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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 2005, Syracuse, New York Post-Standard Affiliated with Syraciu TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6. 2005 FINAI EDITION 02005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING LAKE EFFECTIVE More lake-effect snow will cover much of Central 'New York today- Some areas will receive several inches of snow. Some squalls will bring several more inches of snow to the area tonight and Wednesday. Complete forecast D-6 HIGH: 32 LOW: 19 Witnesses to horrors testify against Saddam The first two witnesses to take the stand in Saddam Hus- sein's trial confronted him with a list of his regime's horrors, tear- fully recounting parents torment- ed in front of their sons and fa- thers executed. STORY, PAGE A-6 Sept. 11 group warns of inaction on terrorism The members of the Sept. 11 commission gave dismal grades to the Bush administration and Congress on Monday. The commission measured re- cent efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, and it concluded that the government deserved many more F's and D's than A's. STORY, PAGE A-8 State-by-stote plan to prepare for bird flu Federal officials, bracing for the worst-case scenario of a deadly bird flu outbreak, out- lined a state-by-state effort to help prepare local governments and businesses. STOUT, MGfA-5 San Diego: On second thought, we're still finest Jerry Sanders was sworn in as mayor Monday and immedi- ately restored the title of' 'Amer- ica's Finest City" to San Die- go's Web site. The Associated Press reported Sunday that city officials quietly dropped the title after a series of scandals. "It disappeared as if somehow the citizens were to blame for the problems that we have right Sanders said. University connects with South Side businesses A Syracuse University proj- ect helps foster enlrepreneurship in the South Side of Syracuse. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Follow the NIE serial 'Sooner or Later' Read about the experiences of a former slave family after the Civil War. PAGEB-3 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 Cheerleaders' fund B-1 Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Bridge..............6-7 Classified.........6-1 CNY._........... Puzzles........ Dick Case... Editorials.... Kid's Page.. Letters......... E-l B-1 .A-12 G-8 .A-13 Local news.... Lottery........... Movies........... New York...... Obituaries........ Schools_____ Sports............... Sudoku..............E-7 Television..........E-S Weather...........D-6 B-1 ..A-2 E-3 A-10 B-4 B-6 THE POST-STANDARD Boom Town for Fort Drum With in Development Sy Pedro Ramirez m Staff writer As more government money jours into the North Country to address the housing shortage here, fewer soldiers at Fort 3rum may need to call Syracuse .ome. Gov. George Pataki visited ?ort Drum on Monday to an- nounce million in new state money to build roads, sewers, water lines and other utilities, in lopes of creating as many as 800 to' 900 new affordable housing units in the North Country. In August, Pataki's office an- nounced million in housing incentives for nearly 300 new homes. The new housing projects would go more than half of the way toward meeting a shortage of aii estimated to homes in the Fort Drum-Water- town area, said Kevin Jordan, di- rector of project development for the Development Authority of the North Country. State and regional officials hope the newly allocated money will spur private developers to build new residential tracts in the city and town of Watertown and the villages of Carthage and Evans Mills. The North Country's housing shortage was caused by waves of new troops who have re-located to Fort Drum. Since the summer of 2004, thousands of soldiers and their families have relocated to Fort Drum as the Army has reconfigured its forces. It's estimated more than soldiers and relatives will have relocated to the North Country Army post by February 2007, said Jim Corriveau, direc- tor of Fort Drum's Residential Communities Initiative. The Vke President Cheney at Fort Drum today Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to visit Fort Drum today during a rally for the 42nd Infantry Division and the 10th Mountain Division. Cheney will talk with soldiers home from overseas duty in Iraq. The 42nd is a New York Army National Guard unit. INSIDE: The Oneida County Airport in Oriskany will be developed into a training center for emergency responders, the first site of its kind in the THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR RINGING THE BELL Dick Blume Staff photographer ADRIANNA NOJAIM, 5, of Camillas, works her first shift at Carousel Center as the Salvation Army's youngest local bellring- er. In The Post-Standard's series, how she did. See story, Page B-1. Student died from heart attack Syracuse University freshman suffered from hardening of the arteries. Staff reports Babak Najafi, the Syracuse University student who was found dead in his dormitory room Sunday afternoon, died from a heart attack caused by hardening of the arteries, Onon- daga County Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Jumbelic said Monday. Jumbelic said she does not know how he developed the