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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York 2005 Events, from the ridiculous to the sublime CNY, PAGE E-1 U SAY U WANT A RESOLUTION? Maybe those of 30 Central New Yorkers will give U an idea THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Affiliated with THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005 MAGICAL ROCK Trans-Siberian Orchestra; Earth, Wind FINAL EDITION O 2003 The PosI-Siandard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING A BIT MORE RAIN Dry air moving into the area will force the rain to taper off during the day, but clouds will still cover the sky. Snow showers are possible tonight, but they should be followed by a break in precipitation. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 43 LOW: 30 Raging grass fires kill at least 5 in Texas, Okla. Wildfires in Texas and Okla- homa killed at least five people- and destroyed more than 100 homes Tuesday. STORY, PACE A-6 CNY SPCA will euthanize abused pit bull today The Society for the Preven- tion of Cruelty to Animals has decided to euthanize the abused pit bull nicknamed Charlie Brown because he has attacked two employees and has been ag- gressive to people and animals. tOUl, PAGE B-l U.N. official backs vote in Iraq; rerun not needed A United Nations official stated publicly for the first time Ihnl the results of Iraq's parlia- mentary election were valid and the election will not be redone. It was a fresh setback for Iraq's Sunni Arabs, who claim that fraud was widespread.. STORY, PAGE A-4 Ex-Enron accountant to be government witness Former Enron accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to help pursue convictions against Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Father's four brazen stun Pakistan killings: Hundreds of girls and women are murdered by male relatives each year in Pakistan, but the na- tion was shocked to hear Nazir Ahmed, 40, calmly tell how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their stepsister to protect his family's honor. STORY, PAGE A-8 Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New1 York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Calendar listing on New England Contra Cost for ES-M to make transition to all-day Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2210 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call Index Business..... Classified.. Comic...... CNY........... Puzzles..... Dick Cose Editorials Letters... C-l F-9 F-l .....E-1 B-l A-12 A-13 Local news... B-l Lottery.........A-2 Movies........Wkd New York ..A-10 Obituaries..'.. B-4 Sports...........D-l Slotks...........C-3 Sudakti...........E-7 Television.....E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Feds Probe East Side Group Neighborhood group got then folded far By Molly Henncssy-Fiske Staff writer The federal agency that over- sees AmeriCorps VISTA pro- grams is investigating a Syra- cuse group that received two years ago to hire about 30 workers, then suddenly folded in September. The Office of the Inspector General at the Corporation for National and Community Ser- vice began investigating Eastside Neighbors in Partnership last month, according to Donna Smith, state program director for the corporation's New York of-' fice. The inspector general con- ducts three types of investiga- tions: administrative, civil and criminal. Smith said she requested a "financial review and audit" after EN1P shut down due 'to '.'financial management prob- lems" she noticed in late Au- gust. This is the first time a VISTA FiDERAI, PAGE A-8 What: Eastside Neighbors in Partnership received a federal grant in 2003 to hire about 30 workers to help young people in some of Syracuse's poor neighborhoods develop job skills while working on sev- eral community projects. Goals: The group planned to work directly with 100 young people and reach more through programs, events and .activities. The work: Some worked on the group's Porches Plus, a pro- gram that helps low-income homeowners complete exterior repairs on their homes. They were also expected to work on the former Jewish War Veterans Post on East Genesee Street. The group had hoped to turn the building into an arts and technology center. The audit: The federal govern- ment is investigating how the group spent its money. Why men, women go online Survey finds men want the facts while women keep in touch, connect with people. The Associated-Press New York Women are now as likely to use the Internet as men about two-tiiirds of both -genders yet a new study shows that gaps remain in what each sex does online. American men "who go online are more likely than women to check the weather, the news, sports, political and financial in- formation, the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported Wednesday. They arc also more likely to use the Internet to download music and software and to lake a class. Online women, meanwhile, arc bigger users of e-mail, and they arc also more likely to.go online for religious information and support for health or person- al problems. About two-thirds of the adults surveyed by Pew during 2005 said they use the Internet. By gender, it was 68 percent of the male