Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 2005, Syracuse, New York
r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18. 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING A LITTLE RAIN Weak storm sys- tems moving through Central New York will bring a few show- ers to the area today and more rain Wednes- day. There is a chance some sunshine will return Thursday. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 59 LOW: 43 COMING THIS WEEK Post-Standard Poll The Post-Standard hired Zogby International to poll Syracuse voters on their choice for mayor. Matt Driscoll Joanie Howie Mahoney Hawkins WEDNESDAY: Who's ahead? THURSDAY: What do voters think of the job Driscoll is doing? FRIDAY: Should DestinyUSA be built? Backs to the wall, Cardinals come back One out from elimination, down 4-2, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals hit a three- run home run to defeat the Hous- ton Astros in Game 5 of the NL championship series. Houston still leads the best-of- sevcn scries 3-2 The Astros have two more chances to get the one victory needed to bring the World Series to Houston for the first time. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Marvin Harrison helps break record Former SU star Marvin Harrison hooked up with Indian- apolis quarterback Peyton Man- ning for a 6-yard scoring pass with left in the fourth quar- ter against St. Louis on Monday night, breaking the NFL record for touchdown passes between a quarterback and receiver. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 Iraq investigates suspicious vote totals Iraqi election officials said they were investigating what they described as "unusually high" vote totals in 12 Shiite and Kurdish provinces. STORY, PAGE A-4 GNl reaches deal with autoworkers General Motors said it has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union to cut billion worth of annual health care benefits for hundreds of thousands of retir- ees. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Index Federal prosecutors claim: More Targets in Gosek Probe Corrections HIV Ellen Mary Amyot's nursing Rescue Mission CPR Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By John O'Brien Staff writer Federal prosecutors have re- vealed that their investigation into former Oswego mayor John Gosek involves other potential targets. In arguing to keep court re- cords sealed, Assistant U.S. At- torney John Katko argued that Gosek's arrest last month "by no means signaled the end of the investigation into Gosek and according to court pa- pers. Gosek, 58, was arrested Sept. 16 on charges of paying a woman to arrange for him to have sex with two 15-year-old girls in a Salina motel room. FBI agents and state troopers arrested him in a sting operation before he was able to meet the girls. Gosek resigned as mayor five days later. Katko and Gosek's lawyer, James Eby, opposed a motion filed by lawyers for The Post- Standard to unseal two affidavits from FBI Special Agent Freder- ick Bragg. The affidavits were filed July 28 and Sept. 2 to get a federal judge to issue eavesdrop- ping warrants for Gosek's cell phone. Bragg wrote in an affidavit after Gosek's arrest that Gosek talked on his cell phone about soliciting women for sex, some- times offering drugs or money for sex. Lawyers for the newspaper ar- gued that the public has a right of access to court documents that includes applications for eaves- dropping warrants. "The public has a strong in- terest in the circumstances lead- ing to the arrest of a public official who betrayed the public wrote The Post-Stan- dard's lawyer, S. Paul Battaglia. U.S. District Judge Thomas JUDGE, PAGE A-4 Business news Bridge Classified Comics CNY Puzzles Dick Case Editorials Kid's Page Letters B-l .A-2 .1-3 A-6 B-4 B-6 .D-l C-3 ..E-7 .1-5 THE POST-STANDARD RUGGIO OFF PAYROLL: Acting Mayor William Dunsmoor decides to suspend police Chief William WHAT IF YOU HAD TO FLY MILES TO FIND SOMETHING IN YOURSELF? Michelle Gabel Staff photographer CONSCIOUS OF the eyes that are upon her, Nicole Tanquary, 10, of DeWitt, looks to her mother, Caroline Tauxe, for guidance as she stands on the steps of the Worawora village dance hall in Ghana. Africa Bound leader and professional storyteller Vanessa Johnson had invited the children of the village to listen to stories and meet the group from Central New York. African Sojourn Opens Eyes r For audio recordings from the trip, added profiles, history and blogs, visit By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer merican kids get to oversleep, overeat, over- look the needy and over- indulge in everything from car- toons to soda to CD players. They couldn't appreciate a land without essentials like running water, MTV and McDonald's, a land where people don't speak their language, eat their food, play their music or sleep in. Unless... Say three kids from Syracuse give it all up to travel to a coun- try called Ghana, once a strong- hold of the slave trade that be- came Sub-Saharan Africa's first independent nation. How long will they last without going into junk food withdrawal, gluing themselves to a television and zoning out? Twenty-four hours? A week? Maybe they'll crumble. Maybe they'll coast. Or maybe they'll shed the headphones and attitudes and start exploring. Amanda Pruitt is in her base- ment bedroom, packing. A tom- boy from the Valley, she wears the latest white Air Jordan sneak- ers and clothes labeled Abercrom- bie and Hollister. She's been told to dress conservatively in Ghana, so she's taking scuffed black Jor- dans, old tank tops, jeans and two skirts she plans to never wear. She adds her CD player, music by Mobb Deep and Hawthorne Heights, and a flashlight with extra batteries. At 16, she's still BOUND TO GHANA This is the first of five stories about Central New York's connec- tions to Ghana, a West African nation notable for its role in the slave trade to America and for its leadership in African indepen- dence. Reporter Molly Hennessy- Fiske and photographer Michelle Gabel's stories will appear each, Tuesday for the next five weeks in The Post-Standard. afraid of the dark. She's only been on an airplane once, to St. Louis. Then, she was with her mother. Now, they can't go to- gether. She's learned a few words in Twi, one of more than 50 Gha- naian languages, from Vanessa Johnson, who's leading the Africa Bound group. At the group's edu- cation sessions during the year, Amanda met the other six travel- ers, including two kids. she says. "That means welcome." Across town, in a brick apart- ment complex on the West Side, Le'Shem Escoffery, 15, also is packing. He's taking white Kobe Bryant sneakers, baggy shojts, T- shirts and a reggae CD. His moth- er's making him take a journal, which he doesn't expect to use he struggled in Advanced Placement world history last year because he hates writing. He thinks adults dwell too much on the sad parts of history, like slavery. "Just get over he tells his mother. SONGS, PAGE A-8 How I fought off an attacker By Delen Goldberg and Jim Read Staff writers Martha Sichta wasn't about to let her purse go without a fight. When a man jumped her Sun- day in the Wegmans parking lot in Dewitt and demanded she hand over her pocketbook, Sich- ta fought back. She kicked. She screamed. She kept her wits about her. "I wasn't going to let him take it, so we struggled over the Sichta, 57, of Nelson, said Monday. Despite Sichta's best efforts, the robber got the pocketbook. The purse's strap broke. But Sichta's determination didn't. As the robber ran to his car to make a getaway, Sichta followed him. "I continued to scream, not thinking that I could really catch him and get the purse, but think'- ing'I didn't want him to get Sichta said. "As soon as I could see the car starting to move, I mentally focused myself r Russell and said, 'Get this license plate num- ber.' Sichta did, and using the information, DeWitt police found the car and arrested a suspect. Frederick A. Russell, 32, of 128 W. Pleasant St. Apt. 1M, Manlius, was charged 'I WASN'T, PAGE A-4 HERMIT AT 50 INSIDE LOOK LIKE MY DOG So vote for me. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 GET FIT WITHAEROBALL Or get in shape to run a marathon. CNY, PAGE E-1 'THE ROCK' talks about fflandy Moore, Sarah Michelle Cellar and his wife.