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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               MONEY WAYS TO AVOID CHECKING CHARGES The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syraoaa.com MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS RITA'S HERE The remnants of the hurricane that struck Texas over the weekend will push some rain through the Cen- tral New York area today. The sky will begin to clear tonight and let sunshine return Tues- day. Complete forecast, C-12 HIGH: 73 LOW: 53 Henninger Star, NBA Pick Andray Blatche Is Shot Andray Blatche, Washington draft pick Powerful earthquake rocks northern Peru A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7 hit northern Peru late Sunday, caus- ing power outages and cutting phone service throughout much of the region. Peru's Geophysics Institute said the quake struck at p.m. and was centered about 60 miles northeast of the jungle city Moyobamba, 420 miles north of the capital Lima. Boeing strike neors end upon approval of deal The Boeing Co. and its Ma- chinists union have reached a tentative contract agreement, which if approved would end a three-week strike that shut down airplane production. Negotiations in the three- week-old strike had been stalled since 18.400 machinists walked off the job Sept. 2 over health premiums and other issues. STORY, PAGE A-4 Anti-war protests don't end without opposition Iraq war veterans and fami- lies of soldiers who were killed in action gathered at the National Mall on Sunday to counter a weekend of anti-war protests in the capital. "Radicals can get out on the street and spout anything they want said Kevin Pannell, a 27-year-old Air National Guardsman who lost both legs in Baghdad. "I would challenge those people to go to Baghdad and do that." STORY, PAGE A-f Wheldon, Dixon, Patrick winners at Watkins Glen Dan Wheldon won the cham- pionship. Scott Dixon won the race and Danica Patrick won rookie of the year at the IRL Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. SPORTS, PACE C-l Cano, Sheffield home runs keep Yanks tied for first Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer in the eighth to lead the Yankees to a come-from-behind, 8-4 vic- tory Sunday over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won their 12th in the past 14 games and match- ed Boston's victory at Baltimore. The Yankees and Red Sox stay tied for first place in the Ameri- can League East with one week remaining in the regular season. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subsection questions'? Call 470-NEWS By Mike Waters Staff writer Andray Blatche, a 19-year-old Syracuse native who was select- ed by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the NBA Draft in June, was shot in an ap- parent robbery near his home in Alexandria, Va., Sunday morn- ing. Blatche was shot once in the chest as two assailants approach- ed a car in which he was a pas- senger around a.m., accord- ing to an Alexandria, Va., police report. After the shooting, the driver of the car, who was not named in the report, drove to Blatche's home in the Washing- ton, D.C., suburb and called po- lice. Ambulance personnel re- sponded and Blatche was taken via helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Blatche was listed in serious but stable condition, according to a police spokesman. Blatche's mother, Angela Oliver, of Syra- cuse, received a telephone call from the Alexandria police early Sunday morning. "It's the phone call no mother ever wants to she said. She and several family members rushed from Syracuse to the hos- pital. "He's doing Oliver said late Sunday night from the hospital. "He's breathing on his own. The bullet didn't hit any vital organs. He's been sedated, but he's been talking to me when he's come out of it." According to the police report, Blatche was in a car with two friends when they noticed a van following them. When they pulled over, two men wearing masks stepped out of the van. One man ordered Blatche out oi the car and then shot him before Blatche could get out. BIATCHE, PAGE A-4 HOMES GONE, LIVES SAVED, THOUSANDS RETURN TO COAST David J Associated Press A HOME in Johnson Bayou, La., is surrounded by floodwaters Sunday in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. Crews searched by boat and helicopter for people who were trapped in splintered coastal communities while Hurricane Rita's human toll remained remarkably low. Story, Page A-6. Getting out: Is it possible to evacuate a major city In Syracuse, a congregation