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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Bret- Standard ........._______________________________ O 2005 The Post-Suraurd Affiliated with f INAL EDITION WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING COOL OFF It will be much cooler in Central New York today as a front stalls nearby. A couple of thunderstorms may rumble through the area, but much of the time will be spent under partly cloudy- skies. Complete forecast, D-6 Why G-8 Summit Faces Uphill Climb HIGH: 77 LOW: 61 ARMSTRONG LEADS The Associated Press LANCE ARMSTRONG captured the yellow jersey of the Tour de France's leader in dramatic fashion Government investigates The Penn Traffic Co. Federal investigations of The Penn Traffic Co. center on prac- tices in the supermarket industry that in some cases have landed executives at other grocers in prison and forced the restatement of corporate earnings in the mil- lions of dollars. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Aspirin may protect only men from cancer Men who took aspirin over five years slightly lowered their risk for prostate cancer, but women who took low doses over 10 years didn't reduce their risk of cancer, two studies show. STORY, PAGE A-3 Rice's travels to Asia will not include key meeting Secretary of State Condo- leezza Rice will travel to China, Thailand. Japan and South Korea this week, but will skip a key se- curity meeting in Southeast Asia later in the month. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 Afghan officials criticize deadly U.S. airstrike In a rare rebuff, Afghani- stan's government sharply crit- icized the U.S. military Tuesday for killing up to 17 civilians in an airstrike and ordered an im- mediate inquiry. The United States called it a "very unfortu- nate situation." STORY, PAGE A-5 Historian wants to regain ships sunk in Lake Ontario An amateur military histo- rian wants to "bring home" two ships sunk in Lake Ontario dur- ing the War of 1812, but Ameri- can and Canadian officials say retrieving the ships might not be feasible or necessary. STORY, PAGE A-8 Prosecutor: Time reporter must testify A Time magazine reporter still must testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS David Cheskin Associated Press DARFUR HUTS are burned near Gleneagles, Scotland, in demonstration at the G-8 summit by survivors who re-enacted the burning and destruction of their Sudanese village by Janjaweed militia. At least people in Darfur have died from violence, hunger and disease, and 2 million have been driven out of their homes, most into camps. Goal is to end African poverty; expectations low News service reports Edinburgh, Scotland Activists kept up pressure on leaders of the world's richest nations Tuesday to lift Africa out of poverty, but Britain's Treasury chief said those who believe human misery can be eliminated "with the stroke of a pen" may be disappointed by the results of this week's G-8 summit. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who holds the G-8 presidency and hosts the three-day summit opening Wednesday at nearby Glene- agles, has made Africa and climate change the central themes of Britain's G-8 presi- dency, and he describes global warming as "probably the most serious threat we face." Blair, who has been batter- ed domestically over his sup- port for the Iraq war, has pressed those two issues with such zeal that the increasingly chaotic situation in Iraq has all but disappeared from the sum- mit's agenda. Yet that by no means guarantees a summit free of acrimony. At the heart of Blair's diffi- culties may be that his closest ally. President Bush, does not share the ambitious goals he has set for the summit. Although the leaders appear ready to wipe out billion worth of debt owed by 18 of the world's poorest countries. Bush has not accepted Blair's call for a massive increase in aid to Africa and seems un- likely to back British ideas about urgent action on climate control. An additional complication is the lingering bad blood be- tween Britain and European Union heavyweights France and Germany over a ferocious BUSH, PAGE A-6 INSIDE A FOOD FIGHT French President Jacques Chirac says Britain has bad food and its sole contribution to Europe is mad cow disease. His comments aren't sitting well in Britain. BUSH IN DENMARK President Bush stops in Co- penhagen to thank the Danish for its participation in the Iraq war and reconstruction effort despite considerable opposi- tion at home. PAGE A-6 When is the summit? Today through Friday. What's on the agenda? African poverty and global warming. Who is there? Britain, the United States, Canada, France, Japan, Russia, Germany and Italy. Diplomats new target for insurgents in Iraq Index Envoys from Pakistan and Bahrain are attacked by gunmen in Baghdad. By Alastair MacDonaJd Reuters Baghdad Gunmen at- tacked envoys of two Muslim states in Baghdad on Tuesday, i three days after Egypt's mission I chief was snatched from the I street, in what appeared to be a new campaign by insurgents to j target diplomats in Iraq. Pakistan immediately with- I drew its ambassador from Bagh- dad after he survived an ambush. Hours earlier, the envoy from the Gulf Arab state of Bahrain was shot in the hand during what his