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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2005 FINAL EDITION Q 2005 Ths Pos'.-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING MORE OF THE SAME A storm system will continue to bring wet, cool weather to Central New York but the sun may make limited appearances as cool breezes push spotty showers across the state. The storm system should finally pull away by Tuesday, allowing more sunshine, but not before a shower or two on Monday. Complete____________________ forD6C1a6st' HIGH: 48 LOW: 35 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER SYRACUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM VIDEO FESTIVAL A 12-page guide to weeklong festival has complete schedules, map to the theaters and interviews. INSIDE STARS POPE BENEDICT XVI A loolc inside his election. It was virtually decided before the balloting began. STORIES, PAGE A-6 HANOI JANE Jane Fonda reflects on her life and the decisions she made. OPINION, PAGE C-1 RANK AND YANK Companies use ranking to identify the best, and sometimes fire, employees. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 BUY LOW, SELL HIGH You may know when to buy stock, but do you know when to dump it? PERSONAL FINANCE, PAGE E-5 ART AND POETRY Winning entries in National League of American Pen Women contest. Group celebrates 50 years CNY, PAGE H-1 LONDON ON A BUDGET Start with the free attractions, then take a double-decker bus. STARS OUOMICC Vbhbl Do you practice cell-phone subterfuge? CNY, PAGE H-1 VACATIONS Advertising supplement focuses on fun summer day trips. INSIDE Index Auto._....... Births Business... Dick Cose CNY_____ Editorials.. Loco! ____ Real Estate______l-l Sports__________D-3 Stats____.............A-16 H-1 Washington ....A-l C-2 B-l World.___A-4 to A-9 G-l H-8 _M .B-l c.i Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction' on a news story. THE POST-STANDARD A year after abduction, arrest made and Brittany is well Suspect, held without bail, could face life in prison Young girl's courage impressed investigators By Pam Greene Staff writer Brittany Fish bolted off the school bus last week and into her kitchen on Grumbach Avenue in Syracuse. She immediately clung to her mother's arm and then hid be- hind the back of her chair. With her face burrowed into the back of her mom's shirt, Brittany peeked over her right shoulder. "I'm she declared to the stranger in her kitch- en, collapsing onto the kitchen floor in a fit of giggles. She crawled among the feet beneath the kitchen table and emerged on the other side with her hand extended. "I'm she said, with a dramatic, hearty handshake. The little girl with strawberry blonde hair and loose baby teeth seemed unaware that one year ago today, she BRITTANY, PAGE A-19 John Staff photographer BRITTANY FISH, 6, of Syracuse, with ber mother and stepfath- er, Patty and James DeMore, and brother Joey, 10 months. By Sue Weibezahl and Pam Greene Staff writers A stone-faced Kevin Schaus was arraigned in Syracuse City Court Saturday morning to plead not guilty to charges he abducted two young girls. Because the charges were fel- onies, Judge Karen Uplinger set no bail, then issued orders of protection for the victims. The case will now go to a grand jury, where prosecutors will seek an indictment, and Schaus is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Thursday. Law enforcement officials "are still catching our said prosecutor Rick Trunfio. 'Tin still not sure it's sunk In yet." Trunfio, who said he had vis- ited the scenes last year when 5-year-old Brittany Fish was ab- ducted and later located, said Schaus" arrest "was very satisfy- ing." "I'm very happy for her, her family and all the other vic- justice raignment. "We'll let take its course now." Schaus. who law enforcement OFFICIALS, PAGE A-1 8 Recycling Warehouse Goes Up in Flames Jim Commentucd Staff photographer FIREFIGHTER MIKE BROWN, of the Movers Corners Volun- teer Fire Depart- ment, pulls a hose to connect to a water source. Behind him a fire roars at a warehouse for blue-fain re- cyclsbles. The Post-Standard By Pedro Ramirez TJJ and Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writers Firefighters from as many as 25 departments converged on a fire in a Clay warehouse used for recyclables Saturday. No one was injured in the stubborn blaze at 4550 Steelway Blvd. South, off Morgan Road, said Joe Rinefierd. fire bureau director for the Onondaga County Emergency Management De- partment. The Recycle America Alliance warehouse was closed and no one was inside the building, Rinefierd and other fire officials said. 7 It was the second major fire in the northern suburbs in two days. Early Friday morning, a fire ripped through a 20-unit Salina apartment building. Firefighters from at least six volunteer departments responded to that fire, including Steve Race, a battalion chief for Moyers Cor- ners. Race was one of the first firefighters on the scene of Saturday's warehouse fire. Officials learned nb'.uit the fire at p.m.. when a Moy- ers Corners volunteer firefighter noticed it. He called 911, officials said. At about the same time, the alarm company called a Recycle Amer- ica employee to inform him of low water pres- For home delivery, call i 470-6397 i Home-school stance changed state rules By Dave Tobin Staff writer When authorities carne, they would escape to the cemetery. That was the plan. The year was 1987, the first full school year that Carmon Blackwelder Phillips, then 13, and her two younger sisters, Katherine, 7 and Sarah, 6, were home-schooled. Their mother, Alice Blackwelder who calls herself a "mystical Christian" had pulled the girls from the Cato-Meridian school sys- tem, saying she was unhappy with the district's drug education program. That decision set in motion a chain of events and policy changes in state education law that affects home-schooled students and parents to this day. Cato-Meridian school officials insisted on visit- ing the Blackwelders' home to evaluate their home-schooling program. Tne family refused and the school district, through Cayuga County, charged Alice Blackwelder and her husband, Randy, with educational neglect. David Lassman Staff photographer ALICE BUCKWELDER (left) and her daughters, Katherine Blackwelder (center) and Carmon Phillips in her Mattydale home. The Biackwelders counter-sued. Supported by the Home Schooling Legal Defense Association, in Virginia, they took Cato-Meridian school Superin- tendent Henry Ssfnauer federal court for violat- ing their constitutional rights. The Blackwelders feared their children would be HOME SCHOOLING, PAGE A-15 j Bidding wars to lure business struck down Federal court finds tax incentives unconstitutional. N.Y. state unaffected so far. By Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writer If New York's Empire Zone program were in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan or Tennessee, a large chunk of the incentives it offers for job creation would be ille- gal. The federal court with jurisdiction over those states has found that tax credits used to entice businesses into locating or expanding in a state such as some of those offered locally to Destiny USA violate the U.S. Constitution. The decision covers most tax cred- its states use as incentives, although it leaves local property-tax abatements alone. The ruling has the potential to radically change the face of economic development across the country, hanging a massive question mark over the lucrative deals companies have come to demand from govern- ;r v< J ;