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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2005 FINAL EDIf ION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING FLAKES KEEP FLYING Cold air blowing across Lake On- tario will o Q a few more snow Q o showers in the Central New York area today. Skies will clear across the re- gion Thursday, but the sun- Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 25 LOW: 8 Two Winners; To Go Call Center for fiber Optics Brings Verizon Jobs to CNY TWO MEDALLIONS hidden in The Post-Standard's annual treasure hunt have been found: MADISON COUNTY: Canasto- ta man finds the medallion in Nichols Pond Park. He wins CAYUGA COUNTY: A Weeds- port mother and daughter find a medallion at Casey Park in Auburn. They win TWO HUNTS LEFT: Medallions have not been found in Onon- daga or Oswego counties. Win- ners receive up to in iiiGii Ciicrgcu in sH plot to kill President Bush An American citizen de- tained for nearly two years in Saudi Arabia as a terror suspect was cnargeu join- ing an al-Qaida plot to assassi- nate President Bush. STORY, PAGE A-S Scholar moves closer to being Iraq's next leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Muslim scholar and leader of Iraq's old- est Islamist party, wins unani- mous nomination for prime min- ister from the major Shiite alliance that won the election. STORY, PAGE A-6 Supreme Court will hear right-to-die law case ine supreme agrees to hear the Bush administration's challenge to the nation's only right-to-die law, setting the stage for .a Also: The case of a severely brain-damaged Florida woman is caught between two State tops in deaths from diesel engine emissions New York leads the nation in premature deaths from emissions by old diesel engines, an envi- ronmental group said. An indus- try group said the findings were outdated and misleading. STORY, PAGE A-8 Black History in CNY: The Underground Railroad Underground Railroad makes several stops in Madison County as fugitive slave makes her way to Canada STORY, PAGE B-2 Corrections Actor Sandra Dee's Map showing Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWfS Index M .6-1 M ._.E-6 A-10 THEPOST-STAUWRO Neighborhoods are getting fiber-optk phoM, Internet and cable TV servke. ByTimKnauss Staff writer New technology is bringing new jobs to Central New York. plans to nire as many as 13U people over the next two years to staff a call center in DeWitt. They will help customers throughout New York and New England who order Verizon's new fiber-optic services. The first employees will be hired and trained in March, com- Verizon Communications "It's pretty said" Kep. James Walsn, K-unoaoaga, who lobbied Verizon officials to establish the center in the Syra- cuse area. Verizon expects to hire about 50 people this year and up to 150 by 2007, depending on demand for fiber services, said Cliff Lee, speaking for the company. TV-" C will be established in Verizon's Duitamg at ihompson Roadi where it will share space with a collections call center, a repair call center and an engi- neering group, Lee said. Jeff Bell, a former Syracuse operations manager for Verizon, is returning to run the call center. The- center will handle calls Verizon's tiber-based HOS ser- vice (pronounced It first became available in August in a suburb of Dallas and is gradually being introduced elsewhere as Verizon installs the necessary fiber lines. So far, the sendee is available and other customer service for VERIZON, PAGE A-3 More than 400 dead in Iranian quake By Nasser Karimi The Associated Press Sarbagh, Iran Under a cold, driving rain, survivors wailed over the bodies of the dead and dug through the ruins of mud-brick houses searching for their loved ones after a powerful earthquake flattened villages in central Iran on Tuesday, killing at least 420 people. The toll was expected to rise, because rescue teams did not have a final count from the three most isolated villages in the mountainous region. About people were af- fected, many left homeless when some villages were re- duced to piles of dirt and stone by the magnirude-6.4 earth- quake. The number of injured was estimated at 900. "Where have you gone? I had a lot of plans for Hossein Golestani sang softly as he held the lifeless form of his 7-year-old daughter, Fa- tima. The body of his 8-year-old daughter. Mariam. lay beside him in the devastat- ed village of Hotkan. Golestani and his wife were out tending their herd of goats whpn thp nnaVp stniHr at a.m., wrecking then- home. Other survivors slapped their faces in grief as they sat next to the dead, who were wrapped in blankets in hospi- tal morgues or on roadsides. Some 40 villages were damaged in the quake, which struck a region 150 miles from Bam, site of a devastating SURVIVORS, PAGE A-6 Study finds boys5 girls growing up about even Researchers: Overall life quality for sexes equal, but there are some differences. By Rob Stein Tiic Washington Post Washington Contradict- ing both sides in the long-run- ning debate on whether boys or giri> nave u ocucr in Aiiici'ica, a new examination of the overall nT children bus found ih'it the sen- ders are faring about equally. Boys have the advantage in some areas and girls score better in others, but males and females many measures of life, such as health, safety, economics and ed- ucation. the researchers found. Advocates said the study glossed over gaps between the genders or used criteria that bi- ased the results. But some ex- perts said the findings could bridae the polarized debate. Kenneth Land, a professor of demographic studies and socio- logy a Duke University and a senior author of the study, and his colleagues gathered data from federal health surveys, the census, crime statistics, govern- ment economic indicators and academic research projects, to track the progress of children be- tween 1985 and 2001. They combined 28 variables to create Vahid Salemi Associated Press THE VILLAGE OF HOTKAN is in rubble Tuesday after an earthquake struck central Iran. More than 400 people were killed and at least 900 injured by the quake, which had a mag- nitude of 6.4. Rescue officials said they expected the toll to rise. j The researchers did find dif- ferences between the genders. For example, boys are more like- ly to commit crimes and be the victims of crime, but are less likely to be born underweight. j Girls are more likely to attempt suicide but score higher on read- i ing tests and are more likely to i graduate from college. The difference it mokes The following are calculations based on the 1995 Chrysler Cirrus LXI donated to the Rescue Mission and auctioned Tuesday. "Then" figures are the tax deduction based on a value from "Now" figures are based on a new top deduction, allowable without an appraisal: Classified.. OIY Local MRS. E-5 New York___A-8 Obituaries _M Sports_____M Staks_____03 H E-l If you are... in a 15-percent tax bracket this is the deduction: Then: Now: in a 25-percent tax bracket this is the deduction: Then: Now: National Auto Dealers Association Used Car guide. Rules changed for donating car By Frank Brieaddy Staff write- That beat-up, broken-down car in your drive- way can't be donated to produce a hefty income tax deduction anymore. The Internal Revenue Service got wise and changed the rules as of Jan. 1. To beat the deadline, far more donors turned in cars than usual last December, and donations have fallen off since. "December was a huge said Nancy Meltzer, owner of Salvage Management, which liquidates about cars each year for 30 Cen- tral New York charities. Meltzer could not cite exact figures for the last month of 2004 or the first in 2005, but her big- gest client, the National Kidney Foundation of Central New York, recorded a 40 percent in- crease in donations compared with December 2003. Donations have tailed off since. The Rescue Mission saw a December spike David lassman Staff photographer AUCTIONEER Gary Tweedy (arm raised) auctions off a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE car, as seen through the car's windshield, at a Rescue Mission vehicle sale Tuesday at the nonprofit's Auto Donation Center, 167 Richmond Ave. At right is Mike Loft- us, operations manager of the auto donation center. The group normally earns about a year selling donated vehicles. BACK SOON Martha Stewart gets out of jail next and her business looks bright fel. INSIDE THE FIXERS Problems with your iPod? b your TC all pooped out? There's hope and help available right here in Central New York. IMPORTED BEER, CHEAP Where you can find it. BARRY BONDS TALKS He says he just wants to play baseball. SPORTS, rmut   

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