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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard C AC'S ''V PuiVS'-iriOeCO Affiliated with SyracttM.com WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 31, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING DRENCHED The remains of Hurricane Katri- na, now a tropical storm, will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to Central New York today. Some flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Skies will start clearing tonight. Complete forecast, D-8 Corcoran grad dies in Iraq "Happy kid" had a path in Me, says his famly Syracuse. HIGH: 77 LOW: 64 Police look for driver who hit boys on bike, fled A driver hit and injured two teens riding a bicycle on West Brighton Avenue in Syracuse Tuesday and left, police said. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Gcero police name officer involved in fatal accident Officer John Baldini asked Cicero police to let the public know he was the drivei of the patrol car that killed a bicyclist. LOCAL, PAGE 1-1 Syracuse schools chief livid about potential label Interim school superinten- dent Robert DiFlorio says the possibility of putting three Syra- cuse schools on the "persistently dangerous schools lists" is "the height of stupidity." LOCAL, PAGE B-l Challenge for Sharon: Netanyahu declares bid Former Israeli Finance Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu an- nounced Tuesday he would take on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for Likud Party leadership. STORY, PAGE A-4 Despite added jobs, more Americans poor Another 1.1 million Ameri- cans fell into poverty last year, leaving 12.7 percent of the popu- lation under the poverty level, Census Bureau says. STORY, PAGE A-8 Iraqi insurgent hideouts hit by U.S. airstrikes F-16 fighter jets killed sever- al suspected militants Tuesday, the military said. STORY, PAGE A-4 State SAT exam scores below national average Officials say students score below the national SAT average because many more take the test than do elsewhere in the country. NEW YORK, PAGE A-10 FBI assessing recruitment by extremists in prisons The federal government wants to know how many in- mates have been 'radicalized'' and pose a threat if released. STORY, PAGE A-8 Sweep across 200 cities nets 427 meth arrests More than 200 pounds of methamphetamine were seized in more than 200 cities. STORY, PAGE A-9 Corrections SU tailgate Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index i By Sarah Moses I Contributing writer i A Corcoran High School graduate, i 23-year-old 2nd Lt. Charles "Char- lie" Rubado, was killed by a sniper i Monday night in Iraq, his father said. I "He's safe now, but there's a hole in my said Rubado's father, also named Charles Rubado. His father said that Rubado was leading his platoon on patrol Monday night when he was hit by a sniper. Rubado was the only one injured by the attack, his father said. Rubado graduated from Corcoran in 2000 and moved to Florida with bis parents to attend college. He graduated from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in southern Florida in 2004 and trained at Fort Carson in Colorado before heading to Iraq in March of this year. Rubado, who still has family in the Syracuse area, was described by rela- tives as an extraordinary person. "He did everything right, he was truly said Matt Rubado, of Syracuse, Charlie's cousin. "He had a path. He graduated from college and went in the military. He was married. He was just plain happy." As a teenager, Rubado played soc- cer for Corcoran High School and loved being in the water, his cousin said. "He was a happy said Jay Rubadeau, of Syracuse, Charlie's uncle. "He couldn't have had a more perfect life, that is, up until age 23." Rubado's parents, Charles Rubado and Nitaya Rubado, live in Clearwa- ter, Fla. They received the news of their son's death from soldiers at their local military base. "My brother called me at about last night and said Charlie was said Rubado's aunt, Jean Rizzi. "He could barely speak. He just told me to make some calls to the family." Rubado's father was a master ser- geant in the military and completed FATHER, PAGE A-9 mv iaft jticui Iff done is He is my triff nmr fit- )dm. Courtesy of the Rubado family 2ND LT. CHARLES RUBADO and his wife, Mary- Anne, are pictured in a card sent to family and friends before he was sent to Iraq. His family in Syr- acuse received word that Rubado was killed Mon- day in Iraq. DEVASTATED Massive flooding, looting, desperate rescues Vincent Laf oret The New York Times A SURVIVOR OF HURRICANE KATRINA is lifted to a Coast Guard helicopter Tuesday in New Orleans. With most of the city under 20 feet of water and a death toll of at least 100, the Gulf Coast began to confront one of the most destructive storms ever to hit the United States. Gulf Coast communities awaken to even more destruction News service reports New Orleans Rescuers along the Gulf Coast pushed aside the dead to reach the living Tuesday in a race against time and rising waters, while New Orleans sank deeper into crisis and Louisiana's governor ordered storm refugees out of the drowning city. Two levees broke and sent water coursing into the streets a full day after New Orleans appeared to have escaped widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina. An estimated 80 percent of the below-sea-level city was under water, up to 20 feet deep in places, with miles and miles of homes swamped. "The situation is Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. "It's just heart- breaking." One Mississippi county alone said its death toll was at least 100, and offi- cials are "very, very worried that this is going to go a lot said Joe Spraggins, civil defense director for Harrison County, home to Biloxi and Gulfport. Thirty victims in the county were from a beachfront apartment building that collapsed under a 25-foot wall of water as Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast with 145-mph winds. Louisiana officials said many were feared dead there, too, making Katrina one of the most punishing storms to hit the United States in decades. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said hundreds, if not thousands, of people may still be stuck on roofs and in at- tics, and so rescue boats were bypas- sing the dead. "We're not even dealing with dead Nagin said. "They're just pushing them on the side." The flooding in New Orleans grew worse by the minute, prompting the NEXT, PAGE A-5 INSIDE: The scene from The story in Storm forces schedule D-1 Syracuse mother gets word from pregnant daughter; the levees, the gas prices, and the CNY IN BUSINESS: Refineries cell phones, a.r ONLINE: Complete local coverage, including photos, blogs and resources, from The Times-P.cayune at www.nola.com Business..........C-l Lottery...... Bridge...........G-IO Movies...... Gossified.........G-1 New York. Comic............. E-8 Obituaries CNY..................E-l Sports....... Crossword Stocks Editorials.......A-12 Sudoku ...........E-9 i Entertainment. E-5 Technology......M Television..........E-7 i Weather.........D-8 INSIDE Humor columnist Jeff Kramer's aftgctor slushies. Our taredevfl and Daredevil take on Midway games. Map, daily schedule, concert review. LOCAL, PAGES B-3 Baker's Chicken Coop begun by inventor of nuggets. FOOD, PAGE E-1 Letters....... Loco.! news ..A-13 B-l RETIRE AT 30? Abbey Daly's big red estate- investing plans. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 ORANGE FOOTBALL BlOG Plenty going on already at THE CONSTANT GARDENER' the mark. ENTERTAINMENT, PAGE E-5 Want to know more? VIDEO-GAME WOMEN Female players aren't keen on female characters. TECHNOLOGY. PAGEM Man finds a cop when he needs one A Phoenix man drove into the IDunkin" Donuls parking lot on j state Route 481 in Fulton at a.m. Tuesday, pulled up i next to an Oswego County Sher- j iff s Department patrol car and asked the deputy where he could 1 find a pay phone. Bad call: The deputy arrested the man on charges of driving with a suspended registration. 1 aggravated unlicensed operation, and driving while intoxicated. Kevin C.Allen, 31. of 456 Main St.. was arraigned in Ful- ton and sent to Oswego County jail, deputies said, where he was held in lieu of bail or bond. He is due in court today. Staff writer Charles   

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