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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               NO FRIENDSTER? Hot rival MySpace is stealing the buzz in "social networking." BUSINESS, Page C-1 LESS MONEY FOR COLLEGE college students from Central New York will see Pell grants eliminated or reduced, a senator warns. LOCAL NEWS, Page B-1 SHE MAKES A DIFFERENCE Crystal Collette, 25, is a clinical therapist at the Rape Crisis Center. She stays in Central New York because of great friends and connections. LOCAL NEWS, PageB-2 AFTER HOURS The Max checks out the best places to get warm DJ keeps it real WEEKEND Impressionist Rich Little comes to the SSO Local actor in three plays at once e Affiliated with Syracuse.com THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2005 JL FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING IT'S REALLY COLD After a relatively balmy Wednes- will fall again as a Q high-pressure sys- tem locks itself over Central New York today. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 5 LOW: -3 Mother Marianne Comes Home A group of Franciscan sisters from Syracuse, a forensic team and several residents prayed at Mother Marianne Cope's gravesite at Kalaupapa, Hawaii Wednesday as the recovery of Cope's remains was finished. Cope's remains will be enshrined in Syracuse as part of the effort to have her canonized a saint in the Roman Catholic Page B-1 Rice wins confirmation after heated debate Condoleezza Rice won con- firmation as secretary of state Wednesday despite fierce crit- icism from Senate Democrats. The count was one-sided at 85-13. but it was the largest "no" vote against any secretary of state nominee since Also: A Senate committee nar- rowly voted to send Alberto Gonzales' attorney general nom- ination to the full Senate. New York City: We give and give, but for what? New York City generates billion to SI 1 billion more a year for the state treasury than the city gets back from Albany in aid and services, says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Salary gap is widening between men and women A new survey shows women who worked full time in 2003 earned 76 cents for every dollar earned by their white male peers, down from 77 cents in 2002. In many cases, women take home less than their male counterparts. BUSINESS, PAGE C-4 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Business.. Oossified. CHY_____ Comic.... nfitonoB. Index .C-l lottery........ .F-l Movies___ M New York.. .1-4 Obituaries. A-10 Sports. Entertainment. E-3 Lodnews 1-1 Television. _A-2 Wkd A-8 -D-l -C-3 E-6 THE POST-STANDARD U.S. Troops Suffer Most Deaths in I News service reports Baghdad, Iraq Thirty-seven j U.S. troops died in Iraq Wednesday, J making it the deadliest day for the i American military there since the war I began nearly two years ago, I Most of the deaths 31 came I in the crash of a transport helicopter, j prompting President Bush, in a rare j expression of dismay over events in I Iraq, to predict that' 'the story today is I going to be very discouraging to the American people." the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom." The cause of the a.m. crash of the CH-53E Super Stallion wasn't im- mediately certain, although there was bad weather in the area and a second helicopter that was flying nearby re- ported no hostile fire. The crash took place near Rutbah, near a desert comer of Iraq that touches the Syrian and Jordanian borders and has been a crossing point for foreign fighters en- tering Iraq. Thirty Marines and one sailor died. But the president added that "it is "We don't believe that there were any survivors weather was bad. We don't know of any enemy Gen. John Abizaid. the commander of the U.S. Central Command, the divi- sion of the military that's responsible for the Middle East, said in Washing- ton. was a routine mission in sup- port of the elections. That's all I know. I think it's a dangerous envi- ronment that we operate in Iraq; we all understand that." The helicopter crash toll alone top- ped the previous high figure for Amer- ican deaths in Iraq 29 on March 23, CRASH, PAGE A-6 SYRIA IRAQ f IRAN Karbata, Oceanside, Calif., reacts with grief and sorrow after helicopter President Bush Helicopter crash SAUDI ARABIA KUWArrJ The Post-Siandard upcoming election in Iraq a "grand moment" in MAN MIGHT FACE HOMICIDE CHARGES !N TRAIN WRECK THAT KILLS 11 No high marks for roads AT LEAST 11 people were killed and more than 180 injured Wednesday in Glendale, Calif., in the nation's worst train wreck in nearly six years. Dozens of passengers were in crit- ical condition. A suicidal man parked his SUV on the railroad tracks and set off the crash of two commuter trains that hurled passengers down the aisles and turned rail cars into Chris Associated Press smoking, twisted heaps of steel, authorities said. "I heard a noise. It got louder and said passenger Diane Brady, 56. "And next thing I knew the train tilted, everyone was screaming and held onto a pole for dear life. I held on for what seemed like a week and a half it seemed. It was a complete nightmare.'VStory, Page A-4 By Kenn Peters Staff writer At least a third of the Syra- cuse area's most heavily traveled highways are in substandard condition, and half of the bridges that carry thousands of cars each day are in need of repair or re- placement, according to a study. The Road Information Pro- gram or TRIP, a national non- nrnfit transmutation research group based in Washington, i D.C.. also said the traffic fatality I rate in the Syracuse area is high- i er than the state and national av- erages. The group's report, sponsored by insurance companies, high- way contractors, labor unions and engineering firms, is based on state and federal highway data, census material and safety records. TRIP gave the Syracuse area a C- for road conditions, a for traffic safety and a D for bridge conditions. Other areas of the state re- ceived similar marks in report cards released Wednesday. STATE, PAGE A-9 List of highways, bridges 1 noted in Empire Zone grading system rewards efficiency, not results By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer New report cards aimed at grading the effectiveness of Em- pire Zones around the state and creating some accountability in an admittedly flawed system offer little insight into the eco- nomic benefits of the program, critics of the program say. The grades are issued not on the basis of job creation, which is the point of the state's Empire Zones. Instead, they are based on the performance of bureaucratic functions such as getting reports in on time, including all of the relevant information in applica- tions for new businesses that want Empire -Zone status, and I cision making. The grades will be used to dole out the million in state money earmarked for the admin- istration of the various Empire Zones. Assemblyman Richard Brods- ky, one of many who called for reforms to the Empire Zone pro- gram, said the grades do not pro- vide the kind of accountability the system needs. "What you've got here is a sort of a mutual protection socie- said Brodsky, D-Westches- ter. "They have administered themselves into chaos." Onondaga County received a 93, the highest grade out of the 72 zones evaluated. Based on ttrill 4wiQ fttO to assist in running its Empire Zone. Syracuse's grade was an 80, bringing in less money at Both were above the average grade of 73. A Post-Standard investigation found serious flaws in the zones administered by both municipali- ties and those across the state. Dozens of local businesses got out of paying state income tax If you've got Hoobastonk stuck in your head, here's why 6 times a day How many times a day can a person listen to Hoobastank? In Central New York, at least six. Is the number of times 93Q i played Hoobastank's "The I Reason" last year. Is the number of times B104.7 played "When the Sun Goes by Kenny Chesney (below) and Uncle Kracker. Jl erty taxes refunded by the state for a decade by taking advantage of a loophole in the law that wasn't closed until 2002. Those businesses simply changed their names and added one employee to qualify for the tax breaks. The program was also crit- icized by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi for failing to track the Associated Press! Brian McKnight's "What We Do Here" was" the most-played tune on Power 106.9, nearly 900 times. Ashlee or Jessica? A Who won the battle of the Simpsons? What are Central New York's top radio songs for 2004? Did your favorite (or least favorite) make the list? I.   

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