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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               Affiliated with Syr WEDNESDAY. JUNE 1, 2005 com FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS CONFIRMED: EX-FBI OFFICIAL WAS WATERGATE'S MYSTERY MAN MOSTLY DRY June comes bus- ting out all over Central New York with a mix of some clouds and sunshine, but showers should be scarce for a while. Temperatures will be pleasant- ly warm for the next few days. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 75 LOW: 56 Stopleton wants GOP head ousted Timothy R. Stapleton, the committeemun at the center of the Republican party's disputed selection of a Syracuse mayoral candidate, told the party's execu- tive committee Tuesday that the petition he passed to renew his county committee seat was legit- imate, and that Bob Smith should be removed as Onondaga County party chairman. LOCAL NEWS, PAGE 1-1 Smoking rate drops for New York adults The smoking rate for New York adults is the lowest since records began 20 years ago, according to the New York State Department of Health. The percentage of adults who smoked was 19.9 percent in 2004, the first time the rate has fallen below 20 percent. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 State wants federal aid for base closings New York will seek federal aid to help Niagara Falls and Rome recover from proposed military base cuts, even though it will be months before the bases find out if they'll be closed. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Early trial possible for Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein could go on trial for crimes against humanity within two months, far earlier than expected, Iraq's new presi- dent, Jalal Talabani, said. RELATED STORY, PAGE A-4 Russian oil tycoon gets nine-year term Oil magnate Mikhail Kho- dorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, was sentenced to nine years in prison for tax evasion on Tuesday in a trial widely seen as orchestrated by the Kremlin to crush a political rival. STORY, PAGE A-4 European turmoil takes French prime minister A crisis over the European Union's constitution claimed the French prime minister as its first victim Tuesday. EU leaders braced for Dutch voters to reject the charter. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections Peter LaFrate visited the me- morial tree in Fulton Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the Location of Believers Location of Bonsai Brian Morey in Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Butm at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Staff and news service reports Former FBI No. 2 man Mark Felt is "Deep the legendary source who leaked Watergate scandal secrets to the Washington Post and helped bring down President Richard Nixon, the Post said Tuesday after 30 years of secrecy. Journalists Bob Woodward and Curl Bernstein, whose aggressive stories on Watergate led to Nixon's resignation in 1974, confirmed Felt was "Deep Throat" after Vanity Fair magazine and Felt's family members made his role public. "W.Mark Felt was'Deep Throat' and helped us immeasurably in our Watergate Woodward and Bernstein said in a joint statement posted on the Post's Web site. "I'm the guy they used to call 4Deep Felt told lawyer John O'Connor, author of the magazine story. THE SCANDAL The Watergate scandal began with a botched burglary at the Democratic National Committee's offices that initially attracted little attention but ended two years later with the first and only resignation of a president, Richard Nixon in 1974. It was a story of political espionage gone awry in the midst of a presidential campaign, followed by a high- level cover-up that finally unraveled when Nixon's secret White House taping system came to light. The scandal takes its name from the site of the June burglary, the Watergate complex by the Potomac River. From the start, a couple of young unknown reporters pursued what they sensed was a scandal that went all the way to the White House. THE BOOK "Aware of his own weaknesses, he readily conceded his the reporters wrote about their source. "He was, incongruously, an incurable gossip, careful to label rumor for what it was, but fascinated by it.... He could be rowdy, drink too much, overreach. He was not good at concealing his feelings, hardly ideal for a man in his position." "All the President's quoted by The Washington Post The Associated Press W. MARK FELT and his daughter, Joan, at home Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Calif., after he revealed his secret identity as "Deep Throat." What they're saying Whom they guessed (and missed) How to get the Vanity Fair story. How a 12-year-old got the scoop. What was Watergate, anyway? Page A-7 THE MOVIE DEEP THROAT: Then there must be something, mustn't there. Look, forget the myths the media's created about the White House the truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand. WOODWARD: If you don't like them, why won't you be more concrete with me? DEEP THROAT: Because the press stinks too history on the run, that's all you're interested in. (inhales) You come up with anything? WOODWARD: John Mitchell resigned as head of CREEP to spend more time with his family. That doesn't exactly have the ring of truth. (DEEP THROAT nods) Howard Hunt's been found there was talk that his lawyer had 25 thousand in cash in a paper bag. DEEP THROAT: Follow the money. Always follow the money. from the script by William Goldman, at lmsdb.com CA TEACHERS WONDER: WHO'S READY FOR KINDERGARTEN? 9 ___ Sales tax drops to 4 percent today COLLIN FIPPS, 5, who attends full-day pre- gets ready to go outside to play. Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer :en at Head Start run by the Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency, Index Collin Fipps, r 5. Auburn Preschool: Head Start pre-k, full-day, five days per week With the permission of parents, staff writer Molly Hennessy-Fiske watched kindergarten screenings at Genesee Street Elementary School in Auburn: Collin calls out answers to every question, usually grin- ning. What rhymes with cat? What do you do when you're thirsty? "Get a How many ears do you have? He writes his name, copies Band a lop- sided triangle. When it's time for him to cut a paper along three marked lines, he gets nervous. The teacher has to show him how to hold the scissors in his left hand. A friend walks into the crowded, noisy gym, waves and shouts "Hi, Coliin ignores him, intent on his paper and scissors. "I can't stay on the he says he does. His mother, Mandy Fipps, said she thinks Collin's ready for kindergarten. He can print and recognize his name, she said, but needs to work on letter and number recognition. "I think he's right on track with most she said. Adults disagree on which skills i key for kids in classrooms ar By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer rnnmer Szakaly, 4, sits in the middle of an Auburn elementary school gym, trying to write her name. By Erik Kriss Albany Bureau If you've been putting off that big purchase until today, smart move. Tne state; sales tax dropped by a quarter of a percentage point from 4.25 percent to 4 per- cent at a.m. today. (The rest of the sales tax you pay is the local share, which varies from county to State lawmakers had approved the temporary increase in the sales tax from 4 percent to 4.25 percent in 2003, over Gov. George PatakTs veto. The increase took effect June 1, 2003 and expired today. The extra quarter of a percent- age point generated about billion during the two years it was in place, according to Tom Bergin, a spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Legislators defended the in- crease in 2003, saying it would help schools and hospitals with- out forcing local governments to raise property taxes. Downstate New Yorkers New York City and its suburbs will continue to pay an extra .125 of a percentage point in sales tax to help pay for the Met- ropolitan Transit Authority. Around her, other children tackle similar pre-kindergar- ten tests: Recite the alphabet, skip, catch a beanbag with one hand. At a nearby table, a blonde who attended Head Start1 s pre-k, aces a rhyming test. A brunette who stays home with her mother refuses to hop on one foot, then breaks into tears. Summer, who goes to day care in a house across the street, likes books, cutting with scissors (another test) and the idea of going to Genesee Elementary School next fall. She has piled wood- en blocks, named their colors, knit her small fingers and twirled both thumbs, but she hasn't written her name. She picks up the pencil in C.W. McKeen Staff photographer SUMMER SZAKALY, 4, shows her cutting skills to Jennifer Hares during the kindergar- ten screening at Genesee Street Elementary School in Auburn. her right hand. Holds it steady. Writes an "S" and a "IT then stops. That's all she can manage. Is Summer ready for kin- dergarten? It's a question par- ents will be asking about their 4- and 5-year-olds this spring and summer, as school dis- tricts screen the newest group of first-time students. Kindergarten used to be where America's children pre- pared for school. Now, kinder- garten is school. What pre- pares a child for kindergarten could be any combination of parents, day care centers, baby sitters. Head Start, and gov- ernment-run and private pre- kindergarten. SKIP, PAGE A-8 INSIDE The Daily Dose IN HER WORDS Ready to read? A series of stones about whether Central New York's preschoolers are prepared to learn. Gia Collins buys her first home. Optimist and Pessimist take on road construction. PageE-10 __________ _______L _ 'SISTERHOOD' Movie piles on heaping helpings of teen trauma. Page E-5 _________ i A TASTE Local restaurants strut their stuff at downtown festival. Page E-1 Business Classified G-l c-i M.T- H live Aid founder announces new concerts CNY Comics Editorials .._ Entertainment Local news M Lottery PnQYlCj...............' New York __A-6 Obituaries___B-4 Sports............... D-l Slocks.........._ C-3 Television f-7 THE POST-STANDARD l 1-5 By Catherine McAloon The Associated Press London There will be at least five dozen performers, from Bono ttj 50 Cent in five venues across the world, from Rome's Circus Maximus to the streets of Philadelphia. All will unite behind one sim- pie message for world leaders: end poverty in Africa. Twenty years after he organ- ized the landmark Live Aid con certs. Bob Geldof announced plans Tuesday for the Live 8 concerts. They will take place July 2, just days before leaders of the world's richest countries, the G8. meet in Britain. '4We don't want people's money. We want he said. The 1985 Live Aid concerts, held in London and Philadelphia on the same day. sold out both venues, drew a TV audience of millions around the globe and raised million for poverty relief in Africa, Since then. Geldof said. Afri- ca has only become poorer. 'Twenty years on. it strikes me as being morally repulsive and intellectually absurd that people die of want in a world of Geldof said. "This is to finally, as much as we can, put a stop to that." Online: Uve 8 is at wwwJrve8Tive.com Commission for Africa is at www.commissionforafric3.org Announced Tuesday by LiveS organizers: LONDON: Mariah Carey Coldplay Dido Keane Elton John Annie Lennox Paul McCartney Muse Razorlight REM Scissor Sisters Snow Patrol Stereophonies Sting Joss Stone Robbie Williams U2 Velvet Revolver Bob Geldof The Killers Madonna The Cure BERLIN: a-ha Bap Crosby, Stills Nash Lauryn Hill Die Toten Hosen Peter Maffay Brian Wilson PHILADELPHIA: Will Smith (host) Bon Jovi Maroon 5 Dave Matthews Band Sarah McLach- lan Rob Thomas Keith Urban JayZ Stevie Wonder 50 Cent Kaiser Chiefs P. Diddy PARIS: Andrea Bocelli Craig David Calo Gero Jamiroquai Kyo Yannick Noah Youssou N'Dour Placebo Axelle Red Johnny Haliiday Manu Chao Renaud ROME: Irene Grandi Faith Hill Jovanotti Tim McGraw Nek Laura Pausini Duran Duran Vasco Rossi Zucchero   

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