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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard TUESOAT. MAftCM 1, 2005 flNAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. SO CEMTS GOOD MORNING LOOKS IAAAD g the in in like a lion O 30 SI-LJ- up to a t'Xrt Ol MiuV, M. V-M V 'V 4, is JX'i-iDit fdlu-Jjy Complete f orecast, MMonoire Fossetf begins solo flight around world Stese KISM.-H look off Mon- day night on hi-, atiempi to be- come the first person to com- plete a solo trip around the world in an airplane ithout makine a single stop. a millionaire and the first person to circle the globe solo in a balloon, launched his GlobalFlyer from the Salina Mu- rti.jirV'l p.m. He hoped 10 return to Sali- na. Kan., on Thursday morning. Convention center hotel developer drops deadline Pioneer Cos.. which wants to build a convention center hotel in Syracuse, waived a midnight deadline Monday, saying talks with Syracuse and Onondaga County officials were positive. STOUT, PAGfl-1 Lawyers present cases as Jackson trial begins As Michael Jackson's child- molestation trial stoned Monday, the prosecution said that Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch lured young victims. The de- fense said the mother accusing Jackson lied about medical bills. Lebanese leader quits; masses protest Syria About protesters massed outside Parliament in Beirut. Lebanon, forcing the res- ignation of Prime Minister Omar Karami and the Cabinet. More workers not keen bsnow U.S. workers are less satis- fied with their jobs than they were 10 years ago. a survey re- ports. citing their need to pro- duce more and deal with chang- ing technology. STORY, SU women making mark in Softball Despite not being able to practice outdoors this winter, the Syracuse Orange's Softball team has already knocked off two ranked teams, including defend- ing national champion UCLA. STORY, PMC 0-1 'A Place at the Table' The Newspapers In Educa- tion serial "A Place at the Table" continues today with Chapter B-3 Correction Ingredients in winning recipe at Chili Bowl Festival'B-1 Time of State University of New York at Cortland's commu- nity Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index C-! M Off ___ M Yak _ H OtJMrits >lt M Stock C-3 H Shiites Defy Attackers Despite Deadliest Day RESIDENTS OF Hillah, Iraq, look at the vehicle of a suicide bomber after he blasted a crowd of police and national guard re- cruits Monday as they gathered outside a clinic. The attack left at least 115 people dead and 132 wounded. Targeted Iraqis say they won't strike back By Ali Al-Fatlawi The Associated Press Hillah, Iraq The pile of sandals and shoes toid part of the story. So did the blood splattered high on a wall and pooled in the street. Then there was the bomber's car. or what was left of it a twisted engine block and ruined frame. Most telling was the weeping relatives of the dead and the maimed. In the deadliest single attack since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a suicide car bomber killed 115 people and wounded 132 on Monday, mostly police and army recruits lined up for at a ical clinic. The explosion in this largely Shiite Muslim town about 60 miles south of Baghdad presented the boldest chal- lenge yet to Iraq's efforts to build a secu- rity force that can 'take over from the Americans. Some of the victims were shoppers or vendors from a nearby outdoor street market selling produce, sandwiches and other food. But most were recruits wait- ing outside the clinic. "I was lucky because 1 was the last person in line when the explosion took place. Suddenly there was panic and many frightened people stepped on me. I lost consciousness and the next thing I was aware of was being in the hospital." said Muhsin Hadi. 29. a recruit. One of his legs was broken in the blast. Device lets parents monitor teen drivers By Michelle Biggins The Wai! Street Journal It used to be that teenagers had to worry about their little brother or sister snitching on them. Now. big brocher is watch- ing, too. A new class of monitoring de- vices is hitting the market that leu parents keep close tabs on how their kids are behaving be- hind the wheel whether they're driving recklessly, whether they're wearing seat belts, whether they are really just going to the library like they promised. Based on technology long used by trucking companies to track driver behavior, the gad- gets, which typically are in- stalled under the dashboard, can track a vehicle's acceleration, braking and distance traveled. Some of the new devices are interactive, capable of notifying parents if their child speeds or drives beyond a predefined boundary like to a boy- friend's house, or Tijuana. De- pending on the product, the alerts come via e-mail, phone or logging onto a Web site. Alltrack USA, an online re- tailer thai offers a product it calls Real-Time Tracking, even sells a S-0 sJd-cn im- mediately tell their kid to knock it off. From their computer, they can flash a light on the dash- board or blow the car's horn at the driver. U also allows parents to prevent a car from being re- started once it s parked some- where. Gadgets like these can range in price from 5140 or so for a basic system without instant tracking, to more than plus monthly fees for options that use Closing charter school could leave million debt unpaid pOttTO WOVM MV6 M WOIM pay bock wfcatH borrowed fhrovgh By Maureen Nolan Staff writer If the Central New York Char- i ter School for Math and Science closes, the school board will be j left with about million in debt and no income. The chaner school set itself up in two old brick buildings on the i fringe of downtown Syracuse by borrowing million. 