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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrBCUM.com TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING FEWER CLOUDS Dry air will begin moving back into Central New York today, knocking most of the clouds from the sky by this afternoon. Temperatures will be cool today, but the area will be warmer Wednesday. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 69 LOW: 47 Lynndie England convicted in Abu Ghraib abuse case Army Pfc. Lynndie England, whose smiling poses in photos of detainee abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison made her the face of the scandal, was con- victed Monday by a military jury in Fort Hood, Texas, on six of seven counts. STORY, PAGE A-7 Bush asks new ban on late-term abortion The Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to re- instate a national ban on a type of late-term abortion, a case that could thrust the president's first court picks into an early tie- breaking role on a divisive and emotional issue. STORY, PAGE A-9 Weapons inspectors say IRA fully disarmed International weapons in- spectors backed by Protestant and Catholic clergymen an- nounced the Irish Republican Army's full disarmament Mon- day, a milestone in Northern Ire- land peacemaking that drew skepticism and scorn from the Protestant Also: Anti-war protesters convicted in Binghamton Four peace activists who spilled human blood to protest the war in Iraq were convicted Monday by a federal court jury in Binghamton of damaging governmental property and en- tering a military recruiting sta- tion for unlawful Also: Cindy Sheehan and hun- dreds of others, including four Syracuse residents, are arrested after a demonstration at the White US Airways West: Can this marriage last? A few months ago, US Air- ways Group Inc. and America West Airlines Holdings Corp. teamed up to persuade a diverse set of constituents that they should merge to form the na- tion's largest full-service, low- cost airline. Today, US. Airways is scheduled to emerge from bankruptcy-court protection and combine with America West. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Corrections Salaried farmworker Jared "The Sound of Music" cur- tain time p.m. Sunday in New Times Theater at state admission to "Mark Twain's America" piano concert Friday at Northminster Presby- terian Garlic planted in Answers for Monday's Sudo- ku 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..... Bridge......... Classified... Comics........ CNY............. Crossword. Dick Cose... Editorials..... Kids'Page., letters ......C-l F-2 F-1 ......M B-l A-10 MO A-ll Local news.......B-l Lottery............. Movies............. New York........ Obituaries....... Schools............ Sports.............. Stocks Sudoku Television........ A-2 E-3 A-8 B-4 B-6 D-l C-3 E-7 E-5 THE POST-STANDARD How Bass Pro Shops Helped Reel In Million Land Deal Fingerlakes MaHkind purchase is costliest hi memory in Cayvga Covnty. By Dave Tobin Staff writer Spinning off the success of Bass Pro Shops at the Finger- lakes Mall, two major land pur- chases have been completed along state Route 5 20 in Au- relius, setting the stage for de- velopment of a square- foot shopping center and a four- story hotel. The two purchases mil- lion for the shopping center land that's expected to surpass the existing Fingerlakes Mall in size; for the hotel property likely represent the most money ever paid for sizable undeveloped acreage in Cayuga County. "I don't think anybody's even come close to said Alan Kozlowski, director of the Cayu- ga County Real Property and As- sessment office. "To me there's a direct correlation between that and Bass Pro." decade before Bass Pro Shops opened their mega-outdoor store in Aurelius, the Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency purchased land across the road from the Fingerlakes Mall for a fraction of the recent sale prices. The Cayuga County IDA paid the Waits' neighbor, William W. Patterson, III, for 174 acres, per acre. Thomas J. Valenti, a partner in Cameron Group, LLC., which is developing the shopping cen- ter, would not identify prospec- tive tenants. In 1992, a little more than a "We have tenants that we are close to resolving deals he said. "Hopefully next month we can start site work." The Cameron Group's project, called Fingerlakes Crossing, would be bigger than the Finger- lakes Mall across the road, and contain a mix of services, restau- rants and retail shops some of them, big, warehouse-size stores, according to site plans filed with the town of Aurelius. The Cam- eron Group is also the leasing agent for the Fingerlakes Mall, with square-feet of space. FINGERLAKES, PAGE A-3 The Post-Standard David Grunfeld The Times-Picayune SHARON VAZQUEZ holds on to the shirt of her sister, Serena Amaro, for balance while they look for the grave of their aunt Burnella Dehart on Monday in the Holy Family Cemetery II in Dulac, La. The grave marker floated away during the storm surge of Hurricane Rita and the coffin was not anywhere to be found. THE MYTHS OF NEW ORLEANS What eveiybody knows, didn't really happen What they're saying By Brian Thevenot and Gordon Russell The Times-Picayune New Orleans After five days man- aging near-riots, medical horrors and un- speakable living conditions inside the Su- perdome, Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron prepared to hand over the dead to representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Following days of internationally re- ported murders, rapes and gang violence inside the stadium, the doctor from FEMA Beron doesn't remember his name came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies. "I've got a report of 200 bodies in the Beron recalled the doctor say- ing. The real total? Six, Beron said. Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the handoff of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health THE MYTHS, PAGE A-6 Bloggers are responding to The Times-Picayune's report: At Fark.com, a passionate, sometimes sarcastic, often not safe for work, debate. At Powerlineblog.com, conservatives blame a liberal media quick to paint the worst picture. At Atrios.blogspot.com, liberals blame racist assumptions about the people of New Orleans. Also: Where many of the original stories appeared and then spread. Get the links at the News Tracker blog at Phone calls on gas-rate hike not from NYSEG By Tim Knauss Staff writer If you've received a puzzling phone message warning that New York State Electric Gas Corp. plans to raise its natural gas rates in the wake of Hurri- cane Katrina, you're not alone. People throughout the state have received recorded calls and voice-mail messages during the past week from a person who claims to be delivering a "public service announcement" from the utility. NYSEG officials said they have no idea who is generating the calls, but they hope to find out. "These calls are not coming from Terri Turner, NYSEG's vice president for cus- tomer service, said in a prepared statement. "We are still .inves- tigating the source of these calls. We would appreciate hearing from any customers who have received this message and would like to provide us with specific information." Some of the calls are going to people in areas of the state not served by NYSEG, including Syracuse. "This call is a public service announcement from NYSEG re- garding your utility a man's voice said on a voice-mail message left at The Post-Stan- dard. "Because of Hurricane Ka- trina and the damage done to the Gulf Coast, we're forced to raise your utility rates. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Be assured we're doing everything in our power to give you the most competitive utility rates available." Many gas utilities, including NYSEG, have said they expect prices to rise this winter. Factors including damage to Gulf Coast gas pipelines caused by Hurri- cane Katrina are to blame, according to the American Gas Association. But NYSEG officials said they plan to communicate with customers about this winter's heating costs through bill inserts or media ads, not telemarketing. If you got a hoax call and want to contact NYSEG about it, call (800) 572-1111. Wizards president: Blatche doing well Henninger basketball star eating, sitting up in bed after being shot. By Mike Waters Staff writer Andray Blatche's condition appeared to improve one day fol- lowing a shooting that left the former Henninger High School star and current member of the NBA's Washington Wizards in a Northern Virginia hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Blatche, 19. was in a car near his home in Alexandria, Va., early Sunday morning when two men apparently trying to carjack the vehicle approached. One or- dered Blatche out of the car and then fired a shot before Blatche could exit the car. On Monday, Amy Bertsch, an Alexandria police department spokeswoman, said Blatche re- mained in serious but stable con- dition at Inova Fairfax Hospital. However, Washington Wiz- ards president Ernie Grunfeld said Blatche seemed to be in good condition just one day after the attack. "He's doing Grunfeld said. "He's eating. He sat up in his bed. He's doing much bet- ter." Bertsch said Alexandria police detectives have canvassed the area near the shooting, a well-to- do neighborhood of tovvnhomes and condominiums. The police have also interviewed two I friends who were in the car with Blatche, the driver of the car and another passenger. Blatche and his friends ob- served a light-colored van fol- lowing them as they drove to Blatche's home in Alexandria around 6 a.m. Sunday. Two men got out of the van when the car Blatche was in carne to a stop. According to the police report, the two suspects were wearing masks. After the shooting, Blatche's friends drove him to his house and called 911. Blatche was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital by helicopter and underwent surgery on Sun- day. Blatche's mother, Angela Oliver, of Syracuse, said the bul- let missed her son's heart by an inch. No vital organs were dam- aged. TEAM, PAGE A-l 2 'MAXWELL SMART' DON ADAMS DIES PAGE A-2 INSIDE PAY MORE ATTENTION How computer gomes hm preschoolers. 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