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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2005 FINAL EDITION The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS 1 A GOOD SOAKING We likely won't break the record for wettest April we're still nearly 3 inch- es away but we'll give it a good run today with heavy rains forecast through tonight. We might see some sun Sunday, but rain will stay to greet May. Complete forecast, D-12 uswego uoumy man unargeo With Kidnapping Teen in 2003 HIGH: 54 LOW: 41 Van overturns on 1-81 in city, killing one A man was killed Friday night after he lost control of his van on Interstate S1. The vehicle overturned several times and burst into flames. STORY, PAGE B-l Lynntlie England to plead guilty to prisoner abuse Pfc. Lynndie England will plead guilty to abusing Iraqi de- tainees in Abu Ghraib prison, her lawyer said late Friday, about a year after photos of her sexually humiliating inmates made her the face of a scandal that damaged the credibility of the U.S. military." NASA postpones space shuttle flight NASA on Friday pushed back the first post-Columbia space shuttle flight by at least two months, after last-minute analyses suggested that ice fall- ing off the fuel tank could prove as catastrophic as the foam that doomed the last mission two years ago. STORY, PAGE A-12 Search off for missing Florida bride-to-be A lavish wedding with 600 guests seemed destined to be- come a prayer service after po- lice called the search in Flori- da Friday for a missing bride-to- be, saying they have "turned over probably every leaf in the city." STORY, PAGE A-12 Putin says he'll help arm Palestinian leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Friday to provide the new Palestinian leaders with helicopters and other equipment and training to help maintain order after Israel's promised withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank this summer. STORY, PAGE A-4 Vietnam prepares to mark anniversary of war's end Workers in Vietnam hung red national flags and set out blue Pepsi machines Friday ahead of celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam War's end. but the prime minis- ter warned against letting memo- ries oi Mcicry GvcrSiiiiMGV'' uic country's economic problems. STORY, PAGE A-4 Review Syracuse Opera presented Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" Friday night. REVIEW, PAGE B-2 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEW5 index Business..........C-l Movies..............E-4 Classified..........E-5 New A-6 Comics...........E-10 Obituaries-... 8-4 Editorials......A-10 Sports----------D-1 E-l Stocks...............C-2 Local news.......B-l Television....... E-l 2 Lottery_____A-2 Weather........D-12 THE POST-STANDARD I Mil! Man was accomplice of Kevin Schaos, police say. Authorities expect to charge Schaus today. By Diana LaMattina and Pam Greene Staff writers Police charged an Oswego County man j Friday with kidnapping in a March 2003 abduction. He helped Kevin J. Schaus, who has been accused of child abuse, kid- nap a Syracuse teenager, police said. Christopher C. Phillips, 26, of 452 Bid- dlecum Road, Schroeppel, was with Schaus when a 16-year-old Syracuse girl was kidnapped and sexually assaulted on March 22, 2003, law enforcement offi- cials said. Phillips was charged with second-de- gree kidnapping at p.m. Friday at the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office. Addi- tional charges from the Oswego County Sheriffs Department are pending. "He was probably expecting it.'' said Detective Doug Fox of the Syracuse Po- lice Department's Abused Persons Unit. "He certainly had to be a little nervous once Kevin Schaus was Schaus, 32, is the man accused of the kidnapping of Brittany Fish in 2004 in Syracuse, the abduction of a 14-year-old in 2003 in Syracuse and the sexual abuse of a 4-year-old in Van Buren in March. Schaus told investigators about Phillips when he was questioned about the abduction, said Lt. Rebecca Thompson of the Syracuse Police Depart- ment. The Syracuse teen, who had been walking with her sister, kicked and screamed as one of the two men pulled her into the car. Syracuse police issued a statewide "Amber Alert" after the ab- duction, which the victim said she heard on the radio while in the car with the two men. Several hours later, she was left on the side of a rural road in the town of Oswe- go. She was bound with duct tape, and her attackers used it to cover her eyes and PAGE A-3 DANIEL BALDWIN (right) attends a screening of "Boardwalk Poets" Friday night at the Palace Theater in Syracuse. Baldwin, the star of the in- dependent film, talks with Owen Shapiro, director