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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2005 FINAL EDITION (0 2005 The Posl-Stdr.aard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS BRIEF REPRIEVE Enjoy today's sunny sky with warm and less humid weather be- cause it's only here until sun- set. After a cool, low-60s eve- ning, Thursday's sunrise brings the return of hot and humid air across the region. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 86 LOW: 61 Listeriosis patient dies in Onondaga County One of the four patients in Onondaga County infected with listeriosis has died due to com- i plications of the food-borne bac- j terial illness. j LOCAL, PAGE 8-1 Big addition newest plan for Carousel Center mall The latest plan for Destiny USA's first phase calls for a 2.5-million-square-foot addition to the Carousel Center that would fill all of the mall proper- ty north of Hiawatha Boulevard with stores, hotels and attrac- tions, project officials said. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Welch Allyn plans to add 100 jobs, alter buildings Welch Allyn is planning to create 100 jobs and invest million in building renovations, machinery and equipment. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Hogweed that can hurt skin, eyes found in CNY Giant hogweed. which can reach heights of up to 15 feet, has been reported in all Central New York counties. Coming into contact with the plant's clear sap can cause blisters, swelling and permanent seal's. If the sap gets in the eyes, temporary or perma- nent blindness can result. STORY, PAGE B-l Man turns himself in in bicycle fatality A Granby man turned him- self in Tuesday in the hit-and- run death of Michael J. Hagar 11, 18. the Oswego County sheriff said. The man was identified as David Rupert, 31, of 86 Phillips Road. Sheriff Roue! Todd said. LOCAL, PAGE B-5 Justice center deputy saves man from hanging A rookie deputy at the justice center jail saved an inmate's life by preventing the man from hanging himself, jail officials said Tuesday. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Eminent domain ruling seizes states' attention Alarmed by the prospect of local governments seizing homes and turning the property over to developers, lawmakers in at least half the states are rushing to blunt last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding the power of eminent domain. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 Corrections Mayor's race pie Map of Donald Stonecipher Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions'? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-1 Movies...............E-6 Classified.........G-2 New York.........A-8 j Comics..............E-8 Obituaries........B-4 CNY...................E-l Sports...............D-l Editorials.......A-10 Stocks...............C-3 Entertainment. E-5 Technology......F-l Local news.......B-l Television..........E-7 Lottery.............A-2 Weather...........D-8 THE POST-STANDARD Bush nominates John G. Roberts Jr.: Low-Key, Highly Regarded And Anti-Abortion Charles Dharapak Associated Press PRESIDENT BUSH walks with his nominee for the Supreme Court, John G. Roberts Jr., at the White House on Tuesday. If confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, the 50-year-old Roberts would succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Roberts Von't legislate from the bench' The Associated Press Washington President Bush named federal appeals judge John G. Roberts Jr. on Tuesday to fill the first Su- preme Court vacancy in a decade, de- lighting Republicans and unsettling Dem- ocrats by picking a low-key young jurist of impeccably conservative credentials. If confirmed by the Republican-con- trolled Senate, the 50-year-old Roberts would succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, long a swing vote on a court divided over abortion, affirmative action, states' rights and more. Bush offered Roberts the job in a lunchtime telephone call, then invited him to the White House for a nationally televised, prime-time announcement. The president said his choice will "strictly apply the Constitution in laws, not legis- late from the bench." In brief remarks of his own, Roberts said he has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court in a career as a private at- torney and government lawyer. "I always got a lump in my throat whenever 1 walked up those marble steps to argue a case before the court, and 1 don't think it was just from the he said. "I look forward to the next step in the process before the United States he added. White House officials arranged for Roberts to pay his first courtesy calls on leading senators today. Reaction from Republican senators was strongly supportive. "He is a bril- liant