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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syri FINAL EDITIOH FRIDAY. DECEMBER 2, 2005 O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SNOWY PICTURE Wind-blown flur- ries and lake-ef- fect snow will bring a few inch- es of snow to v most areas, but locations in the northern snowbelts could receive al- most a foot of snow today. Complete forecast C-12 HIGH: 39 LOW: 24 Cheney to welcome home troops at Fort Drum Vice President Dick Cheney plans to address soldiers home from Iraq at FortDrum on Tues- day, his office said Thursday. Cheney will speak at a rally for the I Oth Mountain Division and the New York Army Nation- al Guard's 42nd Infantry Divi- sion. Statewide Amber Alert issued for girl, 16 The Geneva Police Depart- ment activated the New York State Amber Alert Thursday to try to find Patricia Lynn Visco, 16. Visco is white and has brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. LOGU, PAGE M CNY prepares for possible snowstorm Central New York could gel its first heavy lake-effect storm of tile season today with a foot of snowfall possible in Ononda- ga, Madison and Oncida coun- ties, and us much us 2 feet in parts of Oswcgo County. STORY, PAGE 1-3 Design unveiled for Center of Excellence The design for the Syracuse Center of Excellence calls for a six-story, curved-surface main building at the site of the former Midtown It will house classrooms, experimental equip- ment and, on the top floor, the Carrier Total Indoor Environ- mental Quality lab, officials said Thursday. IOCAU PAGE Citizen Bush colled for Texas jury duty As if leading a superpower and fighting a war don't keep him busy enough, George W. Bush now has to report for jury duty. Juror No. 286, as the president of the United States is called, has indicated he plans to appear for jury selection next year in Waco. STORY, PAGE A-4 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 Clay Panthers John A. Eddie Powers in "The Sound 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 Lottery......... Bridge...............F-8 Movies......... Classified..........F-l New York.... Comics....... CNY............. Puzzles...... Editorials... letters........ Local news Obituaries.. .....E-l Sean Kirsl.. Sports......... ..A-12 Stocks......... A-13 Sudoku....... Television... ..1-1 .A-2 .t-4 A-8 ..M B-l .C-l D-3 ..E-7 ,E-S THE POST-STANDARD Dad Tells of Call After His Son Shot Brother "I didn't think my kids knew where it he said of the gun they played with. By Diana LaMattina Staff writer loaded .38-caliber revolv- er was neatly tucked under some stuffed animals on top of the headboard of their father's bed. It had been up there so long it must have had about two inches of dust on it, Kenneth Karlik said. "1 didn't think rny kids knew where it the Skaneateies, man said Thursday. But they did. Karlik's son Tyler, 13, accidentally shot his brother Timothy, 10, while showing him the gun about p.m. Wednesday. The buHet struck the left side of Timothy's forehead, lodging in his skull, said state police Senior Investigator Lane New- ton. After surgery to remove the bullet fragments, the boy- was in fair condition Thursday night at University Hospital. "timothy is very Kenneth Karlik said. "That was a miracle. If it was a quarter of an inch over we would have not been so lucky. God was looking out for us. He's given me and Tyler another chance. We're going to take advantage of that." Karlik, who lives alone in the house with the children, left Tyler in charge of Timothy and their 6-year-old brother Wednes- day night at their home, 1341 Heifer Road, while he met a friend in Syracuse. About ABOUT IS, PAGE A-10 Surgical success linked to frequency Report: Hospitals performing complex surgeries regularly have most success. By James T. Mulder Staff writer Many New York hospitals are doing complex surgeries too in- frequently to be good at them, according to a statewide hospital report card released today. The report'by the Alliance for Quality Health Care says pa- tients undergoing complicated operations tend to have better re- sults at hospitals where doctors do them regularly. Patients get- ting surgery to remove block- ages from carotid arteries ill the neck, for example, arc more like- ly to have better oulcomes at hospitals that do at least 50 of these annually, according to the report. Of the 13 hospitals in Central New York that did these opera- tions in 2003, only five met that threshold. Oswcgo Hospital did seven, the lowest