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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               Affiliated with SyraoiM.com TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2005 DO THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE... WIN A TRIP TO e Post-Standard FINAL EDITION C 2005 Tlie Post-Standard SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN RETURNS It will be cloudy and wet today in Central New York. Warm air from the south will begin arriv- ing overnight, but it won't stay around long. Snow showers are only a couple of days away. Complete forecast D-6 HIGH: 55 LOW: 52 GM returns to offering discounts General Motors Monday launched a year-end clearance sale that emphasizes price dis- counts up to nearly on some 2006 models. GM's "Red Tag which includes some 2005 mod- els, comes six weeks after the automaker ended its successful employee pricing program and switched to a "total value promise" that was supposed to reduce its reliance on costly in- centives. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l AOL, Warner Bros, plan online TV reruns America Online and Warner Bros, announced that they plan to launch an online service next year on AOL.com that will let TV fans watch thousands of old episodes on then- computers for free. The complete shows, from "Alice" to "Wonder will contain short commercials that cannot be skipped. IUSIHESS, PAGE C-l Medicare's plan for prescriptions begins today Enrollment begins today for a new Medicare prescription drug benefit that kicks in on Jan. 1. Enrollment continues through May WASHINGTON, PAGE Alito's conservatism Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., once seek- ing to advance his career as a Reagan White House lawyer, de- scribed himself as a dedicated conservative and said he was "particularly proud" of his at- tempts to end racial and ethnic quotas and establish that the Constitution does not give women a right to abortion. WASHINGTON, PAGE A-9 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 Former Bennett Funding Group secretary Linda S. Ste- phens, not Stevens, now Linda S. Wintertime Michael A. Holmes lives at 7 Elderkin Ave., Photograph of SU fullback Stephen 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....... Dick Case... Editorials.... Kid's Page.. Letters........ C-l G-7 G-l E-l .....B-l ..A-14 G-8 .A-15 Local news.......8-1 Lottery..............A-2 Movies...............E-3 New York......A-12 Obituaries....... Schools............ Sports.............. Stocks Sudoku Television........ B-4 B-6 D-l C-3 E-7 .E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Audit Blasts FDA's Move On Morning-After Pill By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press Washington Top federal health officials may have reject- ed easier access to the morning- after pill before reviewing all the scientific evidence, according to an independent audit Monday that renewed charges that poli- tics trumped science. Congressional auditors report- ed that the Food and Drug Ad- ministration's May 2004 deci- sion on emergency contraception deviated from 10 years of agen- cy practice in evaluating over- the-counter sales of prescription drugs and was unusual in sev- eral respects. Critics in Congress declared their suspicions confirmed and urged the FDA's boss to inter- vene to assure that a still pend- ing reconsideration of the pill's fate isn't based on ideology. "We are deeply opposed to this subversion of Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and 17 other lawmakers wrote Health and Human Services Sec- retary Mike Leavitt on Monday. "It appears that the decision was preordained from the out- set." FDA, PAGE A-3 Four oddities The GAO said it found four unusual moves by the FDA: Heads of two FDA offices refused to sign the agency's decision because they disagreed with it. High-level management was more involved than usual for over-the-counter approvals. Investigators cited conflicting accounts among mid-level and senior managers over whether the rejection was made before scientific evaluations were completed. The rationale for shielding younger adolescents "was novel and did not follow FDA's traditional practices." Los Angeles Times Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer SGT. JASON THOMAS, of Baltimore, walks along with an Iraqi child while Pfc. Isaac Ounda, of Kenya, (left) has a conversa- tion with another child during their mission to a neighborhood advisory council in Baghdad. Running errands on Baghdad's streets By Hart Secly Staff writer The last time they marched through Purple Heart Alley, a stretch of Bagh- dad named for the snipers who once lined its rooftops, the sun beat on them. They hiked two miles, hot pavement all the way, in 110-degree heat. "Make sure you bring bot- tled water or Sfc. Christopher Barnard, 33, of Calis, Maine, warned his troops. "Remember how it was." Nobody needed reminding. Sunday's mission for Bravo Troop, of the U.S. Army's 1-71 Cavalry, called for a two- hour march with the Iraqi Army through the city's trou- bled interior. They would hike along Haifa Street, a stretch of high-rise apartment buildings whose exteriors hold the pock- marks of bullets from a not- too-distant past. A TENSE, PAGE A-10 MISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely -frl and photographer Li- Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort-Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to Laptops for on the horizon By Steve Stecklow The Wall Street Journal A novel plan to develop a laptop computer for distri- bution to millions of schoolchil- dren in developing countries has caught the interest of govern- ments and the attention of com- puter-industry heavyweights. First announced in January by Nicholas Negroponte, the found- ing chairman of the Massachu- setts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. the initiative appears to be gaining steam. Negroponte is scheduled to demonstrate a working prototype of the device with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednes- day at a U.N. technology confer- ence in Tunisia. Negroponte and other backers say they have held discussions with at least two dozen countries about purchasing the laptops and that Brazil and Thailand have expressed the most interest so far. In addition, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently pro- posed spending million to buy one of Ihc laptops for every student in middle school and high school in his state. Although no contracts with governments have been signed, Negroponte says current plans call for producing five to ten million units beginning in late 2006 or early 2007, with tens of millions more a year later. Five companies Google Inc., Ad- vanced Micro Devices Inc., Red Hat Inc., News Corp. and Brightstar Corp. have each provided million to fund a PROTOTYPE, PAGE A-3 They grasp history of slaves in their hands BOUND TO GHANA This is the fifth of five stories about Central New York's connec- tions to Ghana, a West African nation notable for its role in the slave trade to America and for its leadership in African indepen- dence. Reporter Molly Hennessy- Fiske and photographer Michelle Gabel's stories appeared each Tuesday for the last four weeks in The Post-Standard. Go to www. if you missed earlier installments of the series. By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Ehnina, Ghana Q hey call him "The Man Who Goes Under The Sea." When-he arrived at Benya La- goon six years ago, the fisher- men of Elmina thought Greg Cook, now 32, was crazy. They had never known an obruni, or white man, willing to paddle out with them in their 50-foot dug- out canoes. Why then would he dive deep into the Gulf of Guin- ea for hours at a time, only to re- turn without fish? Perhaps, they thought, he was after the treasure of Ghana's Gold Coast. He told them he was a Syra- cuse University archaeology stu- dent trying to find goods once traded for slaves. But what does archaeology mean to a fisher- man? It was the summer the ar- chaeologist spent fishing that mattered, the words he learned in Fante, the fishermen's language, his visits to their shrines and with their chief. By the time Cook, the archae- ologist, arrived with a research team this summer, the first to ex- cavate a Ghanaian slave ship- wreck, the fishermen had grown to trust him. They believed he could unearth and save a price- less treasure their history. The fishermen already knew the archaeologist's adviser, Christopher DeCorse. The new chairman of SU's anthropology department has been a regular Michelle Gabel Staff photographer SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY archaeology students Andrew Pie- truszka (left) and Greg Cook inspect a bowl retrieved from a shipwreck off the coast of Elmina, Ghana, in August. Cook won a National Geographic grant to pursue his project study- ing the slave trade and excavating sunken slave ships. visitor at Elmina for 20 years, where he has lobbied to protect slave trade sites. DeCorse said the archaeolog- ist's work could shed new light on slave trade history. What's been well-documented in Ameri- ca is being destroyed in Africa, he said. 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