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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 Itie Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING MILDER WEATHER The unseason- able warmth will i continue, but a weak storm won't get close enough to bring too much rain to Central New York today. So our snow pack might stick around long enough to give us a white Christmas. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 40 LOW: 29 Grant to keep Boys Girls Clubs program going The financially strapped Boys Girls Clubs of Syracuse has received a one-year state grant through Onondaga County to help run a program designed for teens in danger of dropping out of school. LOCAI, PAGE B-l Huge Medicaid costs put stranglehold on counties As the cost of Medicaid con- tinues to climb, the burden in- creases on Upstate counties. There arc more resources for paying the bills in New York City, and other states don't re- quire their counties to pay a large share of the cost. NEW YORK, PAGE A-5 Governor's veto keeps open wage loophole Gov. George Palaki has ve- toed a bill aimed at closing whal stale lawmakers said was a loop- hole allowing a Syracuse devel- oper lo pay workers less than the slate-set prevailing wage lo build roads for Carousel Center mall. BUSINESS, PAGE C-! Bush orders system to warn of coastal disasters Hoping lo prolecl U.S. shores from being hammered by a tsu- nami, the While House directed federal agencies Friday to in- crease earthquake and volcano monitoring systems, deep ocean buoys and olhcr high-tech means of alerting oceanside commu- nities. STORY, PAGE A-3 Toxic spill threatening millions halted by dam A dam has stopped a toxic river spill flowing toward China's southern business capi- lal of Guangzhou as.the govern- ment rushed to protect water supplies to the city of 7 million people, a news report said Fri- day. STORY, PAGE A-4 Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Letter about Syracuse University's Vaida Northwest Area Family Christmas Bureau City police sergeant's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 170-NEWS Business.... Classified... Comics....... CNV............ Puziles...... Editorials... Utters....... Local news Index ......C-I Lottery..............A-2 ......f-1 Movies...............E-4 New York.........A-S .....E-1 Obituaries........B-4 Sports...............D-I .....A-6 Stocks...............C-2 A-7 Sudoku..............E-7 ......M Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Why 11.8. Will Reduce Combat Troops in Iraq Defense Secretary Rumsfeld makes "adjustment" of for early next year. The Washington Post Baghdad, Iraq Defense Sec- retary Donald Rumsfeld announced Friday that the number of U.S. com bat troops in Iraq would be reduced by about early next year. Rumsfeld said the long-anticipat- ed "adjustment" was made possible by political progress demonstrated in the country's heavily attended and largely peaceful elections last week and the development of Iraq's U.S.- traincd police and army. "This is a year of historic accom- plishments in said Rumsfeld, flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khnlilznd, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibra- him al-Jaafari and Iraq's interior and defense ministers. "We feel very pleased with the progress being made by the Iraqi Security Forces and the increased role they arc play- ing in providing security in Iraq." But during the news conference conducted inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, where most of the country's government offices arc 'housed, about demonstrators look to the capital's streets over an election they consider a fraud, and the imam of an influential Sunni Muslim mosque told followers to ex pcct more unresl ahead. "Fraud enhances Ihe occupation and ethnic one banner said. Iraq's Sunni Arab minority, which ruled the country before Saddam Hussein was toppled and are be- lieved to comprise Ihe bulk of the in- surgency, has recently returned to the political arena after boycotting the country's January elections. Sun- nis turned out in force last week, but according to preliminary results, their parties' won fewer seats than they expected, an outcome they attri- bute to foul play by the Shiitc Mus-. lim-led government. "I am said Mu- hammed Mashadani, a 61-year-old man, who used a cane in one hand and carried an Iraqi flag in the other. Mashadani said he voted last week in favor of the Sunni Tawafuq slate, Jaffln Holkin, Daay RKOrd, Sunday News but "my right is abused because of KAYTLYN SKAU. 3, wears the camouflage jacket of her brother, Sgt. Timothy Skau, as the cheating. He said he would par- she up to nirn in the York Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center in York, Pa., on ticipatc in every protest until "we Friday. Skau and other members of the 254th Quartermaster Co. had been deployed PAGE A-4 in Iraq since last December. MPH