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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 2005, Syracuse, New York MALL OF AMERICA Wants to double in size and add a casino, an Italian canal, a hockey rink... Page C-1 'SURVIVOR' RETURNS This time it's Palau Island in the Pacific. Page AFTER HOURS Hot dance sounds of Atlas Reggae by Katchell Wings at Beginning II Dcyiimmy 11 Club Tundra's I H I Erin Morga I Bost-st WEEKEND Big Air competition at Toggenburg Complete Winterfest schedule 'Visiting Mr. Green' at Syracuse Stage Affiliated with THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS FLURRY OF ACTIVITY Colder air arriv- ing from the northwest will deliver more snow flurries and showers today rneumuma oai-c r UUP 111 UN i Study: Hospitals too often don't give the basics: antibiotics and vaccine ar.u rntia lake-effect snow could collect in some parts 01 Central New York. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 29 LOW: 15 Police: Firm gave identity thieves personal data One of the nation's biggest information services has begun warning more than peo- ple across the country they may be targets of fraud, following disclosures the company inad- vertently sold personal and fin- ancial records to fraud artists ap- parently involved in a massive identity theft scheme. STORY, PAGE A-6 Greenspan: Go slow on privatizing Soda! Security By James T. Mulder I Central New York hospitals often skip basic hiesaving treatments for patients with pneumonia one of the most common killers of the el- derly, according to the federal gov- ernment. Pneumonia is a leading cause of hospitalization, especially mis time of year when respiratory illness is widespread. THE POST-STANDARD The infection is relatively easy to uCUv. rauciu> luc LVJ antibiotics, unless they are allergic to them, within four hours of arriv- ing at the hospital. They're also sup- posed to get a pneumonia vaccine, if they have not had one, before they go home. All too often, patients at area hos- pitals aren't getting either, according to statistics compiled by Medicare, the federal health care insurance program for people over 65 and the antibiotics were given within four i INSIDE University Hospital has the worst track record locaiiy. Medicare look- ed at a sample of cases from the first three months of 2004 and found less than half of pneumonia patients at the teaching hospital got antibiotics on time, and only 20 percent were vaccinated. Next door at Grouse Hospital, 67 percent of pneumonia patients i How Syracuse- '.vere vaccinated. srea hosoitals Nationwide, me median hospital compare with gave antibiotics appropriately 71 other Central percent of the time. That means half i New York the nation's hospitals did better than hospitals on that, while half did worse. The me- treating dian hospital nationwide vaccinated pneumonia 44 percent of "neumonia patients. in elderly HOSPITALS, PAGE A-6 cated for the first time a willing- ness to make high-income work- ers pay more Social Security taxes, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan urged Congress to proceed with caution in setting up private accounts for younger workers. Greenspan's worry: that the billions of dollars .in new gov- ernment borrowing to pay the transition costs to the new sys- tem could upset financial mar- kets and push up interest rates on everything from home mort- gages to Treasury notes. RELATED STORY, PAGE C-2 House OKs bigger fines for TV, radio indecency The House voted overwhelm- ingly Wednesday to authorize federal regulators to sharply boost indecency fines for radio and television stations to as much as per incident. The action now awaits ex- pected Senate approval of a less sweeping proposal. Both cham- bers would then have to iron out any differences before sending a final bill to President Bush for signing. Block History in CNY: The Underground Railroad The Rev. Francis Hawley's Cazenovia Free Congregational Church in Cazenovia, Madison County, was the site of the be- ginning of a major turning point in the abolitionist movement. The Post-Standard series, Stops on the Road to Freedom, today takes a look at Hawley's life and that site today. IOCAUPAGEB-2 Corrections Black History Month at City Price of admission to Key Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business____C-1 lottery..............A-2 Oossified..........H Movies.