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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse. TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005 6> 2005 The Post Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLINGING CLOUDS A storm moving off to the east clouds into Cen- tral New York today. Some driz- zle or a snow flurry is possi- ble. There could be some ac- Thursday. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 38 LOW: 21 Insurgent attacks kill at least 16 in Iraq inburgenis their bloody campaign to sabotage iiaq's Jan. 30 witn three car bombs and a roadside attack Monday, one near the prime minister's party headquar- ters in Baghdad and others tar- getmg Iraqi troops and a U.S. se- cunty company. At least 16 people were failed, bringing the toll over two days to about 50. STORY, PAGE A-5 House Republicans agree to keep strict ethics rules Stung by criticism that they were lowering ethical standards, House Republicans decided Monday night not to adopt rules that would let a party leader keep his position en if indicted. Lawmakers said Republicans acted at the request of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, STORY, PAGE A-7 SUNY shops in Manhattan for global relations school The State University of New- York is scouting for a building in Manhattan for an ambi- tious new program that would tram students and professionals in global Rethinking Albany. What Gov. Pataki should say in his State of the State State ranks Arnica best in auto insurance service Arnica Mutual Insurance Co, ranks best in the state Insur- ance Department's annual list based on automobile insurance complaints. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Auburn squeaks by Ya. Tech in Sugar Etmi Third-ranked Auburn barely kept alive its slim hopes of win- ning a share of the national championship with a 16-13 Sugar Bowl victory over Virgin- ia Tech at the Louisiana Super- dome. Southern Cal and Oklahoma, the top two 12-0 teams, play for the BCS and AP national titles tonight in the Orange Bowl. Auburn could become the first team to go 13-0 and not win at least a share of the national title. The coaches are contractually obligated to vote the Orange Bowl winner for the BCS cham- pionship in their SU football: Check out the NFL coaches who might be candi- dates for SIT Also: What about the assistant SU Meet Louis Jackie Miron: Volunteers make Auburn running program a Corrections Wrong lottery Dance classes for 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........C-l Lottery.. Clossified____F-l Movies.. A-2 E-4 i-A E-6 Obituaries-.M .A-8 Sports_____D-l .M Stocks_____C-3 toad news ..._l-l THE POST-STANDARD State Canal Corp. Blacked Out Papers _ _ I T IliliSi UiiiTidSK iioilicS VV By Michelle Breidenbach Staff writer The New York State Canal Corp. blacked out the names of staff members who spent state money on hotels and meals and covered up the names of people who attended public meetings in documents it re- leased to an Assembly committee investigating the sale of Erie Canal development rights. Richard Brodsky, D-Westches- ter, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Au- thorities and Commissions, sent a letter to the Canal Corp. giving it until Wednesday to turn over the same documents with the names uncovered. Canal Corp. spokesman Dan Gil- bert said the public authority is doing its best to get the documents to Broask} by Wednesday. He the redacted documents the authori- ty sent to Brodsky are copies of documents it sent to Attorney Gen- eral Eliot Spitzer and Inspector General Jill Konviser-Levine for their investigation into the same deal. For that investigation, Gilbert said, the Canal Corp. crossed out the names of people who were not under investigation. There was no immediate response from Spitzer's office about whether that was an acceptable arrangement. In a series of stories in 2003, The Post-Standard exposed the sale of exclusive development rights along the canal to Buffalo entrepreneur Richard Hutchens, an edible dande- lion salesman who had contributed to Gov. George Pataki's election campaigns. Brodsky has held hearings BRODSKY, PAGE A-10 HEPE ARE two pages thousands the New York State Canal Corp sent Assemblyman Richard Brodsky in response to a subpoena for information about a canal development deal Almost all the information on these two pages was crossed out, including the names of staff members and others who appeared at a public meeting More survivors rescued Eugene Associated Press U.S. NAVY flight crew members carry an injured evacuee Monday at the airport in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh prov- ince in northwestern Indonesia. President announces new fund drive The Associated Press Karim Rajia, Indonesia U.S. helicopters rescued doz- ens of desperate and weak tsu- nami