Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York
The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS jl if GOOD MORNING SPRING FLING Thinking summer is here? Think again. It will be wanner than nor- mal again today, but a cold front w'ilf pass through and start pushing temperatures back down. Some rain is possible. Complete forecast. D-10 OCRRA Wants Destiny To Pay Developer says it will pay to relocate trash station HIGH: 79 LOW: 47 United ends pensions in nation's largest default A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday approved United Air- lines' plan to end its employees' pension plans, clearing the way for the largest corporate-pension default in American history. lusmtss, PAGK-I Court: State can't take licenses from immigrants A state judge on Tuesday said the New York Department of Motor Vehicles can't seize the drivers licenses of illegal immi- grants because they haven't se- cured Social Security cards. STORY, PAGE A-10 Court: Advice for Cheney energy panel not public Vice President Dick Cheney doesn't have to disclose the ad- vice his energy task force got from industry officials, an ap- peals court rules. STORY, PAGE A-4 Germany opens Holocaust memorial for Jews Germany dedicated its new national Holocaust memorial after years of delay, unveiling a field of closely set concrete slabs in the heart of Berlin that seeks to convey the hopelessness of 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. STORY, PAGE A-6 ESF putting in fuel cell, to run it on wood By Mark Weiner Staff writer Destiny developers see in Syr- j acuse the city of the future. But they face one obstacle as old as modem civilization: trash. Developers of the bil- lion Destiny USA Research and Development Park in Salina may have to pay millions to buy land, relocate and build a new trash transfer station for Onondaga County. The Onondaga County Re- source Recovery Agency insists that Destiny pay all costs to relo- cate the Ley Creek Trash Trans- fer Station on Seventh North Street the only backup trash disposal site in the county. Destiny executive Stephen Congel, in an April 7 letter to County Executive Nicholas Pirro, said the developer will re- imburse "the costs associated widi the relocation of a replace- ment facility" for the transfer station. Congel also requested that OCRRA find a feasible site for a new transfer station and begin the relocation process within 30 to 45 days. Before OCRRA acts, its board may want a lot more details BY THE NUMBERS The number of trucks that delivered waste to the Ley Creek Trash Transfer Station last year. Inside More by the County legislators won't act now for Salina spelled out in an agreement with the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency and Desti- ny officials. The board will vote today on a resolution that asks OCIDA to establish an escrow fund, a letter of credit and immediately issue AGENCY, PAGE A-11 High-tech partners can point to 25 jobs so far By Tim Knauss Staff writer Two months ago, the develop- ers of Destiny USA predicted there would be 100 new high- tech jobs in Syracuse by early June, courtesy of three technolo- gy companies setting down roots here to work on the ambitious resort. That prediction looks overly optimistic. But the high-tech companies ThoughtWorks, Interregnum and WISeKey expect to have at least 25 workers in Syracuse by the end of this month. And they say they will add employees in coming months as work on the Destiny project increases. To accommodate those work- ers and others, the fifth- and sixth-floor "skydeck" at Carou- sel Center mall will be pressed into service as office space be- ginning early next week. The skydeck has been adapted to house more than 100 workers, said Michael Lorenz, a Destiny USA executive. Destiny has leased square feet at the Syracuse Tech- nology Garden, a downtown business incubator operated by PARTNERS, PAGE A-11 FREEDOM FILLS A SQUARE IN GEORGIA will try State University College of Environmental Science and For- estry in Syracuse is installing a 250-kilowatt fuel cell on cam- pus. It plans on eventually using wood to power the cell. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Kenyans line up to adopt baby rescued by dog Offers to adopt a newborn girl found among a litter of pup- pies after being abandoned are pouring in to the Kenyan hospi- tal where she is being treated, and the stray dog credited with her rescue has a home and a name Mkombozi or Savior. STORY, PAGE A-6 'Runaway7 bride checks into treatment center Runaway bride Jennifer Wil- banks checked herself into an in- patient medical treatment pro- gram to deal with "physical and mental issues." STORY, PAGE A-8 How fortune cookies cost a lottery million The Powerball lottery played in 29 states had to pay out an extra million. The culprit? A Queens fortune cookie factory. STORY, PAGE A-9 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Index Business..___C-l lottery...........A-2 Classified......... G-l Movies ___.........E-6 QIY_______H New York .....A-10 Comics _... E-8 Obituaries B-4 Editorials ......A-12 Sports----------D-l Entertainment. 