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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York TODAY INSIDE TIPS TO SAVE MONEY ON CAR INSURANCE The Post-Standard Affiliated with MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2005 FINAL EDIf ION The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING H rcvf ruuit) A few snow showers may pass through Central New York today 3C o nrooV moves across soutneni Cana- da. A mix of ice, snow and rain is possible Tuesday as an- other storm arrives. Complete forecast, C-10 Victory by Abbas Called Mandate f cm Peaee Talks HIGH: 45 LOW: 23 manning u as Colts defeat Broncos Peyton Manning threw for 457 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for a score, to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 49-24 AFC wild-card Sunday over the Denver Brett Favre threw four intercep- tions to lead Green Bay to a 31-17 loss to Minnesota in the NFC wild-card j Also: The New York Mets are j about to sign outfielder Carlos Beltran to a huge contract: 517 million a year for seven People chose 'Passion' and 'Shrek7 Michael Moore's "Fahren- heit was the favorite j movie at the People's Choice awards, while Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" was j favorite drama. "Shrek 2" was favorite come- dy, favorite sequel and favorite j animated movie. j Other favorites: Julia Roberts, I Johnny Depp, Matt LeBlanc, j Marg Helgeaberger. "Will "Joey" and "Desperate Housewives." STORY, PAGE A-2 Severe weather strikes West Coast, Midwest Much of the nation is taking a pounding from the weather: torrential rain and threatened mudslides in Southern Califor- nia; foot upon foot of snow in the Sierras; flooding in Ohio and Kentucky; and the promise of an arctic blast across a swath of the Also: Complete weather Eight killed in gunfire at U.S. trccps' checkpoint U.S. troops opened fire near a checkpoint near Baghdad after their convoy was hit by a road- side bomb, and hospital officials say at least eight people were killed in the second American at- tack to have deadly results in two days. South of Baghdad, seven Ukrainian soldiers and one soldier from Kazakhstan were J killed in an apparent accident at an ammunition dump. I STORY, PAGE A-4 j I Helicopter crashes while delivering tsunami aid A U.S. helicopter with 10 people on board crashed near the Banda Aceh, Indonesia, airport Monday while on a tsunami-re- lief operation, a U.S. military spokesman said. No one was killed, officials said, but several people were injured. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Palestinian president-elect promises to qokkly resume negotiations with Israel and to reform leadership. By Ravi Nessman The Associated Press Ramallah, West Bar.k Mahmoud Abbas was elected Palestinian Authority president by a wide margin Sunday, exit polls showed, giving him a decisive man- date to renew peace talks with Israel, rein in militants and try to, end more than four years of Mideast bloodshed. The victory of the staid and pragmatic Abbas, who has spoken out against vio- lence and has the backing of the interna- tional community, was expected to usher in a new era, after four decades of chaotic and corruption-riddled rule by Yasser Ar- afat who died Nov. 11. "We, the Palestinians, are drawing our future with our own hands. We will be the symbol of democracy and said Aya Abdel Kader, 45, a lawyer vot- ing at a Gaza City school. Abbas, popularly known as Abu Mazen, has promised to reform the Pales- tinian Authority, overhaul the unwieldy Palestinian security services and quickly resume negotiations with Israel, stalled for four years. President Bush, who has said a re- sumption of peace talks must be accom- panied by sweeping Palestinian reforms, called Abbas' election "a historic day for the Palestinian people." "There is a difficult mission ahead to build our state, to achieve security for our people to give our prisoners freedom, our fugitives a life in dignity, to reach our goal of an independent Abbas said in an acceptance speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ex- pects to meet with Abbas soon, aides said. A PALESTINIAN WOMAN signs in to receive her ballot Sun- day as civilians and armed Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades mili- tants wait their turn at a polling station in the West bank Mohammed Balias The Associated Press town of Jenin. Palestinians held their first presidential elec- tion in nine years, choosing the internationally supported Mahmoud Abbas to succeed longtime leader Yasser Arafat. Pataki calls for ending back-door borrowing But he still uses pot of "pork" to help pet projects, lure companies to expand. By Michelle Breidenbach wrlter In his State of the State speech last week. Gov. George Pataki called for ending a practice I called "back-door borrowing." In the same speech, he cele- i brated the promise of 300 new i jobs for Syracuse's AXA Finan- cial Services and the familiar roar of jets as Empire Air ramps I up its flight maintenance sys- terns at a former U.S. Air Force Base in Rome. He said Hickey Freeman is in- I vesting millions of dollars in its I manufacturing facility in Roch- j ester and the Bass Pro Shops j would draw between 3 million and 5 million visitors each year I to Buffalo. j In the biggest announcement, I he said IBM and six other global I giants and the chip