Syracuse Post Standard, October 10, 2005

Syracuse Post Standard

October 10, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York 3 2 Game 5 to be played tonight. ASTRONOMICAL: HOUSTON DUMPS BRAVES IN 18 INNINGS REVIVAL: YANKEES SURVIVE FOR FINALE WITH ANGELS SPORTS, PACE C-1 winning pitcher. The Post-Standard Affiliated with MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING IN A RUT There's a word for the weather this week: Cloudy. Al- though sunshine will be rare, the rain will begin to diminish to a drizzle, today. The air will be dry Tuesday, but another storm will arrive Wednesday. Complete forecast, C-12 HIGH: 60 LOW: 51 New hurricane is Vince, but he's heading out Hurricane Vince formed Sun- day in the far eastern Atlantic, making it the 11 th hurricane and the 20th named storm of the sea- son, forecasters said. The Cat- egory 1 hurricane was moving away from the United States and posed no immediate threat to land, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. One other Atlantic season had more tropical storms and hurri- canes since records began in 1851. There were 21 in 1933. After Vince, one name is left for storms this season: Wilma. Guatemala abandons villages after mudslides Guatemalan officials said they would abandon commu- nities buried by landslides and declare them mass graveyards. Villagers ended their search for the missing, five days after Hur- ricane Stan brought torrential rains. STORY, PAGE A-4 Flooding emergency in New Hampshire New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch declared a state of emer- gency Sunday and called in 500 National Guard members after a weekend of drenching rain. At least three deaths were blamed on the storm, which washed out roads and flooded homes in states from North Car- olina to New Hampshire. STORY, PAGE A-7 Golisono's Web site hints at another run Billionaire B. Thomas Goli- sano has revised his political Web site from a thank you to voters for previous failed guber- natorial campaigns to one that solicits new votes by pitching "an end to politics as usual." NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 No corroboration yet of NYC subway plot Authorities Sunday contin- ued to investigate the veracity of a reported threat to bomb New York City subways, but have not found corroboration. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Quake Toll over Overwhelms Rescuers Bridge E-8 Classified E-l Comics CNY D-l Puzzles Editorials A-IO Letters A-ll Local news B-l Lottery New York Obituaries Science- Sean Kirst ..A-8 B-4 B-6 B-l C-l Television Weather D-7 D-5 M2 B. K. Bdng.iih The Auociated Press VILLAGERS HELP an injured woman walk to a hospital Sunday after an earthquake in Balakot, Pakistan. The death toll from Saturday's earthquake that struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan passed and was expected to rise. Schools collapse, bury students Pakistan asks for medicine, money, tents The Associated Press Balakot, Pakistan It was just before 9 a.m. and 17-year-old Uzair Mohammed Qurcshi was reading his chemistry book as the ground began to shake. Seconds later, the roof caved in, showering Qureshi and his classmates with debris. He was one of the lew to survive. In one Himalayan town, three schools crumbled in the devastating earthquake, bury- ing hundreds of students. The United Nations said more than 2.5 million people need shelter after the magnitu- dc-7.6 earthquake along the Pakistan-India border. The death toll stood at and was expected to rise. The Office for the Coordi- nation of Humanitarian Relief said it urgently needed winterized tents. STUDENT, PAGE A-6 Relatives waiting for quake news By Rente K. Gadoua Staff writer A school in Pakistan built with contributions from the Syracuse-based inlerfaith group Women Transcending Boundaries survived Satur- day's earthquake with limited damage. "The school had some cracks in the ceiling, bul no- body was said Romana Hosain, a former WTB leader and a native of Pakistan. Hosain, a pediatrician who lived in DeWitt and recently moved near New York City, has relatives living in Karachi and Islamabad. "I called them. They were all she said. She was also relieved to learn Kohisar Junior Model School in Mansehra, Pakistan, is still standing. News ac- counts have reported that at PRAYERS, PAGE A-6 DeWitt chemist to get Columbus Day honor Today, NiMo name is no more Niagara Mohawk drops its historic name for the "global" National Grid. By Tim Knauss Staff writer Beginning today, employees at the Upstate utility formerly known as Niagara Mohawk will answer the phone the same way utility employees in Massachu- setts, Rhode Island, New Hamp- shire and the United Kingdom answer the phone: "National Grid." The British company that bought Niagara Mohawk in 2002 has decided that all of its subsid- iaries will do business under a common banner. The change happens today. Company officials want to