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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               TODAY: MATH, SCIENCE ft TECHNOLOGY Plus, how U.5. technology students are falling behind in pursuit of advance M SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING GETTING WARMER A high-pressure system will com- bine with warmer temperatures in the upper atmosphere to provide a sunny day today as spring ap- proaches its official close in the early hours of Tuesday. Complete forecast C-10 HIGH: 82 LOW: 61 Son Antonio wins in overtime Sunday The San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 96-95 in Game Five of the NBA Finals to take a 3-2 lead in the series. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Do sex-offender laws make convicts act again? Laws that make it harder for sex offenders to maintain a home, a job and a support sys- lem can make them more likely to relapse, some experts say. NEW YORK, PAGE Jt-4 Subtle brain change linked to Alzheimer's Lower energy usage in a part of the brain called the hippocam- pus seems to predict a person will get Alzheimer's disease, sci- entists say. STORY, PAGE A-5 Teens still need you, experts tell fathers Teens experience "father yearning for their dads' attention and confirmation of who they are becoming, so- ciologists say. Five family cars do well in safety crash test The Insurance Institute for Highway Safely said this is the first time every model in a group of large family vehicles recorded lop scores in the tests. STORY, PAGE A-8 Suicide bomber kills 23 at Baghdad restaurant At least '15 people were killed Sunday in insurgent at- tacks across Iraq. STORY, PAGE A-3 Anti-Syrian coalition claims win in elections Lebanon's parliamentary election results appear to show an anti-Syrian bloc has won con- trol of the nation's legislature. STORY, PAGE A-3 TV audiences hooked on rumba, tango ABC's "Dancing Witli the Stars" show has been drawing millions of viewers to watch un- likely celebrities like Cvander Holyfield compete on their feet. Senators pushing debate on global climate change The Senate is debating whether to make industry cut emissions of heat-trapping gases. STORY, PAGE A-5 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS CNY Comks local news.. lottny Index E-l .0-1 KewM... D-6 Obituaries.. A-4 Science ..1-1 .A-2 Television... ...M ....A-4 M ..H C-l _D-5 THErW-SnNDUD 2-Year-OM Is Clinging to Life After House Is Hit by Gunfire 'We probably have mre ttKM one Syracuse poke say. By Michele Reaves Staff writer The 2-year-old shot Saturday when bullets rained down on his Syracuse home continued to fight for his life late Sunday. Nyquest Golden remained in critical condition early today at University Hospital, police and hospital officials said. He breathed with the help of a respi- rator. So majiy bullets hit 135 Wall St., where Golden slept in a first- floor bedroom, that police sus- pect there may have been more than one shooter attacking the house at about 4 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Tom Connellan said. Connellan, the city police spokesman, declined to say how many shots hit the house. Police do riot have any suspects, and no eyewitnesses have come for- ward, he said. Kint on the need for "We probably have more than one he said. Police don't believe Golden was the target of the shooting, but Connellan said he's not sure who was. The child was sleeping on a mattress in his mother's room when the house was attacked, Connellan said. The mother, Rodneshia Golden, and her boy- friend were in the house but were not injured. Rodneshia Golden's sister and a friend were also in the house and were not injured either, Connellan added. He declined to release any of their names. Sunday evening, no one was home at (he two-unit house, which is on a dead-end block of Wall Street. Golden could not be reached for comment. Several neighbors said they did not see or hear the shooting, and were not acquainted with Golden or any of the other occupants of the house. Earlier Sunday, police spent hours searching the house for clues from the gunshots. Yellow police tspe marked the perimeter of the house and property to the corner of Richmond Avenue. Several police cars and a small truck were parked outside early Sunday afternoon. Connellan asked anyone with information to contact police at 442-5222. TWO EGGS OVER EASY, AND TAKE IT UP AN OCTAVE Michpllp Gabd Staff photographer ALAN STRICKLAND a chef at Wegmans in DeWitt, jokes with Ellison Kuppermann, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Strick- land grew up next door to Kuppermann and his wife, Beth, when they lived in Syracuse. Wegmans9 breakfast chef hams it up Alan Strickland serves up pop songs with the morning menu at the grocery chain's DeWitt store. By Dave Tobin Staff writer I t's 9 a.m. Saturday at Wegmans in DeWitt, and there is song in the air. It's not it's something different. It's being sung live. Loudly. Sonorously. Somewhere over near the breakfast bar. By the guy with the shaved head and the sunglasses. Who happens to be making waffles. 