Syracuse Post Standard, February 28, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON WEDDING ATTIRE The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrMUM.com MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28. 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Pest Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STORMY START A complex storm system will pro duce some snow for Central New QQ Q moves toward the coast The snow will continue to descend through Tuesday The intensity of the snowfall will vary Complete forecast, C-8 A HIISII5 Minion m unpaid ralaftiMi up 4 million in unpaid tolls The figures were based on stopping drivers HIGH: 29 LOW: 21 agency; state pake to crack down ai tol skippers. The Associated Press Motorists zipping through the E-ZPass lanes on the New York State Thruway racked ing to a published report During the same period, the Thruway Authority failed to col- lect about million m fines imposed on motorists and ac- count holders, the Times Union of Albany reported Sunday Authority and obtained by the newspaper through the state's Freedom of Information Law Thruway officials, promised to hire a collection agency to col- lect delinquent fines and ask the State Police to better track toll- the integrity of the program that those who use the system pay for the Thruway Executive Director Michael Fleischer to'd the newspaper The top offenders were mainly commercial customers such as trucking companies, according The agency collects more than million a year from tolls Fleischer noted the amount owed b> unpaid tolls and outstanding fees is a small fraction of the overall revenue for the road sys- tem ov er the past five years Church leader confesses to 6 siayings, source says Dennis L Rader, a city code enforcement supervisor and president of his church council, confessed to six of the BTK slajings in Wichita, Kan, a source said Sunday STORY, PAGE A-3 Thirteen states pledge tougher school standards Governors of 13 states an- nounced they plan to make their high school course requirements more rigorous and match their graduation standards to the ex pectations of employers and col- leges I STORY, PAGE A-4 Russia, Iran lanore U.S., w sign nuclear fuel pact j Despite U S disapproval, Iran and Russia Sunday signed a I nuclear fuel agreement that aims to bring Tehran s first reactor online by mid-2006 STORY, PAGE A-3 Hevesi may step in fo initial budget talks State budget negotiators say that if they fail to agree on how much money toe state will have to spend, they 11 ask state Comp- troller Alan Hsvesi to come and settle the dispute STORY, PAGE A-5 Federated stores to buy May stores, report says Federated Department Stores Inc operator of Macy s and Bloommffdale's has reached a deal to buy May Department Stores Inc for 4 billion Trial starts today in Michael Jackson case Lawvers present their cases to a jury today as Michael Jack- son faces charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland Ranch STORY, PAGE A-3 Black history in CNY: A stop in Madison County The Gemt Smith Estate in Peterboro, Madison County, an important site for the Under- Railroad and the aboli- tionist movement, is the focus of the last installment of The Post- Standard series "Stops on the Road to Freedom' STORY, Correction Chart for tax-return A-2 Call Deputy Executive Edit- or Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions9 Call 470-NEWS (470-6397) iiepnen D Lsnnere 1 itan onotog THE KNIGHTS of Columbus lead a procession at the start of a Mass at Assumption Church in Syracuse Sunday celebrating the life of Mother Marianne Cope Mother Cope took her vows as a nun at the church m 1862 Hundreds attend Mass for Mother Cope By Renee K. Gadoua Staf writer All her life, Barbara Ames has heard stones about her great-great-great aunt, Mother Marianne Cope "Now everyone else is waking up to tlnti IT IT OQ OOirl Sunday as hundreds of people kissed or touched the casket holding the remains of Motner Cope "It's amazing to be related to a person who did these things for a lifetime, said Ames, who works as a licensed practical nurse in Utica "I could maybe do it for a day or two'" More than 850 people packed Assump- tion Church 812 N Salma St, Syracuse, for a Mass celebrating the life of Mother Cope, a former Franciscan leader from Syracuse for ministering to pa- tients with leprosy in Hawaii Among the worshippers were dozens of women who belong to tne same religious community Mother Cope once led Since Mother Cope's remains were re- turned to Syracuse from Hawaii Feb 2, several hundred people have attended a prayer service and Mass in her honor More than people have visited her casket at the chapel of the North Side convent, where several women who fol- lowed Mother Cope s footsteps to work among leprosy patients in Haw an still live 4bout an hour before Sundaj 2 p Mass was to begin, at