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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 12, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The PW.I b SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING NICE A high-pressure zone to the south will cause general- ly mild tempera- tures this weekend in Central New York. Highs will reach into the mid-50s today and into the low 60s on Sunday, with cool but not frigid nights. Rain is possible Sunday, likely by Tuesday afternoon. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 56 LOW: 39 AI-Qaida: Iraqi couple among suicide bombers Al-Qaida claimed four Iraqis, including a husband and wife learn, were the suicide bombers in attacks in Amman, Jordan. STORY, PAGE A-3 Poland Spring may face tax on water it bottles More than Maine voters have signed petitions to force a referendum on making Poland Spring pay 20 cents for every gallon of water it draws. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Iowa tightening circle to keep out sex offenders After a federal court upheld an Iowa law that bars sex offend- ers from living within feet of a school or day care center, communities are drawing buffers that in some cases make entire towns off limits. STORY, PAGE A-7 Police break up protest by earthquake victims Pakistani police broke up a march Friday by about 200 earthquake survivors who said they were protesting eviction from a makeshift refugee camp. STORY, PAGiA-3 New utility bill fee helps spur green energy New York state electric bills in October began including a 5- to 15-ccnt per month fee to pay for renewable energy sources. HEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Free No. 44 poster honors Ernie Davis The legend of Syracuse Uni- versity's No. 44 continues with today's poster of Ernie Davis. SPORTS, PAGE D-S Ceremony marks historic 1794 Canandaigua Treaty American Indians from across New York state gathered Friday to commemorate the an- niversary of one of their longest standing treaties with the federal government. IOCAU PAGE B-l Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Faculty ad in Daily Three people admitting they attempted to possess stolen Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business. ..........C-l .........E-9 Calendar..........E-3 Classified..........E-5 Comics...E-IO, II CNY .......E-1 Puzzle Dick Cose.........B-1 Editorials.........A-8 Entertainment. E-4 E-1 Letters..............A-9 Local news.......B-l Lottery.... Movies.... .A-2 .E-4 New York.........A-6 Obituaries........B-4 Sports...............D-l Stocks...............C-2 Sudoku...........E-ll Television.......E-12 Weather........D-10 THE POST-STANDARD Bankruptcy Court to Probe Bennett Trustee's Spending By Charley Hannagan Staff writer U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen D. Gerling has or- dered an investigation into whether Richard C. Breeden, the high-profile trustee who oversees the Bennett Funding Group bankruptcy, used money from the defunct Syracuse company for personal reasons. The investigation comes at the prodding of Patrick R. Bennett, the company's former chief financial of- ficer who was convicted in 1999 of cheating investors in the company. He is now serving a 20-year sentence in federal prison in Loretto, Pa. Breeden collected more than million hi fees for his nearly decade- long involvement with the Bennett bankruptcy. Bennett, in court papers, alleges Breeden had an improper relation- ship with Linda Stevens, a secretary at Bennett Funding, and used compa- ny money to bring her to New York for one of his two trials. He alleges there was no business reason for Ste- vens to accompany Breeden to the trial. "Personally, in spite of my six years in federal prison, I remain a man of deep religious, moral and ethical beliefs, and I find such con- duct in any business, to be disgusting and repulsive." Bennett wrote in a letter included in his 31-page filing. The filing includes Bennett's com- plaints about Breeden's appointment MOTIVES, PAGE A-5 Breeden ANAI MEMBERS OF BRAVO TROOP of the 1-71 Cavalry (clockwise from top) Pfc. K.C. Parker, of Green Bay, Wis.; Pfc. Armer Burkart, of Gaithersburg, Md.; and Sgt. Ryan Miller, of John- Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer son City, play Dungeons and Dragons Friday at their dormi- tory in Forward Operating Base Independence. The soldiers get a break from missions on Fridays. Watching a real-life reality show By Hart Seely Staff writer Baghdad They know this street. They know when the parents will march their kids to the green-and-white school bus, and when the am- plified calls to prayer will start blaring from the mosque. They've watched weddings and soccer games, and