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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 5, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard C Poi'.-S'.jixn'O Affiliated with FRIDAY, AUGUST 5. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RELIEF A cold front will bring some thun- derstorms this morning but will clear the way for t i dUlloillllV and'le'ss humid air this after- noon. The weekend should re- main rain-free and cooler. Complete forecast C-12 HIGH: 86 LOW: 58 Zoo's Now Baby Elephant Dies After Plunge Into Pool Other elephants tried to help, but couldn't Hospital treats Rehnquist for fever, sends him home The chief justice's second emergency treatment in two months renews speculation about possible retirement. STORY, PAGE A-7 State may tighten rules on office-based surgery A state panel is studying how to better protect patients from botched office surgeries. IUSINESS, PAGE D-l Suburb can't match city, says relocating business Daystar Financial Group is leaving its 15-year home in De- Witt to move back downtown. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l Fitness chart for women developed by researchers Women's capacity for exer- cise declines faster than men's, say cardiologists who've created targets based on females' ages. CHY, PAGE E-1 Astronauts return home from space next week Discovery's frayed thermal blanket is not a serious flight hazard, NASA engineers say. STORY, PAGE A-10 Withdraw or beware of attacks, terrorist says Al-Qaida's second-in-com- mand threatened more attacks Thursday unless Britain and the United States leave Iraq. STORY, PAGE A-4 Massage therapist charged with sex abuse Patrick J. Roy, owner of Massage Away in Towne Center at Fayetteville, is accused of in- appropriately touching two fe- male customers, authorities say. STORY, PAGE B-l Pataki vetoes legislation on morning-after pills A bill allowing pharmacists to dispense conception-prevent- ing pills without a prescription and one requiring defibrillators in civic centers were vetoed Thursday by the governor. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Corrections A Stitcher's Garden B-1 Fayetteville Free Library board member David Laura Schweitzer's title at Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Pam Greene into the pool.'' Staff writer The four female elephants in the yard Rosamond Gifford Zoo officials tried to pull him out then went in after Thursday night mourned the loss of him but instead forced him into a deep- their newest family member when baby er section of the pool Within seconds, elephant collection elephant Kedar died after a pool acci- dent earlier in the day. The 345-pound elephant, born Sun- day, died about p.m. 10 hours after he darted past his protective adult family members and dove head-first into the pool. His step-sister, 10-year-old Kirina, was among the female elephants keep- ing an eye on the baby and "was doing a very good job of herding him away from the zoo spokeswoman Sarah Fedele said. "But he snuck through her legs and did a head-dive manager John Moakler jumped into the pool and pulled Kedar's trunk out of the water, said zoo director Ann Baker. Moakler then pushed the baby to shal- low water so he could get out of the pool. The accident left water in the baby's lungs and caused a fever throughout the day, but zoo officials who were keeping constant watch said they were cautious- ly optimistic about his recovery. They gave him oxygen and a drug called Lasix to absorb the water in his lungs. "He really seemed to be turning back into himself Baker said. "We were all breathing a little easier and then he just took a turn for the worse.'' Between and p.m., Kedar napped and nursed. Baker said. His temperature periodically spiked and zoo officials cooled him with ice blankets and water, she said. At p.m., Ke- dar's temperature was 101 degrees, about four degrees above normal. Kedar's mother, Targa, seemed to know something was wrong with her baby, Baker said. Zoo workers had to ______________________________ give her a mild sedative because she be- staff photographer came so agitated and protective of KEDAR, an Asian elephant, was born to Kedar that the workers could not treat -rarga on Sunday at the Rosamond Gifford him. Zoo. The baby died Thursday after jumping "WE'RE, into a pool at the zoo. CNY Women In Combat "We proved that females can do what males can says Spc. Lilly Withers, of Cortland, who earned a Combat Action Badge in Iraq. By Diana LaMattina Staff writer Two local Army specialists have experienced Iraq in a way few other female soldiers have: from behind a machine gun turret on a Humvee. Spcs. Amanda Godlewski, 21, of West Monroe, and Lilly Withers, 20, of Cortland, served as gunners with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion of the U.S. Army Re- serve Unit. They volunteered for the tour of duty with the unit that arrived in Iraq last September and re- turned to New York in early July. "As a gunner, you have a big responsibility. You're not just protecting yourself but the entire truck and the Godlewski said. The change in dynamics of warfare from front- line battles to insurgent attacks paved the way for Godlewski and Withers to take on positions tradition- ally held by men, said Maj. Steven B. Weller, execu- tive director of the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion out of Mattydale. Godlewski and Withers said they often encountered fellow soldiers surprised by their position. "There was both the negative and With- ers said. "On base, they'd see us driving around and ask why. Some would be like, "That's awesome, you guys deserve a chance to be up there, too. You're real- ly good at it.' In the Army, women are restricted from infantry, special forces, armor and artillery positions, Weller said. As of April, female soldiers are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Tina Beller, public af- fairs officer for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psy- chological Operation Command. "But due to necessity, they are put in positions and conditions when the team needs Weller said. About troops are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to published reports. FEMALE, PAGE A-4 Submitted photo THREE GUNNERS FROM NEW YORK pose in front of a truck during their recent deployment to Baghdad. They are Spc. Amanda God- lewski of West Monroe; Spc. Robynn Murray of Buf- falo; and Spc. Lilly Withers, of Cortland. Dennis Nett Staff photographer HOWIE FROM IRAQ: Spc. Amanda Godlewski and Spc. Lilly Withers serve in the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, of Mattydale. amily escapes from burnin Index Business...... Bridge........... Classified..... Comics____ CNY_____ Crossword... Editoriak... letters___ Local new. D-l .F-8 ..H ..E-6 E-1 E-6 .A-8 -A-9 ..B-l A-2 E-4 lottery............ Movies.....-..... New York.........A-6 Obituaries___B-4 Sports __ Slocks..... Sudoku Television Weather. Firefighters rescue two teens trapped in bedroom, then go back for family's dog. By Sue Weibezahl Staff Writer Taneshia Turner, 14, stood on a second-floor window sill in Syracuse in the dark, clinging for life and screaming for help as flames shot out around her. The apartment where she lives was the mom, screaming, 'My on the city's North East Side house is on fire! My babies are caught fire about 1 a.m. Thurs- day. Her mother and five other children who live at the apart- ment were scrambling to get out of the burning building. "I was dozing off, watching when I heard the banging on the said Charles Ballard, who lives next door at 704-706 Winton St. "It in there.' Ballard "shifted into over- he said, throwing on some pants and running outside. As he rounded the comer, he was hit by a wall of heat and light. The second story of 708-710 Winton St. was en- gulfed in flames, and smoke poured from the building. The fire had weakened the window frame in Taneshia's room, and moments later, the en- tire frame gave way. It crashed to the ground about 20 feet below along with Taneshia, who broke her back in the fall. "She's lying there and I'm dragging her out to the sidewalk, and I hear two more in the back. screaming. 'Help us! Help City school district loses its new leader Alido Begina cites personal, health reasons for backing out of superintendent's job. By Maureen Nolan Staff writer Syracuse school officials are in the market for a new superin- again. The city district got its second shock of the week when Alida Begina, hired in July and ex- pected to start work in October, informed the school board law- yer Wednesday she would not ake the job, citing personal and lealth reasons. The .district announced the news Thursday, two days after Gov, George Pataki unexpected- ly vetoed legislation that would trigger a 10-year, million renovation for all of every Syra- cuse district schools. One reason the Syracuse board hired Begina was her ex- perience with school construc- tion, so her withdrawal on the heels of the governor's veto caused speculation the two an- nouncements were related. "Absolutely said school board lawyer Benjamin Ferrara. "She has explained to me is- sues have arisen involving her personal life. It has nothing to do with Syracuse. She wanted to come here, she had plans to come here. We had numerous discussions regarding transition- al Ferrara said. Begina said she felt compelled to withdraw for reasons that emerged after she was hired, board President Cynthia Kirby said in a statement released by Ferrara. Begina, 55, is superintendent of the Hamden, Conn., school district. She could not be reached for comment. The Ham- den district issued a statement saying Begina withdrew for per- sonal and family reasons. Begina says in that statement that she will remain on the Ham- den job through June 2008. Begina was to replace Dr. Stephen Jones, who left Syra- cuse June 30 for a superinten- Ballard said. ELECTRICITY, PAGE A-5 NSI D E ACCIDENTAL STEROID SUFFERERS Areyou one? KRAMER, PAGEE-1 MOVIE REVIEWS CNY. PAGES E-1 to E-3 GET TO THE POINT How to join a dart STRIPS WITH KIDS DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 SUDOKU Today's puzzle PAGE E-7 f FREE NASCAR POSTER Jeff Gordon PAGE C-6 1 dent's job in Norfolk. Va. j It's looking like Syracuse's interim school Superintendent Robert DiFlorio might be in the job longer than he figured. The board hired him in June to serve until a new superintendent came on board. DiFlorio said he would be willing to help out longer in this emergency situation, even though he is running for Cicero town supervisor. School board Vice President Richard Strong said the board will meet with Ferrara soon to discuss options for filling the va- cancy. ft -J ;