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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 17, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               Bast-Standard SYRACUSE. N.V. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SHADY MAI Chilly air high above Central New York will bring another day of clouds mixing with showers. There is less chance of rain Saturday as the upper levels of the atmosphere begin to warm up again. Complete foncut C-10 fHGH: 43 LOW: 50 Former Syracuse nm killed in South CoroKwi Kimberly Roy, of Fulton, thinks police in South Carolina know who killed her father, Thomas Taylor. Taylor, 62, a Sumter, S.C., business owner, lived in Syra- cuse for decades before returning to his native Sumter about 20 years ago, Roy said. UKAl.PAGEB-5 Politics delay sales tax extension this week State lawmakers are expected to extend Onondaga County's 4 percent sales tax rate for anoth- er two years, but political calcu- lations prevented it from hap- pening this week. NEW YORK, PACfA-S Bush pressed for answers concerning British memo A hearing Thursday on a se- cret British thiit said President Bush was committed to waging war on Iraq months before he said so publicly ended with a request for Congress to open an inquiry into whether Bush should be im- peached for misleading the na- tion. STORY, PAGE A-6 Al-Zarqawi point man picked up in Mosul Mohammed Sharkawa, the militant leader who heads Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's operations in northern Iraq, was seized in a home in western Mosul on Tues- day afternoon. STORY, PAGE A-6 'Moderate' earthquake rattles Southern California A moderate earthquake shook most of Southern Califor- nia Thursday, startling people and knocking items off shelves and desks, but there were no im- mediate reports of significant damage or injuries. Toddlers taken hostage in Cambodian school Masked gunmen burst into an international school near Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temples Thursday, taking dozens of toddlers hostage and killing a 3-year-old Canadian boy they said cried too much. STORY, PAGE A-7 Corrections Jane Olin-Ammemorp's Howlett Hill Department open Social Security public B-1 ACT-SO book Construction contracts for Carousel Center expansion Juneteenth Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index BlKJMSS. OIY Conies dm 0-1 f-l _ M _H _H A-lfl _W today. Movies HfwVorlu Sports Suds .A-2 .E-4 K-t M .C-l >1 -H MMSTSlAlftUD Salvation Army in CNY Seeks S82M for Centers Dennis Noll Staff photographer ZACH LOVINE AND EMMANUEL FLOWERS, 9-year-olds of Syracuse, play a game of Bumper Puck in an after-school program Thursday at the Salvation Army in Syracuse. The downtown center has high hopes that it will receive millions of dollars for new buildings and additional programs. Downtown wish list: pools, gym, studios By Bob Nicdt Staff writer McDonald's billion-dollar legacy-of billions and billions of burgers might bring million to downtown Syracuse for the Salvation Army to create a million multifaceted community center. The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services, is seeking million to million to build one of 48 centers nation- wide named for Ray and Joan Kroc, whose bequest is paying for them. The program would provide a match- ing million to set up an endowment to sustain operations of the Kroc center. The plan is to level the Syracuse Sal- vation Army's buildings at 677 S. Salina St., near Adams Street, and build there The state-of-the-art Kroc centers are designed to serve disadvantaged families, providing venues for exercise and well- ness, the visual and performing arts, spir- itual enrichment and job training. The Kroc money cannot be used for any services the Salvation Army already provides, which include about 40 pro- grams used by people a year in Onondaga County. SYRACUSE, PAGE A-4 Kroc How it works The money: Two Central New York Sal- vation Army outposts are seeking a total of million to build state-of-the-art commu- nity centers: one in other in Cicero. The money would be drawn from a 1.6 bil- lion bequest to the national Salvation Army by the estate of Joan B. Kroc, whose husband, Ray Kroc, founded the McDonald's Corp. fast-food empire 50 years ago. No public money is involved. The centers: The bequest is intended to create up to 48 Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, similar to the flag- ship center in San Diego, which opened in 2002. The centers are to be built where residents don't have access to updated health, fitness and arts facilities. The nation: Salvation Army outposts throughout the nation are applying for building grants of million to mil- lion, plus matching grants for endowment funds to support the centers. The deadline: The next application deadline is Sept. 30. Salvation Army out- posts will learn in December if they've been chosen. The others: According to the Salvation Army, other Upstate outposts applying are in Elmira, Massena and possibly Rochester. writer Bob Niedt In Cicero: a campus for social services By John Dohcrty Staff writer A Cicero Salvation Army pastor wants to transform his small church, based in a Route 31 shopping plaza, into a multimil- lion-dollar community campus offering an array of social programs and other ser- vices to northern Onondaga County. The Onondaga Christian Fellowship of the Salvation Army in Cicero's New Country Plaza is vying for a grant to build a million campus to serve the area of Onondaga County north of the Thruway a 30-mile stretch between