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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyncuM.cotn TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2005 FINAL EDITION Si 7005 The "cst-Sa SYRACUSE, N.Y. SO CENTS GOOD MORNING HIGH AND DRY A high-pressure system will bring more sunshine over Central New York today. Some clouds will appear in the sky tonight, but precipitation should stay out of the area at least until Wednesday after- noon. Complete forecast, D-6 I HIGH: 45 LOW: 27 Student kills nine, self in Minn, shooting spree A student gunned down his grandfather and a woman and went on a shooting rampage at Red Hich School in midji, Minn., Monday, killing seven people in the school, au- thorities said. He was later found shot to death. It was the nation's worst school shooting since Col- umbine's in 1999. STORY, PACE A-9 Support for death penalty drops among Catholics A Zogby poll commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops shows that Catholics' support for capital punishment has slipped from a high of 68 percent in 2001 to 48 percent. The results bolster a new anti-death penalty campaign by the bishops. STORY, PAttB-1 Revenge still on Villonova's mind The last time Villanova played powerful North Carolina at the Carrier Dome in an NCAA Tournament game was 1991, and the Tar handily. The Wildcats believe thev have a bet- ter chance to upset the Tar Heels this year when the two teams meet Friday night in a third- round game. SPORTS, D-1 Federal Reserve expected to raise rates today The Federal Reserve is likely to boost its key federal funds rate today by one-quarter per- centage point, to 2.75 percent. STORY, PAGE C-1 Barry Diller's company purchases Ask Jeeves Barry Diller's electronic commerce company, is buying Ask Jeeves Inc. for billion. The goal is to make the online search engine competitive with Google, Yahoo and other industry leaders. STORY, PAW C-1 Chess star Bobby Fischer granted Iceland citizenship Iceland, the country where Bobby Fischer won the world chess championship a generation ago. granted citizenship to the 62-year-old recluse Monday a boost to Fischer's efforts to fight deportation from Japan to the United States. Fischer, who is wanted by the United States for violating sanctions against the former Yugoslavia by playing a match there in 1992. has been in Japanese custody since July 13. Corrections Passport Onondaga Windmill Syracuse Crunch hockey game Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business..... Classified... (NY.____ Comic....... Editorials... Kids page.. Locdnews A-2 ......C-1 Lottery........... F-l Movies.......... ....E-l New York.. _ E-6 Obituaries___1-4 ..A-10 Sports..............M .....i-8 Stocks....... ,_.l-l Television. THE POST-STANDARD A-S C-3 E-S Bill Would Make Hospitals Come Clean On Infections Facilities in state currently don't have to disclose rates of patient infection. By James T. Mulder Staff writer New Yorkers can learn if the restaurants they eat in have been cited for health violations. But they cannot find out if their local hospitals have unacceptably high patient infection rates. Betsy McCaughey. Gov. George Pataki's former lieuten- ant governor, finds that prepos- terous. "You can go home and make your own said McCaughey, a health policy ex- pert. "But you can't take care of yourself medically. You have to go to the hospital sometimes and you need information on safe hospitals." McCaughey is one of a grow- ing chorus of voices-calling on New York hospitals to publicly disclose infection rates as a way to save patient lives and cut health care spending. New York is one of 30 HOSPITAL, PAGE A-4 Number of Americans killed by hospital infections annually Number killed in motor vehicle accidents annually More numbers on Page A-6 SU UNVEILS ITS CONNECTION TO DOWNTOWN SYRACUSE JUIJI C.VV. photographer SU CHANCELLOR Nancy Cantor describes a plan Monday to develop a corridor linking the university to downtown Syracuse. Map outlines where corridor would Dick Case hopes Cantors energy is National Grid helps light way to SU Utility pledges million toward plan to connect the university campus with downtown Syracuse. By Nancy Buczek Staff writer Syracuse University announced Mon- day that National Grid has pledged Si million over two years toward SU's plan to develop a bus route and lighted path- way connecting the Hill to Syracuse's Armory Square. William Edwards, president of Niagara Mohawk, which is owned by National Grid, said his company supports the plan because it has a stake in the Upstate economy. Niagara Mohawk's headquar- ters is in downtown Syracuse at 300 Erie Blvd. W. "We are here for the long Ed- wards said. "Like many local businesses, our prosperity is linked directly to the communities that we serve." SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor said she hopes more private money will support the project, which also may get mil- lion in federal money. Rep. James Walsh, R-Onondaga, secured the money in a House of Representatives bill, but the plan still needs Senate approval. SU officials Monday detailed the bus route and pathway they call the Syracuse Connective Corridor. The route will in- corporate cultural venues such as the Ev- erson Museum of Art, the Onondaga His- torical Association Museum and the Landmark