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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syrtoiu.cam SUNDAY, MAY 29. 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 lite GOOD MORNING A BIT OF EVERYTHING We'll get some sun, some clouds and maybe even a thunderstorm today as an upper-level disturbance passes through Central New York. Expect more of the same for the remainder of the Memorial Day weekend, with Monday's temperatures rising to near 75 degrees. Complete 'CH: 71 LOW: 52 Caroline Chen photographer MELISSA PATTERSON, of Queens, ad- justs her. mortarboard Saturday before taking pictures with her family at Wells College's graduation ceremonies. WELLS GRADUATION Feelings were mixed Saturday ut Wells College's commencement, the last before male students attend. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 SUMMER TOYS Backyard playthings include beach ball sprinklers, Bubba Kegs and inflatable theater systems. CNY. PAGE H-l SUMMER PARKS The million, six-story Tornado and other new attractions await at state amusement destinations. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 SOFTBALL, LACROSSE TITLES Six Section 111 championships were decided Saturday in softball and boys lacrosse. SPORTS, PAGES D-1, D-6, D-7 RAISING THE BAR Dan Freeman's on a mission: Imbibing at pubs this year, posting blog details aJong the way. STORY, PAGE A-15 EXTREME TAILGATING It's more than burgers. Try rigs with Hat-screen TVs. STORY, PAGE A-8 SISTERHOOD SAGA Arm Brashares talks about series that inspired "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" film. STARS Corrections Veterans of the Polish 2nd Corps7s-1 Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 10 discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Anniversaries_____H-8 Obituaries_____6-4, 5 Auto__________G-l Real Estate______l-l Births__________H-8 Sports_________D-1 _H State_________A-14 OH. Engagements. _B-1 Washington. _H Waste_______D-18 H-l Weddings_______H-5 C-2 TV Week B-1 STARS Motion- Parade THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery, call 470-6397 SYRACUSE, N.Y. "I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. I THOUGHT, TM GONE.'" Specialist James O'leary JULY ONE OF THE 10th MOUNTAIN DIVISION'S DARKEST DAYS 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION soldiers at Fort Drum show the tattoos they had done in memory of Pfc. Charles C. Persing and Sgt. Dale T. Lloyd, who were killed when enemy mortar shells rained down on their city of tents in Iraq. Fifteen were Stiff injured in the attack. It was a day that will not be soon for- gotten by these soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment (from Staff Sgt. Keith Adams, Spc. James O'Leary and Sgt. Adam Bouse. A tale of small miracles and heroic deeds in a maelstrom of shells and smoke By Hart SeeJy Staff writer Later, they would remember a sense of approaching thunder. For days, enemy mortars seemed to be coming more frequently. They shnieued it off. After all, in two months, they'd be going home. And then, July 19, 2004, became their darkest day in Iraq. That day, in a matter of minutes, two soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Di- vision died, and 15 were wounded, as enemy shells hit their base, launching a terri- ble chain reaction of events. "That day pretty much changed every bit of my said Staff Sgt. Keitfi Adams, 26, of Fort Wayne, Ind., whose 10-man unit was devastated by the attack. "It is with me wherever I go." That day, soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment faced an ever- JULY PAGE A-6 OPINION: A_ day to remember sacrifice, PARADE: The life and death of one hero Memorial Day Inner Harbor: inner Harbor j Few use it, I mijUions spent Syracuse's Inner Harbor has undergone about million worth of improvements in recent years, but remains little used. DANICA PATRICK gestures to crew members as she practices for today's race. Her aim is to win it. Danica Mania drives the show at Indy 500 The Associated Press Indianapolis In the gritty, testosterone-fueled world of car racing, it's all Danica, all the time. At 23, Danica Patrick is not only the sole woman racing in today's Indianapolis 500. she's the second- youngest driver on the circuiL Oh, and another thing; She's fast, Only the fourth woman to race in the big event in its 89-year history. Patrick outran every driver in Fri- day's final practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speed- way. "If she wins, it could mean so much" to the Indy Racing League, said Tony Kanaan, the pole winner I By Greg Munno Staff writer j Syracuse's Inner Harbor con- I tinues to attract public invest- i ment, but the public itself is staying away. Only two public and wo pri- vate events have been scheduled j at the site for this summer, down from 10 in 2004. according to I The Events Co., which books i events at the Inner Harbor. And walks through the 42-acre. state- owned site on some of the nicest I days this spring have shown that j people aren't flocking to the Inner .Harbor on their own. "Why would asked Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syra- cuse. whose district includes the i Inner Harbor. "There's nothing I there." i Nearly 10 years after the j Lakefront Development Corp. formed to market the site and after the state and city have spent I more than S20 million to beaufj- fy it there are no restaurants or shops or homes ringing the Inner Harbor. And the harbor it- self remains without some basic amenities, like public bathrooms. Millions more have been in- vested in the area surrounding the Inner Harbor, including S5 million this year- mostly federal money to repave and beautify Solar and Kirpatrick streets. One of die reasons more events haven't been scheduled at the site this summer is that the Lakefront Development Corp. had hoped redevelopment work in and around the Inner Harbor would be under way, said Eric Weber, executive director of the LDC. "The investment in this site was never meant, on its own. to make it a full-fledged public venue." Weber saidT "The in- vestment was meant to show de- velopers how attractive this land could be. and the hope always was that a developer would come in on the heels of that in- vestment and provide the ameni- restaurants, retail, etc. that would draw people to the harbor." Thai process has taken far longer than expected and seems to encounter new obstacles STATE, PAGE A-12   

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