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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKUM.com SUNDAY, AUGUST 14. 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 Ihe "oa-iundaic! SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING TAKE COVER The humid warmth that has draped Central New York the past several days will begin to slip away today. Showers and potentially strong thunderstorms will soak the region. The sun returns Monday, and pleasant days are expected this week. Complete ____________________ forecast, D-14 USDA To Investigate Death; Experts: Zoo Not at Fault HIGH: 78 LOW: 59 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER By Mark Weiner Staff writer Federal inspectors will conduct a full in- vestigation of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's elephant program and its handling of Kedar, the baby elephant who died Aug. 4 after plunging into a pool in his exhibit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it decided to do the investigation after an in- spector's initial three-hour visit to the Syra- cuse zoo Tuesday. Inspectors will return in the coming weeks to interview zoo staff, take photos and gather evidence, said Jim Rogers, a spokesman for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Washington, D.C. Rogers said he could not discuss specific details of the case. "All 1 can say is we're in- vestigating for possible violations of the Ani- mal Welfare Rogers said. Both the zoo and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a national animal- rights group, requested the initial investiga- tion. The federal Animal Welfare Act contains more than 100 pages of rules regulating every aspect of animal care, from handling to how SYRACUSE, PAGE A-17 KEDAR is shown here July 31, hours after he was born at the Ro- samond Gif- ford Zoo in Syr- acuse. Kedar died Aug. 4 after plunging into a pool in the elephant exhibit. Carrie Niland Staff photographer Courtesy of David J. Bodycombe DAVID J. BODYCOMBE. 31, of Great Brit- ain, is the man behind the Sudoku puz- zles in The Post-Standard and other newspapers across the MONSTER SUDOKU Supersize your puzzle. STARS MORE THAN STRANGER DANGER Most child abductors, abusers are people you know. CNY, PAGE H-1 MURDER SUSPECT'S PAST Before being charged in the death of Chittenango's Lori Leonard, Shawn Doyle had been accused of assaulting other girlfriends. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 CHILD CARE CRUNCH In the past two years, 85 CNY child care providers without licenses have been shut down. STORY. PAGE B-1 JOIN THE TEAM... And try to beat The Post- Standard's NFL game picks. SPORTS. PAGE D-2 ON THE ROAD WITH RYs Camping comfortably. CNY, PAGE H-1 WATERFRONT HOME Ranch overlooks Otisco Lake. REAL ESTATE, PAGE 1-1 STOP THE BRAIN DRAIN How can we keep young talent? OPINION, PAGES C-1 FAREWELL, GAZA Israeli settlers start moving Monday. STORIES, PAGES A-6, 7 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD TENS OF THOUSANDS ROAR INTO WATKINS GLEN FOR NASCAR RACE WEEKEND Kevin Rivoli The Associate TONY STEWART'S car is pushed by crew members after it stalled in the pits during the NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen Interna- tional in Watkins Glen Saturday. Over the.weekend, nearly fans are expected, pumping up to million into the regional economy. Today's race the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen scheduled to start at p.m. COMPLETE RACE COVERAGE IN 7, 8 WINE COUNTRY BUSINESSES LOVE THE RACE Bystanders foil possible abduction of girl in Syracuse Binghdmton-nrea man who forced girl into car is chased by witnesses, held for police. By Diana LaMattina and Meghan Rubado Staff writers Believing they were witnessing the abduction of a young girl Saturday outside a store, people jumped into two vehicles, chased a man's car and blocked it in until officers arrived, Syr- acuse police said. Saturday night, investigators were still unsure what the man's motive was, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, but he credited those who acted with probably preventing a more serious situation. "The report appears to be legit. Those people probably saved her Connellan said. Police had not charged the man with a crime Saturday night, but expected to keep him in custody overnight, Con- nellan said. Police did not identify the man or the girl. Connellan said the incident hap- pened like this, based on witness ac- counts: A man approached a young girl in the Big Apple Market, 1410 S. Salina St. about 10 a.m. The man asked the girl if she'd like a ride home, commenting that it looked like she was having trouble getting around because of a leg injury. The girl refused the offer and left to walk home to her parents with the milk and eggs she bought. The man, who is from the Binghamton area, followed. Once outside, people saw the man struggle to get the girl into the back seat of his car near South Sauna and Castle streets. The man got her into the car and drove south, police said. People in two cars chased the man's vehicle and cut it off a block south at South Salina and Furman streets. The people held the car and the man until the police arrived. Writer Lindsay Byrnes contributed to this report. UTICA a city that needed embraces the people I who needed a III IT HAS TAKEN IN REFUGEES FROM 36 COUNTRIES E-l Obituaries Classified F-l Opinion H-1 Sports D-l Stocks E-3 Local news Lottery ______ Nation ._ New York Washington _____ A-2 Weather A-12 World A-1 6 10 D-14 A-5 ByHartSeely Staff writer For home delivery. call 470-6397 Six years ago, Rasim and Senada Bali- jagic bought a house in East Utica for It wasn't exactly a steal: The walls sagged, the place smelled and the yard was pocked with deep ruts. Today, flowers climb to the new second- floor patio, which overlooks an above- ground pool and manicured lawn. "We have nice home, nice house, nice ev- said Rasim Balijagic. 47. he said'of his wife and four children, "are happy here." Welcome to East Utica, home of the American dream by way of global night- i mares. In 1996. the Balijagics came to Utica as j part of a small wave of Bosnian refugees i who were determined to rebuild their shat- tered lives. Today, an estimated of their countrymen have settled in Utica, a city that spent the last half-century watching peo- ple leave. In their new lives arid their new city, the talk is of resurrection. And the world has no- ticed. The April cover story of Refugees Maga- zine, published by the United Nations in eight languages, hails Utica as "The Town that Loves Refugees." Similar praise in magazines such as Redbook have polished Utica's Rust-Belt image. U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton has suggested that Utica promote it- self as a place of rebirth through diversity. "It's the type of publicity you can't Utica Mayor Tim Julian said. "It's the human interest story that people read and say, 'Hey. that sounds like a pretty nice place to live, not just for refugees, but for every- body.' THIS HAS, PAGtA-14 Jenifer Meyers Contributing photographer MARIA WQNZA, from Poland, has just become a U.S. citizen and is receiving the certificate that proves it. Behind her is a fellow new citizen, Russian-born Yevgeniy YakovSev. The two are part of a wave of refugees that has helped rejuvenate Utica. INSIDE: In a sense, you oil become nepers: on interview with the executive director of Utica's refugee center. fterefy Text of the citizen's ooth of rJeojance A-14   

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