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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS TAKE A TARP A yucky day, un- less you like soggy weather or are an angler who believes that when rain is falling, the trout will rise to your bait. You'll have most of the day to test the theory. More of the same'tomorrow. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 49 LOW: 46 Auburn teen held without bail in murder Bradley C. Laning, 17, was arraigned Friday in Auburn City Court on a charge of murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Andrea Kell, 17, ofSennett. The pair had met to discuss their re- cently ended relationship, police and family members said. STORY, PAGE B-5 More teens connected to shooting, FBI says As many as 20 teens may have known about plans for the shooting spree at Red Lake High School, federal officials said. STORY, PAGE A-4 Two funerals planned for Terri Schiavo Terri Schiavo's parents and husband spent Friday planning separate funerals. Also, an exam- iner completed an autopsy, clear- ing the way for the release of the body to her husband. STORY, PAGE A-4 Tuition could go up for SUNY students State officials met Fridav to negotiate raising tuition for the fall semester for State University of New York and City Universi- ty of New York students. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 First U.S. patient receives implant for blood pressure Surgeons at the University of Rochester Medical Center this week inserted a pacemaker-like implant into a woman with chronically high blood pressure. It was the first time the battery- powered pulse generator was used in the United States. STORY, PAGE A-8 Corrections North Syracuse superinten- dent's U.S. Airways TV ratings Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS 'I am happy, and you should be as his note tells aides Pope's Words: Don't Weep Millions of faithful watch from around the world as Pope John Paul ll's health fails. By Victor L. Simpson The Associated Press Vatican City Pope John Paul II was near death as dawn broke today, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing, the Vatican said. Mil- lions of faithful around the world paid homage, many weeping as they knelt Vv'itu uOVVCu iiCiluSj GtflCFS CtiiTyiug CuTi- dles for the 84-year-old pontiff. The pope "is on the verge of Cardinal Javier Lozano Barra- gan, head of the Vatican's health care office, told the Mexican television net- work Televisa. "I talked to the doctors and they told me there is no more hope." The 11 Secolo XIX newspaper of Genoa reported that the pope, with the help of his private secretary Archbish- op Stanislaw Dziwisz, wrote a note to his aides urging them not to weep for him. "T r-.-.J...... -T.-.-TJ r, i cLlli UUpjJJ, OilU _) UU MlUUiU UC UA the note reportedly said. "'Let us pray together with joy." Angelo Comastri, the pope's vicar general for Vatican City, told a crowd at St. Peter's Square, "This evening or this night, Christ opens the door to the pope." At times the gathering of up to people fell so silent the sound of the square's trickling fountains was audible. At other points, the crowd sang, "Stay with As dawn broke over the square, the crowd was diminished, with a group of about 100 faithful continuing their vigil ii'OiVi overnight. They uuuuicd aruunu u message, written with prayer candles placed on the ground, that read "con Italian for "with you." In a sign of the pope's decline, sev- eral cardinals said they were heading to Rome, including Roger Mahony, arch- bishop of Los .Angeles, and William Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore. Mary- land. After the official mourning period following the death of a pope, cardinals hold a secret vote in the Sistine Chapel to choose a successor. Around the world, priests readied Roman Catholics for John Paul's pass- ing. Many expressed hope that his final iiCuiS o Ouiu OC pCuCCiui. "Now he prepares to meet the FAITHFUL, PAGE A-5 Andrew Medichini The Associated Press FAITHFUL GATHER for prayers Friday in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Tens of thousands of people prayed in the floodlit square as Pope John Paul ll's health deteriorated. Some had tears in their eyes as they gazed up at the pontiff's third-floor window and others held candles. In pictures: Around the world, the faithful stop to pray In Syracuse: A powerful connection to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Online: For the latest updates, go to To talk about the story, go to Felony paperwork fight draws huge crowd Time to spring forward Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour. It's also a good time to replace batteries in smoke detectors. Index Business...........C-1 Classified..........E-5 CNY...................E-l Comics......._.. E-10 Crime...............B-6 Editors..........A-6 Entertainment. E-4 E-l Local new. Lottery......... Movies......... New York... Obituaries... Sports.......... Stocks.......... Television... B-l ...A-2 E-4 A-8 ...B-4 D-l C-3 .E-l 2 THE POST-STANDARD ii i mi! Fight between district attorney, judges heats up as the community takes sides. By Jim O'Hara Staff writer Senior Assistant District At- torney Victoria White and As- sistant Attorney General Mau- reen MacPherson had, an unexpectedly huge audience in court Friday as they argued a narrow legal issue in the battle between prosecutors and city judges over paperwork filings in felony arraignments. Members of the minority and legal communities turned out in force at the Onondaga County Courthouse, with a crowd esti- mated at about 300 people pack- ing the courtroom and spilling out into the courthouse hallway. City Court Judges Langston McKinney and Kate Rosenthal, targets of the legal action by the District Attorney's office, sat quietly in the courtroom with McKinney scribbling notes on a legal pad as their conduct on the bench was disputed before state Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood. The argument centered on what information the District At- torney is required to provide dur- ing felony arraignments. After listening to the argu- ments, Greenwood reserved de- cision and said he would issue a written ruling. The only issue before the judge Friday was the SPECTATORS crowded the Onondaga County Courthouse hallway after packing the court- room to hear arguments between the district at- torney and city judges Langston McKinney and Gary Waits Staff photographer Kate Rosenthal over felony arraignment paper- work. The dispute over what the court wants filed and what the district attorney's office is willing to file has intensified for two months. attorney general's motion to dis- miss the legal action filed by District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick against the judges on the grounds thai the law does not let prosecutors challenge judges. Both sides argued that the other side was violating the sep- aration of powers between the executive and judicial branches of government. White argued that McKinney and Rosenthal were violating the separation doctrine by seeking to force prosecutors to file more documentation in support of fel- ony complaints in their court. She said they were abusing their authority, prompting her office to ask the higher court to inter- vene. MacPherson. representing LOCAL PAW A-3 School official charged with fraud Central Square board member accused of defrauding workers' comp. By John O'Brien Staff writer A Centra] Square school board member has been charged with defrauding federal workers' compensation out of over 17 years. aid Jerrett at his home in Parish on Thursday and charged him with stealing government ser- vices and defrauding workers" I comp. A judge unsealed a feder- al grand jury indictment against i him on Friday. Jerrett. 59. of 2216 County Route 11, has been a school board member in Central Square for six years. He denied the ac- cusations. "There's nothing there." he I said in an interview Friday. "It's i utterly unfounded." i U.S. Magistrate Gustave Di- Bianco released Jerrett on his 1 own recognizance. Jerrett's accused of not dis- closing to the government that he was making money through MALL FLOWERS ShoppingTown's staff compete to see who can plant the best garden. 'i CNY, PAGE E-1 INSIDE HALL OF HO It looks like JimBoeheim i may star Andray Blatche, of Syracuse, goes! for the gold ring.') 1 PAGE D-4 urtmnu ...and the trout were biting (where they could see through the SPORTS, PAGE D-7 J ;