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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracUM.com SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SEASONAL After about a dozen days of tem- peratures in the 90s, here's a sec- ond day of fresh air. It should last through the weekend, be- fore oppressive heat and hu- midity build up again for the first part of next week. d at St. Joe's; kina Scrambled Complete forecast, D-8 I- VisHorsaMlpatiMtswIvse employee lot; employees wi park at Carousel Ceiter. By Sue Weibezahl and Greg Munno Staff writers Hundreds of people and cars were evacuated from St. Jo- seph's Hospital Health Center parking garage and its physi- cian's office building Friday morning after contractors in the 30-year-old garage discovered a deteriorated support beam. Both the garage and office building will be closed at least through Wednesday, and perhaps for all of next week, Syracuse Fire Chief John Cowin and hos- pital officials said. The office building which is perched on top of the garage is home to 15 medical prac- tices, each with several doctors, said Margaret Martin, spokes- Mopiside Diagram shows closed streets, alternative woman for the hospital. Martin said the hospital is scrambling to accommodate the doctors and cars that have been displaced. The hospital will dedicate one of its employee lots to visitors and patients, and will instruct the employees who normally use the lot to park at Carousel Center, where shuttle buses will be wait- ing for them. As fire officials went door to door to clear people out of the physician's building, secretaries grabbed appointment books so they could call patients, Martin and Cowin said. Martin said many of the doctors with offices at St. Joseph's have second of- fices elsewhere in Central New York. For those who don't, Mar- tin said the hospital will make room for them at St. Joseph's. "We don't want patients to have to miss Martin said. Contractors had been hired to remove fireproofing from the steel in the garage and one dis- covered Wednesday that a main vertical beam on the bottom floor was rotting, Cowin said. When the contractor returned to work Friday morning, he no- Source: AP, Infovisual KRT Rescuers trying to save Russian sailors on sub U.S. and British military planes with remote-controlled underwater robots rushed to help rescue sailors on a mini-subma- rine caught on an underwater an- tenna. Oxygen supplies were dwindling on the vessel 600 feet below the Pacific Ocean surface. STORY, PAGE A-3 New turf rolling out in SU's Carrier Dome Workers installing FieldTurf in the Carrier Dome will cut in orange-colored words "Syra- cuse" and "Orange" and create a large "S" orange and trimmed in blue. "You'll know where you Dome manag- ing director Pat Campbell said. SPORTS, PAG! D-l Fayetteville teen heads to Brubeck jazz program Noah Kellman, 14, is among 17 students nationwide selected for a weeklong program at the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, Calif. IOCAI, PAGE 8-1 CPAs help count books for Read Ahead initiative Dear Bob: Do you need a new tax deal? The employees of Fagliarone Group CPAs joined other Cen- tral New York businesses col- lecting books to be placed in Co- lonial Laundromats. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l By Rick Moriarty Staff writer The city is suggesting that Destiny USA developer Robert Congel consider seeking a new tax deal for the proposed Destiny USA retail and entertainment project. Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll made the suggestion Monday in a letter to Congel as a follow-up to the city's rejection of a financ- ing plan proposed by Congel. "Bob, only you know if your vision for this project has changed dramatically since Driscoll said in the letter, a copy of which was provided to The Post-Standard at the news- paper's request. "If this is the case, perhaps you may wish to consider getting new legislation from both the City of Syracuse Common Council and the Onon- daga County Legislature that is more in line with your current construction and financing plans." Ken Mokrzycki, the city's di- rector of administration, said the city is not trying to renegotiate the tax deal. Driscoll merely wanted to suggest the possibility if Congel thinks it does not meet his construction and financing plans, Mokrzycki said. "We're not urging him or saying we want him to seek new he said. "But if his plans are significantly different from what was approved in 2002, that might be the course of action he might want to take. We're trying to be helpful." NEW, PAGE A-3 Sorrow, anger at elephant death By Mark Weiner Staff writer Central New Yorkers inun- dated the Rosamond Gifford Zoo with both heartfelt