dis- ease, which is often caused by high cholesterol or smoking, among other things. Syracuse police Sgt. Tom Connellan said Najafi's family had no idea he suffered from heart disease. "They thought he was Connellan said. Two friends found Najafi, an 18-ycar-old freshman from Rockland County, unresponsive in his bed at p.m. in Day Hall, an eight-floor dormitory for about 600 students on Mount Olympus Drive. Najafi had been seen in bed by his roommate about 1 a.m. Sun- day, said Kevin Morrow, speak- ing for SU. Jumbelic, who performed an autopsy Monday, said neither al- cohol nor drugs contributed to his death. Connellan said one of Najafi's arteries was 90 percent clogged; another was about 50 percent clogged. About 200 students filled Hcndricks Chapel Monday to learn more about how Najafi died and how to go about griev- ing. Thomas V. Wolfe, dean of Hendricks Chapel, led the ser- vice by stressing the importance of gathering as a community, supporting each other and utiliz- ing the counseling and other re- sources on campus. Najafi's family drove to Syra- cuse on Sunday, stayed at the Sheraton, and left Monday after UNIVERSITY, PAGE A-4 Report: Jeanine Pirro's husband wanted her to quit Senate race By Marc Humbert The Associated Press Albany The Jeanine Pirro saga turned more bizarre Mon- day as a New York City tabloid reported that her husband, with- out her knowledge, was pushing an effort to get her out of the U.S. Senate race and into a run for state attorney general. Albert Pirro issued a statement late Monday afternoon that did not deny the report, but said "any private conversations I have had were solely intended to support Jeanine's political aspi- rations." Last week, the state Senate's Republican majority leader, Jo- seph Bruno, stunned the GOP establishment by publicly calling on Pirro to give up her quest for the party's 2006 nomination to challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and run instead for attor- ney general. That led to a two-hour private session between Pirro and Re- publican Gov. George Pataki on Friday after which the Westches- ter County district attorney said she remained a Senate candidate, "right now." Oct. 2005 photo New York Times JEANINE PIRRO, Westchester County district attorney, says she's still running for the U.S. Senate despite attempts by New York Republicans, including her husband, to get her to leave the race. The New York Post on Mon- day, citing unidentified sources close to Pataki and Bruno, said the effort to get Pirro out of the Senate race began after her law- yer-lobbyist husband reached out to a top Bruno aide and asked that the Senate leader encourage PATAKI, PAGE A-4 Pataki on the trai Gov. George Pataki is heading to Iowa today and New Hampshire next week. It's the fourth time in the last five months he will visit Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential Study links bake sales and overweight students By Steve Karnowski The Associated Press Schools that run bake sales and let teach- ers reward students with candy risk having more overweight pu- pils, a study in Minneapolis sug- gests. That offers some vindication to the schools across the country that have cracked down on cup- cakes and cookies on campus. Lead author Martha Kubik, an associate professor at the Uni- versity of Minnesota, acknowl- edged her research doesn't prove that such food practices contrib- ute to adolescent obesity, but there does seem to be a connec- tion. "I think we all have to step back and look at what we're doing to contribute to practices that might not support children developing healthy dietary be- she said. Her study's results make sense to Kevin Miller, principal of Fair Haven Middle School, which banned bake sales and went junk food-free as part of a districtwide program in New Haven, Conn. Miller doesn't allow vending machines, and his cafeteria promotes healthy food. Kids are actually eating apples and oranges instead of throwing them away. And because there aren't any candy wrappers around, he said, "our hallways are impeccable." There was vindication, too, for Texas Agriculture Commis- sioner Susan Combs, who re- sponded to rising childhood obesity by leading a statewide crackdown on junk food in schools last year. The Texas ef- fort specifically targeted treats and bake sales, along with vend- ing machines. Combs said she ran up against a "very deeply entrenched cul- even among elementary school teachers, who often used candy as rewards. She said she was horrified by an e-mail from one teacher who said she couldn't imagine not using candy an incentive. Equally en- trenched, she said, was the atti- tude that food sales were the only effective fund-raisers. The study was published Monday in the Archives of Pedi- atrics and Adolescent Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association. VOICES Support the troops end the war, writes CW. Baker's Josh Coyne. INSIDE OUR SCHOOLS, PAGE B-6 INSIDE READY, SET, GOAL Join our 12-week fitness contest, win a year's membership to a gym. CNY, PAGE E-1 CARLOS DELGADO From Syracuse Chiefs to the New York Mets. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 THOM FILICIA dreams of doing a makeover of the Hotel Syracuse. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8