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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Ibst-Standard Affiliated with SyraoiM.com SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 12, 2005 FINAl EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standatd SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SNOWY CNY should get snow today as a storm passes through the re- gion. Areas that usually get lake-effect snow Complete forecast. D-12 Waiter Charged in HIGH: 38 LOW: 17 Playwright Arthur Miller dies of heart failure Arthur Miller, whose 1949 drama "Death of a Salesman" secured his place among Ameri- ca's greatest playwrights, died Thursday at his Connecticut home of congestive heart failure. STORY, PAGE A-7 Highly resistant AIDS strain found in NYC A rare strain of HIV that is highly resistant to virtually all anti-retroviral drugs and appears to lead to the rapid onset of AIDS was detected in a New York City man last week, city health officials anaounced on Friday. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Dean to take over today for Terry McAuliffe Howard Dean is getting an unlikely second shot at shaping the Democratic Party. Fending off roughly a challengers in re- cent weeks, Dean is expected to be installed today as chairman of the Democratic National Com- mittee. STORY, PAGE A-5 U.S. rejects direct folks with North Korea Arguing it was burned before in one-on-one talks with North Korea, the United States said Friday it had no interest in re- suming direct discussions on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. STORY, PAGE A-4 Ads in Pakistan offer for bin Laden Radio, spots promoting a million reward for information leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden and another mil- lion tor ms deputy, Ayman ai- Zawahiri, are airing in the rural mountains of northwest Pakistan for the first time this week. Television ads promising that fortune in return for bin Laden ran on two Pakistani stations last weekend, and will run regularly on Pakistan's biggest station starting Tuesday. Block History in Central New York The Orson Ames House, at 3339 Mam St., Mexico, Oswego County, is today's installment in Stops on the Road to Freedom The Post-Standard's series profiling sites of significance to the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement. STORY, PAGE B-2 Reviews inside "Annie" and "Romeo and Juliet" on stage Friday night. REVIEWS, PAGE 8-2 Corrections Syracuse Fire Chief John 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 I Illi til IN HUll Gloria Wright Staff photographer TANlKiA WASHINGTON, 25, holds a tissue she used to wipe away the tears of her mother, Vanessa, who died Friday morn- ing after being hit by a car. Michael A. Whitney, 24, of Syracuse has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Man turns himself in By Diana LaMatrina Staff writer A 24-year-old Syracuse man who turned himself in to police Friday afternoon was charged with leaving the scene of a crash that killed a 42-year-old woman. Michael A. Whitney, 24, of 38 Country View Apartments, is scheduled to be arraigned on the felony charge at 9 a.m. today in Syracuse City Court. He is accused of leaving the accident scene in the 1800 biock of South Avenue al about 2 a.m., said Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan. Vanessa Washington, 42, of 347 Seymour St., was getting in the driver's seat of a friend's car when she was struck by Whitney's red Volkswagen Jetta, Connellan said. Washington was thrown onto the hood of the east- bound car and then over the top and off the back before she landed on the street, police said. She was pronounced Mother, daughter were heading home together o o Whitney Washington dead at University Hospital about a.m. Friday, Con- adlansaid.- Serial numbers on car parts at the scene were taken to a car dealer who identified the make of the car, Connellan said. After word of the crash spread, an anonymous caller told police at a.m. that the Jetta could be found in the parking lot of Country View Apartments on East Seneca Turnpike, Connellan said. When police arrived, they found a red Volkswagen with substantial damage to the front end and a shattered windshield under a blue tarp, Connellan said. At about the same time Whitney and his lawyer went By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer Tanikia Washington caress- ed the crumpled tissue in her hand. It's a tissue she said she'll never throw out because it's stained with her mother's last tears. Washington's mother, Van- essa Washington, was struck aad killed by a hit-and-run driver in Syracuse Friday morning. Doctors at University Hos- pital could do nothing to save her and allowed family mem- bers a final chance to see her before Vanessa Washington's body was moved for an autop- sy, Tanikia Washington said. "I went in there and tears were still wet on her cheeks." Washington said. "I wiped them off and just told her over and over how much I loved her, but she already knew that. I kissed her head, her cheeks, her nose and her forehead and I said goodbye." The Post-Standard Tanikia Washington, 25, was with her mother when the incident happened, outside the Moet Lounge in the 1800 block of South Avenue. Just before 2 a.m., they