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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuss.com FINAL EDITION SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS LESS HUMID O It'll be cooler and less humid today as a high- pressure system takes control of our weather for the next couple of days. The system will keep clouds at bay, too, letting the sun shine down on our Fourth of July activities. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 74 LOW: 55 State approves plan to clean Onondaga Lake State officials Friday approv- ed a S451 million plan to clean up Onondaga Lake, and said its biggest polluter should pay the bill to remove a century's worth of pollution from the lake bot- tom. STORY, PAGE B-l 'Here and Now' crooner Luther Vandross dies Grammy award winner Lu- ther Vandross, whose deep, lush voice on hits like "Here and Now" and "Any Love" sold more than 25 million albums while providing the romantic backdrop for millions of couples worldwide, died Fpday. He was 54 years old. STORY, PAGE A-2 Syracuse company lands million contract Syracuse Research Corp. has received a S550 million contract to make a device that will pro- tect U.S. soldiers from explosive devices planted by insurgents, according to Rep. James T. Walsh, R-Onondaga. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Pitcher's outburst costs him 20 games, Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined by Major League Baseball. SPORTS, PAGE D-I Fire causes water plant shutdown in Baghdad A mortar attack sparked a tire Friday that forced authorities to shut down a water plant, leav- ing millions of weary Baghdad residents with dry taps in 100-degree heat, Iraqi officials said. STORY, PAGE A-3 Choiges imminent in Aruba, officials say Aruba's chief government spokesman said Friday that three young men detained in the disap- pearance of an Alabama teenager have not been formally charged but could be as soon as Monday. STORY, PAGE A-3 Strong earthquake shakes Nicaragua A strong earthquake shook much of Nicaragua late Friday, sending frightened residents spilling into the streets, but no injuries or damage has been re- ported, officials said. The 6.7-magnitude temblor occurred at p.m. local time and was centered in the Pacific Ocean. Corrections Number of 90-degree days in 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 Local news.......B-l Classified..........E-5 Lottery..............A-2 Comics...........E-l 0 Movies...............E-4 Editorials.........A-6 Obituaries........B-4 Entertainment. E-4 Sports...............D-l E-l Television.......E-12 THE POST-STANDARD Why Political Stakes Are High As O'Connor Departs Court N.Y. Times News Service Washington Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, announced Friday that she was resigning, setting off what is ex- pected to be a tumultuous fight over con- firming her successor. O'Connor, 75, is widely viewed as the critical swing vote on abortion, affirmative action and other hot-button issues that have divided the court, and her departure is sure to ignite a passionate ideological battle throughout the summer over a successor. Her departure, which had been the sub- ject of rumors for weeks but was still a surprise, will give President Bush his first opportunity to name a justice. The retirement of O'Con- nor creates the first vacancy on the court in 11 years, ending the longest period without a change in the lineup of justices in almost two centu- O'Connor ries. It is still not clear whether Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who is battling thy- roid cancer and had been widely expected to resign, will step down this summer, giv- ing Bush another seat to fill and raising the prospect of a rightward turn in the court's orientation for many years to come. Rehnquist has been the subject of months of speculation, while talk of O'Connor's possible departure had been much quieter. But it was clear that her announcement was not a total shock: the Senate majority lead- er. Bill Frist, of Tennessee, read a tribute to her on the Senate floor minutes after the an- nouncement, and it was clear that his statement had been prepared. In a letter sent Friday morning to the White House, O'Connor said she would step down as soon as the president named a BUSH, PAGE A-8 INSIDE THE SWING VOTE Sandra Day O'Connor has been the swing vote on the Supreme Court for many years. HER LEGACY O'Connor will be remembered as a voice of moderation. THE SHORT LIST Possible successors to Sandra Day O'Connor will emerge in the following days. Five men and one woman are among the possible contenders. COMPLETE REPORT, PAGE A-8 FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND STARTS WITH A BANG Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer PAUL AND JENNIFER Dunning, of Onondaga, watch the fireworks Friday night with their son, Ryan, 