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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2005 FINAL EDITION O IWfi The Poll SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STAYING WARM Winds from the southwest wjll keep warm air flowing over Cen- tral New York today, but a few showers could be blown in this afternoon. Temperatures will drop a bit Wednesday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 65 LOW: 42 Consultants say how they helped Destiny hire help Spherion Corp., a recruiting company that helped Destiny USA sort through job applicants, plans to open an office in Syra- cuse next year. Two other hiring consultants explain how Destiny's strategy hiring highly motivated workers, paying them well and then training them to help build and operate the complex has worked elsewhere. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Noted local car dealer William Rapp Jr. dies William Rapp Jr., avid local sports fan and president of the Bill Rapp Super Store, died Monday of cancer at Crouse Hospital. He was 65. STORY, PAGE B-l OBITUARY, PAGE B-4 'View tax' triggers revolt in New Hampshire New Hampshire residents say towns are assessing a proper- ty's value according to the beau- ty of its view; even a one-room cabin with no electricity or run- ning water may be taxed as if it were seven times more valuable. Rural residents are leading a re- volt against what they call the view tax." STORY, PAGE A-9 NIE serial for students and families "Sooner or the story of a black family immediately following the Civil War, appears Tuesdays in The Post-Standard through Jan. 3. PAGE B-3 'NBC Nightly News' will come to the Web NBC News said Monday it would begin making its "NBC Nightly News" broadcast avail- able for free on the Internet start- ing next week. The newscast, aired at p.m. on the East Coast, won't be available on the Web until after 10 p.m. The first newscast available on the Internet will be on Mon- day. Corrections Rosa Parks born before Har- riet Tubman Green Party Lakeland resident Don Joanne Shenandoah concert West Genesee Wildcats in band Time of Jubilee supports Mayor Matt Driscoll's Chittenarigo junior pee wee championship Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Riding Iraq's Deadliest Roads Syracuse native hunts bombs with a 'Buffalo' By Hart Seely Staff Writer Baghdad Once upon a time, as a kid growing up in Syr- acuse, Christopher Letham's no- tion of road-clearance would mean snowplows and school closings. But high school was 20 years ago and home, half a world away. Now it means sweeping the highways of Baghdad of road- side bombs, the war's biggest killer of his comrades. "The mission may be repeti- tive and tedious, but it serves a said Letham, 38, a staff sergeant in the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Army's 10th Mountain Division, a multi-faceted unit stationed at Camp Liberty. "As long as we keep going out, the anti-Iraq forces will have to think twice." On a near daily basis, Letham rides patrol with "the an armored fortress-on-wheels. The vehicle resembles a giant ro- Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li-Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's Wth Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to INSIDE: How the the .50-caliber machine gun, has become the weapon of choice for U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and why the Army is turning to World War II machine gun rounds to keep DEVELOPMENTS: Deadliest month since January for U.S. troops in GRAPHIC: Riding the Army's CNY HELPS SON OF GHANA FULFILL HIS DREAM Index Business. Bridge..... Classified Comics.'........ CNY.............. Puzzles........ Dick Case... Editorials..... Kid's Page.. Letters......... C-l F-9 F-l ......E-l ......B-l A-12 F-IO ..A-13 Local news.......B-I Lottery..............A-2 Movies...............E-3 New York Obituaries........ Schools............. Sports............... Stocks Sudoku Television......... A-IO ..B-4 ..B-6 D-l C-3 ..E-7 E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Michelle Gabel Stdlf photographer CHILDREN FROM Worawora, Ghana, enjoy the books in the library founded by Le Moyne College graduate Kofi Addai (below at He got the idea for the li- brary after returning to Ghana for his father's funeral and seeing children wan- dering dirt streets without games or books. He tapped donors at Le Moyne and Central New York churches and bought an abandoned building for He and friends gathered books from Central New Yorkers, and three computer terminals and a printer from Le Moyne. Two worlds, one thirst BOUND TO GHANA This is the third of five stories about Central New York's connec- tions to Ghana, a West African nation notable for its role in the slave trade to America and for its leadership in African independence. Reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske and photographer Michelle Gabel's stories will appear each Tuesday for the next two weeks in the Post-Stan- dard. Go to specialreports if you missed the first two installments. By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Worawora, Ghana ofi Addai's travels began with his ancestors, Ghana's largest and oldest tribe, the