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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York SOX TAKE 2-GAME LEAD OVER ASTROS ON HOMER IN The Post-Standard Affiliated with MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STILL WET A storm system will keep plenty of clouds and some showers over Central New York today. The ak will remain chilly. More rain is expected to arrive in the area tonight and Tuesday. Complete forecast, C-12 Report by County Links Higher Bail, Crowded Jail HIGH: 48 LOW: 36 Lowville Marine is killed in Iraq A Marine from Lowville was killed in Iraq last week, accord- ing to reports. Seamus Davey, 25. a Marine reservist based in Reno, Nev., died in an explosion, his mother told radio station WWNYT in Watertown. Davey, a >998 graduate of Lowville Academy in Lewis County, would have turned 26 next week. He is the second soldier from the village killed in Iraq in the past six months. In April, Cpl. Kelly Matthew Cannan, 21, was one of two soldiers who died when a bomb exploded near their Humvee in Ar Ramadi. MORE ON IRAQ, PAW A-4 Britain confirms parrot had bird flu The British government said a strain of bird flu that killed a parrot is the deadly H5N1 strain that has plagued Asia and spread to Europe. Britain's chief vcteri- nariah said the parrot was likely infected while it was quarantined with birds from Taiwan. STORY, PAGE k-4 CIA leak probe to make move this week Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is likely to make his final decision on indictments in the CIA leak case today, setting the stage for a week of high drama in Washington that could determine the course of Presi- dent Bush's second term. STORY, PAGE A-9 Donations are up; United Way leads The 400 largest U.S. charities saw donations rise 11.6 percent last year from 2003, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper that tracks philan- thropy and charitable organiza- tions. The United Way of Amer- ica was the top fundraising group in 2004, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported. 'Rocky VI'? Bad idea, declares Bud Poliquin There are bad ideas, and then there are wretched ones, writes Post-Standard columnist Bud Poliquin. Another "Rocky" se- quel by Sylvester Stallone, now 59, is the worst. SPORTS, PAGE C-l 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 E-8 Movies..............D-4 Classified..........E-l New York......... A-8 Obituaries........B-4 CNY .............D-1 Sdence.............B-6 SeanKirst........B-l Editorials.......A-10 Sports...............C-l Letters...........A-ll Sudoku.............D-7 Local news.......B-l Television.........D-5 Lottery.............A-2 Weather........C-12 THE POST-STANDARD By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer Most of Syracuse's City Court judges are setting bail at two and three times more than they did 10 years ago for both the most serious and least serious crimes. In that time, the lengths of jail stays for people accused but not yet convicted of crimes has also doubled and tripled. Those are the findings of a new report initiated by the coun- ty to examine the overcrowding in its Justice Center Jail, the fa- cility where people whose cases have not been resolved, are kept. The situation has forced the county to make room for those people at its Jamesville facility, where convicted inmates are housed. It's a situation that cost tax- payers more than last year it may cost more in 2006 and makes jail officials' work more difficult. A record high 745 inmates were housed in the justice sys- tem as of Friday, with 658 at the justice center, 87 at Jamesville. Defendants' rights advocates say higher bail has created an unfair circumstance for the "in- nocent until proven guilty." And they argue bail is being used as a punishment in a new, tough-on- crime climate. Prosecutors say the longer stays keep dangerous criminals off the street. The judges responsible for setting bail, however, are staying mum. "The judges deal with every case individually." said David Bookstaver, speaking for the state's Unified Court System. "If the results of that results in a trend, so be it. But interpretation and trend analysis is not some- thing judges should be doing." OVERCROWDING, PAGE A-6 How CNY jails are doing Jails in Oswego, Cayuga and Madison counties are not reporting an overflow of inmates this fall, although Oswego's jail exceeded its capacity late in 2004. Excess Oswego inmates were sent then to Cayuga County's jail, which also routinely has room to house an average of more than 25 federal inmates each day. There have been no studies in those counties on bail amounts or whether bail has any effect on the length of stays in jail. INSIDE How the report was ONLINE Start a discussion in the Crime Safety Forum at Jose Luis Magona The Associated Press A CAR DEALERSHIP in Cancun, Mexico, is destroyed Sunday by Hurricane Wilma. Mexicans and stranded tourists stood in line to buy supplies Sunday or simply raided grocery or furniture stores. Wilma brings twisters to Gulf Coast The Associated Press Key West, Fla. Rain