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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard A SyracuM-cam WEDNESDAY, MAftCM 1C, 2005 rilULEMTION SYRACUSE. N.Y. SO CEMTS PASSING FLURRIES Cool air rnas blow a lew flur- ne> through Ccn- traiNeaYork 0 o todav. but a high- pressure sv stem w ill keep anv storms and accumulating snow .-.w t'roni the area Thut ma> change u> the weekend ap- proaches. Complete forecast C-8 SIDA Members Didn't Know Vinal Kept Getting Wbeo Destiny wadt sfoppwj, pay. HIGH: 36 LOW: 20 By Frederic Fierce Mmfivs voters toss out mayor, trustees A group of challengers in Manlius unseated the mayor and three trustees during village elec- tions Tuesday in Onondasa Counts according to unofficial results. Rick Penhall outpaced Mayor Ed Lowensiem and challengers Eric Krouse. Natalie Miner and Tim Fox received more votes than trustees Dave Gruenewald. Harold HopKinson and Jonn In all. voters went to the polls in 10 villages in the county. Among the other winners, for- mer Baldwinsville Mayor Dan O'Hara beat Anthony Saraceni and Mark Bowman to regain the village's top post. And in Ska- neateles, former Department of Public Works Superintendent Robert Green defeated Marc C. Angelillo. Neither was an in- cumbent. the full story on B-1 loretto pays to settle death lawsuit Loretto has paid S200.000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit that charged its home care work- ers physically abused and ne- glected an elderly resident of a North Syracuse assisted living facility. MISMESStPMED-l Italy to start pulling out troops in September Italy's prime minister an- nounced Tuesday that the coun- try will start drawing down its 3.000-strong contingent in Iraq in September, putting a fresh crack in the crumbling coalition. STOUT, FAttA-5 Urge doses of vitamin E don't stop heart attacks Large doses of vitamin E do not protect against heart attacks and cancer and might actually raise the risk of heart failure in people with diabetes or clogged arteries, a study found. Sen. Clinton talks up Fort Drum at hearing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clin- ton. D-N.Y-, put in a pitch for sparing Fort Drum from the base-closing process Tuesday during a confirmation hearing for Anthony Principi. President Bush's choice to chair the Base Realignment and Closure com- mission. Corrections Baldwinsville's mayoral Central New York Music Ed- ucators Wind Ensemble concert Gardening lecture, book Calf Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news storv. Subscription questions? Caif 47B-MEWS Index fcae When Charlie Vinul stopped being Syracuse's liaison with Destiny USA in 2003, the '5 economic de% eiopment agency kept pas mg Vinal "a A change in Vinal's contract that he >nil curn an extra >.VT.5UU for -related v> ork. Three of the e members of the Induitriol Develop- ment Agency board don't re- member approving that kind of change. "You take the information you're given by staff, they saj it's needed, and you act on SIDA Chairman Davis said. "We're going to be a lot mure in things.' itaned us j SIDA con- sultant in 2001. He paid jn huur ith a cup of STU.OUU a ear. In 2002. the agencv added to hb duties working with Destinv L'SA. He kept making 575 an hour but the cap was raised by S37.5UO. which was reimbursed Destiny. In 2003. N'inal stopped serv- ing as the city's liaison with Desum. Instead of lowering the approv ing cap bv the kept it him lur ai'.s economic develop- meni w ork. Destmv became just one cuiegor. like advising small or giving eco- nomic advice to the administra- tion. Yinul. resigned as SIDA's business consultant in December, hadn't worked on the Destmv project for about a vear and half before he left, cuv re- cords I What the SIDA board members SIDA tables a code of John Berry Staff nhotograo'-er U.S. REP. JAMES WALSH (left) explains the significance of the Stonethrowers Memorial to Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern on Tuesday at the intersection of Milton Avenue and Tompkins Street, with its green-over-red traffic light. Irish prime minister visits Syracuse By John Mariani and Mark Werner Staff writers Speaking about peace, absorbing local Irish-American culture and making new friends, the prime minister of the Repub- lic of Ireland completed a whirlwind tour of Syracuse on Tuesday. Both the republic and Northern Ireland have made great strides since the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement was signed. Prime Minister Bertie Ahem told an audience at Le Moyne College's Pan- asci Family Chapel, the second stop dur- Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams still has hopes for peace efforts, Sean Kirst on the legacy af the stone throws rsB-1 ing his 3Vi-hour visit. But leaders have more work to do to see it fully put into effect Ahem said. "A number of recent incidents involv- ing paramilitary activity and criminality including the brutal murder of Robert McCartney on the 30th of January would suggest that some people have yet to fully embrace the agreement's require- ments for peace and democracy." Ahem said. 