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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r THE DAILY DOSE We've added a new feature to your Post-Standard, The Daily Dose. It's a page of fresh and useful news. Weekdays on the back of CNY y DoSP Ol- Horn TODAY ITerri and Ben Ransom were front-page news when they shared a reunion kiss at Hancock Airport. She was 9 months pregnant and he was a wounded soldier. We update their story. The Daily Dose, Page E-8 HOT MOMS They're showing up and showing off in TV shows, magazines and real life. CNY, Page E-1 Affiliated with Syracusc.com TUESDAY, MARCH 29. 2005 kJIMJLJLVUlJl FINAL EDITION 2005 -bs 'ost-Sta-.dara SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GETTING CLOSE Dry air should ar- rive in Central New York some time today and begin breaking apart the clouds. As more sunshine gets through, temperatures in the area will reach a pleasant level. Complete forecast, D-6 HIGH: 48 LOW: 33 Earthquake hits Indonesia, killing hundreds An earthquake struck off In- donesia Monday, killing hun- dreds of people whose homes collapsed on them. The death toll was expected to reach as high as Fears of a second tsunami eased within hours. STORY, PAGE A-9 Juvenile arrested in connection with shooting The son of the tribal chair- man was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting rampage on the Red Lake Indian Reservation last week that left 10 people dead. STORY, PAGE A-4 Zoombang football shirt pads harden on impact no-soro, an mortage com- pany, is the national distributor of Zoombang padded football shirts. The pads are made from a liquid polymer that changes to a solid when is hit. STORY, PAGE C-l Dawn of new era is colored orange Greg Robinson. Syracuse University's new head football coach, made sure his tenure began with a fresh look. Before players took the field for the first day of spring prac- tice, he ordered that the long- used green and red practice jer- seys be replaced by SU's game jerseys. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Worrick's agent not a secret Syracuse University basket- ball star Hakim Warrick has se- lected an agent as he prepares for the NBA draft. The Ail-Ameri- can will be represented by Bill Duffy's BDA Sports Manage- ment, the same firm used by NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Yao Ming. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Family says Schiavo weak on llth day without tube Terri Schiavo was described by her father as weak, emaciated but at a Florida hospice. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Blood drive at King of Kings Lutheran Church Fund-raiser for Westcott Community Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Syracuse Police Chief Out after DWI Arrest Index Business......_O1 Clossified......_ F-l CNY________E-1 Comics---------E-6 Editorials...... A-10 Kids page......HO Local news Lottery____ Movies.....___ New York...... Obituaries.... Sports_____ Stocks_____ Television___ THE POST-STANDARD Dick Blume Staff photographer GARY MIGUEL is introduced as Syracuse's new police chief by Mayor Matt Driscoll (center) at City Hall Monday follow- ing the resignation of Steven P. Thompson. At right is Deputy Chief Michael Heenan, who was promoted to first deputy chief to fill Miguel's position. "It's a very sad day for all members of the Syracuse police department and the Miguel said. wiuef piOuiciii SEANKffiST POST-STANDARD COLUMNIST Pat Ahem is a story- teller in the grand Irish tradition, and there is no way one of his tales is quite as good on paper. Even so, we'll share one here, because we think you'll see the point: Ahern used to be a Syracuse policeman, a heavy drinker who'd routinely get load- ed and then drive from bar to bar. He re- members being called to court one day to testify against a defendant charged with assault. Ahem recognized the judge as a familiar late-night drinking buddy. He recognized the prosecutor and the defense attorney as a couple of guys, like the THE NEW CHIEF Gary Miguel gets rave reviews from community leaders. Page A-6 judge, who often drove home drunk after long nights of pounding beers. "You know who went to asked Ahem. 59. Drumroll. please: The crimi- nal. Ahern offered the story Monday, amid vhe furor over the arrest of Syracuse Po- lice Chief Steven P. Thompson on a charge of driving while intoxicated. While Ahern's first reaction was concern about the well-being of both Thompson and a bicyclist who was allegedly grazed by Thompson's car, he told the story to un- derline his deeper point: The arrest offers a chance to cut through civic denial. Ahem looks around at a community in which teenagers are dying in alcohol-re- lated accidents, and he looks at how a Girl THE BICYGLSST "I came within an inch of my life. 1 feel great. I'm a lucky guy." Page A-6 Scout delivering cookies was killed by a man who allegedly was driving drunk, and he looks at how the chief of police has resigned after an accident investiga- tors link to alcohol. To Ahern. an alcoholic who has been in recovery since 1982, it's clear we have a problem with excessive drinking that we'd rather not discuss. he said. "It's