Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York
SUNDAY The Post- Standard SUNDAY. MARCH 20. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. Si.75 GOOD MORNING HELLO, SPRING Todi> iiarti the new season and v, e welcome it in typical Central New York uith snow. Expect aboui an men ol biuitis accumulation di nun mixes with it. Don't mils our report on the season to come and the inter w e ore in2 behind on Page B-7. Complete___________ HIGH: 43 LOW: SAVES128.43 WITH COUPONS M TODAY'S NEWSPAPSt Jeff Associated Press WEST VIRGINIA'S J.D. Collins throws a pass by Wake Forest's Chris Paul Satur- day night in the NCAA Tournament. NCAA UPSETS No. 7 seed West Virginia outlasts No. 2 seed Wake Forest in double overtime. Wisconsin-Milwaukee sends Boston College home, and Texas Tech ousts Gonzaga. Also: Looking back, ahead for SU. STORIES, PAGES D-1, D-7 THAT'S NAUGHTY 'Supemanny' brings order to chaotic American households, but Central New York child-care providers give her mixed reviews. CNY, PAGE H-1 BACK TO COUNTRY After an unsuccessful pop album, singer Lee Ann Womack regains her artistic identity. STARS STOCK STRATEGIES Diversification, rebalancing and dollar-cost averaging are the best approaches to investing in the stock market. PERSONAL FINANCE. PAGE E-5 ROYS AND BOOKS Educators disagree on what will bring boys to the printed page. STORY, PAGE A-21 WITHDRAWAL SUPPORT Israelis backing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull out of Gaza and parts of the West Bank rally in Tel Aviv. STORKS, PAGE A-4 Index 6-1 dew Tort. H Obtorc fee ferfM- EMs.. Ud__ _A-2f _H H Sports C-2 .1-1 CtfTtCtlMS Selling price of Geddes M Jerry Seinfeld performed at Landmark Roben Warden did not participate in Iditarod dog sfcd Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Runn at 470-22-W to discuss a correction on a news siory. Subscription questions? Call 47WKH5 For home delivery, call 470-6397 IRAQ TWO YEARS LATER COST Fife photoffiie Assocated Press 2003 IRAQI CIVILIANS and U.S. soldiers pull down a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in April 2003. Two years after it began, as casualties and expenses continue to rise, the war still has its supporters and detractors. Some can be measured in lives lost, money spent. Other costs incalculable. By Hart Seely Staff writer A young man walked into Eric Var- gason's tattoo parlor last fall with an unusual request. He was a sol- dier on break from the war in Iraq. He wanted Jesus drawn on his arm. When he hears about Iraq, Vargason often recalls the soldier. The war has lasted longer than he wanted. "This should have been taken care of a long time ago." says Vargason. propri- etor of the Year of the Dragon parlor in Auburn. Two years ago today. American televi- sion ran live footage of red streaks across the Baghdad skyline. "The tyrant will soon be President George W. Bush said, and U.S. troops charged northward to topple Saddam WNlMKA-7 69 Steoten D Camereiii Stafr onotogratyw ERIC VARGASON the owner of the Year of the Dragon tattoo shop in Auburn, often thinks about a soldier who want- ed Jesus tattooed on his arm. Vargason wishes the war were over. Here he puts a tattoo on Billy Kirby. INSIDE Faces of war A comrade's last handshake, a daddj who's been gone too long: Central New Yorkers answer the question. How has the war affected you? A-6, A-7 Expert gives his take Be careful out there: Retired four-star general and Vietnam talks about the tightrope the United States is walking in Iraq A-7 Facts of war Troop strengths, casualties, the coalition, oil production: A graph- ic gives you just the facts about the war in Iraq Number of UJS. service members who have died in Iraq since the war began. Number of New Yorkers who had died in the war as of March 15. The approximate cost of the war so far to the United States. New York state's approximate share of war expenses House takes up Schiavo today WQQ pNM tO restore feedtog tvbe wMe cowrt reviews case. The Associated Press Wash -gior Congres- sional leaders hoped a deal reached Saturday v. ould dear the for a brain-damaged womun 10 resume being red while a fed- eral court the right-io- die battle between her parents and her husband. President Bush changed his schedule to return to NYashington from his Texas ranch today to be on hand to sign the legislation. recognizes that time is important here." House press secretarv Scott McClelian m announcing the president's plans Saturday ening in Texas. "This is about defending life." "I'm pleased to announce that House and Senate Republican leadership reached an agreement on a legisiatne solu- tion." Senate Majorirv Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee said Sat- Home buyers flattened by 'house flipping5 Rapid resale of bouses at higher prices ends up disastrous in some cases. By Tim Knauss Staff writer Myrtis Jackson decided to bu> a house in 1999. she ried her bad credit rating might stand in the She was a sin- gle mother raising three kids on a year, and she had a defaulted student loan on her re- cord So she went to see Carlton Phipps. a real estate agent at University Hill Realty Ltd. Phipps erased in the new spa- per that he could help home buy- ers with good credit or bad. He helped Jackson buy a house, but she later wished he hadn't, she said. Here's what happened: After Jackson selected the house she wanted. Phipps did not submit a purchase offer on her behalf. Instead, he bought the house himself for in the name of his real estate in- vestment company, SOTMHG Inc. Then he sold it to Jackson for S8J.OOO. Both transactions Inside: Three examples of how house flipping works for agent and Syracuse pulls out the stops for the NCAA The NCAA tourna- ment's regional finals are coming to Syra- cuse. More than people wiM be in town to watch the games in the Carrier Dome. By Mark Werner Staff For those who promote Syra- cuse and Central New York, the week ahead is what dreams are made of: a rare chance to shine ff ftJff i-TT-ri-T.1 T-ri-r jf'..f'-l' More ttuwT 30000 visitors, and millions watching on televi- sion, will turn their attention to Syracuse as the city hosts one of four regional finals of college basketball's biggest show: die NCAA tournament It's a coveted event that has an estimated million value to the local economy. hKbdBg S8.8 million m direct spending by visitors ia towa for events Thursday through Sunday, according to tourism awl mar keting experts. Almost hotel and motel within a 50-mite radius of Syra- cuse wiil be booked for the including all 6.300 rooms in _ Syracuse Contention Visitors Boreau. The 30.000 visitors includ- ing expected fron' of surfe to cheer on their teams ai the Carrier Dnme m gaires Fri- day and Sunday ate only part of the reason local hosts are ex- cited. ''The importance cf iliii NCAA event is well beyond hotel rooms filled." Snail said. SIMOiMKA-13 CHAMJS CASS0Y flcft) and .James Thornton, Syracuse city em- ployees, hang a NCAA basketball banner at City Had in Syracuse.