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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING IT'S WINTER It may have been cold and snowy already, but win- I ter doesn't offi- cially start until this afternoon same time heavier snow will arrive across Cen- tral New York following a few more flurries. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 29 LOW: 19 Welch Allyn CEO says he'll step down in March Peter Soderberg, chief execu- tive officer of Welch Allyn Inc., announced Tuesday he will step down March 5, but he won't stop working. Soderberg, 59, ofSkaneat- eles, plans to start or man- age a health- care venture targeting an underserved population: the elderly, the Soderberg chronically ill and people newly discharged from the hospital. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Tax man may come calling at Carousel Center mall Syracuse officials arc figur- ing out what the Carousel Center mall is worth. They want a tax bill ready if developer Robert Congel fails to meet a Dec. 31 tax-exemption deadline. LOCAL PAGE M SU's part-time faculty vote to join union Syracuse University's part- time faculty members are set to be represented by a New York State United Teachers affiliate. tOUt, PAGE 1-2 New York City deals with transit strike New York City commuters look taxis and carpools Tuesday or walked for more than a half hour in 20-dcgree weather. Find out how they coped, and if you have to be down there, check out the online resources. NEW YORK, PAGE A-14 Sox star Johnny Damon goes to rival Yankees The deal is worth million for four years. SPORTS, PAGE 0-1 S3.8M Lockerbie funds for Cornell professorship Florence Bissett died before Libya accepted blame for the bombing which killed her son and 269 others, but she directed that proceeds from any set- tlement pass to Cornell Universi- ty, where her son was a student. NEW YORK, PAGE A-l 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 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 Movies...............t-6 Bridge..........G-12 New York...... A-14 Clossified.........6-1 Obituaries........B-4 Senn Kirsl CNY...................E-l Sports...............D-l Puales Slocks...............C-3 Editwiok.......A-16 Sudoku..............E-9 letters..........: A-l 7 Technology......F-l Local news.......B-l Television..........E-7 Lottery.............A-2 Weather...........0-8 THE POST-STANDARD Syracuse Housing in Top 20 Of New Fast-Rising Markets B> Tim Knauss Staff writer While home prices in. some U.S. markets have zoomed in re- cent years, increasing 30 percent or more annually in some cases, prices in greater Syracuse have risen at a slower, steadier pace under 9 percent a year. But now, as national real es- tate prices start to cool, Syracuse and other tortoise-like markets are moving to the head of the pack. Home prices in the Syracuse metropolitan area are forecast to rise 6.2 percent in 2006 the 17th fastest pace in the nation To see the rankings Go to and the fastest rate in New York according to an analysis in the Dec. 26 issue of Fortune magazine. The magazine's forecast also calls'for Syracuse prices to rise a respectable 5.4 percent in 2007. Meanwhile, in many of the cities where prices have risen fastest since 2000, the outlook is for home prices to fall. Long Island is expected to see a 2 percent decline in median home prices in 2006 and a 4.2 percent decline in 2007. Las Vegas where prices rose 46 percent in 2004 can expect a 7.9 percent decline in 2006, the magazine predicts. The Fortune forecast, and oth- ers like it, help explain why in- vestors from other regions of the country have begun buying property in Syracuse. Real estate brokers say out-of- state investors have been scurry- ing to buy rental properties in Syracuse for several years! In re- cent months, some two dozen in- vestors from California con- SYRACUSE HOUSING, PAGE A-8 Ready to move up Fortune magazine predicts home prices in the Syracuse metro- politan area will rise 6.2 percent in 2006 and 5.4 percent in 2007. Here's how Syracuse and other New York cities rank nationwide. Projected price Median New York cities change 2006 home price 17. Syracuse 6.2% 25. Albahy-Schenectady-Troy 35. Buffalo-Niagara Falls .5.4% 38. Rochester Middletown 82. New York City-White Plains- Wayne, N.J. 0.1% 96. Nassau-Suffolk counties -2.0% Source: Fortune magazine The Post-Standard C.W. Stall photographer KARY PRESTEMON shovels away snow beneath a display of wreaths at Anthony DeMarco Sons landscaping company in Elbrldge Tuesday. The Syracuse area already has received 56 inches of snow. INSIDE: Track the snow race with other Upstate cities... follow the run for the snow Snowfall totals So far this season: Syracuse Snow didn't wait for winter H ffl 56.00" Auburn 22.09- Chitlenongo '04 M 15.00" 26.50" Fulton 'MtSfflBBBBi 31.50" The Post-Standard By Mark Wcincr Staff writer Winter arrives in Central New York at p.m. today with a significant head start after Syracuse's third-snow- iest autumn on record. Syracuse's snow total of 56 inches