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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-S-.andaid SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS CLEARING SKIES It will be dry and wanner across Central New York today, but the break will be brief as more clouds arrive this afternoon. Rain will return to the region overnight and con- tinue through Wednesday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 67 LOW: 51 Independence Party endorses Joanie Mahoney Syracuse mayoral candidate Joanie Mahoney will likely be on the November ballot no mat- ter what happens to the court challenge of her Republican des- ignation, thanks to the endorse- ment of the Independence Party. LOCAl, PAGE B-2 Businesses fight plan to take land for Destiny Business owners told the Onondaga County Industrial De- velopment Agency they would be hurt if they are forced to give up their land for the proposed Destiny USA Research and De- velopment Park in Saiina. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l California mall developer closes on CNY centers The Macerich Co. closed Monday on a billion ac- quisition that included Shop- pingTown Mall in DeWitt and Great Northern Mall in Clay. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Pontiff says he prayed he wouldn't get the post Pope Benedict XVI says he prayed he wouldn't De elected, but, as the ballots came in, he ac- cepted God's witi. STOPPAGE A-5 Social Security reform heads to Senate panel Four private Social Security experts today will show a Senate committee their detailed plans to bring the federal program into financial stability. STORY, PAGE A-10 Speed may have caused fatal Japanese train crash The commuter train that crashed and killed at least 71 people Monday may have been speeding to make up for lost time, officials say. STORY, PAGE A-5 Missing toddlers found dead in pond near home A sister and brother reported missing from their Georgia home were found dead Monday in a sewage pond. STORY, PAGE A-7 Leaders may announce new Iraqi cabinet today leaders continue to work on the new government, saying they expect to announce a full cabinet today. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections "Black Snow" at Palace Tonya DeShane's Pastor of Bernhards Bay Methodist Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Business... Gossified _ CNY______ Comics___ Editorials... Kids page _ Local news ...C-1 G-l _ E-1 E-6 _ A-8 6-12 lottery Movies New York Obituaries Sports Stocks Television j THE POST-STANDARD ill! ill! Hill! I How much is it going to cost you? Thruway Tolls To Jump; 25% for Passenger Vehicles To Buffalo Exit 50 Current New: S5.35 New with E-ZPass: 54.82 Buffalo Current New: S5.25 New with E-ZPass: To Mass, state line Exit 21A-B3 Current New: New with E-ZPass: S6.53 To Utica Exit 31 Current New: S1.95 New with E-ZPass: Rising costs Drivers will see their Thruway traveling costs increase on May 15. Here are the current costs for a passenger car starting at Exit 36 (the 1-81 along with the cost after May 15 and the discounted cost after May 15 if the driver has an E-ZPass. Currently there is no discount for E-ZPass users. J Source: New York State Thruway Authority Board passes modified plan costing most trucks 35 percent more and giving discounts for E-ZPass. By Erik Kriss Albany bureau It's official: Thruway tolls will in- crease by 25 percent for passenger ve- hicles and 35 percent for trucks begin- ning May 15. It's tie first toll increase on the 641-mile superhighway since 1988. The new toll money will finance a billion, seven-year construction pro- gram. The Thruway Authority's board ap- proved a modified plan Monday, phas- ino in the increase for truckers.'reduc- ing what had- been a sharper proposed increase for some trucks, and offering discounts for all E-ZPass users. Drivers of passenger vehicles will be able to cut their increase in half and truckers will also save by using E- ZPass, the electronic toll-taking sys- tem. The Thruway also maintained the annual fee for unlimited free driv- ing for any 30-mile stretch. Thruway staff had originally proposed increasing the fee to With less money than originally planned, Thruway officials will stretch out what had been a proposed six-year construction plan to seven years, con- centrating on road and safety issues first and construction of high-tech E- ZPass improvements later. Authority Executive Director Mi- chael Fleischer said his staff will detail capital projects in the fall. "We listened and we modified our Fleischer said. THRUWAY, PAGE A-4 The Post-Standard Mike Greenlar Staff photographer TRUCKS AND CARS crowd the Thruway plaza at Exit 36 in Mattydale Monday. The state Thruway Authority board has approved an increase in tolls for the roadway beginning May 15. HOW TO CETEZPASS Complete an application online at, or download an application and fax or mail it to: E-ZPois NY CistMMf Servke Cuter POBoi 149001, StotMlstat NY 10314-9001 HOW MEW YORK COMPARES The New York State Thruway costs less than most toll roads in other states. Find out which ones are most expensive. CHART, PAGE A-4 STATES TO MOTORISTS: DON'T STEAL With gasoline prices over a gallon, a growing number of states and businesses are cracking down on drive-off gas thefts. SAUDIS OFFER HELP Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah came to President Bush's ranch with a billion plan to boost oif production over the long term. STORY, PACT A-4 STORY, PAGE A-4 FIND THE CHEAPEST GAS PRICES: Go to and enter your ZIP code. Fewer Syracuse city cars go home now Officials: Most workers who bring vehicles home under Driscoli need them for work. By Frederic Pierce Staff writer The administration of Syra- cuse Mayor Matt Driscoli has eliminated one-quarter of the take-home vehicles assigned to city employees since replacing Roy Bemardi three and a half years ago, city records show. Currently, 105 city workers are allowed to take taxpayer- funded cars or trucks home as part of their job, according to city documents. That's 35 fewer vehicles than Inside: Who gets those 105 the 140 that were allowed to go home with city workers when Driscoli took office in July 2001. "They've done a good job getting that number said Common Councilor Marty Mas- terpole. "I'm pretty satisfied that most of the people who still have cars need them because of the work they do." With 43 of the 105 vehicles, city police officers account for the largest percentage of the cars. The Department of Public Works is second with 23 vehi- cles, city records show. The Police Department also has an unspecified number of undercover cars, some of which go home with off-duty officers, said Police Sgt. David Sackett, head of the city's fleet mainte- nance division. Former Police Chief Steve Thompson was driving one of the department's cars Easter Sunday when he hit a pedestrian and was charged with drunken driving. That incident, along with sky- rocketing fuel prices and recol- lections of DriscoH's campaign promise to shrink the fleet, have once again focused attention on the city's policy on letting em- ployees take city-owned, city- serviced and city-insured vehi- cles home. f Onondagas demand lake cleanup from Honeywell HOW CNY INVENTED THE MOVIES Tour Central New York's historic movie-making places. CNY, PAGE E-1 HARD KNOCKS Young women with dreams still come to the boxing school with a fatal past. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 INSIDE The Daily Dose Meet the two women behind House of Noem fashion design. Six ways to know if he or she is the wrong one. Volunteers needed. I PAGEE-8 POETRY MONTH: CHECK OUTTH1S WEEK'S POEJI, 'ANOTHER E RUHNIMfc HURON ON OVERCOMING D-2 MY FRIENDS IN ISRAEL Josh Kalette, a Fayetteville- Manlius junior, felt the pain of young Palestinians and Israelis during his trip to the Middle East. VOICES, PAGEB-6 3 Delegation speaks at stockholder meeting in morris Towni'nip, By Alexander Lane The Star-Ledger Morris Township, NJ. A delegation from the Onondaga Nation, joined by activists from two other states, confronted top executives and stockholders at Honeywell International's annu- al meeting Monday, demanding toxic-waste cleanups. The Onondagas were there to argue that Honeywell's plan to clean up contamination of Onon- daga Lake does not go far enough. Sid Hill, the tadodaho, or spir- itual leader, of the Onondagas, was the first to step to the micro- phone when the meeting was opened for general questions. "The lake once provided sus- tenance for our Hill said. "No more." Hill was the only member of the Onondaga delegation to speak. Joining him on the trip to New jersey were Faiilikeeper Oren Lyons, Chief Jake Ed- wards, Jeanne Shenandoah and the nation's lawver, Joe Heath. Allied Signal Corp., which Honeywell purchased in 1999. dumped pounds of mer- 3 -.''n 1 if 1 cui_) uiiu uuivi iii.u lake over decades. A state plan calls for Honey- well to dredge 2.65 million yards of contaminated sediment from the lake bottom and also calls for covering 579 acres of the lake bottom with a cap of sand, grav- el and other material. Honeywell has proposed a plan with less ex- lensive dredging and capping that would cost million. The Onondagas who filed a land-claim suit in March seeking title to about square miles of New York, including all of Syracuse says both plans are insufficient. The Onondagas consider the lake sacred. The other groups taking Honeywell to task Monday were Interfaith Community Organiza- tion, a group pushing Honeywell for cleanups in Jersey City, and Baltimoreans United In Leader- ship Development, which is con- cerned about various chromium- sites on Baltimore Harbor. Representatives groups obtained of all three shareholder ,it Honeywell's world headquarters, nestled amid manicured rolling NATION, PAGE A-7 ;