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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKUM.com TUESDAY. AUGUST 23. 2005 f IN AL EDITION C 2005 the ftjiS- SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING A BIT COOLER Tne sun will shine from behind a mix of clouds drifting overhead today, and with a high temperature in the mid- 70s, it will be a great day for stretching your legs and taking a walk around the block. Complete forecast D-6 Iraq in Double Overtime; Nationhood on the Line Sunnis storm out, accusing Shiites, Kurds of power play Kid skipped school; parents go to jail Parents say Cato-Meridm district gave them no help; Ira town justice disagrees. By Larry Kaplow Cox News Service Baghdad, Iraq Iraqi law- makers Monday gave themselves three more days to find an al- ready overdue agreement on a draft constitution, extending again at the last minute a dead- line in the difficult search for consensus among the country's factions. Despite intense U.S. pressure to meet the Monday midnight deadline, Iraqi officials said the delay on a vote was necessary in an effort to win over reluctant Sunni Muslim representatives. Among the main issues still pos- ing obstacles to the negotiators: federalism and power-sharing. The support of the minority Sunnis is seen as critical for eas- ing the division and violence that mission, continue to shake the country. The recurring delays in the constitution-writing process the original deadline of Aug. 15 was extended by a week has foiled Bush administration ef- forts to show progress there at a time when polls show that Americans are growing increas- ingly wary of the U.S. military President Bush acknowledged Monday in a speech to the Veter- ans of Foreign Wars convention in Salt Lake City that the fight- ing in Iraq is tough and danger- ous. But he said the effort is nec- essary to protect the United States from terrorists. SUNNIS, PAGU-6 File Frank Ordorfez PERRY PATTERSON is the Orange starting quarterback. The big announcement: Patterson is SU'sQB Perry Patterson is Syracuse University's starting quarter- back, head football coach Greg Robinson announced Monday. "The job is Robin- son said. "It's for him to take it and run with it." SPORTS, PAGE 0-1 Final desperate call came from doomed airliner Exhausted and perhaps aware he was about to die, a flight at- tendant seized control of the doomed Cypriot airliner that crashed near Athens, Greece, this month and repeatedly radio- ed a final mayday that was never heard, according to a report re- leased Monday. STORY, PAGE A-5 Last family in Gaza spends night alone They were overlooked by Is- raeli troops, but they say they'll go peacefully, in sadness, hi the morning. STORY, PAGE A-4 How Northwest planned for months for this strike Northwest's plan to use tem- porary workers in place of strik- ing members of the Aircraft Me- chanics Fraternal Association was 18 months in the making, and it might change the company permanently, according to com- pany executives and analysts. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Web surfing and gossiping cost employers billions Workers are spending two hours a day surfing, gossiping and looking for other jobs, and that costs a total of billion a year, according to a study. But some companies let you wear shorts at work Even insurance companies are loosening up in the summer. There's even Flip-Hop Friday. BUSINESS, PAGE C-2 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Jennifer Meyers Contributing photographer JOHN CANESTRARE, 5, gets a teddy bear from Red Cross volunteer Pat Smarzo, of Marcellus, after a fire broke out in the basement of his house Monday. Behind them are Kevin Riker, 12, (left) and Joe Tolone, 11, who live in the neighborhood. What if the house were on fire and you were the baby sitter? By Debra J. Groom Staff writer Maggie Klasen did her job well. The 13-year-old baby sitter saved herself and two children from a fire at 26 Birch Road in the Lakeland area of Geddes Monday morning. "We were sitting in the liv- ing room and then Elaina srnelled said Klasen, who was baby-sitting Elaina Canestrare, 10, and Elaina's 5-year-old brother, John. "We were walking around the house and going from room to room sniffing every- she said. "Then the smoke detectors went off. So I brought her and John outside the house." The fire broke out at about a.m. at the house on Bkch Road, a dead-end street off Beach Road. Klasen said after she got the children out- doors, she went back in to see what was going on. She said the smell of gas and smoke wasn't everywhere in the house. But then she went to the basement. "There was lots of she said. "I ran out- side and the neighbor called 911." MOTHER, PAG! A-6 MAGGIE KLASEN, 13, (right) of Lakeland, hugs her sister, Lauren, 16, after a fire broke out in the house where she was baby-sitting for two chil- dren. The baby sitter and the children