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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2005 PINAL EDITION 8 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLEARING SKIES Dry air will push south into Central New York today and start scatter- ing the clouds. A high-pressure system will con- trol the weather for the week- end and provide plenty of sun- shine, although it will be cool. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 59 LOW: 34 Index Sales of Bextra stopped amid health concerns The painkiller Bextra was taken off the market Thursday, and the government wants simi- lar prescription drugs to carry the strongest possible warnings about increased risk of heart at- tack and stroke. STORY, PAGE C-l Motorcycle bomber hits Cairo bazaar, killing two An explosion apparently set off by a bomber on a motorcycle hit a tour group shopping in a historic bazaar Thursday, killing at least two people and wound- ing 20 the first attack target- ing foreign tourists in Cairo, Egypt, in-more than seven years. STORY, PAGE A-3 Honeywell starts building plant to clean lake Onondaga Lake's biggest polluter started construction Thursday on a million proj- ect in Geddes to prevent chemi- cals from seeping out of toxic waste sites on the shore to the lake below. STORY, PAGE 6-1 Seneca-Cayuga Tribe kill <W MMH WM M The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma will pay its back property tax bill in Cayaga County and will drop its legal fight to build a high-stakes electronic bingo hall in Aurelius, a tribe official said Thursday. STORY, PAGE B-5 Senator tracing source of Schiavo memo The office of Sen. Mel Marti- nez, R-Fla., is investigating whether an aide who resigned this week distributed a memo about the Tern Schiavo case to other Senate offices, and wheth- er any other aides in the sena- tor's office had seen it, his staff said Thursday. STORY, PAGE A-11 Iraqi Assembly swears in Shiite as prime minister Shiite Muslim politician Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Thursday became Iraq's first prime minis- ter chosen through a democratic process. Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani named Jaafari, 58, to the post after Talabani was sworn in as the first non-Arab president of a predominantly Arab nation. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Federally funded Bob Gardino's Jacqueline Jackson- Locations for Vanessa Wil- liams' Mixed Company plays Talent Co. box office phone number Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS nigrims BID rareweii To Pope John Paul II News service reports Vatican City Some 4 mil- lion people converged around the world's tiniest state as the humble and the mighty joined for burial this morning of Pope John Paul II. Italian authorities banned pri- vate vehicle traffic in the center of Rome, closed airspace over the city and lined up anti-aircraft rocket launchers. Police boats trolled the Tiber River. Schools and public offices were closed. Twenty-seven giant screens were erected to broadcast three hours of funeral coverage. The Vatican on Thursday made public the pope's will, a series of notes he wrote in Polish from 1979 to 2000. He offers a rare glimpse at his inner strug- gles, including an enigmatic pas- sage widely interpreted to mean that he considered resigning five years ago. was granted to me to live during the difficult century that is passing, and now, in the year during which my age reaches 80 years it is necessary for me to ask if it is not the time to re- peat the words of the biblical Simeon, 'Nunc John Paul wrote in 2000, referring to a passage in the Gospel of St. Luke in which a man named Simeon, having seen Jesus as a boy, tells God he is prepared to die. A few lines later, referring to "Divine he wrote, "I hope that He will help me to HISTORIC, PAGE A-9 CONTINUING COVERAGE SATURDAY Special commemorative section of the funeral for Pope John Paul II. SUNDAY Electing a new pope. The role of the conclave. Story of the mystery cardinal. TODAY Cardinal Bernard Nearer Funeral rites, Pataki's stay in ONLINE For updates, go to www.syracuse.com I Classified___ CNY_______ Comics_____ Crime--------- Local news _ .C-I F-1 E-l .E-6 1-6 .1-1 tottery___ Movies____ New York _ Obituaries _ Sports_____ Stocks_____ Television __ .A-2 _E-4 A-6 8-4 .D-l .C-3 _E-5 THEPOST-STANOARO WIDE-EYED WONDER ON OPENING DAY Destiny to seek in bonds Bond approval, sales may qualify Destiny .for payment- in-lieu-of-tax agreement. By Rick Moriarty Staff writer Destiny USA officials have told the city they plan to ask the Syracuse Industrial Develop- ment Agency to issue Si00 mil- lion in bonds within several months. Issuance of the bonds might be the trigger for the 30-year property tax agreement, which Destiny officials have said is Pamela Chen photographer MICHAEL BIGOS, 4, of Cahastota, gasps as SkyChiefs player Chad Mottola signs autographs for him, his brother, Christo- pher, 7 (in and Samantha Holzapfel, 9, of Cicero, at the SkyChiefs' opener Thursday at Alliance Bank Stadium. firsts in the