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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, Syracuse, New York Academe All-Stars All-CNY Girls Lacrosse JESSE IP-IBM THURSDAY. JUNE 23. 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The POM Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING ON THE EDGE There will be plen- ty of sunshine in Central New York today. Jt will be warm, but today's tempera- tures will be considered rela- tively cool after a blast of much hotter air reaches the area from the west Friday under mostly clear skies. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 79 LOW: 59 New technology may bring jobs to Syracuse Syracuse workers have begun machining parts for a machine that protects mail from anthrax, smallpox and other bioterrorism threats. Developers of the technology hope it will transform mail secu- rity and bring manufacturing jobs to downtown Syracuse. BUSINESS, PACK-1 Marcellus orders work stopped on mill project The village of Marcellus has forced developer Vito William Lucchelti Jr. to stop all work on the Crown Mill project on North Street. Code enforcement officer Doug Slaley said he issued the stop-work order in the past two weeks but said he doesn't think it will be in effect very long. LOUl.PAGEB-5 U.S. attack in Afghanistan kills up to 76 insurgents American aircraft bombarded a rebel hideout with missiles and bombs, killing up to 76 insur- gents in one of the deadliest bat- tles since the Taliban's ouster more than three years ago, offi- cials said Wednesday. Solar-powered spacecraft crashes back to earth An experimental satellite de- signed to test spacecraft propul- sion by solar power crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff when the launch rocket shut down prematurely, Russian space officials said Wednesday. STORY, PAGE A-ll Attempt at record ice pop ends with flooded streets A 25-foot-tall, 17'A-ton Snapple frozen treat unexpected- ly quickly melted in the midday sun Tuesday, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with pink fluid that sent pedestri- ans scurrying for higher ground. PHOTOGRAPH, PAGE A-2 Corrections Column by Peggy Liuzzi of Child Care Solutions Warren Wolfson was a co- cltair of Summer Picnic on the Skiddy Park Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index ....C-I ......H (-1 A-16 EMirtMiMnt.E-3 H Business... Classified., CNY_____ Comic UMOfNIS.. lottery........-...lei MOYItS WtfftWM Hew M...... A-14 ObHtwte Sports.... Skxks....- Uwwxi. M .D-l -H MfOST-Sttlffltt) I! 54 Fulton Boy Drowns In Oswego Canal Li-Hua Lan toff photographer PEOPLE GATHER to support each other Wednesday afternoon near a bridge on county Route 57 near Minetto in Oswego County while divers searched the Oswego Canal for William Calkins Jr. The boy's body was found shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, about two hours after he disappeared beneath the water while swimming with a friend. Teen tried, but couldn't rescue friend By Charles McChcsney Staff writer The Oswego Canal claimed its second victim in two weeks Wednesday. The body of William L. Calkins Jr., 14, of Fulton, was pulled from the water at p.m. He had joined his friend Cody Collar for a swim on the river on a sparkling day in from of Collar's house at 3373 county Route 57. The two boys were swim- ming for a short while, state police said, when Collar, who is also 14, could tell that Cal- kins was having difficulty staying afloat. A rowboat they were holding on to in the water began to drift south on a strong wind while the river's current pulled the two boys north. Collar tried to help Calkins, but his friend disappeared under the water, police said. Collar went ashore to his home, and a family member called emergency dispatch. The call came in about p.m., according to state police Senior Investigator Wayne Corsa. Two hours later, divers found Calkins' body not far from where the boys had been swimming. For two hours, neighbors, members of the Oswego County dive team, firefighters from Volney and Phoenix, staff from the Department of Environmental Conservation, state police and Oswego County sheriff's deputies searched the water and the shore. A state police helicop- ter joined the search. CANAL PAGE A-6 The Post-Standard A fatal mix: Youth, speed, no seat belts Despite a Bfethne of warnings, many young drivers don't buckle up. By Aaron Gifford Staff writer Eighteen-year-old Cody Sku- bon already had a checkered driving record when he led depu- ties on a high-speed chase down country roads near his Madison County home. He'd been pulled over twice before once for driving with a cracked window and once for no seat belt. Authorities caught up to the teen this time and ticketed him. Three weeks later, Sept. 17, 2002, Skubon was speeding down the road again without wearing a seat belt when he lost control and was thrown from his truck. He later died from his in- juries. Skubon liked to work on cars, said his mother, Debra Gerow, and loved to drive them, but sometimes too fast. "A lol of kids (speed) 1 SOME, PAGE i-6 How our young drivers died The death toll in CNY Fourteen; on young drivers: They're wild. They love speed. They don't pay attention. PAGE A-6 Morning-after pill passes Legislature The Associated Press Albany The New York Senate gave final legislative ap- proval Wednesday to provide easy access to the morning-after pill through pharmacists, mid- wives and nurses despite strong opposition by lawmakers who likened the emergency contra- ception to abortion. The measure would allow girls and women to obtain the medication without a physician's visit or prescription and without parental consent regardless of the patient's age. The medication could be provided by any phar- Legislative WhyB'vffle will drop its crossing guards Across CNY region, 60 percent of school districts use erasing, guards. By Tom Leo Staff writer After 20 years as a crossing guard, 85-year-old Marge Mol- loy is out of a job. Molloy and eight other cross- ing guards worked their last day Wednesday, the end of the school year in Baldwinsville. They were told recently their services are no longer needed because Baldwinsville school district voters decided last month to bus all elementary school stu- dents in the fall. "Every child in the district now has the opportunity to be Baldwinsville School District Superintendent Jeanne Jenn'rfw Meyers Contributing photographer MARGE MOLLOY gives Bridget Walker, 11, a hug Wednesday, the last day of class at Elden Elementary School in Baldwinsville. The district won't have crossing guards in the fall. Dangle said. "We want to pro- vide the safest form of transpor- tation for all of our students.'' The move puts Baldwinsville in toe minority. A survey Wednesday of 43 schools in Central New York shows 60 per- cent still use crossing guards. Marcellus Superintendent Timothy Barstow said the dis- trict's only crossing guard, Kath- erine Welsh, performs an impor- tant service. Welsh directs bus, car and pedestrian traffic at the campus's busiest entrance and DOES YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVE CROSSING First, hats are in the ring; now names are in the hat fie vote leaves Morrisvilletopkk new trustee by chance. By Robert A. Baker Staff writer In an age of (ouch-screen voting and Internet polls, a lottery will decide who gets to be trustee in a small Madison County village. A vote for the office ended Tuesday in a tie, 93-93. A name will be drawn from a hat next week to de- cide who wins a trustee seat in Morrisville. Things could have ended differently: the outcome might have been decided in a coin toss or by drawing numbers. The state Council of Mayors suggested the three tiebreakers when the village clerk asked for advice, but on Wednesday village lead- ers likely will vote to go with the luck of the draw. "I just say, whatever happens, said Sharry Woodcock, who tied with Priscella Ammon for the trustee job. "It's going to kind of be the luck of the Ammon said. Tuesday night, Wood- cock and Ammon were tied at 92-92, with two absentee ballots left to count, said Mayor-elect Michelle For- ward. But when the votes split, officials solicited ad- vice. Now that the game is all but decided, all that's left to do, said Morrisville clerk Debora DesJardins, is choose someone to do the honors. They need meet only one prerequisite. "We have to find some- one to pull the name who isn't associated with the vil- she said.