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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syraonc.com WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLIPPED AGAIN An Alberta Clip- per will fly through Central twuay> leaving up to 3 Q inches of snow in its wake. After the storm leaves, lake-effect snow show- ers will cover the area on Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 24 LOW: 18 Iraqi insurgents bomb office, kill 3 candidates A suicide bomber struck the iiugiiuau ucadquaners of Iraq's biggest Shiite political party i uesday. Killing three candi- dates. A Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Iraq was released. STORY, PAGE A-4 SU men's basketball bests Georgetown in OT Syracuse University's men's basketball team held off George- town 78-73 in overtime Tuesday in the Carrier Dome for the 11th straight victory for SU. SPORTS, PAGE D-l First guilty plea in probe of U.N. oil-for-food work An Iraqi-American business- man, accused of pocketing mil- lions of dollars through the U.N. oil-for-food program with Iraq, pleaded guilty Tuesday. He's the iifM person io oe ciiargeu ui a probe of the U.N. program. STOEY, PAGE A-4 Carousel Center theaters plan to start renovations Carousel Center mall's movie theater complex is getting an extensive makeover. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Syracuse women wins an 'American Idol' show SVSarlea Stroman, 22, of Syra- cuse, advanced to the next level of the Fox network talent show "American Idol" on Tuesday. Then, she chose to quit. tOCAL PAGE 8-1 CDC: Obesity deadly, but tobacco still kills more A computer software error caused federal researchers to in- Local competition fierce for limited number of engineers As hundreds fine up for jobs at Lockheed Martin, smaller companies may lose out. Bv Charlev Hannagan More than 700 people inter- viewed for engineering jobs at Lockheed Martin Tuesday. But good news for Lockheed could be bad news for smaller local companies. The nationwide shortage of engineers is plavins out in com- panies across Central New York work for someone else. as workers jump from one job to The competition for talent is the next, local business people fierce. o After Syracuse Research Lockheed Martin, m Salma, c m ad in needs 500 engineers in a variety fn Vnwmtw uueuicai leciiuoiogy company in- liMed raised the incentive it pays employees who recruit en- gineers to paid in three installments over two years. Lockheed offers as an incentive to employees who re- cruit workers there. to handle multimillion-dollar de- fense contracts. Syracuse Re- search Corp., in Cicero, needs 150 workers, mostly engineers, for positions across the country. It's a good bet that some of the hundreds who streamed into the Holiday Inn, Salina, for the Lockheed Martin job fair already Frank OrrJcfo Staff photographer MYUNH IRAN, (left) of Liverpool, talks with Tammy Egan, a Lockheed Martin regional recruiter from New Jersey, at a job fair Tuesday at the Holiday inn, Salina. Lockheed's job fair drew workers from as far as Milwaukee and Silver Spring, Md., from the fust-graduated to the about to overtake smoking as the No. 1 cause of death in the Unit- ed States. STORY, PAGE A-7 Passenger traffic rises almost 20% at Hancock Passenger traffic rose nearly 20 percent at Hancock Airport in 2004, the highest growth rate for any commercial airport in the state, Syracuse officials said Tuesday. Mayor Matt Driscoll credited the 19.3 percent increase to greater airline competition, lower fares and an aggressive marketing campaign. The city said 2.26 million people flew in and out of Hancock last year more than in 2003. It was the highest passenger count at the airport since 1992. Corrections Wine tasting fund-raiser Boys and Girls Clubs of Syra- cuse's A-2 Jeff DeFrancisco Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Butm at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Movies...............E-5 New York...... A-12 Obituaries....._ M S-i C-3 M M THE POST-STANDARD Pataki Budget Plan Met With Calls for Battle Rice stays on course for Senate approval Secretary of state nominee insists nation was properly prepared for war in Iraq. By Anne Gearan i The Associated Press Washington Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice gave no ground in Senate confir- mation questioning Tuesday, in- JADA DAME, a second-grade pupil at Porter Magnet School in Syracuse, raises her hand to answer a question from toarhor Vglenfino about ohonics. Gov. Georoe Pataki Tuesday proposed a 3.4 percent increase in school aid in his Al Campanie Staff photographer budget, including