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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               PENNANT FEVER: Red Sox even the score SPORTS, PAGE D-1 The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracusB.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. SO CENTS GOOD MORNING SUNNY WEEKEND It will be rather cool this morning, but wait until this afternoon, when steady sunshine will bring temperatures up to the upper 70s. The warmth is expected to last through Tuesday, with temperatures reaching into the 80s. Rain may return on Wednesday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 76 LOW: 53 Reporter testifies about leak of CIA agent's name Out of jail after 85 days, New York Times reporter Judith Millet testified before a grand jury Friday, setting the stage for prosecutors to decide whether to charge anyone in the Bush ad- ministration in the leak of a CIA operative's name. STORY, PAGE A-S Car bombings in Iraq kill more than 100 people Car bombings just hours apart hit bustling Shiite towns during peak shopping times, rip- ping through outdoor markets and leaving behind a landscape of burned bodies and bloody wreckage. The blasts killed at least 110 people over two days. SfOUT, PAGE A-3 Teacher charged with abusing student in school A teacher at a Syracuse char- ter school has been charged with sexual abuse, of fond- ling a while classes were in session, city po- lice said Friday. LOCAL PAGE 1-1 Destiny workers: We're working, getting paid Ten of Destiny USA's first hires say their jobs are real as they undergo training and brain- storm on ways to make the big retail and entertainment center planned for Syracuse's lakefront a success. Onondaga County offers flu shot booking online Onondaga County residents can schedule a flu shot starting Monday on a new Web site. CLINIC SCHEDULES: A list of flu and pneumonia immunization clinics planned in October in the four-county area. lOCAt, PAGE D.C. staffer: Oh no, I sent that e-mail to everyone! A House of Representatives staffer accidentally sent an e- mail to all members of the House calling Rep. Sherwood Boehlert and another lawmaker liars. Then the fun started. STORY, PAGE A-S Corrections Downtown grocery story principal Former Fulton chiropractor Mark Wegerski's Sunday Crop 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 Local news.......B-I Bridge E-9 Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........E-5. Movies...............E-4 Comics ...E-l New York.........A-4 CNY...................E-l Obituaries........B-4 Crossword.....E-ll Sports...............D-1 Editorials.........A-6 Stocks...............C-2 Entertainment. E-4 Sudoku............E-l 1 Letters.............A-5 Television.......E-l 2 THE POST-STANDARD Police Nab Fugitive; Hostage Goes Free STATE TROOPERS Joseph Calorico (center) and Daniel Schneeberger bring Dana Gelling 46, of Pennellvilie, out of the state police barracks in Fulton Friday night, head- Woman held for 9 hours By Douglass Dowty and Diana LaMattina Staff writers A 48-hour manhunt came to an end Friday night when state police stormed an Oswego County home where a man wanted in the abduction of his daughter had held a woman at gunpoint for about nine hours. Troopers rushed into the Palermo mobile home and freed Tammy Julian, 36, at about p.m., said Maj. Ge- rard Kropf of the state police. Officers had to restrain Dana Gelling, 46, of 641 county Route 10, Pennellvilie, who was holding long Kropf said. Gelling was to be WALKER, PAGE A-8 Li-Hua Un Staff photographer ing for his arraignment hearing. State police arrested Gel- ling after a 48-hour manhunt that ended in a Palermo mo- bile home. I looked up, saw shotgun After dropping his 6-year-old daughter off in Clay Thursday morning, Dana Gelling burglarized James Tucker's home at 3443 Maider Road and stole Tucker's car, police said. Here is Tucker's account of what happened to him that day: By Pam Greene writer James Tucker chatted with a news photographer camped out by his house Thursday, asking what he knew about the kidnapper who was still on the run. Neither of them knew that Dana Gelling, armed with a shotgun, was hiding in the 78-year-old man's unlocked garage, waiting to take him TUCKER, PAGE A-8 Gaiy Walts Staff photographer JAMES TUCKER was forced to spend more than three hours with Dana Gelling on Thursday after Gelling broke into