past Congress, analysts said. The Associated Press Washington President Bush is promising the most tightfisted budget of his presi- dent} one that slash or kail programs and freeze manv others below the rate of in flation Those ideas could run into a cold dose of budget reali U Regardless of the party in charge Congress keeps a consti- tutional grip on the nation s purse strings And lawmakers seldom much zeal tor ending programs presidential s or not EVIDENCE TECHNICIAN Marty Judge, of the Syracuse Police Department, gingerly lifts fingerprints from the door at HS8C bank in the 300 block of South Warren Street Friday morning after a teller was robbed An undisclosed amount Gary Waits Staff photog apher of money was taken Investigators are looking into the pos- sibility that the same person might have robbed the Chase Manhattan bank branch at One Lincoln Center at Fayette and Saima streets PAGE B-2 The annual presentation of the presiaent s oudget is one of ine top events on ths, pauur s polm cdl calendar But despite the hoopla that will surround the i rollout of Bush s 2006 budget on Mondav the document for the ouaget vear tnat begins Oci 1 remains a presidential wish list not a piece of legislation A blueprint, a starting point "It obiiouslj helps this presi dent that botn chambers are con- j trolled his party so vou re not going to get the knee jerk I partisan dead on arm al" kind of thing, said Collender a budget analyst at Fman cial Djnamics a consulting firm But because the president is proposing big changes n s going to be tough for him to get through a lot of what he wants Alter the president submits ms budget a massne rnuitno- lume document containing tens ot thousands ot entries law I makers spend the next nine months doino and political fine-tuning Actual i decisions on spending and taxes are made through separate ap- propriations and revenue bills The process has been com- pared to making sausage not I something you want to watch i "The people m Congress on I both sides of the aisle have said 'Let s worry about the deficit I said, OK. we 11 worry about it again My last budget womed 1 about it this budget will 1 BUDGET, PAGE A-3 Inside: Defense budget re- flects Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld's efforts to trans- form the Cold War-style mili- tary into one that's more rapid- ly deployable to fight Home Safe From Iraq Three local soldiers back from the front talk about the war Courtesy of Alvord family SPEC MARC ALVORD, of Onei- da, shown in Iraq. He works for the Madison County Emergen- cy Management Department Kae carvnri oinht veart in the Army National Guard. They served in a unit that hadn't seen active duty since World War II For each, it was his first deployment overseas They return with impressions, new feelings and memories sheep butchered on a city street simple gratitude to be still alive when others have fallen, the conviction that people are the same all over the world By Pedro Ramirez m Staff writer First Sgt Chris Olmsted of 108th Infantry Regiment to re- Oneida patrolled the roads of turn home early m January after north central Iraq 15 months of active duty, mostly Mai Jim Cahill, of Syracuse, in Iraq. _ ._____t_ T_ WOllhCU tO iUOlwC like Olmsted had the supplies needed to get the job done Spec Marc Alvord of Oneida was an administrative specialist who helped send soldiers back home for rest and relaxation. The three Central New York- ers are among nearly 670 sol- diers with the New York Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion. became the first New York Na- tional Guard infantry unit acti- vated for war by the federal gov- ernment since World War n The soldiers came from armo- nes in Utica, Rome, Glens Falls, Saranac Lake. Three of the bat- talion's soldiers were killed in action and nearly 30 were awarded the Purple Heart. Gloria Wnght Staff photographer SPECIALIST Marc Alvord is back home in Oneida after nearly a THE SOLDIERS' STORKS PAGE A-4 tft Illlli