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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 Tie D SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS IN THE CLEAR A wide enough gap will form be- tween storms to give Central New York some sun- shine today. But a strong storm should push rain back into the area tonight. Complete forecast D-12 H roupin scnaus victim? HIGH: 56 LOW: 40 Spitzer sues to zap marketer's spyware New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued Intermix Media Inc. Thursday, saying it sneaks spyware onto computers. Congress passes budget cutting Medicaid spending The trillion budget passed by Congress late Thurs- day cuts Medicaid spending for the first time since 1997. STORY, PAGE A-6 Blank security tape hampers riot investigation A surveillance tape of the Palace Theater in Hamilton has turned up blank, hindering inves- tigation into a riot that sent six people to the hospital. Investigators: Salina fire may have been arson Someone may have inten- tionally started a fire a week ago at Grenadier Village in Salina, investigators say. LOCAL, PAGE 6-6 Tuscarora tribe member (ifiMc fidiinn Inw In rnnrt v Neil Patterson Jr., a Tuscaro- ran, says his rights to fish are protected by a 1794 treaty. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Citizens Bank announces in local housing aid At least 200 low-income in- dividuals and families in Syra- cuse will get help thanks to a million pledge from Citi- zens Bank, known as Charter One in Syracuse. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Homer and the gang hit television milestone "The Simpsons" marks its 350th episode Sunday with a storm and a leaky Did you longest running TV drama in the United States is "The Guiding Light." first appearing on CBS in 1952. Obesity at 40 may lead to dementia in old age Being fat in your 40s might mean you're more likely to de- velop dementia later, according to an almost 30-year study. STORY, PAGE A-3 Iraq s new government lacks Sunni representation Iraq's first democratically elected government was approv- ed Thursday, dominated by Shiites. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections World Tai Chi Day Saranac Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Index U f Police interview Syracuse teen who was snatched from street in 2003 Images courtesy Syracuse police THIS DRAWING (left) is the j composite sketch of a man Syr- acuse police wanted in connec- tion with the abduction of a 16-year-old Syracuse girl in March 2003. The photograph (right) is of Kevin Schaus, who has been charged with kidnap- ping Brittany Fish and another girl and abusing a ihird. By John O'Brien and Jim O'Hara Staff writers Three days after police charged Kevin Schaus with kid- napping Brittany Fish, they were at the home of an 18-year-old woman who was abducted two years ago under similar circum- stances. Detectives showed the woman photos to see if she could pick OUL one Oi uiC o men dragged her into a car on Grace Street on March 22, 2003, her mother said Thursday. Schaus has not been charged in the case. The woman, who was 16 at the time, helped a police artist two years ago put together a composite sketch of the two men. This week, a "detective came here, and he wanted to take her the mother said. But the daughter was ill, so the detective showed her the pictures in her room, the mother said. The detective didn't allow the mother in the room, to avoid any possibility that the victim would be influenced, the mother said. The mother wouldn't say wheth- er her daughter picked out a photo of anyone who looked like her attacker. Police instructed i her seme the mcther ".ot to of the investigation with the media. The detective didn't say whether the photo lineup was prompted by Schaus' arrest, the mother said. Police would not comment on whether the 18-year-old had been shown Schaus' photo in an array of others to see if she could pick him out as one of her kid- nappers. The girl was walking in the 100 block of Grace Street in Syr- acuse with her sister on their way to a cousin's house, police said two years ago. Two men in a four-door car pulled alongside us PARFA-5 Rarest find for Cornell team Woodpecker that many though! to be extinct discovered in Arkansas. By Rebecca James Staff writer Melanie Driscoll wedged the legs of her folding chair onto roots and cypress knees so that she wouldn't sink into tiie Arkansas swamp and tried not to let the cottonmouth snakes swimming near her feet divert her from scanning the sky. Fellow birders tracking the elusive ivory-billed wood- pecker had dropped her off by canoe two hours earlier. And then the Cornell University re- searcher saw it the bird many considered extinct for 50 years, darting through the trees for just three wing beats. "Oh my God, that's she said out loud as she held the binoculars to her eyes. Then it was gone, "I was shaking and I felt like I was going to burst into she said. Driscoll had to keep her sighting secret for more than a year. The news was an- nounced to the rest of the world Thursday as scientists and conservation experts gath- ered in Washington, D.C., to pronounce the ivory-bill at least one of them alive and well. THE IVORY- BILLED WOODPECKER John photographer THEY SPENT a week at a time in an Arkansas swamp searching for the ivory-billed' woodpecker. Mindy LaBranche, of Ithaca, (left) is former coordinator tor Urban Bird Studies at Cornell University. Melanie Driscoll, f( of Dryden, is supervisor of field research for the university's House Finch Disease Project. O Original