Syracuse Post Standard, February 15, 2005

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February 15, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrecuM.cam TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2005 FINAL EDITION 02005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING A BRIEF BREAK Very warm air will fill the Cen- tral iNew rort; area today but skies will be cloudy for much of the time. Colder air will push back into the region accumulating snow." Complete forecast D-10 Alliance Bank Steps to the Plate; HIGH: 52 LOW: 35 SU basketball back in the Pitts Despite a breakout game by sophomore Louie McCroskev. University's basketball team lost to Pittsburgh for the second time in 16 days. i STORY, PAGE D-l i Police: Shooting suspect preoccupied by Columbine j Robert Bonelli, 25. accused j of firing a gun Sunday in a crow ded Ulster County mall, had i memorabilia of the infamous i high school shooting, police say. STORY, PAGE A-6 j Why did Sutherland get tax break, legislator asks Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Westchester, ques- j lions why the state gave Empire Zone tax benefits to a company he savs sends jobs out of state i STORY, PAGE C-1 Verizon buying MCI i in latest telecom merger j Verizon Communications j Inc. is acquiring MCI Inc. for i billion and cutting about 7.000 jobs. STORY, PAGE C-1 State graduation rate lower than average A study reports that 64 per- cent of New York state" s Class I of 2002 graduated in four years, j The national rate was 71 percent, j STORY, PAGE A-6 I I Israel releases bodies of militants to Palestine The Israeli military delivered the bodies of 15 militants to the Palestinians for burial Monday. ic nut fie County gets ready to Hash some new signs. By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer I Stadium is about to be renamed Alliance Bank Stadium, a change that is expected to be- couu. oiiiudi ioda) agreement with Alliance terms should be ironed out by the court to back out of the con- At the time, Kochian said the County a tenta- of the county-owned stadium, County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro said Monday afternoon. A contract is expected to be signed at a 2 p.m. press confer- ence at the stadium, Alliance Bank officials said. Details of the contract including its length and how much the bank will pay for the rights hadn't been finalized Mondav. The "There are still some Pirro said. "There are a lot of pieces that are still going through final review." the Syracuse-based gro- cery chain that is reorganizing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, had signed a 25-year contract for the stadium's naming rights in 1996 for million, but secured per- mission in September 2004 from was to pay for the rights in annual installments of hi November, Deputy County Executive Edward Ko- chian, who's been working on finding another corporate spon- sor, said any new contract proba- bly would be a 17-year agree- rpeir v.'onh about P and also paid in annual install- ments. coincide with the bond payments the county owes on the stadium. Pirro said Monday the county is thrilled that Alliance Bank has stepped up the plate. "I think this says something for the community spirit of Alli- ance Pirro said. Alliance, the only bank head- quartered in Syracuse, is exciletl A-7 EX-LEADER OF LEBANON, NINE OTHERS KILLED BY CAR BOMB On Vinal: 4I think he's getting an edge9 Broker: Syracuse city-owned property "was being held out" for ex-adviser's group. By Rick Moriarty Staff writer Real estate broker Hal Travis i thought he found the right build- ing for a group of Califoraians Tor investment property The Associated Press A WOUNDED MAN is carried to a hospital after an explosion Monday in Beirut, Lebanon. Former Prime Minister Rafik Hari- ri, who helped rebuild his country after decades of war, was killed Monday in a massive bomb explosion that tore through his motorcade. At least nine other people were dead and 100 wounded in the blast. Deadly Blast Shocks Lebanon By Mohamad Bazzi Newsday Winnipeg pharmocists' j niche serving Americans i A look at how pharmacists started an Internet business sell- ing prescriptions to U.S. custom- ers STORY, PAGE A-7 Block History in Central New York Myrtilla Miner played a j major role in the abolitionist j movement in Central New York and in the South. The Post-Stan- dard senes, Stops on the Road to Freedom, today takes a look at her life and hometown, North Brookfield, Madison County STORY, PAGE B-2 Corrections Accident on Interstate Discontinued business certifi- cate for Wildwood Carrier Corp.'s rooftop bus air conditioner 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 Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a billionaire who led Lebanon for 10 years and spear- headed the rebuilding of Beirut, was killed Monday in a massive bombing that destroyed his armored motorcade. At least nine other people were killed and more than 100 injured in the explo- sion, which damaged several hotels and buildings along Beirut's Mediterranean waterfront. The bombing left a scene of devastation reminiscent of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990: Bloodied victims walked around in a daze, burning cars sent plumes of black smoke into the skv. broken slass and twisted metal lined the street, and rescue workers sifted through the