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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 5, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Fost-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Ftw-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SNOW ARRIVING The air will turn COiuci OViii' tral New York today and some Q o o- snow is expected to fall from the clouds this afternoon. More night and Thursday across the area. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 25 LOW: 18 State of the State is today By Michelle Breidenbach Stsff writer Gov. George Pataki stood be- fore the state Legislature at last January's State of the State Ad- dress and said, "Let's make this the most productive legislative school districts and continue to push ststs Msdicaid costs onto county property taxpayers. "A lot has happened, all for the Onondaga County Executive Nicholas Pirro said about the state's practice of a separate line in an effort to sho'.v how miich of their money is out of the coun- ty's control. Other county execu- tives are publicizing state-man- dated costs on their Web sites and in expensive television ads. Gov. George Pataki's State of the State address can be seen and heard as it happens today on television, radio and the Internet. It will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. on WCNY Channel 24 and rebroadcast at p.m. today on WCNY 2 on Time- Warner cable Channel 12. "This tiat The state's leaders went on to ty governments. radio at WRVQ-FM 89.9. produce the latest budget in state Onondaga County mailed a couple people tooting their it will be simulcast live at history, ignore a court order to property tax bills last month that Pi110 said. This has the Follow the direct more money to poor list state-mandated expenses on WHAT CNY, PAGE A-7 links for the "2005 State of the State Message." The broadcast will include the Democratic response from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Inside County executives gather in Albany to call for a cap on Medicaid York, Page A-10 Advocacy groups stage a People's State of the Gov. Pataki will announce today that AXA Financial Inc. will create 300 jobs in Page C-1 f Wilfredo Associated Press SOUTHERN CAL'S Alex Holmes (81) lifts Steve Smith (2) in the end zone after Smith scored a touchdown against Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl in Miami on Tuesday. National champs: Southern decisively Southern California won the national championship hi college football by thumping the Okla- homa Sooners in the Orange Bowl, 55-19. The Trojans scored 38 points in the first half to put the game well out of reach as Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart direw four touchdown Also: George DeLeone, a long- time assistant coach for Syracuse University football, will be the offensive line coach at the Uni- versity of Baghdad governor killed by assassin's bullets Gunmen assassinate Bagh- dad's governor and six of his bodyguards, part of a wave of in- surgent violence that also killed 10 people in a bombing and left five U.S. troops dead in scattered attacks. Unprecedented Aid SIOKl, Krispy Kreme reveals accounting problems Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said it would restate earnings for fiscal 2004 and the last three quarters of the year to correct ac- counting errors. BUSINESS, PAGE C-2 New Congress begins with partisan squabbling Congress reconvened Tues- day for its 109th session and promptly fell back into the kind of partisan squabbling that's dominated recent years. House Republicans muscled through a rules change to dis- courage ethics complaints against lawmakers, and the Sen- ate Republican leader threatened rules changes to get President Bush's controversial judicial nominees approved. Congress will weigh sweeping changes in Social Security, the tax code and immigration policy. STORY, PAGE A-8 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Business. Index Movies.. E-5 Huang Wen Feng, chief officer MV Durban Bridge The Associated Press TSUNAMI SURVIVOR Rizal Shahputra, of Aceh province in In- Ocean, 100 nautical miles from shore. "It was certainly a mi- donesia, is seen floating on tree branches after being raculous Adrian Arukiasamy, a spokesman for a spotted by the crew of the MV Durban Bridge in the Indian Malaysian shipping company, said Tuesday. Hospitals struggle to cope with rush News service reports Haggard and dehydrated survivors of Asia's tsunami ca- tastrophe crowded into ravaged hospitals Tuesday, posing a new challenge for the global relief operation. With antibiotics, clothes and cash, U.S.