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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SynKUM.com FINAL EDITION C the Pos FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SOME SUNSHINE A storm rolling up the East Coast won't get as far as Central New York, but there will be some clouds drifting overhead today. Rain is ex- pected to stay out of the area for most of the weekend. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 68 LOW: 46 Oswego On Short List For New Nuclear Plant Billy Edelin won't return to SU for his senior year Basketball player Billy Ede- lin, who missed games every year during his career at Syra- cuse University, will not be re- turning for his senior season, according to SU coach Jim Boe- heim. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Method found to speed creation of stem cells South Korean scientists have dramatically sped up the creation of human embryonic stem cells, growing 11 new batches that for the first time were a genetic match for injured or sick pa- tients. It is a major advancement in the quest to grow patients' own replacement tissue to treat dis- eases. STORY, PAGE A-3 Army still investigating possible Quran incident A U.S. Army general was still investigating Thursday whether U.S. forces ever flushed a Quran down a toilet at Guanta- namo Bay, Cuba, according to a spokesman for the Southern Command. Army Gen. Bantz Craddock, the Southcom commander, or- dered the inquiry on May 11, and soldiers have been scouring base documents ever since, said Southcom spokesman Raul Duany. STORY, PAGE A-14 U.S. accuses Syria of letting fighters into Iraq A top State Department offi- cial in Baghdad expressed con- cern Thursday that Iraq's neigh- bors, particularly Syria, are attempting to "undermine stabil- ity" by sending foreign fighters into the country. "We and others are watching how Syria behaves Dep- uty Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said during his one-day visit with Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Ibrahim al Jaafa- NheMlePofatisoMofsixshes considered. Pint worm thousands of jobs. By Delen Goldberg and Tim Knauss Staff writers Nine Mile Point nuclear station in Oswego County is one of six U.S. sites being considered for construction of a nuclear plant, a consortium of power companies said Thursday. NuStart Energy Development, a group of nine nuclear energy companies, is searching for two sites where its companies could build the first nuclear plants to be constructed in this country in 30 years. Construction could start as early as 2010, and the facilities could be operating by 2014, said Carl Crawford, NuStart spokesman. The Nine Mile Point site, owned by Constel- lation Energy, a member of NuStart, is one of six finalists culled from a list of 37 nuclear sites owned by NuStart's members. Oswego Mayor John Gosek began courting the consortium in January, after reading an arti- cle in Forbes magazine about NuStart's plans to site a new reactor. Oswego common councilors, Oswego County legislators and city school board members passed resolutions supporting the project a move many believe helped entice the consorti- um to look at Oswego County. Gosek and union leaders said the project would create hundreds of permanent jobs and CONSORTIUM, PAGE A-7 INSIDE Where are the other sites located? What companies are involved? What's the time- table? What kind of re- actor do they want to build? PAGE A-7 In his own words, inmate was fine fellow HUNDREDS COMPETE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN CNY n. STORY, PAGE A-4 State agency told to stop consulting FOIL targets A court has ordered a state agency to end its 30-year prac- tice of allowing the subjects of Freedom of Information Law re- quests to help decide what public records should be released. STORY, PAGE A-10 Review "Cruizin Thru the '50s and '60s II" staged in preview at New Times Theater. REVIEW, PAGE B-2 Corrections Fiesta Market's Solvay test Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Sue Weibezahl Staff Writer An inmate at the Justice Cen- ter jail tried to get his sentence reduced by sending a packet filled with glowing letters of re- ference to local judges and the media. The problem: He made it all up, Onondaga County Sheriffs Office officials said Thursday. "He tried to stack the said Sgt. Kevin Murphy, a detec- tive who investigated the case. "He's nothing but a scam art- ist." Sean Southland, 36, of Phoe- nix, Ariz., had been in the jail since a year ago, awaiting sen- tencing for smuggling nearly seven pounds of cocaine into Canada through northern New York. While waiting, he sent out letters singing his own praises. Some compliments he used to describe attri- buted to others included: "outstanding role model" who "shows sincerity" and "is ex- emplary in his performance." Similar wording and some misspellings in the letters raised red flags with sheriffs office of- ficials, who checked them out and found Southland wrote them. Southland even sent the letters to U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue, who sentenced him earlier this week to five years in federal prison. Mordue knew be- fore the sentencing the letters were bogus, according to Assist- ant U.S. Attorney John Katko. As for potential forgery charges in connection with the fake letters, officials decided not to pursue them because it would lengthen his stay at the Justice Center jail. 