Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 2005, Syracuse, New York
r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyraojM.com SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WET It looks to be a pretty rainy day, but look on the bright side: It's a whole lot warmer. How cold was it Friday morning? The nation's low was recorded not far away in Saranac Lake: 16 degrees. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 68 LOW: 56 Pentagon: Keep Fort Drum Open, Cut 510 Jobs in Rome Police helicopters track speeding motorcycles Police used aerial surveil- lance Friday night to crack down on speeding and reckless motor- cyclists in response to a spate of fatal crashes. About 20 law-enforcement of- ficers from six agencies targeted dangerous motorcyclists across Onondaga County, stopping at least six of them during a three- hour crackdown that ended at 9 p.m. IOCAUPAGCM Baldwinsville man dies in Van Buren crash A one-car crash Thursday night in Van Buren killed John C. Belcher, 30, of Baldwinsville. He was returning home after golfing in a league at Ironwood Golf Course in Van Buren, his cousin said. LOCAL PAGE 1-3 Uzbekistan extremists free prisoners Resentment over a govern- ment campaign against alleged Islamic extremists exploded into violence in the Central Asian re- public of Uzbekistan on Friday when protesters stormed a prison in the eastern city of Andijan and freed inmates, many of whom then joined the revolt. STORY, PAGE A-3 Eight people die as Afghan violence escalates Protesters threw rocks and police shot back Friday as vio- lent anti-U.S. protests spread to more Afghan cities, leaving at least eight people dead and threatening a security crisis for the government. STORY, PAGE A-3 Major closings Here's a list of the 33 major military bases that the Pentagon said Friday it wants to close. The military defines "major" as bases whose replacement cost would be million or greater. ALASKA: Kulis Air Guard Sta- tion CALIFORNIA: Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant; Naval Sup- port Activity, Corona; Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, Concord Detachment; Onizuka Air Force Station CONNECTICUT: Submarine Base, New London GEORGIA: Fort Gillem; Fort McPherson; Naval Air Station, Atlanta. INDIANA: Newport Chemical Depot KANSAS: Kansas Army Ammu- nition Plant LOUISIANA: Naval Support Ac- tivity, New Orleans MAINE: Naval Shipyard, Ports- mouth MASSACHUSETTS: Otis Air Na- tional Guard Base MICHIGAN: Selfridge Army Ac- tivity; W.K. Kellogg Airport Air Guard Station MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant; Naval Sta- tion, Pascagoula NEVADA: Hawthorne Army Depot NEW JERSEY: Fort Monmouth NEW MEXICO: Cannon Air Force Base NEW YORK: Niagara Falls Inter- national Airport Air Guard Sta- tion OREGON: Umatilla Chemical Depot PENNSYLVANIA: Naval Air Sta- tion, Willow Grove; Pittsburgh International Airport Air Re- serve Station Gary Walts Staff photographer THE PENTAGON has recommended that Fort Drum in Water- Fort Drum Garrison Commander Col. Ray Helton stands at right town, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division, stay open. Fri- as Rep. John McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, (background, left) day, the ground was broken to build family housing for soldiers, talks with state Sen. James Wright. Across the nation, 33 bases on closing list Wood wasp found in wild in N.Y. threatens pines The discovery of an Old World wood wasp in Fulton County, the first time it's been found in the wild in this country, has scientists worried that the bug could devastate the nation's pine forests. STORY, PAGE A-4 Great show at Redhouse; full house for SSO "Life X 3" was staged Fri- day night at the Redhouse. And Guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra before a crowd of REVIEWS, PAGE B-2 Corrections Car pulled over on South Bay Road in Vineyard Institute of the Arts' performance of Sexual predator Miss E. at Lucky Moon Parents of Suzan-Lori Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Calf 470-NEWS Index Business.....__ C-1 lottery---------A-2 Classified......... E-6 Movies----------E-5 Comic____1-10 Obituaries___1-4 Editorials___A-6 Sports----------D-1 Television_._M2 Weather.__ D-10 THE POST-STANDARD SOUTH DAKOTA: Ellsworth Air Force Base TEXAS: Lone Star Army Ammu- nition Plant; Red River Army Depot; Naval Station, Ingleside; Brooks City Base UTAH: Deseret Chemical Depot VIRGINIA: Fort Monroe WISCONSIN: Gen. Mitchell Air Reserve Station Source: Department of Defense THE COMPLETE By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Central New York was spared the worst effects of the Penta- gon's recommendations for mili- tary base closings and realign- ment. but officials throughout the region know the issue isn't settled. Friday's announcement is just the first round of a process that continues into the fall. Rome suffered most among local communities: If the plan announced by the Pentagon is approved, 510 jobs will be lost at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, now a technology and business park with military ten- ants. But Hancock Field Air Na- tional Guard Base and Fort Drum will stay open and expand as the Pentagon attempts to streamline its operations. In all, about 33 bases would close nationwide and another 29 would be downsized. The Penta- gon says the plan will save billion over the next 20 years. Rep. John McHugh, whose district includes Fort Drum, of- fered a toast with "half a glass of champagne" Friday in re- sponse to the news that the Jef- ferson County base was not among those recommended for closure. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, knows from experience that the base closure and realign- ment (BRAC) process does not end with the release of the Penta- gon's recommendations. Platts- burgh Air Force Base, for exam- ple, was not on the original list in 1993, but it was added later by the BRAC commission, and the base was closed. The Pentagon's list, released Friday, also spares the Air Na- tional Guard's 174th Fighter Inside CHINS UP IN ROME Feelings are mixed at the former air base in Rome, and area politicians are promising to fight for every job. HAPPY AT HANCOCK The base closing process is not a done deal, but everyone at the air field was pleased with Friday's announcement. STORIES. PAGE A-5 Wing, based at Syracuse's Han- cock Field. Hancock will keep its F-16 squadron and, as was announced Monday, add a squadron of unmanned Predator jets. The Air Force installations at Rome did not fare as well. Marked for closure was the De- fense Finance Accounting Ser- vice, with a loss of 390 jobs. The Air Force Research Laboratory was recommended for realign- ment, eliminating 120 of its jobs. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R- New Hartford, whose congres- sional district includes Rome, characterized the announcement as a "mixed bag." "The most significant thing, obviously, is the retention of the Boehlert said. "There was a real possibility that all could be lost." The decision to keep Rome Lab open makes it clear that de- fense officials understand the value of the work being done there, Boehlert said. Like McHugh, Boehlert stressed that the process is only beginning. The nine-member PRESIDENT, PAGE A-5 Pilgrims await Cope's beatification Syracuse's former Franciscan leader becomes "blessed" today at St. Peter's Basilica. By Renee K. Gadoua Staff writer Eighty-seven years after her death, Syracuse's former Fran- ciscan leader, Mother Marianne Cope, will gain the title of putting her a step from the highest honor the Cath- olic Church assigns people con- sidered the best role models. j During a Mass today at St. Peter's Basilica, an estimated j 300 pilgrims from Central New York and Hawaii will watch j Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins. beatify Mother Cope, a native of I Germany who grew up in Utica i and moved to Syracuse in 1862 I to join the Sisters of St. Francis. i "There is something mind- boggling that there could be a Stephen D. photographer POPE BENEDICT XVI waves to spectators along Vila Delia Concili- azione as he arrives at the Vatican in Rome Friday. Hot line tip points authorities to Wendy's 'chili finger' owner saint here in our midst, who went to the same school I went said Sister Dolorosa Lenk. a retired teacher. She is one of three Francis- cans representing St. Elizabeth Convent in Utica and among about 65 Franciscan sisters on the pilgrimage. The pilgrims will attend today's beatification and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI Monday. Mother Cope died in 1918 after ministering 35 years in Ha- waii to patients with leprosy. Be- fore that, she helped found what is now St. Elizabeth Health Cen- ter in Utica and Syracuse's St. Joseph Hospital Health Center. Lenk. who served as principal of the former Franciscan Acade- Inside: Pope Benedict XVI says a campaign will begin immediately to consider Pope John Paul II for sainthood. Syracuse Bishop James Moynihan will read a statement at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome today. Stories, Page A-8 Nevada man linked to husband of accused lost it in work accident, police said. The Associated Press San Jose, Calif. The mys- terious finger that a woman claimed to have found in a bowl of Wendy's chili came from an associate of her husband who lost the finger in an industrial ac- cident, police said Friday. "The jig is up. The puzzle pieces are beginning to fall iitto place, and the truth is being ex- police Chief Rob Davis said. The discovery of the finger's owner marks a significant break in a case that has confounded au- I thorities for nearly two months. I ever since Anna Ayala claimed i she bit down on the well-mani- cured. finger in a mouthful of her steamy chili. i The case became the talk of j the Internet and late-night talk shows and spawned numerous bizarre tips and theories about i the source of the finger, includ- ing one about a woman whose fingertip was bitten off by a spotted leopard kept as a pet- Authorities said last month that they believed the story was a hoax, and they arrested Ayala, 39, at her home in Las Vegas and charged her with attempted grand larceny for allegedly try- ing to shake down Wendy's. But whose finger was in the chili re- mained a mystery. The owner was traced through a tip made to a Wendy's hot line, Davis said. He said the man lost the finger in December, and au- thorities "positively confirmed that this subject was in fact the source of the fingertip." The na- ture of the industrial accident was not disclosed. Davis said the Nevada man. whose name was not released, is cooperating. The police chief would not say if the man was in on the alleged hoax. Police believe the man gave the finger fragment to Ayala" s husband. Jaime Piascencia. who was arrested this month on iden- tity-theft charges unrelated to the Wendy's case. Sgt. Nick Muyo said someone other than the man who lost the finger called in the tip to the hot line.