'The issues of paramilitary capability and activity, including all forms of crimi- nality, will have to be conclusively dealt with if there's to be any prospect of re- storing partnership government in North- ern he said. "For our part, my government will continue to make every effort to ensure that we succeed in finishing the job of fully implementing the agreement and getting its political institutions up and BY THE NUMBERS 350 80 20 16 1 The estimated number of people who crowded into the Panasti Family Chapel to hear Irish Minister Bertie Ahem Estimated number of guests at the private lunch in Ahern's honor at Le Moyne College Words used to describe the dessert served at lunch. Pear with Roquefort Cheese on a Sweet Zinfandei Sauce Encapsulated in a Spun Sugar Ve'l Garnished with Fresh Ounces in Harp beer mug from which Ahern sipped at Coteman's Authentic Irish Pub Baby held by the prime minister Town lists wrong number, Kathryn Fanning not happy Bv Debra j. Groom Sta" Anention Geddes residents: Quit calling Kathryn Fanning. An incorrect phone number was listed in a leaer sent to fe... Gedoes residents can fan nfonnatiDn about thw ammmrm to 469 about their new assessments. The teller toM residents ques- tioning their assessments that they could fax in information about their property. But the number doesn't ring at the Geddes assessor's ofike. The number belongs to Fanning. a retired collefe English teacher in WestvaJe. who has had that number tor about 20 >ears. As of Monday, she bad re- ceived about 60 calh. Another 30 came in Tuesdav The calls p.m. "I'm irritated." she said "Fm letting the answering ma- chine up. If I hear a per- son's voice. I answer ibc phone." "I just want my phone to stop ringing. Fanning said. Assessor Lunik Fox said her office has reonvrd some faxes so some peopte have realized the number in the kfier was wrong and called for the correct one. i and his wife. Kristie, leave a federal court- Tuesday ID New York. Ebbers was convicted Tuesday of engineering the cotossai ac- counting fraud that sank the company. MBIMM, tape O-1 WoridCom's CEO convicted News swrkw reports Bernard Ebbers. the former milkman, bouncer and manager who built WorldCom Inc. into a teieconrnunkations pant, ivas ccrivkted Tuesdav of ar 5" Wlion the Jarsesl in corporate hiMory- Whik his -wife and stepdaugh- ter cried. Ebbers. 63. sat impas- sneh and listened to the jury's Gaiity of ccwni o? conspiracy, one count of securi- ties fraud and seven counts of fais< regulatory filings. The crimes carry a possiNe prison seiHewe of His lawyer. Reid Wemjanen. said he was disappointed and would appeal. RtzPatrick engineer wins his job back jkrtge soys Can FatrkksM was AscriMMrtca' aaaant far fifog safety ttMfloMts. B) Dtltn Goldberg A former nuclear power plant engineer who said he was fired for blowing the whistle on safetv problems has w on his job back. An admimstrath e law judge for the U.S. Department of Labor ruled earlier this month against FitzPatrick's owner. En- tergv Nuclear. Slating the corn- pan) was wrong when it fired Carl Patrickson after he com- plained to nuclear regulatory agencies. in a rigorous and consistent pat- tern of discrimination against Mr. Patrickson. culminating in his termination on Nov. 20. 2003." Judge Daniel F. Solo- mon wrote in his March 3 deci- sion. Solomon ordered Entergv to reinstate Patnckson and reim- burse him more than S54.000 for legal fees. "We're very happv. This is what we were working for two years." Patrickson said Tuesday night. "But we still want to get me problems fixed." Patrickson. 53. of Mexico, claims FitzPatrick is riddled with safety problems, including a faulty emergency cooling system he savs makes the plant vulner- able to fire or a terrorist attack. working at the plant, Patrickson filed several safety complaints with the U.S. Nucle- ar Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, two agencies that regulate the react- or. Patrickson said company offi- cials retaliated against him after learning of his complaints. In his lawsuit, he says they subjected him to "non-random" drug tests and reviews. INSIDE SU's Hakim Warrick is close to making his 300th dunk. A full page report on this master of the jam. SPORTS, PAGE C-4 PHONES 4 DRIVING More states consider laws restricting cell phone use. But what about the iPod, DVD oiayer or TV? TECHNOLOGY, F-1 Abo in Technology: Computers help cancer How to stop spa-rvf-2 Frref tx-SMser far flow to everything oeooers. GMT, PAGE E-1 HO FINE The FCC Tites a aired before the EaofevOatas Cowtwys game indecent. ;