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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syri SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 Tw Pas' SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS PLEASANT Sun worshippers will be pleased by the amount of shine 11 be getting today. Just don't mistake sunshine for warmth: The high will remain just below today's normal high. Easter should be sunny again, and a little wanner. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 43 LOW: 28 State starts Web site on nursing homes The state Health Department is making more details about nursing home complaint inves- tigations and enforcement ac- tions available to the public by posting the information on its Web site, BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Bush pledges to sell war planes to Pakistan The Bush administration re- warded Pakistan, an improbable ally in the war on terrorism, with a promise Friday that it could buy sophisticated U.S. -built F- 16 warplanes. Pakistan's nuclear rival, India, immediately com- plained the sale would threaten its security. STORY, PAGE A-4 State worker doing nothing agrees to new job A woman, looking to do more than sit and read books at her job with the State Liquor Authority, has set- tled her federal court lawsuit against the state and will move to a new job with the state De- partment of Motor Vehitles. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 FBI rules out terrorism in oil refinery blast FBI agents have ruled out terrorism, but federal regulators estimate it will take them months to determine what caused an oil refinery explosion that killed 15 and injured more than 100 in Texas City, Texas. STORY, PAGE A-3 State lawmakers, Pataki still at odds over budget Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Friday refused to at- tend Gov. George Pataki' s latest public budget negotiating ses- sion, which Silver said have be- come pointless days before the budget is due. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Kyrgyzston officials move consolidate their power Kyrgyzstan's new leaders moved swiftly Friday to assert power a day after taking over the reins of government, while po- lice and former protesters worked together to guard against renewed looting in the Central Asian nation's capital. STORY, PAGE A-4 "The Grapes of Wrath" was performed Friday night. REVIEW, PAGE 1-2 Corrections Mets and Time Free admission to 'Grapes of Wrath' Bitter Fruit of the Depression" YE-1 Charge against Johni G. Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Index MrtKT-STANDAltD Father: last Hours' For Schiavo Judges Ariorto agon fay reqvest to order rensertkNi of WOMW S tMONK) tVM. The Associated Press Pinellas Park, Fla. A federal ap- peals court panel refused to order the reinsertion of Teni Schiavo's feeding tube Friday, hours after the severely brain-damaged woman's father said she was weakening and down "to her last hours." In its ruling, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said it had already ruled on most of the is- sues raised in the latest appeal, and that other issues raised did not apply to the case. It marked the third time in four days the court had denied an emergency re- quest made by Schiav'o's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler. Doctors have said she would proba- bly die within a. week or two of the feeding tube being removed, which was done March Iff after a judge sided with her husband's argument that she would not want to be kept alive artifi- cially. Dehydration has taken its toll on the 41-year-old woman, producing flaky skin, dry tongue and lips, and sunken eyes, according to attorneys and friends of the Schindlers. "'Teni is weakening. She's down to her last hours. Something has to be done and has to be done said Bob Schindler, who visited his daugh- ter Friday morning. After a later visit, he added: "I told her that we're still fighting for her, and she shouldn't give up because we're not. But I think the people who are anx- ious to see her die are getting their wish." The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta was the same court that has ruled against the parents twice this week. Michael Schiavo's attorneys argued mat the Schindlers had abandoned all pretense of the ANOTHER, PAGE A-5 Inside: CNY hospitals adopt patient-care forms for life- sustaining Mary and Bob Schindler are the desperate public faces in their family's battle to keep their daughter NCAA SYRACUSE REGIONALS Wisconsin 65 (10) N.C. State 56 KD North Carolina 67 (5) Viiianova 66 Elsewhere: K5) Mich. St. 78, (1) Duke 68 K6) Kentucky 62, (2) Utah 52 COMPLETE COVERAGE OF SWEET 16 STARTS ON PAGE D-l THE WISCONSIN bench celebrates in the Carrier Dome Friday night as the team starts a comeback against North Carolina State. Wisconsin won, 65-56. The final game in the Syracuse Dennis Nett Staff photographer Regional will be Sunday at p.m. More than fans are