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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 2005, Syracuse, New York 20 6 6 TIPS FOR A SMART WARDROBE The Post-Standard Affiliated with MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 5, 2005 FINAL EDITION ffl 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING BRIGHT START It will be mostly sunny and comfort- able in Central New York today as light winds blow in from the north. The dry weather will last for at least a few more days although there could be some fog in the, mornings. Complete forecast C-12 HIGH: 79 LOW: 55 At least 60 die in crash of Indonesian jetliner An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a residential neighbor- hood in the city of Medan short- ly after takeoff today and burst into flames, killing at least 60 people, officials said. The Boeing 737 was operated by Mandala, an aging low-cost carrier, and had been heading to Jakarta, Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said. He said 109 people were aboard. Syahrial Anas, a doctor over- seeing the removal of bodies at the crash site, said at least 60 people were killed. Federal government is keeping more secrets The federal government is classifying documents, closing advisory meetings and approving secret surveillance warrants at an unprecedented rate, according to a report released Sunday. Last year, federal officials classified 15.6 million new documents, about 81 percent more than they stamped secret in 2001, the first year of the Bush administration. The cost of classifying those documents rose from billion to billion over the same pe- riod, not including what the CIA marked secret since that figure is itself secret. STORY, PAGE A-4 State growth leaves out lower-paid workers Wages for lower-paid work- ers stagnated in recent years as New York's economy grew modestly, according to a report from The Fiscal Policy Institute, a labor-backed Also: Thoughts on Labor Day, workforce literacy, and the break-up of the AFL-CIO on The Readers' New blood pressure drugs work better, study says A combination of new med- icines lowers blood pressure and cuts the risk of heart attacks and strokes better than a more tradi- tional combination of drugs, according to-findings announced Sunday in Sweden. This contra- dicts an earlier study that found traditional therapy was superior. STORY PAGE, A-12 Maybe they only think they're losing weight In a nation where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, some dieters are hop- ing hypnosis will finally break food's spell over them. STORY, PACE A-4 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 Bridge...............M Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........E-l Movies..............D-4 Comics.............D-6 New York.........A-S (NY..................D-l Obituaries........B-4 Crossword Science.............t-6 Editorials.......A-IO Sports...............C-l Entertainment D-3 Sudoku.............D-7 letters...........A-11 Television.........D-5 local news.......1-1 Weather........C-12 THE POST-STANDARD Repair Crew Attacked; Three Gunmen Killed Alex Brandon The Times-Picayune A MAN IS ARRESTED by Louisiana State Police and New Orleans police SWAT teams. Police said a group he was with opened fire on a group of contractors traveling across the Danziger bridge on their way to make levee repairs. flood deaths predicted in thousands 404" The Associated Press New Orleans New Or- leans turned much of its atten- tion Sunday to gathering up and counting the dead across a ghastly landscape awash in perhaps thousands of corpses. "It is going to be about as ugly of a scene as I think you can the nation's homeland security chief warned. New Orleans police officers shot and killed three people and wounded two others who had fired at officers escorting a convoy of contractors across a bridge Sunday, the authori- ties said. A group of 14 contractors from Boh Brothers Construc- tion, one of New Orleans' largest construction compa- nies, was working for the Army Corps of Engineers on levee repairs and drainage, said Robert Boh, the president of the company The convoy, which in- cluded officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and was being escorted by a group of police officers on an anti- looting detail, was crossing the Danziger Bridge, which is 10 miles northeast of the French Quarter, when the shots were fired. "Our understanding was that they were driving across the bridge, and they took ref- uge behind or under said Eugene Pawlik, a spokes- man for the corps. W.J. Riley, the assistant su- perintendent of police in New Orleans, said a gunfight en- sued between the police and a group of seven men. "All our officers said the INSIDE What Went Wrong: Devastating a swath of the South, Katrina plunged New Orleans into agony. The story of a storm and a disastrously slow rescue. First of two parts. Page A-6 Faith in horrible times: Is it assailants all had Riley said. "Five of the subjects were he said. "Three were killed, two were wounded." The superintendent said that the remaining two men fled across the bridge and were pursued by officers. "One officer saw one sub- ject go into a he said. "Another ran around the building. Shots were fired and a sixth subject was killed. The seventh subject was appre- hended in the building." None of the contractors were hurt and they were even initially unaware that anyone had been shot, said Boh, learn- ing of it only later in news re- ports on the Internet. Meanwhile, air and boat crews searched flooded neigh- borhoods for survivors, and federal officials urged those still left in New Orleans to leave for then- own safety. To expedite the rescues, the Coast Guard requested through the media that anyone stranded hang out brightly col- ored or white linens or some- thing else to draw attention. But with the electricity out though much of the city, it was not known if the message was being received. CITY, PAGE A-7 Bush says he'll move quickly on chief justice 'It will serve the best interests of the nation to fill those vacancies By Steven Thomma and Stephen Henderson Knight Ridder News Service Washington President Bush on Sunday said he'd move quickly to nominate a new chief justice of the Supreme Court, the first time in nearly two decades that a president has had a chance to remake the court with both a new chief and a new associate justice. 