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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 26, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 Tte Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS QO GOOD MORNING DROPPING DOWN The temperatures continue to fall today as another o storm passing to the south of Central New York clips the area with cold air. allow some sunshine back Thursday. Complete forecast D-8 Q HIGH: 19 LOW: -3 Mother Marianne Comes Home A volunteer team led by a forensic anthropologist Tuesday- wrapped up the exhumation of the remains of Mother Marianne Cope in KaJaupapa, Hawaii. Franciscan sisters from Syracuse plan to bring the remains of Mother Cope, a former Syracusan, to Syracuse as part of their effort to have her canonized a saint in the Roman Catholic Page B-1 Relatives of CNY murder victims speak Is Albany Central New York loved ones of murder victims and local officials joined others Tuesday at a state Assembly public hear- ing on whether to reinstate capi- tal punishment in New York. NEW YORK, PAGE A-12 Senators: Rice lied, misled people about the Iraq War Senate Democrats said Con- doleezza Rice lied to them, mis- led Americans about the Iraq War or was an apologist for Bush administration failures, but she was on track for confirma- tion as secretary of state today. STORY, PAGE A-ll Hew York sfofe fops nation on AP exams New York led the nation in the percentage of high school students who passed Advanced Placement tests at the level of mastery last year. STORY, PAGE A-8 closing call center in Syracuse; 210 laid off Corp. is closing a Syracuse call center staffed by about 230 employees who make an average of a year. About 210 workers received no- tices they would lose their jobs. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Five CNY teachers will be honored for their work Five teachers will be honored in April for their math, science and technology work. They teach in Syracuse, Skaneateles, Fulton, Moravia and McGraw. TECHNOLOGY, PAGE F4 Corrections Stephen Panagos, Penn Traf- fic chief restructuring Syracuse Symphony Youth String Chamber Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index More for Wars, A Rinnfin Deficit Ahead A SOLDIER FROM the U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry, guards Iraqi men detained during a weapons raid Tuesday at a gas station in Mosul. Twelve men were detained, and guns and ammunition were recovered. The U.S. military an- Jim MacMilian Associated Press nounced Tuesday that a Bradley armored vehicle roiled into a canal during a sandstorm near Baghdad Monday night, killing five American soldiers. A sixth U.S. soldier died Mon- day of wounds from a roadside bomb. in deficits expected for decade News service reports Washington On a day in which President Bush asked Congress for an ad- ditional billion to finance military ef- forts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the White House projected that the federal deficit. which hit billion last year, will grow to billion in 2005. Three senior administration officials. who spoke on condition of anonymity be- cause the program has not yet been an- nounced, said billion would be for U.S. military costs, with the rest includ- ing funds to train and equip Iraqi and Af- ghan forces, aid the new Palestinian lead- ership, build an embassy in Baghdad ana help victims of warfare in Sudan's Darfur province. The Congressional Budget Office pre- dicted the government will accumulate billion in deficits over the next dec- ade. The projection, for the years 2006 through 2015, is almost two-thirds small- er than what congressional budget ana- lysts predicted last fall. But the drop is due largely to quirks in budget estimates that required the agency to exclude future Iraq and Afghanistan war costs and other expenses. Last Sep- tember, the 10-year deficit estimate was trillion. wars last summer. Using figures com- piled by the Congressional Research Ser- vice, which prepares reports for lawmak- ers, the newest request would push the totals provided for the conflicts and worldwide efforts against terrorism past billion. That includes billion al- ready provided for rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan. In a written statement. Bush said the money would support U.S. troops and help the United States "stand with the Iraqi people and against the terrorists try- ing desperately to block democracy and the advance of human rights." The CBO also projected this year's ctinrtfall wijl be billion. That was close to the billion deficit for 2005 WARS, PAGE A-9 million motel for i Fmgerlakes Mall site i Motel-restaurant complex is ill si uiujui ijjiiiwii iiwiii liit Bass Pro Shops. I By Dave Tobin Staff writer An million, four-story motel-restaurant and conference center are scheduled to be built next to the Fineerlakes Mall in Aurelius. It's the first major construc- tion near the mall since the opening of a mega-sporting i goods store. Bass Pro Shops. I Since Bass Pro shops opened. the mall itself is operating near full occupancy for the first time