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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard V-rMrt SUNDAY. MAY 15, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. S1.75 GOOD MORNING MIXED BAG Soggy is the order of the morning as rain and a thunderstorm keep company w ith the cold front passing through the region. But by this afternoon, the clouds should make room for some sunshine before closing ranks for the night. It looks like Monday will be breezy and cool with a chance of a stray shower. Tuesday, the sun should gain a fairer share of the sky. Complete _______________________ forecast. D-14 HIGH: 66 LOW: 45 SAVE 5124.49 WtTH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER GENERATION Y: FEARLESS, FEARSOME Have baby boomers created superior beings or Iambs headed to slaughter? OPINION. PAGE C-1 KIDNAPPING CHARGED Madison County woman, drapped from home, thought shs would be killed, troopers said. 'STAR WARS' WEEK Hayden Christcnsen stars as Jedi Analcin Coming: 'Star Wars' makes appearances in CNY, Technology and Weekend this week. EVERYBODY LOVES MIKE CNY native Mike Royce reflects on six years of writing for "Everybody Loves Raymond." CNY. PAGE H-1 SORRY, WILL "Out, damned spot! Out, I say with OPINION. PAGE C-1 TOP ENTREPRENEURS SU business-plan winners get their projects off the ground. BUSINESS. PAGE E-1 COLLEGE CHOICES about finding the right school: Cost, academics, climate. COMING TUESDAY LICENSE PLATE LORE In 1901, they were SI. AUTO. PAGE G-1 6560'NP Index .H-7 Birfc___ Branta_ flassifieiL H-7 Sports________D-1 It-! Side________A-I6 .F-l Editorials.. led__ Kotion___ ____B-I _A-tJ !-JJ ftrde Corrections Airfare map in Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call470-NEWS THEFOST-SUKD4J3 For hKT.1 delivery, call 470-6397 State Gives Away Millions For Jobs That Never Come By.MikeMcAndrew and Michelle Hrcidenharh Staff writers Gov. George Pataki's administration gives millions of dollars every year to businesses that promise to hire more people or retain jobs. It's a promise that is often broken. Almost half of those companies helped by New York taxpayers fell short of the job tar- gets that arc part of their deals with the state, records show. In fact, a quarter of the businesses took tax- payers' money and loans, then cut jobs. To protect itself, New Ycsk's contracts with don't live up to their promises. But across the state, a deal is not always a deal. More often than not, state development officials forgive the penalties against compa- nies that fail to keep their job pledge. In other cases, the state will plea-bargain down the penalty. A Post-Standard analysis of Pataki's job- creation programs provides a reality check on the happy news conferences and press releases that accompanied million in help given in recent years to neatly 500 cnmpinies. As it turns out, Pataki's Empire State Devel- opment Corp. runs a program with an increas- ing rate of failure, which overstates its suc- cesses and goes easy on companies that miss their job targets. ESD officials say they're doing their best to overcome a tough economy. "Right now, Uie challenges to the average Missed goals Businesses that THE BIG WINNERS, HOW DID CIHTRAL NEW YORK FIRMS job targets. 36% 40V, 27% n 11: "03 In 2004. jncthfT 7 within 15 percent of the Urott. whkh Hew York ccmidea "in compliance." Stepien D. Sutt pt AFTER THE beatification of Mother Marianne Cope Saturday in Rome, Diocese of Syracuse Bishop James Moyni- ban teases Sister Mary Laurence Hanley asking what she plans to do next after helping lead the cause of Mother Cope's sainthood. They are in St. Peter's Square. Cope Now Blessed Mother Marianne; One SteprRemains For Sainthood Camrrft SUH TAKING PART in Saturday's beatification of Mother Marianne Cope Saturday are (from left) Norman Naka- moto (representing native Patrick Dowries (the Honolulu Sister Patricia Burkard (Sisters of St. and Dr. Paul DeMare (Cope's By Rente K. Gadoua Staff writer Vatican At the end of a forma! Mass Saturday in St. Peter's Basilica, about 300 people waved scarves of red, white and blue in honor of the latest American the Roman Catholic Church has honored with the tide "Blessed." The gesture, which accompanied a Hawaiian and Eng- lish rendition of the familiar hymn, "How Great Thou was also a sign of victory for the long journey that brought Mother Marianne Cope to a place of honor at the heart ol the churcn. "We got it done." Sister Mary Laurence Hanley told Syracuse Bishop James Moynihan after the nearly two- hour Mass. Sister Hanley, director of the Office of the Cause of Mother Marianne, has worked for more than 30 years to Girl found dead at home Mother reported finding 13-yeor-old girl dead offer Sstsrdsy, ssy. By Diana LaMattina Stall v.i.ter A Syracuse mother came home from woik Saturday after- 1IUUI1 IU IIIIU 111.1 daughter dead in their North Side apartment, city police said. Police are investigating the dearii of Brandi Brown, of 600-602 Highland St.. Apt. 3, as suspicious, said Chief Gary Mi- guel. The girl's body had suffered trauma, but police would provide no specifics, Lt. Joe Cecile said. The mother was alone when she called 911 at p.m., and police responded to the house at the comer of Highland and Graves streets. They are trying to determine the exact time of death but believe it happened Saturday. Police declined to reveal the mother's name. Police cordoned off the two- story house, which contains at least four apartments, and fo- cused on the door leading to the back and first floor of the house. That door leads to Brown's apartment. The multitude of police cars parked near the house drew neighbors' attention. "csir.- a !c: cf cec- eration from family and neigh- Cecile said. "People arc coming up to us and volunteer- ing information." Neighbors and family mem- bers were taken to the police de- FOUarAGU-17 Buffalo V Rising costs At ajn. today, driving on the Thruway became eostiier. Here are the former tolls for a passenger car starting at Exit 36 (the 1-81 along with the tolls and the discounted tolls for beginning today. tnriav thrie no dVnunt for usrn. Source; New York State Authority Using the Thruway today? Have a little extra change ready Bv Staff wr.ter New Yorkers are bargain shoppers. With Thruway toll increases staring them in the face starting today, many went out and bought E-ZPasses to cut their traveling costs. E-ZPass enrollment increased 23 percent from the first week of May this year compared with the first week of May 2004. according to the Thruway Au- thority. Signing up for E-ZPass gives the driver of a car a 10 percent toll discount, while truckers will cct 5 percent Truckers also get additional discounts for volume. E-ZPass is the electronic toll collection system used by Ih: state. The tolls increased at 12.01 a.m. today. Drivers of passenger cars will have to pony up 25 percent more, while truck drivers will have to pay an average of 35 percent mure. The toll increase is the first in 17 years. The Thruway Authority Board agreed to raise the tolls in April after seven] public heir- ings around the state, including one in Syracuse, At those meet- ings, truckers complained that some of the increases would be more than 100 percent because of complicated calculations for commercial vehicles. The authority ended up trim- ming some of those increases, md made up for it by stretching its new construction plan from six years to seven. The road im- provements and E-ZPiss up- grades will cost billion. Th: Thruway Authority over- sees 641 miles of road. How to get on E-ZPass Complete an application online at www.c2passny.com or download an application and fit of mail it to: NY Customer Service Center. PO USOOI.SUtenhUnd. NY 10314-9001   

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