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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard 02005 The foil-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. GOOD MORNING COLD AND WET A large storm system is parked over Central New York, delivering clouds, rain and chilly temperatures. In the Northeast, October is supposed to be the month with the clearest skies not this year, apparently. More clouds and showers are in store for Monday and Tuesday. Complete____________________ HIGH: 46 LOW; 36 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Jeff Associated Press CHICAGO WHITE SOX closer Bobby Jenks reacts after striking out Houston Astros batter Adam Everett to win Game 1 of the World Series in Chicago. WHITE SOX WIN Chicago takes Game 1 of the World Series, beats Houston 5-3. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 CNY MAN KILLED A 29-year-old man was shot in the head and died in Syracuse. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 GEORGE CLOONEY "Good Night, and Good Luck" a major project for Hollywood star. STARS, PAGE 4 COMPANY COMEBACK Business that picked up where Oneida Ltd. left off puts 130 to work. BUSINESS. PAGE E-1 SU GOES DOWN AGAIN Turnovers help Pittsburgh beat Syracuse 34-17. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 SISTERS IN ARMS Take a ride with the women of Bravo Company in Iraq. STORY, PAGE A-6 MISSION TO IRAQ Meet Capt. Conor Winslow, a Fort Drum soldier in Iraq. STORY, PAGE A-8 BEST NEW TALENT Dead Rose, and their parents, turn on to heavy metal. CNY, PAGE H-1 DESTINY USA The latest on the proposed project. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 DON'T COUNT BUSH OUT Like Ronald Reagan's, his legacy may be redeemed. OPINION, PAGE D-1 Index The Secret Life of Eli Hadad It included ecstasy-dealing mobsters, death threats, records allege Locol............................B-l Nation......................A-24 Real Estate..................1-1 Sports..........................C-l State................ Washington .....A-l 3-16 World............A-4toll IN SYRACUSE Eli Hadad, 47, of Miami, has purchased 15 Syracuse- area proper- ties worth about million. Auto............................6-1 Births..........................H-8 Business......................E-l Classified.....................F-l CNY.............................H-l Editorials....................D-2 Engagements Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery, call 0 II II964W314271111 o 470-6397 By John O'Brien and Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer While he was delinquent in Syracuse property taxes two years ago, Miami investor Eli Hadad had some- thing more pressing on his mind. Members of the Israeli mob were threatening to kill Hadad if he didn't repay a loan, according to documents filed recently in a Califor- nia criminal case. Hadad and an as- sociate received the loan in 2002 to buy the drug ecstasy in Belgium to be resold in the United States, documents filed by the California defen- dants allege. Hadad is not facing charges Hadad in the case. While Hadad was becoming a man of mystery in Syracuse in 2003, buying up property sight unseen, he was mort- gaging his Miami home to an alleged leader of an Israeli mob known as the Jerusalem Network, prosecutors' court records say. Hadad had reason to fear for his life, the papers say. In 2002, shortly after he got the loan, he watched members of the mob threaten to throw his associ- ate, Yosef Atia, over the balcony of a high-rise Miami apartment if the two men didn't repay the money, the court INSIDE The interna- tional drug investigation that Hadad was mired in and the properties he bought .in Syracuse. PAGE A-12 U.S.-Canada passport idea lives on despite its unpopularity Gary Walts Staff photographer PEOPLE WHO want to enter the United States through the Canadian border will need a passport or similar document starting in 2008 under a law adopted by Congress. Businesses along the border worry many Gary Staff photographer Americans and Canadians will be discouraged from crossing the border if the rule is implemented. This is the crossing at Wellesley Island on Fri- day. Above, a driver hands documents to a border patrol agent. in commerce passes daily across longest unguarded border By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Crossing the border between New York and Canada used to be almost as easy as crossing the street. Today, border guards can ask for a passport or birth cer- tificate though they don't always do so and that can cause a lengthy delay. So a U.S. government plan to make passports or some other form of federal ID mandatory is unpopular among those with interests along what used to be called the longest unprotected border in the world. North Country residents and business owners don't like it. New York's House and Senate mem- bers don't like it. The Canadians don't like it. Even President Bush has expressed doubts. He said earlier this year the idea could "disrupt the honest flow of traf- fic" between the United States and Can- ada. But the plan lives on. Bush's Depart- ment of Homeland Security, with a man- date to fight terrorism, not foster com- merce, is forging ahead with it. The administration cites a law passed by NEW YORK, PAGE A-21 Where customers come from Any "passport law" would take a big bite out of border- area tourism, especially spur-of-the-moment visits. Alexandria Bay, for example, draws most of its visitors from about a 150-mile radius, which extends well into Canada, says Kathy Williamson, executive director of the village's Chamber of Commerce. That's 2 to 2% hours driving time. The Post-Standard Cornell sets up hunt for elusive bird Researchers, volunteers will search Arkansas swamps and rivers for the large ivory-billed woodpecker. By Rebecca James Staff writer Biologists hired by Cornell University begin mobilizing Monday for another full- scale invasion of the Arkansas swamps that are home to the mythic ivory-billed wood- pecker. With a staff of 20, a core of volunteers and a fleet of high-tech equipment, they hope to get definitive proof that the largest woodpecker in North America is not extinct. But the technical firepower and a host of experienced birders do not make this a sure bet. No one has officially spotted the bird since Valentine's Day. "It's frustrating, because we are on a very cold trail right said Ken Rosenberg, the lab's director of conservation science. The first search for the ivory-billed wood- pecker was done in secret. It yielded 15 sightings of the bird, seven of which were STAFF, PAGE A-l 8 Mark Godfrey The Nature Conservancy BOBBY HARRISON, an associate professor from Oak- wood College in Huntsville, Ala., hangs a decoy that he carved of a female ivory-billed woodpecker holding a grub in her beak on a tree in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. The decoys will be used to try to attract a male ivory-billed woodpecker. INSIDE Boom The small town where the bird was spotted prepares to cash Want Web sites where you can listen, learn more about the Vr' Wilma done with Mexico, heads for Ha. Hurricane expected to strengthen over Gulf. Mandatory evacuation under way in Keys. The Associated Press Hurricane Wilma punished Mexico's Caribbean coastline for a second day Saturday, ripping away storefronts, peeling back roofs and forcing tourists and residents trapped in hotels and shelters to scram- ble to higher floors. At least three people were killed. Waves slammed into seaside pools and sent water surging over the narrow strip of sand housing Can- cun's luxury hotels and raucous bars, joining the sea with the alligator-infested lagoon. Downtown, winds tore banks open, leaving automatic teller machines standing in knee-deep water. Wilma weakened to a Category 2 hurricane by midafternoon as it inched northward, with sustained winds of 110 mph, but it was expected to pick up speed today after moving out over the Gulf of Mexi- WATCH, PAGE A-22 NS n r Next storm is coming: This is the worst season