Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 2005, Syracuse, New York
TIPS ON LIVING A MORE FRUGAL LIFE The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuN.com MONDAY. DECEMBER 26, 2005 FINAl EDITION 02005 The Post-Slaridard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING COLD WINDS Recent mild tem- peratures are being blown away today as cooler air sweeps o QQ across the region. It win bring snow flurries to- night in the higher elevations. We'll see slightly warmer temperatures as the New Year approaches. Complete forecast, C-6 HIGH: 37 LOW: 25 'My house is gone but I'm still home' Christmas was a lonely time in much of New Orleans. Miles of houses stood deserted. Top- pled signs, flooded cars, boats that rescuc.d people trapped by flooding were scattered along streets, in yards and parking lots "This means everything. We've come Lila South all said as she worshipped at First Emmanuel Baptist Church. "My house is gone but I! hi sti home for Christmas." STORY, PAGE A-7 In Baghdad, across Iraq, a spike in the violence A rash of roadside bombings and shootings and a series of bit- ter demonstrations across Iraq 01 Sunday ended a relatively peace- ful stretch since parliamentary elections a week and a half ago. In Baghdad, insurgents set an American tank ablaze. STORY, PAGE A-10 Christmas around the World Pilgrims in Bethlehem dcfici a year of tragedies, crowds at the Vatican celebraled in the rain. On his first Christmas as pope, Benedict XVI called on men and women everywhere to open (heir hearts to Christ as a way to combal poverty, war and the sterility of a world obsessed with technological advance. STORY, PAGE A-10 Robots clash in the Lego League A statewide contest builds interest in science and technolo- gy, brick by brick. NEW YORK, Bears clinch NFC North; unknown wins QB battle Stalling his first game of the season, quarterback Rex Gross- man led the Chicago Bears in clinching the NFC North title, with a 24-17 victory Sunday over the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay's Brett Favre at- tempted a comeback drive, but ended the game with a total of four interceptions. SPORTS, PAGE C-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 Caption for Steven Banuski, stepson of Lisa Banuski, of Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2210 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 4VO-NEWS Index Bridge......_.......E-8 flossified..........E-l Comics........ CNY............. Puzzles....... Editorials.... Letters........ Local news. D-1 A-12 A-13 .....B-l Lottery..............A-2 Movies..............D-4 New York.........A-6 Obituaries........B-4 Science.............B-6 Sports...............C-1 Sudoku.............D-7 Television.........D-5 THE POST-STANDARD Penfield To Close Its Landmark Factory Last day is Wednesday; Buffalo mattress maker offers jobs to some local employees. By Dclen Goldberg Staff writer Penfield Manufacturing Co., Syra- cuse's oldest mattress maker, will close Wednesday, ending a 113-year history and leaving about 40 people without jobs. Workers said a shrinking customer base and dwindling profits led to the de- mise of the headquartered at 1710-20 N. Salina- Sfc and known across Central New York by its landrnark build- ing. Sitting atop the five-story factory is the shell of a 2'A-story Victorian house. A Buffalo mattress company, Alliance Sleep Products, Inc., will take over much of Penficld's business. Workers said Alli- ance officials have bought several pieces of equipment from the Syracuse company and even offered jobs to some Penfield employees. Penfield workers will receive their last paychecks Wednesday three days after Christmas. "I will file unemploynient next Thurs- day, along with a lot of the other people losing their said Charles Hensley, 57, who lives on Park Street, a short walk from the plant. Hensley, a disabled veter- an, worked at Penfield for almost six IT WAS DESTINY, PACE A-4 1993 lite pholo C.W. McKeen PENFIELD MANUFACTURING CO. is known for the Victorian bun- galow, which was once one of two houses atop the factory.on North Salina Street. The company will close the fac- tory Wednesday, with a Buffalo compa- ny absorbing much of the business. Dennis Net! Staff photographer TED TULISZEWSKI maneuvers down the hallway of his new home, a group home