Syracuse Post Standard, July 19, 2005

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July 19, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com FINAL EDITION iKPrnl-Star-Biro TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS STEAMY... so what else is new? Today will be a carbon copy of Monday, but with the threat of severe thunder- storms in the region. What's new: Cooler tonight, and Wednesday will be less humid. Complete forecast, D-6 HIGH: 88 LOW: 63 Vietnam War commander Gen. Westmoreland dies Retired Gen. William West- moreland, 91, who contended the United States did not lose the con- flict in South- east Asia, died Monday night. STORY, PAGE A-3 Cost of driver's licenses going up, governors warn Governors said Monday that a terrorism-driven push to turn driver's licenses into a national ID card will drive up fees. STORY, PAGE A-4 microchip project launched in Albany IBM, AMD, Infineon and Micron, four of the largest com- puter chip makers, are joining New York state in a new ven- ture. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Bush's stand shifts on aide's involvement in leak President Bush Monday said anyone in his administration who helped identify a CIA agent should be fired if he com- mitted a crime. STORY, PAGE A-7 Ms. Wheelchair pageant opens in Albany today Janeal Lee, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, won't be at the national Ms. Wheechair competition today because she lost her Wisconsin state title when she was seen standing. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 He sees wayward youth for what they can become "They are roses planted in the wrong Hillhrook Detention Center Assistant Di- rector Julius Edwards says of youthful offenders. DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Intelligence service criticized over bombing Britain's intelligence service did not detain one of the London attackers last year after linking him to a suspect in an alleged bombing plot by other Britons of Pakistani descent. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections Death of Keaton Map of Mileage to Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS State: No new local beds for mentally ill children Other Upstate sites can take some of the load off Hutchings, state says. By James T. Mulder Staff writer The state Office of Mental Health won't add any beds for youngsters at Hutchings Psychi- atric Center in Syracuse. Local elected officials asked for the extra beds in May be- cause about half the children and adolescents in Onondaga County who need psychiatric inpatient care are traveling 50 to 150 miles for treatment. The bed shortage here was caused by last year's closing of Four Winds, a private psychiat- ric hospital in Syracuse that had 64 beds for youths. Inpatient care is not always the answer for mentally ill youngsters, Sharon E. Carpinel- lo, commissioner of the state Of- fice of Mental Health, said in a letter to state Sen. John A. De- Francisco, R-Syracuse, and Onondaga County Executive Nicholas Pirro. There are effective alter- natives that allow even seriously disturbed children to remain at home while receiving needed she wrote. 'COMH is focusing the growth of the chil- dren's mental health system on those treatments that have prov- en to prevent children from ever having to be admitted to a hospi- tal." Changes in mental health care in other parts of Upstate will al- leviate some of the demand at Hutchings, which has 24 beds for children and adolescents, according to Carpinello. Those changes include a re- cent increase in clinical staffing at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Cen- ter, in Ogdensburg, and the addi- tion of a 14-bed children's unit that will open in the winter at Binghamton Psychiatric Center, she said. Both developments will reduce the number of children from those areas who travel to Hutchings for inpatient care. MENTAL, PAGE A-4 CANCUN SHELTER PACKED WITH TOURISTS Jorge Silva Reuters HUNDREDS OF TOURISTS try to sleep at a shelter in downtown Cancun, Mexico, Monday. Hurricane Emily hit the coasts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula causing widespread damage, but no deaths or injuries have been reported. The National Hurri- cane Center predicted Emily would strengthen over the Gulf's warm waters and head on a more westerly track, making landfall over northeastern Mexico tonight or Wednesday. Story, Page A-5. Index Business....... Classified...... CNY............... Comics.......... Editorials...... Entertainment. E-3 Kids page......MO Local news.......8-1 C-1 F-l E-l E-6 A-8 Lottery........... Movies........... New York...... Obituaries..... Readers' Pg. Sports............ Stocks .A-2 E-4 .A-6 B-4 .A-9 .D-l C-3 Syracuse parks get university's old turf By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer I There's a turf war of sorts going on at Syracuse University j and the city of Syracuse is win- ning. The school is replacing square feet of AstroTurf at Coyne Field with a newer vari- ety of the same product and there's considerable demand for the old artificial turf that ;.s still useable. j On Monday, SU donated eight huge rolls of the turf square feet to the City of Syr- acuse Parks and Recreation De- partment, which hopes to cover its decommissioned ice rink at Bumet Park for use as a covered soccer and lacrosse field. Le Moyne College has been promised some of the old turf and other groups and institutions have called to ask about obtain- ing a portion of the 11-year-old rug, according to Steve Smith with SU's Design and Construc- tion Office. "It's better for somebody to get some use out of it than put- ting it in a said Smith. Syracuse University and Bal- lard Construction Inc. employees teamed up Monday to load and unload eight rolls measuring 15 feet by 220 feet. Parks, Recreation and Youth Commissioner Pat Driscoll said that if the carpet is suitable for installation at the old ice rink, the city will consider closing in the building, which is now open to the weather. CARRIER, PAGE A-4 Henninger graduate wins noted engineering prize By John O'Brien Staff writer While other engineering students from across the country were designing their water bottle rockets, Brendan Callahan, of Syra- cuse, was taking his a step further. He found a way to load it with parachutes so he could get more hang time. It's that kind of thinking that set Callahan above the rest of the engineering scholars competing for a national award in North Carolina, according to one of his teachers. Callahan. who graduated Callahan from Henninger High School last month, was named the Overall Scholar on Sunday at the organization's an- nual two-week conference at North Carolina State University. It's the fourth straight year that a student from the Syracuse school district has won a national award at the institute, said Gwendo- lyn Mature, a teacher at Lincoln Middle School and a SECME master teacher. SECME was an acronym for Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering when it was started in 1975. In 1997, the name was changed to SECME Inc. It was started by the engineering deans at seven uni- versities who wanted to increase diversity in the country's engineering work force. But all students, not just minorities, became eligible in recent years because of the need for engi- neers. Callahan is the area's first overall scholar winner. He was among 21 high school students from across the U.S. chosen as SECME scholars, and was named the best of the bunch based on his grades, community ser- vice, and a speech he gave at the institute. Callahan, 18, said he was in shock when he heard his name announced for the award. "I had no idea they were going to pick he said. The award includes a scholarship. WINNING, PAGE A-4 INSIDE PEACE OVER PEAS Tips for picky eaters. CNY, PAGE E-1 BLAME YOURSELVES teen responsibility. VOICES, PAGE B-2 DONE WITH HARRY POTTER No. 6? See what local readers think. CNY, PAGE H 2 SUDOKU PUZZLES ABOVE, ANSWER ON A-2 AND CNY, D-7 Bicyclist found dead in Hannibal By Catie O'Toole Staff writer I An 18-year-old bicyclist, ap- parently the victim of a hit-and- I run accident the night before, was found dead in a ditch Mon- day evening on county Route 3 I in Hannibal. I "He was hit by a vehicle." Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd said. "Someone heard some noise between midnight and a.m. They looked out the window and i didn't see anything." The body wasn't discovered until shortly before 7 p.m. Mon- day. Todd said. A woman who lives at 1050 county Route 3 made the discov- ery and called the Oswego County 911 Center at p.m. The body was in a ditch on county Route 3. between Muck I Drive and county Route 7. The victim lived in the town i of Oswego. but deputies released no other information Monday. I Neighbors told deputies the victim had been visiting a friend I on county Route 3 before he was j struck. The mends' house is about a tenth of a mile from where the body was discovered. m Town of r HANNIBAL 7 Hannibal r n L D J'DJ County Rt. 3 Peat Bed Ru. HonisW 0 The PoM-SiJRcicird New York's Medicaid 'honey pof for fraud By Levy and Michael Luo New York Times News Service j It was created 40 years ago to provide health care for the poor- est New Yorkers, offering a life- i line to those who could not af- I ford to have a baby or a heart attack. But in the decades since, i New York state's Medicaid pro- gram has also become a j billion target for the unscrupu- I lous and the opportunistic. It has drawn dentists like Dr. Dolly Rosen, who within 12 i months somehow built the i state's biggest Medicaid dental I practice out of a Brooklyn store- front, where she claimed to have i performed as many as 991 pro- l cedures a day in 2003. i After The New York Times 1 discovered her extraordinary billings through a computer analysis and questioned the state about them, Rosen and two asso- ciates were indicted on charges of stealing more than million from the program. It has drawn van services, in- tended as medical transportation i for patients who cannot walk un- aided, that regularly picked up scores of people who walked quite easily when a reporter was watching nearby. In cooperation with medical offices that order these services, the ambulettes typically cost the taxpayers more than a round trip, adding up to million a year. In some cases, the rides that the state paid for may never have taken place. School officials around the state have enrolled tens of thou- j sands of low-income students in i speech therapy without the rc- quired evaluation, garnering 1 REPORT, PAGE A-4 J ;

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