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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York 1 jLfOSc! iViouse safely, gei rid or your scale, a'ream of sumewntire nP lllc AJf.! jted with SyracuM.com TnUnSDAV, mAV 15, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, 50 CEiYTS GOOD HORNING KEEPING CLEAR Cooler air over New England should block any storms from reaching Central New York during the next sev- eral days. Temperatures will continue to be near the normal level for this time of year. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 67 IOW: 44 Walsh panel for CNY military units More than J63 million worth of projects for Central New York military installations were given the green light Wednesday as the House Appropriations Commit- tee approved a SI21.8 billion spending bill for fiscal year 2006 and sent it on to the full House. STOir.FAGU-5 N.Y. quietly borrows S440M for pet projects A panel appointed by the governor and legislative leaden quietly approved more than million in borrowing Wednesday for projects the leaders will pick and New York's taxpayers will pay off over the next 30 years. STORY, FAGU-i Pntoki proposes tougher vehicle emission rules New York will adopt Cali- fornia's tough standards for motor vehicle emissions later this vrar under new reputations being sought by Gov. George Pataki to cut down on air pollu- tants and greenhouse gases. New rules, if adopted, would take ef- fect on 2009 model vehicles. STORY. FAGU4 Senators fail to reach deal over judges' confirmation More than a dozen senators trying to head of f a showdown over judicial filibusters failed to work out a deal Wednesday to confirm some of President Bush's judicial appointments while rejecting others. STORY, FAGtA-4 Grenade thrown at Bush contained live explosives A hand grenade found in the crowd 100 feet from President Bush as he gave a speech in the Republic of Georgia last week contained live explosives and would have gone off if it hadn't malfunctioned. STORY. FAGIA-7 U.S.: Al-Qaida leader ordered suicide bombings Al-Qaida's self-proclaimed representative in Iraq personally ordered the recent onslaught of suicide bombings that has killed more than 500 people in the past three weeks', according to U.S. military officials. STORY, FAGtA-7 Corrections LaFayerte Softball team High school stolen base 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 OaafeJ _ M Ott_ _ Canto _ H EriertAvwil.M Locd nm_M lotrtqr A-2 New York _ A-S Otouotte _ 1-4 'Sports D-l Stoda C-3 Miwion E-5 IriEPOST-flAXDWD English Test Results Improve Scores up at 104 CNY elementary schools; middle schools mixed By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer eighth-graders scored higher on this year's state English tests, though middle schools are still struggling. Education Commissioner Richard Mills said more than half of pupils tested in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and Yon-' ken this winter passed for the first lime since testing began six years ago. "Youngsters seem to know exactly what's expected, and they're deliver- ing." Mills said. Statewide, 70 percent of fourth-graders passed, up frora 48 percent six years ago. Trre 2! IfM rf 132 York elementary schools. Mott Road Elementary School in Fay- etteville and Split Rock Elementary School in Camillas tied for Central New York's highest rate of passing: 94 per- cent. The state education department highlighted McGraw Elementary in Cort- land County among the most improved statewide, with 80 percent of pupils pass- ing, up 48 percentage points from last year. MOMUY.FAGiA-t HOW DID YOUR SCHOOL DO? A complete school-by-school listing of the test results across our THE NUMBER OF McKinley- Brighton Ele- mentary Suiooi fourth-graders passing the state English test rose from 25 percent to 53 percent. Fourth- grader Johnny Paige (left) works on a writ- ing exercise Wednesday in Carol Iwanicki- Arrigo's class. In the back is Charla Smokes. KIDNAP VICTIM BRITTANY FISH HONORED IN WASHINGTON BRITTANY FISH, 7, of Syracuse, steps onstage Wednesday in Washington, D.C, to receive a 2005 National Courage Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. On stage with Fish are her mother, Patricia De- More, (left) and Reve Walsh, who is co-founder of the miss- ing children's center with her husband, John Walsh, a The Asocwted Prrss former Auburn resident and host of television's "America's Most Wanted." Brittany was abducted on April near her home on Syracuse's North Side. She was missing for 20 hours before being found near an abandoned truck depot in DeWitt. Last month, Kevin Schaus, 32, of Syracuse, was charged with kidnapping her. Story, Page B-8 STAR WARS' OPENS AND THEY GET INTO IT The long-awaited 'Star Wars: Revenge cf the S'rth" opened at 12.01 a.m. today. It sold out at 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Regal Carousel theater assistant manager Dan Delutis. Four theaters and 890 seats were filled this morning. Fans had lined up for more than 12 hours before the doors opened at 10 p.m. 'They're just a lot of said theater assistant manager Laura levin. "Everyone's in a good mood We had people sitting here since noon trying to get in." Brendan Snyder, 17, of Auburn: Anakin Skywalker "Sight now, he a everything I am: a IMe a KtL'e full of himself and has no lima.' i Favorite 'Star quote: 'Laugh it up, fuzz ball.' Han Darin Metcalf. 22. of Tulfy: DarthVadcr "Because in every Star Wan gamefcatl I end up m the dirk side. Good cannot exist without eviZ" Favorite 'Star Wan'quote: "rtt not my fault. They told me THE'SlTHFLU If you call in side, you might meet your boss at the movie. Buslneu, THEPOSTtR: Get "The Rise of DirthVadet" poster in WMkMKi, 16 Heather Allen, 22, of Baldwimviile: Amidala like her. Srw's awesome. She's got the best outfits." Favorite 'Star quote: "The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your Princess Leia, 'Star Wars' Matthew Auslander. 21, Parish: aSith "It was the easiest costume to assemble and the most fun to portray.' Favorite "Star quota: not my f jurtl' Han Solo, "The Empire Striles THUTIRS: Where you can see 11 MOMENTS: The coolest and lamest, from the beginnin REVIEWS: Roger Eberc "dank." Joan Vadeboncoeur. -Wowl-jE.3 Police: Oswego woman sought hit I Police soy she wanted ex- hubby killed, used his credit I (Grdlo buy litket for killer. By Charles McChesney A report of an unauthorized charge on a credit card led to the arrest of an Oswego woman on charges she solicited a man to kill her ex-husband and used the ex-husband's Discover card to pay for her would-be hit man's flight from Australia. Terra L. Endres, 25, of 109 East Mohawk St., was arrested Monday and charged with crimi- nal solicitation in the second de- gree and identity theft in the first degree. Both are felonies. Oswego Police CapL Michael Dehm Jr. said that earlier this month, Endres' ex-husband re- ported that his Discover card had been charged more than but not by him. CUBIT CAROL FAGEA4 lllf ENO'CLOPEDjArf NEWYUKK axrny rf SU SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Press today issues this book, a compi- lation of facts about the state. SU publishes book on state By Nancy Buczek Staff writer Like trivia? Then you're going lo want lu j.'ci a tupj ui "The Encyclopedia of New- York which Syracuse University Press is releasing today. Don't like trivia? You might want a copy any- way. As a taxpayer, you helped pay for the S16-million seven- year project. Str: Sea. John R-Syracuse, secured preliminary funding for the project in 199S and a total of through- out the life of the project. In giv- ing the grant money, the state re- quired that every library district in the state would jet one free
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