newly named Alance Bank Stadium First first pitch: New Syracuse University Athletic Director Daryl Gross. First second pitch: Gross (his first pitch was in the First national anthem: Former "American Idol" contestant Mar- lea Stroman, of Syracuse. First real pitch: A called strike from SkyChiefs starter Scott Downs to Rochester's Jason Tyner at p.m. First hit: Syracuse's Anton French, a triple leading off the bottom of the first inning. First home run: Syracuse's Jason Alfaro, to right-center field leading off the bottom of the second inning. First grand slam: Rochester's Josh Rabe, to left field in the top of fifth inning. First rain delay: At p.m. Thursday (the game resumed 44 minutes First Rochester's Brent Scott Downs. See story, PageD-1. Cookie Monster: C is for carrot The Associated Press ookie Monster is cutting Cback on his craving when "Sesame Street" begins its 36th season this week. He used to sing "C is for cookie, that's good enough for me.'' Now he wants to eat healthy- He has a new song: "A Cook- ie Is a Sometimes Food." He learns there are "anytime" foods and "sometimes" foods. With the rise in childhood j obesity, "Sesame Street" will i be teaching children about healthy foods and physical activ- ity, said Dr. Rosemarie T. Trug- i lio, the show's vice president of research and education. Each ep- isode opens with a "health tip" about nutrition, exercise, hy- giene and rest The show will have talking 2004 photo Sesame Workshop COOKIE MONSTER, known for his limitless appetite for cook- ies, is going to try to eat more fruits and vegetables on "Sesa- me Street." eggplants and carrots. Singer Al- icia Keyes will talk about healthy activities. Senate Majori- ty Leader Bill Frist teaches Elmo to exercise by jumping up and down. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elmo discuss the textures and tastes of foods. At the end of his song about "sometimes the Cookie Monster asks: "Is sometimes he's happy to hear. GOP designates Wolken for mayor Slim victory challenged as committee member's By John Mariani Staff writer Onondaga County Republi- cans declared Randy Wolken their designee for Syracuse mayor Thursday, but whether his slim, 75-vote victory margin holds up may be decided by the district attorney's office. District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said he will look into information brought to his office by party Chairman Bob Smith that suggests a committee mem- ber who voted for Wolken may have committed election fraud last fall by being registered and voting in one district while liv- ing in another. That committee member, Timothy R. Stapleton, cast 77 votes in the committee's weight ed voting process for Wolken at the Syracuse Republican Com- mittee's designating convention, according to Joanie Maho- ney, Wolken's rival for the Republican nomination. Stapleton voted by ab- sentee ballot, j Those votes Stapleton thrown out if Fitzpatrick finds reason to pursue vote-fraud charges, Mahoney contended. If Stapleton's votes are invali- dated, Mahoney would win the designation by two votes out of more than weighted votes cast. Wolken said the dispute will not stop him from launching his campaign to unseat Democratic HAVING FUN Liverpool native offers tips, class. DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 INSIDE 3 MOVIES 'Fever Pitch' (right. Drew Barrymore and Jimmy 'Melinda and Melinda and 'Sahara.' CNY, PAGE E-1 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Players, teams to watch. SPORTS, BAD SENTRIES Which dogs are the worst guards? DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 proposed retail and entertain- ment project. Syracuse Corporation Counsel Terri Bright said Destiny law- yers recently told city attorneys of the developer's intention. The bonds would be taxable meaning the investors who buy them would pay income tax on the interest they earn, so they would not carry the lower inter- est rates that tax-exempt bonds would. However, they might be enough to trigger a 30-year prop- erty tax exemption for the proj- ect if the city agrees they meet the requirements of a payment- in-lieu-of-tax agreement. REQUEST, PAGE A-5 Syracuse clerk faced gunman and lived By Pam Greene Staff writer If the bullet had hit five inches to the right, Saif Almaliti could be dead today. i Thursday morning, a masked man walked into the store where he worked, pulled out a gun and point- ed it at the 19-year-old clerk. The man Almaliti started firing from 6 feet away. "I thought I was dreaming for a Almaliti said. Two shots hit the wall behind him; one hit the clerk's left bicep, about five inches from his heart. "When it hit my arm, I fell right to the he said. "I think he thought I was dead be- cause I fell." Almaliti stayed behind the counter where he had fallen for about 20 seconds to make sure the gunman had left, he said. After he peeked above the coun- ter to make sure he was clear, he called the police. "Everybody's saying to me, 'Today's your new he said. O II Am began at a.m. Thursday when a young man walked into ClfRK, PAGE A-5 X J