Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York
MONEYVMEiS WAYS TO SAVE MONEY INSURING YOUR HOME The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syraanc.com FINAL EDITION C 200S The Post-Sundsid MONDAY. MAY 16. 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SPOT OF RAIN Colder air in the upper atmosphere could send a shower across parts of Central New York today. Clouds are likely to be fre- quent visitors this week and temperatures will remain cool. Complete forecast. C-10 Girl, 13, Dead From Gunshot; Police Want To Talk To Brother HIGH: 59 LOW: 41 Her body was found Saturday by her mother in their Syracuse apartment. Five CNY high schools in Newsweek today Today's issue of Newsweek features several Central New York schools on its list of the top high schools in the na- tion. They are: Fay- etteville-Manlius, Jamesville- DeWitt, Skaneateles and West Genesee. The schools were pick- ed for how well they use ad- vanced courses to prepare stu- dents for college. LOCAlPAGfM Orange streak's over; no lacrosse semifinal A 22-year lacrosse streak is over. Syracuse University men's lacrosse team will not play in the semifinals of the NCAA tourna- ment this year because it lost Sunday to UMass. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Rice urges reaching out to Sunnis to ease tensions U.S. Secretary of State Con- doleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad Sunday to ad- vise the new government that overcoming insurgent violence must include accommodating discontent Sunnis. STORY, PAGE A4 Identity theft targeted by proposed legislation Several bills are pending in the state Senate and Assembly to crack down on identity theft and provide better protection for per- sonal and financial information. HEW YORK, PAGE A-S New York state aims to stop human trafficking State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, with legislative support, wants to make the act of human trafficking a felony. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Priest denies communion to those who back gays More than 100 people who wore rainbow-colored sashes Sunday to support gay Catholics were denied communion. STORY, PAGE A-3 Violence in Uzbekistan threatens key U.S. ally The spreading violence in Uzbekistan is further threatening stability in the Central Asia country, a host to an important U.S. military outpost. Eight Uzbek soldiers and three Islamic militants died near the border Sunday and more than 500 peo- ple fled to safety. STORY, PAGE A-5 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 By Jim Read Staff writer Brandi Brown had only lived in the neighborhood three weeks but she had made friends with the manager of the nearby High- land Street Market in Syracuse. The 13-year-old was out- going. "When she came in, she had a smile on her said Tony Shehadeh, the store man- ager. "When you met her, you know he said. Brown was found dead Satur- day in her apartment at 600-602 Highland St. An autopsy com- pleted Sunday showed the girl suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, said Lt. Joe Cecile, Syracuse police spokesman. Police waited for the autopsy before ruling the death a homi- cide because it wasn't obvious the wound was caused by a bul- let, Cecile said. Brown was found by her mother, Robin Brown, 43, when she returned home from work about 4 p.m. Saturday, police said. Brandi also has a younger sister and an older brother, neighbors said. Shehadeh said he would also see Robin Brown in the store, stopping by after work to pick up things for her family. Nobody was home at the apartment Sunday afternoon. Neighbors said police took down the crime scene tape earlier in the day. A bit of red tape marked "Evidence" remained on the steel door. Many people in the neighbor- hood are coming forward with information, Cecile said. Detectives want to speak to Brandi's older brother, Brian Brown, 22. "He's the only rela- tive so far we haven't been able to Cecile said. "We do believe he had contact with her earlier in the day." According to television re- ports, a man believed to be Brian Brown was inside a Dillaye Ave- nue house and holding off Syra- cuse police early today. The man entered the two-fam- ily home and tried to enter the apartment on the top floor, Ce- cile said. The woman in the apartment slammed the door and called police at p.m. Sun- day. Cecile would not identify the man or the woman. He would not confirm reports that the man was Brown. Cecile said the man was wanted in an armed robbery. The man started to leave the house, but saw police and re-en- tered the building's common area and refused to come out, Cecile said. Residents in both apartments were evacuated from the building through other exits. Police barricaded Vann Street on either side of Dillaye, as well as the only entrance to Dillaye off THE POST-STANDARD SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY GRADUATION DAY and serious Sunday. Graduates tossed an inflatable monkey around the Carrier Dome in honor of scientist Jane Goodall the commencement speaker. Goodall ended her with the story of Jojo, a chimpanzee captured when his mother was killed. Jojo was raised in captivity. When zookeepers tried to in- troduce him to other chimps, Jojo panicked and jumped into a moat even