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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York r INSIDE: More than finish 28th annual Boilermaker C-1 The Post-Standard Affiliated with MONDAY, JULY 11, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING HEAT TREATMENT Temperatures will reach the 90s again today as a high- pressure system brings in more sunshine and dry air with a few clouds. It will become more humid Tuesday with a thunderstorm possible in the afternoon or evening. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 92 LOW: 69 Confession to Serial Killings: 'I Got To Get Off the Streets' Britain reaches out for help finding bombers British officials are seeking assistance from the U.S. and Eu- ropean allies to develop possible leads in the London attack case. STORY, PAGE A-7 Are our buses safe from terrorists? After the London bombings, more attention may be turned to security on U.S. public transpor- tation systems. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Good for the soul, good for the body Six black churches in Syra- cuse have launched a fitness pro- gram to fight obesity. CNY, PAGE D-1 DNA identifies body as missing Idaho boy Remains at a Montana campsite have been identified as those of a missing 9-year-old boy whose sister was found with a registered sex offender. STORY, PAGE A-5 Gasoline hits record price at nation's pumps Summer drivers are dealing with a record average price of S2.33 for a gallon of gasoline. STORY, PAGE A-3 Will Rehnquist reveal retirement plans today? The chief justice is expected to make a statement today. STORY, PAGE A-3 Lawyer: Leak didn't come from White House staffer White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with a reporter about Valerie Flame's CIA role, but didn't identify her by name, his lawyer says STORY, PAGE A-4 Mother still looking for her children's remains i Teresa Knight is retracing her ex-husband's trek on Interstate 80 somewhere along which he buried their children. STORY, PAGE A-5 Methamphetamine users leave 'orphans' to state In many rural areas with few social services, an increasing number of children taken from methamphetamine-using parents are taxing the foster-care system. STORY, PAGE A-3 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Classified..........E-1 Lottery..............A-2 CNY..................D-1 Movies..............D-4 Comics.............D-6 New York.........A-6 Editorials.........A-8 Obituaries........B-4 Entertainment D-3 Sports...............C-1 Local news.......B-1 Television.........D-5 THE POST-STANDARD Nicholas Wiley says he has I killed seven people. The police can find only three. I By John O'Brien Staff writer Nicholas Wiley killed Lottie Thompson when he got angry over her demand for sex, he told police. He killed Hannah Finnerty when she wanted more crack co- caine, and Tammy Passineau j when she talked about sexual predators and prison, he told j Syracuse police. Wiley claimed he slit each woman's throat, and that he killed four other people in a two- month rage-induced rampage last year, according to his five- page confession obtained last week by The Post-Standard. Police investigated each of Wiley's seven claimed murders. They found no evidence to back up four of them. An Onondaga County grand jury indicted him last week on murder charges in the deaths of Thompson, Finner- ty and Passineau. "I want to say that I have been out of control for a Wiley said to detectives David Buske and John Nolan on June 1 last year. "I have problems deal- ing with anger. I can't stop my temper." Passineau was his first victim and Thompson his last, Wiley told the detec- tives. He knew he needed help and that he wouldn't stop Wiley unless he got caught, the confes- sion said. That's why he left his last victim, Thompson, in her apartment instead of hiding her body in a Dumpster or some- where else as he did with his other victims, the statement said. "Me not throwing Lottie in Confession To read the full text of Nicholas Wiley's confession, go to Three of Wiley's confessed the Dumpster is my way of call- ing out for Wiley told the officers. "I didn't want to hide it any more. I have been out of control and it's got to stop. I just want it all to end." The confession has not been made public, although police have described it in general. Buske and Nolan couldn't dis- cuss the confession because the case is in court, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, who referred ques- tions to the district attorney's of- fice. Neither the prosecutor han- dling the case. Rick Trunfio, nor District Attorney William Fitz- patrick returned phone messages. Wiley's lawyer. Thomas Mill- er, declined to comment. Wiley refers frequently in the confession to his fear of going back to prison, where he'd spent more than 20 years before being released in January 2004 on a sodomy conviction. He talks OTHER, PAGE A-IO GULF COAST TAKES A LIGHTNING PUNCH A SATELLITE NEWS TRUCK rests on its side Sunday on Na- varre Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Dennis