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   Post-Standard (Newspaper) - October 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York                                WORLD SERIES WHITE SOX VS 7D1 The PostStandard Affiliated with SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2C05 he F SYRACUSE 50 CENTS RAINY WEEKEND Central New Yorks forecast calls for overcast skies and some fog serving as a prelude to rain starling in the afternoon Breezes will chill already cool temperatures Expect more of the same breezy chilly rainy weather on Sunday Monday brings scattered showers Complete forecast D10 HIGH 49 LOW 38 Miller appears to have misled paper Times says The New York Times Judith Miller belatedly gave prosecu tors her notes of a key meeting in the CIA leak probe only after being shown White House re cords of it and her boss declared Friday she appeared to have mis led the newspaper about her role STORY PAGE A7 Slaying of Saddam lawyer raises security questions The body of a defense lawyer in Saddam Husseins trial was found dumped in the street with two bullet wounds in the head hours after gunmen dressed as security forces took him from his office A fearful defense team demanded Friday that the trial be delayed or moved out of Iraq STORY PAGE A4 Wiima strands thousands of tourists in Mexico Hurricane Wilma tore into Mexicos resortstudded Mayan Riviera on Friday with torrential rains and shrieking winds filling the streets with water shattered glass and debris as thousands of stranded tourists hunkered down in hotel ballrooms and shelters STORY PAGE AIO High Court nominee stays course despite protest Supreme Court nominee Har riet Miers will continue meeting with senators next week the White House said Friday despite calls from some conservatives who said the visits arent help ing STORY PAGE A5 Delays lawyer wants to recuse himself judge Mayor Wants Investigation Was E Coli A Lab Mistake DRINKING WATER for the city of Syracuse comes from Skaneateles Lake If Syracuse were forced to build a filtration plant for the lake water it would cost the city million to million and raise water rates by 150 percent McKeen Sta photographer or more city officials say Pictured fishing at end of a jetty early Friday morn ing on Skaneateles Lake are Bill Kocher of Marcellus and Edward Magdziak of Auburn By Mark Werner Staff writer Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll wants state health experts to launch an investigation into the source of E coli bacteria that tests found in the citys drinking water this month Driscoll said the city needs to know if three positive test re sults for the bacteria were accu rate or if they are the result of laboratory errors The stakes are high The mayors action comes as Syracuse faces two potential vi olations of state and federal reg ulations for drinking water the first since 2001 which could ultimately cost the city up to million State health officials must de cide if the E coli and coliform bacteria found in August are reasons to cancel or place new restiictions on Syracuses waiv er from laws that require cities to filter their drinking water If Syracuse was forced to build a Filtration plant for Skane ateles Lake water it would cost the city million to mil lion and raise water rates by 150 percent or more city officials say For now Syracuse remains among the seven largest cities in the United States that are not re quired to filter their water Skaneateles Lake the source of water for more than Central New Yorkers has been considered pure enough by regu lators to receive only chlorina tion to kill germs The water has not violated any drinking water standards since coliform bacteria was found at high levels in Au gust 2001 Syracuse draws an average of 42 million gallons a day from the lake and shares the water with the village of Skaneateles Elbridge and Jordan and parts of the towns of Camilius and DeWitt Last year the city received a renewed waiver to a 1992 provi sion of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act that required commu nities nationwide to build filtra tion plants Driscoll said city officials are convinced the E coli detected by a lab this month was not the result of contamination in the lake or the citys Woodland Res ervoir BUILDING PAGE A7 MIKE LYNN Syracuse Water De partment op erator looks at algae with a microscope from a raw sample of Skaneateles Lake at the Water De photographer Partment Death Internet reunite family of city fire victim Rep Tom DeLay appeared in court as a criminal defendant for the first time Friday listening as his lawyer asked the presiding judge to step aside for making campaign donations to Demo crats and their liberal allies STORY PAGE A5 Corrections Bea Gonzalezs Web Time of David Bromberg Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 4702240 to dis cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions Call 470NEWS Index local Bl Calendar New El 0 11 Puzzle Dick Bl Entertainment E4 1 El Henrietta Persons hunted kin for 25 years miracle solve mystery By Delen Goldberg and Meghan Rubado Staff writers Henrietta Persons death helped solve a mystery that had haunted her throughout her life The 89yearold Syracuse woman who died Thursday morning in a fire at her home spent years looking for her neph ew John Acosta She learned how to use a computer so she could better research her family tree She sent letters to talkshow hosts and politicians asking them to help her search But she never found the lost link Hundreds of miles away members of the Acosta family knew nothing of Persons search until Friday After reading The PostStan dards story about the house fire on Steve Acosta 41 of realized that Henrietta Persons had been looking for his father John Acosta I looked at the time frame and I knew it had to be Acosta said Friday John Acosta died in 1985 in the New York City area But that didnt stop Steve Acosta from finding his family He looked up Lori Covingtons phone number Friday and called her up Cov ington was Persons niece and a close friend I was so happy to hear from Covington said We caught up on old times I filled him in on how many of us there are It was just Covington and Acosta have never met But they will come face to face for the first time Tuesday at Persons funeral Acosta and his brother John Acosta III will fly to Syracuse to honor the woman who helped unite them with a family they never knew existed UST PAGE A7 Cause of the fire Syracuse fire investigators determined that materials used for smoking caused the fire Thursday that killed Henrietta Persons 89 of 1306 E Fayette St The materials were found in a rear corner of Persons living room in the front of the secondfloor apartment Investigator Joe Galloway said Persons friends said she was a smoker There were no working smoke detectors in the house Interim Cornell president Intelligent design invalid The Associated Press Ithaca Cornell University Interim President Hunter Rawl ings III on Friday condemned the teaching of intelligent design as science calling it a religious belief masquerading as a secular Intelligent design is not valid Rawlings told nearly 700 trustees faculty and other school officials attending Cornells annual board meeting It has no ability to develop new knowledge through hypoth esis testing modification of the original theory based on experi mental results and renewed test ing through more refined experi ments that yield still more refinements and Rawlings said What is mtefigent design A theory that says life is too complex to have developed through evolution implying a higher power must have had a hand Rawlings Cornells president from 1995 to 2003 is now serv ing as interim president in the wake of this summers sudden departure of former Cornell President Jeffrey Lehman Intelligent design has been harshly criticized by The Nation al Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science which have called it repackaged crea tionism and improper to include in scientific education THEORY A7 What do you think Sound off at INSIDE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS SPORTS PAGES D7 8 9 Brandon Misiaszek New Hartford su vs Pin Gome preview SPORTS PAGE D1 HOT FLOWERS FOR SPRING CNY PAGE E1 WILL BARBIE GET A NEW KEN CNY PAGE E4 FM15SI0N TO PostStandard staff writer Hart Seely and photogra pher LiHua tan are accom panying soldiers from Fort Drums 10th Mountain Division during their tour of duty in Iraq Look for their reports from Baghdad in The PostStandard For more on their journey go to Here are a few excerpts from Seelys blog 8 Friday Kuwait time The Kuwait City Hilton is totally spiffedup Today we could have sat in deck chairs while guys in Jeeves suits brought us umbrellastir drinks But it just didnt seem right The Army bulletins all stress the importance of troops respecting Ramadan That means no public displays of eating smoking or chewing gum during the daylight hours One sign warned that we could be arrested for such acts The worst thing we could do would be to run around shirtless So when I went outside I dressed like the Michelin Man not a postage stamp of skin showing But the tourists here look like they walked out of Jamesville Beach on July 4 Ramadan Whats that Friday Kuwait time In the span of 20 minutes on the 3 Kuwait highway we saw 1 a guy cut us off with the most deathdefying iane switch Ive ever seen 2 some body driving without lights and 3 a maniac driving fullbore in the opposite direction on a four lane superhighway This town is a NASCAR highlights film This morning riding back to the hotel as dawn broke we saw at least four wrecked cars on the side of the highway They looked fresh j   

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