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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyraciiM.com TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 FINA1 EDITION 6 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOGGY START Some thunder- storms and show- ers are possible early today in Central New York. A high- pressure system to the south should begin to push clouds out of the area later in the day. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 79 LOW: 54 Giants score road win at Giants Stadium The Giants took advantage of the Saints' hospitality Monday night, even though the New Or- leans home game was played at Giants Stadium. Scoring 17 points off turnovers, the Giants moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2000 with 27-10 victory. The game, moved from the Su- perdome because of Hurricane Katrina drew a crowd of Also Monday: Washington defeated Dallas 14-13. SPORTS, PAGE D-l NASA unveils plan to moon and beyond NASA opened a new chapter in the history of spaceflight by unveiling a billion plan to return astronauts to the moon and then on to Mars. The mega-plan comes amid unprecedented pressure on the federal budget, record deficits and what is being heralded as the largest peacetime rebuilding plan in history following Hurricane Katrina. But NASA officials point out that the space program employs many people along the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurri- cane Katrina. STORY, PAGE A-3 British commandos freed from Iraqi jail British armored vehicles broke into the central jail in Basra, Iraq, and freed two Brit- ish soldiers, allegedly undercov- er commandos arrested for shooting two Iraqi policemen. witnesses said. But London said the two men were released as a result of negotiations. STORY, PAGE A4 State adds staff to fight Medicaid fraud The Republican Pataki ad- ministration and the office of Democratic Attorney General Eliot Spitzer agreed to spend more money on staff to combat the alleged loss of billions of dollars each year in Medicaid fraud and waste. NEW YORK, PAGE A-10 Destiny offers financing plan to city The developer says the pack- age will qualify for Carousel Center's 30-year property tax exemption, but the city isn't so sure. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l It's lights out for Dodge Neon The last of the little cars will roll off the line Friday at a plant in Belvidere, 111. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Corrections Date of dance Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Oswego Mayor Gets Curfew; Judge Cites 'Deviant Urges' More than talk, defense is told By John O'Brien Staff writer Oswego Mayor John Gosek appeared to have had "deviant sexual urges" and did more than talk on the phone about having sex with underage women, a fed- eral judge said Monday. U.S. Magistrate George Lowe disputed the claim by Gosek's awyer that Gosek never did any- thing more than talk on his cell telephone about planning a sexu- al encounter with two 15-year-old girls at a Salina hotel last week. "I'm aware of other in- Lowe told defense lawyer James Eby during Go- sek's detention hearing in federal court. "It did go beyond mere talk on the telephone." The judge said prosecutors had an "understandable con- cern" about letting Gosek re- main free while he's facing charges of using his cell phone to persuade minors to engage in sexual activity. Gosek poses a danger to the community, Assist- ant U.S. Attorney John Katko said. C.W. McKeen Staff photographer OSWEGO MAYOR John Gosek appeared for a detention hearing in federal court Mon- day before U.S. Magistrate OSWEGO, PAGE A-14 George Lowe. What happens if he resigns? By Catie O'Toole Staff writer If Oswego Mayor John Gosek resigns by Friday, city residents, will choose a new mayor this November. But if he waits until Saturday within 45 days of the general election voters also will have to wait until November 2006 to pick the city's next mayor, according to City Attorney Ed- ward Izyk. The winner would serve the rest of Gosek's term, through the end of 2008. In the interim, if Gosek re- signs, the common council presi- dent would become acting mayor until whenever the next election is held. The current council president is William Dunsmoor, R-7th Ward, who has been serving as acting mayor since Gosek's arrest. Izyk said he met with Gosek at the mayor's home before Monday night's city council committee meetings. "I told him this is a decision he has to make Izyk said. Some city councilors say they've already have made up their minds. MEETING, PAGE A-U Business. Classified..... Comics......... CNY.............. Crosswords Editorials..... Kid's Page.. Letters......... local news. .C-l F-5 F-l E-6 E-1 A-12 F-10 A-13 .....l-l Lottery.......... Movies.......... New York..... Obituaries.... Schools......... Sports........... Stocks Sudoku......... Television..... Weather....... A-2 E-4 A-10 B-4 8-6 D-l C-3 E-7 1-5 D-8 THE POST-STANDARD Mike Staff photographer MARSHA BRATTAIN, of Pass Christian, Miss., sits and views the wreckage that was once her home. Volunteers from Abun- dant Life Christian Center are working at a food and aid station nearby. See Notes from the Scene, Page A-6 CNY lends many helping hands By Greg Munno Staff writer Long Beach, Miss. One group of Central New York re- lief workers