Syracuse Post Standard, November 20, 2005

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November 20, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The POit-Starnkid SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING WINTER IN THE WINGS Central New York is still holding serious winter at bay. Today should be fairly warm and dry, even sunny at times. Look for more of the same Monday. After that, all bets are off as clouds carrying rain spread through the region Monday night. The rain will mix with snow before the snow takes over completely by Tuesday. Complete forecast, C-18 HIGH: 51 LOW: 36 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Gloria Wright Staff photographer JESSICA DESANTO, pf Lehigh, Pa., nuzzles with her cocker spaniel, Rudy, after the dog won Best of Breed at the Leatherstocking Cluster Dog Show at the New York State Fairgrounds. STORY, SPORTS. PAGE C-2 WANT MORE PHOTOS? Go to HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Marcellus girls soccer loses in state finals. Marcellus and Fulton boys soccer make state finals. CBA football loses in semifinals. SPORTS. PAGES C-1, 10, 11 SU LOSES Notre Dame beats SU, 34-10. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 JOAQUIN PHOENIX Star of "Walk the Line" finds it hard to leave Johnny Cash behind. STARS, PAGES 4-6 SCROOGE WOULD SMILE Congress wants to take a knife to food stamps. OPINION, PAGE D-1 VEGETABLE CAR? C-NS students convert CHT so it runs on vegetable oil. BUSINESS. PAGE E-1 SAVE MONEY WITH 24 PAGES OF COUPONS MONET SAVER, INSIK Index Auto............................G-1 Births..........................H-8 Business......................E-1 Classified.....................F-l CNY.............................H-1 Dick Case...................B-l Editorials....................D-2 Local............................B-l Sports..........................C-1 State.........................A-20 Washington .....A-l 3-15 Weather...................C-18 Weddings.. World Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS 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: THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery, call 470-6397 Train Carrying Chemicals Derails in Central Square 28 cars of 122-car train jump tracks. One tanker leaking. No injuries. By Maureen Nolan and Diana LaMartina Staff writers A CSX freight train derailed Saturday in Central Square, leav- ing six tanker cars carrying haz- ardous chemicals neatly tucked against one another sidewise across the tracks, nearly in the backyards of a handful of houses. "They look like a package of hot a firefighter said. A total of 28 cars in the 122-car train derailed about p.m., said CSX spokesman Gary Sease, reached by telephone in Jacksonville, Fla. The derailment was near the Route 11 bridge over the railroad, north of where Dry Bridge Road dead-ends at the tracks. That's two miles north of Brewerton, just north of the Onondaga-Oswego County line. Terry Bennett, speaking for the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said four of the cars contained chlorine and two contained sodium hydrox-- ide. The chlorine was in the form of liquefied gas and the sodium hydroxide was a liquid. One of the cars carrying sodium hydrox- ide was leaking Saturday night, Sease said. "It is a caustic agent that is not particularly Sease said. "Our hazardous ma- terials team said it was similar to Drano." CSX had teams reporting to A MAN inspects the train tracks near a pile-up of CSX cars in the village of Central Square in Oswego County. Twenty-eight of the train's 122 cars derailed, including six tankers carrying hazardous materials. Lauren Marsh Contributing photographer Their time's up, but these soldiers are stuck in Iraq Army says it needs "stop loss" to fight two wars. Fort Drum soldiers try not to dwell on it. By Hart Seely Staff writer Baghdad, Iraq They don't talk about it much. They push the subject from their minds. It serves no purpose. But now and then, the thought does surface. After all, they did their time. They served their country. They planned to move on. They weren't supposed to be here. But the U.S. Army needed them, and it invoked the once rare policy it calls "stop though others call it a "backdoor draft." So here they are: in Iraq. "There's no sense in dwelling on these said Staff Sergeant Paul B. Zundel, 33, of Baton Rouge, La., who in more peaceful times would have ended his five-year Army career in September. "All you can do is do your job and take it one day at a time." Zundel is one of at least 10 mem- bers of Bravo Troop, 1-71 Cavalry Regiment, whose plans to go civilian this year were scuttled by the military policy that tethers soldiers to their weapons in times of need. Back when they enlisted, at least somewhere in all those papers they signed, a clause stip- ulated that they were committing themselves to eight years in the mili- tary, if needed. And with two wars under way, the DO YOUR, PAGE A-12 MISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li-Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's Wth Mountain Division in Iraq. for more on their journey, go to Evolution debate grows on college campuses Interest sparked by intelligent design cases in Kansas and Pennsylvania. By Rebecca James Staff writer Hannah Maxson is no in- tellectual slouch. She is a double major in chemistry and math at Cornell University. She's also an advocate for intelligent design the no- tion that biological systems are too complex to be ex- plained solely by Darwinian evolution and show evidence of a higher intelligence. She helped found the Intel- ligent Design and Evolution Awareness club at Cornell after hearing from people, in- cluding her teaching assistant in a biology class, who told her she was the first person he had met at Cornell who had doubts about Darwin's theory. What particularly frustrated Maxson was that so many of her classmates and professors, "still believe that no educated person no one except hill- billy fundamentalists ques- tioned evolution." The debate over intelligent design, Darwin-and God usually makes news at the public school level, in high profile cases like recent ones in Kansas and Pennsylvania. But interest in tackling intelli- INSIDE The poll: What people think about Definitions: Intelligent design vs. Resource guide: Where to find more JEFF LOVELL GOV. PATAKI'S GO-TO GUY Jeffrey P. Lovell Age: 49 Family: Single Residence: Rensselaer County Education: Graduated Wittenburg University 1978, West Genesee High School 1974. Why he's in the news: Camillus native Lovell is littie-known but wields considerable power as senior policy adviser to Gov. George Pataki. Virtually unknown, Camillus native is behind countless CNY initiatives. By Erik Kriss Albany bureau On a rare European sight- seeing vacation about 10 years ago, Camillus native Jeff Lovell and four friends had their hearts set on dinner at a four-star restaurant in a restored Czech castle. Knowing they'd never beat closing time, they called ahead and got a reluctant staff to agree to keep the kitchen open after hours. When they arrived even later than planned and found a visibly surly staff, Lovell or- dered a bottle each of the res- taurant's best red and white wines. No sooner did the bot- tles arrive than Lovell sent them to the kitchen staff with the group's apologies. "We had a phenomenal recalled Tom Rogers, a traveling companion and former colleague of Lovell's. And the chefs feeling no pain emerged from the kitchen to regale them with tales of other visitors to the castle. "It ended up being a mag- nificent, amazing evening, all because Jeff had the political instincts to know exactly how to defuse this said Rogers, now director of the state's school superintendents association. "He finds the common ground between people who think they have none." That skill, plus a tireless work ethic, helped the West Genesee High School gradu- ate work his way up from summer intern with former state Sen. Tarky Lombardi Jr., R-Syracuse, to the state Senate's top education aide and, now, Gov. George Pata- ki's senior HE'S HELPED, PAGE A-20 ;

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