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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyraoiM.com TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING TURNING COLDER A storm moving toward New Eng- land will leave about 3 inches of o o o snow across Cen- QQQQOQ tral New York today. Some snow showers to- night will add to the accumu- lation. A few flurries will lin- ger Wednesday. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 39 LOW: 24 CSX roil cars back on track in Central Square The emergency at the CSX train derailment near Central Square is over, according to Terry Bennett, emergency ser- vices coordinator for Oswego County. The rail cars with chlorine tanks have been picked up and put back on the tracks. Route 11 was to be reopened overnight, she said. STORY, PAW B-l GM to cut jobs and close a dozen plants General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said the plans outlined Monday to stop production at 12 facilities and cut hourly jobs will help GM return to profitability. But he wouldn't say when. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Al-Zorqawi not among dead in raided house A massive raid on a house in northern Iraq where insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was said to be hiding failed to capture or kill him, U.S. Ambas- sador Zalmay Khalilzad said Monday. STORY, PAGE A-4 MISSION TO IRAQ, PAGE A-S Sharon makes a break from Israel's Likud Party Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon set in motion Monday what many described as a politi- cal cataclysm, announcing that he is leaving his hard-line politi- cal home of 30 years, the Likud party, to form a new centrist po- litical movement. STORY, PAGE A-4 Upstate employers face big jump in health costs Health benefits will cost U.S. employers 6.7 percent more next year, but Upstate New York companies are likely to face in- creases up to twice as big. Tom Quinn, of Mercer Health Benefits LLC, said that's be- cause local employers have been reluctant to shift costs to work- ers. 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 on the Lake open Thanksgiving Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Burin at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business C-l Bridge F-8 Classified F-l Comics CNY E-1 Puzzles Dick Case B-l Editorials 2 Kid's Page Letters 3 Local news lottery Movies New York Obituaries Schools Sports A-2 E-3 A-6 1-4 B-6 D-1 Television THE POST-STANDARD Feds Probe Security Breach At Nuclear Warhead Plant Knight Ridder Newspapers Amarillo, Texas A federal worker entrusted with one of the most secretive jobs in U.S. government has been re- lieved of his duties as authorities investi- gate the disappearance of high-tech com- bat equipment used to help guard nuclear warheads as they are transported across the country from a West Texas bomb plant. At the sprawling Pantex Plant near Amarillo the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly facility federal agents are trying to determine whether an armed courier had help in acquiring and selling or trying to sell such items as laser aiming devices, a specialized rifle scope, body armor and. 50-round ammunition drums for assault weapons. Joe Sizemore, the suspect, had top-se- cret credentials during his 10 years as a courier for Pantex, where he helped in the clandestine transportation of nuclear ma- terials on the nation's highways. Believing that Sizemore, 40, was sell- ing sensitive military equipment over the Internet, federal agents raided his ranch- style home in south Amarillo on Oct. 20. Among the items seized traffic SUSPECT, PAGE A-IO MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIRS SHARING THE ROADS John photographer JEFFREY CORBETT, of DeWitt, and his two service dogs. Buck (in front) and Jarod, make their way across Dunlap Avenue. Corbett said he doesn't trust drivers to look out for him as he travels in his motorized wheelchair. Wheelchair users struggle for safety Many complain motorists are reluctant to give them room to cross streets. By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer After suffering a broken hip, Herbert Lang bought the motorized wheelchair that' would change his life. For the past year, Lang, 72, rode the chair from his Bald- winsville apartment to nearby Community Wesleyan Church. There Lang, a wid- ower, found a choir to sing in, church socials and support, said the Rev. Carl Chapman. Lang refused rides, Chapman said, taking his chair home in- stead. "It gave him a sense of in- dependence, of not having to rely on other people to go out To reach Call-A-Bus, contact 442-3420 or visit on his Chapman said. Then Nov. 2, as Lang was riding home from choir prac- tice, he was hit by a car. Driv- er Lawrence Bunnell, 55, of Auburn, told police he saw Lang in the road and tried to stop his car. Police are inves- tigating. No charges have been filed. Motorized wheelchairs have become a regular sight on Central New York streets. Wheelchair riders fight for space with cars, drawing abuse from drivers and risking their safety. Wheelchairs rank below trucks, cars and bicycles in the POOR, PAGE A-10 Getting a chill can bring on a cold Lowering body temperature can result in the sniffles, researchers show. N.Y. Times news service Can you catch a cold from catching a chill? Common wisdom says yes. but scientists have for years in- sisted that colds are more com- mon in the winter largely be- cause the weather drives people indoors, allowing germs to jump easily from one person to the next. In a study published this month in the journal Family Practice, researchers demonstrat- ed for the first time that a drop in body temperature could in fact bring on a cold. The study, by researchers at the Common Cold Center in England, was conducted on 180 volunteers. Some were forced to keep their bare feet in icy water for long periods, and others stayed dry. Within five days, 29 percent of those in the cold group developed sore throats and runny noses, compared with less than 10 percent in the second group. One theory is that many peo- ple harbor mild dormant infec- tions in the cold season that pro- duce more severe symptoms when frigid temperatures lower immunity. For now, it seems, it may make sense to err on the side of staying warm. The bottom line: There is some evidence that being chilly can bring on a cold. Sudoku puzzles Cornell math whiz There's a first time for everything. Pam Greene is there to capture those experiences, both momentous and subtle, in the lives of Central New Yorkers. PAM GREENE STAFFWRITER At p.m., on Oct. 26, at the request of The Post-Stan- dard, one of Cornell Univer- sity's most bril- liant mathemati- cians dared to try his first Sudoku puzzle in pen. Seven hours and six minutes later, after two tubes of white- out, much muttering, one trashed photocopy, and a break to see students who waited more than an hour outside his door, Graeme Bailey eventually fin- ished a puzzle. In his office cluttered with books about advanced mathema- tics and computer science, the director of Cornell University's Computer Science Master's of Engineering Program scribbled, crossed out his work and scrib- bled some more. He mumbled, chiding himself for not knowing the answers. he spat in a British accent. Bailey saw two 9s in horizon- tal row two and no way to undo all the damage it created. He had just committed Sudoku suicide. Bailey spends a typical day Gloria Wright Staff photographer GRAEME BAILEY, director of Cornell University's Computer Sci- ence Master's of Engineering Program, works on a Sudoku puz- zle in his office. The puzzle Bailey solved is on Page A-11. designing computer programs that mimic patterns in subcon- scious human communication. PROFESSOR, PAGE A-lt Today's E-7 By the way, this is the first time "There's a First Time for Every- thing" has been on Page One. INSIDE THEY USE 'Q' WITHOUT A 'U' STORY, PAGE A-2 SUVS. BUCKNELL Basketbdl SPORTS, PAGE D-1 BIG MOVIE WEEKEND three reviews today, three more WraMsday. CNY, PAGE E-4 CARDiO TENNIS wise workout cowries. Holiday spirit sags in New Orleans Aftermath of hurricane making it hard for residents to think about Thanksgiving. i i The Associated Press New Orleans As Glenn i Poche looked for sales in the j hardware department and his j wife combed through racks of clothing, luxuries like grand tur- key dinners and festive holiday i shopping were far from their minds. For the Poches, the date on the j calendar is the only indication the holiday season has arrived. There's not enough space in their federally issued trailer to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner even the oven is too small for a turkey and there's certainly not enough room under a Christmas tree to replace what they have lost. Since Hurricane Katrina hit Aug. 29 and their home was flooded by Hurricane Rita just weeks later, the Poches have been focused on rebuilding. But even if they and thou- sands of other New Orleans-area residents try to celebrate a tradi- tional holiday season, they'll have a hard time. Damaged PAW A-10