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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard ....________________________ 02005 The Post-Standard Affiliated with TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2005 GOOD MORNING SUN STAYING A high-pressure system is begin- ning to drift away, but today will still be quite warm and sunny. There might be fog during the morning, however. More clouds should begin to fill the sky over Central New York on Wednesday. Complete forecast, C-10 s HIGH: 85 LOW: 57 BEEZIE MADDEN WINS THE GOLD File photo Katye Martens, 2004 CAZENOVIA'S BEEZIE MADDEN won a silver medal with her horse, Authentic, in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Monday, Madden was officially awarded a gold medal after a member of the German equestrian team was disqualified in a steroids scandal. See Sports, Page C-1 Daring attack targets Iraq's Interior Ministry Insurgents launched a daring daylight assault Monday against the Interior Ministry in Baghdad, killing two police officers in a surge of attacks by al-Qaida's arm in Iraq. Two British soldiers died in a roadside bombing in the south. STORY, PAGE A-5 Single in the city? You're talking Manhattan Manhattan, with its dizzying social scene and studio apart- ments, has the highest percent- age of single-person households of any county in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some people were living alone in Man- hattan at the time of the 2000 Census. Other singles magnets are St. Louis, Denver, San Francisco and Washington D.C. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Labor Day parade takes note of lockout Union employees of Interface Solutions in Volney have been locked out since they rejected a contract Aug. 13. The previous contract expired July Also: 42 percent of U.S. workers were scheduled to labor on Labor 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... Bridge....... Classified.. Comic...... CNY........... Crossword Editorials. B-6 .......E-9 M D-6 D-l A-8 HO A-9 Local news.......B-l Lottery..............A-2 Movies..............D-4 New York... Obituaries.. Sports......... Sudoku Television... Weather..... A-6 B-4 C-1 >7 D-5 C-10 Sigh of Relief David J. Associated Press A MILITARY HELICOPTER drops a sandbag to repair the 17th Street canal levee Monday in New Orleans. Engineers plugged the levee break Monday, and f loodwaters began to slowly recede. Levee plugged, water pumping, troops on patrol; some who fled get a quick visit home to pack News service reports New Orleans A week after Hurricane Katrina, engi- neers plugged the levee break that swamped much of the city and floodwaters began to re- cede, but along with the good news came the mayor's direst prediction yet: As many as dead. Sheets of metal and repeat- ed helicopter drops of sandbags along the 17th Street canal leading to Lake Pontchartrain suc- ceeded Monday in plugging a 200-foot-wide gap, and water was being pumped from the canal back into the lake. State officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say once the canal level is drawn down two feet. Pumping Station 6 can begin pumping water out of the bowl-shaped city. Some parts of the city al- ready showed slipping flood- waters as the repair neared completion, with the low- lying Ninth Ward dropping more than a foot. In down- town New Orleans, some .streets were merely wet rather than swamped. "We're starting to make the kind of progress that I kind of expected New Or- leans Mayor Ray Nagin said Michael DeMocker TIFFANY JONES, 8, who was adopted out of Morocco as an infant, finds an angel figurine among the ruins of her home Monday on West Beach Blvd. in Pass Christian, Miss. The house, the only real home she's ever known, was destroyed. of the work on the break, which opened at the height of the hurricane and flooded 80 percent of the city up to 20 feet deep. The news came as many of the residents of sub- urban Jefferson Parish waited in a line of cars that stretched for miles to briefly see their flooded homes, and to scoop up soaked wedding pictures, baby shoes and other cher- ished mementos. "A lot of these people built these houses anticipating some floodwater but nobody imagined sobbed Diane Dempsey, a 59-year-old re- tired Army lieutenant colonel who could get no closer than the water line a mile from her Metairie home. "I'm going to pay someone to get me back there, anything I have to do." "I won't be getting inside today unless I get some scuba added Jack Rabito, a 61-year-old bar owner who waited for a ride to visit his one-story home that had water lapping to the gutters. GOVERNOR, PAGE A-4 DEVELOPMENTS feared dead: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin warned Monday that people may have died. Waters recede: Engineers plugged the levee break, and floodwaters began to recede. Some return: Residents of Louisiana's Jefferson Parish were allowed to return to sal- vage what is left of their homes, told they can stay until Wednesday. Bush returns: President Bush made his second trip to the region since Katrina hit, said, "All levels of the gov- ernment are doing the best they can." Fund Former Presidents Bush and Clinton announced