-based relief groups reported an overwhelming response from donors moved by the devastation. More than million has been raised; Catholic Relief Services, reported online pledges coming in at an hour. As Secretary of State Colin Powell and other U.S. officials toured the region, a cargo plane hit a herd of cows on an In- donesian runway, temporarily shutting down an airport. Officials in Medan, Indonesia, said a load of relief sup- plies slung under a U.S. military helicopter fell and slammed into a shopping mall. No one was injured. Chang W. Lee The New York Times SRI LANKAN WOMEN gather Tuesday to remember those killed when a tsu- nami swept over a seaside fish market in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, Dec. 26. INSIDE: Shoulder to shoulder with a medical Cornell prof to lead scientific Local relief How to CNY companies join aid Marriage case goes before judge Both sides on the same-sex issue are expecting an appeal of outcome. By Rebecca James Staff writer Backed by the city of Ithaca, 25 same-sex couples will make their case next week for the right to marry. The motion in state Supreme Court for summary judgment in favor of the couples will be countered by the state Attorney General's Office, which has pre- vailed in two similar cases in the state in the last three months. Jason Seymour, a Lansing res- ident who is one of the plaintiffs, said that he and his partner plan to travel to Elmira on Jan. 14 to hear the case argued before state Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Mulvey. Even before it is handed down, Seymour said he knows Mulvey's decision will be ap- pealed by whatever side loses. "We knew the fight was going to be long and it was going to involve multiple steps in the court process." Seymour said. ''We're not planning the big victory party now." The couples all applied for marriage licenses early in 2004 and were turned down by the Ithaca city clerk, who was fol- lowing a state Health Depart- ment advisory not to grant mar- ring? to camp-spy couples. The couples sued the city and the state in June. The city has filed a cross- claim to support the couples, and will be arguing on their behalf in court. Ithaca City Attorney Mar- tin Luster said the state's posi- tion on same-sex marriage is outdated, and compared it to pre- vious government stances ac- cepting slavery or banning inter- racial marriage. "Our law books are filled to overflowing with example after example of age-old mores and ethical standards which are, in the course of time, overturned in recognition of new and evolving Luster wrote. "So now has come the time for this court, this state and this nation to recognize the legitimacy of same-sex marriage." COUPlt PAGi A-14 How one school left the state's watch list, then disappeared Now o middle school, Danlorth Elementary worked hard to get off state's fist. By Maureen Nolan Staff writer Syracuse's Danforth Elemen- tary has worked its way off a state watch list of poorly per- forming schools, state Education Commissioner Richard Mills an- nounced Tuesday. That came as sweet news to former principal Florence Wil- liams even though Danforth Elementary is now history. The school closed in June to be con- verted to a middle school, and Williams stayed on to be its principal. "The staff worked so hard, and really worked to turn around our instruction, and this just proves that with hard work and dedication, anything is possi- Williams said. "And I'm very proud of my staff." Williams said Danforth im- proved its scores by extra staff training focused on literacy, by receiving extra resources and by involving parents in their chil- dren's education. "We involved them by invit- ing them in to tell them what the task was, asking them to help support us at home by having the students read and write ai home Williams said. The district closed Danforth, at 309 W. Brighton Ave., as an elementary school as part of a larger reorganization designed in part to adjust to a drop in ele- mentary enrollment and to create more middle school space. Danforth's younger pupils were transferred to a number of elementary schools. Pupils in fifth and sixth grades stayed on HITS AND FLOPS What a year for movies. CNY, E4 N S I D E KKIESTFOOO Is it blue Jell-O? Jalapeno peanut butter? Or something worse? PageE-1 -2 1 seventh-graders at the new mid- dle school. About half of the school's 400 or so pupils attend- ed Danforth Elementary, Wil- liams said. Danforth landed on the. state "registration review" list in 2002 for having unacceptably low scores on fourth-grade state math and English tests. By the time it hit the list, improvements were already under way at the ItlMCABTU lUCt 'ALIAS' RETURNS Jennifer Gamer's cult- favorite spy show arrives late, but it's worth the wait J ;