Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York
Happy Thanksgiving The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyriKUM.com THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SNOWY HOLIDAY Gusty winds will pull more snow and colder air into Centra] New York today. More and lake- effect snow is expected Fri- day. The flurries will gradu- ally diminish on Saturday. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 30 LOW: 22 Boys and girls All-CNY soccer teams selected The final choices have been made for the tops in high school soccer across Central New York. Paul Moakler and Jillian Ar- nault, both of Cicero-North Syr- acuse, are players of the year. SPORTS, PAGES Paul deLima furnace explosion hurts one A maintenance worker at the Paul deLima Co. coffee roasting plant in Cicero suffered facial burns Wednesday when a fur- nace exploded at the plant, offi- cials said. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Fort Drum spouses' group walks to ward off stress A group of 10th Mountain Division spouses are nearing the end of their "walk" to Baghdad an effort they've undertaken to help them cope while their loved ones are fight- ing in Iraq. NEW YORK, PAGE A-l 6 Lock of qualified workers may hurt manufacturers Most of the nation's factor- ies report they don't have enough qualified workers to meet customers' demands, according to a National Associa- tion of Manufacturers report. The report, based on a survey of 800 manufacturers, raised several red flags about the short- age of qualified workers and said the performance gap threatens the nation's ability to compete. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Pakistani convicted of trying to aid al-Qaida A Pakistani man was con- victed Wednesday of trying to help an al-Qaida operative slip past U.S. immigration officials to carry out a chemical attack against the United States. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 Ready, set, shop If you're joining Friday's throng of post-Thanksgiving shoppers, Post-Standard staff writer Bob Neidt offers 10 tips to get you through it. MISINESS, PAGE C-l 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 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 Local news.......1-1 Bridge............HI Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........F-l Movies............Wkd New York......A-10 CNY...................M Obituaries........1-4 Sports...............D-l Dick Cose.........1-1 Stocks...............C-3 Editorials.......A-l I Sudoku..............E-5 Letters...........A-l 9 Television..........1-3 THE POST-STANDARD More than a million Katrina survivors in 50 cities touched by the generosity of strangers who helped them Thankful To Be Alive Rogelio Associated Press CHRISTA ERVIN, 17, a senior at Long Beach High School in Miss., plays with Kaylynn Likens 8, and Justin Pendelton, 5, at the YMCA in Long Beach. is thankful her school is still standing and that she can attend classes. In their words, what they give thanks for today The Associated Press They lost homes, neighbors and cherished communities to Hurricane Katrina. More than a million are uprooted, far from the only place they ever knew. Others have returned to the cities they love, to pick up the pieces and start over. They will gather this Thanksgiving Day with family and friends to reflect back and look forward. But when tragedy scars the soul, what is left to be thankful for? Blessings, it turns out. Big and small ones. A beloved city that is crippled but stands. Strangers who gave of themselves and became heroes, then friends. School, once a drag, now appreciated. A new life whose future had been uncertain. Here are some of their words: "I'm thankful that I had a chance to make my life there." Raymond "Pops" Thomas, 91, New Orleans, a retired chef and food consultant. His home survived, but he's living with his soft outside of Los Angeles. "I'm thankful that I did live there a long time before all this happened.... I'm thank- ful just for being in the city of New Orleans. "The storm, it's just sort of one of those things that God give me. And I was just thank- ful that I wasn't in the catas- trophe that the people in the Ninth Ward was in. I was just above the water level... the only thing that we got was just the wind and the rain." WAITER, PAGE A-10 Family glad to be together in Syracuse By Pam Greene Staff writer When Ingar Casnave last had Thanksgiving dinner, she had a lot more to be thankful for than she does this year. Yet, she says she's more thankful than ever for the safe- ty of her children. Last year, Casnave, 35, had a huge family close by, dear friends, a job she loved and five well-adjusted children 'who had wide circles of friends. This year, things are differ- ent. Hurricane Katrina swal- lowed her house, her job, her children's schools. Her huge extended family and circles of friends are scattered among the shelters. But Casnave and four of her five children are able to be to- gether for Thanksgiving in Syracuse, where they relocat- ed two months ago. And al- though they are more than miles from their house in Slidell, La., they feel at home because they are togeth- er, she said. "Our earth was knocked off its axis down she said. "Why would you stay some- place where there's nothing Casnave, who relocated to Syracuse to be close to her fa- ther, will have Thanksgiving dinner at her apartment on KATRINA, PAGE A-10 Number of troops in Iraq to be cut Proposals call for gradual reduction of tens of thousands of troops. News service reports Washington The Bush administration is making plans to withdraw tens of thousands of U.S. troops from Iraq beginning early next year, as part of a grad- ual pull down as Iraqi security forces improve and U.S. mid- term elections draw near. Administration officials said the timing of the reductions is being driven by specific security and political goals, centered on national elections in Iraq on Dec. 15, military gains against the in- surgency and improvements in Iraq's ability to defend itself. "I suspect that American forces are not going to be needed in the numbers that they're there for all that much longer, because Iraqis are continuing to make progress, not just in numbers, but in their capabilities to do cer- tain Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN on Tuesday. Contingency plans for a phased withdrawal include pro- posals to further postpone or cancel the deployment of a Fort Riley, Kan., brigade and an op- tion to put a combat brigade in nearby Kuwait in case it is needed, said a senior Pentagon official. While military leaders would not confirm the size of possible withdrawals, conversations with defense officials and analysts suggest troop levels could drop below next year, contin- gent on the progress of the Iraqi government and its security forces. There are currently about U.S. troops in Iraq. On Wednesday, Pentagon of- ficials would not confirm any re- duction plans. Defense Depart- ment spokesman Bryan Whitman said there has been "very positive" development of Iraqi security forces, and he added that "we plan for every possible includ- ing a smaller coalition force. Compiled from The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Cox News Service Inside: More on Like magic, rabbit puts Auburn girl center stage MISSION TO IRAQ: THE BIG GAME C.W. McKeen Staff photographer HANNAH REILLY holds some of her stuffed animals includ- ing the rabbit responsible for helping her win a col- lege scholarship. Hannah Rally's costume design will be unveiled at Macy's parade today. By John Stith Staff writer Eight-year-old Hannah Reilly, of Auburn, knows how to stand out in a crowd even a crowd of thou- sands in New York City. If you're watching the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day pa- rade on television today and the camera pans the VIP grandstand on Central Park West, look for Hannah. She'll be dressed in a purple faux-fur coat and white faux-fur headband. Hannah, her mother, Bridget, and grandmother, Ruthann Jagge, of San Antonio, Texas, will have prime seats for the pa- rade, thanks to Hannah. Mom and grandma will also be decked out in purple and white faux-fur. In June, the third-grader at Herman Avenue Elementary School won the grand prize college scholarship and a trip to the Macy's parade from Build-A-Bear Workshops, a St. Louis, Mo., retailer of custom stuffed toys. She designed an outfit for the company's floppy-eared bunny HANNAH, PAGE A-l 2 Li-Hu Un Staff photographer RFC. FRANCESCO BORSELLINO, of Waynesburg, Ohio, misses a pass last week during a football game at For- ward Operating Base Independence in Baghdad. The game was part of the First Annual All Baghdad Two- Hand-Touchdown Tarmac FOB Ball Tourney. The cham- pionship game will be held today. STORY, PHOTOGRAPHS, PAGE A-6 INSIDE HOLIDAY TREASURE HUNT CNY, PAGE E-1 THANKFUL IN CNY THE DAILY DOSE. PAGE E-6 MORE THAN 290 THINGS TO DO IN CNY IN WEEKEND -ft?