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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               TODAY INSIDE TIPS TO HELP SAVE MONEY ON PHONE SERVICE The Post-Standard Affiliated with SynKusc.com MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING vcpvrntn A passing blast of arctic air will keep Central New York frigid today o o and contain the u i> dients for producing a couple of inches of snow. Some flur- ries will linger around the area Tuesday. Complete forecast C-8 HIGH: 17 LOW: -1 China's shunned leader, Zhao Ziycng, dies cf 85 Zhao Ziyang, the former leader of China's Communist Party who spent the last 15 years oi his life under house arrest, died in a Beijing hospital Mon- day at age 85. Zhao was forced from office in 1989 for showing tolerance and empathy for students mas- sing in the streets during the Tiananmen massacre. Today, few Chinese students are aware that hundreds if not thousands of protesters were killed by troops. STORY, PAGE A-7 McNabb sharp, Manning not; Eagles, Patriots win The Philadelphia Eagles took on the bumblina Minnesota Vi- passes by SU's Donovan McNabb to reach their fourth straight NFC championship game with a 27-14 Also: The New England Patriots shut down MVP-quarterback Peyton Manning of the Indianap- olis Colts for a 20-3 victory Sun- day behind Corey Dillon's 144 yards Crackdown by Sharon; Abbas to talk cease-fire Accusing the Palestinian leadership of doing nothing to stop attacks against Israelis, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon or- dered the army to intensify oper- ations against militants. Palestinian officials said Pres- ident Mahmoud Abbas would visit Gaza this week for cease- fire talks with militant factions. STORY, PAGE A-6 Jerry Springer to host political radio talk show Jerry Springer will host a po- litically oriented radio talk show in Cincinnati where he once served as mayor and he prom- ises to challenge the Bush ad- ministration on issues ranging from Iraq to Social Security. STORY, PAGE A-2 'The Aviator" soars at the Golden Globes The Howard Hughes epic "The Aviator" was the big win- ner at the Golden Globes, taking the best-drama prize and two others. The road-trip romp "Sideways'' won the Globe for best comedy. Lead-actor awards went to Jamie Foxx of "Ray." Hilary Swank of the boxing saga "Mil- lion Dollar Annette Ben- ing of the showbiz comedy "Being Julia" and Leonardo Di- Caprio of "The Aviator." STORY, PAGE D-I Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Off Movies Hew York Lotol MRS. Lottery __ W A-J ..1-1 Sports Television THE POST-STANDARD Pataki Budge! Offers Property Tax Rebate SU FOOTBALL STAFF BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE Money would cone from state H rmmkipofitws keep their spending dowi. By Alicia Chang .Associated Press writer Albany Property taxpay- ers would receive direct rebates from New York state if their local governments 'manage to keep their spending at a certain level, according to details of Gov. George Pataki's proposed state budget released Sunday. The rebate proposal, along with an infusion of state aid to municipalities spread out over two years, is targeted at helping counties and local governments reduce their ballooning costs and keep property taxes in check. State aid to Syracuse would increase million 12.5 percent to million under Pataki's proposed 2005-06 state budget, the governor's of- fice announced. The following year, state aid to Syracuse would increase by another 22 percent, or million, under Pataki's plan. the surface it sounds like very good said Ken Mokrzycki, Syracuse's adminis- tration director. "We'll have to take a look at the details." Pataki, a three-term Republi- can, will present his state budget proposal Tuesday. He is ex- pected to release long-awaited details on how he plans to rein in the costs of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor. The Pataki administration projects a shortfall of about billion in the 2005-06 fiscal year that begins April 1. For years, counties have com- plained" that Medicaid increases have eaten up money for basic services like sheriffs patrols and libraries. Most counties have re- sorted to raising property taxes, sales taxes or both to pay the bills. Under Pataki's proposal, sen- iors and farmers can get a rebate in 2006 if counties can keep their spending growth below 3.5 percent. The rebate will grow to S200 in 2007 as long as local governments keep PATAKI, PAGE A-4 Frank Stan photographer STEVE RUSS, the new linebackers coach for Syracuse University answers questions after being introduced at a news conference Sunday in the football wing at Maniey Field House. At far right is SU's new quarterbacks coach. Major Applewhite, standing beside head football coach Greg Robinson. The new staff is starting to shape up, although Robinson said he is still searching for his main hire an offensive C-1 >4 0-8 .C-l >5 A WEDDING BEGINS A NEW LIFE IN REFUGEE CAMP Report: Convention hotels not safe bet Other cities hove lost money In aitefflpfs to bcosf convention business. Bv Mamie Eisenstadt KALPANA MANDAL, 18, is being made up for her wedding Sunday to Sanjay Mistri at a tsunami relief camp in Port Blair, India. Women blew conch shells and ululated whiie children beat drums and cheered as the first marriage cere- mony got