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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING PINCH ME Can it really be au- tumn? Not by the temperature stan- dards, because today we'll see another 80-degree day and a late-sum- mer, near-60 evening. How- ever, cool, rainy autumn weather is expected to be here by the end of the week. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 80 LOW: 59 What you have to do to win a Nobel prize Two Australians have won the Nobel prize for medicine for showing that a bacterium rather than stress causes stomach in- flammation and ulcers, after one of them drank a potion of bacte- ria to prove the point. STORY, PAGE A-7 European Union opens talks with Turkey After waiting for 42 years to join Europe, Turkey this mom- ing became the first predomi- nantly Muslim country to open membership talks with the Euro- pean Union. STORY, PAGE A-7 Destiny employees show they believe in the dream Destiny USA's first 60 em- ployees rallied in the atrium of Carousel Center on Monday. clapping, cheering and chanting for the proposed retail, entertain- ment and hotel center. 'Rick' Kent, beloved auto teacher, dies at 52 Richard "Rick" Kent, 52, of Cicero, chairman of the automo- tive technology department at Onondaga Community College. died Saturday at home. His lead- ership gave OCC national stature among colleges with auto tech- nology programs, especially pro- grams involving vehicles' on- board diagnostics, said OCC President Debbie Sydow. STORY, PAGE 1-1 OWTUARY, PAGE 1-4 Nispy Russell, poet of TV, dies at age 80 Nipsey Russell, a stand-up comedian and national television personality on variety, talk and game shows, has died of cancer. He was 80. Russell died Sunday at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, a hospital spokesman said. The witty raconteur delighted audiences with topical poems: The opposite of pro is con; That fact is clearly seen; If progress means move forward, Then what does Congress mean? STORY, PAGE A-2 Corrections Clarification on owner of 215 W. Fayette Wegmans on John Glenn Boulevard in CNY Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Oncenter Non-fiction book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Bridge..............G-9 Classified.........G-l CNY...................E-l Crossword.. Dick Case.........B-l Editorials.........A-8 Entertainment. E-4 Letters.............A-9 Local news.... Lottery............ Movies............ New York...... Obituaries..... Sports............ Stocks Sudoku Television...... Weather........ B-l A-2 E-3 A-6 B-4 D-l C-3 .E-7 E-5 D-8 THE POST-STANDARD State: Tour Boat Short on Crew TJ. Hooker, The The Associated Press DIVE TEAMS work to raise the Ethan Allen on Monday in Lake George. The tour boat, which flipped over Sunday in Lake George while carrying 47 passengers, was required by state regulations to have two crew members, state officials said. Passengers slid to one side as boat lurched By Chris Carola The Associated Press Lake George With only one crcw- mcmbcr and just a passenger shy of its capacity, a tour boat that flipped over and killed 20 elderly tourists may have been doomed by a combination of events, po- lice said. Late Monday, the state suspended the operating certificates for all five boats run by tour company Shoreline Cruises, including that of The Ethan Allen, which sank Sunday afternoon during what was supposed to be a relaxing, one-hour fall foliage tour for a group of senior citizens. The suspensions followed the determi- nation that The Ethan Allen carried only one crewmember, 74-year-old Capt. Richard Paris, according to Wendy Gib- son, spokeswoman for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preserva- tion. The Ethan Allen has a maximum ca- pacity of 50 people 48 passengers and two crew, Gibson said. Commercial boats in New York that carry between 21 and 48 passengers must have two crcwmcmb- crs. "If that's the case, there's going to be a problem, and it looks like that's the di- rection this is headed said Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland. State officials originally suspended the certificates for two small boats similar to The Ethan Allen The de Champlain and The Algonquin but Gibson said they had expanded the suspension to in- clude The Adirondac and The Horicon. Those larger cruise ships carry 400 and 200 guests, respectively, compared with the smaller boats that carry between 30 and 50 people. Shoreline Cruises did not return mes- sages left at its office Sunday and Mon- day. Police also said a wave and a sudden shift of passengers' weight on long benches may have factored into the cap- sizing. Investigators will take "weeks, not days, potentially to study the accident. Cleveland said. "The bottom line is, any one of these little factors could not have upset the he said. "'If four or five of these came together, it's possible." The boat was rated for 50 passengers based on the Coast Guard standard of 150 pounds per person. Cleveland said with Americans growing fatter, that standard may have to he revised. Following a commuter plane crash that killed 21 peo- ple in 2003 in North Carolina, the FAA temporarily changed its weight guide- lines for passengers and luggage. Cleveland cautioned