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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York WAYS TO CUT YOUR COLLEGE COSTS The Post-Standard FHIVIAftl 02005ThePost-SWndanj Affiliated with MONDAY. AUGUST 22, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING COOL NIGHTS Today will bring sun and clouds, with the chance of a show- er. Temperatures through Friday snoula stay below 80 degrees. Overnight lows will stay in the 50s. Complete forecast HIGH: 75 LOW: 53 Northwest flying as machinists strike Northwest Airlines Corp. got off to a smooth start despite a strike by machinists, but the real test arrives with a busy weekday schedule. Locally, three of the four Northwest flights departing from Syracuse Sunday were on time, according to the company's Web site. The fourth was delayed about 34 minutes. For incoming flights, one was on time, two delayed about an hour each, and a fourth canceled due to a maintenance issue. STORY, PAGE A-3 Huge crowd gathers for pope's visit to Germany A million young pilgrims slept in a massive, dew-soaked field in Germany, packed like sardines, and awoke under heavy gray skies to hear Pope Benedict XVI. He urged them to live a life of faith and work to spread it. STORY, PAGE A-5 NFL player's death a mystery so far The cause of San Francisco offensive lineman Thomas Her- rion's death cannot be de- termined until toxicology tests are performed, usually in three to six weeks, a coroner said Sun- day. The 23-year-old offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers collapsed in the locker room Saturday night, minutes after an exhibition game in mile- high Denver. SPORTS, PAGE C-l White Sox win 6-2 over Yankees and Johnson Once the most feared pitcher in baseball, Randy Johnson give up back-to-back-to-back home runs. SPORTS, PAGE C-l How do you get to Mars, anyway? It's not going to be easy, but NASA has a blueprint that in- cludes tried-and-true ideas and some new concepts. SCIENCE, PAGE B-6 But how do you deal with state fair traffic? The traffic will be heavy this week, but it's easier when you relax and go with the flow. "One reason there's road rage is that people are stressed before they get into their says Christina Michaelson, assistant professor of psychology at Le Moyne College, STORY, PAGE 8-3 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 Dramatic Turnaround r Onondaga Lake Dick Blume Staff photographer JOE DENKENBERGER (left) and Adam Eff ler, both of the Upstate Freshwater Institute, check the algae growth in bottles of water from Onondaga Lake. Scientists are seeing a sharp drop in ammonia, but the hot, dry summer has boosted algae. Heavily polluted lake is cleaning up quickly By Mark Weiner Staff writer It took more than 100 years for Onon- daga Lake to become one of the most polluted bodies of water in the nation. But it took only four months to produce some of the cleanest water scientists have measured in the lake. Scientists say they are seeing dramatic improvements in the water that they didn't expect until 2012. It has all happened since Onondaga County flipped a switch in April to turn on an upgraded section of a sewage treat- ment plant in Syracuse after completing a million expansion. Scientists say the payoff can be seen in some of the best water quality they have measured in the lake, long regarded one of the nation's most polluted bodies of water. With cleaner water, prized sportfish such as brown trout and walleye were found in Onondaga Lake earlier this sum- mer hi the highest numbers scientists have documented in decades. Onondaga County officials credit INSIDE: THE COMEBACK Graphic maps and charts the progress of Onondaga Lake's much of the improvement to a dramatic drop in ammonia pollution. Ammonia levels now meet state standards for clean water a milestone accompli shed seven years ahead of a court-ordered schedule. New equipment to remove ammonia and phosphorus was installed as part of the expansion and upgrade of the coun- ty's Metropolitan Sewage Treatment Plant on Hiawatha Boulevard hi Syra- cuse. Construction work on the expansion project was completed April 1. It was the single most expensive part of the coun- ty's million, 15-year project to stop polluting the lake with sewage. So far, county officials are elated with the results. "We're seeing great said Richard Blander, commissioner of is actually better than what we had hoped for." For the first six months of this year, the two main pollutants from the Metro plant ammonia and phosphorus each dropped to the lowest level ever measured, county records show. Ammonia and phosphorus are the two contaminants of greatest concern when it comes to Onondaga Lake's sewage pollu- tion. High amounts of ammonia from the treated sewage make the lake inhospita- ble to smaller fish and aquatic organisms. Phosphorus is a natural element found in human sewage and fertilizer. In lakes, it promotes the growth of algae, the mi- croscopic plants that give the water a cloudy, green appearance and deplete oxygen crucial to fish. Under a federal court order, the county must lower the amount of pollution com- ing out of its sewage system as part of the effort to make Onondaga Lake meet fed- eral Clean Water Act standards for swim- in Gay Popular Onwdo River fishing pot is a treadmoos place, aysafireoffkid. ly Michele Reaves Staff writer A 10-year-old Syracuse boy drowned Sunday in the Oneida at Three Rivers Point in Clay, officials said. Ricky Smith Jr.'s death is at least the seventh drowning in Central New York this year. Smith, of Onondaga Avenue, was fishing with two adults and a cousin on the bank of the river underneath a railroad bridge, according to a statement from Clay police. The adult watching Smith, Ronald