under way Sunday at the crowded relief camp for tsunami survivors. Aijaz Rani he Associated Press In other developments: The death toil rose to more than after more bodies were found. Organizers of a national benefit for tsunami victims said they would need two days to complete a tally of money col- lected during Saturday's two-hour televised concert on NBC Universal-owned stations. Story, Page A-6 Memorial for King waits for more money Organization hopes to [n Syracuse begin construction on the The Partnership for National Mali next year. Troops launch raids to curb Iraqi violence By Theola S. Labbe The Washington Post Washington The foundation working to build a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall has raised a third of the million in pri- vate donations needed and plans to begin construction in 2006. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Proj- ect Foundation Inc. has re- ceived million from corporate and other private sponsors. It must raise an additional million by next year to cover construc- tion costs, officials said. Congress approved the Onondaga Creek marches in Martin Luther King's honor, gathering at a.m. today at the NAACP offices, 416 W. Onondaga St. The march ends at the Jerry Rescue monument in Clinton Square. What's memorial in 1996 and gave the foundation an extension in 2003 to raise funds for the groundbreaking, said Harry E. Johnson Sr., the group's president. He said he is confident that the group will draw ad- ditional corporate sponsors this year and spread aware- ness among citizens to raise the funds by the deadline. By Sally Buzbee The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq U.S. troops staged a series of raids in Mosul and other areas of northern and central Iraq on Sunday, arresting dozens, even as a top American official conceded U.S. and Iraqi forces cannot stop "extraordi- nary" intimidation by insurgents before this month's crucial na- tional election. The crackle of small-arms fire reverberated through a busy neighborhood in the center of Baghdad, sending shoppers scur- rying, and underscoring the pre- I carious security situation less i than two weeks before balloting. The violence centered on Mosul, the country's third-larg- est city, where insurgents shot dead a member of a local gov- ernment council and set off ex- plosives as a U.S. convoy passed, damaging a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. It was unclear whether there were casualties. A mortar damaged a school to be used as a polling place. The rest of the country re- mained tense. Insurgents shot dead three policemen and wounded seven others 25 miles southeast of Baghdad as they were driving new police cars to the southeastern city of Kut, po- lice said. In central Baghdad, insurgents attacked an Iraqi National Guard patrol on the east side of the Ti- gris river and then melted into the crowd in the open market area, sending shoppers running. U.S. Deputy Defense Secre- tary Paul Wolfowitz acknowl- edged that the security threat to the Jan. 30 election was worse than hi last October's nationwide balloting in Afghanistan and that it was impossible to guarantee "absolute security." MY WORST JOB EVER Humor columnist Jeff Kramer salutes the bad jobs that make a decent job look so good. I N S I NEW RULES FOR'IDOL7 "American Idol" cuts back on the divas, gives the guys a boost and lets the contestants be as "old" as 28. GREG PAULUS PARADE ALL-AMERICAN CBA's two-time all-state quarterback will receive the honor at Wednesday's basketball game with Nottingham. Page C-1 HttNUB HWN riMt ICUWMWVHMIItf IM w The author of a Brookings In- stitution report released today on convention centers and conven- tion center hotels said Onondaga County's plan to build a million convention center hotel is a mistake. Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Anto- nio, said other cities with strug- gling convention centers that have decided to build attached hotels in the hopes of revitaliz- ing their convention business have not only failed to accom- plish that, but have often dam- aged their credit and lost public KI-U11S-J I Sanders said Onondaga Coun- ty and other communities that have followed the same oath are just throwing good money after bad, digging themselves in deep- er as they fail to staunch the backslide in convention busi- ness. He cited St. Louis, which pin- ned its hopes on reviving con- vention business to a new. S265 million hotel. The hotel, largely financed by public money, opened in 2003. But it had little effect on convention business and has had trouble fill- ing rooms. It ran a deficit of nearly 52 million in 2003 and was on track to do worse in 2004. "Syracuse, sad to say, is doing exactly the same silly Sanders said. "Do you want to pour more money and Hitting bottom? The Oncenter last year hosted the fewest conventioneers since 1995. Onondaga County, which runs the center, hopes that it can get the city of Syracuse to sign off on a deal that would lead to the building of a headquarters hotel for the Oncenter. The county believes such a hotel would increase the convention center's business. CONVENTIONEERS IN THOUSANDS 125________________________ I inn 75 50 25 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 Source: Oncenter T   

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