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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracnn.com SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2005 C 2005 The Post Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS ORANGE SMOG Brought to you by NASA, today's wcaim-i uii __ Saturn's mysterious moon, Titan. Under smoggy orange skies, the temperature will below zero which, for reasons as yet unknown, does not freeze the hquid flowing on its surface Story, below Complete (CNY) forecast D-12 HIGH: 13 Body of Mexico man found near Oswego River Police m Oswego are inves- tigating the death of a man whose both was found Friday along the Obwego er Police said Fnday night the man ii Joseph C Godfrey Jr 1A of Mexico They are consid- ering his death suspicious LOCAL, PAGE B-I Fotoki reportedly wants billion cut in Medicaid George E Pataki will propose at least SI billion in spending cub to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, according to people who have been bnefcd on die governor's budget piar 5km i, FAUCHO Israel CE.IS relations with new Palestinian leader Israeli Prune Minister Anel Sharon cut ail contact Friday with the newly elected Palestini- an leader and saia Manmoua Abbas must halt militant attacks if he v ants peace talks The de- cision came on the eve of Abbas' inauguration STORY, PAGE A-5 Cholesterol drug won't be sold over the counter Federal health advisers Fri- day recommended against over the-counter sales of a cholesterol drug, ing patients need med- ical guidance BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Nine families claim baby eiinnmi Nine families in Sri Lanka are fighting over an infant who survived the tsunami in Sri Lanka They all claim the boy. dubbed Baby 81, 'is their lost loved one STORY, PAGE A-5 Head of the state DEC says she is resigning The state's commissioner of the Department of Environ- mental Conservation plans to re- sign Enn Crotty had made the Onondaga Lake cleanup a priori- ty STORY, PAGE A-6 Survey reports CNY good place to buy a house The Syracuse area is the fifth-most-affordable place to buy a home in the United States, according to Economy com Inc an independent provider of economic, financial, country and industry research BUSINESS, PAGE M Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions9 Call 470-NEWS (470-6397) Business Ossified. OIY_._ Comks.... EdHotira Index C-l Loco) news lottery _H HewYork. E-10 Obituaries A-S Sports A-2 M EniMtainmMt E-4 Studs H Television H2 THE POST-STANDARD ir Developer: No hotel without current tax deal By Frederic Pierce Staff writer Plans to build a 3 million convention center hotel in Syra- cuse are dead unless Mayor Matt Dnscoll changes his mind and endorses a 25-year tax deal with- er said Fnday partner in The Pioneer Cos "We can all thank the mayor if this project doesn t happen Dnscoll this week notified Onondaga County officials that he would not forward the tax deal they negotiated with Pio- neer to the Syracuse Common taxes and instead use that money to pay off money borrowed for toe project wiuioui ine .tgiec- ment, the 350-room hotel could not be built, both Pioneer and county officials said "This is either a deliberate at- tempt to scuttle this project or surface parking lot" Dnscoll Fndav said he sup- poili Jit- iimcl, vviucli iuuiuv and local tourism officials sav is needed to make the S75 million Oncenter live up to its promise as a convention magnet for Cen- tral New York construction debt instead County officials said the city bv an explosion of both sales tax revenue and proceeds from the com ention centei garage the city helped build Dnscoil wants that money guaranteed, in wnting, as teed a steady stream of revenue to hold up everything to get a of the deal, whicn take property All we are asking is that little more out of taxes the hotel would normally they stand by the revenues The deal, among other things, Onondaga County Executive pay to the county, city and Syra- theyve said this will produce allows the developer to forgo Nick Pirro said "Well in this cuse school district and uses. that they used to sell this "He is single-handedly going for the city to kill this deal, and if that's what he wants, I guess he'll get said Michael P. Falcone, a about million in property case, he can point with pnde to a them to help pay oft the hotel s SYRACUSE, PAGE A-4 Apple Earns Silver Star 1st Lt. Neil Prakash honored for his actions under fire lost summer. By Pam Greene Staff writer A 24-year-old Salma name received one of the military's highest honors Fnday 1st Lt Neil Prakash was awarded the Silver Mar in Ba qubah, Iraq, a spokesman for tne ist Infantry Division said The spokesman, 1st Lt Wayne Adkms said he did not yet have the details of what Prakash did that was heroic enough to earn the militarv's third-highest honor. The details will be available soon, he said According to the 4rmy, "the Silver Star is awarded to a per- son who, wm'e sen ing in am capacity with the U S Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the Dmted States Reached via e-mail in Iraq Jan 5, Prakash didn t give de- tails of the circumstances around his award, only writing that the medal stems from a battle June 24 2004 in Baqu- bah "I'm pretty proud of that. I would love for my parents to he wrote "I know this comes on sounumg picuv vdiu It's not sometmng I want to out on mv blog because I don't want to come off sounding like a