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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN ARRIVES It will be wet in Central New York today, but the rain has nothing to do with Ophelia. This rain is less tropical and is arriving with a front from the southwest. Dry air could be here by Sunday. Complete forecast, D-16 HIGH: 73 LOW: 61 Roberts: I'm not an ideologue'; hearings end John G. Roberts Jr. on Thurs- day summed up his Senate hear- ings to become the nation's 17th chief justice by declaring, "I'm not an ideologue." With the 20 hours of hearings done, the Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Sept. 22, and GOP leaders plan to begin de- bate on Roberts' confirmation in the full Senate on Sept. 26, with a floor vote that week. STORY, PAGE A-S Hotel Syracuse bought; condominiums planned Gmul Investment Company has purchased the Hotel Syra- cuse complex. The company plans to renovate the hotel's 22-year-old tower into a stack of about 65 modern condominium units as part of a million first phase of renovations. LOCAL PAGE 1-1 Bombers strike again in Suicide bombers attacked again Thursday in Iraq, killing at least 31 people in two attacks about a minute apart that tar- geted Iraqi police and Interior Ministry commandos. The car- nage left nearly 200 people dead over two days. STOUT, PACE A-4 Central New York adds jobs in August The local job market contin- ued upward in August, with more jobs than a year ago. The area's unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, down from 5.1 percent in July and 4.9 per- cent in August 2004. Ophelia continues to dump rain on North Carolina Tropical Storm Ophelia con- tinued lashing the Outer Banks with rain and wind as coastal residents elsewhere returned to damaged homes and businesses. STORY, PACE A-9 Potoki proposes plan to combat high energy prices Gov. George Pataki Thurs- day unveiled a nine-point plan to fight high energy costs including tax credits for energy efficiency, home-energy assistance for the needy and incentives for alterna- tive fuel production. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Corrections Parade of Homes Retirement party, former Ca- millus Police Chief Lloyd Visions Federal Credit Union SU men's soccer against Marquette Movie E-4 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. Classified.... Comics........ CNY............. Crosswords Editorials Litters........ local news C-l F-IO .....F-l .....M A-10 A-ll .....M lottery........ Movies........ New York.. Obituaries. Sports......... Stocks......... Sudoku...... Television.. Weather.... A-2 E-4 .A-8 N D-l C-3 1-7 .....E-5 D-16 THE PLAN: S200B To Rebuild The Gulf Coast Susan Walsh The Associated Press PRESIDENT BUSH speaks from Jackson Square Thursday in New Orleans. To those dislocated by Hurricane Katrina, he said, "You need to know that our whole nation cares about you, and in the journey ahead you are not alone." One of the largest reconstructions in history News service reports New Orleans President Bush promised Thursday night the government will pay most of the costs of rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast in one of the largest reconstruction projects the world has ever seen estimated to cost billion or beyond. "There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise the president said. Highlights of the plan: Gutf Opportunity Zone A Gulf Opportunity Zone in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama would provide immediate incentives for job-creating, at billion over five years, and loans and loan guarantees for small businesses, including minority-owned enterprises, at a cost of million. Worker Recovery Accounts The federal government would provide accounts of up to which evacuees could use for job training and education. How H compares The Marshall Plan: Between 1948 and 1951, the United States spent billion to rebuild Europe after World War II. That's equal to about billion in 2005. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Urban Homesteading Act "We will identify property in the region owned by the federal government; and provide building sites to low-income citi- zens free of charge, through a lottery." Reimbursements and forgiveness A 100 percent reimbursement to states to cover their costs of health care for treating evacuees from Aug. 29 through Jan. billion to reimburse states for the cost of educating displaced students. Six-month forgiveness on student loan interest for affected areas, at an esti- mated cost of million. USA Freedom Corps An information clearinghouse at usafreedomcorps.gov would let "fami- lies anywhere in the country find oppor- tunities to help families in the region or a school can support a school." Up-to-date emergency plans The Department of Homeland Security has been ordered to undertake an imme- diate review of emergency plans in every major city in America. New roles and powers Bush said a disaster on the scale of Ka- trina requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces. A comprehensive review "We are going to review every action and make necessary changes, so that we are better prepared for any challenge of nature, or act of evil men, that could threaten our the president said. Bush backs INSIDE: President Bush on the courage to rebuild; parts of New Orleans reopen; moving day in the LOCAL NEWS: Gulfport, Miss., man moves his family back to WCNY raises funds for Katrina Skaneateles pupils donate food, diapers, BUSINESS: Largest jump in unemployment since ONLINE: For a link to the text of the speech, see the News Tracker blog at Harvard tries 'fun pub to loosen up its stuffy campus THE POST-STANDARD The Boston Globe Cambridge Harvard Col- lege administrators