made landfall. After strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico and scaring coastal residents into neighboring states, hotels and shel- ters, Dennis weakened to a Category 3 storm just before speeding ashore near Pensacola on Sunday. The highest Douglas R. Clifford, St. Petersburg Associated Press winds were clocked at 120 miles per hour, near the wall of the hurricane's eye when it made landfall. They had dropped from 145 mph, and the difference may have spared the area millions of dollars in damage. The biggest problem was power outages for more than homes and busi- nesses in the Panhandle, and in Alabama. STORY AND PHOTOS, Page A-4 Owasco Lake drowning feared By David Tobin Staff writer An Auburn man is presumed j drowned after he slipped off his 1 personal walercraft in Owasco Lake Sunday afternoon and dis- i appeared. Missing is Mark Sanders, 47. of 5 Fleming St.. Auburn. Sanders was boating with friends and family, some on per- sonal watercraft. some on boats. said Cayuga County Undershe- riff Steve McLoud. Emergency workers combed a section of Owasco Lake's west- ern shore about seven miles south on Owasco Lake, off Fire- lane 19, near a small jut of land known as Honeymoon Point. The 911 center was called around p.m.. said McLoud. "This is. regrettably, now a recovery." McLoud said, hours after the call. j The heavily wooded point has a cove with a beach on one side that is popular with boaters. There are no homes or camps on i the point, so rescue workers set OWASCO, PAGE A-10 TODAY'S SUDOKU 8 n Check out today's puzzle on Page D-7 For the solution to the puzzle above, see Page A-2 8 SIMPLE WAYS To save money around the house Vacation doesn't have to break the bank How to start life right financially MONEYWISE IS THE SPACE SHUTTLE SAFE ENOUGH? SCIENCE, PAGE B-6 THE ART OF KRAMER Is he a master, or what? CNY, PAGE D-1 MY FAVORITE MOVIES Kenny CNY, PAGE D-3 Pushing a big pig into the spotlight By Alaina Potrikus Staff writer What does it take to move a Pig'-' Seven full-grown men, a ramp made of six layers of plywood covered with hay, and a little bit of luck. Norm, a hog from Hubbardsville in Madi- son County, gained popularity last fall when his owner, Bob Peterson, announced that he may be the world's largest pig. Peterson's sudden death in December stalled plans to in- troduce Norm to his fans and left his fate un- certain. But his best friend, fellow Hubbardsville farmer Kerry Dart, has taken to fulfilling Pe- terson's wish that the scale-topping porker re- main a pet. He'll make his debut at the New York State Fair at the end of August. He has a new home on the Internet,, where Web surfers can learn about his history. Soon, Dart will be selling merchandise like T-shirts, baseball caps and posters emblazoned with his photograph that read "Big Norm: World's Largest Known Pig." Sunday, Norm moved to a new sty, a 16-by-20-foot pen at Dart's farm on Hill Road, about 2.5 miles from Peterson's farm. Rousing him from his old quarters took about 30 minutes, with an elaborate ramp system designed to get Norm onto the bed of a truck. Norm, who stands about 4 feet high and measures feet from snout to tail, stalled Chrissie Cowan Contributing photographer NORM, a pig, gets some en- couragement to move from (from left) Kerry Dart, Don Stith, Derek Price and Gary Rounds. Norm was transported to his new home in Hubbardsville over the weekend. about halfway up, trying to back up. "Norm, you stubborn Dart said, straining to halt a retreat. "Who do you think you arc, the world's largest When he arrived at Dart's farm, Norm sniffed around for about 10 minutes before finding a place to nap in the sunshine. He's sure to draw a crowd. Wade Furner, who bought Peterson's farm on Wratten Road in April, said that from three to 10 people stop by the barn each day, looking for "that big pig." For Dart, the day was about fulfilling a promise. "He'd be having such a hoot over he said of Peterson. British memo details plan to bring some troops home i News service reports j London A confidential i British military assessment ex- amines the possibility of drasti- cally cutting troop strength in 1 Iraq by the end of next year, to from about now, in i a memo leaked to the newspaper i The Mail on Sunday. The memo raises the possibili- I ty of British troops returning by Christmas, and a sharp drop in the number of U.S. and allied troops in Iraq by the middle of 2006. John Reid, the defense minis- I ter of Britain, confirmed the doc- 1 ument's authenticity on Sunday but said it was one of a number of papers setting out scenarios i for a transfer of security respon- i sibilities to Iraqi forces. Penta- gon officials and Reid stressed that no final decision on troop 1 levels or timetables for with- drawal had been reached. The document, titled "Op- tions for Future U.K. Force Pos- ture in lays out a potential i "halving" of costs of about billion a year for Britain in such i troop cuts. It also refers to "strong U.S. military desire" to hand over control to Iraqi forces MEMO, PAGE A-10 ;