respondents, and 66 percent of the female partici- pants a statistically insignifi- cant difference given the study's margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. In 2002, by contrast, the gap was slightly larger: 61 percent E-MAIL.PAGtA-7 What the study found A Pew Internet and American Life Project survey found that women and men use the Internet almost equally. Other findings include that young women use it more than young men and that black women use it more than-biack men. PERCENT WHO USE INTERNET, 2005 Men WE Women I 68% Blfltkmen Black women 60% Unmarried men 62% Note: Margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project ( The Post-Standard GRANDMOTHER: 'SHE IS DEFINITELY MY LITTLE ANGEL' Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer ROBYN WALTERS, 6, hugs'her grandmother, Judy Walters, on Monday at Robyn's par- ents' home in East Syracuse. Robyn got help for her grandmother after she passed out. How a 6-year-old girl helped save her grandma By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer Six-year-old Robyn Walters was playing school with her grand- mother and younger brother on a recent Sunday afternoon when her grandma suddenly passed out. "I couldn't wake her the first-grader recalled. "She wouldn't say anything, and I was scared. "I told her she had one more chance to say some- thing, and then I was going to call my Robyn said. "If she didn't answer, I was calling 911." Robyn reached her parents, who were Christmas shop- ping, to tell them her grand- mother wasn't responding. They called a neighbor, who called 911 and ran to the house of the grandmother, Judy Walters, of Carson Drive, East Syracuse. Robyn and Jack, her 3-year-old brother, were fine but their grandmother had suffered a diabetic attack. After treatment by volunteers with the East Area Volunteer Emergency Service, Judy Walters recovered fully. On Friday, Walters attend- ed an assembly at her grand- daughter's school, Woodland Elementary, honoring Robyn for her actions on Dec. 4. East Syracuse EAVES Ambulance presented Robyn with a Citizen Lifesaving Award at the assembly, and her school also recognized her with an award for being a responsible citizen. "I'm happy about what I Robyn said. Her parents, Kate and Jeff Walters, of East Syracuse, said it's remarkable that their daughter knew enough to search for their cell phone number. Robyn's dad, Jeff, had given it to Robyn's grandmother on a slip of paper he placed on the kitch- en counter. Robyn'remem- bered that, found the note and called them at .Great Northern Mall.. "We are all so proud of Jeff Walters said. "She knew what to do, and she knew enough to look for our number. When we got there, she had put pillows under her grandma's legs and was sit- ting there watching her." Judy Walters said she's grateful her granddaughter thought fast. She thinks it- saved her life. "It happened so said Judy Walters. "One minute I was in the bedroom playing school and the next thing I knew the ambulance was there. This has never happened before, so Pm glad she knew what to do. "She is definitely my little she said. NSA kept tabs on Web site visitors Agency admits it violated federal rules by tracking computer users' activity. The Associated Press New York The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visi- tors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity de- spite strict federal rules banning most of them. .These Hies, known as "cook- disappeared after a privacy activist complained arid The As- sociated Press made inquiries this week, and agency officials acknowledged Wednesday they had made a mistake. Nonetheless, the issue raises questions about privacy at a spy agency already on the defensive amid reports of a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States. "Considering the surveillance power the NSA has, cookies arc not exactly a major said Ari Schwartz, associate di- rector at the Center for Democ- racy and Technology, a privacy advocacy group in Washington, D.C. "But it does show a gener- al lack of understanding about privacy rules when they are not even following the government's very .basic rules for Web priva- cy." Until Tuesday, the NSA site created two cookie files that do not expire until 2035 likely beyond the life of any computer in use today. Don Weber, an NSA spokes- man, said in a statement Wednesday that the cookie use resulted from a recent software upgrade. Normally, the site uses temporary, permissible cookies that are automatically deleted when users close their Web browsers, he said, but the soft- ware in use shipped with persist- ent cookies already on. "After being tipped to the issue, we immediately disabled the he said. Cookies are widely used at commercial Web sites and can make Internet browsing more AGENCY, PAGE A-7 What's a cookie? A cookie is a piece of text that a Web server can store on your hard disk, so the Web site you visit can remember you the next time. Where it comes from: Cookies were designed by Lou Montulli for Netscape browsers in 1995. The name comes from the UNIX programming term "magic which is a packet of data that one program gives to another, to be used like a dry cleaning ticket or a coat check. Source:, ;