Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 2005, Syracuse, New York
r The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post S' SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLINGING CLOUDS It will remain dry and a bit cool across Central New York today with some clouds mixing with the sunshine overhead. The clouds should scatter as warmer temperatures reach the area later this week. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 55 LOW: 35 rauim, Leaders Add To Budget in Final Hours Three accused of plotting to attack offices in U.S. Three men have been indict- ed in the suspected terrorist plot at financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washing- curity crackdown in the North- east, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-4 Grottoes where pope is buried will reopen today Today, the Vatican will re- open the grottoes under St. Pet- er's Basilica to the public, giving tourists and the faithful a first look at the late pope's tomb, tucked into its own private niche just steps from the supposed burial place of St. Peter. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 U.S. battles insurgents near Iraq-Syria border U.S. troops battled arms smugglers and fighters near the Iraqi town of Qaim along the Syrian border Tuesday, killing an unknown number of foreign insurgents. STORY, PAGE A-4 Orange see Red in Dome as wins in herosse The Cornell men's lacrosse team, led by Joe Boulukos, de- feated Syracuse, 16-14, Tuesday. Boulukos scored seven goals. It was the first win for the Big Red in the Carrier Dome since 1987. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Experts: Silicon implants too risky to bring back Federal health advisers nar- rowly rejected a manufacturer's request to bring silicone-gel breast implants back to the U.S. market, citing lingering ques- tions about safety and durability. STORY, PAGE A-9 Assembly panel stops state death penalty bill The Democrat-controlled As- sembly Codes Committee ap- pears to have killed prospects for reinstating the state's death pen- alty this year. STORY, PAGE A-8 Destiny-linked firm offers help financing security 2 I n the Destiny USA project has led to the creation of a company that will help private businesses ob- tain money for projects related to their security. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Corrections UPS driver Aurelius murder Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Staff and news service reports Albany Just hours before Gov. George Pataki's veto abili- ty lapsed, he and legislative leaders agreed to add to the bud- get more than billion in spending on welfare services, environmental projects and job- producing development projects. The agreements also ended a public college tuition increase for the fall. The deals, following days of closed-door negotiations, will bring the state budget for the fis- cal year that began April 1 to about billion. Pataki had proposed a billion budget in January and had repeatedly said the Legislature sought to spend more than the state could afford. But Pataki, citing a billion increase in projected revenues, on Tuesday agreed to most of what the Assembly and Senate leadership, working closely to- gether, sought. "It is done. It is a finished said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as bills were prepared for voting. "I call Inside Pataki to cut 20 public it a good budget." Bruno said he was unsure what changed Pataki's mind on so much of the spending, al- though firmer and more positive revenue projections helped. "I'm not sure anything changed, except there was recog- nition there was merit in what was Bruno said. Pataki said he made signifi- cant changes in spending, in- creased savings, and set aside more in reserves than the Legis- lature passed in its budget March 31. He said the result will be more than SI billion m reserves for the first time since the Sept. 11. 2001, attacks that wracked the economy. Pataki planned to veto just three items, amounting to less than million in the budget. They included a cut the Legisla- ture wanted in a prosecutors' u tuning progruiu oiiu an increase MAHONEY WINS GOP DESIGNATION BY TWO VOTES Gloria Wnght Staff photographer JOANIE MAHONEY returns telephone calls Tuesday from the porch of her 9 Academy Green home. A vote change Tuesday made Mahoney the Republican designee for mayor by two votes. With her are sons Jack, 9, (left) and Maxwell, 8. Winner declared; battle heads to court Bj John Mariani Staff writer The rift in Onondaga County's Repub- lican Committee blew wide open Tues- day, with the party's city chairman suing the county chairman and both men's fa- vorites for Syracuse mayor declaring themselves the rightful candidate. The drama began at 1 p.m., when county Chairman Bob Smith announced that he was rescinding the 77 weighted Sean Kirst: votes a city committee member had cast last week to make Randy Wolken the Re- publican designee for mayor. Smith's decision erased the 75-vote margin that Wolken compiled on April 6 at the Syracuse Republican Com- mittee's designating convention and made his rival, Joanie Mahoney, the win- ner by a weighted vote of to a two-vote difference. By 4 p.m., Wolken and 11 other city Republican leaders, including city Chair- man Bob Gardino, filed suit against Smith in state Supreme Court, claiming Smith had overstepped his authority and asking the court to restore Wolken as the designee. "I'm the Wolken said at a news conference on the steps of the Onondaga County Courthouse, moments after filing the lawsuit. ''I will continue MAHONEY, PAGE A-6 What's at stake in this news. Page B-1 Business Movies _____ Classified New York ___ CNY E-l Obituaries ___ Comics Sports ______ Edtoriak Stocks ______ Local news H