Syracuse Post Standard, October 27, 2005

Syracuse Post Standard

October 27, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 2005, Syracuse, New York CHICAGO WINS WORLD SERIES SPORTS, PAGE D-1 bst-Stan 507 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND WEEKEND, INSIDE Affiliated with THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2005 PINAl EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING MIXED BAG Before tempera- tures begin to rise Friday and edge into the 60s by early next a week. Central New Yorkers will see a pot- pourri of rain, snow showers, wind, sun and clouds. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 45 LOW: 33 Board Picks City School Super At least one indictment likely in CIA leak probe White House officials are bracing for at least one indict- ment by week's end in the probe of who leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer. STORY, PAGE A-ll Consultant: Destiny plans short on cash for project The engineering firm advis- ing the Syracuse Industrial De- velopment Agency told Destiny USA's developers this week that they do not appear to be budget- ing enough money to build the project's first phase. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Bomber kills five in Israel, stifles hopes for peace A 20-year-old Palestinian blew himself up in an open-air market Wednesday, killing five Israelis and wounding more than 30 people. IN IRAN: Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadincjad, Wednesday told students that Is- rael must be "wiped off the map" and that attacks by Pales- tinians would destroy it. STORIES, PAGE A-4 Bird flu found in Croatia, second bird in Britain The European Union said Wednesday the dangerous H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found in Croatia, while authorities said a second parrot that died in quar- antine in Britain was also in- fected with the virus. STORY, PAGE A-4 Who is running for local seats in November? See today's Neighbors sec- tion for a preview of some of your local election races. NEIGHBORS, INSIDE Whose belly is it? Moms make casts of own bellies You've heard of bronzing baby shoes? Well, how about making a casting of pregnant mom's entire belly? THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Corrections Names omitted from band Camillus Middle School 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...........C-l Local news.......B-' Bridge...............F-8 Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........F-l Movies............Wki New York......A-12 CNY...................E-l Obituaries........B- Sports...............D- Dick Case.........B-l Stocks...............C-3 Editorials.......A-14 Sudoku..............E-7 Letters...........A-l 5 Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD laniel Lowengard, head of Itica district, declines to say I he will take Syracuse job. Jy Maureen Nolan taff writer In a split vote, the Syracuse chool board has decided to offer the job of district superintendent Utica school Superintendent Daniel Lowengard. A source who spoke" only on the condition of anonymity said the board voted to offer the job to Lowengard. Syracuse school board Presi- dent Cynthia Kirby could not be reached for comment Wednes- day. On Tuesday she declined to confirm or comment on whether the board has picked Lowengard and said nothing has been final- ized. The Post-Standard, which was the first to report die story on Wednesday, could not determine if Lowengard had accepted the job. Lowengard de- clined to comment about it, say- ing that was up to the board. Lowengard, 55, knows his way around the Syracuse school system. Before he took the Utica job in January 1998, he spent more than 25 years working in the Syracuse district, most' re- cently as an administrator. He was one of several contenders for the job of Syracuse superin- tendent in 1996. Thomas Cappa, now retired, got the job. Lowengard's contract with the Utica district expires in Decem- ber. That's when interim Syra- cuse Superintendent Robert DiF- lorio plans to step down. Lowengard's tenure in Utica has been marred by a drawn-out controversy over district man- agement of a number of con- struction projects funded by a million bond approved by voters in 1997. If the Syracuse district's plans fall into place.'overseeing a mas- sive construction project will be one of the new superintendent's biggest jobs. The Syracuse dis- trict and city are pursuing a million, 10-year project to reno- vate every school in the district. SCHOOL, PAGE A-7 STAFF SGT. EDUARDO RAMOS (right) of the 10th Mountain Division talks Wednesday to Iraqis with the help of transla- tor "Bruce" (center, with his Alpha Company, 1st Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer Platoon, 1-87th Infantry at Al Shoula, Baghdad. The transla- tor, an Iraqi, doesn't use his real name and wears a mask; people helping U.S. troops have been targeted for killings. Father of 5 offers friendly U.S. face By Hart Seely Staff writer Some people would say Eduardo Ramos has the most fun of any soldier in Iraq. After all, he merely has to walk down the street and accept gratitude from thankful Iraqis, often while hauling be- hind him a comet-tail of jubilant chil- dren. Ramos' mere