Bridgeport and Plainville. "This community is said Salvation Army Capl. Carl Avery, who with his wife, Kathryn, also a Salva- tion Army captain, began the Cicero church in 1998. "If you look at the social services structure of Onondaga County, it really is centered out of downtown Syracuse and you have to go downtown to get Avery said. "What we intend to do is to address the needs that are already here but are not being met." The idea for a Cicero campus in Onon- daga County's northern suburbs has caught the interest of Salvation Army of- ficials in charge of distributing a 1.6 bil- Sergeant accused of killing two officers in Iraq Deaths were first blamed on mortar fire striking building at base near By Patrick Quinn The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq A U.S. Army staff sergeant was charged will) murder in connection with last week's deaths of two Army officers at a base outside Bagh- dad, the military said Thursday. Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Marti- nez, 37, a supply specialist with the Headquarters Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard, was charged Wednesday in connec- tion with Die June 7 deaths of the two officers at Forward Operat- ing Base Danger, near Tikrit Saddam Hussein's hometown 80 miles north of Baghdad. The officers killed were Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, 30, of Suf- fern in Rockland County, and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Mil- ford, Pa. Esposito was company commander, and Allen served as a company operations officer. Trie soldiers were killed in what the military first believed was an "indirect fire" attack on the base. An indirect fire attack involves enemy artillery or mor- tar rounds fired from a location some distance away. The military initially con- cluded that a mortar round struck a window on the side of the building where Esposito and Allen were. But a criminal investigation was launched after it was de- termined that the "blast pattern" at the scene was inconsistent with a mortar attack. Martinez, of Troy, is believed to have used some kind of explo- sive device, possibly a grenade, military officials said on condi- tion of anonymity because the matter was under investigation. Martinez was charged with two counts of premeditated mur- der, said a statement by the Mul- tinational Task Force in Iraq. Martinez currently is at a mili- tary detention facility in Kuwait. His motive was unclear. Martinez has been assigned a military attorney and has the op- tion of hiring a civilian lawyer. INSIDE KING DADDY KraMrrahs CNV.MGEE-1 BOY KING 4- Pataki expected in Volney VhftcMMsiscMpwy steksMBOMStite plot By Tim Knsuss Staff writer Gov. George Pataki is ex- pected to visit the former Miller brewery outside Fulton today, where entrepreneurs plan to build a million facility to make ethanol from corn. Pataki is scheduled to visit the site in Volney at p.m., said Mike Hadley, of Northeast Bio- fuels LLC, which plans to build the ethanol plant. Hadley said he does not know what the gover- nor plans I o say. Northeast Biofuels has sought money from the state. In recent weeks, company officials had said they hoped to receive a grant of million or so to buy equipment. But Hadley and other compa- ny representatives said Thursday (hey did not know whether the project was in line for state as- sistance. Any stiitc funding would rep- resent a small pan of what Northeast Biofuels will spend to construct the plant. Company of- ficials have said they are raising about million from private equity investors and about million in dcbi financing. They hope to close the financ- ing by August and to begin con- struction soon thereafter. Equity contributed by princi- pals of Northeast Biofuels is val- ued at roughly million, com- pany officials said. About 300 people would be employed during the 15 months of construction, and the plant would have about 60 permanent workers, company officials said. Northeast Biofuels would be New York's first facility to pro- duce ethanol, a fuel uilditive used to reduce automotive emis- sions, although another one is planned in Seneca Palls. NextGen Fuel Inc., of Pots- dam, plans to lease space at the former brewery from Northeast Biofuels to make biodiesel from soybean oil and fryer grease. Contact Tim Knauss at or 4 70-3023. Drunken drivers may get special license plates By Michael Gormley The Associated Press Albany The automobiles of repeat drunken drivers would carry special license plate num- bers under a hill introduced Thursday. The license numbers or letters the specific code hasn't been determined would let police quickly identify motorists con- victed of driving while intoxica- ted. Police could then stop the cars without further cause, said the bill's sponsors, Republican senators Thomas Libous, of Binghamlon, and Nicholas Spano, of Westchester. The plates are part of their package to toughen penalties for drunken driving. The New York proposal is less drastic than some other states. Georgia, Minnesota and Ohio currently require special plates for convicted drunken driving offenders, while similar provisions in Iowa and Oregon were repealed in the 1990s, according to the National Con- ference of State Legislatures. WrM do you MB? Ohio last year made convicted drunken drivers put bright orange Ikeme pUtes on their cars. Georgia and Minnesota a special combination of numbers or tetters. What should New York state do? Send your ideas to us at We will publish some of those M a later   

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