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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, AUGUST 13. 2005 fINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STILL STICKY Another day of the three H's: Hazy, hot and humid. But if you _ wilt under high humidity, better weather is heading our way. A front stalled over our area will move through Sunday, bringing more seasonal temperatures and lower humidity for the be- ginning of next week. Complete forecast, D-10 Oral histories, radio transmissions from released 'Drop Everything and Get Out' HIGH: 83 LOW: 64 AlWahaidy sentenced to probation, no jail time He got no jail time for violat- ing sanctions against Iraq, but Osameh Al Wahaidy hopes to return to Auburn state prison to his Muslim chaplain duties. IOCAI.PAGEB-1 Conostoto native given Joint Chiefs of Staff spot Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., a 1966 gradu- ate of Canastota High School, became the nation's second highest-ranking military officer Friday: vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. More information: Defense Department Web site, Is your medication a counterfeit? The Associated Press New York In thousands of pages of oral histories released Friday, firefighters describe in vivid, intimate detail how they rushed to save fleeing civilians from churning smoke and fire before the World Trade Center collapsed in a monstrous cloud of debris and choking dust. The histories, recorded in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attack, offer some of the most detailed descriptions of the day's horror as seen through the eyes of fire- fighters who lost 343 of their brethren. Trapped in the mall below the trade center after the collapse of the south tower, firefighter James Murphy and a group of firefighters started hunting for the exits. Frightened civilians began grab- bing onto them, he said. "We were saying, 'Don't worry, we're with the Fire Department. Everybody is going to get he recalled. But, he said, ''We were just as scared as anybody else. We were just victims too. Basically the only difference between us and the victims is we had flashlights." Firefighter Marcel Claes, who was in the north tower, said, "We didn't realize Two World Trade was hit by an airplane, so we kept going up. It was single file, ci- vilians going down and firemen going up. The civilians were orderly and blessing us and helping the injured down. "We made it up to the I believe the 35th story. We were taking a breather. I was on my knees, catching my breath, and we were discussing we were going to hook up with another engine company to N.T. TIMES, PAGE A-8 Boil-water order expanded; Residents urged to conserve Auburn-area residents buy up water. Water filters really Sen. Charles Schumer wants to crack down on criminals who interfere with prescription drugs by watering down or removing their active ingredients. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l No gays to be ordained by Lutheran churches Evangelical Lutheran Church delegates voted 503-490 against allowing gays hi long-term rela- tionships to serve as ministers. STORY, PAGE A-3 Children among dead, injured in Iraq blast Four people, including three children, were killed Friday in a blast west of Baghdad, and a source said many of the 19 in- jured were also children. STORY, PAGE A-5 Final Sabbath in Gaza bittersweet milestone Jewish settlers are observing the Sabbath across Gaza for the last time, with the dread of being forced to move next week. STORY, PAGE A-5 Frenchy's hair shop closes after 83 years downtown Barber Al Caza, 72, who's seen decades of hairstyles, is shutting down a family and Syracuse landmark. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Governors can't veto moving National Guard The Justice Department says the Pentagon can shake up Na- tional Guard unit locations with- out getting governors' approval. STORY, PAGE A-3 Corrections Learn to Work column on ath- letic Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Cali'470-NEWS Index Business...........C-1 Lottery---------A-2 Bridge.............E-9 Movies..............E-4 doss.................1-5 New York........A-4 Comic....._ MO Obituaries B-4 Crossword.....E-ll Sports...............D-l Editoriok___A-6 Stocks...............C-2 E-l Sudoku E-11 Utte5 Television..... E-l 2 Local news ._B-1 Weather.......D-10 THE POST-STANDARD By Beth Beer Cuddy Staff writer A boil-water advisory re- mains in effect today for Au- burn and surrounding towns while contractors continue to repair Auburn's water filters. The advisory was extended Friday to include the village of Port Byron. Cayuga County health officials say Montezu- ma, which is using water from storage tanks, has enough to last two to three more days and remains unaffected by the advisory. Officials are also asking residents to conserve water. Health officials aren't1 plan- ning to bring water tankers into the county, according to Kathleen Cuddy, deputy direc- tor of health services. "We have been keeping emergency management office well-informed and Cuddy said. "If there ever was a need, they would assist us. There's plenty of water at this