'Easy lover get a hold on you believe it "Like no other yim know it you 'II he mi your knees. Alan Strickland already has put in five hours, and he's heading into the home- stretch prime time at Wegmans break- fast counter, where he serves up omelets and waffles. Rising above (lie weekend din, Ms mu- sical voice is so slaitling, so outside the context of droning supermarket ambi- ence, lhat it can be oddly unsettling. He's performing, but he's making breakfast. Do you ignore him? Is it OK to stare through six verses of "American "He scared the hell out of me when I first came said Mike Hodell, of Syracuse, now one of Strickland's regu- lars. "I couldn't believe this guy. Through the whole store, I just kept hear- BREAKFAST, PAGE A-8 'I Love N.Y. Beer5 trail may be on tap By Mark Johnson The Associated Press Lawmakers in Al- bany are encouraging residents and visitors alike to enjoy a tall, cold one. A bill making its way through the Legislature aims to create a New York stale beer trail, simi- lar to those the wine industry has successfully used to attract mil- lions of oenophiles to the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and east- ern Long Island. Sponsors of the legislation say it will highlight the re-emer- gence of breweries in New York and help brewers cash in on the popularity of their oatmeal stouts, India pule ales and bitters. Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, a Brooklyn Democrat who doesn't drink, is sponsoring the bill noi only to attract beer drinkers to the slate, but also to honor New York's rich brewing heritage, which dates back to the when the Dutch West India Company established the country's first public brewery in New York City, he said. A cen- tury ago, [here were more than 40 breweries in Brooklyn alone. The Empire State Brewery Trails Program would create an "I Love N.Y. Beer" promotion that will include a brewery trail, vacation itineraries, and "brew- ery passports" with information on breweries and surrounding at- tractions as well as discounts and other incentives for visitors. Syracuse board votes today on DMorio By Renee K. Gadoua Staff writer Former Syracuse schools Superinten- dent Robert DiFlorio is expected to be- come interim superintendent of the cily school district today. "I'm guessing it will be a unanimous Board President Cynthia Kirby said Sunday. "He's an experienced per- son who knows this district." A resolution to name DiFlorio interim superintendent to succeed Stephen C. Jones, who leaves the job at the end of the month to become superintendent of the Norfolk, Va., public schools, is the only planned business during a meeting UNANIMOUS, PAUA-I Exit interview: Stephen C. Jones Syracuse School Superintendent Stephen C. Jones says leaving his job with the city school district was a hard decision. All the same, he's leaving here at the end of the month to become superintendent of the Norfolk, Va., schools. Some in the community believe Jones is leaving because the school board didn't want to keep him on or failed to do what it should have to keep him here. His contract expires in December 2005 and was up for an ex- tension last winter. Both Jones and the board say he asked the board to hold off on contract discussions, and then stepped up with the news he was leaving. The board has praised Jones' work here, but Jones declined to speak spe- cifically about his relalionship witli the board as regards his departure. Board members also have clammed up about the relationship. Jeft Caplan The Associated Press STEPHEN JONES, new superin- tendent of the Norfolk, Va., schools, applauds students being recognized at a school board meeting there last week. 'I felt like I was always in a defensive mode, counter- punching you know counter-punchers don't typically win." THE INTERVIEW PAGE A-8 HOW TO lecoM a fmbKO writer Properly ofeptay the INSIDE HIGH SCHOOL INVESTORS Make shrewd stock deals 7 ways tt save travel SOBKfc NASA Wli Wf TO HI A (MET ON IW RUffl Of HARRY POTTER Gvess the plot to CNY, PAGE D-1 KRAMER tnKKMTO CNY, MOE D-1   

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