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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               TIM McGRAW and other big acts at Turning Stone CNY. PAGE MAKING A DIFFERENCE Syracuse's first Hispanic firefighter LOCAL PAGE B-1 IT'S COME A LONG WAY Indy Rocing League at Watkins Glen SPORTS, PAGE D-1 tan MORE THAN 407 THINGS to do inCNY WEEKEND Affiliated with Syracuse.com THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 200S C 2005 The Post-Standard FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING ALL FALL DOWN It will be mostly sunny and quite warm today, but temperatures will take a bit of a tumble after autumn is offi- cially ushered in this evening. There could be more clouds and some showers Friday. Complete forecast, D-12 HIGH: 86 LOW: 62 Gosek Quits, Admits He Has Problem, Begins Therapy DNA links woman's death to convicted murderer Nearly 30 years after Jill Barcomb, of Oneida, was killed in Los Angeles, police say they have found her killer: a former death row inmate. LOOM, PAGE B-S JetBlue airliner makes scary landing in L.A. A JetBlue pilot brought 146 people to ground safely Wednes- day when a landing gear prob- lem forced an emergency land- ing in Los Angeles. STORY, PAGE A-l 6 Youth inspires community with cystic fibrosis battle Pulaski friends have learned from Darcy Hilton's persever- ance with a genetic disease and a lung transplant that saved her life but led to a rare infection. CHY.PAGEE-l Hundreds protest British who raided jail at Basra Iraqis took to Basra's streets Wednesday to condemn British troops who raided a jail and freed two security officials. STORY, PAGE A-3 40 Below Summit expects more than More than twice the number of participants are expected at the 40 Below Summit next month than last year, and the chairwoman says, "It is going to be bigger, bolder, and better." BUSINESS, PAGE C-2 Fayetteville lawyer scores NBA position Gary Hall, of Fayetteville, a partner in the Syracuse law firm of Blitman King, will soon be general counsel to the National Basketball Players Association. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 CNY summer going out with another hot one Central New York's hottest summer on record ends today with the arrival of the autumnal equinox, and a high of 86 de- grees is predicted. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 Corrections Photo of Dan Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l loco! news.......B-1 Bridge...............F-2 Lottery.............A-2 Classified..........F-1 Movies............Wkd Comics..............E-6 New York......A-12 (NY .............M Obituaries........B-4 Crosswords.. Sports...............D-1 Editorials.......A-14 Stocks...............C-3 Entertainment. E-3 Sudoku t-J Letters...........A-l5 Television..........1-5 THE POST-STANDARD By Delen Goldberg and Catie O'Toole Staff writers John Gosek sat in his mayor's chair one last time Wednesday morning. He had some final business to take care of be- fore he stepped down as Oswego's mayor. With his secretary, Gosek went over his notes for his resignation letter and a statement he would release to the public. He wore casual clothes. Those who saw him or spoke to him after 9 a.m. said he looked emotionally drained. In Gosek's resignation letter submitted five days after FBI agents accused him of pay- ing to arrange for sex with two 15-year-old girls Gosek informed the people of his city he was seeking therapy to address "personal is- but remained proud of what he accom- plished in more than five years as mayor. Gosek did not offer an apology. "I feel my ability to govern this wonderful community has been severely compromised by my personal Gosek wrote. "So today, it is with a heavy heart that I step down as your Mayor." Hours after Gosek left City Hall, his friend and second-in-command, council President Wil- liam Dunsmoor, walked in. He entered the may- or's office at about 1 p.m. to be sworn in as Os- wego's acting mayor. Behind the closed door, Oswego City Court Judge James Metcalf admin- istered the oath of office. Dunsmoor, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, spent only about 15 minutes in City Hall, a break from his day of harvesting onions on a Scriba muck farm. Gosek Dunsmoor "We'll go from here and start a healing pro- Dunsmoor said after the brief ceremony. Earlier in the day, Dunsmoor said he'd called the mayor's office and spoken with Gosek. MEW MAYOR, PAGE A-4 Inside In his letter of resignation, John Gosek says he has significant problems, but loves the city of Oswego; the new mayor must decide his next move; reaction to charges against former mayor. Page A-4 Deja vu? Ri grows Mike photographer RESIDENTS of Edgewood