self-glorifying jerk But my parents have always been sup- portive of me. and this is some- thing I'd love for them to hear about" More than 100 insurgents raided downtown Baqubah June 24 using highly skillful and coordinated warfare efforts, according to a June 25 report by The Washington Post De- spite a bloody battle and death of two U S soldiers, the 1st In- fantry Division Prakash s division drove the insur- gents out of the area Prakash s father, Jay Pra- kash, of Sahna, was inter- viewed about the blog last month before anyone knew about the award He has since PRAKASH, PAGE A-4 ATI 1ST LT. NEIL PRAKASH, of Salma, a tank platoon leader m the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, is congratulated after receiving the Silver Star Medal, one of the military's highest honors It is awarded for gallantry in the medai. Page A-4. Soldier's blog 'Hollywood got it wrong' Pnoto courtesy Ne i Prakash NEIL PRAKASH, of Liverpool and a sergeant sun- bathe in Fallujah This photo was taken from Prakash s blog, where he has posted many pictures From descnptions of msur gents attacking L1 S platoons to photos of a soldier blowing off steam by chugging corn syrup for fstLt Neil Prakash with the Army Avenger Company is giv ing the world a virtual tour of life in war-torn Iraq Two months ago, the 24 year old Salma native started an Internet diary at www.avengerredsix. blogspot.com A warning for readers The reports online contain profane language Here's the war through his lens Misinformation I don't know where thev got that whistle sound m car- toons that bombs make when UTTlf, PAGE A-4 Photos of Saturn moon could be Earth's baby pictures Knight Ridder News Service Washington Humankind stretched its legs farther into the solar system early Fnday, and in a historic first kicked up some dirt on another planet's moon The result eenly Earthhke pho- tos of Saturn's moon Titan The European space probe Huygens landed human technol- ogy on a cosmic surface farther Irom fcartfl tnan ever oeioie, ie- On the Web NASA is putting the Huygens images on this Web site nasa vealing a moon with recogniz- able features such as nver chan- nels, hills and shorelines Huygens, a 700-pound wok- 4 _ than engineers expected, and is beginning to provide a peek at what Earth could have looked like in its infancy More discoveries are likely as scientists sort through the 350 images that started streaming late Fnday to mission control in Darmstadt, Germany The best images are expected to debut today. "TKn Hata that wp are collecting now shall unveil the secrets of this new world." said Jean-Jacques Dordam, the director general of the European Space Agency Huysens hitched a nde on billion Cassim probe, which will spend four more years circling Saturn The Darmstadt control center was silent in awe as the first black-and-white images ap- LAST CHANCE Today may be your last chance to high school quarterback Greg" Manlius play football. He's in the Army High School All-American SPORTS, D-1 NS I DE HARRY THE'NAZI' Pnnce Charles may want his son to visit death camp. CNY, tap E-4 SEEP COMPANIES: UKTAH IS UM6TME HOME FOR NSMSSB SEUM6 A KEEPER Check out the full page featuring Rochelle Coleman, a Syracuse University basketball player. SPORTS, PagtD-5 CNY man's Web site Corporation sues Cczenovio High School graduate for his new-products reports. B> Stafr writer id High School s 2004 salutatonan is being sued bs Computer Inc after his Web sue spilled secrets about two of its products Apple claims 19-year-oid Nicholas Curelh now a fresh- man at Harvard ille- galh solicited unreleased A.pp'e prod- ucts from em- plov ees who violated confi- denti ah ty agreements trade secrets Ciarelli His Web site ThmkSe- cret com promotes Apple prod- ucts and allows viewers to sub mit news tips Weeks before thev were intro duced the site gave details on an Apple iPod that uses mem- ory fo store songs and a mini Mac computer that will sell for about The Harvard Crim- son student new spaper reported ThinkSecret has become one of the most influential V- eb sites about Apple according to The Wall Street Journal and is fre quented by computer mdustn analysts Ciarelli. of 2461 Damon Road New Woodstock launched ThinkSecret when he Ynis 1 the de- Plume As a high school sopho more in 2001, dePlume ran a story saving Apple planned to release a new music player, a week before the company re- QAREILI, PAGE A-4 Abu Ghraib soldier convicted Army specialist faces up to 1 years in prison for abusing Iraqi prisoners. The Associated Press Fort Hood, Texas Army Spc Charles Graner Jr the re puted ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted Friday of abusing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked mternauonal out- rage when photographs were re- leased that showed reservists I gleefully abusing prisoners 1 Grarer, the first soldier to be f tned on charges ansmg from the scandal, was convicted of all five j charges and faces up to 17% j years behind bars i The jury took less than five j hours to reach the verdict The verdict came after a Uldi Hi wuicu tors depicted Graner as a sadistic soldier who took great pleasure in seeing detainees suffer He was accused of stacking naked prisoners in a human pyramid and later ordenng them to mas- turbate while other soldiers took photographs. He also allegedly punched one man in the head hand eiuMioh to knock him out J   

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