million to begin meeting a school aid mandate. It's the largest increase ever proposed by a New York governor, but legislative leaders and a court-ap- pointed pane! say it may not be nearly enough. Assembly speaker finds more bad than good State budget breakdown fully prepared for the Iraq war and its aftermath and refusing to give a timetable for U.S. troops to come home. An American exit strategy de- pends on Iraq's ability to defend itself against terrorists after this month's elections, she said. Rice seemed headed for easy confirmation by the Senate as President Bush's choice to be the country's top diplomat. She did have a tense exchange with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D- Calif. Rice repeatedly asked the senator not to question her truthfulness but former presi- dential nominee John Kerry, D- Mass., was the only member of the Foreign Relations Commit- tee who told her she might not win his vote. 'This was never going to be Rice said of the war and its aftermath. ByErikKriss Albany bureau By urging health care cuts for the poor, fee increases on the middle class and tax relief for the wealthiest, Gov. George Pataki helped ignite what promises to be a partisan battle over his new budget proposal Tuesday. The billion plan would increase spending by 2.4 percent in the fiscal year beginning April 1. But the state-funded portion of the budget excluding federal aid would grow by 5.4 per- cent, twice the rate of infla- tion. Democrats found some good in the third-term Repub- lican's proposal. They cited increases in aid to local gov- ernments aimed at encourag- ing fiscal restraint and a growth limit on localities' costs for Medicaid, the mush- rooming government health care program for the poor. "But there is more bad than concluded state As- sembly Speaker Sheldon Sil- ver. D-Manhattan. Flanked by dozens of his Democratic colleagues. Silver charged Tuesday that pro- posed Medicaid service cuts would hurt the elderly and dis- abled, higher education cost shifts would hurt poor stu- dents and new taxes would hurt health care providers. ON-TIME, PAGE A-10 Where the money comes from and where it would go under Gov. George Pataki's proposed billion 2005-06 budget: Where it comes from Business foxes ture of the future in Iraq and for resolution of the long conflict between Israel and the Palestini- ans as well. "It was always going to have SENATORS, PAGE A-4 Where it goes Fringe benefits Rice Source: Gov. George Pataki's 2005-06 Executive Budget The Post-Standard INSIDE: How will local schools fare? What's up with those fees? Will this budget be Gang member's defense: Courts let him go too often Now Karo Brown deserves a lenient sentence, his lawyer teds a federal judge. By John O'Brien Staff writer If Onondaea County prosecu- tors had been tougher on Karo Brown over the years, he might COMING TO BROADWAY? Work's under way to turn "The Apprentice1 into a musical. STORY. A-2 19" not be facing up to life in prison in federal court, his lawyer claims. Defense lawyer Simon Moody makes the unusual ciaim in court papers filed in advance of Brown's sentencing, which was scheduled for this afternoon but was postponed late Tuesday until Jan. 26. A federal jury con- victed him last summer of a Blown racketeering from 1995 through 2003. conspiracy for Brown, 25, doesn't quite using violence, agree with his lawyer. In an in- including mur- terview at the Cayuga County der, over eight Jail last week, Brown said police years to con- trumped up many of the charges trol the territo- against him over the years. But ry of the Boot he does say the gang problem in Camp street Syracuse worsened because po- gang and its LAWYER, PAGE A-8 drug trade A LOOK AT ONE GUILTY Boxer The focus: Pressed at her confirmation hearing about U.S. policy in Iraq, Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice declined to give a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops. Heated exchange: "I personally believe... that your loyalty to the mission you were given, to sell this war, overwhelmed your respect for the truth. And I don't say it lightly." Sen. Barbara Boxer "Senator, I have to say that I have never, ever lost respect for the truth in the service of anything. It is not my nature. It is not my character." Condoleezza Rice Next: Despite pointed questions. Senate confirmation is all but assured. ENGINEERED PLANTS Genetically modified plants contaminate organic farmers' fields. TECHNOLOGY, INSIDE GIANT PLANE Airbus unveils a huge double-decker. PagaC-1 11 RECIPES From fish to combreadto cake. FOOD, E-1   

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