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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STORMY It looks like a warm, humid weekend with thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The muggy weather should break midweek. Complete forecast, D-8 City Hires New School Chief HIGH: 88 LOW: 70 Red Sox beat Yankees with 17-1 pounding The Red Sox undressed the Yankees, 17-1, Friday night, matching the score six weeks ago at Yankee Stadium, when the Sox recorded their most lop- sided win in meetings. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Rash of suicide bombings kills at least 22 in Iraq A spate of suicide attacks in Baghdad continued on Friday, as insurgents struck at U.S. and Iraqi security forces around the city using at least eight suicide car bombs, killing at least 22 people and wounding scores more, officials said. STORY, PAGE A-5 No shuttle liftoff set as NASA works on gauge NASA has indefinitely put off its long-awaited return to space, saying Friday that engi- neers were no closer to knowing why a fuel gauge acted up right before a scheduled liftoff two days earlier. STORY, PAGE A-10 Egypt detains chemist with key to apartment Egyptian authorities Friday detained a U.S.- and British- trained chemist who had lived recently in the same city as some of last week's suspected suicide attackers and who held the key to an apartment where the bombs may have been made. STORY, PAGE A-5 Bush expected to name conservative to top court William H. Rehnquist's plan to stay on as chief justice clears the way for President Bush to make a swift decision to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Liberals and conservatives have different ideas about whom that might boost, but they agree Bush will try to move the court to the right. STORY, PAGE A-3 States lose pollution regulation battle States lost a bid Friday to force the Bush administration to regulate heat-trapping industrial gases that have been blamed for global warming. STORY, PAGE A-3 Hamas militants killed by Israeli airstrikes Friday Israel retaliated against Pal- estinian fighters Friday with air- strikes that killed six militants. STORY, PAGE A-5 U.S. teens win world geography championship A team of U.S. teens won the National Geographic World Championship in Hungary. STORY, PAGE A-7 Corrections Old DWI Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........E-5 Movies...............E-4 Comics...........E-IO Obituaries........B-4 Editorials.........A-8 Sports...............D-l E-l Stocks...............C-2 Local news.......B-1 Television.......E-l 2 THE POST-STANDARD i Alida Begina, 55, is excited to step i into position this fall, hopes to make a difference in the community. I By Maureen Nolan and Frederic Pierce I Staff writers j I AJida Begina, Syracuse's new school j superintendent, says her father would have been proud to see her become the first woman to head the Syracuse school district. Begina's dad passed away last year. When she was grow- ing up in Minneapolis, he made it clear that she, her sister and her brother would go to college, even when she told him her career plan to be a hairdresser. Begina, now 55, lis- Begina tened to her dad. She went to college and grew up to be an educator. For the last 10 years she's been the superinten- dent of the Hamden, Conn., school dis- trict. Friday, the Syracuse school board hired her to lead the district, which has roughly three times the students and more than four times the employees as Ham- den. Begina (pronounced buh-GEEN-a) starts her new job Oct. 17. "This is a big challenge. That's what excited me about Begina said several hours after the school board voted to hire her. "I've never shied away from risk- taking or challenges. I was not a superin- tendent before I came to Hamden. The board took a chance on me." She said the Syracuse job attracted her because she sees the potential to make a difference in the lives of children. The board and Begina agreed on a three-year contract with an annual salary of the first year, with future raises and merit incentive bonuses to be determined by the board each year. Her current annual salary is between and Begina's new contract requires her to live in Syracuse. COLLEAGUE, PAGE A-7 THE WAIT IS OVER HARRY POTTER fans in Texas wait for a first glimpse of the first au- thor-signed edition of "Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince." The Associated Press Jim Commentucci Staff photographer WESLEY SHAMLIAN, 15, (left) Katelyn Kriesel, 17, (center) and Yoni Hochstein, 16, all of Manlius, arejubiliant as they open their just-purchased copies of the new Harry Potter book this morning at Barnes Noble in DeWitt. Throngs excitedly converge for Harry No. 6 By Laura T. Ryan Staff writer Harry Potter fans today can raise their flagons of Butter beer in cel- ebration, as the sixth book about their favorite boy wizard, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood finally ar- rives in stores. The frenzy surrounding the release of the latest book by author