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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKUM.com FRIDAY. AUGUST 19. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS WARM, MAYBE WET Hot, humid weather returns to the region today and it a chance of a few drenching show- ers or thunderstorms. More showers over the weekend. Complete forecast.C-10 HISTORIC FIRST: HIGH: 87 LOW: 70 Superintendent candidates to get another chance The Syracuse school board wants to take a second look at some of the superintendent can- didates who applied but didn't get the job last time around. President Cynthia Kirby said. STORY, PAGE B-l GOP's Weld soys he'll run for N.Y. governor William F. Weld, the former Republican governor of Massa- chusetts, said Thursday that he planned to run for the same job in New York next year, hoping his platform of tax cuts and so- cial liberalism would make him the first two-state governor since Sam Houston. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Grieving woman leaves protest in Crawford The grieving woman who started an anti-war demonstra- tion near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, nearly two weeks ago left the camp Thurs- day after learning her mother had had a stroke, but Cindy Sheehan told supporters the pro- test would go on. Anti-war-protesters from Itha- ca raise money to travel to the Texas demonstration. Index Seneca-Cayugas Pay Back Taxes C.W. McKeen Staff photographer PAUL SPICER newly elected chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, presents a check Thursday for back taxes on a farm the tribe owns in Aurelius. Receiving the check is Herb Marshall, chairman of the county Legislature. Chief says 'gaming is going to be a part of the mix' Pope makes his first trip back to German homeland Benedict XVI returned Thursday to his "beloved home- land" of Germany, in his first trip abroad as pope, making his entrance to Cologne in a boat on the Rhine and cheered on by tens of thousands of young Catholics there for a huge festival of faith. STORY, PAGE A-4 Space shuttle grounded until at least March The next space shuttle launch will probably be delayed at least until March to give NASA more time to make engineering changes aimed at reducing the craft's ongoing foam-shedding problem, agency officials said. STORY, PAGE A-9 Does 'minority' mean what it used to mean? News that Texas is the fourth state in which non-Hispanic whites make up less than 50 per- cent of residents has renewed discussion about whether the term "minority" has outlived its usefulness; critics include both liberals and conservatives. 'STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections No gun in Dr. Eva Briggs' book Financial adviser Terrence Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Scott Rapp Staff writer Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma leaders returned to their homeland Thurs- day with a check for back taxes in Cayuga County and an economic development plan that includes casino gambling. Newly elected Chief Paul' Spicer gave the check to county Legislature Chairman Herbert Marshall and spoke for roughly 30 minutes about the tribe's plans for the Finger Lakes. Spicer said the tribe is looking to build a full-scale casino in the Cayuga land- claim area while it tries to forge an eco- nomic development partnership with county and other municipal leaders and businesses. "Gaming is going to be a part of the Spicer said. The tribe is eager to work with local communities in trying to find a mutually acceptable site for the casino, he said. It would also obey local building and zon- ing regulations and pay taxes or user fees to the taxing entities, he said. However, Robert Odawi Porter, an In- dian law expert at Syracuse University, said it appears to him that the Seneca- Cayugas paid the taxes to leverage a casi- no deal. "It highlights a policy problem with out-of-state tribes doing reservation shopping____ It really reflects on the mercenary approach they're taking in hopes of squeezing a casino out of said Porter, director of SU's Center for Indigenous Law, Governance Citizen- ship. Spokesmen for the New York Oneidas and the New York Cayugas declined to comment for this story. Both of their tribes refuse to pay property taxes on their real estate holdings in Central New York. The Seneca-Cayugas were one of five tribes that had pending deals with the state to build casinos in the Catskills in exchange for settling their land claims across the state. However, Gov. George E. Pataki pulled those offers after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Sherrill de- cision that went against the Oneida Indi- an Nation of New York. The in back taxes were due on a 229-acre farm in Aurelius that is owned by the Seneca-Cayugas. It is the first time that the tribe has paid taxes on the property since acquiring it nearly three years ago, and the county could CRITICS, PAGE A-6 More i illnesses linked to spraypark i Water playground is closed for the season; rest of state i park remains open. By Dave Tobin Staff writer Hundreds of people in an i eight-county area suffering the i symptoms of an intestinal illness i are tracing their sickness to the spraypark at Seneca Lake State Park, state health officials say. The number continues to I grow. I Since the Geneva intestinal illness connection was first reported earlier this week, a I total of 769 adults and children i are, or have been, affected by I gastrointestinal illness. Some oi those experienced symptoms as early as July, but did not report it j until this week, according to i state Department of Health oi'fi- j cials. i At