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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York 6 TIPS TO SAVE MONEY ON CELL PHONES The Post-Standard Affiliated with 5yracuse.com MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2005 FIN AUDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING A FEW FLAKES A weak storm system will generate a few ir i York. Some areas prone to lake-effect snow could get up to 3 inches of accumulated snow. Some sunshine should return to the area Tuesday. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 24 IOW: 17 sin vv in in 2 New York Gty fires Three veteran firefighters died in blazes in Brooklyn and the Bronx Sunday, a day their union called one of the saddest in fire department history. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Ukraine's new president vows to unite country Viktor A. Yushchenko, his face disfigured by poison and his fate nearly undone by electoral fraud, took the oath of office as president of Ukraine Sunday, vowing to unite a poor and deep- ly divided country and lead it into the mainstream of Europe. STORY, PAGE A-4 Two oi-Qaida suspects arrested !cr alleged plot German police Sunday ar- rested two suspected al-Qaida members believed to be planning a suicide attack in Iraq, federal prosecutors said. One of the men also allegedly tried to obtain ura- nium. STORY, PAGE A-4 Obesity may hinder lest for prostate cancer A new study suggests a man's weight may affect the ac- curacy of a common test to de- tect prostate cancer, leading re- searchers to warn that doctors could be missing the dangerous cancer in obese men. STORY, PAGE A-5 Nixon's ioyai secretary, Rose Mary Woods, dies Rose Mary Woods, 87, the Nixon White House secretary whose improbable stretch was supposed to account for part of an ISVi-minute gap in a crucial Watergate tape, died Saturday at a nursine home in Alliance, Ohio. STORY, PAGE A-2 Public hearings today on proposed state budget The state Assembly, which joins the Senate today in resum- ing the decades-old tradition of holding public hearings on the governor's proposed new bud- get, will stage a second round of budget hearings midway through the 2005-06 fiscal year. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Corrections Identify of Abolmout Dut in photograph of Sudanese refugees at a E-mail address for Bill Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Delivery or subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Newspaper phone Suer Bowl for McNabb The Associated Press His smile can light up a locker room, even McNabb lit up the city. Break out the cheesesteaks, because this long-suffering quar- terback is taking the Philadel- phia Eagles to the Super Bowl at last. "I'm excited with this xvin, everybody in the Philadelphia area is excited." McNabb said after Sunday's 27-10 victory over Atlanta gave the Eagles their first NFC championship since the 1980 season. "It defi- nitely was all I thought it would be. I was just waiting for the confetti to finally start flying. "We know what happened the last three years, but this year was special and we have no reason to stoonow." McNabb exuded a quiet confi- dence all week, and his team- mates took his cue. "We had to continue to stay he said. "A lot of peo- ple turned their backs on us and said we would never do it." Other than Rocky, Philly hasn't had a champion in 22 years. On Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, the Eagles will try to bring a real tide home, the first since the 76ers swept the Lakers in 1983. The Eagles had become one of the great teases in sports, losing three straight NFC championship games, the last two at home. McNabb was on his way to becoming the quarterback who put that notion to rest by throw- ing two touchdown passes to Chad Lewis and staring down the doubters, along with the At- lanta defense. Now McNabb and the Eagles will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Jack- sonville, Fla.. on Feb. 6. New England held oil a short- lived rally by the Pittsburgh Steelers to advance with a 41-27 victory in the AFC champion- ship. The Patriots will try to win their third Super Bowl in four years. Rusty Kennedy The .Associated Press PHILADELPHIA QUARTERBACK and SU trustee Donovan McNabb leaves the field Sunday after a 27-10 win over the Atlanta Fal- cons in the NFC Championship game in Philadelphia. In Sports: NFL playoff coverage begins on C-1 TV legend Johnny Carson dies at 79 He Ruled the Night Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Johnny Carson, who in three decades as host of "The Tonight Show" became one of America's most influential political satirists as weii as one of the entertainment industry's most powerful figures, died Sunday. He was 79. NBC, Carson's longtime employer, said the comedian died at his Malibu home of emphysema. He had suffered a heart attack and undergone quadruple by- pass surgery in 1999. When Carson announced his retire- ment in 1991, comedy legend Bob Hope said it was "sort of like a head falling off Mount Rushmore." Carson was not the first "Tonight" host Steve Allen and Jack Paar pre- ceded him but he carried the format to unimagined heights and made late-night TV an enduring institution. Millions of fans stayed up past their usual bedtimes to watch his interviews with stars and odd newsmakers, as well as sketches involving his silly, sometimes demented characters such as TV host Art Fern and fortuneteller Caraac the Mag- nificent. He is frequently credited with giving vital early breaks to two top-rated succes- sors David Leuerman and Jay Leuo and a legion of stand-up comics. That list includes David Brenner. George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers and Jerry Seinfeld. Ed McMahon, the sidekick who al- ways introduced Carson with "Heeeeere's on Sunday said the former talk-show host was "like a brother to me." "Our 34 years of working together, plus the 12 years since then, created a friendship which was professional, fami- ly-like and one of respect and great LIFE. PAGE A-2 Liverpool man dies in snowmobile collision By Fred Mohr i and Mike McAndrew i Staff writers A Liverpool man died Sunday when two snowmobiles collided 1 head-on in the Osweeo County town of Hastings. I Henry J. Searles. 