Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 2005, Syracuse, New York
The Post-Standard SATURDAY, MARCH 5. 2005 f IMAl EMTKMI SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING HERE COMES THE SUN let the sun- shine toolN ou An .trcnc coid iron! ill keep its on ihe and east, so tem- peratures get we a short respite from consunt snowfall. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 35 LOW: 24 Gty workers accused 'm hooting scheme Two racuse cm workers w ere arrested Friday after they accepted money to illegalh dump hundreds of ares for a pn- company, city police said. STORY, PAGE 1-1 Labor discussions at issue in hotel talks A document that spe'ls out ho A the manager of Onondaga County's proposed com ention center hotel can talk with future employees about labor unions is at the heart of the latest sucking point for the S65.3 million proj- ect in Syracuse. The signuig of some kind of "Labor Peace Agreement" is a nonnegotiable requirement of the state Assembly for providing its share of million in state grants needed to e the proj- ect forward, cirv and state offi- cials agree. Freed Italian journalist injured by U.S. troops U.S. troops opened fire Fri- day evening on a car rushing an Italian journalist just freed by kidnappers to the Baghdad air- port. wounding her and killing an Italian security agent who had helped negotiate her release, of- ficials said. STOftY, PAGE A-4 Pope's Easter role would be limited at best en if Pope John Paul II is released from hospital in time for Easter at the end of the month, he is unlikely to fully participate in services marking Christianity's most solemn holi- day STORY, MttA-4 Bush to Syria's Assad: Withdrawal must be Ml Syrian President Bashar Assad is expected to announce today that he will pull thousands of his troops in Lebanon closer to the Syrian border or out of the country, but President Bush re- jected any "halfhearted" moves short of a full withdrawal. Assad faces a storm of inter- national criticism over his refus- al to accept international de- mands for the withdrawal of Syrian forces. STOUT, Reviews Thousands of people were out Friday night in Syracuse, en- joying the arts. "Love From A Stranger." "Jesus Christ Super- star.'" the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Cabrera kept them entertained. Corrections Gertrude Mongolia's talk at Syracuse University Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news storv. Subscription questions? Call 470-WEWS Index f-T C-l _M M .1-1 .C-I .1-1 _ M Mill HwYoA ftfcWB Teen Found Dead in Thornden Park THE BODY of Darnell McMullen is recovered by Syracuse police Friday in Thornden Park. Staff from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office were also on the scene. The death is being investigated as a possible homicide. Police have few details, say victim 'suffered trauma' By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer Syracuse police are inves- tigating the death of a teenage boy whose body was found Friday mornine in Thornden Park. Darnell McMullen's body was found by a woman walk- ing her dog just before 10 a.m. on what would have been his 17th birthday. McMullen's last known address is 4314 Wetzel Road, in the town of Clay, police said. "At this point, we're treat- ing it as a possible said Lt Joe Cecile, police de- partment spokesman. Evidence found at the scene and information investigators uncovered have led detectives to believe the death was not accidental, he said. McMul- len's body was found in a rapine on the Mad- ison Street end of the park, Cecile said. uty Police CnM Gary Miguel said the body had "suffered trauma." but would not detail injuries. Police identified McMullen through fingerprints police took when he was previously arrested on misdemeanor charges. It was still unclear whether McMullen died at the park or was killed somewhere else and his body left at the park later, Cecile said. "The medical examiners are trying to determine how long he'd been there and what happened." said Cecile. No cars were discovered near the scene, he said. Investigators cordoned off a large section of that end of the park Friday, checking for footprints in the snow and other clues that might yield in- formation about what hap- pened. About 2 feet of snow cov- ered the area where McMullen was found. Cecile said Anyone who recently saw The or