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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r MORE THAN SO MOVIES COMING YOUR WAY From 'Star Wars' to 'Batman Begins' to 'War of the we'll tell you when they open CNY. PAGES E-1, E-3 MUSIC ONLINE Yahoo takes on Apple's iTunes. BUSINESS, PAGE C4 The Daily Dose One 26-year- old man's story about going bald. PAGEE-8 ThePost-S AFTER HOURS Grab a cup of Java with Jamie Rowe, 20, of the Coffee Pavilion Get a cool one (in a cone) with the Max Take a seat with Yolanda at Log Cabin Restaurant Check out dozens of free events all weekend Affiliated with SyrxuM.com FINAL EDITION THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005 O 2005 The Pctt-StaiKfcrd SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD WORKING COOLER A high-pressure system will bring clearer skies back to Central New York today, but temperatures will be notice- ably lower than they have been. More clouds will return to the region Friday. Complete forecast D-12 Psychiatric Unit For Children, Teens In The Works for 2009 HIGH: 54 LOW: 32 Jets scramble to direct plane away from Capitol A small plane strayed within three miles of the White House on Wednesday, leading to a fran- tic evacuation of the executive mansion and the Capitol with military jets scrambling to inter- cept the aircraft and firing flares to steer it away. STORY, PAGE A-6 Talks over Iran's nuclear program melting down The standoff between Iran and Europe escalated into a showdown Wednesday, with Tehran poised formally to end its freeze of activities that can be part of the process of making nu- clear weapons a move that could lead to action by the U.N. Security Council. STORY, PAGE A-9 Dad accused of hunting down daughter and friend The man accused of stabbing to death his 8-year-old daughter and her best friend hunted his child down in a park in a fit of rage because she was supposed to be grounded for stealing money, prosecutors said Wednesday. STORY, PAGE A-4 Actor Macnuloy Culkin he wasn't molested By James T. Mulder Staff writer Onondaga County and SUNY Upstate vledical University officials have a plan to provide additional psychiatric hospital seds in Syracuse for children and teenag- ers who are frequently sent to out-of-town hospitals for care. Upstate plans to create a child and ado- lescent psychiatric unit with about 16 beds to be located in either the north or west wing of University Hospital. That unit, which must be reviewed and ap- proved by state regulators, won't open until 2009. To address the immediate need for more inpatient services, the county will ask the state to add eight more beds for children and adolescents at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, a state hospital in Syr- acuse. Hutchings currently has 24 beds for youngsters, eight of them temporary. County and Upstate officials plan to unveil the initiative at a news conference today. "It's not acceptable for any child who needs inpatient psychiatric care to have to leave Onondaga County to get said David Brownell, the county's mental health commissioner. More than 116 youths have been sent to hospitals in Buffalo, Rochester, Og- densburg, Utica and Saratoga Springs over the past year because there are not enough psychiatric beds locally. The shortage was caused by last year's closing of Four Winds, a private psychiatric hos- pital in Syracuse that had 64 beds for youths. County, hospital and business leaders tried in vain to come up with a solution to the problem a year ago. The county and Upstate renewed the effort after The Post- PSYCHIATRICPAGEA-16 soys he "Home Alone" star Macau- lay Culkin denounced the mo- lestation allegations against Mi- chael Jackson as "absolutely ridiculous" on Wednesday and testified that, contrary to prose- cution claims, he was never vic- timized during his boyhood vis- its to the pop star's ranch. STORY, PAGE A-4 Suburban school budget votes set for Tuesday Voters in suburban school districts will decide Tuesday whether to approve the budgets proposed by their school boards. For details on what you'll see on your ballot, including school board candidates, construction projects and library budgets, check today's Neighbors section. INSIDE Corrections Germany invaded Russia in June Domino's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Storm brewing on free forecasts Pennsylvania senator wants Notional Weather Servke to restrkt distribution of its information. By Bill Walsh Newhouse News Service Washington Ever since President Grant directed his secretary of war to make "meteorological observations of the approach and force of storms" in 1870, the federal government has been America's official forecaster, providing weather information to the public. That could change under legislation proposed by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who says the National Weather Service has grown so sophisticated and techno- logically adept that it threatens the bil- lion-a-year private forecasting business. Santorum, the