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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               TIPS TO SAVE MONEY AT WORK Affiliated with SyracuM.com -Standard MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005 FINAL EDITION 02005 Till! Itol-Slandard SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING COOL AND CLOUDY There'will be limited sunshine today as clouds and showers make their way across Central New York! And they won't be leav- ing that quickly. Temperatures .will remain cool throughout the week. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 56 LOW: 46 Hevesi: Sex offenders got Viagra from Medicaid Medicaid has been paying for Viagra for rapists and other convicted sex offenders, includ- ing those who have assaulted children, in New York state, according to Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to take imme- diate action to stop the practice. Senators want to repeal alternative minimum tax More than three decades since the alternative minimum tax was created to prevent the wealthy from dodging taxes, senators plan to introduce legis- lation to repeal it because these days it's been hitting middle- class families. 5TOBY, PJCEA-IO Duke bedevils Cornell in NOVA lacrosse The Cornell men's team was Central New York's last hope for having an entry in next week- end's national lacrosse playoffs in Philadelphia. But the Big Red couldn't stay up with the Duke Blue Devils, losing 11-8 on Sun- day in a national quarterfinal at Princeton. NJ. SPORTS, PAGE C-I Girl found under rocks at landfill after assault An 8-yeur-old girl was found alive Sunday, buried under rocks in a recycling container in a Florida landfill after being ab- ducted from her godmother's home, authorities say. Republicans jockeying for governor's office Gov. George Pataki hasn't formally said whether he'll run for another term, but potential candidates are already setting their sights on the 2006 election. STORY, PAGE A-4 Seeing red over red-light scofflaws What do you do when the light turns yellow? Chances are you keep going. Find out what Onondaga County's transporta- tion commissioner has to say about that in staff miter Jim McKeever's "Getting There" column about driving and other transportation issues. LOOU, PAGE B-l Corrections Gain in General Electric Co. Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS OtEsifiaL OiY____ _D-i Editorials___A-8 Sdence Lad news bjtjgry__ Index E-l Movies_____1W D-l New York___A-6 B-4 8-6 B-l Sports_____C-l A-2 Television___D-5 IHEWST-SHMDAM Pitch for Social Security comes to Rochester Tuesday rickets? TheRoi Bush To Visit Upstate, One Tough Sales Trip By Devlin Barrett The Associated Press Washington When Presi- dent Bush makes his pitch for personal Social Security ac- counts at a town-hall meeting Tuesday in suburban Rochester, he- may finally win over some key undecided voters; the three Republican congressmen repre- senting the area. Reps. Thomas Reynolds, James Walsh, and John "Randy" Kuhl are all expected to attend the event in Greece, and while each has expressed support for Bush's willingness to tackle the issue, they've stopped short of endorsing the presi- dent's plan. Polling on the issue shows voters are not enthusiastic about the Bush plan and skepticism runs even higher in Democratic states like New York despite the fact that much of western New York is comfortably Republican. "These are pretty solid Re- publican districts, so they proba- bly don't have that much to fear politically, but if it's not going to fly, why stick their necks out at said Jeff Koch, a politi- cal science professor at nearby Geneseo. Bush has proposed allowing workers under 55 to invest near- ly two-thirds of their Social Se- curity taxes in private accounts. Democrats charge that would starve the program and lead to lower benefits. Reynolds, a powerful GOP lawmaker whose direction of the National Republican Congres- sional Committee helped in- crease the Republican House majority in the last election, praised the president Friday for bringing the issue to the coun- try's attention. Still, he did not necessarily embrace Bush's pro- posed solution. "The issue before us is what can or should be done for the fu- ture, and I believe that it's crit- NEW YORK, PAG( A-6 The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported Sunday that the district office of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R- Clarence, Erie County, is no longer taking requests for tickets to President Bush's visit Tuesday to Greece Athena High School. Any tickets that become available will go to people already on a waiting Democrat and Chronicle reported. Online: Go to to discuss the president's visit. Inside Meet Robert Pozen, the Democrat behind President