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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Stdndatci SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING COLD COMFORT No matter when summer takes her last gasp, we residents of northern climes always seem to be surprised. Making matters worse is that our weather has gone from being wanner than usual to being colder than usual. Usual for this time of year is the middle 60s, which we should reach on Monday. But for today, the background color is gray, and the background music is drizzle. Complete _____________________ forecast, uiru- C-20 55 LOW: 48 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Wo will manage DIRT WEEK RACING'S NEW DEAL Nativepoker.com an online poker Web site shuffled up and dealt for Super DIRT Week at the fairgrounds. SPORTS. PAGE C-1 WHAT'S IN YOUR TRASH County's recycling agency hopes to find out by taking a look. LOCAL. PAGE B-1 MURDER HISTORY Columnist Dick Case writes about a 30-year-old murder case. STORY. PAGE B-1 ENGINEERING A TALK Author Henry Petroski to launch Gifford Lecture Series Tuesday. STARS, PAGE 4 CHASE-PITKIN'S DEMISE The hardware store that was neither big enough nor small enough. BUSINESS. E-1 A debate about whether it is legitimate to compare the two wars. OPINION, PAGE D-1 IRAQ AT A CROSSROADS Who are the Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds and what do they think of Saturday's constitution vote? STORIES, PAGES A-9 Index Anniversaries..... Auto..................... Births................... Business............. Classified............ CNY...................... Editorials............ Engagements.... Local .H-7 G-l H-8 E-l F-l H-l D-2 H-6 B-l Nation........... Obituaries... Real Estate.. Sports............ State.............. Washington. Weddings.... World............ Parade .............1-1 ..........C-1 ...........A-17 .............H-5 A-4 Corrections Hall of fame Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery call Story of Lost Pork: Goes Back into the Barrel By Michelle Breidenbach and Mike McAndrcw itaff writers State Sen. Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann could not manage to give away in free state money she intended for businesses in Syracuse's poorest neighborhoods. Hoffmann enlisted the Metropolitan Devel- opment Association of Central New York to screen grant applicants. She asked then-Com- mon Councilor Mike Atkins to recruit busi- ness owners to apply. This is what they came up with: A bar and b'quor store run by Atkins' brother and father. A child and elder care center proposed by a man who does not have a child care license and was eventually busted for faking a paterni- ty test. A contractor who left a trail of judgments from his last business and his house.and car. An electrical supply company that went out of business less than a month after Hoff- mann and the MDA put it on the list of grant hopefuls. All but one of the projects fell through, sending about back into the pork barrel at the end of this year. Another senator will spend it on a business, museum, little league, school or group elsewhere in New York. BUSINESSES, PAGE A-6 INSIDE A look at the five businesses the state approved for grants and what happened to them. PAGE A-6 Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer Sweet Harvest, But Best Grapes In Short Supply VICTOR MORALES, of Geneva, picks chardonnay grapes Wednesday at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cel- lars in Hammondsport. Above is a closeup of the Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer grapes. Two harsh winters in a row killed or damaged many vines, causing shortages this year especially of popular varieties such as chardonnay and Riesling. Shortage comes as out-of-state ban on sales is lifted By Dave Tobin Staff Writer The season has seen weather wine- makers dream of days of abundant, warm sun and balmy nights in sum- mer and early fall. Grapes have been ripening to ex- quisite sweetness, Finger Lakes vine- yard owners say, boding very well for the 2005 vintage now being harvest- ed. Spectacular Rieslings, chardon- nays, gewurztraminers, fabulous cab- ernet francs and pinot noirs can be anticipated. Additionally, New York recently legalized direct-mail wine sales to out-of-state consumers. With a fabu- lous growing season and the lifting of a sales ban, the stage should be set for record sales of New York wines, but for one factor a shortage of premi- um grapes. Back-to-back winter freezes have reduced harvests of grapes for New York's most sought-after wines. Vineyard owners have been scram- bling to replace vines killed by two sub-zero winters, and to increase plantings of high-demand grape vari- eties particularly Riesling and chardonnay. It takes four to five years for a newly planted vine to reach full production. Premium Finger Lakes wines from 2004 are either gone or in low supply, SOME TOP, PAGE A-15 HOW TO PUT A SMALL-TOWN AG AND TECH COLLEGE ON THE MAP a dozen new buildings more 4-year degrees on-campus businesses that mirror the real world By Alaina Potrikus Staff writer like the community you serve Jennifer Meyers Contributing photographer RAY CROSS, president of Morrisville State College, looks at a horse named Kollateral Damage during a tour of the col- lege for SUNY Chancellor John Ryan (not shown) in Sep- tember. Cross has presided over many changes both tech- nological and cultural at the once-staid ag and tech school and, he says, he is far from finished. 'It Morrisville State Col7 lege President Ray Cross is spending money like he's minting it at his Madison County college. Lucky for him, the millions of state and donor dollars he's used to bankroll his brain- storms have paid off hand- somely. In seven years at the helm of the SUNY school. Cross has overseen the construction of a million auto tech cen- ter, the million Equine In- stitute Breeding and Training Center, and a million high-tech dairy and horticul- ture complex. An methane digester and a million dorm now are under way. The administrator has changed the culture at the small school, where students now are issued cell phones and laptops and learn in set- tings that mirror the business world they will enter after leaving academia. "We can't just sit back and watch life go by with all of the problems associated with Cross said. "That's part of what an academic institu- tion is all about." The Morrisville community is benefiting, too: Under Cross' leadership, the school Thousands killed in Asian quake .6-magnitude earthquake, andslides slam Pakistan, ndia, Afghanistan. The Associated Press Islamabad, Pakistan A powerful earthquake triggered andslides, flattened entire vil- agcs of mud-brick homes and oppled an apartment building on Saturday, killing more than people as it devastated a mountainous swath touching Pa- cistan, India and Afghanistan. The casualty toll from the 7.6-magnitude tremor rose sharply this morning as rescuers struggled to dig people from the wreckage, their work made more difficult as rain and hail turned dirt and debris into sticky muck. Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan. Paki- stan's chief army spokesman, told Pakistan's Gco TV network early this morning that more than had been killed of them in Pakistani Kashmir, where the quake was centered. Some people were injured, he said. For hours, aftershocks rattled an area stretching from Afghani- stan across northern Pakistan into India's portion of the dis- puted Himalayan region of Kashmir. Hospitals moved quake victims onto lawns, fear- ing tremors could cause more 250 GIRLS, PAGE A-18 Inside: Photographs from India, Pakistan and Candidate faces two DWI charges Brian E. Karst, running for Oneida Common Council, is pulled over twice in 3 hours. By Aaron Gifford Staff writer An Oneida Common Council candidate was charged with drinking and driving twice with- in three hours Friday his sec- ond and third DWI counts in the past month. Brian E. Karst, 34, of Broad Street, Oneida, was pulled over at p.m. on Route 5 in the town of Vernon and initially given tickets accusing him of failure to keep right, obstructed rear license plate and no rear li- cense plate lamp, Oneida County sheriffs deputies said. Sobriety tests revealed his blood alcohol content was 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08, deputies said. Deputies said Karst was ar- rested and released to a third party. Just after 10 p.m., Deputy Mark Chrysler, who made the first traffic stop, pulled Karst over again. Karst, driving the same car as before, had failed to signal a turn from Route 5 onto Sconondoa Street in the village of Vernon, deputies said. This time, deputies said, UNOE, PAGE A-6   

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