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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York                             EASY STEPS TO CREATE A HOUSEHOLD BUDGET Affiliated with Syracust.com MONDAY. DECEMBER 19. 2005 flNAl EDITION MUM 02005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING LIGHT TOUCH There will be some flurries over most of the area today, but north- ern parts of the state could receive lake-effect snow. A more general cover- ing of snow will arrive in Cen- tral New York Tuesday and Tuesday night. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 28 LOW: 19 'Minor stroke' puts Israel's Sharon in hospital Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fell ill and was hospital- ized with what doctors describee as "a minor stroke" Sunday, triggering widespread specu- lation about whether he is healthy enough to lead Kadima, the new centrist party he found- ed last month. STORY, PAGE A-7 No longer Colts aim for Super Bowl Indianapolis' unbeaten sea- son ended Sunday in a 26-17 loss to a San Diego team desper- ate to make the playoffs. The win kept San Diego (9-5) alive for an AFC wild-card spot and prevented Denver from clinching (he AFC West. SPOUTS, PAGE C-l Weekend brings little movement in transit talks Millions of commuters will begin their workweek today with the threat of a strike against the New York City transit system looming larger than .it has in more than two decades. After a weekend of slop-and- slart talks, negotiators for the transit workers' union and the Metropolitan Transportation Au- thority were little closer (o an agreement Sunday than they were early Friday morning. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Sons fight for invention that fought counterfeiting Brothers from Livonia are defending their late father's anti- counterfeiting invention, and their life's work might pay off in millions of real dollars. HEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Agents seize shipments of counterfeit Tamiflu Customs agents have inter- cepted more than 50 shipments of counterfeit Tamiflu, begin- ning Nov. 26 at an air mail fa- cility near San Francisco Interna- tional Aiiport. Since then, agents have seized 51 separate packages of the supposed bird-flu fighting chemical, each containing up to 50 counterfeit capsules labeled generic Tamiflu but containing none of Tamiflu's ingredients. 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 Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Bridge...............E-7 Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........E-l Movies..............D-4 New York.........A-8 CNY..................D-l Obituaries........B-4 Science.............B-6 Editorials.......A-10 Sports...............C-l letters...........A-ll Sudoku.............D-7 Local news.......B-l Television.........0-5 THE POST-STANDARD "I know that this war is controversial..." Bush Confronts His Doubters: Do Not Give Up on This Rghr By Pete Yost and Terence Hunt The Associated Press Washington President Bush asserted Sunday night the United States is winning the war in Iraq and issued a plea to Americans divided by doubt: "Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom." In a prime-time address, Bush acknowledged setbacks and sac- rifice and cautioned there would be more violence and death in the months ahead. "Some look at the challenges in Iraq and con- clude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another he said. Struggling to build confidence in his policy, the president held out hopes for withdrawing American forces as Iraqi troops gain strength and experience. The president spoke .from the Oval Office, where in March, 2003, he announced the U.S.-led invasion. Nearly three years later, more than U.S. soldiers have died, Bush's popularity has plummeted and about half of Americans think the war was a mistake. Yet a strong majority oppose an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces. The address came on the heels of four major speeches in which Bush acknowledged setbacks and surprises in the war and took responsibility for ordering the invasion on the basis of inaccur- ate intelligence. The admissions were part of a White House ef- fort lo address complaints that Bush lacked a solid strategy for 'WE ARE, PAGE A-6 Developments Republicans against spying Key Republicans said Sunday that President Bush will have to explain why he ordered secret eavesdropping on U.S. residents without first obtaining court Secret prison in Afghanistan Eight men at the American de- tention camp in Ouantanamo Bay, Cuba, have separately given their lawyers "consistent accounts" of being tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan at various periods from 2002 to 2004, said Human Rights Watch. Questions for Cheney Vice president Dick Cheney meets the troops in a surprise visit to The president's speech For the full text, go to IN MARCELLUS, THE ONCE AND FUTURE