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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 2005, Syracuse, New York r FATHER, SON ACTORS They appear at Syracuse Stage tonight. CNY, Page E-1 WIN MONEY The Post-Standard's annual treasure hunt starts today. New this year Hunts in Madison, Cayuga and Oswego counties in addition to Onondaga County. FIRST CLUE, Page B-3 The Post COLLECT THEM ALL Each Friday and Saturday, check out our full-page photo report on a Syracuse University basketball player. Today: Terrence Coming Saturday: Tracy Harbut Affiliated with FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS MORE SNOW Cold air will stay clamped down over Central New York for most of liic ivi- OQ OQQ day's snow show- ers De followed by anoth- er system bringing in more accumulation Saturday. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 18 LOW: M Iraqi election returns certified; Shiites win A Smite alliance won a slim majority in Iraq's new National Assembly, according to certified election returns. STORY, PAGE A-4 DNC's Dean to speak at RC tickets left New Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean will speak at Cornell University ets to hear him are gone. Driscoii wonts S1DA to hove an ethics code Mayor Matt Driscoii asks the oViSCUSC -tiiuUSt-Tiai ment Agency to adopt an ethics code like the one that covers city employees and consultants. STORY, PAGES-! Spaghetti Warehouse site among Hadod's holdings Miami investor Eli Hadad takes ownership of the Spaghetti Warehouse building in Franklin Square in Syracuse. STORY, PAGE 8-1 Democrats move to reform public authorities Top state Democrats unveiled a mil to reionn public tn its own standards, state charter officials recommended Thursday. The staff is vowing to fight to stay open, the school's board of directors has yet to decide whether to challenge the recommendation and parents have yet to weish in. The school at 601 E. Genesee St. opened five years ago with the aim of providing city students with a better choice than the Syracuse school district provided. It struggled from the begin- ning. ine scnooj s iive-yeai cinuicj tu vya- ate is now up for renewal before the SUNY Board of Trustees. The Charter Schools Institute, which oversees SUNY charter schools, recommends the school close in June and its charter not be ex- tended. SUNY trustees are scheduled to vote March 1 whether to keep the school open. Thirteen schools statewide are up for SUNY charter renewals. The institute has released six of the 1.3 recommenda- tions, and for ail but the Syracuse school is recommending either a five-year or Charters are public schools, funded by public money, that usually operate inde- pendently of school districts and are run by their own boards of directors. They are free of many of the restrictions typi- cal public schools face. CHARTER, PAGE A-13 Scientist finds way to love roaches to death Who's in charge of intelligence? Chemist at Syracuse college identifies compounds insect uses to find sex. By Mark Weiner Staff writer In the age-old battle between humans and cockroaches, score one for the two-legged creatures. A Syracuse scientist is part of a team that cracked the chemical code of the German cockroach's sex pheromone, a breakthrough that researchers say could lead to dramatic new pest controls. Fran Webster, a chemist at the State University College of En- vironmental Science and Forest- ry in Syracuse, identified the chemical compounds in the sex pheromone. He turned it into a synthetic "come hither" chemical mes- sage that could be used with the false promise of sex to death. It is the first time that anyone has identified and replicated the pheromone in a laboratory. Pher- omones are the chemical com- pounds that most insects use to communicate. A study detailing the discov- ery by a team that included Web- ster and scientists from Cornell University and North Carolina State University will be pub- lished today in the journal Sci- ence. Other scientists tried without success for decades to break the code of the German cockroach the most common in Syracuse and around the world and rep- licate the sex pheromone, a chemical scent given off by fe- male cockroaches to attract mates. "It has great Web- ster said of the synthetic phero- mone he developed. "Because of the prevalence of the cock- roach as a pest, this has always been a priority. The sex phero- mone is the one that everybody wanted because it's the only one that communicates over a long distance." Webster has great respect for his adversary. That's why he won't declare victory over a oug that has spread disease and aller- gies for as long as it has been around about 200 million years. "The German cockroach is a wily Webster said. "So I wouldn't go making strong President Bush on Thursday tapped career diplomat John Negroponte, currently the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as the nation's first director of national intelligence. The post was created by Congress last year due to ongoing concerns about the state of the nation's intelligence-gathering operations. if he is confirmed by the Senate, Negroponte will be the nation's National Counter- proliferation Center point man on intelligence. CIA Director Porter Goss will report to him. and Negroponte will decide what information gets to the president. Bush said Negroponte, who will not have an office at the White House but could have daily contact with the president, will serve as his principal adviser on intelligence matters. Cox News Service Coordinates activities to interdict weapons of mass destruction National Counter ___ terrorism Center Implements military and civilian counter- terrorism strategy National director Principal adviser to president; directs intelligence community; strong budget and I personnel authority President Secretary start: Norm Carolina university me sex pheromone from virgin females. SUNY-ESF in Syracuse took it from roach Wh >v Pentagon Privacy and Civil Liberties Board Presidential appointees to ensure privacy and civil protected Director m Security Secretary H New facility in 2004 aA Source: Library of Congress The nation's first director of national JHMLYHf: The benefits of picking an A-8 AP Syroco expanding products, its focus New owner pumps in money, adds workers. Big future seen in decor. By Charley Harmagan Staff writer" The new owner of Syroco Inc. has invested S4 million and hired 20 workers and hopes to hire 100 more as it expands the plastic decor maker's focus. "We're doing so many things right said owner Salvador "Chirr" Vassallo. "In the four months I've been here, I've changed completely what they're going io be doing and what I'm going to be doing." in September, Vassaiio Indus- tries bought Syroco, which has DiilIH> lit ua OUiCii uiiu OcuuCS. for about million from Fis- kars Brands Inc.. Finnish cem- rsid ?70 million when it bought Syroco in 1999. Syroco makes plastic lawn furniture and wall decorations. Vassal-" __ -resourced EYE-yo makes plastic prod- ucts, including pipes for water and sewer systems, electrical conduits and telecommunica- tions, plastic furniture, flower pots, kayaks and other items. Both companies were founded in 1890. and both began making plastic products in 1962. said PLANS, PAGE A-6 O'Keefe's travels questioned by GAO The former NASA chief's getaways, including some to I Syracuse, being investigated. By Adam Nossiter I The Associated Press Baton Rouge, La. Con- i gress' investigative arm is look- i ing into Sean O'Keefe's tenure as NASA chief, including whether he misused government I airplanes and went on too many expensive getaways with under- lings, former and current senior NASA officials say. The focus of the Government Accountability Office investiga- tion is not fraud, but waste, one of the four NASA officials told The Associated Press. The four two still with NASA, two re- cently departed asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals. Two said they had been ques- tioned by the GAO. O'Keefe said Thursday night that he was unaware of any such investigation, and that he has checked with NASA's inspector general, who also knew of no such probe. He defended his use of gov- ernment airplanes as a normal, necessary part of his job and said there were no abuses. O'Keefe is leaving NASA after three years as the space agency s administrator ana wiii become chancellor of Louisiana State University on Monday. When they hired him last year, university officials praised him for his budget-conscious man- agement skills. LSU officials said this week they were unaware of the probe, but reitereated their support for liam Jenkins did not respond to a ;