Syracuse Post Standard, February 10, 2005

Syracuse Post Standard

February 10, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York AMERICAN CHOPPER Mechanics from TV show take a ride at Hancock Field. LOCAL, Page B-1 LOVE TIPS ways to say Hove you. CNY, Page E-1 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The boys and girls Section 3 playoff matchups SPORTS, Pages AFTER HOURS Whafs happening in Eastwood? Behind the bar at Murphy's Cheap eats Club, concert listings WEEKEND concert, play tickets Who's playing Romeo and Juliet Latest movie, -ideo releases J.1JL1, Affiliated with Syracuse.com THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2005 Post-Standard FINAL EDITION 20C5 Tns SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD.MORN1NG HEAVY SNOW Up to 9 inches of snow could fall across much of Central New York today as a Q storm moves up the New England coast The snowfall will gradually dimin- ish to a few snow showers to- night. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 28 LOW: 16 In 3 incidents, 12 city students arrested Twelve Syracuse high school students were arrested in three separate incidents Wednesday. Eleven students were arrested after fights in Heaninger and Nottingham high schools, and a photograph of two Fowler stu- dents holding a weapon in the school led to the 12th arrest. LOCAL NEWS, PAW B-1 Liquor distribution center to bring GO jobs today A major national liquor dis- tributor plans to open a distribu- tion center and offices employ- ing 100 people in Clay. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Experts urge AIDS tests for oil Americans Urging a major shift in U.S. policy, some health experts are recommending that virtually all Americans be tested routinely for the AIDS virus, much as they are for cancer and other diseases. STORY, PAGE A-14 Reagan stamps now in post offices President Reagan's famous smile.and blue eyes shine from a new postage stamp issued Wednesday in ceremonies across the country. STORY, PAGE A-4 Doctors: Broken hearts do affect people Confirming the wisdom of the poets and philosophers, doc- tors say the sudden death of a loved one really can cause a bro- ken heart. They have dubbed the condition "broken heart syn- drome." STORY, PAGE A-11 Black History in Central New York Each day this month. The Post-Standard will profile a site of significance to the Under- ground Railroad and abolitionist movement. Today: The Church of Peterboro hi Madison County. STORY, PAGE 8-2 Corrections "Dining Week Downtown" Al Kallfelz'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 Index City Lawyer: Law Doesn't Apply to Vinal's i By Frederic Pierce Staff writer Syracuse's ethics code makes I it a crime for any former city consultant to do private work connected to a former city job for at least two years after leav- ing the payroll. i I But the law doesn't apply if you work for the Syracuse In- dustrial Development Agency as Charlie Vitial did, city lawyers said Wednesday. SIDA, an economic develop- ment agency with a board ap- pointed by the mayor and a staff provided by City Hall, is exempt from the code's strict "revolving door" limits, because it was cre- ated by the state. SDDA's board of directors has the power to decide what's ethi- cal and what's not, state and city lawyers said Wednesday. The New York State Ethics Commis- sion has no jurisdiction over the agency, said" Walter Ayres, the commission's spokesman. And under the state guidelines that SIDA's board uses, Vinal did nothing wrong when he left SIDA to work for the proposed buyers of the Hotel Syracuse. "I think it would be difficult to say he was an said city Corporation Counsel Terri Bright, a member of SIDA's board. "His contract makes it clear that ru an in- dependent contractor, and the state code doesn't apply to con- tractors." State law applies only to em- ployees and elected officials, Bright said. The city's code, on the other hand, defines employ- ees to include consultants hired BOARD, PAGE A-8 Business Ossified Off tanks rfe.