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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syn SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS PERFECTLY NORMAL It's not a bad thing to be aver- 1 age, and today should be an aver- age day. For the end of May, that means highs in the low 70s and lows around 50. And if an approaching storm stays far enough south, we'll even have sunshine. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 71 LOW: 50 Home prices are up here, countering national stats New statistics made avail- able Friday show home prices rose in Onondaga and Madison counties during the first quarter. That buttressed the contention of local Realtors that the National Association of Realtors erred when it said Syracuse was one of only six metro areas where prices fell. BUSINESS, PAGE M Two bomb blasts kill 19 in central Indonesia Two bombs exploded this morning at a busy market in cen- tral Indonesia, killing at least 19 people and wounding 20, a po- lice official said. The twin blasts occurred in the Christian-dominated town of Tentena, said Police Maj. Riky Naldo, the deputy chief of police in nearby Peso. Care license suspended over unauthorized worker A Central Square woman lost her license to care for children after the state said she left an un- authorized male employee alone with children in her care. The stale Office of Children and Family Services suspended Leah Scott's license to provide child care May 2 after she re- ported that she had fired the em- ployee after learning he was a suspect in the rape of an K-year-old girl in Mexico two years ago. STORY, PAGE B-l Death toll at 20 in suicide bombing in Pakistan A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens Friday among mostly Shiite Muslim worshippers at an annual celebration in Islamabad, Pakistan, officials said. STORY, PAGE A-4 IRS plans to shut down 68 taxpayer help centers The Internal Revenue Service announced plans Friday to close 68 taxpayer assistance centers and shift more customer service to telephone help lines and vol- unteer programs. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Pataki divides finance reform into two bills Gov. George Pataki proposed campaign finance legislation Thursday that would lower con- tribution limits, ban soft money in state races and toughen en- forcement of campaign finance laws. YORK, PAGE A-8 Corrections Skaneateles Village 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-l fjnssified____E-5 Comirs____HO Ediloriok A-6 HomeAGniden. E-l Locnl news___B-1 LoHery_____A-2 Movies -E-4 New York___A-8 Obituaries B-4 Renders'Pg.-A-7 Sports----------D-l Stocks______C-3 Teleraoti- Teams: No Skiddy Park Games By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Skiddy Park was supposed to be a neighborhood showcase, renovated with the help of Major League Baseball, but after a fatal shooting near the West Side field May 21, suburban coaches are refusing to play there. This would have been the park's inaugural season. The city, state and Major League Baseball's Baseball Tomorrow Fund spent last year to build dugouts and to seed, fence and padlock the field. Neighbors have complained about how sheltered the field is, that kids have to jump the fence to use it between scheduled practices. About 120 neighborhood kids belong to the Youth Outreach Enrichment Program at Skiddy, part of a countywide Apple Val- ley League of League President Jim DeOrdio said he tried to ignore complaints about Skiddy that the teams were disorganized, the bystanders rude, the neighborhood danger- ous. Then, hours after players met Mayor Matt Driscoll for Skiddy's season opener last Sat- urday, two men pursued and shot Joseph Tirado, 22, of 426 Tully St., outside his apartment near the park. It doesn't matter that the shooting wasn't in the park, or that Syracuse police have sus- pects in custody, DeOrdio said. Parents from South Onondaga, Onondaga Hill, Fabius-Pompey, LaFayette and Nedrow don't want their kids in the crossfire. Chrissie Cowan Contributing photographer HENRY FELICIANO, 15, and Desire Rodriquez, 14, both of Syra- SKIOOY, PAGt A-5 cuse, speak through a locked fence at Skiddy Park Friday. A midshipman celebrates after receiv- MWEIUn. ing his diploma at the United States Naval Academy graduation ceremony Friday in Annapolis, Md. President Bush can be seen on stage in the background- Bush told the graduates that the U.S. military had brought freedom to Afghanistan and Iraq and is win- ning the war against of Memorial Day events. Page B-2. FDA looks into rare reports of blindness by impotence-drug users The Associated Press Washington Millions of men take impotence drugs like Viagra. Now reports that 43 of them