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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with NOVEMBER 18, 2005 PINA1 EDITION C 2005 The POil-Slanddid SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS BREAK AHEAD Lake-effect snow should taper off to flurries and come to an end this afternoon. QQ Q Q Q Temperatures will rise a bit over the week- end, but more cold air is lurk- ing not that far away and should return early next week. Complete forecast, D-14 HIGH: 34 IOW: 27 SU beats Texas Tech 81-46 in New York City The Syracuse Orange de- stroyed Bob Knight's Texas Tech team 81-46 to advance to the finals in the 2K Sports Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden. It was Texas Tech's worst loss since 2002. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Senate passes tax bill this morning The Senate passed a bil- lion bill early today that would extend expiring tax cuts and pre- vent roughly 14 million families from paying higher taxes through the alternative minimum tax. It drew a presidential veto threat for raising taxes on oil companies. STORY, PAGE A-4 CNY jobless rote drops; lower than national rate Central New York's unem- ployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in October below the state's and nation's 4.6 percent rate. Last October the jobless rate was 4.7 SUSIMtSS, PAGE C-l Chase-Pitkin stores will all close by end off March Wegmans will close its 14 Chasc-Pitkin Home and Garden Centers by the end of March, earlier than the company origi- nally planned. The company had expected to keep some stores open into 2006. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l China more open, moving faster to stop bird flu China is moving with un- precedented speed to respond to and containing its bird flu out- break. It is also sharing informa- tion and telling the public about the outbreak. STORY, PAGE A-8 Patriot Act stalled in Senate over compromise Legislation reauthorizing the Patriot Act stalled Thursday as lawmakers worked to satisfy senators upset by the elimination of some civil liberties protec- tions. Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Address for Level 3 sex offender in Readings at Jazz Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business C-l Bridge Classified F-7 F-l Comics E-l Puzzles Editorials 2 Letters Local news B-l A-2 Movies Hew York... Obituaries Sean Kirst Sports Stocks Sudoku Television E-4 ...A-10 B-4 B-l D-l C-3 THE POST-STANDARD New Process Gear Lands First Asian Auto Parts Job By Charley Hannagan Staff writer It took 15 years and a new owner for New Process Gear to finally break into the Asian auto- motive market. Last month, Nissan Motor Co. awarded New Process Gear a contract to make transfer cases for a 2009 model year vehicle, said United Auto Workers Local 624 President Doug Havens. "It's the first time we've been in the Asian he said. "With all the negative news about the auto industry today, that was very positive." The Nissan contract highlights a year of major changes at New Process Gear, where new leaders in management and the union sit across the table from each other. Local 624's union workers face a big decision in 2007: whether to remain with their former boss, DaimlerCh- rysler, and transfer to another plant most likely in another state, or stay with Magna, which will pay the average worker less per hour, offer a 401 (k) rath- er than a fixed pension and cut medical benefits. There is a third option. Work- ers with more than 30 years at the plant are counting on a buyout. At the beginning of the contract in effect now, Daim- lerChrysler offered senior work- ers to leave their jobs. New Process Gear workers close to that mark are waiting for the 2007 agreement to see if the company offers the deal again. Newly elected this spring, Havens and Local 624 Vice President Jim Begay have a vested interest in seeing the plant succeed. Both fall far short of the years needed to retire, and neither wants to move from the Syracuse area. GROWTH, PAGE A-9 WAREHOUSE FIRE BURNS FOR HOURS SYRACUSE FIREFIGHTERS battle a warehouse blaze Thursday night that con- tinued to burn this morning on the 600 block of South Midler Avenue. High winds caused the fire to spread quickly. Firefighters feared explosive chemi- Lauren Marsh Contributing photographer cals were stored in the vacant building, police said. They stayed outside the building for a few hours. The warehouse, owned by The Pioneer Cos., sits at the site of a planned plaza to be anchored by a Lowe's home Soldier examines scars of war MISSION TO By Hart Seely Staff writer Nearly every morning, he walks the perimeter. It clears his head. He can ponder what hap- pened overnight. He gets to stretch his legs. He changes his route, a pre- caution against snipers. After 15 years in the U.S. Army, he knows the value of reducing risks. So he walks near the base of the great wall that separates central Baghdad from Forward Operating Base Independence, the home of Bravo Troop, 1-71 Cavalry. "It always seems quiet in the said Staff Sgt. Evert Janson, as he began a recent walk this week, passing the checkpoint that separates the U.S. and Iraqi sides of the mili- tary base. "Sometimes, the nights are quiet, nothing going he said. "Then all the sudden, to- wards morning, it gets crazy. It can be stressful." At age 45, Janson is Bravo Troop's oldest soldier. His wife, Betsy, and two daughters Amy, 8, and Sarah, 6 live on the Fort Drum base near Water- town. He works nights in the troop's Tactical Operations Cen- ter, the monitoring radio calls from across the area. Nearly every day, he hikes through the past and future of Iraq. On a recent sunny morning, he walked down a road that bi- sects the former military airfield. En route, he passed a smoldering metal dumpster outside the Iraqi National Guard headquarters, and a stretch of pavement lit- tered with trash. "When we got here in Au- gust, this was all he said. "It's actually much bet- ter." SOLDIER, PAGE A-6 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 Prominent Democrat who backed the Iraq war calls for the U.S. A U.S. official working on Iraq's reconstruction is a con- victed felon who is now ac- cused of taking INSIDE HOWSU COMPARES TO NOTRE DAME SPORTS, PAGE D-1, 6, 7, 8 KRAMER WANTS YOU! For his SU football rally CNY, PAGE E-1 CAN'T COOK? There's a class for you THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 THE OTHER REESE WITHERSPOON And her movie role as Johnny Cash's wife CNY, PAGE E-1 TAKE THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE AND WIN Phone company targets youngsters By Tim Knauss Staff writer The push is intensifying to get cell phones into the hands of children as young as 8 years old. Cingular Wireless announced Thursday that it will start selling a brightly colored phone with flashing lights called the Firefly, thus becoming the first national carrier to market a phone tai- lored for children under 12. The small, two-ounce phone has lights, sounds and animation designed to attract the el- ementary- and middle-school crowd. But it's being marketed primarily as "peace of mind" for busy parents who want to stay in touch with their heavily scheduled children. "I think about this as a new parenting said Robin Abrams, chief executive officer of Firefly Mobile, the company based in Chicago that developed the phone. While more than half of American teenagers have mobile phones, about 10 percent of the 23 YOUNG CHILDREN, PAGE A-l4 A little cell phone for little people The Firefly, being sold nationwide by Cingular Wireless, is aimed at kids younger than 12. Instead of a numeric keypad, it has buttons: Call 911 Volume up Fireworks (makes the lights flash) volume down End call Send call Phone book with up to 20 numbers pro- grammed by a grown-up Mom speed dial Dad speed dial ;