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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syrmcuse.com FINAL EDITION i005 The Po.t-St3nd.ltd FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SLUSHY We'll see a mix of wet snow and rain in some parts of Central New York today and through the night. The sun returns Satur- day and Sunday and with it comes warmer temperatures through Monday. Complete forecast, C-14 HIGH: 45 LOW: 31 Unheard Of Oil Profits The profits PERCENT INCREASE IN 3RD QUARTER COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO Driscoll gives Congel two choices on Destiny Syracuse Mayor Matt Dris- coll on Thursday delivered a public ultimatum to Destiny USA developer Robert Congel: "They have two Driscoll said. "One, they can start building now, with the per- mits that have been issued and the Deutsche Bank loan that's been approved and protects the interests of the taxpayers, or the mall will go back on the proper- ty tax rolls Jan. 1. The choices are Bob's to make." LOCAlPAGEB-l Miers out; whom will Bush tap next for court? President Bush is looking for a Supreme Court nominee for the third time in five months, this time against the backdrop of a debate about who or what caused the withdrawal of Harriet Miers on Thursday. STORY, PAGE A-8 Red Cross will not increase price of blood The American Red Cross is freezing blood prices for Syra- cuse hospitals that had threat- ened to start a rival blood bank. LOCAL PAGE 1-1 Oil-for-f ood program corrupt, report concludes In a scathing final report doc- umenting massive corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program, investigators Thursday accused more than companies, and prominent politicians, of collud- ing with Saddam Hussein's re- gime to bilk the humanitarian operation of billion. STORY, PAGE A-f Rosa Parks' remains may lie in honor in Capitol Black civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks would become the first woman to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda under resolu- tions considered Thursday by lawmakers. STORY, PAGE A-7 Senote wonts to spend billions to fight bird flu A second manufacturer is be- ginning mass production of a vaccine to protect against bird flu, and the Senate moved Thursday to invest far more billion on preparations in case the influenza strain sparks a worldwide epidemic. STORY, PAGE A-ll Corrections Guantanamo Former teacher's Lockheed Martin "Beauty and the Weekend photo Sunday Stars Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? CalU70-NEWS Index Business..........D-1 Lottery..............A-2 Bridge............F-10 Movies...............E-4 Classified..........F-l New York......A-10 Obituaries........B-4 CNY...................M Sean Kirst........B-l Sports...............C-l Editorials.......A-l 2 Stocks...............D-3 Letters...........A-l 3 Sudoku..............E-7 Local news.......B-l Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD On a day when the average price of a gallon of gas in Central New York was oil companies posted record third-quarter profits. ExxonMobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said Thursday its profits in the third quarter rose 75 percent. Highest ever: That was the highest quarterly revenue ever by a U.S. company, according to Standard Poor's. Exxon's quarterly sales exceeded the gross domestic products of two oil-producing nations, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. The windfall: In something of a paradox, the Gulf Coast hurricanes helped oil companies more than they hurt. Rising prices caused by supply disruptions dwarfed the costs of repairing refineries and drilling platforms. Tax "the Democrats in Congress are demanding a windfall profits tax on oil companies. "Big oil behemoths are making out like bandits, Marathon Oil ConocoPhillips Source: The Associated Press ExxonMobil Roynl Dutch Shell PLC while the average American family is getting killed by high gas prices, and soon-to-be record heating oil Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said. An investigation: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Republican, Thursday said two major Senate committees would launch examinations into oil pricing and profits. "If the facts warrant it, I will support a federal anti- price-gouging he said. FULL REPORT OH EXXON, SHELL EARNINGS: BUSINESS D-1 BPPLC The Post-Standard Amerada Hess MANLIUS DOQOR SENTENCED IN IRAQI CHARITY CASE A COURTROOM SKETCH shows Dr. Rafil Dhafir (left) and his lawyer, Devereaux Cannick, during Dhafir's sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse. Dhafir read parts Frank Post-Standard of a 46-page statement. "The question is will my accusers be able to endure their punishment in the he asked. Cameras were not allowed in court. Dhafir gets 22 years in prison "That is not ManRus doctor says of conviction for mishandng nearly of charitable donations. By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer Dr. Rafil Dhafir will spend the next 22 years in federal prison. Whether he will have to pay back the money he misappropriated, overbilled or lied about is still unclear. But to the end, at his sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Norman Mor- due Thursday, Dhafir remained defiant. "I am not arrogant or he said in a statement. "If I knew I committed a crime against anyone intentionally, even against an animal, I will be rushing to beg for forgiveness." Dhafir, 58, was convicted in February of 59 felonies, which included mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering. A jury decided Dhafir had mishandled nearly million from his charity, Help the Needy. Although the sentence was less than the 27- to 34-year range prosecutors had sought, U.S. Attorney Glenn Suddaby said he was satisfied with the outcome. "We demonstrated the fraud and the deceit on a number of different levels in the charity as well as in his own medical Suddaby said. Dhafir, a Manlius oncologist, was "very good at disguising things, trying to hide Suddaby said. Assistant prosecutor Michael Olmsted said he knew many supporters perceived Dhafir's "adamance as religious convic- tion. We see it as simple arrogance." In the packed courtroom at the federal building Thursday, Dhafir sat at the de- fense table, hands tightly clenched in front of him. Only when he spoke of his wife, Pris- cilla, did he hesitate. "I apologize to my wife, who was de- prived of my companionship and I of PROSECUTOR, PAGE A-4 INSIDE: Reaction from Dhafir's supporters, excerpts from his ONLINE: Dhafir's full statement at Migrant worker buried without kin or name? By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Four figures stood before a fresh grave at St. Peter's Ceme- tery in Oswego Thursday morn- ing, preparing to bury a farm- worker they had never met whose identity remains a mys- tery. The man, known as Aron Camacho, lay inside a brown steel casket covered with a do- nated arrangement of about 50 red and white roses. Funeral di- rector Michael Cullinan, one of the four in attendance, provided Camacho with a dark blue suit. Deacon Joe Chillemi, of St. Jo- seph Church in Oswego, agreed to perform the service. "This is a very tragic death Aron suffered. I'm sure God will receive him the deacon said as Cullinan, a funeral home employee and a landscaper for the Catholic diocese looked on. All they knew about Camacho was that he was a Catholic mi- grant, probably from Mexico, who died during an explosion at WORKER, PAGE A-5 Legal twist boosts Oneidas Land owned by sovereign nation can't be foreclosed on, federal judge rules. By Glenn Coin Staff writer After a string of losses this year, New York Indians won an important legal victory Thurs- day. A federal judge ruled that Madison County can't foreclose on land owned by the Oneida In- dian Nation. U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd, in a strongly worded opinion that opens with a quote from Abraham Lincoln, said land owned by a sovereign Indian tribe must not be taken away. "In this country such an ex- traordinary remedy taking a sovereign nation's land against its will has never been legally sanctioned." Hurd wrote. "The seizing of land owned by a sov- ereign nation strikes directly at the very heart of that nation's sovereignty." County officials said they were surprised by the decision. After the U.S. Supreme Court and two lower courts ruled JUDGE, PAGE A-6 They listen for thunder, prepare for wounded For Fort Drum's medics in Iraq, nothing happens until everything happens at once. By Hart Secly Staff writer First they heard the sirens. Then came the clatter of the arm- ored trucks, rumbling along the crushed stone. They ran to the emergency entrance and braced themselves for the things that they would see. For the staff of the Onwardi- Shondec Medical Clinic, a nuts- and-bolts outpost of mercy on the U.S. Army's Camp Liberty base near Baghdad, the shouts of wounded U.S. troops two days ago broke the recent calm spell that had roused their spirits. It had been so quiet lately, they wondered if maybe a corner had been turned. Then four wounded soldiers arrived at their doorstep. 'You know, I see this place as an emotional roller said Sgt. 1st Class Gil Mon- tanez, of the Bronx, who has lived half of his 40 years in the military. "No two days are ever alike. It's feast or famine. And when one group of wounded comes in, you always start look- ing over your shoulder to see if there will be more coming." 'BRIEF EPISODES, PAGE A-6 MISSION TO John Berry Staff photographer THE CASKET containing the remains of a migrant farmworker known as Aron Camacho is ready for burial Thursday at St. Pet- er's Cemetery in Oswego. He was killed Oct. 6 when the building he was living in with other workers at a town of Schroeppel muck farm exploded. Family members haven't been found. INSIDE 5 NEW MOVIE CHOICES TONIGHT CNY, PAGE E-1 WANT TO WRITE A NOVEL? THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SPORTS, PAGE C-10 THE HAUNTERS People who get paid to scare. CNY, PAGE E-1 Post-Standard staff writer Hart Seely and photogra- pher Li-Hua Lan are accompany- ing soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division during their tour of duty in Iraq. This is the latest in a series about the people fighting America's war there. The stories will appear in print as often as conditions in the war zone allow. On Syracuse.com Find staff writer Hart Seely's blog, photo galleries from staff photog- rapher Li-Hua Lan and more online at: Inside Developments: Shiites and Sunnis clash; three U.S. soldiers killed; coa- litions are beginning to form for   

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