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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York Fol fun IB OnoMQQQ County Central New York Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WARMING UP Not too bad a forecast for today, but this morning is going to start in the lower 50s. Sunshine is expected with temperatures warming to the mid-70s. It will cool off after sunset, but another nice day is expected Thursday. Complete forecast D-6 HIGH: 76 LOW: 52 About 200 people sign on with Destiny USA project Destiny USA announced it's paying new employees plus benefits to work on its retail and entertainment venture. BUSINESS, PAGE (-1 Auburn mother charged in death of infant son Jolynn D. Wilson, 20, of Au- burn, restricted her crying baby's ability to breathe, causing his death, police say. LOOM, PAGE 1-5 Decision time looms for base-closing panel The base realignment and closure commission begins meetings today to make recom- mendations for-the fate of feder- al workers in Rome and other military installations. STORY, PAGE A-12 Gncinnoti to Huggins: Quit coaching or be fired University of Cincinnati bas- ketball coach Bob Huggins, ar- rested last year on drunken driv- ing charges, has until 2 p.m. today to resign., SPORTS, PAGE D-l SU agrees to pay fine to settle lobbying charge A state agency today consid- ers Syracuse University's offer to pay to settle regula- tors' accusations that it improp- erly gave a public official sport- ing event tickets and filed incorrect lobbying reports. LOUUPAGEB-1 Lost chance to save on fair admission today Today is the last day to buy advance tickets for the New York State Fair, which begins Thursday. Advance tickets cost admission at the gate costs Tickets are available at the state fair box office, Ticketmas- ter and about retail loca- tions. For a list of locations, see Corrections East Syracuse pit Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Worker Pinned, Killed While Setting Up Ride for State Fair Mike Greenlar Staff photographer WORKERS REACT upon hearing of the death of Eric Frigin, who was pinned as he set up the Enterprise ride (center) Tuesday at the New York State Fair. Rod- ney Calhoun (left) consoles Jim DruckemiHer, and Michael Thomas Seager is at right. Calhoun said Frigin "always put his friends before himself." Co-workers ay for help after trailer slips; 'This was a fluke' By Diana LaMattina Staff writer A worker at the New York State Fair died Tuesday after a trailer slipped, pinning him under a ride. Eric M. Frigin, 29, died at Universi- ty Hospital, said Peter Cappuccilli Jr., director of the fair. New York State Po- lice think his death is accidental, said Investigator Tom Connelly. About p.m., Frigin, who was working for Strates Shows, was setting up the Enterprise, a spinning ride that rises 200 feet, said Strates general manager George Weston. Frigin crawled under the ride and its trailer to stabilize blocks that would hold the ride in place until permanent jacks could be set up, state police said. The ride slipped off the blocks, pinning Frigin's chest between the concrete and the trailer and ride, said Dan Dudley, a ride inspector hired by the state fair. "This was a Dudley said. "We don't know why. It has us all shook up." Forklifts were needed to raise the Strates Shows Strates has run the midway rides at the fair for more than 50 years. This year, Strates has about 70 rides at the New York State Fair and employs about 250 people, said Strates general manager George Weston. front end of the trailer enough to move Frigin from underneath, Connelly said. "There were people yelling, crying for said Joe Smith, a ride work- er who performed CPR on Frigin. Frigin's mother, who was visiting from North Carolina, was at the fair- grounds at the time of the accident and rode with him in the ambulance, West- on said. Frigin was the foreman for the En- terprise ride and was very particular that it was set up to manufacturer's specifications, Dudley said. Frigin, who worked at Strates for more than 10 years, trained others to work the Enter- prise, Weston said. "He's very familiar with West- How college students are changing CNY Alb. Notebook. A-8 Business..........C-l Bridge.____G-14 Classified____G-2 Comic_____E-8 CHYFood____H Crossword Editorials _...A-10 Entertainment. Local news... Lottery Movies____ New York.-.. Obituaries... Sports____ Stocks____ Sudoku Technology. Television.- .B-l .A-2 _B-4 .C-3 By Nancy Buczek Staff writer College neighbors are bracing for the annual onslaught of traf- fic, parking problems and late- night noise that will accompany the return of college students this week to Central New York. But the beginning of the aca- demic year carries with it a num- ber of positives for the commu- nity: cultural opportunities such as college theater or musical per- formances; social activities i through a myriad of sporting events; and economic develop- ment opportunities, either i through research partnerships j with local businesses or retail sales generated by an influx of more than students in the area. 'On balance, the commu- nities are far richer for the quali- ty of life that they have as a re- sult of the work of the universities and the partnerships (they form in the said Claire Van Ummersen, a vice president with the American Council on Education. New York state had 310 col- leges and universities in 2002-2003, placing it second in the nation, according to the Na- tional Center for Education Sta- tistics. Collectively, those col- COUHfcPAGiA-6 BIG BASH DOWNTOWN "Exploring the Soul of Downtown Syracuse" will bring thousands of college students downtown Friday for arts and entertainment events. 39 number of buses bringing students downtown number of locations students will visit 368 number of trained SU students, faculty and staff who will be watching the students approximate number of students participating in the event Story, Page A-6 Deputy knew grill was hot 8y Aaron Gifford Itaff writer Deputy David Kroll's stolen grill was a distant memory Sat- urday morning when he was sent to pick up a drunken man sleep- ing on a Madison County road. But when he took the 24-year-old home, Kroll said, he spotted his prized Char-Broil propane cooker on the front porch. 'Talk about fate bringing them said Madison County Undersheriff Doug Bai- ley. Robert C. Sharp, whom depu- ties found drunk and asleep on Falls Road in Fenner Saturday around 6 a.m., was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemean- or. He was sent to Madison County Jail in lieu of cash bail and is scheduled to reappear in Smithfield Town Court Sept. 19. Kroll took Sharp home after finding him on the road. As Kroll was leaving for another call, a dispatcher told him Sharp was wanted by the Cayuga County Sheriffs Office on bur- glary and petit larceny charges. So Kroll went back to the house to arrest Sharp and saw the gas grill he reported stolen to the Cazenovia Police Depart- ment last month. Kroll and the grill were briefly reunited after a 39-day separa- tion, but there's little chance he'll have his Char-Broil back for the Labor Day barbecue: It will remain in the evidence room until the case is resolved. H E-7 i NSID THE POST-STANDARD i EBAY i ENTREPRENEURS Ot OMMe SeMig. TECHNOLOGY, MGEM AFIRSTTINJE T-bdl player hits it Into outer space.' LOCAL, RAGEB-1 RUDE PEOPLE How to deal with them. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGEE-10 T ;