though chimps can't swim. A man jumped in to save Jojo, even though guards and family tried to stop him. The man, according to Good- all, later 'Well you see, 1 looked into his eyes, Jenn'rfer photographer and it was like looking into the eyes of a man.' And the message (in Jojo's eyes 'Won't anybody help And you see, that's the message I've seen in so many eyes as I've traveled around the world. "My greatest feeling of hope is that although maybe there are more problems in the world today than ever before, wherever I have been, whatever problem I have encountered, there has always been a person or a group of dedicated, passionate people risking their... lives... in order to right that wrong." Inside: Commencement at Colgate, Page B-2 More on Syracuse University, Page B-1 DennisNett photographer Stockbridge Valley will make a name for itself Classified ____ CNY _______ Comics _____ York Editorials ____ Entertainment local news ___ By Sapna Kollali Staff writer Cheerleaders and fans of one Madison County school district have suffered an iden- tity crisis: What to call their team? Stockbridge Valley's teams used to be the Indians, but the district stopped using that more than five years ago, about the time all New York schools were discouraged from using Native American mascots. "We're the Stockbridge Valley what? We have nothing to cheer at said junior Kaitlin Reeder, who plays soccer, volleyball and softball. That may change Tuesday when district residents vote on the small district's new- mascot as well as on school board candidates and the district budget. After nearly a year of re- search and surveys and 600 ballot suggestions from the community and students in third through 12th grade the student council came up with four candidates: the Storm, the Crimson Knights, the Cougars and the Bull- dogs. Yearbook adviser Kristin Thomas said students began drawing potential logos, but decided the mockups might sway voters and create work for themselves. "We thought why spend all that time on three names that won't even be she said. Since losing their mascot, Stockbridge Valley jerseys have simply carried the school letters, said senior Marty Lewis, student council co-president. "Our cheerleaders are really at a he said. "We have these ambiguous cheers." In 2001, 111 school dis- tricts were encouraged by the state education commissioner to drop Indian mascots. Lo- cally. Oneida and Canastota, Liverpool. Westhill. Central Square, Southern Cayuga and Sherbume-Earlville got the message. INSIDE The Daily Dose Airbrush artist Anthony Harris El creates T-shirts in honor of those who died. Also: Make a TV spot for The Daily Dose. Write a sincere thank- you note. Newsweek apologizes for stoiy that led to deadly riots Page D-8 'STAR WARS'WEEK Is 'Revenge of the Sith' too dark for kids? Page D-1 Is it really just an anti-Bush diatribe? Page A-2 And what about the Darth Vader lawn sprinkler? Page A-2 By Dino Hazell The Associated Press New York Newsweek magazine has apologized for er- rors in a story alleging that inter- rogators at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay dese- crated the Quran, saying it would re-examine the accusa- tions, which sparked outrage and deadly protests in Afghanistan. Fifteen people died and scores were injured in violence between protesters and security forces, prompting U.S. promises to in- vestigate the allegations. In Af- ghanistan, Muslim leaders gave Washington three days to offer a response to the story. "We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and ex- tend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its Newsweek Editor Mark Whitak- er wrote in a note to readers. In an issue dated May 9, the magazine reported that U.S. mil- itary investigators had found evi- dence that interrogators placed copies of Islam's holy book in washrooms and had flushed one U.S. RESPONSE, PAGE A-S What voting machine you use may depend on your county 'If MEANWHILE, AT MARQUETTE: Two trustees pledged million each if the Wisconsin school would change from the Golden Eagles back to the Warriors. Instead, the uni- versity changed its nickname to the Gold. Outraged fans forced a contest; the winner will be announced by July 1, when Marquette enters the Big East V- "fit- KRAMER GOES TO ROWS For a "world famous" D-1 Now he's in The Post-Standard every Monday and Friday. WHO SURVIVED? "Survivor" A-2 KIEHCE: HWWE REALLY RESPOND TO PHBOMOKES; WHY BOS CAK HIT FAST PITCHES B-6 ByErikKriss j Albany bureau j Some voters in Gary Finch's i state Assembly district could i make their choice next year on ing machines and optical scan machines that read paper ballots. In Central New York, most election commissioners, includ- ing those in Cayuga. Madison computerized touch-screen vot- and Onondaga counties, say they _ machines. Others could indicate their preference by filling in ovals on old-fashioned printed ballots. With the state expected to leave key choices for new voting systems to county election com- missioners. New York might end up with a mix of electronic vot- prefer touch-screen machines, as long as they can produce print- outs for verification. But Cortland County looks headed for paper ballots and op- tical scan machines. Finch's district includes parts of Cayuga and Cortland coun- if.