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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2005 FINAL EDITION S 2Kb The SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS SUN SPOTS Dry air may punch through and allow some sunshine in a few places today, but much of Central New York will remain cloudy. Another storm will start bringing rain back into the area tonight and Saturday. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 56 LOW: 39 Fatal wasting disease found in CNY deer Chronic wasting disease, a fatal nervous system ailment that has devastated captive and wild deer and elk herds in a dozen states and two Canadian prov- inces, has shown up in Central New York. State officials announced Thursday that a white-tailed deer in a captive herd in Oneida County has tested positive for the disease in state and federal laboratory testing. It is the first confirmed case in the state. NEW YORK, PAGE A-10 ice fishermen rescued from Oneida Lake It took an Onondaga County sheriffs helicopter, a Brewerton Volunteer Fire Department air- boat and more than 30 rescuers to pull two men out of Oneida Lake Thursday. They also res- cued a third angler.who became stranded on ice trying to help. STORY, PAGE B-1 Report: Intelligence 'dead wrong' on Iraq In a blistering report made nublic Thursdav. a Dresidential panel said that U.S. intelligence agencies were "dead wrong" in almost all their assertions before the Iraq war thai Saddam Hus- sein had weapons of mass de- struction. STORY, PAGE A-6 Aide to ai-Zorqawi detained by U.S. in Iraq U.S. forces in Iraq are hold- ing a senior operative of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who holds joint American-Jorda- nian citizenship, defense offi- cials said Thursday. STORY, PAGE A-4 U.S. military plane crashes during training A U.S. military airplane crashed in central Albania while on a training mission Thursday, and nine American personnel aboard believed to have been killed, the Defense Minis- try said. STORY, PAGE A-4 Bloated creeks welcome first day of trout fishing Today is the first day of the statewide trout season and, as usual in early April, most Cen- tral Ne'.v York creaks rre swol- len with runoff. STORY, PAGE C-8 Today's Daily Dose Get the lowdown on running shoes, must-hear music, April showers and expensive cars. BACK OF CNY SECTION, PAGE E-8 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index AiiDurn teen cnargea stabbing girlfriend to death PoJke say he lulled Semen teen on trail behind Cayuga Community College. By John Stith Staff writer. A 17-year-old Auburn boy was charged Thursday with stab- bing his 17-year-old girlfriend to death on a nature trail behind Cayuga Commuity College. The teen killed Thursday afternoon was Andrea Kell, of 1 Schell Lane, Sennett, a junior at Weedsport High School, police said. Her boyfriend, Bradley C. Laning, of Auburn, was ar- raigned Thursday in Auburn City Court on charges of second- degree murder. Auburn Police Chief Gary Giannotta said Laning gave po- lice a statement in which he ad- mitted he killed his girlfriend. "This is the chief said. "Two kids 17 years old, now one's dead. It bothered all the officers down there at the scene." Laning was a student at Weedsport High School, "but is no said Steven Hub- bard, the district's superinten- dent, Thursday night. Following his arraignment, NEIGHBOR, PAGE A-7 Mike Greeniar Staff' photographer AUBURN FIRE Department Lt. Martin Corcoran tries to extract gasoline from a leaking gas tank on the car driven by murder suspect Bradley C. Laning, 17, of Auburn. Business Classified E-4 CNY Comics M Crims Editorials Local news THE POST-STANDARD i em dumavu uics, Leaves Fight Behind Kathy Willens The Associated Press VERONICA PUCKETT, of St. Petersburg, Fla., (center) is helped by Laurene Temple (left) and David Vogel after becoming emotional outside the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., where Terri Schiavo died Thursday. Family, nation torn by one woman's plight News service reports Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman who spent 15 years connected to a feed- ing tube in an epic legal and medical battle that went all the way to the White House and Con- gress, died Thursday, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed. For religious conservatives, she was an inno- cent person who was martyred bearing the sins of the 'culture of death.'' For advocates of the disabled, she was fright- ening proof that America is marching down the road toward acceptance of euthanasia. For civil libertarians, she was a symbol of the freedom to reject unwanted medical treatment. But