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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING RISE AND SHINE If your spirits rise with the temperature, expect a sunny day inside, if not out. We're in for breaks of sunshine and milder temperatures this afternoon. Then the thermometer rises some more: Monday around 56 degrees, Tuesday approaching 60. Rain also is forecast, as are some breezes. Temperatures begin to cool by Wednesday. Complete __ _____________ HIGH; 47 IQW; 40 Frank Staff photographer DAMIEN RHODES celebrates a Syracuse University touchdown Saturday. Louisville beat SU, 41-17. For Rhodes, a senior, it was his last game. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 BIOTECH MAN Meet the man hired to start CNY's new biotech center. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 BABY BRAINS Research sheds light on what babies are thinking. CNY. PAGE H-1 VOLUNTEER LAWMAKER An interview with an assemblyman who gives all his salary to charities. NEW YORK, PAGE A-14 GAZA PASSAGE For the first time in 38 years, Palestinians pass through border with no Israeli checks. STORY, PAGE A-6 CAN-DO WOMEN From WWII to 2005, a look at the status of women. OPINION, PAGE D-1 TEEN MUSIC Young people going for classics mom and dad grew up on. CNY, PAGE H-1 PLANNING YOUR HOLIDAYS Our calendar of what's going on in December. STARS, PAGE 2 Index Anniversaries.. Auto........G-l Births.......................H-IO Business......................E-l Classified.....................M CNY.............................H-l Dick Case...................B-l Editorials....................D-2 Letters........................D-3 Local............................B-1 Real Estate..................1-1 Sports..........................C-1 State.........................A-14 Washington Weddings. World..........A-4toA-9 TV Week 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 Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery, call 470-6397 STARVED The story of how a baby and his mother died 14 months apart, one in Baldwinsville, the other in California Molly Corfman The Associated Press DAVID BEITER, of Ohio, holds photographs Friday of his daughter. Jade Beiter and of him with her son, Quan David Nguyen (left) and her daughter, Jade Marie Nguyen. Jade Beiter and her son both died of starvation. 'I didn't see any red flags at the time' UYEN FAM Quan David Nguyen Age: 9 weeks old Died: Aug. 28, 2004 Baldwinsville Jade Beiter Age: 22 Died: Nov. 4, 2005 Anaheim, Calif. Quan David Nguyen Age: 37 Charged with manslaughter in connection with son's death Jade Marie Nguyen Age 3: Judge Friday ordered child of Nguyen and Beiter into the custody of Onondaga County By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Last year, Baldwinsville po- lice called David Beiter in Akron, Ohio, to say his daughter had skipped town after her starving 9-week-old son died in an overheated bedroom. Last month, police called to say inves- tigators had found the daughter, Jade Beiter, 22, malnourished in a California motel room. On Nov. 4, police called to say Jade was dead. The cause of death, he was told was starvation. Again. David Beiter immediately thought of Quan David Nguyen, the father of Jade's children. "There's a pattern said David Beiter, a home health aide. "One of them starved, then the other one. There's something that he did." The two starvation deaths, 14 months and almost miles apart, left relatives searching for answers, replaying the early days of the couple's relationship. They met in 2001 when Jade was a 17-year-old Ohio high school senior searching for stabil- ity. She enjoyed Springfield High School, her father said, earning B's, playing flute in the marching band and talking about college, maybe a career in marine biology, an aunt said. Her parents were in the middle of a divorce, so she and three younger siblings stayed with rela- tives around Akron. The disrup- tions took a toll on Jade, a home- body who didn't date much and took a friend to her junior prom, her father said. By year's end, the slender brunette had moved in with friends, he said, dropped out of school, and stalled working at Wendy's and chatting online. Online is where she met Quan David Nguyen, relatives said. A few weeks and long phone calls later, after Jade moved in with her father in public housing, the FAMILY, PAGE A-16 Refugees hope their blood samples identify relatives lost in war By BoNhia Lee Staff writer The last time Enisa Hukic saw her father was the morn- ing of July 11, 1995, when Serbian forces attacked the Bosnian city of Srebrenica. Ismet Delic ran to Hukic's apartment to say goodbye. He kissed his 13-month-old grandson, Emir and his daughter before heading into the woods. Two days later, Serbian forces began killing unarmed Muslim men in Srebrenica and surrounding areas, signal- ing the start of a massacre that would galvanize the in- ternational community to end the war. "Maybe I'm sure he's die because it's 10 years. It's not said Hukic, who is taking English lessons in Syr- acuse, where she settled in 2001. "I'm sure he's die, but I would like to founded him because I would like to some- time go and put him in ground." Hukic hopes to bring clo- sure to her decade-long search for her father when she gives four drops of blood to forensic scientists this week. A team from the Interna- tional Commission on Miss- ing Persons will be in Syra- cuse Thursday and Friday to collect blood samples from refugees from the former Yu- goslavia, which includes Bos- nia, Croatia, Kosovo and Ser- bia. COMMISSION, PACfA-11 CNY native killed in Iraq '92 Jordan-ilbridge graduate was expected home soon. He died on Thanksgiving. By Mamie Eisenstadl Staff writer i A few weeks ago, Steven Rey- nolds told his mom not to send him any more mail in Iraq. He wouldn't get it because he would be on his way home soon. But Rey- nolds never made it back. Reynolds The Jordan native, a staff sergeant in the 170th Military Police Company out of Fort Lewis, Wash., was killed on Thanksgiving after- noon in Iraq. The 32-year-old was respond- ing to a report of corpses in a suburb of Baghdad when his Hummer hit a bomb in the road, flipping into a canal, said Fort Lewis spokesman Dick Devlin. Reynolds and a 21-year-old from Florida were killed. Reynolds, a 1992 graduate of Jordan-Elbridge High School, wanted to be a soldier from the time he was a toddler, said his mother. Shirley Reynolds. He joined when he graduated from high school. This was his second tour in Baghdad. "He was so happy when he got his orders to go his mother said. Steven Reynolds was back in the United States at the end of October. Part of his reason for visiting at that time was so he FATHER, PAGE A-16 Michelle Gabel Staff photographer Ismet Delic BOSNIAN REFUGEES Enisa Hukic (sec- ond from and her husband, Hedib, will give a sample of their blood to a visiting commission trying to help people find out if their rela- tives are among the people killed or missing in the former Yugo- slavia. Hukic is looking for her father (photo Hedib is missing a broth- er. The commission has already identi- fied his father among the dead. With them are their children, Emir 11, and Amir, 1. V ETAN THOMAS BEYOND BASKETBALL Former SU star focuses on the court, and on his causes when the game is through. By Donna Ditota Staff writer Washington, D.C. Three hours after his NBA teammates vacated their Washington Wizards prac- tice facility, Etan Thomas, still lathered with sweat, labored through his personal fitness rou- tine. He lifted weights. He worked on his timing and his footwork. He met with Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan, who preached the kind of patience Thomas rarely has. Last year, the NBA franchise agreed to pay the former Syra- cuse University star a reported million over six years to be what Jordan describes as "the blood and guts and emotional type of leader" the Wizards trea- sure. Some players might view a fat contract as an excuse to turn soft and comfortable. But Thomas and complacent don't belong in the same sentence. "Elan's one of those guys who goes 100 miles per said Wizards forward Antawn Jamison. "He's relentless, he's THOMAS, PAGIA-1S J ;