1 If the school closes, the school board would have no income to 1 pay its debt. Last month, the SUNY Char- ter School Institute recommend- ed against renewing the school's five-year charter to operate. It also recommended that the school close. State University of New York trustees are expected to vote today on the renewal. The charter school's board of directors borrowed the money- through bonds, mostly tax exempt, issued by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency. The school got into the agreement in January 2002. The money helped to buy, fix and equip the decrepit buildings, which in another life were Syra- cuse University's Peck and Reid halls. The deal struck by the school board of directors was that the school would pay back bond- holders with the state aid it re- ceives for each enrolled student, according to the board and coun- ty Economic Development Di- rector Donald Western. The school is supposed to pay- back the money until 2032. Western said. If the school loses its charter to operate, it won't be able to pay back the money be- cause no enrollment means no more state money. The school would likely default on the loan and the bondholders' representa- tives would acquire the mort- gage, according to Western and the school board. The deal is secured in pan by the mortgage on the propert} and toft How the vision faded for a charter other measures. Western said the county's IDA has no financial li- ability. The assessed value of the property is just over S2 million, according to the city. "Somewhere at some point somebody is stuck because there is i roughly) million in debt. and there may not be million in wealth to satisfy it." Western said. When the school borrowed the money, the charter school move- ment in New York state was in its infancy, and no charter school had ever financed a building through tax-exempt government bonds, according to the SUNY Charter School Institute. "It's still pretty rare. It's very hard to do." said Bill Phillips, president of the New York Char- ter School Association, an Al- banv-hased charter advocacv a security agreement, anvme g INSIDE NO BIBLE STUDY OR EXCLUSIVE CLUBS NYPDftUfcENDOfutiUNE Say goodbye to the cops and per pi and find out why the first episodes were too raw for Syracuse. Steinberg says his scftoot erred when it allowed such ckite. INSTANT SENSATION How 'the Nurrva Numa became sw Off, PAGE E-4 Owck put other cuft stars at Americans live longer than ever, on average Nolioad fife eiptdoaty rises to record 77.6 years; B> Randolph E. Scbjnid r i'ri: "G'.C' in Jcuiii ironi nuuo: hie exrvctancs to a record are living lunger than incti. bu; Women now u lite ol SIM 5.3 seals more than men. That'.- down from 5.4 in 2902 and continue-i a stead) decline from j peak dif- ference tit" 7.S '.ear-> in the tistics said Monday. Research indicates there also is an increase in active life ex- pectancy, said Man A. Salmon, a sociology protestor at the Uni- versity of North Carolina. "It's no; thr. v.e'rc a lot of very old. sick people." -.he said, adding, "There has been iots of speculation on how this will affect Social Security, ol course. The total number of deaths in the United States ir, 2003 was 2.443.90S. an increase of 521. reflecting a growing population. Most age groups saw a decline in mortality rates. Infant mortali- ty, which increased to 7 per 100.000 in 2002 the first such rise in decades was 6.9 in 2003. a change the agency said was not statistically significant. PARKINSON'S, PAGtA-9 Inside Who gets hurt most by privatization of Social Security? Workers in their 40s, says a Boehlert to push for minimum wage raise By Peter Lvman ns'c" Su'saij Rep. Shervvood Boehlert plans to introduce a bill in Congress soon to raise the federal min- imum wage by S2 an hour within two years, matching a recent change in New York's law. Boehlert. R-New Hartford, said Monday the change is nec- essary for two reasons: to enable workers to keep pace with the rising cost of living and to main- tain wage competitiveness for businesses in New York and other states whose minimum ex- ceeds the federal standard. Under Boehlert's proposal, the federal minimum wage would increase from to an hour within 60 days of the measure's approval, to on Jan. 1. 2006. and to S7.15 on Jan. I.2007. Those numbers match the re- cent change in New York law. which the state Legislature en- acted last over the veto of Gov. George Pataki. State Sen. John R-Svracuse. The first step in the state law JICRIE MIION ON HOW TO WALKIIM TO TOM lOfTINI ft 2 current federa1 miniTiufTi wage: S5.15 an hour. The current New Yooc or. riws to on Jan. 1, 2006, and to on Jan. 1. The state law sets a tower minimuTi for food wtio earn ttps. A bi'i introduced by Rep. Soehlert .'.CulcJ increase the federal minimum wage to match the New York stats wage and timetable. 2 O.C., have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum.