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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracusv.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLOUDS AND SUN This time of year, any day the sun pops out can't be all bad. While clouds will linger, sunshine is ex- pected today, with temperatures hovering in the low 50s. Sunday will be breezier, sunnier and warmer, with a high in the mid-60s. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 52 LOW: 39 How Complex Chain of Events Led to the Indictment of Libby Skywatchers await Mars close-up tonight Mars is ready for another close-up. For the second time in nearly years, the Red Planet will swing unusually close to Earth this weekend, appearing as a yel- low twinkle in the night sky. On Saturday, Mars' orbit will bring it 43.1 million miles away from Earth, with its closest pass scheduled for p.m. The two planets normally sepa- rated by about 140 million miles will not be this close again until 2018. For more information look to Sky Telescope magazine on the Web: skyandtelescope.com Turning Stone crowd laughs it up with Leno Comedian Jay Leno poked fun at Scooter Libby, the airlines and priests, among others as he kept a crowd of laughing Friday night at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona. REVIEW, PAGE 1-2 Common Council backs Destiny ultimatum The Syracuse Common Council Friday stood shoulder to shoulder in support of Mayor Matt Driscoll's hard-line stance on the Destiny USA tax agree- ment and the public ultimatum Driscoll gave to developer Bob Congcl Thursday. IOCAI, PAGE 1-3 Body off Rosa Parks to be where few have lain In death, Rosa Parks is join- ing a select few, including presi- dents and war heroes, accorded a public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda. On Sunday, Parks be- comes the first woman to lie in honor in the vast circular room under the Capitol dome. STORY, PAGE A-10 About Americans receive fake flu shots As many as Exxon Mobil employees and 14 resi- dents of a senior citizens home were injected with fake flu vac- cine, authorities said Friday, and the owner of a home health care company was arrested. STORY, PAGE A-7 Corrections Spelling of Deveraux Can- Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS The Associated Press Washington Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff re- signed Friday after he was indicted on charges of obstructing a grand jury investigation and lying about his actions that blew the CIA cover of an Iraq war critic's wife. I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby became the first high-ranking White House official in decades to be criminally charged while still in office. A sec- ond key figure in the two-year CIA leak investigation, presidential strate- gist Karl Rove, was. spared from criminal charges for the time being. Libby wasn't in- dicted specifically for the leak, but special prosecutor Libby Patrick Fitzgerald left little doubt that he believed Che- ney's top aide learned Valerie Flame's classified identity from the CIA, State Department and his own boss and then revealed it to report- ers. "It's important that a CIA offi- cer's identity be protected, that it be protected not just for the officer, but for the nation's the prose- cutor said. 'Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a report- er." Though Cheney was one of the top government officials to tell Libby about Plame's secret work for the CIA before it was leaked to re- porters, Fitzgerald said there was nothing wrong with that contact. "We make no allegation that the vice president committed any crimi- nal he said. Libby promised to challenge the charges vigorously and said he was "confident that at the end of this process, I will be completely and to- tally exonerated." The 22-page indictment was the latest blow in one of the darkest ROVE, PAGE A-5 Inside Chronology of events leading up to the indict- ments, reac- tion from CNY and details from the in- dictment. Page A-5 Index Auto..................F-l Business ..........C-l Bridge...............E-9 Classified..........E-5 Comics ...E-l CNY...................E-l Puzzle Dick Case.........B-1 Editorials.........A-8 Entertainment. E-4 Letters....... Local news Lottery.__ Movies....... New York.. Obituaries Sports........ Sudoku...........E-ll Television.......E-l 2 Weather........D-10 .A-9 B-1 .A-2 ..E-4 A-6 B-4 D-l THE POST-STANDARD MOM'S PREPARATION PAYS OFF Michelle Gabcl Staff photographer AHMAD ABERDEEN. 