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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 2005, Syracuse, New York r MONEY v WAYS TO SAVE ON COLLEGE TUITION The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKUM.cwn MONDAY, AUGUST 29. 2005 FINAL EDITION C 20K> "he Pw.-S SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN RETURNS A front located 10 the southeast of Central New York may push some showers into the area today with more numid air. A thunder- storm is possible in some spots closer to the front. Complete forecast C-8 HIGH: 82 LOW: 66 Iraq finishes constitution without Sunni approval Iraqi negotiators finished the new constitution without the en- dorsement of Sunni Arabs. De- spite last-minute concessions from the majority Shiitcs and Kurds, the Sunnis say the docu- ment threatens the unity of Iraq and its place in the Arab world. The charter now heads to an Oct. 15 referendum. STORY, PAGE A-5 Clinton High School drops varsity football Clinton High School will compete only on the junior varsi- ty level this fall and all its Class B North division opponents will receive a forfeit victory. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Who won the vote on base closings? All of New York's elected officials had cause to celebrate a federal base-closure commis- sions emphatic rejection of Pen- tagon plans to close the base in Niagara Fulls, shrink Rome's fa- cility, and strip four planes from a Scotia base. But the stakes were highest for Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the two Republican con- gressman for those bases, Reps. Thomas Reynolds and Sherwood Boehlert. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Candidate Weld has plans for Upstate The campaign plans for New York governor candidate Wil- liam Weld include a visit with regional GOP leaders Sept. 8 in Rockland .County, then "my hope is to be able to tie up enough of the business loose ends so my bride and I can hop in a car and tour some of the Up- state counties after that meet a few people, pick a few apples, let my bride chop down a few trees." NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Wildfire spreads; 100 homes evacuated A wildfire believed to have been started by hikers spread to acres Sunday, forcing a temporary evacuation of 100 homes west of Palm Springs. No homes had been destroyed and there were no injuries re- ported, but the blaze was far from contained, a notional for- estry official said. STORY, PAGE A-10 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 NEW ORLEANS FLEES THE BIG ONE Does cat's I drug offer lacure for cancer? i Doctor believes pet's survival supports use of i dismissed chemical. Dave Martin The Associated Press DIAMOND FOWLER, of California, drags her bag as she and her family walk to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, where more than people sought shelter from Hurricane Katrina. storm that most of us have long feared' The Associated Press New Orleans Hurricane Katrina barreled toward New Orleans overnight with 160-mph wind and a threat of a 28-foot storm surge, forcing a mandatory evacuation of the below-sea-level city and prayers for those who remained to face a doomsday scenario. Three nursing home patients died dur- ing the evacuation, authorities said. "Have God on your side, definitely have God on your Nancy Noble said as she sat with her puppy and three friends in six lanes of one-way traffic on Interstate 10. "It's very frightening." Katrina intensified into a Category 5 giant over the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico, reaching top winds of 175 mph before weakening slightly on a path to hit New Orleans around sunrise today. That would make it the city's first direct hit in 40 years and the most powerful storm ever to slam the city. Forecasters warned that Mississippi and Alabama were also in danger because Katrina was such a big storm, with hurri- cane-force winds extending up to 105 miles from the center. In addition to the winds, the storm packed the potential for 'CATASTROPHIC, PAGE A-4 THE UNDERSEA CITY: Detailed map shows what it takes to sink New THE LAST RESORT: Superdome is WHAT ABOUT THE OIL? Killer storm at heart of oil AN UNPRECEDENTED WARNING from the National Weather Service: "...WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN ONLINE: Coverage from New Orleans at More links at Bridge E-14 Clossified Movies D-4 Comic D-6 CNY York Obituaries E-6 Crossword Editorials B-8 C-1 Entertainment letters _ A-9 local news Weather D-5 C-8 Church giving fairgoers a send-off By John Doherty Staff writer Members of the Northside Baptist Church in Clay are part- ing with the waters. Ten thou- sand bottles, that is. The church, at 7965 Oswego I Road, sits next to the Shops at I Seneca Mall where Centre oper- i ates a shuttle service to the fair. j And as people wait for their i bus ride, they're offered bottles of ice cold water. That's not all. Church volunteers, clad in green Northside Baptist Church T- i shirts, are handing them granola i bars, lost-child tags and moist I towelettes. 