--.i- tflRonoB Walsh in charge I of billions Subcommittee posting puts congressman at pivotal spot regarding base closings. By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Rep. James Walsh has been named chairman of a new House Appropriations subcommittee that will direct federal spending on military construction and vet- erans affairs. The appointment puts Walsh, R-Onondaga, in charge of writ- ing billion in spending bills the third-largest amount con- trolled by the 10 Appropriations subcommittees. Together those subcommittees decide the House's version of the federal budget. The post also places Walsh hi i a powerful position in this year's contentious debates over military WALSH, PACT A-8 i NBA star's mosque tied to terrorism Hakeem Olajuwon says he didn't know charities were linked to bin laden. The Associated Press Washington A mosque established and funded by bas- ketball star Hakeem Olajuwon gave more than to char- ities the government later de- termined to be fronts for the ter- ror groups al- Qaida and Hamas, according to financial re- cords obtained by The Associ- ated Press. Olajuwon _, told the AP he Olajuwon hadnotknown of any links to terrorism when the donations were made, prior to the government's crackdown on the groups, and would not ROOM, PAGE A-3 WDM State OKs for hotel project New York's Assembly, Sensfe snd governor's office will each chip in million. By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer The state Assembly, Senate and governor's office Wednes- day committed million to- ward the proposed convention I center hotel. Assemblyman William Mag- narelli said he received word en route to Syracuse Wednesday night that the Assembly com- mitted to its share, million, with a caveat that the condi- tions for funding a public project are met. "The money is contingent on Stephen D. photographer PEOPLE GATHER before the casket of Mother Marianne Cope at the Motherhouse Chapel in Syracuse Wednesday. The Sisters of St. Francis have received dozens of prayer requests asking for Mother Cope's intercession. 'Go to her with your needs' By Renee K. Gadoua Staff writer The Sisters of St. Francis recently received a letter from the mother of a teenage boy who breathes with a ventilator since a car accident left him severely injured. The woman enclosed a scrap of denim from the jeans the boy was wearing that day and asked that the sisters touch the cloth to Mother Marianne Cope's casket and pray for his recovery. That's the type of prayer request people made Wednesday during the first public visi- tation of Mother Cope's remains since they returned to Syracuse Feb. 2. "People are asking for things that will tear your heart out when you read them. You just pray that they will be said Sister PRAYERS, PAGE A-S monies are used in the normal and customary way that funds are used on public Magnarelli said. Martin Farrell, speaking for County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro, said Pirro is grateful for the commitment. Sen. John A. DeFrancisco, R- Syracuse, spoke up first, an- nouncing the Senate's million commitment Wednesday after- noon. The governor's announce- ment followed, and the Assem- bly's came that evening. DeFrancisco said it made sense for the Assembly, Senate and Governor's office to each chip in million toward the total. "The key here is to get some momentum DeFrancisco said. "Someone had to step for- ward and commit first." The state funding comes from million appropriated for Upstate projects and approved by the state Legislature as part of a funding package for New York City's Javits Center, also a con- vention center. The money is dedicated to helping tourism and convention center projects hi Upstate New York. Syracuse and Onondaga County lawmakers approved a revised tax deal last week for the proposed million convention center hotel, making the 25-year agreement contingent on at least million in state funding. STATE, PA6EA-9 How about a free Valentine's ByGregMunno Staff writer Just in time for Valentine's Day, a Syracuse radio station is giving away a free divorce. K-Rock (100.9) started the contest Monday on its program "That Damn Morning Show" and received about 50 entries by Wednesday afternoon, Program getting are pretty said Petibone, who said the station's listeners tend to be in their 20s and30s. The station is working with lawyer Brad S. MargoUs, who has offices in Fayetteville, Utica and Watertown. A divorce with- out custody issues, where both husband and wife want to split about in iegai fees and in state filing costs. If the contest strikes you as tasteless, the rector at the Cathe- dral of the Immaculate Concep- tion agrees. "A divorce is a death, the death of a the Rev. Jo- seph Champlin said.' 'You wouldn't make a joke out of UN you 1. Fifty percent to 60 percent of marriages end in divorce. 2. Women initiate two-thirds of divorces. 3. Divorce rate for second marriages is higher than that of first marriages. Source: Rutgers University's National Marriage Project, "Most of the reasons we're assets, costs at teast ;

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