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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Affiliated with TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005 FIKAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOME SNOW A few inches of snow will likely accumulate in Central New York today as an- otner weak storm thp flrpa S'egf tlilU licCillig lilUl luuigilt WUl precede milder air arriving Wednesday- Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 28 LOW: 27 STORY, PAGE A-7 Bush proposes meeting new Palestinian leader President Bush has offered to meet at the White House with newly elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, putting out a welcome mat that was never there for Yasser Arafat. STORY, PAGE A-7 Local businesses hope to keep college students The Central Upstate Regional Alliance is about to launch a summer internship program to create stronger ties between the areas college students and local Also: The Chrysler 300 and the Ford Escape hybrid named top vehicles at the North American International Auto Corrections Shift worked by Syracuse firefighter Carlos Auto insurance Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Burui at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NIWS Index Business loftery_... uassined ___ CHY Hew York. Comic Obituaries. Editonois Sports Kids poge locoJnews Television. A-2 r b If M M .W C-3 -W M POST-STANDARD Mllllllll I 0" "96404" Reports: SU Football Picks Robinson of Texas CBS fires four over story with doubtful documents CBS issueu an independent review of mistakes related to last fall's Minutes" report on President Bush's National Guard service and fired three news ex- ecutives and a producer for their "'myopic zeal" in rushing it on the Also: Is time running out for "60 Minutes" News Tracker: B loggers who first raised questions about the National Guard documents CBS relied on are scrutinizing the in- dependent panel's report. For the complete report plus bloggers" reactions, go to: The Chat: Did the wrong heads Two deed, 1 2 mission w in California mudslide A huge mudslide crashed onto homes in a coastal hamlet Monday as a deadly Pacific storm hammered Southern Cali- fornia for a fourth straight day. Two people were killed and 12 were missing. STORY, PAGE A-5 Deputy police chief, son assassinated in Baghdad Gunmen assassinated Bagh- dad's deputy police chief and his son Monday, and a car bomb ex- ploded near a police station as attacks continued on members of the Iraqi government in advance of the country's Jan. 30 election. Two U.S. soldiers also were killed and four were injured in Baghdad when an explosive det- onated, destroying their Bradley tary said. tongboms' defensive coordinator bos won Rose Bowl ond two Super Bowls. By Donnie Webb Staff writer Syracuse University might be "0-sccl to re clucc of Texas defensive coordinator Ore" Robinson as the new foot- ball coach ot the Urange. Two Texas newspapers posted stories on their Web sites Mon- day night quoting unnamed sources in the Longhorn pro- gram as saying Robinson will be named to replace Paul Pasqualo- ni, who was fired Dec. 29. The Dallas Morning News and later the Austin America- Statesmen said Robinson ac- cepted the Syracuse job after meeung wiui urauge aimeuc ui- rector Daryl Gross in Los An- geles. The Dallas newspaper said Robinson met with Gross on Fri- day and took the job Monday. No Syracuse officials would confirm the stories coming out of Texas. Gross has been seques- tered in Los Angeles since last- Tuesday and has not returned phone calls ore-mails. athletic com- munications Sue Edson said she spoke with Gross Monday night. He is "extremely ex- cited about the pace of the search and he'll uses, PACE A-IC Robinson CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL IN BATTERED LANDS rapt; Gautam Singh Associated Press SUGANTHI, 12, a grade 7 student of the Government Higher tsunami, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Schools Secondary School in Akkarai Pettai, an area of Nagappati- reopened in Nagappattinam, one of the areas worst hit by nam in india, grieves for her friend who died in the Dec. 26 the tsunami. Story, Page A-6 Nearly 80% of doctors in survey avoided a high-risk heart patient Learn more Read the New York State i Study finds report cords influenced cardiologists to i protect their ratings. By Amber Smith Staff writer Nearly 80 percent of 120 in- terventional cardiologists in New i York state admit they have I avoided performing a risky but I potentially life-saving angiopias- l ty on a patient for fear it could skew their statistics, according to a University of Rochester poll published in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine. Doctors who answered the poll anonymously admitted they have made decisions about ac- cepting critical patients into their cardiac catheterization labs based on how a poor outcome could hurt their grade in the state Health Department's mortality data report card. "This confirms that the mor- tality statistics reporting system definitely has an influence, sub- tle or not so subtle, which may not be good for the patient in the long said Dr. Craig Na- rins, an interventional cardiolo- gist who