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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING STORM CENTRAL We're in for a mixed bag of weather today. It'll start off with freezing rain early before changing to plain rain as temperatures rise "I M'll'UtJ, night, the rain will be freezing again as a couple more systems head our way. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 44 LOW: 38 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Man Stabbed To Death A 23-year-old Syracuse man was stabbed inside his Glenwood Avenue apartment Sat- urday night, police said. He later died at University Hospital. Dennis Nett Staff photographer AUTUMN NICOLE BROWNE was born at a.m. Saturday. FIRST BABIES OF 2005 The first Central New York baby arrived at St. Joseph's in Syracuse. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 TOUGH WEEK IN IRAQ Insurgents define their strategy as election grows closer. STORY, PAGE A-4 7 INVESTMENTS TO DITCH Funds you might as well ignore. PERSONAL FINANCE, PAGE E-5 OUR BROTHERS' KEEPER? As the extent of the catastrophe in tsunami-struck Asia grows clearer. Americans wrestle with their responsibility to help. OPINION, PAGE C-1 TOMMY HUNGER, PART 2 Urban fashion out, "preppy with a twist" returns. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 TELL ME ABOUT IT Married woman, 30, drifts away from her single friends. CNY, PAGE H-Z RESOLUTION RUN Annual event attracts 400 for a silly morning jaunt. LOCAL, PAGE B-7 WRESTLING WITH PROSE Mick Foley writes children's books when he's not in the ring. Plus: 4 questions for Sean Perm. STARS Index Auto- _ Business Classified... CNY________ Editorials... local _____ G-1 E-1 _H .H-l C-2 B-1 Obituaries __ Real Estate _ Sports. _ 1-1 Weddings IV Week H-5 Corrections Information on Phil Free state fair 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 How CNY can turn college research into jobs Security start -up money is tricky, becwse investors, often from big cities, wont jobs near them. Staff writer Syracuse University chemist Phil Borer runs a any biotechnology company. If it takes off, it could create 200 jobs If it's really successful, OrthoSystems might be bought by a bigger company enriching its investors, including SU. In that case, it might leave Central New York, along with all those jobs. Tt's haooened before New Methods inc., another startup iLar employed Borer and 35 other people in the 1980s, was sold to a Preach company with out-of-town locations. Those jobs, though not Borer, left town, too. The fate of New Methods is just one of many answers to this question: How can the brain power generated by thou- sands of researchers at Central New York colleges and universities create more local jobs9 A report issued last year by the Metro- acuse and Central New York idenutied the region's universities as a primary en- gine for transforming the economy. It criticized the universities for lagging be- hind their peers across the nation in start- ing companies and licensing CNY, PAGE A-12 One example ESF is working with two local companies to develop a sys- tem to detect toxins m a water supply. Neil Murphy President What are College of other CNY Environmental universities It Takes a World Aid pours in from across the globe; pledges reach billion Diams Ardian Getty Images PEOPLE REACH for food Saturday at an airport in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Indonesia estimates that its death toll may hit Flash floods add to misery for survivors in Sri Lanka Aftershocks in Sumatra, flash floods in Sri Lanka and the specter of epidemics keep Indian Ocean na- tions mired in the hellish aftermath of the tsunami that roared ashore a week ago. The confirmed death toll is the United Nations expects it to top But help is arriving as the world's aid efforts shift into high gear: elephant convoys working in Thailand, global assistance reaching billion and American helicopters greeted by joyful survivors in Indonesia as American forces begin one of their biggest relief mis- sions ever. David Longstreath The Associated Press VOLUNTEERS prepare Saturday to move corpses in Phuket, Thailand. One girl, one family and one businessman tell their They survived the wave Then came WARNING SYSTEMS How they save Why tsunamis are so hard to THE IMAGES How the tsunami looked from space and other images of the FULL REPORT, PHOTOGRAPHS, PAGES A-6 to A-9 TAX DEAL FOR CONVENTION HOTEL Driscoll: What's in it for Syracuse? Krro: Don't stand in the way MATT DRISCOLL NICHOLAS PIRRO By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll is con- cerned that a proposed convention center hotel, to be funded with million in public money, could be more burden than boon for the city. And Syracuse common councilors, who have to sign off on the hotel deal before it can go forward, echo his worries. Driscoll fired off a letter to Onondaga County Executive Nicholas Pirro Dec. 28, two days before county legislators approved public financing for the million, 350-room convention center hotel, telling Pirro the city at least wants to keep receiv- ing the yearly payments of it re- ceives in taxes from the property, which is currently a parking lot In the proposed plan, the county would ijetdild II take title to the property next to the Oncen- ter, then let The Pioneer Cos. LLC of Syra- cuse build the hotel on the land. Most of the million would come from the Onondaga County Industrial De- velopment Agency, which would borrow million. The remaining million would be supplied by the count) for land ac- quisition and pedestrian walkways. The be but the developer would make a payment in lieu of taxes to the county every year to pay off the borrowed million. As the agree- ment stands, the city would not receive any of that money. County legislators have approved that ar- rangement, but now city councilors must, as Scientists: How clean wi lake be after project? They soy plan ignores behavior of mercury, doesn't preaKf future wafer quality. By Mark Weiner Staff writer Scientists say they don't know how much cleaner Onondaga Lake's water will be, or if its fish will be edible, after a pro- posed million, seven-year cleanup of industrial pollution. The state Department of Envi- ronmental Conservation says those questions will be answered after Honeywell International the second-most expensive environmental clean- up in state history. But two prominent Onondaga Lake scientists say the commu- nity needs to know how clean the lake will be after Honeywell removes 2.65 million cubic yards of polluted sediment from Onondoga Lake meetings 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday. DEC officials meet with people with concerns, Art and Home Center, Fairgrounds, Geddes 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 12: DEC officials meet with people, same location. A formal public hearing follows at 7 p m the lake bottom, as proposed by state officials. The state also wants Honey- well to cover 425 acres of less- contaminated lake bottom with a cap of sand, gravel and other material. Steve Effler, research director for the Upstate Freshwater Insti- tute in Syracuse, and Charles T. Driscoll, a Syracuse University professor who specializes in STAflLPMEA-15 look at the orooosed 3