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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyritcuM.com FRIDAY, JULY 22. 2005 FINAL EDITION C V j SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STORMY? Threats of thun- derstorms through the week have made the umbrel- la a fashion item for most, but the storm's tailed to dampen much of Central New York. That may not be the case today. Be prepared. Complete forecast, C-8 SYRACUSE SCHOOL DISTRICT Nearly Half Don't Graduate Officials, after confusion, release lower numbers Best, worst rates HIGH: 85 LOW: 61 Gty police see shootout, open fire on shooters One person injured Thursday night in a shootoul be- tween people in two vehicles at East Fayette and South Beech streets, police said. The two ve- hicles drove past Syracuse police officers working a special anti- crime unit. Police opened fire on one vehicle, LOCAL PAGE 1-1 Central New York adds jobs since last year Central New York businesses in the last year added jobs, according to state Department of Labor statistics for June. The un- employment rate fell from 5.6 percent to 4.7 percent. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l House passes Patriot Act; Senate has not voted on it The House of Representa- tives voted Thursday to extend the USA Patriot Act, the nation's main anti-terrorism tool. Similar legislation is working its way through the Senate. STORY, PAGE A-S DeFrancisco wants to limit seizures of property State Sen. John DeFrancisco introduced a bill Thursday to prohibit the taking of private property to make way for private developments in New York, as proposed for Destiny USA. STORY, PAGE A-8 Syracuse police: Killing may be linked to drugs Syracuse police believe the city's latest homicide happened during a drug deal. Dealton Brantley, 22, of 414 Roberts Ave., was shot dead and a 15-year-old driver was wounded. The teenager is recovering at University Hospital, police said. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Runner, 38, dies in his sleep at his Auburn home John Trowse, one of Central New York's most successful and popular distance runners of the last two decades, died in his sleep at his Auburn home. He was 38 years old. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Syracuse officer charged with altering prescription A Syracuse police officer was arrested Thursday after being accused of altering a pre- scription for pain medication. LOCAL, PAGE B-6 Corrections Breast health screenings Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer j Syracuse school district lead- ers said Thursday that gradua- tion rates they released last week were wrong and that the actual rates at all four city high schools were considerably lower. "I'm sorry, I apologize that they certainly indeed are interim Superintendent Robert DiFlorio said. Thursday, DiFlorio released numbers snowing that 51.5 per- cent of the class of 2004 gradu- ated within four years, not 68.8 percent as the district said last week. The new rate means Syra- cuse students fared worse man the state average (67.4 percent) and worse than Buffalo (53.9 percent) and Yonkers (56.4 per- but better than Rochester (42.9 "Obviously there needs to be a great deal of DiFlorio said. Syracuse was one of only two districts not included in a statewide graduation rate report released July 14 due, state of- ficials said, to inaccuracies in the information district staff sub- mitted. State Education Depart- ment officials said Thursday they were still waiting for Syra- cuse to send accurate numbers. After the district provided its graduation rates to The Post- Standard last week, the paper pressed the district for further details. On Wednesday, the dis- trict said the citywide gradua- tion rate was actually 47.4 DISTRICT, PAGE A-9 Madison County Best: Hamilton, 96% Worst DeRuyter, 72.7% Cayuga County Best: Weedsport, 85.1% Worst: Moravia, 62.3% Oswego County Best Phoenix, 79.3% Worst: Hannibal, 64.4% Onondaga County Best: Westhill, 92.3% Worst: Syracuse, 51.5% Source: State Education Department Would-be bombers strike fear in Londoners' hearts The Associated Press A POLICE OFFICER clears the area near Warren Street Underground station in central London Thursday following reports of smoke and explosions. Three Underground stations were evacuated at midday. No deaths, but explosives made it through security By Don van Natta Jr. and Elaine Sciolino New York Times News Service London The blueprint for Thurs- day's attempted terrorist strike seemed to resemble the deadly attacks of two weeks ago: four small bombs, carried in back- packs, designed to kill and spread chaos as they exploded simultaneously on three subway trains and a red double-decker bus. But unlike the July 7 attacks, none of Thursday's bombs exploded, and no one was killed. The bombers did not die with their bombs. Instead, the suspects fled, leaving behind the explosive devices still in the backpacks and in the pro- cess a trail for investigators to pursue. Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, and other British police officials said it was far too early to draw a direct link between Thursday after- noon's attempted bombings and the July 7 attacks. But investigators said their leading theory was that the latest at- tempted bombings were a copycat style attack, possibly by a group of people who admired the terror strike two weeks ago by four British bombers from the West Yorkshire area of northern England. Even Blair was struck by the similari- ties, telling reporters, "You know, there is a resonance here, isn't As for the goal of the attack, he added ominous- ly that "clearly, the intention must have been to kill." Where the July 7 bombers succeeded, SECOND, PAGE A-6 7 pages of questions for Judge Roberts Sen. Charles Schumer meets for nearly an hour with Bush Supreme Court nominee. By Peter Lyman Washington bureau The man nominated to be the next Supreme Court justice and the man who could turn out to be his most visible antagonist met for 55 minutes Thursday after- noon in Washington. During the meeting, Sen. Charles Schumer presented Su- preme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. with a seven-page list of general andi specific ques- tions. The topics are issues likely I to come up at Roberts' confir- mation hearing before the Sen- ate Judiciary Committee, of' which Schumer is a member. Schumer, D-N.Y., described the session as "cordial, friend- ly." The two men agreed to meet again next week, Schumer said. Schumer is one of three mem- bers of the Judiciary Committee to oppose Roberts' successful nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2003. Roberts now starts over SCHUMER, PAGE A-6 Some of the questions Schum- er gave to Supreme Court nom- inee John All of Schumer's questions for Roberts are online at Schumer Londoners pause Thursday afternoon, then get back to their In New York City, police will conduct random searches on Drug tunnel dug from Canadian hut to U.S. living room Index Business..........D-l Bridge............HO Classified..........H Comics..............E-6 CNY...................M Editorials......A-10 Entertainment. E-3 Local new.......B-l Lottery...........- A-2 E-4 Movies.... New York........A-8 Obituaries........8-4 Readen'........A-11 Sports...............C-l Stocks..........-.D-3 Sudoku puzzle E-7 Television......... 1-5 Weother.......... C-8 The Associated Press Lynden, Wash. Federal agents have shut down an elaborate, 360-foot drug-smug- gling tunnel dug underneath the U.S.-Cana- dian border the first such passageway dis- covered along the nation's northern edge, officials said Thursday. Five people were arrested on marijuana trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney John McKay said in this border town about 90 miles north of Seattle. The tunnel ran from a quonset hut on the Canadian side and ended under the living j room of a home on the U.S. side, 300 feet from the border. Built with lumber, concrete and metal reinforcing bars, it was equipped with lights and ventilation, and ran under- neath a highway. The passageway was to 4 feet high and wide, and ran anywhere from 3 to 10 feet below ground, authorities said. McKay said authorities had been monitor- ing construction of the tunnel for six months and sealed it shortly after it opened Wednes- day. Francis Devandra Raj, 30: Timothy Woo. 34: and Johnathan Valenzuela, 27. of Surrey, British Columbia, were arrested Wednesday. They were charged with conspiracy to im- port and distribute marijuana. Raj owns the property under the quonset hut, authorities said. The Associated Press THIS IMAGE released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows the inside of a tunnel between the United States and Canada. THE POST-STANDARD IRONiYlAN What it takes to be one. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 INSIDE 6 NEW FILMS What's good, whafsnot? CNY, PAGES E-1 to E-3 ATHLETES Who's paid rite most? THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Web pharmacy opening on Seneca land The Associated Press Buffalo A Seneca busi- nessman has opened the first American Indian-owned pharma- cy on Seneca land with an eye toward the same online and di- I rect-mail sales that have made his tobacco business among the nation's most lucrative. j Native Pharmaceuticals RX opened its doors last week in a Main Street storefront in Sala- manca, a Southern Tier city built almost entirely on sovereign ter- ritory. Owner Ross John said con- sumers will see the kind of price cuts on drugs that keep custom- ers flowing into territory smoke shops and gas stations. 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