pounded Key West overnight as Hurricane Wilma approached storm-weary Florida, threat- ening residents with 115-mph winds, tor- nadoes and a surge of scawater that could flood the Keys and the state's southwest coast. The Category 3 hurricane was ex- pected to slice northeast across the state at up to 25 mph. Sunday, tornadoes spun off from the huge storm system had damaged a restau- rant in Cocoa Beach and an orchid nurs- ery on Merritt Island, near Kennedy Space Center. "I cannot emphasize enough to the folks that live in the Florida Keys: A hur- ricane is Gov. Jeb Bush told state residents Sunday afternoon. The entire southern Florida peninsula has been under a hurricane warning since Saturday, and an estimated resi- dents were told to evacuate, but many in the low-lying Keys island chain stayed. "They're going to be in deep warned Billy Wagner, Monroe County emergency management director. Forecasters warned of flooding from a storm surge of up to 17 feet on the south- west coast and 8 feet in the Keys, where streets were already running with water Sunday night. Because the storm was expected to move so swiftly across Florida, residents of Atlantic coast cities were likely to face hurricane-force winds nearly as strong as those on the Gulf Coast, forecasters said. At least three tornadoes were confirmed ahead of the storm, near Fort Drum, Ke- nansville and Cocoa Beach, and a water- spout was spotted off Key West. Despite the repeated warnings, fewer ALPHA, PAGE A-12 UPDATES: For the latest on Hurricane Wilma, go to Wood, coal stoves are heating up the market Expected increase in heating costs fueling a search for alternatives in CNY. By Brian Hecht Contributing writer Sales of wood-burning stoves and coal stoves have risen sharp- ly in Central' New York as con- sumers look for alternatives to high heating costs. "It's been the busiest summer in my 33 years doing said Mark Krukar, a sales consultant at Clearview Home and Leisure in Syracuse. The company is selling about 50 pellet-burning stoves a week nearly 10 times more than at this time last year. At Dennis Coal Stoves Co. in Fabius, owner Charlie Dennis said he sold 164 coal stoves during a single weekend earlier this month. PELLET, PAGE A-6 Start a discussion In the Home Improvement forum at Jim Commentucci Staff photographer MIKE LATUQA, of North Syracuse, unloads two face cords of mixed hardwood at the home of Kay Gregory on Arnold Avenue in Syracuse. Many homeowners in Central New York are switch- ing to wood, pellets.or coal. INSIDE THERE'S NO CRYING In the workplace. The Daily Dose, Page D-8 10 HORRIFYING FILMS According to the professor of scary movies. CNY, PAGE D-1 HAUNTED KRAMER Don't go in the Oswego wing. CNY, PAGE D-1 SCENTS-LESS Why flowers have lost their smell. Science, Page B-6 Colleges stricter on alcohol policies Experts cite various factors affecting the recent jump in alcohol violations at colleges. By Glenn Coin Staff writer Alcohol violations on Central New York college campuses have climbed 25 percent in two years but that doesn't necessar- ily mean more students arc drinking. College officials say the in- crease in figures recently report- ed to the federal government might simply reflect an in- creased crackdown on drinking. As the national concern of binge- drinking on campuses mounts, colleges have expanded on-cam- pus education and enforcement programs, and often turn what used to be an oral warning into a referral to the campus judicial system. "We really arc trying to crack down on underage said Nan Pasquarcllo of SUNY Cortland, where drinking viola- tions reported to college officials more than doubled from 2002 to 2004. "It is probably the largest problem facing colleges and uni- versities across the country, not just Central New York and New York state." A Hamilton College trustee and author of a recent book on campus culture agrees that the 25 percent increase is probably the result of enforcement. But enforcement doesn't necessarily solve the problem, said Barrett Seaman, author of "Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You." "I don't think that's going to have any positive effect on un- derlying drinking said Seaman, who will discuss his book today at Hamilton. "I think it tends to drive it under- ground, out of the open and into dorms and off campus parties, and away from beer to hard li- quor because it's easier to hide and harder to get caught." Seaman said colleges would do better by focusing on the ef- fects of too much alcohol, such as vandalism and date rape. In a report issued this spring, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said drinking among college students leads to about deaths, injuries and as- saults each year. "Oftentimes where you have sexual harassment or violent be- haviors, most often alcohol is in- said Jim Scharfenberg- er, dean of student affairs at SUNY Oswego. AUTHOR, PAGE A-8 If you go What: Hamilton College trustee and author Barrett Seaman discusses binge drinking and other nationwide campus issues When: 4 p.m. today Where: Hamilton College chapel ;