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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r Dave Bing, from SU to the NBA to the Basketball Hall of Fame. NCAA TOURNAMENT IN TOWN Syracuse, a town rich in basketball history and As fans converge on the Carrier Dome, businesses welcome them and their TV'S INVASION IOWA' SU grad, William Shatner team up in comedy-reality series. CNY, PAGE E-1 AFTER HOURS Music listings, including many with no cover charge Celebrity watching with The Max Eat cheap: Homemade pasta for two The WEEKEND Free tickets to SSO, Syracuse Stage, Auto Showcase Theater openings: "The Diary of Anne and "The Grapes of Wrath" Easter egg hunts and bunny visits Affiliated with SyrKuM.com THURSDAY. MARCH 24, 2005 Standard FINAL EDITION 2005 The ?os: Sandara SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING FLEEING FLURRIES Some flurries may linger in the area early today, but that should stop and leave only clouds to fill the sky iaier. Some wei MIONV and rain could mix over Central New York Friday as another storm approaches. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 40 LOW: 30 Police seek woman; children found alone Syracuse police are looking for the woman who was respon- sible for two young children found alone at St. Wednesday evening. LOCAL, PAGE B-l J-D's Rautins to wear Orange in college Andy Rautins, a Jamesville- DeWitt High School senior and the son of former Syracuse Uni- versity basketball great Leo Rau- tins, said Wednesday night that he has committed to play basket- ball for Syracuse University. SPORTS, PAW D-1 nr IIIJIWI HUkBVW as Iraqis, U.S. attack An Iraqi official said Wednesday that 85 insurgents w ere killed the day before when Iraqi commandos, assisted by U.S. air and ground support, staged a midday attack on a sus- pected insurgency training camp in a rural area northwest of Baghdad. STORY, PAGE A-9 Lobbying giants join forces in Albany Two of the biggest names in Albany lobbying circles are teaming up to create a bipartisan joint venture. Patricia Lynch, former top aide to Assembly Speaker Shel- don Silver, D-Manhattan, is join- ing Silver's one-time political adversary, former Assembly Mi- nority Leader Clarence Rap- pleyea, R-Norwich. NEW YORK, PAGE A-l Social Security report cuts year off solvency Social Security will go into the red in 2017 and, without changes, its trust fund will be ex- hausted by 2041, a year sooner than estimated a year ago. trus- tees for the svstem said Wednes- day in an annual report. STORY, PAGE A-5 Review Syracuse Civic Theater pres- ented "The Diary of Anne Frank" Wednesday at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. REVIEW, PAGE B-2 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Syracuse Police Overtime Bill Heads Toward S9.5M public use for former warehouse Qty budget allowed S2.6M for extra pay. Councilors question management. By Frederic Pierce Staff writer Syracuse police officers are on track to earn about million in overtime this budget year, and will c.ost city taxpayers more than twice as much as the ad- ministration of Mayor Matt Dris- coll had planned, city documents show. The historically high overtime expenses were primarily caused by chronic vacancies, and should plummet once two new classes of officers hit the streets, Syra- cuse Police Chief Steve Thomp- son said Wednesday. But the management practices that allowed so much overtime to be used have caused alarm among some Syracuse Common Councilors. "It just screams 'management issue'." said Stephanie Miner, chairwoman of the council's fi- nance committee. "How do we have a system that allows this to The council Monday is sched- uled to vote on a measure that would raise the number of posi- tions in the police department's budget from 480 to 490. It's part of an administration plan to hire 25 HEW, PAGE A-6 I Schiavo's parents defy losses After rejections in appeals court and storehouse, they take their case to a reluctant Supreme Court. The Associated "press Pinellas Park, Fla. Tern Schiavo's parents saw their options vanish one by one Wednesday as a federal appeals court refused to reinsert her feeding tube and the Honda Legislature decided not to in- tervene in the epic struggle. Refusing to give up, Gov. Jeb Bush sought court per- mission for the state to take custody of Schiavo. The desperate flurry of activity came as President Bush suggested that Con- gress and the White House had done all they could to keep the severely brain- damaged woman alive. As of Wednesday afternoon, Schiavo had gone five full days without food or water; doctors have said she could sur- vive one to two weeks. Supporters of Schiavo's parents grew GOVERNOR, PAGE A-6 DEVELOPMENTS A federal appeals court twice rejected a bid by Tern Schiavo's parents to have her feeding tube re-inserted. The Florida Senate rejected another last-ditch effort to prolong her life. Gov. Jeb Bush pushed for the state to gain custody over Schiavo. Schiavo's parents filed an appeal with "the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. Updates at www.syracuse.com Talk about it at By Rick Moriarty Staff writer SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor revealed details Wednesday about how the university intends to use a former furniture ware- house in Armoiy Square to help blur the boundary between its campus and downtown Syra- cuse. Cantor released conceptual drawings of what the former Dunk Bright warehouse on the western edge of Armory Square will look like after the university transforms it into classrooms. Speaking to people at the annual meeting of the Metro- politan Development Associa- tion. Cantor said the former J warehouse will represent the "symbolic and physical pres- ence of Syracuse University downtown." Plans call for the warehouse to temporarily house SU's School MAKEOVER, PAGE A-6 HOPPY Notiond Orange Day Even in New Jersey, they're celebrating National Orange Day, the 135th birthday of Syracuse University Story, Page B-3 Chns O'Meara Associated Press PINELLAS PARK police Lt. Kevin Riley (standing, upper right) prepares to arrest members of the Keys family, of Burnet, Texas, Wednesday as they tried to bring water to Terri Schiavo at the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla. (Kneeling, from left) Josie, 14; Gabriel, 10; Chris, the children's father; and Cameron, 12, were taken into custody. Galen Keys, (upper left) the mother, was not arrested. Business ____ C-l Oosstfied ____ F-1 CKY _ M Comics _ Editorials ..._.A-10 Entorfotnmect! locd news 1-1 _.. ____ New York Obituaries Sports _____ Sttks _____ Twwiwofl MWT WU IM .P-I Ml Mafia? In Lakeport? Let's just fuggedaboudit By Aaron Gifford Staff writer Residents were stunned Wednesday after hearing that an alleged Mafia hit man was ar- j rested in their Lakeport neigh- borhood, but few were willing to talk for fear they would wind up j in cement shoes in their Oneida i Lake back yard. "The Mafia... yeah that was said Kelly Duell, who j lives around the comer from i where Anthony "Ace" Aiello was arrested Friday night by fed- eral agents. "It's pretty cool. It's like hav- I ing the Sopranos for j said Casey Brecht, 19, who was Caroline Chen Contp.butiig ohotographer FEDERAL AGENTS arrested Anthony "Ace" Aiello, suspected in the murder of a reputed mobster, at this house at 120 Mallard Say Road in Lakeport, Madison County. shooting baskets outside the fire station with a friend. Aiello was arrested at 120 Mallard Bay Road after federal agents were tipped off by an in- formant. Authorities said the 29-year-old Brooklyn native was involved in the murder of a re- puted mobster in New York City last year and had been a fugitive since January. The house where Aiello was staying sits in a row of 10 up- scale waterfront homes on a dead-end road. Police said it is ovracd. by Michael Rctella, a for- mer part-owner of Dinosaur Bar- B-Q. U.S. Attorney Glenn Suddaby MAHT HHHlMlijy r Aot At least 14 feared killed in Texas blast The Associated Press Texas City, Texas An ex- plosion rocked a BP oil refinery Wednesday, injuring more than 100 people and sending flames and black smoke billowing into the sky in a blast so thunderous i it could be felt for miles. At least 14 people were feared dead. Workers were searching through rubbie for survivors or bodies Wednesday night. The i cause of the blast was not imme- j diately known. Most of the in- i jured suffered broken bones. cuts, concussions and other inju- 1 ries. 1 Refinery director Don Parus said BP was waiting on an offi- cial confirmation from the med- ical examiner's office, but Empire Zone score doesn't count jobs By Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writer Seneca County's Empire Zone got the state's lowest grade tor its performance in 2003. Onon- daga County's zone tied for the state's highest grade. Yet Seneca County, as a whole, gained jobs and Ononda- ga County lost jobs during the period under review, according to numbers from the state Labor Department. Empire Zones offer tax breaks diitl OUltil lo es that promise to add jobs but the method the state uses to grade their performance mea- sures the process, not the results. The state Department of Eco- nomic Development, which runs the program, hopes to add job creation to the zone grades. But the best information on job num- bers comes from the Department of Taxation and Finance be- cause businesses include it in their tax returns. The data isn't shared, even from one state office to the next. That is just one of the areas targeted for reform when the program comes up for renewal at the end of this month. The Senate. Assembly and governor agree the program is flawed. Critics say the zones give away too many tax credits for too few jobs, and there is no good way to track just how many jobs are created or how much it actually costs taxpayers. A Post-Standard report in 2003 found the rules so loose GET A Daily Dose BEGINNING MONDAY jit"   

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