constitutional lawyer with unques- tioned said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. BUSH, PAGE A-4 More on Judge Roberts Opinions from Central New York and the Who is John G. Roberts Jr.? Political groups start their campaigns for and against the nominee. Analysis: Bush selects candidate who would move court to the right and has chance of winning confirmation. One case centered on a french fry. Stories, Page A-5 Online For updates, go to Discuss the choice at GOP: Let's be quick, dignified; Democrats: Not so fast By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Carl Hulse New York Times News Service Washington Senate Republicans demanded on Tuesday that the confirma- tion of John G. Roberts Jr. be handled in a dignified manner while Democrats re- served judgment but acknowledged his strong legal resume. "The president has chosen someone with suitable legal credentials, but that is not the end of our said Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader. "The Senate must review Judge Roberts' record to determine if he has a demonstrated commitment to core values of freedom, equality and fairness." Reid's comments came as Republicans and Democrats maneuvered to set the stage for what will be one of the most closely watched events in recent Senate history. Roberts was confirmed to the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia circuit by the Senate without a roll call vote by agreement of the parties in May 2003, although he did draw some opposition in the Judiciary Committee, where the vote in favor of him was 16-3. REPUBLICANS, PAGE A-4 VENUS SERENA Williams sisters serve up reality series. CNY, PAGE E-6 f-' INSIDE TRUST YOUR GUT And other tips on meeting someone new. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 ALL WORK... Too much technology? TECHNOLOGY, PAGE F-1 if SUDOKU PUZZLE! PUZZLE SOLUTION, PAGE A-2 ANOTHER PUZZLE, PAGE E-9 Suspect's secret is overheard in court Accused drug dealer overheard sharing location of hidden money with woman. By John O'Brien Staff writer j Note to accused drug dealers with hidden treasures: Don't give directions to the loot in a i courtroom full of cops and pros- ecutors. Alexander Cammacho j could've used the advice last week, when he tried to secretly j tell his girlfriend where to find more than in buried cash, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Fletcher. Cammacho, the alleged king- pin of a multimillion-dollar mar- ijuana-trafficking ring, was seat- ed at the defense table for a detention hearing in federal court I Friday afternoon when he started I mouthing something and gestur- i ing to his girlfriend, Fletcher said. He apparently wasn't aware that others in the audience were also watching and listening, in- cluding Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Green and a law student interning in the prosecutors' of- fice. Fletcher would not disclose the name of Cammacho's girl- friend. Cammacho. 32, was "trying to not have people overhear him, but he wasn't trying so hard that he was being secretive Fletcher said. He said something about 100.000 and what you need and get it out of there right she said. 'TURN, PAGE A-l 2 Pataki to reorganize Medicaid, stop fraud Separate inspector general's office will focus solely on stopping Medicaid cheats. By Clifford J. Levy and Michael Luo New York Times News Service Gov. George Pataki on Tues- day ordered a broad overhaul of the state agencies that protect Medicaid from fraud and abuse, creating an independent inspec- tor general's office and bringing in a former federal prosecutor to help reorganize the policing of the program, which is the state's largest expense. The inspector general is ex- pected to take over some author- ity from the State Department of Health, which currently adminis- ters the overall billion pro- gram but has fared poorly in de- tecting Medicaid fraud and waste compared with its counterparts in other states. The changes will be carried out by executive order, the governor said, and would not require the approval of the Legislature. Pataki said he was also ap- pointing Paul Shechtman, a for- mer federal prosecutor who led the governor's criminal justice initiatives early in his tenure, as an unpaid adviser to develop new strategies for combating wrongdoing in the program and revamping the agencies. The current fraud-detection system was put in place after the state's nursing home scandals of the 1970s.' The governor's actions came after articles in The New York Times on Tuesday and Monday that detailed how billions of dol- lars in Medicaid spending were being siphoned from the pro- gram through fraud, waste and profiteering. "If there's one dollar and I'm sure there's a lot more than one dollar that is fraudulent, NEW, PAGE A-l 2 r. J ;