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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard r --i FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. SO CENTS SUNSET SNOW It wil! stay cold ia Centra! New York today, and there will be some snow. Most of the accumula- tion, "however. arrive this evening. Up to 3 inches of could gather on the ground through Saturday. Complete forecast D-14 HIGH: 33 LOW: 24 Dozens killed at Shfite mosque in Mosul A suicide bomber walked into a Shiite mosque in the northern city of Mosul on Thurs- day and detonated explosives strapped to his body, killing about 40 people and injuring at least 60, officials and witnesses snid. STORY, PAGE Clinton rests after successful surgery Former President Clinton, a day after hitting the golf course in Florida, was resting comfort- ably Thursday after undergoing an operation to clear up compii- cations from quadruple bypass surgery six months ago. STORY, PAWA-U Senate passes tougher rules for bankruptcy The Senate passed legislation Thursday that will make it hard- er for Americans to rid them- selves of debt by filing for bank- ruptcy. The House is expected to pass the measure next month, deliver- ing to President Bush a second victory this year on pro-business legislation he had sought. STORY, PAGE A-! Fields ports ways Michael A. Fields, WCNY- frequently outspoken president and chief executive of- ficer, has quietly left the Syra- cuse public stations. In a statement Thursday. WCNY said it and Fields "have reached a joint decision and have mutually agreed to end their affi- liation" four years after he was hired. CNY, PAGE H Suicide note tells of slaying judge's family A man who shot himself to death during a traffic stop in Wisconsin claimed in a suicide note that he killed a federal judge's husband and mother, a source close to the investigation told The Associated Press Thurs- day. Police chief Phil Cline said Thursday that two letters and a witness description appear to connect Bart Ross to the killing, but he stopped short of calling the 57-year-old Chicago man the sole suspect STORY, PAGE A-11 Review "Arcadia" was performed by Le Moyne College Thursday night Corrections Earning Regents Lead in 600-meter Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn'at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NCWS Index Business. QIY Comic Crime M ___H ___H ___H ___1-6 Lattery- JKVKS- Locoinews__M Ofcfluories Sports Sfods Tdereion A-2 .1-3 .w C-3 -E-4 fflE POST-STANDARD Onondagas File Huge Land Claim Nation wants lake, other sites cleaned up ONONDAGA FAfTHKEEPER Oren Lyons (left) and Tadodaho Sid Hill pose on the bank of Hemlock Creek, which runs through the Onondaga Nation's territory south of Syracuse. The creek is being polluted by an old dump south of the John Berry Staff photographer Onondagas' territory, Hill said. The.Onondagas hope a his- toric land-rights lawsuit they will file today against New York, Onondaga County and Syracuse can be used to force the state to clean up environmental hazards. Chiefs: We won't seek homes of who live in region By Mike McAndrew Staff writer The Onondaga Nation will claim ownership of a 40-mile-wide swath of land stretching from the Thou- sand Islands to Pennsylvania in a historic lawsuit it will file today against New York, Onondaga County and Syracuse. The' Onondagas will ask a federal court to declare that New York ille- gally acquired the land in five trea- ties between 1788 and 1822, and they will ask for tide to that land The disputed territory includes roughly square miles in- cluding nearly all of Syracuse, plus Oswego, Fulton, Watertown, Cort- land and Binghamton. About people live in the claim area. Syracuse is the biggest U.S. city to be included in a Native Ameri- can land claim, according to attor- neys and historians familiar with such cases. While the lawsuit asks a judge to declare the entire area as Onondaga property, Chief Sid Hill stressed the nation will not sue individual prop- erty owners or evict anyone from their homes. The Onondagas a nation of members who live on about 11 square miles just south of Syra- cuse are not seeking monetary damages in this action. WHAT IT MEANS The Onondagas say they do not want to evict any private landowners. They say they don't want a casino or other gambling business. The Onondagas want to force New York to clean up environmental damage, particularly to Onondaga Lake. Other claims have not hurt landowners' ability to sell land and _ shouldn't have an impact experts say For the Story on how the Onondagas lOSt their empire and to OlSCUSS the specify land claim boundaries in the lawsuit. Onondaga Seacfers land claim, go to say, however, that Auburn is outside the claim. Sean Tadodaho worries about the dreams of his people in the hands of the Impact; Will this hurt house, iand Status: A look at other .'and ir. Yorfc'A-11 The suit asks the court to declare that New York violated federal and state laws when it bought the Onon- daga land, said Joseph Heath, the Onondagas' attorney. Hill said the Onondagas hope such a ruling would force New York officials to bargain with them on compensation for the illegal sales and to compel New York to better clean up environmental haz- ards in the claim area especially Onondaga Lake. If those state negotiations fail, the Onondagas could return to court to ask a judge for damages. "With land claims elsewhere, we've seen all the negative things that can come out of that We want to be good neighbors." said Hill, the tadodaho, or spiritual leader, of the Onondagas. "We aren't saying-we're coming after Syracuse because it's ours. What are we going to do with Syra- Chief Jake Edwards said. "We want to be at the table and help the people in Syracuse make it a healthier place to live." Elsewhere in New York, land claims have not hurt anyone's abili- ty to buy and sell real estate, according to real estate profession- als in those areas. "Day-to-day, no one will see any Heath said. "Certainly not until there's a judgment Then Who owns this land? The Onondagas plan to claim in court that they are the rightful owners of square miles of New York, and that the state illegally took most of it away two centuries ago. JOB PERK Artist