Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 2005, Syracuse, New York
The Past-Standard Affiliated with SyraoiM.com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2. 2005 FINAL EDITION fi 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. SO CENTS GOOD MORNING STAYING NICE A high-pressure system will con- unue to keep sun- shine over Central New York today. A few more clouds will begin arriving tonight, but no precip- itation is expected to fall dur- Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 34 LOW: 13 Labored breathing, flu put the pope in hospital Pope John Paul II was rushed to the hospital urgently Tuesday night after he suffered inflamma- tion of the throat and had diffi- culty breathing while battling the flu, the Vatican said, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Vails told The Associ- ated Press that the decision to hospitalize the 84-year-old pon- tiff was "mainly a precaution." STORY, PAGE A-7 Mother Cope's remains arrive in Syracuse today Syracuse Bishop James Moynihan will welcome the re- mains of Mother Marianne Cope in a brief ceremony at 9 p.m. today at the Cathedral of the Im- maculate Conception, 259 E. Onondaga St.. Syracuse. LOCAL NEWS, PAGE B-3 Bush to push personal accounts in annual speech In his State of the Union ad- dress tonight President Bush will launch what promises to be a hard-hitting and sustained sales campaign to persuade wars' Americans to embrace personal accounts as part of Social Secu- rity. STORY, PAGE A-S U.N. chief cails for end to killing in Sudan U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged swift action to stop the killing in Su- dan's Darfur region, but the Se- curity Council was divided about sending the case to the Interna- tional Criminal Court. STORY, PAGE A-7 Speakers see healthy economic outlook in CNY The economic outlook for Central New York is pretty fine, according to four prominent Central New Yorkers who gath- ered at the studios of WCNY-TV this week for the annual assess- ment on "Financial Fitness." BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Viogro to be covered by Medicare's new drug plan Sexual performance drugs, such as Viagra, will be covered in Medicare's new prescription drug program, a lifestyle rather than life-saving benefit that con- servatives and watchdog groups say the government shouldn't provide. STORY, PAGE A-14 Corrections Civil War began in Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index .C-l G-l Business Classified. r in Lod news....... 1-1 ___A-2 Movies....... New York. nl WUUwi Sports____ Technology Television.. .....t-5 A-IO M li-i .C-3 _ M THE POST-STANDARD II limn i minimi mi i ii i IIHMI Hotel Deal Approved, With Big If from State BILL MEYER ways and means chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature, proofreads an amendment to the original development agreement for a convention hotel Mike Greenlar Staff photographer minutes before it was presented Tuesday. At left is legisla- ture assistant Sue Stanczyk and at right is deputy county at- torney Lori Tarolli. Trip to Albany seeks to confirm boost By Elizabeth Dpran and Frederic Pierce Staff writers Syracuse and Onondaga County lawmakers Tuesday approved a revised tax deal for the proposed convention cen- ter hotel, making the 25-year agreement contingent on at least million in state money. That state funding, how- ever, is not guaranteed, and county officials were so con- cerned that aid might fall short and unravel the deal that thev agreed Tuesday to send a group to meet with state offi- cials in Albany today. County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro said Tuesday night that he's optimistic the state money will come through. "I'm confident between the governor and the state legisla- tors that they'll be able to de- liver the he said following the county's ap- proval of the revised tax deal late Tuesday. "Obviously, this is contingent on the state money, but we have a lot of assurances." The guarantee of state fund- ing was needed to gain the support of Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, who had in- sisted the tax plan guarantee the city million in reve- nue over the life of the deal. He picked S15 million as the lowest number he could support because it would pay off the project's debt and allow at least that much in al- ternative tax payments to be paid to the city by the hotel. "I'm Driscoll said after the council vote. "This reflects what (Pirro) and I agreed to. It provides the city with the revenue we need from the project, and it bene- fits all local taxpayers; too." The inclusion of the contin- gency was also enough to sway all nine voting members of the Syracuse Common Council, who unanimously ap- proved the deal Tuesday eve- ning. COUNTY, PAGE A-8 A JLOJLl.LIJ.IAS.IJL cancels activist's forum By Glenn Coin and Alaina Potrikus Staff writers Hamilton College decided Tuesday to cancel the appear- ance of controversial activist Ward Churchill because of mul- tiple death threats, but it was a decision that made no one Wampum finds way back home happy. "I am very the are said Churchill very, sad, and students literature professor Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, who had in- vited Churchill to campus. "I think it's terrible that terrorist threats are made and determine j what our students can think or j hear. As one of my students said today in class, does this mean I that anybody who wants to inter- fere with what we can hear can go out, get some outside media attention and galvanize threats of Hamilton officials said "cred- ible threats of violence" were directed against both college of- ficials and Churchill, who re- signed Monday as chairman of the ethnic studies department at ONKMUrMGEM Inside: Excerpts from e-mails to Hamilton Where to find the esayflU nn the trade