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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 14, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracusc.com FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2005 FINAL EDITION O the Post-Stdndaid SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN STAYS CLOSE Central New York will remain on the edge of a storm dropping heavy rain across much of the Northeast today. Some rain and drizzle is possible in this area. More showers are possible during the weekend. Complete forecast, C-16 HIGH: 63 LOW: 52 ASTROS TIE SERIES WITH CARDS SPORTS, PAGE C-1 Research company plans complex in Cicero Syracuse Research Corp. plans to build an million re- search facility in Cicero to ac- commodate rapid growth. BUSINESS, PAGE IM 'Super' Wal-Mart planned for Oswego County Wal-Mart wants to build a SuperCent- er in the southern Oswego Coun- ty town of Granby. LOCAL PAGE 1-2 Catholics plan to push hard for school tax credit Catholic churches statewide are planning to blitz Albany like never before with up to 1.5 mil- lion postcards calling for a tax credit to offset religious- and pri- vate-school tuition. NEW YORK, PAGE A-l Attacks on police, others kill at least 85 in Russia Militants stage coordinated attacks on police and govern- ment buildings in Russia's Cau- casus region, killing at least 85. STOUT, PAGE A-6 U.N.: 2 million people homeless after quake United Nation officials esti- mate 2 million people remain homeless after South Asia's massive earthquake. STORY, PAGE A-6 Nobel Prize awarded to British playwright Pinter British playwright Harold Pinter, who juxtaposed the brutal and the banal in such works as "The Caretaker" and "The Birthday Party" and made an art form out of spare language and unbearable silence, won the 2005 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday. CNY, PAGE E-2 Corrections Islamic Relief Relief volunteer Shelly New York high school all- time scoring Kalil Financial Planning After 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..........D-l Lottery..............A-2 Bridge...............F-8 Movies...............E-4 Classified..........F-l New York.........A-8 Obituaries........B-4 CNY E-l Sean Kirst........B-l Sports...............C-1 Editorials.......A-10 Stocks...............D-3 Letters...........A-11 Sudoku..............E-7 Local news.......B-l Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Parts of City Boil Water After E. Coli Is Found homes and businesses, plus SU and seven schools, affected. By Mark Weiner Staff writer About one-fourth of Syra- cuse was told Thursday to boil drinking water after tests found bacteria that could cause severe intestinal ill- nesses. Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Onon- daga County's health commis- sioner, told those who live, work or go to school in the southeastern part of Syracuse to boil tap water for at least a minute, or drink bottled water. Morrow issued the boil- water order after routine tests of the city's water received earlier Thursday showed E. coli bacteria present in three samples collected from homes and businesses. "We have no indication that anyone has become ill from this, and we certainly want to prevent Morrow said. "For many people it probably wouldn't do any- thing. But for some it will be diarrheal illness." She said health officials have not been able to track down the source of the bacte- ria. The presence of E. coli in- dicates the water may be con- taminated with feces from humans or animals. 'MAINLY, PAGE A-4 Uuren Marsh Contributing photographer WITH PARTS OF SYRACUSE under a boil water advisory Thursday, Brandon Taylor, 19, an employee at Brewster Dining Hall at Syracuse University, transfers boiled water into containers to chill for drinks in the dining hall. Who is affected? Map details which areas of Syracuse are under boil-water HOW GAS PRICES ARE CHANGING CNY'S HOMES, FACTORIES... AND A DINER More workers seek jobs that are closer By Charley Hannagan Staff writer The hike in gasoline prices is changing the way Central New Yorkers work. More are seeking jobs closer to home, working four days in- stead of five to save gas or tak- ing the bus to work. Several companies say work- ers recently have cited high gas prices as the reason for quitting their jobs. That was why 10 temporary workers and five permanent ones said they left Tessy Plastics, on Route 5 in Elbridge, said Chief Executive Officer Roland Beck. The company has 500 permanent workers and 100 temps. Prior to this summer's gaso- line price hikes, the plastic injec- tion molder attracted workers from as far away as Oswego County, almost 40 miles and an hour away by car, because of the higher unemployment rate there, Beck said. Now the company is attracting more workers from Auburn, 20 minutes to the west by car, and Syracuse, 20 minutes to the east, he said. Although Tessy is out in the country, Syracuse employers are having trouble attracting work- ers, too. Philip Mazza, vice president of human resources at Hanford Pharmaceuticals, noticed that as gasoline prices rose to or a gallon, it became harder to recruit and retain workers. Two employees recently quit after finding similar work for similar pay closer to their homes. The company has 216 workers and has 10 openings to fill, he said. Employers say the people quitting their jobs over gas prices are more likely working in blue-collar jobs than office work, said Anne Kassel, vice WORKERS, PAGE A-7 Diner helps patrons swallow gas prices By Alaina Potrikus Staff writer When the price of a gallon of gasoline rose above