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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 2005, Syracuse, New York r NEW SERIES THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING Today: Having a baby LOCAL. PAGE B-1 HIGH-TECH DORM JESS AND KRISTIEDixon with their new baby. SHOULD WE REFINISH ROOMS TECHNOLOGY, THE DAILY DOSE. PAGE E-10 FREE NASCAR POSTER Today: Dale Earnhardt Jr. SPORTS. PAGE D-6 SUDOKU Today's puzzle PAGE E-9 Affilated with WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2005 FINAL EDITION O The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING HOT AND HUMID High humidity levels will sweep into Central New York along with higher tempera- tures and a high-pressure sys- tem. Some slightly cooler air is on the way, but it won't be here until the weekend. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 91 LOW: 68 All 309 people make it out alive in Toronto How We Survived A Burning Plane Astronaut will attempt fix never tried before Today, an astronaut will at- tempt an emergency repair job on the shuttle Discovery's exte- rior using forceps and a hacksaw fashioned out of a blade and a little duct tape. Did it work? For the latest news go to www.syracuse.com or STORY, PAGE A-5 Automakers extend price discounts for everyone The Big Three U.S. automak- ers are extending programs that let customers buy vehicles at employee prices after sales for the entire industry leaped in July. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Seven Marines die in Iraq; U.S. deaths pass Insurgents in western Iraq killed seven U.S. Marines, five of them in an unusually deadly small-arms attack, during one of the bloodiest days for American forces in months, the U.S. mili- tary said Tuesday. ALSO: HOW A U.S. SOLDIER BECAME A SHEIK. It all hap- pened when a 25-year-old from Florida tried to find a way to stop insurgent rocket attacks. STORIES, PAGE A-7 Shoquille O'Neal: Bargain at million a year? Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal was to get million this coming season, but instead he's signed a five-year contract that pays him million a year. SPORTS, PAGE D-3 11 RECIPES: Learn what to do with basil. Plus recipes for low-carb liv- ing, peaches, beans, mustard, ketchup and SU GRAD DUMPED: 1997 Syracuse University graduate Daphna Dove known at SU as Daphna Anducic talks about getting booted from reality NEW LAPTOPS: Dell Inc. tries to spice up the look of its laptop Corrections B'ville Theatre Guild's "Cabaret' 7E-1 Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Jorge Associated Press DRIVERS WATCH as flames burn the tail of an Air France plane that skidded off the runway Tuesday during a landing at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. All 309 people aboard survived the crash and fire. Passengers flagged down drivers on highway Pataki vetoes plan to repair city schools District puts renovations on old. Pataki supports fixing drools, but says bill flawed. Erik Kriss ibany bureau Gov. George Pataki Tuesday vetoed a bill to launch a >600 million, citywide Syracuse school renovation plan, sparking outrage among the legislation's sackers. Pataki insisted he supports the renovation plan and that he's committed to working with law- makers and school officials to fix the flaws he perceived in the bill. It could take a while the state Legislature is not scheduled to return to Albany until Janu- ary, although lawmakers have periodically held special sessions in recent years. Interim city schools Superin- tendent Robert DiFlorio said the entire renovation plan is on hold until a new bill is signed into law. "It's a massive he said. "It's a bad day for the said Syracuse Mayor Matt Dris- coll. "We sat in the governor's office with the governor and his op people and the governor told myself and (former city schools Superintendent) Steve Jones that ic would support this legisla- tion. "They have been aware of the process every step of the Driscoll said of the governor's PATAKI, PAGE A-12 News service reports Toronto A jetliner carrying 309 people skidded off a runway while land- ing in a thunderstorm Tuesday, sliding into a ravine and breaking into pieces, but everyone aboard survived by jumping to safety in the moments before the plane burst into flames. Twenty-four people suffered minor in- juries in the p.m. crash landing of Air France Flight 358 from Paris the first time an Airbus A340 had crashed in its 13 years of commercial service. The plane, carrying 297 passengers and 12 crew, overran the runway by 200 yards at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, said Steve Shaw, a vice presi- dent of the Greater Toronto Airport Au- thority. The aircraft skidded down a slope into a wooded area next to one of Canada's busiest highways. Some survivors said passengers scram- bled up to the road to catch rides with passing cars. Emergency landing at Hancock A plane scheduled to fly into Toronto's