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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 2005, Syracuse, New York MONEY TIPS TO MINIMIZE EXPENSIVE CAR REPAIRS The Post-Standard Affiliated with FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard MONDAY, JULY 18, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SWEAT IT OUT Double dip the deodorant today because the heat and humidity aren't going away until at least Wednesday. There's a chance for a thunderstorm later today and Tuesday. Complete forecast C-10 HIGH: 89 LOW: 72 Harry Potter series' end to be 'shock' for Rowling Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling says she's dreading the day her seventh and final book is released. STORY, PAGE A-2 Baby's rescue at building no surprise to nannies Nanny Brunilda Tirado's desperate cries for "My in the rubble of a collapsed New York City building were a poi- gnant reminder of the bond be- tween caregiver and child. NEW YORK, PAGE A-4 Tourists flee from Mexico as Emily hits beaches Travelers left their vacation hotels in Cancun and other tour- ist spots to avoid Hurricane Emily, now a Category 4 storm. STORY, PAGE A-5 Militant attacks continue, Israel poised to invade Israeli forces killed a Hamas field commander Sunday as Pal- estinian militants continued their attack for a fourth day. STORY, PAGE A-5 Governors may take Medicare fight to court Governors are considering legally challenging a new Medi- care policy they say will cost states millions of dollars. STORY, PAGE A-3 2 aides named as sources for story by Time reporter Matt Cooper said the vice president's chief of staff Lewis Libby and deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove both talked to him about the identity of a CIA agent. STORY, PAGE A-3 What does your blood say about you? A drop of blood holds a lot of information about your health. CNY, PAGED-1 Costs about to heat up for central air conditioning New federal efficiency stan- dards next year are expected to add at least to the cost of a central air conditioning system. STORY IN MONEYWISE Find out about loans to help buy your home Help is available for home buyers, especially those buying for the first time. STORY IN MONEYWISE 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... CNY............. Comic........ Editorials... E-l D-l D-6 A-6 Movies.. D-4 New York.........A-4 Entertainment D-3 Local news.......B-l lottery.............A-2 Obituaries... Science........ Sports.......... Television... Moneywise B-4 1-6 C-l 0-5 THE POST-STANDARD Daughter Lives in Fear Of Her Mother's Killer Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer LEI6HA SARDO cries as she talks about the 1989 murder of her mother, Lisa Siler. Sardo's daughter, Alexis, sits with her. William Siler could be released from prison next week By Pam Greene Staff writer Leigha Sardo was 7 when her mother was stalked and murdered by her husband, William Siler, in 1989. Next week, a parole board could release Siler, now 60, from Groveland Correctional Facility. He has served 16 years for the murder of Lisa Siler. "1 know him better than my family knows him. I know him better than his family knows him. I know how he thinks. I haven't forgotten any of said Sardo. "I'm scared. I'm very scared." Sardo, now 23, is married with two children and a third on the way. At 5, she said, her stepfather showed her a gun and told her what happens to people who cross him. He broke her poodle's leg to pun- ish her, she said. During the next two years, Photo courtesy of Dorene Rowlee LISA SILER, 24, is shown with her daughter Leigha VanBuren, 7, in this family photo from 1989. The photo was taken about a week be- fore Siler was killed by her husband, her mother Do- rene Rowlee, said. she said, he smashed her mother's face with a tele- phone, threw glasses at her head and chased her with a knife. He stalked her con- stantly, insisting she was cheating on him, she said. The violence became cy- clical, Sardo said. They'd sep- arate, he'd crawl back, she'd take him back, he'd beat her again. After he threatened to set the house on fire with Leigha still inside, Lisa Siler finally left him for the last time before Christmas in 1988. Lisa Siler got away from her husband for four months, and she lived in constant fear for her life, her mother, Do- rene Rowlee said. Six days be- fore her death, she got an order of protection against her husband after she found her car and apartment ransacked and vandalized. In February 1989, Lisa Siler told her family she was hear- ing rumors that William Siler was planning to kill her. On May 22, 1989, William Siler cradled a 20-gauge shot- gun while he hid in a coat room at Pronto's Restaurant in Clay. As his wife, a 24-year-old bar manager, pre- pared to open for business be- fore a.m., he burst out of the closet and fatally shot her in the neck at close range. He hid in a field in Mattydale for two days, then surrendered to police. He left Leigha to be raised by Rowlee, her grand- mother. After serving 16 years in prison for first-degree man- slaughter, Siler could be re- leased between July 25 and July 29. Sometime