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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               PENNANT FEVER: Big bats break out as baseball playoffs begin SPORTS, PAGE D-1 14 Sox clash, Chicago wins D-1 5 8 Six RBIs for Reggie D-1 The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracusa.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOME SUN It will remain un- seasonably warm in Central New York today under partly sunny skies. Temperatures will stay above normal Thursday, but there's a chance of showers in the afternoon as a cold front approaches. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 84 LOW: 61 Clay dump truck hits, kills woman, 84 An 84-year-old woman was hit and killed Tuesday by a town of Clay dump truck. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 The 911 colls: A boot just went over, please hurry Authorities Tuesday released transcripts of 911 calls that came in after a tour boat capsized on Lake George, killing 20 people. Stuck with o TMA ticket? Here's how to get refund People with tickets for the now-defunct TransMeridian Air- lines should start getting refunds. If they don't, refunds can be re- quested from a Michigan bank. New Orleans will Joy off about half its workers New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday the city is laying off as many as em- ployees or about half its work force because of the financial damage inflicted on New Or- leans by Hurricane Katrina. STORY, PAGE A-l 3 Hurricane Stan, storms kill at least 59 Hurricane Stan, with winds of 80 mph, slammed into Mexi- co's Gulf Coast Tuesday, spawn- ing storms across the region that killed at least 59 people. STORY, PAGE A-9 Two Americans, German win Nobel Prize in physics A scientist who worked out a theory describing the behavior of light using quantum mechanics and two scientists who used that knowledge to develop a power- ful laser technique for identify- ing atoms and molecules were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-7 Corrections Nipsey Russell Photo of Fort Drum A-2 Letter on former Oswego F-M high school Concerts at Hillview Commu- nity Baptist 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. Editorials.. Letters Local news. Lottery. Why Wegmans Is Closing Its Chase-Pitkin Stores By Bob Niedt Ttaff writer Citing fierce competition and the desire to grow its supermar- ket division, Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is lumbering out of the home-improvement business, closing its 14 Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden Centers, in- cluding three in Onondaga County. The Chase-Pitkin on Route 31 in Clay will be the first to close. shutting its doors by April, said Jo Natale, director of media rela- tions for Wegmans, which is based in Rochester. "The other Syracuse stores and the Rochester stores will close sometime said Natale. The other two Chase-Pitkin stores in the Syracuse area are on West Taft Road in Clay and East Genesee Street in DeWitt. All three are in sprawling plazas parked near remodeled and busy Wegmans supermarkets. The properties are owned by Weg- mans. Natale said that once the Chase-Pitkin stores close, the space occupied by them will be leased to other retailers. The time-frame for closing the West Taft Road and DeWitt stores is deliberately vague, company executives say. WEGMANS, PAGE A-10 Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden Centers Stores: 14 Stores near Syracuse: 3 Locations: 3965 Route 31, Clay; 4999 W. Taft Road, Clay; 6797 E. Genesee St., DeWitt Employees: in Onondaga county, 397 (319 part-time, 78 All stores, part-time, 507 full- Web site: www.chasepitkin.com GREAT DAY FOR GREAT PUMPKINS 'tor- VICKI DONELLA, of Manlius, pushes pumpkins Tuesday from a field at Tim's Pumpkin Patch in Marcellus. With her are her sons, Nathan, 6, (left) and Ian, 2, and daughter, Allison, not visible behind Mom. It was a good day for a pumpkin trip: There was no school in the Fayetteville-Manlius school dis- Dennis Nett Staff photographer trict because of the Jewish New Year, and Tuesday's high temperature was an un-Octoberish 82 degrees. Today's fore- cast is a high of 84 degrees. The National Weather Service forecasts cooler temperatures by week's end Saturday's expected high of 52 is 3 degrees lower than Tuesday's low. 82 65 39 84 50.1 Tuesday's high temperature Average high temperature for Oct. 4 Saturday night's forecasted low temperature Record high temperature for Oct. 4, set in 1931 Normal monthly average temperature for October Teen gets 6 months in fatal DWI crash Tears flow as Danielle Bremen is sentenced to jail in death of friend, 16. ByJimO'Hara Staff writer Danielle Breman's voice was barely audible in court Tuesday afternoon as she said she hoped the