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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrMUM.com SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2005 FINAL EDITION 6 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING ftP AY It won't be much of anything today except cloudy: no sun, no rain or snow, and neither warm nor very cold. Get used to seeing cloud-filled good news: Except for Monday, those clouds won't bring precipitation. Complete forecast, D-14 HIGH: 35 LOW: 28 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER The Associated Press SU's CRAIG FORTH and Hakim Warrick trap Seton Hall's Justin Cerasoli Satur- day night at the Dome. SU BEATS SETON HALL Gerry McNamara scores 23 points for the Orange as SU overtakes the Pirates, 75-50. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 JETS ADVANCE New York defeats San Diego in overtime, 20-17. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 2004: WHAT A WET YEAR We take a 12-month look at snow, rain and 15 days at zero or below. LOCAL, PAGE B-7 U.S. HITS WRONG TARGET At least five civilians killed when 5Gu-pomiu bomb uiupa on house in Iraq. STORY, PAGE A-15 GOD AND THE TSUNAMI Theologians, scholars mull why evil and suffering exist. OPINION SPECIAL REPORT, PAGE C-1 TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT? Support groups work to inspire success, work as a team. CNY, PAGE H-1 MICHAEL CRICHTON Author takes a stand against global warming in latest novel. Plus: 5 questions for hip-hop's Nasir Jones. STARS MEETING FUTURE IN-LAWS Don't wing it. Some preparation can be a good idea. CNY, PAGE H-4 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS AutO____: Business.. UmOnflC. Ud_ Index .G-l New York _ __r-i H-1 Sports____ ___C-2 WBOtnW wwU THEPOST-STAKDAID H-5 For home delivery. How Pataki staff spun the canal scandal By Michelle Breidenbach Staff writer ew Yorkers had just ti York State Canal Corp. had sold exclusive Erie Canal de- velopment rights across the state for to Buffalo entrepre- neur Richard Hutchens. On Sept. 14, 2003, the morn- ing after The Post-Standard broke the story about the deal, Gov. George Pataki's staff sent an e-- mail to the Canal Corp.'s director asking, "Is there any way to get out of A judge ordered the release of about 600 pages of e-mails and other documents that show Gov. Pataki's office directed an effort to control a supposedly independent public authority. An excerpt I CATT BELIEVE Pataki Director of Communications Lisa Stoll, in an internal e-mail about the Canal Corp. scandal At the same time, the gover- nor's staff advised its press offi- cers, "I think we should try to avoid being perceived as really interested hi this project because we are not." Modern technology and a state Supreme Court ruling have made it possible for New Yorkers, more than a year later, to see just how interested in the deal Pata- ki's staff reallv was. Over the course of that year, the state comptroller, attorney general, inspector general and the Canal Corp. itself would criticize, orrr? fHo contract, newspapers woum con- tinue to investigate, and Assem- bly Democrats would push for documents to be made public. A judge last week ordered the Pataki administration to release about 600 pages of e-mails, draft talking points, draft letters to the editor and drait hearing testimony 1 THINK, PAK A-14 INSIDE: Assembly- man Richard Brodskv OH C about his political as- pirations. The man who wants to be the next state attorney general CNY Keeps On Giving Classes collect money, bands play, thousands fill cans with cash Across Central New York, people are digging into their pockets and bank accounts to give money to groups working to help victims of the tsunami. Students at H.W. Smith Ele- mentary School, and many other schools, are collecting money. A Syracuse University profes- sor and others with ties to Sri Lanka have formed a group to raise money. A local photographer is giving portraits to those who donate. Many people are just giving cash, Eke the anonymous donor who gave to the Ameri- can Red Cross or the fans at the SU-Seton Hall game who donat- ed almost Saturday. Major fund-raising groups in Central New York report collect- ing more than A com- plete tally of ail the various fund-raising efforts across the re- gion isn't available. Religious organizations, a rock radio station, Syracuse Uni- versity, a local publisher and many others are taking up col- lections. Two grocery chains, and Wegmans, are urging customers to make donations at the check- out counter. Teenagers who play in various bands will gather Saturday for a concert to raise money lor tne re- lief efforts. RYE STORIES OF GENEROSITY PAGEA-6 Al Stan pnotographer DOROTHY METZ of Syracuse University's Office of Residence Life, collects money for tsunami victims Sat- urday at the Carrier Dome before the SU-Seton basketball game. Donating money is Kevin Miller, of Roch- ester. !n all, fans donated at the game. Story Page A-7. Oswego professor: I thought I would die By Nancy Buczek Staff writer A State University College at Oswego math pro- fessor went to Sri Lanka for a statistics conference on Dec. 25. The next day, he was running for his life when a giant wave hit his homeland. "I heard we were all going to die. That was very frightening. For a while I thought I was going to said Ampalavanar Nanthaku- mar, a native Sri Lankan who lives in Oswego. "We were shaking with fear." Nanthakumar Nanthakumar, 46, planned to at- tend a three-day conference at the University of Per- adeniya, about 17 miles from his mother's home hi Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. Nanthakumar was PROFESSOR, PAW A-7 Peter Dejcng Associated Press VOLUNTEERS UNLOAD rice at a refugee center in Banda Aceh, Sumatra island, Indonesia. Government officials say at least are homeless in Indonesia. They also report are confirmed dead. INSIDE Select charities carefully Look to IRS-registered groups to make sure money is used Empty school seats At least of killed in Sri Lanka were Feeding plan Authorities aim to get food to 2 million survivors each day for the next six Coming Monday How a massive earthquake spawned the killer tsunamis. Mother Cope's remains coming home to Syracuse ByReneeK-Gadoua Staff writer THIS WINDOW in St. Joseph and St. Pat- rick Parish Center in i (tiradeoiets Mother Marianne copes work in Hawaii. Three Syracuse Franciscans plan to travel to a remote corner of a Hawaiian is- land to witness the exhumation of Mother Marianne Cope and accompany her remains home. "It's a very awesome thing' when you think about her having walked out of our motherhouse in 1883 to go to Hawaii and here she is coming said Sister Grace Anne Dillenschneider, as- sistant general minister of the Sisters of St Francis. How experts will exhume MotherMarianrie Cope's Mother Cope's remains will be placed in the convent's chapel while the women decide whether they will build a special chapel to honor the former leader of their religious community who they hope will be proclaimed a saint in the Catholic Church. Sister Dillenschneider, Sister Patricia Burkard, general minis- ter of the community, and Sister Mary Laurence Hanley plan to leave Ian. 22. Toe exhumation is A bonwcomng The remains of Mother Marianne Cope will be exhumed from her grave on the Hawaiian island of Molokai and returned to Syracuse. The remains will be brought to the motherhouse chapel of the   

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