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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2005 FINAL EDITION 9 2005 riv SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOME SHOWERS Cooler air moving into Central New York will mix with even colder air high above the area to provide a few showers today. It might be breezy. Stronger winds are ex- pected Sunday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 63 LOW: 46 SOX WIN, LEAD SERIES SPORTS, PAGE D-1 CNY man canoeing on Owasco Lake missing Cayuga County Sheriffs deputies late Friday night were searching for a Scipio man John Carmody, 23, of Fire Lane 26 who disappeared hours earlier while boating on Owasco Lake with his friends. UKAlPAGEt-l Lawyer out of U.S. Senate race; Pataki backs Pirro Manhattan lawyer Edward Cox, a son-in-law of the late President Richard Nixon, Friday announced he would drop out of the race for U.S. Senate. Also, Gov. George Pataki an- nounced his support for Jeanine Pirro in her bid for the Republi- can Party's nomination to run against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. NEW YORK, PAGE A-4 Social Security checks increase 4.1% next year Social Security checks for nearly 50 million Americans are going up next year an average of a month, a 4.1 percent in- crease. It's the biggest boost in 15 years, but higher Medicare premiums cut into the increase. STORY, PAGE A-3 Rochester teen killing leads to call for curfew A Rochester lawmaker and others Friday called for a juve- nile curfew following the shoot- ing death of a 15-year-old boy, the seventh youngster slain in the city this year. NEW YORK, PAGE A-4 Expert warns about costs of hospital care for dying Widespread overuse of hos- pital care to treat chronic illness is threatening to bankrupt the U.S. health-care system, a lead- ing medical researcher said in Syracuse Friday. He said care for patients in their last six months ranges from at some hospitals to at others. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Corrections SU dining Fuel-efficient Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-1 Bridge...............E-9 Classified..........E-5 Comics.... Puzzles Dick Cose.........B-l Editorials.........A-6 E-l Letters.............A-7 Local news.. Lottery____ Movies......... New York..... Obituaries... Sports.......... Stocks Sudoku........ Television.... B-l ..A-2 ...1-4 ..A-8 B-4 ..D-1 C-2 E-11 E-12 THE POST-STANDARD Tests: No New E. Cell; Boil Order Remains John Berry Staff photographer FOR THE SECOND DAY. Pat Tartt, of Syracuse, shops for bottled water at on Nottingham Road in DeWitt because of the water advisory in the southeastern area of the city. Onondaga County health officials said the E. coli-related boil-water order will continue today and possibly Sunday. Part of DeWitt starts boiling water, just in case By Mark Weincr Staff writer New tests on Syracuse's water found no contamination from bacteria that can cause severe intestinal illness, according to preliminary results received Friday. But the positive sign was not enough to cancel a boil-water order that has turned into a big inconvenience for tens of thousands of people in an area cover- ing a quarter of the city. Onondaga County health officials said the order will continue today-arid possi- bly Sunday for the southeast part of the city, including all of Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome. At least people were expected in the Dome today for an SU football game against Rutgers. Water fountains and soda taps will be turned off and warning signs placed at restroom faucets to prevent the possible spread of the E. coli bacteria. Health officials say it's a necessary precaution that's looking less likely to turn into a public health problem. The bacteria can cause a range of diarrhea! ill- nesses, but no cases linked to E. coli have been reported. "At this point, things look good based on the results from the water samples E.COII, PAGE A-8 Fast facts More information: City residents with questions can call these phone numbers to get more information: Water Department: 473-2860 Onondaga County Health Department: 435-6600 (recorded information) Boiling water The Onondaga County Health Department recommends those in the southeastern part of Syracuse boil their water for at least one minute before drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or preparing food. Boiling kills most bacteria and other organisms in the water. It is OK to bathe in unboiled water, but avoid swallowing any while showering. INSIDE: Map of affected area... Why the southeast? What's been ruled out? How it heated up the mayor's Destiny encounters another obstacle Developer is accused of not fully paying a national construction company. By Rick Moriarty Staff writer The company that has been managing Destiny USA's pre- construction work the past two years told the developer last month it was quitting because it had not been paid all the money it was owed. Hunt Construction Group toid Destiny USA partner Bruce Kenan in a letter a