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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2005 FINAL EDITION Colorful SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING COLD BLAST Gold, windy weather is fore- cast today for Central New York, with clouds and diminishing flurries. A storm late tonight and early Sunday may leave an inch or two of snow. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 32 LOW: 24 Amber Alert ends; Clay man charged. A 22-year-old Clay man has been charged with statutory rape after he was found in a Salina hotel room Friday morning with a 16-year-old Geneva girl who was the subject of Thursday's Amber Alert. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Lake-effect warning continues this morning The lake-effect snow warning issued Friday by the National Weather Service is in effect until noon today. Central New York was hit with its first major lake-effect snowstorm of Hie season Friday, said weather service meteorolo- gist Ray Brady. LOCAL, PAGE 1-5 Attack in Fallujah kills 10 U.S. Marines Ten U.S. Marines died Thursday when a makeshift bomb blasted their foot patrol outside the western city of Fallu- jah, Iraq, the military reported Friday. It was the deadliest at- tack on U.S. forces in almost four months. Eleven other Ma- rines were wounded by the ex- plosion. STOUT, PAGE A-S U.S. military defends planting stories in Iraq Military officials for the first lime Friday detailed and broadly defended a Pentagon program that pays to plant stories in the Iraqi media, an effort the lop U.S. military commander said was part of an effort lo "get the truth out" there. STORY, PAGE A-5 Design in hand for new Peace Bridge to Canada More than six years after construction was to have begun on a new Peace Bridge to Cana- da, a U.S.-Canadian panel has settled on a design. But construction of the bridge needed to improve the flow of commercial traffic at one of the busiest northern border crossings is still years away. STORY, PAGE A-4 Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections John Murtha a Holiday Festival of Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Letters..............A-7 Bridge...............E-9 Local news.......B-l Calendar..........E-3 Lottery-..............A-2 Classified..........E-5 Movies...............i-4 Comics New York.........A-4 CNY...................E-1 Obituaries___B-4 Crossword Sports...............D-l DkkCost.........B-l Editorials___A-6 E-ll Entertainment. E-4 Television....... E-12 Weather........ D-10 THE POST-STANDARD Hundreds of Rotating Layoffs Set For New Process Gear Auto-industry slowdown blamed. Plant makes transfer cases for SUVs. By Charley Hannagan Staff writer The New Process Gear plant, which just received state money to keep people working, will lay off hundreds of employees in ro- tating temporary layoffs through December and early January. The layoffs will affect union and management alike as the au- tomotive-parts supplier cuts pro- duction to match slowing de- mand from automakers. It's difficult to say exactly how many workers will be af- fected by the temporary layoffs because some departments are slated for more than one shut- down, according to a company memo. Some positions will be affected, most by tempo- rary layoffs. A general slowdown in the au- tomotive industry is to blame. The plant laid off 60 workers Monday as part of an earlier an- nouncement. "Lots are full and people are not buying said Doug Havens, president of the United Auto Workers Local 624. The local represents produc- tion workers at the plant. Company officials could not be reached Friday to comment on the layoff. Effective Dec. 12, the compa- ny will permanently lay off 100 hourly and salaried workers, according to a Thursday memo to workers from Frank G. .Poten- za, general manager of the com- ponent plant. Those affected were to be notified by 5 p.m. Fri- day. Local 624 has told 87 workers they will be part of the indefinite layoff. The union workers will DAW, PAGE A-8 Photo courtesy ol Eric Meola AMONG 700 pictures taken by then-29-year-old photogra- player Clarence demons. The photo became the wrap- pher, Syracusan Eric Meola, on June 20, 1975, was this one: around cover of "Born to an acclaimed record receiv- emerging musician Bruce Springsteen leaning on saxophone ing a revival this fall with a 30th anniversary edition. Springsteen on the Verge A Syracuse photographer captured a moment that became an icon to millions SEANKffiST POST-STANDARD COLUMNIST Eric Meola knew he had it. That is what stands out for him, even after 30 years. He had Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clembns mug- ging for him in his stu- dio, a couple ofyoung rock musicians nearly finished with a legendary album, and Meola had a chance to take the photo for the cover. His visitors were in a great mood, Meola recalls, glad for a break from the toil of recording. Springsteen brought a leather jacket, an Elvis Presley button, a floppy hat. demons, of Springsteen's E Street Band, had his saxophone. They were playing around with a song Meola doesn't quite remember when "Bruce kind of leaned and put his arm on Clar- ence's shoulder." Later, in the darkroom, Meola realized that he nailed the moment. The image went inlo a pile of pholographs that he brought lo Columbia records, where graphic artisls John Berg and Andy Engel needed only a few days to create a cover even betler than Meola had imag- ined: Expansive, jubilant, the design wrap- ped around both sides of the album. It featured Springsteen on the front, smil- ing at some secret joke while he leaned on the shoulder of demons, whose image covered the back. Born lo Run. That cover would be tacked onlo Ihe walls of countless baby boom bedrooms and dorm rooms. Springsteen himself, in a recent DVD made lo celebrate the 30lh 'WHEK PAGE A-8 Phofos courtesy of Eric Meola ALTERNATIVE FRAMES from the "Born to Run" cover photo session. For more images by Eric Meola of Bruce Springsteen and the "Born to Run visit the photo gallery at How a big-time CEO traded it all at God's call He left modest Syracuse start for corporate success now runs relief charity. By Frank Brieaddy Staff writer Richard Stearns, a Syracuse native and president of an inter- national Christian relief charity with million in revenues, is in Central New York this week- end to visit relatives and speak at a couple of church services. If you've never heard of him, don't worry. The story of his rise from a middle class family, troubled by divorce, to president of two jttHsaa major corporations and his un- likely mid-life decision to be- come the head of World Vision U.S., is not widely known es- pecially in his hometown. There was a brief item in the Sunday Herald American in 1984 when he became president of Parker Bros. Games Co., the "Monopoly" people, and virtu- ally no notice when he became president and CEO of Lenox, the fine china company, in 1995. "I haven't spent a lot of time in Syracuse since Stearns explains. Indeed, he began planning his departure at age 10 during his STARVING, PAGf A-t Photo Jon Warren World vision RICHARD STEARNS, a Syracuse native who traded business suc- cess to lead a Christian charity, helps feed children at a child care center in the village of Senzan in Malawi. He once was president of Parker Bros. Games Co., the "Monopoly" maker. Pirro's surgery expected to go well Onondaga County executive should be fine after heart bypass, doctor says. By John Mariani Staff writer Onondaga County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro is expected lo make a full recovery from heart bypass surgery scheduled lo take place next week, his surgeon said Friday. Pirro, 65 will undergo Wf S surgery on Tuesday al Si Joseph's Hos pilal Health Center lo by pass blockages in Uvo of his coronary arte- ries, Dr. Mehdi Marvasli said. A lliird artery is partially blocked and Marvasli said he may perform a bypass on it, loo, depending on what he finds during the procedure. "He is in good heahh. His heart function is very good, the risk of surgery is very said Marvasli, chief of cardiac sur- gery al St. Joseph's. "I expect him to make a full recovery." was al home Friday, symplom-free and clearing up paperwork, counly spokeswom- an Susan Tormey said. Pirro could nol be reached for comment, but his wife, Palricia, said he had shown almost no symptoms of heart trouble. The exception, she said, was last March, during the NCAA re- PIRRO, PAGE A-8 INSIDE LIGHTS MADE EASY Don't let decorating get you down. CNY, PAGE E-1 PULL OVER, SUV Make room for the CUV. AUTO, PAGE F-1 BASKETBALL PREVIEW SU vs. Texas Christian U. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 ;