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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York r MONEY WI S 5 WAYS TO SAVE ON COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM-catn MONDAY. AUGUST 15, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS PLEASANT The beauty of to- day's sunlit sky will be upstaged by the crisp morning air and dry low-80s temperature this afternoon as a cool front moves across Central and Northern New York. Complete forecast, C-12 Mother, Police Hail Heroine Who Prevented Abduction HIGH: 82 LOW: 61 Police soy Syracuse woman blocked kidnapping. "It was I an instant she said. PGA Championship pushed to this morning The finish of the PGA Cham- pionship was postponed by thun- derstorms until a.m. today, with Phil Mickelson clinging to a one-shot lead over Steve El- kington and Thomas Bjorn. Tiger Woods was the leader in tuS two strokes Be- hind No. 4 Mickelson and tied with No. 3 Vijay Singh and Davis Love III. SPORTS, PAGE (-1 All aboard are killed in crash of plane in Greece A Cypriot plane full of vaca- tioners slammed into a hill near Athens on Sunday, killing all 121 people aboard were killed. Fighter pilots who followed the plane for 43 agonizing minutes saw the co-pilot slumped over the controls and two people try- ing to enter the cockpit. Minutes before the crash, a passenger sent a text message to a relative: "Farewell, cousin, here we're frozen." STORY, PAGE A-7 Israel signals start of withdrawal from Gaza Thousands of Jewish settlers defied an Israeli government order to leave the Gaza Strip by midnight Sunday. Israel's securi- ty forces began the first steps to evacuate the settlers and their supporters in a huge and historic operation. STORY, PA6IA-10 Senate rivals are fiercely similar Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeanine Pirro are rivals for the U.S. Senate, but have many sim- ilarities. Pollsters say even their views on the issues are nearly identical. HEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Bush's popularity is sinking, polls say President Bush's popularity with the American public has reached a lower point than Ron- ald Reagan and Bill Clinton fell to at this point in their second terms. But the polls say Bush has not sunk to the levels of Harry Truman. Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and or the first President Bush. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Jim Read Staff writer A Syracuse mom in a minivan stopped a Broome County man from getting away with a 10-year-old Syracuse girl Satur- day. City police say Monique Williams, of Furman Street, is a hero. "In this case, had it not been for Miss Williams' vehicle, we don't know what would have Syracuse police Chief Gary Miguel said at a news conference Sunday. James H. Gilkeson, 49, of Kirkwood, was charged Sunday with endangering the welfare of a child, a mis- demeanor, Mi- guel said. It Gilkeson was the most serious charge police could file in the case and police are disap- pointed. "I think the law doesn't deal with preventive he said. Police are not releasing the name of the child, nor her ad- dress, said Sgt. Tom Connellan. Her mother, Franzetta Jean Had- don, appeared at the news con- ference, but is declining all other contact with the media. The near-abduction began at about 10 a.m. Saturday when the girl was picking up milk and bread at the Big Apple Market, 1410 S. Salina St., Miguel said. Gilkeson approached the girl in the store and started to speak to her, Miguel said. When the girl left, Gilkeson was waiting by the gasoline pumps in his red 1993 Dodge Spirit. He pulled up to the girl and asked if she want- ed a ride. She refused, Miguel said, but Gilkeson opened the door and told her to gel in. Con- fused, Miguel said, the girl got into the car. Omsyi- rowan C'M'tnbutin.j phologrdph'" MONIQUE WILLIAMS (right) stopped a man from abducting the 10-year-old daughter of Franzetta Jean Haddon, (left) according 'I'M INDEBTED, PAGE A-3 to police Chief Gary Miguel TONY STEWART THE DOMINATOR AT WATKINS GLEN Al Staff photographer TONY STEWART sprays his crew with'Coke after winning the Sirius at the Glen on Sunday in Watkins Glen. Despite an alter- nator problem, it was Stewart's third straight road-course victory in Nextel Cup competition and his fifth victory in the past seven races this year. "I don't know what we need to do to keep this thing going, but we've got he said. See Page c-l Rovers continue to defy 'death' on Mars They're doing so well, leader of Red Planet mission is telling world via book. By Rebecca James Staff writer The lucky little rover landed on Mars in a perfect spot, put- tered three miles through a harsh landscape and climbed