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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2005 FINAL EDITION O SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN RETURNS An upper-level disturbance will threaten Central New York with afternoon showers today and temper- atures'will remain cooler than normal. A bit more sunshine is expected in the area Sunday. Complete forecast D-10 Saddam Photos Split Iraqis: 'Insult or 'He Deserved If HIGH: 64 LOW: 45 Man accused of abducting Fish may take plea deal The criminal cases against accused serial kidnapper Kevin J. Schaus could be resolved with a plea deal as early as May 31, according to the lawyers and judge in the case. STORY, PAW 1-1 Police: Hacker used phony police accounts for data A teenager suspected of hacking into the database of a LexisNexis subsidiary is be- lieved to have accessed it using phony accounts set up through police departments, according to a search warrant. STORY, PAGE A-3 Hope Appeal could mean money for cathedral The Syracuse Roman Catho- lic Diocese's Hope Appeal for the first time in its 27-year histo- ry includes a separate category for the Cathedral of the Immacu- late Conception. The fund-raising effort with a goal of raising mil- lion started last weekend. STORY, PACE 1-1 Senote showdown over filibusters due Tuesday Senate Republicans set the stage for a showdown Tuesday over the filibusters blocking sev- eral of President Bush's judicial nominees, a historic vote that could determine whether an out- of-power party can stop a presi- dent from placing like-minded jurists on the courts. STORY, PAGE A-10 CNY-linked man takes rants on troops to TV A n operator of a supposedly Syracuse-based Web site known for his anti-soldier views ap- peared Thursday night on the Fox News talk show "Hannity STORY, PAGE A-2 Lawmaker wants stricter eminent domain rules Assemblywoman Joan Chris- tensen, D-Syracuse, is proposing a state law to require elected of- ficials to approve the taking of private property through eminent domain. Destiny USA research park officials have asked the Ononda- ga County Industrial Develop- ment Agency to use its power of eminent domain to force about 26 businesses to move out to make room for the third phase of their planned park. STORY, PAGE A-6 Corrections Beaver Lake restaurant in Heath Brooks' cause of Volunteer taps player SU professor Douglas Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Bassem Mroue The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Some Iraqis said the photos were just the latest in a series of in- sults to Arabs and Muslims. Others said the humiliation is just what the imprisoned 68-year-old former dictator deserved. Two tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch published revealing photographs on Friday of Saddam Hussein, including one showing him naked except for his white underwear. The sharply differing reactions among Ira- qis was a reflection of the sectarian divisions now plaguing the country, wracked by an in- surgency led by Sunni Arabs favored under Saddam's regime but largely excluded from the new Shiite-dominated Iraqi government. The U.S. military condemned the publica- tion of the photographs and ordered an in- vestigation of hew the pictures were leaked. Some Iraqis expressed anger, but President Bush said he did not think the images would incite further anti-American sentiment. More fevealing pictures were published today in the British tabloid, The Sun, includ- ing one of Saddam seen through barbed wire wearing a white robe-like garment, and an- other of Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known as "Chemical in a bathrobe and hold- ing a towel. "It is clear that the pictures were taken in- side the prison, which means that American soldiers have leaked the said Sad- dam's chief lawyer, Ziad al-Khasawneh. He said the photos "add to acts that are prac- ticed against the Iraqi people, and of course we remember what happened in Abu Ghraib and we remember what happened in Guanta- namo." The Sun said the photos it published Fri- The New Yod Post THE NEW YORK POST and its sister tabloid in Britain, The Sun, published photos Friday of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in his underwear. Inside: President Bush says "I don't think a photo inspires What they're saying: Online reaction was STRAWBERRY FIELDS FEEL THE FREEZE JEFF KUBECKA checks out damage to a quarter of the two- acre strawberry crop at his town of Sullivan farm. "It's aw- fully scary to see the thermometer at 26 degrees when your Freeze kills up to half of CNY strawberry crop Li-Hua Un Staff photographer strawberries are in full he says. Although the fewer flowers will produce fewer berries, those berries will likely be larger than usual, he says. By Mark