Syracuse Post Standard, November 5, 2005

Syracuse Post Standard

November 05, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 2005, Syracuse, New York Affiliated with SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2005 DO THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE... WIN A TRIP TO e Post-Standard FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Siandaid SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOME SHOWERS Warm air is ex- pected, but a front to the north may create a shower today and tonight. Temperatures should be in the mid-60s. Rain with gusty winds should move in later on Sunday with cooler weather arriving on Monday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 65 LOW: 54 Utica school chief hired to run Syracuse schools Syracuse school board mem- bers voted Friday to hire Utica school super- intendent Dan- iel Lowengard to run the school district. The board voted 5-2 for Lowengard, who started his career in Syra- Lowengard cuse and worked in the district for more than 25 years. STORIES, PAGE M, 3 Company wants to hire 300 people in Syracuse Sutherland Global Services plans to hire 300 people at its downtown Syracuse call center beginning immediately, roughly doubling the size of the compa- ny's local work force. Most of the new jobs will be seasonal. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Judge puts off ruling over Oswego city positions A judge Friday reserved de- cision on whether it's "inherent- ly incompatible" for the acting Oswego mayor to continue serv- ing while also holding onto his city council scat. LOCAL, PAGE 1-5 Riots break out at start of summit in Argentina More than demonstra- tors angry about President Bush's policies clashed with po- lice, shattered storefronts and torched businesses Friday in Ar- gentina, marring the inaugura- tion of the Summit of the Ameri- cas as leaders began debating creation of one of the world's largest free trade zones. STORY, PAGE A-3 U.S. airports installing radar designed in CNY A new radar system de- signed by DeWitt-based Sensis Corp. will be installed at 14 air- ports, starting in January in Seat- tle, FAA officials announced Friday. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: 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 Auto............. Business...... Bridge.......... Classified..... F-1 C-l E-9 E-5 Comics ...E-l CNY...................E-l Puzzle ....E-l Dick Cose.........B-l Editorials.........A-8 Entertainment. E-4 E-l Letters..............A-7 Local news.......B-l Lottery..............A-2 Movies...............E-4 New York.........A-4 Obituaries..... Sports............ Stocks Sudoku Television...... Weather........ B-4 .D-l C-2 E-ll E-12 D-10 THE POST-STANDARD Zoo Faces Fine USDA: Baby elephant died in unsafe exhibit By Mark Weiner Staff writer Federal inspectors say the Rosa- mond Gifford Zoo improperly han- dled a baby elephant that died in August and should pay more than in fines for the violations. If the zoo decides not to pay the penalty and challenges the decision, it could face higher fines and even criminal charges, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Zoo Director Anne Baker said Friday she was stunned that the pro- posed penalties cite the zoo for fail- ing to have a barrier or fence to keep four-day-old Kedar from fall- ing into a swimming pool. "Our exhibit has been the way it is since 1991 when we started our elephant breeding Baker said. "USDA has inspected every year since then. So if this is an un- safe situation, why didn't they say something Baker said federal inspectors have never raised concerns with the pool area's construction over the past 14 years. But she said the zoo ZOO, PAGE A-5 Carrie Niland Staff photographer KEDAR, A BABY Asian ele- phant, was born July 31 and died four days later after falling into a swimming pool. BODY ARMOR, helmet and shoulder pads give 1st Lt. Ryan Laugna, of Bethlehem, Pa., football-player look as he stands guard while other soldiers, including Iraqis, enter a Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer house Friday in Baghdad. They were searching for an insur- gent. Laugna is with Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade 1-71st Cavalry. All in day's work: Cavalry joins in hunt for car bomber in Iraq By Hart Seely Staff writer Baghdad The mission looked rather simple. Iraqi intelligence had tar- geted a suspect in a string of car bombs; with help from the Americans, they wanted to raid a suspected terrorist den in central Baghdad and arrest their man. "We're going to let them take the house and get the bad Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert F. Lieske, of Ottawa, 111., told the soldiers of the l-71st Cavalry. "We're just there to provide assets." They had everything planned. p.m., Friday. On the Iraqi side of Forward Operat- ing Base Independence, Sgt. Lieske's men studied a map of Baghdad, pressed flat on the hood of his Humvee. Today, Bravo Troop will run two raids, simultaneously, on sus- pected terrorist lairs. In both missions, the Iraqi army will lead, and they will assist. Then" goal: to wean the Iraqis from U.S. support, while making sure they get NO INSURGENTS, PAGE A-8 Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer THE REMAINS of a car lie crumpled in a Baghdad street Friday, after a bomb in it went off. Fort Drum soldiers (not shown) rushed to the scene to police the area. From Sedy's Mog Hart Seely writes about Iraq at Here's an excerpt from Friday's blog: "Today, I saw what happens to a car when somebody fills the trunk with explosives and makes it go boom. You couldn't have guessed it was ever a car. "These are not firecrackers. "And the weapons in this war are not bullets anymore. They're not grenades and they are not mortars. They are getting nastier and nastier. "There's a knot in my stomach to attest to it." MISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li- Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to HOW TO GROW FLOWERS INDOORS CNY, PAGE E-1 INSIDE SOCCER CHAMPS Boys Fulton Girls CBA 3, Whitesboro 1 Marcellus 1, IHC 0 SPORTS, PAGES D-1, 6, 7 OPRAH: A QUEEN FOR AMERICA? CNY, PAGE E-4 Destiny no deal breaker in election Poll shows schools, crime to be "very important issues" to likely Syracuse voters. By Frederic Pierce and John Mariani Staff writers It's difficult to talk about Syr- acuse's mayoral race without talking about Destiny USA. Republican challenger Joanic Mahoney has taken more than in campaign contribu- tions from Destiny and related entities and has accused Driscoll of impeding the multibillion-dol- lar project. The re-election campaign of Democratic Mayor Matt Dris- coll, meanwhile, has pointedly questioned Mahoney's relation- ship with the developers in tele- vision ads and mailings. But to the average Syracuse voter charged with choosing the next mayor, Destiny may not be a big part of the equation. Less than 31 percent of the 500 likely voters responding to a Zogby International poll con- ducted for The Post-Standard this week said Destiny was a very important issue in the may- or's race. More than 86 percent, mean- while, said crime was a very im- portant issue in the contest. Nearly 80 percent said schools were a very important issue. In fact. Destiny the multi- POU, PAGE A-5 Coming Sunday See who's leading in the mayor's race, according to a new poll by Zogby International Swiss story on Destiny full of holes By Rick Moriarty Staff writer Developer Robert Congel likes to think big. But a Swiss publication overstated his plans for Destiny USA just a tad and briefly got the mayor of Syr- acuse concerned. "Americans are used to huge L'Hebdo, a French-language Swiss news magazine, reported. "This one on paper is pharaonic: a stadium, three golf courses, a park, a sailing port, 8 casinos, a mega- aquarium, 90 amusement parks, 472 museums, hotel rooms, and don't forget the tech- nological site or the re-creation of a hill and a Tuscan village." A stadium? Sure. Congel has talked about a multi-use stadium at Destiny, to go with 850 retail, dining, cultural and entertain- ment venues, including a couple of golf courses. He's also said the project will CONGEl, PAGE A-4 J ;