in Syracuse this weekend for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. FAN PLEASERS HAPPENING AROUND CNY TODAY At the clock It all began in Syracuse with the introduction of the NBA 24-second shot dock back in 1954. At 11 a.m., a shot clock monument will be dedicated in Armory Square. Off the court Take a seat for one of the IMAX films at the Museum of Science and Technology. At 1 p.m., "Syracuse Nationals That Was Then will be screened followed by 2 and 5 p.m. showings of "Michael Jordan." In the tent The party scene heats up at 4 p.m. at the party tent in Armory Square Hungering for a different taste of Syracuse? Area restaurants will oe participating in "Sample Syracuse's Armory Square." Come 7 p.m., British rockers The Fixx, owners of 1980s hits "One Thing Leads to Another" and "Saved by will perform. Tudee taken off murder hearing at DA's C? Proseator criticizes jvdge's drafaiges to paperwork, use of the tern "ass wfwppiii." By Jim O'Hara Staff writer City Judge Langston McKin- ney was removed from arraign- ment duties Friday after the dis- trict attorney criticized McKinney's handling of the murder case against Syracuse University cheerleader Brian T. Shaw. McKinney had questioned whether the district attor- ney's paper- work suffi- c i e n t 1 y supported an intentional murder charge. Fifth Judi- cial District McKinntjr Administrative Judge James Tor- mey assigned Supervising City Judge Jeffrey Merrill to take over McKinney's arraignment duties through the end of the present court term ending Sunday and Merrill proceeded to arraign Shaw without inci- dent Friday afternoon. But the ar- raignment was overshadowed FrtqMtrkk by the bitter wrangling that erupted when District Attorney William Fitz- patrick lambasted McKinney for "an abuse of discretion and frankly an outright dereliction of duty" and McKinney com- plaining he had been "literally bhndsided" by the attack and subsequent intervention by Tor- mey. Shaw, 22, of 545 Columbus Ave., was charged with one count of second-degree murder, accusing him of intentionally killing Chiarra Seals, the 23-year-old mother of his 4-year-old daughter, by striking her in the head during a fight in her Jasper Street apartment Wednesday afternoon. After meeting with Chief As- sistant District Attorney Patrick Army reports war homicides In Afghanistan and Iraq, investigators say 27 detainees were killed. The Associated Press Washington Twenty-seven detainees were killed in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan in suspected or confirmed homi- cide cases between August 2002 and November 2004, the Army said Friday in its first compre- hensive accounting. The Army Criminal Investiga- tion Command said that in the 16 cases it has completed, it found sufficient evidence to sup- port a range of charges against 21 soldiers, including murder, negligent homicide and assault. It did not specify how many of the 21 had been charged. Five of the 16 closed cases were referred to other agencies, including the case of an Iraqi who died at the Abu Ghraib pris- on outside of Baghdad on Nov. 4. 2003. The cause of death was determined to be "blunt force trauma." No Army personnel were found to be involved, the Navy took the case and has court-martial charges against several Navy SEAL commandos and one sailor. The CIA and Justice Depart- ment also are investigating that death. There are 24 cases encompas- sing the 27 deaths. All but two of the 24 cases involved a single Iraqi or Afghan death. One case involved two deaths and another involved three. Of the eight Army criminal in- vestigations that remain open, pending further leads and action, five of the cases involved inci- dents that occurred during raids or firefights or in other circum- stances outside of a U.S.-operat- ed detention facility. Chris Grey, spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Com- mand, said detailed information about the eight open cases is not being released "to protect the in- tegrity of the investigations." In two of the open cases, how- ever, legal actions have begun against accused soldiers. One in- volves the death of an Iraqi major general in November 2003. Four soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based at Fort Carson, Colo., have been charged with murder and dereliction of duty. Another of the open cases in- j voives three separate killings in i the Sadr City sector of Baghdad I ARMY, FROM PAGE A-7 i Inside: Insurgents reasserted themselves in deadly attacks after days of reported setbacks, killing 17 Iraqi security forces in four car Business news Ossified _ CNY _______ Editorials Entertainment INSIDE DESIGNING WOMAN Atexa Hampton on two PBS shows, including the art-filled PAGEE-1 AMAZON.COM R knows what you're buying. r, PAGE PERKS, PERKS, PERKS Former GE CEO details his lavish lifestyle. BUSINESS, PAGE 01 GOING EXOTIC Showy spring bulbs love warm weather. CNY, PAGE E-1 YOU'RE ANOTHER DAY CLOSER TO YOUR Daily DoSC J ;