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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 the Vwt-StaraJjrcJ SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WARMING The chilly blast Central New York received over the past cou- ple of days should give way to milder tempera- tures and sunshine this week- end. That could change by Monday night, when a major storm may develop. Colder temperatures, and possibly snow, return Tuesday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 48 LOW: 35 SU falls to Florida Gators in NYC tournament The Syracuse University men's basketball team lost to the University of Florida Gators, 75-70, Friday night in the cham- pionshfp game of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic. SPORTS, PAGE D-l 60 people to lose jobs at New Process Gear The New Process Gear auto parts plant, in DeWitt, will lay off about 60 union and nonunion workers beginning Nov. 28, union officials said Friday. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Firefighters work at blaze that started Thursday Syracuse firefighters worked all day Friday at the scene of a blaze that destroyed a vacant warehouse at 621 S. Midler Ave. and continued checking for hot spots Friday evening. LOCAL, PAGE 1-1 Destiny USA down to one lobbyist in Albany At one point in 2003, Desti- ny USA was spending a month on five lobbying firms to work the halls of the state Capitol. Now the developer is down to one lobbyist. NEW YORK, PAGE A-5 Some schools will change how they show progress Education Secretary Marga- ret Spellings told state school chiefs Friday that some of them will win freedom in the area they worry about most: showing stu- dent progress. STORY, PAGE A-10 Walsh, Boehlert hold out for fewer spending cuts Reps. James Walsh, R-Onon- daga, and Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hartford, were among a handful of Republicans who held up approval of a deficit-reduc- tion bill, winning concessions to reduce spending cuts for social programs. STORY, PAGE A-6 The Sudoku challenge Play Sudoku, and you could win a trip to Toronto. TODAY'S REGULAR PUZZLE, PAGE E-11 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 Jim Boeheim's 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 .E-9 Classified..........E-5 Comics CNY...................E-l Crossword.....E-l I Dick Case.........B-1 Editorials.........A-8 E-l Letters.............A-9 Local news.. Lottery......... Movies......... New York..... Obituaries... Sports.......... Slocks Sudoku............ E-2 Television.......E-l 2 Weather........D-10 B-1 A-2 E-6 A-5 B-4 D-l C-3 THE POST-STANDARD Police: Officers Saved Woman From Knife-Wielding Husband Parole officer shot man who lunged at officers in Syracuse apartment, police say. By Delen Goldberg Staff writer Parole officers got a surprise Friday when they went to pick up a violator: A woman was hanging by her fingertips from a third-floor window and her 7-year-old son was screaming a man was going to kill his moth- er. Officers ran to the Syracuse apartment, but found the door barricaded with a refrigerator. Inside, parolee Gerrard Blacknell pressed his es- tranged wife against a wall, holding her at knifepoint, police said. Police don't know how she got back into the apartment. When he refused to drop the knife, officers sprayed him with Mace, allowing his wife to es- cape his grasp. But then Blacknell lunged at parole officers with a knife, po- lice said. One of those officers a 15-year veteran shot Black- nell twice in the hip. Police said Blacknell's injuries were not life-threatening. Lauren Marsh contributing photographer "All the officers involved WHILE INSPECTING the crime scene, Syracuse Police Sgt. John Linnertz points to the window from which Kimberly Blacknell was dan- WOMAH WAS, A-7 9lin9 during a fight with her estranged husband, police said. For news updates go to "p 1 Medic applies his trade With bullets flying, lessons from training convert to battlefield action. By Hart Seely Staff writer Baghdad, Iraq He had come a long way from suturing cadavers. Back home, they trained him in a strobe-lit room while a sound track thundered in his ears. But they were mere simulations. When the blood is fake, nobody dies. And nobody carries it the rest of his life. Then one day, he found him- self looking at the real deal: a young soldier bleeding to death. "I know that if I do every- thing I can, it will be in God's hands after said Pfc. Jere- my N. Nooney, 21, of Jackson- ville, Fla., a medic in Bravo Troop, 1-71 Cavalry Regiment. "As long as I do my job, I can't worry about it." When he joined the Army 22 months ago, Nooney didn't plan on dressing wounds or applying splints. He just saw a need and filled it. He learned the basics, then the trade secrets. In August, the Army sent him to the one PFC. JEREMY NOONEY (center wearing of Jacksonville, Fla., gets a hug from an Iraqi na- tional guard soldier while guarding the front gate of Forward Operating Base Independence Li-Hua Ian Staff photographer in Baghdad on Friday. Nooney is a medic in the 10th Mountain Division's Bravo Troop, 1-71 Cav- alry Regiment. Watching is Pfc. Robert Stewart of Colorado Springs. place in the world where training was most needed, went to Iraq. On Oct. 18, the simulations ended. Nooney faced life and death and enemy fire. Like almost everything in this war, it happened abruptly and without warning. Nooney's pla-, toon was returning to Forward SOLDIER'S FATE, PAGE A-4 MISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li-Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to Republicans and Democrats shouted, howled and slung vi- cious insults on the House floor on Friday as a debate over whether to withdraw American troops from Iraq descended into a vitriolic fury over Presi- dent Bush's handling of the war and a leading Democrat's call to bring the troops home. Story, Page A-4. Police: Drunk driver kills Clay man By Delcn Goldberg Staff writer A drunk driver struck and killed a 75-year-old man Friday night as he walked around Cas- ual Estates trailer park in Clay, Onondaga County sheriffs dep- uties said. The crash occurred about p.m. in front of 2804 Landsend Lane. Melvin Flcshcr, of 7019 Devon Court, was pronounced dead at University Hospital. The car's driver, Charles Fel- ton, 35, of 3313 Berkley Court, initially left the scene but later returned to turn himself in, Sher- iff Kevin Walsh said. "He went to a relative's house who convinced him that he should come Walsh said. Both men live in Casual Es- tates. Walsh said Felton was about a block away from his house when he hit Flesher. No one saw the crash, he said. Deputies charged Felton with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Walsh said more charges may come. THEY LOVE NEW YORK Kotrina survivors' given free wedding STORY, PAGE A-2 SUvs. NOTRE DAME Preview of today's game SPORTS, PAGE D-1 INSIDE SOCCER STATE FINALS Morcellus girls are in SPORTS, PAGE D-1 Hi THANKSGIVING TABLE Use old and new decor E-1 NASCAR battle on, off track Championship race means lots of money to Home Depot, Lowe's. The Associated Press Charlotte, N.C. As chief executive of Lowe's Cos., Rob- ert Niblock has plenty of num- bers to worry about in his battle with The Home Depot Inc.: sales and inventory, revenue and earn- ings, how many stores to open and employees to hire. But this weekend, Niblock is focused on just one: The points difference in NASCAR's cham- pionship chase between second- place Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and leader Tony Stewart, whose Jim Associated Press NASCAR DRIVERS Tony Stewart (20) and Jimmie Johnson (48) stay close after the Daytona 500 ends in February. The outcome of Sunday's championship race is being closely watched by Home Depot and Lowe's, the drivers' sponsors. No. 20 Chevy is sponsored by The winner not only gets Home Depot. bragging rights at the track, but "We've got one race to go also in the arena where lhey're and we need to make up 52 so much morc: the mult'- points, so it looks like we've got bllllon competition between the our work cut out for Nib- home-improvement retailers, lock said. CAR RACE, PAGE A-7 i< j ;