Miller of Syracuse, left the boy to retrieve something from his nearby car, the report stated. When he returned, the boy was gone. "Miller began calling for Smith, which drew the attention from some boaters who also as- sisted in the the police report stated. "When they were unable to find Smith, they noti- fied 911." Firefighters got the call at about p.m., Moyers Corners Fire Department Deputy Chief- Mike Zaferakis said. The fire- fighters searched in shallow water and found nothing, prompting them to call for di- vers. Dale Hughes of the Phoenix Fire Department found the boy, according to the Clay police re- ort. Hughes entered the water icar Smith's fishing pole and bund him quickly, Zaferakis aid. Smith lay in 17 feet of water about 25 feet from the shoreline, according'to the police report. DROWNING, PAW A-8 SOW vj. omi the county Department of Water Environ- and by 2012- omrrmttii ment Protection. "The ammonia removal HOT, DRY, PAGE A-8 floss______ Comics___ CNY_____ Crossword. Editorials _ Letters___ local news .._ E-l D-6 _. D-l _.D-7 Movies New York._. Obituaries Sports Sudoku Television Weather .0-4 -A-4 _B-4 _C-1 _0-7 .0-5 ..C-S (-2 PftMtyWbe THE POST-STANDARD Behind each candidate is a husband misbehaving By Marc Humbert The Associated Press Albany Is this a Senate race or country music? Cheating husbands. An out- of-wedlock child. Prison bars. Strong, independent women standing by their wayward men. The stuff of late nights, neon- lit jukeboxes and smoky road- houses? Not quite. These women are Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeanine Pirro, both lawyers and both with homes in a tony suburb north of New York City, and they're on a possible political collision course. Clinton is the former first lady seeking a second term as New York's junior Democratic sena- tor, and just possibly eyeing a run for the White House in 2008. Pirro, a district attorney known for her cable television j crime-case commentary, wants j to be the Republican to chal- lenge Clinton's 2006 re-election bid. GOP boosters encouraged Pirro to run, reasoning in part that any liability presented by SBIATt PAGE A-4 Kendra's Law is powerful, on paper, local experts say By Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writer Charles D. Anken looks at ease. His blue eyes are bright and clear, his voice calm as he unravels the story of his 10-year journey through psychosis and drug addic- tion. He even laughs, the way one might in re- counting the stupid pranks of youth. That's because he's on his meds now. Anti-psychotics and antidepressants enable him to smile wryly about the time he flew into a rage at Congressman Sherwood Boeh- lert at his father's well-known Rome farm- stand. That's not who he is now, he said. "I was Anken said. He stole thousands from his parents to buy crack and cycled in and out of jails and men- tal hospitals. He is one of a handful of mentally ill peo- ple who were court-ordered to get drug thera- py and other treatment in Onondaga County under Kendra's Law in the past five years, according to state data. The law, passed by the state Legislature in 1999, was named for Kendra Webdale, who was pushed to her death in front of a moving New York City subway train by a schizo- phrenic man who had stopped taking his med- ication. It was intended to control dangerous- ly ill people by forcing them to take medication. But local practitioners charged with using the law say it looks more powerful on paper than it is hi practice. They rarely see forced treatment as an option, and say it is not the best way to help people with serious mental illness. The real answer is more money for more accessible services, they say. County officials, who are charged with ap- plying the law, have reacted to it in widely different ways. Some have embraced it; oth- ers have virtually ignored it. KENDRA'S, PAGE A-8 KRAMER GOES TO THE FAIR ALREADY And finds people camped out. CNY, PAGE D-t GET SERIOUS ABOUT RECESS Says a local educator. CNY, PAGE D-1 INSIDE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING SECRETS IN MONEYWISE HOW TO DEAL With getting rejected for a job. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGED-S GANGSTER OF LOVE Steve "Maurice, the Space Cowboy" Mifer comes to Turning Stone. CNY, PAGE D-1 Deadline dawns again as Iraqi talks struggle By Bassem Mroue The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq A day be- fore the deadline for the new constitution, Sunni Arabs ap- pealed Sunday to the United States to prevent Shiites and Kurds from pushing a draft through parliament without their consent, warning it would only worsen the crisis in Iraq.. Leaders of the Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish factions planned final talks this morning, according to officials of all three groups. "I am not said Kamal Hamdoun, a negotia- tor for the influential Sunni mi- nority. "We either reach una- nimity or not." The initial Aug. 15 deadline was pushed to today after no agreement was reached, and Iraqi officials have insisted they would meet the new deadline and present a final document to the National Assembly, dominat- ed by Shiites and Kurds. But the chief government spokesman suggested another delay may be necessary. Saddam Hussein, who faces trial soon on charges he massa- cred fellow Muslims, promised in a letter published Sunday to sacrifice himself for the cause of Palestine and Iraq, and he urged Arabs to follow his path. Sunday, an American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb i near the northern city of Tikrit j the U.S. military said. At least 1.866 members of the U.S. mili- tary have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003. according to an Associated Press count ;