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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard WiT 1 TUESDAY. MAACH 15. FINAL IMTtON SYftACUSC, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING AFEWFUKES A flurry ma> fl> through the si> but there also should Q be suiishiAc breaking through the clouds. Temperatures u ill be below "OO Cemptotcfv itW Htttt 34 LOW: 23 Ploce yew bets, it's towrMMMt tine As much as the NCAA hates ii. the maJnciS of March basket- ball tournament extends far be- yond the coun. Some say more money may be bet on the tourna- ments than the Super Bowl. Craig Forth SU's man in the University basket- ball center Craig Forth has left his mark during a tour-year ca- reer. The Academic All-Ameri- can has started every game and proven naysayers wrong. STOIY, PAGED-! Metro Mottress settles stole MvestigotiM The state attorney general says Metro Mattress never sold at the regular price the matrres- ses that were advertised on sale. The retailer has agreed to pay 5158.000 to resolve the matter. Magna's not oiti-Mion, chairman teds workers The chairman of Magna In- ternational. which recently bought the New Process Gear plant in DeWitt. assured workers he's "from a very strong labor background." Teoni of ConrnKj scientists receive Mftiond medd President Bush awarded the 2003 National Medal of Tech- nology Monday to three scien- tists at Corning Inc. who invent- ed the cellular ceramic catalytic converter substrate now used in automobiles to convert noxious exhaust gases to harmless ex- haust gases and water vapor. NEW PAGE A-4 Hwdreds of thwsnds roiy at Martyrs' Square Anti-Syrian demonstrators flooded the capital Monday in the biggest protest ever in Leba- non. In a show of national unity. Sunnis, Druse and Christians joined forces. Saddam's relative, ex-BodyoNrd arrested Police arrested one of Sad- dam Hussein's former body- guards and a relative of the oust- ed leader in a raid north of Baghdad last month, the Iraqi government announced Monday. Identities of Samir NeJante. Blair Yul Brynner's Location of 301 S. Warren StJA-2 Biltmore Spelling of names of John Norstrant. Sergei Yevich. Lions Community Call Deputy Executive Editor Tirn Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 4THHEWS Index first CNY Man Convicted Under Terror Law Gets Years in Prison Ht vnn By Robert A. Baker Siaff writer The first person in Central New York convicted under u post-Sept. 11 state terrorism law was sentenced to 15 years to life Monday in Madison County Court.' Svracme resident Donald Jen- ftcr 46, threatened to kill two Madison County Department of Social Services employees last year after an Onondaga Count) caseworker told live-in girlfriend she would have to move out to regain custody of her son. Jenner is an untreated sex offender. Shortly after the sentence was read, Jenner. of 413 Prospect Ave., vowed to return to court to appeal the verdict and sentence. Jenncr told Judge Uennis McDermon that he didn't hurt anybody. "1 said something 1 shouldn't." Jenner said. "1 got mouthy. I'll utke a year for being mouthy." The judge saw things differ- ently, noting Jenner's felonies prior to this felony conviction for making a terroristic threat. Jenner was first arrested short- ly alter hii 16th birthday. McUenitoCl said, JIM iu-> CM four stale prison including stints for sexual ubusc- and bail jumping. "The only thing that seems to slop Mr. Jenner is incarcera- tion." McDermou -.aid. The defendant's lawyer. Todd Dexter, said that he would igor- ously pursue an appeal of the conviction and sentence. "There's so many appealable lout's because ihc IjVi n so 11CVS. UCMCI 1.11U Ni'Mn. a lawyer whi> tuCkXssfulU defcnJed a man ac- of unvritm in Idaho, said ihe stale appeals coun would hkely icw the case because Jenner is the fust convicted ol the crime. "Whether or not statutes are constitutional turns on a word- by-w ord. cotnma-by -comma oewwur, HOW DOES YOUR SCHOOL TEACH EVOLUTION AND CREATIONISM? Datf d Lassman Staff photcgracher DAN SAULSGIVER, a teacher at Madison Central School, sees little controversy today over teaching creationism and evolu- tion. He said he believes it is because fewer students attend church today than did 30 years ago when he began teaching. Evolution or creationism: CNY schools tread lightly Ourics Darwin's theory of evolution states that all species, including mar., evolve or change over time: "As many more individuals of each speties are bom than can possibly survive, and as consequently there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary in any manner profitable to will have a better chance of survival and thus be naturally selected.... Any selected variety to propagate its new and modified form." Chattel Darwin, from the introduction to "The Origin of Spews' By Sapna Kollali Staff writer Hannibal high school bi- ology teacher Mike Holy believes in God and teaches evolution. He sees no con- tradiction between the two. As a scientist, Holy makes evolution not just part of his curriculum, but part of the independent re- search he conducts outside school. "I certainly believe in God, but I don't see any clash at he said. "I ask my students to under- stand evolution, but they don't have to believe it I present them with informa- tion, and they can make their own choice." Across Central New York, teachers confront this issue: How should they present the concept of life's origin and