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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syr.CUW.com EIIIAI EltlTIAU O 2005 The IINAL EDITION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING IN THE CLEAR It will be mostly sunny in Central New York today with temperatures rising above normal for this time of year. Conditions will change tonight with the arrival of a cold front bringing rain, thunderstorms and cooler air. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 79 LOW: 58 U.S., Iraq: No. 2 ol-Qaido leader dead near Baghdad Iraqi and U.S. forces said Tuesday they killed the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq who masterminded a brutal escalation in suicide bombings. STORY, PAGE A-5 Boys Girls Clubs cuts back after-school program The Boys Girls Clubs of Syracuse faced with funding cuts is eliminating 50 spots for children in one of its after- school programs. lOttLPAKM Pfc. England gets 3 years in jail for prison abuse Army Pfc. Lynndie England was sentenced Tuesday to three years behind bars for her part in the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. STORY, PAGE A-U WellPoint to buy state's est health insurer larg WellPoint Inc., the nation's largest health insurer, announced Tuesday it has agreed to buy WellChoice Inc., an insurer with about 5 million customers in New York and New Jersey. WellChoice, the largest health insurer in New York state, is bet- ter known as Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Israeli military sweep detains Hamas activists Israeli troops have rounded up 379 militant activists, includ- ing electoral candidates from Hamas. It's Israel's biggest sweep in three years and is part of a new offensive. STORY, PAGE A-5 U.S. judges, non-judges on short list for top court President Bush has narrowed his list of candidates for the Su- preme Couit to a handful of peo- ple that outside advisers say in- cludes federal judges and two people who have never banged a gavel. STORY, PAGE A-9 Energy costs push down consumer confidence Consumer confidence suf- fered its biggest drop in 15 years in September with Americans anxious about the rising costs of heating their homes and filling their gas tanks. BUSINESS, PAGE C-4 Corrections Date of Greg Marshall's Photo of Chittenango 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 Lottery........ Bridge...........G-17 Movies........ Classified.........G-l New York.. Obituaries. CNY...................E-l Sports......... Crossword.... Stocks......... Editorials.......A-12 Sudoku....... Entertainment. E-5 Technology Letters...........A-13 Local news.......1-1 Katrina Blame Game: 'You Get an F-Minus' Ex-FEMA chief Brown calls cy headed Louisiana 'dysfunctional' By Lara Jakes Jordan The Associated Press Washington Former FEMA director Michael Brown jumped into what the Bush ad- ministration has publicly avoid- ed in Hurricane Katrina's after- math: playing the blame game. Brown, under fire from law- makers Tuesday, pointed fingers at the Louisiana governor. He slapped blame on the New Or- leans mayor. He even, if grudg- ingly, found fault with the Bush White House that appointed him, and he accepted some responsi- bility for missteps by the Federal Emergency Management Agen- "My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was Brown told a special panel set up by House Republican leaders to investigate the catastrophe. Brown's testimony, part of a congressional inquiry into the dismal response to Katrina, was quickly deflected by White House spokesman Scott McClel- New Orleans police chief quits abruptly By James Varney and Michael Perlstein The Times-Picayune New Orleans Police Superin- tendent Eddie Compass, whose emotional media appearances since Hurricane Katrina made him one of the city's most recog- nizable figures nationwide, abruptly announced his retire- ment Tuesday. The stunning departure of the city's top cop roiled New Or- leans leaders, and raised ques- tions of whether Mayor Ray Nagin forced Compass from his job. Earlier this month, on Sept. 9, Compass said, "I want to be police chief here as long as I can 'I'M STILL PAGE A-6 LEARNING FROM A LEGEND IN GOLF Stephen Staff photographer ARNOLD PALMER gives a thumbs-up Tuesday during a golf clinic before the Skins Game at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona. The golfing leg- end competed in the Turning Stone Invitational with LPGA star Natalie Gulbis, PGA star John Daly and country singer Kix Brooks. See Sports. Page D-1. Family has gold purse and hearts to match DICK CASE POST-STANDARD COLUMNIST At the New- tons' home in the Split Rock area of Ononda- ga, this is called the "purse story." When Pam Newton told it to her three teen- age sons, they had a quick react- ion: "You gave it back, didn't She did. Pam and her husband, Jim, gave back the in fifties and hundreds they found in a gold evening bag Pam bought at a garage sale at a nearby home Labor Day. The discovery, and the pay- back, stunned everybody involv- ed: the Newtons and die family that had the sale. "Instantly, we knew we had to give it Pam explained (OUIUPAGEA-4 Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer PAM NEWTON, of Onondaga, displays the gold evening bag she bought at an estate sale, not realizing it contained Destiny says its product can help rebuild coast Television Weather A-2 E-6 A-10 .....B-4 D-1 C-3 ......E-9 H 1-7 D-10 Developer, local leaders lobby Congress to endorse digital construction modeling. By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Applying digital technology in the construction industry can allow the country to rebuild its hurricane-ravaged communities faster, better and more economi- cally, Destiny USA officials said at a congressional briefing Tues- day. Destiny USA has applied for patents for the type of technolo- gy its executives believe can be used to help the Gulf Coast re- build. "America has never had to re- build a city said Mi- chael Lorenz, CEO of Syracuse- based Destiny, referring to the enormous task of bringing New INSIDE: Destiny tells city IDA that the list of tenants is Join the discussion in the Destiny USA forum at Orleans back from the devasta- tion caused by Hurricane Katri- na. "When you have an opportu- nity to use technology in a way that's intelligent to improve peo- ple's lives and the way we inter- act, many doors get opened that typically would be closed be- Lorenz told the Capitol Hill gathering. Tuesday's briefing was organ- ized by Destiny Chairman Rob- ert Congel and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who is chairman of the House Transportation Com- COMMrTTK, PAGE A-8 Blatche: 'I was really scared' By Mike Waters Staff writer Andray Blatche's voice sounded tired yet strong at the same time. On Tuesday, just two days after being shot in the chest dur- ing in an apparent carjacking, Blatche sat in his bed at Inova Fairfax Hospital and talked about the horrifying experience. "I'm all Blatche, a 6-foot-11 forward who was the Washington Wizards' second- round pick in June's NBA draft, said before he was released Tuesday. "I'm feeling good. I've been able to get up and move around. I've been walking around a lot." Blatche's condition had im- proved so much that he was re- leased from the hospital later in the day. BULLET, PAGE A-8 Join the discussion in the Syracuse University basketball forum at: A LEADING MAN Meet Work CNY. PAGE E-5 S-. 9 RECIPES Inducing state fair winmrs 3 INSIDE NEED AN RV? Your guide to tins weekend s recreational vehicle INSIDE. PAGEG-1 BUILDING A BETTER LIGHT BULB TECHNOLOGY, PAGE M WHAT TO DO WHEN PULLED OVER THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10   

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