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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 2005, Syracuse, New York WAYS TO SAVE ON GROCERIES The Post-Standard Affiliated with MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STICKING WITH IT A high-pressure system will contin- ue to control the weather in Central New York today, but the hu- midity levels will be rising with the temperatures which will be above normal. It should remain humid in. the area for much of the week. Complete forecast, C-12 HIGH: 89 LOW: 65 Iraqi-U.S. raids find little resistance Iraqi and U.S. troops swept through Tal Afar on Sunday, killing 15 suspected rebels and discovering a bomb factory. About Iraqi and U.S. soldiers found booby- trapped buildings, underground tunnels and large weapons caches but encountered little fighting in the two-day raid. STORY, PACE A-3 Israeli military s out of Gaza The Israeli military lowered its flag in Gaza on Sunday for an overnight pullout that brings to a close Israel's 38-year presence in the coastal territory. STORY, PAGE A-3 Federer defeats Agassi in U.S. Open tennis Roger Federer won the men's tennis final at the U.S. Open over Andre Agassi. It was his second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title. SPORTS, PAGE M Supermodel's stepfather ordered to pay her John R. Breen Jr., the step- father of Watertown supermodel Maggie Rizer, has been ordered to pay her more then million in restitution for funds he stole from her bank accounts that he says he spent on playing Quick Draw at local bars. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Chris Schenkel, pioneer sportscaster, dies at 82 Legendary sportscaster Chris Schenkel, whose career of more than six decades covered every- thing from bowling to the Olym- pics, died Sunday in Fort Wayne, Ind., at the age of 82. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown dies at 81 Guitar great Clarence 'Gate- mouth' Brown, who combined blues, country, jazz and Cajun, evacuated safely .from his home in Slidell, La., before Hurricane Katrina struck, but he died Sun- day in Orange, Texas. He had been battling lung cancer and heart disease. STORY, PAGE A-2 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 Bridge............E-10 Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........M Movies..............D-4 Comics.............D-6 New York.........A-8 CNY..................D-l Obituaries........M Crosswords. Science.............B-3 Editorials.......A-10 Sports...............C-l Entertainment D-3 Sudoku.............D-7 Letters...........A-11 Television.........D-5 Local news.......M Weather........C-12 THE POST-STANDARD Dude, You're on 'Most Wanted' Waterloo family watching a TV show finds one of their own is o fugitive. By Mike McAndrew Staff writer Nicholas Cerino was in his living room watching "Ameri- ca's Most Wanted" Saturday night in Waterloo when he got the shock of his life. Suddenly, John Walsh, the Auburn native and host of the popular TV show, was telb'ng America that Cerino's brother who was sitting next to Cerino was one of the nation's most- wanted fugitives. The Saturday night episode of the show said Mark A. Cerino, according to law enforcement authorities, was a scam artist who, posing as a contractor, had stolen money from elderly Flori- da residents after their homes were damaged in 2004 by hurri- canes. It warned that officials feared Cerino was heading to the Gulf Coast to pull the same scam on Hurricane Katrina victims. "I was just said Nicholas Cerino. His brother, Mark, 41, was stunned, too. "He couldn't "believe Ce- rino said. The FOX TV show aired from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Within hours, nine people called the "America's Most Wanted" tip line to tell law enforcement au- thorities that Mark Cerino was at his brother's house at 1650 Strong Road in Waterloo. By 1 a.m. Sunday, Seneca County Sheriffs Department deputies were knocking at Nicholas' door. Deputies arrested Mark Ceri- no without incident on a Brevard County, Fla., warrant that charges him with contracting without a license during a state emergency, Seneca County Sher- iff Leo Connolly said. Deputies also charged Cerino on a warrant from 2001 issued by town of Ovid Court that ac- cused him of failing to pay a fine to settle a disorderly conduct case, Connolly said. Cerino was being held Sunday without bail on the Florida charge in Seneca County Jail. According to the "America's Most Wanted" Web site, "offi- cials say Cerino imitates a li- censed contractor, scheduling jobs, making estimates and col- lecting payment. But, according to the state of Florida, Cerino is not a licensed contractor. In- stead, cops say he takes money from unsuspecting victims, money that was supposed to go to home repairs and takes off." Nicholas Cerino said that Florida authorities and "Ameri- ca's Most Wanted" are wrong FAMILY, PAGE A4 5404 Guardsmen tell of agony, joy in search By Elizabeth Aguilera The Denver Post St. Bernard Parish, La. A man, disabled by knee surgery, who survived Hurricane Katrina by tethering himself to a wall inside his house and floating for two days, faintly called out to Colo- rado National Guardsmen as they walked down his street: "National Guard, anybody Two military police officers, Sgt. Scott McRae and Sgt. Jason Teribery, heard his calls for help and spotted his hand waving from a doorway in St. Bernard Parish, just southeast of New Orleans and one of the areas most dev- astated by the hurricane. "He