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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r OPRAH, THE CRIME FIGHTER She helps track down sex offenders. CNY, PAGE E-3 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' Meet the new hunk. CNY, PAGE E-4 The review: PAGE E-3 VIDEO iPOD It's here BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND WEEKEND, INSIDE Affiliated with Syracuse.com THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2005 FINAL EDITION 6 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING UMBRELLAS AGAIN We could say it will suddenly be sunny and hot. We would be lying. There will be more rain today and Friday in Central New York. The rain will be heavier in the eastern parts of the region. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 63 LOW: 52 WHITE SOX STUN ANGELS SPORTS, PAGE D-1 Weirdness in the 9th Page D-1 Reggie Sanders is Mr. October Page D-1 Probe demands Frist's personal files Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has been subpoe- naed to turn over personal re- cords and documents, according to sources familiar with the in- vestigation. STORY, PAGE A-ll Developer: Gty should take less aid for hotel The Pioneer Cos. wants Syra- cuse to accept million in- stead of million in state aid for the proposed downtown con- vention center hotel. LOCAL PAGE 1-1 Fort Drum soldiers ready to protect voting Iraqis U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Drum may face their first great test in Iraq: Saturday's constitutional referendum. More than troops of the 1st Bri- gade left for Iraq in mid-August. STORY, PAGE A-< What you can do to reduce breast cancer One in seven American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Inside, you'll find tips on self- exams, breast cancer indicators and seven things to know if you are having your first mammo- gram. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Corrections Taser International stun Political party of Nicholas J. Direct air service to Judgment against Anthony J. 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-1 Local news.......B-l Bridge.............. F-8 Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........F-1 Movies............Wkd New York......A-12 CNY...................E-l Obituaries........B-4 Sports...............D-1 Dick Case.........B-l Stocks...............C-3 Editorials.......A-l 4 Sudoku..............E-7 Letters...........A-l 5 Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD ;r Reward doubled to in Adirondacks fires Who's Burning the Camps? By Hart Seely Staff writer It had rained recently, soaking the woods. Nobody thought it a cause for concern. They didn't imagine someone out there, a twisted mind that could view damp conditions as an opportu- nity. Now, they wonder. "These days, I don't even like to go out there said Milo B. Williams, 55, who, like his father and grandfather before him, has fished the Moose River near Old Forge all his life. "I just don't know what I'll Somebody is systematically torching the century-old camps of the Adirondack League Club, an exclusive group of 400 mem- bers, which since 1890 has fished and hunted a vast swath of wilderness in Hamilton and Herkimer counties. Since spring 2000, six remote cabins virtual antiques them- selves, designed by celebrated Adirondack architects have burned to the ground, leaving state police and club officials to ask not only who is doing it, but why. The latest fire occurred some- time between Sept. 5 and 11 on the club's southern tract, which includes Honnedaga Lake. Un- like the previous fires, which weren't discovered until days had passed, investigators this time arrived to find the ashes still warm. And this time, for the first time, they found evidence of arson. Authorities say the fire-starter, by hitting the club at the start and end of the season, has raised the stakes. "The fires, with the exception of this last one, were done near the beginning of the camping said New York State Police Investigator Michael Dolly, of the Herkimer substa- tion. "I think that was done so the folks filtering back in would find the camps no longer there. Now, I think they're trying to FIRES, PAGE A-4 PAKISTANIS DESPERATE FOR FOOD FOOD IS in short supply in the northern Pakistani town of Muzaffarabad, where a man calls out for something to eat Wednesday. A 7.6-magnitude earthquake that hit a Markus Schreiber The Associated Press swath across Pakistan, Afghanistan and India Sat- urday has left thousands without food and water. Relief was being distributed to some Wednesday. Has CNY giving given out? Contributions slow as agencies seek money following earthquake. By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer A man walked into the downtown Syracuse office of the Onondaga-Oswego Chap- ter of the American Red