Syracuse Post Standard, October 11, 2005

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October 11, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York r J) ANGELS SEND THE YANK The Post-Standard Affiliated with TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING DRIZZLE A storm system locked in place to the southeast will keep more clouds over Central New York today. As the system expands, there is a better chance for more of the rain to reach this area. Complete forecast, 0-8 HIGH: 66 LOW: 50 Prepare for pandemic, health secretary warns Nations should prepare for a possible bird flu pandemic, U.S. Health and Human Services Sec- retary Michael Leavitt said Mon- day. He met with officials from the Southeast Asian nations of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, the epicenter of the HN51 strain of bird flu that sci- entists warn is likely to mutate and pose a threat to millions of people worldwide. STORY, PAGE A-7 New advice issued to cut risk of SIDS The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new recom- mendations for sleeping babies: Infants should sleep in their own beds to minimize the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Babies also should be put to bed with pacifiers and should sleep on their backs. STORY, PAGE A-3 How Delphi's bankruptcy will change auto industry The bankruptcy of the na- tion's largest auto supplier could alter the entire U.S. auto indus- try, boosting pressure for cheap- er auto parts and forcing unprec- edented cuts in union wages and benefits. The move might cost General Motors billion. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Solino 29 to agency: Don't leave us in limbo Salina businesses facing con- demnation for the Destiny USA Research and Development Park want the Onondaga County In- dustrial Development Agency to put an expiration date on the de- veloper's application for assist- ance. The Salina 29 businesses in the shadow of the proposed Des- tiny USA Research and Devel- opment Park want a deadline on the developer's application for eminent domain assistance. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l New York City eases up on subway terror alert After four days on high alert, police announced that they were scaling back security measures in the subways because no evi- dence had emerged that an al- leged terrorist plot to blow up trains would be carried out. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Kevin Sharp Chevy Avalanche Monday Monster "Reynolds City" premiere Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions'? Call 470-NEWS Index Earthquake Survivors Brace for Winter Cold Aid trickles in as Pakistanis scavenge, burn wood from collapsed houses. By SadaqatJan The Associated Press Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Desperate Pakistanis huddled against the cold and some looted food stores Monday because aid still had not reached remote areas of Kashmir, where a devas- tating earthquake flattened vil- lages, cut off power and water. and killed tens of thousands. Officials predict the death toll, now estimated at between and will climb because of exposure and disease. With winter just six weeks away, the United Nations has said 2.5 million people near the Pakistan- India border need shelter. More than two days after the magnitude-7.6 quake, survivors were pulled from under piles of concrete, steel and wood in the mountainous swath touching Pa- kistan, India and Afghanistan. A man was rescued from a pan- caked two-story house in Muzaf- farabad, two girls were plucked from a collapsed school in Bal- akot, and a woman and child were pulled from an apartment building in Islamabad. Injured people were airlifted from remote areas, and Paki- stan's army distributed rice to starving survivors. President Gen. Pervez Mu- sharraf said his government was doing its best to respond to the crisis. He had appealed for inter- i national help, particularly cargo j helicopters to reach remote areas cut off by landslides. "We are doing whatever is humanly Musharraf said. "There should not be any blame game. We are trying to reach all those areas where peo- ple need our help." Eight U.S. helicopters Five Chinook transport choppers and three Black Hawks for heavy lifting were diverted from the U.S, PAGE A-4 Business......... Classified...... Comics.......... CNY............... Puzzles......... Dick Case Editorials..... Kid's Page... Letters.......... C-l F-9 F-l E-l B-l A-IO F-IO A-ll Local news....... Lotteiy.............. Movies.............. New York......... Obituaries........ Schools............. Sports............... Stocks Sudoku............. Television......... B-l A-2 E-3 A-8 B-4 B-6 D-l C-3 E-7 E-5 THE POST-STANDARD WHAT HISPANIC HERITAGE MEANS TO CENTRAL NEW YORK Jennifer photographer RICHARDMARIE OSORIO, 5, of Syracuse, helps clean at the Spanish Action League Youth Center last month. Osorio takes part in a program called Nuestro Futuro, or Our Future, at the center. Shining light on bright examples By Pedro Ramirez III Staff writer Angela Cabrera was wearing her finest formal dress last month when she stepped into a taxi cab in front of her home on her way to a Spanish Action League fund- raising dinner. The cab driver wasn't impressed. First he asked whether Cabrera had money for the fare. When she assured him she did, he wouldn't budge until she handed over an deposit. "I remained said Cabrera, 35, an immigrant of the Dominican Republic. She gave him the money. But she bristled at the implication: Since she was Hispanic and lived on Syr- acuse's Near West Side, she must be poor, maybe even untrustworthy. It's the kind of stereotype Cabrera and other Syracuse-area Hispanics say they are trying to dispel. There is much, they say, that many people don't know about the area's Hispanic community. During Hispanic Heritage month they hope more light can be focused on that community. The community is one of Onondaga County's fastest growing racial or ethnic groups and spreads beyond the bounda- ries