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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse. TUESDAY. AUGUST 9, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOUPY A nearby mass of tropical moisture will keep the hu- midity high in Central New York for the next sever- af day s and allow for a drench- ing thunderstorm at any time. Some sunshine may peak through. Complete forecast 0-8 Some in CNY Might Lose State Health Insurance HIGH: 87 LOW: 68 For the latest on return of space shuttle Discovery For updates on the return of the shuttle Discovery, which was delayed until this morning, see the 24-Hour Update at www.sy- racuse.com or NASA's Web site at The possible landing times at Kennedy Space Center were a.m. and a.m. The landing times at Edwards Air Force Base were a.m. and a.m. Kedor died from twisted intestine Kedar, the four-day-old ele- phant that died at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, was stricken by an intestinal tract that was twisted by too much air and water. It's a condition more commonly found in horses, said Dr. George Kol- lias, a professor of wildlife med- icine, at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine. STORY, PAGE 1-1 Westchester's Pirro to run against Clinton Jeanine F. Pirro, the West- chester County district attorney, announced Monday that she will challenge Hillary Rodham Clin- ton for her U.S. Senate seat next year. "New York needs a full- time senator and not someone who is eyeing the Pirro said. "We are not a way station." STORY, PAGE A-6 Plastic made from wood? It's in the lab A new type of plastic breaks down in 10 weeks, saving space in landfills. It's a product of two local companies and the State University College of Environ- mental Science and Forestry. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l John Johnson, publisher of Ebony, Jet, dies at 87 John H. Johnson, who cre- ated the world's largest black- owned and operated company, died Monday at the age of 87. Johnson Publishing Company produced the popular magazines Jet and Ebony and included Fashion Fair cosmetics. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Relative of LaVon Joseph Marzo crash not a driving while intoxicated B-1 Crew member at Jeremy Mayfield's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Income reqwrewwts icety to reduce number eRojble for Fomiy Heohh Pws program. By James T. Mulder Staff writer A state program designed to reduce the number of New York- ers without health insurance is about to add to their ranks. The state is tightening eligibil- ity rules for Family Health Plus, a state-subsidized health insur- ance program for low-income adults who make too much to qualify for Medicaid. The changes will leave some Central New Yorkers without coverage. People applying for or renew- ing Family Health Plus will be denied if their savings and other assets exceed certain levels. The new asset test is expected to take effect Sept. I, said Kathy Hart, Onondaga County's assistant so- cial services commissioner. On that date, people enrolled in Family Health Plus also will face higher co-payments and less generous vision benefits. There are Central New Yorkers of them in Onondaga County enrolled in Family Health Plus. Statewide, about people are en- rolled in the program. The asset test could knock a lot of people off the program's rolls, according to Hart. "I think it will make a big difference, but we really don't know yet how many people this is going to af- fect." Gov. Pataki and the state Leg- islature made the changes to Family Health Plus in 2004 as RESTRICTIONS, PAGE A-4 NewossttLMtsfor Fonly Iwwtii Plus Family of Family of Family of Family of Family of Family of Family of Family of For larger households, add for each additional person For more information about Family Health Plus, call your county social services department: Onondaga....................435-2928 Oswego.........................963-5000 Cayuga..........................253-1228 Madison........................366-2211 Source: Onondaga County social services department RESIDENTS FLEE APARTMENT FIRE IN MANLIUS Chrissie Cowan photographer A FIREFIGHTER leans out a window at the Carriage House East apartment complex Monday. Dozens fled after lightning struck one of the buildings, starting a fire that spread to adjoining apartments. See story, Page B-1. SU fires official investigated by FBI Nation pays toward its tax bUl By Glenn Coin Staff writer The Oneida Indian Nation has made a non-refunda- ble payment toward its delin- quent tax bill to Oneida County. In return, the county has agreed to stall foreclosure pro- ceedings on 59 parcels pending the outcome of a federal lawsuit filed by the nation last month. "This in no way resolves the issue, but rather, provides more time for a resolution to be County Executive Joe Griffo said Monday in a pre- pared statement. The payment marks a major departure for the nation, which has always maintained it is sov- ereign and free from taxation. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in March that the nation must pay property taxes, nation lawyers have continued to argue in court that the nation is completely exempt from taxes. Both sides stressed that the was not a tax payment. "As this point, it's just a pay- said nation spokesman PAYMENT, PAGE A-4 University takes action Mowing Franklin Wilbur's return from Thailand. By John O'Brien Staff writer Syracuse University officials have fired a mid-level adminis- trator in the midst of an FBI in- vestigation into his conduct off the job. The university fired Franklin Wilbur as associate vice presi- dent for undergraduate studies in June when he returned to the United States from Thailand, according to a letter from SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor to her senior administrators. Wilbur suffered strokes while he was in Thailand, and SU pro- vided medical transportation for him to come home, the letter said. SU officials contacted police when they became aware of Wil- bur's behavior, the letter said. She did not divulge the behavior in the letter, and a university spokesman would not be more specific. "I wish to make you aware of administrative actions that were taken because of Frank's indi- vidual behavior as a private citi- zen while away from the univer- Cantor wrote. "When this behavior was brought to my at- tention, he was terminated upon his return to the United States." The FBI has been investigat- ing Wilbur, SU spokesman Kevin Morrow said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Baxter would not say whether federal authorities were investigating. Wilbur, 57, has not been charged. Messages left at his home in Syracuse were not re- turned. Cantor wrote in her letter that she asked Senior Vice President Eleanor Ware to set up a task force "to review our policies and procedures in general." The university's legal counsel at the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck King "will continue to thor- ic circumstances related to this matter." Morrow would not say. if the alleged misconduct was related to trips that Wilbur made to Thailand. Morrow would not comment on whether Wilbur's expenses for his trip to Thailand were paid by the university. Wilbur was hospitalized when he returned to Syracuse two months ago, Morrow said. Wilbur oversaw several de- partments in SU's undergraduate studies program, including Proj- ect Advance, Morrow said. That program trains high school teachers to teach college-level courses for credit accepted at SU Suspect linked to five bank robberies BySueWeibezahl Staff Writer oughly examine the more specif- and many other colleges. Baldwinsville man witnessed Nagasaki's ruins SEANKffiST Index Business.... Classified... Comic CNY_____ Crossword. Editorials... Entertainment. E-3 Kjd'sPoge__.HO C-l F-9 H E-6 E-l E-6 A-8 Lette5___ Local news Lottery._ Movies _. New York Obituaries.... Sports. Stocks. Sudoku ___ POST-STANDARD COLUMNIST Silver Nosewicz walked amid the rains of Nagasa- ki. He was sent there, with other Navy sailors on the USS Graffi- as, about a month after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on that Japanese city. The bomb fell on Aug. 9, years ago today. Silver the childhood nickname of THE POST-STANDARD Sylvester Nosewicz is now 80, a retiree living in Baldwins- vine. With each passing year, he said, he meets fewer and fewer people who seem to grasp what could happen in a nuclear attack. Silver was a witness. For rea- sons he still doesn't fully under- stand, the officers of the Graffias gave the crew a chance to tour the city. The sailors rode on trucks through utter devastation. They were ordered to leave any cameras behind, an order Silver ignored. The photographs he smuggled home portray a mass cremation. He remembers how the soil of Nagasaki was turned to soot and ash. He remembers how almost every building had been leveled. He remembers how a few Japa- nese, as if in shock, picked among the ruins and begged for food. In an interview. Silver offered direct and passionate reflections, the words of a grandfather who's spent years trying to come to terms with horror. He is more concerned than ever about the 'WORLD, PAGE A-4 CNY's connections How Syracuse helped build the bomb: Some of the brightest minds of the atomic age got their start here. "One of the greatest assets of Syracuse is its craftsmen. They can be depended upon to build anything new, no matter how unusual or startling it Cold War targets: The Soviets pointed their nuclear missiles at several sites in Central and Northern New LEARN TO BE A LEADER Diamond Brefonddidas a Presidential Classroom VOICES, PAGEB-5 RUNNING BAREFOOT Should you? HEALTH FITNESS, PAGE E-1 Also: Try a maHnUfaUKMI SPORTS, PAGED-2 PETER JENNINGS Globe-frottingonchor spent time in QiY. CNY, PAGE E-3 WORLD TRADE Shop believes in fotrdeok THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Syracuse police say a man who they believe robbed a city bank in July has since robbed four other banks in Ohio and Kentucky. Donnie Kenneda, 38, who lived in the Syracuse area for the past five years, was identified through video surveillance tapes as the suspect who robbed the Bank of America branch at 100 N. Salina St. July 19, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, speaking for city police. FBI officials have since iden- tified him in the other robberies and believe his addiction to crack cocaine is prompting the crime spree, Connellan said. The other four robberies were in Cincinnati on July 22; Cov- ington, Kentucky, on July 25; and Columbus, Ohio, on July 28 and Aug. 1. Although his family members in Ohio have been cooperating with law enforcement officials, Kenneda remains on the loose. Connellan said. The Syracuse police department has a warrant for his arrest. Authorities believe he is still somewhere near the Ohio-Ken- tucky border. In Syracuse, Kenneda passed a teller a threatening note de- manding cash and then walked out the front door with the money, police said. As police fanned out around the area. Kenneda walked to the downtown YMCA on Montgom- ery Street, where he had been POUCE, PAGE A-4   

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