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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracusB.com TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STILL CHILLY Temperatures will remain below nor- mal under cloudy skies today in Central New York. Some rain may fall. Warmer air should be pushing its way into the area later this week and more sunshine is expected. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 50 LOW: 34 CNY's Private Colleges To Get Millions from N.Y Fla. strengthens penalties for some sex offenders Florida has set a minimum 25-year sentence for certain sex crimes against children younger than 12, and requires some of- fenders released from prison to wear tracking devices for life. STORY, PAGE A-3 Groom soys he still wants to marry runaway bride Asking, "haven't we all made John Mason says he still wants to marry his fiancee even though she ran away days before their wedding, claiming to be kidnapped. STORY, PAGE A-12 Pfc. Lynndie R. England pleads guilty of abuse Army Pfc. Lynndie R. Eng- land pleaded guilty Monday to mistreating inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. STORY, PAGE A-7 Defense post for Sunni; U.S. Marine jets missing Iraq's prime minister Mon- day was trying to get a Sunni for the Defense Ministry job. Mean- while, U.S. military officials said they were searching for two Ma- rine jets and their crews. STORY, PAGE A-7 Verizon wins deal with MCI over Qwest MCI agreed to a new deal with Verizon Monday, prompt- ing Qwest to drop out of the bid- ding despite its higher offer. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Law tightening penalties for DWI expected soon VaSeah's Law, named for an 11-year-old killed by a driver ac- cused of driving drunk, is ex- pected soon. State leaders agree on the measure that makes it a felony to kill or seriously injure someone while driving drunk. STORY, PAGE A-8 Italy: U.S. troops' stress, inexperience led to death Italy's report on the death of its agent, shot by American troops, blames the accident in part on inexperienced, stressed soldiers. STORY, PAGE A-9 Supreme Court to decide military recruitment issue The Supreme Court said Monday it would settle the dis- pute over whether colleges can ban Pentagon recruiters without losing federal funds. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Tax Film festival Updowntowners president's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Dick Blume Staff photographer MICHAEL FEELY, of Buffalo, and Shannon Scully, of Massachusetts, examine birds during a biology class at Le Moyne Col- lege. The college may receive a grant to modernize its science building. State grants can be used for capital projects By Nancy Buczek Staff writer Central New York's private colleges may receive about million total to help them renovate or build on their cam- puses under a new million state pro- gram, according to a higher education group. The creation of the Higher Education Capital Matching Grants Program in the 2005-06 state budget makes New York the third state in the country to dedicate money for capital projects at private col- leges and universities, said Terri Stand- ish-Kuon, speaking for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universi- ties. The group represents chief executives at more than 100 independent (private, nonprofit) colleges and universities in New York on issues of public policy. "Our colleges and universities are deeply rooted in their communities, and if you look across Central New York, private colleges and universities are anchoring small towns, villages and larger Standish-Kuon said. The schools will have to work for the money: For every from the state, col- lege officials will have to match it with GRANTS, PAGE A-9 HOW DOES IT WORK? A three-pronged formula dictates how the million will be distributed statewide. million or 10 percent: shared evenly among all eligible colleges and universities. million or 45 percent: dependent on the proportion of state Tuition Assistance Program dollars awarded to the institution. (TAP money, which does not have to be paid back, is given to New York state residents based on their net taxable income.) Source: Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities million or 45 percent: based on enrollment. Climber's brother carrying body down Mkhoel O'Brien's family awaits details of his death on Mount Everest. I By Suzanne M. Ellis Staff writer It will be days before Michael O'Brien's family knows for sure what went tragically wrong Sun- day on Mount Everest, causing the 39-year-old Oswego native to fall to his death. They believe the only person who can tell them is Christopher O'Brien, who today is helping carry his older brother's body more than three miles down the mountain. At this point, all the family knows is that O'Brien died when he fell into a crevasse at an ice- fall on Ihe southwest face of the mountain. "Those are sensitive ques- ons that 1 just didn't want to sk Christopher right said ic men's father. Dr. David O'Brien, of Oswego. "I didn't want him to have to reconstruct what happened It would have )een just too much for him be- cause he is devastated. We're all devastated. We're numb." Christopher, of Haddonfield, N.J., called his father Monday morning from base camp to say that he was beginning the descent. Depending on weather conditions, Dr. O'Brien said, it will take at least two days to. get the body of his 6-foot-6-inch, 245-pound son down the mountain. "Christopher said he'd had literally a dozen Sherpas from' other expeditions, not just his own, who volunteered to help get Michael down the moun- Dr. O'Brien said. The brothers whose mother and sister died from complica- tions of Huntington's disease hoped to be the first American brothers to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. DETAILS, PAGE A-6 Inside: Blogs from climbers on the scene: "Another fatality has struck the Everest Index Business.... Gussified CUT______ Comic___ Etfitorids... Kids page _ local news ...C-l H M E-6 .A-10 HO ...B-l lottery___ Movies........... New York.