Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 2005, Syracuse, New York
The Affiliated with SyracuM.com THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING DRIVE CAREFULLY Snow is expected tO mix Wild Meet today, but there i could be more ac- cumulating snow if the air tempera- ture doesn't rise enough to flurries are expected tonight and Friday. Complete forecast, D-10 What if landed on your lawn? Xosey Cossovongh sure could use the money, but he turned H in. State poke found the owner. HIGH: 32 LOW: 27 SU rolls over St. John's in Big East opening game Syracuse University's men's basketball team beat St. John's 79-65 Wednesday night in SU's first Big East Conference game of the season. STORY, PAGE D-l MONY parent company adding 300 jobs in CNY AXA Financial Inc. is bring- ing 300 jobs to MONY Towers in downtown Syracuse, but it hasn't decided if it will stay there or move to another location in the area. The jobs will bring employment in the MONY cus- tomer service center to BUSINESS, PAGE C-l At ieast 90 killed in Iraqi violence this week A suicide attacker blew up an explosives-laden car Wednes- day outside a police academy south of Baghdad during a grad- uation ceremony, killing 20 peo- ple. A second car bomber killed five Iraqi policemen bringing the death toll to at least 90 peo- ple this week in surging violence aimed at derailing this month's elections. STORY, PAGE A-8 Cutting inflammation may help fight heart disease Cutting down inflammation in the body appears, to be just as important for fighting heart dis- ease as lowering cholesterol, according to a pah- of new stud- ies that provides the first direct evidence that curbing inflamma- tion can independently protect the heart. CTOPV Some extreme preemies face significant disabilities Nearly half of all infants born extremely premature have significant learning and physical disabilities by the time they reach school age, the largest such study finds. STORY, PAGE A-16 Bush pushes for limits on malpractice verdicts President Bush demanded Wednesday that Congress take immediate action to impose strict limits on medical malprac- tice litigation, saying that doc- tors "should be focused on fighting illnesses, not on fighting lawsuits." STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Hancock Airport Time of North Syracuse bas- ketball Massage therapist Laura Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Staff writer Kasey Cassavaugh works a night shift, and sometimes a second job, to make a living. But he never had any doubt about what to do with five piles of neatly wrapped bills he found on his lawn. Cassavaugh, of Gaskin Road, Clay, found the cash at about p.m. Sept. 4 as he left his house for a Labor Day weekend party. Something under the oak tree caught his attention. It was a wad of slightly damp bills, still in their bank wrappers, and held together by rubber bands. The wand total: Alter calling his parents for advice, Cassavaugh, 29, took the cash to the state police barracks hi Radisson. "The troopers told me that not many people would turn it Cassavaugh said. "My parents raised me better than that. I just knew not to keep it'' The troopers investigated and found the owner on Dec. 20. Jamison Zobro, 38, whose last known TROOPER, PAGE A-9 KASEY CASSA- VAUGH stands near the tree on his front lawn on Gaskin Road, found He turned it in to police. "I'd rather earn that than take somebody else's he said. Dennis Staff photographer Index Business. Gunks Lfcbuwlt tononots. H IH E-4 A-14 Lottery---------A-2 Nw York-A-12 Obrtwmes Sports....... Stocks Lodnws M Mwista" 1-4 D-l C-3 E-6 THE POST-STANDARD HHI TH E Center of Excellence STATE 0 F TH E Public Safety STATE Government reform Pataki announced nearly billiorfih private and state investment connected with Albany's Center of Excellence, but he made little mention of Syracuse's center. Story, Page A-12 The governor called for 100 more state troopers to be assigned to Operation IMPACT, which helps municipalities fight violent crime. Story, Page A-12 Gov. Pataki called for reforms in lobbying and state authorities and in the way the state budget is put together, but offered few details. Story, Page A-12 Pataki Pushes Reform, More Jobs, Tax Cuts By E Albany bureau Gov. George Pataki called for reform of state government and more urban crime-fighting as he opened this year's state legislative session Wednes- day. In his llth annual State of the State message to lawmak- ers, Pataki also called for a new program to create jobs in hard-hit Upstate communities, especially farming areas. The third-term Republican called for some tax cuts and for simplification of the state's tax code an effort he said will be headed by former Rea- gan administration supply- side tax expert Larry Kudlow. He also promised cost-cut- ting proposals for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor whose costs have come close to over- whelming county budgets. But Democrats noted that the Republican governor never mentioned the state's looming billion deficit or other major problems facing New Yorkers. "Crisis is a terrible thing to said Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who plans to run for governor next year. "If you don't even acknowledge the crisis, you can't possibly galvanize public opinion to support the fundamental change that you need." The governor did acknowl- edge the need to solve some pressing issues, such as fixing the state's New York's inequi- table school aid formula, but he offered few specifics. Of regional interest, he pro- posed creating the nation's first state homeland security preparedness training center in the Mohawk Valley for fire- fighters, police and other first responders. And he said he would expand Operation IM- PACT, a State Police crime- fighting initiative already in place in Onondaga and Oneida counties. He highlighted Central New Gloria Wright Staff photographer GOV. GEORGE PATAKI delivers his 11th annual State of the State address Wednesday to the state Legislature and other state leaders in the Assembly chambers in Albany. Behind Pataki are (from left) It Gov. Mary 0. Donohue, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Senate Majori- ty Leader Joseph Bruno. Europe grieves i tsunami dead The Washington Post London The first six cof- fins carrying the bodies of Swed- ish tourists killed in southern Asia's tsunami arrived home early Wednesday from Thailand, and later in the day, millions fell silent throughout Europe for three poignant minutes to memo- rialize the nearly dead. Leaders in Sweden, the Neth- erlands and Britain sought to fend off criticism that they had responded either late or inappro- priately in the first days follow- ing the tidal waves that claimed the lives of several thousand Eu- ropeans along with tens of thou- sands of Asians. One by one, coffins draped in the blue-and-yellow Swedish flag were carried off a Hercules military transport plane at Stock- CNYERS ON THE SCENE Choo Youn-Kong Images SECRETARY OF STATE Colin Powell embraces Kristen Dadey, coordinator for relief efforts for the International Organization for Migration, which has partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dadey, a 1990 LaFayette High School gradu- ate, lives in Indonesia with her husband, Sean Callahan, a 1985 West Genesee High A-7. INSIDE AFTER HOURS: Check out Stroke at Shifty's, cheap eats at The Italian Chef Ql IU IV IttCtl I tVlvti.1 1 u. WEEKEND: Disney on Ice at the War Memorial. ALSO: The ABANDONED TREASURES New TV series goes digging around forgotten CNY settlements.