Syracuse Post Standard, December 7, 2005

Syracuse Post Standard

December 07, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2005 FINA1 EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. SO CENTS GOOD MORNING BUNDLE UP Very cold air will blow across Lake Ontario today, 1 triggering some more lake-effect snow and flurries across Central New York. Snow showers will continue tonight, and it will stay windy. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 27 LOW: 16 Suicide bombing attack kills 43 at police academy Two suicide bombers deto- nated explosives inside Bagh- dad's main police academy Tuesday, killing at least 43 peo- ple and wounding more than 70, police said. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the at- tack, the capital's deadliest in months. STORY, PAGE A-6 SU lauds man who inspired 'Hotel Rwanda' Before Paul Rusesabagina ut- tered a word to his audience Tuesday at Syracuse University, they greeted him with a standing ovatioii. Rusesabagina, whose life in- spired the film "Hotel Rwan- sheltered more than people who took refuge in the Mille Collines Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. lOCAUPAGEI-4 Majority in poll support rare use of torture Most Americans and a ma- jority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say tor- turing terrorism suspects is justi- fied at least In rare instances, according to AP-lpxos polling. STOUT, PAG! A-4 N.Y. to collect DNA from all convicted felons Gov. George Putaki ordered the state Tuesday to gather DNA samples from all convicted fel- ons. NEW YORK, PAGE A-14 Pakistani quake survivors living in bird cages Six families that survived Pa- kistan's devastating Oct. 8 earth- quake have converted bird cages at the zoo into temporary dwell- ings, excited to have a place to spend the frigid winter. STORY, PAGE A-S SU research group files suit against government Breaking a tradition of open- ness that began in 1816, the Bush administration has without explanation withheld the names and work locations of about of its civilian workers, according to a lawsuit filed by a research group at Syracuse Uni- versity Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Lottery error Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-1 Lottery..............A-2 Bridge..........G-12 Movies...............E-6 Classified.........0-1 New York...... A-14 CNY...................E-l Sports______D-l Sudoku..............E-9 6 Technology......F-l Letters...........A-l 7 Television..........E-7 Local new.......1-1 Weather........D-10 THE POST-STANDARD How a Stray Bullet Cost Onondaga County County pays its part of million to man who was hit by probation officer's shot. By Greg Munno Staff writer The Syracuse man critically hurt when he was accidentally shot by a probation officer will receive million for his inju- ries. The county Legislature Tues- day unanimously approved the settlement, about million of which will be paid for by the county's insurance provider. The rest comes from taxpayers. Michael Chapman who was shot in the chest in July 2002 when the probatkauofficer living, in .the apartment above him accidentally, fired her .40-caliber Olock handgun while unloading it said he was glad the case is behind him. "But I am not happy. I am going to be disabled for the rest of my life the price of cook- ing a hamburger, I said Chapman, who was making the burger when the stray bullet struck him. "It's hard. I was friends with her (the probation When something like this happens, it is bad for every- one involved." Chapman declined to describe his disability. The officer, Stacey Nunn, was renting her apartment from Chapman at 1901 James St., Chapman said. Nunn was originally put on leave from work, but has since returned, according to Stephen Helmer, a lawyer with the Mac- kenzie Hughes law firm who represented the county. The case also changed county rules for probation officers, who had been required to carry a gun home with them and then unload it. They now can opt not to carry a gun, and, if they do, can store it at home loaded or unloaded. Either way, the gun must be locked. Nunn's 'bullet broke Chap- man's upper left rib, perforated his diaphragm, collapsed his left lung, bruised the sac around his heart, and punctured his pancre- as, stomach, small intestine and large intestine, according to the lawsuit brought against the county. "It hit every major organ in my Chapman said. The Legislature officially ap- proved a payment of since the county was able to apply legal costs associated with the case toward its million deductible. Its insurance compa- ny will pay the rest, approxi- mately million. COUNTY, PAGE A-10 SOLDIERS OF THE 10TH Mountain Division applaud Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday at Fort prulri; hear Water- town. "The only way the terrorists can win Is If we lose our John Beriy Staff photographer nerve and abandon our Cheney told the troops. "But the world cart have confidence in the resolve of the United States. We will stand by our friends." Vice president thanks troops Cheney visits Fort Drum, presents medals, talks to Army Guard members and counters war critics. By Pedro Ramirez III Staff writer