Bush's Laura Bush in Jerusalem: The first lady got a taste of the passions of the Middle East on Sunday as her carefully designed trip to places holy to both Muslims and Jews attracted emotional KELLY KNODEL, of Fayetteville, laughs at a joke made by a staff member at Casey's Place as she paints figurines. Casey's Place, built through the generosity of the community, pro- PjrrjrLj Cfrfi Ccc.ILbuLrg plXjlogr vides children and teenagers who have disabilities a chance to spend some supervised time with their peers away from their families. A place to take a break Update Casey's Place caters to what disabled youngsters need and like. By Diana LaMattina Staff writer After spending a weekend at Casey's Place, Kelly Knodel took her younger sister Kristen on a tour of the house. She made a point of showing off the bath- room first. "It's the best thing about Casey's Place taking a said Kelly, 21, as she recalled the whirlpool bathtub that allows users to sit upright. When she was 12, Kelly had surgery that fused her spine to correct scoliosis. The surgery left her with a series of titan- ium rods and wires holding her spine to- gether. Since then, she hasn't been able to take a bath at home because she needs special support in the tub. Kelly, who is de- layed, leads an active life with her family at their Fayetteville home. Although she tries to be independent, her disabilities leave her unable to do many things that would be common for others her age. In the morning, she usually looks up the temperature on the Internet, but needs someone to tell her whether it's shorts or pants weather, said William Knodel, her Casey's Place, a respite home for children with multiple disabilities, has been open for about six months and has exceeded its goal of serving 60 families this year. The house, named for a multiply disabled child who died at the age of 6. was built through volunteer labor and donations collected over two years. father. After her a.m. shower, she often needs to be reminded to eat well and then to hurry to catch the 7 a.rn. bus to Fayetteville-Maniius High School with Kristen, 16, said Ann Knodel, her moth- er. Once there, Kelly enjoys helping some students in wheelchairs off the buses, she 'SHE GETS, PAGE A-4 The Daily Dose How to... ...askfora raise ...say "I'm sony date a colleague PAGED-8 INSIDE DAVE rViA17HEWS BAND New album jams. CNY.PAGED-3 KRAMER TALKS TRASH DAY TRIPS How to save this summer. MONEYW1SE. INSIDE SCIENCE; WHAT IS HtfPBflHGTO TK WOODUHDWUDFIOWBS? GRADUATION DAY: Kristin Mullally, of Liver- pool, gets some help from Sha-Wanda White, of Syracuse, as they prepare for SUNY Upstate Medical University's commencement Sunday at the Gvic Center. Both are getting bachelor's degrees in nursing. More: Le Moyne SUNY Upstate, SI) law school, i Hamilton College, Cayuga Community Rappers turn selves in after slaying By UoNhia Lee und Mike McAndrew Staff writers Victoria Gibson figures no- body won. Saturday afternoon, she saw her unarmed fiancee, Joseph Ti- rado, gunned down outside their 426 Tully Si. apartment by two I of her friends. Francisco Jimenez, 23, of 324 Rowland St., and Tony Cepeda, 22, of II Stone Court, were ar- raigned Sun- day on charges of second-de- gree murder Cepeda and second-degree criminal pos- session of a weapon. The two men turned them- selves in to police at about 4 p.m. Saturday, said Ssl. Tom Connellan, the city police spokesman. If they are convicted of murder, Jime- nez and Cepe- da, who are both fathers, won't get to watch their young children grow up, Gib- son said. Jimenez And Tirado, 22. won't see twin 5-year-old sons, Joseph Jr. and Nazarrio, and 3-year-old daughter, Aiyana, grow up ei- ther, Gibson said. "I'd like to ask them why. i They had families of their own. Why did they ruin asked Gibson, 22. "Nobody won. What was the Gibson was surrounded by her parents and about 10 other rela- tives and friends Sunday after- noon as she told a reporter about the horror she witnessed from the doorway of her apartment. "It hasn't sunk in Gib- son said. "Tm still waiting for him to walk through the door like it's a big joke." Hewlett Gibson softly rubbed his daughter's shoulders. "They should rot in jail." he said quietly. Gibson said she and Tirado began dating about 10 years ago. when they were both 12. They went to Liverpool High School together. About six years ago. she became friends with Jimenez and Cepeda, she said. Tirado knew the two men. but never got along with them. Gibson said. "They'd each other and give dirty looks." she said. But they never fought. Gibson said she hadn t seen Jimenez or Cepeda for a couple of months and didn't know that trouble was brewing. On Saturday. Jimenez and Ce- GUUfS IEHD, PAGE A-7   

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