family of Kaitlin Kozlowski would someday find it in their hearts to forgive her for killing her 16-year-old friend in a drunken-driving crash in Janu- ary. The Kozlowski family, how- ever, left no doubt during an emotion-packed 28 minutes in court for Breman's sentencing Tuesday that forgiveness, if even possible, was a long way off. "1 think it will take a long time for this family to be able to say we accept her Kozlowski's father, David Koz- lowski, said as he left court. His son, Justin, tearfully told Breman and Onondaga County Judge William Walsh in court that he would never be able to forgive Breman for stealing his little sister and the lifetime they had ahead of them. "The heartache is indescrib- able and there's no changing he said, reading from a prepared statement and fighting to main- tain his composure. "We had a whole life ahead of us and now it's gone. I miss being her big brother." Tears flowed openly on both sides of the courtroom, with the Kozlowskis and other relatives and friends of their daughter cry- ing openly on one side of the room, while Breman's relatives and friends cried on the other side of the center aisle. A group of weeping teenage girls wore T-- shirts bearing Kozlowski's pic- ture under the words "Always in our Hearts." Breman, 17, cried throughout most of the sentencing appear- ance that began at 3 p.m. when Walsh took the bench and ended just before p.m. when depu- ties placed handcuffs on the teenager and led her out of the TEEN, PAGE A-H SU offers free wireless "HCHNOIOGYTOMY Internet access to public By Maria T. Welych Staff writer Beginning today, anyone with a wireless-enabled laptop, PDA or cell phone can access the Internet for free on the Syracuse University campus. The SU wireless network, called AirOrange, had previously been available only to students and staff at the school. The effort is part of Chan- cellor Nancy Cantor's effort to more closely link the university with the community. "Syracuse University is committed to en- hancing our many channels of communication, both on and off said Cantor. "AirOrange is a significant step in that she said. AirOrange has hotspots, or places with wireless network ac- cess, in academic buildings, li- braries, the Schine and Goldstein student centers and public areas of dormitories. An AirOrange hotspot will be available in The Warehouse, in Syracuse's Ar- mory Square, when that facility is completed in the spring. I How the World Wide Web changed our lives A laptop? NASCAR video game's hot Cornell students build solar home in D.C. PAGES F-1 TO "What we've done is open up just the Internet said Paul Gandel, SU's vice president for information technology and chief information officer. "The bandwidth is there. It's band- width that isn't being used." The free public access is part of an overhaul of the AirOrange gateway, said Lee Badman, a network engineer with SU's De- Conservatives unhappy with Miers nomination By Scott Shepard Cox News Service Washington Social con- servatives heaped scorn on Har- riet Miers' nomination to the Su- preme Court on Tuesday, citing her selection as an example of the Bush administration ignoring their agenda except at election time. While some experts suggested the argument over Miers is merely part of long-standing dis- putes within conservative cir- cles, few earlier disagreements have reached the harshness of tone evident Tuesday as impor- tant Bush supporters weighed the meaning not only of the lat- est Supreme Court nomination but also reassessed President Bush's conservative credentials. For example, a conservative Web site, convenantnews.com, referred to Miers as a "sodo- mite" after it was disclosed that in 1989, in her successful cam- paign for the Dallas city council, she went on record favoring equal civil rights for homosexu- GROUPS, PAGE A-5 I FAMOUS NEW YORKERS New series starts with Susan B. Anthony. PAGE D-3 Movies New York Obituaries Sean Kirst Sports.... Stocks.... Sudoku.. NHL IS BACK A season. preview. SPORTS, PAGE D-8 HOW TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 MINDY McCREADY Singer's fall has the makings of a country song. CNY, PAGE E-5 New nickel's Jefferson sports a Mona lisa smile After nearly 100 years of depicting presidents in somber profiles, the Mint is trying something differ- ent: The new nickel features Thomas Jefferson, facing for- ward, with the hint of a smile. "It isn't a silly smile or a smirk, but a sense of opti- mism that I was trying to convey with the says Jamie Franki, an asso- ciate professor of art at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. His drawing was chosen out of 147 entries. The new nickel will go into circulation early next year. The Associated Press   

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