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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING NOT BAD Plenty of sun- shine today. A nice afternoon is ex- pected, with tem- peratures reaching the lower 70s. Clear tonight. Cloudiness is forecast to spread into the area Sunday as a cold front ap- proaches from the west, with thunderstorms possible. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 71 LOW: 54 20 companies will offer Medicare drug plans here New Yorkers who want to sign up for the new Medicare prescription benefit this fall will choose from 20 insurance plans or Medicare managed care plans. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Bomber strikes bus stop in Iraq, killing 7 people A suicide bomber this time with passengers aboard blew himself up near a Baghdad bus depot, killing seven people and wounding 20. Also: Three U.S. soldiers killed Friday. STORY, PAGE A-3 Le Moyne doesn't have to admit former student A state Supreme Court judge decided Friday that Le Moyne College is not required to admit Scott McConnell into its gradu- ate teacher program. McConnell was dropped from the program after he wrote a paper advocat- ing corporal punishment and dis- daining multiculturalism in the classroom. STORY, PAGE B-l S140M housing project proposed for Lysonder A developer wants to build a million housing complex in Lysander, featuring more than 500 upscale homes and Central New York's first Jack Nicklaus company-designed golf course, projects engineer said. STORY, PAGE B-l Yankees beat Toronto; Red Sox top Orioles New York Yankees opened their final home series of the sea- son by trouncing the Blue Jays 5-0 Friday night. The Boston Red Sox outpaced the Baltimore Orioles, 6-3. SPORTS, PAGE 0-1 Syracuse asks Destiny what stores are coming The Syracuse Industrial De- velopment Agency Friday de- manded that Destiny USA reveal what tenants are planned for the retail and entertainment project onthecity'slakefront. ALSO: Central New York job training groups don't want to start training workers until there are signs there will be jobs. BUSINESS, PAGE M Corrections Caption on Mississippi North Area Meals on Wheels' building Number killed at Battle of 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...........C-l local news.......B-l Bridge...........F-12 lottery..............A-2 Classified Movies...............M Comics New York.........A-4 Puzzles Obituaries........B-4 Dick Cose.........1-1 Sports...............D-l Editoriak.........A-6 Stocks...............C-2 Entertainment. 1-4 Sudoku...........E-ll Television E-12 Letters.............A-7 Weather........D-10 THE POST-STANDARD Police dog, officer nab man with Uzi outside school By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer A Syracuse police dog tackled a man carrying an Uzi sub-machine gun Friday in front of an elementary school, just as hundreds of children were arriving. The incident began Friday a.m. after a pfetson liv- ing on Davis 'Street called police to say a man had sneaked irifo a vacant house at Davis St Cruz-Rivera Officers Joe and Bruno Daniele arrived and saw a man walking down the street, Lt. Joe Cecile said. The neighbor point- ed out the suspect to the officers. Daniele went to the house to see if others were inside. Reilly followed the suspect, who was wearing a garbage bag as a makeshift rain poncho, obscuring his hands. Reilly, in a cruiser, ordered the man to stop, but the suspect, later identified as Jorge Luis Cruz-Rivera, 39, ignored him, Cecile said. The suspect started yelling in response and walking faster. Approaching the intersection of Davis and South Geddes streets, Reilly knew they were coming near Delaware Ele- mentary School. "It's the beginning of school, and there are kids literally Ce- David Lassman Staff photographer SYRACUSE POLICE Officer Joe Reilly and police dog Aura teamed up Fri- day to take down a suspect carrying two weapons. The arrest came less than 100 yards from Delaware Elementary School as stu- dents and staff were arriving. 'Say A Prayer For Texas' Hurricane Rita brings death, misery The Associated Press Beaumont, Texas Hur- ricane Rita steamed toward re- finery towns along the Texas- Louisiana coast with 125-mph winds Friday, creating havoc even before it arrived: Levee breaks caused new flooding in New Orleans, and as many as 24 people were killed when a bus carrying nursing-home evacuees caught fire. Rita weakened during the day into a Category 3 hurri- cane after raging as a Category 5, 175-mph monster earlier in the week. But it was still a highly dangerous storm. The hurricane was expected to come ashore early today on a course that could spare Houston and Galveston but slam the oil refining towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, La., with a 20-foot storm surge, towering waves and up to 25 inches of rain. "That's where people are going to said Max May- field, director of the National Hurricane Center. "We're going to get through Texas Gov. Rick Perry said. "Be calm, be strong, say a prayer for Texas." Late Friday, southwestern Louisiana was soaked by driv- ing rain and coastal flooding. Sugar cane fields, ranches and marshlands were already under water at dusk in coastal Cam- eron Parish. The sparsely populated re- gion was almost completely