1-5 local news......B-l Television.........E-7 THE POST-STANDARD IN TBILISI, GEORGIA, President Bush (left) is introduced to a huge crowd Tuesday by Georgian President Mikhail Saakash- vili. Bush told the cheering Georgians that the United States would stand with the former Soviet republic as it built its democracy. He warned President Vladimir Putin of Russia that the sovereignty of Georgia "must be respected by all nations." Saakashvili estimated the crowd at and the White House put it at The Secret Service said Pablo Martinez Monsivais Associated Press Tuesday it was told by Georgian authorities of a report that a device, possibly a hand grenade, had been thrown within 100 feet of the stage during Bush's speech, hit someone in the crowd and fell to the ground. According to the report, a Georgian security officer picked up the device and removed it from the area. The visit to Georgia was the last stop of a five-day trip that included visits to Russia, Latvia and the Netherlands. See stories, Page A-5 Motorcycles' death toll rises By Bruce Taylor Seeman Newhouse News Service The surging popularity of mo- torcycles, combined with weak- ened helmet laws and other fac- tors, has boosted annual motorcycle fatalities to nearly injuries to and hospital bills for treating shat- tered bodies to more than million, safety experts say. Deaths of motorcyclists in- creased for the seventh straight year in 2004, federal statistics show, reaching a level 85 per- cent higher than in 1997. And a recent analysis of hospitalized cyclists a snapshot of the year 2001, when motorcyclists were admitted showed 16 percent needed subsequent reha- bilitation or care. Dr. Jeffrey H. Coben, lead au- thor of the study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, called initial hospital costs "a drop in the bucket." "Many of these people are going to have significant brain injuries and requirements for long-term said Coben, an emergency medicine specialist at West Virginia University School of Medicine. 'I HEARD, PAGE A-14 3 died in CNY in a week April 15: Michael P. Darby, 25, of 147 Edgeware Road, Syracuse died after his motorcycle hit a curb on James Street near Grant Boulevard. April 9: Douglas Tracy, 21, of Camillas, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car on West Genesee Street in Camillas. April 8: Joseph Frigon, 42, of Apulia Road, LaFayette, died after his motorcycle crashed on Apulia Road. Marine rescuers were in 'big mess9 But all returned safely after wrong turn put them in ambush by insurgents. By James Janega Chicago Tribune Ai Qaim, Iraq For more than a day and much of the night, the M-l Abrams tank sat disabled in the desert, hobbled by an anti-tank mine. The main battle had pushed to the north, across the Euphrates River and west toward the Syrian border. A handful of Marines and an- other Abrams had stayed behind with the wounded tank to wait for help, and now help was on the way. But as the column of armored vehicles raced toward the scene early Tuesday, it took a wrong turn in the darkness and unfamil- iar terrain and wound up in the cross hairs of an insurgent am- bush. The Marines sent to the rescue needed help themselves. The tanks were rolling through the town of Karabilah on the Euphrates' south bank about 1 a.m. when Lance Cpl. James Sutton, a 20-year-old tank driver from Wyoming, 111., spotted men lurking atop several buildings. He said he could not pick out the details his infra- red scope, used to give him night vision, showed the men only as silhouettes against the sky. But then his screen bloomed with black blotches signaling the heat of muzzle flashes. Tiny black dots bullets streamed toward his tank and the armored Humvees ahead of him. "It was a big recalled Sutton as he and other Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Ma- rine Tank Battalion recounted what had happened on the mis- INSIDE TURNING STONE ROCKS Classic rockers Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Steve Miller Band lined up. CNY, Page E-5 LOOK SQUIRRELS NYC TO CNY Living the good life in NYC, but fate calls Marthe Ngwashi home. Also: Did you know wheat bread is white bread in disguise? Our optimist and pessimist take on golfers THE DAILY DOSE, HIGH-TECH ARMING Computerized gadgets lelp farmers work better, aster and cheaper. Also: Watch TV news from apan on your computer I Get the lowdown on Iger I Grocery stores go high-tech TECHNOLOGY, Page F-1 "V It TOUT AWARDS: 6OT A PACT i-6 WctxSas Lsi StaS photographer Inside: Complete weather coverage, Page D-10 THE WARMEST DAY OF THE YEAR the high was 85 de- grees was perfect Tuesday for young squirrels to explore a tree off Hewlett Hill Road in the town of Onondaga. The gray squirrels are about J weeks old, says Ron Giegerich, curator of the Roosevelt Wildlife Collection at the State Universi- ty College of Environmental Sci- ence and Forestry. "Squirrels typically have two litters per he says. "They have one litter in the spring and one in late summer, usually in July or August around here. We're seeing that first litter of births now." The gestation period is 44 days. Litters typically are made up of two to seven young. The squirrels stay with their mother for up to 10 weeks.