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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York MODELING TAKES BACK SEAT TO GOLF SPORTS. PAGE D-1 Rawson SUDOKU Readers offer strategies. PAGE E-1 Answer to this PAGE A-2 Another PAGE E-7 IS YOUR BOYFRIEND DANGEROUS? CNY. PAGE E-1 ICKOR YUM? Row food on the menu. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 e Post-Stan Affiliated with Syracusv.com THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2005 HNAL EDITION 348 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND. INSIDE SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS LESS HUMID There will be at least a few clouds overhead today, but the air will be drier. Comfort- able conditions will last through much of the weekend, but there is a chance for nun Friday. Complete forecast. D-10 Feds Probe Gas-Station Scam Electronic device allowed credit information to be stolen, investigators say HIGH: 79 LOW: 59 Hadad not partnering on hotel, company says The Israeli company negoti- ating to buy Hotel Syracuse says it will pay investor Eli Hadad a finder's fee, but that's it. LOCAL, PAGtM House narrowly passes U.S.-Central America pact A 217-215 House vote early today added six countries to the Central American Free Trade Agreement. STORY, PAGE A-ll Camillas residents fight proposed restaurant plan More than 90 people at the Camillus Town Board meeting Tuesday protested zoning to allow an eatery with a pub. LOCAL, PAGE M Beta blockers don't help some patients, study says Low-risk patients having op- erations who were given beta blocker pills were more likely to die, a new study shows. STORY, PAGE A-9 British bombing suspect in July 21 attack arrested Police Wednesday arrested a Somali citizen with British resi- dency suspected in the attack. STORY, PAGE A-3 U.S. troops could begin withdrawal next year The top American general in Iraq said he hopes to begin sig- nificant withdrawal next spring. STORY, PAGE A-4 Seller's market for houses across the United States Single-family houses are selling at a record pace across the country, the Commerce De- partment said Wednesday. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Delta Air Lines warns employees about finances Delta Air Lines workers re- ceived a memo saying the com- pany may not be able to avoid a Chapter 11 filing. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Corrections rate 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-1 Local news.......B-l j Bridge F-10 Lottery..............A-2 j Classified.____F-l Movies............Wkd Comic..............E-6 New York......A-l 2 CNY...................E-1 Obituaries........B-4 Crossword........E-6 Sports...............D-1 Editorials-...A-14 Stocks______C-3 Entertainment. E-3 Sudoku puzde E-7 letters.........A-l 5 Television......... E-5 THE POST-STANDARD By John O'Brien Staff writer All it took was a few seconds with someone's credit card out of his or her sight, in the hands of a gas station attendant with an electronic device hidden in his palm, according to federal inves- tigators. With a swipe of the card through the device, called a skimmer, the attendant had the customer's credit card number and other private information from the magnetic strip, inves- tigators said. A Long Island man was in- dicted in Syracuse this week in a fraud conspiracy in which skim- mers were used to steal credit card numbers from as many as 100 unsuspecting gas station customers in New York City and New Jersey area. The numbers were then placed on the magnetic strips of blank credit cards that had different numbers embossed on them, in- vestigators said. Four Long Is- land men went on a shopping spree through Pennsylvania, Central and Northern New York, Albany and New York City, according to authorities. Had Bayram, 36, was charged with using counterfeit credit cards to buy cartons of ciga- rettes, compact discs, DVDs and electronic devices without the cardholders' knowledge. He and the three other men made at least worth of unauthorized purchases, according to Timothy Kirk, special agent in charge of the Syracuse office of the U.S. Secret Service. Skimmers are about the size of pagers and can be hidden in a person's hand. They surfaced in big cities about live years ago, but weren't discovered locally until the past year, agents said. "These guys were making a run starting in Long said Edward Pollock, resident agent in charge of the Syracuse office of U.S. Immigration and KEEP, PAGE A-J Pataki rules nothing in, out; Spitzer: 'No one-horse race' NASA expects safe return i Foam fell from Discovery, but apparently didn't damage craft, officials say. The Associated Press Space Center, Houston The shuttle Discovery, like