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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING NOT TAXING A sprawling high- pressure system will continue to provide plenty of sunshine over Central New York for the next several days. And if it's warmer you want, it's warmer you get this week- end and early next week. Complete forecast, D-12 HIGH: 57 LOW: 30 Police round up fugitives across notion More than fugitives wanted for murder, rape, child abuse and other crimes in- cluding 74 in Central New York were arrested in the largest coordinated crackdown by feder- al, state and local law enforce- ment officials in history. LOCAL, PAGE B-l GM credit card holders warned of data theft About General Mo- tors-branded MasterCard holders are being warned that criminals may have obtained access to their credit card information in the Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. da- tabase and that the cards should be replaced. BUSINESS, PAGE C-2 Bush: Passports to cross border may not work President Bush said on Thursday that he has ordered a review of plans to tighten re- entry rules at the Mexican and Canadian borders, saying requir- ing passports for everyone could "disrupt the honest flow of traf- fic." STORY, Judge: FDA wrong to ban diet drug ephedra A federal judge Thursday struck down the FDA ban on supplements containing ephedra, a weight-loss aid that was yanked from the market after it was linked to dozens of deaths. STORY, PAGE A-S Prosecutors: Four stole from U.N. program A Texas oilman who alleged- ly paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein and a Korean businessman were among four people charged with cheating the United Nations' oil- for-food program, federal prose- cutors said Thursday. STORY, PAGE A-6 Tiaer Woods' shot bia w w winner for Nike Tiger Woods' winning chip shot at the Masters left the ball teetering on the cup before drop- ping in. In plain view for mil- lions to see was the Nike Inc. swoosh. Experts say that image is a marketing coup for Nike. BUSINESS, PAGE C-2 Corrections Party in the Plaza Regents Lee's Feed Store Oswego natives Chris and Mike St. Clare Gardens apartment ToddDydyk, "The Three Little Spa- ghetti Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........F-l Movies...............E-4 CNY_........_H New York......A-IO Comics..............E-6 Obituaries........B-4 Crime............._. B-6 Sports............... D-l Stocks...............C-3 Local news.......B-l Television E-S THE POST-STANDARD rrisun i bimrycu With Soliciting Killing Auburn man arrested at Auburn facility. He could face seven years in prison. By John Stith Staff writer A teacher at Auburn Correc- tional Facility has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill a 28-year-old man. Daniel P. Crosby, 40, of 9A Standart Woods Apartments, Auburn, was arrested about 2 p.m. Wed- nesday while at the prison, where he worked in the pre-General Equivalency Diploma pro- Crosby gram. He is charged with second-de- gree criminal solicitation, a felo- ny punishable by up to seven years in state prison. State Police Investigator Jack Weinerth would not release de- tails of the case, saying only in court papers that the intended victim had the initials with a date of birth of April 14, 1977. The intended victim was not related to Crosby, the inves- tigator said. Weinerth said that Crosby and his wife, Janiece, are separated. Reached Thursday evening, she declined to comment. Cayuga County District Attor- ney James B. Vargason said Crosby was cooperative at his arrest and agreed to talk with state police investigators. Crosby was arraigned Wednesday by Justice Raymond Lockwood III in Aurelius Town Court, where bail was set at UNION, PAGE A-14 BOMBERS STRIKE WITH DEADLY ATTACKS, BUT ONE IS FOILED, IN BAGHDAD A CAR BOMB is detonated by U.S. troops after it was found at the scene of two suicide car bombings Thursday in Bagh- dad. The initial attack killed at least 14 and wounded three Samir Associated Press dozen. After clearing the area, U.S. forces set off a third car bomb that apparently failed to explode earlier, police said. No one was injured in the last blast. Stories, Page A-6 Weocam Keeps watcn on peregrine falcons' nest By Mark Weiner Staff writer Love is in the air again this spring at the top of Syracuse's tallest building. The city's pair of resident per- egrine falcons Fancy and her mate, Groucho have been ob- served performing ritual mating dances in the skies over down- town Syracuse. Now there's word from fal- con-watchers that Fancy began sitting on eggs about a week ago in a nest box on top of the 23-story State Tower Building. Chicks could hatch in early May, marking only the second time on record that peregrine fal- cons, an endangered species in New York, have successfully- nested in Syracuse. Fancy and Groucho had four chicks last year. "We're pretty certain she has said George Marleau, of Syracuse, an avid falcon-watch- er. "She wouldn't be sitting in the nest box all day if she didn't have eggs." Unlike last year, when the birds could be observed only STATE HOPES, PAGE A-I4 USA D3t2n2 FEMALE FALCON Fancy stretches her wings outside the nest box atop the State Tower Building in Syracuse in this image taken Tuesday from USA Datanet's online falcon cam. int. WHIM Knitting is new again with bikinis, iPod cases and ponchos. Oldies but goodies reign with local DVD buffs. 5 creative things to do on a first date. CNY, PAGE E-8 I NSI D I ADI CCC 10 ways to watch a scary movie. CNY, PAGE E-1 REVIEWS 'Amityville Horror" and 'Millions.' CNY, PAGE E-2 IA7ZFKT Who's coming? CNY, PAGES E-1, E-4 BACJUF D.C Nationals play their first home game. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 SU nrofs sue IRS, alleging data denial Statistics had helped public determine how good a job IRS did, educators say. By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Two Syracuse University as- sociate professors sued the Inter- nal Revenue Service Thursday seeking the release of informa- tion they say the IRS is with- holding in violation of federal law. Susan B. Long and David Burnham charge that the IRS has reversed a 30-year policy of al- lowing access to statistical data that enable the American people to evaluate the performance of the agency. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washing- ton, asks the court to compel the IRS to release the data and to change the policy of withholding, it. There is a great deal at stake in the case, Burnham said Thurs- day. The IRS' refusal to disclose the information "is a threat to j representative he said. Long and Bumham are co-di- rectors of the Transacuonal Re- cords Access Clearinghouse or TRAC at SU, a nonpartisan re- search center that mines public j documents for information and compiles it for use by scholars, public-interest groups, journal- ists, lawyers and others. The two professors are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed PROFESSORS, PAGE A-5 Today's the day: You have until p.m. to file your j state and federal income tax i returns. I How many hours do Americans spend on their i Tips for last-minute filers, in- eluding where to Why is the IRS tax van not parked in How to get an extension by phone or He's 90, and still volunteers to help people with House OKs law making bankruptcy filing harder By Marc} Gordon The Associated Press Washington Bankruptcy lawyers expect thousands of debt-burdened people to rush to courthouses to beat a new law making it harder to wipe the slate clean of credit card bills and other obligations. The biggest changes in U.S. bankruptcy' laws in a quarter- President Bush signs a bill that Congress sent him Thursday. The to people that the American Bankruptcy Institute estimates will be affect- ed by the new law can escape its impact if they file for bankruptcy before then. "We will be up working late trying to get those petitions filed before the said Eric Roland Spencer, a bankruptcy attorney practicina in Roanoke. Va. In recent weeks as Congress has debated the legislation, Spencer said, he's seeing seven to eight clients a day. up from four a day beforehand. The bill, passed by the House Thursday on a 302-126 vote, marks the second major change in law to benefit business since Republicans increased their House and Senate majorities in last fall's elections. The Senate passed the bill last month. 74-25. The measure requires people with incomes above a certain level to pay credit card charges, medical bills and other obliga- tions under a court-ordered bankruptcy plan. Bill, PAGE A-S J ;