create a single, global brand that befits the world's fourth-largest investor-owned utility, said Ed Powers, of National Grid pic. Locally, the change might take some getting used to. Gone is the verbal association with the rivers where Niagara Mohawk originally derived power. Gone, too, the feel of a hometown company in Syracuse. "If you were born and raised in this town, Niagara Mohawk has always been there, you said Richard Durant, who started as a meter reader in 1957 and retired in 1991 as a district manager. "Now it's not going to be there." Operationally, nothing will change. The former Niagara Mo- hawk headquarters buildins; at 300 Erie Blvd. W. will "still house the leadership of National Grid's New York operations. William Edwards, formerly pres- ident of Niagara Mohawk, is president of New York distribu- tion for National Grid. NATIONAL PAGE A-l 2 INSIDE: Sean Kirst on the end of a historic INSIDE By Amber Smith Staff writer Diabetics won't have to re- peatedly prick their fingers to monitor their blood sugar levels, using an invention for which a DeWitt chemist is scheduled to receive a award today. Joseph Chaiken, a professor of chemistry at Syracuse Universi- ty, will travel to Washington, D.C., to receive his prize from the Christopher Columbus Fel- lowship Foundation, a federal government agency. He and his team have come up with a painless, noninvasive way to examine blood using a laser and special filters to read spec- troscopic signals in the blood. They've gotten several patents and are preparing to work through the Food and Drug Adminis- tration approv- als process. Eventually Chaiken tney believe their device will be able to ex- amine more than just blood sugar levels but also cholesterol, proteins and triglycerides, other blood components that doctors now monitor by sending blood samples in test tubes to labora- tories. Dr. Ruth Wcinstock, director of Upstate Medical University's Joslin Diabetes Center, sees the more immediate benefit of the laser for diabetic patients, whose fingers get sore and callused from having to prick their fin- gers to monitor their blood levels multiple times per day. "If we could measure blood sugar levels noninvasively, with- out pricking the finger, it would have many she said. It wouldn't hurt, there wouldn't be a risk of spreading blood-born diseases, and moni- toring could be done more fre- quently, perhaps continually. Chaiken said a clinical model of the LighTouch device could be in doctor's offices and hospi- tals two years from now, with a home model available within a year after that. It almost didn't happen. Chaiken in 1997 was interest- ed in optical memory systems and had been in conversations with a Pennsylvania business- man, Don Schmucker, and his partner, Paul Shaheen. Schmuck- er asked Chaiken what he thought about developing a way to monitor blood glucose with- out the fingerstick. MONITORS, PAGE A-3 INSIDE: Auburn-based Columbus foundation challenges nation's middle-school Winter's coming: Tips to cut your utility bill Natural gas prices are soaring and other fuels are expected to cost more this winter. Here are some tips that cost little or nothing to follow, and a rough idea of how much you would save each month, as estimated by National Grid: Turn stuff off: Switch off lights, appliances, televisions, stereos and computers: Retire ancient fridge: Get rid of that old, second refrigerator: Switch light bulbs: Replace five incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent Energy Star light bulbs: 59 Tune furnace: Dryer: Clean the filter and straighten the exhaust. Run full loads only: S3 Hot water: Lower the temperature to120 degrees: 510 Coid wash: Wash clothes in cold water: Unplug: Appliances with remote controls, clocks, chargers or "instant on" constantly suck electricity. Plug them into a power strip, and turn the power strip off: Turn down thermostat: One degree lower, saves 1 percent to 3 percent. Lower it six to eight degrees at night, or when you're out for more than two hours: 518 Shut cut cold air: Caulk weather-strip around windows, doors, foundation. Use fiberglass or rigid foam insulation near the foundation sill in the basement. Put plastic over drafty windows: or more Get Energy Smart: Buy the most energy-efficient model you can afford: S20 Consider hiring a pro: A home performance contractor can locate and fix problems such as air leaks, inadequate insulation and improper ventilation. Paying a contractor can be expensive, but state programs are available to help. IN MONEYWISE Two families tell how they cut their utility bill and made their homes more comfortable. INSIDE 7 WAYS TO SAVE ON A CRUISE MoneyWise, inside MEET THE NEW TEEN QUEEN Sara Paxton is happening. CNY, Page D-3 HOW A PENGUIN FAMILY STICKS TOGETHER Science Page, B-6 KRAMER'S SUMMIT For 40 Above CNY, Page D-1 COLLEGE NOTEBOOK Entrepreneurs, Katrina aid, the state author and more. Page B-5 J ;