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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005Tt-e Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS SOME SHOWERS Rain will slowly taper off across Central New York today as a warm front pushes through. There may be some sunshine break- ing through the clouds Thurs- day, but a bit of rain isn't out of the question. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 57 LOW: 42 Report shows terrorism attacks grew in 2004 Terrorists staged nearly 200 significant attacks in Iraq in 2004, exceeding the record num- bsr cf strikes T before, according to data the Bush administration gave to Congress but has been withhold- ing from the pubhc. STORY, PAGE A-4 Alex Rodriguez bats out three consecutive homers Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in his first three at- bats and had a career-high 10 RBIs Tuesday night in the first six innings of the New York Yankees' game against the Los Angeles Angels. SPORTS, PAGE D-i Professionals to teach safety to young drivers Professional race car drivers will teach young people in Cen- tral New York this weekend how to drive safely, in response to a rise in accidents involving young drivers. STORY, PAGE B-1 Arthur Andersen senies lawsuits for million Decimated auditing firm Ar- thur Andersen LLP paid million Tuesday to settle claims that it should have sniffed out the record-breaking fraud at the telecommunications company WorldCom. STORY, PAGE C-1 Surrogate produces five sons for childless couple A woman who agreed to be a surrogate mother for a childless couple gave them five baby boys Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 Democrats won't budge on plan for Social Security Democrats took on President Bush and his Social Security proposals with gusto on Tuesday and rebuffed pleas for bipartisan- ship from Republicans. STORY, PAGE A-9 Many owe more than their vehicle is worth Up to 30 percent of consum- ers who have car loans are "up- side down" in other words, they owe more than their cars are worth. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Corrections Consulting firms un- Michael Morris" position at Syracuse "Call for Volunteers' 7E-1 Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS UH: Brmany nsn Ticked at Random' Authorities to compare suspect's DNA with other cases By Jim O'Hara Staff writer Kevin Schaus was looking for a victim when he happened upon Brittany Fish a year ago, Onon- daga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick said Tues- i dav. i "Our belief and his comments say she was picked at Fitzpatrick said. Fish was abducted as she rode her Barbie scooter to a friend's house three doors from her own home in Syracuse. She was found a day later, bound with duct tape beneath a tarp behind an abandoned trucking depot in DeWitt. She had survived the night alone, in 36-degree cold. Friday. Schaus. 32. was charged with first-degree kid- napping. City Court officials Monday declined to make avail- able tie criminal complaint Fitzpatrick agreed to discuss the case. Inside: Investigators were confident suspect would be Fitzpatrick said Schaus told authorities he intended to call 911 to report where he left Fish, but he never did. "He kidnapped her he bound and gagged her and then he left her. There was no indica- tion he thought about going back Fitzpatrick said. "Did he leave her to die? Only he knows what his intent was.'" Fitzpatrick said it appears Schaus planned to take his vic- tim to the area where she was found because he was familiar with a number of vacant build- ings in that area. He said there's no indication the massive media attention generated by the abduc- tion forced Schaus to panic and abandon his plans. Schaus was charged after being picked up for questioning A VICTIM, PAGE A-S Stu Yetman and his son, Eric, live and work inside the "Green Zone" of Baghdad. Although their area is considered secure, life is not comfortable. Still, they make do. In these photos sent to Carmen Yetman Eric's mother and Stu's wife the Yetman boys add their own labels to make light of their Spartan surroundings. for a security contracting company. CNY dad, son side by side By Mike Fish Staff writer Even though he was wounded in a firefight during his second tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969, Stu Yet- man volunteered for a third tour in 1971 in which he gathered intelligence behind enemy lines. Now, more than three decades after putting himself in harm's way for his country, Stu Yetman's at it again. Yetman. 