Pearson International Airport landed at Hancock Airport Tuesday evening because of the earlier crash in Toronto. Flight 691 from Northwest division KLM was carrying 443 people from Amsterdam when it made the emergency landing about p.m., said Tony Mancuso, aviation commissioner. The pilot had also suspected that the plane had fuel problems. The plane landed without any problems; no fuel problems were found, Mancuso said. The passengers on the flight were held at Hancock Airport until the plane refueled and prepared to fly into an airport in Montreal, Mancuso said. The witness Corey Marks said he was at the side of the road when he watched the plane touch down and crash. "It was around 4 o'clock, it was get- ting really dark, and all of a sudden light- ning was happening, a lot of rain was coming Marks said. "This plane came in on the runway, hits the run- way nice. Everything looked good, sounds good and all of a sudden we heard the engines backing up. He went straight into the valley and cracked in half." A passenger at the rear "The plane touched ground and we felt it was going off road and hitting a ravine and that's when we thought that was real- ly the end of said Olivier Dubois, a passenger who was sitting in the rear of the A340 Airbus. "It was really, really scary. Everyone was Dubois told CTV. "People were screaming and .jumping as fast as possible and running every- where, because our biggest fear is that it would blow up." 'Alii, PAGE A-6 Erosion eats away Ontario's shoreline INSIDE: The scene in photos, the safety of the Airbus and online Elk Block gang picked for prosecution Index Business...........C-l Bridge...........G-12 Classified.........G-l Comics..............E-8 CNY.................E-l Crossword........E-9 Editoriak.......A-10 Entertainment. E-5 Letters....... A-ll local new...... B-1 THE POST-STANDARD Lottery........ Movies....... New York.. Obituaries. Sports........ Stocks Sudoku pazzle E-9 Technology..... H Television........E-7 Wedier____D-8 A-2 E-6 A-8 B-4 D-l C-3 Federal indictments accuse 16 of running gang as a criminal enterprise. By John O'Brien Staff writer Ronnie Parnell boasted to Syr- i acuse detectives last summer 1 that he beat charges of trying to 1 murder the member of a rival street gang five years ago, according to police, i Not so fast, federal prosecu- tors said Tuesday. Parnell was among 16 alleged members of the Elk "Block street gang indicted Tuesday on a charge of running the gang as a criminal enterprise under the federal Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, which was created to combat mobsters. His case may epitomize the tack that federal prosecutors are using to combat Syracuse street gangs: Instead of trying to over- come intimidated witnesses to prove one charge in state court, the feds will try to prove the gang members were part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. They need to show the gang members conspired to commit at least two of 53 "overt acts" list- ed in the indictment. Syracuse's gang task force led INSIDE: The suspects, the case and the the raid, which came two years after 26 members of a rival gang. Boot Camp, were arrested under the same law. The charges against Elk Block, 1995 to last month, are examples that prose- cutors plan to use as evidence that Elk Block was an ongoing criminal organization that used violence to control its drug trade on Syracuse's South Side, according to U.S. Attorney Glenn Suddaby. Parnell. 22. was cleared in state court of trying to shoot a member of the Freestyle gang to death as the victim rode a bicy- Elk Block -'H territory --1-. The Plan that determines how much water stays in Lake Ontario is under review. By Nadia Alvarado Contributing writer Cheryl Gressani, of Syracuse, has watched the beachfront at her family's camp on Lake On- tario gradually change since she started going there in the 1950s. Over the last 20 years, though, the beach at Montario Point began disappearing at a quicker rate than before, she said. As a third-generation shoreline prop- erty owner, Gressani wonders if there will be any beach left for her son to inherit. "I'm not just some snotty pri- vate land Gressani said. "I'm an environmentalist too. I'm not just concerned about the I loss of my land, but the loss of the public beaches and the envi- ronment those beaches support, which is essentially every- body's." Gressani thinks erosion has been accelerated by high lake water levels, a result of a U.S.- Canadian lake management plan adopted in the early 1960s. That plan uses a dam near Massena to hold water in Lake Ontario at times when its release into the St. Lawrence River could cause flooding downstream in places like Montreal. i That plan is now under review by a group called The Interna- tional Lake Ontario-St. Law- rence River Study Board. It is re- viewing several options for future management of the water
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