Syracuse Post Standard, February 9, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2005 O 2005 The YU'd's SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WINTER RETURNS Snow will fall again over Cen- tral York today as a storm crosses the state. More accumula- tion is expected tonight and Thursday as the storm intensi- land. Complete forecast D-8 HI5H: 34 LOW: 22 Index Driscoll on Vinal: I Knew Nothing Syracuse mayor says jpoBrics are behind attacks on Hotel Syracuse deal. Whether pope should retire talked of at Vatican In a startling break with Vati- can protocol, a high Vatican offi- cial has addressed the issue of whether ailing Pope John Paul II should retire. STORY, PAGE A-7 Bush gives Karl Rove White House policy job Karl Rove, President Bush's powerful political strategist, has taken the post of deputy White House chief of staff for policy. STORY, PAGE A-3 County takes 70 drug companies to court Onondaga County claims 70 of the nation's leading pharma- ceutical companies defrauded taxpayers out of millions of dol- lars the past 13 years by overcharging Meuicdju tiuougJi inflated prescription drag prices. LOCtt, PAGE i-1 New tolls sought for freight on St. Lawrence The Bush administration hopes to raise about million next year in new tolls on freight ships passing through the St Lawrence Seaway. STORY, PAGE A-9 Scientist gets OK to clone human embryos in Britain The scientist who attracted the world's attention by cloning Dolly the Sheep will next take on cloning human embryos. STORY, PAG! A-7 Some Wisconsin quarters worth a pretty penny I 1 By Frederic Pierce i Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll i said Tuesday he knew nothing of 1 former adviser Charles Vinal's role in the Hotel Syracuse deal until late last week, and said re- cent criticism over it was politi- cally motivated. ibCUUMU sued last year are turning out to be worth considerably more than 25 cents Coin collectors say quarters with two variations in the design of a cornstalk on the back of the coin have been spotted at Tuc- son, Ariz., and Sari Antonio. STORY, PAGE A-2 Black History in Central New York William Smith Ingham, of Meridian, Cayuga County, helped shuttle runaway slaves in the 1850s to Lake Ontario, where they could cross into Can- ada and freedom. It was risky and illegal, but Ingham felt strongly about abolition. STORY, PAGE 8-2 Corrections Pamela CoJeman Cost of Turning Stone Resort and Casino's Patrick Ahern'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 Newspaper phone Business........ Oossified- ftm VMl Comic. C-I G-l Movies New York. lid he nc one who has been contacted by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office about an in- quiry into the city's dealings with development projects. Peo- _ J _ probe said they discussed the Hotel Syracuse with prosecutors. "No one was Dris- coll said. "There are those who have their own political agenda and want to play it a certain way. They are throwing around wild accusations, ?.nd 2nn to play into then: speculation.'' Driscoll declined to identify who he believed was making po- litically motivated accusations against the city. Vinal is working tor a group that wants to buy the Hotel Syra- cuse, He also is involved with the Miami-based owner of sever- al downtown buildings. Driscoll said he did not know that Vinal.'s new company, Para- mount Development, was the local manager for the investors working to buy the troubled downtown hotel until Friday evening. Vinal discussed that role with afternoon, and it was published in a news story Sunday. The rev- elation sparked a sharp response from several Syracuse common councilors who felt they had been misled to believe that the proposed would be a na- tionally known developer. "People can believe what they want to believe, but I told them everything I Driscoll said. "People think I have a rela- tionship with Charlie that's more mucn dialogue wiiu Him December." That's when Vinal, an impor- tant Driscoll campaign fund-rais- er and policy adviser, resigned as a consultant to Abbas, Sharon pledge to end violence Letters Associated Press AT THE SUMMIT Tuesday at the Red Sea resort Sharm Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and Is- raeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon shake hands before the meeting to discuss Mideast peace negotiations. "We ore looking forward to replacing the language of bullets" with dialogue. By Molly Moore The Washington Post Sharm el-Sheik Israeli Pnme Minister Anel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Pres- ident Mahmoud Abbas prom- ised Tuesday to halt attacks on each other's people, expressing optimism that renewed rela- tions offered a chance to end a devastating four-} ear of suicide bombings, and military assaults. At the conclusion 01 a care- fully scripted summit in this Rea Sea report town, Sharon announced. agreed that all Palestinians will stop all acts of violence against all Is- raelis everywhere. Israel will cease all its military activ- ity against all Palestinians any- where." are looking forward to replacing the language of bul- lets and bombs with the lan- guage of good Abbas said, "and to provide Palestinian and Israeli children with new opportunities for peace Abbas said the two leaders" ABBAS, PAGE A-l 2 _H Sports ,A-10 Stocks lad mis _M Technology Lffltry ____ A-2 Television E-5 A-8 M o-i C-3 M .1-7 Company to smokers: i You're fired The Associated Press Okemos, Mich. A Michi- gan company's decision to dis- miss workers who smoke, even if it's on their own time, has pri- vacy and workers' rights advo- cates alarmed and is raising con- cerns about whether pizza boxes and six-packs are the next to go. Weyco Inc., a medical bene- fits administrator, said its offer of smoking cessation classes and support groups helped up to 20 of the nearly 200 workers quit smoking hi 15 months. Receptionist Cara Stiffler was one of four workers who found herself without a job Jan. 1 "I don't believe any employer should be able to come in and tell you what you can do in your she said. "We had told them they had a said Chief Financial Officer Gary Climes. "We're not saying you can't smoke in your home. We just say you can't smoke and work here." "If a company said, 'We're going to cut down on our health care costs by forbidding anyone from eating at they could do said Lewis Maltby, president of The Nation- al Workrights Institute in Prince- ton, N.J., a part of the American Civil Liberties Union until 2000. In New York, smokers' job How colleges can help CNY O A Presidents of five higher education institutions in Onondaga County gathered Tuesday evening to talk about their roles in helping the Central New York community: THE POST-STANDARD state Sen. Virg Bemaro plans to introduce a bill banning employ- ers from firing or refusing to hire workers for legal activities they enjoy on their own. "If employers are going to make the smokers pay a sur- charge, they might as well make the deep-sea divers and the mo- torcycle riders and the Big Mac

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