'There are now two vacancies on the Supreme Court, and it will serve the best interests of the nation to fill those vacancies Bush said Sunday. "I will choose in a timely man- ner a highly qualified nominee to succeed Chief Justice Rehnqu- ist." Rehnquist served on the court for 33 years and led it as chief for the last 19 years. Flags flew at half staff, and court aides were prepared to drape his empty seat in black if a successor hasn't been confirmed when the court convenes for its fall term in four weeks. Funeral arrangements were pending. Rehnquist's death sets off a complex game of political and legal chess for Bush and Senate Democrats and Republicans as they face the prospect of two confirmation battles. The Senate Judiciary Commit- tee on Tuesday is scheduled to begin hearings on the nomi- nation of John Roberts to take the seat of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who's retiring. Bush gave no hint of whom he might pick to replace Rehnquist. He could pick someone from outside the court. He could nom- inate a sitting associate justice such as Antonin Scalia to the top job, then nominate someone else to take Scalia's seat. Or he could nominate as chief justice the man awaiting confirmation as an associate justice, Roberts, and then pick someone else to take O'Connor's seat. Each possibility has political overtones. Bush, for example, could appoint the first Hispanic to the court. He also could name a woman, which would keep the current composition of seven men and two women. JUSTICE, PAGE A-4 Warm nights give CNY its hottest summer ever By Mark Weiner Staff writer When it comes to summer in Central New York, they don't get any hotter than the season that unofficially ends this week- end. A streak of 90-degree days coupled with unusually hot, humid nights made the months of June, July and August the wannest ever recorded in Syracuse. The average temperature of 73.7 degrees during that period broke the previous record for the hottest meteorological summer, 73.6 degrees in 1949, according to the Northeast Regional Cli- mate Center at Cornell Universi- ty'- The National Weather Service considers a meteorological sum- mer the months of June, July and August. The average temperature is a combination of daily highs and lows. The extreme heat stuck around Central New York most of the summer because a system known as a Bermuda High that kept pumping warm air from the Gulf of Mexico across the Mid- west and into New York, said Mike Cempa, a weather service meteorologist. "The southwest flow was very persistent throughout the Cempa said. "Now we've seen a lot more of a changeable pattern in recent weeks. We're going into a more typical late summer or early fall pattern right now." He said a big contributor to the record season was the humid air that trapped heat close to the surface at night, resulting in low temperatures that were unusually high. Many nights never cooled, with lows stuck in the 70s. "I think that's a result of hav- ing a lot more moisture and higher relatively Cempa said. Daytime highs also reached into rare territory. Syracuse had 20 days with highs in the 90s a mark reached only five other times since 1922. Syracuse had 71 days with highs in the 80s. That was short of the record for 80-degree days in a summer: 81 days in 1949. The season started out with a dry June (1.95 inches of rain) but ended with a wet August (5.95 For the three months, Syracuse had 12.51 inches of rain, making it the 22nd wettest period since 1922. INSIDE KRAMER GETS SAUCED Pehedbyawherswitti sausages, he raises for humane relief. ROAD IDOLS 'American Idol'tow coming to Syracuse. CNY, PageD-1 INSIDE: How much does summer cost? The 10 LABOR DAY TIPS on coping with unemployment. The Daily DOM, Football diary Inside story of a new era By Donna Ditota Staff writer Otto the Orange frolics be- neath the inflated blue and orange arch, gesturing to Syra- cuse University football fans camped in the SU quad. In Otto's wake, a huddle of uniformed Syracuse police offi- cers form a scrum around SU head football coach Greg Robin- son, who is clad in a camel sports coat and carrying a bulg- ing leather briefcase. Behind him, his football team walks shoulder to shoulder, their faces grim, their ears siphoning sound from their iPods. It is on a nearly cloud- less Sunday morning. In 2Vi hours, the SU football team and its new coaching staff will make its 2005 debut. But now, they partake in an event the athletic department hopes to make a weekly autumn ritual. The Quad Walk. The players wear navy warmups imprinted with their numbers. Alex Shor, a senior tight end from Panama City, Fla., snaps photos on a dig- ital camera, but most everyone else seems lost in his own pre- game world. A spontaneous burst of "Let's Go emerges from the crowd, which presses toward the sidewalk as players pass. The Orange men march forward, eyes focused straight ahead, then disappear downstairs through Gate D in the Carrier Dome, senior tailback Damien Rhodes the last to leave. O.m. Marshall Street is a riot of orange. People wait, about 50 deep, just to enter Var- sity Pizza. Another line stretches outside the door of Manny's, where shoppers snap up SU gear. In front of Shirt World, employ- ees hawk T-shirts and sweat- shirts, which are displayed on wide tables like produce. In front of the Sheraton Ho- tel's tailgate area, Lynne Wiley leads a posse of Philadelphia na- tives to cheer for the Mountain- eers. Her son, Grant, was an Ail- American linebacker at West Virginia. He graduated two sea- sons ago. "This is the most calm crowd of any opening day game Wiley said. "Notre Dame, that's hostility. Pitt, that's hostility." So far, people here are nice, orderly, optimistic and, judging by the lines at the food tent on the quad, very, very hungry. WVU15, SU 7: Complete coverage begins on C-1 n ;