Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 2005, Syracuse, New York
The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKUM.com TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2005 FINAL EDITION 0 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING HOT TIMES A high-pressure system will bring plenty of sunshine and very warm temperatures into Central New York today. Some clouds will arrive Wednesday, and a few showers may fall during the night and on Thursday. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 90 LOW: 66 Guide to Primary Day in Central New York Today is Primary Day for many voters enrolled in political parties in Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego counties, as candidates vie to represent their parties in the No- vember election. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. Who votes All Conservatives and Inde- pendence party members in Onondaga county get to vote, as both parties are holding prima- ries for Family Court judge, a countywide post. Other races are at the town or legislative or council district level, and the parties holding them vary. Where to call Call the Board of Elections in your county if you're unsure where to vote: The numbers are: 435-VOTE (435-8683) in Onon- daga County 253-1285 in Cayuga County 366-2231 in Madison County 349-8350 or 349-8351 in Oswe- go County. Elsewhere in the state The spotlight is on Democrat- ic mayoral candidates in New York City and Falcons get payback, defeat Eagles 14-10 Michael Vick ran for a touchdown and set up another with a long pass, to give Atlanta a 14-10 victory over Donovan McNabb and the Eagles in a re- match of last season's NFC championship game. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 Entrepreneurs get jump start at boot camp Graduates have good things to say about Syracuse Universi- ty's boot camp for entrepreneurs, which is beginning its third year. MISINESS, PAGE C-1 Delta reportedly headed to bankruptcy this week Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to file for bankruptcy protection as early as Wednesday, says an in- dustry consultant. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Corrections Christian Brothers Academy donors John Redmond and his sister, Betty ALS Walk for a Cure at Vero- na Beach State Park sponsored by Muscular Dystrophy State Fair sunglasses vendor Mark Cromp Custom Builders Inc. in Parade of "The Odd Couple" begins on Broadway Oct. Theater pipe organ pops con- cert rescheduled for p.m. Sunday at the New York State Fairground 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 F-4 Classified Comics E-6 F-l Crosswords Editorials Kid's Page letters A-8 F-10 A-9 Local news lottery......... Movies......... New York... Obituaries.. Schools........ Sports.......... Stocks Sudoku........ Television... Weather..... .A-2 E-4 A-6 B-4 B-6 D-l C-3 1-7 1-5 D-8 THE POST-STANDARD 3 Officers Hurt in Pine Attack Mai in woods issued death threat, come at officers with a lead pipe, ponce soy. By Cammi Clark Staff writer Three Syracuse police officers were hospitalized Monday night after being attacked by an man wielding a metal pipe on Bridget Circle, police said. The officers' injuries were not Me threatening, according to Sgt. Tom Connellan, Syracuse Police Department spokesman. A female officer was hit in the face, one male officer was hit in the head and the other in the leg, Connellan said. Police charged Shannon St. Louis, 25, of 116 Keen Place, with two counts of second-de- gree assault, both felonies; fourth-degree criminal posses- sion of a weapon and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. Connellan said police were called to Bridget Circle, off Onondaga Creek Boulevard, about p.m. after someone reported a fire in the wooded area. When they arrived, St. Louis, who was standing just inside the wooded area, told police he was going to kill them. "If you come in here, some- one's going to Connellan said SL Louis told the officers. A sergeant, who arrived after the attack, used a laser on St. Louis, Connellan said. Police did not release the names of the officers. They were all taken to Community-General Hospital. Two were treated and released by p.m., accord- ing to a hospital nursing supervi- sor. "Unfortunately, these are the things our officers deal with on a daily Connellan said. Gloria Wright Staff photographer SYRACUSE POLICE OFFICERS search a wooded area off Bridget Circle Monday night for a lead pipe used in an attack that hospi- talized three officers. The pipe was recovered. SITTING IN JUDGMENT OF JOHN ROBERTS Chuck Associated Press SUPREME COURT NOMINEE JOHN ROBERTS (centerstanding behind table) awaits the start of his confirmation hearing Monday on Capitol Hill. Roberts told the senators that as servants of the Injustices are like umpires: They don't make the rules, they just apply them. In an opening statement that used six of his 15 