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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York NASCAR driver Tony Page I C- _ I _ z. -i The Post-Standard O 2005 The Poit-Suridaid Affiliated with Syracusc.com FINAL EDITION MONDAY, AUGUST 1. 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WATCH THE SKY Thunderstorms may hit a few lo- cations in Central New York today as a weak front moves across the state but there should be some periods of sunshine. The air will be sticky for the next sev- eral days. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 88 LOW: 67 It's a Boy Targa and Indy proudly announce the birth of their son, Kedar 9 a.m. July 31, at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park Weight: 345 pounds Height: 38 inches Labor: 20 minutes Constitution writers vow to press on in Iraq Iraqi leaders resolved to fin- ish writing the country's consti- tution by the middle of August, even in the face of deep dis- agreements about the future of the Iraqi state. STORY, PAGE A-4 Net widens in probe of bombings in Britain British police broadened their hunt for suspected terrorists on Sunday, seizing eight people in the north and south of the country. Investigators also are probing possible ties between two suspects and Saudi Arabia, according to British newspapers. STORY, PAGE A-4 NASA experts study new flows on shuttle Two scraps of insulation dan- gling from shuttle Discovery's fuselage could pose a danger to the crew and might have to be removed or poked back into place during a spacewalk, mis- sion managers said Sunday. STORY AND MISSION LOG, PAGE A-S Cooperstown welcomes 'Ryno' and Boggs New Hall-of-Famers Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs talk of respect for the game. They say today's players are more in- terested in showboating. STORY, PAGE C-l Central teams shut out of Empire Games gold For the first time in the histo- ry of the Empire State Games, not one Central team earned a gold medal. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Baseball's trade day leaves out the big names Major league baseball's trade deadline came and went Sunday, but eccentric slugger Manny Ramirez stayed in Bos- ton. SPORTS, PAGE 04 Atkins diet company files for bankruptcy Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the company that popularized the low-carbohydrate diet, filed for bankruptcy Sunday. A hearing was scheduled for today in bankruptcy court, spokesman Richard Rothstein said in New York City. Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Pataki To Veto Morning-After Pill Legislation Bid's supporters see move as port of governor's run for president in 2008. By Marc Humbert The Associated Press Albany Gov. George Pa- taki, eyeing a run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomi- nation, will veto legislation that would have allowed pharmacists to provide, without prescriptions, conception-preventing, "morn- ing-after pills" to women, an aide said Sunday. "This, bill, which hasn't even been sent to the governor yet, is a flawed, politically expedient measure that fails to include any common-sense protections for minors and ignores the fact that the FDA will rule on this issue in just a few said Pataki spokesman Kevin Quinn. "Consistent with his record on women's reproductive issues, the governor plans to veto the legislation primarily because it provides no protection what- soever for Quinn added. "If this and other flaws in the bill are addressed, and a responsible version of the bill is advanced, the governor would support it." Similar legislation was vetoed last week by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is also eyeing the 2008 GOP presidential nomi- nation. Supporters of the New York legislation had feared Pataki, seeking to appeal to conserva- tives who tend to dominate the GOP presidential nominating process, would veto the measure. Word of Pataki's veto plan came as the New York chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League was preparing to begin a television advertising campaign in New York, Iowa and New Hampshire urging the governor not to veto the mea- sure. Iowa and New Hampshire are the traditional sites of the first presidential nominating contests, and Pataki announced just last week that he would not seek re- election to a fourth term next year, a move widely seen as a prelude to a possible run for na- tional office. The morning-after pill legisla- tion has yet to be sent to the gov- ernor for his consideration by the Democratic-controlled state As- sembly where it originated and was approved earlier this year. The measure was approved by the Republican-led state Senate on June 22 in a move mat caught many opponents by surprise. Carrie Niland The Post-Standard KEDAR, A BABY Asian elephant, stands next to his mother, Targa, a few hours after she gave birth to the 345-pound infant Sunday at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. Zoo's new elephant a 'big baby5 Charge of burglary leads to