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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York Affiliated with SyracuH.com WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The ftBt Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SLOW CHANGE Tropical weather will continue to be the focus of the forecast for i the next few days. Thunderstorms remain a possibility in Central New York later today as tem- peratures rise during the after- Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 83 LOW: 65 City lenders look ahead to massive schools project Syracuse schools Tuesday stood one signature away from spending million on a 10-year renovation of all 36 dis- trict buildings in what they de- scribed as the biggest public construction initiative in the city's history. 5TOBY, PACE 8-1 CEO Scrushy acquitted of billion fraud Jurors acquitted HcalthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy of all charges Tuesday in a sur- prise setback for federal prosecu- tors who had scored victories over a string of big-name CCOs accused of fraud. The case against Scrushy in- volved a billion earnings overstatement. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Walsh surprised by shortfall in VA budget A recently revealed SI bil- lion shortfall in the U.S. Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs budget this year took Rep. James Walsh by surprise and that's odd be- cause Walsh chairs (lie House subcommittee that writes the VA budget. STORY, PAGE A-4 Suicide car bomb kills A member of Iraq's National Assembly was killed Tuesday by a suicide car bomb, the second lawmaker to be assassinated since the assembly was chosen in landmark elections five months ago. STORY, PAGE A-8 Former stole Regent charged with child porn A former member (if the state Board of Regents, who also was once publisher of Newsday, has been charged with possess- ing child pornography taken off die Internet, authorities said on Tuesday. HEW YORK, PAGE A-13 Canadian government OKs same-sex marriage bill Canada's Parliament Tues- day approved legislation to allow same-sex marriages across the country, despite fierce oppo- sition from conservative politi- cians and religious groups. STORY, PAGE A-8 Corrections Shondelle McKelvin's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Cloiiified___6-1 W______E-I (omits.___.....1-8 Editorials......A-! 4 Entertainment. E-S Lxal news......1-1 Lottery.............A-2 Movies...............E-6 New York......A-12 Obituaries B-4 Sports______D-l Slocks._____C-3 Television____E-7 THEP05T-STAHDMD Judges To Indians: You're Too Late To Reclaim Land By Scott Rapp Staff writer The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a landmark decision, dismissed the Cayuga Indian land claim Tuesday, ruling that the tribes waited too long to re- claim their homeland. The decision could squash In- dian land claims across the state and nationwide, according to lawyers for the tribes involved in the lawsuit and an Indian law ex pert. "I don't see how any land claims can survive this deci- said Martin Gold, lawyer for the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York, who filed the land, claim in 1980. The other tribe in the lawsuit was the Seneca- Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. In a 2-1 decision, the court overturned the million judgment jointly awarded to both tribes in 2001 and said the tribes do not have any legal claim to regain title to acres of ancestral land that rim the north end of Cayuga Lake. 'DEVASTATING, PAGEA-10 THE 'HISTORIC' RULING AND WHAT IT MEANS What happened: A 25-year- old lawsuit filed by the Cayu- ga Indian Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Indian Tribe of Oklahoma was dismissed. In a lower court decision, the tribes were awarded million from the state. This decision leaves them with no money and no legal right to property in the land claim area at the northern end of Cayuga Lake. What's the impact: If the de- cision stands, it could affect all other unsettled Indian land claims across the state and nation, both sides say. For the two tribes, it could squash plans for casinos in the Cat- skills. What's next: Lawyers from the tribes are talking appeal, possibly asking the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case or trying for the U.S. Supreme Court. INSIDE Oneidas: Counties may ask court to dismiss Oneida land claim case. Onondagas: CNY elected officials are thrilled; Onondagas1 lawyer expects ruling won't stand. Five cases: Detailed look at the five major land claims in New York: Senecas, Cayugas, Onondagas, Oneidas, Mohawks Stories, Page A-10 ZOO'S NEW PENGUINS CHILL OUT Mike Greenlar Staff photographer HUNGRY HUMBOLDT penguins congregate before feeding time at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. They are (from left) Pilar, Juanita, Evita, Jake, Carmen, Jorge, Bianca, Phil and lose. The new penguin exhibit opens today. O ffleef the penguins ByMarkWeincr Staff writer Page A-6 For more photos, see www.syracuse.com Thursday in CNY: Cuddly, aloof and wobbly enough to need a hug, penguin mascots are popping up every where. Mike Greenlar Staff photographer SPLASHING ABOUT in their new exhibit are (from left) Jorge, Poquita (back) and Fuzzy. If you go: Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. Phone, 435-8511. Hours: 10 a.m. to p.m. daily. Prices: Adults, youth (3 to 15) seniors and students (16 to under age 3 are free. Online, go to vuww.rosamondgiffordzoo.org 3 he most expensive and ambitious project in almost 20 years at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnei Park opens today when Poquila and her penguin pals finally meet the public. After spending almost three months out of view while adjusting to their new home, the penguins and their keepers will show off the zoo's million Penguin Coast exhibit starting with festivities at a.m. 7.oo officials say the colony of 1 8 Humboldt penguins arc the crowning achievement of a seven-year renovation and expansion project at the Syracuse zoo the result of a million capital cam- paign. Since the campaign began, the zoo has PENGUINS, PAGE A-7 INSIDE 500MUON t TWINKIES That's how many Hostess makes each year. MORE BREWS AND TOILETS Brewhg and Musk Festival Jury 8. CNY, PAGE E-1 PREGNANCY ETIQUEHE Say ffct riofct tifcg to wow-to-k THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 'WAR OF THEWORLDS' 10th Mountain Division soldiers in new movie PAGE A-12 reviews CNY, PAGE E-5 PSSTHT'SSPYWARE TECHNOLOGY, PAGE M Remember don't quit in Iraq, Bush urges No exit timetable, no plans to add troops, he tells a crowd at Fort Bragg. News service reports Foil Bragg, N.C. Presi- dent Bush, urging an increasing- ly skeptical nation to stick with him on Iraq, used a prime-time speech Tuesday to try to get Americans to recall the Sept. II, 2001, terrorist attacks when they see violence in Iraq. "The only way our enemies can succeed is if we forget the lessons of September 11 and if we yield the future of the Mid- dle Bast to men like (Osama) bin Laden. For the sake of our na- tion's security, this will not hap- pen on my Bush told a supportive crowd of 750 service members in a Fort Bragg gymna- sium. The speech came on (he first anniversary of the return of sov- ereignty to post Saddam Iraq and as polls showed Americans growing less supportive of the war that has killed U.S. troops and left another injured since it began in March 2003. In the year since the United States returned sovereignty to the Iraqis, American troop levels have dropped by only 1.000 from the soldiers pres- ent :it lliu lime ami 886 have died as insurgent attacks have contin- ued. The attacks, by a mix of Sad- dam loyalists, fighters from Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries and local criminals, have numbered 500 a week. The Pentagon concedes the estimated to insurgents have adapted to U.S. tactics in ways that have made them increasing- ly dangerous. Bush offered some new de- tails efforts to train Iraqi forces, but did not offer hope that they would be able to defend them- SPUKING, PAGE A-4 What they're saying: Bush's speech: For the complete text and more links, see the News Tracker blog at Democrats: "Our troops deserve better than they are said Sen. John Page A-4 Duncan Black blogs against the Bush's speech at atrios.blogspot.com The Political Teen supports Bush atthepolKicartMn.iMt. To register support for the troops, go to www.wncricasupportiyou. mil Or join the discussion at r