Weiner Staff writer By July Fourth, there might be a little less apple pie and strawberry shortcake on Cen- tral New York's picnic tables. A killer freeze and two frosts hi the past week de- stroyed up to 50 percent of some local strawberry crops and about 30 percent of the apple crop in Onondaga Coun- ty, farmers said Friday. "Strawberries got hit pretty said Dena Fiacchmo, a specialist in small fruit for Cornell Cooperative Exten- sion of Oswego County. "I think it's pretty widespread. They were in bloom, so you can see the evidence of the frost damage hi the first flow- ers that came out." Fiacchino said it is too early to assess how the damage will affect prices at retailers and "U-pick" strawberry farms. "There are probably going to be some loss in she said. "There could also be a lot of misshapen and mal- formed fruit. It's still edible, it's just not aesthetically pleasing." TOO, PAGE A-3 Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer A KILLER FREEZE has turned some strawberry flowers' cen- ters black at Kubecka Farm in the town of Sullivan. Cold can kill flowers, reducing fruit production. Jeff Kubecka said blossoms that are black in the middle will not produce fruit. A healthy blossom is white with a yellow center. Index Poker site lures gamblers with college tuition jackpot Student at Wells denies plagiarism Paragraphs were identical. She says it was her politics that got her suspended. By John Stith Staff writer A suspended Wells College senior went on national cable television Thursday and charged that she is being persecuted be- cause of her conservative politi- cal views and will not be al- lowed to graduate next weekend. Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Hannity Colmes" show, Nicole Krogman said that her suspension is rooted in a "ri- diculous" allegation of plagia- rism concerning a piece she wrote for the Onyx, the campus newspaper, in November 2004. That 21-paragraph article con- tained one original paragraph. Of the words in the piece, 90 were her own. The rest was cop- ied straight from the words of four other authors, who were not credited in print. Contacted Friday, Krogman, of Newfield, Tompkins County, declined comment. The article first ran under Krogman's byline in October 2004 in the Cornell American, a conservative student publication at Cornell University. It was en- tided "Why CBS News is Rath- er and contained a sub- title: "An analysis of the medi- a's left-wing bias." The article focused on the ad- mission of Dan Rather and CBS News that they had used falsified documents in broadcasts about President George Bush's Air Na- tional Guard service. The article was rerun verbatim in the Onyx. Krogman, 22, told Fox's Sean Hannity that "the plagiarism charge was actually a charge of me plagiarizing myself." The in- terview during the show then continued to focus on how she was treated by Wells, not on the charge. Business Classified. Comics Editorials local news lottery C-l Movies E-5 New York. __ MO Obituaries. A-8 Sports ___ 8-1 Stocks _ A-2 Television.. ..E-4 ..A-6 10-1 .C-2 .E-12 AbsoiutePoker.com Newhouse News Service i A GAMBLING Web site, AbsolutePoker.com, is holding a virtual i Texas Hold 'Em tournament with an unusual prize: A semester of college tuition. By Dru Sefton Newhouse News Service Soon thousands of poker play- ers around the world will be competing in a massive virtual Texas Hold 'Em tournament with a controversial jackpot: a college scholarship. Absolutepoker.com will pay a semester's tuition for the winner. "If they're going to Harvard, or wherever, we'll be happy to pay." said Patrick McKenna. vice president of business devel- opment for the Costa Rica-based site. This is the first such toumey. Site administrators hope to hold competitions for a new schol- arship each semester. It's one of what might be dubbed "vice scholarships" higher-education funds provided by gambling, tobacco or liquor interests, such as Philip Morris USA and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. But those two don't make young people smoke or drink to receive funds. Participants must ige You ton compare Inside: A side-by-side look at Nicole Krogman's paper and the sources she THE POST-STANDARD A WOODPECKER HAIRCUT You too can look like the rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker. STOPPAGE A-2 INDOOR COMFORTS OUTDOORS Tips on dressing up your back yard. Plus how to maintain the furniture. CNY, PAGES E-1, INSIDE TOO GOOD TO TRASH Our organizing expert suggests where you can donate items. CNY, PAGE E-1 SEASON 4 The "best season" of "Seinfeld" comes to DVD. CNY, COLLEGE LACROSSE Le Wloyne plays at noon today against Limestone to decide RAGE E-4 I who goes to the finals. i SPORTS. PAGE D-1   

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