range Range in 1930 like: The largest woodpecker in the _ j% U.S., about 20 inches H.C. Jf in length with a 3-foot wingspan. It has white patches on trailing wing feathers. Males have a scarlet crest, females a black crest. Often mistaken for the smaller, similarly marked pileated woodpecker, which is much more common. Flight patterns: The ivory- Massachusetts New York Times A PRINT from an engraving by John J. Audubon shows ivory- billed woodpeckers, when they were abundant in the 1820s and 1830s. bill flies in a swift, arrow-like way that is more like a pintail duck than the ordinary swooping flight of a woodpecker. Stiff wing feathers make it an especially loud flier. What it eats: Grubs found under the bark of dead and dying tress. Where it used to live: Swampy forests from North Carolina to Florida and west to Texas and Arkansas. I WAS, PAGE A-9 Source: The Big Woods Conservation Partnership, led by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy Foreclosure sought on Oneidas' property By Robert A. Baker Staff writer Madison County filed a mo- j tion in state Supreme Court j Thursday seeking to foreclose on nearly 100 properties owned by the Oneida Indian Nation. The county has asked the court to issue a judgment in the case, which charges the nation with failure to pay million in property taxes. is an ordinary tax fore- closure said county at- torney John Campanie. "It's what the county does year in and year out." I Nation spokesman Mark 1 Emery was not aware ot the pro- ceedings. ''The nation cannot comment on something which they haven't seen." he said. The Oneidas have amassed about 17.000 acres in Madison and Oneida counties, including Turning Stone Resort and Casi- no in Verona. Government lead- ers in those areas say they got the green light to collect taxes on Oneida lands late last month when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the nation must pay taxes on parcels it owns in Sherrill. "We're just enforcing our said board of supervisors Chairman Rocco DiVeronica. "The law says these taxes are collectable, and we're going after them." The nation's back tax bill in the city of Oneida is nearly twice what the county treasurer is try- ing to collect. The nation owes about S4.33 million in to the city, said Michel DeBottis, a member of the county's Native American Affairs Committee and a county supervisor from Oneida. However, the city. COURT, PAGE A-10 Bush: Tilt Social Security for poor Sliding scale would benefit low-income retirees over those with more income. The Associated Press Washington President Bush on Thursday proposed asking future middle- and high- er-income retirees to accept smaller benefit checks than they're currently slated to re- i ceive. Bush said a system in which benefits for low-income workers "grow faster than for people who are better off would solve much of the solvency facing the government retire- ment program. "This reform would solve most of the funding challenges facing Social Security." he said in a prime-time news confer- ence. "Social Security worked fine during the last century, but the math has the presi- dent said. He cited figures from the system's trustees showing that the program in 2017 will start paying out more in benefits annually than it takes in from payroll taxes. Nearing the end of a 60-day nationwide campaign for his So- cial Security proposals. Bush said he favored changes to tilt the current system to favor low- income retirees of the future. "If you work hard and pay into Social Security your entire life, you will not retire into pov- he said. Bush spoke as White House officials issued written material saying the type of change he had in mind could be accomplished with a "sliding scale benefit for- mula." That would mean lower payments for future retirees of middle and upper incomes than they are currently guaranteed a fact Bush himself did not men- tion in his 60-minute session with reporters. After 45 years, family sells its shoe store Business C-l Lottery A-2 Classified F-l Movies CNY E-I New York A-8 Comics ___ E-6 Obituaries B-4 Sports ______ D-1 Editorials Stocks 03 Local B-l Television E-5 POST-STANDARD III! Ilillll Inside: Bush on the price of gasoline, appeals court nominees, the United Nations and more Networks to president: Wrap it up; this is "sweeps week." See Page A-5 I By Bob Niedt I Staff writer I Sid Ashkin and his brother. i Joe. bought their shoe store when leather soles most American-made were being replaced by newer materials, like i Plexor. i That was 1960 the year the i Everly Brothers charted No. 1 1 with "Cathy's Clown" and the Eisenhower administration was j ending and John F. Kennedy was I elected president. They called their Syracuse store, at 2309 S. Salina St., Sali- na Shoes. There was no mistak- ing the location. There was no mistaking the product. Forty-five years later, the Ashkin family is stepping away from Salina Shoes at a time when sneakers that cost more than made in foreign countries are de rigueur. Why now? "Because 1 fee! said Sid Ashkin, the remaining owner after his brother's death. "It reaches a point in life when you'd rather leave feeling good." Sid has spent 63 years in the shoe business, starting at age 15 (he's 78. and "I don't feel it. ei- NEW OWNERS, PAGE A-9 INSIDE 'HllUtillfttir AND'XXX' Movies open today. Check out the Page E-1, E-2 4 MU.UKUIWIO AND BEER LynnMarie to headline Polish Fest. Empire Brewfest now has PAGES E-1, E-3 rmu t VMJIV Kim Baxter gets chatty with SU softball player PAGE D-1 DAILY DOSE Do you salsa? Do you want to? PAGE E-8 J ;