not to draw con- clusions from the suspended certificates. "I do not believe there is any criminal culpability on any of the parties we have spoken he said. State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett said investigators do not know what initially caused the Ethan Allen to tip. But he said passengers either slid or COAST, PAGE A-4 INSIDE: Jeane Siler is a veteran of disasters and she said she says never seen anything like Local tour boat operator says Lake George accident was a bizarre Who is Harriet Miers: pioneer or crony? By Patty Reinert Houston Chronicle Washington In nominat- ing Texan Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, President Bush presented the Senate and its Ju- diciary Committee with an out- line of .a justice that they will now have to fill in an accom- plished lawyer who has no judi- cial experience, a short paper trail and a history of giving money to Republicans and Dem- ocrats alike. Miers, 60, nominated to fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, would be the third woman to serve on the high court, following O'Connor and current Justice Ruth Bader Gins- burg. Bush praised Miers, the White House counsel whom he once de- scribed as "a pit bull in size 6 as a tough lawyer who had bro- k e n down many gender barriers in Texas, becoming the first woman to TOUGH TEXAN, PAGE A-10 Miers INSIDE: Life and times of Harriet ONLINE: What they're saying about the president's pick. See the News Tracker blog at FORT DRUM WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER Li-Hua Un Staff photographer DEBI TITUS, of Vancouver, Wash., hugs Sgt. 1st Class Gene Siler after unveiling a memorial for fallen soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 14th In- fantry Division. Staff Sgt. Paul Jordan stands behind them. Titus' son, Spc. Brandon Titus, was killed in action Aug. 14 last year in Iraq and died in Jordan's arms. See story. Page A-6. 'SOONER OR LATER' GETS KIDS TO READ Each Tuesday: A serial about a family of former slaves trying to start life fresh after the Civil War. BEGINNING TODAY, PAGE D-5 INSIDE A DAY AT ES-M MY SUMMER ASA ROCK'N'ROLL INTERN THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 SEX AND EXERCISE What's the connection? CNY, PAGE E-1 Salina hose maker to expand operations J.G.B. Enterprises to odd 30 workers, enlarge buildings to make military water system. By Charley Hannagan Staff writer Every time the bell rings at J.G.B. Enterprises Inc., the com- pany has landed a significant contract. Friday, the chiming bell an- nounced that the company had i won a million deal to make drinking water systems for the U.S. Air Force. It's the hose maker's largest contract. The contract means the Suli- na-based company will add 30 workers in six months and ex- pand its Executive Drive build- ing in Salina by square feet. That's in addition to a 15.000 square-foot expansion begun at the Metropolitan Drive building last week. Great news from the bell. Un- fortunately, the Air Force didn't tell the company it had won the award until Friday evening, when almost everyone had gone home for the weekend. Company officials rang the bell anyway, even though "there was really nobody here to hear it." said Marty Salanger, the sales manager who spent four months negotiating the contract. The company doesn't ring the bell for every new order, just for J.G.B, PAGE A-4 New DeLay indictment: money lairndering Texas lawmaker stepped aside as House majority leader last week. By R. Jeffrey Smith The Washington Post Washington A Texas grand jury indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Tcxas, Monday for al- leged involvement in money- laundering related to the 2002 Texas election, raising new and more serious allegations than the conspiracy charge lodged against the former House majority leader last week. The surprising new indict- ments followed by a matter of hours a motion by DeLay 's Texas legal defense team to quash last week's charge on grounds that the Texas prosecu- tor in charge of the case lacked authority to bring it. The lawyers alleged that the crime of conspir- acy was not covered by the state election law at the time of the al- leged violation. Later on Monday, a different grand jury which had no prior involvement in the case brought the new charges, which roughly match allegations made against two of DeLay's political associates one year ago. DeLay, who had earlier ac- cused the prosecutor Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle of partisan zealotry, promptly issued a statement ac- cusing him of stooping "to a new low with his brand of prose- cutorial abuse." DeLay said Earle "is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a 'do-over" since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufac- tured and illegitimate. This is an abomination of justice." One count of the new indict- ment accuses DeLay of conspira- cy to commit money-laundering. It says he agreed with one or more associates to launder in corporate contribu- tions through an arm of the Re- publican National Committee in Washington, allowing the funds to be passed illegally into the election campaigns of Republi- AIDE, PAGE A-4 'If f   

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