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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyraoiM.com FRIDAY. JUNE 10, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 200S 'he Pcrivy.a-.co-.: SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WATCH OUT Humid air and hazy sunshine will hang over Central New York again today. There is a good chance for a drenching thun- derstorm to roll through the area in the afternoon or this evening. Complete forecast, C-10 DEC'S State Forest Drilling Plan May Yield Gas, Cash, Concerns HIGH: 81 LOW: 69 Conservationists are worried about leasing Finger Lakes land to drifting companies. Spurs take first game in NBA Finals, 84-69 The San Antonio Spurs beat the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons 84-69 in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Hot weather continues to break CNY records The thermometer hit 94 de- grees Thursday, setting a record for the date. Wednesday's high of 94 was a record-setter, too. LOCAL. PAGE 1-2 Catholic Church abuse case costs top billion The cost to the U.S. Roman Catholic Church of sexual preda- tors in the priesthood has climbed past billion, accord- ing to tallies by American bish- ops and an Associated Press re- view of known settlements. And the figure is guaranteed to rise. STORY, PAGE A-5 Iraq to put Sunni Arabs on constitution panel Iraq's president announced Thursday that the government will give Sunni Arabs 25 seats on the committee charged with drafting the nation's constitu- tion. It's a move seen by many in Iraq as a crucial step in ensur- ing that Sunnis, who provide the base for an insurgency that has killed thousands, stay engaged in the political process. STORY, PAGE A-7 What's inside that new Lowe's store in Cicero Our retail business writer, Bob Niedt, takes you inside the new home improvement super- store. It officially opens June 28. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l Just how bad are CNY drivers? Not so good Drivers here are 11.7 percent more likely than the national av- erage to be involved in a car crash, according to a study by Allstate. But, hey, they didn't consider our snow. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l By Tim Knauss Staff writer The state Department of Envi- ronmental Conservation plans to lease land this year at 16 state forests in the Finger Lakes re- gion, including Bear Swamp in southeastern Cayuga County, to drilling companies looking for natural gas. The leases are likely to earn millions in revenue for the state and might increase New York's supply of natural gas, a vital fuel for electric power generation, heating and cooking. But some outdoors enthusiasts Details: Where this sites are, what the work looks are concerned that drilling on state lands, which requires roads to be built and trees to be clear- ed, might cut into the recreation- al value the forests hold for hikers, snowmobilers and others. "We're very concerned about the potential said Neil F. Woodworth, executive direc- tor of the Adirondack Mountain Club, a nonprofit group that promotes outdoor recreation and conservation. DEC officials say they have placed restrictions on the drilling leases, such as setbacks from hiking trails and barriers to pro- tect wetlands, that will minimize the impact on the environment and on visitors. But they also intend to solicit public comments before the leases are awarded and might impose additional restrictions based on concerns raised. Public meetings will be held this month in Cortland and Elmi- ra to provide information about DEC PAGE A-4 Texas takes ill girl after parents refuse treatment Child welfare officials in Texas seized a 12-year-old can- cer patient from her parents, say- ing they were blocking radiation treatment that doctors say she needs. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections Daily Dose caption of Kenny Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Basketball program bounced Syracuse district boots VaHcy Junior Athletk Association over By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer About 350 Syracuse children involved in Valley Junior Athlet- ic Association's basketball pro- gram won't be using city schools to play next year because the program owes the school district The district informed VJAA in March that it wouldn't issue the program permits to use city schools to play. The program promised to pay its debt last fall, but wrote only one check, said Nicholas DiBello, assistant to the superintendent for facili- ties and operations. The debt accrued over the past three years from wages paid to custodians at three city schools where VJAA plays on Saturdays, December through March. The district requires groups to pay an hour to hire at least one custodian at every school on weekends. "They left us no DiBello said. Jack Kaplan, president of VJAA, said the group can't af- ford to pay its debt without dou- bling player fees. "They want to throw the kids out in the street because we can't charge them he said. The basketball program costs per child; for two and for three or more. It serves more than 350 boys and girls ages 6 to 15 from the South Side, Onondaga Hill and the Valley, Kaplan said. Players practice at Clary Mid- dle School and Meachem and Van Duyn elementary schools. In previous years, the district has forgiven the group's debts, Kaplan said. He said barring VJAA from using the schools now violates a 2001 U.S. Su- preme Court ruling that ensures equal access to public schools for all nonprofits. "We feel this is public tax dollars, and the kids should be able to use the he said. Jerry Brown supervises the basketball program and his 12-year-old plays for it. There ASSOCIATION, PAGE A-3 WORLD-CLASS CARP FISHING JOHN TILBROOK, of Virginia Beach, Va., holds a 25-pound, 8-ounce carp that he was about to weigh when he caught the 18-pound, 14-ounce carp lying on a wetted mat during the World Carp Championship on Thursday in Waddington. Tilbrook and his teammate, Stewart McKenzie, of Round Jim Commentucci Staff photographer Hill, Va., had caught 37 carp, weighing 703 pounds, 6 ounces, good enough for fourth place in the St. Lawrence River tournament, which began Sunday and ends this morn- ing. The leaders' total as of Thursday eve- ning was 78 carp weighing pounds, 15 ounces. See story in Sports, Page C-7 Sunday: J. Michael Kelly rounds up a week's worth of world-class carp fishing. Online: Go to www.americancarpsociety.com or www.worldcarpchampionship.com MIA, Business Classified CNY York Comics B-4 Crime _ Editorials local By David Wood Newhouse News Service Until now, the United States has fought its major wars haunted by the thou- sands of young Americans who have gone missing in battle. From the Civil War onward, in this nation's wartime experi- ence, families sent their loved i ones off serve and many simply vanished in the fog of i war: vaporized in explosions. buried hastily in unmarked graves or trapped in remote crash sites or in underwater wreckage. The bitter agony for the fami- lies, perhaps nourishing hope that one day the missing will rum up alive, runs like a livid scar through generations. But two years of conflict in Iraq and three years in Afghani- stan have produced an unusual clarity: The fighting has left 1.875 Americans dead and 13.337 wounded, according to the Defense Department, but only one MIA. He is Army Sgt. Keith M. Maupin, of Batavia. Ohio. What's changed, strategists and historians say, is that in this fighting with hit-and-run insur- gents. U.S. forces control the ter- rain as they did not in World War II. Korea or Vietnam, so that the dead can be recovered. With improved technology, today's commanders are better THE POST-STANDARD PITT AND JOIIE Should you see their movie, Mr. Mrs. Plus, reviews of four other films. CNY, PAGES E-1, E-3 INSIDE WAYS TO HAVE FUN Adult kickbali: cheap and easy. World championship wife- carrying. If s in Finland. 6 ideas from a CNY camp director. DAILY DOSE. PAGE E-8 able to know where their troops are. And DNA analysis can iden- tify remains of soldiers who in past wars would have been for- ever missing. Maupin, an Army reservist, disappeared April 9.2004. when his convoy was attacked west of Baghdad. Seven U.S. contractors and another soldier were killed. Maupin was listed as "wherea- bouts unknown" until he was DHA, PAGE A-3 50 YEARS AGO Canastota's Carmen Basilic talks about his 1955 world title win. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 Colleges get low grades for smoking Anti-smoking groups wont no smoking in dorms. Some CNY schools already ban it. By Erik Kriss Albany bureau Morrisville State College stu- dents can smoke in their dorm rooms if their roommates ap- prove, and that earns the college a "D" from anti-smoking advo- cates. The advocates are pushing a bill they say would close a loop- hole in New York's 2003 smok- ing ban. It would explicitly pro- hibit smoking in dormitories, residence halls and other resi- dential facilities of public and private colleges. The bill passed the Assembly Wednesday 110-27 but has not cleared the Senate's Health Committee. "State policy prohibits smok- ing, and these (public college dormitories) are state-operated said Michael Bopp, state director of advocacy for the American Cancer Society. "It just seemed a complete discon- nect to permit facilities where they (students) could be exposed to a carcinogen." Morrisville will examine its policy, which is set by the ad- ministration with input from stu- dents, spokeswoman Jessica De- Cerce said. "Obviously, we're concerned with the health and welfare of our students and wouldn't want to promote a policy that would put them at she said. The cancer society graded only state schools, but it also provided information about some private institutions. Colgate University, like Mor- risville, permits smoking in some dorm rooms if roommates agree. Syracuse and Cornell univer- sities and Le Moyne and Hamil- ton colleges all have adopted 100 percent smoke-free dormito- ry policies, although the cancer society noted Cornell allows smoking in graduate housing. The State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry also is smoke-free. Le Moyne banned smoking in residence halls five years ago out of concern for fires, with some older dorms lacking sprinkler systems, said Shawn Ward, vice president for student develop- ment. "While that's still a promi- nent concern, our understanding of the health risks and the habit- forming nature of smoking is of equal concern." said Ward. LEGISLATORS, PAGE A-4 Report card: for all SUNY FAREWELL, SUPERINTENDENT JONES LOCAL, PAGE 8-1   

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