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Post-Standard (Newspaper) - May 26, 2005, Syracuse, New York BREWS BLUES AND BBQ Sunday at Long Branch Park Weekend BEEP AND ROAR Syracuse native BenBurttJr is the sound of Star CNY Page E1 The Daily Dose Find out what its like to play 100 holes of golf in 12 hours How to be happy and healthy avoid diet slipups and take care of your toes PageE8 Sports Page D8 Affiliated with FINAL EDITION O 2005 The PostSundad SYRACUSE 50 CENTS THURSDAY MAY 26 2005 GOOD MORNING IN BETWEEN Not exactly warm but not ex actly cold Its likely to stay like this throughout the weekend with a possibili ty of showers popping up in some places Most of the time though Central New York will be rain free Complete forecast D12 HIGH 62 LOW 47 troops launch new offensive in Iraq More than troops raid another city in northwestern Iraq launching a major opera tion against insurgents and for eign fighters thought to be enter ing from Syria STORY PAGE A4 Senate approves Owen to be judge ends logjam The Senate confirms Patricia Owen to be a federal appeals court judge after Democrats who had blocked her with filibusters for four years relent in a compro mise over the presidents nomi nees and congressional powers STORY PAGE A8 State wants to know how rapist became foster dad State andWatertown authori ties are investigating how a con victed rapist from Oregon failed to register as a sex offender in New York and was allowed to serve as a foster parent for four years before it was discovered STORY PAGE A12 Runaway bride indicted on false report charge Runaway bride Jennifer Wil banks was indicted Wednesday on a charge of filing a false po lice report claiming she had been kidnapped A conviction could mean up to six years in prison STORY PAGE A10 Merricks Head Start will be allowed to reopen The state will reopen a Head Start program at Merrick School under certain conditions IOCAI NEWS PAGE Bl Carrie Underwood is the newest Idol Carrie Underwood a 21yearold college student from Checotah won the American Idol competition over Bo Bice a 29yearold mu sician from Helena Ala STORY PAGE A2 Corrections Summertime A Fresh Musi Womens FiveKi lometer Race and Man of La Mancha Hall of fame Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 4702240 to dis cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions Cali 470NEWS Index A2 MidF1 New A12 Obituories D1 Editor rats C3 Entertainment E3 loco D12 THE POSTSTANDARD Fville Man Shoots Wife Kills Himself Staff photographer SWAT TEAM members approach a house onSalt Springs and found the man dead in a bedroom in his house at 275 Street in Fayetteville Wednesday after a man shot his wife Salt Springs St Police sources identified the man as William according to police Police later used a remotecontrol robot J Hammer 47 Passersby helped the wounded woman Schools locked down road closed police wait By Diana LaMattina and Jim Read Staff writers A Fayetteville man killed himself after shooting his flee ing wife in the back at their village home Wednesday according to Manlius police Police officials would not identify the man or woman Wednesday night pending no tification of relatives Police sources said the man was William J Hammer 47 and the woman was Kim C Aromola 46 Aromola was in stable condition at University Hospital with nonlifethreat ening injuries the source said At the police sent a remotecontrolled camera equipped robot into the home at 275 Salt Springs St and found a man dead in an up stairs bedroom of a single selfinflicted gunshot wound from a long gun police said Earlier Wednesday night the house was surrounded by Peter photographer A MANLIUS police officer stands outside of 275 Salt Spring St in Fayetteville Wednesday night police and SWAT teams as police tried to determine if the man was still in the house The shooting was first re ported at Wednes day Normal activity in the area ground to a halt Nearby schools went into lockdown Police closed Salt Springs Street from the intersection with South Manlius Street Fayette vilJeManlius Road to Chur chill Lane through the evening rush hour County Emergency911 dis patchers used their reverse 911 system to call 409 tele phones to advise residents within a quartermile radius of the incident to stay inside a dispatcher said Manlius police Capt Bill Bleyle said the victim first called 911 to report that a man had a gun in her house A sec ond call was placed regarding a shooting at the house police would not identify that caller When a Manlius police officer got to the house he found the victim on the lawn at Hunt leigh Avenue and Salt Springs Street being cared for by passersby She was shot in the upper back while running away from her husband police said As the officer helped the woman into a police car he 911 CENTER PAGE A6 Bush speech too long for 7yearold Brittany But onceabducted girl ends up with a presidential pin and drat in Oval Office By Pam Greene Staff writer President Bush bored Brittany Fish to tears Wednesday prompting the leader of the free world to apologize to the little girl for being so dull I dont think shes old enough to realize who she was said her stepfather James DeMore laughing Brittany who is now 7 was abducted from her scooter in Syracuse a year ago and found alive a day later in DeWitt She was in Washington to meet the president in honor of National Missing Childrens Day About 30 people were invited to meet the president including Fish and her mom Patty DeMore James DeMore reached at home in Syracuse said his wife told him the whole story later Apparently Bush launched into a rather longwinded speech about the significance of the Oval Office Brittany usually a bundle of giggles got antsy complained she was bored then started to cry he said After the meeting the presi dent called Brittany over to him for a oneonone chat He apologized for being so boring and gave her a presiden tial he said James DeMore said he wished more than one parent was al lowed to attend the ceremony Im really the Bush support er of the he said Pat tys a Scriba woman I didnt mean to kill him In jail interview she folks about why she did it and why she wants a trial Staff reports Scriba murder suspect Theresa Debo turned down a plea bargain Wednesday opting instead to take her case to trial Prosecutors offered Debo the option of pleading guilty to first degree manslaughter to satisfy more serious charges against her State police charged Debo with seconddegree murder in the Sept 24 killing of her fiance Richard Moore Acting Oswego County Judge John Elliott promised to sen tence Debo to 12 years in state prison if she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge She likely would have served 10 years and two months But Debo 47 refused the deal She now is facing a maxi mum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if a jury convicts her Elliott said Wednesday he no longer will accept a plea bar gain from Debo Debo who is being held at the Oswego County jail without bail spoke recently about her case with PostStandard staff writer Delen Goldberg Why did you refuse the pros ecutors offer Im just not gonna piead Im gonna go to trial I know the DA the judge my lawyer dont want it to go to but I think I have the right What happened in the hours leading up to your arrest WOMAN PAGE Eric House photographer BRITTANY FISH 7 of Syracuse and her mother Patty DeMore with President Bush at the Oval Office on Wednesday Brittanys visit was in honor of National Missing Childrens Day She was abducted a year ago and found a day later in DeWitt MC Openheart surgery better than stents for some St Josephs Hospital doctor helped complete study on longterm survival rates By James T Mulder Staff writer Openheart surgery results in better longterm survival rates than less traumatic stent proce dures for patients with two or more blocked arteries according to a study coauthored by a local doctor The study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine found patients who re ceived stents to prop open two diseased arteries were 24 percent more likely to die than open heart surgery patients after going home Patients who got stents to open three arteries were 36 per cent more likely to die during the threeyear period than sur gery patients according to the study The study looked at New York cardiac patients treat ed between 1997 and 2000 Pa tient data came from a state Health Department cardiac regis try Dr Gary Walford medical di rector of cardiac catheterization at St Josephs Hospital Health Center in Syracuse was one of 10 coauthors of the study The findings came as a sur prise because previous studies showed longterm death rates for patients who underwent surgery or had stents put in were about the same according to Walford PAST PAGl A16 x ;