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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracyM.com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2005 FINAL EDITION 02005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN AND SNOW A storm will move rapidly ihrougfi the area today beginning with rain in the morning and switching to snow later in the day as temperatures tumble. It Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 43 LOW: 20 Former exile emerges as front-runner in Iraq Mayor Driscoll: I Want Answers on Hotel Deal SU, LE MOYNE PICK SPEAKERS: GOODALl, CATHOLIC REPORTERS a soft-spoken physician and for- L'.-viiC Vi Liii" party, emerged as a surprise front-runner Tuesday to assume the powerful post of prime min- ister, several Iraqi officials said. STORY, PAGE ft-3 U.S. calls home its ambassador to Syria The United States has re- called its ambassador to Syria amid rising tensions over the as- sassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Leba- non. STORY, A-5 Guilty plea entered in LsFsysffe triple fofdify Joseph M. Marzo, 17, nle-idsd i uesdav to caus- ing the deaths of three LaFayette High School classmates in a one- car crash during their school lunch period Oct. 21. Onondaga County District At- torney William J. Fitzpatrick said Marzo had been joy-riding on a previous occasion to "get air" under the car he was driving by speeding over the crest of the same hill where the fatal crash occurred. STORY, PAGE 8-1 Bush: Retirement account funding goes to Congress President Bush on Tuesday deferred to Congress to figure out how the government would replace the money he wants to take from the Social Security system to set up personal retire- ment accounts. STORY, PAGE A-ll Board io monitor drugs already on the market The government is setting up a special monitoring board to keep checking on medicines once they're on the market, re- sponding to complaints that offi- cials reacted too slowly to re- ports Unking prescription painkillers to heart attack and stroke. STORY, PAGE A-ll Block History in Central New York Linneaus P. Noble was an ar- dent abolitionist. The Post-Stan- dard series, Stops on the Road to Freedom, today takes a look at his life and home at 305 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, Onon- daga County. STORY, PAGE B-2 Corrections "Beauty and the Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call470-NEWS district attorney to probe arrangement with buyers. By Greg Munno Staff writer Add Mayor Matt Driscoll to the list of people who has asked to investi- gate the pending sale of the includes Charlie Vinal, the may- or's close friend and adviser. Driscoll has been reluctant to talk about the controversy that has swirled around City Hail since The Post-Standard reported that anonymous investors repre- sented by Vinal and Robert Romeo the Democrat- ic chairman and another Driscoll ment to buy the hotel. But reporters caught up with the mayor Tuesday at a Black History Month event, where Driscoll made a brief statement urging people "not to rush to judgment." He said he too want- ed answers and that last week he asked District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick to investigate. uon: Has ne mrea a personal lawyer to defend him? Driscoll answered. "Why would He then declined to take more questions, saying he would hold a news conference when the city's lawyer, Terri Bright, re- turned from an out-of-town busi- Cii i, ruin. A-B RESERVISTS HOME AFTER YEAR IN IRAQ New York Times Syracuse University is ex- pected to announce today that scientist Jane Goodall will speak during its May 15 com- mencement. Le WSoyne: Husband and wife Peter Steinfeis and Margaret O'Brien Steinfeis, considered among the country's top Roman Catholic journalists, will speak at Le Moyne College's 55th commencement May 22. Story, Page 8-3 Target eyes Cicero site across from t T f Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer LAURA DEWEY, of Parish, a chemical equipment engineer years ago. More than 100 reservists in the company were with the 1019th Quartermaster Company based in Matty- stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, for a year before returning to Fort dale, gets a hug Tuesday from Joei Greene, of Syracuse, who Drum this week and to their families on Tuesday, served with the company for 20 years until he retired two Story, Page B-1 Oneida Ltd. employees to buy, reopen plant By Erik Kriss and Alaina Potrikus Staff writers A new company run by em- ployees of Oneida