Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York Academic All-Stars TQMft IBHafi I All-CNY SoftballrcSSSKStS- The Post-Standard SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING IT WILL PASS There could be a thunder-shower in the area this morning, but the i sky should begin to clear later across Central New York. Temperatures will be a bit cooler today, but warmer air will return soon. Complete forecast M HIGH: 76 LOW: 49 It's lucky 13 for Yonks in victory, 20-11 The New York Yankees broke loose for 13 runs in the eighth inning, overcoming an early eight-nm deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 20-11, Tuesday night. STORY, MGED-1 Pistons, Spurs head for Game 7 as Detroit wins The identity of the next NBA champion will not be known for another two days not until Game 7 of a suddenly suspense- ful series is over. Tuesday night the Detroit Pistons outscored the San Antonio Spurs, 95-86, in Game 6. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 What Albany lawmakers are doing for (or to) you State lawmakers are rushing to finish their session this week. Here's what they're up to: We're out millions? Lawmakers slowness to replace voting ma- chines means the state could be forced to return millions in fed- eral Fixing up Syracuse's schools. A new law expected to pass will help Syracuse renovate all its school Lobbying tightened. People lob- bying on public contracts, gam- ing compacts and executive or- ders will have to file A-10 Ethics loophole closed. State workers can't quit to avoid ethics Cheap power for CNY compa- nies. At least 10 local businesses could get half-priced C-1 Found olive, Stout asks for food, video game After surviving four days lost in Utah's nigged wilderness, 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins had to satisfy some basic needs: eating, drinking and playing video games. Brennan, who had been missing since he vanished from a Boy Scout camp on Fri- day, was found alive and in good condition Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-I4 USA Datonet fires 29 workers as income falls Syracuse telecommunica- tions company USA Dalanet fired 29 employees Tuesday, re- ducing its work force by 24 per- cent to compensate for declining revenues in its core long-dis- tance business. SIORY, PAGE C-1 Corrections Video Without Borders' Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Buun at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index ....01 ...6-1 ._. M E-8 ...A-12 EntertawnMt.E-5 lKolnwB-.-1-l Business.... Classified... CHY..____ Comic Etttoriofe. lottery_____A-2 Movies_____E-4 Shorts_____0-1 THCnXT-STMHMtD Graduating Now a Little Harder State raises Regents passing score, begins four-year phase-in Staff writer Starting this fall, incoming ninth-graders and those who fol- low will have tougher require- ments to earn a high school di- ploma. During their high school ca- reer, the freshmen will need a minimum score of 65 percent in two of the state's five required Regents exams to graduate, the state's Board of Regents decided Tuesday. Students already in high school currently must score a 55 on all five exams to pass. The standards will get tougher for subsequent incoming classes, until ninth-graders entering high school in 2008 will need 65 to pass Regents exams in science, math, English, global studies and U.S. history and government. The Regents had .originally planned to make 65 the passing grade for all students by this fall. That plan was revamped in 2003. Several local educators agree the new phased-in standards are fair. "Overall, we all agree that higher levels of performance and higher expectations are what we want for our said Donna DeSiato, assistant super- intendent for curriculum and in- structional services for the Syra- cuse City School District. The change is likely to affect from 100 to 140 students in the city district, she said, based on the number of students who scored between a 55 and 64 on Regents tests in the past two years. The district has approxi- mately students. "Most of the students who do experience difficulty have had difficulty or are struggling with reading, writing, listening or DeSiato said. Those are the students already targeted, North Syracuse Super- intendent Kathleen Gramet said. The types of services offered to students in her district won't change drastically. "I think it's not much differ- ent from what we're doing now, but now the ante is up that much Gramet said; Both Gramet and DeSiato agreed that recent changes from the state including next year's state assessments for third- through eighth-graders and de- fined goals for what each grade level should know will help fu- ture students on Regents exams. The phasing in of the 65 rule gives the Syracuse district time to implement its new pre-kindcr- FIGHTING VIOLENCE WITH PRAYER IN THE NAME OF A CHILD PRAYING FOR 2-year-old shooting victim Nyquest Golden and his family are (from left) former Common Councilor Mike Atkins, Common Councilor Van Robinson, the Rev. Aaron James of Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Alfonso Davis of United Baptist Church, the Rev. Erik Eure of C.W. Staff photographer Promised Land Church and the Rev. Jonathan Stephens of Fountain of Life Church. After meeting to discuss ways to prevent violence, members of the City-Wide Coalition of Urban Pastors went to University Hospital to pray with the child, entering his hospital room four at a Skiddy Park rally dedicates a ballfield haunted by violence; Bud Poliquin on the park's glorious At City Hall, Mayor Matt Driscoll and Republican challenger Joanie Mahoney clash over the city's Ithaca's Solar Sail Very likely in orbit' By Rebecca James Staff writer It's the kind of crazy, vision- ary dream that Ithaca's most fa- mous astronomer might have come up with: A converted weapon of war launches an ex- perimental space mission pow- ered by sunlight. "It is pure Carl Sagan as far as I'm said Ann Dmyan, Sagan's widow. "He would have loved it." Cosmos 1, the first spaceship designed to run using solar sails, launched Tuesday from a Rus- sian submarine under the Bar- ents Sea. The privately financed mission is a joint project of The Planetary Society, which Sagan co-founded, and Cosmos Studi- os, the company headed by Druyan. Sagan, a Cornell Uni- versity astronomer, died in 1996. Initial data reception from the spacecraft was followed by si- lence, but that changed early this morning. Soiling on sunlight A privately funded research group launched the first "solar sail" spacecraft to demonstrate a possible way of traveling between planets without fuel. The plan: In space, eight inflatable arms 50 ft. (15m) long extend from spacecraft Sails, aluminum- coated Mylar, open from arms Sails rotate to adjust angle toward sun Power from sunlight Light particles (photons) bounce off sail, gently pushing spacecraft Capable of traveling farther, staying longer in space since no fuel needed Launch OFrom submerged submaripe in Barents Sea on board a Volna rocket O Altitude: 522 miles (840 spacecraft separates from rocket; powered by batteries' first 30 to 40 minutes O After 37 minutes, solar panels'- deploy Verdict is manslaughter in Freedom Summer slayings By Dalilcen Glanton Chicago Tribune Philadelphia, Miss. On the 41st anniversary of the mur- ders of three young civil rights workers, a jury on Tuesday con- victed an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Kliin leader of manslaugh- ter, closing another chapter in (he country's sordid past of ra- cial violence that has hovered over generations. Edgar Ray Killen took a deep breaih then sat expressionless as the judge pronounced him guilty of orchestrating the slayings of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, who were beaten and shot to death the night of June on a rural road a short distance from Killen's house. Their bod- ies were found 44 days later in an earthen dam. Though the jury declined to find Killen guilty of murder, which would have carried an au- tomatic life sentence, many peo- ple who have lived most of their lives in and around this small town found solace in the man- slaughter verdict, which could HOKUM, tori Waselchuk The New York limes EDGAR RAY KILLEN is taken into custody Tuesday in in Phil- adelphia, Miss., after he was found guilty of manslaughter in the slayings of three civil rights workers in 1964. Inside: Books, Web sites and the movie about the "Mississip- pi Burning" THE BARBER Iwvt HUNTONUNE? 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