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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York rpl O. If The Post-Standard SVMOJSi, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STKKY You may want to nuke an extra pitcher of lemon- ade today. It's i going to be swel- taring, and all that air may trigger drench- ing thunderstorms. Mostly, Central New York should see a mix of sun and clouds. Complete forecast D-8 HKftM LOW: 71 Something 'happened' to student in Aruba One of three young men who took an Alabama teenager to the beach during a high school graduation trip to Aruba said "something bad hap- pened" to her, police said this morning. Deputy Police Commissioner Gerald Dompig said the man was leading police late Friday to the scene. STORY, PAGE A-4 Former mayor says he will not run this year Former Syracuse Mayor Tom Young said Friday he will not run for mayor this year and clews not expect to take an active role in the race. STORY, PAGE 1-1 Three-strikes policy remains for repeat felons New York's highest court has rejected a major challenge to the threc-strikcs-smd-you're- out law for violent felons, assur- ing continued long prison sen- tences for repeat offenders. STORY, PAGE A-8 Bush, Roh unite in advice on North Korea's policies President Bush and South Korean President Roll Moo- hyun urged North Korea Friday to return to lalks on its nuclear weapons program and played down differences in their ap- proaches to the problem. STORY, PAGE A-4 U.S.: Syria interfering in Lebanese elections Syria has not fully with- drawn its intelligence forces from neighboring Lebanon and is interfering with elections (here, perhaps even organizing political assassinations, the Bush administration alleged Fri- day. STORY, PAGE A-4 Oswego graduate signs free-agent NFL contract Mike Kallfclz of Oswego High School and St. John Fisher College has signed a free-agent contract to play for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League, the team con- firmed this week. Review Dave Mamet's "Sexual Per- versity in Chicago" was pres- ented by Syracuse Civic Theatre Friday night. REVIEW, PAGE 1-2 Corrections Le Grand et Petit Garden Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 4704WB Index tushes____C-l QesM E-S Ma___Ml anrt.--.A-IO H Lod 1-1 uXhry_____A-Z H THffWSlAKMtt Bomb Kflls 5 U.S. Marines; Murders Claim 12 N.Y. Times News Service Baghdad Five Marines, were killed when their vehicle stmck a bomb in western Iraq, the U.S. military said Friday, as lead- ers of Iraq's various ethnic groups intensified their dispute over who will write the nation's new consti- tution. The Marines, members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, had been conducting what the mil- itary described as combat opera- tions in Haqlaniya a town about 100 miles northwest of Baghdad, on the Euphrates River on Thursday when the explo- sion occurred. Marine spokesmen did not respond to requests for fur- ther details on the attack. Another Marine in the same unit was killed Thursday in the town of Hit, south of Haqlaniya, in a vehicle accident, the military said. In other violence, insurgents gunned down Iraqi security offi- cers in the major cities of Kirkuk and Basra, police officials said Friday, and a dozen bound and blindfolded bodies were found near Qaim, near the Syrian border. Footage on the Al Sharqiya televi- sion channel showed one shirtless body with what appeared to be dried blood smeared across its back and others lying on their sides and backs in the desert. All wore civilian clothing. The Associated Press reported that nine bodies were found outside another village near Qaim, which is in an area that has recently seen major U.S. raids on insurgent hideouts. Gunmen also killed one mem- ber of an Iraqi security company SIMMS, PAGE A-S 56% of people polled disagree with the way President Bush is handling the situation in A-5 "They're everyday people, doing their jobs, but they're also extreme heroes. It may be hard for them to admit they enjoy getting honored like this, but having been there myself, I know it means a lot." Fire Chief John Cowin, speaking of the award winners David Lassman Stall photographer SYRACUSE POLICE Officer Thomas Hahn, badly hurt last year while answering a burglary call by himself, receives congratu- lations and applause after receiving a Police Benevolent Association Merit Awai d Friday. The Syracuse Medal Awards Cere- mony for police and firefighters was held at the Everson Museum. Standing Ovation for Officer By Sue