have developed a not-too- rare form of blindness have health officials examining whether the drugs play a role. There's no evidence yet that the drugs increase risk. Indeed, the same types of illnesses that lead to impotence are linked to this type of vision loss. Still, "we take this serious- ly." said Food and Drug Admin- istration spokeswoman Susan Cruzan, as the agency disclosed Friday that it was talking with the makers of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra about what the labels of those drugs should say about the reports. Cialis' maker recently, and voluntarily, added a one-line mention to its label. At issue is sudden vision loss when blood flow to the optic nerve is blocked, a condition called NAION or non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropa- thy. The FDA has 43 reports of NAION among the impotence drug users: 38 for Viagra, four for Cialis and one for Levitra, Cruzan said. They include vary- ing degrees of vision loss, in- Chittenango residents suspect coyote ate 30 missing feral cats By Robert A. Baker Staff writer As many as 30 feral cats are missing in Chittenango, and ner- vous villagers are pointing the finger at a new resident: a spotted coyote. "Cat complaints are way down, and it's not because the cats decided to said Mayor Bob Freunscht, "The coyotes were having them for lunch." A lone hunter may have wiped out a colony of 20 to 30 feral cats that used to gather near Chittenango Creek by Tuscarora Road, said animal warden Kim Muehlenbein. "Having (the cats) disappear is definitely an indication of hav- ing a she said. "That's what they feed on." Mark Aldasch, who lives near the creek, used to see stray cats hanging around the neighbor- hood- He remembers an orange tabby, "but I haven't seen him in he said. The four-legged suspect has come close enough to houses in the Madison County village to give residents an eyeful. Sight- ings are remarkably similar: Eyewitnesses say the coyote has a white spot on its shoulder. Japanese soldiers from WWII believed hiding in the Philippines IN THIS UNDATED photo released by a family mem- ber and obtained by Kyodo News, Japanese Im- perial Army soldier Tsuzu- ki Nakauchi is seen on a military horse. Pfc. Nakau- chi is believed to be one of two former Japanese servicemen who have been hiding in the moun- tains of the southern Phil- ippine island of Mindanao since World War II. Online term papers a page; state wants to stop them I By Erin Duggan i Albany Times Union I Albany Knowledge might j be priceless, but a term paper i definitely has a cost: S9.95 a page, guaranteed to fetch top grades and pass plagiarism soft- ware. But this offer may be for a limited time only: The papers will be illegal in New York if lawmakers sign off on a bill that expands anti-cheating laws. I Selling term papers or disser- tations is already against the law, I but Internet-savvy students are getting around the rules by pur- j chasing papers online, which j state law doesn't cover. j The ease of getting term pa- pers on the Internet is troubling educators, including those at the State University at Albany, i where a task force plans to look at cheating and Internet paper mills. Lawmakers and academics said the ramifications of cheat- ing extend past university walls. "We don't want to know that the engineer that just built the bridse downloaded his senior project from the said Tim Dodd. executive director of the Center for Academic Integri- TffiH.PAGtA-5 i New, improved j Erie Canal vision: develop waterfronts By Erik Kriss AJDany bureau Gov. George Pataki launched an ambitious effort Friday aimed at returning the Erie Canal to world-class status. Pataki announced plans to cre- ate an "Erie Canal Greenway" to coordinate development of the famous waterway and connect- ing systems, including the Oswe- go Canal. His starting point was tapping Carmella ManteUo, the director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, to head the troubled state Canal Corp. The governor also asked Man- tello, a Republican ally and for- mer assistant secretary of state, to lead efforts to create a devel- opment plan for the canal system that can go to state lawmakers for their approval, possibly with- in six months. The plan could involve a new agency, similar to the Hudson Valley Greenway, that would al- locate grants to localities, coor- dinate development projects and provide communities with tech- nical assistance. Pataki said he hopes to link the Erie Canal plan with the Hudson River and Niagara River NO TO TRUMP The Donald asked for million an episode. STORY, PAGE A-2 smOISE NATIVE JBSICiCUTLEIi GOES FBOB SLOB TO BOOK PAGE E-4
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