Vice President Dick Cheney on Tues- day thanked about soldiers assem- bled at Fort Drum for answering their na- tion's call to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, comparing them to the generation of soldiers who fought in World War II. "For many decades now, the 10th Mountain Division has been known for producing some of our nation's finest Cheney said. "One of the greatest living Americans, Sen. Bob Dole, served with the 10th Mountain in World War II. "Members of his generation did their part to protect the American he added, "and I know they recognize the same courage and fighting spirit in the soldiers of today." Cheney visited the North Country Army post to welcome home from Iraq members of me Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division and encourage 10th Mountain tioopers scheduled to de- ploy to Afghanistan in February or March. Cheney also presented Purple Heart IOIH MOUNTAIN, PAGE A-l 5 John Staff photographer TWO COMBAT engineers with the 1st Brigade's Special Troops Battalion re- ceived Purple Heart medals Tuesday from Vice President Dick Cheney. They are Pfc. Marcos Maldomado (left) and 1st Sgt. Jeffrey Moore. 'Witness A' tells court of Saddam-era tortures By Aaniei Madhani Chicago Tribune Baghdad, Iraq The com- puter-altered voice of the anony- mous woman the court called "Witness A" sounded almost alien as she described the horrors she suffered at the hands of Sad- dam Hussein's henchmen. The voice-altering device, however, couldn't distort her grief as she spoke Tuesday in raw terms about the sexual hu- miliation and torture she faced in the four years she was moved from prison to prison after being arrested by Saddam's secret po- lice in a mass roundup in the Shiite village of Dujail in 1982. "I was forced to take my clothes she said of her de- tention in an intelligence ser- vices building. "They lifted my legs up, they tied my hands, they beat me with cables and gave me electric shocks. They were more than five persons. They treated me as ifl were a banquet." Witness A was one of three anonymous witnesses who of- fered their accounts in the sec- ond day of testimony against Saddam and his seven co-defen- dants charged in the 1982 massa- cre in Dujail. Saddam and his deputies are accused of the imprisonment and torture of hundreds, as well as the execution of more than 140 Shiites in Dujail. The massacre was purportedly carried out in retaliation after a failed assassi- nation attempt on Saddam in the village. For the second straight day, Saddam disrupted the proceed- ings with venomous diatribes. He referred to the court as a Zionist and American entity. He also ended Tuesday's session in an angry rant in which he com- plained of being exhausted and not being provided fresh clothes or the opportunity to shower. "I will not return. I will not come to an unjust Sad- dam screamed at Judge Rizgar SHE ENVIED, PAGE A-6 GIFTED GUIDE TO GADGETS From eensy-weensy MP3 players to fid-sized keyboards TECHNOLOGY, PAGE F-1 INSIDE MERRY LITTLE CONTEST 87 Central New Yorkers (youngest: 4, oldest: 96) dish up cookies OHO PAGE E-1 Cayugas say they'll reopen gaming lawyer says the Cayuga Indians might also open a full-scale casino. By Scott Rapp Staff writer The New York Cayuga Indi- ans will reopen their gaming halls in Cayuga and Seneca counties whether or not they win federal approval to put their land into trust, a tribe lawyer said Tuesday. Daniel French also did not rule out the possibility that the Cayugas will try to open a full- scale Class III casino in their homeland. "The bottom line is that the National Indian Gaming Com- mission has already authorized gaming on Cayuga lands. The nation closed the (gaming halls) in deference to the counties but could reopen them without the trust said French, of Syracuse. Both counties and the state just received copies of the na- tion's trust application to the U.S. Department of Interior and have 30 days to file their initial response. The review process can take 12 to 18 months, he said. French did not say when the two gaming halls would reopen. COUNTIES, FACE A-10 Excessive spending leads to an arrest By Dclcn Goldberg Staff writer If the thieves who stole Re- becca Evans' identity and credit cards had shown a little restraint, they might never have been caught, Syracuse police Sgt. Tom Connellan said. Instead, Connellan said, at least one of the thieves went on a shopping spree, spending almost of Evans' money and getting caught in the act. "The problem is they got greedy, which led to one per- son's Connellan said. Syracuse po- lice on Sunday arrested La- toya Salandy, 24, of 2003 S. Salina St., on grand larceny and identity theft charges as she shopped at Kay Jewel- Salandy ers in Carousel Mall. Connellan said Salandy was picking up a diamond ring she had special or- dered and charged to an ac- count she opened in Evans' name when police took her into custody. Police believe Salandy racked up almost in charges POUtt, PAGE A-10 ONE TO WATCH Name: Vaida Hometown: Kaunas, Sipaviciute Lithuania Age: 20 Record set: 41 points Height: 6 feet 4 in a game Year. Sophomore Average: 24 pts per game SU's hopes for her: High PAGE D-1 ;