CHESS KING Carrie Niland Staff photographer THOMAS RICCARDI, 14, of Marcellus, thinks about his next move Saturday while playing at the 2005 December Open Chess Tournament at a town of DeWitt hotel against Greg Gelsomino of Chittenango. Riccardi says he studies the entire chess board and plans as many as 12 moves in advance, a strategy that has led him to three national chess championships. His lat- est, a share of the eighth-grade title, for the U.S. Chess Federation. Teen Shares Chess Title By Debra J. Groom Staff writer For three years, Thomas Riccardi was second best. For three years, the 14-year-old from Marcellus made it to the finals of the chess national championship, only to lose the final game. Not this year. "There was so much at risk. You don't want to he said. "You don't want to lose everything you've accomplish- ed." So on Dec. 4, as he again was at the final table of the chess national champi- onship for K-12 and collegiate players, he made a decision. "I decided to take a draw, and we'd share the national the top-ranked Riccardi said of his final game with fellow eighth-grader Kevin Wang, of Texas. "I didn't want that to happen Riccardi said of placing second. CHESS PHENOM, PAGE A-3 Thomas Riccardi on chess Most overrated chess piece: Queen. Most underrated: Bishop and knight. Black or white: White (white always makes the first "I want to open the way I want to open." Favorite openings: pawn to king 4 or pawn to queen 4. Ever played numerous tables at once: "Yes. It's call simul. It's difficult." Favorite subject: "My teacher would probably hate it if I said lunch. The most fun is gym. But I like science and math." How many moves ahead are you thinking during a game? About 12. Anxiety is rising over drug programs By James T. Mulder Staff writer Marjoric Mignacca has asth- ma, arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease. The 72-year-old Bald- winsville woman is on nine med- ications, all of them covered by Mcdicaid, the state program that pays for health' care for the needy, blind, aged and disabled. On Jan. I she will lose her Mcdicaid drug coverage and be switched lo one of the new fed- eral Medicare prescription plans. Susan Mignacca, her daughter, is worried because there's no guar- antee all her mother's prescrip- tions will be covered or that she will be able lo gel them filled at the same nearby drugstore. "It's a tolal Susan Mignacca said. Her mother is one of about 6.4 million low-income Americans in Central New York who are elderly or disabled and are covered by both Mcdi- caid and Medicare. Come Jan. 1, drag coverage for these people will shifted from Mcdicaid lo the new Medicare benefit. Known as "dual they are (he pooresl, sickesl and most-costly-to-care-for members of the Medicare population. Aboul one in five live in nursing homes or other institutions. The massive change affecting this vulnerable population is causing plenty of anxiety. Advo- cates for the poor fear some dual eligibles will fall through the cracks and not get the drugs they need after Jan. 1. Eight consum- er groups have filed a lawsuit DEADLINE, PAGE A-4 INSIDE: Auditors warn of more These recruits know they signed up for war Sy David Wood ewhouse News Service Fort Jackson, S.C. Deep n the dank woods of December, oung Americans are gritting trough another long day of asic combat training, new sol- iers in their first weeks of mili- iry service. Straight off the bus from civil- m life they get a haircut, fa- gues and a rifle and learn to loot wearing body armor. They truggle through days in cold nd rain, learning to work in ams, mastering combat first aid nd compass navigation at night, nd pushing past limits of ex- austion and fear: They throw ve hand grenades, rappel off )-foot towers, low-crawl under vc machine-gun fire. They are tough, smart, confi- dent and motivated. They have enlisted to get money for col- lege, to escape bad situations at home, to make a better life. They signed up knowing they will soon be sent to war. At graduation, when the gym- nasium erupts in their full- throated cadence of the Soldier's Creed "I WILL NEVER AC- CEPT DEFEAT! I WILL NEVER QUIT! I WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COM- RADE! I AM AN AMERICAN the roar will smash against the walls and stun their families in the bleachers, even if it is not heard far beyond the perimeter of this huge train- Newliouse News Service "MY FAMILY is my says Pfc. DeCarlos Sheppard, 21. Back home in Newberry, S.C., are his wife and two children, with another due after Christ- mas. "If I don't come he says, "my family will be all right." G-MAC'S BIG GAME 38 ogoinst Davidson. D E THE NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMY How bad waiters, fat newspapers and pawn- shop wrenches reveal how people are really doing. IN MONEYWISE KRAMER TRAINS To catch a baby. CNY, PAGE D-1 FEARLESS MICE SCIENCE, PAGE B-6   

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