Tucker's home in Clay. His wife, Joan, was not at home dur- ing the incident. From 'gutter' to top scholar, he explains in nine words By Pam Greene Staff writer Donned in the traditional graduation cap and gown, the valedictorian choked on his tears as he gripped the lectern Friday. The cancerous lump in his throat brought his voice to a raspy whisper. John McFadden's commencement speech was one sentence long. "This has been the greatest experience of my the 51-year-old Onondaga Commu- nity College graduate from Syra- cuse said Friday. Last week he was diagnosed with lung cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes and into his voice box. Not knowing how ag- gressive the cancer is yet, the college held a special graduation ceremony just for McFadden. His ceremony was held in OCC President Debbie Sydow's suite. McFadden had finished all of his credit requirements this sum- mer, he said. "Your efforts and commit- ment to making your- dream come true is indeed an inspira- tion for all of Sydow said. OTHERS, PAGE A-S David Lassman Staff photographer JOHN McFADDEN is congratulated Thursday by Onondaga Com- munity College President Debbie Sydow. OCC held a special graduation ceremony for him. Lung cancer has spread to his voice box; he didn't let that stop a valedictorian speech. LEAF WATCHING Where to go, and why they change colors CNY, PAGE E-1 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Who won, who lost SPORTS, PAGE D-7, 8, 9 INSIDE 'NUTCRACKER' TRYOUTS Who mode the cut? LOCAL, PAGE B-2 SCOOTERS Will gas prices drive more to little bikes? AUTO, PAGE F-1 Airline shuts down FransMeridian out of lusiness. Ticketholders told to call credit card companies. By Tim Knauss "taff writer People holding tickets to fly Airlines should contact their credit card compa- nies for a refund as soon as pos- sible in the wake of the low-cost airline's abrupt demise, travel agents say. Without warning, TransMeri- dian ceased operations Thursday night and said it would file for iquidation under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Passengers who showed up Friday morning at Syracuse Hancock Airport expecting to take TransMeridian's a.m. flight to Sanford, Fla., were Forced to try to buy last-minute tickets on other carriers, said An- thony Mancuso. city aviation commissioner. Employees of Delta Air Lines, which provides counter service for TransMeridian in Syracuse, scrambled to help the stranded customers find alternative flights and succeeded in most cases, Mancuso said. Delta has said it will continue to work with passengers who are scheduled to fly TransMeridian during the next few days, Man- cuso said. JetBlue Airways has offered to accommodate TransMeridian passengers on flights between Syracuse and Orlando for one-way, plus taxes and fees, said Jenny Dervin, speaking for the airline. Passengers should call 1-800-JETBLUE to inquire about seat availability, she said. They will need to provide proof of a TM A ticket. JetBlue's offer will help trav- elers who won't benefit from a COMPANY, PAGE A-8 Katrina cleanup to take at least a year By James Varney and Jan Moller Newhouse News Service New Orleans It is not, of- ficials handling the task frankly concede, the sexiest task in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But someone's got to clean up. And it will take a year. At least. "Trash hauling may not sound that exciting, but it's very, very said U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen, who heads the federal relief ef- fort in those areas of Louisiana and Mississippi nearly annihilat- ed by both hurricanes. The scope of the cleanup is staggering, a job five times the size of that faced by the Miami area after Hurricane Andrew. Local, state and federal agencies have provided varying estimates of the amounts involved and a likely timetable. Allen estimated the hard-hit areas in the two states are clut- tered with 40 million cubic yards of debris, two-thirds of it in Lou- isiana. Only 4 million cubic yards have been removed, with just 1 million of that total in Louisiana. The target date to complete the job in Louisiana, officials said, is October 2006. But state environmental offi- cials said this week that it could MANY, PAGE A-8 Inside: Syracuse company sends cleaning products to Insurance companies don't usually cover v   

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