least eight cases have been j confirmed as cryptosporidiosis a contagious, stubborn, i intestinal disease caused by para- sites that live in feces. Six Cayu- I ga County residents have been confirmed with crypto. The ill- ness is identified by lab tests of stool samples. "Calls have been coming in j since the first report appeared in the said Elane Daly, Cayuga County director of health and human services. "The number is changing daily." The illness prompted state of- ficials to close the spraypark for the rest of the season. The rest of he park remains open, though, as testing of the park's drinking ountains, the nearby snack bar and the beaches have revealed no problems. Thursday, families were bar- )ecuing in pavilions adjacent to the spraypark, children played in the nearby playground and a few 'amilies swam at the beach at the northern end of Seneca Lake. But no one ventured near the spraypark, drained of water and ringed with yellow police tape. Sherry Burrows, of Lodi, came to the park with her grand- daughter, Briana, 4, to play in PARK'S, PAGE A-l 2 Israeli troops force out hardline settlers Soldiers ore lowered in cages to the roof of a synagogue during a last stand in Gaza. By Rarnit Plushnick-Masti The Associated Press Kfar Darom, Gaza Strip Riot troops stormed synagogues in two hardline Jewish set- tlements Thursday to evict hun- dreds of militant holdouts who locked arms in a human chain and pelted soldiers with acid, oil and sand, the most violent clashes in Israel's historic Gaza pullout. Dozens of protesters at Kfar Darom sequestered themselves behind razor-wire on the syna- gogue roof, at first singing and waving.flags, then attacking sol- diers below with their arsenal of caustic liquids and objects, in- Inside Even the soldiers Showdown was carefully Pain and hope in eluding paint-filled lightbulbs. Breaking the siege, army cranes lowered metal cages filled with helmeted troops onto the roof, as cannon sprayed protest- ers with blasts of blue-tintec water. Other troops carrying wire cutlers climbed ladders that became slick with oil. Thursday's evictions leave several hundred people still in Gaza. Evictions of the remaining four settlements, which will be suspended before tonight for- the Jewish Sabbath, could be com- pleted by next week, officials said far earlier than planned. SU offers Haudenosaunees full scholarships Bridge............ Business....... Class............. Comics.......... CNY....._........ Crossword... Editorials letters._. Local news.. .F-4 D-l F-2 E-6 ..E-l E-7 .A-10 ..A-11 8-1 A-2 .E-3 A-8 .B-4 lottery............ Movies............. New York.... Obituories... Sports.............C-l D-3 Sudoku_........-.E-7 Television.........E-5 Weolher _.._.. C-10 Program to start in 2006, worth per year to students who qualify. By Nancy Buczek Staff writer Syracuse University plans to announce today a scholarship program targeting Haudenosau- nee'students that pays for under- graduate tuition, on-campus room and board and mandatory student fees worth per year. "I've never heard of any school ever making this type of commitment to Native said Robert Odawi Porter, a member of the Seneca Nation and director of SU's College of Law's Center for Indigenous Law, Governance Citizenship. "It's qualified also in a unique way because it's not tied to all Native people. It's tied to Hau- denosaunee people." The Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship Program will be available to all admitted, first- year and transfer students who are certified current citizens of one of the six Haudenosaunee nations: Mohawk. Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca or Tuscarora. SU will begin offer- ing the scholarships in fall 2006. There will no limit on the num- ber of scholarships awarded an- nually. Other schools in the country. OFFER, PAGE A-3 What's the value of the scholarship? For each year of study toward a first bachelor's degree, students will receive the following: Undergraduate full-time tuition: On-campus room and board: Mandatory university fees: Total: Source: Syracuse University THE POST-STANDARD BACK-TO- SCHOOl FASHION DO'S AND i DONTS. CNY, PAGEE-2 h'-. INSIDE MERMAID MAKES WAVES. PAGE A-2 JEFF KRAMER GETS NAKED. PAGE E-1 WES CRAVEN'S TO EYE'' OPENS. PAGE E-1 'Volkmt' hits theaters. PAGE E-4 Cornell scientists: wild Africa in U.S. West They propose restoring continent's biodiversity with elephants, lions, cheetahs. By Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writer Prairie dogs have different danger barks for snakes, owls, badgers and ferrets. But if a group of Cornell researchers has its way, they'll need a new one: elephant stampede. The 3-pound rodents could be sharing the Great Plains with 8.000-pound pachyderms and other large African animals, in- cluding cheetah, lions and cam- els. In today's issue of the journal Nature, the researchers put for- ward a proposal for bringing back relatives of massive mam- mals that haven't been in North America for 13.000 years. It was then, in the Pleistocene era, that the continent lost much of its biodiversity. About 60 spe- cies, all weighing more than 100 pounds, were wiped out by hu- mans, said Josh Donlan. co-au- thor of the report and a graduate student at Cornell University. Bringing back those large ani- mals would restore the conti- nent's ecological diversity, he said. Their loss led to weeds and pests dominating many land- scapes. Donlan said. If the large mammals originally here had survived, the weeds would be eaten by huge herbivores includ- ing elephants and giant tortoises. WftDUR, PAGE A-6 ii
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