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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 2005, Syracuse, New York EVER: Yanks le SPORTS, PAGE D-1 The Post-Standard _ O 2005TTie Post-Standard Affiliated with FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SEASONAL Mild days, cool nights. For this time of year, it could be worse. We'll get some patchy clouds and plenty of sunshine. Today is expected to be cooler, but highs are fore- cast into the high 70s through Tuesday. Rain may return on Wednesday. Complete forecast, D-14 HIGH: 66 LOW: 46 Camillus police lieutenant back from New Orleans Camillus police Lt. Steve Rotunno, also a master sergeant with the Air National Guard, de- scribes the sights, smells and challenges of relief effort. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Judge "shocked7 by deal prosecutor gave molester Child molester John P. Ermi- ni shouldn't have had 18 sex- abuse counts cut to two misde- meanor charges. Oswego County Judge Walter Hafner Jr. says. STORY, PAGE B-l Comptroller aide: Pataki wrong to veto school bill The Syracuse school renova- tion bill vetoed by Gov. George Pataki was written with the as- sistance of state Comptroller Alan Hevesi's office. LOCAL, PAGE B-l House approves overhaul of Endangered Species Act Proponents of Endangered Species Act changes approved Thursday by the House say they are needed to strengthen private property rights, while critics call the bill' 'a death warrant for treasured American wildlife." STORY, PAGE A-3 Agreeing to testify, Times reporter released New York Times reporter Ju- dith Miller is out of jail, saying a news source, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, has dropped her confidentiality ar- rangement. Miller will testify about a covert CIA officer's identity disclosure. STORY, PAGE A-4 Boehlert not giving bock money from Delay PAC "The money was... dis- pensed Rep. Sherwood Boehlert said about donations from a political action commit- tee run by indicted ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections Riverview Business Park's back taxes Katrina fundraiser, Skaneatcles High Skaneateles house Roustabouts at Bridge Street Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business. Bridge..... Classified Comics.... [NY................. Crossword.. E-6, 7 Editorials.......A-10 Entertainment. E-4 Letters...........A-l 1 C-l F-10 .....F-l E-l Local news...... Lottery............. Movies............. New York........ Obituaries....... Sports.............. Sudoku Television........ B-l A-2 E-4 A-8 B-4 D-1 C-3 E-7 E-S THE POST-STANDARD Troopers Chase Dad After Daughter Freed Jennifer Meyers Contributing photographer MOVERS CORNERS firefighters and state police blocked off the intersection between Verplank Road and Route 57 in Clay while searching for Dana Gelling on Thursday morning. This photo looks east, down Verplank Road. Cars stolen in Clay area after alleged abduction Staff reports The Pennellville man ac- cused of abducting his daugh- ter stole two cars one from a Clay residence, the other from a woman at a gas station in efforts to evade a man- hunt Thursday, state police said. State police are still search- ing for Dana A. Gelling ST., 46, who they say took his 6-year-old daughter, Dakota, from their home Wednesday and threatened to harm her and himself. Gelling was last seen on Route 481 in southern Oswego County or northern Onondaga County, troopers said. Troopers said Gelling may be armed and could hurt himself or others. He was smoking crack and as- saulted his wife, Wendy Gel- ling, before the abduction Wednesday, troopers said. Troopers issued an Amber Gelling Alert Wednesday night to find the girl. Dakota, who has Down syndrome, was dropped off by the father to either friends or family at a house on Verplank Road at a.m. Thursday. She was reunited with her mother Thursday morning. Two hours after state police called off their search in the Verplank Road section of Clay, Gelling surfaced in one of the stolen cars less than 500 feet from the Moyers Comers Fire Department, where troop- ers had set up a command post. Updates For updates on the search for Gelling, see About 5 p.m. Thursday, Gelling took a blue Oldsmo- bile Achieva from 3443 Maid- er Road, which is east of Route 57 and north of Route 31, Trooper Jack Keller said. State police are investigating a burglary at the residence, said Jeffery Raub. An ambu- lance was called to the house TROOPERS, PAGE A-4 Grocery store to set up shop downtown Details about new market on Clinton Square in Syracuse slated to be released today. By Pam Greene Staff writer Downtown Syracuse will be getting a new grocery store in Clinton Square. Queri Development Co. will