in Mississippi ended up helping another group of Central New Yorkers on Monday. Eight members of the team from Abundant Life Christian Center in Cicero went to a devastated section of the sea- side community of Pass Chris- tian to set up a food and aid station for emergency workers and clean-up crews. The site was a Wal-Mart parking lot smack on the Gulf. Hurricane Katrina reduced the store to a shell. The storm surge pushed all the contents of the Wal-Mart merchan- dise, shelves, registers, abso- lutely everything through the back wall and scattered it throughout the neighborhood. Among those helping to clean up the mess, the Abun- dant Life team found, were Ron Fassett, of North Syra- cuse; Jason Rouillier, of East Syracuse; Matt Wall, of Or- well; and Kerland Ritchie, of Syracuse. They work for a Syr- acuse division of the environ- mental clean-up company EPS of Vermont. The four men are working under horrible conditions. Five bodies have been pulled from the Wal-Mart debris, not counting the 10-foot alligator carcass found on the roof of the store. A sewer pipe burst on the site. And hundreds of pounds of food from the store have been rotting in the Mis- sissippi sun. The smell burns the nostrils and turns the stom- ach. "Then there's the propane Wall said. "The VOLUNTEERS, PAGE A-6 To rend more Post-Standard staff writer Greg Munno and photographer Mike Greenlar are accompanying the volunteers from Abundant Life Christian Center to Mississippi. They will file updates as the week progresses. For updates on the center's mission to Mississippi and to comment on its efforts, visit To read previous reports on the mission and other articles about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, visit hurricane Return to New Orleans halted The Associated Press New Orleans Under pressure from President Bush and other top federal officials, the mayor suspended the re- opening of large portions of the city Monday and instead ordered nearly everyone out because of the risk of a new round of flooding from a tropi- cal storm on the way. "If we are off, I'd rather err on the side of conservatism to make sure we have everyone Mayor Ray Nagin said. The announcement came after repeated warnings from top federal officials and the president himself that New Orleans was not safe enough to reopen. Among other things, federal officials warned that Tropical Storm Rita could breach the city's temporarily patched-up levees and swamp the city all over again. The mayor reversed course even as residents began trick- ling back to the first neighbor- hood opened, the less damaged Algiers section. Nagin wanted to reopen some of the city's signature neighborhoods over the com- ing week to reassure the peo- ple of New Orleans that "there was a city to come back to." But "now we have condi- tions that have changed. We have another hurricane that is approaching Nagin said. Nuclear breakthrough: What does it mean? An agreement Monday by North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons programs is a significant step but not a resolution to the crisis in east Asia. Tough negotiations are to begin in November on how the secretive Stalinist regime will disarm, including how to verify that it fully discloses and dismantles all of its warheads and facilities. Here are the highlights of Monday's deal: North Korea gives up nuclear weapons and nuclear programs, returns at an early date to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and submits to International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards. U.S. declares it has no nuclear arms on the Korean peninsula, no intention to attack or invade North Korea. South Korea reaffirms it won't deploy nuclear weapons, affirms it has none on its territory. China, Russia, South Korea, the U.S. and Japan agree to discuss "at an appropriate time" giving North Korea a light-water nuclear reactor. North Korea, U.S. pledge to respect each other's sovereignty, coexist peacefully, work to normalize relations. North Korea and Japan agree to work to normalize ties. China, Russia. South Korea, Japan and the U.S. will give North Korea energy assistance, including electric power from South Korea. News service reports Includes power plant and research reactors, milling, fuel fabrication, research and development, reprocessing, waste and testing sites A Pitt stop in Syracuse It's been about a week since word got out on the celebrity- gossip trail that a "random col- lege student" from Central New York lucked out with a dream chauffeur job. The task: Drive actors Brad Pitt and George Clooney and businessman Rande Gerber from Syracuse's Hancock Airport to New York City. Oh yeah one more thing: You get to use your own car. That put Constantia's Richard Sitnik, a 19-year-old owner of a Pitt Clooney 2000 Chevy Blazer on the road for about five hours with some Major Celebrities. When he called his mother about the trip, she quickly asked: "Is your car Well, it was clean enough for Pitt, Clooney and Gerber. Sitnik talks about the trip on E-3. NEW WEEKLY FEATURE It Nfljoi Hfll writes about hor INSIDE FIT WITH MUSIC Also, how My rotor Scott stays to shape. CNY, Page E-1 MEDDLE SCHOOL Isn't so scary. VOICES, PAGEB-6 20 QUESTION THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE J   

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