Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York
Academic All-Stars 58 All-CNY Boys Lacrosse SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING A HOT ONE Fans and air condi- tioners will get plenty of use today and Saturday as temperatures rise toward re- cord levels under sunny skies. The air will be much more humid Saturday. Some north- ern breezes may make it a fait cooler Sunday. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 93 LOW: 69 Son Antonio wins NIA championship, 81-74 The San Antonio Spurs won their third NBA title in seven years Thursday night, defeating the Detroit Pistons, 81-74. SPORTS, PAMD-I 10th Mountain soldiers prepare for tour hi Iraq About soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade have started com- ing home after a year in Iraq. The 1st Brigade's soldiers will soon replace them. STORY, PAW H Billy Graham in NYC today for 417th crusade The Rev. Billy Graham be- gins his 417th crusade today in New York City. He says it is likely his last. When he preached in Syracuse in 1989, more than attended. STORY, PAGE A-6 Rove's comments enrage some Democrats Democrats on Thursday pounced on presidential advis- er Karl Rove's suggestion that in the wake of the Sept. 11 at- tacks, liberals lacked the forti- tude to fight the war on terror. STORY, PAGE A-9 Deadly car bombings continue in Baghdad Four car bomb blasts struck a central Baghdad com- mercial district early Thurs- day, spewing remains while killing at least 17 people. STORY, PAGE A-5 Would you rather be in communist China? The United States' popu- larity in many countries in- cluding longtime allies in Eu- rope is lagging behind even communist China, an interna- tional poll has found. STORY, PAGE A-7 Mother: Son was alone with missing girl The mother of a young Dutch man detained in con- nection with the disappearance of an Alabama high school graduate said Thursday her son has changed the story he initially gave police and now admits to being alone with her on a beach. But she said he in- sists he did not hurt her. STORY, PAGE A-3 Corrections Dan Olivadoti's position on Destiny B-1 Charity golf Call Deputy Executive Edit- or Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? CalU70-NEWS Index Business...... (UU- GMG....... CriM __ Efcmk... ltd MB.. ..C-l _H ...H N _W A-10 Mows.-... NwYwL. Obihwm.. Sports...... Sods..- _H A4 -H .0-1 -C-3 How Supreme Court's Ruling Hits Home lor Destiny, Neighbors THE POST STWOAB ByBoNUaLee Staffwriter The Supreme Court Thursday ruled that eminent domain can be used to take homes and commercial property when private development projects would economically benefit a community. The decision could work against Salina business owners who soon may face the same condemnation process. But that doesn't mean the fight is over, the business owners say. In a 5-4 decision, the high court agreed with the New London Development Corp., in New London, Conn., which wants to use the power to advance economic development in the city's Fort Trumball area. More than a dozen homeowners fought eminent domain. The same thing could happen in Salina, where Destiny USA wants to build a research and development park. COMPARING THE TWO CASES London, Conn. ThtDraitct New London Envelopment Corp, of New London, Conn., proposed building a resort hotel and conference center, a state park, 80 to 100 new residences and a variety of research, office and retail space in the city neighborhood in 1998. The project is intended to compliment the new Pfizer pharmaceutical plant. Destiny USA wants to build a 325 acre research and development park at the crossroads of Interstate; 81 and 90. The project would be built on a former landfill and on land currently occupied by 29 businesses. The plans would include research- and-development labs, office space, meeting facilities and a hotel. The developer has asked the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency to use eminent domain if necessary to secure the property. Who if 115 residential and affected commercial lots. The development agency offered to purchase all 115 lots, but 15 homeowners refused to sell. 29 businesses that include trucking terminals, a gas station, construction companies, a tavern and manufacturing companies. Two residences also are in the proposed development area. WHAT'S NEXT? Business owners are waiting for a vote on the development agreement. Destiny could make offers and settle deals with business owners; otherwise, eminent domain could be used to force business owners off the land. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING Voices: Neighbors and experts discuss the ruling's impart on Online: The debate is heated over this new power to seize property. See the News Tracker blog at ti'Hua Ian I Slaff photographer CHRIS NACK, a junior at the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Tony Siniscal, a graduate biology student, catch a brown trout Thursday in Onondaga Lake. Scientists say the presence of sport fish indi- cates conditions in the lake are improving, but fish still should not be eaten. Scientists cheer fish find in Onondaga Lake By Mark Weiner Staff writer Scientists have discovered what could be one of the strongest signs yet of Onon- daga Lake's slow recovery from a cen- tury of abuse: Prized sport fish normally found in cool, clean water now reside in the lake. The scientists say it is the first time in decades that they found large brown trout and dozens of walleye living and appar- ently thriving in the lake. "I've never seen the numbers and kinds of fish we have said Neil Ringler, a fisheries expert at the State University College of Environmental Sci- ence and Forestry who has studied the lake since 1986. "I was really Ringler said Thursday. "It's very exciting because the work that is going into restoring the lake might ultimately pay off." Brown trout are among the world's most widely distributed and highly re- garded. freshwater fish. But until now, they have not been able to survive in the algae-choked, oxygen-depleted water of Onondaga Lake, long regarded as one of the nation's most polluted lakes. The lake is a toxic waste siie listed on the federal Superfund registry. Toxic chemicals, including mercury, foul the lake bottom. Millions of gallons of raw sewage overflow into the lake each year from a variety of points in Syracuse. Washington split on last throes' Defense secretory rebuts Kennedy. General, Cheney disagree on insurgency. By Will Dunham Reuters Washington Defense Sec- retary Donald Rumsfeld Thurs- day rejected a senator's assertion the Iraq war had become a quag- mire, but warned Iraq's govern- ment not to delay political devel- opments such as drafting a constitution. During a tense Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Army Gen. John Abizaid, who as head of Central Command is the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, declined to endorse Vice President Dick Cheney's assessment that Iraq's insurgen- cy was in its "last throes." Abizaid said the insurgents' strength had not diminished and that more foreign fighters were coming info Iraq than six months ago. "There's a lot of work to he done against the, Abizaid said, adding, "I'm sure you'll forgive me for criticizing the vice president." I NS! DE Cybercrime trainers forced to retire at 16 Win Sun VOLUNTOTMMEftS Kartn fltftl md Mary quiz unetercww FBI officers from wound the nation on tmn culture during a training MMton in Mtimora. Md. By Matthew Dolan Baltimore Sun Karen and Mary still like to tell the FBI what's hot and what's not. And the girls haven't tired of testing out-of-touch agents on hip-hop songs and cryptic abbreviations kids send across the Internet. But this spring, the nation's largest law enforcement agency delivered some tough news to the Howard County high school sophomores: At 16, you're so over. According to the bureau, Karen and Mary needed to retire because they had become too old for their jobs teaching FBI undercover agents how to imper- sonate young teens online to catch prowling pedophiles. "It's like, not a big said Karen. "I mean, we're just ben to help the kids." Three years ago, Karen and her friend Mary were recruited by the FBI's Baltimore office in a first-in-the-nation approach to fighting cybercrime. (The Balti- more Sun, at the FBI's request, agreed not to use the girls' full names to shield them from po- tential harassment online.) It all started when one girl's father, an FBI agent, saw his daughter at their home computer. When he looked at her screen, all of the instant-messaging win- dows quickly disappeared except for one. "POS" was the only word on the screen. His daughter refused to say what the word meant. Dad in- sisted. she explained, stands for "parent over shoulder." Intrigued, the agent tben asked one of his undercover agents working on tracking pedophiles on the Internet about the term. She didn't know either. So his daughter enlisted a friend, and together Karen and Mary designed a hip vocabulary list, crafted a quiz on teen cul- ture and played hit songs for agents from around the world. MU.MKM 5 ROLLER COASTERS THE DAILY DOSE, PAGEE-8 MOVIE NIGHT 3 films open today.