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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GREAT DAY, NIGHT If you've been a prisoner of air con- ditioning, tonight's the night you can open the window's. We'll ex- perience another 80-degree day today, and the evening temperature is dipping to the low Complete forecast D-8 U.S. Says Manlius Doctor Was Linked to Terrorists Dhafir's defense says evidence wouldn't hold up in trial HIGH: 81 LOW: 52 State Tower falcon euthanized after injury A peregrine falcon found Sunday with a severed wing in Auburn was Sojourner, one of the four birds born earlier this year on the State Tower Building in Syracuse. The bird was eutha- nized Tuesday. STORY, PAGE B-1 I Pullout from Gaza Strip meets defiant settlers i Israeli settlers and sympa- thizers threw stones and eggs at soldiers and police officers in an emotional confrontation over the government's order to vacate the Gaza Strip. At least 48 demon- strators were arrested in the clashes. Today, the Israeli Army intends to move forcefully into many settlements in order to complete the pullout. STORY, PAGE A-4 All 160 aboard die in Venezuela air crash An airliner carrying 160 pas- sengers and crew members crashed into a mountain in Vene- zuela on Tuesday after reporting engine trouble. The crash killed all aboard, aviation authorities said. STORY, PAGE A-7 Iraqi leaders saylhey still hold hope for constitution Iraqi politicians Tuesday said they were optimistic they would be able to resolve all the out- standing issues by the new dead- line of Monday. STORY, PAGE A-7 Inflation is up, but economy is healthy Inflation is growing because of gasoline prices, but the econo- my is still moving forward, according to the Commerce Also: Wal-Mart is feeling the ef- fects of high gas Washington: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., calls for Pres- ident Bush to tap the oil Madonna falls off horse, breaks several bones Madonna was hospitalized on her 47th birthday with three cracked ribs, a broken collar- bone, and a broken hand after falling from a new horse she was riding at her estate near London. STORY, PAGE A-2 Corrections Map of Grant World War II Melissa Sheils" day care Madison Bouckville antique show Early-bird day at antique Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index By John O'Brien Staff writer Dr. Rafil Dhafir should get at least 24 years in prison for loot- i ing his charity because he posed a national security threat through his connections to terrorist or- ganizations, according to federal prosecutors. Prosecutors made the allega- tions of a possible link between Dhafir and terrorists for the first time publicly this week when they filed their 38-page sentenc- Inside Antiwar group Voices in the Wilderness says it won't pay fine for bringing medicine to In Crawford. Texas, Ithacans join mother's ing memorandum. His lawyer says prosecutors are raising purely speculative evidence for the first time now because they know it wouldn't have held up during his 17-month trial that ended in Feb- ruary. Dhafir, 57, a Manlius onco- logist, was convicted of misus- ing million of money that do- nors gave to his charity. Help the Needy, and spending more than of it on himself and his friends. A jury found him guilty of fraud, tax evasion. Medicare and Medicaid fraud, money laundering, visa fraud, violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq and lying to federal agents. Prosecutors filed the memo- randum on Monday in anticipa- tion of Dhafir's sentencing on Aug. 29. Dhafir wrote in notes that fed- eral agents found at his home in Manlius that potential beneficia- ries of his charity's money in- cluded Jamaa Islamia, an organi- zation that the U.S. State Department labeled a terrorist organization two years ago, according to the prosecution's sentencing memorandum. PROSECUTORS, PAGE A-4 Police say Fulton couple foiled rape By Suzanne M. Ellis Staff writer Harold and Pam Shatrau thought they'd walked in on a family feud Mon- day when they saw a man and girl argu- ing oh a playground in Fulton. They realized quickly they were wit- nessing something far more disturbing. 'When we got to the back of the school, the man was chasing the girl around the picnic table and she was say- ing, 'Stay away from me. Stay away from Harold Shatrau said Tuesday. "Then the guy saw us, and he started walking away." The 16-year-old girl headed straight for the Shatraus and safety. "She was really upset, and her shoul- der was scraped up pretty Shatrau said. "She said the guy tried to rape her. I told my wife to stay there, and I started to follow him." Pam Shatrau stayed with the girl, who was crying. Harold Shatrau took after her assailant, not pausing to think of his own safety. "I just wanted to make sure that I didn't lose sight of said Shatrau, 52, a soft-spoken father of two and grandfather of four. He trailed the girl's attacker through backyards and side streets for nearly a half hour, until police caught up with him at a house on Erie Street. Fulton police charged Gerald Edward MOTHER, PAGE A-10 Ellis Mike