28, was pro- nounced dead at University Hos- pital in Syracuse following the crash at p.m. off Hungry i Lane near Route 12. Oswego I County deputies said. SearSes" snowmobile collided i with a snowmobile driven by Brandon W. Crandall, 16, of I Central Square. Crandall was listed in serious condition Sunday night at Uni- versity Hospital. His passenger. Kerri A. Crandall. 18. also of Central Square, was treated at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton and released. Douglas C. Associated Press TALK SHOW HOST Johnny Carson wipes his eye after watching a series of clips from earlier shows during the last taping of 'The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif., on May Carson died Sunday of emphysema. He was 79. Inside: A local author and a jazz pianist remember The life and times of the King of Late Rochester has hotels for conventions, where things stand but business there hasn't boomed Index Classified _______ E-1 Movies. D-4 A-S 1-4 Comic D-6 Obituaries Editorials.... A-6 Science M Lad news..... .1-1 Sports ...C-1 lottery __________ A-2 Television 0-5 THE POST-STANDARD Supporters of Oncenter project don't think comparison can be made. By Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writer Rochester has what Onondaga County wants to boost its con- vention business a hotel at- tached to its convention center. j The city has two with more than i 700 rooms between them. But the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester and the On- center had the same number of conventions between 1993 and 2003. And the money brought to the community by Rochester's convention center only slightly outpaced the dollars the Oncen- ter brought to Syracuse. Onondaga County wants to build a S65.3 million convention center hotel to restore its con- vention business to previous lev- els and to bring more money to local businesses. County offi- cials say the Oncenter is losing business because there's no place for conventioneers to stay. The hotel would be subsidized with more than million in public money. The county Legis- lature has approved the plan, but it still needs the stamp of Syra- cuse's Common Council. A look at Rochester's num- bers shows that two convention center hotels failed to protect that market from the national de- cline in convention business. Rochester arid had a total of 267 conventions Inside: How much sales tax can Syracuse from 1993 to 2003. Rochester's peak year, 1999, brought 32 con- ventions. Syracuse had 31 con- ventions that year and 32 in 2000, a year when Rochester had only 26. And Rochester's convention center brought little more in di- rect spending to the local econo- my than the Oncenter did with- out a hotel. Between 1993 and 2003, people who attended events at the Riverside Conven- tion Center in Rochester spent S294.7 million at local business- es. For the same period, people Onondaga County officials say a new hotel connected to the Oncenter can revive its declining convention business. The 350-room Marriott would cost million, million of that in a public subsidy. Onondaga County legislators have approved the plan, but Syracuse common councilors must sign off on it. Some have concerns the hotel would be a drain on city services because it would not pay taxes. The developer and the county have so far refused to give the city any money. The Pioneer Cos. threatened to pull out unless Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll agrees to the plan on the table. Pioneer gave the city to the end of this month. The Syracuse Common Council meets at 1 p.m. today at City Hgll. hi it the olan is not on its agenda. A PEEK AT THE 200S MOVIES Sci-fi, horror and sequels top the 55 movies scheduled so far. IN SIDi TIGER WOODS WINS AT TORREY PINES A huge final-round comeback earns HOW TO BUILD WEALTH AT AGE 21 Lake Ontario 0 5 Fata! crash OSWEGO The Post-Standard Rumsfeld gets bigger role in espionage The Washington Post Washington The Penta- gon, expanding into the CIA's historic bailiwick, has created a new espionage arm and is reinterpreting U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad, according to interviews with par- ticipants and documents ob- tained by The Washington Post. The previously undisclosed organization, called the Strategic Support Branch, arose from Rumsfeld's written order to end his "near total dependence on CIA" for what is known as human intelligence. Designed to i operate without detection and under the defense secretary's di- rect control, the Strategic Sup- port Branch deploys small teams of case officers, linguists, inter- oiiu icciuiiCoi alongside newly empowered special operations forces. Military and civilian partici- pants said in interviews that the new unit has been operating in secret for two years in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places they declined to name. Accord- ing to an early planning memo- randum to Rumsfeld Gen. f "U
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