rubble. Throughout the day. ambulances and fire trucks crisscrossed the city with wailing sirens. Hariri, 60, who had been Lebanon's most dominant political figure since the civil war ended, resigned in October to protest Syrian involvement in Lebanon. His killing comes at a critical time for Syria, which has controlled Lebanon since 1990 and maintains thousands of troops here. The Syrian regime is under pressure from the United States and the United Nations "to end its political and military dominance over its smaller neighbor. Lebanese opposition leaders blamed the assassination on Syria and its allies in the Lebanese government, but officials in Damascus denied any involvement. The only claim of responsibility came trom a previously unknown Islamic militant group calling itself the ar.d Holy War Organization in the Levant" In Washington, the Bush administra- tion condemned the assassination and once again urged Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. "This murder today is a terrible reminder that the Leba- nese people must be able to pursue then" aspirations and determine their own polit- ical future, free from violence and intimi- dation, and free from Synan occupa- said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. War bill passes billion Index Business..... Gasified.... ruv Comic Editorials.... Kids page... lad new. .C-1 .F-l M .H A-8 E8 .1-1 Lottery.. NwVnrlr Obituaries. Sports Stocks Television- A-2 E-4 A-6 M D-l .C-3 1-5 News service reports President Bush asked Con- gress on Monday to provide billion more for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for other U.S. efforts overseas, pushing the total price tag for the conflicts and anti-terror fight past billion. Republicans hope to push the package through Congress by early spring, reflecting both par- ties" desire to finance U.S. troops in the field and give Iraqis more responsibility following their national elections. When it goes: The bulk of the package billion was for the Defense Department, IDE POST-STANDARD I I WMII uuckt cos i fighting and replacing damaged equipment to training Iraqi and Afghan forces. Equipment: 12 billion was requested to replace or repair worn-out and damaged equip- ment, including billion for extra armor for trucks and other protective gear. Families: million for more generous death benefits for the families of slain American soldiers, and money to cover higher fuel costs and programs aimed at boosting the morale of U.S. troops. The embassy. Bush requested million to build a new U.S. embassy in Iraq that could house a staff of plus mil- The allies: million for Pakistan, million for Jor- dan, million for Ukraine and million for the Palestini- ans. The tsunami: million would go to Indian Ocean coun- tries, including million to replenish U.S. accounts tapped earlier for initial tsunami aid. Darfur Also requested was million for aid for Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region, plus million to help implement last month's peace agreement. Where it CWIMS from: Bush asked lawmakers to pay for the new spending by borrowing the money, which will make huge The war years Supplemental appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan approved by Congress: IN BILLIONS '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 Proposed; includes funds for other international expenses Note- Includes money to protect U.S. cities and military bases and for rebuilding in Iraq and Afghanistan; fiscal years begin Oct. 1 Source: Congressional Research Service AP AAWAA IW in Syracuse. 1 us city the ilsort Building at 306 S. Sahna St. for 1 back taxes in October. Travis 1 said the investors wanted to ex- j plore the possibility of convert- i ing the building to condomim- urns. But when he brought two members of the group to Syra- cuse City Hall on Nov. 10. they i didn't get the reception they were hoping for. i Travis said the city's Econom- I ic Development office refused to let his clients tour the Wilson Building, citing ''liability" is- i sues in the event someone was 1 CITY, PAGE A-10 Inside: "Ethicai cloud" i surrounds hotel project, SIDA j member I Hadad companies agree to pay i back Halbritter: Land deals aidPataki Mends j Oneidfl leader says settlement plan benefits governor's former low firm. By Erik Kriss Albany bureau I Oneida Indian Nation of New i York leader Ray Halbritter charged Gov. George Pataki with cronyism Monday, saying the governor's friends and sup- porters would get rich off Cat- skills casino deals Pataki is pushing for out-of-state tribes. Halbritter' s charges, lodged during a presentation to state Senate Democrats, are part of a campaign to persuade state and federal lawmakers to reject the deals. "These settlement proposals are no longer about the Indian land Halbritter said. "They've become a means to make the governor's friends and campaign contributors very wealthy." Pataki has proposed allowing the Oneida Indians of Wiscon- sin, the Stockbridge-Munsee of Wisconsin and the Cayuga-Sene- mUUTIHLPAStA.7 TO SPANK OR NOT? INSIDE TIME MANAGEMENT FOR ATHLETES Students who play sports could use some tips, writes Kathleen Fletcher of Fayettevilte-Manlius. MIDWINTER BREAK What to do in CNY when the kids are out of school. CNY, PAGE E-1 MCMf MMON ON WWW JfSSf OWfttS MEANS 10 WHATYOU CAN'T SAY OH MGEA-2 ;

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