government called a kidnap at- tempt as he drove to work. Al-Qaida's wing in Iraq said it was holding Ihab el-Sherif, the Egyptian chief of mission ab- ducted on Saturday. The group has beheaded foreign captives in the past. Russia also confirmed that an embassy convoy had been Mohammed Associated Press AN IRAQI BOY in a neighborhood populated by herders on the eastern edge of Baghdad covers his face Monday as he walks through a sandstorm. The sand swept across the Iraqi capital for a fourth straight day, disrupting air travel, slowing traffic and blanketing the city in a gritty film. Business...........C-l Classified.........G-l CNY...................E-l Comics..............E-8 Editorials.......A-10 Entertainment. E-5 Local news.......B-l Lottery............. Movies............. New York Obituaries....... Stocks Television........ A-2 E-6 A-8 B-4 D-l C-3 E-7 on, and a bomb struck private se- curity guards near the Iranian embassy, adding to a picture of insurgents launching a campaign against diplomats in the capital. "They're trying to send a message to countries not to boost their representation in said Iraqi government spokes- man Laith Kubba. "It's a des- perate attempt to halt the politi- cal process." Washington urged other coun- tries not to pull out. "It's no secret that Iraq is a dangerous U.S. embassy spokesman Adam Hobson said. "But with Iraqi forces on the street getting increasingly better at providing security, and with an elected government working hard to create a democratic and prosperous Iraq, we believe it's important for the international community to show support for the Iraqis by establishing and maintaining a diplomatic pres- ence in the country." U.N. Sec- retary-General Kofi Annan con- demned the attacks. "There can be no justification for the targeting of a U.N. spokesman said. "As with earlier attacks against the United Nations and other inter- national actors in Iraq, the secre- tary-general hopes these latest attacks will not weaken the re- solve of the international com- munity to stand with the Iraqi U.S., PAGE A-5 Israeli investors eye Hotel Syracuse i i Gty officials say they're taking seriously a new plan to renovate downtown site. By Frederic Pierce Staff writer An Israeli company worth an estimated billion could be the new owner of the Hotel Syra- cuse, pending the finalization of a deal that includes buying the hotel's crumbling parking garage from the city of Syracuse. City officials who have spo- ken with Gmul Investments' lawyers say that the company's planned million restoration of parts of the historic downtown hotel complex does not appear to involve Miami developer Eli Hadad. "The question we asked was, 'Is this an Eli Romeo dea! that's going to make us look like a bunch of goof- said Marty Masterpole, one of several councilors briefed on the hotel by the city Tuesday. 1 "Their answer was 'No.' Romeo. Onondaga County's Democratic chairman and an ad- i viser of Mayor Matt Driscoll, said earlier this year that he was the lawyer for a group of inves- tors who had struck a deal with i Illinois-based First Bank of Oak i Park, the owner of the vacant I hotel. HOTEL PAGE A-6 Cornell: Ethanol uses more energy than it gives Researchers factor in energy for entire process, including making fertilizer from corn. i By Rebecca James Staff writer Just as Central New York is gearing up to build factories to make ethanol, a report from Cor- nell University contends that it takes more than one gallon's worth of fuel to make one gallon of 1 "I wish we could make liquid fuels said David Pimen- tel, Cornell professor of ecology and agriculture. "There's no free lunch unfortunately." The study by Pimentel and a colleague from the University of I California-Berkeley, published last week in Natural Resources Research, takes into account ev- erything from the energy cost of making fertilizer to the fuel con- sumed in building an ethanol plant. That study found that it takes 29 percent more fossil fuel ener- gy to make corn-based ethanol than is produced. A U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture study in 2004 had found that corn can be 1 used to make 67 percent more fuel than is required to produce it, though that is considered only marginally efficient. While making ethanol from corn can be energy intensive, i new approaches using willow trees, for instance, should take much less energy, said research- ers from the State University 1 College of Environmental Sci- ence and Forestry. I "Corn is wonderful for mak- ing food, but it's really a hog in 1 ETHANOL, PAGE A-6 THE POST-STANDARD HONEST FOOD With Food Network's Pada Deen. FOOD, PAGEE-1 INSIDE ROBOTIC SNAKES AND LOBSTERS TECHNOLOGY. PAGE F-1 Sudoku is coming! WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY? THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 -.s, TV BflD FOR KIDS: 3 HEW STUDIES SHOW.'CNV, PAGE E-5 ,0 4 1." Get ready for another British invasion. Except this recent arrival to America is a Japanese numbers puzzle that has hooked newspaper readers in England. In Thursday's CNY section, read about the growing Sudoku (pronounced Sue-DOE-koo) phenomenon, then try out the puzzle, which is being added to The Post- Standard's comics pages Mondays through Saturdays and to Stars on Sundays. J ;