de- cided to leave and were head- ing outside. Tanikia Washington said her mother was getting into MOTHER, PAGE A-5 Index Business C-l tottery A-2 M E-4 Vli M A-8 Readers' Page M HomeiGardw H Stocks III C-2 local news By Robert A. Baker Staff writer Yes, by golly, there was a yellow brick road in Madison County- It's not, as you might have guessed, in Chittenango, birth- place of "The Wonderful Wiz- ard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum. It's six miles away in Ca- nastota, where a crew repairing a water main in front of the mu- nicipal building on Feb. 4 jack- hammered their way a few feet into Peterboro Street They found yellow brick. Armed with this evidence, Ca- nastota Mayor Todd Rouse did what any mayor would do: He called up Chittenango Mayor Boh Pnjiinscht whose village hosts the annual Oz Fest "He called me up and said, 'We got your yellow brick Freunscht said. "I told him I didn't know it was miss- ing." Could Canastota be the inspi- ration for Dorothy's route to the Emerald City? Baum historian Kathleen Dor- bello Di Scenna has not seen anything by Baum that explains where the author got the idea for the brick road. There was such a road in Peekskill in 1868-1870 when Baum attended a military academy there, she said. These bricks rere found repair of a water main break in Canastota. Abbas to demand Hamas compliance Canastota mayor: 'We got your yellow brick road' Dick Hume photographer said. i highiy doubi it, KEEP COLLECTING Check out our full-page photo reports on Syracuse University basketball players IMqr: Mary Joe 1SWS INSIDE BUSTER BUSTING PBS orders review of 9 children's program that included lesbian couples. Still, Di Scenna is excited about Canastota' s new-found yellow bricks. "Wow. That's she said. "It's great to have it closer to home." The bricks are stamped "Mack Manufacturing Co." Bo Mack, president of the Mack Brick Co., of Enfield, Conn., be- lieves Pittsburgh-based Mack Manufacturing was started by his relative. He estimates the brick would have been manufac- tured in the mid- 1800s, the same time Baum lived in Chittenango. Canastota historian David Sadler believes the yellow brick was put down in the early 1900s. But did it predate 1900, the year Baum published "The Wonder- ful Wizard of security commanders, works to uphold pact with Sharon. The Associated Press Gaza City, Gaza Strip Palestinian leader Mahmoud I Abbas will meet today with mili- tant leaders to push them to i honor a days-old cease-fire i marred by mortar and rocket at- tacks on Israeli targets, accord- ing to an aide. The Islamic militant group Hamas said it would only stop attacks when it was satisfied Is- rael would re- lease prisoners and stop pur- suing mili- tants. Abbas" planned meet- i n g s with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad faction were Abbas the latest sign of his commit- ment to keeping intact the cease- fire he and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared Tuesday to end years of bloodletting. On Thursday, he fired top se- curity commanders after Hamas bombarded Jev.ish settlements ir. Gaza with mortars and rockets. And the centra! committee of his i Fatah movement announced a I state of emergency in the Pales- tinian security forces in an effort to prevent new attacks. Abbas aide Taeb Abdel Ra- j heem said the Palestinian lead- er's meetings with the militant factions would take place to- j night. Asked if Abbas would ask I the factions to commit to a cease-fire, Abdel Raheem re- plied: "I think there is a respon- sibility, and all the factions should show their responsibility in this sensitive and crucial era." j "Hamas still wants a truce, but needs this truce to be with Is- raeli Abu Zuhri said. Israel pledged Tuesday to cease all its military activity against all Palestinians every- where. It has also promised to release 900 of the Pales- BLUES IN CNY Mavis Staples will headline local Blues Festival. CMY, E-4 signaled a willingness to release more. Cabinet Secretary Hassan Abu Libdeh said Abbas would inform Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders that "the Palestinian Authority will not tolerate any actions that will sabotage the agreement reached with Israelis on a mutual cease-fire." Baby wasn't tossed from moving car Woman who told police she saw newborn thrown out turns out to be the mother. The Associated Press Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A woman who claimed to have witnessed a newborn being thrown from a moving car was the baby's mother and concocted the story as a way to abandon the child and conceal her pregnancy from her family, officials said Friday. "It's not as horrible as we first thought." Sheriff Ken Jenne said. "The baby was never thrown out of a moving car. This is the case of a disturbed woman who gave birth and did not want to keep her child." No charges were brought against the woman, 38-year-old Patricia Pokriots. She was com- mitted for psychiatric evaluation under a law that allows for peo- ple who are a threat to them- selves or others to be held for 72 hours. On Thursday afternoon, Pok- riots dropped an hour-old baby of? at a sheriffs station, telling authorities that she had scooped rtio Knv' after him J   

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