5, and daughter, Emily, 3, at Alliance Bank Stadium to kick off Independence Day weekend. Jennifer's mother, Linda Tindall (far right) holds grand- daughter Kaitlin, 7. About people took part in the celebration at the stadium. Story, county-by-county schedule of July Fourth B-2 Jacob was too busy being 8 years old to let the shadow that stalked him darken his days proposed to move businesses i By Rick Moriarty i Staff writer i A proposed agreement would require the developer of the Des- j tiny USA Research Develop- 1 ment Park to pay up to million to relocate 29 businesses in Salina if they are forced to move from the site. Under the proposal, made public Friday, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency would wield eminent domain powers against the busi- nesses only after at least half the foundation for the park's first structure, a 1 million-square-foot "signature" building, was com- plete. A representative of the busi- nesses in Salinu said Friday million isn't enough to re- locate them. A Destiny executive defended the offer. The development agency has not approved the agreement. Its board of directors refused June 22 to even vote on it, citing an impasse with the developer over use of eminenl domain powers and the relocation money. Until Friday, the agency had refused to make the document public. Destiny executive David Ait- ken said Friday the company has reassigned all the people it had working on the project to other aspects of Destiny USA. The re- search park which the devel- oper estimates will cost billion is designed to support the construction and op- eration of a massive retail and AMOUNT, PAGE A-5 By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Jacob Schermerhorn was so excited about starting sec- ond grade, he didn't have I time to pay attention to the shad- i ow following him. Diagnosed with mild autism as a toddler, Jacob was in an in- clusive classroom at Salem Hyde Elementary School. "I am 4 feet 2 inches tall. My I hobbies are golf and drawing. I I play the drum. My favorite lunch is pizza. My friends are Ethan, i Tommy, Ian and he wrote for a class project, "The Story of My illustrating each page with crayon drawings. Other interests: dinosaurs, his i guinea pig, Pretzel, and the num- ber 8, which he turned on Oct. 8. i Jacob loved his school friends and the school routine itself. He didn't want anything to change, said father Peter Schermerhorn, who runs a Syracuse construc- Li-Hua Lan photographer A PHOTOGRAPH of Jacob Schermerhorn from his preschool graduation with his collection of books, dinosaurs and awards. tion company. Jacob believed, his dad said, in "consistency and a pattern in which you go about life." That belief gave Jacob strength as the shadow grew. None of the kids in his class. Mrs. Mumau's and Mrs. Felice's class, knew about the shadow. They saw Jacob get tired some- times, resting on the bean bag chair his teachers kept in class. One day he came in with half of his head shaved. When kids asked, he lifted his shirt and showed them a needle embedded in his chest that he used to put himself to sleep, anesthesia for treatments he called "getting my picture taken." Where did he go for that? "The bat he said, his name for the hospital's "B" floor. His friend Ethan Duncan wait- ed until he got home to ask his mom what was wrong with Jacob. She told him Jacob had gone to the hospital. Ethan didn't ask again. Jacob didn't tell his friends his brain hurt, or that he'd had an operation to make it better. The brunet with deep brown eyes didn't tell his 6-year-old brother Stephen, an impish blond whom his parents call Jacob's "polar opposite." Jacob never asked his mom, a registered nurse, to ex- plain the pictures of his brain, which showed the shadow grow- ing an inoperable tumor. JACOB, PAGE A-5 HOME- GROWN BUSINESS Flower form near Owasco. CNY, PAGE E-1 INSIDE AUDI CONFUSION New model comes out half-year. AUTO, PAGE F-1 WRITE A CAPTION Perhaps you'll win. CNY, PAGE E-4 Scriba nuke plant still shut down By Charles McChesney Staff writer The James A. FitzPatrick nu- j clear power plant in Scriba re- mains shut down today follow- ing a leak in a water storage i tank. The plant is expected to be on line in about two weeks. Plant officials declared an "unusual event" at p.m. Thursday and began the process j of shutting down the plant a half hour later. At p.m. Friday, the plant declared the unusual i event had ended and the reactor was in a "cold shutdown." Here's a look at what hap- pened and its impact: What was the unusual event? A puddle. On Monday, work- j ers found what they called "a IT WAS, PAGE A-4 Thedetois What happened: The James A. FitzPatrick plant shut down Thursday night because of a leak in a water storage tank. j What's next: Fixing the leak should take two weeks. It will take a day or two to start the plant after that. f J