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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14. 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOME SUNSHINE Patchy fog will clear away this morning to give Central New York a chance to see some sunshine mixing with the clouds. Temperatures will remain above normal. Some showers may arrive in the area tonight. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 89 LOW: 64 2 Democrats chosen for council ballot Syracuse Democrats on Tues- day selected two candidates for Common Council races in the November election and left a third primary too close to call until absentee ballots are count- ed next week. Voters across Onondaga County enrolled in the Republi- can, Democrat, Independence and Conservative parties picked their parties' candidates for the Nov. 8 election. Primaries were held for an Onondaga County Family Court judgeship, two Legislature seats and numerous town races, in- cluding the Republican designa- tion for Skaneateles town super- visor. Story Page B-1. Bail's rolling on return of professional soccer The Monolith Athletic Club got approval from Onondaga County Tuesday to play profes- sional soccer home games at Al- liance Bank Stadium. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 Hypertension plus extra weight bring heart woes If you're overweight, you're at greater risk of dying from heart-related problems only if you have high blood pressure, says a study. STORY, PAGE A-9 Credit union introduces 40-year mortgage to CNY Visions Federal Credit Union, of Endicott, is bringing the 40-year mortgage to the Syr- acuse market. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Other countries top U.S. in student achievement In education, the United .States outspends all but one in- dustrialized nation in a new study, but it ranks ninth in the share of its population with at least a high school diploma. STORY, PAGE A-8 Deer hunter shot me once and tried again, man says Deer hunter Chai Soua Vang, of Minnesota, shot another hunt- er once, then hollered something like "You're still before trying to shoot again, the other hunter testified Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-14 Corrections Limeledge District water CNY MedTech Denisha Grant-Bullock's 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. Classified...... Comics.......... CNY............... Crosswords. Editorials..... Letters.......... Local news.. C-l G-14 G-l E-8 M A-12 A-13 1-1 Lottery......... Movies......... New York.... Obituaries... Sports.......... Stocks Sudoku Technology. Television.... ,A-2 E-6 A-10 B-4 D-l C-3 E-9 H E-7 THE POST-STANDARD 0 M404M1373 Belgium Bridge, Half Bone, Must Be Repaired Already Uneven concrete surface in two lanes will be smoothed down over four days. By Tom Leo Staff writer Commuters who use the Bel- gium Bridge connecting Clay and Lysander can expect further delays as workers try to correct a problem with the bridge's con- crete decking. The decking on what eventu- ally will be the eastbound lanes the two lanes that have been open to traffic has been flak- ing and chipping away in spots, creating an uneven driving sur- face on the bridge over the Sene- ca River. The contractor, Cianbro Corp., of Pittsfield, Maine, will use a diamond grinder to smooth down the surface, said Dave Rakvica, Cianbro's senior proj- ect engineer. Work is scheduled to be done Sept. 26 to 29. "We're still not sure what caused the said state Department of Transportation spokesman Anthony Dacqua. The two lanes were opened to traffic about a year ago, and problems with the surface be- came apparent soon after. Cianbro is repairing the sur- face at its own expense, Ilacqua said. If the contractor can prove to the state it was not at fault for the damage, Cianbro will be re- imbursed by the state for the work. It cost about million, in- cluding labor, to pour concrete on the entire bridge surface, Rakvica said. He couldn't say what it will cost to fix the sur- face until the work is done. The entire surface both the initial two lanes and the yet to open lanes poured this summer will be ground down to create a uni- form surface, Rakvica said. BRIDGE, PAGE A-U IN THE WAKE OF KATRINA CNY fire crew raced to help By Dave Tobin Staff writer The 88-year-old woman screamed when Eric Saul- sbury and his Central New York team smashed down the door of her New Orleans home. That's how they knew she was in there. A big woman, she was stuck between a toilet and bathtub, where she'd fallen and broken her arm. She wasn't sure how long she'd been lying there. All they knew for sure was that Hurri- cane Katrina had blown through nine days before. They ripped out the toilet and carried her to the roof, from where she was airlifted away. She was one of 66 peo- ple Saulsbury and crew led to safety last week, on a search- and-rescue mission in the storm- and flood-ravaged South. The mission was a journey through living hell. Human and animal corpses floating in sewage-contaminated water, pets stranded on porches and rooftops, people drawing guns on them as they entered houses to search for the living. "There wasn't a place you went there wasn't said Saulsbury, of Homer, whose team included six volunteers from Cayuga and Cortland counties. "Our guys