Staff photographer PAM AND HAROLD SHATRAU and their dog, Darla, sit on the picnic table near Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton where they came upon an attempted rape Monday, according to police. Harold Shatrau followed the suspect, leading to the arrest of Gerald Edward Ellis, of Fulton. Excerpt from the statement: "The girl pushed me away when I kissed Sprayground in Geneva temporarily shut after more than 100 people take sick. By Scott Rapp Staff writer The water fountain spray- i ground at Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva was temporarily closed Tuesday because officials believe it might have caused I more than 100 people to become ill with a fecal-borne intestinal illness. i "We've identified a gastroin- j testinal outbreak among individ- i uals who attended the Seneca I Lake sprayground, and we are i working closely with state parks and local health departments to investigate the Jef- frey Hammond, a state Health i Department spokesman, said 1 from a release. Continuing, he said, "As a precautionary, the sprayground j will remain temporarily closed. i Protecting the health and safety of the park patrons remains our j top priority." i Slightly more than 100 people j from Seneca, Ontario, Wayne j and Monroe counties came down with what appears to be the same illness, Hammond said. Initially, the state reported 40 people had taken ill. All of them had been at the park sprayground a series of j fountains that spray water into I the air between the end of last month and Thursday, a state of- ficial said. The park is at the north end of Seneca Lake. One of those people tested I positive for cryptosporidiosis, a gastrointestinal illness that causes vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, nausea and fever, the official said. Someone can con- tract the sickness by swallowing water infected with microscopic fecal parasites. The sprayground will remain closed until the state "can de- termine the source of the con- tamination, sanitize it and ensure that it is safe said Wendy Gibson, a state parks spokeswoman. Anyone who experienced sim- j ilar symptoms after being at the sprayground between the end of last month and Thursday is asked to contact their county health department. Health officials can be reached at: 315-253-1451, Cayu- ga County; 315-539-1920, Sene- ca County; 585-396-4343, On- tario County: 946-5749, Wayne County: and 585-274-6079, Monroe County. Upscale front for high-rollers Bridge G-14 Movies E-6i York.- Comic cm Crossword Editorials _ Letters local E-8 E-1 E-9 A-8 A-9 Sports Stocks _ Sudoku Television Weather D-l C-3 .E-9 E-7 D-8 THE POST-STANDARD By Mike Waters Staff writer1 In a move to create more, money and more atmosphere at basketball games, Syracuse Uni- versity will sell 150 courtside seats at the Carrier Dome for the upcoming season. "To me, Syracuse basketball at the Carrier Dome is like the Knicks at Madison Square Gar- den." Syracuse University ath- letic director Daryl Gross said Tuesday. "I could see a Spike Lee wanting to fly up to a Syra- cuse game to sit on the floor.'' The 150 seats will be arranged in two rows on the side of the i court previously reserved for the media. The price of a courtside i season ticket will be in the range of S3.000. Gross said. FIRST ME A refugee family goes to Wegnrans. PAGE B-1 If SU plays 16 home games, as it did last season, the cost would work out to per game. At per ticket, the 150 courtside seats could result in for the university. Gross said priority for buying the tickets would be given based on donor levels. The media with the excep- tion of the television table at center court will be moved to a set of risers where the Dunk Bright courtside seating area has been located. "Nothing against the press, but the press is Gross said. "We're trying to do every- thing we can to create the atmos- phere that I think Syracuse bas- ketball deserves." Gross said the increased reve- nue would help SU invest in new indoor facilities and would also help bring the salaries of SU's coaches, in particular the school's assistant coaches, in b'ne with other Division I schools. Gross came to Syracuse from the University of Southern Cali- fornia, which also went to court- side seating. "We did it at said. "Being at the Staples Cen- ter with the Lakers and seeing Jack Nicholson down there, get- ting on the referees, it just adds to the event. This is exciting to me." File MEDIA ROW, in the foreground, will make for seats for high-roll- ers at the Carrier Dome. The Los Angeles Lakers have Jack Nichol- son. The New York Knicks have Spike Lee. Syracuse has... Alec Baldwin? Tom Cruise? Bobcat Goldthwait? Tom "SpongeBob" Kenny? Who would you like to see in the Dome's "Jack Nichol- son" seats? Join the SU basketball forum at "96404" 11333' NEW MOVIE "Supercross" CNY, PAGE E-5 THE UFO FILES INSIDE WHAT TO DO If your wallet is missing. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 PAGE A-5 DIGITAL RADIO How it works. Pius: Meet Nigeria's spammer stammers TECHNOLOGY, PAGES J   

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