Manor apartments in Gulf port. Miss., take relief supplies donated by Abundant Life Christian Cen- ter in Cicero on Wednesday. They were the first supplies the residents had received in a week. Cicero church extends love, supplies to victims By Greg Munno Staff writer Gulfport, Miss. The room was dark, dank and filthy, but neither Michael Kessler nor Paul Brown showed a hint of disgust. The two Central New York- ers had just carried water and food to David Jackson, a 68-year-old man confined to his water-damaged apartment in a public housing complex locals call "The Bricks." Diabetes had robbed Jack- son of his ability to walk, but not of his love of life or God, and as the three men prayed to- gether, hands joined, tears streamed down the faces of Kessler and Brown. The volunteers from Abun- dant Life Christian Center in Cicero came to Mississippi wanting to help the neediest of people. Wednesday, they found them. Since arriving in storm-bat- tered Mississippi Sunday, the workers have set up and staff- ed distribution centers, cleared debris, fixed roofs and com- forted hundreds of survivors of Hurricane Katrina. At the crack of dawn Wednesday, for the first time, they took their aid directly to the people in the heart of a poverty-stricken section of Gulfport. The complex, officially called Edgewood Manor, was badly damaged in the storm. One graffiti sign said "The Bricks Is Gone." Property owners have been trying to clear the more than 200 residents, but none have left. Most have children or are elderly, and few have any- where else to go. Some resi- dents said armed guards told them that if they leave to get supplies, they won't be let back in. The guards also had shooed SHEW, PAGE A-4 In Mississippi Post-Standard staff writer Greg Munno (left) and staff photographer Mike Greenlar are with volunteers from Abundant Life Christian Center in Cicero who are helping people in Mississippi. Evacuees arrive daily in CNY For updates on the trip: To read previous reports on the trip and Katrina: Inside Latest After Katrina, a quick response to Hurricane Rita; only three Category 5 storms have hit United Gulf rigs evacuated in anticipation of Hurricane By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer Every day for the past three weeks people from the Gulf Coast most of whom left home packed only for a long weekend walked into the American Red Cross chapter in Syracuse seeking help. The Red Cross had provided assistance, mostly in the form of debit cards for clothes and food and medicine to 93 indi- viduals or families by Wednes- day. Many, like F. J. Madary, who escaped New Orleans' Gentilly district with his 82-year-old mother the night before Hurricane Katrina made landfall Aug. 29, had hoped to be back home by now. Madary and his medically fragile mother, Shirley, had evacuated last year when Hur- VOWHnERS, FROM PAGE A-4 Governor urges residents to leave Texas coast. New Orleans fears rain. By Pam Easton The Associated Press Galveston Gaining strength with frightening speed. Hurricane Rita swirled toward the Gulf Coast a Cat- egory 5, 165-mph monster Wednesday as more than 1.3 million people in Texas and Louisiana were sent pack- ing on orders from authorities who learned a bitter lesson from Katrina. "It's scary. It's really Shalonda Dunn said as she and her 5- and 9-year-old daughters waited to board a bus arranged by emergency au- thorities in Galveston. "I'm glad we've got the opportunity to leave. You never know what can happen." With Rita projected to hit Texas by Saturday, Gov. Rick Perry urged residents along the state's entire coast to begin evacuating. And New Orleans braced for the possibility that the storm could swamp the misery-stricken city all over again. Galveston, low-lying parts of Corpus Christi and Hous- ton, and mostly emptied-out New Orleans were under man- datory evacuation orders as Rita sideswiped the Florida Keys and began drawing ener- gy from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Between 2 a.m. and 4 p.m., it went from a 115-mph Category 2 to a 165-mph Category 5. Forecasters said Rita could be the most intense hurricane on record to hit Texas, and easily one of the most power- ful to plow into the U.S. main- land. Category 5 is the highest RESCUE, PAGE A-7 Up to the minute Track the hurricane at The Weather Channel's map room, with position, projected path and satellite images. Get updates from meteorologists at The Weather Channel's blog. The Wall Street Journal is blogging with a live timeline available to the public online. The Houston Chronicle's hurricane coverage is online. Get the links at the News Tracker blog at tracker   

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