No. 3 man in Senate leadership, recently filed legislation to clamp down on the Weather Service's output. The agency still could issue storm warnings, but free public access to fore- casts would be restricted if a private com- pany offered the same information. Critics say that would mean Americans would pay twice for their weather up- dates: first through taxes and then through a subscription to a private weath- er forecasting firm, most of which get in- National Weather Servke One of the things.you can find out from the National Weather Service Web site at Fourteen people died in weather events in Onondaga County from January 1950 through February 2005. There's more where that came from: Page A-10 Mike photographer JOSH KAPP and Molly Grant, both of Syracuse, pass through the fountain at Clin- ton Square Wednesday. If one senator has his way, you won't be able to find out directly from the National Weather Service when the next nice day will arrive. Group to seek smoking ban at Turning Stone Index Business____C-l Classified____F-l CHY......._____H Comic_____. E-6 Editorials-.A-14 Entertainment. E-3 Local news B-l Lottery___ Movies___ New York _ Obituaries. Sports _ ..-A-2 Wkd .A-12 _.8-3 Stocks______C-3 Television____E-5 THE POST-STANDARD By Glenn Coin Staff writer A citizens group plans to go to court to force Oneida County to crack down on smoking at Turn- ing Stone Resort and Casino, one of the last bastions in the re- gion where smokers can light up. Upstate Citizens for Equality decided this week to ask a judge to intervene. The group's presi- i dent. David Vickers. said he is preparing legal papers, and next i week plans to file the action in state court against county health department officials. i "What they're trying to do is ignore this law out there that compels them to act." Vickers said. "We want laws applied equally to everybody, regardless of race." Turning Stone is owned by the Oneida Indian Nation, which ar- gues the state's no-smoking law doesn't apply because the resort sits on sovereign Indian territory. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in March, however, that the nation can't claim sovereignty on land it has bought in the past two dec- ades. Despite that decision, nation spokesman Mark Emery said, federal law and previous Su- preme Court decisions make na- tion land immune from local and state laws. Nick DeRosa, Oneida Coun- ty's director of environmental health services, said his depart- ment has not taken any action at Turning Stone and didn't know CASINO, PACE A-10 NUNS HEAD FOR ROME City gets expansion plans for Carousel By Rick Moriarry Staff writer Destiny USA planners have given the city hundreds of pages of engineering plans and could be weeks away from getting per- mits to begin construction of a million, foot addition to the Carousel Center shopping mall. The plans show a three-story addition, with the first two floors filled with retail and the third floor used for restaurants, the- aters and a re-creation of the Erie Canal. A large atrium much bigger than the one in the exist- ing mall would top the expan- sion. Plans also call for an eight- story, parking garage that would stretch almost the en- tire length of the mall: It would be the largest parking facility in the city. Temporary surface parking would be provided on both sides of Solar Street south of Hiawa- tha Boulevard during the con- struction, with shuttle buses run- ning from those lots to the mall. The Syracuse Industrial De- velopment Agency, which is playing a key role in the project, has said it ,would not allow tem- porary .parking south of Hiawa- tha Boulevard. Officials said Wednesday that position could change because temporary park- ing would be required until the garage is built. The expansion would not re- quire Hiawatha Boulevard to be closed, as in a much earlier ver- sion of the plan. City departments responsible for reviewing the site, architec- tural, structural and mechanical SUPPORT, PAGE A-10 Inside: OCRRA details what it wants from Stephen 0. Cannerelli Staff photographer FRANCISCAN SISTER Grace Anne Dillenschneider (left) gets a goodbye hug from Sister Alicia Damien of Oahu, Hawaii, before boarding a bus in Syracuse to Newark, N J., where she will catch a plane to Rome. About 50 Franciscan sisters and a group of pilgrims will attend Saturday's beatification of Mother Marianne Cope at St. Peter's Basilica. Mother Cope once led the Syracuse- based Franciscan community. Sweet smokes light fire under lawmakers I The Associated Press Albany They're called i "Winter Warm Toffee." "Kauai Kolada" and "Twista i but the flavored cigarettes are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of lawmakers who say they should be banned because they target young people. Anti-smoking groups have charged that tobacco companies. particularly Reynolds American Inc., are luring teenagers into the smoking habit by offering flavored cigarettes and advertis- J   

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