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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2003 T-P S aid2 a SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GORGEOUS! OThis weekend couldn't get any better Tempera- tures will almost reach 70 today, more than a dozen degrees above normal The sun will smile down on us all day And Sunday will be the same. Complete forecast, D-12 HIGH: 67 LOW: 39 More than 1 00 lighters confiscated at airport If you need a light, ask a bag- gage screener at Hancock Air- port Screeners confiscated about 120 cigarette lighters from pas- sengers boarding planes at Han- cock Thursday, the first day a new federal prohibition on light- ers v-'as enforced, said Gary Mi- lano the local head of the feder- al Transportation Security Administration Motorcyclist dies after hitting pole The third motorcyclist to die in Onondagd County in the past week, Michael P Darby, of Lyn- court, hit a utility pole Fnday in Syracuse STORY, PAGE B-1 Cazenovia man dies from explosion injuries Ronald I Hull, 68, who was seriously hurt when his home ex- ploded earlier this month, died Thursday from his injuries, au thonties said His wife remained m serious condition Fnday STORY, PAGE B-2 JetBlue, city of Syracuse negotiating lower tees The city of Syracuse is offer- ing incentives to JetBlue to in- crease flights to and from Han- cock Airport Officials are negotiating ever landing fees and other costs STORY, PAGE C-1 Cleric urges Iraq president to release detainees A Sunm clenc urged Iraqi President Jalal Talabam Fnday to ignore the wishes of the Unit- ed States and free thousands of suspected rebels His comments were seen as a sign his group might be responding to the new government STORY, PAGE A-4 Prince Rainier III laid to rest in Monaco Monaco held a pomp-filled funeral Fndav. for Pnnce Rainier III, who died Apnl 6 STORY, PAGE A-4 Amtrak suspends Acela high-speed service Thousands of travelers had to find other transportation Fnday when Ajntrak shut down Acela's high-speed sen ice because of NO iano uiaim ueais Supreme Court ruling and local officials' concerns prompt decision By Erik Kriss Albany bureau Gov George Pataki plans to withdraw proposed legislation that would settle Central New York Indian land claims in the wake of a recent U S Supreme Court ruling limiting Native American sovereignty A Pataki spokesman said the governor remains committed to settling the land claims but be lieves concerns by local govern- ments and state lawmakers would make pushing his current proposals fruitless The governor has been push- ing settlements that would give casinos in the Catskills to the Oneida, Cayuga, Stockbndge- Munsee and Mohawk tnbes His office said Fnday he would move ahead with his pro- posed Akwesasne Mohawk set- tlement The Supreme Court, overturn- ing lower courts' rulings in a case brought by the city of Sher- nll, declared that the Oneida In- dian Nation of New York can't buy land and declare it sovereign and tax-exempt Indian coun- try The Oneidas have done just that dunng the last 12 >ears, amassing about 17 000 acres in Madison and Oneida counties including Turning Stone Resort Casino The high court did say the Oneidas could seek to make non- reservation holdings sovereign with the approval of the federal government Claiming sov ereigntv, the Oneidas and Cayugas have re sisted efforts to remit taxes on goods they sell from their non- reservation property and e in- sisted New York can t enforce state laws or regulations on that land Local government officials were pleased with Pataki s deci sion So were the Oneidas who opposed Pataki's proposal be- cause it would have settled their claim by granting the Oneida Tnbe of Wisconsin the nght to operate a Catskills casino Pataki proposed giving a Cat- skills casino each to five tnbes the Cavugas Mohawks Oneidas ot Wisconsin Seneca- Cayugas of Oklahoma and Stockbndge-Munsees The Oneida deal would have imposed a settlement on the New OFFICIALS, PAGE A-3 CATASTROPHIC FIRE IN PARIS FIRE SQUAD members evacuate guests from the Pans Opera Hotel in Pans on Friday At least 20 people died, some after jumping from windows, after fire swept through the hotel used by officials to house needy families The six-story hotel, The Associated Part firefighters with 32 rooms and a single exit, was packed when the -fire broke out at 2 20 a m The only way out was a stairwell choked with thick black smoke and flames More than 50 people were PAGE A-4 State: Don't eat most Adirondack fish Broad advisory on mercury contamination also includes j Catskill waterways. By Michael Gormley The Associated Press Albany The state Health Department on Fnday warned women of childbeanng age and children younger than 15 to avoid eating most species of fish caught in the Adirondacks and Catskills The advisory is one of the most expansive ever in New York regarding mercury found in fish The advisory comes after years of restricting individual ponds lakes and other water- ways "I think it's a reasonable thing for the state to said John Sheehan of The Adiron- dack Council, an environmental group "We can only test a few each year, but the consistent pat- tern is we find contaminated fish almost every time we tested It only makes sense In addition, the state Health Department issued 25 more ad- visories for water bodies statewide that from eatin? The warning Women of childbeanng age and children under 15 should avoid eating northern pike, pickerel, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and larger yellow perch