spoke with McMullen is asked to call Syracuse police at 442-5222. Irish prime minister to speak at Le Moyne TIME SERVED, MARTHA'S HOME By Nancy Buczek Staff wnter The Republic of Ireland's prime minister plans to stop in Syracuse March 15. when he will receive an honorary de- gree from f_ L e M o y n e Orr iWlflif College, give a publk speech on the college campus and tour Tippcraiy Hill. "I think it lends prestige to the community and to Le Moyne Colkge." Rep. James Walsh. R-Onondaga. said Friday after announcing Bartho- lomew "Bertie" Ahern's visit "It's a significant event in Syra- cuse history that a head of state will Ahem was elected Ireland's prime minister in 1997. This will be his first visit to Syracuse. It is also the first time a sitting head of government has visited Le Moyne. Ahem will give a free public talk at 2 p.m. in tt yw jp.. What: Republic of Ireland's prime minister, Bartholomew "Bertie" Ahern, to speak. When: 2p.m. March 15. When: Le Moyne College, Panasti Family Chapel. Cost: Free. i LeMoyne's Panasci Family Chapel. He also will receive an honorary doctorate of laws de- gree from the college. "Le Moyne has become a forum for tots of interesting peo- ple coming to said the Rev. Charles Beune. whose par- ents were bom in Ireland. Ahem. Ireland's Taoiseach. which Walsh said is pronounced tee-shock and means leader, will be in the United States for sever- al days. In addition to his ap- proximately five-hour Syracuse visit, Ahern is scheduled to visit Boston. York City and Washington. D.C.. Walsh said. Walsh, who invited Ahem. bad hoped to have Ahera's visit IA-S MAKTHA STEWART tosses a lemon, harvested from her greenhouse, Friday as she heads inside her Katonah home to make hot lemonade. She also made hot choco- late for reporters outside her home. Stewart must spend the next five months in home confinement MOW Oft HMI'wM What she missed and didn't miss while incarcerated for five montrsOIT, Page E-1 first day at homepage A-2 Erie County to slash jobs Taxpayer revolt stops safes tax iKrease to dose budget deficit. Staff and news sect ice reports One ol Ene Coun- largest employers the itself is doing with more than 2.000 jobs, re- ducing bhentfs patrols and cutting loose doz- ens of cultural organizations and going out ol the porLs business The measures, months in the making and approsed balance the county's 2005 bud- get. But this year's bot- rprn in u Upstate's most-populous counn will do business in the future. The unprecedented belt-tight- ening was forced b> a mil- lion deficit in the Sl.l billion budget that legislators, heeding the cnes of constituents, refused to bridge with a 1 percentage point increase m the sales tax. County Executive Joel Gitini- bra called it a "customer i in a count} where taxes already i are 42 percent above the national average. "The taxDajer is forcing this type of Giambra said. The final ote came in the wee hours of Friday, at the end of a marathr-r. legislate e session "I don'r take any pride in i what we did tonight." said Leg- i islator Charles Swamck. "Ene County, as we know it. will never be the same." Among countless changes m the county of people Motorists will have one. not four, auto bureaus to go to when licenses expire and regis- trations are due. Buffalo schools will be without county nurses. The Sheriffs Office will patrol with 63 fewer deputies. The Buffalo Zoo. among a handful of cultural inst'tu'.cns receiving any funding, will be Syracuse school board members call special session Supporters of svperflitendeiit wont to discuss contract. Jones offered job hVa. B> Maureen Nolan Staff wnter Three Syracuse school board members made the unusual e Friday of calling, on their own. a special meeting to dis- cuss Superintendent Stephen C. Jones' contract with the district. Jones has been offered a job as leader of the Norfolk, Va.. schools. His future here has been uncertain since January because the board has not whether to extend his contract, which ends in December. Jones did not return a tele- phone message Friday left with central office staff. Norfolk dis- trict officials said Jones had not gnen them a decision. Education Commissioners Laune Menkin and Marisol Her- nandez, two of the three who called the meeting for Monday. said they want Jones io remain here as superintendent. 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