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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York Affiliated with TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005 Post-Standard FINAL EDITION O 2005 llw Poil-Slandard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN REMAINS A few more showers will pass 1 over Central New. York today as BpSj clouds stay ce- mented over the area" There will be a break in the rain tonight, but more is expected Wednesday. Temper- atures will remain cool. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 55 LOW: 47 Syracuse woman roped, held hostage, police say Emiliano Ocasio was charged Monday with repeatedly raping a Syracuse woman and holding her and her two children hostage in their home. Police said it was the second time in two years that Ocasio had held the woman and her children captive. toat, PAGE 1-1 Senators reach accord, filibuster fight averted A Senate showdown was prevented Monday when a group of 14 senators reached an agree- ment to allow votes on three of five judicial nominees and to use a filibuster only in extraordinary circumstances. STORY, PAGE A-7 Widespread bombings kill 50 people across Iraq It was a deadly day in Iraq Monday as bombs hit outside a mosque, a tribal leader's home, a cafe and elsewhere, pushing the death toll beyond 600 since the new government was installed. STORY, PAGE A-6 Study: Cholesterol drug more risky than believed New research finds more fre- quent side effects with the drug Crestor than the government had believed, prompting some to fur- ther challenge the Food and Drug Administration decision not to pull the cholesterol drug off the market. STORY, PAGE A-9 Upstate lawmakers hope to cover bases with Bush President Bush plans to sell his Social Security reform when he visits Rochester today, but lawmakers are hoping to pitch saving military base jobs. STORY, PAGE A-8 Banks notify customers records may be stolen Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp. have told more than customers that bank employees may have stolen their financial records and sold them to collection agencies. BUSIHESS, PAGE C-l State employee charged with stealing laptops An employee of the state's Office of Vocational and Educa- tional Services for Individuals with Disabilities has been charged with stealing 33 laptops. STORY, PAGE A4 Corrections Richard Midway Express "Man of La Ahmed Yusef Ali's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription Call 470-NEWS Index 1 Was Mad and I Shot Oneida Woman Tells Police Gary Walts staff photographer REBECCA KASZUBINSKI is led into Oneida City Court Monday for her arraignment on a charge of second-degree murder. Kaszublnski is accused of gunning down her fiance, Steven McFall. Daughter tells of mom's fights with boyfriend By Robert A. Baker Staff writer An Oneida woman who spent Sunday afternoon downing shots and mixed drinks went home that night and killed her fiance, she told police. "I was mad and I shot Rebecca A. 45, told Oneida police Monday morning. Steven B. McFall, 53, died in a pool of blood at 597 Stoneleigh Road, the Onei- da house he shared with Kaszubinski. After shooting McFall point-blank with his own shotgun, police said, Kaszu- binski called her daughter, Heidi LaBaff, 22. "I rang the doorbell and no one. an- swered, and I went in the garage and my mom was there LaBaff told po- Excerpts from statements to lice. "She looked at me and said 'I did something really horrible.' By the time police arrived, McFall was dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. LaBaff told police McFall and her mother had been together about five years, since they met in Rome when Kas- zubinski worked for an escort service. She described their rocky relationship in her statement to police. "She hated LaBaff said. "She would always tell me that she hated Steve. "She hated him because of the way she met him, and when they would fight, he would call her a no-good, dirty I remember about three weeks ago, I was talking to Mom on the phone and she kept saying 'I wish he would die, I wish he would die.' Police accounts of Sunday night's events are inconsistent. Court papers say the shooting took place around 10 p.m., but police press releases put the shooting at shortly after 11 p.m. Investigators aren't discussing a mo- tive in the case, the first homicide in Oneida since 1983. Kaszubinski told au- thorities that after she returned from an afternoon of drinking at Sylvan Beach, McFall refused to drive her to Syracuse to visit LaBaff, who once had custody of two of Kaszubinski's children. Instead, Kaszubinski said, McFall sped through the streets of Oneida with her in me car, NEIGHBORS, PAGE A-4 Reality show rejects: Here's what happens when the cameras leave By Derrik J. Lang The Associated Press New York So you want to be on a reality TV show? Be pre- pared- If you actually make it, you're probably going to lose- There's only one one "Apprentice." one "Top Model" every season. Odds are you'll be eliminated, voted off, fired or just plain told to leave. The painful process which doesn't involve any cameras fol- lowing your every move will go something like this: 1. Captivity After you get the inevitable boot, you won't skulk off-cam- era back to your home in Any- town, U.S.A. First, you'll be banished to a hotel or some such place where you'll be forbidden from leaving and your every move will be supervised by a casting staff, tasked with keep- ing the show's secrets confiden- tial. That doesn't mean you won't have fun. During a past season of NBC's "The fired candidates and their chap- crones populated half a hotel floor, which included a commu- nal suite filled with food, beer, video games, DVDs and books. nee Tr-.e Press KENDRA TODD won season three of 'The shown May 19 in New York City. Losers were confined to a hotel with a staff psychologist. Feds rush word on denying Viagra Government tells states Medicald can stop oaylng for the drag for sex offenders. By Michael Gormlcy The Press Albany The federal Cen- ters for Medicare Medicaid Services is now advising state officials they can deny Medicaid coverage for erectile dysfunction drugs for convicted sex offend- ers. "The Medicaid program should not be paying for erectile dysfunction drugs for sex of- said Gary Karr, spokesman for the center under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Notices were to go out to states as early as Monday, 24 hours after New York state Comptroller Alan He- vesi revealed 198 of New York's worst sex offenders received tax- payer-paid Viagra. "States already have the power to determine if a drug is not medically appropriate for a certain patient or certain class of Karr said. He said there was confusion over a 1998 federal directive, which appar- ently resulted in Medicaid-paid Viagra for sex offenders on pa- role and after they served their sentences. "That's said Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law, an advocacy group named for a New Jersey girl raped and killed in 1994 by a convicted sex of- fender. "1 think that is probably the mosi proactive measure they can take to ensure that individual states ean legislate what their values are." Ahearn. with others seeking better protection for victims of sex offenses, had spent much of Monday lobbying her slate to sec what could be done since Heve- si's revelation on Sunday. She spoke with Gov. George Pataki's staff who, like their counterparts in other states, thought they had little recourse from providing Medicaid-paid Viagra for sex of- fenders. "There was a feeling this was not something the states could legislate so now that we know the states have the power... we are going to lobby the states to make sure this is she said. In a letter Sunday to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, Heve- si, a Democrat, requested imme- diate administrative action or that Leavin draft an amendment to the Medicaid law if necessary. Audits by Hevesi's office showed that between Jan, 1, 2000, and March 31 of this year, 198 Level 3 sex offenders in New York received Medicaid-re- imbursed Viagra after their con- victions. Those included crimes against children as young as 2 years old, he said, "The bottom line is, giving convicted sex offenders govern- ment-funded Viagra is like giv- STARS, PAGEA-12 N S 1 D E The Daily Dose Do you need renters insurance? Pianist Andy Russo (left) donates CDs to local music teachers. PAGEE-8 Business _____ New LOSE THOSE BAGS Under your eyes. CNY, Page Comics Ural new .E-6 Obiluories___B-4 _A-lO Sports----------D-1 _HO Stocks _C-3 _B-1 Television-___E-5 THEPOST-STANDASD YEAH, RIGHT Sarcasm: Some people just cant get it, scientists say. CNY, Page EM JACKIE HURON ON RUNNING: THE IMPORTANCE OF IMISSMYFAMY, LOVE MY SCHOOL Alida Sang Bender, a senior at Onondaga Central, hasnt seen his family in the Congo in 514 years. VOICES, PAGEB-6 SIBLING RIVALRY IN COOPERSTOWN SISTERS Olivia Charleson, 6, (left) and Meredith Charleson, 5, display their favorites as the Baseball Hall of Fame parade passes by Monday in Coopers- town. Olivia is sitting atop her uncle, Dan Charleson, and Mere- dith is sitting atop her father, Sean Charles- on. They're all from the Buffalo area. In the Hall of Fame game, the Detroit Ti- gers defeated the de- fending World Series champion Boston Red Sox6-4. Bud Poliquin is sur- prised to find that Boston's Kevin Millar is in a happy place. See Sports, Page D-1