Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York
SUNDAY The Post-Standard C 200S The Affiliated with HHKi EDITION SUNDAY, AUGUST 28. 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING MAYBE SOME SHOWERS There could be a bit of rain today, but sunshine is in the forecast, too. The week will see some sun and clouds, and temperatures should hover around 80. Complete _______ forecast D-16 LOW: 65 Storm Path: New Orleans Katrina may hit with winds of 131 mph; Fla. damage: Up to SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER FAIR DAY FOR A WEDDING The Associated Press New Orleans Coastal residents jammed freeways and gas stations Sat- urday as they rushed to get out of the way of Hurricane Katrina, a vicious storm that is threatening to gain even more strength and make a direct hit on the New Orleans area. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a test. This is the real New Or- leans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said at a news conference. "Board up your homes, make sure you have enough medicine, make sure the car has enough gas. Do all things you normal- ly do for a hurricane but treat this one differently because it is pointed to- wards New Orleans." Katrina was a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained wind Satur- day, but the National Hurricane Center said it was likely to gain force over the Gulf of Mexico, where the surface water temperature was as high as 90 degrees high-octane fuel for hurri- canes. It could become a Category 4 monster with wind of at least 131 mph before reaching land early Monday. The storm formed in the Bahamas and ripped across South Florida on Thursday, causing seven deaths, be- fore moving into the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane watch extended from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, DIRECT, MGU-18 CNY crews go to Florida National Grid is sending 29 line crews a total of 76 employees to southern Florida to help restore power knocked out by Hurricane Katrina. Twelve of the line crews are from Niagara Mohawk. The other 17 are from National Grid utilities in New England. The workers will fly to West Palm Beach to assist Florida Power Light in Dade and Broward counties for up to a week. U-Hua Un Staff photographer NORA JONES and Richard Cummins ex- changed vows at the New York State Fair Saturday. Fair B-2, B-3. Schedule, NO AGREEMENT IN IRAQ Sunni Cabinet members object to constitution draft. STORY, PAGE A-4 PAUL HARRIS Syracuse University basketball recruit gives an inside look at his life on and off the court in his hometown of Niagara Falls. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 IN THE REDHOUSE Meet the folks who make city's art house thrive. STARS, PAGE 4 MONSTER SUDOKU We've got it, and the regular one, too. Join the sudoku forum at sudoku STARS, PAGE 33 ARAB BOOM Economies of six Persian Gulf countries have soared since BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 SPIRITUAL QUESTS Americans look for personal experiences with God. OPINION, PAGE C-1 Recipe offers a tasty way to use them up. CNY, PAGE H-2 Index Anniversaries. Auto................. Births............... Business....... CNY................ Editorials........ Job Market... Local ______ Nation........... .H-6 .6-1 H-7 ...H ...F-l H-1 C-2 J-l B-l A-18 Obituaries..... Real Estate- Sports............ State Washington. Weather........ Weddings... .............1-1 ..........D-1 A-14 VI ...D-16 ....._ H-5 World STARS....... Parade.... Corrections Merlin Motors AARP driver safety Positions for the Syracuse University Call Deputy Executive Editor 1 im Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD ream For Greg Robinson, coaching SU football is the perfect job at the perfect time SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY head football coach Greg Rob- inson has a friendly exchange with sophomore tackle Eugene Newsome during stretching exercises at a re- Frank Staff photographer cent practice. Robinson, in his first season as a head coach, leads the Orange in its opener against West Vir- ginia at p.m. next Sunday in the Carrier Dome. He's loving his job, on and off the field By Donna Ditota Staff writer Greg Robinson did not need to visit the Syracuse University campus or the city of sports fans who kneel before it. He did not need to see the snow, the way the cars slid and bucked in it, the way it covered the ground that led to the backyard barbecue. He did not need to set foot inside the Carrier Dome, now nearly 25 years old and graying at the temples, the place that once housed raucous football games but now seemed as desolate as a tomb. None of that was necessary be- cause Robinson knew he needed Syr- acuse as much as Syracuse needed him. This native of Los Angeles, so Hollywood handsome, so intense and yet so affable, had waited 30 years for a chance like Syracuse. He'd moved his family from Cali- INSIDE fornia to New York to Denver to Kansas City and finally, to Texas, to improve his odds for a chance like Syracuse. From the time he was a child and steered his bicycle seven miles to the Los Angeles Coliseum to gorge him- self on USC, UCLA and Los Angeles Rams football, Greg Robinson had pointed himself in this direction. The visit to Syracuse would have wasted his time and the university's money. IT'S THE, PAGE A-12 He tells tall tales He's competitive on the field and on the greens How's he relax? Grillin' A-13 COMING FRIDAY: Get the complete lowdown on the Syracuse University football season in a special 20-page section. Charter school firm loses work across nation 'roblems, criticisms not new or management company of ailed Syracuse school. ly Frederic Pierce taff writer The defunct Central New York Charter School for Math and Science is just one of more nan two dozen schools across the country that broke ties with imagine Schools Inc. and its predecessor. Imagine lost the contracts over the last three years because of poor test scores and other prob- lems that either forced the char- ter schools to close, or led school boards to decide against keeping Imagine as its management com- pany. Although new contracts are added every year, the net number of schools managed by Imagine and its predecessor Chan- cellor-Beacon Academies has shrunk by about a quarter since the 2002-03 school year, accord- ing to an annual survey of educa- tional management firms pub- lished by Arizona State University. "They expanded rapidly, then they lost a lot of said Nancy Van Meter, director of the American Federation of Teach- ers' Center on Privatization. "As a for-profit company, they may have been looking for economies of scale that didn't work out.'' Company officials say those statistics, which were collected in November 2004, are mislead- ing. Over the last six months, the net number of Imagine schools has actually been growing, said Thomas Biondolillo, the regional director in charge of New York. FEWER SERVICES, HIGHER FEES Imagine Schools Inc. year by year provided fewer services to the Central New York Charter School for Math and Science, but it raised its management fees over the five years the school was open. STORY, PAGE A-17 Universities on cutting edge using 'green' technology Cornell University has first dormitory in state certified "green" by national council. It's home for 360 students. By Rebecca James Staff writer The Cornell University junior who just moved into one of the school's newest dorms peered out his window and asked why there were weeds growing on the roof of the dining hall below. "I see green fuzz." said Stein Lien. "What is the deal with that? It looks so weird." Unaware that he had moved into the first official "green" dorm in the state. Lien suggested rose bushes would make a more attractive roof garden. But that wouldn't work: Unlike roses, the grasses and perennial flowers need no wa- tering and serve to help insulate the roof, as well as to absorb rain before it hits the drainage system. While Cornell was the first college in the state to get a dormitory certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Hamilton College and the State University College at Cortland are both seeking to have new dormitories certified through the Green Building Coun- cil's rigorous Leadership in Energy and En- vironmental Design (LEED) program. For j home j delivery, j call I 470-6397 j INSIDE Whats going green at HamiHon College, SUMY Cortland, Morrisville State, SUNY Oswego, Syracuse University and tthaca College? MR A-14 Cowan Staff photograoher HANS LARS, 22, a Swedish exchange student, eats lunch in the glass dining hall at Cornell's Alice Cook House. At the Cook House, only public spaces are air conditioned, through a system that uses the cold water from Cayuga Lake.