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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 2005, Syracuse, New York r ummertime A guide to summer activities in Onondaga County and throughout Central New York. iStuhnierume Affiliated with WEDNESDAY. MAY 25, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 200S The SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS PRETTY COOl Expect a gray day with all the trimmings: clouds, cool tem- peratures, some breezes and a bit of rain. Tonight will still be cool and breezy, but clouds will break for periods of sun- shine on Thursday. Complete forecast D-8 Families Scramble as State Closes Head Start School By Canuni Clark Staff writer HIGH: 63 LOW: 47 P.E.A.C.E. Inc.'s Merrick School Head Start Program for supervise children at largest Head of House OKs more stem cell research; Bush may veto The House of Representa- tives voted Tuesday to allow federal research on stem cells taken from human embryos. Also: How did Central New York's lawmakers vote? Senate moves to confirm Bush's judicial nominee The U.S. Senate ended years of roadblocks against one of President Bush's judicial nomi- nees. Priscilla Owen will soon join the federal bench. STORY, PAGE A4 Potoki puts forward bill to open up wine sales Gov. George Pataki Tuesday introduced a bill to allow the di- rect shipment of wine in and out of state. That would give New York consumers more options and create business for New York wines, Pataki said. 13 Americans killed in three days in Iraq Four Americans were killed in an ambush in Haswah, 20 miles south of Baghdad, bring- ing the American death toll for the past three days to 13. A total of 61 U.S. troops have died this month, the most since January. Wounded: Abu Musab al-Zar- qawi, the most-wanted man in Iraq was injured, according to a Web site used by his group. STORY, PAGE A-4 Carrier Corp. to lose 65 office jobs in DeWitt To cut costs, Carrier's parent company is outsourcing corpo- rate financial services. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Waterloo Outlet plans to expand, add two stores The Waterloo Premium Out- lets between Syracuse and Roch- ester is getting two new stores: a Banana Republic factory outlet store and an Old Navy outlet. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Corrections Skaneateles Garden Club's Le Grande et Petit Garden Fayetteville-Manlius school district's drug testing Oneida Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-1 Movies...............E-6 Classified.........G-l NewYork._...A-12 CNY..................E-l Obituaries.......1-4 Comic..............E-6 Readers'Pg. A-15 Editorials......A-14 Sports..............0-1 Entertainment. E-5 Stocks C-3 local news 1-1 Technology.-.. H ._... A-2 Television._..-.. E-7 A state agency shut down a Head Start school on Syracuse's South Side Tuesday, a week after a 5-year-old girl was left on a bus unsupervised, leaving par- ents of some 245 children scram- nzed Ieavin8 a bling today for child care. old m a classroom sleeping on a cot for about five minutes during Last week's incident was the a Tire drill and leaving a latest of eight safety violations 4-year-old in a room during an dating to 2001, in which the state evacuation of the center at the Wc about children's safety." Joe p'Hara, P.E.A.C.E. Inc.'s executive director, said the agen- how crucial child cy was working lo address the care is to parents and certainly Previous violations when another we will continue to work with "inexcusable mistake" hap- P.E.A.C.E. to address health and last weck' safety said Brian O' Kara was referring to Manchetti, a spokesman for the Thursday when 5-year-old Dia- state Office of Children and niond Jackson fell asleep and Family Services. "The thing that was accidentally left on a bus, we can't lose sight of is it's STATE, PAGE A-10 Cayuga A SALES CALL FOR SOCIAL SECURITY farms aim to be power suppliers The miion project would pomp manure to a large-scale energy plant. By Dave Tobin Staff writer It is a whiff of hope for farm- ers and their neighbors. Cayuga County dairy farmers Ted O'Hara and Doug Young are pursuing the brass ring of in- dustrial-scale, dairy farming a dependable technology to man- age manure. Teaming up with Global Common, LLC, a Long Island energy development company that plans to use Danish technol- ogy and venture capital funding, the two fanners are proposing a million anaerobic digester system would all but eliminate manure odor. If successful, it could set the stage for doubling dairy herd sizes in a county that is already number two in the state in regard to dairy farms. And it would pro- duce enough electricity 4 megawatts to power lottery THE POST-STANDARD 96404'11213 homes, roughly half the homes in the city of Auburn, a Global Common official said. O'Hara and Young are by no means the first to explore the po- tential of manure to produce methane and electricity. The U.S. Dept of Agriculture and New York state have invested millions in similar projects on various farms. Several Cayuga County farms have already in- How ifl work Manure is collected at farm and pumped through underground