State saves it from eBay auction, returns it when Onondagas threaten lawsuit. By Mike McAndrew Staff writer Two centuries ago, an Onon- daga Indian named Kakiktoton gave six strings of wampum to New York's treaty commission- ers hours after the Onondaga Na- tion sold 2 million acres to the state. On Friday, four months after New York pressured an Albany area man to give it the wampum, and after the Onondaga Nation threatened to sue the state over the strings of beads, New York surrendered the wampum to the Onondaga. "It's good to get back the after 217 years, said Tadadaho Sid Hill, the spiritual leader at the Onondaga Nation. Wampum belts or strings containing purple or white beads are considered sacred cultural treasures by the Onondaga. Before the Onondaga learned to write, they used wampum to communicate messages or record events. Kakiktoton" s wampum string is considered sacred, too even if it is a reminder of the day when the Onondaga Nation's ter- ritory shrank by roughly 95 per- cent. No one can read the Kakikto- ton wampum anymore, Hill said, but the strings are now linked to both a modem story and an old story about New York's conten- tious relationship with the Onon- daga. In early September, the Onon- daga and state Education Depart- ment officials discovered that wampum strings were being of- fered for sale on eBay. Rick Walker, of Watervliet, who inherited the beads from his grandfather, said bidding had wnai is it: Smaii white oiiu purple beads made from whelk and clam shells. The beads are strung onto strings or woven into belts. The traditional use: Instead of a written language, the Haudenosaunee Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora people use wampum for sacred communications. Wampum belts were used to record terms of treaties made with New York and other governments. Wampum strings were used to announce meetings of the Haudenosaunee's Grand Council, summon individuals, announce the start of ceremonies and console the kin of a deceased. At treaty councils, wampum strings were exchanged to demonstrate sincerity and emphasize the importance of a message. Today: The Onondaga use wampum strings in their Longhouse ceremonies. Source: Rick Hill, chair of the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations; Tadadaho Sid Hill; Onondaga Chief Irving Powless INSIDE GHOSTS OF HISTORY In today's look at historic Central New York sites, visit the ghostly Dr. James Fuller House in Skaneateles, which was a stop on the Underground B-2 IDENTITY CRISIS Some blacks fear video games promote racial stereotypes. Technology, Page M SUPER SNACK BOWLS Check out the wings, recipes and local restaurants before the big game. CNY, M OSCAR FILMS ON DVD "Ray" is the first of this season's nominees to come out, but more are on the way. CNY, Page E-4 Iraq counts ballots; turned away Iraq's interim president: U.S. because of power vacuum. I By Sally Buzbee The Associated Press I Baghdad, Iraq Iraq's in- j terim president said Tuesday that I tens of thousands of people may have been unable to vote in the tion because some polling places including those in Sunni Arab areas ran out of ballots. As clerks pounded vote-count tallies into computers to compile i final results. President Ghazi al- Yawer said chaos and a power vacuum in Iraq mean U.S. forces i need to stay for now. although a new government will be formed after the results are known. Scattered clashes were report- ed in rebel areas, but authorities i eased security restrictions by re- i opening borders and letting com- merciaf flights take off from Baghdad Airport for the first i time since the election. The allegation that many vot- i ers were turned away could fur- i ther alienate minority Sunnis. I who already are complaining they have been left out of the po- i litical process. "Tens of thousands were un- able to cast their voies because of the lack of ballots in Basra. n_J 0) V-TTW tiiiti Adjcii, w.v, er, himself a Sunni Arab, said at a news conference. Najaf is a SUNNIS, PAGE A-6 Fort Drum soldiar kied A Fort Drum infantryman from Missouri was killed in Iraq the day before elections, the Army said Tuesday. Sgt. Lindsey T. James, 23, of Urbana, Mo., died Saturday in Baghdad when an improvised bomb exploded near his patrol. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division. Also; "Hostage" was an action figure, company Democrats: Include more families in death benefit Staff and news service reports Washington Lawmakers and military officials said Tues- day that President Bush's pro- posal to boost government pay- ments to families of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones was a good start but too narrow. Republicans suggested that those who die while training for combat missions also should be eligible for the increased death benefits. Democrats argued that the benefits should extend to all military personnel who die while on active duty. Uniformed officials with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force told the Senate Armed Forces Committee, during a hearing on the proposal, that the Defense Department should not give the nearly in addi- tional benefits to surviving spouses and children based on the geography of where a death occurs. "They can't make a distinc- tion. I don't think we should ei- said Vice Adm. John B. Nathman, vice chief of naval op- erations for the Navy. Added Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the Air Force's vice chief of staff: "I believe a death is a death, and 1 believe this should be treated that way." uiiucr tiic cntigcr. a tax-free "death now would grow to only in cases where the service member died in a war zone as designated by the secre- tary of defense. The Pentagon also would sub- stantially increase life insurance benefits. The coverage offered to all service members at WCOTVUUtlJ, ittvi.