Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 2005, Syracuse, New York
The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuMxom SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SNOW TODAY We'll wake up to another storm, which is expected to give us 1 to 3 inches of snow as it passes through. But warmer temperatures in the days ahead reaching it., en- rtr- day should remove all traces that it was here. Complete forecast D-12 CNY doctors to help in Sri Lanka Leaders HIGH: 37 LOW: 26 Police: Won tried to get child Into his car Syracuse police say they ar- rested a city man who is sus- pected of trying to lure a 10-year-old girl into his car Fri- day morning and then trying to do the same to a woman with three small children. When he was arrested, police say they found blood and knives in his car. LOCAL PAGE B-l Workers hired ot fast pace in 2004 Employers hired workers in 2004 at the fastest pace in five years, with overall payrolls ris- ing by 2.2 million. December's job growth was a bit lower than expected, with the unemploy- ment rate holding at 5.4 percent. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Sen. Clinton's former finance director indicted Sen. Hillary- Rodham Clin- ton's former finance director has been indicted on charges of fil- ing fictitious reports that misstat- ed contributions for a Holly- wood fund-raising gala for the senator, the Justice Department said Friday. STATE, PAGE A-6 Bush selects panel to review tax changes While aggressively pushing changes to Social Security and lawsuit rules, President Bush acted Friday to delay another big piece of his agenda: Tax simpli- fication. He named a commis- sion that has until July 31 to re- view possible tax changes before they are dumped into the politi- cal cauldron of Congress. RELATED STORY, PAGE A-3 Astronauts: Return to space wiii be successful The astronauts who will make NASA's first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster said Friday they are confident it will be a safe voyage, and while they won't be able to fix a hole the size of the one that doomed Co- lumbia, they will have options the last crew did not. "There has been so much test- ing done that our confidence has gone way said Air Force Col. Eileen Collins, commander of the mission aboard Discovery. Collins is a native of Elmira and a 1978 graduate of Syracuse University. STORY, PAGE A-7 Corrections New car seat Authority Intoxicated men at Rescue Dinners at Camillus Elks Scott Cawood left Great Place to Work Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Rebels making larger p% xv if! tit if Index Business. CMV (oniks EdHorids. C-l ..F-l E-1 HO A-8 EntGftoJnflMnt. E-4 Lod news 1-1 A-2 E4 .A-6 1-4 D-l C-3 Television...H2 toffeiy...... New York Obituaries. Sports Stocks. THEPOST-STANDAUD A WOMAN in the southern coastal city of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, rests on a bed Friday with world leaders in the back- ground. The leaders met with United Nations Secretary-Gen- Doctors to travel home By Sapna Kollali Staff writer The Oneida community is rallying around three Madison County doctors leaving for Sri Lanka to help with tsunami re- lief efforts. Next weekend, Dan Ratna- rajah and Renza Samad will take in community do- nations to their native country, where they will offer medical services and help with re- building devastated coastal areas. Ratnarajah and Samad, both internists, run Oneida Medical Associates on Seneca Street with Rathika Martyn, an in- ternist and Martyn will travel to Sri Lanka next month, after her partners return. "There is a real need for medical services there, and this is. our native land. We all felt an obligation to help in whatever way we said Samad, a Rome resident. "If we didn't have children, my The immediate families of Ratnarajah, Samad and Mar- tyn were not harmed in the Dec. 26 tsunami that has killed more than peo- ple in about a dozen South Asian, Southeast Asian and African nations. But Samad said several members of his The Associated Press eral Kofi Annan to coordinate getting food and other neces- sities to tsunami survivors who are struggling to survive. More photographs, Page A-4. Powell visits relief center N.Y. Times news service Galle, Sri Lanka Secre- tary of State Colin L. Powell made the final stop here on Friday in his somber inspec- tion tour of tsunami destruc- tion and relief work, viewing die ruined waterfront of this coastal city where at least people died and lost their homes. Meanwhile, Secretary-Gen- eral Kofi Annan of the United Nations flew over the Indone- sian province of Aceh, where the vast majority of the coun- try's confirmed dead were killed. "I have never seen such utter destruction, mile after Annan told reporters after a helicopter tour, Reuters reported. "You wonder, where are the Annan and Powell were among dozens of world lead- ers who gathered Thursday in WORLD, PAGE A-4 Al Campanie Staff photographer DOCTORS RENZA SAMAD Dan Ratnarajah and Rathika Martyn, all natives of Sri Lanka, look over plans as they pre- pare to travel to their native country to offer medical help and supplies. wife would be going with me. cousins' extended family died In fact, my mother insisted in Sri Lanka, and all three have suffered losses. According to latest figures from the Associated Press, more than people were dead in Sri Lanka and about were displaced. Oneida Healthcare Center MEDICAL PAGE A-3 no match for Mast that killed seven reservists in Iraq. Newsday Washington The armored vehicle destroyed in Thursday's attack on a reserve