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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 2005, Syracuse, New York FLATTENED GOAT The Mountain Goat Race is redesigned without the intimidating hills of Woodland Reservoir and Thornden Park. PAGE D-1 TODAY'S Daily Dose Wanna fake it? Find out your best bet to get a sun-free tan. Syracusans on the street take note of their best qualities. PAGE E-8 The MAKING A DIFFERENCE An assistant drama professor and 10 students are bicycling to raise money to fight PAGE B-3 WEEKEND It's new, with Jadakiss, the B-movie fest and more than 325 things to do this weekend. INSIDE Affiliated with FINAL EDITION THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2005 O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS WHAT A DAY! Blue sky and a bright sun will get you charged early today and bring with it wanning temperatures this afternoon. You'll like it, and the crocuses will love it. Complete forecast, D-12 HIGH: 57 LOW: 32 American hostage in Iraq is shown on video An American hostage in Iraq pleaded for his life and urged the U.S. government to withdraw its troops from the country in a video that aired Wednesday on Al-Jazeera. The U.S. Embassy identified the man as Jeffrey Ake, 47, a contractor who was kidnapped Monday while working at a water treatment plant in Taji, north of Baghdad. STORY, PAGE A-4 CNY hospital gets rid of mistaken flu delivery There is no evidence that anybody has been infected by a potentially lethal influenza virus 111 til VVtld dt-iiL LU Ui THE POST-STANDARD inisii i-81 GOING HIGH-TECH laboratories, but laboratory per- sonnel who worked with the samples should still be closely monitored for flu symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. In Syracuse: The lab at Uni- versity Hospital in Syracuse was the only lab in Onondaga County to get a test kit containing the deadly flu strain, said Dr. Lloyd Novick, county health commis- sioner. The hospital sent vials from the kit Tuesday to a com- pany. that destroyed the samples by microwaving them, he said. "There really is no cause for Novick said. STORY, PAGE A-1 5 Nike reveals suppliers, including some abuses Nike became the first major apparel manufacturer to volun- tarily disclose its entire supply chain. In a report released Wednesday, the company ac- knowledged that some factories it does business with have ha- rassed workers and forced some to work Also: Supermarket company Perm Traffic emerges from bank- ruptcy with a new life and million in Corrections Represented by Bill Magee, Assembly Blue Cafe to perform Sunday in Liverpool Public Artistic Innovations Studio open house April 18 and May 16, 4640 Verplank Road in Hunter Village Inn closed until Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS index Dennis Staff photographer JERRY LADD, a lineman with Powerline Constructors, adjusts a communications antenna on a 100-foot steel pole that workers installed Wednesday at the state Department of Transportation maintenance facility on South Bay Road in North Syracuse. The antenna is part of a million traffic monitoring system on Interstate 81 in Onondaga County. Cameras, radar will soon monitor traffic on 1-81 By Mark Weiner Staff writer The 100-fooWall steel poles that sprouted along Interstate 81 this spring will help trans- form miles through Onondaga County into a high-tech highway of the future, state officials say. By the end of June, workers plan to install closed-circuit television cameras, speed-sens- ing radar and1 radio transmitters on the poles, and electronic message signs along the side of the road. The goal of the million project is to help commuters move more efficiently and safely along Central New York's busiest highway, said Anthony Dacqua, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation in Syracuse. Motorists will benefit from fewer delays, faster responses to accidents and instant warnings of potential road hazards, Ilacqua said. DOT, PAGE A-6 Dennis Nett Staff photographer HANK POLECH, an operator at the state De- partment of Transportation's Traffic Man- agement Center, looks at an image of 1-81 where it merges with I-690 in Syracuse. (At right on the screen is the wiarx Hots! on East Genesee Street.) The camera taking the image is part of a new traffic monitor- ing system. How will the new system Business C-l Classified. ____ F-l CNY _______ E-l Comics ._ E-6 Editorials A-1 6 Entertainment E-3 Local news ___ A-2 Movies Wkd New York .....A-1 2 Obituaries ___ 8-4 Snorts ______ D-1 Stocks ______ C-3 Television E-5 Party in the Plaza moving to new spot By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer The Updowmowners of Syra- cuse are making plans to move Party in the Plaza to Clinton Square or Hanover Square next month to escape rapidly escalat- ing security costs for staging the weekly spring and summer gath- ering in the James M. Hartley Federal Building Plaza. The U.S. Department of j Homeland Security has asked j the Updowntowners to increase i the police at the Wednesday j events from 12 to 16. The group has also learned that it must hire on-duty Syra- cuse police at twice the hourly File photograph, Ian THE PARTY IN the Plaza in Syracuse is moving either to Clinton Square or Kanover Square. Shown above are Adam BeHcmo (left center) and Patrick Keating at the party on June 16, 2004. rate it used to pay for off-duty police, according to Bill Cooper, a longtime organizer of the par- ties. Because of the time it takes to obtain permits, Cooper said the N.Y. Tightens Empire Zone Tax Breaks Loopholes hod allowed businesses to get breaks, but created few, if any, jobs. By Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writer The owners of businesses across the state that haven't been paying taxes because they took advantage of a loophole in the state's Empire Zone program will lose their tax breaks if they can't pass a new test. The state Legislature and Gov. George Pataki agreed this week to several changes in the pro- gram, including a test for the scores of businesses that reincor- porated solely to get Empire Zone tax breaks. If businesses cannot prove they had no other reason to rein- corporate, they'll have to give up their Empire Zone benefits. That ueieniuimuun wm uc mauc uy the Department of Taxation and Finance. The Empire Zone program, which was extended for six years, is supposed to give tax breaks in exchange for job cre- ation, but it has been attacked for allowing businesses to claim the benefits even though they haven't created any new jobs. A 2003 investigation by The Post-Standard found serious flaws in Empire Zones in Onon- daga County, Syracuse and across the state. Businesses in the state's 72 Empire Zones received million in tax incentives last year. And though many praised the reforms agreed on this week, businesses already in the pro- gram are exempt from most of them. The new test for business- es that came in through the rein- corporation loophole is the only away from businesses already in CRITIC, PAGE A-11 Same old, same old: Budget passed with closed-door negotiat- ing, hastily printed bills and late-night JetBlue: Fees too high in CNY Syracuse: Fees among lowest in the state. Also, city offered airline breaks. By Rick Moriarty and Peter Norlander Staff writers Low-cost JetBlue Airways says it would like to add service in Syracuse including direct flights to an unnamed destina- tion but it wants to see land- ing fees and other costs lowered first. "We have a problem in Syra- cuse, and that is that the airport there has continued to raise its said David Neeleman, founder and chief executive offi- cer of JetBlue. i j Neeleman made his remarks Friday after participating in a panel of airline industry leaders I and experts at the 80th annual i Hotel Ezra Cornell conference at File photograph, 2001 Berry JETBLUE says it would bring more flights to Central New York, but its founder said air- port fees here are too high. Cornell University's Hotel School. Syracuse aviation officials this week defended their fees, saying they were uracng the kr.vest in the state despite a recent in- crease. They said they had of- fered JetBlue a financial incen- tive package which could FEE CAP, PAGE A-6 More New Yorkers hit by federal 'super-rich9 tax group has less than two weeks to make a final decision in order to stage the first party May IS. "A decision will be made shortly and it should be sooner The Associated Press Albany David Agosto. a tax attorney making over a year, and his wife, Maryjane Shimsky. a full-time doctoral student, own their home and have two school-age chil- dren. Are they middle class or super rich? To the Internal Revenue Ser- vice, they're "super rich" and will be taxed accordingly, according to a study released this week. Many New York families that consider themselves middle class increasingly find they are not considered middle class by the Internal Revenue Service this tax season. They are subject to the federal Alternative Minimum Tax and they'll have a lot more company next year, predicts the study, "Another Middle-Class Tax: How the AMT Hits New Yorkers." Why? Taxpayers in higher tax-states, including many in the Northeast and California, who make SI00.000 to a year can be subject to the AMT. The lia- bility depends on an IRS formula involving income minus deduc- tions. See the Web site at Agosto faces the AMT be- cause of his salary and because their home is in one of the state's wealthiest counties, Westchester. The 45-year-old a t- TAX, PAGE A-6 ;