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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with SynoiM.ci FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 Die Post-Slandaid GOOD MORNING SOME SHOWERS You may wake to sunshine, but bring your um- brella. By this afternoon and into me evening, showers are expected to drench Central New York. Plan for spotty showers through Monday. Complete forecast, D-12 HIGH: 66 LOW: 52 U.S.: Soldiers mishandled Quran, but didn't flush it U.S. officials have substanti- ated five cases in which military guards or interrogators mishan- dled the Qurans of Muslim pris- oners at Guanlanamo Bay but found no credible evidence to confirm a prisoner's report that a holy book was flushed in a toilet, the prison's commander said Thursday. STORY, PAGE A-7 Senate Democrats put off confirmation of Bolton Democrats forced a post- ponement Thursday in a confir- mation vote for John R. Bolton, yet another setback for President Bush's tough-talking choice as U.N. ambassador and a renewal of intense partisanship in the Senate after a brief respite. STORY, PAGE A-4 Iraqi soldiers, police will launch massive offensive Iraq's government will pour Iraqi police and soldiers into Baghdad in an unprecedent- ed operation to seal off the city and hunt insurgents who have launched a fresh wave of vio- lence, ministers said on Thurs- day. STORY, PAGE A-6 Judge: Delay committee broke campaign laws In the first major legal deci- sion involving associates of Rep. Tom DeLay, a Texas judge ruled on Thursday that a political ac- tion committee formed by the Republican House majority lead- er had broken campaign finance laws by not disclosing more than STORY, PAGiA-11 Champions crowned in Section III playoffs More high school teams claimed sectional titles Thursday as girls lacrosse took center stage: B Class A: Fayetteville-Man- lius 12, West Genesee Class B: East Syracuse- Minoa 9, Carthage Class C: Skajicateles 19, Westhill Penguins not quite ready to meet zoo visitors The Syracuse zoo's penguins aren't ready to meet their public. Officials at the Rosamond Gif- ford Zoo at Buraet Park had planned to open the new Penguin Coast exhibit this weekend, but the opening has been delayed until the penguins are comiort- able in their new home. For now, any noise sends them scurrying indoors. IOCAL, PAGE 8-1 Corrections Location of New York Dance Festival Carthage High School girls la- crosse Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions'? Call 470-NEWS Index SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS Drug Raid SWAT Team Fires at Pit Bull, Hits Boy By Diana LaMattina Staff writer A 13-year-old boy was struck in the leg by a stray bullet Thurs- day when an Onondaga County sheriffs deputy entered the, home on a warrant and fired at a charging pit bull. Ronnie Goodwin Jr. was taken to University Hospital, where he was in serious condition Thurs- day night, according to a nursing supervisor. The Onondaga County SWAT team entered 317 LeMoyne Ave. on search and arrest war- rants at about 4 p.m. Thursday, said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh. They were seeking Angelo 42, a violent felon who may be armed, Walsh said. As of Thursday night, depu- ties had not found Jenkins. When the team entered the house, a pit bull "came charging down the stairs" toward the dep- uty as though it were going to at- tack, Walsh said. Several shots were fired at the dog, which ran out of the house and died near a fence across the street. One of the shots ricocheted and struck Goodwin, Jenkins' nephew, who was on the living room floor. Goodwin's teenage sister was the only other person in the home at the time of the raid, Walsh said. "It looks as if the deputy re- sponded as he should have. It looks as if it was done by the Walsh said, adding that POLICE, PAGE A-8 A DAY TO REMEMBER, THIS WEEKEND Excessive force used against girl, I t It t f) cf SHIRLEY CONGEL, of Syracuse, gives her granddaughter, right is Kaitlyn Congel, 4. Joseph Congel is buried in the Vet- Alyssa Congel, 2, a hug Thursday after leaving flowers on erans Memorial Cemetery on Hewlett Hill Road in the town the grave of Congel's husband, Joseph, who died in 1997. At of Onondaga. Watchfire, Page B-3 Calendar, B-6 Travel forecast, B-3 Gas prices, C-l jury finds Syracuse officer won't have to pay anything for hitting child with nightstick. By John O'Brien Staff writer Syracuse police Officer James Mullen used excessive force five years ago when he struck a 12-year-old girl with his night- stick, a federal court jury decid- ed Thursday. But neither Mullen nor the city will have to pay a dime to the girl, Danielle Currier. The seven-woman, one-man jury awarded her no money damages neither compensatory for her pain and suffering nor punitive as a way of punishing the offi- cer. Mullen says he struck Currier because she posed a threat to three officers piled on her step- father, Heath Brooks, who was high on crack cocaine and had viciously attacked them. The jury rejected claims by Currier's grandfather, Eddie Brooks, that Mullen used exces- sive force and falsely arrested him that same night. "Eight of eight jurors found that this officer beat Danielle, that it was excessive, and that it damaged said Andrew Oreenberg, a lawyer for Currier and her grandfather, Eddie Brooks. Greenberg speculated that the jurors might have decided the excessive force verdict was pun- ishment enough for Mullen. "1 would suspect they thought their finding that he beat a 12-year-old girl would be enough punishment for any offi- Greenherg said. Michael Vavonese, one of Mullen's two lawyers, had this take on the jury's verdict: "They may have fell he shouldn't have used that lype of force, but there's nothing to recover be- cause she didn't have any com- pensable damages as a result of OH, PAGE A-9 Woodpecker smashes 'rivals' in