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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2005 IINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING GETTING COOLER It will be notice- ably cooler over the next few days. Night tempera- tures could dip to hear freezing. Combine the cold with weekend rain, and higher elevations in the North Country could see snow by Monday or Tuesday. Complete forecast, C-16 HIGH: 53 LOW: 35 Poll: 2-to-1 Want Destiny; Many Doubt It'll Happen Pataki staffer named state fair director Gov. George Pataki has named his Central New York representative, Bebette Yunis, of Syracuse, to be the director of the state fair. STORY, B-l attend SU forum on student-run show Emotions were still raw Thursday as members of the Syr- acuse University community voiced their feelings about a stu- dent-run television show that producedi programs making light of issues such as date rape, lynching and racism. STORY, PAGE M U.N.: Saving quake survivors huge task The top U.N. relief coordina- tor warned Thursday that bold initiatives like the Berlin Airlift are needed to save as many as 3 million people left homeless by the South Asian earthquake as winter approaches. STORY, PAH M Bill protecting gun manufacturers passes Congress delivered a long- sought victory to the gun indus- try on Thursday when the House voted to shield firearms manu- facturers and dealers from liabil- ity lawsuits. STORY, pAGtA-7 Former intelligence official to testify at Saddam trial The trial of Saddam Hussein took a startling turn Thursday when prosecutors said the first witness would be a bedridden cancer patient who helped run Iraq's feared intelligence agency. STORY, PACE A-4 Mother allegedly dropped children to watery deaths A woman accused of drop- ping her three children to their deaths in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay was arrested while pushing an empty stroller away from the pier and was jailed Thursday on suspicion of murder. STORY, PAGE A-9 Small towns may see one bill increase Pollster says Central Hew York has a "can-do wish but a can't-do By Rick Moriarty Staff writer Syracuse residents by a wide margin want to see the Destiny USA project built, but they are not so sure that it will be built, according to a poll of likely vot- ers conducted for The Post-Stan- dard. Twice as many people want local ph The cost of Verizon's basic telephone service in Auburn, Chittenango, Oswego and other small communities in Upstate New York could rise more than a month under a proposed de- regulation plan being considered by the state Public Service Com- mission. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l 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 Business Bridge Classified Comics CNY Puzzles Editorials Letters Local D-l F-8 F-l E-l ....A-10 ....A-ll B-l Lottery............ Movies............ New York....... Obituaries...... Sean Kirst...... Sports............. Stocks Sudoku........... Television....... A-2 E-4 A-8 B-4 .B-l .C-l .D-3 ..E-7 ..E-5 THE POST-STANDARD the project to be built as those who do not want it built. But voters are almost evenly split over whether Destiny the big retail, entertainment and hotel project proposed by developer Robert Congel will be built. The poll, conducted Oct. 14 and 15 by Zogby International, also showed that the vast majori- ty of people in the city have seen Destiny USA's advertisements in recent weeks. However, the ads have had little impact on support for the project. Zogby interviewed 509 likely city voters for the survey, which had a margin of error of 4.4 per- centage points. Asked if they want to see Des- tiny built, nearly 60 percent said yes, nearly 30 percent said no and 10.4 percent were not sure. John Zogby, president and chief executive officer of the polling company, said the 2-1 ratio was "pretty substantial for a contro- versial project." MANY, PAGE A-6 destiny usa Do you want it built? Yes No 59.9% 29.7% Will it be built? Yes No 45.1% 43.3% Post-Standard Poll The Post-Standard hired Zogby International to poll Syracuse voters. INSIDE Poll details, on how people feel about Destiny Join the discussion in the CNY Politics forum at Stay up to date with the Political Notebook blog at EduardoVerdugo The Associated Press CUBANS ARE RELOCATED to secure areas Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Wilma in Batabano. Cuban civil defense of- ficials said more than people fled their homes in low-lying areas on the island. Wilma gives Florida a break, for now By David Royse The Associated Press Key West, Fla. Hurricane Wilma's march toward Florida slowed somewhat Thursday, giving residents an unexpected extra day to prepare for the storm, while authorities stockpiled emergency sup- plies. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Wilma would likely strike Florida's western coast sometime late Sunday, more than a day later than previ- ously thought. Max Mayfield, director of the center, said the slowdown would likely weaken the storm from a Category 4, with sus- tained 150 mph winds, to a Category 3 or less before making landfall in the United States. "The timing is certainly working in our Mayfield said. But he added that Wilma probably would still be a strong hurricane with a powerful storm surge when it reached the state. Category 3 storms have winds of 111 mph to 130 mph. Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency to ensure that necessary sup- plies and disaster response teams were in place. "This is the time to Bush told reporters in Tallahassee. The storm was predicted to make a turn to the northeast toward Florida after striking Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the western Caribbean Sea. Mayfield said Wilma is unusually large, with tropical storm-force winds ex- tending out some 260 miles from the cen- ter that could cause widespread damage. FLORIDA, PAGE A-6 INSIDE: How Hurricane Wilma disrupts Central New Yorkers' vacation House fire claims life of slave's granddaughter C.W. Staff photographer CAPT. MIKE CHURCH, of the Syracuse Fire Department, pulls up electric wires after a fatal fire Thursday at the 1306 E. Fayette St., the home of Henrietta Persons. INSIDE: Another fire in Syracuse displaces a family of Ancestor of Henrietta Persons, 89, settled here after Gvil War. By Meghan Rubado and Delen Goldberg Staff writers The 89-year-old granddaugh- ter of a slave who settled in Onondaga County after the Civil War died in a fire Thursday morning that tore through her Syracuse home. Henrietta Persons, of 1306 E. Fayette St., was an active mem- ber of her community for dec- ades. She gave a speech at a Jan- uary NAACP event and helped lead a project to uncover the his- tory of the Underground Rail- road in Central New York. "She just had an absolute love for life and people and her niece, Lori Covington, said Thursday night. "There was nothing about her that didn't have energy. She had no idea she was 89." Persons, an avid crafter, worked as a window dress- er until well into her 70s. Covington said her aunt was the first black Persons window dress- er in Syracuse. Even after Persons stoppec designing storefronts, she cro- cheted clothing, painted murals and made dolls for her family and friends. Covington said just about every neighbor on East Fayette Street had one of "Aum Henny's" dolls. Persons craftec the Raggedy Ann-type dolls to reflect the various races of her family and friends. "We are a very diverse fami ly, so she made the dolls differ- ent Covington said. "Half the adults wouldn' MEMOIRS, PAGE A-l 2 Oswego asks: Who's the mayor today? By Catie O'Toole itaff writer The city of Oswego now has an acting, acting mayor. Councilor David Hall is filling n for acting Mayor William Dunsmoor who left Tuesday night for Las Vegas. "I'm the head person in charge of Hall said Thursday, when asked about his current responsibilities. Hall said he is not. however, directing department heads to do anything differently or signing official documents. The city charter fails to define who is in charge if Dunsmoor is out of town. It also prevents common councilors from electing a new council president until Jan. 1. "Right now, I'm council pres- ident, I'm 7th Ward councilor and I'm acting mayor. I'm also still an individual and I have a personal life and a family. My family comes Dunsmoor said on his cell phone from Las Vegas Thursday. "I've got a life and I'm going to continue to live it. This was a pre-planned trip long before I knew I was going to be an acting mayor." OSWEGO, PAGE A-6 TOM DeLAY BOOKED Harris County Sheriff Department U.S. REP. TOM DeLAY smiles for his booking photo Thursday at the Harris County Sheriff's Department in Houston, Texas. Delay turned himself in on state conspiracy and money laundering charges, and was released on bond. "Now Ronnie Earle has the mugshot he defense attorney Dick DeGuerin said of the prosecutor who brought the charges. (Harris County does not make the suspect hold a sign with his number.) 6 MOVIES OPEN TODAY. CNY, PAGE E-1 INSIDE THIS JUST IN Kramer's mayoral poll. CNY, PAGE E-1 COSTUME EDITION Are you ready for Halloween? 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