Theatre. The corridor also will connect the pub- lic to the SU campus, which offers guest speakers, musical entertainment and art exhibits. "There are going to be people and ideas rushing around this Can- tor said. "The corridor will be a destina- tion in and of itself." SU CHANCELLOR, PAGE A-4 "If he waits long enovgh, she's going to one protester says. Knight Ridder News Service Tampa, Fla. Terri Schia- vo's parents pleaded with a fed- eral judge Monday to order the brain-damaged woman be recon- nected to a feeding tube, but the I judge expressed skepticism about their case and adjourned a hearing without issuing a ruling. X 11C JUUilC UlUil L ijdV VVUCH ilC would rule. "I think you'd be hard- pressed to convince me that you have a substantial likelihood" of I prevailing. U.S. District Judge James Whittemore of Tampa I told the parents" lawyer. That's j the usual threshold for the issu- ance of a temporary order. The lack of an immediate order was in sharp contrast to the urgency that's surrounded the case in recent days. Members of Congress rushed back from their Easter break for a late-night ses- sion that ended early Monday to pass legislation ordering a feder- al court review. The legislation was then hurried to the White House for President Bush's sig- nature so that Schiavo's parents, Mary and Bob Schindler, could I file their lawsuit early Monday. Outside the Pinellas Park, I Fla., hospice where Schiavo has 1 JUDGE, PAGE A-6 DEVELOPMENTS Hearing, but no ruling: A fed- eral district court judge in J. Wt ilVyt iuii_ immediately on a request by the parents of Terri Schiavo to re- place the severely brain-dam- aged woman's feeding tube. Judge James D. Whittemore did not say when he would issue a decision on a case. Texas law: Democrats and j some medical ethicists cited a 1999 Texas law signed by then- governor George Bush to charge that his position in the Schiavo case is hypocritical. Bush signed a law that lets hospitals pull the plug on crit- ically ill patients despite family objections. Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said he vetoed legislation that gave families vir- tually no protections and as little as 72 hours to find alternate care. Inside: How CNY lawmakers Q. and Washington state lawmaker, a neuropsychologist, had no easy For updates: Get the latest on- line at www.syracuse.com Neglect case against ex-councilor resolved ByJimO'Hara Staff writer The child neglect case against former Syracuse city Councilor Rick Guy and his wife was re- solved Monday. The parties agreed to adjourn the case for one year in contem- plation of dismissal without any admission of wrongdoing by the Guys. Lawyer Marilyn Miller, repre- senting the couple, said the Guys believed they could have been exonerated by fighting the ne- glect allegations through trial but opted not to do so in the interests of their children. "Everything they've done was for the best interests of their family, bringing everyone back together, bringing normalcy back to then- Miller said. Senior Deputy County Attor- ney Joanna Gozzi and Deputy County Attorney Maggie Seikaly both agreed the resolution was best for the Guy children. The county filed a neglect pe- tition against Rick and Alycia Guy in December, accusing the couple of excessive corporal punishment, disruption of their children's education and using Family Court Persons in Need of Supervision proceedings against their two oldest children in an at- tempt to enforce strict obedience at home. The 16-year-old daughter at the center of the neglect case re- cently recanted her allegations against her parents, and both she and her- 17-year-old brother tried to have the case against their GUY, PAGE A-f who works longest French bid adieu to petite workweek AVERAGE HOURS WORKED PER PERSON PER TEAR, 2003 Norwoy Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development survey A? The Associated Press Sophie Guilbaud holds a full-time job, helps run her son's nursery and treats her- self to regular weekdays of shopping, movies and art shows. The secret is in France's 35-hour workweek. To be abol- ished by lawmakers today, "les 35 heures" have been a boon for some but, critics argue, a big drain on the economy. For Guilbaud, a loan company manager in Paris, "work is not the only thing in my life." She suggested she might quit rather than work more hours. With unemployment at 10 percent, politicians of all stripes acknowledge that the 35-hour law has failed in its orisinal am- SHOULD KIDS GUIDE SCHOOL ISA SAILBOAT McNamara is a freshman at For preteens, mobile phones are the parental guide for discussing but she's on her family's boat headed for the JL RaharYiAC in your laillai, E-2 Page bition: to force employers to hire massively. "The intention was to spread work around, but the effect was to spread our salaries said Thierry Breton, France's new finance minister. A 39-hour workweek is ex- pected to win final approval this week, despite public protests this month and denunciations by So- cialists. Often touted as the working mother's godsend, the 35-hour week actually made life harder for poorer women and single parents, "who needed all the overtime they could get to make ends said Monique Hal- pern, president of the women's organization CLEF. 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