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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r Detroit over Miami 88-82; Pistons back in NBA Page D-1 The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com FINAL EDITION TUESDAY, JUNE 7. 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLEARING UP Drier air should drive thunder- storms out of Central New _ York today, but there is a chance of a shower appearing in some spots today. More sunshine should beam across the area Wednesday. Complete forecast, D-8 York City's Bid Olympi Collap Excellus customer satisfaction slips in 2003 HIGH: 85 LOW: 59 Federal anti-drug laws trump state pot rules The Supreme Court ruled Monday that terminally ill pa- tients whose states allow them to smoke marijuana to alleviate pain can still be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws. STORY, PAGE A4 Hevesi: Erie County needs 'adult supervision1 Erie County has so misman- aged its finances that the state should have a control board take over, the state said Monday. NEW YORK, PAGE A-t Baghdad efforts leave security sparse elsewhere Some troops have been deployed to protect Bagh- dad, but many Iraqis fear that militants are stepping up attacks on targets elsewhere. STORY, PAGE A-6 Britain shelves vote on EU constitution After French and Dutch vot- ers resoundingly defeated the European Union's proposed con- stitution, Great Britain decided it won't vote on it at this time. STORY, PAGE A-t Governor gets to keep election win, judge says The closest governor's race in U.S. history was decided by a judge Monday who upheld Dem- ocrat Christine Gregoires' victo- ry in Washington state. STORY, PAGE A-9 Same-sex marriages condemned by pope Pope Benedict XVI on Mon- day said same-sex unions are pseudo-matrimonies and expres- sions of anarchic freedom that threaten the future of the family. STORY, PAGE A-6 Apple makes it official: Intel to make its chips Apple Computer said Mon- day it is dropping IBM and going with Intel's microproces- sors. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Banking data lost again: This time, it's Citirmancial Almost 4 million CitiFinan- cial customers learned Monday that computer tapes containing their account information have been lost by UPS. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Corrections Downtown Farmers B-1 Spelling of Glenda Rober- son's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- I cuss a correction on a news i story. Subscription questions? CalU70-NEWS I Index Powerful state board rejects stodwm plan; Olympics committee favors Paris. By Marc Humbert The Associated Press Albany New York City's bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics appeared in danger Monday when a state board re- jected a plan for million in critical public funding for a billion stadium on Manhattan's West Side. The state Public Authorities Control Board vote came after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Sil- ver came out against the plan. Without Silver's support, the state funding cannot move for- ward. "This plan is at best, prema- Silver said, indicating he was willing to continue talking about the issue. The state board could reconsider the issue again later. "If we don't have a stadium, we cannot get the Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after Silver's announcement. He had heavily lobbied Silver in re- cent days for support of the sta- dium that would also serve as home for the football New York Jets. "I had not been able to per- suade Bloomberg said. The mayor said he would talk with members of the U.S. Olym- pic Committee about how to pro- ceed. Silver said the West Side sta- dium project and its related com- mercial development would PARIS, PAGE A-7 Band of brother and sister falcons Fancy and Groucho seemed none-too-pleased as wildlife officials from the state Depart- ment of Environmental Con- servation took their babies out of their 23rd-floor "pent- house" Monday morning. The four babies were given a checkup and aluminum iden- tification bands were placed on their legs. The month-old peregrine falcons will begin to fly in the next few weeks, and bird lovers and DEC officials want to track their travels for more information on the en- dangered birds. Beginning at about 10 a.m., mother Fancy flew close to large, steel and concrete framed windows of the corner room on the 20th floor of the State Tower Building. She screeched and her eyes glared wide as she tried to catch a glimpse of the goings-on in- side. A little farther away, Poppa Groucho kept a similar watch as their babies were taken one at a time from a white bucket, held carefully on their backs, and banded with aluminum bands. Three of the bands were wrapped in colorful tape to help identify the birds. Ha- zel's was not it remains the silver color of the aluminum. Except for Juliet, who com- plained beginning to end, the birds didn't squawk too much. DEC officials returned them to the nest about 11 a.m. and say the reunion with their par- ents should go smoothly. Staff writer Mark Weiner C.W. photographer DR ALISON HAZEL, of the Liverpool Animal Health Center, holds newly named Sojourner while biologist Mike Allen, of the Department of Environmental Conservation, bands the bird Monday at the top of the State Tower Building. WHY BAND THE BIRDS The identification number on the band helps wildlife