were armed, wearing armored vests. We were supplied with weap- ons when we got there, through different agencies. CREW'S, PAGE A-6 SOME OF THE VOLUNTEER firefighters who traveled to New Orleans to help hurricane victims are shown Tuesday at the Aurelius Volunteer Fire Department station house with the f iretruck they took. They are (from Mike Greenlar Staff photographer right) Eric Saulsbury, president of S-Fire LLC, of Cortland; Chris Walczyk, Kyle Hultz and Joe Foster, all of the Aurelius Volunteer Fire Department, and Wayne Stuttle, of the Sci- pio Volunteer Fire Department. ERIC SAULSBURY, of Cortland, and Alvie Bankston, of the Denham Springs, La., Fire Department, rescue an 88-year-old woman Courtesy of Kyle Hultz Sept. 7. She had been trapped in her bath- room after Hurricane Katrina hit New Or- leans. Nursing home owners charged in deaths The Associated Press New Orleans In a day of reckon- ing across battered New Orleans, the owners of a nursing home were charged in the deaths of dozens of patients killed by Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters, the death toll in Louisiana jumped to 423, and the mayor warned that the city is broke, unable to make its next payroll. Mayor C. Ray Nagin said the city was working "feverishly" with banking and federal officials to secure lines of credit through the end of the year. Amid the discouraging news, there were also clear signs of progress on many fronts: The New Orleans airport reopened to commercial flights, the port resumed operations, and the mayor said dry sec- tions of the ravaged city including the French Quarter and the central business district could be reopened during the daytime as early as Monday, provided the Environmental Protection Agency finds the air and water are safe. "We're out of nuclear-crisis mode and into normal, day-to-day crisis Nagin said. The death toll climbed by more than half in a single day to 423, including last week's grisly discovery of 34 dead pa- tients and staff members at St. Rita's nursing home in the town of Chalmette in hard-hit St. Bernard Parish. Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti charged the husband-and-wife own- ers of St. Rita's with 34 counts of negli- gent homicide for not doing more to save their elderly patients. The case represents the first major prosecution to come out of the hurricane. AIRPORT, PAGE A-6 INSIDE: A hospital's staff tells of its desperate, doomed attempts to save patients' DEVELOPMENTS: President Bush says, "I take reponsibility" for federal BEYOND PB: Five tips for heotthy, CNY, PAGES E-1. E-3 YOUNG AND UNINSURED? How to get covered. DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 LIBRARIES GO DIGITAL with movie troJwrs. TECHNOLOGY, PAGE M MARTHA'S BACK Different? CNY, PAGE E-5 Roberts rules some topics out of order Chief justice nominee refuses to directly talk about abortion and other issues. News service reports Washington Chief justice nominee John Roberts repeated- ly declined to answer questions about abortion and other conten- tious issues at his confirmation hearing Tuesday, telling frus- trated Democrats he would not discuss matters that could come before the Supreme Court. "I think nominees have to draw the line where they are most said Rob- erts, who also sidestepped ques- tions about civil rights, voting rights and the limits of presiden- tial power in a long, occasionally antagonistic day in the witness chair. He did say past Supreme Court rulings carry weight, in- cluding the Roe v. Wade deci- sion that legalized abortion in 1973. But the principle of court precedents allows for overturn- ing rulings, too, he said. Over and over, he assured lawmakers his rulings would be guided by his understanding of the facts of cases, the law and the Constitution, not by his per- sonal views. "My faith and my religious beliefs do not play a added Roberts, who is Catholic. "I will be my own he said later. The 50-year-old appeals court judge and former Reagan admin- istration lawyer fielded questions about dozens of legal precedents without benefit of notes. His wife, Jane Roberts, also an attor- ney, sat behind him, flanked by a delegation of aides the White House assembled to assist him. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the committee chairman, raised the question of abortion moments after the hearing began, and the issue reverberated again and again. "The right to privacy is pro- tected under the Constitution in various Roberts said at one point. Hours later, he said he agreed with a 38-year-old high court ruling in a case involving contraceptives for married cou- ples, a decision often cited as the underpinning for abortion rights. He said that if confronted with an abortion case as seems likely in the high court's upcom- ing term he would give full weight to the precedent of the landmark ruling that established a woman's right to end her preg- nancy. The legal principle of "stare decisis" requires that, he said but he also said the same princi- ple allows past rulings to be overturned. Roberts struck sparks when he indicated his refusal to answer certain questions was based in part on a precedent of "no hints, tOKHTS, MGIA-4 INSIDE: Cross-examining the judge; plus, what questions did Roberts answer Guide to online ;