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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syraom.com TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN ARRIVING A weak storm system will send some showers and drizzle into Cen- tod New York today. Clouds will stick around tonight. Another storm working its way up the coast could brins snow to the Complete forecast, D-10 Israelis, Palestinians Cease fine HIGH: 45 LOW: 31 Underground Railroad: Family home, cemetery During the 1840s and 1850s. freedom-seekers spent the night at Sidney and Olive Jackson Clark's log home in Oswego. Stops on the Road to Freedom series looks at the historic site. STORY, PAGE B-2 Defrocked priest convicted of sexually abusing boy Defrocked pnest Paul Shan- ley, the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese, was con- victed Monday of raping and fondling a boy at his Roman Catholic church in the 1980s. STORY, PAGE A-5 Uphill battle coming for Bush's budget plan President Bush sent Con- gress a trillion federal budget Monday designed to project U S. power overseas while squeezing government programs at home but, de- spite politically painful cuts, it would not make a sizable dent in the nation's record deficit next Also: New York state would lose at least billion annually in federal funding if changes to the government's health programs for the poor are enacted, oppo- nents said Canal hearings end with cooperation pledge A series of hearings into a Pataki administration scandal closed'Monday with the state Thruway Authority pledging greater openness and coopera- tion with the Legislature. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Soldiers stop for fast food after day of fiahtinq Pass the ammunition, and the pizza. U.S. soldiers in Iraq spend hours sometimes days on patrol, hunting insurgents and dodging roadside bombs. But when they get back to base, they can pick up a case of Dr Pepper, buy the latest DVD and take a Pizza Hut meal back to the room to relax after a hard day at war. A soldier's life isn't what it used to be. STORY, PAGE A-7 Kurdish ticket moves into second place in vote A Kurdish ticket pulled into second place ahead of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's candi- dates after votes were released Monday from Kurdish areas. Counting continues. STORY, PAGE A-7 Corrections Cost of Turning Stone Resort and Casino's Dr. Robert E. Carlin's 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 breokthrowjii at a strnmH today in Egypt. {By Salah Nasrawi I The Associated Press inarm ei-bneiic, tgypt is- j raeli and Palestinian leaders said j they will declare a formal end to I more than four years of fighting i during a summit today in this I Egyptian resort a break- through hi Mideast peacemaking I that comes after both sides also I accepted invitations to meet sep- aidtclj Vvitk President Bush, at the White House. The cease-fire deal, finalized j during last-minute preparations Monday on the eve of the sum- I mit. was the clearest indication yet of momentum following Yasser Arafat's death, the elec- tion of a new Palestinian leader and a signal from the White House that it plans a renewed push for peace. "The most important thing at the summit will be a mutual dec- an incitement to violence, such as official Palestinian TV and radio broadcasts that glorify sui- cide bombers and other attack- ers. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister against each said Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian negotiator. Erekat said the agreement also includes the establishment of joint committees one to de- termine criteria for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Is- raeli jails, and the other to over- see the gradual withdrawal of Is- raeli forces from Palestinian cities on the West Bank. An Israeh government offi- cial, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the cease- fire agreement and said it would also include an end to Palestini- summit today, along with Jor- dan's King Abdullah II and the host, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak In Washington, Bush said the background for peace talks im- proved with Abbas' election in January. His invitations to both sides to separate talks this spring seemed a clear signal he plans a stepped-up peacemaking effort in his second term. "What you're watching is a process unfolding where people are becoming more trustwor- the president said. Amr Associated Press AN EGYPTIAN WORKER raises an Israeli flag Monday at Ai Salam Road Peace Road at the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el- Sheik in Egypt, the site of a summit with Palestinian leader Mah- moud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Jordan's King Abdullah II. RUNNING ON SUNSHINE Caroline Chen Contributing photographer KELLY ODDY, a junior at Syracuse University, takes a run on Meadowbrook Drive into Barry Park on an unwinterlike Monday that reached a high of 51 de- grees. The rest of the week turns to drizzle, then D-10 In Sports, running columnist Jackie Miron describes the differences between running in warm and coid Catholics survey results Fire department hiring challenged In a telephone survey, U.S. JL O O divided on politics, survey says B> Renee K. Gadoua Staff writer A LeMoyne International poll released Mon- day shows that Catholics do not vote in a bloc. "'The Catholic vote is sort of said Frank Ridzi, assist- ant professor of sociology at Le Moyne College. "There are a lot of people with Bush on family matters and personal ethics and he said. "People who supported social justice and economic jus- tice, the majority of those people went for Kerry." The