officials monitor the movements and health of each peregrine falcon, an endangered species in New York. The four birds born in Syracuse will likely travel south this winter. Then they will set up their own territory. The bands will help bird-watchers in other cities identify the birds as those from Syracuse. In order of their banding (color of tape added to the aluminum Members of area health pun ate complaints with customer servke in survey. By James T. Mulder Staff writer Member satisfaction at Excel- lus BlueCross BlueShield is slip- ping, according to an annual statewide HMO report card re- leased Monday. Excellus, the area's largest health insurer, was the only one of 19 commercial HMOs in the state with a member rating de- cline described as statistically significant by the organization that put together the report. Sixty percent of Excellus members surveyed rated the HMO an eight, nine or 10 on a 10-point scale, down from 67 percent in last year's report card. By comparison, 80 percent of Capital District Physicians' Health Plan members and 74 percent of MVP Health Care gave those health plans a top rat- ing. The numbers from last year's report were 83 percent for the Capital District HMO and 73 icrcent for MVP. Customer service was a sore point for some Excellus mem- bers, the report card shows. Fifty-six percent of Excellus members said they had no prob- lem with customer service, sig- nificantly below the state aver- age of 67 percent. MVP got the highest grades in Read the fill report The New York State HMO Report Card is online at www.abouthealthquality.org To obtain a paper copy, call (516) 326-7767, ext. 588 Juliet (red) The romance of falconry influenced naming Juliet (who would have been named Romeo if the gene lottery had been XY instead of XX.) The name was selected by the seventh-grade science class at Living Word Academy, which has been following the progress of the chicks. Sojourner (yellow) Suggested by devoted falcon-watcher George Marleau, Sojourner was selected because these birds only sojourn with us for a short time and then are off on their own to parts unknown. Sojourner was also the name of a lunar ship that carried men to the moon. Thunder (blue) Named by the DOT maintenance workers who built the nest box in 2003 and then made renovations and moved the box to a more accessible location this winter. The move allowed USA Datanet to install the Web camera that shows pictures of the box and the falcons at www.usadatanet.com Hazel no tape) Named in honor of Dr. Alison Hazel, a veterinarian who has worked with the peregrine falcon fledge watch program and has responded to emergencies during the program, including helping to rescue a Cooper's Hawk injured during an attack by the peregrines. Dr. Hazel is leaving Syracuse for Colorado this July. The Post-Standard INSIDE MY JOURNEY TO JAPAN By Oneida High School junior Meghan Turnpenny. Voices, Page B-6 DO MEN AND WOMEN WORRY DIFFERENTLY? Or just admit they do? CNY, Page E-1 Business Clossified CNY York Comics Editorials Kids ___ local Frank Staff photographer MICHELLE STOUTENGER, of Fulton, shows a child's face in a log discovered in her back yard. The legendary7 log-child of Fulton THE POST-STANDARD Michelle Stoutenger tells a spooky story to staff writer Hart Seely about the face in her log in her back yard in Fulton, and a series of unfortunate events she tries to explain to her neighbors: "I just tell them I have a log. and it has a little girl's face on it. Nobody really believes me until I show them the picture, and then they say. 'Oh. my God." On her string of bad luck: First, our dryer broke. Of course, they all go sometime. Then something happened to my truck. My husband fixed it. And then the U-joints went on it. We took it to a shop, and then the tire went flying off. while my daughter and 1 were driving down the road, stuff like that." See story, Page B-2 The Daily Dose What it takes to be a volunteer firefighter. What to do when you get a speeding ticket. How to 'fog'a complainer. Page E-8 JACKIE M1ROH: Redoes hi Art prtaspnigiiTwr Ex-chief accepts plea deal in court Steven Thompson has his license suspended for 90 days and is fined By Jerry Rosen Staff writer Former Syracuse Police Chief Steven P. Thompson pleaded guilty Monday in Geddes Town Court to driving while his ability was impaired in connection with a March 21 auto accident on West Genesee Street in Geddes. The plea was part of a deal worked out with the Onondaga County .District Attorney's of- fice. Under the deal, Thompson re- ceived a one-year conditional discharge, a 90-day license sus- pension, a fine and in court costs. Thompson, dressed in a black blazer, white slacks, light blue shirt and red tie, uttered only one word during his brief appear- ance. I When Town Justice Daniel Mathews asked him if he was prepared to admit that on March 27 he was driving while his abil- ity was impaired by alcohol, Thompson said, "Yes." He then moved from before Mathews to the clerk's desk where he paid the fine and costs in cash and signed the paper- work. He declined to answer ques- tions either before or after the appearance. His attorney. Stefano Camba- reri. issued a short statement, but would answer no questions as he and Thompson walked to Cam- bareri's car and drove off. Cambareri said. "Steve THOWSOH, A-7   

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