8, hugs his mother, Sanadra, in the kitchen of their Syracuse home. When Sanadra collapsed in the kitchen earlier this month, Ahmad calmly called 911 and reassured his mother as they waited for an ambulance. Boy's quick thinking helps his mom He calmly caNed 911 when she collapsed, waited for ambulance. By Maureen Nolan Staff writer Ahmad Aberdeen's mom has diabetes, and just in case, she's talked with him about what to do if she should became ill when the two of them are home alone. Ahmad, 8, was listening. When it happened Oct. 18, he called 911, just like his mom and dad taught him. While his dad was out doing errands early in the evening, his mom grew diso- riented, felt ill and feared her blood sugar was out of whack. She poured a glass of juice in the kitchen and made it from there to the living room couch, but that's all she could do. Sanadra Aberdeen doesn't remember asking Ahmad to call 911, but he remem- bers it all. He was watching television and play- ing when she got sick. Calmly he made the call. He told the man at 911 his ad- dress 710 W. Brighton Ave. and the man asked him to unlock the door, which he did. Then he waited for the am- bulance. "I was watching my mom and I just looked through the window to see when it was Ahmad said. His mom remembers him talking to her, telling her everything would be ail right, as they waited. A neighbor saw the 'ambulance at the house and came over to help. That's when Ahmad called his dad, who was three minutes away. When Allan Aber- deen arrived, his wife was conscious but disoriented, even though her blood sugar level tested OK. Onondaga County Department of Emergency Communications Commis- sioner Stephen Wisely said the event was categorized as a general illness and was not deemed to be life-threatening. The only time Ahmad lost his compo- sure was when the ambulance took his mom away, Allan Aberdeen said. Now, with his mom home and doing fine, Ahmad .gets a little embarrassed when people make a fuss over the whole thing. His dad tells him not to be embar- rassed because he did something right, not wrong. "You did a fine job and I'm proud of Allan Aberdeen tells Ahmad. Millions of protesters fill streets of Iran Demonstrators in Tehran, major cities call for the destruction of Israel. By Ali Akbar Dareini The Associated Press Tehran, Iran Iran's ultra- conservative president, spuming international outrage over his re- marks about Israel, joined more than a million demonstrators who flooded the streets of the capital and other major cities Friday to back his call for the de- struction of the Jewish state. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood fast behind his assertion that Is- rael should be wiped off the map and repeated the call during the nationwide protests Friday, the Muslim day of prayer. But in an attempt to blunt in- ternational outrage over Ahma- dinejad's comments, the Iranian Embassy in Moscow issued a statement saying the Iranian leader did not want to "engage in a conflict." Marching alongside the pro- testers, the 47-year-old former mayor of Tehran and one-time Republican Guard commander renewed his criticism of the West. "They become upset when they hear any voice of truth- seeking. They think they are the absolute rulers of the he said during the al-Quds or Je- rusalem Day protest, which was among the largest since they were first held in 1979 afte Shiite Muslim clerics took power in Iran. At least Iranian: massed in Tehran to unleash vir ulent condemnation against Isra el, the United States and th West in general, accusing them of oppressing Palestinians an Iran. Some demonstrators chantec "Israel is approaching its death' CROWDS, PAGE A-4 F-M FOOTBALL STINGS HENNINGER SPORTS, Page D-1 I N S DECORATING IN BLACK It's all the rage.' CNY. PAGE E-1 PUMPKIN PRIMER Tips for carving. CNY, PAGE E-1 Acting Oswego captain arrested ohn Broisington charged n alleged stalking of x-girlfriend, suspended. ty Douglass Dowty taff writer Acting police Capt. John Jraisington, a top candidate two months ago to become Oswego's icxt police chief, was arrested m charges of misdemeanor ha- assment Wednesday and sus- >cndcd without pay by acting vlayor William Dunsmoor Fri- day. Braisington allegedly stalked former girlfriend in Monroe County Monday, a sheriffs dep- uty there said. Braisington was charged with misdemeanor first- degree harassment after turning limself in to the Monroe County Sheriffs Department Wednes- day, the deputy said. Acting police Chief Michael 3ehm will begin an internal in- vestigation into the case, Dun- smoor said. This summer, Braisington was retiring police Chief Alexander Zukovsky's first choice to re- place him, according to members of a committee former Mayor lohn Gosek formed to pick a new police chief. Gosek hired William Ruggio instead for the job. On Friday afternoon, Braisington was suspended dur- ing a meeting with Oswego Per- sonnel Director Nancy Sterio. has been sus- pended without pay until the charges are Dun- smoor said. "I'm not trying to shed guilt on him. This is what I would have done regardless of anything else going on in city government." Braisington, 42, was not at work Friday when he was called into Sterio's office to be told of the suspension, Dunsmoor said. Braisington could not be reached for comment. Braisington's troubles follow closely on the heels of investiga- Daylight-saving time ends It's that time of year again: Time to change your clocks and the batteries in your smoke detectors. Time will fall back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. MORE ON FAIUNG BACK, PAGE B-3   

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