manufacturer i ASML would invest S2.7 billion i in a chip plant and research cen- ter at the University of Albany's Center of Excellence. What Pataki did not mention 1 is that he is using a pot of pork- barrel money, created through I the process of back-door borrow- i ing, to lure those companies to expand. Back-door borrowing happens i when the state Legislature and the governor direct state authori- ties to borrow money for them. It is considered borrowing through a back door because it is essen- tially off the state's books. That allows the leaders to skirt the state constitution, which requires voters to approve any new bor- rowing. The borrowing pays for ser- vices like roads and bridges and new convention centers. But its secretive nature also allows for million-dollar slush funds the AUTHORITIES, PAGE A-5 Hutu iiiieiu piuii iui Willow Street warehouse A local development group wants to turn a records warehouse at the corner of Willow and Clinton streets into a 49- unit apartment building. The project is valued at million. The developer plans to ask City Hall for help in financing the project, plus tax breaks and other assistance. THIC Rl III DING whirh ho'j Mountain Record Storage Co., (below) a business record storage facility, is the proposed site of Urban Village, a building of residential lofts on Willow Street. The location is on Willow between Franklin and Clinton streets, next to the Dinosaur Bar-8-Que (below, at Proposed Willow St. apartments officially finished Al Campanie Staff photgrapher Apartments aimed at young downtowners Index Classified..... CHY_____ Gunks Mtorok.. toed news. f-1 D-l D-6 A-6 1-1 A-2 New York.. Obituaries. Science Sports___ Television.. D-4 A-5 M D-8 .01 D-5 M POST-STANDARD 0 Conversion of warehouse near Clinton Square covtd start this summer. By Rick Moriarty Staff writer A local development team plans to turn a four-story ware- house near Clinton Square into a 49-unit apartment building. The team, led by developer Douglas Sutherland, expects to start work on the 92-year-old building at 230 Willow St. in August and have the first tenants LOVABLE LUG OF'LOST1 Jorge Garcia is no pretty boy, but he's the favorite on ABC's cutthroat island move in around May 2006. Each apartment in the new Urban Village will feature 13-foot ceilings, open floor plans, exposed ductwork and windows 9 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Rents for the one- and two- bedroom units will range from about a month to a month a little lower than what some other recently created downtown apartments have been renting for, Sutherland said. Rents at Sutherland's Lofts at Franklin Square start at and go up io about Si.SGG. "We're aiming at a younger market he said. "We think this location, between Ar- mory Square and Franklin Square, has great appeal for young adults." "It's a market that nobody has really served well said Steven Krause, a partner in j QPK Design architects and a member of the development team. The build- ing, near the northwest corner of Agreement meant to bring end to civil war that's been waged for 20 years. By Glenn Kessler The Washington Post Nairobi, Kenya Africa's longest-running conflict offi- cially ended Sunday as represen- tatives of the Sudanese govern- ment and rebel forces signed a comprehensive peace accord that gives the southern part of the country religious and political autonomy and a share of Sudan's oil riches. Under brilliant sunshine, Afri- can leaders, diplomats and thou- sands of dancing and chanting Sudanese refugees gathered in Nairobi at a stadium to watch Sudan's first vice president, Ali Uthman Muhammad Taha, and the leader of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army, John Garang, sign the agreement. The two-decade civil war, which pitted the Islamic govern- ment against rebels based in the mostly animist and Christian south, left 2 million people dead, primarily from famine and dis- ease, and 4 million homeless. The deal does not address an unrelated conflict in the Darfur of westpw Siiflan. A quick look The deal: Sudanese leaders and rebels sign an agreement that, if implemented, will end Africa's longest-running conflict and transform politics in a nation that has spent 20 years at war with itself. What's next: The detailed pact must be ratified by the government and rebel parliaments, and a new constitution must be drafted. International impact: The deal will allow greater oil exploration in southern Sudan and permit more than 2 million people to return home. Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed hope it will expedite talks to bring peace to Darfur. Inside Members of Central New York's Sudanese community danced and prayed Sunday to celebrate tens of thousands of people have died of malnutrition and disease in the past year. Kenyan President Mwai Kiba- kj declared that the signing "marked the beginning of a new and bright future for Sudan." He said the marathon peace process "demonstrates the power of dia- logue and exposes the futility of war" for the rest of Africa. SECOND TIME AROUND JennSchefftwonthe "Bachelor" but it didnt work out. Now she's the "Bachelorette." CNV MttF INSIDE 5 TIPS FOR SU'S DARYL GROSS Columnist Jeff Kramer has advice on lacrosse, dean hot wings, and snow nw IM "6 v RETURN OF THE TROLL They've got the big hair, but TrollzJfiB' cuter than the original, CNY.MGED.2 ;