Technology Lottery Television ____ 111! mi nun Students using Internet? for music piracy face lawsuits By Ted Bridis The Associated Press Washington The record- ing industry intends to sue hun- dreds of college students accused of illegally distributing music and movies across Internet, the super-fast computer network connecting leading universities for researching the next generation of the Internet, indus- try officials said Tuesday. The Washington-based Re- cording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the largest labels, said it will file federal copyright lawsuits Wednesday against 405 students at 18 colleges with access to the Internet! network, which boasts speeds hundreds of times faster than the Internet. Researchers at InternetZ once demonstrated they can download a DVD-quality copy of the popu- lar movie "The Matrix" in 30 seconds over their network, a feat they said would take rough- ly 25 hours over the Internet. Internet2 is used by several million university students, re- searchers and professionals Oneida Nation's new tack to keep land off tax rolls ,_ uan iu nine tuuu in federal trust, where taxes and local laws don't apply. By Glenn Coin and Alaina Potrikus Staff writers The Oneida Indian Nation has asked the federal government to make acres in Madison and Oneida counties permanent- ly free of taxes and local laws. The Oneidas announced Tues- day they had asked the federal government to take their land into trust April 5. If the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs approv- es the application, the Oneida land would be the first trust land in New York. "Isn't that something." said SherriU Mayor Joe Shay when he heard the news Tuesday after- noon. "There's always these twists and turns in this thing." The Oneidas' announcement comes two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court said the nation must pay property taxes on par- cels it owns in Sherrill. In the March 29 ruling, however, the court notes that the Oneidas could apply to have the land set aside by the federal government. "The Supreme Court detailed a road map for providing certain- ty regarding the nation's rights in its lands, and the nation is going to follow that road Cayuga County in- spect the Cayuga Indian Na- tion's gasoline said nation spokesman Mark Emery, in a statement. Trust land is set aside by the federal government for a tribe's exclusive use. The land is free from all local taxes and controls, but tribes must obtain federal ap- proval to sell, lease or develop the property, said Stephen Pevar, author of "The Rights of Indians and an American Civil Liberties Union handbook. Pevar, an ACLU lawyer, is not aware of any tribal trust ap- T8UJT, PAGE A-6 12RECIP1S 4 for spinach, 6 from readers (including for pork 1 for low-carb eating and "I Phoebe's. CNY, E-2, E-3, E-4 INSIDE HOME How one family pulls it off. DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-1C NEW TARGET Hackers go after cell phone photos, messages. TECHNOLOGY, PAGEF-1 DON'T LIE There's a better lie detector out there. TECHNOLOGY, PAGE M Bradley S. Foster Sheriff: Man in Aurelius killed wife, then himself By John Stith Staff writer The deaths ol an Aurelius couple found dead in their home Sunday morning by their two young daughters have been ruled a murder-suicide. Cayuga County Sheriff Rob Outhouse said Bradley S. Foster used his hands to strangle his wife, Wendy L. Foster, then committed suicide. He swal- lowed a combination of prescrip- tion and over-the-counter drugs, stuffed an undisclosed item, in his mouth, then pulled a plastic bag over his head, using duct tape to keep the bag in place, the sheriff said. Outhouse said the Fosters were going through a rough time in the 15-year marriage. They were last seen alive about 11 p.m. Saturday by family mem- bers trying to help the couple work out their differences. They had no idea the discord would escalate to violence, the sheriff said. The chddren were home that night. They discovered their par- ents' bodies m bed shortly be- fore 9 a.m. Sunday. A neighbor was mnfflrt-pd anil 91 1 was called. The girls, Meagan, 13, and Sara, 9, have been staying with relatives since then. Undershenff Stephen McLoud said investigators found a note at the scene. He would not reveal DEATHS, PAGE A-6 Inside: Funerals liquor trail leads police to suspects in bar theft By Aaron Gifford Staff writer The Canastota police officers searching for bandits who made off with S500 worth of liquor Thursday got a little help from Jim, Jack and Johnnie A trail of empty whisky bot- tles led authorities from Ma Pa's Grill to a residence half a block up the road. "'It went right to the back yard." Canastota police Chief Jim Zophy said of the evidence. "The back yard was littered with liquor bottles Police found several more bottles of liquor inside 130 Canal St., where two brothers initially were charged in the Thursday morning break-in. Steffen W. Adams, 17, of Ca- zenovia, was charged with felo- ny burglary and misdemeanor criminal mischief and petit larce- ny. His brother. Justin A. Adams, 19. of 130 Canal St., was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property. Two more teens were arrested Friday. Police said Canastota residents Nicholas Q. Bandera and Matthew J. PendaL both 16. charged felony bur- glary and misdemeanor criminal mischief and petit larceny. In all, 30 bottles were taken from Ma Pa's, where burglars smashed through the door to get in, Zophy said. Bar owner Naz Fratini said they took every bot- tle on the shelf: Jim Beam, John- nie Walker, Jack Daniel's, vod- kas, gins and some wine. "It's over worth of said Fratini, who lives ir, the upstairs apartment. "It could have been worse. I could have heard it upstairs and come down with a gun.'"