survivors, including a young girl clutching a stuffed Snoopy dog, as the American military relief operation reached out to remote areas of Indonesia with cartons of food and water on Monday. In Washington, President Bush enlisted two former presidents for an ambitious private fund-raising drive for victims of the deadly tsunami on Monday, asking Americans to open their wallets to help the millions left homeless, hungry and injured. devastation in the re- gion defies Bush said as he announced the campaign to be led by his fa- ther and Bill Clinton. "I ask every American to contribute as they are able to do so." Bush, his wife, Laura, and his two predecessors paid brief sympathy visits to the embassies of the four nations hit hardest Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. The first lady brought bou- quets of white roses, and the president wrote messages in embassy condolence books, offering prayers as well as promises of U.S. aid. At the Indian Embassy, Bush said he planned a visit to the world's largest democracy sometime this year. The president ordered that all American flags fly at half- staff this week in AID, PAGE A-4 I tO Off Wednesday WSTM-TV (Channel 3) is airing a one-hour special at 7 p.m. Wednesday to help raise money for victims of last week's tsunami in South Asia. Funds will benefit UNICEF and the American Red Cross. The special is being produced by WNBC-TV in New York City for NBC stations around the country. Channel 3 will include local segments, including features on local families of those killed or missing. Parents missing after baby died Case is now a homicide. Family vanished night 1 their son died in August. By Jim O'Hara I Staff writer The death in August of a 9-week-old baby in Baldwins- ville is now being considered a homicide, and warrants haie been issued for the arrest of the parents, who disappeared before their child as buned The baby. Quan David Mi- chael died Aug. 28 from starvation, with exposure to excessrse heat as a factor, according to First Assistant Dis- trict Attorney Rick Trunfio The baby had been left unattended for more than seven hours in an upstairs bedroom in the family's home at 41 E Oneida St, Trun- fio said. Authorities have been looking for the baby's parents Quan David Nguyen, 36, and Jade Nguyen, 22 since they disap- found, according to Baldwms- ville police. Trunfio said authorities are looking to charge the parents with second-degree reckless manslaughter in the baby's death. Baldwmsville police said they tracked the missing couple to Virginia, Tennessee and Califor- nia before they lost the trail Au- thorities are now looking for help in locating the missing par- ents. The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, also named Jade, who is missing along with them, Trunfio said. The baby boy weighed 6 pounds. 7 ounces when he was born June 21, three weeks pre- mature. He weighed only 6 pounds when an autopsy was PARENTS, PAGE A-10 Spirit spends first birthday on Mars, amazing scientists By Philip Chien Contributing Writer The six-wheel Spirit rover Monday celebrated its first birth- day on Mars, astounding Cornell University scientists who de- signed the golf cart-size explorer with hopes it would last at least 90 Martian days. "I'm said lead sci- entist Steve Squyres, a Cornell astronomy professor. "I was thinking maybe, if we were lucky, we'd be able to squeeze six months out of these things. But a year of operation climbing mountains, going down into craters, I never ever would have guessed that. This is re- markable." And Squyres described Op- portunity, Spirit's sister space- craft, as looking like "she just came off the showroom floor." Apparently a gust of wind blew the dust off its solar arrays so it's generating almost as much power as when it arrived on Mars three weeks after Spirit. "The vehicle is in splendid Squyres said. Together, the rovers have sent back images and 86 giga- bits a gigabit is one billion bits of scientific data, mission manager Jim Erickson said. The rovers, he said, "are in great MARTlAlt PAGE A-10 Online To take a look at some of the images sent back to Earth by the Mars rovers, go to: Mtp-JI For the latest news on the rovers, go to: http-M Quan David Nguyen Jade Nguyen Information sought Baldwinsville police are asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of the missing Nguyen couple to call the police department at 635-6808. BENEFITS OF MASSAGE Howahealk relieves INSIDE BEHIND THE BATTLE OVER HOWARD STERN 95X drops shock jock's show now. WHAT THE PLEDGE'MEANS TO ME Children are taught how to say the Pledge of Allegiance, but not what it means, writes Kristen Hammer of Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square. VOICES, Page tt-wm mis AIL- MWDKrvrniBMOUTHK mm   

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