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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SUDR THEBA Orange falls to 60-57, in first r< NCAA Tourna OWiT CRAZY Traditional craft meets technology. MfiEE-4 Aff  neighbors opposed to con- struction of a sewage treatment plant on Syracuse's South Side. LOCAL PAGE M Sex offender odraits king Florida 9-year-old A registered sex offender ad- mined Friday that he kidnapped and killed a 9-year-old girl who disappeared from her bedroom more than three weeks ago and told police where they could find her body, authorities said. STORY, MfitA-7 Islawc service sparks equality controversy A female professor led an Is- lamic prayer service in Manhat- tan Friday with men in the con- gregation despite sharp criticism from Muslim religious leaders in the Middle East who complained that it violated centuries of tradi- tion. Amina Wadud. a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Com- monwealth University, said the service she was leading helped emphasize "the belief in the re- ality that women are equal" under Islam. KWYOMlMfiEA-t Mode attack leads to protest agaoBt Jordan Shiite demonstrators raised the Iraqi flag over Jordan's Em- bassy in Baghdad on Friday after more than people marched through the city demanding an apology for a Jordanian's alleged involvement in a suicide bomb- ing that killed 1 25 people. Reviews Comedian Jerry Seinfeld packed the house at Turning Stone Friday night and the Syra- cuse Symphony Orchestra per- formed a concert of classics. reowtst tt pit bwk. By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press Pmellas Park, Fla. With a furious legal and political battle raging outside her hospice room, doctors removed Teni Schiavo's feeding tube Friday after a judge re- buffed an unprecedented attempt by Congress to keep the brain-dam- aged woman alive. Schiavo, 41, could linger one to two weeks without the tube, pro- vided no one intercedes and gets it reinserted as happened twice be- fore. The move came after Republi- cans on Capitol Hill used their sub- poena power to demand that Schia- vo be brought before a congressional hearing, saying re- moving the tube amounted to "bar- barism." The attorney for Schia- vo's husband shot back at a news conference, calling the subpoenas 'nothing short of "It was odious, it was shocking, it was disgusting, and I think all Americans should be very alarmed about George Felos said. The judge presiding over the case ruled in the husband's favor early Friday afternoon and rejected the request from House attorney to delay the removal, which he had previously ordered to take place at 1 p.m. Felos said Michael Schiavo was at his wife's side shortly after the tube was disconnected. Late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, denied an emergency request from the House committee that issued the subpoe- nas to reinsert Scmavo's feeding tube while the committee files ap- peals in the lower courts to have its subpoenas recognized. Republican congressional leaders said in a statement that they planned to work through the weekend to try to save Terri Schiavo's life. L-wated oncio Nev.-sCori A JUDGE RULED Friday in favor of a request from Terri Schiavo's husband to remove her feeding tube. "It turns my stomach. My first thoughts were of the 1 fad whose life is now over, rigfc before high school, when the fun begins. My second thoughts were to herfamify and their horrible loss." Russell Cordon RUSSELL CORDON of 704 Stump Road, and his father- in-law, Larry Peck, built a cross and made a shrine near the spot where police said 15-year-old Brand! Woods was killed by a drunken driver Thursday. Cordon said he hopes Woods' Gloria Wright Staff photoyapher friends and others will sign their names to the cross, which he will then give to the Woods family. Cordon came upon the crash shortly after it happened and parked his car so his headlights lit the scene to aid those helping her, he said. Van driver had DWAI conviction Girl killed in Skaneateles crash was 'sensitive, caring' Corrections B-Movie Film Festival Colgate admissions counselor Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 4WHKWS Index B v Sue Weibezahl and Meghan Rnbado Staff writers The man who is accused of driving drunk and killing 15-year-old Brandi Woods in Skaneateles Thursday was convicted in 1997 of driving while ability impaired. Lawrence Mondore, 50, of 153 E. Seneca Turnpike, was in the Justice Center jail on bail Friday. He declined an interview, saying he hadn't yet retained an attorney. Mondore was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated and having a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent said state police In- vestigator Paul Olson. The state DWI level is 0.08 per- cent Mondore was charged with driving while ability impaired in Marcellus in 19% and was convicted of that in 1997. according to motor vehicle re- cords. That charge is a misde- meanor that applies when someone has alcohol in their system but has a lower blood- alcohol content than the legal limit for DWI. Before July 1. 2003. the limit was 0.10. Mondore was also arrested by Canastota police in 1991 and charged with criminal im- personation, aggravated unli- censed operation of a motor vehicle, no inspection, no li- __M EfezB In need of electricity, man just steals it, police say LmfiMS- H .H 1-1 S-fc -C-2 Wwsw. H? THE POST SUMMD 76404 BfAamGnTord Staff writer Robin Gram's link pickup has plenty of power. Neighbors say the small, rusty truck has juked Gram's Madi- son County house for at least the past year. Its engine fuels a bat- tery pack that lights the house and powers its appliances. So when the truck stopped running about the same time a Niagara Mohawk worker came looking for the person who ran up a bill on someone else's tab, neighbors pointed to Gram. "They haven't had electricity in like three said Leland Mutr Jr. of Om, his sen-door neighbor. State police said Gram, of 3057 Welter Trak Road, Lenox, removed the meter from an un- occupied house around the cor- ner and booked it up to his electric service line. It didn't take long for homeowners Wil- liam and Sylvia Wilkinson, who live in ChiOenanto, to catch on. The elderly couple's monthly electric bill jumped firm to Gram, 42. was charged March 11 with felony grand lar- ceny and petit larceny, a misde- meanor, hi the case of the miss- ing electricity. He's scheduled to appear in Lenox Town Court Tuesday. He declined comment The truck was up and running again at Gram's house Friday. "They run it Muir said. "Tomorrow morning it'll still be running." Senator: Quicken flow of information Proposed low wodd require stole to speed vp processing of poUk records reqoests. The Associated Press Albany A Republican 1 lawmaker has introduced a bill to speed up the receipt of gov- ernment records under the Free- dom of Information Law. The intent is to end long de- lays in the release of information and hold agencies more account- able, said state Sen. Nicholas i Spano, of Westchester County. There is currently no time limit for state agencies to make final decisions on so-called FOIL requests, although they must acknowledge receipt of re- quests within five days and say- when they expect to make a de- 1 termination. Under the Spano bill, if an agency decides to grant the in- formation, it has 20 additional days to provide it. If it cannot provide the material within those 20 days, it would be required to set a reasonable date when the i information will be made avail- able and explain exactly why the material can't be provided in the 20 days. "Very often, requests come in and they are not answered timely or they're even ignored in some cases." Spano said Friday. Final answers from state agen- cies can now take months, or years. A FOIL request filed by The Associated Press in 2000 seeking records from the state Education Department wasn't answered for three years. Anoth- er filed by AP with the State University of New York went unanswered for 10 months. Diane Kennedy, president of the New York Newspaper Asso- ciation, said under the current law, there is no recourse when a state agency fails to respond in a timely manner after agreeing to provide information. That would change under Spano's bill. New York's public advocate for FOIL, Robert Freeman of the Committee on Open Govern- ment said if an agency fails to meet any deadline under the Spano bill, an appeal could be filed that could then lead to a lawsuit. New York's Freedom of In- formation Law was created in the post-Watergate reform era. with the intent that. "The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the under- standing and participation of the public in government." Since die terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and die war on tenor.   

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