results are part of the sev- enth Contemporary Catholic Trends survey. Since fall 2001, the college and polling organiza- tion have worked together. In the survey, people were In a telephone survey, U.S. Catholics were asked which of these four issues was most important to them in making their choice for president last year. Shown beiow is how they voted, depending on the issue they ranked as most important. H Voted for Bush B Voted for Kerry 54% Some-sex marriage Source: LeMoyne Zogby International The Post-Standard asked to rank four issues in order of personal importance in mak- ing voting decisions. Overcom- ing poverty ranked highest, with BISHOP, PAGE A-10 Group threatens to sue over 25-year-old rule that 25 percent of hires be black. By John Mariani Staff writer A group of white men is pre- Danns to challenge Syracuse's 25-year-old, court-ordered hiring policy that gives preference to black fire and police department candidates. Thirteen men filed a notice of claim against Mayor Matt Dris- coll and other city, county and state officials in November, say- ing that, because of that hiring plan, they believe many of them were bypassed for placement in the city's August fire department recruiting class, even though they ranked higher on the Civil Service test than at least some of the nine black candidates who were hired. In all, the city hired 23 firefighters from that class. The alleged action violated the 1980 federal consent decree under which the class was hired, because the city had long sur- passed the decree's hiring goal, the candidates claim. The decree said blacks should make up 25 percent of Syracuse Fire Depart- ment recruits at each hiring stage, bypassing higher-scoring candidates if necessary, until 10 percent of department's ranks were bidck. The plaintiffs seek immediate appointment to the department, along with back pay, seniority and other lost benefits retroac- tive to August, the paperwork said. "We recognize that, at the time, many years ago, that the consent decree certainly had its place. The goals were said Timothy Fennell. lawyer for nine claimants who remain with the case. "It's our position that the goals have been met and ex- ceeded and that because of that, and because of the constitutional requirements of strict scrutiny, such (an) affirmative action plan related to the city of Syracuse Fire Department should be ended." About 16.5 percent of the fire department's roughly 360 fire- fighters and officers under the rank of chief are black, said Don Thompson, the city's acting di- rector of personnel. But Syracuse's black popula- tion is higher now than it was in 1980, Thompson noted. According to the U.S. Census, blacks comprised 25.3 percent of Syracuse residents in 2000, up from 15.7 percent in 1980. "I think the mayor wanted to make sure that we had a diverse work Thompson said. "We have a higher representa- tion of minorities in the popula- tion today, and I think the may- or's trying to make sure that our work force mirrors that of our current population." Thompson said he had not read the decree for some time, but said he did not believe that it prevented the city from going beyond the 10 percent goal. U.S. District Judge Howard FIREFIGHTERS, PAGE A-10 The 'orphan train' still steams through many memories Index Business... dossifed. M M E-1 lottery Movies NewYofk Obituories. Sports. Stocks Television.. .A-2 -E-4 A-6 .1-4 D-l C-3 E-5 I By Laura T. Ryan Staff writer Beth Plumley was just 18 months old when child welfare workers in New York City packed her onto a northbound train in 1927. She doesn't remember what happened hours later, when the locomotive let out its smallest passengers in Medina, about 40 miles outside Rochester. But she's heard the stories, of how children who rode the so- called orphan trains stepped off at their destination and lined up best, for inspection. "Just before they'd pull in a station, they'd dress these chil- dren Plumley, 79, said from her home in Haines City, Fla. "Some would dance, some would sing. It's kind of pathetic, in a way. A sideshow, in a way." Plumley was one of thousands of children carried away from lives of poverty and neglect in Eastern cities and resettled with families in rural communities. Between 1854 and 1929, some- where between and inft fiftO innrnweH hv rail Most were bound for better days ahead. "They were corning from such a bad circumstance that the train ride itself was exciting for said Hollis Canham, founding president of the Or- leans County Genealogical So- ciety, which serves as the New York repository for the Orphan Train Heritage Society of Ameri- ca. Many now consider the train project the beginning of the fos- ter care concept in the United States. Trains stormed at more than Inside: A fictional tale based on red-fife events Each Tuesday for the next eight weeks, follow the fictional account of a child on the Orphan Train in "A Place at the Table." It's part of The Post-Standard's Newspapers in Education project. Page E-4 45 states across the country, according to the Web site of the Children's Aid Society in New York City. Several trundled or- phans from institutions in New York Citv to communities throughout the rest of the Empire State. 'New York (state) took in the greatest Canham said. "The Children's Aid Society IMIIlPAGEA-3 HIKE NOTTINGHAM Don't dis city schools, write Maggie Swift VOICES, INSIDE AMAZING BALL-HANDLING Physical education classes are teaching juggling, dribbling, passing and more. IVUfFUII AHW VVHIUMA MMC WCUtiCv; WSDE OUR MGEM ROMANCE NOVELIST isanOnondaga County probation officer by day. CNY, PAGE E-1   

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