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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 2005, Syracuse, New York 6 WAYS TO CUT YOUR COMPUTER COSTS The Post-Standard ______________.__ O 20051 he Posl-SWxJaKl Affiliated with FINAL EDITION MONDAY, AUGUST 8. 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STAYING HUMID A stream of very warm and humid air will continue to flow over Cen- tral New York today and for much of the coming week. Some clouds will float into the sky today, but there will be periods of sunshine. Complete forecast. C-10 Overwhelmed Psych ER Had To Buy Cots at Dick's HIGH: 86 LOW: 66 Anchor Peter Jennings dies of lung cancer Peter Jennings, the suave, Canadian-born broadcaster who delivered the news in five decades, died Sunday. He was 67. Jennings, who an- nounced in Jennings April he had lung cancer, died at his apart- ment, ABC anchor Charles Gib- son announced shortly before midnight. STORY, PAGE A-12 For the latest on return of space shuttle Discovery For updates on the return of the shuttle Discovery, which was scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at a.m. today, see the 24-Hour Up- date at or NASA's Web site at Netanyahu resigns, protests Israeli pullout Calling it a "moment of truth" for his nation, Israeli Fi- nance Minister Benjamin Neta- nyahu resigned Sunday in pro- test of his government's plan to shut down Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip next week. STORY, PAGE A-4 British arrest al-Qaida suspect on U.S. warrant A suspected Islamic militant deported to Britain was arrested Sunday on a U.S. warrant accus- ing him of conspiring to organ- ize a training camp in Oregon to prepare jihad fighters in Afghan- istan, police said. The arrest of Haroon Rashid Aswat comes as British prosecu- tors said they would consider treason charges against any Is- lamic extremists who express support for terrorism. STORY, PAGE A-4 Quarterbacks' day at pro football hall Quarterbacks Steve Young and Dan Marino entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, along with bygone grid- ders Fritz Pollard and Benny Friedman. SPORTS PAGE C-l Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index The crowding so bod, St. Joseph's may dose psychiatric program. By James T. Mulder Staff writer Severe overcrowding at Syra- cuse's psychiatric emergency room this summer has put the fu- ture of the facility in doubt again. The Comprehensive Psychiat- ric Emergency Program CPEP, pronounced see-pep, for short at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center saw daily volume in July go as high as 37 patients. It's set up to handle only 13 to 15 patients. Cots were purchased from Dick's Sporting Goods to ac- commodate the overflow. On some days, the facility looks more like a shelter than an emer- gency room, according to Kathy Ruscitto, a senior vice president of the hospital. "We can't continue to run a program that we do not feel is serving the best interests of the Ruscitto said. "We are considering all options at the moment." A shortage of psychiatric beds for youths in the community fre- quently causes backups at CPEP. The latest gridlock, however, is being caused by a surge of adult patients. "Now we are having a problem even placing Ruscitto said. CPEP handles psychiatric emergency cases in Onondaga and Madison counties. It evalu- ates patients, then treats them or refers them to other programs in the region. CPEP saw more than patients last year. SHORTAGE, PAGE A-3 Psych patients leaving town In the first six months of 2005, the number of adult psychiatric patients forced to leave Onondaga County for hospitalization has nearly doubled, according to the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. Key 12005 CPEP PATIEHTS HOSPITALIZED OUTSIDE ONONDAGA COUNTY, PERCENT JANUARY TO JUNE INCREASE 88% Youths undei 17 41 [70 71% IT'S YOUR MONEY; HERE'S WHERE IT GOES John Mickey The Associated Press Critics: Halls of fame a waste of state money By Mike McAndrew Staff writer New Yorkers, this summer you might want to visit the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame. After all, you're helping to pay for it. To promote tourism, Gov. George Pata- ki and the state Legislature have given millions in tax dollars to halls of fame across the state, including the Suffolk County museum and others that aren't open. The summer vacation season offers New Yorkers a great opportunity to see what they've bought. "If there ever was a 'Hall of Fame Capital of the New York would be Pataki declared in announcing a tourism program to promote the state's halls of fame. New York is home to the nation's first such hall, the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, which was founded in 1900 and is located on the Bronx Community College campus. But the state's best-known hall, the Na- tional Baseball Hall of Fame, in Coopers- town, has benefited the most from politi- cians' generosity. Gov. George Pataki and Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, steered million in state grants to the hall in the past five years, according to state records. