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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 2005, Syracuse, New York                             r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2005 PINAL EDITION C 2001J The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SNOWY DAY There should be about an inch or two of snow today, and it probably won't _ be as cold as it's been the past few days. Snow is, expected to turn into rain by early next week, as tempera- tures may even top 60 degrees for a couple of days. Complete forecast, D 10 HIGH: 33 LOW: 26 BRIGHT LIGHTS Reversing a Trend, People Come Home To CNY Jobs Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties gained people between 2000-2004, census says. By Rick Moriarty Staff writer Don't get him wrong. Alex Abdo had nothing against the weather and beaches in Tampa, Fla. He just liked the Central New York landscape better. This is where he grew up, and it's where his family and most of his friends live. So Abdo, a lawyer, left a job with the Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office in Tampa, where.he had worked for a little more than a year, and moved back to Onondaga Hill three weeks ago. With the help of the Metropolitan De- velopment Association's "Come Home to Syracuse" program, he found a job within days at the Wood, Falge McLean law firm in North Syracuse. He specializes in workers' compensation cases. "It seems like this area is moving in the right said Abdo, 27. "I'm really happy I'm back, and the firm I'm working with is great." His return is part of a trend for the Syr- acuse area: More people are choosing it as a place to live and work. The populations of Madison, Ononda- ga and Oswego counties which make up the Syracuse metropolitan area rose from in 2000 to about in 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bu- reau. Though not a huge increase, it was sig- nificant because it represented a reversal of the population decline the region expe- rienced during the 1990s. A reduced reliance on manufacturing jobs has had a lot to do with the change. Increases in professional and business JOBS, PAGE A-4 Salina woman dies in house fire Mike Greenlar Staff photographer THE ANNUAL Christmas tree lighting brought thousands to Clinton Square Friday night. Story, Page B-1; holiday events calendar. Page B-2; more photographs, B-3. McNamara hits 6 3-pointers in SU win Gerry McNamara hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points as Syracuse beat Siena 96-77 Friday. SPORTS, PAGE 0-1 Palestinians take control of border crossing Mahmoud Abbas, the Pales- tinian president, formally re- opened the Gaza Strip's border crossing with Egypt on Friday, giving Palestinians control over one of their frontiers for the first time. STORY, PAGE A-7 Holocaust survivor, benefactor meet again Sixty-one years Joanna Zalucka hid a young Jewish girl from the Nazi killing spree in their native Poland. The girl sur- vived and moved to Brooklyn in 1953. On Friday, Ruth Gruener now 72 was reunited with her old friend from Poland. NEW YORK, PAGE A-S Ex-FEMA boss turns his mistakes into business Former FEMA Director Mi- chael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job. STORY, 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 Albino's Medicare drug Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim 8unn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Firefighters puHed her from house, did CPR on (own. Victim died at hospital. By Diana LaMattina Staff writer A woman died Friday night after a fire ripped through her home at 305 Charlane Park- way in Salina, Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said. Janice Brady, 61, was alone in the house when the fire was reported about p.m. When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in smoke. Firefighters pulled Brady out of the bedroom and per- formed CPR on the front lawn, Walsh said. She taken by Rural Metro ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital Health Cen- ter, where she was pronounced dead. Brady, who had Down syn- drome, lived in the house with her sister and family, Walsh said. Family members arrived at the burning house and were told she had died. Officials are investigating whether Brady was overcome by the smoke or suffered an- other medical problem, Walsh said. They are also investigat- ing the cause of the blaze; early indications are the fire FIRE, PAGE A-S FIREFIGHTERS MARK LAFAVER and Richard Kilmartin, of the Liverpool Fire Department, climb down from the roof at 305 Charlane Parkway in the town of Salina Friday night. Fire- Mike Greenlar Staff photographer fighters were ordered out of the building when the house became too badly damaged and officials feared it might col- lapse. Smoke could be seen two blocks away. Index Business...........C-l Bridge...............E-9 Calendar..........E-2 Classified..........E-5 Comics ...E-l CNY...................E-l Dick Case.........B-1 Editorials.......A-10 Entertainment. E-4 E-l Letters...........A-ll Local news....... Lottery.............. Movies.............. New York......... Obituaries........ Puzzle Sports B-1 A-2 E-4 A-8 B-4 E-l ..........D-1 Stocks Sudoku....... Television.. Weather..... C-2 ..E-ll E-12 D-10 THE POST-STANDARD x tt I iPods inspire new wave of DJs The Associated Press Chicago The jukebox at the bar Brian Toro manages isn't gathering dust just yet but it may only be a matter of time. The popular nightspot is among a growing number of places across the country where people can bring their iPods and other portable music players and, for as long as the bartender al- lows, share their personal favor- ites with the crowd. "Everybody wants to be a says Toro, a 29-year-old Californian who recently moved to Chicago and now manages Bar Louie in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood. "People enjoy having a little control in their lives." Even Toro now brings in his music player so he can crank up rock and punk tunes for custom- ers. He'll also let others play just about anything "even if it's country" as long as the music is upbeat. The trend, which is catching on from Washington, D.C., to San Pedro, Calif., is a reflection of just how portable music has become and how sharing it with others is becoming easier than ever, partly due to new products aimed at amateur DJs. Numark Industries, for in- stance, is out with a mixing dc- -i. ,4V- V i-H-. ,vv' .-t I Early-bird shopping becomes holiday norm David Ussman Staff photographer THE FAMILY of Henrietta Otter leaves flowers Friday on the side of county Route 12. Otter, 91, died when her car slid off the road and into the Oneida River in Schroeppel, Oswego County, on Thanksgiving Day. Two families mourn deaths at same curve New York Times news service Pa ram us, N.J. As his wife and two children slept, John Rudd made himself a large ther- mos of coffee, got into his blue minivan shortly before midnight on Thursday and drove to the Best Buy in Paramus. Rudd had his eye on a Toshiba laptop, marked down from and a Kodak digital camera, regularly for But when he arrived, Rudd said, he was shocked to find al- most a hundred other brave souls j already lined up at the front j door, wrapped in blankets and shivering. "I didn't think I'd be the first one here, but this is ri- I he said. "I feel like i I'm late." BOB NIEDT'S BLOG: people at both Best Buy and Circuit City by And so it goes at what has be- come an annual ritual of stamina and social theater: the early morning, after-ThanksgivJng sales. Flocking to malls and shopping plazas to jockey for holiday bargains has become as much of a tradition as family gatherings and football games. Known as doorbusters, these sales have become an increasing- ly crucial pan of overall annual sales for retailers. Carefully se- lected and priced, doorbuster items are meant to give a jump start to holiday spending, which this year is expected to amount RETAILERS, PAGE A-5 Memorials for Henrietta Otter, Joshua Green line road in Oswego County. By Douglass Dowty Staff writer A harrowing curve along the Oneida River where two lives were taken in less than four years including 91-year-old Henrietta M. Otter on Thanks- giving Day bore fresh memo- rials Friday from families of each victim. Though seven decades sepa- rated Otter, a great-great grand- mother from Van Burcn, and Joshua D. Green, 20, of Has- tings, their families felt a similar pain this Thanksgiving. Otter lost control of her car on county Route 12 in Schroeppel, Oswego County, Thursday at the same point the vehicle Green was in left the road years ago. Her 1996 Buick left tracks in the grass next to a fallen cross erected in" Green's honor along the road's shoulder. On Friday, Green's father, Dennis, said he felt the Otters' grief. "One little slip, you're gone. There's no trees or any- thing and it drops off 10 Dennis Green said. "My wife's very upset." Otter was on her way to her daughter Jane Scott's house in Hastings at p.m. when the accident occurred. A uniformed Oswego County sheriffs deputy FMIPAMA-4 I INSI WRAPPING IN THE BIG APPLE SyrcKuson in hofidoy contest. CNY, PAGE E-1 D E NEWEST GIFTS AND GADGETS HYDROGEN POWER Honda gives it a try. AUTO, PAGE F-1 j   

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