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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 2005, Syracuse, New York TODAY'S DAILY DOSE Monique Fletcher tells how she got out of debt. Are you an optimist? A pessimist? We have both. Want some beet-flavored ice cream? Page E-10 The Daily D GE rrii TV I DP Jffis Affiliated with SyracuM.com WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2005 WEN WHO COOK 80 guys to roast, toast, bake and stew for charity. CNY, Page E-1 PINAL EDITION e 2005 The SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS EVEN BETTER Plenty of sunshine and warmer air will be over Central New York today to help the snow continue to melt. A few clouds will arrive tonight, setting the scene for a shower or two Thursday after- noon. Complete forecast, C-8 HIGH: 59 LOW: 40 Jerry Falwell critical with viral pneumonia The Rev. Jerry Falwell was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday, with his second case of viral pneumonia in five weeks. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 SkyChiefs take on 'The Big Unit'-and win The New York Yankees sent Randy Johnson to their minor- league complex Tuesday to pitch the Syracuse SkyChiefs in Tampa, Fla. "The Big Unit" took a beating. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Schiavo family joined Rev.Jesse Jackson by the A federal appeals court has granted Terri Schiavo's parents the right to file a petition for re- hearing for an injunction that could allow their daughter's feeding tube to be reconnected. STORK, PAW Pope mighi go back to hospital for feeding tube Pope John Paul II might have to return to the hospital to have a feeding tube inserted because he is having difficulty swallowing, an Italian news agency reported. STORY, PAGE A-3 Annan adamant he won't quit U.N. post Investigators probing the U.N. oil-for-food program said Tuesday that Secretary-General Kofi Annan didn't interfere in the awarding of a contract to a company that employed his son. A defiant Annan said "Hell no" when asked at a news con- ference if he would resign. STORY, PAGE A-3 Rumsfeld hints base closings won't be drastic Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld indicated Tuesday that this year's round of military base closings might not be as drastic as earlier forecasts suggested. STORY, PAGE A-7 Johnnie Cochran, dlsf of 67 Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who achieved worldwide fame for de- fending football star O.J. Simp- son on murder charges, died Tuesday. He was 67. STORY, PAGE B-6 Corrections Vote on tax deal for proposed convention center Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS The Oneidas long ago relinquished governmental reins and cannot regain them through open-market purchases from current ti- U.S. Supreme Court, Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York Supreme Court: oneidas TOO Late THE SUPREME COURT ruled Tuesday that the Oneida Indian Nation cannot expand its tax-exempt holdings fay buying up properties, such as this SavOn gasoline station in Sherrill, Sherrill declares wants taxes The highlights The argument: The city of Sherrill had argued the Oneida Indian Nation was responsible for property taxes on land the nation sold two centuries ago and then purchased from private owners in the late 1990s. The Oneidas argued they're a sovereign nation that doesn't pay taxes to municipalities. The ruling: The Supreme Court said the Oneidas cannot claim sovereignty over land it sold 200 years ago. Whafs next: Sherrill can't start collecting taxes right away because federal District Court Judge David Hurd issued an injunction against that in 2001. The Supreme Court has sent the case back to the lower courts. By Glenn Coin Staff writer The U.S. Supreme Court handed the Oneida Indian Na- tion a stinging defeat Tuesday, ruling 8-1 that the nation can't claim sovereignty over land it sold 200 years ago. The ruling could force the nation to pay millions in prop- erty taxes and be subject to the control of local government bodies such as planning boards. It could have far- reaching effects on the nation, Melissa Kcblsr, hairdresser and on other Indian tribes in New York. "This is what it means: Ray, pay said David Vickers, president of the Up- state Citizens for Equality. "What it means for Sherrill and, I would argue, for Madi- son and Oneida counties, is that any property not on the JUSTICES', PAGE A-S Michelle Gabel Staff photographer that have been outside its reservation for generations. The lawsuit began in 2000 when Sherrill tried to foreclose Onei- da-owned parcels. others study effect of