Ltd. plans to invest million in the flat- ware maker's manufacturing campus in Sherrill to create 100 full-time jobs. The workers, under the name Sherrill Manufacturing Inc., plan to buy the facility, plus machin- ery, equipment and raw materi- als to produce flatware and hoi- lowware, according to a news release from Gov. George Pata- ki's office. The Empire State Develop- ment Corp. has pledged a capital grant to Sherrill Manufacturing, according to the news release. The new company's move fol- lows the announcement by Onei- da Ltd. last faii that it would close its domestic manufacturing operation by the end of March, resulting in (he loss of 500 jobs. State officials said the 100 jobs created by Sherrill Manu- facturing are expected to be filled mostly by people who would lose their jobs when Onei- da Ltd. closes. "We look forward to a strong, long-term relationship with Oneida Ltd., as well as others as we begin to diversify our busi- ness Matthew Roberts, Sherrill Manufacturing's presi- dent and CEO, said in a statement issued through the governor's office. PUNT'S, PAGE A-6 Oneida Indian Nation businesses worth By Glenn Coin Staff writer The Oneida Indian Nation's business operations are worth billion. That's the number the nation will use for a quasi-stock pro- gram for employees that begins March 1. The program will give employees bonuses based on growth in the nation's value. "A billion is a very, very big said Don Waldman, an economics professor at Col- gate University. "I'm quite amazed that they've grown that fast. It's a major milestone, I would say, for the Oneida Indian Nation and for any enterprise in this part of the country." MAJORITY, A-6 By the numbers Inside The Indian gambling industry is bigger than Nevada's. There are now 4111ndian casinos in the United States, operated by 223 tribes in 28 Worldwide box office receipts for "Titanic" Business Classified.... (MI _____ Index .0-1 Movies G-l New York.. i-i uimuoiicj.. A-10 Gunks ttforiob M Sports 0-1 A-12 Stocks C-3 ...M Unify ___________ A-2 Mansion M IKNSUttMND S450 million Amount Internet gamblers were expected to bet on last week's Super Bowl S1 billion File Campanie, 2004 billion Weekly expenses for military 51.03 biliion Google's revenue for the last quarter of 2004 ROAD CAMERAS Camera snaps picture, mail delivers the ticket TKHNOIOGXM in Iran biliion Donald Trump's estimated net worth Thp Post-Standard wat-iviarrs board roust OK zoning change. Target would open in spring 2006. By John Boherty i Staff writer A Buffalo developer wants to l build a shopping piaza anchored by a Target department store along Route 1 1 in Cicero. I Myron M. Hunt Inc. plans to build' the i store on the west side of Route across the road from the Cic- i ero Market plaza which is under construction. Cicero Market will feature a Wal-Mart SuperCenter. "It's our intention to develop i the site for a Target." said An- i drew Hunt, vice president of the company, which has developed i shopping projects in Buffalo, Saratoga and Schenectady. begin this summer and the Tar- get store to open in spring 2006. A Wal-Mart is slated to open this spring. Plans call for the two shopping centers to share a traf- fic light on Route 11 that will control traffic entering and leav- ing both piazas. The Target plaza will be built on 42 acres owned by Wegmans Food Markets Inc. The property was bought by the Rochester- based grocery store chain as a lo- cation for its Cicero store. That store eventually was built farther SOUtu Ou tile OppOSitC Oi Route 11. The site is bounded by Route 11 on the east. Mud Creek on the west and Stevens Drive property- owners on the north. The site's current zoning al- lows buildings of up to 100.000 square feet. Before work can begin, the project needs a zone change to regional commercial, which allows larger buildings. The zone change tentatively is scheduled to go before the Cic- ero Planning Board on March 9 and before the Cicero Town Board March 28. Hunt plans to send letters to nearby property owners and in- vite them to attend the planning board meeting, "We intend to notify and in- vite nearby neighbors to the meeting so they can hear about the project at the same time that the planning board does." Hunt said. TARGET, PA6EA4 LUDDEN BEATS CBA Bishop Ludden wins in quarter- SPORTS, PAGE IM INSIDE ANEW NAME It's official. It's not Stadium anymore. LOCAL, PAGE M Alliance Baric Stadium HIT SHOW A million viewers watch "Project Runway." CNY.PAGEE-4   

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