Ashanti. In 1732, a band of Ashanti warriors left the empire's western stronghold of Kun- tunase. They traveled east, across upland plains, inland forests and the Volta rivers, drove the Chokosi tribe from the hills above a fertile frontier valley and settled. They called their new home Worawora, "Long journey." Hundreds of years later, Kofi Addai stands in the June heat at Ghana's Kotoka International Airport. He's a short 16-year-old in a gray suit, with thick eye- lashes, a shy smile and a single suitcase in his hand. He has never been on an airplane. He doesn't speak much English teachers taught him in his ancestors' language, Ashanti Twi. Yet he's about to board a flight to New York City, a flight that will change his life, and Worawora, forever. Three months before, in spring 1995, Kofi was one of applicants from developing countries to win the annual U.S. green card lottery. He would move to New York City, his father decided, where his older brother was already work- ing and had offered him a place to stay. At the airport, Kofi wants to call his parents, village cocoa farmers. They don't have a phone. He doesn't have time to visit them or his nephew Derrick Dank- wa, also 16, his best friend in the world who is at boarding school. As some of his 15 brothers and sisters see him off, Kofi CNY, PAGE A-6 Follow the series and find additional photos, audio files, diaries, links and more at Judge Alito for yourself News service reports President Bush named federal appeals court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a consistently conservative jurist with a lengthy paper trail, as his lat- est choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Con- Alito nor. Here arc four key cases he was involved in: Abortion rights: Must a wife tell her husband? Alito wrote in his dissent that a Pennsylvania law requiring wives to inform their husbands before seeking an abortion did not create an "undue burden" on mothers because of its many exceptions. He encouraged the court to defer to the lawmakers. Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1991) Separation of church and state: Frosty and the Menorah He ruled that Jersey City did not violate the Establishment Clause by displaying a creche, a mcnorah. Frosty the Snowman and a banner proclaiming the city's dedication to diversity. "The Supreme Court's decisions regarding holiday displays have been marked by fine line-draw- ing, and therefore it is not easy to determine whether particular displays satisfy the Court's stan- dards. ACLU of N.J. v. Schundler (1999) Free speech: Alcohol ads in the college newspaper The 3rd Circuit Court ruled that a Pennsylvania law prohib- iting student newspapers from running ads for alcohol was un- constitutional. The Pitt News v. Pappert (2004) Religious expression: Muslim beards The 3rd Circuit ruled 3-0 that Muslim police officers in the city can keep their beards. The police had made exemption in its facial hair policy for medical reasons (a skin condition known as pseudo folliculitis barbae) but not for religious reasons. Fraternal Order of Police v. City of .Newark. (1999) INSIDE: More on Alito's judi- cial career, with key cases. SU prof predicts a filibuster. Senate approved Alito twice. Profile: Gourmet cook and Phillies ONLINE: More resources at Masked bandits sought By Mike Fish Staff writer As kids across Syracuse gear- ed up for Halloween Monday night, city police were searching for a group of armed bandits who sometimes donned Hallow- een masks in a string of five rob- beries in Eastwood and the Syra- cuse University area Sunday. The robbers, brandishing handguns and knives, stole cash and cell phones. In three robberies, at least one suspect wore a Halloween-type mask, and several suspects in an- other robbery wore bandanas to cover their faces. Sgt. Tom Connellan, speaking for the Syracuse Police Depart- ment, said all the robberies ap- pear to have been done'by the same group of three to six sus- pects. "Some of the suspects are wearing Halloween masks, and most of the victims have been at- tacked from he said. Police declined to identify the victims because of concerns about their safety while the in- vestigation continues. Police ask anyone with information to call the criminal investigation divi- sion at 442-5222. Crime log 1 a.m..Sunday two SU stu- dents robbed at gunpoint in the 200 block of Stratford Street. One suspect wore a green skeleton mask. a.m., 35-year-old woman robbed at knifepoint in the 400 block of Tyson Place. One robber wore a white hockey goalie mask. a.m., 17-year-old boy robbed at knifepoint in the 100 block of Mildred Avenue. One sus- pect wore a black face mask. a.m., 21-year-old man robbed at gunpoint at 500 block Greenwood Place. The half-dozen robbers wore bandanas over their faces. p.m., Sunday 23-year-old man is dragged behind some bush- es in the 600 block of Westcott Street, beaten by several men, robbed. One suspect appeared to wear a Halloween mask. INSIDE POLICE ACADEMY Are you fit? CNY, PAGE E-1 JUDGE ON mm writes Onondnga Central's Nikki Gremillion. VOICES, PAGE B-6 BOONDOCKS Outspoken comic strip comes to TV. CNY, PAGE E-4 TAKcIHt and win a trip to Toronto. CNY, PAGE E-2 ;