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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York                             r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING ALMOST TROPICAL Bask in the warmth today, if you can stand the wind and the rain. Temperatures will dlOp HltO the 40S Wednesday and Thursday, then get colder still. Complete forecast, C-6 HIGH: 65 LOW: 43 Canada's government falls; elections to be held Canada's Liberal Party gov- ernment was toppled in a no- confidence vote Monday, trig- gering an election that's likely to take place Jan. 23. The opposi- tion is banking on the public's disgust with a corruption scandal involving the misuse of money targeted for a national unity pro- gram in Quebec. STORY, PAGE A-4 Saddam lashes out at U.S. in second trial session Saddam Hussein blasted his treatment by American 'occu- piers and invaders" and lectured the chief judge about leadership as his trial resumed Monday. The tribunal adjourned until Dec. 5 to give the defense time to replace lawyers who have been assassinated. STORY, PAGE A-5 Bush says hell get tough on illegal immigrants President Bush said Monday he wants to crack down on those who enter the country illegally but also give more visas to for- eigners with jobs, a dual plan he hopes will appease the social conservatives and business lead- ers. STORY, PAW A-9 Tush hard, push fast' when giving CPR Streamlined guidelines for CPR urge people to "push hard, push as announced Mon- day by the American Heart As- sociation. STORY, PAGE A-9 Drugmaker Merck cuts jobs, 5 plants Struggling drugmaker Merck Co. announces the first phase of a sweeping reorganization meant to reduce costs by up to billion through 2010. Merck will cut jobs and scrap five of its 31 manufacturing plants. IUSINESS, PAGE D-1 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 Wait for care at Small A-2 World AIDS Day event time, Neil Novelli's theater E-1 Ticket prices for "The Adventures of Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business..........D-l Local news.......l-l Classified..........F-l Lottery.............A-2 Movies...............E-3 CNY...................E-1 New Crosswords Obituaries........1-4 DkkCase.........1-1 Sports...............C-l Editorials.......A-10 Sudoku..............E-7 Entertainment. E-4 Television..........E-5 Letters...........A-11 Weather...........C-6 THE POST-STANDARD Deadly Cold Arrives For Quake Survivors This is exactly what we had feared' By Steve Gutterman The Associated Press Bagh, Pakistan The baby boy sur- vived the devastating earthquake in the Himalayan highlands. Then came the cold and the snow. Monday, the 3-month-old 'became the first reported victim of what officials fear will be a new disaster for the 3.5 million Pakistanis who lost their homes last month: winter. "This is exactly what we had feared. Our position here is we need to continue to do as much as possible to help mitigate this situation and prevent, insofar as that's possible, any such occurences in the said Stephanie Bunker of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Hu- manitarian Affairs. Another United Nations official, Elisa- beth Byrs, said the relief effort remains underfunded and that, according to the Pakistani military, at least peo- ple remain inaccessible in remote Hima- layan regions. None have tents, she said. AFTER RAIN, PAGt A-4 How to help Here are some aid agencies accepting contributions to help those affected by the earthquake in Pakistan. American Red Cross International Response Fund P.O. Box 37243 Washington, D.C. 20013 (800) HELP-NOW American Refugee Committee Rapid Response Fund P.O. Box 1450 Minneapolis, Minn. 55485-5618 Habitat for Humanity International South Asia Earthquake 121 Habitat St. Americus, Ga.31709 (800) 422-4828 U.S. Fund for UNICEF 333 E. 38th St. New York, N.Y. 10016 (800) 4-UNICEF Church World Service P.O. Box 968 Elkhart. Ind.46515 (888) 297-2767 Associated Press A KASHMIRI from the earthquake-ridden area of Sudhan, Gali Mohammad Asg- har waits with his sick children in freezing cold Monday outside the NATO hospi- tal in Bagh, Pakistani Kashmir. Dozens of people suffering from hypothermia and respiratory illnesses were taken to hospitals as rain and snow lashed Pakistan's quake-stricken part of Kashmir, blocking roads and grounding helicopters used to ferry aid to remote areas. City says it will give Empire Zone to harbor By Rick Moriarty Staff writer The city has agreed to restore Empire Zone status to seven acres of land at the heart of a dis- pute the Destiny USA developer says has delayed a million project at Syracuse's Inner Har- bor. Under a