of the Syracuse Inter- national Film Video Festival. Star Power at the Palace Caroline Chen Contributing photographer _J I Caroline Chen Contributing photographer A CROWD lines up Friday night outside the Palace Theater, where 550 people watched the priemere of "Boardwalk Poets." Story, today's highlights. Page B-2. Hundreds tell Cornell: I saw that 'extinct' bird! Researchers assure callers the birds spotted only look like ivory-billed woodpecker. By Marnie Eisenstadt v.riter The ivory-billed woodpecker was thought to be extinct until scientists announced its redis- covery this week. But on Friday, people reported seeing it everywhere in Penn- sylvania, in Michigan, even in Jeanne Bottrill's Syracuse back yard. Bottrill was almost positive the massive bird in her tree was the ivory-billed she had seen in Friday's Post-Standard. But here comes the letdown: It's not. And the hundreds of others seen by people across the Northeast aren't, either. "I've created a canned re- sponse for people who think they've seen said Anne Hobbs, who works at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. She Woodpecker watching Local places to catch a glimpse of the more common, but still exciting pileated woodpecker: Green Lakes State Park Baltimore Woods Beaver Lake Nature Center Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Dave MacDonald, of Wild Birds Unlimited in Fayetteville. tells the ones from the Northeast that they've probably seen the similar looking pileated wood- pecker. Researchers from the Cornell lab found the ivory-billed, thought to be extinct for the past 50 years, in Arkansas last year. They announced their find Thursday. And it's Hobbs' job for the foreseeable future to tell excited people like Bottrill that they PAGE A-S What's the difference? ivory-billed woodpecker Photos courtesy of Cornell University Piieated woodpecker Size 20 inches long with a 3-foot wingspan 16 inches long with a wingspan of 2 feet Description Bill is large and white. A i white stripe runs from the I cheeks down the back of the bird. Male has a red crest with black at the tip; female has a black crest. Bill is gray to black. Back is all black. There is white on the front portion of the wing that can't be seen when the bird is perched. Both sexes have a red crest. Sounds like A nasal "yank, yank, yank" "yucka, yucka, yucka" Tne Post-Standard United Way allocations slimmer Funding down about Some programs receive no money. By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer Most charities in Onondaga County will have fewer United Way dollars to work svith start- ing July 1. The United Way of Central New York announced Friday the 2005-06 allocations to programs run by 41 charities from its dis- rrMjonarv non] of S4.R42.000. down about from last year and down a little more than SI million from 2002. Eleven charities will receive more money, but 23 will get less, and seven previously i funded groups are getting noth- ing. Among the groups getting nothing is the Learning Disabili- I ties Association of Central New York, which lost all of its annual grant. "It's quite said Aggie Glavin, executive director of the LDA. United Way money constituted about 8 percent of her entire budget. She said she'll have to some- how raise extra cash to help fam- A FEW, PAGE A-S Coordinated bombings kill at least 50 By Thomas Wagner The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Insurgents set off at least 17 bombs in Iraq on Friday, killing at least 50 peo- ple, including three U.S. sol- diers, in a series of attacks aimed at shaking Iraq's newly formed government. An audioiapc be- lieved to be by one of America's most-wanted insurgents, Abu- Musab al-Zarqawi. warned Pres- ident Bush there was more bloodshed to come. The well-coordinated attacks, which also wounded 114 Iraqis and seven Americans, came as political leaders are trying to curb the insurgency by including all of Iraq's main religious and ethnic groups into an uncertain new Shiite-dominated govern- ment that takes office Tuesday. Most of the bombing targets were Iraqi security forces and police, whom insurgents accuse of collaborating with the Ameri- cans. An association of Sunni Mus- lim clerics believed to have links NEW, PAGE A-4 INSIDE bUiu 01 wumcn All-women crew constructs its first CNY Habitat for Humanity home. PRODUCT TESTING New column checks out home steam-cleaning. HOME GARDEN, PAGE E-1 tt HI i sir nut. hi Two-time Mountain Goat champ Kevin Collins is back. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 What's in Apple's new operating system? PAGEC-6 'SOUP NYC CNEF OF 'SEINKLD' FAME EXPANDING ACROSS NORTH AMERICA PAGE C-l J ;