long have racked their brains concocting merry-making schemes for a campus derided as overly serious and lacking in frivolity to little avail. Surveys repeatedly show Har- vard students felt their partying potential was not being met. College officials are mulling the student-backed notion of cre- ating an undergraduate pub a departure for a campus steeped in the clubby tradition of parties confined to residence halls and exclusive private clubs. In a measure of how seriously they're taking fun, administra- tors hired a 2004 graduate, Zac- hary Corker, 23, to study the idea of the pub. He's the col- lege's special assistant to the dean of social programming aka "fun czar." "Obviously, we're not Florida said Caleb Merkl, a sen- ior who has lobbied for the pub. "But we really don't have a common space, a place where students can all go and just hang out. The pub would provide that." What else is Harvard trying? A dodge ball tournament. A "Harvard State complete with mechanical bull. Pub nights, a series of six overbooked gatherings where college bands play and alcohol is served. One student's assess- ment: "Pub nights have changed the paradigm of social life at Harvard." ONLINE: For the words to Tom Lehrer's "Fight Fiercely, go to V AFRICAN GOP adviser leads blunt report: U.S. must fix image overseas SEANKTJRST POST-STANDARD COLUMNIST President George W. Bush stood be- fore the United Nations Wednesday and called on world leaders to defeat terrorists "in the battle of ideas." Talk about timing. Thursday, an advisory committee from the president's Department of State released a report in Washington, D.C., that said Bush was exactly right. The report, though, doesn't send that challenge overseas. It implicitly blames our own gov- ernment for alienating much of the world, a mistake of dire con- sequence in volatile times. The report was prepared by an "advisory committee on cultural which includes Bill Smullen of Syracuse University. The committee, made up of seven appointees and two mem- bers of the State Department, visited the Middle East and other regions to assess how the United States is perceived. The mem- bers were asked to sum up those perceptions, and to suggest if need be ways of improving them. In words that are blunt and sometimes harsh, the report says international opinion of the Unit- ed States is on a downward spir- al. "For what can be heard around the world, in the wake of the invasion of Iraq, the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, and the controversy over the handling of detainees at Bagram and Guantanamo Bay, is that MAXWELL PAGE A-12 INSIDE: Advisers have connections to Bush report on base closings Recommendations spared Central New York; expected to be find in 45 days. Staff and news service reports Washington President Bush on Thursday endorsed a plan for closing 22 major mili- tary bases and reconfiguring 33 others, leaving their fate to Con- gress. Bush had until Sept. 23 to ac- cept the entire report from an in- dependent commission and send it to Congress or return it to the commission for further work. The report will become final in 45 days unless Congress acts to reject it in full. In previous rounds, lawmakers never have rejected reports, meaning com- munities probably have little hope of a reprieve for their bases. Bush had said that for the pro- cess to be "nonpoliticaF' the commission's decision would have to stand. He got the report last Friday from the nine-mem- ber Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. The commission rejected each of the Pentagon's recommenda- tions to close or downsize mili- tary installations in New York. "The president's decision to approve the BRAC commis- sion's recommendations, which will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Mohawk Valley, is the right course of said Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hartford. "Together, we as a community fought long and hard to make the case for Rome. At the end of the day, our merit- based, fact-laden presentation proved to be a recipe for suc- cess." New York fores well Here's a look: The Defense Finance and Ac- counting Service office at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome: The Defense Depart- ment recommended that the Rome DFAS be closed, eliminat- ing as many as 380 jobs. The BRAC commission voted to keep the facility open and in- crease the payroll to "not less than full-time equivalent" positions. Rome Lab: The BRAC com- mission went along with a Penta- gon proposal to transfer about 120 jobs from the Sensors Direc- torate at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome. But the panel added a like number of high-tech jobs to Rome Lab by transferring an In- formation Directorate mission there from another base. Niagara Falls Air Reserve Sta- tion: The BRAC commission rejected a Pentagon proposal to close the Niagara Falls installa- tion. Stratton Air National Guard Station, Scotia: The BRAC commission rejected a plan to re- move four C-l30 planes from Stratton. Fort Drum: The Jefferson County base, home to the Army's 10th Mountain Division, was not on the Pentagon's list of recommended realignments and was not considered by the BRAC commission. Hancock Field: The Onondaga County base, home to the Air National Guard'sl74th Fighter Wing, was not on the Pentagon's list of recommended realign- ments and was not considered by the BRAC commission. The Pentagon announced in May that a squadron of 12 unmanned Predator jets will be located at Hancock, in addition to the F-l6s already based there. I'M YOUR MAN Kramer worts Destiny PR job. CNY. PAGE E-1 INSIDE ORANGE INSIDER How SU stocks SPORTS, PAGES D-1. 6, 7. t 5 MOVIES What's not CNY, PAGES E-3.E-4