presence with his Alpha Company, 1st Platoon convoy of Humvees transforms an ordinary Wednesday morning into a spontaneous parade to celebrate the arrival of Ameri- ca. Some people would say Eduardo Ramos has the toughest job in Iraq. "It can be said Ramos, a staff sergeant for the l-87th In- fantry, after spending nearly three hours walking in crowds of Iraqi people Wednesday. "It just requires a lot of pa- tience, a lot of patience." His job is to bring a friendly U.S. face to Baghdad neighborhoods where support for the troops remains strong. And it means putting his trust in his soldiers who watch the area tightly and the neighborhoods themselves. Wednesday, Alpha Company visited the crowded neighborhood of Al Shoula, a pro-U.S. stronghold in northwestern1 MISSION TO Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer AN IRAQI BOY gets candies Wednesday from Staff Sgt. Eduardo Ramos. Baghdad. Though the overall city is strewn with garbage and reeling from insurgent at- tacks, the people of Al Shoula among them, the current mayor of Baghdad have been relatively blessed. Here, clean- up crews sweep the streets, and the 158-member local police force reports fewer terrorist incidents than in other Post-Standard staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li-Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division during their tour of duty in Iraq. This is the latest in a series about the people fighting America's war there. The stories will appear in print as often as condi- tions in the war zone allow. Inside: Excerpts from Hart Seely's Sunni Arabs join forces to compete in December national Lowville Marine's body returns Three vigils protest parts of the city. And children on the streets beamed when the three armored military Humvees from the Army's 10th Mountain Division rumbled into view and stopped. KINDNESS, PAGE A-8 question: Incur more state debt for transit? Voters to decide on loon that would include part of CNY's million in projects. By Erik Kriss Albany bureau Should New York borrow billion for road, bridge and mass transit projects? You can help decide in the voting booth Nov. 8. Most New Yorkers agree the state's transportation infrastruc- ture needs improvement. But while supporters of ballot Pro- posal Two say voter-approved borrowing is the most sensible way to pay for such long-lasting capital projects, opponents say the state is already too deep in debt. The opponents- also note that even without the bond act, the state is planning to use more than billion in non-voter-ap- proved "back-door" borrowing to pay for planned transportation projects. The billion voters are being asked to approve would help pay for a five-year, billion plan equally divided be- tween Upstate transportation projects and Downstate mass transit improvements. The bond act money would pay at least part of the cost of numerous projects around the state, including million for projects in Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Madison, Cortland and Oneida counties. MORE DEBT, PAGE A-12 Study: CNY hospitals competing Research group says rebound jy Crouse a factor. Effect on lealth care costs debated. By James T. Mulder "taff writer Competition is heating up among Syracuse hospitals and fizzling out among some area ncalth insurers, according to a research report released today. The report by the Center for Studying Health System Change said Crouse Hospital's efforts to recover business it lost during bankruptcy is stirring up compe- tition among Syracuse hospitals. Crouse lost market share when doctors shifted some pa- tients to other hospitals, primari- ly St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and University Hospital, because of concerns about Grouse's finances, according to the report. Grouse emerged from Chapter 11 in 2003 and has returned to profitability. The report said Dr. Paul J. Kronenbcrg, Grouse's chief executive officer, is ex- pected to help the hospital re- claim lost ground by restoring doctors' trust in Crouse. The center is a Washington, D.C., research group that has been studying health systems in Syracuse and 11 other U.S. com- munities since 1996. The group said the report is based on inter- views with more than 65 leaders in the local health-care market. Hospital competition is heat- ing up at a time when rising health care costs and insurance premiums are continuing to strain a local economy slowly re- covering from the the report said. While competition leads to lower prices and better quality in most industries, it often results in more spending in health care, according to Paul Ginsburg, president of the research group. CROUSE, PAGE A-7 The report The Center for Studying Health System Change also reported the following findings for the Central New York health care market: Health insurance. Competition may be decreasing among health insurance providers. Caring for the poor. Demand from low-income people is increasing as is the number of uninsured. Psychiatric services. Low- income patients are finding it more difficult to find services. Costs up. Increased use of services helps push costs up. The full report is available on the Center for Studying Health System Change Web site, MORE, PAGE A-7 X J ;