development to their students? In New York, the state Education Department requires that students understand evolu- tion and the theories of Charles Darwin, who pro- posed the idea that species, including nun. evolve, or change, over time. But many Central New York teachers said they ap- proach evolution as just one theory and let students know can believe any idea they choose about how life came to be. The debate about how schools across the United States teach evolution and, in fact whether they teach it at all has recent- ly resurfaced, partially due to a federal judge's ruling earlier this year that a Geor- gia school district could not place stickers in science textbooks that called evolu- tion "a theory, not a fact." Around the country, it is "fairly common" for teachers to avoid the topic of evolution, said Nick Matzke. spokesman for the National Center for Science Education, in California. "It becomes an issue in small conservative commu- he said. "But in general. New York is ahead of other states." Avoiding the topk is dif- ficult in New York, because of state Education Depart- ment requirements. The state includes evolution and Darwinism in its learning standards for The Living Environment course, often taught as biology, and in The Physical Setting, taught as earth science, chemistry and physics. The state has also said public schools cannot teach crcatNntsnn. the idea that God created the world, said Ann Crotty. associate for science education in the state Education Depart- ment Still, the state has not de- termined how teachers should present the informa- tion in class. "There are certain con- cepts that must be ad- dressed to meet the learning standards, but what school districts do to teach that is a local decision." Crotty said. "How school districts approach it varies a lot" Even the way individual teachers handle evolution can change from year to year, said Westhill High School biology teacher Denise Reiner, the biology representative for the Sci- ence Teachers Association of New York State's central region. "There are some basic, fundamental vocabulary and patterns." she said. "We go into some areas deeper than others, but I've taught at other schools, and it really depends on the group of students and what they want to discuss." Her curriculum includes various theories and ideas. including natural selection and mutations. Her honors biology class learns about The Bibte states that God created the universe, including plants and animals, and made man in his own image: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.... And God said. Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and yver ihe fowl of the air. and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and Ov-er every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in tne image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis, Chapter1, Verses 1; 26-27 King temts Version SCHOOL BURDM6 NeigmE dubs in schools are part of a free country writes Jenny of Meoco School. INSIDE YEAR Of IKE NXOTEftSCAT New Yorlrt tougher car seat rutes start March 27. OtV.mOEE-1 OUT OF THE RUN 'American finalist wado out for'personal CNY, E-3 Ninety minutes of exercise a day? Experts soy 60 to 90 iniMrtes is best, kit at least 30 MMrtes a day is a must. By Libby Quaid Assoc.a'sc Washington Even p-.opij working out at the gym say raos.: folks won't get 60 to 90 minutes of exercise daily. as the govern- ment now suggests. Paul Steinkocnig. 45. of .Ar- lington. Va.. now works out about 90 minutes a day three days a week. Sixty or 90 minutes every day "sounds higher than certainly what the average American is going to consider." he said while using weight ma- i chines ai ihe Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. This is what the guidelines say about exercise: People need 30 minutes of physical activity on most days to ward off ciironic disease. To prevent unhealthy weight gain, people sh' >uld exer- cise 60 minutes most days. Previously overweight peo- ple may need 60 to 90 minutes of exercise to keep the weight off. "It probably would have helped if. m the release of the guidelines, the 30-minute recom- mendation had been connected to the weight issue as the 60- and 90-minute recommendations were." said Russell Pate, panel member. "Because we have 60 percent of Americans overweight and 30 percent obese, we have a lot of people trying to lose weight and keep it off. and we know how difficult it is." said panel mem- ber Dr. Xavier Pi-Sunyer. Up to 90 minutes a day is re- quired for people who. since they were overweight, may have a more demanding metabolism. said Dr. Janet King, panel chair- woman. It's fine to break the activity into bouts of 10 or 15 minutes, but the idea is to do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical ac- tivity the equivalent of walk- ing at about 3.5 miles an hour. Hiking, light yard work, danc- ing, golf or bicycling all count. More vigorous activity. like running, heavy yard work or playing basketball, is even bet- ter, the committee said. "The idea here is small said Eric Hentges. direc- tor of the Agriculture Depart- ment's Center for Nutrition Poli- cy and Promotion, which helped write the guidelines. "Get the 30 minutes first, because indepen- dent of any of the other aspects. the 30 minutes alone will have benefits." FUM ICON Of THE DKAM Guess who?   

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