- Obituaries... Sports____ .A-2 .E-4 A-8 .8-4 D-l Stocks______C-3 Television____1-5 THE POST-STANDARD Liverpool earth science teacher gets national award By Michele Reaves Staff writer The decor in Len Sharp's earth science classroom isn't the usual pumice and fossils. A life-sized cutout of the "Star Wars" Wookie named Chewbacca stands beneath post- ers from "Star "Apollo 13" and other movies along one wall. Enlarged photos from his travels around the world fill other walls in the Liverpool High School Annex classroom. They illustrate a lifetime of work for Sharp who has spent the last 39 years teaching earth science. Sharp, 61, was recently hon- ored with a 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Na- tional Science Teachers Associa- tion. The ninth-grade teacher was one of two teachers in the country to win the award. "He's an amazing science teacher and that's a very consis- tent message from the people that he works said Cindy Workosky, spokeswoman for the science teachers association. "He's a role model and just really helps science come alive." Workosky said. Sharp's student Roddy Yagan agreed. "It's a lot more fun and inter- active." Yagan, 14. said of Sharp's class. "It's not always strict and formal." Yagan said he enjoyed the labs like testing the properties of I minerals or figuring out what i types of rocks Sharp has in his collection from various places. Texas town seeks to boom with nuclear waste storage Dennis photographer LIVERPOOL TEACHER Len Sharp uses a Slinky to demonstrate to his ninth-grade earth science class the types of waves created by earthquakes. He learned ways to use the toy as a teaching device while attending a 1992 National Science Foundation seminar in New Madrid, Mo. Globe-trotting teacher Since early in his career as an earth science teacher, Len Sharp has traveled to different parts of the globe, learning first-hand about the world around him and bringing back lessons for his pupils. Here are his trips: 1968-1969: Chesapeake Bay, Va. 1969: Norfolk, Va. 1978: Adirondacks, Upstate New York 1981: Southwest United States visited 31 national parks and monuments 1982: Central Northwest United States 1983: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, Canada 1986: Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Mount Baker, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park, Wash.; Crater Lake National Park, Ore. 1988: Caribou Poker Flats, Alaska 1990: Paradise Bay, Antarctica; Greenland; Iceland 1991: Moscow, Russia 1993: New Madrid earthquake zone. Mo.; San Andreas, Calif.; Alaska 1995: Santorini, Greece 1996: Cairo, Thebes and Aswan, Egypt 1997: Hawaii 1998: Rome and Mount Vesuvius in Naples, Italy 1999: Pribiiof Islands, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park and Point Barrow, Alaska; Japan 2000: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Undara, Australia 2001: Cusco, Peru 2002: Wuhan, China 2003: Easter Island 2004: Hawaii By Betsy Blaney The Associated Press Andrews, Texas This small West Texas town grew its economy on oil but may hang its hopes on what some folks be- lieve is their next boom: storage and disposal of radioactive waste. Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists owns acres about 30 miles outside town near the New Mexico border. About acres have been set aside for hazardous waste storage and disposal, and the company will manage tons of federal uranium byproduct waste by year's end. Rather than a "not-in-rny- backyard" stance, some resi- dents believe the waste site will generate dozens of jobs from spin-off industries, and city lead- ers anticipate it will pump mil- lions into the economy. "If we thought we could get an NFL franchise or a River- walk, we wouldn't have looked at this said Russell Shannon, vice president of the Andrews Industrial Foundation. "We just believe it will bring us some jobs, bring people to our community to get involved in an industry, like they did with oil." Andrews was incorporated in 1937, about eight years after oil was struck. By 1956, the county led the nation in oil production, pumping more than 60 million barrels annually. The oil boom lasted through the 1960s, fell off and then pick- ed up again. Gradually the oil business dwindled, along with the town's population. In the late 1990s, Andrews hit another na- tional high, this time with dou- ble-digit unemployment, as oil prices sunk to a barrel. Many hope the radioactive waste site can turn around An- drews' fortunes. Residents re- cently learned that it was tapped TOWN, PAGE A-9 Inside: Travels of Len Sharp Voices of his INSIDE The Daily Dose Stacey Keefe came home to care for her mom. Now, she is committed to volunteering in her mother's memory. r Are your parties boring? Want to smash some concrete stairs? If you've got the time, the Dorothy Day House has a sledgehammer. PageE-8 HOW POPE JOHN PAUL II INSPIRED WE Bishop Grimes junior Michael Bielak writes about how John Paul reached generations. VOICES, PAGE B-6 RUNNING: JACKIE MIRON ON THE MAN WHO INVENTED MOUNTAIN GOAT 5K IS YOUR BOSS AS SAD AS THESE? Michael Scott of "The Office" is television's newest villain. CNY, Page E-1
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