a fund similar to the one for the tsunami. Missing police: Some 400 to 500 police officers from New Orleans' member force were unaccounted for. Reinforcements for police ar- rived from around the country. INSIDE Story in What went wrong Business: Seized counterfeit goods given to hurricane Oil production ramps INSIDE SPECIAL SSO SECTION Syracuse Symphony's conductor and musicians tune up for the 45th season. INSIDE ENERGY BOOSTS Secrets of local athletes. CNY, Page D-1 Yikes or yay, it's to school SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS picked Roberts, again By Ron Fournier The Associated Press Washington President Bush chose the path of least re- sistance in nominating John Roberts as chief justice, acting with unusual haste as the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina sap his political strength. He was the safest choice Bush could make. Roberts is a Washington in- HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PREVIEW Pages C-6, C-7 FIRST WEEK OF SENIOR YEAR is the Starting today and continuing through Monday, the pupils in kindergarten through high school in Central New York begin a new school year. So do more than teachers. And it's a big day for parents, too, whether they're happy to see their children out the door or not. Again, this year, we'll spend more than billion on public education in Central New York. Some things are new this year. For the first time, the feder- al government is requir- ing all schools to teach about the Constitution. (Story on Page B-5) New York state education officials have added new requirements as well. Incoming ninth-graders and those who follow will have tougher requirements to earn a high school diploma than their predecessors. The freshmen will need a minimum score of 65 percent on at least two of the state's five required Regents exams and 55 percent on the other three to graduate. Older students need only a 55 on all five exams to pass. Children in grades three through eight will take state tests in math and English to monitor their progress in accordance with federal No Child Left Behind legislation. English testing begins in January 2006. Math testing begins in March 2006. Previously, the state required testing in just grade four and eight. Here's a list of schools in Central New York set to open today DeRuyter. LaFayette. Marcellus. Morrisville-Eaton Stockbridge Valley. West Genesee In Tully, kindergartners get a sneak preview 1-5 Across Central New York, new BOCES programs get in synch with the job B-z Dr. Weeks Elementary School is riding a wave of success into the new B-1 John photographer SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS for the Baldwinsville Central School District Annette Alexander, of Baldwinsville, (left) and Paula Killian, of Central Square, apply a bus number onto the roof of the bus. in the functions of the Supreme Court and the le- vers of power in Congress, an accomplished lawyer whose smile and sterling resume seem to take the sharp edges off his deeply conservative ideology. Liberal activists who opposed Roberts' nomination to replace retiring justice Sandra Day O'Connor had found little in his record to suggest they could thwart that nomination. He will draw less partisan fire than two other candidates push- ed by Bush's conservative back- ers to succeed the late William -H. Rehnquist associate jus- tices Clarence Thomas and An- tonin Scalia. While Roberts' confirmation still seems likely, he may face a tougher road to confirmation be- cause the position of chief jus- tice will be held to a higher stan- dard. Bush's weakening political standing could complicate things for Roberts, according to strate- gists in both parties. CRITICS, PAGE A-10 Bankruptcy judges look for some assistance By John O'Brien Staff writer U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Step- hen Gerling hopes to get his Sat- urdays back. He and Robert Littlefield. the other bankruptcy judge for the 32-county Northern District of New York, will be getting a hand with a caseload of bank- ruptcy filings that's been billow- ing for years. Congress approved 28 new bankruptcy judge positions, in- cluding one for the Northern District, as part of the new bank- ruptcy law that takes effect Oct. 17. The approaching law proba- bly caused a spike in bankruptcy filings across the country be- cause people want to take advan- tage of the consumer-friendly provisions of the current law, according to bankruptcy lawyers. There were bankruptcies filed in the Northern District in July a 32 percent increase over the number filed in July 2004. The purpose of the new bank- ruptcy law is to try to curb fil- ings by making it harder to file for people who don't need bank- ruptcy protection, said Guy Van Baalen, an assistant U.S. bank- ruptcy trustee. SPOT, PAGE A-3 Rising bankruptcy filings The number of bankruptcy filings for the 32-county Northern District of New York has risen every year for the past five years. This year's filings will likely break the district record again: PETITIONS FILED Projected for the year Through July '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 Source: U.S. Bankruptcy Court The Post-Standard ;