that week will be his last parole hearing before he completes two- thirds of his to 25-year sentence. If he's not released then, he most likely will be re- leased in January next year. "I'm appalled he would get said Rowlee. "It's just SARDO, PAGE A-8 Nottingham's 'Fabulous 14' grads live up to name By Sarah Moses Contributing writer Fourteen Nottingham High School graduates who made their mark on Syracuse are now making their mark on the world. In 1992, they were known by their classmates as the "Fabu- lous 14" the top graduates at Nottingham High School in terms of academic standing. All were female, and all were friends. Now, 13 years later, seven of them have doctorates or are fin- ishing their doctoral studies. They have gone on to be doctors, a lawyer, professors and moth- ers. And they live in nine states. 'It was just a really remarka- ble group of said Al- icia Swords, 31, the class saluta- torian who plans to teach sociology. 'I remember very clearly that every girl was very smart and very motivated." The women all recall two things about Nottingham: great teachers and a diverse student body. "We had absolutely wonder- ful, gifted teachers who really cared, not only about teaching, but also about us as individual said Lisa (DeBenedic- tis) Nelson, 30, who started her residency in internal medicine this month in Michigan. "I think these teachers knew what we were capable of and challenged us to do more and learn more, rather than being satisfied with letting us do enough just to get along. TEACHERS, PAGfA-S Dick Blume Staff photographer MARY VALLELONGA interviews a job candidate at the Rescue Mission in Utica. The 1992 Nottingham High School graduate was among a group of women at the top of her class and is now the director of Human Resources at the Rescue Mission. MEET THE 'FABULOUS 14': The way they were then, where they are WHAT'S IN HIS NAME? Help Kramer lose hisgreen-shag- carpet image. CNY, PAGE D-1 INSI ASK, DON'T TELL ...if you want to toft to animals, communkotor says. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGED-8 DE BURGER TO GROW Meat from eels in a lab SCIENCE, PAGEB-6 2SUDOKU PUZZLES AT LEFT, ANSWER ON A-2 AND CNY, D-7 I Frequent flier miles: 'Nice perk' in Congress By Larry Margasak The Associated Press Washington Globe-trot- ting members of Congress reap a valuable fringe benefit they do not disclose: frequent-flier miles from trips they take at the ex- pense of special interests or tax- payers. "There's no question it's a definite benefit. I would call it a nice said Rep. Ray La- Hood, R-I11. He uses the frequent flier miles for upgrades and per- sonal free trips, such as travel to charity golf tournaments. LaHood and his wife each ac- cumulated about miles this year from a round trip be- tween Chicago and China fi- nanced by the Aspen Institute, a Washington-based think tank. Frequent flier credits are not part of the information members of Congress must report about the trips or disclose on their an- nual ethics statement. That lack of disclosure baffles even some groups that pay for the trips. Consumer Electronics Associ- ation spokesman Jeff Joseph, whose group pays for congres- sional visits to Las Vegas for its convention, said: "It does seem a bit strange that members have to report what really are nominal gifts but not report frequent flier miles." Weekly flights home are a standard way for members to ac- cumulate flier miles. A lawmaker flying weekly be- tween Portland, Ore., and Wash- ington, D.C., would travel roughly a year. If all those miles counted for United Airlines' standard awards pro- gram, they would be enough for roughly six round-trip flights within the continental U.S. "This is a gift that keeps on said Kent Cooper, co- founder of the Web site Political Money Line, which tracks con- gressional travel. "It will last them for years." Charges for Saddam; 170 killed by bombers News service reports The Iraqi Special Tribunal filed its first criminal case against Saddam Hussein, accus- ing the ousted president and three others in a 1982 massacre of Shiite villagers following a failed assassination attempt. If convicted, they could face the death penalty. Iraq's deadly week Suicide bombers killed at least 170 people in the past week, in- cluding 22 in the Baghdad area Sunday. In the deadliest attack, a bomber blew up a fuel truck out- side a Shiite mosque Saturday in Musayyib, killing more than 90. Updates from Iraq Muqtada al-Sadr, the radi- cal Shiite cleric who led two major uprisings against U.S. forces last year, called for Iraqis to exercise self-restraint and not be provoked into violence. The deputy minister for in- dustrial development says Iraq wants to launch a privatization program to end state monopolies over industry. The first step would be selling cement, brick and pharmaceutical factories. Updates from London Britain's largest Sunni Muslim group issued a religious edict, a fatwa, condemning the July 7 suicide bombings as the work of a "perverted ideology." Six more arrests were re- ported in the northern city of Leeds, but police said there was no connection with the London bombings. ;