Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York
HOUSTON JOINS CHICAGO IN SERIES SPORTS, PAGE D-1 GAME 1: 8 P.M. SATURDAY THANKS, MOM DAD Why young adults take parents' possessions. CNY, PAGE F-1 TheRS DRINKING NEWS A few hangover And the latest Irinking tan AMY GRANT SINGS WITH THE SSO WEEKEND, PAGES Affiliated with Syracuse.com THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING LOOK QUICK It will be dry and sunny in Central New York today but the clear skies won't last very long. Clouds will return Friday, and drench- ing rains could pound the area during the weekend as moist air arrives from the South. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 54 LOW: 39 Bob Strong The Associated Press SADDAM HUSSEIN speaks Wednesday as his trial begins in a heavily fortified court in Baghdad. He quarreled with judges and insisted he was still the president of U.S. soldiers accused of desecrating bodies The U.S. military is inves- tigating an Australian television show's video that shows U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan allegedly burning the bodies of two Tali- ban fighters and taunting other enemy Taliban with the alleged desecration. STORY, PAGfA-4 Studies show drug works on early breast cancer A drug that targets only dis- eased cells has proved astonish- ingly effective against an aggres- sive form of early breast cancer a breakthrough that has doc- tors talking about curing thou- sands of women each year. STORY, PAGE A-9 Court orders arrest of ex-House majority leader A state court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Rep. Tom DeLay, requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges. STORY, PAGE A-7 Senators: Miers' answers incomplete, inadequate Senate Republicans and Democrats Wednesday said Su- preme Court nominee Harriet Miers' written answers to their questions were inadequate. STORY, PAGE A-l 2 Corrections 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-l Local news.......B-l Bridge..............G-8 Lottery..............A-2 Classified.........G-l Movies............Wkd New York...... A-l 0 CNY...................F-1 Obituaries........B-4 Sports...............D-1 Dick Case.........B-l Stocks...............C-3 Editorials.......A-l 4 Sudoku..............F-7 Letters...........A-l 5 Television..........F-5 THE POST-STANDARD Cappuccilli Steps Down As State Fair Director By Mike McAndrew writer State Fair Director Peter Cap- puccilli Jr. said Wednesday he is retiring after 10 years of running the end-of-summer show that draws 1 million people. Cappuccilli said he has sub- mitted his resignation to the gov- ernor and accepted a job with a Syracuse law firm, Devorsetz, Stinziano, Gilberti, Heintz and Smith. Gov. George Pataki plans to appoint a new fair director this week, said a spokesman for the governor. "I've had a dream job. To steal a quote, I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the Earth be- Cappuccilli worked with cause I've a wonderful staff and put smiles on people's Cappuccilli said. In New York, the fair direc- tor's position has been one of the state's plum patronage jobs. Cappuccilli's future became tenuous July 27 when Pataki an- nounced he would not run in 2006 for a fourth term. Pataki appointed Cappuccilli to the job in 1995. Typically, new gover- nors want their own directors. Cappuccilli, 54, of Geddes, earns per year as the fair director. New York's fair was ranked as the 13th biggest in North America in 2004 by Amusement Business, a trade magazine. Under Cappuccillfs watch, a re- cord people attended the 12-day fair in 2001. "The governor is extremely pleased with the outstanding job Peter Cappuccilli has done as di- rector of the state fair." said CAPPUCCILII, PAGE A-7 Do you think the city as a whole is better off, worse off or about the same since Matt took office? Better off 32.2% Worse off 16.8% Same DEATH TOLL RISES SHARPLY IN PAKISTAN; HURT CHILDREN WAIT FOR HELP A KASHMIRI BOY evacuated from a remote village in north- western Pakistan waits at a military helipad in Muzaffara- bad Wednesday for transit to a hospital in Islamabad. New The Associated Press figures from the South Asian earthquake have pushed the death toll to more than officials said Wednesday, making it one of the deadliest quakes of modern floridians prepare for powerful Wilma N.Y. Times News Service Hurricane Wilma weakened slightly Wednesday night as it spun through the Caribbean after, by one measure, becoming the most intense storm ever ob- served in the Atlantic Ocean. By 5 