unit in Iraq is one of the Army's biggest but still was no match for an Iraqi insurgency bomb that was also bigger than most, defense offi- cials said Friday. Seven reservists killed by that roadside blast were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a per- sonnel carrier designed to be more lethal and battle-ready than the armored Humvees at the cen- ter of recent controversy over troop vulnerability. But senior defense officials now say the Iraqi insurgency has shifted its tactics in recent weeks planting fewer roadside bombs but far larger ones for more dramatic attacks, at times using the equivalent of 500-pound bombs to take out U.S. vehicles. In the attack on members of the Manhattan-based 69th Infan- try, a senior defense official said Friday that insurgents were able to detonate the bomb remotely just as the Bradley rolled by, in- creasing its deadly force by tim- ing the blast for maximum ef- fect. The official did not know what kind of explosives were used but said a waist-deep crater at the site suggested a massive blast. The attack, coupled with the Pentagon's recent admission that efforts to thwart roadside-bomb attacks largely have failed, sig- nals the danger facing U.S. forces in Iraq, as even the Army's biggest vehicles have proven vulnerable to a large and well-timed bombing in a nation where there is no shortage of bomb-making materials. Some military analysts said it is not enough for U.S. forces to simply keep adding more and more armor and armored vehi- cles. As the United States has UicU iO OeU-Ci iCuiuy ii-S iOi'Cca, the insurgency has responded by ratcheting up the size of its at- tacks and increasing the sophisti- cation of them, using everything from doorbells to cell phones to set off the bombs from afar. Inside: A U.S. general warned Friday that insurgents may be planning "spectacular" attacks to scare Red Sox Nation awaits future for historic ball First baseman win recorded final out of 2004 World Series bos ball, for now. The Associated Press Boston The Red Sox have the title. Now they want the ball. Backup first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz caught the ball for the final out of the World Series, ending Boston's 86-year cham- pionship drought. He then put the souvenir in a safe deposit box. Only one prob- lem: The Red Sox say the ball should be in their hands. The player who didn't join the team until July 31 still wants to keep it but recognizes its mean- ing to the team's passionate root- ers a prize that completed a four-game sweep of St. Louis and ended the misery. "Of course I want Red Sox fans to see the Mientkie- wicz said in a call he made to WEE! radio. "The main reason why I hung on to the darn thing is because I want people to see it" So does Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, and he planned to ask Mientkiewicz to give it to the team. "We want it to be part of Red Sox archives or museums so it can be shared, with the Lucchino told The Boston Globe. "We would hope he would understand the historical nature of it" Lucchino and Red Sox owner John Henry did not respond to e- mails. Messages left at the homes of Mientkiewicz and his father were not returned. On the very day Mientkiewicz squeezed the final out in his glove, the ball Barry Bonds hit for his 700th home run brought a top bid of after a The Associated Press DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ, first baseman for the Boston Red Sox, caught the final out of the 2004 World Series. 10-day online auction. Mientkiewicz said the ball he caught was "my retirement the Globe reported. On Friday, he said he was kidding. "If Mr. Lucchino wants to talk to me about the ball person- ally, he has my phone number. He can caii Iviienikiewicz saidonWEEI. Height rule confusing in new state child car-seat law By Sue Weibezabl Staff writer Confusion over a new state law concerning child safety seats has prompted hundreds of area residents to call local agencies for clarification. "Our phone's been ringing off the said Debbie Kogut, traffic safety coordinator for the Onondaga County health depart- ment. The biggest source of confu- sion, reported by local media in- cluding The Post-Standard Fri- day, involves a height requirement included in the law. The law, which goes into ef- fect on March 27, requires all children up to the age of 7 to be in a safety seat, unless they are 4 feet 9 inches or taller. "We've had people wonder- ing if their 7-year-olds -need to be in safety seats because the "What we're telling people is if they've reached their seventh birthday, they don't have to be in a seat." The height requirement can exempt children under the age of 7 from being in the seats if they are tall enough, she said. Some television and radio sta- tions also have reported that the law will not go into effect until July 1, Kogut said. "As far as we know, it starts March 27 and we haven't heard of any official grace period yet." The law, Kogut said, was sev- eral years in the making and went through a number of incar- nations. "There were so many different drafts and now, there's so much misinformation out there." "This actually has been very good, though, because now we can spread the word and make sure oeon.le VTOW exacrtv what they have to Kogut said. SU BASKETBALL Full page on Amanda Adamson. SPORTS. PAGE 04 INSIDE SNOW SHOVELING RISK Dr. Donohue explains the dangers for overweight people. SPEEDSTER Bentley sports car the company's first new model in 70 years. THEY'RE ON 'Unscripted' actors playthemselves.su grad critiques them.