evacuated, but authorities rushed to the aid of a man who had decided to ride out the storm in a house near the Gulf Newhouse News Service AS HURRICANE Rita begins hitting southern Louisiana Friday, a storm surge again covers Paris Road in Chalmette, where a car was parked near Bayou Bienvenue. Levee breaks caused dry areas to flood anew. New Orleans neighborhoods flood, again The Associated Press New Orleans Hurricane Rita's wind-driven storm surge topped one of New Orleans' battered levees and poked holes in another Friday, send- ing water gushing into already- devastated neighborhoods just days after they had been pumped dry. o 11386" "6 An initial surge of water SEARCH, PAGE A-8 cascaded over a patched levee protecting the impoverished Ninth Ward, flooding the abandoned neighborhood with at least 6 feet of water. "Our worst fears came said Maj. Barry Guidry, a National Guardsman on duty at the broken levee. Leaks sprang beneath anoth- er levee that was repaired with rock and gravel after Hurricane Katrina flooded homes with at least a half-foot of water. Meanwhile, wind-whipped waves pushed water from Lake Pontchartrain over a seawall and rain runoff with no outlet pooled in city streets. The flooding came as Rita began lashing the Gulf Coast with rain and wind, and up to people in southwest- ern Louisiana headed north. Some who fought hours of gridlock to get out of Texas STORM, PAGE A-t INSIDE Elderly escaping storm die in bus fire near Dal- las; Bush cancels visit to Texas; Walsh asks Pentagon to house A-8 Cicero church volunteers return from For complete updates on Hurricane Rita, go to Commissioner of FDA resigns after 2 months The Associated Press Washington Embattled Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford abruptly resigned Friday, telling his staff that at age 67 it was time to step aside. President Bush designat- ed the National Cancer Insti- tute's director, Andrew von Eschenbach, to be the FDA's new acting commissioner. Crawford's resignation came just two months after the Senate, in a long-delayed move, elevated the longtime agency deputy and act- ing commissioner to the top job. His three-year tenure at the FDA was marked by increasing criticism and a particularly rocky final 12 months. The painkiller Vioxx was pulled off the market for safety problems, the FDA Crawford was embarrassed last fall when its British counterparts shut down a supplier of U.S. flu vac- cine for tainted shots, and over the summer recalls of malfunc- tioning heart devices mounted. Finally last month, morale at the agency plummeted when Crawford indefinitely postponed nonprescription sales of emer- gency contraception over the ob- jections of staff scientists who had declared the pill safe. The FDA's women's health chief re- signed in protest. Still, Crawford's resignation, effective immediately, was a sur- prise. An affable veterinarian who specialized in food safety, he was elevated by President Bush from acting commissioner to the full job in part because his experience was deemed impor- tant as the FDA tried to better safeguard the food supply against bioterrorism, Crawford gave a speech Monday in Wash- ington during which he betrayed no sign he was planning to leave, FDA, PAGE A-5 INSIDE HOW TO CUT YOUR HEATING BILLS Cardinal's diary reveals secrets of pope's election CNY, PAGE E-1 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Who won, who lost SPORTS, PAGES D-7. 8, 9 AT WATKINS GLEN Meet America's best bet SPORTS, PAGED-1 Vow of secrecy broken. Argentine said to be Benedict's main rival. The Associated Press Vatican City A cardinal has broken his vow of secrecy and released his diary describing the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, revealing in an exceedingly rare account that a cardinal from Argentina was the main challenger and almost blocked Benedict's election. Excerpts of the diary, pub- lished Friday, show Cardinal Jo- seph Ratzinger led in each of the four ballots cast in the Sistine Chapel during the mystery- shrouded April 18-19 conclave. But, in a surprise, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit, was in second place the whole time. Most accounts of the conclave have said retired Milan archbish- op Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini was the main challenger to Rat- zinger, who became Benedict XVI after his election, and that a Third World pope was never rc- alistically in the running. While Bergoglio never threat- ened Ratzinger's lead and made clear he didn't want the job, according to the diary pub- lished in the respected Italian foreign affairs magazine Limes his runner-up status could signal the next conclave might elect a pope from Latin America, home to half the world's I bil- lion Roman Catholics. The diary of the anonymous cardinal is also significant be- cause it shows that Ratzinger didn't garner a huge margin he had 84 of the 115 votes in the final ballot, seven more than the required two-thirds majority. His two immediate predeces- sors, Pope John Paul II and Pope John Paul I, are believed to have garnered 99 and 98 votes, re- spectively, and that was when there were 111 voting cardinals. "It does seem that somebody wants to indicate that the con- clave was a more complex pro- cess than was being depicted and ONE, PAGE A-5 ;