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hart- ford, tossed another million in federal tax dollars to the nonprofit museum, said Brad Horn, speaking for the hall of fame. Those grants helped the baseball hall this spring complete a million renova- tion, Horn said. "This is a national treasure that we seek to preserve for future Horn said. Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit watchdog organization in Wash- ington, D.C., said the Baseball Hall of Fame should seek money from Major League Baseball and its multimillionaire players, not from taxpayers. "The federal government should not be involved in the funding of halls of fame. And it's questionable whether the state should be doing said David Wil- liams, vice president of Citizens Against Government Waste. Highway bill has much for New York By Mark Johnson The Associated Press Albany The approval by Congress this month of its long-awaited highway and transit bill will result in many small, local but long-sought projects for New York state, from a faster commute in New York City to an easier walk to temple in the Hudson Valley. Hundreds of projects from around the state will see feder- al dollars under the six-year, billion highway and tran- sit bill expected to be signed by President Bush. New York will get about billion over the next six years, helping to rebuild roads everywhere from a new Yan- kee Stadium site to the Peace Bridge outside Buffalo. Kiryas Joel, a tradition- bound village in Orange Coun- ty built by Hasidic Jews from New York City, is getting for a sidewalk proj- ect. Wayne County is getting to update street sips, and Wallkill will get to help build a tunnel under Route 17, according to a database compiled by Taxpay- ers for Common Sense, a non- partisan watchdog group. Congress is also providing million for projects of the Destiny USA mega-mall. The bill gives million to further the long-awaited Sec- ond Avenue subway project and boost ferry ridership in the metropolitan New York area. The city will get mil- lion to clean up graffiti. MONEY, PAGE A-3 Diversity might hit new high among SU freshmen Bridge __ E-l 0 Lottery Classified ____ H Movies Comics. 0-6 New CNY _______ D-l Crossword ___ 0-6 Stiefice Editorials A-10 Sports Entertainment D-3 Sudoku Letters ____ A-11 Television Local news ___ B-l Weather By Nancy Buczek Staff writer Diversity is one of Syracuse University's five core values, and that emphasis is paying off with SU about to welcome what could be its most diverse class in recent years. "We think this is the big story of the year for said David Smith, SU's vice president for enrollment management. "That will enrich the mixture of people on this campus in ways that will bring to the fore various opin- ions'and various perspectives on i issues that are all part of being a diverse campus, and it's clearly something that we have been working on." SU officials are expecting this fall's class of new undergraduate students to be its biggest in re- cent years, with students accepting SU's admission offer as of last week. It also has the potential to be among the univer- sity's most diverse incoming group, with 23.7 percent of the students accepting SU's offer of admission considered students of color. Final enrollment numbers won't be available until after the AREA, PAGE A-12 What they're saying We asked some incoming Syracuse University students about SU's racially diverse student body: __ "You're going to have deal with a lot of different di- versities in the business in- dustry, period, so what better way to be prepared than to do it in Brittney Bradford, 18, Lancaster, Texas "The num- ber one thing that struck me on campus was how much unity there was. Even though they were diverse, I did notice a lot of diversity, but I just had an amaz- ing sense of community that I just didn't feel anywhere else." Danielle Lee, 18, Ontario. N.Y. "I was pretty surprised (dur- ing the campus I hadn't really seen di- versity like that at places I had visited be- fore in-state, like UVA, Virginia Tech, so it was nice to see a change." Brian Jones, 18, Burke, Va. PLANET NANCY Kramer goes there. CNY, Page D-1 INSI HOW OLD ARE YOU? Parts of you ore younger i then others. Science, Page R-6 DE 'RED DOG' "Boxing is the ultimate" for Amy Burton The Daily Dose, PageD-8 REALITY TV ...goes for nkeness CNY, Page D-3 ;