from all waters in the Adirondack and Catskill mountain regions oecause of mercury contamination, according to the state Health Department no more than one meal per month of largemouth bass larger than 15 inches caught m Rock- land County s Breakneck Pond to eating no chain pickerel of any size from Sunday Lake m Herkimer County There are now 117 water advisories for specific water bodies statewide In 2004, 50 waterways had health advisories because of ele- vated mercury levels, 30 of them in the Adirondacks The Adiron- dacks now have nearly 40 waters with warnings Sheehan said Mercury can affect a develop- ing nervous system as well as tne development of oigdiis in a fetus, infants and young chil dren Some of the contaminants may also build in women and may be passed on dunng breast FISH, PAGE A-3 SUset to buy green power Students push for renewable energy sources; university promises 20 percent. By Tim Rnauss Staff writer In response to pressure from students, Syracuse University has agreed to buy at least 20 per cent of its electricity from re newable sources a purchase of green power that will rank as one of the two dozen largest in the j Next week, the university ill request bids from a dozen energj rctn.'lers to pnjvde rou2hH 22 million kilowatt-hours of renew- able energy enougn to power more than typical households University officials said they aren t sure what the extra cost will be but said the decision fits with the school s commitment to energy efficiency, as evidenced by its role m the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems "Give the students credit They brought it up They initiat- ed it, said Louis G Marcoccia senior vice president for busi- ness, finance and administrative services at SU Members of the Student Envi ronmental Action Coalition and other groups began piomotmg the idea of buying green power with a mailing to students last fall, said Tina a environmental science major at the State Umversitv College of Environmental Science and For- estry, which adjoins the SU cam GREEN, PAGE A-3 STORY, PAGE A-S Review The Syracuse Symphony Or chestra performed a classics con cert Fnday for 1 800 people REVIEW, PAGE B-2 Corrections CNY Express football tryout Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story Subscnption questions9 Call 470-NEWS (470-6397) Index Auio _.- F-l Lottery A-2 Business _ C-l Movies _ _ E-5 OrafiBiL.- E-6 New York _ A-8 Comics Obituaries __ B-4 A-6 Sports C-l E-1 Stocks ..C-3 Local news _ M Television- _H4 THE POST STANDARD I III II II Gamblers bet on next pope Religion News Service Think you know what's m the cards for the You can bet on it With the secret conclave that will select the next pope set to begin Monday, gamblers are going to online papal pools to put small bets on the likely suc- cessor to John Paul II A New York-based Web site, I poobtics com, launched its first pope-related pool Apnl 2, the da> John Paul passed and now hosts half a dozen pope-re- lated pools Poohtics describes itself as the i world's first and only panmutuel blog, "a place where ideologues Odds on favorite for papal successor Several Internet gambling sites are taking bets on who will emerge from the upcoming cardinals conclave as me next pontirr Whose digit is it? Win Francis Arinze Dionigi Tettamanzi Claudio Hummes Joseph Jean-Marie Ratzinger Lustiger Nigeria Italy Brazil Germany France Line 8-1 8-1 7-1 7-2 4-1 Source Paddy Power (www paddypowercom) AP of all stripes and colors can put their money where their mouth is by entering real-money predic- tive contests The Web site is not disclosing who leads its papal pool Five Las Vegas sports books who were contacted said they were not distributing odds on the next pope, but books m the Unit- ed Kingdom show a clear front- runner Cardinal Joseph Ratzing- er, the German theologian and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, holds 7-2 odds at Ireland s Paddy Power and 4 1 at Britain's Wil- liam Hill The recentl} retired archbish- op of Paris. Cardinal Jean-Mane Lustiger, has moved up the field to become second favorite at 4-1 for Paddy Power and 9-2 for William Hill The Associated Press San Jose, Calif Some- j where out there is a woman. I dead or alive, who is missing a well-manicured finger about i inches long Authorities know the finger ended up ma bowl of Wendy's chili but just whom it belongs to is a mystery Anna Avala's claim that she bit down on the finger in a mouthful of her steamy stew on March 22 initially drew sympa- thy Bu' when police and health officials failed to find any miss- -1TT10P5! the workers in volved in uV restaurant s supply chain, suspicion fell on Ayala and her story has become a late- night punch line "She went back there for lunch today she's trying to collect all five. quipped Dav id Letterman Jay Leno joked Instead of a spoon, they serve it with nail clippers For executives at Dublin Ohio based endy s Interna- tional Inc it is anything but Sales have dropped at fran chises in Northern California forcing layoffs and reduced hours, the company said Wen- dy's also has hired pnv ate mv es- tigators set up a hot line for tips and doubled its reward Fnday to for information lead- ing to the finger s original owner "Our brand reputation has DEVOTED PATRONS, PAGE A-3 I N U t GOT A SQUEEGEE? Clean your windows like the pros CNY. PAGE E-1 SROADWAY COMES TO SU Audra McDonald sings Sunday night CNY; PAGE E-S TREES DYING D C 's cherished cnerry trees getting stomped CNY, PAGE E-1 8 FAST CARS UNDER A look at some AUTO, PAGE F-1 J ;