'We want him out of the building and Murphy said. "He's a cancer here." Dick Blurne Staff photographer KAILEY MORRELL, 6, of Smith Road Elementary School, tosses a softball Thursday in the Special Olympics held at the Cicero-North Syracuse High School track. Kailey also did the 50-yard dash and the standing broad jump, said her mother, Patti Mortell. After the games, the kindergartner was so excited she showed her competition ribbons to every- one she passed on the street, her mother said. This is Kailey's second year in the games. About 400 students from seven school districts as well as those served by the Onondaga- Cayuga-Madison and Oswego BOCES participated. Story, Page B-5 Airlines propose merger US Airways asks bankruptcy court to approve its joining with America West. News service and staff report Phoenix US Airways Group Inc. and America West Holdings Corp., the nation's sev- enth- and eighth-largest carriers, are merging to create an airline that they hope will be able to compete with lower-cost com- petitors. US Airways is Syracuse's dominant carrier. More than one- fourth of passengers flying .in and out of Hancock Airport are carried by US Airways. America West does not serve Syracuse. Anthony Mancuso, Syracuse aviation commissioner, said it is too early to tell what impact the merger of US Airways and America West will have on air service. "Obviously, there are a lot of corporate decisions to be he said. The companies said Thursday they will operate under the name US Airways and will be funded >y billion in new capital torn a variety of investors, in- cluding aircraft maker Airbus. The merger's goal is to stitch together two geographically dis- tinct carriers with a history of financial struggles into a strong- er airline that would compete better with lower-cost rivals such as Southwest Airlines Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. IMPACT, PAGE A-9 America West and US Airways officials said customers will keep their frequent flier miles, which will be merged into a new program once the merger is complete. F-M team experiments with defending its title Index Business____ Classified.._ CNY________ Comks_____ Crime______ Editorials___ local news... C-l H H E-6 .B-6 tottery........ Movies..___ Mew York Obituaries. Sports........ Stocks ____ Television.. B-l THE POST-STANDARD .A-2 ..i-4 A-10 .B-4 -D-l _C-3 ....E-5 Science Olympiad winners take on national competition this weekend in Illinois. By Ngoc Huynh Staff writer The Science Olympiad team of Fayetteville-Manlius High School on Saturday begins a competition to defend its nation- al title. The 15-member F-M team will compete in Illinois in 23 events, including tower building, computing, chemistry and as- tronomy, "at the University of Il- linois at Urbana-Champaign. It will join more than 120 middle from and high school teams across the United States. F-M teammates feel some pressure, said senior co-captain Shriddha Nayak, but more than anything, they're excited. "We're nervous, but it's a healthy said Nayak, 17. "I'm confident that my team will do well. No matter what, there's no regrets because we've done everything we could." Last year. F-M won the na- David Staff photographer tional tournament, held in Penn- BIANCA VERMA (left) and Christine Chin look at the model plane sylvania. by defeating 53 other tnat members of the Science Olympiad team from Fayetteville- high school teams. That sparked Manlius High School will be using during this weekend's compe- a surge of interest in joining the tjtjon at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. team, said team coacr .tame Cu- SdEHa PAtt A-6 Carrier Dome to get new turf Syracuse University announced Thursday it's putting new turf in the Carrier Dome. What's the new stuff? Called FieldTurf, it is a synthetic grass with blades and fill (a mixture of sand and ground-up Who uses it? 22 of the NFL's 32 teams, including the New York Jets and the New England Pat- riots. Also Major League Base- ball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays. More than 30 NCAA Division 1-A football stadiums. When's the first game? SU's football team plays West Virgin- ia at p.m. Sept. 4. SPORTS, PAGi 0-1 GUYS, GUYS, GUYS The perfect ones are in the movies. CNY, Page E-1 INSIDE The Daily Dose Check out Ultimate Frisbee Tunes from the cd rack 7 places to kayak 5 cat-themed board games PageE-8 DARTH KRAMER Our humor columnist now writes on Fridays, too. Thursday, he couldn't resist joining the 'Star Wars' scene. CNY, Page E-1 APPRENTICE WINNER Book smart Kendra Todd, 26, real estate entrepreneur from Boynton Beach, Fla., is Donald Trump'; latest apprentice. Page A-2 r J   

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