of Syracuse's West Side, U.S. Cen- sus figures show.. It represents a collection of nationali- ties beyond the labels Mexican American and Puerto Rican. It's a community working hard to help its youth succeed in school and encour- age them to go to college when the statis- tics seem discouraging. HISPANIC, PAGE A-6 INSIDE: Hispanic voices speak from Congress could step into land dispute House committee chairman begins work on bill to settle Indian claims in New York. By Peter Lvman Washington bureau A California congressman who believes New York officials have failed in their efforts to set- tle the state's Indian land claims thinks Congress or at least the committee he chairs can do better. Richard Pombo. a Re- publican who chairs the House Re- sourccs Com- mittee, has in- structed his staff to begin working on a bill that will Pombo impose a settlement on all par- ties to the New York land claims. Just how such a set- tlement would he structured is unclear, since a draft of the bill docs not yet exist. "These land claims have gone on too long, clouding property owners" title and leaving Indian tribes without just said Pombo. a rancher from Tracy, Calif. "Some New York officials have failed to address these important issues, and in order to be fair, the committee will intervene and bring a solu- tion to both landowners and In- dian tribes." Pombo's interest in York's land claims conies at a time when the proposed set- tlements with some of the tribes have been thrown into doubt by recent court decisions. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled S-l that the Oneida Indian Nation cannot claim sov- ereignty over land that it sold more than 200 years ago. In June, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the Cayuga claims involving land at the north end of Cayuga Lake. While those cases have de- railed settlement talks, Pomho's involvement is getting mixed re- views from those officials who have been working on them. One of those who has invested a lot of time and effort on the problem is Rep. John McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, whose con- gressional district includes much of the disputed land. "Mr. Pombo's criticisms are pretty unfair" and reflect a lack of understanding of the issue. McHugh said. "A lot of us have spent more than a couple of hours on this." NO TELLING, PAGE A-4 Their game: Win a Nobel prize Robert J. Aumann and Thom- as C. Schelling won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for game theories that help explain trade relations, price wars, and why we honk in traffic (because someone else Schelling is a professor at the University of Maryland's depart- ment of economics and a profes- sor emeritus at Harvard. Au- mann is a professor at the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. One example of game theory is Schelling's concept of... Strategic Commitment: You can strengthen your posi- tion by deliberately worsening your options. Suppose a strike broke out among railroad work- ers. "Say they all sit down on the tracks, the said Carl- Gustaf Lofgren, of the prize committee. "Then what can you do to pose a credible threat in order to make them move? You could start the train and drive it slowly toward them. Then final- ly what do you do? You jump off the train. Then you can't stop the train. You give up your abili- ty to act in order to make your threats more credible." The Prisoner's Dilemma: Two partners in crime are put in separate cells and given an ul- timatum. If one implicates the other, he may go free while the partner gets a harsh penalty. Faced with the situation once, both prisoners are likely to talk and both would be sentenced, according to the work of 1994 Nobel winner John Nash, subject of the movie "Brilliant Mind." Aumann found that if the pris- oners could repeat the situation an infinite number of times and add the results, they'd realize the best option is to keep mum. This is the basis of the Game Show Network's "Friend or News service reports INSIDE: Profiles of Aumann and ONLINE: For more game theory, including the centipede and rock, paper, INSIDE STYLISH, NOT SLEAZY Liverpool's Kayla Bond can't believe what girls wear. VOICES, PAGE B-6 PINK PRODUCTS Fight breast cancer. CNY, PAGE E-1 'SOONER OR LATER' NIE serial each Tuesday for students and families. PAGE C-4 ROB THOMAS At Turning Stone. CNY, PAGE E-4 Many pumpkin patches are parched this year By Mark Weiner Staff writer This year, it might not be such a "great" pumpkin after all, Charlie Brown. A hot, dry summer has caused a scarcity of large, high-quality pumpkins, Cornell University plant pathologists say. That could make paying for the Hal- loween tradition a frightful expe- rience. Larger pumpkins that sold for last year are fetching to this fall, Cornell experts say. The pumpkin problems came from hot weather that slowed the growth and pollination of flow- ers, drought that reduced the pumpkins' leafy canopy and al- lowed the sun to scald their skins, and fungi that thrived on the weakened plants. In Central New York, two popular pumpkin patches say they held prices steady. "Our pumpkins are all Sometimes people will drive from New Jersey just to get our dollar said Erica Leubner, co-owner of Tim's Pumpkin Patch in Marccllus. Leubner said her farm plants many varieties, of which only a few were affected by the weath- er. Those pumpkins were unus- able because of sun scalding, which reduces the fruit's ability toward off fungi. 'When we picked them, they looked Leubner said. "But they had gray dots that got bigger, and then they all rotted. It was sad." The Critz farm in Cazenovia is another exception, thanks to careful planning. 'We irrigate, so for us it was an ideal growing said farmer Matthew Critz, whose success allowed him to ship 20 tractor-trailer loads to retailers. 'We didn't have to worry about rain or disease problems. We actually have a good crop of pumpkins. I feel sorry for the other pumpkin growers. But for us, it turned out lo be a really good year." J ;