____Wkd OIV 1.1 i-X Ccimks_____E-4 Ofcituorte___1-4 A-10 Sports______D-l Errterroinmefrt E-3 Stocks---------C-3 Lodnews.......M Tdntion NHL gives up on season Staff and news service reports The National Hockey League season Wednesday after last- It's she first time in North i America that a major profession- i a! sport has lost an entire season I to a labor dispute. i The NHL lost an estimated Stephen D. Cannereii: Man pnotograpner A WHITE-TAILED deer struggles to jump out of a window at G.A. Braun, 461 E. Brighton Ave., Syracuse. The deer crashed through the window and into an office at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. After several tries., the deer jumped out. Oh, Deer! By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer Snow wasn't the only unwelcome visitor in the 400 block of East Brighton Avenue about 1 p.m. Wednesday. A deer came crashing through a window at G.A. Braun and then panicked, Syracuse police Lt. Joe Ceciie said. Employees at the factory that manufactures washing ma- chines closed doors to keep the animal in one room. The deer thrashed around and did some damage to the office at 461 E. Brighton Ave., but didn't seem to be hurt, police said. A state Department of Environmental Conservation Officer arrived, pulled the remaining shards out of the window and en- couraged the deer to jump out. The deer finally did and galloped off to a nearby woods. Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer A DEER runs across East Brighton Avenue Wednesday after it escaped from an office at the G.A. Braun company. lost billion in a decade. "Everyone associated with the National Hockey League owes our fans an apology for the situation in which we find our- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in New York City. "We are truly sorry." "1 had hoped we would never see the NHL and their owners do the unthinkable and cancel an entire season.'' said Bob Goode- now, executive director of the NHL. Players Association." Whitesboro native and Phila- delphia Flyers goaltender Robert Esche denied reports that he was part of a group of players who tried rn the union and support a salary cap. so. so embarrassed to be a hockey player he said. nobody is to blame, and everybody is to blame." In Buffalo, managing partner Larry Quinn said the Sabres lost an estimated million by not- playing this year, less than what they would have lost had the season been played. He said he sees an opportunity to reform. "We're all living through it here in Erie County and the city of he said. "The prob- lems we're facing in our com- munity, our government, were also all predictable, and yet we all hit the rocks." In Sports: Struggling in the United States, the NHL bottoms Goaltender Robert Esche tells his Cordand State gets its very own asteroid By Mark Weiner Staff writer Many State University Col- lege at Cortland students and j faculty have long insisted that j their school is more than an ordi- i nary university. Now they can say with a straight face: It's not just a school, it's a planet too. Astronomers plan to announce today mai a uiiiiui i large asteroid between Mars and Jupiter has been named in honor of the State University College at Cortland. Cortland, the asteroid, is about 125 million miles from Earth. The potato-shaped world is about 5 miles long, marked by large craters. It takes three Earth The Cortlond asteroid The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid after the State University College at Cortiand, thanks to the efforts of astronomer David Levy and his wife, Wendee, a 1970 Cortland graduate. Distance from (on 125 million miles For comparison: The actoroiH K ahoiit 5 miles lono. roughly the length and shape of Onondaga Lake. Size: 15 to 20 New York has a lot riding on Amtrak aid Mars POSITION Of ASTEROID ON FRIDAY of the largest asteroids in the Main Belt between Mars and Jupiter. Orbit Three Earth years to orbit the sun. Ranges from zero to 200 below zero. Age: Formed by a collision 3.5 billion years ago, 1.1 billion years after Jupiter formed. names: Of known asteroids, less than 10 percent are named; about a dozen for universities. Bush proposal to cut federal subsidies would hit New York rail passengers hard. By Peter Lyman Washington bureau No state has more to lose than New York if Congress follows President Bush's request and eliminates Amtrak subsidies irom next years federal budget. More intercity rail passengers 10.4 million rode trains in New York than in any other state last year. The battle over Amtrak subsi- dies is nothing new. It is fought every year in Congress, where lawmakers typically choose up sides, more along regional than party lines. The Northeast heav- ily favors Amtrak subsidies; western states do not. This year, Bush's bid to pull all federal support from Amtrak. which received SI.2 billion in taxpayer money in the current budget, sports a decidedly politi- cal tint. Only 10 states had Amtrak ridership mat exceeiieu a iuiukm passengers last year. Coinciden- tally, or not, all 10 voted for Democrat John Kerry in last year's presidential election. The president's plan to cut Amtrak from the trillion budget he proposed Feb. 7 in- MM HI ON luat IICQIly ;