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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               at Watkins Glen SPECIAL SECTIONIPAGE D-l The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 Ihe Pos'.-Sundard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS RAIN, AT LAST The air will be calm today, but don't be surprised if you see the grass and flowers waving. They're offering thanks for the much- needed moisture and cooler temperatures. Complete forecast, C-12 State Pays Man To Not Work Fayetteville man would rather make his as Auburn prison's imam HIGH: 79 LOW: 69 Gallon of gas costs at some Syracuse stations Gas prices around Syracuse have jumped 9 cents a gallon in the past month, but drivers aren't expected to give up summer travel, AAA says. BUSINESS, PAGE M Bush: Pulling out troops would send terrible signal President Bush said Thurs- day he sympathizes with a de- ceased soldier's mother camped by his ranch, but said withdraw- ing now would be a mistake. STORY, PAGE A-6 People who don't smoke can still get lung cancer Although smoking is blamed for most lung cancer cases, non- smokers are at risk too and there's no easy diagnostic test. CNY, PAGE M Listeria strain shows up in Schenectady patient Where four Central New Yorkers got food contaminated with the same bacteria strain is "the million-dollar a county nurse says. Air National Guard plan may be risky, panel says The Defense Department's plan to reorganize the Air Na- tional Guard may hurt national security, the base-closing com- mission said Thursday. STORY, PAGE A-8 September shuttle mission not likely, NASA soys While engineers try to figure out why foam fell off Discovery, the shuttle program probably will be grounded until Novem- ber. STORY, PAGE A-3 Ex-WorldCom chief sentenced in IB fraud Scott Sullivan, a State Uni- versity College at Oswego grad- uate, was given five years in jail Thursday for being the "archi- tect" of the WorldCom fraud. BUSINESS, PAGE E-2 Corrections Syracuse Entrepreneur's Bootcamp educational Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By John O'Brien Staff writer For more than a year, the state has paid Osameh Al Wahaidy while refusing to let him return to his job at Auburn Correctional Facility. Al Wahaidy makes a year as an imam, or Muslim chaplain. His lawyer said he sits at home every weekday, waiting for word to go to work. "He's waiting, for a Steven Williams said. "He hasn't gotten a single one." Al Wahaidy, 43, of Fayette- ville, pleaded Al Wahaidy guilty in April 2003 to violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq by sending money there through the Syracuse char- ity Help the Needy. He said he intended the money to go to Ira- qis oppressed by Saddam Hus- sein's regime, and was unaware that the charity's founder, Dr. Rafil Dhafir, was using the do- nations for other purposes. An arbitrator ruled last year that the state, which had sus- pended Al Wahaidy without pay, had to give him his job back be- cause he'd endured the appropri- ate punishment of nine unpaid months for a felony conviction. In the arbitration hearing, his bosses at Auburn praised his work and said they want him back. The state started paying him again July I, 2004, but assigned him to his home. "Lo and behold, the guy at Auburn Correctional Facility calls me and says, 'Steve, they're not giving me permission to take him Williams said. Auburn's superintendent, John Burge, referred questions to state prison officials in Albany. Linda Foglia, spokeswoman for the state Department of Cor- TIGER WOODS FOUNDATION GIVES KIDS A CHANCE TO PLAY AND LEARN GOLF LENA JONES, 5, of Syracuse, gives a low five to Rick Quick, a golf pro, after sinking a putt during the Tiger Woods Foun- dation golf clinic Thursday at Bellevue Country Club in Syra- cuse. Quick, who works at Casolwood Golf Course in Lenox, was one of more than two dozen pros taking part in the Frank Ordonez Staff photographer two-day clinic for 75 children who might not otherwise be exposed to the game (Story, Page Syracuse was one of only four North American cities picked to host the clinic this year. On another golf course Thursday, things weren't shining so brightly for Tiger Woods (Story, Page Huge manure spill kills hundreds of thousands of fish People warned not to drink water from North Country's Black River. Rain needed. The Associated Press Lowville Three million gallons of liquid manure spilled from a Lewis County dairy farm into a nearby river, killing what state officials estimate are hun- dreds of thousands of fish. With the strongly scented tide moving its way down the Black River toward Lake