point." The health department is- sued the boil water advisory Thursday afternoon after city officials began adding unfil- tered water to the water sup- ply. City officials were wor- ried about losing water pressure, said City Manager John Salomone. "We were able to keep up with our needs with unfiltered water being introduced into the Salomone said. The advisory is expected to stay in effect until Monday or Tuesday. It is for about residents who are on public water and live within Auburn, Weedsport, Port Byron, Throop, Aurelius, Sennett and Brutus. The state Thruway Authori- ty said the Port Byron Travel Plaza will be unable to pro- vide fountain drinks through- out the weekend. Coffee and bottled beverages will be available. Auburn Memorial Hospital administrator Brendan C.W. McKeen photographer Manure spill reaches Watertowa Businesses cope, fish wash ashore, as officials flush toxins from Black River. By Charles McChesney Staff writer A manure spill that hit the Black River in Lowville reached Watertown Friday, and officials are tripling water flow in an ef- fort to flush the fish-killing pol- lution from the river. Along the river, dead fish washed ashore, water treatment plants switched to other sources and businesses dependent on the waterway coped as best they could. Sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday, a wall burst on a Lowville farm's manure la- goon, dumping 3 million gallons of liquefied manure into the river. The spill came from one of the largest farms in Lewis Coun- ty, Marks Farms, about five miles south of Lowville. Adirondack River Outfitters, which runs Whitewater rafting tours on the river from Water- town, canceled trips for hun- dreds of would-be rafters. Gary Staab, whose company has been running river rafting trips for 25 years, said he's canceled trips planned for today, Sunday and Monday. "We're not doing any rafting until we can find out exactly what the situation Staab said from company headquarters in Old Forge. "We are not taking any chances." He said some clients, includ- ing some from the Syracuse area, McGrath said the hospital is getting along fine, because it has implemented its emergen- cy plan for a shortage of pot- able water. "We were able to secure 350 gallon containers of water and individual bottles on short notice. We'll be good through he said. "This morning we used all the Mr. Coffee machines in the building and boiled water, RESERVOIR, PAGE A-8 C.W. McKeen Staff photographer A.DIADEARSTYNE, a worker at Daddabbo's Pizza, delves into the restaurant's 40 cases of bottled water Friday. OUT OF ORDER sign hangs over a soda machine at Dad- dabbo's Pizza, 105 Genesee St., in Auburn. INSIDE Boil-water p] Owasco Lake water too low for some As baby fights for life, soldier-dad stays home Army pays closer attention to family needs, Fort Drum chaplain says. By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer Army Maj. Lonnie Locke, a chaplain with Fort Drum's IOth j Mountain Division, says some i baptisms at Walter Reed Army i Hospital were among the tough- I est assignments of his career. "One of the hardest things I i had to do was to baptize infants i that didn't he said, i Last month, the Presbyterian i minister performed an emergen- cy baptism on his daughter. Madelyn Noelle, who was just a few hours old and rapidly declin- ing from a birth defect in her INSIDE heart. "I baptized her in Water- he said, "just minutes before they took her away." in an ambulance to the Neonatal In- i tensive Care Unit at Grouse Hos- j pital. Today, while his 1st Brigade j is deploying to Iraq, Locke is j "assigned" by his command to i Ronald McDonald House of Central New York where he will stay with his wife. Donna, j and Madelyn's twin brother. Weston Lemuel, at least until Madelyn recovers from heart; surgery that could take place as early as Monday at Grouse. Madelyn's prognosis is good and her parents seem calm about the pending operation, though HE'S, PAGE ft WATKINSGLEN Complete NASCAR coverage, including a photo page SPORTS, Pages D-1, D-6, D-7 DORM ROOM DECORATING CNY, Page E-1 TIGER WOODS He just makes the art MORE 'SOPRANOS' Eight bonus episodes in 2007 CNY, Page E-4 Topless women cause stir in Moravia Police say four women were shopping topless. Each was charged with exposure. By Scott Rapp Staff writer Moravia residents will be hard-pressed to top this tale for some time. Four out-of-town women. j ages 40 to 61. were arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly going topless in the center of the j village shopping district. The women, in the area to at- j tend a naturists festival at the j nearby Empire Haven nudist j camp in the town of Summerhill, j turned heads but triggered com- j plaints to police as well, leading to their arrest sometime after 2 p.m. Each was charged with expo- sure of a person, a violation pun- ishable by up to 15 days in jail a S250 fine, authorities said. They were set free after posting bail later in the day. Sgt. Michael Wellauer of the Cayuga County Sheriffs Office said. "It really wasn't any differ- ent than any other arrest" when he arrived at the scene and found FOUR, PAGE A-8 J ;