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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-5'ard3'd SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS WET WEEKEND Clouds will usher in some showers later today with rain becoming more plentiful after dark. More rain is expected Saturday and a few wet snowflakes may even appear before the week- end ends. Complete forecast, D-14 HIGH: 63 LOW: 46 Senate approves spending billion more for wars The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a spending bill dial would pubh the lolai toil of combat and reconstruction past billion. STORY, 11 killed after missile brings down helicopter Insurgents brought down a Russian-made helicopter cany- ing 1 i civilians with missile fire north of Baghdad Thursday and said they captured and shot to death the lone crew member who survived. The dead from the crash included six American bodyguards for U.S. diplomats. STORY, PAGE A-5 Boldwinsville woman dies in Thruway crash A truck-driving instructor from Baldwinsville was killed late Wednesday in a Thxuway crash in Herkimer County on her way home from a job fair. STORY, PAGE B-5 House grants approval tnr nil flrillinn in ftlnclrn w The House approved a far- ranging energy bill Thursday that would open an Alaska wild- life refuge to oil drilling and shield makers of a ersial gasoline additive from environ- mental lawsuits both issues likely to meet strong opposition in the Senate. STORY, PAGE A-9 Crucible workers approve new four-year contract A four-year contract between Crucible Materials Corp. and the United Steelworkers of America is the first pact in 23 years that workers approved before the existing contract expired. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Snoop Dogg to play Carrier Dome May 1 Rapper Snoop Dogg will per- form at the Garner Dome at 8 p.m. May 1 for the last concert of the Syracuse University school year. It's "fo" Snoop will headline the 12th an- nual University Union's Block Party. Tickets cost and go on sale Monday, according to Ticketmaster's Web site. Reviews Tommy Emmanuel played guitar Thursday night at The Redhouse and the play "Closer" was staged. REVIEWS, 8-2 Corrections Music teachers' On the Big Screen movie Anwar Armstrong's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Spending millions on lobby is 'certainly worth he says Pataki Vows To Save Bases By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Every one of New York's mil- itary bases performs a vital mis- sion, Gov. George Pataki said Thursday in Washington, and he is determined to make the case for saving them all from this year's round of federal base closings. The cost of the state's lobby- ing effort to save its bases has been "in the millions, but it's certainly worth Pataki said at the Navy Memorial on Penn- sylvania Avenue. He said the bases generate hundreds of mil- lion of dollars m economic activ- ity for the state. Pataki met Thursday with An- thony Principi, chairman of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission that will begin its work next month. The governor said he has been work- ing for two years with state and federal elected officials and local community groups in an effort to save New York bases from the ax. "We know how hard New York was hit in the last Pataki said. "We're still recov- ering from the closures in he said, referring to the shut- down of Air Force bases in Rome and Plattsburgh. "I don't think it's inevitable" that bases in New York will be marked for closure, he said. Pataki expressed confidence that Fort Drum in Jefferson County would not be closed He noted that soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, have been deployed con- stantly in recent years in Af- ghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the world. "I would find it incredible that Fort Drum in any way could be at risk." he said. For other bases including Hancock Field, home of the Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing the prospects are less certain. Hancock was one of sev- eral bases Pataki mentioned as a focus of state lobbying efforts. PATAKI, PAGE A-3 PENNIES FROM MORRISVILLE Ex-landlord chased, s talked suspect in multiple arsons White smoke was coming from his house, but they're "not electing any By Jim Read Staff writer A year of worry is over for Peter and Tina Fietta. The man believed to have set fire to two houses they own on Sweet Road in Pompey last year was arrested Wednesday, charged with setting a fire Tues- day at the couple's present home on Gates Road, also in Pompey. Mark Caldwell was a former tenant and had lived in the Gates Road house he's accused of set- ting on fire. Peter Fietta said. Caldwell, 43, of 709 DeWitt St., Syracuse, was charged Wednesday with one count of Caldwell felony arson. State police say Caldwell admitted to setting nine fires during the past four years. More charges will be filed by the different po- lice agencies investigating those fires. Caldwell is at the Justice Center jail on bail. Fietta said Caldwell and his wife rented the Gates Road house, set in the middle of an 80-acre lot, from August 2003 to January 2004. They always paid the rent on time and maintained the property. "They weren't country peo- V T Gloria Wright Statf photographer