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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrMMM.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING BUM Expect today to be a gray, wet one. The rain comes not from Tropical Storm Ophelia, but from a front that won't go away. It may peter out tonight, and be- come much nicer Sunday. The weather shopld stay nice on Monday, with showers and possible thunderstorms on Tuesday. Complete forecast, D-12 HIGH: 73 LOW: 56 Yo-Yo Ma gets SSO season off to fine start The undiminished talents of classical-music superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma provided a particular- ly festive opening for the 45th anniversary season of the Syra- cuse Symphony Orchestra. REVIEW, PAGE 1-2 US Airways will shed bankruptcy shield, merge US Airways received final approval Friday to exit bankrupt- cy protection for the second time in three years and merge with America West Holdings Corp. Cheney will hove surgery to repair artery by knee Vice President Dick Cheney will undergo surgery next week- end to repair an aneurysm, a bal- looning in an artery, behind his right knee; his office announced Friday. The vice president's aide, Steve Schmidt, said the aneu- rysm was discovered during an annual checkup in July. Sunni cleric in Iraq says take stand against killings A leading Sunni cleric called for religious and ethnic groups to take a stand against violence as Iraq endured a third consecutive day of sectarian killings the worst, a suicide car bombing at a Shiite mosque that killed at least 12 worshippers as they left Fri- day prayers. STORY, PAGE A-3 Potaki's travel schedule leaves N.Y. far behind Gov. George Pataki is trad- ing in Patchogue and Penn Yan for Cedar Rapids and China. NEW YORK, PAGE k-6 Official: Expect fewer but tastier N.Y. apples New York orchards will har- vest fewer apples this year than last, but the fruit will be sweeter and tastier than in recent years, according to apple growers. The unusually cold tempera- tures and frost of May led to a smaller harvest, said Peter Gregg of the New York Apple Associa- tion. BUSINESS, PAGE M Corrections Spanish Action League Movie Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Auto..................F-l Business...........C-l Bridge............H3 Clossified..........E-5 Comics.. CNY...................M Crossword... Editotiok.........A-8 Entertainment. M HoineSGarden.H Letters......... Local news. Lottery......... Movies........ New York... Obituaries.. Sports......... Stocks Sudoku..... FBI Arrests Oswego Mayor On Sex Charge Gosek jailed. Hearing scheduled in Syracuse federal court this afternoon. By Frank Brieaddy and Catie O'Toole Staff writers Oswego Mayor John Gosek was arrested Friday evening by the FBI and state police and ac- cused of the federal offense of using a telephone to "persuade, induce, entice and coerce an in- dividual under the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activi- according to a news release from the U.S. attorney of the Northern Dis- trict of New York. Gosek, 58, of 275 W. Sev- enth St., Os- wego, is being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center pend- ing an appearance at p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate George H. Lowe in the Syracuse federal court. The charge, alleging use of a telephone as interstate commerce Gosek for the purposes of illegal sex, falls under federal law common- ly known as the Mann Act. Conviction on the federal charge brings a minimum man- datory sentence of five years im- prisonment and a maximum of as much as 30 years and a fine of up to Gosek could also face state charges of third- degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act, according to the release. The potential for state charges is part of the basis for federal charges. "It's very troublesome. I feel bad for him, his family and the city Councilor David Hall said Friday night. "It is a tragic thing for the city. Hopefully, there's a reason and the mayor is proven innocent." Hall and council President William Dunsmoor visited the mayor's wife, Connie Gosek, after the mayor called to say he had been arrested. Gosek, a Republican, is in his second term as Oswego's mayor and served as a city councilor in the 1990s. He began his first term as mayor in 2000. "He has legal representation arid I can't say any more about STATE, PAGE A-5 THE TRAGEDIES OF KATRINA CONTINUE GENOVEVA TART smells a rose at the burial service for her husband, Sam, and her 2-year-old daughter, Mattie, Friday at Pine Ridge Gardens in Gulfport, Miss. Tart discovered her Barbara Associated Press family dead in the rubble of their home after a wave caused by Hurricane Katrina pounded their beachfront community of Pass Christian, Miss., Aug. 29. Inside: National Day of Calendar of events in B-5 He's the man behind the nominee, literally A-9 .1-1 A-2 E-4 A-6 B-4 D-l C-3 HI Television.......E-12 THE POST-STANDARD 376 7 By Delen Goldberg Staff writer Look at this week's photos and television clips of Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts Jr., and