minutes. Roberts promised that If confirmed to succeed the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, he will "confront every case with an open mind." INSIDE: Roberts portrays himself as a humble, mainstream judge; Schumer wants to know about Online and other How one goof unplugged nearly all of Los Angeles News service reports Los Angeles A wide- ranging power outage, set off when a cable was accidentally cut, darkened large sections of downtown Los Angeles and many parts of the San Fernando Valley for a couple hours shortly after noon Monday, authorities said. Two million customers were affected before most power was restored about 2 p.m. During the blackout, elevators stalled, traf- fic lights either went out or burned steadily green, and teach- ers tried to soothe worried schoolchildren. Ron Deaton, head of the city Department of Water and Power, said at one point two of the city's four power generating sta- tions in the Los Angeles basin had shut down. The outage hit about p.m. Lee Sapaden, a spokesman for the county's Office of Emer- gency Management, said the massive power failure was caused after an employee 'inad- vertently cut a power cable" at a DWP substation in west Los An- geles. City officials said power was restored for 90 percent of those who lost it by about 2 p.m. Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon said the outage involved "no terrorism or foul play." He added that for the LAPD, "the main issue is traffic con- trol." At the Jewelry District in downtown Los Angeles, home to jewelers and millions of dollars in precious stones and metals, the blackout caused havoc. Security systems auto- matically called police, buildings were locked down, metal gates trapped customers inside stores, and security guards went into "battle said Peter Boy- adjian, owner of Gemspot. "All the security alarms go he said. "It triggers chaos." Hospitals across Los Angeles TRAFFIC, PAGE A-10 40 bodies found in New Orleans hospital President Bush visits area amid signs that recovery is taking hold. News service reports New Orleans The bodies of more than 40 mostly elderly patients were found in a flooded- out hospital in the biggest known cluster of corpses to be discovered so far in hurricane- ravaged New Orleans. The exact circumstances under which they died were un- clear, with at least one hospital official saying Monday that some of the patients had died be- fore the storm, while the others succumbed to causes unrelated to Katrina. The announcement, which raises Louisiana's official death toll to nearly 280, came as Presi- dent Bush got his first up-close look at the destruction. "My impression of New Or- leans is this: That there is a rc- covery on the Bush said in the shadow of a freeway over- pass, destroyed cars littering the landscape behind him. Despite the devastation and nu'les of still flooded streets, there were encouraging signs of recovery: Nearly two-thirds of southeastern Louisiana's water treatment plants were up and running. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport planned to resume limited pas- senger service today. Forty-one of 174 permanent pumps were in operation, on pace to help drain the still half- flooded city by Oct. 8. That doesn't mean a quick re- turn to normalcy for residents or for business owners, who were let back in Monday to assess the damage and begin the slow pro- cess of starting over. The Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency expects to pro- vide temporary housing for TWPOIAHY, PAGE A-4 INSIDE DANCE TO HEALTH How Auburn dance teacher gets fit. CNY, PAGE E-1 WHY I BECAME A DOCTOR It started when she had childhood cancer. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E 8 EBAY BUYS SKYPE FORS2.6B Internet auctioneer buys j Internet phone company. BUSINESS, PAGE c-1 THE FACE OF AIDS in Africa is just fte us, writes Liverpool senior. INSIDE OUR SCHOOLS, PAGE B-6 Families flee apartments after closet floor caves in Contents plunge into basement, damaging wires and pipes, authorities say. By Cammi Clark Staff writer Twelve families in a Near North Side apartment building were left homeless Monday night after the floor of a large storage closet collapsed, sending its contents crashing into the basement. The collapse damaged electri- cal wires and sewer and gas pipes in the building at 314 Green St., said Brian Bratt, dis- trict chief of the Syracuse Fire Department. The American Red Cross pro- vided food and shelter at the Transfiguration church on Teall Avenue for 16 residents. Others stayed with friends or relatives. The total number of people af- fected could not be determined Monday night. Bratt said the storage closet v The Post-Standard should not have been used for such big items. The large storage closet, about 10 by 20 feet, held furniture, televisions, boxes of clothes and other items, according to Monica Mann, 20, who lived in the first- floor apartment.