Co- lumbia, lost a large chunk of foam debris during liftoff that could have threatened the return of the seven astronauts, NASA said Wednesday. While there are no signs the piece of insulation damaged the spacecraft, NASA is grounding future shuttle flights until the hazard can be fixed. "Call it luck or whatever, it didn't harm the said shuttle program manager Bill Parsons. If the foam had broken away earlier in flight when the atmosphere is thicker, in- creasing the acceleration and likelihood of impact it could HASA, PAGE A-l 0 Stewart Cairns New York Times NEW YORK STATE Gov. George Pataki after confirming Wednesday that he would not seek a fourth term, turns to thank his family. From left are children Allison, Owen, Emily and Teddy; and his wife, Libby. Candidate: Game plan is resolute By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer When the news broke late Tuesday that George Pataki didn't want another term at New York's helm, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was sud- denly without a high-profile opponent. But he insisted that changed nothing. "There is no such thing as a one-horse Spitzer said during a news conference Wednesday in a corner of Hancock Airport. Spitzer was in town for a previously scheduled appear- ance at a Democratic fund- raiser. The news conference was his first public appearance since Pataki's announcement. When Pataki was the possi- ble opponent, the numbers showed Spitzer with a signifi- cant lead. A poll from the Siena Research Institute earlier this month had Spitzer with 49 percent and Pataki with 37 percent: 14 percent were undecided. Other Siena polls over the last few months have shown Spitzer with even wider leads over possible Republican op- ponents Randy Daniels. Tom Golisano. Jeanine Pirro and Mike photographer NEW YORK STATE Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, a Demo- crat, answers questions Wednesday at an informal press con- ference at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. GOP needs a candidate Several Republicans are seen as potential challengers to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Impact on Central New York A look back on projects important to this area. A look at the polls Pataki's approval ratings over the past 10 years. Page A-6 William Weld. But when reporters pepper- ed Spitzer with questions about what Pataki's decision means for him and who his opponent might be, he stayed religiously on point: "I will not play political tactician or strategist." he said. He said his message is what it has always been: He will run on his record and seek to bring integrity and transparen- cy to government. Spitzer. who has been attor- ney general since 1999. found out about Pataki's announce- ment Tuesday from the gover- nor" s camp: he said there's often communication between the two. On Wednesday, he CANDIDATE, PAGE A-7 Governor: Three terms enough The Associated Press Albany Republican George Pataki, who brought down Democratic icon Mario Cuomo in 1994 to become governor of New York, said Wednesday he would not seek a fourth term next year and "come 2007, I will follow a new path, find new chal- lenges." While Pataki is eyeing a possible run for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, he told The Associated Press "that's for down the road. I'm not ruling anything in or out. but my goal is to be the best governor I can be for the next year and a half." Later, the nation's longest currently serving governor told several hundred cheering supporters and rank-and-file state employees crowded into a large room at the state Capi- tol that he would call it quits after three terms. "We've done a lot together, and yet there is always more to do." he said. "But there is one thing I've understood from my very first day in pub- lic office: That as elected offi- PMAK1, PAGE A-6 II96404II11304 NASA via NewsCom EILEEN COLLINS, commander aboard Discovery, waves while she and mission specialist Steve Robinson work on the flight deck hours after launch. Spraying to target mosquitoes Onondaga County tonight aims to kill insects infected with EEE in Cicero Swamp. j By Mark Weiner Staff writer Onondaga County plans to i spray pesticides over Cicero j Swamp tonight after health offi- cials found mosquitoes infected with a rare virus that is potential- ly fatal to humans. Aerial spraying of the pesti- cide Kontrol will begin at 7 p.m., weather permitting, said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, the county- health commissioner. Residents near the swamp will be notified in advance of the spraying, possibly through the reverse 911 telephone alert sys- tem. Morrow said. 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