very prevail- ing." Both Ahern and Paul Curtin, who runs a nonprofit alcohol counseling service in Manlius, understand how the recent deaths of teenagers from Skaneateles and Cicero cause well-meaning people to wonder why so many teens clearly feel that it's fine to drink and drive. CHOICES, PAGE A-7 THE TIMELINE Syracuse's recent revolving door of police chiefs Page A-6 says getting job this way "isn't a joyous occasion." By Sue Weibezahl and Frederic Pierce Staff writers Syracuse police's First Dep- uty Chief Gary Miguel was named police chief Monday after his predecessor. Steven P. Thompson, resigned following his arrest on driving while in- toxicated charges. "This isn't a joyous occa- sion by any stretch of the Miguel said at a news conference in which Mayor Matt Driscoll an- nounced Thompson's resigna- tion and Miguel's appoint- ment. "It's a very sad day for all members of the Syracuse police department and the city." Thompson, 53, whose salary was couldn't be reached for comment Monday. A passenger in his car, Onon- daga County Assistant District Attorney Bridget Scholl, de- clined comment. Dnscoll would not say whethei Thompson voluntarily lesigned or was asked to step down. He said it would be in- appropriate for Thompson to continue as chief after his ar- rest, and Thompson recog- nized that. Before Driscoll appointed Thompson chief, he asked him if there were any issues per- sonal or otherwise that could affect his duties as chief, said Colleen Deacon, the may- or's press secretary. Thompson told him no. Driscoll said he confronted Thompson again about a month ago, telling him rumors of his drinking were rampant. heard lots of rumors about lots of Driscoll said Monday. "1 certainly asked Chief Thompson about it, and he assured me none of it was true." MAYOR, PAGE A-6 Romero remembered for service to the poor .A-2 'A-S >i C-3 ..i-5 By Renee K. Gadoua Staff writer Roberto Zamora remembers the day 25 >ears ago when Arch- bishop Oscar Amulfo Romero was shot and killed while cele- brating Mass at a chapel in El Salvador. heard the shots and five minutes later we heard on the radio Oscar Romero was Zamora recounted Mon- day from his home in Edmonton, Canada, where he moved after living in Syracuse for almost two years. "I was he said. ''If they killed Romero, who else would they Today, a local service at Syra- cuse's S't. Lucy Church will honor the church leader credited with standing up tor toe rights of the poor in Central America. Ro- mero was one of the most promi- nent religious leaders supporting liberation theology, a movement that encourages using worship and religious education to advo- cate social and political reform. Romero was bom in 1917 and was appointed Salvadoran arch- bishop in 1977 as unrest was leading to a 12-year civil war be- tween a right-wing government and leftist rebels. No one has been charged in his March 24, 1980. death, which is considered a turning point in El Salvador's political reform. A few months after Romero's death, Roberto and Gloria Zamo- ra fled El Salvador's civil war LOCAL, PAW A-7 Walsh opposing cuts to community grants Religion News Service If you go What: Commemorative event marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero When: 7 p.m. today Where: St. Lucy Church, 432 Gifford St., Syracuse Other Republicans also are disagreeing with president's plan for reductions. By Peter Lyman Washington Bureau Rep. James Walsh, R-Onon- daga, has joined other Republi- can members of Congress in op- I posing President Bush's plan for j massive cuts to the federal Com- I munity Development Block Grant program. "I adamantly oppose weak- ening the CDBG program i and will do whatever I can as a senior member of the House Ap- j propriations Committee to fully fund the Walsh said Mondav. iu Liis ouugei plan loi nCAi year, Bush proposed folding the block-grant program in with 17 other federal programs and re- ducing its support by 30 percent, from S5.3 billion to billion. Begun three decades ago, CDBG provides federal money for urban development, emergency housing, job training, child care and other community needs. In Central New York, CDBG money flows to cities like Syra- cuse, Auburn. Oneida, Oswego and Fulton. The city of Syracuse is slated to receive about million in CDBG money this year. Walsh predicted Monday that CDBG funding would be main- tained at close to its current level WALSH, PAGE A-7 THEY WANT US TO EAT RIGHT THEN THEY MAKE STUFF LIKE THIS Eating right: The federal government says three servings of whole grains each day will reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It doesn't have to be bread. Rice, oatmeal, cold cereal flakes, even trail mix, will do. Here's what three ounces of whole grains a day looks like: One cup of breakfast cereal One slice of bread Half a cup of cooked rice or pasta So wrong: Burger King on Monday unveiled the Enormous Omelet Sandwich, with 730 calories and 47 grams of fat. It has two eggs, sausage, three strips of bacon and two slices of melted American cheese. It's bigger than a Whopper, at 700 calories and 42 grams of fat.   

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