at 24 Bradford Drive in DeWitt At 37 this is the first time he has lived apart from his parents. They're making a house a home Four developmentolly disabled men in their 20s and 30s move into group home located in DeWitt. By Jim McKccvcr Staff writer A quiet street in DeWilt got some new neighbors last week. Four developmentally disabled men in their 20s and 30s moved into a group home at 24 .Bradford Drive. It's the first time the men have lived away from their families, which brought with it a mix of excitement and anxiety. When Ted 37, wheeled himself into the home for the first time last Tuesday, he raised up his arms and shouted, "I'm Mark Arvan, 21, who had lived with his family in Cicero, said he "couldn't sleep one bit" on Tuesday, his first night in the group home. The second night, however, Arvan said he slept fine in his spacious bedroom that looks out onto the snow-covered front yard. Liberty Resources bought the three- bedroom ranch home in July for 24 Bradford More group homes are proposed in Central New York every year. In 2006, The Post-Standard will follow the residents of 24 Bradford Drive as they get to know each other and their neighborhood. and spent more to adapt it to the residents' needs, said exec- utive director Carl Coyle. Two bedrooms and -a bathroom were MOVING INTO, PAGE A-4 Two are critical after crash in Maiiliiis By Dclcn Goldberg Staff writer Two people were critically in- jured Sunday night when Ihe car they were riding in crashed head-on into a pole in the town ofManlius. Police were trying to de- termine Sunday night what caused the crash, which occurred about p.m. on Schepps Cor- ners Road, across the street from the entrance of the Wa-Noa Golf Course. Dozens of firefighters worked to pull Ihc victims from the wreckage. They freed the male driver in about a half hour, but spent more than 80 minutes try- ing to cut a female passenger from the car. Both victims were taken by ambulance to Syracuse hospitals. MOTORISTS, PAGE A-4 The Post-Standard Tugging on the harp strings helps the heart, doctors say ly Lindsey Tanner he Associated Press Urbana, III. When a harpist wearing blue hospital scrubs started playing Pachel- el's Canon during Edith Zook's cart procedure, the scene ouldn't have been more surreal. Surrounded by cutting-edge icdical equipment, the 3-year-old patient lay uncon- cious and sedated, with skinny ectrode-equipped catheters naking from veins in her right "ligh and shoulder into her heart. They provided a conduit for a idco monitor showing the quiggly waves of Zook's irreg- lar heartbeat. Online Hear an mp3 of Pachelbel's Canon by Alison Vardy. View a photo gallery of Syracuse harp therapist Bambi Miles' visit to the Presbyterian Adult Home in Hartford, by Post-Standard photographer Mike Greenlar. Get the links at the News Tracker blog at Like some weird sci-fi meld- ing of heaven and high-tech Earth, the musician strummed serenely on her 4-foot Irish harp just a few feet away, while the patient snored and her doctor si- lently examined the ups and downs of rainbow-colored heart waves on the screen. The music sounded lovely but it was meant to help heal, not entertain. Zook suffers from atrial fibril- lation, a-fast, irregular heartbeat caused by mixcd-up electrical signals generated by the heart's upper chambers. Zook's symptoms include un- nerving palpitations and trou- bling fatigue that make her sud- denly collapse without warning. Her doctor, Abraham Koche- ril, chief of cardiac elecirophy- siology at the Carle Heart Center in Urbana, says he has found signs that harp music might help sick hearts like Zook's beat more normally. HABP TREATMENT, PAGE A-4 Robin Scholz Associated Press JENNIFER MacKINNON, a medical doctor with a masters in music, plays the harp while Edith Zook undergoes a heart procedure in 'October at the Carle Heart Center at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, III. Dr. Abraham Kocheril, chief of cardiac electrophy- siology, says he has found signs that harp music might help sick hearts beat more normally. FINE CDs From local bonds CNV, PAGE D-3 WHY ISSUE SMILING? And why is she 9% disgusted? SCIENCE, PAGE B-6 INSIDE HOW TO RETURN A GIFT The fast and easy way. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE D-8 KRAMER WOVEIS And he wuvs it. CNY, PAGE D-1 WWjft"