'We have all these people coming here for 12 days, and we wanted to do something for said church member Jennifer Studt. "We believe in loving God and loving people and we want people to know that we love them." By Hart Seely Staff writer It looked bleak for Elwood. Veterinarians at Cornell Univer- sity gave the cancer-ridden cat only a few months to live. The family brought it home and braced for the end. And they tried something dif- ferent. That was 1997. Somehow, El- j wood beat the odds for eight I more years, before dying in mid- 1 June. j Now El wood's second chance I has raised the hopes of its owner I that his long-maligned cancer j drug will get its own second j chance in mainstream medicine. i "1 tend to be optimistic about said Dr. Joseph Gold, di- rector of the Syracuse Cancer Research Institute. He believes hydrazine sulfate, the controver- sial cancer drug, prolonged his cat's life. "I think it's going to finally all come together." At Cornell's College of Veter- inary Medicine, where Elwood was treated, the case has in- trigued some veterinarians who say the use of hydrazine on ani- mals might be worth a new look. For more than 35 years, Gold has championed the cancer- fighting potential of hydrazine, a common rocket fuel additive, against a vast chorus of critics. A former assistant professor of pharmacology and pathology at Upstate Medical Center, and a U.S. Air Force medical research physician. Gold theorized in 1968 that hydrazine could halt the rapid weight loss that often kills cancer victims. His research sparked worldwide interest. Early studies offered promise, but the National Cancer Insti- tute's clinical tests never found positive results. Supporters of hydrazine attacked the NCI stud- ies, saying they were flawed be- cause the test subjects were not prohibited from using alcohol or other drugs. As the two sides de- bated research protocols, the issue exploded in the pages of a popular men's magazine. RESEARCH, PAGE A-7 Kirk Irwin Contributing photographer AVERY CHISOLM, fo. of Liverpool, takes a lost-child tag from Chantal Lounsbery (left) while Laura Merrill (center; and Ashley Cunningham help distribute bdttles of water. The supplies were offered by the Northside Baptist Church to people taking a bus from the Shops at Seneca Mall in Clay to the state fair. THE EVIL CLOWN Sean Kirst gets the low- B-1 SCAREDEViL becomes a KRAMER'S LOADED for squirrel... or REVIEW Unforgettable performance by Ted YOUR PHOTOS Map of the SyfSeuse' '.COM At the bus stop, the church members set up a tent to shade those waiting for the bus.. From 8 a.m. to p.m. each day dur- ing the fair, the church members offer their gifts. The church ordered towelettes. granola bars and water bottles adorned with the church logo. In peak hours, volunteers hand out nearly 100 water bottles. "Everybody can use a bottle of water and a Handi Wipes' after a day at the said Studt, whose husband. Dan, is the church's associate pastor of youth and family ministries. Bus rider Mary Anne Warner- Long of Fulton was surprised and impressed by the work of the good Samaritans. Wont to know more? Check ojrt "It's wonderful, absolutely said Warner-Long, who took a free granola bar. "For a church or anyone to be able to do something like this for people is tremendous." S I D E THE POST-STANDARD SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR JOB? How often is too mudi? The Daily Dose, PageD-8 NtTV AWARDS CNY, Page D-1 TALK ABOUT SUDOKU At YOUR BRAIN ON CHOCOLATE And why rocks tan make you sick. Science, Page B-8 Coffee gets a big boost from study The Associated Press Washington Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also pro- vides more healthful antioxi- dants than any other food or bev- erage in the American diet, according to a study released Sunday. Of course, too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels, so food experts stress moderation. The findings by Joe A. Vin- son, a chemistry' professor at the University of Scranton. in Penn- sylvania, give a healthy boost to the warming beverage. His team analyzed the antioxi- dant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. They concluded that the aver- age adult consumes 1.299 milli- grams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas. 76 milli- grams: dry beans. 72 milligrams: and corn. 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture De- partment, the typical adult American drinks i.64 cups of coffee daily. ;