a.m. Wednesday, Wilma had grown into a Category 5 hurricane, with top sustained winds of 175 mph, up from 80 mph Tuesday evening. At 11 p.m., the National Hur- ricane Center in Miami reported that the winds had slowed to 155 mph, and Wilma was now a Cat- egory 4 storm. Computer models predict that the storm will continue moving northwest today, possibly strik- ing the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, before it bounces off a cold mass of air descending from the north and makes a sharp right turn to the northeast. Under the projected path, it would strike the west coast of southern Florida on Saturday night or Sunday morning and continue to the northeast, passing over Palm Beach. But the forecast still contains much uncertainty. If the storm makes an earlier, sharper turn, it could miss Florida entirely and strike Cuba instead. If it turns more slowly, it could make land- fall at Tampa or farther north. The bounce off the cold front should disrupt the storm's wind patterns, and when it strikes land it is likely to be weaker, al- though still dangerous, at Cat- egory 2 or 3, said Stacy Stewart a meteorologist at the hurricane center. Still, Stewart said he and his colleagues were struck by the speed with which Wilma had gained strength. "We were an- CNY has noninvasive way to take pictures of the heart vasive method of eettine Die- Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer DR. JAMES CONNELLY senior technologist Jay Tracy and Kathe Fell, a nurse practitioner, review a scan of a patient's heart using new technology at the New York Heart Center. Process allows three- dimensional view without cardiac catheterization. By James T. Mulder Staff writer Think of it as a Kodak cardiac moment. In a few seconds, doctors in Syracuse can now take vivid three-dimensional pictures of your heart that reveal blocked ar- teries and other signs of cardiac disease. They, can do this with- out subjecting patients to cardiac catheterization, the standard in- vasive method of getting pic- tures by sticking a long, thin, flexible tube into the groin or arm and threading it through the blood vessels to the heart. The detailed pictures are taken by a high-speed CT scan- ner, an X-ray machine that cre- ates images in slices that are as- sembled by computer into a picture of the heart. The region's first high-speed scanner was installed earlier this month by the New York Heart INSURERS, PAGE A-l 6 49.6% Voters mixed on Driscoll record Poll: A third said he did poorly on Destiny, but pretty well on crime, city services. By Frederic Pierce Staff writer Most Syracusans think Mayor Matt Driscoll has done a good job providing city services and keeping a lid on crime, but are less enthusiastic about his record on taxes, schools and Destiny USA. a survey of likely city vot- ers shows. The survey, conducted Friday and Saturday for The Post-Stan- dard by the Zogby International polling firm, also shows that many voters think Driscoll has made poor choices in selecting his advisers. "These are pretty anemic per- formance said John Zogby the head of the firm. "I think it speaks to the fact that it's not a good time to be a mayor, particularly in Upstate New York, and it's not a good time for a mayor to have a perform- ance review." Driscoll's handling of city school issues got the lowest ap- proval rating of the six areas vot- ers were asked about in the sur- vey. More than 65 percent of the respondents said Driscoll's per- formance was fair or poor. More than 60 percent of those polled said Driscoll's handling of the Destiny USA resort proj- ect was fair or poor, and nearly 58 percent think he's done a fair or poor job with taxes, the sur- vey showed. Driscoll's choice of advisers was rated fair or poor by 55 per- cent of the respondents, although more than a fifth of the voters surveyed said they didn't know enough about the mayor's advis- ers to have an opinion. Those advisers have included Charlie Vinal and Robert Romeo, whose business dealings with Miami investor Eli Hadad on the sale of the Hotel Syracuse have raised questions. Driscoll also forced out Eco- nomic Development Director Bart Feinberg and Budget Direc- tor Ann Rooney in the wake of a fake bid opening and accepted the resignation of former police Chief Steve Thompson after he was charged with driving drunk and hitting a bicyclist with a car. Post-Standard Poll The Post-Standard hired Zogby International to poll Syracuse voters on their choice for mayor. 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