pipes to the digester at O'Hara Dairy Farm. Manure is mixed with waste food oil and anaerobic bacteria, and transferred to an airtight digester. Methane, a gas that is a major component of "natural" gas used in homes for cooking and heating, is produced, (Also produced are nutrient-rich water, which can be pumped back to the farms and used as liquid fertilizer, and solid matter, which can be washed and used as animal bedding or feed, or composted through an aerobic process and sold as solid fertilizer.) B Methane is used to power generators, which produce electricity. Electricity is sold directly to users, or to electric power suppliers. For more on Global Common, LLC, see www.gtobalcofnmon.coni Sources: U.S. Department of Energy; Global Common, LLC. Al Ompanie Staff photographer PRESIDENT BUSH, speaking at Greece Athena High School in Greece, a suburb of Roches- ter, said his ideas for changing Social Security offer a good starting point for changing the system. Bush said lawmakers must realize that increasing numbers of Americans are getting the idea that the nation's retirement system is on an unsustainable fiscal course and said politicians must step up to solve the problem. Bush has visited 27 states to sell his plan since his February State of the Union address. (For the text, go to Louvetus Hughes, 57, Rochester Hughes came with her teen-age daughter and school-age niece to hear Bush's pro- posal for Social Se- curity. More than anything, she wanted answers from the man behind the plan. "I just wanted to know whether it would affect she said. She left sat- isfied that her Social Security benefits would not be touched under Bush's rede- sign. Domenica Fallttta, 69, Buffalo Falletta and her husband are the first generation of their families born in the United States. They said they had been able to live the dream in part because of So- cial Security. She is worried that her grandchildren won't unless Bush's plan to fix the system is ap- proved. "We knew the problem, but we really didn't under- stand the she said. Richard Zalewski, 56, Syracuse Zalewski protested Bush's visit and his vision for Social Se- curity in downtown Rochester as Air Force One left town with the president aboard. He said the retirement system's real problem is Bush's plan for sav- ing it. "We think it's a he said. Dave Griola, 56, East Syracuse Griola said Bush's plan for Social Secu- rity is evidence of the president'slack of concern for the poor. He worries the pro- posal might further hurt the solvency of Social Security and leave nothing for those who will need it. "It's another way the administration has of doing away with social pro- he said. President visits: He finds a supportive crowd, but others came to Kirst For Rep. Jim Walsh, a ride on Air Force One is like coffee at the Valley How police cracked top gambling ringinCNY AiNynois tips started the imstigatioi by city detectives, state poke. By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer Syracuse and stale police cracked what they say is the big- gest illegal gambling operation they've ever had, and the pieces fell into place like a television crime show. They started with anonymous tips more than a year ago. Then they used wire taps and surveil- lance to find out who was in- volved and local safe deposit boxes and off-shore accounts used to launder money. City detectives and stale po- lice fanned out at 6 a.m. Tuesday and quickly arrested 41 of the 46 people including a state trooper they were looking for, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, of Syr- acuse police. Police charged them with a total of 403 felonies and 163 misdemeanors in what police say was a million gambling operation. 'This is unquestionably the biggest illegal gambling opera- tion we've ever had said Lt. John Corbett, of Syracuse po- lice. Detectives have found of the money in safe deposit boxes. The rest of the money remains unaccounted for, but police have evidence money was being for- warded to Costa Rica-through a "clearinghouse" known as Safe Deposit Sports, Connellan said. Police believe that was a phony corporation set up to launder money, investigators said. Most of the betting activities happened locally, Connellan said. Bets typically were on NFL games and college basketball, said Maj. Frank Koehler, of the state police. The big betting season runs from late August to late April, and investigators were uncover- ing illegal gambling activity throughout that period. PAGE A-6 BY THE NUMBERS 41 Men and women arrested. 15 Months investigation. 9 Number of search warrants issued. 15 Number of eavesdropping warrants issued. INSIDE THE KINGPIN George Bedigian, the accused kingpin of a million gam- bling operation, had told a police officer he knew that if he were ever going to be arrested he wanted him to do it. He got his wish Tuesday morning. THE TROOPER Dennis J. Burgos, who has been a state police officer for 11 years, was arrested at roll call Tuesday at the North Syracuse barracks. The ring: How the gambling op- eration worked The list Who got arrested? PAGE A-6 J
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