Syracuse Post Standard, March 12, 2005

Syracuse Post Standard

March 12, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Aff SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS MORE SNOW Don'i expect more than a dust- ing to cover the ever-growing piles at the ends oi" your driveway. it should come down enough to keep the roads slick, but not enough to keep you from run- ning errands. Complete forecast, D-20 HIGH: 35 LOW: 21 Index Auto. QissM___F-2 A-l Locd news __M lottery___ NnrYotk- Obrtuoncs. A-2 MrOST-STANDARO 76404 2 State Budget Plans: St. Patrick's Parade kicks off today at noon The Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade starts at noon today at Washington and South Salina streets. On Friday, Mayor Matt Driscoll painted part of a green line down the center of South Salina Street. STREET CLOSINGS, PAGE 1-2 Eat a good breakfast: new SAT exam today More than high school students nationwide in New York state are taking the revised SAT exam today, according to the College Board. Students from throughout Central New York are reporting to Henninger and Jamesville-De- Witt high schools at a.m. STORY, PAGE M Teens altering driver's licenses could lose keys Teenagers who doctor their drivers licenses so they can buy alcohol would lose all driving privileges until they turn 21 under a law proposed Friday by Gov. George Pataki and West- Chester County District Attorney Jeanine Pino. "A teenager's most prized possession is his or her Pirro said. "We think this will have an enormous impact on un- derage drinking." KW TOM, PAGE A-6 New anti-terrorism law cleared in Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair won Parliament's support Friday for a new anti-terrorism law al- lowing the government to act swiftly against 10 terror suspects including an Islamic preacher accused of inspiring lead SepL 11 hijacker Mohamed Arta who have been granted bail. STORY, PAW A-4 Scientists: Bioterrorism research too costly Frustrated microbiologists and geneticists say that the na- tion's commitment to bioterro- rism research has a nasty side ef- fect: It's siphoning money away from basic research and the study of dangerous pathogens. STORY, Reviews "The Barber of Seville" and "Godspell" were performed Friday. REVIEWS, 1-2 Corrections car-bus Beck misidentified Wedge's graduation Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call Staff and news servke reports Albany The state Assembly un- veiled a budget proposal Friday that would boost spending, restore health care and higher education cuts, and seek voter approval to borrow billions to pay for mass transit and highway projects. The Assembly said the state budget would total S106 billion under its million more than proposed by Gov. George Pataki. Spokeswoman Eileen Lar- rabee said the house will release a corn- plete financial plan on Monday. i dc -itu-iC illiij, posed a 5106 billion budget plan. Under its proposal, the Senate would also restore cuts to education and health care pro- grams and seek a bond act to cover trans- portation projects. The budget includes Sl.l billion in spending above Pataki's plan, but the net spending increase is only million because of other cuts. The proposals, by the Democrat-led Assembly and the Republican-led Senate, are expected to be die subject of joint state 2005-06 state budget is due April 1. "This is not a generous Dem- ocratic Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said. "It is bare bones. It takes institu- tions that the governor killed and puts them on life support." The centerpiece to the Assembly bud- get is a billion transportation bond act that svould go before voters in No- vember. The bond would provide SI.6 billion for -Metropolitan Transportation irvrJ ti "5 ........y..ij state Department of Transportation for highway and bridge projects. State Comptroller Alan Hevesi has pro- jected New York's debt will total bil- lion by March 31, the end of this fiscal year. New York Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long called the bond plan "wild-eyed" and noted that Hevesi "The Onondaga people wish to bring about a healing between themselves and att others who live in this region that has been the homeland of the Onondaga Nation since the damn of time...." Beginning of the first paragraph of a lawsuit filed by the Onondagas Friday THE ONONDAGA NATION filed a land rights action in feder- al court Friday morning in Syracuse. Onondaga Nation Chiefs Jake Edwards (left, front) and Oren Lyons escort Clan Moth- er Dorothy Webster into the James A. Hanley Federal Build- john Beny Staff photographer ing, followed by (left to right) the nation's general counsel, attorney Joseph Heath; Chief Sid Hill; and, from the Indian Law Resource Center, Debra Reed and attorney Tim Coulter, representing the nation in federal court. For the Onondaga Nation, a historic day; lake cleanup issue concerns local officials By John O'Brien and Mark Weiner Staff writers The Onondaga chiefs brought the news to their peo- ple in a meeting at the Long- house Thursday