Staff writer It was a long road back for Syracuse police Officer Thomas Hahn, one that ended Friday with a standing ovation by his peers. Hahn was working the midnight shift Sept. 18 when he responded alone to a call about a burglary in progress a( 140 Thurber St. A man armed with a handgun con- fronted him at the door. When Halm or- dered him to drop the gun, a second man appeared. The men tried to run; a fight broke out. Brave men and women List of honorees from the Syracuse police and fire "He was in imminent danger, against overwhelming said master of cer- emonies Dan Cummings of W1XT-TV (Channel 9) news. The two wrestled Halm's gun from his hand, then pistol-whipped him, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his skull. The injuries kept him out of work for a month, hut he has since been back on pa- trol. On Friday, he received the Police Benevolent Association Merit Award at the annual city police and firefighters award ceremony at Hie Everson Museum of Art. As Hahn walked across the stage, his colleagues stood to applaud. Soon, the audience of hundreds followed suit. Hahn, who has been a police officer for five years, said he was moved by the tribute. "It was a big honor, and I work with a great bunch of he said later Fri- day. HONOREES, PAGE A-5 U.S. animal tests positive for mad cow disease Neuters Washington A U.S. ani- mal has tested positive for mad :ow disease and additional tests have to be done at a British aboratory to confirm the results, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike 'ohanns said on Friday. The meat of the animal that ested positive did not get into the food or feed chain, Johanns said. "There just is no risk what- he told reporters. The only U.S. confirmed case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy was found in December 2003 in a Washington state dairy cow. The current suspect animal had been tested for mad cow dis- ease before and the test results were negative. The USDA's Inspector Gener- al was reviewing the depart- ment's mad cow testing program and requested that three previous suspect animals be tested again using a different technology, and one came back positive Friday, Johanns said. "We have not confirmed a case of BSE in the United States at this said USDA Chief Veterinarian John Clifford. He described the suspicious animal as a beef breed that was "getting up in age" that could not stand. He offered no other details about location or age. "It's going to require addi- tional testing to determine if this is BSE or Clifford said. NSIDE URBAN GARDEN BLOOMS Iriott FAGEE-1 Enron investors to get billion Cox News Service New York Citigroup Inc. announced Friday it would pay billion to settle a class-action lawsuit by Enron Corp. investors over its role in the selling of the defunct energy giant's stocks and bonds. It is the largest settlement to date offered to the investors, who allege that several banks helped Enron defraud thousands of shareholders, costing them billions of dollars when the ener- gy trader went bankrupt in 2001. "This agreement is n tremen- dous recovery for Knron inves- tors and continues a pattern of highly favorable said James Hoist, general coun- sel for Ihe University of Califor- nia, the lend plaintiff. The uni- versity lost nciitly million from Enron investments. The proposed settlement must be approved by the university's board of regents, Citigroup's di- rectors and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, which has been hear- ing the case. Ciiigrnup, the nation's largest financial services company, said in a statement that it denies it broke the law and is settling "to eliminate the uncertainties, hur- j Men and expense of further pro- tracted litigation." "It is a key priority for Citi- group to resolve major cases like this one and to put a difficult chapter in our history behind Citigroup Chief Executive Charles Prince said. Citigroup said it would pay investors who purchased public- ly traded equity and debt securi- ties issued by Enron and its re- lated units between Sept. 9, 1997, and Dec. 2, 2001. The money will come from reserves set aside to deal with such law- suits, Citigroup said. i i ait on ami's lumen TO mm U2 OPENS TOUR The Associated PTKS BONO, FRONTMAN of the Irish rock band U2, performs during its concert at King Baudoin Sta- dium in Brussels Friday. Bono, who met with President Bush in 2003, was in Brussels this week, discussing debt relief and other poverty issues with European Commission Presi- dent Manuel STOBY, PAGEA4