adopts family of six from A warm welcome for Abundant Life In DeWitt, a firefighter sent to Texas sends home his on-the-scene Syracuse wants to shift target of grant Money set for one garage would be used for another downtown parking project. By Frederic Pierce Staff writer Syracuse officials are asking Gov. George Pataki to shift a million grant intended to help build a parking garage for The Hartford Financial Services Group into the construction of a 950- to garage near Excellus. The Hartford projected to create 200 jobs and solve several downtown parking essentially dead, Mayor Matt Driscoll said. Re-igniting the long-stalled Excellus project could keep more than workers down- town, where they provide a cus- tomer base to many businesses and add energy and activity to the streets. It would, however, require more state money, create fewer jobs and have a much smaller economic development impact on the city's inner core than the "ambitious plan announced three years ago. "I don't know why he wouldn't agree to said Dris- coll, a Democrat running for re- election, of the Republican gov- ernor. "The money would still be serving its original goal: keeping jobs downtown." For Pataki, the issue isn't that simple, according to an aide. "The job numbers have said Deborah Wetzel, speaking for New York's Empire Slate Development Corp. "In the new proposal, the state grant would represent a larger percent- age of the overall project's cost, and that's something we've got to look at." The proposed change would make the state-funded portion of the health insurer's expansion million. That's about SYRACUSE'S, PAGE A-4 Syracuse woman's story echoes others' fears of gunshots i..... _i A Intfr nV tnC Index ...........E-4 Classified..........E-l CNY..................D-l Crossword... Editorials.......A-10 Entertainment D-3 Utters...........A-ll local news.......1-1 Lottery............. Movies............. New York........ Obituaries....... Science............ Sean Kirst....... Sports.............. Sudoku Television........ A-2 D-4 A-8 B-4 B-6 B-l C-l D-7 D-5 THE POST-STANDARD Mike Greenlar Staff photographer W. RENEE PERRY, of 2806 Midland Ave., describes her experience of a stray bullet missing her by "slivers" while sitting in the front seat of a friend's car during a Shootout Aug. 7. Syracuse police logged 293 reports of gunshots fired in the city this year through Sept. 20. On Aug. 7, gunshots were reported four times. In one, W. Renee Perry found herself caught in a gun fight between cars racing down her block. Her ordeal reveals the terror and lingering impact that street violence can visit upon everyday lives. By Diana LaMattina Staff writer W Renee Perry parked in front of her Midland Avenue house, thinking about the death of a family friend. 'After finishing my prayers and thoughts, I reached down to get my seat- belt, and I hear, Tow, pow, Perry said, waving her hands wildly back and forth by the sides of her head. "It missed me by slivers. I felt it go ear. My ear was hot." At a.m. Aug. 7, a stray bullet shattered the front and back windows of the car Perry was sitting in, a gray 1997 Saturn borrowed from her minister. She had just returned home from visiting her daughter in Saratoga for the weekend. The windows crumbled into splinters, blanketing Perry. She leaned over, cra- dling her head in the passenger seat. She checked herself and realized she hadn't been struck by gunfire. She heard 12 to 15 gunshots. She lifted her head to see if the coast was clear. Five cars sped past her, heading north on Midland Avenue. Police believe the oc- cupants were shooting at each other. "After I peeked, I laid back down. I was just content to stay said Perry, 47. "I was grateful to be alive." A few minutes later, assured by the si- lence, Perry ran to her front door, arms crossed against her chest. Perry's brother, Maurice Curry, 52, had ridden along with Perry on the trip to Saratoga. Earlier, she had dropped him off at Kennedy Square Apartments, where a friend lives. When he couldn't get in, he started walking to Perry's. On the way, at West Matson Avenue. Curry heard six gunshots. Then he heard 15 more shots. It seemed to come from more than one gun. Bullets flew through the tree branches above his head. "I hit the ground.! didn't know what else to do. Bullets were coming one after Curry said. "I wasn't worried that they were shooting at me, but about SHOOTINGS, PAGE A-7 HOW YOUR BRAIN GROWS SCIENCE, PAGE B-6 BANNED BOOK WEEK You con read menu CNY. 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