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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               MONEY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE COOL The Post-Standard Affiliated with MONDAY, MAY 9, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STILL CLIMBING A high-pressure system continues to draw warm air and sunshine into the Central New York region. Temperatures will rise even higher Tuesday although some clouds will drift into the area as a prelude to rain. Complete forecast C-8 HIGH: 72 LOW: 48 Pataki may announce Predator squadron today Gov. George Pataki is ex- pected to make a major an- nouncement at 10 a.m. today at Hancock Field Air Base, the home of the Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing. The announcement could be confirmation that the Air Force will station one of three new Predator unmanned aircraft squadrons at Hancock Field, which would mean about 460 new positions at the base. In March, a federal official told The Post-Standard that Hancock had been selected for the Predator and that an official announce- ment would be made soon. U.S. Rep. James Walsh, scheduled to be at Hancock with Pataki, would not comment on the announcement. Pataki's of- fice could not be reached. If the Predator were to be based at Hancock, it could be a good omen for the base as the Defense Department looks to close some facilities. Also: The Pentagon is not scheduled to release its list of proposed bases for closure or re- structuring until next Monday, but officials are expected to make it public this Orange gets rematch in NCAA men's lacrosse Syracuse finished its regular season April 30 with a 14-13 overtime loss at the University of Massachusetts. The Orange will get a chance to avenge that defeat this weekend as it travels back to Amherst, Mass., to face the Minutemen in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. SPORTS, PAGES Babies may boost mommies' brain power Becoming a mother seems to make women's brains more effi- cient, perceptive and resilient, studies suggest. Researchers have found that mother rats could devise faster, better solu- tions to problems than female rats who had not been pregnant. STORY, PAGE A-3 Seven U.S. soldiers die; Cabinet picks approved Continuing insurgent attacks killed seven U.S. service mem- bers in Iraq over the weekend. Meanwhile, four Sunni Arabs were approved for Cabinet posts. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Vietnam Wall Experience closed Date of Skaneateies school Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Syracuse Wants a Parking Ticket Every 20 Minutes John photographer THIS VEHICLE has more than 40 minutes left on the meter in the 200 block of Montgomery Street; Syracuse's City Hall is in the background. By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer A new policy requires Syra- cuse's seven parking checkers to write at least one ticket every 20 minutes or face disciplinary ac- tions. "I want to trumpet this: there are no quotas for parking tick- said Richard Scheutzow, director of the city's Parking Vi- olations Bureau. "These are pro- ductivity expectations." But the checkers' union presi- dent disagreed. "You can call it by another name, but we all know what it said Rick Rogala, president of the Civil Service Employees Association Local 7801. Under the new policy, the city projects revenue from parking tickets to jump to million this year. Since the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the city has brought in an average of million per year in parking ticket reve- nue. But that's not the main goal, Scheutzow said. The new policy aims to keep tabs on checkers. Largely unmonitored for years, checkers could be on the clock for several hours without writing tickets, he said. "The expectation is that they will be actively writing tickets Inside Are ticket quotas How much money can tickets bring all day long on their he said. We're working hard to be humane about it, but we expect a fair day's work for a fair day's pay." Parking checkers, though, say it's difficult to write tickets con- tinually. "We do the best we checker Dawn Dotson said, "but now that tickets have raised in price, people are pretty much feeding their meters." A colleague, Marni Smith, agreed. She ticketed four cars in a 10-minute period Thursday in the 100 block of Jefferson Street, but said that won't help her when supervisors check her pro- ductivity for the day. Within 20 minutes, she'll still be expected to write more, she said. The policy, which went into effect Jan. 6, isn't sitting well with downtown merchants. "Oh, fantastic that's just what we said Joe Rain- one, president of the Armory Square Association and owner of Mulrooney's Pub. "Let's make CITY, PAGE A-7 The walls and war: From V-E to Vietnam Bush and Putin find modern