Ontario on Thursday, the city of Watertown shut off its water intake, and people in Lewis and Jefferson counties have been warned not to drink water from the river. "The smell is your typical dairy air, you might said Steven Fuller, who owns a river- side restaurant in Lowville. For now, local officials are dearly hoping for rain. "Right now the river's not flowing said Jim Martin, Lewis County's emergency man- ager. "There's not much we can do. Just sit by." The spill came from one of the largest farms in Lewis Coun- ty, Marks Farms, about five miles south of the village of Lowville. The farm is one of the county's 20 largest employers. Martin said the spill happened when an earthen wall of a lagoon holding about 3 million gallons of liquid manure blew out, send- ing the manure into a drainage ditch and then into the Black River. Martin said the spill hap- pened either late Wednesday night or early Thursday. EARTHEN, PAGE A-IO Want to park at school? Take a driving safety class N.Y. state tops list with most lobbyists Spending by lobbyists increased by million last year, report shows. By] Albany bureau For each of New York's 212 state legislators, 18 lobbyists are paid to influence how they de- cide the public's business. New York has more registered lobbyists; and more lobbyists per legislator, than any other state, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity. The Empire State had registered lobbyists in 2004, far more than the in Illinois, the state with the second most, the center found. New York ranked third in the nation in lobbyist spending last year. Its million trailed California's million and Texas's million, according to the center. But New York's spending total jumped by million from 2003 to 2004. That's nearly half the million increase na- tionwide according to the center, which reported million in spending by state lobbyists across the United States last year. Government reformers see cause for concern. "Increasingly, everyone feels like they need a lobbyist to sort of be a player at the state said Rachel Leon, executive di- rector of Common Cause New York and a registered lobbyist herself. "Lobbying is legal and can be very good. What's bad is if peo- ple feel they need a hired Leon said. "It raises concerns the only people who are going to get heard are the people with the LOBBYISTS', PAGE A-ll Top five states Index Business___ Bridge........... Classified...... Comics____ CNY.............. Crossword Editorials.... Letters___ locol news. E-l ..G-3 .G-1 F-6 H F-7 .A-12 .A-13 Lottery-.........A-2 Movies...............F-4 New York......A-12 Obituaries........ B-4 Sports______C-1 Sudoku ____F-7 Television___F-5 j Wedher J-D students who take class uwant to Pfk the school i. M will be required to take the safe- get priority for parking. Next year, class mandatory. By Jim Read Staff writer Jamesville-DeWitt High School students who want to park their cars in school lots this fall will have an advantage get- ting a permit if they complete a driving safety class this month- And next year, all students Alive at 25 is a four-hour class that teaches students strate- gies to be in better control of their cars. Students who com- plete the class will have priority on getting parking permits at the school lot? said high school Prin- cipal Paul Gasparini. The new- program will be announced for- mally today. The driving class was offered following the deaths of at least eight Central New York teenag- ers in automobile accidents since the beginning of the last school year. That includes three girls who died in a crash while return- ing to LaFayette Hfgh School on their lunch break in October. The LaFayette crash prompted the Jamesville-DeWitt district to bar students from leav- ing the high school campus for lunch, a policy that will continue this school year. DeWitt police Capt. Mark Pet- terelli said he wanted to do something to help the town's youths to drive safely. He learned of the course from Irene Scruton. a member of the De- Witt town board and president of the Safety Council of Upstate New York, which covers 28 counties. The police department met with school officials and I proposed teaching the class to i J-D students. Petterelli said. j "From that brainstorming meeting, we came up with the STUDENT, PAGE A-ll New York 212 18-1 Florida j 160 I 13-1 Illinois i 177 12-1 Colorado 100 i 11-1 Ohio j I 132 10-1 Want to know more? State-by-state chart of the lobbyist-to-legislator ratio: State-by-state chart on spending on lobbyists: Source: The Center for Public Integrity INSIDE TnEPOST-STAHDARD iHANDED !ARE YOU? 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