IK. Rowling spanned several continents with readings and parties ending early this morning. An 8-year-old DeWitt boy stayed up way past his usual p.m. bedtime to be the first to get his hands on the book at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in DeWitt. Still need a copy? Book sellers in CNY says they have plenty of copies, based on past sales. Celebrations abound as young readers await the book Friday. Stories, photographs. Page A-4 Matt Parker, wearing a lightning bolt tattoo, was there with his mom. Sheila, and dad, John. At midnight, he handed a S20 bill to an employee dressed as Pro- fessor Snape and received the book, 57 cents in change and the envy of hundreds of other Central New York fans who crammed into the store for Harry Potter festivities. While Rowling was reading passages of the book to a chosen few in Edinburgh Castle, London bookstores were hosting parties before the official midnight re- lease of 10.8 million copies of the book and the eventual distribution of the book in the United States five hours later. Since the author's announcement that she had completed the 652-page book last December, the "Half-Blood Prince" has mostly remained at the top of the best-seller lists for and Lina Vadlamani, 11, of Manlius, vowed to start reading the book as soon THEY READ, PAGE A-4 Number of English copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" that Scholastic Inc. has printed in its first edition. The number of advance orders being filled by alone. The number of pages in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." The number of copies accidentally sold in a Vancouver, Canada, store last week. i War protester pulled from Oswego County parade, arrested By Charles McChesney Staff writer i Mark Harris, a 20-year veter- an of the Air Force, was not pleased to see a sign-carrying Iraq war protester in Thursday night's Mexico Volunteer Fire Department Field Days parade. What he saw happen to the man, though, raised some ques- tions for him and, he said, his children. An Oswego County sheriffs deputy pulled Joshua A. Davies, 23, of 25B North St. in Mexico, out of the parade and charged him with disorderly conduct. Da- vies had been walking in the pa- rade carrying, Harris said, an "Impeach Bush" sign and an- other sign calling for an end to the war in Iraq. Harris said he saw Davies get searched, handcuffed and put in a sheriffs patrol car. Harris said Davies was kept in the car until the parade ended about 45 min- utes later. "My kids watched said Harris. "Some asked, 'Can they do They were talking about what the deputy did, not the protester. And it wasn't just children asking the question, Harris said. "There were older people, sen- ior citizens, saying it too." Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd said Davies was arrested because he was a spectator who jumped into the middle of the parade. "He was not entered in the Todd said. "We had a complaint that he disrupted the Todd added. "He was arrested and re- leased on an appearance ticket." A man who answered the Pataki decides to visit Iowa He draws speculation by attending conference in state that kicks off caucuses. Staff and news service reports As Gov. George Pataki flew to Iowa Friday, aides back home reported that his gubernatorial j fundraising is lagging far behind where it was four years ago. Pataki has not said whether he will seek a fourth term as gover- nor in 2006, but he has indicated he may be interested in running for president in 2008. He went to Iowa to attend the summer meet- ing of the National Governors Association, an event he normal- ly avoids when it is in places with less political mystique. Because Iowa is the site of the kickoff presidential campaign caucuses. Pataki's trip has fueled speculation that he may forsake New York fora presidential bid. The Republican governor's New York campaign committee reported Friday that in the past six months it had raised I, far below the million haul it reported in July 2001. just 16 months before he easily won a third term. The latest state filing showed his campaign committee had million in the bunk. Four years ago. the committee had more than million on hand on the way to spending mii- FUNDRAISING, PAGE A-6 INSIDE A CAR STOIft A1932 Sfudebaker, a death, a 65-year wait. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 BLUES FESI Who plays today? LOCAL, PAGE B-2 GOODBYE, GOLDEN BEAR Jack Nicklaus' last major tournament. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 phone at the Mexico fire station, who declined to give his name, said Friday that all anyone had to do to be in the parade was ask permission. "I felt bad that he was Harris said of Davies, "but I thought he had the right to his opinion." "This was a signal to the kids that you can't do that Harris said. "Dissent, I mean. I thought that's what being an American means the right to protest, to speak your mind." Davies could not be reached for comment. [7 4tl3._ 6 2 SUDOKU PUZZLES! ABOVE AND E-l I (Answers to A-1 puzzle: A-2) if ;