as of 9 p.m. Tuesday is almost half the amount the city averages during an entire snow season. In fact, this fall's total al- most equals the 59.4 inches the city received for the 2001-2002 snow season'. The extra snowfall has strained the snow-removal budgets for Syracuse and Onondaga County, and taken an early toll on equipment that needs extra repairs from the stress. "We've worked a consider- able amount of said James "Jocko" Collins, commissioner of Syracuse's Department of Public Works. "Our salt consumption is way out there. Our equipment has taken an early beating. And the ice last week was especial- ly tough on us." The city's overtime costs for snow removal are up compared to the same point last year, Collins said. Syracuse also had to spend an EMIT, PAGE A-l 0 Students use prize to stock food pantry By Jim McKecver Staff writer Entering Wegmans' Back to School Sweepstakes free. The prize Andrew Lee, 11, won for his school... Giving it all away to a food pantry priceless. "We thought it would be nice to help people during the holi- said Lee, a sixth-grader at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School.' 'It felt good to help, seeing we ourselves have food." Lee and four pupils from the school's student council spent enough for eight Christmas dinners Tuesday afternoon at Wegmans on East Genesee Street. The meals, and the balance of the will go to the food pantry at the Spring- field Gardens apartment com- plex in DeWitt. That was what Lee and the student council Decided, said principal Jeff Craig. "They could have chosen a big ice cream party for thcm- Dennis Nett Staff photographer LINDSAY SHERLING, 12, swipes a gift card from Wegmans under the watchful eyes of Andrew Lee, 11, (center) and Isabelle Weir, 12, after they purchased in food at the Wegmans store in DeWitt Tuesday. The Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School, where the youngsters attend, won a gift card from the store and students used it to buy food for a nearby food pantry. Craig said. Mike Moracco of People In Action, a DeWitt Parks Depart- ment enrichment program at Springfield Gardens, said the pantry serves more than 60 fami- lies in the area. The pantry was short eight Christmas dinners, but no longer. "That's awesome..That's fan- Moracco said as the pu- pils went through the checkout line, shopping carts full of hams, potatoes, rolls, salad fixings, cookies, napkins and other items. J-D Middle School was one of 19 schools in Central New York that won gift cards in a random drawing, said store spokeswoman Ann Hyatt. She didn't know of any other win- ners who are donating their win- nings. N S I D E 9 QUESTIONS FOR JAMIE FOXX WHY GIRLS MUTILATE BARBIE CNY. PAGE E-6 AT THE THEATERS Reviews in for 'The Producers' and 'Rumor Has It.' CNY, PAGE E-5 CLOTHES They can measure your heartbeat and more. TECHNOLOGY, PAGE F-1 Palermo logger is injured by felled tree By Douglass Dowty Staff writer A falling tree on Tuesday seri- ously injured a lumberjack working in a wooded area in the town of Oswego. Heath L. Pitcher, of 503 Red School House Road, Palermo, felled the tree while working for his father's logging business, of- ficials said. The tree struck him shortly before noon, officials said. The accident occurred about a half-mile west of stale Route 104. Pitcher was working near a rough dirt road that curves across several hills and cuts through a remote wooded area along the southern edge of the town of Oswego. "It was approximately half an hour before anyone found (Pitch- said Oswego city Deputy Fire Chief Mark McManus. "It was very difficult to access the victim." Co-workers eventually dis- covered Pitcher lying on the ground and called police, said Scott Pritchard, chief of the HALF-HOUR, PAGE A-l 0 Intelligent design loss a message to 30 states By Mike Sacconc Cox News Service It is unconstitutional to teach intelligent design as an alterna- tive to evolution in public school science classes, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled on Tuesday. The lengthy ruling-by District Judge John E. Jones III stated that the Dover Area School Board could not require ninth- graders to be taught intelligent design a theory, he wrote, that cannot be divorced from its creationist, and thus religious, origins. Jones' ruling, the first of its kind, could provide a steep hur- dle for school boards and law- makers in nearly 30 states, in- cluding Georgia, who have considered or passed intelligent design initiatives. Eleven parents sued the school board after it voted in Oc- tober 2004 to require teachers to tell their ninth grade science classes that Darwinism is "a the- ory and not a fact." The policy also instructed teachers to refer students to an intelligent design textbook, "Of Pandas and Peo- for more information. Intelligent design holds that life is so complex that it could not have randomly evolved to its present state. Critics have chidcd its lack of a testable thesis and have called it creationism in dis- JOBGE Df OIKS, A-l SSHSSKSSSa.iSM' A 4 ;