least 300 people sat in the pews or stood in line to pay their will be beatified the second of three major steps toward sainthood in a May 15 Mass at St Peter s Square in Rome Italy "She stood in front of this altar and made her pact with said Mary Ellen Annesi who attended the former SOME, PAGE A-4 Couple finds home sweet home underground dream retirement house in town af Ledyard. iByDaveTobin Staff writer Linda Martin doesn't like deer grazing on her roof It's not that she minds them eating the clover She's afraid if they spook, they'll leap off and get hurt So she's fenced the earth benn and the five feet of soil the house is built into and under. j Martin has an earth house On the south side and the west side, which has a great view of Cayu- ga Lake the roof eave is 20 feet above the driveway On the north and east sides, the house is underground, and if not for the fence, deer could amble right up on top Marian s earth house, off state Route 90 in the Cayuga County town of Ledyard, is more than a house under ground It is the off- the-electnc-gnd dream retire- ment house of Martin and her husband, Rick, their personal ex- periment with design, with mgh- and low-technology, with energy independence The handicapped- accessible, house incorporates super-insula- tion, wind and solar power and the Earth's own stable 54-degree Stephen D Cannerelli photographer LINDA MARTIN sits in the dining room of the earth home, with a view of Cayuga Lake, she shares with her husband. Rick Martin Saddam's half brother in U.S. custody Sabowi Ibrahim al Hassan, who ran intelligence service, is captured in Syria. By Susannah 4. Nesmith Knight Ridder News Se'vce Baghdad, Iraq Saddam Hussein s half brother nigh on the of mosf wanted men m Iraq captured in Syna and handed er to Iraqi 'utnonties officials said Sabawi Thrahim il Hajari Saddam s intelligence chief dur- ing the 1991 Gulf War and later 1 ran the Amn al 4mm general se- curity service for several vears More recently Iraqi officials I have accused al Hassan of send ing insurgents money from Al Hassan is among the infa- mous 55 suspects whose faces were printed on a deck of cards handed out to US soldiers so thev would be aDle to recognize top Saddam aides who were wanted by the United States Al Hassan was the six of dia- monds and had a SI milbor bounty on his head The interim prime minister's office announced his capture but would not release anv details or even say exactly when or where he was found A high-ranking official within the Iraqi govern ment said details of the arrest were still filtering out iiT.- J ff n 1 _ .U 1 story The Americans are involv ed with it as are the Iraqis as are the Syrians, the official said, insisting on anonymity We knew he v.as m Syria, that was no secret Some say the Ameri- cans managed to go inside Syria and get him Others say the Syri- ans were more willing and hand ed him over A spokesman for the U S mil- itarv said al Hassan was in Tj S custody but declined to discuss the circumstances of his arrest, citing security concerns "It is our hope that he will provide information that will help us capture more said Sgt Saljuk Thomas, a mili- tary spokesman in Baghdad "This is the first high value tar- get that we captured in awhile as far as the deck of cards is concerned Syria has been under increas- ing pressure to cooperate with international authorities follow- ing the Feb 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Harm m a massive car- bombing in Beirut, Lebanon The Bush administration has ac- cused Syria of harboring terror- ists and Iraqi officials com- plained in December that al Hassan was being given refuge Off Index Mowes_____D-4 _ JM Jew York __A-5 Efcrit-Ifrt Sports_____C-I MfOST-STAMWJtO OSCAR NIGHT Host Chris Rock behaved but demanded that Hollywood make movies that are better than the ones he's in. Btst Picture: "Million Dollar which won best rliraftor for Clint ftttwnrrt It was the third time Martin of The Aviator" was out by a superstar-actor director, you name the other two? INSIDE "The Incredibles" conquered "Shrek 2 and "Shark Tale (More people saw those three animated films than the five best-picture nominees combined) Fashion report Blue and yellow are the new beige. Actress Take your sister to the prom: irsten Dunst went to the Oscars her brother, Christian, and Jake Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Gate Blanchettaho went home with the little gold guy. A tribute to the Johnny Canon showtd Mm quipping: "Tonight is the night where the winners thank the little people they've stepped on the whole year HI WWMl MM WMN ne Answer Robert Redford with "Ordinary People" in 1 980 and Kevin Costner with "Dances With Wolves" in 1990 won out over Scorsese's "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas Mora hi OPT, pagts 0-1. D-3 I V ;

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