sym- pathy and angry criticism Fri- day after the death of Kedar, the zoo's baby elephant. The 345-pound male ele- phant, born Sunday, died Thursday night about 10 hours after he slipped past the pro- tective watch of his mother and family, ending up in the deep end of a pool. David Ussman Staff photographer ZOO DIRECTOR Anne Baker and general curator Chuck Doyle hug as the 11 a.m. elephant demonstration begins Fri- day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. C.W. McKeeh Staff photographer A CONDOLENCE card is displayed on a bulletin board next to the elephants' area at the zoo Friday. By Friday afternoon, more than 125 e-mails, 45 cards and dozens of phone calls had come in to the zoo, comforting and adding to the pain of staff members some of whom wept outside the elephant ex- hibit over the loss of what they consider a family mem- ber. "Some of the notes are very, very said Anne Baker, the zoo director. "And some are so nasty. They're not just critical, they're hateful." In addition, let- ters to the editor poured into The Post-Standard and the discussion of Kedar's death dominated a forum on the newspaper's affil- iated Web site, Syracuse.com, which received more than 100 postings by early evening. Before the zoo opened Friday, mourners dropped off flowers, homemade cards ACTIVIST, PAGE A-5 Inside Reaction is swift and How to cope with the Sunday: An outpouring of letters to the editor. Cause sought in death of girl at Disney World An autopsy Friday showed Jerra Kirby, the 12-year-old girl who collapsed while visiting Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon Thursday and died, did not suffer a physical injury first. Investigators continue to look for what caused her death. Corrections Citizens Bank grand opening Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index LOOKING BACK: 60 YEARS AGO TOD AY, A NEW EPOCH OF WARFARE BEGAN Business news Bridge Calendar E-5 Gass. Comics CNY _ Utferc For CNY vets, Age of the Atom dawned harshly By Pedro Ramirez DDL Staff writer Sixty years ago, Little Boy and Fat Man doled out death on two Japanese cities on a scale the world had never seen and has not experienced since. At Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two atomic bombs killed at least people. It was the first and only time a nation used atomic bombs in war. The bombings at Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and at Nagasaki on Aug. have been remem- bered over the decades as the final horrific events of the cost- liest conflict of the 20th century, World WarH. Today, 60 years after an American B-29 bomber named tOW, PAGE A-4 Hiroshima marks 60th with water for the dead Frank Ordonez Staff photographer JOSHUA GOLDBERG, a retired physics professor at Syracuse Uni- versity who was in the service in Chicago in 1945, said he was re- lieved when he first heard of the Aug. 6 atomic bombing. Inside: Marchers in Oswego County say nuclear age must draw to a B-1 Local veterans, in midst of combat in 1945, recall hearing the momentous news about A-4 The way we were: What Syracusans were doing here on Aug. as history was made in A-4 The Associated Press Hiroshima, Japan For a brief moment, the trolleys stopped and the city fell silent. Then, with offerings of water and flowers for the dead, Hiro- shima remembered how a flash in the early morning sky 60 years ago turned life to death for more than and forever changed the face of war. Marking the 60th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack, more than people gathered today in Peace Memori- al Park, a sprawling, tree-cov- ered expanse that for one day each year becomes the spiritual epicenter of the global anti-nu- clear movement. The ceremony was an austere one. A moment of silence was ob- served at a.m., the instant of the blast, and a flock of doves was released into the sky. Then wreaths and ladles of water symbolizing the suffering of those who died in the atomic in- femo were offered at a sim- ple, arch-shaped stone monu- ment at the center of the park. Outside the nearby A-Bomb Dome, one of the few buildings left standing after the blast, peace activists held a die in. In a "Peace Hi- roshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba gave an empassioned plea for all nuclear powers to abandon their deadly arsenals, and said the United States, Russia and other members of the nuclear club are "jeopardizing human survival." THE POST-STANDARD LOCKER STYLE Give yours IflOOnetK personalty CNY, PAGE E-1 KATIE BROWN Gen-X home-style guru no Martha Stewart CNY, PAGE E-4 NSIDE MASCOT NAMES No American Indian names hi NCAA postseason tourneys SPORTS, PAGE D-1 SALVAGE SISTERS Turn trash into treasures CNY, PAGE E-3 SUDOKU Today's puzzle PAGE E-13 J