into and out of a huge crater. But after 14 months, it looked like Opportunity's ride could be over. All six wheels were stuck up to the rim in a sand dune. En- gineers 100 million miles away commanded it to move 40 feet. The rover's wheels spun and it moved just two inches. It took almost six weeks, but Opportunity broke free. Now it's headed toward another crater while its sister. Spirit, is moun- tain climbing on the other side of the planet. These Mars Rovers, often commanded from Cornell Uni- versity in Ithaca, are going strong 19 months after landing, 16 months longer than predicted. Every instrument still works. Despite glitches and dust storms, the rovers keep earning their En- ergizer bunny nickname. "I've just given up predicting: what we're going to see around another hill, what a rock is made of, how long the rovers will said the mission's main scientist, Steve Squyres, a Cor- THINKING, PAGE A-4 At more i schools: i i Stay in I for lunch Fatal crash during lunch i period last year leads districts to rethink policies. By Debra J. Groom Staff writer Fewer Central New York high school students will be leaving school property for lunch when the new year begins next month. Last October's deaths of three LaFayette teens during a lunch break from school prompted of- ficials at many school districts to rethink their off-campus lunch I policies. Of the 19 Central New York districts that let students leave campus for lunch last October, 17 discussed their policies again in the wake of the LaFayette crash. Of those, five have decid- ed since then to change their pol- icies and require students to stay I in school during lunch. One Homer decided to let fewer students leave for lunch. And the Otselic Valley school board in southern Madi- son County will vote Wednesday on whether to bar students from leaving school for lunch. In addition, many school dis- tricts are putting more emphasis on driver education and enhanc- ing students' driving skills. Some districts, such as Sol- vay, began offering driver edu- cation classes this summer. Tully SCHOOL, PAGE A-4 How does your school do lunch or driver Index Bridge............ Class.............. Comics.......... CNY............... Crossword.... Editorials...... letters local news.. lottery .E-9 .E-l D-6 D-1 .D-6 A-8 .A-9 .8-1 .A-2 Movies............. New York........ Obituaries....... Science............ Sports............. Sudoku Television....... Weather........ MoneyWise D-4 .A-6 .B-4 B-6 .C-l D-7 ..D-5 C-12 Bush neighbor fed up with protesters LM Otero The Associated Press LAND OWNER Larry Mattlage looks out from his ranch Sunday across the street from Cindy Sheehan's camp near Crawford, Texas. During a prayer service, Mattlage came out and fired his hunting shotgun into the air, then put up a no parking sign. The Dallas Morning News Crawford, Texas Larry Mattlage has had enough. He's tired of all the commo- tion at the anti-war camp across the road from his ranch house. He wants all the cars out of his ditch, and the anti-war protest- ers, the pro-war demonstrators and the media to leave. So he's closed the iron gate to his small spread outside of town and posted "Sorry, We're and "Help Wanted" signs. And on Sunday morning, as" Cindy Sheehan and a small gathering of other anti-war sup- porters prepared for a worship service, he stood in his goat pas- ture and fired a shotgun into the air. "I'm getting ready for dove he said when reporters pressed him. "I'm practicing." His message, though, was un- mistakable as he talked on. "These neighbors out here are he said. "I don't want nobody getting hurt. I just want them to pack The damn tents and go where they came from." Within minutes, sheriffs dep- uties and Secret Service agents rushed in. McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch said he counseled Mattlagc to exercise some restraint. "He's on his own property." Lynch said. But he warned that Mattlagc can't just "shoot across the road." "Look." said Mattlage. who has a longstanding deal with NBC News for a view from his spread of the president's ranch, "when they first came out here. 1 was sympathetic to their cause. They, as American citizens, have a right to march and to protest." But "they're just like compa- ny." he concluded. "If you had had your brother-in-law in your house for five days, wouldn't it start stinking after a THE POST-STANDARD A ONV-JDAY One WWII death hits home. SeanKirst, PageB-1 INSIDE BIQWIIUE Syracuse guitarist teams up with country musk legend. CNY, Page D-1 KRAMER DANCES WITH COYOTES He has a message for smafl dogs. CNY, Page D-1 WHY WE CAME BACK They're happy they returned to CRY. The Daily Dose, PageD-8 i u-SUNG of the shuttle mission. Science, PageB-6