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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Atfiiiateo with SyracuM.com SUNDAY, MAY 22. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING MAY SHOWERS A mix of sunshine and showers is in store for us today, but temperatures will make it feel more like an April day than one at nearly the end of May. Forecasters say the rain should hold off until this afternoon, but we Central New Yorkers all know the words to that old song Complete forecast. D-16 Suburban coyotes cause for concern, says expert By Rebecca James Staff writer Coyotes are killing cats and dogs in Up- state New York, and authorities say it's time to take action before the almost inevitable escalation into attacks on humans. "They're chasing cats, killing cats, growl- ing at people, killing deer in the side yard while people watch, wandering through said Al LaFrance, owner of Al's Critter Solutions. LaFrance said he's had 16 complaints about coyotes since January, in DeWitt, Fay- etteville and Manlius. (He's had another 15 or so complaints about He's also in- vestigated complaints in Pompey and in Madison County, where, he said, coyotes killed some sheep. A state Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife biologist says there may be cause for worry. To help determine how big the problem is, Cornell University this summer will begin a five-year study that will include putting radio collars on about 25 Hudson Valley coyotes to better understand their move- INSIDE How to identify a coyote What to do to keep coyotes away A log of coyote sightings PAGE.A-17 HIGH: 54 LOW: 43 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Darrell Hoemann The News-Gazette AP CHRISTINE CHIN, of Fayetteville-Manli- us High School, launches an entry in the Science Olympiad's plane event over the weekend. TH Fayetteville-Manlius High School came close to reprising its national championship at the Science Olympiad Saturday, with a fifth-place showing among 60 finalists. STORY, PAGE B-1 DOLPHINS DONE Corcoran alum Marty Ward's 14 saves lead Limestone past Le Moyne, 9-8, in a Division II men's lacrosse semifinal. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 DEADLY BLAZE A house fire kills seven children and two adults in Cleveland, Ohio. STORY, PAGE A-9 NEWSWEEK FALLOUT Glory of big story blinds reporters. Imperfect press beats tyranny. How the magazine sees it. OPINION, PAGES C-1, C-4 SWEET AND DEADLY Midnight Berry, Winter Mocha Mint: These are the names of cigarettes that squarely target kids, critics say. STATE, PAGE A-20 COMMENCEMENTDAY" Morrisville State and Cazenovia College seniors hear advice from business executives. STORY, PAGE B-3 See how the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency figured the developer and community would benefit from tax breaks. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 Corrections Michael Crook's appearance on the Fox News talk Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Auto............................6-1 Births.........................H-7 Business......................H Dick Case...................B-l Classified....................H CHY............................H-1 THE POST-STANDARD Editorials C-2 B-1 Obituaries Real Sports D-1 Weather D-16 Weddinas H-5 Man Shot Dead Witness: 'He ran for his life, but they got him' By Meghan Rubado Staff writer A 22-year-old father of three was killed in a shooting about 3 p.m. Saturday just outside his Tully Street apartment. Joseph Tirado, of 426 Tully St., was pro- nounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Tom Con- nellan, Syracuse police spokesman. He said police are looking for at least two suspects in the shooting, but he wouldn't say if Tirado had been shot more than once or if there were multiple shooters. Tirado's death is the city's eighth homicide this year, Conneilm said. Paula Sobotka, sister of the victim's fiancee, Victoria Gibson, said Tirado was shot multiple times. Tirado lived at the James Geddes Family Housing apartment with his fiancee, Sobotka said. He's survived by 5-year-old twin sons and a 3-year-old daughter, Sobotka said. Gibson was at the Syracuse police station while investigators worked at the crime scene, Sobotka said. She and the children were home during the shooting. Connellan said Tirado was chased by the sus- pects and was shot at the corner of Tully and Tioga streets, across the street from a play- ground at Skiddy Park in front of Blodgett Ele- Tirado Gary Walts Staff photographer SHERRY PHILLIPS (left) is consoled by Paula Sobotka Saturday on Tioga Street after Phillips learned her cousin Joseph Tirado, of Syracuse, was killed near his Tully Street apartment. Sobotka is a sister of the victim's fiancee, Victoria Gibson. Syracuse Police said they are looking for at least two suspects. The Post-Standard Billion-dollar college endowments: Who has one, how they spend it For home delivery. call 470-6397 Hint: Tuition doesn't go down, at least for those who are able to afford it. By Justin Pope AP Education Writer Newton, Mass. Cross- ing the main quad at Boston College, visitors can't miss the billion-dollar view. There is Higgins Hall, the re- cently renovated science center, with its pricey, Gothic exterior. Behind it sits a new office building, and nearby a dormito- ry that opened last fall where 322 students enjoy cable and high-speed Internet access. n'I don't think you can ever overinvest in higher educa- tion." said the Rev. William Leahy, BC's president. With a SI. 15 billion endowment, BC i can invest a lot: The school is in the stratosphere of wealth in i American higher education. j But the stratosphere is get- i ting crowded. i Forty-seven U.S. colleges j and universities now have en- dowments of 51 billion or i more, compared with 17 a dec i ade ago. according to the Na- tional Association of College and University Business Offi- cers. Harvard alone has bil- lion. For American colleges, 1 billion has become a bench- mark, a point beyond which schools can stop worrying about the day-to-day and dream big. "It allows a place to take its other sources of support stu- dent revenues or state financial support and use them as a said David Ward, presi- dent of the American Council on Education. "And use the rest as a source of excellence." To shed light on how these schools are using their unprece- dented wealth and why they still cost so much to attend. The Associated Press analyzed thou- sands of numbers collected by the federal government and col- lege guidebooks over the past decade. Who are the The AP found an increasingly var- ied mix of private and public schools in academe's financial elite a group spending heav- ily on new construction and ag- 'ARHS A-18 INSIDE THEFINDIMGS The survey of colleges and universities with endowments of more than billion found: Tuition increased at least 63 percent in the past decade. Average debt of graduates is more than THE RANKINGS Harvard University has the largest endowment, but which is second? Plus, how much do CNY colleges have in their endowments? PAttA-19 Al Campanie Staff photographer HANNAH SOLLECITO, 15, of Van Buren, plays taps Sat- urday at the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira. She's a sixth cousin of the composer of taps, Gen. Dan- iel Butterfield, of Utica. Hundreds play taps in relay to Honor fallen veterans More than 850 buglers, trumpeters and other horn play- ers fanned out Saturday along 41 miles of roads in rural Western New York and performed a cascading rendition of taps to highlight the scarcity of buglers at veterans" fu- nerals. Hannah Sollecito, 15. of Van Buren, led the perform- ance of the 24-note melody. The performance started at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira and ended at Bath National Cemetery. The Armed Forces Day tribute took at least 866 musicians from 30 states playing. Staff and news service reports STORY, PAGE B-1