night The next day, the tribe would finally file a claim in federal court to ownership of more than 2 million acres of land in Upstate New York, after generations of talking about it. A 17-year-old boy stood up. He asked the chiefs for advice. "I'm afraid to go to school the boy said, according to Onondaga Faith- keeper Oren Lyons. "I know they're going to ask me, 'Are you taking my I don't know what to tell them." John Berry Staff photographer MINUTES AFTER the Onondaga Nation filed its lawsuit Chief Sid Hill (left) reached out to embrace attorney Joseph Heath, in a moment of mutual relief. It's one of the questions the chiefs prepared for, especially after the hostile reactions to land claims from other nations of the Haudenosaunee, or Iro- quois Confederacy. "When they ask, tell them this is a filing of a very old grievance, over 200 years old, that it's taking place at the in- sistence of the state of New York, and that there will be no evictions, and that we're seek- ing a safer the chiefs told the boy. "If you can get that much out, you'll be doing fine.'' The Onondagas took the same approach leading up to Friday's filing. They met with leaders of the city and county, of Syracuse University, and legislative leaders in Albany and Washington, D.C., to warn them. Those political leaders re- acted Friday by praising the UKirttEA-ll 'Rent-a- patient' lawsuit filed ExceHus estimates its share of loss as milfoil in ittedkd ckritns frond. By James T. Mulder I Staff writer Excellus BlueCross Blue- Shield estimates it has lost near- ly SI million hi a fraudulent medical claims scheme involv- I ing members who were paid to go to the Los Angeles area for I unnecessary and sometimes dan- serous surgery, The health insurer announced Friday it and 11 other Blues I plans across the country have filed a federal lawsuit in Los An- I geles against several Southern j California clinics, businesses and individuals allegedly involv- I ed in a "rent-a-patient" scheme I that has generated millions of dollars in phony claims since 1999. I Recruiters would enlist pa- j tients covered by out-of-state I health plans, according to the I lawsuit. The patients would then I go to California surgical centers I to undergo unneeded operations i and procedures. In return, the patients would I receive cash payments of I or credits for cosmetic surgery, j and the California providers i would collect on fraudulent in- i surance claims. Recruiters were i paid for referrals. i The most common procedures I were gastrointestinal colonosco- I pies and endoscopies. A colo- noscopy is a visual examination I of the large intestine with a I lighted, flexible, fiber-optic tube j that is inserted through the anus. i An endoscopy is an examination j of the lining of the digestive i ATLANTA MANHUNT i Thousands of Talau' fens had to survive without it Thursday i By William LaRue Staff writer j The tribes were speaking, but many Syracuse fans of the reali- i ty TV show "Survivor: Palau" I couldn't near or see them for 35 minutes Thursday night WTVH-TV. Channel 5, said i Friday that a local equipment 1 problem knocked out the CBS affiliate's signal just before the show began at 8 p.m. The station said it has re- ceived network permission to rerun the one-hour episode at a.m. Monday. Channel 5 general manager Les Vann said the station learned about the outage when viewers called to complain. At home at the time, Vann said, he didn't see the problem himself because he subscribes to Time Warner Cable, which -wasn't affected be- cause it gets its signal directly from Channel 5 using a fiber- optic cable. "One of my managers... called and said. 'We lost a link to the transmitter.' and they went out and fixed Vann said. Affected were Channel 5 viewers who tune in WTVH from an antenna, a satellite dish or a cable company other than Time Warner. Vann estimated about of the homes in the Syracuse TV mar- ket were unable to see the first 35 minutes of the show. The outage was probably no- ticed in about of these households. Vann said, because "Survivor" is typically tuned in each week by about 18 percent of local homes. Vann said the station received 85 calls. "Survivor features castaways on a South Pacific is- land competing for a Si million first prize by trying to avoid being voted off by other contest- ants. The Associated Press LAW ENFORCEMENT personnel I gather outside the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta Friday after three people, in- duding a superior court judge, were shot and killed in the courthouse. A man being es- corted into court for his rape triai stole a deputy's gun and began firing. Tne man escaped and hasn't been i Anheuser-Busch in i Lysanderhas I stopped making its I popular garden fertilizer. CNY, MGEE-1 COFFEE PRICES RISE j Bean, cup of coffee prices going up. i MGEC-1 INSIDE MARTHA'S PONCHO How to get a pattern of her now- famous prison poncho. CUT, PMCE-4 A KEEPER Check out our full- page report on Syracuse University basketball pfayer Jill Norton. SPORTS, RACE D-7 .......-y ;