copy of which was obtained by The Post- Standard that it was suspend- ing its services and would termi- nate its contract with Destiny by Oct. 5 for "non-payment of our applications for payment." The letter did not say how much Hunt was owed, but sources said the bill was about Destiny executive David Ait- ken called the letter a private communication between two companies. He said he had been unaware of a "payment issue" with Hunt, but that Destiny is "100 percent current" on its payments to Hunt. He said Destiny has paid Hunt more than million over the past two years and that Destiny is "transitioning" to three other construction management com- panies as it moves toward con- struction. Hunt is working for Destiny, helping with the transi- tion, he said. "They helped us with prc- construction. and with construc- tion set to begin, they are mov- ing out of their current role." he said. Cianbro Corp.. of Maine, Al- varado Const., of Colorado, NEW GROUPS, PAGE A-8 In Business: Gty soys moll's concrete crumbling A consultant for the city of Syracuse says a Carousel Center underground garage needs million in repairs, and that the work needs to be done before the mall is expanded. It is asking Destiny USA's developer to explain why there's no money for the repairs in the million budget for the expansion. Story, Page C-1 Canastota's last champ pulls up stakes By Robert A. Baker Staff writer Titletown USA is losing its last resident titieholder. "I'm going to start my own Titletown down Canas- tota hometown boxing hero Billy Backus says. Backus, who rocked the box- ing world with his upset victory over welterweight champion Jose.Napoles in 1970, is one of two boxing champions who have called Canastota home. The other is his uncle, welterweight and middleweight champion Carmen Basilic. But Basilio lives in Rochester these days, and Backus, 62, has announced he is moving to South Carolina in November. "From a selfish standpoint, it's great to know they live local- C.W. photographer BILLY BACKUS, 62, who won a boxing championship in 1970, is leaving his hometown of Canastota for Pageland, S.C., where his son lives. Canastota Mayor Todd Rouse says. "The reality is that Canastota is their home no mat- ter where they're going." The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota owes its existence to hometown pride for its two boxing heroes, Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy said. The hall grew out of a boxing showcase dedicated in 1984 to the two champions, Brophy says. The showcase still stands next to the Canastota McDonald's restaurant across Peterboro Street from the Hall of Fame. It features the robes and gloves of both champions. Basilio, who, Brophy said, moved to Rochester more than 10 years ago, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Backus, as yet, has not. "Boxing fans always hope their favorite will become a BACKUS, PAGE A-8 Iraqis brave sabotage to begin historic vote Attacks on power lines and water supply precede referendum on constitution. The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Iraqis voted today on a landmark refer- endum that would define Iraq's democracy, merging the coun- try's often fractious religious and ethnic groups into a single nation. The polls opened at 7 a.m., just hours after insurgents sa- botaged power lines in the north- ern part of the country, plunging the Iraqi capital into darkness and cutting off water supplies. The capital was eerily quiet under clear blue skies Saturday morning. Iraqi soldiers and po- lice ringed polling stations at schools, and driving was banned to stop suicide car bombings by Sunni-led insurgents determined to wreck the vote. A few citizens were seen walking to the schools, which were protected by concrete barriers and barbed wire. President Jala! Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaa- ri were shown live on Al-Iraqiya television voting in a hall in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, where parliament and the U.S. Embassy are based. "The constitution will pave the way for a national said al-Jafaari. "It is a historical day, and I am optimistic that the Iraqis will say 'yes.' Farid Ayar, a top official in the Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission, said voting was being conducted at all the coun- try's polling stations. The charter hammered out after bitter negotiations is supported by a Shiite-Kurdish majority but has split Sunni Arabs after last-minute amend- ments designed to win support among the disaffected minority. IMAMS, PAGE A-8 ONLINE: For updates, go to HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Who won, who lost. SPORTS, PAGES D-7, 8, 9 MAKE YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS HOME GARDEN, PAGE E-1 INSIDE SU vs. RUTGERS Preview of today's game. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 LOW-COST CAR What's Ford replacement for the Taurus? AUTO, PAGE F-1 IT'S HERE SU's basketball team holds first practice. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 ;