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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York                             SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated O 2005 The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING WINTER SETTLES IN A few flurries may waft our way today, but get ready for Monday. A cold front will drop the mercury and bring snow squalls, which could unload 1 to 3 inches on Central New York. Expect a little ray of sunshine Tuesday, but any comfort will be cold: Temperatures are unlikely to rise above the mid-20s Monday and Tuesday. Complete forecast, C-16 HIGH: 34 LOW: 23 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER DAVE BARRY'S GIFT GUIDE Don't miss his SERIOUS recommendations. STARS, PAGE 4 HEISMAN LANDSLIDE Southern California's Reggie Bush, a junior, wins it. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 EUGENE MCCARTHY DIES Vietnam War opponent, former senator, was 89. STORY, PAGE A-17 RICHARD PRYOR DIES III for years, comedian passes away at 65. STORY, PAGE A-2 FUTURE OF EASTWOOD Should Walgreens store be OK'd? OPINION, PAGE D-1 iPOD CHOICES What you need to know. STARS, PAGE 27 TABLE-TOP DRAMAS We give you characters and backdrops. You create your own play. CNY, PAGE H-1 COLORING CONTEST Who.won? CNY, PAGE H-4 Index Anniversaries......H-8, 9 Auto............................G-l Business......................E-l Classified.....................F-l H-1 Dick Case....................8-1 Editorials....................D-2 local...........................B-l Nation.. Obituaries..... Real Estate.... Sports............. Stale............... Washington... Weddings...... World............. TV Week 1-1 ............C-1 A-16-19 .........C-16 .......H-5-8 ..A-4-10 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 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at to discuss a correction on ajicwtory. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery, call 470-6397 Developer Pulls Up Stakes He's selling 15 properties he bought for in Syracuse area By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer The Miami man who has been buy- ing up chunks of Syracuse since 2001 says he's through with the city. Eli Hadad, an investor who stood out because, of alleged ties with Israeli organized crime and links to City Hall advisers, says he's selling all of his' Central New York real estate to his Hadad business partners. "I don't give a (e'xpletiye) about Syracuse 'anymore. 1 doii't care about my buildings. 1 don't care about Syracuse. I sell everything. I'm Hadad said last week. He said pulling out could cost him millions, but he doesn't much care. "It's nothing if I lose million in Hadad said. "Money is nothing." Hadad spent million on 15 properties here, mostly in downtown Syracuse. The portfolio is now worth million, according to tax re- cords. He fell behind on taxes on most of them and still owes to the city of Syracuse. His properties also owe in judgments to Syracuse housing court for code violations. Some of his tenants accused him of letting the condition of the properties slide, and he has made few of the im- provements lie planned. Hadad said he is in the process of fi- nalizing deals on most of his build- HADAD, PAOEA-24 What Mom Would Want Michelle Gabel Slaff pholographer ALVIN KING holds his youngest child (above) in the neonatal intensive care unit at Grouse Hospital in Syracuse days after his wife, Holly, died giving birth in November. The baby, a 6-pound, 6-ounce boy named Ra'Meek Sin- cere Life King survived. King is now caring for the newborn and his four siblings. Dad draws family together after mother dies during childbirth; community rallies By Mike Fish Staff writer When Alvin King and his wife went to the hospital Nov. 11, he was ecstatic about the prospect of having their fifth and last baby come home with them in a day or two. The next night, though, Alvin was back in his living room trying to find the right words to tell his four kids that mom wouldn't be coming home. Holly Denise Williams- King died as a result of what doctors at Grouse Hospital de- scribed as an extremely rare event. Alvin gathered the family around: Asia, 10, and Dcvinc, 7, sat with him on the couch. Justice, 6, and Mi'Taysha, 5, pulled up little chairs. Alvin stood and reached in between four ceramic angels hanging on the wall, grabbing a family portrait. He sal down, held the color photograph against his chest and rocked back and forth. The word that mom had died had already fil- FATHER, PAGEA-22 Holly Williams-King 24 HOURS AT TURNING STONE Losers, winners, a wedding, a tip (and not much sleep) Gloria Wright Staff photographer ERIC DORNFELD (right) has just been dealt a natural 21, pr blackjack, Dec. 2 at Turning Stone Resort Casino. With him is his friend Max Deibel. The two 19-year-old Syracuse Uni- versity students said they are regulars at the casino. By Bob Niedt Staff writer With a two-fingered wave Of her hand, Janice Dolormier signals a stay on her black- jack bet. On our 24-hour clock, ticked. The cross-chest wave is a show of The Force. Dealer Lily Karos flips her cards. Dolormier nets Within 24 hours at Turn-, ing Stone Resort Casino in Verona, people won and peo- ple lost. Thousands came and thousands went. A bride prepared her wed- ding reception, and a college student nursed a broken nose. Bingo friends gathered, and strangers met at testoste- rone-fueled poker tables. A gathering storm bore down with brute force, whip- ping snow against the win- dows of balmy indoor pools, where the air was tropical and the mood festive. Tim McGraw slid in off the Thruway in a fast-moving rental car, but he had no Faith. Gamblers had hope, and some had luck. Inside are some stories of 24 hours at Turning Stone. TURNING STONE, PAGE A-20 Things to hold on to: equipment, buddies In Iraq, an endless cytle of stress and tedium that puts bags under their eyes. By Hart Sedy "taff writer Baghdad, Iraq He knows what's happening to him. It shows in the mirror. Last spring, on a short visit to Iraq, he saw it in the laces of the men he would later replace. He noticed their speech patterns so slow, so methodical. "It sounded as if they were talking in Lt. Col. Mark Meadows said recently, silling in a dusty trailer on a mil- itary base near Baghdad. "And when those guys came home, they were absolutely exhaust- ed." Meadows, 41, leaned forward and touched the comer of his eye. "Well, 1 now have 90 days under my he said. "And let me tell you something: We're going to be just as tired. 1 look in the mirror some mornings, and I sec the bags under my eyes. I didn't have these when I left YOUNG SOLDIERS, PAGE A-8 MISSION TO Staff writer Hart and photographer ii-Hua Lan have returned from a month in Iraq covering Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division troops For a complete report on their journey, goto Election may set when U.S. troops come home The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Iraq's election may determine more than who runs the country: Also at stake is a possible timetable for U.S. troops to leave the coun- try. If there is a big Sunni Arab turnout Thursday, that could spur calls for a timetable to be announced even though Iraqis on the whole are as divided as Americans over how to handle the contentious issue. Many Sunni Arab candidates have called on the Americans to accept a timetable, despite Presi- dent Bush's refusal to do so. And they are likely to press that demand when the new parlia- ment convenes especially if MANY, PAGE A-8 INSIDE Who's who: Key players in Latest developments: 4 soldiers killed; kidnappers' deadline Information war: Military's propaganda iU-   

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