students spending break helping others They were to leave today to help Louisiana island devastated by 2 hurricanes. By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer Watching the images of Hurri- cane Katrina's destruction on television, 16-year-old Alex Taussjg, of Tully, recalls being struck with an acute awareness of his own mortality. "I felt it all of a sudden, and then I began thinking how unde- serving it was for this to happen to all these Taussig said. "And I knew what I really wauled for Christmas was to go there and actually help." Taussig is getting his wish. He and five other Manlius Pebble Hill School studenls are leaving this morning for Grand Isle, La. Online updates Trip participants will be posting their experiences to To read about the trip to Grand Isle from their perspective, visit education. Also check The Post- Standard starting Monday for excerpts from the postings and photos taken by the participants. a barrier island still reeling from Hurricane Katrina's wrath. On Christmas morning, the students will wake up in a strange city halfway to Grand Isle, where they'll spend their weeklong holiday break helping restore a school and repair homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The Post-Standard "Initially my parents said I couldn't go because we had fam- ily coming for Taussig I thought for a whole week of anything I needed or wanted for Christmas, and couldn't come up with any- thing. Whal I wanled was lo know in Ihe back of my mind that I did my part for this ef- fort." The 11-member recovery team includes six MPH students, a 2004 MPH graduate, two ad- ministrators and two faculty members. Nicole Cuffy, 17, of Manlius, is the only female stu- dent making the 22-hour journey, but says she doesn't mind at all. "It'll be she said. "And going there will help me under- stand it more. You see all Ihis on TV, but it's hard to relate to it unless you can be there. I know I'll be sad on Christmas without my family, but it's important lhal I make Ihis sacrifice." MPH STUDENTS, PAGE A-t Officials: NSA spying is vast Volume of eavesdropping larger than While House has admitted, sources say. N.Y. Times News Service Washington The Nation- al Security Agency has traced and analyzed large volumes of telephone and Internet commu- nications flowing into and out of the United States as part of the eavesdropping program that President Bush approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to hunt for evidence of terrorist ac- tivity, according to current and former government officials. The volume of information harvested from telecommunica- tion data and voice networks, without court-approved war- rants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was col- lected by tapping directly into some of the American telecom- munication system's main arte- ries, they said. As part of the program ap- proved by Bush for domestic surveillance without warrants, the NSA has gained the coopera- tion of American telecommuni- cations companies to obtain back-door access to streams of domestic and international com- munications, the officials said. The government's collection and analysis of phone and Inter- net traffic has raised questions among some law enforcement and judicial officials familiar with (he program. One issue of concern (o the Foreign Intelligence Surveil- lance Court, which has reviewed some separate warrant applica- tions growing out of the NSA's surveillance program, is whether the court has legal authority over calls outside the United States that happen to pass through U.S.-based telephonic according to offi- Inside: Tom Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat who was Senate majority leader at the time of the attacks, has disputed a central element of the administration's case for its eavesdropping Hey, wait a second... The Associated Press Washington 2006 has been postponed. But not for long. A leap second will be inserted in the world's clocks jusl before midnight Greenwich mean time on New Year's Eve, the U.S. Naval Observatory reported Friday. That means 7 p.m. EST, Dec. 31, will occur one second later than it would have otherwise. Leap seconds are needed oc- casionally because modern atomic clocks measure lime with great accuracy, while the rota- tion of the Earth can be inconsis- tent. The rotation of the Earth has been slowing down, so leap sec- onds keep the clocks and the Earth from getting out of synch with one another. This will be Ihe 23rd leap sec- ond that has been inserted since 1972 when an international time- keeping agreement was signed, according to the Observatory. The last one was inserted seven years ago. THOSE HOLIDAY PLANTS AREN'T FOR KEEPING CNV, PAGE E-1 ALL ABOUT STOCKINGS They're occents and heirlooms. CNY, PAGE E-1 INSIDE WHAT'S THE NEW JOHNNY DAMON LOOK LIKE? SPORTS, PAGE D-1 COLLECT THEM ALL Today's full- page photo: SU's Jenny Eckhorf. SPORTS, PAGE D-8 ;