they know the donkey that hauls a wooden cart up and down the dusty lane. It's their neighbor- hood, though they've never visited. "Up there in that tower, it's like you're watching a reality TV explained Pfc. K.C. Parker, 18, of Green Bay, Wis. "The thing is, though, you're watching it in real life." They are the watchers on high, the soldiers manning the concrete guard towers above the western front of Forward Operating Base Independence. From here, in the center of Baghdad, Bravo Troop of the 1-71 Cavalry must go about the daily business of war. Most of the base, a former military airfield now con- trolled by the Iraqi army, is a sprawling expanse of broken concrete and gravel, framed by 20-foot-high, medieval- looking walls. But the western side butts up against a work- ing-class neighborhood, giv- ing the watchers an occasional taste of home. "You've got that guy with the palm tree Parker TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li- Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to said. "It's a palm tree farm. Seriously, when he climbs, it looks like he's just running right up the side of a tree. It's crazy." He motioned to the skyline, where a majestic stand of palms climbs high above the wall. Last month, the palm Veterans Day: Dick Case writes about Irving Powless Jr., a chief of the Onondaga Na- tion and a veteran of the Kore- an A two-hour service at the Onondaga County War Memo- rial honors area armed forces Developments in tree guy was out every day, running up and down the trees, pruning branches and harvesting dates. "Or over there, they've got a building with a swimming added Parker's room- mate, Pvt. 2nd Class Bradley S. Llewellyn, 19, of Rogers, Ark. "There's a bunch of little WATCHERS, PAGE A-4 Defense of Iraq policy selective The Washington Post Washington President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of j the Iraq war in' recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelli- gence the administration did bc- t'le war< anc' indepcndem commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence. Neither assertion is wholly ac- curate. The administration's over- arching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly be- lieved that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Con- gress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war begun in 2003. Indeed, top lawmakers in both parties were emphatic and certain in their public statements. But Bush and his aides hud access to much more volumi- nous intelligence information than did lawmakers, who were dependent on the administration to provide the mutcrial. And the commissions cited by officials, though concluding that the ad- ministration did not pressure in- telligence analysts to change their conclusions, were not au- thorized to determine whether the administration exaggerated or distorted those conclusions. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, briefing report- ers Thursday, countered "the notion that somehow this udmin- 'Miracle' Baby Sophia, now 9, thriving In 1996, doctors found brain tumor and gave Camillus girl only a few months to live. By Maggie Beckwith Contributing writer Sophia Gettino decided to be a doctor for Hal- loween. The decision didn't surprise her mom, Jenny Gettino. Her daughter, once known as "Baby So- phia" in the community, battled a rare form of brain cancer as a toddler. Now 9, she's been cancer-free for four years, but regular doctor visits remain a steady part of her life. "I've had to use my skills a lot said Sophia, who lives in Camillus. "My brother An- thony had two injuries and thank God there was a doctor in the house. I had to put three Band-Aids on him." As Sophia tells the story of how she patched up her 5-year-old brother, her parents, Joe and Jenny, and brothers Anthony and Vinny listen and laugh. Sophia was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in December 1996 when she was 10 months old. Doctors told her parents she had pineoblasto- ma, a deadly brain tumor, and had only a few months to live. File Gabel, 1997 Area residents rallied around Baby Sophia, rais- ing to help cover medical costs. Sophia defied the odds. Her parents turned to- ward an alternative treatment in Texas. The diame- ter of the tumor, about 3.2 centimeters, shrank al- SICKNESS, PAGE A-5 Heather photographer SOPHIA GETTINO (above left) in 1997, in Camillus after sur- gery in Texas. Today, (above) Sophia, 9, has been cancer-free for four years. One more year without cancer and Sophia will be considered a survivor. NOT EVERYONE, PAGE A-5 BROTHERS FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS SPORTS, PAGE D-1 TV FURNITURE Trimmer sets bring new fixtures. CNY, PAGE E-1 J ;