made it to safety. Jennifer Contributing photographer By David Tqbin Staff writer Ira residents Denise and James parents who failed to ensure their 16-year-old daugh- ter attend were each sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail. Denise Reitz began serving her sentence immediately. After removing her necklace, rings, earrings and piercings, dropping them in a purse her husband held open, she was handcuffed and escorted by deputies to a Cayuga County sheriffs van. James Reitz, a truck driver, will serve his sentence on week- ends, beginning Oct. 21, after his wife serves her sentence. Denise Reitz, 44, and James Reitz, 40, of 9905 Bonta Bridge Road, were arrested March 4 for not ensuring that their youngest daughter, Roseanna, who turned 17 this month, attend school. They reside in the Cato-Meridi- an school district. They pleaded guilty in July to one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to Ira Town Justice Paula Townsend sentenced them each to 60 days less than the 90 days Cayuga County District At- torney James Vargason had rec- ommended. The Reitzes' court-appointed lawyer, Linda Blair, told Towns- end the Reitzes had accepted re- sponsibility for their action. "It's a little late, especially for your Townsend responded. "She wasn't pushed. She's probably not going to get an education." In New York state, attending school is not required for some- one 17 or older. Townsend told the Reitzes they had had lots of help offered them from the school, and from Cayuga Counseling Services. The Reitzes have four chil- dren! Only one, Rhoda, gradu- ated from high school. Denise and James Reitz also failed to complete high school. The par- ents and children all attended Cato-Meridian schools, as did Vargason. Before sentencing, the Reitzes expressed their dissatisfaction with the school district, and said the district attorney was trying to make an example of them. "Three of our kids cannot read and write because of Cato- Meridian Denise Reitz CHIIO, PAGE A-6 Land claim judge's son wins at slots Index Business.... doss_____ Comic___ CHY.____ Crossword. Editorials _ Utters. F-5 _C-1 _ F-l E-6 _.. H ._E-7 .A-10 .A-11 Movies-------- New York..... Obituaries _... Sports-------- Stocks_____ Sudoku____ Weather........ Local news B-l THE POST-STANDARD A-2 .E-4 A-8 B-4 D-l C-3 _E-7 _E-5 0-6 By John O'Brien Staff writer The check from the Oneida Indian Nation had the makings of a scandal. The recipient was Neal McCurn same name as the federal judge who presided over the Oneidas' lawsuit against New York state from 1983 to 2001. But it was no judicial payoff the proceeds of a lucky night for the judge's son on a slot machine at the Oneidas' Turning Stone Casino in Verona. Still, the appearance of "Neal McCum" on a check from the Oneidas was a shock to the judge when his son showed it to him two weeks ago at a family gathering at a camp in the Adi- rondacks. McCurn Jr. first showed him the cash portion of his winnings ten bills. Then he showed the family the check. McCumJr. "1 almost fell out of the McCurn Sr. said. "I said, 'Geez, there'd better be a 'Jr.' on there.' The check did say Neal McCum Jr. That night at Turn- ing Stone, McCurn Jr. thought of how odd it might seem to any- one who's followed the legal battle over the Oneidas' land claim. ''It occurred to me as I was standing there and they asked me for two forms of said McCum Jr., 42, a lawyer with Oot Associates. It was the first time he'd ever hit the jackpot at the casino, where he plays the slots every couple of months. His father, a 79-year-old U.S. District Court judge in Syracuse, said he didn't know his son was stopping at Turning Stone before driving to the family camp that day. He said he's never gone to the casino, and won't while the land claim is pending, even though it's before a new judge. "I didn't want any check with my name on it from he said of son's winnings. "It would just look improper, even though I had nothing to do with it. If it had my name on it, I'd send it right back." PIT BULL IS GUNSHOT VICTIM Mike Greenlar Staff photographer SLADE, a female American pit bull, is treated for a gunshot wound Monday by veterinary technician Karen Boynton of the Stack Veterinary Hospital. Bruce E. Moore, 53, of 423 Highland Ave., East Syracuse, is accused of firing a .45-caliber handgun at the dog in his neighbor's driveway. Story, Page B-1 FIT FOR THE FAIR Tips for a day on your feet. Health Fitness, PAGE E-1 THE MAN WHO CHANGED Robert Moog is dead at 71. PAGE A-12 VOICES wants the president to study history. PAGE B-5 20 QUESTIONS Just asking. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 As a grad student at Cornell, he invented the synthesizer that led to "Abbey "A Clockwork Pink Floyd, Yes, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Phish, Sonic Youth, Widespread Panic and the iPod...
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