EMILY WIDGER a second-grader at Edward R. Andrews Elementary School in Mor- risville, adds boxes of pennies to a pile Thursday as sixth-grader Tristan Jones counts and sorts. The children have been collecting pennies to buy land in the Amazon rain forest. found in house was strangled More than 400 pupils at Edward R. Andrews Ele- mentary School in Morris- ville are buying a rain for- est. Since 1992, teacher Joyce Nevison said, the school has purchased more than 70 acres in seven Cen- tral and South American countries through a national program called the Big Gift to the Earth, run by the New Mexico-based Earth's Birthday Project. This year, an acre costs though the Sapna Kollali, staff writer Otker CNY stkook ore porlkipoliti PujeB-5 Did you know? There were 10 million indigenous people living in the Amazonian rain forest five centuries ago. Today there are fewer than The Amazon rain forest covers more than 1 billion acres, encompassing parts of five countries. More than 20 percent of the world's oxygen is produced in the Amazon rain forest, which recycles carbon dioxide. The number of species of fish in the Amazon exceeds the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean. Sources, Raintree Nutrition, KRT The Post-Standard By Sue Weibezah! Staff writer When his wife didn't return home after an evening with fnends a week ago, Steven Depew didn't worry She occa- sionally would stay out all night and then come back the next day, he said. But when the next day came and went, and Tina Depew Holmes Depew didn't show, he started to worry. He couldn't get her on her cell phone, which wasn't like her, he said. By Saturday morning, Depew had filed a missing persons re- port with the Syracuse police. He spent the next few days searching for her, Depew said. "I had a bad feeling about Depew said. The search came to an end Wednesday, when her naked body was discovered by a main- tenance man in a stairway at 137 and 139 McLennan Ave., a house "known as a drug mar- ket." Syracuse police Lt. Joe Cecile said. In combing the streets of Syr- acuse for his wife, Depew stum- bled upon the crime scene. Fin- gerprints revealed the victim was his wife. An autopsy Thursday revealed she had been strangled, Cecile said. Detectives believe her body had been in the vacant building HUSBAND, PAGE A-7 Benedict XVI already has a place and a flock on the Internet Savvy Web guy nabs a big name Six picks Index Business Classified....... (NY Comic _. Crime Editorials ._. Local news C-l F-l E-l E-6 B-6 A-10 1-1 Lottery A-2 Movies E-3 New York .__..A-8 Obituaries _____ 1-4 Sports Socks C-3 Television E-5 tariier tnis month technology writer Rogers Cadenhead, of St. Augustine, Fla., bought six Web site names. "I figured that some idiot was going to do it, so the idiot might as well be he wrote in his blog at www. When he hit the payoff with Benedic-, he listed several modest "requests" of the Vatican. Cadenhead is the author of 20 how-to books with titles such as "Movable Type 3 Bible Desk- top Edition" and "Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days." He said he got the names for each from Internet address seller BulkRegister LLC. What will he do with his site? i "Whatever decision I make will be guided by I the desire not to make 1.5 billion people mad at me including my he told The Washington Post. Staff and news service reports Squatter's rights Vvnai Rogers Cadenhead says he would like from the Vatican for the rights to THE POST-STANDARD I OA 96404 11165 Three days, If two nights at the Vatican hotel they built for the conclave. One of those Complete absolution, no questions asked, for the third week of March 1987. (ffa A back-cover blurb from the Pope for the next edition of "Movable Type 3 Bible Desktop Edition." But only if he uses the book to create his own weblog. wow -nm ieat pp of visas uonan XV! A screen shot World peace. Source: wvw.6enedictXVI com The Pest-Standard Pope gets e-mail; is spam a sin? the Vatican has th: pope up with an e-mail address. If the late John Paul IPs experience is any guide, the new leader of 1.1 billion Roman Catholics will have an inbox jammed with prayers, problems and pet peeves. Users who click on a "'Greetings to the Holy Father" icon on the Vatican's home page auto- matically activate an e-mail composer with the new pope's address in the send field The address for messages in English is bene- There are addresses for Ital- ian, Spanish. French, German and Portuguese. While John Paul II embraced the new commu- nications technology as a useful tool to spread the Gospel, he took a cautious approach to e-mail and the Internet. He spoke out against the prolif- eration of online pornography and hate speech. He said the industry needs to police itself and meet the "ethical and spiritual challenges" as communications technology evoJves. News service reports Inside: New pope keeps team INSIDE CULTURE Scientists know why some kernels don't The Daily Dose Up for a game? No video. No Internet. Just 3 gams ar.d friends around a table. Five young writers you should know. Who has Hollywood's best abs? PageE-fi 5 MOVIES OPEN Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet, Anthony Anderson and more on the big E-3 OW.INb OF AGE Erica Jong's daughter, 26, writes of her eccentric J ;