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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               H! The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracusc.com FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING QUICK SHOWER Chilly air high above Central New York could produce a passing shower this after- noon, but there should be some sunshine for much of the day. Skies will become much clearer over the weekend. Complete forecast, C-12 HIGH: 81 LOW: 57 Onondaga man killed in Cayuga County crash David M. Haley, 24, of Onondaga, and Doris B. Tucker, 86, of Sennett, died Thursday when their cars collided on Route 20 in Sennett. STORY, PAGE 1-1 Schumer still undecided on Roberts' nomination Sen. Charles Schumer says he's waiting to hear Judge John G. Roberts Jr.'s answers at con- firmation hearings to decide whether to support his Supreme Court nomination. STORY, PAGE A-16 Safe rides, safe food You come to eat. You come to ride. to make1 sure the food and the rides are safe? Today: The Orbiter spins at 24 RPMs. The Fireball pushes its riders skyward with 4 Gs of force. But who makes sure the roughly 70 rides at the New York State Fair are safe? Saturday: There are more than 300 places to get a bite or a sip at the fair. See what state health inspectors do daily to en- sure that fair food is safe. FAIR STORIES, PAGES Did poor security controls contribute to stampede? Iraqis demanded the govern- ment explain Thursday whether inefficient security played a role in the tragic bridge stampede. STORY, PAGE A-4 Video shows bomber and al-Qaida's al-Zawahri One of the London bombers appears in a video broadcast Thursday along with al-Qai- da's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri warning of more attacks. STORY, PAGE A-4 Raymour Flanigan expanding, adding jobs Raymour Flanigan Furni- ture officials Thursday an- nounced a million expansion and plans for 120 more workers. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l Corrections Le Moyne's hurricane Downtown Parade of Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business..........D-l Lottery..............A-2 Bridge...........G-IO Movies...............F-3 Classified.........G-l NewYork.........A-6 Comics..............F-6 Obituaries........B-6 CNY...................F-l Sports...............C-1 Crossword.. Stocks...............D-3 Editorials.......A-14 Sudoku..............F-7 Letters...........A-l5 Television..........F-5 Local news.......1-1 Weather........C-12 THE POST-STANDARD New Orleans Falling Apart Waiting for Help to Arrive The Associated Press SARAH JOHNSON yells for help outside the convention center in New Orleans Thursday as she holds on to a woman for whom she had provided home care before Hurricane Katrina hit. Johnson did not want to give out the patient's name. State probe of gas prices is sought By Kenn Peters Staff writer A sudden spike that sent gasoline prices over a gal- lon in Central New York has the head of service station op- erators calling for a state in- vestigation. Ralph Bombardiere, execu- tive director of the New York State Association of Service Stations Repair Shops, said Thursday he believes a state agency with subpoena power should force oil company offi- cials to explain why the price of gas has gone up 40 cents to 50 cents a gallon since Hurri- cane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. "I don't know the real rea- son and neither does anybody else, except the companies producing the gas. That's why we need a government agency with some authority to call people Bombardiere said. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's offices across the state, including in Syracuse, STATION, PAGE A-13 Mayor sends 'desperate SOS' for aid as chaos overwhelms city Gary Walts Staff photographer SUNOCO regular self-serve was selling Thursday at a pinch less than a gallon at the A Plus convenient store at Utica and West First streets in Oswego. INSIDE Gas station owner in Moravia shuts off pumps; lines in DeWitt for gas; gas- saving tips; RV owner's views; price gouging New Orleans Web host braves looter, high water to Store shelves could go empty as ports stay Hot topic in The Associated Press New Orleans Corpses lay abandoned in street medi- ans. Medical helicopters and law officers came under fire. Storm survivors battled for seats on the buses that would carry them away from the chaos. The tired and hungry seethed, saying they had been forsaken. New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday, a city seem- ingly ready to explode at any moment. "I'm not sure I'm going to get out of here said tourist Larry Mitzel, of Saska- toon, Canada, who handed a reporter his business card in case he goes missing. "I'm scared of riots. I'm scared of the locals. We might get caught in the crossfire." Four days after Hurricane Katrina roared in with a devas- tating blow that inflicted po- tentially thousands of deaths, the frustration, fear and anger mounted, despite the promise of National Guardsmen a day to stop the looting and a INSIDE Photographs tell the story; Web link shows submerged areas of New Orleans; Congress approves billion for storm relief; other nations offer assistance; medical supplies Identifying the dead is difficult; few from CNY had planned trips to New Orleans; Syracuse University can't take more Tulane Syracuse .COM For complete news updates go to Syracuse.com Online newspaper: Staffers of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans are creating an online newspaper every night at nola.com while they are unable to print and deliver their daily newspaper. government relief effort Presi- dent Bush called the biggest in U.S. history. New Orleans' top emergen- cy management official called that effort a "national dis- grace" and questioned when reinforcements would actually reach the increasingly lawless city. About to people who had taken shelter at New Orleans convention center grew increasingly hos- tile after waiting for buses for days amid the filth and the dead. Police Chief Eddie Com- pass said he sent in 88 officers to quell the situation at the building, but they were quickly driven back by an angry mob. "We have individuals who are getting raped, we have in- dividuals who are getting beat- Compass said. "Tourists are walking in that direction and they are getting preyed upon." A military helicopter tried to land at the convention center several times to drop off food and water. But the rushing crowd forced the choppers to MOB CHASES, PAGE A-10 Upstate Medical's president says he'll step down Dr. Gregory L Eastwood to stay about one more year until successor is named. By Nancy Buczek Staff writer Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood, Upstate Medical University pres- ident for the past 12 years, an- nounced Thursday he intends to step down from the presidency. "It does seem a good time. The whole institution seems to be reasonably stable in terms of finances and the direction things arc going Eastwood said. "I just sort of feel good about Eastwood where Upstate is right now, and I think it's time to go through that transition." Eastwood, 65, is Up- state's longest- serving presi- dent. He will continue as the SUNY institu- tion's leader until his successor begins, which Upstate officials hope will occur in about one year. By then, Eastwood will have served nearly 14 years. After taking a year off to pur- sue teaching and research in bio- ethics, Eastwood plans to return to Upstate and teach in that field. A gastroenterologist by training, he has a faculty position in the College of Medicine's Depart- ment of Medicine and lectures when he has time. Eastwood Thursday notified Upstate students and staff and employees at University Hospi- tal, the university's teaching hos- pital, of his plans. "It was not an 'about time' kind of thing. I was kind of shocked by his said Robert E. Pietrafesa II, chairman of Upstate's University Council. "He has an uncanny ability to do things with grace and style. He's certainly re- tiring at the top and not under any cloud of controversy." Pietrafesa will chair a presi- dential search committee, which hasn't yet been put together. The committee will hire a search firm. The committee will recom- mend its pick to the SUNY Board of Trustees and SUNY's chancellor. Eastwood in 1993 became Upstate's fifth president since it joined the SUNY system in 1950. During his tenure, it opened the first Gamma Knife Center outside of metropolitan NewYork City; constructed the Institute for Human Performance building on Irving Avenue; and has planned and is raising money for the vertical expansion of University Hospital that will in- clude the CNY Children's Hos- pital. A new academic building also is planned. "Everyone is saying, 'Do more with so when he can grow the research, build the building, start a Children's Hos- pital, expand his clinical opera- tions and put through major pre- '4 j   

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