that of a fried egg sandwich at Quack's Diner in Madison, manager Ron Oliver decided to do something about it. He's cutting 20 percent off his customers' bills if they bring in a receipt from a recent gasoline purchase. He's hoping that offer- ing the discount will keep cus- tomers dining out, and driving to Madison to do it. The restaurant has been a mainstay on Route 20 in Madi- son County since 1947. Oliver bought the diner in 1971, and has been coming up with unusu- al promotions for regular cus- tomers ever since. "Everyone's taking a hit, so why not share he said. "It doesn't kill us, but it helps them." There's only one gas station in Madison, and it's next door to Quack's. On Thursday, the price at the pump at E-Z Mart was a gallon. Quack's waitress Kathy Teer said the rising price of fuel is one of the chief complaints she hears from her customers. "Everything nowadays is get- ting so she said. "They don't want to go places as much." "If I can't get there, I can't spend said Mary DeLand, 77, of Hamilton, who was hav- ing lunch at Quack's on Sunday. The promotion runs through the end of October, but Oliver is already looking into a similar discount for the winter, when heating prices are expected to soar. "When the temperature goes down, the checkbook balance goes down he said. IN BUSINESS: What are the 10 most fuel-efficient Compare your car to others at: CNY principal admitted plagiarism So. Cayuga administrator loses job after not being recommended for tenure. By David L. Shaw Staff writer A high school principal in Cayuga County who has ad- mitted to plagiarizing a speech he made to the graduating Class of 2004 has lost his job. Southern Cayuga High School Principal Dennis C. Farnsworth told board members he used a speech by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, according to for- mer school board member Bev- erly A. Hammons. She was on the board when he made the ad- mission. Today will be Farnsworth's last day as principal. The plagia- rism was made public Thursday by Hammons at a special meet- ing of the Southern Cayuga school board. Farnsworth was not recom- mended for tenure by former school Superintendent Peter F. Cardamonc after his three-year probationary period expires Oct. 16. Farnsworth did not attend the school board meeting and could not be reached for comment Thursday night. Most of the 50 or so people at the meeting supported Far- nsworth. Hammons and three other res- idents at the meeting felt that Farnsworth's plagiarism was nothing to overlook and reward by granting tenure. "If Mr. Farnsworth has been found guilty of shoplifting, he would not even be considered for a lifetime job, which is what tenure means in this Hammons said, reading from prepared remarks. "He is guilty of another form of theft called plagiarism, which he openly admitted to the board of education that he had com- mitted." she said. She said Farnsworth admitted reading the speech, "Ten Les- sons of the which Sha- lala gave at a high school gradu- ation in Wisconsin, and using it as his own speech. "No teacher of high standards would condone or accept plagia- rism by a student. Nor should we as a she said. Farnsworth's supporters said the good things he's done far outweigh a single case of plagia- rism from which he did not prof- it. Several teachers also voiced support for Farnsworth, an Os- wego resident. "I'm sure he didn't do this to deceive said Sarah Miller, a parent. "It was an en- tertaining speech with a nice tone. I don't condone plagiarism, but he helped my son graduate by taking an interest in Miller said. "I'm sick of hearing about said resident Rose Mur- phy. "He has gone beyond the call of duty many times. You need to look at what he has done for the high school. This is ridic- she said to applause. Hammons said the previous DEFENDERS, PAGE A-4 Cicero wants district attorney to investigate harassment charge By John Doherty Staff writer Cicero councilors have or- dered a probe into allegations that the town's former attorney harassed the town's comptroller before the lawyer's firm was fired two weeks ago. Councilors called for an inde- pendent investigation and on Thursday, Supervisor Chester Dudzinski asked Onondaga County District Attorney Wil- liam Fitzpatrick to investigate, as well. In calling for the probe, coun- cilors asked interim town attor- ney Michael McDermott to find someone specializing in harass- ment claims to conduct the in- vestigation. The allegations surfaced dur- ing a town board meeting Wednesday night, when Cicero resident Sam Bartorillo, a friend of Cicero Comptroller Shirlie Stuart, asked why harassment al- legations were not being investi- gated. He said the former town lawyer, Mark Wladis, had threat- ened to have Stuart fired. "If this happened to one of your loved ones you'd be on it and you'd be on it Barto- rillo told councilors. He did not say what might have prompted Wladis to make such a threat. Wladis denied making the threats. "Absolutely none of that stuff Wladis said. "We have asked for an investigation from the first time the allega- tions arose. We welcome it, and we're confident that once the in- dependent investigation is com- FIRED, PAGE A-7 3 FILMS OPEN TODAY CNY, PAGE E-1 SYRACUSE AUTHORS 2 nominated for National Book Awards. CNY, PAGE E-2 INSIDE NEXT UP: RUTGERS SU plays at home Saturday. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 NOT A TEAM PLAYER Martha offs SU grad. CNY, PAGE E-1 YOUR GUITAR AWAITS It's never too late to learn. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 J   

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