volume in the region. Auburn Memorial did 15. By comparison, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syra- cuse did 404, more than any hos- pital in the stale. Bruce A. Boissonnault, the re- port's lead researcher, said the number of hospitals doing low volumes of complex operations las increased over the past three years. His group, a statewide co- alition of more than em- ployers and 30 health insurers, is alarmed by this trend, he said. "In some regions, hospitals need the Boisson- nault said. "In some regions here may be too many hospitals "or the number of patients to go around. So everyone is chasing BETTER, PAGE A-IO Check up on your hospital The 2005 New York State Hospital Report Card, prepared by the Alliance for Quality Health Care, is available on the Internet at www.myhealthfinder.com. Here's how to use it: Use it as a basis of discussion with your doctor. Look for the type of surgery or medical procedure you are interested in. Check.mortality rates and case volumes at hospitals you are interested in. Above- or below-average mortality rates or case volumes can be used to gauge a hospital's quality of care. You can compare the performance of hospitals statewide or just in your area. Source: Alliance for Quality Health Care GLOBAL VIGIL REMEMBERS THOSE AFFECTED BY AIDS Keystone, Lukas tehmann The Associated Press THE SHAPE OF AFRICA is formed with organization of Swiss Protestant churches candles Thursday at the parliament in Bern, wanted to draw attention to the peo- Switzerland, on World AIDS Day. A relief pie who die of AIDS each day in Africa. Keystone, Lukas tehmann Associated Press A HELPER puts up candles Thursday in front of the Swiss House of Parliament. Inside: How the message was heard around the and in INSIDE HIGH iCHOOL BASKETBALL1 PREVIEW SPORTS, PAGES C-6, 7 'NARNIA' Movie sparks interest m adventure safes. Also: how to win a book. CNY, PAGE E-1 BILL O'REILLY COMING TO CNY CNY, PAGE E-1 AUBURN VETERINARIAN ON WHY SHE LIKES TO HUNT THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 Police can plan on extra money Extra checks reflect award of retroactive wages and benefits in Syracuse. By Frederic Pierce Staff writer Shortly after the holidays, every single member of the Syr- acuse Police Department is like- ly to get a check for at least The money which city offi- cials say could be as much as for some officers won't be a belated Christmas bonus. It will be payment for a series of retroactive wage hikes and benefits awarded to the city po- lice union by a state arbitrator. The new police contract is ex- pected to cost the city about million in this budget year alone, city Administration Director Ken Mokrzycki said. That's a problem, because the city only set aside about million to cover pay hikes stem- ming from contract negotiations with all of the city's labor unions, Mokrzycki said. "This is a third higher than what we Mokr- zycki said Thursday of the arbi- trator's ruling on the police con- tract. "It clearly exceeds what we have in our budget, and we will have to go into our fund bal- ance to pay for it." The Syracuse Common Coun- cil is expected lo vote Monday on the contract that would give the department's 490 officers an 8 percent hike over two years. That Increase is better than the CITY, PAGE A-IO INSIDE: Pay raises proposed for Syracuse's Local 400 Oswego mayor names new police chief Deputy chief promoted. Ex- chief involved in stolen- property probe resigns. By Calie O'TooIc Staff writer Oswego acting Mayor Wil- liam Dunsmoor acknowledged his new pick for police chief has made some mistakes throughout his 31 -year career. "What did it say in the Dunsmoor asked. he who has not sinned cast the first so 1 guess we could play that with a lot of peo- ple." On Thurs- day, D u n moor Dromotcd Dcp- uty Chief leorge F. Lundy, 56, lo police chief. Earlier in the day, Dunsmoor stopped by suspended police Chief William V. Ruggio's rcnt- to-own appliances and furniture store in Oswego and picked up his letter of resignation. Six weeks into his job as po- lice chief, state police and feder- al agents Oct. 11 raided Ruggi- o's home in a stolen-propcrty investigation. The next day, Dunsmoor put Ruggio on paid leave. Less than a week later, Dunsmoor changed Ruggio's status from paid administrative leave to suspended without pay. Ruggio's salary was Ruggio, 51, has not been charged with any crime. "In the brief time that I served as chief in 2005, I realized that there were many good men and DEMOCRAT, PAGE A-10 Lundy