several polls showed that for most Amer- icans, she was an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary events that should have remained an intensely private family matter. Steve Nesius Associated Press BOB SCHINDLER, Terri Schiavo's father, (right) holds his son, Bobby, after Terri Schiavo died Thursday at the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla. For families, battle isn't over Michael Schiavo, the husband who'd battled for years to have the feeding tube removed, was at her bedside when Terri Schiavo died. Her parents, brother and sister, who'd fought just as hard to have the tube remain in place, were not. George Felos, Michael's lawyer, said Schiavo experienced "a calm, peaceful and gentle sheltered in her hus- band's arms. "Terri is now with God and she's been released of all earthly said Suzanne Vitadamo, Schiavo's sister. "After the recent years of neglect at the hands of those who were supposed to protect and care for her, she's finally at peace with God for eternity.'" Her last moments, Page A-9 Schindier family photo The Associated Press IN 1990, Terri Schiavo is shown shortly after her heart attack. She had gone without oxygen for several minutes and never regained consciousness. Who was Terri Schiavo? She was a shy child who struggled with being overweight and the uncertain- ties of surviving adolescence. Her friends say that when Terri Schia- vo then her name was Theresa Marie Schindier ventured into the world after high school, something happened. She slimmed down, and all the beauty they say she held inside her came spilling out. She met a boy, Michael Schindier. Soon they married. Terri Schiavo's story did not end with a happily-ever-after flourish. Throughout the last 15 years, as she evolved into a mute symbol on the bor- derline between life and death, her friends never stopped loving her and re- membering that long-ago Terri. Who was she? Page A-8 Doug Mills New York Times PRESIDENT BUSH Thursday offered words of comfort and praise for Terri Schiavo's families her parents and her husband. Mourned by the powerful President Bush offered condolences Thursday and indicated support for a stronger federal role in similar cases. "1 urge ali those who honor Terri Schiavo to continue to work to build a culture of life, where Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, es- pecially those who live at the mercy of he said. At the Vatican: "The circumstances of the death of Ms. Terri Schiavo have rightly disturbed spokes- man Joaquin Navarro-Valls said. "An existence was interrupted. A death was arbitrarily hastened because nourishing a person can never be considered employ- ing exceptional means." Stories, Page A-9 suffers heart failure His condition is "very serious" after fever and infection, Vatican says. The Associated Press Vatican City Pope John Paul II suffered heart failure at one point Thursday and his con- dition remains very serious, the Vatican said today. The 84-year-old pontiffs health de- clined sharply, a day after he de- veloped a high fever brought on by a urinary tract infection. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement that on Thursday after: I HUUtl Ultw, LyA.UV_i 3WpUlV- shock and heart failure after de- veloping a urinary tract infec- tion. "This'morning the condition of the Holy Father is very seri- the statement said. However, the pope had partic- ipated in a 6 a.m. Mass today and "the Holy Father is con- scious, lucid, and it said. The pontiff was attended to by i the Vatican medical team, and I provided with "all the appropri- ate therapeutic provisions and cardio-respiratory the statement said. The pope's wish to remain at the Vatican and not be taken to the hospital was respected, Na- varro-Valls said. The statement confirmed pre- vious reports that the pope had SUFFERING, PAGE A-4 Online: For updates, go to No joke: State budget's on time Bv Erik Kriss Albany bureau New York has an on-time state budget. No fooling. For the first time in 21 years, state legislators Thursday passed the bills necessary to put a bud- get in place before the April 1 start of the fiscal year. The Senate and Assembly wrapped up voting by 3 p.m., and state Comptroller Alan He- vesi certified the budget as com- plete. The budget increases school aid by 5.5 percent and spares state university students from a tuition increase. It boosts aid to cities by 12.75 percent and to towns and villages by 3.75 per- cent. !t provides funding for high- tech economic development Budget highlights: Where will the billion CNY schcc! aid: Every school district in the region gets at least a modest increase in state ;