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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 2005, Syracuse, New York rut-suited SYKACUSC. N.Y. SI COOT jOOD MORNING NOW KM SOME SUN It still will be cool today, but we L could see some sunshine. There might he an after- noon thunder- storm, but much of the day should be rain-free. Things should be drier Sunday'and Monday, with temperatures rising and no rain falling. Compkte forecast, D-8 Arrest mode in stabbing death of young mad Mark Smith, 24, of 940 Emerson St., was stabbed to death Friday morning on the North Side, and a man who po- lice say was a stranger stands ac- cused of his killing. STMY.MGEM 40 million at risk in credit security breach A security breach of custom- er information at a credit card processing company could put at risk 40 million cardholders of all brands, MasterCard International Inc. said Friday. STORY, Two at Tyco guilty of looting over Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowsld and a subordinate were convicted Friday of looting more than million from their company to fund extrava- gant lifestyles featuring expen- sive jewelry, an opulent Manhat- tan apartment and a gaudy Mediterranean birthday party. Driver of runaway garbage truck apologizes Two days after he steered a runaway garbage (ruck into a Chitlenango restaurant, dodging traffic, pedestrians and dozens of highway workers, John P. Renf- er stopped at Rebecca's Diner to apologize. REGIONAL PAGE B-S Iranian presidential vote likely to produce runoff Iranians voted Friday in a presidential election that could determine the pace of reform and the prospects for rebuilding rela- tions witli the United Slates. Results and turnout figures weren't expected until today, and the race is likely to go to a runoff. STORY, PAGE A-S Second copter crashes into NYC's East River A corporate helicopter plunged tail-first into the East River just seconds after takeoff Friday afternoon, the second hel- icopter crash off Manhattan in (he lasl four days. Rescuers pulled all eight on board out of the choppy water. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Reviews "Nun- sense" staged Friday night. REVIEWS, PAGE 1-2 Corrections "Precious Motorcycle safety phone Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index BusiMss____C-l tonny...- t'5 Comic___HO NiwYoA E-l lid IWB 1-1 ObHwits. Sports.... ....A-2 M ...A-t ...1-4 LD-I -E-I2 WKBT-SWIWtlD Cram Session in Albany Numerous bills await legislative action as Thursday deadline approaches ByErikKriss Albany bureau State lawmakers passed the first on-time budget since 1984 earlier this year, but with a heap of unresolved issues before them and only four working days left, they have set themselves up for the usual end-of-sessioh scram- ble. They are still hoping to over- haul New York's election sys- tem and to approve a financing .plan to renovate all of Syra- cuse's schools over the next 10 years. They want to change the rules on wine shipments and regulate lobbying for state contracts. They're looking to toughen penalties for crimes involving methamphetamine abuse, settle a Northern New York Indian land claim and funnel tens of millions of dollars to health care workers for raises. And' they only have until Thursday the last scheduled day of the 2005 legislative ses- sion. It's a typical last-minute crush, where the Legislature hopes to act on major issues that have built throughout the year with the help of public pressure, special interest lobbying and leg- islative negotiation. "It's a combination of two ton's whit's at state State lawmakers, over the next several days, could act on bills that would: renovation of all schools in the Syracuse district. Provide extra aid to the Skaneateles and Fabius-Pompey school districts. Allow Onondaga County to continue 4 percent sales tax rate. Decide whether consumers can purchase wine directly from both in-state and out-of-state wineries. Determine what kinds of voting machines to put in place. Toughen laws regulating convicted sex offenders. Require posting prescription drug prices on the Internet. Dick photographer CATHEDRAL SCHOOL Principal Sister Donna Smith watches over students Evelyn Estrella (left) and Najaya Grimes as they play at recess. There is an open house at school today from 3 to p.m. Ninety Years of Memories Sisters at Cathedral School reflect on changing times Hy Renec K. Gadoua Staff writer Sister Mary Jane Wilcox is looking forward to tonight, when she can reminisce about Syracuse's Cathedral Academy. "The sisters were always inter- ested in everything we were said Sister Wilcox, a 1953 Cathedral graduate and former principal. "After a ballgame, we'd come over and stand outside their window until they turned on their lights so we could tell them who won." Today, the school marks its 90th anniversary. Next month, the con- vent windows will be dark, as the last two members of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul serving in Syracuse take other as- signments. Their departure reflects another change as the Roman Catholic Di- ocese of Syracuse and the Catholic Celebrating Cathedral School's 90 years today: 3 to p.m.: Open house at the school, 420 Montgomery St., Syracuse p.m.: Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to p.m.: Cocktails, followed by dinner at the Oncenter. (Advance reservations required.) Church in America cope with de- clining numbers of priests and reli- gious men and women. "We're getting older, and we're not getting any new vocations. It's a sign of the said Sister Anne Marie Graham, 68, who taught at Cathedral's parish school in the late 1960s and has served at the church's Downtown Emergen- cy Assistance office since Novem- ber 2003. She is awaiting a new assign- ment. In the 1960s, Sister Graham lived with about 14 other nuns at the 420 Montgomery St. convent. Today, it's just her and Sister Donna Smith, who has served as principal at what is now called Ca- thedral School for the last three years. Sister Smith, 44, has been named coordinator of special proj- ects at a Catholic school in Wil- mington, Del. Lay people will succeed both of them. The women's religious commu- nity, with its province headquarters in Albany, will leave about 15 Daughters of Charity in Utica and Binghamton. None will be in Syra- cuse, and none will serve in educa- tion. In 1969, soon after Vatican U ACADEMY, Disney death raises calls for oversight Many states do not regulate theme park rides. Florida's Disney World is exempt. The Associated Press Orlando, Fla.. If state inspectors who regu- late Florida's thrill rides want lo look into why a 4-year-old boy died this week after going on "Mission: Space" at Walt Disney World, they are going to need permission from the theme park. That is because Disney World and the state's other big (heme parks are exempt from most Flori- da laws governing carnival and amusement park rides. "We don't have the authority to close the park down or close the ride said Rob Jacobs, chief of the Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection. Given the tlieme park industry's political clout in the state, there is little chance Florida's law- makers will undo the 1989 law that protects it. But the death on Monday of Daudi Bamuwamye has led to renewed calls for federal oversight ol the industry. Rep. Edward Markey, has been trying for years lo end a 1981 loophole created for the nation's amusement park industry that lets tlic Consumer Product Safety Commission regulate No regulation States that do not regulate rides include Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming. In Nevada, rides are regulated at the county or city level. In Delaware, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont, rides are inspected by the parks' insurance carriers. Cornell professor again air her beliefs on the radio As a teen in 1954, she read her convictions for the public. She'll do it again Sunday. By Rebecca James Staff writer Long before Internet blogs and best-selling spiritual memoirs, a teenager from suburban Ohio puther values and religious ideas into words and told the entire country on CBS radio. More than 50 years later, the teenager has grown up to become a biology professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, as well as a grand- mother. Sunday, Elizabeth Deutsch Earle returns lo nation- al radio with another essay for the modern incarnation of the radio show, "This I which began airing in April. The original "This I Be- hosted by the legendary Earle CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow, featured the famous like Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller and Harry Truman and the not-so-famous expres- sing their beliefs in a national forum. The new version airs weekly on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning When to tune INSIDE TOM (KATIE ITCHY, DAMON WAYANS JET SKI AGEUMIT STMY, MGIA-C KEEPM BUGS OUT CNY, MGEE-1