decision Scott Rapp Staff writer There was jubilation and despair, too, as officials on both sides of the Cayuga Indi- an land claim reacted Tuesday to the Sherrill v. Oneida Indi- an Nation Supreme Court de- cision. "I think it's party beamed Richard Tallcot. chairman of the Cayuga-Sene- ca Chapter of Upstate Citizens for Equality, an anti-ici- tlement group. However, Clint Halftown, the federally recognized leader of the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York, said the mling underscores how Native Americans continue to be un- fairly treated by the justice system. COUNTY, PAGE A-8 Mike Bates, auto mechanic Craig Crowell, city historian CES "Every other phone call has been, 'Did you hear? Did you "Now, they'll pay their taxes just like ev- eryone else. and they won't suffer by it." it's about equal- ity. It levels the playing field." SHERRILL OFFICIALS Online: For the text of the decision, go to To talk about it, go to CNY mom, daughter hit by train in Indiana Otisco woman and Syracuse daughter are killed by Amtrak train. Staff writer An Otisco mother and her adult daughter were struck and killed by a train in Indiana Satur- day as they tried to remove their dog from the tracks, police said. Bette Lou May, 58, and her daughter, Rebecca Brianne May, 28, of Syra- cuse, were struck by the Amtrak train as they were walking their Bette Lou May dogs at about a.m. in Brookston. Ind., state police said. were visiting a rela- tive at the time. A news release issued by state police said the engineer was coming around a bend to a slow- down zone south of Brookston. The engineer and the conductor saw Bette Lou May and a dog on the tracks, and blew the train's i horn several times. The dog j would not budge and Brianne _J ikti v j_i vj t-ii women and their dogs were J struck by the train. I The train was carrying 220 I passengers, Amtrak officials said. Nobody aboard the train .was hurt, authorities said, but the train was delayed for nearly five WOMAN, PAGE A-7 Schiavo case boosts health care proxy card requests By James T. Mulder Staff writer I After a 54-year-old member of his church died unexpectedly last week, the Rev. Charles Semple obtained a box of wallet- sized health care proxy cards from Grouse Hospital. He began handing them out after the funeral and urged all those who attended the Easter Sunday service in his church to take one and fill it out. "I think there's a biblical im- perative to set our house in said Semple, pastor of Grace Assembly of God on Fay Road in Syracuse. "That's what the prophet told King Hezekiah. 'Set your house in order because you're going to die and not live.' Interest in health care proxy information has surged in light of the highly publicized Terri Schiavo case. The parents of the severely brain-damaged Florida woman have been waging a legal battle PROXY, PAGE A-4 index Chief Miguel chose fighting crime over crunching numbers Business..........D-l Movies----------i-6 Classified......... G-1 New York.........A-6 CNY________H Obituaries___8-4 Sports______C-I Editorials __A-10 Stocks______D-3 Lecol news.......B-l Technology......H Lottery_____A-2 Television.____E-7 THE POST-STANDARD SYRACUSE'S new police chief, Gary Mi- guel, wanted to be an account- ant, but figured he would make a better cop. A 12-week sum- mer internship convinced him lawenforce- ment was where he'd like to work. C.W. photographer By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer It wasn't that he didn't have a head for math; Gary Miguel just got a taste of police life and de- cided fighting crime was far more appealing than his original career path: accounting. Miguel, 53, was appointed Syracuse police chief Monday, replacing Steve Thompson. Thompson, 53. resigned after being charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday night in Geddes. Becoming police chief is a move that may have surprised Miguel years ago when he was an accounting major at Syracuse University. "I thought that's what I want- ed to Miguel said, but he "realized quickly that probably wasn't the direction I wanted to go-'1 It was a 12-week summer in- ternship he spent shadowing city police officers that confirmed his career choice. After graduating from SU SWELLING, PAGE H-9 Gods for Syracuse Here are Chief Gary Miguel's top priorities: Reduce gun violence and street crimes. Improve the department's community relations. Fill the two vacant deputy chief positions. Coordinate more projects with other law enforcement agencies. Have administrative staff "working just as hard as officers to get the job done." J
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