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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 2005, Syracuse, New York WAYS TO SAVE ON DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKUM.com MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING DRY PATCH The air will re- p main dry over Centra] New York today, but an approaching front will drive more clouds into the sky later in the day. Rain is expected to begin fall- ing tonight and change to snow Tuesday. Complete forecast C-12 HIGH: 52 LOW: 36 Off idols try to determine if al-Zarqawi is dead An Iraqi police commander said Sunday that U.S. and Iraqi officials were certain that seven men who fought to the death in a house in northern Iraq were members of al-Qaida but were still trying to determine whether one of them was Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, the Jordanian insurgent leader. President toning down attacks on critics of war President Bush on Sunday backed away from harsh admin- istration character attacks on war critics, calling Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. John Murtha "a fine man and a good man." Murtha, at the center of an angry and growing national de- bate over whether and when to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq, con- tinued to press his case, calling Sunday for all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq before next Novem- ber's congressional elections. STORY, PAGtA-5 Sharon shakes up election plans by leaving Likud Israel's dovish Labor Party voted Sunday to pull out of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government, and Sharon report- edly decided to quit his Likud Party to set up a new movement beginning a campaign for elections expected in March. STORY, PAGE A-10 Gunman wounds shoppers and takes others hostage A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping mall in Tacoma, Wash., Sunday, wounding at least six people and taking three others hostage in a music store before a SWAT team arrested him, authorities said. STORY, PAGE A-7 Bush meets low expectations on Asia trip President Bush was heading for home via Mongolia this morning with little to celebrate after a weeklong Asia trip that highlighted tensions with China. STORY, PAGE A-10 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 discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Classified Comics CNY Puzzles Editorials Letters Local news Lottery E-l D-l A-8 A-9 B-l A-2 Movies New York Obituaries Science Sean Kirst .A-6 1-4 1-6 B-l C-1 Television Weather 0-5 C-12 THE POST-STANDARD No Jobs? Pay Us Back, State Tells Businesses By Mike McAndrew Staff writer New York's top economic de- velopment agency is getting tougher on businesses that ac- cepted job-creation grants but didn't create jobs. The Empire State Develop- ment Corp. is demanding million in penalties from busi- nesses that missed their job com- mitments. That's more than The background A Post-Standard investigation in May revealed nearly half the companies awarded state grants failed to deliver the jobs promised. It also showed the state didn't penalize most of these companies. twice as much as it sought in 2004. In recent months, BSD told 81 companies including 18 Syra- cuse-area firms to repay all or part of their grants because they didn't employ as many workers as they promised they would to get state aid. The numbers cover a pool of millions spent each year at Gov. George Pataki's discretion on businesses that sign contracts agreeing to hire a certain number of people. If they don't hire that many, the contracts carry penal- ties. In May, The Post-Standard re- ported that nearly half the com- panies that had active ESD grants or loans in 2004 had failed to hire as many people as they promised. Many actually cut employees. The newspaper also found that more often than not in 2004, ESD had waived any penalty for businesses that missed their jobs mark. In 2004, ESD gave 69 busi- nesses a free pass. In 2005, ESD waived penalties for only 16 companies. ESD is waiving fewer penal- ties this year because the state's economy is improving and the business effects of the Sept. 11, STATE, PAGE A-4 INVESTIGATION UNDER WAY INTO CAUSE OF DERAILMENT SALVAGE WORKERS rummage through the scene of a CSX freight train derailment in Central Square Sunday afternoon as workers from Fisher Site Contractors in Liverpool remove aluminum ingots from a boxcar before dragging it off the Gary Walts Staff photographer tracks. Twenty-eight cars in 122-car train derailed about p.m. Saturday. Six tanker cars carrying hazardous materials were left on the Page B-2. More This time, staying low helped to keep him alive By Hart Seely Staff writer He knew those kids. They al- ways asked for candy. That day, he had none. And he bent to tell them. A moment in time, a move- ment of inches... The difference between life and death. "I do think everything hap- pens for a U.S. Army Sgt. Billy J. Hendrix, 27, of To- ledo, Ohio, said Sunday, as he contemplated the sniper's bullet that struck his helmet 11 days earlier. "And I think I'm the rea- son I'm still here today is to tell you that." While Hendrix was scanning traffic Nov. 9 on a crowded Baghdad intersection, a sniper's bullet left a divot in his helmet, a tiny dent in his head and a story he-can tell the rest of his life. An eight-year Army veteran. MISSION TO li-Hua Lan Staff photographer STAFF SGT. Billy Hendrix, of Toledo, Ohio, with his bullet-dam- aged combat helmet. Hendrix is part of the 1st Squad- ron, 11th Armored Cavalry Reg- iment, working out of Camp Liberty, the sprawling U.S. Army base near Baghdad. Before Nov. 9, Hendrix clos- est call with death came during his first tour of Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee. He served his deployment and went home for a year to his wife For more on Iraq, go to and 3-year-old son, Justin. In February, Hendrix returned to Baghdad as one of four Iraq war veterans in his platoon. "Before we left, they had me give classes to tell people what I'd been he said. "They wanted me to give tips to stay alive." His first and most important bit of advice? Stay low. Whenever his Bradley fight- ing vehicle left Camp Liberty, Hendrix reminded his crew to stay alert. "I always try to have that edge." he said. "I always tell my guys, 'Something CHAT, PAGE A-5 TONY STEWART IS NASCAR CHAMP SPORTS, PAGE C-1 10 WORST JOBS IN SCIENCE INSIDE COOKING WITH KRAMER tap fry that turkey. CNY. PAGED-1 E-MAIL AT WORK The rules may surprise you. THE DAILY DOSE. PAGE D-8 How idle computers can help fight AIDS Starting today, computer users will donate power to search for new drugs. Cox News Service New York AIDS re- searchers are asking the world's computer users today to join the fight against the disease by do- nating the power of their idling PCs to the search for new drugs. The newly expanded Fight- AlDSHome project, backed by the Scripps Research Institute and IBM Corp.. is an example of distributed or grid computing, which can harness thousands oi personal desktops and laptops to work together like one of the world's most powerful super- computers. "There are 650 million PCs in the world, and the more people who get involved, the more power we can devote to fighting AIDS and other significant dis- said Stan Litow, presi- dent of the IBM International Foundation. Grid technology, which breaks immense number-crunch- ing tasks into -small pieces, has already been used to study cli- mate change, gravity and cancer. The SETIhome project, which began the modern era of Internet grid computing in 1999, searches data for signs of extraterrestrial radio signals. A smaller version of the AIDS project has run since 2000. It is UNUSED, PAGE A-5 To participate Download free software from www.worldcommunity grid.org that allows otherwise unused PCs to work on small pieces of the larger puzzle. Gamers anticipating Xbox 360 The Associated Press Seattle Game lovers soon will be lining up at stores throughout the country, hoping to be among the first to score Microsoft Corp.'s brand new Xbox 360 when it is released Tuesday. The question is: will the wait pay off, or do the Xbox faithful risk going home empty-handed? Here's the good news: Re- tailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co., Cir- cuit City Stores Inc. and Target Inside: List of places to go to try to get your Xbox r