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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracusc.com FINAL EDITION O >W-y.a'CJ.pC SATURDAY, JULY 30. 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING NICE A pleasant day is expected through- out Central New York, with sunny to partly cloudy skies, highs in the 80s and not too much hu- midity. Sunday is expected to be the same, except sunnier. More humid air returns early next week, perhaps with a thunderstorm Monday night. Complete forecast D-8 NiMo: Raise Rates 6% HIGH: 83 LOW: 59 Senote approves plan for permanent Patriot Act The Senate approved legisla- tion Friday night that would make permanent most provisions of the Patriot Act anti-terrorism law while placing new limita- tions on the government's use of secret search and surveillance Utity asks the state to i charge customers more to i cover inaeosMg expeises. By Tim Knauss i Staff writer I Niagara Mohawk is seeking j an increase in electric delivery I rates that would raise customer bills an average of 6 percent over two years. The utility said it was forced j to request the increase its first I since 1995 because of higher- than-projected health and pen- sion costs for its retirees, higher How your bi is affected The impact of the proposed rate increase, to be phased in over two years, will vary depending on customer size and location. Here are the estimated bill increases (in percentages) for different customers: Small Large Reaion Residential commercial commercial Industrial Western New Central New Eastern New Source: Niagara Post-Standard environmental cleanup costs and new regulatory expenses. If approved by state regula- tors, the action would increase electric costs for customers who already pay some of the highest prices in the nation. To lessen the pain, Niagara Mohawk plans to phase in the higher rates over two years. For a typical residential cus- tomer, the rate change would add about to the monthly bill be- ginning in January 2006, and an- other a month in January 2007. The impact on commercial and industrial customers is more difficult to characterize, because price increases will vary depend- ing on the size of the business and its location. The largest industrial custom- ers in Eastern New York would see a 1 percent price decrease, while some commercial custom- ers in the Buffalo area would pay up to 9.4 percent more. Randy Wolken, president of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, said any increase would be difficult for manufacturers to absorb, because they compete against regions MMO, PAGE A-4 powers. STORY, PAGE A-3 GETTING READY FOR THE SHOW AT HARBORFEST Scientists discover new object in solar system Add a tenth planet to the solar system or possibly sub- tract one. Astronomers announced Fri- day that they have found a lump of rock and ice that is larger than Pluto and the farthest known ob- ject in the solar system. STORY, PAGE A-4 Frist supports lifting ban on stem cell research Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced Friday he now supports legislation to lift Presi- dent Bush's restrictions on fed- erally funded embryonic stem cell research, a shift that infuri- ated religious conservatives and turned a spotlight back on the White House. STORY, PAGE A-7 Lightning strikes group of Boy Scouts, kills leader Lightning struck a group of Boy Scouts taking shelter from a storm, killing the troop leader and leaving a 13-year-old boy brain-dead in the latest tragedy to befall the organization this week, authorities and the teen's grandfather said. STORY, PAGE A-10 NASA boss takes heat for Discovery's foam loss NASA's boss took responsi- bility Friday for the alarming loss of a big piece of fuel-tank insulation from Discovery and refused to give up on flying an- other space shuttle later this year. STORY, PAGE A-10 Suicide bomber kills 25 amid army volunteers A suicide bomber wearing a belt of explosives blew himself up among Iraqi army volunteers in a town near the Syrian border Friday, killing as many as 25 people. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections Southside Academy Charter School Principal Jerome B-1 Empire State 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 Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........E-5 Movies..............E-4 Comics......._.. E-1 0 Obituaries......_ B-4 Editoriak........ A-8 E-1 Stocks...............C-2 local news.......B-1 Television.......E-12 THE POST-STANDARD Road projects to get millions Syracuse University's "connective corridor" in line for more than million. BETWEEN ACROBATIC maneuvers, stunt planes flown by pi- lots for Pitts Special Formation Aerobatics soar over the mouth of Oswego Harbor Friday during Harborfest, At bot- tom left is the Oswego River. Civilian and military pilots will Peter Chen Staff photographer perform Sunday during the Novelis Air Show. Thousands of people took in the festivities Friday. Harborfest continues today, with fireworks tonight, and Sunday. Fireworks details. Page B-1. Inside: Take a ride in a stunt plane, and plummet nose first toward Lake How Scotland Yard scooped up suspects British find 3 in London; cell phone leads to fourth in Rome By Peter Lyman Washington bureau The "connective corridor" between Syracuse University and downtown Syracuse will re- ceive more than million in federal money through the billion, six-year transportation bill approved by Congress Fri- day. That money is in addition to million earmarked for the corridor in a separate 2006 trans- portation appropriations bill. New York's two senators, Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer, put million in the transpor- tation bill for buses and develop- ment of a 2.2-mile, 24-hour bus loop connecting the main SU campus and recently acquired owntown classroom space. 'hat space includes the former )unk Bright warehouse on the dge of Armory Square. TWO, PAGE A-3 Coming Sunday A look at Nancy Cantor's first year at the helm of SU. The Associated Press London Police swooped down on a posh London neigh- borhood and traced cell phone calls across Europe to a Rome hideout Friday, netting the re- maining suspects in the failed transit bombings without firing a shot. The arrests capped an eight-day manhunt that was one of the most extensive in British history. At least three of the four sus- pects were of East African ori- gin. Black-clad police armed with stun grenades and gas masks pointed assault rifles at the doors of suspects on the outskirts of Notting HUl. Two young chil- dren stumbled into the standoff a floor below a suspect's apart- ment, and an armed officer tried to shoo them away from his dog. Above them, a police team shouting for "Mohammed" forced two suspects to strip to their underwear and eventually emerge onto a narrow balcony, where television cameras record- ed them with their hands above their heads. In Rome, police arrested a So- mali-born British citizen at the apartment of his brother, who was also taken into custody. On Friday night, a police expert wearing white gloves and a jumpsuit to avoid contaminating evidence could be seen work- ing inside a lighted room in the apartment. Images captured on closed- circuit television cameras during the failed July 21 attacks helped lead investigators to the men, and interrogations of the suspect captured first, 24-year-old Yasin Hassan Omar, may have helped as well. Police said the anti-ter- rorist sweeps have been part of their most extensive investiga- tion ever. Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch. The Associated Press A POLICE OFFICER waits in the Notting Hill district of London Friday, near where three men were arrested. sounded a cautionary note as he announced the arrests. "Despite the progress that has been made with the investiga- tion, we must not be compla- cent." Clarke warned. "The threat remains, and is very real." Authorities have been looking for a link between the failed July 21 attacks and the July 7 suicide bombings, which killed 56 peo- ple, including the four bombers. Three of the suicide attackers had links to Pakistan. Their working hypothesis is that the cells did not know each other but were connected by a more senior operative higher up an organizational chain, said a counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymi ty- Authorities also are theorizing the plot may be linked back t Pakistan and the al-Qaida organ ization there. However, "we ar not there yet in terms of provin the official said. The official said the newly de tained individuals are being questioned, and authorities haven't ruled out that additional cells may be on the loose. It's RAIDS, PAGE A-4 INSIDE GARDEN FOUNTAINS Moke your own. CNY, PAGE E-1 How our athletes fared. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 A450-MHIYARDSALE? CNY, PAGE E-2 Size 2 models need not apply j to be a 'real woman' for Dove j Nam Y. Associated Press GINA CRISANT1 leans against a billboard in downtown Chicago, which she and five other women posed for in their underwear; the ad campaign sells Dove beauty products. The ads, featuring "real" women and not models, are a hot topic of conversation. The Associated Press Chicago Gina Crisanti was taking out the trash at work one day when a stranger ap- proached her with an odd re- quest. It was a talent scout who wanted her to try out for an ad campaign to sell Dove beauty products wearing nothing but her underwear. The offer was puzzling to say the least. Crisanti. a 24-year-old cafe worker, has never thought of herself as anywhere near su- permodel stature curvy and closer to 5 feet than 6. i But that, it turns out, is the point. Crisanti and five other "real" women ranging from size 6 to 14 are the stars of a Dove ad campaign that shows them wearing only bras, panties and big smiles on billboards, bus stops and trains in Chicago. New York, and other big cities. "It is our belief that beauty- comes in different shapes, sizes I HATED, PAGE A-4 SUDOKU SOLUTION TO THIS PUZZLE, PAGE A-2 ANOTHER PUZZLE CNY, PAGE E-11 J   

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