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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 2005, Syracuse, New York LOCAL FOOTBALL STARS COMING TO In a surprise move, two CBA players sign letters of intent to play at Syracuse University. SPORTS, Page D-1 AFTER HOURS Who's playing where The face at the counter at Trapper's Pizza Pub Affiliated with THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2005 WEEKEND What's up with Debra Messing? What's hot on video, in the theater? FINAL EDITION 2005 The Ron-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS busn urges uongress: PRESIDENT BUSH smiles Wednesday night as he is welcomed to the House chamber to deliver the annual State of the Union address before a joint The Associated Press session of Congress at the U.S. Capito! in Washington. He is applauded by Vice President Dick Cheney (left) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, State of Union focuses on domestic issues The Associated Press Washington President Bush challenged a hesitant Congress on Wednesday to "strengthen and save" Social Security, saying the nation's costliest social program was headed for bankruptcy unless changed. Bush's plan would cut guaranteed retirement benefits for younger Americans but would not af- fect checks for people now 55 and older. Bush, in his State of the Union address, pledged to work with Congress "to find the most effective combination of although he has ruled out some remedies such as raising So- cial Security taxes. Democrats said that Bush's proposal to divert Social Security revenues into private investment accounts was dangerous and that there were bet- ter ways to fix the program, the 70-year-old cen- terpiece of the New Deal. Republicans stood and cheered when Bush urged lawmakers to approve "voluntary personal retirement "accounts." Democrats sat in stony si- lence, underscoring the partisan divide on an issue likely to dominate the year in Congress. Democrats also groaned and grumbled when Bush said Social Security would require drasti- cally higher taxes, massive new borrowing or se- vere benefit cuts unless the system is changed. Bush's 53-minute speech spanned problems at home and abroad, but it was the first State of the Union address since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that focused most heavily on domestic is- sues. Despite Democrats' criticism, he offered no hint of a timetable for a troop withdrawal from Iraq. The longest applause was when Bush recog- nized Janet and Bill Norwood, the parents Ma- rine Sgt. Byron Norwood of Pflugerville, Texas, BUSH, PAGE V15 NSIDE The Social Security plan A detailed look at President Bush's plan, how it would work and what it might cost. PAGE A-14 Democrats respond One Democratic leader calls Bush's plan more like Social Security roulette than reform. PAGE A-15 CNY watches, listens Syracuse family with son, daughter who served in Iraq wanted to hear more. Others find the speech hope- ful, encouraging, a sign Bush is ready to compromise. PAGE A-14 Specia! guests. Who sat with Laura Just in case. Which top officials stay Did you know? For almost 100 years, the State of the Union was a written Excerpts of Bush's Today on Full text of the speech, reaction and opinions from around Central New York. Go to honor Mother Cope Candidate for sainthood returns to Syracuse after exhumation in Hawaii. By Renee K. Gadoua j Staff writer About 122 years after leaving Central New York to minister to leprosy patients in Hawaii, Mother Marianne Cope returned to Syracuse Wednesday, wel- corned with joyful song, prayers i and tears. j "We are grateful for your wonderful, yet humble, ministry here and in said Syra- cuse Bishop James Moynihar. during a brief ceremony in her honor at the Cathedral of the Im- i maculate Conception. "We believe Mother Mari- i anne has been instrumental in i helping our church in so many ways. She has been a role model to said Betty Frank, who i leads a Mother Cope prayer PRIVATE, PAGE A-IO [Pharmacy (stops taking I insurance Medicine Shoppe in Auburn i cash-only. Owner says he can offer drugs cheaper. i By James T. Mulder j Staff writer i To cut prescription drugs costs, an Auburn pharmacy has stooped accepting health insur- I ance payments even though they i paid for about 80 percent of the prescriptions it filled. i John W. Platt, owner of The Medicine Shoppe at 32 E. Genesee St., severed ties in Sep- tember with all insurance plans, becoming what he says is the first cash-only drugstore in New York state. Platt said he did this because insurance reimbursements were too low to cover the drugstore's expenses. Participating in insur- ance programs is costly because a pharmacy needs at least one full-time employee on the phone talking to insurance companies to clarify coverage issues, he said. Insurers also frequently make pharmacists wait a month STAYING DRY There is little chance of precipi- tation coming through during _ the next few days as dry air continues to drift across the area. More clouds may block the sun Friday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 37 LOW: 20 Index V" I UMM Ocssifd Comic Hitorias- M Obituaries. A-16 Stocks. A-2 M 03 Entwtoimnwt E-3 THE POST-STANDARD II II Ilift I, Pataki say he'll work to get state aid for hotel Gov. George Pataki said Wednesday he supports the con- vention center hotel project and will do his best to persuade the Assembly and state Senate to provide the state aid at the center of the deal to get the hotel built. LOCAL NEWS, PAGE M People around the world pray for Pope John Pool II Catholics gathered at St. Pet- er's in the Vatican and in local churches Wednesday night to for word on the health of 84-year-old Pope John Paul II, who spent his second night in the hospital. STORY, PACE A-4 Iroqi leaden Election a major biow to Mstrgents Iraq's interim prime minister declared Wednesday that the surgents who have not carried out a major attack since the bal- loting and he predicted they will be defeated within months. STORY, PAGE A-5 CNY's role in Block History Each day this month, The Post-Standard is profiling a site of significance to the Under- ground Railroad and abolitionist movement Today: The William Henry Seward House, Auburn, Cayuga County. STORY, PAGE B-2 Hours for Auto Driver education Sheriffs meeting with Gary Moth's Chilly Chili Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news Billboard alters image in a flash Screen near Teall Avenue delivers a new message every seven seconds. By Tim Knauss Staff writer It looks like a normal bill- board until the Real Estate sign disappears, in- stantly replaced by a Little Cae- sars peppei Gui pizza. Seconds later, the pizza's gone, and you're looking at the Channel 9 TV news team. The first computerized video- screen billboard in Upstate New York debuted Wednesday in Syracuse on Interstate 690 near Teall Avenue. It displays a dif- to had dealt a major blow to the in- Call 470-NEWS I the roughly cars a day Stephen D. Cannereiii Staff photographer A COMPUTERIZED video-screen billboard debuted Wednesday in Syracuse on Interstate 690 near Teall Avenue. This image appears for a few seconds, then another ad appears. that travel the highway west "It's the wave of the said Richard Ruch, vice presi- dent and general manager at the Syracuse office of Lamar Out- door Advertising. The video screen 11 feet high and 40 feet wide, the size of a standard billboard uses the same light emitting diode fLED) technology used by tne giant repiay screens m uie Carrier Dome. Daktronics Inc.. the company that made the Carrier Dome screens, also made the billboard. Ruch said studies have shown that billboards with changing messages even those that use low-tech mechanical louvers attract more notice from drivers, who retain the messages better. But the big advantage of the LED billboard is that an almost ;