64, who finished an 18-year career at the Bayberry post office in the town of Clay in 2003, came out of retire- ment in a big way in February when he signed a one-year contract with a compa- ny doing security and intelligence work for the United States in Iraq. Yetman, of Salina, is well aware of the risks, but his new job is particularly satis- fying because he is working with his only son, Eric, a 1994 Liverpool High School graduate who landed a job with the same contractor in March 2004 after finishing a tour in Iraq for the U.S. Army. The Yetmans are working in Baghdad, "Our garden from a broken sandbag on the trailer that ifthe Photos courtesy of Stu and Enc Yetman gathering intelligence on insurgents for U.S. agencies, primarily the State Depart- ment. They work for Technologies, in one of Saddam Hussein's former presi- dential palaces. "I decided to come to Baghdad as a contractor to do my small part in the global war on Yetman said in a recent e-mail, "it also gives me a chance to spend time with Eric." The Yetmans work side by side. They eat together in the former palace dining room. They often hit a nearby gym to work out together. They share an eight- SHARING, PAGE A-4 Tribes extend influence into Hollywood media Business-------C-1 Classified...... G-2 CNY................ Comics........ Editorials-.A-10 Local news Lottery.-. E-l E-8 .A-2 Movies.-.....i-6 New York____A-6 Obituaries. 8-4, B-5 Sports........_ D-l Stocks______C-3 Technology _ F-l Television____1-7 THE POST-STANDARD f By James Ulmer New York Times News Service Decades after John Wayne and his cowboys vanquished the Indians for generations of white movie audiences, American Indi- an tribes are beginning to invest more than just lingering bad faith in Hollywood. A few tribes are starting to put money into the same mainstream media that once glorified their demise. One Indian-financed movie, Rick Schroder's recently re- leased "Black is about a Navajo boxer who wins a spot on the U S Olympic team. In an alliance between Holly- wood and Indian country. Schroder rallied 12 tribes around the country to finance his million project, which he also wrote. After 50 cold calls and six months of Schroder got his first "yes" and a low six-figure commitment from the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Oneida Indian Nation of New York partnered with NBC Sports to present "The World of American Dance" in 2003, the Paul Drmkwater NBC Universal The New York Times RAY HALBRITTER, (left) chief executive officer of the Oneida Na- tion, gets a hug from Jay Leno during a televised concert for tsu- nami victims' relief in Burbank, Calif., in January. Let's turn bases into oil refineries By H. Josef Hebert The Associated Press Washington President Bush is offering to make closed military bases available for new oil refineries and will ask Con- gress to provide a "risk insur- ance" to the nuclear industry against regulatory delays to spur construction of new nuclear power plants, senior administra- tion officials said Tuesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Vvili OiituaC his piOpOi- als in a speech today in which he intends to emphasize how new technologies can be used to ease the energy supply crunch. The White House acknowl- edged that none of the initiatives was expected to provide any short-term relief from soaring gasoline and oil pnces. It is Bush's second speech on energy TAX BREAK, PAGE A-8 Courtesy at VA hospital tops in U.S. By James T. Mulder Staff writer Of the nation's 163 Veterans Affairs hospitals, the Syracuse VA Medical Center is No. 1 when it comes to treating pa- tients courteously, according to a national survey. in fprmc nf rniolifv thp Syracuse VA got the third-high- est score in the nation. The random survey asked vet- erans who were patients to eval- uate the quality of inpatient and outpatient care by rating staff courtesy, overall quality of care, coordination of care, physical comfort and other factors. The Syracuse VA announced the survey results Tuesday. More than veterans nationwide including about 400 m the Syracuse region participated in the survey. Kerry F. Grant, associate di- rector for patient nursing ser- vices, said the survey reflects the Syracuse VA's strategy of mak- ing the patient the focal point of everything it does. "If we treat each veteran pa- tient as if they were one of our own family members, we can't go Grant said. The survey asked veterans how long it took nurses to an- swer their call bells, if they knew NSI D E MEALS That's how many are served at Turning Stone Resort Casino. PAGE E-1 10 EGOS ON THE SJMLL SCREifi From Martha, to Paris, to Oprah. PAGE E-5 The Daily Dose k SINGLE IN THE CITY Wells College grad chronicles Syracuse's dating scene. PAGE E-10 TECHNOLOGY CONTEST WINNERS PAGE M J   

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