another one: stalking By Michele Reaves Staff writer It took Targa only 20 minutes Sunday to give birth to a 345-pound baby. The big fella, born at 9 a.m. at the Rosa- mond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, was named Kedar, Hindi for powerful. The birth was quick and the baby large even by elephant standards. Baby elephants usually weigh between 250 and 300 pounds, and Targa's 20-minute labor and delivery was the fastest in the zoo's his- tory, said zoo director Dr. Anne Baker. "We would think of 300 pounds as a big she said. Targa showed no signs of discomfort Sun- day morning before labor began. She had been pregnant for 22 months. In 10 minutes, Kedar was on his feet walking, Baker said. Visitors won't be able to see the third child of Indy, 33, and Targa, 22, today. Zookeepers will monitor the mother's and baby's pro- gress and they could make an appearance in the next few days, said Chuck Doyle, the zoo's general curator. Targa and Kedar were doing fine Sunday evening. Since his birth, Kedar has been either eat- ing or resting. "Right now he's nursing non- Doyle said. As mother and baby bonded in the elephant barn, Kedar's dad was outside, entertaining Sunday's crowd at the zoo, apparently un- moved by his son's birth. "In the wild, Indy would never see him or if he did, he would never know that (Kedar) was Baker said. Suspects allegedly went to homes of local police officers, threatened them. INSIDE: Why Kedar must someday move ?way, and other facts about By Jim Read Staff writer A Syracuse couple apparently weren't happy they were being investigated for a burglary. So they used the Internet at an Onondaga County public library computer to find the home ad- dresses of a city police officer and a county sheriffs deputy, according to paperwork in Syra- cuse City Court. Then they went to the officers' homes and at some point talked of killing them, court records said. Now they face charges in both cases. Melissa Meyers, 21, and Thomas Trathen, 28, of 189 Lakeview Ave., were arraigned Sunday on misdemeanor and fel- ony counts of conspiracy and a misdemeanor count of stalking, court records said. They had been arraigned Sat- urday on felony burglary and grand larceny charges. Accord- ing to court papers, Trathen boosted Meyers through a rear window of the Teall Avenue home of Meyers' mother on June 25. They took a credit card and together charged in. pur- chases, court papers said. Sometime between July 1 and the couple's arrest, they learned they were being investigated and used a computer at the main county library in Syracuse, to SUSPECTS, PAGE A-5 New church is built on faith in second chances Bridge............E-l 0 Lottery Oassified..........E-l Movies..............D-4 Comic.............D-6 New York A-6 D-1 Obituaries........B-4 Qossword......D-6 Science---------B-6 Editorials.........A-8 Sports..............C-l Entertainment D-3 letters.............A-9 Television.... E-5 local news.......B-l Weather...... C-10 THE POST-STANDARD By Renee K. Gadoua Staff writer God always offers second chances, the Rev. Henry Bernard Alex believes. "I'm a Bernard Alex said Sunday at Victory Temple Fel- lowship Church. "I'm here today because I shook myself and said, 'God, give me another chance.' From 1991 to 2002, he served as I pastor of Second Olivet Baptist Church at 818 S. West St. in Syra- cuse. After the church learned he had cheated on his wife, the con- gregation asked him to leave. Sunday, Bernard Alex and his wife. Jahnjae Alex, hosted the ded- ication of Victory Temple's new home at 213 Van Buren St. in Syr- acuse. The survival of their mar- riage and the founding of a new church, they say, reflects the uni- versal messages of forgiveness, hope, faith and rebirth. "They're a ministry that accepts you just the way you said Barbara Spears of Syracuse. She was among more than 250 people who cheered and prayed, sang and praised God in front of the new church on Van Buren Street between Oakwood Avenue and McBride Street. The outdoor service, which lasted more than three hours, was equal parts block party and neighborhood revival. The couple Bernard Alex, 43, is senior pastor and Jahnjae, 42, is co-pastor and executive minister know the community has watched their personal struggles. "We're Jahnjae Alex said. "We use our own lives and our failures." That hasn't always been pain- less. CHURCH, PAGE A-7 Chrissie Cowan Contributing photographer "Syracuse ain't seen the last of me. It ain't over yet. WewiMdo great things for the Lord." The Rev. Henry Bernard Alex, at the dedication of Victory Temple Fellowship Church 5 WAYS TO SAVE ,WJTH BAKING SODA MoneyWise, inside TODAY'S SUDOKU Puzzle, Page D-7 II96404II11311UI8 VIDEO- GAME WIZARD Blind teen is o master. CNY, Page D-2 INSIDE CSI: SYRACUSE Meet Erin Tt forensic chemist. The Dairy Dose, PageD-8 WHAT EATING FAST DOES TO YOU Slowdown and savor. CNY. Page D-1 KRANltR CRASHES ...the hot el swimming pool. CNY, Page D-1 J
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