Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York
'MILLION DOLLAR BABY' Is it the best film of the year? Review, plus two others, inside. A TRIM TUMMY IS A HEALTHY TUMMY Sports doctor says too much sugar turns into stomach flab. CNY, Page E-2 COLLECT THEM ALL Every Friday and Saturday, check out the full page on a Syracuse University basketball player in the Sports section: Today: Darryl Coming Saturday: Jessica Richter Post-Stan Affiliated with SyracuM.com FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standatd SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS WARMING UP After a brisk sun- rise, it's the tem- perature's turn to rise. It will hedge around the high teens mid- afternoon with help from the calm air and bright sun. We're heading for the middle 30s on Sunday. Complete forecast D-10 Pasqualoni to be an assistant for NFL's Cowboys Coach P. Lands in Dallas HIGH: 19 LOW: -12 ByDonnieWebb and Dave Rahme Staff writers Syracuse University found its new football coach deep in the heart of Texas. On Thursday, the Lone Star State lassoed the Orange's old coach. The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League have hired former SU head coach Paul Pasquaioni as an assistant. The team said his specific coaching responsibilities will be an- nounced later. The only position open on the staff of Dallas head coach Bill Parcells is with the tight ends. A team spokesman said Pasqualoai begins work immediately. Pasqualoni, 55, has never coached in the NFL. He was Pasqualoni Robinson on Jan fired Dec. 29 after 14 sea- sons as head coach at Syra- cuse. and he was replaced by University of Texas de- fensive coordi- nator Greg 11. Pasqualoni was not available for comment, and that's not like- 5y to change. does not allow members of his coaching speak with the media. Former SU coach Dick MacPherson and former Pas- qualoni assistant Jim Reid ex- pressed surprise at the announce- ment. MacPherson, who hired PASQUAlONtPAGEA-9 Mother Marianne Comes Home A forensic team in Hawaii Thursday packed up remains and artifacts from the grave of Mother Marianne Cope, who will be reburied in Syracuse. The items include buttons, metal crosses, human remains and a piece of black cloth, likely from her Page B-1 Suicidal motorist charged in 11 train wreck deaths Los Angeles County prosecu- tors on Thursday charged a man with 11 counts of murder, one for every person who died in a three-train wreck that they say he caused by driving his Jeep onto commuter railroad tracks in a botched suicide attempt. STORY, PAGE A-5 Death camp survivors, leaders mark liberation Thousands of Auschwitz death camp survivors joined world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Jacques Chirac and Vice President Dick Cheney, to mark the 60th anniversary7 of the W-Uuip. STORY, PAGE A-8 First of three funerals held for NYC firefighters An overflow funeral for a John Bellew, a 10-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York, was punctuated by con- flicting emotions during heartfelt eulogies Thursday. It was the first of three funerals in three days for the fire department. NEW YORK, PAGE A-10 Attacks on polling places kill Marine, 11 others Insurgents stepped up attacks Thursday against polling centers across Iraq, killing at least a dozen people in the rebel cam- paign to frighten Iraqis away from this weekend's election. STORY, PAGE A-6 Corrections Soldier's infantry Medicare official's Charges against Jeffrey W. Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. li-Hua Lan Staff photographer SOME HAVE TO go out on a subzero night, when it's too coid for trucks. Steve Burdick, owner of AAAA Burdick Discount Towing, gets ready Thursday night to tow a truck on Interstate 90 west between Exit 36 and Carrier Circle. Even for Syracuse, this is cold By Pam Greene Staff writer Plan on another day of your nostrils sticking together as a second subzero day hovers over Central New York. Today's forecast calls for a high of 19 and low of 12 degrees below zero. The wind chill could make it feet like 17 below. Saturday temperatures will be be- tween 17 and 28 degrees. We can thank a high-pressure system from the Arctic Cir- cle for our chill. So as you're curling up under a blanket on these freezing Central New York nights, toast your hot cocoa mug to folks like Steve Burdick, owner of AAAA Bur- dick Discount Towing. He spent Thurs- day night outside, schlepping broken- down cars and trucks off the roadways. "We've been freezing our tushies Burdick said Thursday night. "It's like going into a meat freezer and having someone turn the fan on." To literally freeze off a tushy would take quite a while, joked Syracuse doctor Farzad Sarmast. When exposed to extreme cold, blood rushes to the core of the body to protect the vital organs, he said. Hands and feet would freeze first, followed by arms and legs. Frostbite could set in within 20 min- utes, he said. So dress warmly, he said. His advice was heeded by Niagara Mo- hawk workers Thursday who spent 14 hours fixing a problem with an under- ground cable on Onondaga Lake Park- way in Salina. "We've been here all day long and it's been said Richard Birden, chief cable splicer. "There's no secret to deal- ing with the cold.'" Staff writer Diana LaMattina contributed to this report. Lowest temperature Thursday recorded at a.m. Low forecast for early today i Coldest temperature for today, recorded in 1925 All-time tow, Jan. and Feb. Coldest temperature this year, recorded Jan. 22 Temperatures for Syracuse How much clout does Walsh have? He's about to find out Index Business.. fasifiecL fJY____ (omks_ C-? .M M A-2 _H A-10 lottery........ Movies...... New York OfaitUOTKS. Sports___ Entortoinimnl.E-3 Stocks___ lfldwis_-..l-1 Television THEPOST-STWDAKD As Congress shrinks a top committee, he looks for a new seat of spewing power. By Peter Lvman Washington bureau A plan to downsize the power- ful budget-writing House Appro- priations Committee has Rep. James Walsh scrambling to keep the seat he has used to steer mil- York in the past six years. It's a high-stakes game of mu- sical chairs that will see the 13 Appropriations subcommittees cut to 10. That means the num- ber of subcommittee chairmen known in Washington-speak as the "cardinals" will be likewise cut If, as Walsh believes, he re- I ship, he will remain a powerful force in determining where fed- eral money flows. He may even have more power, since he would be one of a smaller num- ber. "When the music stops, there'll be three less Walsh, R-Onondaga, said Thurs- day. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a (subcommittee) chair- man___I just don't know which subcommittee." Adding to Walsh's uncertainty is that the plan, unveiled by Ap- propriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., would abolish the subcommittee that Walsh currently chairs. That subcommittee oversees Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and various agencies including NASA, the Environmental Pro- New housing grants Rep. James Walsh will be in Syracuse today to announce these housing grants he steered to Central New York through his post as UloillilOn mii. Appropriations VA-HUD subcommittee: to Catholic Charities of the Syracuse Diocese for its new permanent hojsing for the chronically homeless program to Onondaga Case Management Services Inc. for comprehensive case management for homeless individuals and families to Central New York Services Inc. for single- room occupancy units for the mentally ill to Chadwick Residence Inc. for follow-up case management services and permanent supported housing services Syracuse Brick House Inc. for permanent and transitional housinq services to the Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services for its supportive case management services to the Syracuse Housing Authority for its Shelter Plus Care program to the Syracuse Housing Authority for its Shelter Plus Care program Iraq asks i He answers questions on war, abortion and the troubb with d'Sss. New York Times News Service I Washington President Bush said in an interview on i Thursday that he would with- i draw U.S. troops from Iraq if the I new government that is elected on Sunday asked him to do so, I but that he expected Iraq's first I democratically elected leaders would want the United States to j remain as helpers, not as occu- I piers. I "I've heard the voices of the i people that presumably will be in positions of responsibility after these elections, though you never Bush said. "But it seems that most of the leadership there understands that there will i be a need for coalition troops at I least until the Iraqis are able to i He did not say who he ex- I pected would emerge victorious from the first competitive Iraqi j election in a generation. But asked if, as a matter of principle, the United States would pull its troops out of Iraq at the request of a new government, he said: "Yes, absolutely. This is a sov- ereign government they're on their feet." Some members of the admin- istration have made similar pledges, but this was the first time Bush has done so. In a 40-minute conversation in BUSH, PAGE A-9 Lawmaker aims to add weight to report cards Arkansas already reports health information. Texas is considering a similar law. i By Michael Hill The Associated Press Albany Kids" report cards could include reading, writing and weigh-ins, if a state lawmak- er gets his way. Online The bill, Calculate your being intro- BMlat duced by As- Mttptfnhlbi semblyman Felix Ortiz< btnicalchtm would require schools to an- nually provide parents informa- tion on their child's weight along with their grades. The brief health reports, which could also be sent alongside report cards, would show where kids stand relative to others on the body- mass index, or BMI, a height-to- weight ratio used to define un- derweight, overweight or obese children. Ortiz who has carved a niche for himself as a legislative fat fighter with proposals like taxing junk food claims the expanded report card would spotlight potential health prob- lems parents might overlook. "I don't believe we should continue to take things for grant- said the Brooklyn Demo- crat "I don't believe we should continue to say, 'Well, parents should know.'" The proposal comes as public officials around the nation ex- plore creative ways to deal with the alarming trend in childhood obesity. Nine million schoolchil- dren nationwide are overweight, three tunes the number in 1980, according to one recent study.