announce plans for a at 11 a.m. today at 214 W. Water St. The store, developed under the limited liability corporation Syracuse Soma Market, will be the only full-service grocery store in downtown Syracuse, according the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. The company said it would not release the name of the gro- cery store until the news confer- ence. The store will cater to the surge of housing development in downtown Syracuse. I Mayor Matt Driscoll said nearly people reside downtown and there are ongoing plans and proposals to build more housing throughout down- town. Recent developments include a proposed apartment building at South Clinton and Jefferson streets and a proposal to reno- vate a vacant warehouse at 215 W. Fayette St. into 11 apart- ments. There's also a plan to convert a four-story warehouse at 230 Willow St. into a 49-unit apartment building. Construction on the store hasn't started yet. Plans posted on the window show that park- ing will be available on the Franklin Street side of the build- ing and a courtyard will he on the Clinton Square side of the building. The company will release spe- i cific plans and designs for the j grocery store at the news confer- j ence, an official with the devcl- i opment company said. There have been many con- venience stores and small gro- cery stores downtown, but very DOWNTOWN, PAGE A-7 Military: Stabilize Iraq to head off terrorism Leaving Iraq too soon leaves U.S. at high risk of another commanders say. By David Wood Newhouse News Service Washington The top U.S. military command Thursday por- trayed the war in Iraq as a lengthy, high-Stakes snuggle to "get ahead of" an expanding al- Qaida terrorist network that has deployed more than 400 suicide bombers worldwide just this year. While they acknowledged that the mere presence of American troops in Iraq "fuels" the insur- gency and helps al-Qaida recruit more fighters, the senior officers said the United States must stay involved until the region is stabi- lized or risk another major ter- rorist attack on the United States. INSIDE: One Iraqi battalion is ready, U.S. general "We can't walk away from al-Qaida they won't let Army Gen. John Abizaid, com- mander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in one of a series of appearances. Another top commander, meanwhile, acknowledged that Hurricane Katrina had exposed gaps in the government's ability to respond quickly to terrorist at- tacks or natural disasters. "At the top of my list of the things we need to look at is com- Adm. Tim Keat- ing, commander of U.S. North- ern Command, told the Defense Writers Group on Thursday. Northern Command oversees military and anti-terrorist opera- LAWMAKER, PAGE A-4 i he Post-Standard Bush delays nominating next Supreme Court justice 11395" "8 By Deb Riechmann The Associated Press Washington The White House has slowed the announce- ment of President Bush's next pick for the Supreme Court to bask at least for a few days in John Roberts' confirmation. Women and minorities remain atop what is said to be a narrow- ing list of candidates. Bush initially was expected to name his second nominee to the nation's highest court soon after Roberts was sworn in as chief justice on Thursday. White House advisers now say the an- nouncement probably won't come until next week. Advocacy groups on the right are expecting Bush to name a rock-solid conservative to re- place retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Liberal groups are making a last-minute push for a moderate conservative. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, say if the president sends up any of the nominees they filibustered including federal appellate judges Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor and Hispanic lawyer Miguel Estrada they will fight to the bitter end. And Bush's own "short "It's not that was all White House press secretary Scott McClellan would give up in the way of hints on Thursday. Outside observers suggest the list has been narrowed to about five or six candidates, federal ap- pellate judges and perhaps a few people who have never worn a judicial robe. Mentioned most frequently in recent days are U.S. appeals judges Owen. Karen Williams and Alice Batchelder; Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan; White House counsel Harriet Miers; Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and PepsiCo LIBERAL PAGE A-4 NEED A BABY EVACUATION How to set up a FOR CNY THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE PAGE E-1 INSIDE HOWSU MATCHES UP AGAINST FLORIDA STATE SPORTS, PAGE D-1 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SPORTS, PAGES D-6, D-7 5 NEW FILMS What's good, what's not CNY, PAGE E-1 ;