you'll likely see Oswego County native James Youngs near- by. Youngs, 23, of Richland, sat in a con- gressional hearing room this week, among politi- cians and the Youngs press, watch- ing Roberts' confirmation hear- ings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A second-year stu- dent at The George Washington University Law School, Youngs recently was hired as a law clerk by the Department of Justice. His bosses invited him. Since Monday, Youngs' face has popped up on CNN, C- SPAN and the front page of The Post-Standard. Friends and fami- ly members have called his par- ents reporting sightings and re- questing newspaper clippings. "It's just said Youngs' mother, Sue Lewis, a clerk for Richland town Supervi- sor James Atkinson. Youngs' fascination with poli- tics began at a young age. He helped resurrect student govern- ment at Pulaski high school, his alma mater, and helped draft the school's student constitution. After graduating in 2000, Youngs went on to study politi- cal science at the University of Buffalo, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2004. He now lives in Washington, D.C. Youngs couldn't comment on the hearings. The Department of Justice prohibits staffers from speaking with the press. "Maybe in 25 or 30 Oswego County Legislator David Waters said, "he'll be the one nominated for Supreme Court justice." Pablo Martinez Monsivais The Associated Press AS JUDGE John Roberts raises his right hand to be sworn in be- fore the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, Oswego County native James Youngs, 23, can be seen sitting at right. Youngs, a law clerk with the Justice Department, was noticed by friends and family on CNN, C-SPAN and in The Post-Standard as he lis- tened to the hearings all week. CARRIER DOME IS 25 YEARS OLD SPORTS, PAGES INSIDE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Who who lost SPOKTS, PAGES D410.11 HOW TO GET YOUR GARDEN READY FOR WINTER CNV. PAGE E-1 TIPS ON ORGANIZING YOUR FAMILY CNY. PAGE E-1 How Destiny hired workers First 60 workers, earning yearly, expected to be on the job Oct. 3. By John O'Brien Staff writer Cherylene Billue had to pro- vide more background informa- tion before she was hired to sell shoes when she was a college student 20 years ago than she did before Destiny USA offered her a job last month. Destiny officials wanted no resume and no cover letter. They didn't want to interview her alone, but instead with a group of 15 potential hires. They didn't tell her what she'd be doing, only that she'd be one of Desti- ny's "ambassadors." All she had to do was take a test that assessed her character and sit through the group inter- view and she was offered a job that pays a year. The only requirement was a high school diploma. "It was not the normal appli- cation said Billue, 40, of Syracuse, who has a college degree and a background in or- ganizing community groups. "Normally they want you to send in a resume and cover letter and a list of references.'' The company offered jobs to 200 people and 175 accepted, according to Destiny officials. Sixty of the 175 hires are ex- pected to begin work Oct. 3, Destiny said in a statement Fri- day. Destiny's critics, including state Sen. John DeFrancisco, contend that the company of- fered the 200 jobs as a publicity stunt to pressure city officials on financing for the billion mega-mall and entertainment center it's planned for five years DESTINY, PAGE A-5 Driver not guilty in girl's death By Robert A. Baker Staff writer A man accused of criminally negligent homicide in the death of an 8-year-old school girl was found not guilty Friday by a Madison County judge of the two most serious charges. Defense lawyer Frank Mellace put an arm around David Ben- nett as County Judge Biagio J. DiStefano read his decision to a courtroom packed with reporters. Bennett, 19, of 4021 Barring- ton Hill Road, Oneida, was the second person to be found not guilty in the death of Mallory Eddy, who died May 24, 2004, in Siloam. Bennett hit the girl with his car just after she step- ped from a school bus on Peter- boro Road. Monies Briggs, the Oneida brake shop manager who issued a New York state inspection sticker for the 1989 Ford Tempo Bennett bought for eight days before the accident, had criminally negligent homicide charges dismissed halfway through his April trial. After the verdict, Bennett hug- ged family members, including his father, John Bennett, who sat behind his son every day of the trial. As the two were hugging, David Bennett began to cry. Bennett's family was "very happy and relieved, Mellace said. "This is the first time he's shown emotions." DiStefano ruled Bennett not guilty on the felony homicide charge and on a misdemeanor charge of reckless endanger- mcnt. DiStefano said he would rule on two charges, passing a school bus and operating a -vehi- cle with inadequate brakes, at a later time. District Attorney Donald Cerio Jr. called DiStefano's de- cision fair. "The court heard the evidence and paid close attention DISTRICT, PAGE A-5   

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