Cross Monday morning and dropped off a check to help with relief for the South Asian earthquake that rocked Paki- stan and neighboring India and Afghanistan on Saturday. It was the first and only local in-person contribution to the Red Cross for the earth- quake relief. The lack of donations for the latest in a string of natural disasters may be a symptom of what relief organizers call "compassion about and climbing, the death toll for the earth- quake will well surpass that of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which last week went over But five days after Hurri- Want to help? List of organizations taking cane Katrina struck, the local Red Cross chapter had report- ed in relief donations and was awaiting fulfillment of pledged during two local televised appeals. Red Cross officials say they have no idea how much local donors will give to help earth- quake survivors. "I don't know what to ex- pect at this said Marci Henderson, the chapter's ex- ecutive director. Central New Yorkers, who have donated about mil- lion for hurricane relief, have not yet responded significant- ly to the needs of earthquake survivors in Southeast Asia. Muslims have begun drop- ping donations for earthquake relief in a box at the Islamic Society of Central New York mosque. Assistant Imam Fudin Selmoune said collec- tions just began at midweek DONORS, PAGE A-6 Police: School vandals snapped photos, but left them behind By Meghan Rubado Staff writer It turns out the sticky-fingered thieves who broke into Frazer School in Syracuse last week had butterfingers, too. One of them dropped the memory card of a digital camera stolen from a classroom after they had taken pictures with it, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, city police spokesman. Police believe the photos on the memory card show one of the suspects. About a.m. Oct. 3, a jani- tor discovered that the school had been broken into. The bur- glars came in through a window and stole from a safe in the main office, police said. That money included pu- pils and staff raised to help Hur- ricane Katrina victims. The bur- glars also vandalized the library, police said. While police investigated, an evidence technician found the card in a hallway. The photo- graphs have been shown around the school and the neighborhood, but so far, nobody has identified the person in the pictures, Con- nellan said. Police believe the person in the photo is not a Frazer pupil. The time stamp on the photos shows that the.y were taken about p.m. Oct. 2. That fits the window of time during which police believe the school was broken into, Connellan said. The stolen camera belongs to a Frazer teacher who confirmed Provided photo THIS IMAGE was on a memory card of a digital camera stolen from Frazer School in Syracuse, police said. Officers said the per- son shown is a suspect in vandalism at the school. the memory card was from the camera. The memory card also includes photos of the teacher's pupils taken before the theft. Anyone with information about the incident or the person in the photos is asked to call city police at 442-5222. f- Oswego chief on paid leave Acting mayor soys William Ruggio hopes to exonerate himself of accusations. By Catie O'Toole Staff writer Oswego police Chief William Ruggio has been put on paid leave so he can concentrate on defending himself in a stolen property inves- tigation, acting Mayor Wil- liam Dun- said Oehm smoor Wednesday. Dunsmoor immediately appointed Capt. Michael Dehm Jr. as acting police chief. Oswego tax- payers will continue to pay Rug- gio his annual salary of Dehm's salary will increase from to Dunsmoor said he does not believe Ruggio could run the po- lice department while the inves- tigation hangs over him. "I called Bill to advise him of what I was going to do. He ac- cepted my decision and in the CAPTAIN, PAGE A-l 6 Winter that's just 'normal' may lie ahead Some forecasters say three- year streak of severe winters will end for CNY. By Mark Weiner Staff writer After three consecutive harsh winters, Central New York is due for a break this year, accord- ing to a long-range forecast is- sued Wednesday. The National Oceanic and At- mospheric Administration said forecasters expect warmer-than- normal temperatures across most of the United States. A huge swath of the central and western portion of the nation will likely experience a milder winter, with near normal temper- atures and precipitation in the Northeast. Even a return to "normal" in Central New York would be a big departure from the last three winters, which have been among the coldest and snowiest in Syra- cuse's history. Last winter's snow total of 137.6 inches was among Syra- cuse's 20 snowiest seaspns on record. That followed 181.3 FORECASTERS, PAGE A-16   

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