in decades. i The motel complex will in- j elude an attached Houlihan's i Restaurant, and an attached i 10.000-square-foot conference center that will seat up to 250. I SpringHill Suites, a division of Marriott Corporation, plans to I open a 119-suite motel, at the i northeast side of the mall's prop- erty. between Penney's and I Aldi's. i John J. Miller, president of I Hospitality Development Cor- poration, of Morgantown. W.Va. the company behind the project, j said he hoped to begin construc- tion in Iviuy or June and open I around June 2006. I ''We're targeting a business Miller said. "And we've assessed a need for social i events and social functions. I We're excited about Bass Pro Shops being there and feel i there's a need for a facility with i a 'wow' factor to attract both business and tourists, as well as j a great place for local people to i gather." i Miller plans to purchase 5.79 i acres from Gregory Greenfield i and Associates, the mall's NEW MOTEL, PAGU-8 The deficit: in Washington, an interview with Mr. Social Security on finding fresh The war: In Iraq, an American hostage appears on video, pre-election violence grows, shootouts with Only 40% ofSUNY students out in four years SU professor wins Oscar nomination Business ______ C-l Movies. E-5 .V.J, A.19 Off locdnws. UnHNFy _E-1 Obituaries.. __H Sports A-14 Sfodts___ 1-1 Technology. ._A-2 Television.... M D-l C-3 M H THE POST-STANDARD NMI Colleges' graduation rates "not up to the board chairman says. i By Michael Gonnley I The Associated Press Albany The State Univer- sity of New York Board of Trus- tees on Tuesday ordered admin- istrators to improve graduation rates, some of which are so poor that at some campuses three in four students don't graduate within four years. The direction is a departure for the SUNY administration, which in 2002 refused to even publicly divulge its four-year graduation rate, releasing only six-year rates. In fact, in April, Trustee Candace de Russy re- ceived "innort when she criticized the low four-year rates as part of her effort to raise aca- demic standards. Since 1997, the four-year graduation rate for new, full- time students has risen from 36.2 percent SUNY-wide to 40.2 per- cent in 2003, but SUNY Board Chairman Thomas Egan said TWcd-w that nearly eood enough. News service reports A Syracuse University profes- sor and promoter of a controver- sial technique known as facilitat- ed communication has been nominated for an Academy Award as producer of a docu- mentary on autism. "Autism Is A which was nominated in the documen- tary short subject category, was co-produced by Douglas Biklen, professor of cultural foundations of education, disability studies and teaching and leadership in Syracuse's School of Education. Narrated by actress Julianna Margulies, the film presents an inside look at autism through the eyes of 26-year-old Sue Rubin, who wrote the screenplay. The story shows the chal- lenges Rubin overcame in dealing with autism and a false child- hood diagnosis of retardation to become a highly intelli- gent college Biklen junior and a tireless activist for the disabled. "There's no documentary that's ever been made in which a person with autism, whose speech is severely impaired, writes the story, tells the story and gives this insider account of said Biklen, who estab- lished the Facilitated Commu- nication Institute at Syracuse in 1992 and has been the tech- nique's most public advocate- Facilitated communication is a process by which a facilitator supports the hand or arm of a communicatively impaired per- son while using a keyboard or typing device. Supporters say the process enables people with au- tism, Down syndrome or mental retardation to communicate. However, some studies have raised questions about the legiti- macy of the technique, suggest- ing the facilitators influence the patients. Controversy festers on Hamilton HOWTO j By Alaina Potrikus I Staff writer I A professor who likened vic- tims in the Sept. 11, 2001, at- i tacks to Nazi leader Adolf Eich- j mann will headline a discussion at Hamilton College, a campus that has been a lightning rod for controversy in recent months. Ward Chur- chill, chairman of the ethnic studies pro- gram at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will be on the Clin- ton campus Feb. 3 to dis- Churchill cuss his essay "Some people push a treatise written the day after the terrorist attacks. "True enough, they were ci- vilians of a he writes of the victims. "But innocent? Gimme a break." In the piece, the Native Amer- j ican rights activist argues that the people killed in the World Trade Center attacks worked for "the mighty engine of calling them "little a reference to the man who implemented Adolf Hitler's plan to exterminate Eu- rope's Jews. Art history professor Steven Goldberg said it is "morally out- rageous" to bring Churchill to ACTIVIST, PAGE A4 In MS words "True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a Churchill on those killed in the Sept attack On ine vvGHu liauc -.ciuci   

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