Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York
r The Post-Standard O 2003 The Post-Standard Affiliated with FINAL EDITION FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS WATCH OUT Heavy thunder- storms are ex- pected today as a cold front crosses the area. Winds may gust over 40 mph'at times. Cooler air will arrive tonight and shut off the storms for the weekend. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 85 LOW: 61 Fourth of July calendar of events Parades and celebrations for Independence Day begin today, including fireworks tonight at Alliance Bank Stadium. LOCAL, PAGE B-4 Venus Williams lands in Wimbledon final Venus Williams traded pow- erful shots with defending cham- pion Maria Sharapova Thursday as flashbulbs popped in the fad- ing light, and when it was over, Williams celebrated her Wimb- ledon semifinal victory as if the title were hers again. SPORTS, PAGE D-l House votes to limit use of eminent domain Lawmakers are trying to blunt a Supreme Court decision that lets local governments seize people's homes to make way for shopping malls and other private development. STORY, PAGE A-9 Borrowing money just got a little pricier The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate Thursday and signaled that Americans' bor- rowing costs probably will keep heading higher. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l U.S. investigates claims of ex-Iranian hostages The Bush administration de- manded Thursday that the Irani- an government clarify the role of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 1979 siege of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. STORY, PAGE A-7 Spain legalizes same-sex marriage, upsets church Spain became only the fourth country to legalize same-sex marriages on Thursday, drawing a stinging rebuke from Spain's powerfufCatholic church, which urged the faithful to oppose the law ''by all legitimate means." STORY, PAGE A-6 Former WorldCom boss to pay through nose Former WorldCom boss Ber- nard fibbers will give up nearly everything he owns including his Mississippi mansion and his stake in a golf course in a set- tlement with angry investors in the fraud-toppled company. Eb- bcrs will pay S5 million up front and place the rest of his assets in a trust that will be sold off for an estimated S25 million to million. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Corrections Wrong phone number for play Civil War-era demonstrations Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Susp i Victim didn't know her assailant; roommate knew him by nickname "Kilo." By Diana LaMattina Staff writer A Syracuse man who was re- j cently released from prison has I been charged with the rape of a 15-year-old Crouse Hospital pa- tient, Syracuse police said. Recently Oi J Arthur James Brown, 28, of 159 Or- lando Ave., was arrested on the charge of first-degree rape at a.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, speaking for Syracuse police. Brown He got out of prison March 1 after serving seven years on rob- bery charges, according to the New York State Department of Correctional Services. Using surveillance video, po- lice determined that Brown and another man had entered Crouse Hospital during visiting hours Tuesday to visit the victim's roommate, Connellan said. The rape occurred after 9 p.m., when the roommate and the other man left the room, Connellan said. The attack happened in the pe- diatric unit, where the two beds are separated by a curtain, said Bob Allen, Crouse Hospital's communications director. Connellan said Wednesday the girl tried to fight off her at- tacker, but he would not explain further. The victim reported the attack to the hospital staff after the suspect fled. The victim had never met Brown. The roommate knew the identity of the other man, but knew Brown only by the nick- name "Kilo." Connellan said. In the pediatric unit, which serves children under 18, room- mates are selected based on sim- ilar age. In this case, both the POLICE, PAGE A-l 2 Destiny deal stays secret despite law, official says By Rick Moriarty Staff writer Developer Robert Congel wants a public agency's help including use of eminent domain against private property owners to build his proposed billion Destiny USA Research Development Park. But he doesn't want the public j i to know exactly what he's asking for. He asked the Onon- daga County Industrial Develop- i ment Agency to keep secret his proposed development agree- ment. And county officials have agreed not to release it. The agency this week denied requests from The Post-Standard and a group of private business owners for a copy of a develop- I ment agreement proposed June 10 by Congel. In denying the requests, the agency's executive director, Donald Western, wrote that pub- lic disclosure would "impair present or imminent contract awards." Robert Freeman, executive di- rector of the state Department of State's Committee on Open Government, said the proposed agreement is a public document under the state's Freedom of In- j formation Law and should be re- I leased regardless of whether the developer wants it kept secret. DEVELOPER'S, PAGE A-5 Business F-4 York Editorials Local news Television E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Blackmailer's letter5 to avoid jail backfires By Aaron Gifford Staff writer First, Melissa Rookey was convicted of blackmail. Then she tried to hoodwink the judge who was about to sentence her Thurs- day. j "Big mistake, Miss 1 said Madison County Court Judge Biagio DiStefano, who discarded his initial idea of giv- ing Rookey county jail time or I even probation. Now she's going to state pris- I on. I Rookey, 34, of Salina, pro- i duced a therapist's letter asking DiStefano to keep her out of jail i until she could find medical care for her son. She tearfully apolo- i gized to her victim, a former co- worker in Oneida. "I'm not a bad said Rookey, who was convicted of grand larceny June 8. "I do i know what I did was wrong." DiStefano read the letter, signed by John Sobotka, and challenged Sobotka's status as a licensed occupational therapist. When DiStefano threatened to put him under oath, Sobotka ac- knowledged he's not licensed and that Rookey wrote the letter. DiStefano then sentenced Rookey to one to three years in state prison. "You did whatever you want- ed to do because you thought that's what would help the judge said. "This is consistent I with the way you think." a. rfl J WORKERS HOIST a Live 8 banner next to the stage Thursday in Philadelphia in prep- aration for Saturday's concert. The free Rusty Kennedy Associated Press concert will be one of 10 to be held simul- taneously around the world to raise aware- ness of poverty in Africa.