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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syrocusc.com SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS THE FUNERAL OF THE PEOPLE'S PO Santo! Santo! Jerry WORLD DIGNITARIES, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai (second from right) watch as Pope John Paul ll's cypress coffin goes by in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Friday. Four kings, five queens, 14 leaders of other religions and at least 70 prime ministers and presidents were present. Jasper Associated Press SPECIAL iltiiCI9iOriM SECTION INSiDE Under a clear Vatican City sky, thousands of exuberant mourners, chanting "santo, santo, or saint, gathered Friday in the shadow of the Basilica of St. Peter and bid farewell to Pope John Paul II. With his simple wooden casket before them, the people and a host of the world's political and religious leaders heard readings from the Gospels. They heard of Karol Wojtyla's journey from wartime Poland to the Vatican. And they heard of the suffering of his last days. The crowd responded with repeated applause. The funeral began at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. Two hours and 40 minutes later, the cardinals filed back into the basilica. The pallbearers, in turn, hoisted the cypress coffin onto their shoulders and rotated the box to show it one more time to the crowd, which roared its appreciation. It was a curtain call at the end of one of the largest funerals in modem history. Tears flowed down from thousands of faces to the cobblestones of St. Peter's Square. CARDINALS GATHERED in St. Peter's Square for Pope John Paul ll's funeral Mass hold on to their miters in the wind. During the service, the crowd responded with repeated applause and repeated chants of the pontiff's Italian name, and their hope that he would be named a saint: "Giovanni Paolo. Giovanni Paolo. Santo. Santo. Santo." BRIGHT SUNSHINE The sun will shine today, and temperatures will climb near 60. Sunday be just as sunny, and warmer. Complete forecast, D-10 57 LOW: -36 Corrections Daryl Gross" Jamal Crawford's Matt Gorman's Nielsen Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss correcting a news story. THE POST-STANDARD LaFayette man dies in motorcycle crash Motorcyclist Joseph A. Frigon, 42, was killed Friday night on Apulia Road in LaFayette, less than a mile from his home. His Harley Davidson bike hit a tree and landed in a ditch, troopers said. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 WIXT-TV (Channel 9) reporter Jean Kessner has left the station. Although a station receptionist con- firmed Friday that Kessner wasn't working anymore at the ABC affili- ate, General Manager Theresa Under- wood declined to confirm it "I'm not in a position to discuss that at this Underwood said. Kessner couldn't be reached for comment. According to a brief biog- raphy of Kessner that was posted until recently at Channel 9's Web site, www.wixt.com, she had been an in- vestigative reporter at Channel 9 since 1979. Patakis purchase Fla. home for Gov. George Pataki and his wife, Libby. bought a one-story house in the Palm Beach area of Florida last year. First lady Libby Pataki is listed as the buyer in records on file at the Palm Beach County clerk's office. The home cost The Patakis purchased the three- bedroom house on Singer Island, near the intercoastal waterway and the At- lantic Ocean, as an investment, spokesman David Catalfamo said. The Patakis are planning to dis- close the purchase publicly next Fri- day as part of their tax returns for 2004. Catalfamo said the Patakis had no previous relationship with the seller. He was unable Friday to name the real estate brokers involved. NEW YORK, PAGCA-4 Post office asks for 39-cent stamp The post office wants an extra 2-cents-worth for its stamps. However, at the same time Friday that the agency proposed the stamp price increase, it also invited Con- gress to come up with a way to elimi- nate the need for it. The proposal sent to the indepen- dent Postal Rate Commission calis for increases to take effect early next year. They would boost first-class stamps from 37 cents to 39 cents, in- crease post cards from 23 cents to 24 cents and raise other postal prices similarly. In announcing the rate proposal, the U.S. Postal Service said it is needed only because a 2003 law re- quires the agency to place S3.1 billion annually in an escrow account. Postal officials have been urging lo urop Uiui rccjuircnicru and said they will withdraw the rate request if Congress does so. The Associated Press Rally against U.S. set for Baghdad A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in northern. Iraq on Friday, and Shiite protesters began streaming toward the capital for a demonstration against the U.S. pres- ence in Iraq today, the second anni- versary of the fall of Baghdad. The soldier was struck and killed at noon near Hawija, about 30 miles west of the northern city of Kirkuk, U.S. military officials said in a statement. A U.S. Marine was also killed Wednesday in a vehicle acci- dent during combat operations west of the capital in Anbar Province, mili- tary officials said Friday. In Basra, an Iraqi army official was shot dead in a restaurant on Thursday night, officials said Friday. The offi- cer, Maj. Mahmoud Hassan al-Yassi- ri, was dining with a friend when gun- men burst into the restaurant, fired into the air to scatter the other diners, and then shot Hassan in the head. STORY, PAGE A-3 ..-v.. J