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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING DRIER, AT LEAST Today shouldn't be a total washout, but keep your umbrella handy. Unsettled weather will include spotty showers, gusty winds and cool temperatures. Expect more of the same Monday. After that, we'll see some relief in the form of clear skies and rising temperatures as the latter half of the week approaches. Complete _ HIGH; 57 LOW: 40 SAVE 2 WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Snapping Up Syracuse Out-of-town investors lured by bargain prices, expected growth The Associated Press SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY'S Brian Crock- ett (foreground) contends with Univer- sity of Massachusetts' lacrosse player Jack Reid in Amherst, Mass., Saturday. SU FALLS TO UMASS Syracuse gets the short end of the lacrosse stick in 14-13 overtime loss. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 PERSONAL TRIUMPH Cornell lacrosse player beats bone cancer, returns to the field to play, surprising even his doctor. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 THE PAIN OF KILLING Soldiers returning from Iraq with mental wounds that heal slowly. OPINION, PAGE C-1 LIFE AMONG CORPSES A baby shielded by the bodies of dead relatives is the sole survivor of a Baghdad suicide bombing. STORY. PAGE A-4 TOURISTS TARGETED IN CAIRO Twin terrorist strikes hit Egyptian Museum and the Citadel. STORY, PAGE A-5 "THE BLACK TOM CRUISE7 That's what bad-boy rapper Snoop Dogg calls himself. He's coming to SU, Cornell. STARS PAYING FOR COLLEGE Where do parents draw the tine when paying for prestige "name" schools. PERSONAL FINANCE, PAGE E-5 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction un a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Auto Births-------- Business Dick Cose... Gossified..... CRY______ Editorials Loco! _____ Obituaries. THE POST-STANDARD Dick Blume Staff photographer Gridley Building: Elijah Quiros, of Queens, said he hopes to organize a syndicate to finance the purchase of the historic Gridley Building in Clin- ton Square. David Lassman Staff photographer INVESTORS FROM New York City Emilio Rodriguez (left) and his brother Jose Rodriguez last month look at a building they are thinking of buying on Prospect Avenue in Syracuse. Assumption Church is in the background. Low real estate prices attracted them to Syracuse. They are looking for properties priced or less. "You don't want to make a million-dollar mistake, if you make a Jose Rodriguez said. Buyers from NYC, Florida, California Did Blume Staff photographer 305 Montgomery St.: Husband and wife Elijah Quiros and Marina Alva- rado, of Queens, have a contract pending to buy this mixed-use building. By Tim Knauss Staff writer Carlotta Brown, a 56-year-old mortgage loan officer from the Bronx, made her first trip to Syracuse in July. She visited after hearing that Syracuse was a good place to invest in real estate. By November, Brown had made com- mitments to buy six rental properties on the North Side an assortment of two- family, four-family and mixed-use build- ings. She also bought a single-family home in Clay. Brown is not alone. Out-of-town inves- tors from all over the country are flocking to Syracuse to buy real estate. Exact numbers are hard to come by, but real estate agents say the interest this year from outside investors has reached a high point after climbing for several years. "I get probably 10 to 15 calls a day just from people who don't live in the said Eric Paparo, a commercial broker at INVESTMENT, PAGE A-17 Why do people think real estate in Syracuse is such a bargain? Recent analyses in national newspapers and magazines have cited Syracuse as a market where real estate is Dick Blume Staff photographer 1109 Butternut St.: The multifamily residence on the right was bought by Carlotta Brown, of the Bronx, for VIETNAM 30 Years Later Index G-l Rwlbtote____.....M .....H-7 Sports.......---------D-1 H Side______.....A-16 B-l Washington H 7rl-l Weather---------D-14 C-2 Weddings_______H-5 B-l World.- TV Week REMEMBERING Central New York veterans -U.S. and Vietnamese talk about the war. PAGE A-6 GOING BACK An award-win- ning reporter who covered the Vietnam War returns to see what has changed, and what has not. PAGE A-6 STILL KILLING Bombs, mines left over from the war are still killing the Vietnamese. It is estimated there are 3 million mines and 500.000 tons of bombs left. PAGE A-6 parade and cake For home delivery. call 470-6397 LOCALLY Vietnamese in Syracuse re- member the fall of Saigon. PAGEB-2 rolled out in Vietnam New York Times News Service Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam The beggars are mostly gone. So are the streetwalkers. Shops by Bulgari and Cartier are at the newly elegant Caravelle Hotel in the center of town. A Hyatt is opening soon only a few yards away. To the eyes of visitors here, includ- ing international journalists gathered for a reunion, the market economy and capitalism seem to be doing just fine in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Sai- gon. But on Saturday, the 30th anni- versary of the fall of Saigon, the mood in the pulsingly hot city was revolu- tionary to a degree. Red flags with yellow stars were ev- face of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's revolutionary leader, was i on billboards around the city. Near the Presidential Palace where North Vietnamese tanks i smashed down the gates on April 30, 1975. leading President Duong Van I Minh to surrender unconditionally government workers and soldiers i marched in a parade. The country's j leaders, including the legendary war i hero Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap. who also i defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu, turned out to watch. But there were no tanks or missiles in the parade. Instead, a four-ton cake was rolled out. for the more than 1.000 image provided by Environmental Design and Research THIS IS AN artist's rendering of gondolas running north above Irving Avenue between Harrison and Adams streets in Syracuse. Will gondolas link SU and downtown? By Rick Moriarty Staff writer Torn McDonald is best known as the wealthy real estate developer who hosted Bill and Hillary Clinton when they vacationed in Skaneateles in 1999. But McDonald, 54. would like to become known for coming up with a way to tie Syracuse University to down- town and revolutionize the way people get around Syra- cuse. He's proposing the construction of gondolas that would run on steel cables above city streets from Syracuse Uni- versity to Armory Square, then over to the Syracuse Inner Harbor, the Carousel Center and the Regional Transporta- tion Center. Called Salt City Aerial Transit, or S.C.A.T.. McDonald said the system could be developed privately or through a DEVROPBLPAKA-IS High anxiety leads to cold feet Woman first tells police she was kidnapped, but later admits she ran way. The Associated Press Albuquerque, N.M. Distressed, out of cash and in disguise, a missing Georgia bride-to-be turned up on a seedy stretch of Route 66 and told authorities Saturday she'd been abducted, then copped to the truth she fled the pressure of her looming wed- ding. Wilbanks Jennifer Wilbanks, 32. was picked up by police after a bus trip that took her through Las Vegas to a pay phone outside an Albuquerque 7-Eleven where she called her fiance, John I Mason, and 911 late Friday and said she had been freed by kid- nappers. Family members began cele- brating outside the couple's home "in Duluth. Ga.. but hours i later. Wilbanks admitted her dis- appearance was voluntary. She was "scared and con- cerned about her impending mar- riage and decided she needed V.V