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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard O 2005 The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyraoiM.com SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING MIXED BAG Today will bring sunshine and clouds and some showers. Overnight, a thunderstorm may blow through. The outlook for the week leaves no doubt that autumn is here, temperatures falling into the low 40s overnight and barely reaching the 70s when the sun shines. Complete ____________________ HIGH: 75 LOW; 67 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER PROTESTERS MARCH ON D.C. Haraz N. Associated Press ANTI-WAR PROTESTER Mike Petruccelli, 18, of Ohio, chants during a march Satur- day in Washington. About peo- ple demonstrated against the Iraq war, police said. Peace rallies were also held in Syracuse and Auburn. Story and A-20 POISED TO WIN Dan Wheldon's qualifying sets him up for IRL championship. SPORTS, PAGES C-1, 12 ISRAEL RESPONDS Israel answers rocket attack with airstrikes and moves artillery to Gaza border. STORY, PAGE A-9 THE BON-TON Closings not a total surprise to workers. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 URBAN CRITIQUE How a national expert saw Syracuse 100 years ago. OPINION, PAGE D-1 ART OBJECTS Show asks what's art and what's commerce. CNY, PAGE H-1 INSIDE SKANEATELES What you can see on walking tour. REAL ESTATE, PAGE 1-1 MICROSOFT FUTURE CEO talks about what's next. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 ROBERT ALTMAN 7 questions for the director. STARS, PAGE 2 CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Cases reported in state schools jump. NEW YORK, PAGE A-23 Anniversaries...... Auto...................... Births.................... Business.............. Classified............. CNY....................... Editorials............. Engagements..... Local Notion. Index H-7 6-1 Opinion.......................D-1 H-8 Real Estate..................1-1 ..E-1 Sports..........................C-l ..H .H-1 Washington D-2 Weather...................C-l 8 .H-7 B-l World...............A-4to9 TV Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD 1387 For home delivery, call 470-6397 Rita wrecks homes, causes floods Houston Sighs; Big Easy Pumps Ashley Gilbertson The New York Times MARC AND BRIDGETTE LANDRUM walk through floodwater in Slidell, La., on Saturday morning. Hurricane Rita caused far less damage than officials had feared but raised new concerns that its torrential rain, winds of 120 mph and 20-foot storm surges would cause widespread flooding across the already battered region. Evacuees urged to stay away for now The Associated Press Beaumont, Texas Hurricane Rita pummeled east Texas and the Louisiana coast Saturday, triggering floods and demolishing buildings, yet the dominant reaction was relief that the once-dreaded storm proved far less fierce and deadly than Katrina. Authorities pleaded with the rough- ly 3 million evacuees not to hurry home too soon, fearing more chaos. "Be patient, stay said Texas Gov. Rick Perry. "If you are in a safe place with food, water, bedding, you are better remaining there for the time being." In any other hurricane season, Rita might have seemed devastating. It knocked out power for more than 1 million customers, sparked fires across the hurricane zone and swamp- ed Louisiana shoreline towns with a 15-foot storm surge that required dar- ing boat and helicopter rescues of hundreds of people. But the new storm came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with its death toll, cataclysmic flooding of New Orleans and stagger- ing destruction in Mississippi. By contrast, Rita spared Houston, New Orleans and other major cities a direct hit. "The damage is not as serious as we had expected it to said R. David Paulison, acting director of the RITA, PAGE A-U Ric Francis The Associated Press SHANNON OLA (left) tries to comfort her son, Seth, 3, whose birthday was Saturday, as they flee rising floodwaters in Jean Lafitte, La. Scott Beaumont Enterprise JUDY ALMAGUER, 53 calls family members on her cell phone as her husband, Toby Almaguer, 60, holds a flashlight for her early Saturday at their Nacogdoches, Texas, home. INSIDE Louisiana residents reflect on 1957's Hurricane A-12 The story in photos A-12-13 Refineries fare better than ex- pected; latest storm develop- ments; family escapes second 'cane A-14 Local Abundant Life volunteers share experiences in Central New Yorkers help Katrina Opinion Disasters merit donations, but don't forget local D-1 Business Those left jobless in Katrina's wake get offers for For complete news updates go to www. syracuse.com Marine's parents find out dangers son faced in Iraq By Mike Fish Staff writer Looking back on his first two years in the Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Jim Quin- lan Jr. says he'd rather be on the front lines of battle in- stead- of standing post in a safe spot. "It keeps you on your he said. Quinlan, 20, who grew up on Harriet Street in the town of Gcddes and was nick- named Tough Guy by high school buddies, has been on his toes quite a bit lately. Based in one of the most dangerous places in the world, Quinlan was involved in 280 fircfights during his first tour of Iraq, a seven- month hitch. "We were always taking rounds, mortars and RPGs (rocket-propelled MARINE RETURNS, MGE A-l Inside: Shiite leader supports draft Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer MARY JANE QUINLAN hugs her grandson, Marine Lance Cpl. Jim Quinlan Jr., when he arrives home on leave at Hancock Airport Saturday. Beside them is his other grand- mother, Norma Cappon. Watching are friends Debbie Bal- lard (left) and Barb Honan, both of Syracuse. GOSEK THEMANOSWEGO HAS KNOWN FOR YEARS By John O'Brien, Catie O'Toole and Mike McAndrew Staff writers The two blondes were the most attractive women at G.S. Steamers bar in Os- wego 10 days ago, according to an eyewitness. As expected, the mayor of Os- wego gravitated their way, re- called Oswego County Legisla- tor Fran Hoefer. It was Ladies Night, and John Gosek was in the house, accord- ing to Hoefer and other wit- nesses. Gosek, 58, bought martinis for the two women in their 30s and a beer for himself, said Hoefer, who sat next to one of the women. Gosek, the mayor of Os- wego since 2000, sat next to the other. "I knew John was flirting. Hell, 1 was, said Hoefer, who said he is in the midst of a divorce. "He's buying them drinks and flirting typical sin- gles behavior, but he's not sin- gle." Gosek left the bar alone that night, Hoefer said. As he left, the mayor had no way of knowing it would be his last night of free- dom for a while, his last Ladies Night as mayor. Down in Syracuse, on that very day, FBI agents were mak- ing their own proposition to an- other woman Gosek knew. Federal agents and state troop- ers had been secretly listening in on Gosek's phone conversations for 10 months. They'd recently heard him offer a woman if she arranged for him to have sex with two drag-using girls be- tween 14 and 17 years old, according to an FBI agent's affi- davit. Gosek's arrest the next day (Sept. 16) on charges of using FRIEND, PAGE A-18 10 years later Death penalty on the books, off the agenda By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer William Easton is packing up boxes, stuffing them full of a decade of paperwork from death penalty cases. The state's first deputy capital defender will fill hundreds of boxes to be mothballed before his Rochester office closes at the end of October. The state has slashed staffing and funding for its Capital Defender Office, which provides assistance and defense in death penalty cases. On the 10th anniversary of the state's death penalty law, the system constructed to support it is being dismantled. Gov. George Pataki swept into the Governor's Mansion a dec- ade ago on a win fueled by his push to bring back New York's death penalty. In September 1995, as he signed the law with the pens of two murdered police officers, he said capital punish- ment would bring sorely needed safety and justice back to New LEGAL FROM PAGE A-16 IN CNY: A look at who has been executed over the it -I