area car mirrors By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer Some Central New York resi- dents are discovering it's their bad luck to live near a neighbor who insists on breaking their mirrors and can't be arrested. Even more annoying is the way the vandal cackles after each bout of criminal mischief. The culprit is a pileated wood- pecker who's attacking his re- flection, thinking it's an enemy. The vandal has claimed the half-mile Brownell Road in the town of Sullivan. Madison County, as his territory. During breeding season, male woodpeckers aggressively de- fend their turf even against imaginary foes, said Benjamin Bunt, a local bird-watcher who writes a column for The Post- Standard's Stars Magazine. Bird experts say male wood- peckers claim large territories, and they believe one bird is re- sponsible for the crime spree. The bird has smashed a num- ber of rear-view mirrors on cars. Pileated woodpecker Body length: 16 to 20 inches Wingspan: 26 to 30 inches Nesting period: March to May Broods: One per year Habitat Extensive, mature forests and isolated woodlots Diet Insects, worms and grubs found in trees; carpenter ants; fruits and acorns Looks: Has large red crest, black plumage except for white throat and white line that extends from bill down sides of neck to upper flanks Speed: Extremely strong bill can drill wood at a rate of one stroke each of a second Claim to fame: Was model for Walter Lantz's cartoon character, "Woody Woodpecker" Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology seeing his reflection and viewing it as an interloper. Bum said. Car owners are covering their mirrors with plastic bags to cur- tail the mischief. Anne Miller, of Brownell Road, has had two mirrors on her Pontiac Grand Prix smashed and watched the bird attack her neighbor's Malibu. "I told him to shoo. He did. Then he came right back and fin- ished the job." she said. "In- stead of flying off. he walked Police: Man tricked ex-wife into home, tried to kill her across the windshield and did the passenger mirror. I was flabber- gasted." Tim Taylor, who owns Thru- way Auto Glass, said he replaced 30 mirrors last year and 18 this year, all from cars of people who live in the Brownell Road area and all pecked out by "Woody." as the neighbors call the bird. "People come in pretty mad one guy's been in here three times already because he keeps forgetting to cover up the mir- Taylor said- I By Jim Read I Staff writer i Police believe William J. Hammer intended to kill both himself and his former wife after he lured her to the home they had once shared in Fayetteville Wednesday. Hammer was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday night. Kim C. Aromola, 46, remains in Uni- versity Hospital today for treat- ment of wounds to her back. The hospital was not releasing information about her condition, a spokeswoman said. She and her family declined interviews, the spokeswoman said. At ieast five shots were fired, said Capt. Bill Bleyle, speaking for Manlius police. Earlier re- ports that three shots were fired were inaccurate. The couple both worked at the James C. Hanley Federal Build- ing in downtown Syracuse, Bleyle said. She works for the General Services Administration and he worked for the Social Se- curity Administration. They left work together and went to Fayetteville under the pretense of meeting a real estate agent, Bleyle said. The couple divorced in December 2004, he said, and the house has been up for sale. Onondaga County prop- erty records show the couple bought the house in March 2000. Hammer still lived there. The two were in the house to- gether, but at some point Aro- mola realized something was POLIO, PAGE A-9 Asian-American students unlikely to seek mental care, Cornell finds To keep woodpeckers from attacking car mirrors, cover the mirrors with plastic bags. For more tips and info, check out Bua'nKS QiY_ -C-l -F-l -H dunks______E-6 ErJitrjriak___A-I2 Entertainment. E-3 Local news___B-l Lottery- Movies New York Obituaries Sports Stocks A-2 E-3 The Daily Dose Joys of cycling in CNY. Plus, tips to start you off. Readers review movies. Can you talk like a pirate? PAGEE-8 KSAME8 ON HUDAYS: HE DRIVES THE BUS AND PAGE E-l INSIDE A REAL HOME GAME SU men's basketball team wants to play a game in Gerry McNamara's hometown. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 MOVIE REVIEWS The Longest Yard' and 'Madagascar1 CNY. PAGE E-1 ir By Rebecca James Staff writer Until this semester, even Asian-American students on the Cornell University campus were 1 unlikely to know this unsettling statistic: nine of the 16 suicides since 1996 were committed by students of Asian descent. "It was striking one out of every two was an Asian said Cornell sophomore Rahul Banerji. "1 had no idea. It just blew me away." Cornell, Central New York's i school with the largest popula- tion of Asian and Asian-Ameri- can students, has studied this problem for more than two years. It intensified efforts to tackle the mental health needs of these students this year and plans to expand the programs when students return in the fall. A.ian and Asian-American students are less likely to seek counseling and much more like- ly to hit a crisis point, the uni- versity has found. Students of Asian descent were also more likely to have psychiatric hospi- talizations and medical leaves of absences. The 2004-05 school year had one student suicide, which was off-campus. An Asian student killed himself while home on winter hreak in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, their fellow stu- dents often seem convinced that college life is a breeze for Asian- Americans, who often major in science or engineering and face family pressure to excel. A comic strip in the student paper in March made fun of the "over- MEKTM, PAGE A-S   

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