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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York                                The Post-Standard WEDNESDAY, MANCM 2. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. M.Y. SO CENTS GOOD MORNING STttL SNOWING 1'iarrici ji squalls viill con- tinue to spin ijrk. a oQe> Ji a strong storm 5} stem Cs Oil itk- CiXuJ. fbe snow vi ill sruduailv come lu .111 L'llU 1 Complete forecast HKH: 21 LOW: 13 Pofice: Did supremacists ki judge's spouse, Authorities the% jre whether the shooting deaths of a federal judge's husband and her frail. ear-old mother were the work of w hue supremacists out for enge. Court: Dentil petdty for MKMlStitVtMMll juveniles The Supreme Court abol- ished capital punishment for ju- venile offenders Tuesday, ruling 5 to 4 that it is unconstitutional to sentence anyone to death for a crime he or she committed under the age of IS. Iraqis protest bombing, chant 'No to terrorism' Thousands of Iraqis protested Tuesday outside a medical clinic where a suicide car bomber killed 125 people a day earlier, waving clenched fists, condemn- ing foreign fighters and chanted "No to STORY, PAGE A-3 U.S. colls for Syria to pvH miitory ovt of Lebanon The Bush administration Tuesday blamed terrorists based in Syria for last week's deadly- suicide attack in Israel and called for an immediate end to Syrian military and political domination over neighboring Lebanon. STORY, PAGE A-4 Palestinian security chief orders arrest, backs down A militant brazenly chal- lenged the new Palestinian secu- rity- chief Tuesday, firing his weapon outside as the com- mander was holding meetings. The chief ordered the gunman's arrest but quickly backed down and let him walk away. STORY, PAGE A-4 Mots' union: Rule paying for delays is dangerous A British Airways 747 tak- ing off from Los Angeles lost one engine recently. Instead of landing, the pilots continued all the way to England with the dead engine. A pilots' union is warning that the pilots feel pressured to con- tinue because the European Union now requires airlines to compensate passengers for de- lays. STORY, PACE C-2 Corrections Location of Bloom.' Maternity SU women's basketball team Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn'at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Uwss on. Index -C-l 6-2 H E-S Udifvs Umry.m A-12 Suds H TWWSISttJWW) Tenants Sign Up For Huge High-Tech Center in Salina THIS IS an artist's rendering of a high-technology research park that includes a 1 million-square-foot office building and an arch over Interstate 81 and the state Thruway in Salina. This image is looking south toward Syracuse. Onon- daga County Executive Nicholas L Pirro announced in his State of the County report Tuesday that construction on the project will start this year. Details on the project remained sketchy Tuesday. (More on Pirro's Pirro: Work will start this year; Destiny mum By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer Four technology companies will relocate here in the next few months and will be the first tenants for Destiny USA's 1-miliion-square-foot research and development building to be constructed in Salina. Onondaga County Execu- tive Nicholas J. Pirro an- nounced the construction of the "first component" in Des- tiny's proposed Energy Re- search Park as pan of his State of the County address to coun- ty lawmakers. He unveiled an architect's futuristic drawing of the com- plex which includes an arch- way crossing from the south- east over Interstate 81 and the state Thruway. "The designs for this facili- ty are spectacular." Pkro said. "Its potential is almost limit- less." For its pan. the Destiny Stepnen D Staff photograche' THIS IS the area of Interstate 81 where Destiny USA is proposing an arch over the highway in Salina. This photograph is looking south toward Syracuse. A proposed research park would be built on the other side of the overpass (above) on the left. How Main building would equal about eight Wegmans in DeWitt or eight State Tower Buildings or four Carrier Dome roofs or two MONY Towers. Wells sees boom in applications Excellus profits slip; 3 executives top Newty coed colege draws iiibi 11 IBM requests 170 id 730 By David L. Shaw Staff writer There were 900 applicants for fall admission to newly coed Wells College in Aurora by Tuesday's deadline the high- est number of applications since the mid-1960s and nearly triple last year's pool of applicants. The field of applicants con- sists of 730 women and 170 men. Wells will admit male stu- dents this year for the first time in its 137-year history. Last year, the college received a total of 375 applicants. The college's officials are pleased by the numbers. "This is beyond what we ex- pected." said Susan R. Sloan, director of admissions. "We are very happy with what we're see- ing." Sloan said of the 900 appli- cants, the college has accepted 406 women and 82 men for ad- mission. "It's too early to tell how- many of those we've accepted will actually enroll and come here in August." Sloan said. She said the college has received fin- ancial deposits from 17 prospec- tive first-year students as of Tuesday. She said typically 30 percent of those accepted actually end up enrolling. "The next key date is May 1. That's when we get de- posits from students, an indicator of how many will actually en- Syracuse school chief may leave for Virginia VDHKI By Maureen Nolan Syracuse Schools Superinten- dent Stephen C. Jones, whose long-term future here has been up in the air sirce January, has been offered a job as leader of the Norfolk, Va.. school district Syracuse school board Presi- dent Cynthia Kirby said if Jones pwOu iO iCa'.c she like tC know as soon as possible so the board can start the search for his replacement. She said she hopes Jones will finish the school year here. His contract with the dis- trict runs through December. The Norfolk school district re- leased a statement Tuesday say- ing Jones is in contract negotia- tions with the district but has not yet accepted its offer. Jones could not be reached for comment The snowstorm on the East Coast left stuck in a airport much of Tuesday on hack from Virginia, district t rME photo 'Deww Nef. STEPHEN C JONES, superinten- dent of Syracuse schools, has told the school board president he n looking at pursuing other jobs. The Norfolk, Va., school district says Jones has not yet accepted its offer. Another 53 employees mode more thai each in 2004. Reserves By James T. Mulder Staff writer Excellus BlueCross Blue- Shield, the area's largest health insurer, generated a profit of million in 2004 and paid three executives more than SI million each. The profit came during the same year Excellus raised rates by an average of 8.3 percent in Central New York. The compa- ny insures about 2 million peo- ple in Upstate New York. Last year's profit declined 35 percent from 2003. the health plan reported in its annual report filed with the state. In 2003. Ex- cellus generated a profit of 5161.5 million due to lower- than-expected medical expenses. Because Excellus. which is based in Rochester, is a nonpro- fit the profits are set aside in a reserve fund to use when it has higher-than-expected claims or lower-than-cxpected revenues. At the end of 2004. Excellus had nearly S7TS million in up from S629 million a year ago. MlMBtPMEA-7 Insurer s IMMMMNNKV executives Excelius Inc., the parent company of BlueCross BlueShield of Central New York, paid three executives more than million last year: PAT IN MIUKHIS OF DOUAKS 1.45 12 2001 2002 2003 2004 David H. Klein President, chief executive offker 0.93 147 I 2001 2002 2003 20W EmMD.Dwta Executive vce president 143 Sourcf State "isurance Deoartment AW8THOAY Yahoo Inc. turns TO years oW today. C-1 IN COURT Hip-hop Wltst LiT Kim faces perjury charges. STOUT, MtfSE A-l s W. HOI wWTS COOt MOT EAORMU _ t .._. INSIDE RE SORRY' Channel 3 apologizes for claiming video of rescue training VMS a real rescue. CMTPAGii-4 WMKHOW'SUGUfSn Your chance to vote on which new car is the ugliest AUTO. PAGE G-1 mOCS E-2.E-3 ,-1   

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