Syracuse Post Standard, September 7, 2005

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September 07, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CLASSY Another day of sunshine and warm temperatures is in store for Central New York today thanks to a high-pressure system. A cool front may arrive Thursday and bring a few showers to the area, but skies will be clear for much of the week. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 86 LOW: 59 Motorcyclist critically hurt in Syracuse collision Andrew Givens, 25, of Syra- cuse, was taken to University Hospital Tuesday after a car turned into the path of his motor- cycle in downtown Syracuse. LOCAL, PAGE B-2 Report: Academic success mixed at charter schools A state review of charter schools shows they drain neigh- boring schools' finances and ac- ademic results are good and bad. HEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Mosquito-borne virus EEE kills girl, 5, elderly man Boston-area deaths of a girl and an 83-year-old man have been linked to the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. STORY, PAGE A-3 Labor union criticizes Army base security The Service Employees Inter- national Union says security is inadequate by federally con- tracted guards at seven Army bases. The contractor says the al- legations are false. STORY, PAGE A-3 Did Saddam confess to killings, other crimes? Iraq's president said he had been told by a judge that Sad- dam Hussein had confessed to Kurdish massacres and other crimes. But Saddam's legal con- sultant said that was not true. STORY, PAGE A-8 U.S. troops withdraw from Nojaf in Iraq In a partially symbolic move, the United States handed over control of the southern city of Najaf to the Iraqi army Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-8 Wine industry leads farming, tourism growth Nearly three times as many people visit New York state wineries than did 10 years ago. BUSINESS, PAGE M Re-election of president of Egypt all but assured Egypt is expected to re-elect its president today, but it contin- ues to ban fublic opinion sur- veys, candidates from a large po- litical movement and independent election monitors. STORY, PAGE A-8 Corrections WVU's Paul Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index CNY To Get 150 Evacuees; Water Begins To Recede By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer Up to 150 evacuees from the Hurricane Katrina disaster are scheduled to fly into Syracuse as early as this weekend and be housed temporarily at the Ma- plewood Inn on Seventh North Street in Salina. The Maplewood Inn, formerly the Days Inn, has 120 rooms available for evacuees and there are backup rooms at the nearby Clarion Hotel, Onondaga County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro said Tuesday. If needed, there are 27 spaces available at assisted liv- ing centers and 86 nursing-home beds in the county, he said. "What's toughest is not knowing who's coming, what type of health issues they may have and what the breakdown of the group Pirro said. The county has no idea how many of the Katrina survivors are children who will need schooling, or how many of the group are families that will want to remain together, Pirro said. The Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency will reimburse the county for all its costs, Pirro said. Rooms at the Maplewood Inn typically cost a night. FAIRGROUNDS, PAGE A-4 'SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS' With a major levee break fi- nally plugged, engineers struggle to pump out flooded New Or- leans. Mayor Ray Nagin says the city "was starting to see some significant progress." But he warns that numerous bodies will found: "It's going to be awful and it's going to wake the nation up again." The Army Corps of Engineers said the timetable ranges from three weeks to three months. Developments, Page A-4 7 CHILDREN ALONE Thousands of human stories have flown past relief workers in the last week, but few have touched them as much as the seven children who were found wandering together at an evacua- tion point in New Orleans. Three of the children were about 2 years old. A 3-year-old girl had her 14-month-old broth- er in tow. The oldest was 6. They were holding hands. The 6-year-old was leading them.' Sec story. Page A-4 FROM CALAMITY TO CNY A teen from the New Orleans suburb of Metairie counts herself among the lucky ones. Nicole Morales met Lauren Levine, of Manlius, at an Adi- rondacks camp about four years ago. Tuesday, Morales left be- hind her father, a homicide de- tective in a New Orleans suburb, and her mother and brother, all of whom who survived the hurri- cane, to live with the Levines for the school year. See story. Page A-5 LOCAL NEWS: 18 churches hold vigil; Sean Kirst on a rare How CNY is BUSINESS: Some refineries reopen, oil futures drop, states target prices, utility crews THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF HER LIFE Dennis Nett Staff photographer MORGAN LYNK, 8, looks back at her school Tuesday before the doors open for the first day of classes. She enters the fourth grade this year at Onondaga Road Elementary School in Camillus. LaFayette, Marcellus, and West Genesee districts began Tuesday. Who opens today? Just about everybody B-1 Check the list on Page B-3 Also, be careful around the school Find out about Le Moyne College's partnership with Catholic Business Bridge Classified Comics CNY Crosswords Editorials Letters Local news C-l 6-10 6-1 E-l A-10 A-ll 1-1 Lottery.......... Movies.......... New York..... Obituaries... Sports........... Stocks Sudoku......... Technology. Television.... A-2 E-6 A-6 B-4 D-l C-3 .H M E-7 Bush says he'll take his time on second pick for high court Pablo Martinez Associated Press U.S. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE John Roberts is a pallbearer for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on Tuesday as the cas- ket bearing the body of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is brought to the Supreme Court. He is shown passing the retir- ing Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Knight Ridder News Service Washington As the body of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist lay in repose Tuesday, senators vowed to expand their examination of John G. Roberts' qualifications to replace him, fo- cusing not only on Roberts' legal views but also on the leadership style he'd bring to the nation's highest tribunal. President Bush, faced with a historic opportunity to fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court, said he'd take his time before naming a replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who's re- tiring, and predicted that she'd still be on the bench when the court convenes in October. Congress returned to work Tuesday facing a political and legislative landscape that had changed radically from the one that lawmakers left at the end of July. Senate leaders delayed starting Roberts' hearing until Monday, partly in deference to Rehnquist but also to keep fo- cused on the aftermath of Hurri- cane Katrina. Roberts, whom Bush initially had nominated to replace O'Connor, had been scheduled to appear before the Senate Judi- ciary Committee on Tuesday. Democrats on the committee said Roberts' testimony about his legal thinking would be all the more important because the White House had refused to turn over records from his tenure as deputy solicitor general during the elder President Bush's ad- ministration. "It's up to us to ask him about what he said or did at that said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Ver- mont, the panel's ranking Demo- crat. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the committee's chairman, said that as a nominee for chief justice, Roberts would have to answer questions about how he'd lead the court that he wouldn't have faced before. Suggesting that he'd delay nominating a replacement for O'Connor, Bush said he wanted the Senate to concentrate on Roberts. He said he talked to O'Connor on Monday from Air Force One to inform her that he was nominating Roberts for chief justice. "Her first reaction was that she better get back to doing her homework, and she said so somewhat tongue in cheek, but she's right, she'll be there when the court is seated with a new chief the president said. THE POST-STANDARD 'AMERICAN IDOL' BENEFIT CONCERT Extra Syracuse show raisina, money for KOTnHO VKTBHS. CNY, PAGE E-5 INSIDE HAVING KIDS CHANGES EVERYTHING Parents share experiences. DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 SCHOOLS GO THE DISTANCE Districts ex courses with OMM programs. TECHNOLOGY, PAGE M BOB DENVER, DiES Actor, 70, treated for cancer. STORY. PAGE A-2 ;