dangers in the shadow of another generation's sacrifice. President Bush and Russian Presi- dent Vladimir Putin met in Moscow on the eve of an important anniversary to declare their shared interest in con- taining Iran's nuclear intentions and seeking peace in the Mideast. "It is a moment where the world will recognize the great bravery and sacrifice the Russian people made in the defeat of said Bush. He will join 50 other world leaders for a parade in Moscow's Red Square to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis. News service reports EvanVucci Associated Press IN WASHINGTON, former Sen. Bob Dole (right) and Gen. Frederick Kroe- sen lay a wreath for "Victory in Eu- rope" day Sunday at the National World War II memorial. Mike photographer PHIL ORLICK (right) and Jerry Willsey, both Vietnam veterans from Syracuse, salute as taps is played at closing cere- monies of the Vietnam Memorial wall replica at the New York State Fairgrounds. Willsey was with the Army Special Forces in Vietnam; Orlick was an Army medic. Bush at Margraten, Netherlands: "There is no power like the power of f Sean Kirst on the difference between V-E and At the fairgrounds: Teaching grandchildren about the Vietnam We're the undisputed Snowball champ Golden Snowball Index Classified... CHY_____ Comic........ Editorials _ Local news. Lottery___ .E-l Movies _____ D-l 'New York D-6 Obituaries A-8 Science ___ ..B-l Sports ______ A-2 Television A-6 B-4 B-6 C-l 0-5 THE POST-STANDARD By Mark Weiner Staff writer Mother's Day is over, so it's time to make it official: meteor- ologists say Syracuse is the un- disputed winner of this year's Golden Snowball, the trophy that honors Upstate New York's snowiest big city. For Syracuse, the champion- ship is a three-peat. In the closest race since the trophy was revived in 2002-2003, Syracuse edged out Rochester by 2 feet 137.6 inches to 113.6 inches. i Buffalo made a late surge with i almost 8 inches in April's first weekend, to pull into third place with 109.1 inches for the season. i "This year was definitely the most exciting yet'" said Pat De- HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY 5 things that help and 5 things that hurt. CNY, Page D-1 Coursey, the Fremont man who operates a Web site at www.goldensnowball.com that tracks the annual competition. "I was kind of hoping for a new winner this DeCour- sey said. "I thought Rochester or Buffalo was going to do it." DeCoursey annually promises a donation to a worthy cause in the city that wins the Golden Snowball. A year ago. he wrote a check to buy hats and mittens for children in the Syra- cuse school district. Dennis Brogan, an aide to Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll. said city officials were elated to pick up their third consecutive Golden Snowball. "It's still in a trophy case in the mayor's Brogan said. Syracuse is the winner of this year's Golden Snowball as the snowiest big city in Upstate New York. It is the city's 25th championship as the region's snow king in the past 35 years. Here's a look at the final snow totals: IN INCHES Syracuse Let's tax fast food, says mayor of hard-hit Detroit 137.6 Rochester Binghamton Albany 113.6 109.1 106.5 By Sarah Kanish The Associated Press Would you like fries with that? Either way, the Detroit city treasury would like a bite. Facing a million budget hole, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is hoping people in this heavily taxed city won't mind forking over a few extra cents for their Big Macs and Whoppers. Kilpatrick wants to ask De- troit voters to approve a 2 per- cent fast-food tax on top of the 6 percent state sales tax on restaurant meals. The mayor says consumers will barely no- tice the extra cents at the cash The Daily Dose He said, she said: How men and women at work can understand each other better. PageD-8 out critics say trie ta wnnin nntairiv niirnp.n me The hamper development- KRAMER GOES YOUR OWN TV NEWS But he has his doubts. Can Syracuse's latest dream ever get off the the video bloggers behind "Rocketboom." .MM CNY, Page JBn "Just tell him we're going to go to Bloomfield Hills to McDonald's if he puts a tax on said 18-year-old Ebony Ellis, referring to an affluent De- troit suburb, as she and four friends ate at in Detroit. Other cities and states have special taxes on prepared food, and some have tried "snack taxes." In New York, Assembly- man Felix Ortiz has proposed a 1 percent tax on junk food, video games and TV commercials to fund anti-obesity programs. If approved, the Detroit tax would be the country's first to target fast-food outlets, the Na- tional Restaurant Association said. The tax would apply to anything sold at a fast-food res- taurant even salads. IN SCIENCE: Did a submarine's j sonar kill the whales? Page B-6   

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