started crying and was so happy. He thought he was going to die out said McRae, also a sheriffs deputy. "It made us realize that maybe we have a bigger purpose than picking up trash and dead bodies." Saving Arthur, 47, more than a week after the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast changed the focus of the unit's mission from security and cleanup to SOWERS, PAGE A-4 Ann Associated Press NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTERS bow their heads during a Catholic Mass Sunday in New Orleans. The Mass was held in memory of the 343 New York City firefighters killed at the World Trade Center four years ago. Ceremonies for A-8 Idols' in Syracuse step up for survivors By William LaRue Staff writer Bo Bice didn't wait until he got on- stage Sunday at the "American Idols" live tour to rally fans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Four hours before the 7 p.m. benefit concert, he stepped from a car and limped with a cane toward a metal bar- rier, where a few fans had already lined up outside the Onondaga County War Memorial. Then he proceeded to give away a few tickets to the concert, proclaim how much he and the nine other "Idols" singers loved the fans, and en- courage everyone to drum up support for hurricane relief. "Let's all just band he told those looking stunned at Bice's unscheduled public appearance. "Y'all please, please, please put the word out." As he backed away, Bice shouted a promise about Sunday's show. "We're going to rock out said Bice, who returned to the tour this weekend after missing several dates due to intestinal surgery. On several levels, Sunday's concert lived up to Bice's predictions. TOUR'S, PAGE A-12 CARRIE UNDERWOOD of Checotah, Okla., winner of the 2005 "American Idol" competition, sings "Inside Your Heaven" at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday. All ticket sales went to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief work. The ___________________event raised about Mike Greenlar Staff photographer INSIDE: The latest Katrina For updates, see and Schools open without renovations By Maureen Nolan Staff writer Instead of starting the new year with a promise of the speedy renovation of its shab- biest buildings, the Syracuse school district opened Thursday with a dream on hold. The dream was to transform seven schools in the next three years at a cost of million, the first phase of a 10-year proj- ect to remake all its buildings at a projected cost of million. By now the district had hoped to have state approval for the project that aims to create city school buildings as good as the best provided to suburban kids. The grand project hit a wall in August when Gov. George Pata- ki vetoed legislation needed for the project to go forward. Pataki KRAMER CANT DEAL with the MO of the fair. CNY. PAGE D-1 said the legislation was flawed but pledged to work with Syra- cuse to get the project going. "What we're doing is we've taken the disappointment and turned it into a teaching experi- said H.W. Smith Elemen- tary Principal Sharon Birnkrant. Her students are doing an en- ergy audit of the outmoded school with the rattling win- dows. They will then suggest how to improve its energy effi- ciency through a partnership with the state. Birnkrant wants their suggestions to be included when the time finally comes for the school to create its plan. Part of the plan was to turn the vacant Central High building into a career and technology high school. The vision is to give students an alternative path to a diploma and stop more of them from dropping out. The district had planned a meeting with Pataki's staff to try to revive the project, but the meeting was canceled. As far as district facilities chief Nicholas DiBello knows, no other meeting has been scheduled. Even if the project gets state approval this legislative session, district officials say it will have been delayed by a year or more. But the renovation is delayed, not defunct, school board Presi- dent Cynthia Kirby says. The first seven schools on the list are Central High, Fowler High, Blodgett K-8, Clary and Shea middle schools and Dr. Weeks and H.W. Smith elemen- tary schools. INSIDE: A photographic look at some of what needs to be done to these A-6 Judging Roberts: What's fair to ask? The Associated Press Washington The chair- man of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he will not ask Supreme Court chief jus- tice nominee John Roberts whether he would vote to over- turn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., did say he planned to ask Roberts, the president's pick to succeed the late William H. Rehnquist as chief justice, whether there is a right to privacy in the Constitu- tion. Roberts' confirmation hearing to be the nation's 17th chief jus- tice will begin this afternoon. The first day is expected to be taken up by the opening statements of the committee's 18 senators. Specter said Sunday he was uncertain whether Roberts would favor overturning the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 that established a right to abortion. Specter supports a woman's right choose to end her preg- nancy. "I think it is inappropriate to ask him head-on if he's going to overturn Roe, but I believe that SENATORS, PAGE A-7 INSIDE: How do the Senate hearings 96% CHIMP That's what we are. SCIENCE PAGE B-3 INSIDE HOW TO REMEMBER THE DAILY DOSE, THE NEXT SINATRA Who are today's cool swinging cats? CNY. PAGE D-3 BE A BETTER WINNER or o good loser. CNY. PAGE D-1 ;