reconfigured state Empire Zone boundary plan pre- pared by city officials, land at the harbor that was removed from the zone earlier this year would be put back, making job- creating development on the land eligible for generous state tax credits. The Syracuse Common Coun- cil and the state must approve the plan, which includes adding parts of South Geddes Street, Butternut Street and Bumet Ave- nue to the zone, formerly known as an economic development zone. Also included in the zone.in the new plan is the site of the proposed convention center hotel at the southeast corner of South I State and Harrison streets, and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. Mayor Matt Driscoll said de- veloper Robert Congel who was chosen to redevelop the har- bor into a residential, commer- cial and tourism attraction should have no reason lo delay the project once the seven acres are given Empire Zone status again. "They should be ready to Driscoll said Monday. Executives of Congel's Desti- ny USA development team did not return phone calls Monday seeking comment. City officials briefed the company on the pro- posed zone changes earlier in the day. In 2004, Congel proposed a million redevelopment of the harbor, a former Barge Canal terminal south of Onondaga Lake. The plan includes a 600-room hotel on the west shore and restaurants and retail buildings scattered around the rest of the harbor. MAU, PAGE A-6 SU's Boeheim to help coach Olympic team By Kim Baxter Staff writer Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim has been showered with a lifetime of accolades in his 30-year head coaching career, but on Monday, he received one of the biggest honors yet. The recent Hall of Fame inductee has been named as one of USA Basketball's assistant coaches for 2006-2008. His stint will include the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. It will be the first time he coaches in the Olympics. "It's a great feeling to be able to do Boeheim said Monday. "I've worked my whole life to be able to get to this point. It's a great honor." "To work with the best players in the world is a tremen- dous he said. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will head the coaching staff for the next three summers. The team's other assistant coaches are NBA head coaches Mike D'Antoni, of the Phoenix Suns, and Nate McMillcn, MBWrS HIST, A-4 Boeheim against the world 2005: Chair of USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee 2001: Head coach, World Championship For Young Men; gold 2000: Head coach, World Championship For Young Men qualifier; silver 1998: Head coach. Junior World Championship qualifier; gold 1990: Assistant coach, World Championship; bronze Man on bike is killed on Old Liverpool Road Dennis photographer 1990: Assistant coach, Goodwill Games; silver 1989: Assistant coach, World University Games; gold 1982: Head coach, Olympic Festival East Team; silver By Delen Goldberg Staff writer A sport utility vehicle struck and killed a man hauling recycl- ables on a bicycle Monday near the intersection of Old Liverpool and Buckley roads, Onondaga County sheriffs deputies said. James Laver, 72, of 123 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, was taken by ambulance to University Hos- pital, where he was pronounced dead. A Chevrolet Tahoe traveling southbound on Old Liverpool Road struck Laver about p.m. Sheriff Kevin Walsh said Laver had made it half-way across the road on his bike when he was hit. "It appears it was just a tragic Walsh said. "The road is pretty dark, and it ap- pears (the driver) didn't see him until it was too late." The SUV was driven by Bran- don A. Taylor, 26, of 4217 Rancho Park Drive, Clay. Depu- ties said the crash is still under investigation. No tickets were is- sued. Walsh said Taylor struck Laver with the driver's side of his SUV. Taylor immediately pulled over, deputies said, and waited for rescuers to arrive. BILLY JOEL AT THE DOME GttolriM ottois. CNY. PAGEC-4 GET A MOVE ON Upstate program helps people with RioMny proweint. CNY, PAGE E-1 INSIDE MEETCNY'S CLASS OF KATRINA VOICES. PAGE B-6 The Post-Standard Bartenders and patrons at The End Zone Bar and Grill, across the road from the crash site, said they heard a large "thud" com- ing from the street. Bartender Maria Joss said she ran outside and found Laver lying motion- less in the road. She called 911 from the bar. "He just looked like he was Joss said. Debris from Laver's bicycle, including clothing, shoes and pieces of plastic, littered a large swath of Old Liveipool Road. ROAD WAS, PAGE A-6 20 Qs THE DAILY DOSE. PAGE E-8   

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