headed the study. He sent surveys to all 186 in- terventional cardiologists, doc- tors trained to perform angio- plasties, who practice in New STATE TRIES, PAGE A-10 Moalth on angioplasty at the Health Department Web site: Click on Center for Consumer Health Care Information in the left column. Then click on "cardiac surgery reports" on the right side of the page. Then choose "angioplasty in New York State" and follow prompts from there. Inside Local doctors and their Wegmans reaches No. 1 on list of workplaces Fortune magazine smiles on grocery store chain for its [ByBobNiedt j Staff writer Wegmans Food Markets Inc. brings home the groceries in Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For." For the first time, it is ranked No. 1. Wegmans, based in Rochester, has been on the annual list every year since Fortune created it in 1997. Wegmans and Fortune made the announcement Monday morning. "This is the culmination of my whole life's said Robert Wegman, 86, who chairs ciinermarVet chain started by his father and uncle hi 1916. "When I became president of our company in 1950, after working in our stores for a num- ber of years, I was determined to make it a great place to work." Among the factors considered by the magazine: Wegmans con- sistently pays its employees more money than is typical for supermarket chains; it offers health care benefits with mini- mal contribution by employees; it offers retirement plans and a 401 (k) retirement savings plan; and it has an employee schol- arship program that, since 1984, has paid million in tuition assistance to employees. Wegmans employs about people at the 10 stores in its Syracuse division, which in- cludes Auburn and Ithaca. Many were happy though not surprised their company A-3 Pamela Chen Contributing photographer WEGMANS PRODUCE clerk LuQueenna Bradwell, of Syracuse, laiigfa with Brett Bernard, of Liverpool, (in background) as she stocks apples at the Wegmans store in DeWitt Monday. MARIO'S NEW LOOK i singer I Mario changes i ftsjjiis image. INSIDE RISING STAR BRAD PAISLEY Hot country singer brings his road show to the Turning Stone Friday. VM t, roye a- CHRISTMAS SHOULD REACH OUT Include other religions in the symbols of Christmas, writes F-M senior Julia Dorce. By Maureen Nolan Staff writer I A state Education Department analysis released Monday has found that all four Syracuse high schools are among 136 from a dozen districts statewide that have too many students who fail to sra-duate in four vears. The conclusion is based on a state that looked at Re- gents test results and the status i of students who started ninth grade in the 2000-01 school year and should have graduated in i June 2004. The students who did not graduate were concentrated in a dozen districts, all with high stu- dent need, including Syracuse, the report said. The schools have the lowest performance in the state when it comes to students graduating and taking Regents exams, the study says. i The education department will work with the districts to im- i prove, according to the report re- leased by Deputy State Educa- tion Commissioner James Kadamus and the Education De- partnient. The report included recommendations for improvc- rnatit I The state said the 136 high schools have graduation rates of less than 70 percent and were al- ready identified as in need of im- i provement or as a "school under registration review." The analysis found that after four years statewide. Ii.4 per- cent of the general education stu- dents who started ninth grade in 2000 had dropped out. Another 16-4 percent still enrolled: 1.8 percent transferred to a GED program; and less than 1 percent left for other reasons. Almost 70 DISTRICT, PAGE A-5 Inside: Educators criticize "work credentials" Hazing has nuisance crows on the fly By Beth Beer Cuddy Staff writer For more than a decade, thou- sands of crows have made down- town Auburn their nightly winter home. On Monday, their sleeping pattern was disrupted. Teams of biologists from the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture's Wildlife Services and the state Depart- ment of Environmental Conser- I vation began the five-day hazing of Auburn's crows using hand- i held lasers, pyrotechnics and amplified crow distress calls. Auburn's flock of crows is the largest ever under- taken by the biologists who have performed similar nonlethal hazing programs in Utica, Troy and Albany, which have roosts ranging in size from to Last fall, Auburn city councilors voted to hire the USDA for after years of complaints from residents about bird droppings on cars and other personal property. The goal of the week is to break the large flock into small- er, more manageable flocks and draw them away from downtown into less habitated areas. Biolo- gists say Auburn's roost is unique compared to the others in the state hi that the crows roost throughout the city rather than in one location. Richard Chipman, New York director of USDA wildlife ser- vices, said the hazing likely will have to occur annually, like snowplowing. "Next year, I fully expect to see large numbers in the city he said. Chipman showed off the RUNNING: JUKNEWRON ON WHATMINNEKNEEDTO onstration Monday afternoon in HOST, net MI ;