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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com SUNDAY, AUGUST 21. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE. N.Y. 51.75 GOOD MORNING LOOKING GOOD Any objections to some just- right, late-summer days? After possible morning rain today, we'll slip into several days of comfortable temperatures and low humidity. Expect temperatures to dip into the 50s at night, and after today, daily highs in the 70s, with a nice mixture of clouds and sunshine. Complete ____________________ HIGH: 84 LOW: 59 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Police Car Hits, Kills Cicero Bicyclist, 77 By Meghan Rubado Staff writer A 77-year-old Cicero man riding his bicycle was struck by a Cicero police car and killed about a.m. Satur- day. Richard Lee Luffman, 77, of 7723 Running Brook Lane, was riding on his regular route to pick up bottles and cans to donate to charity. Luffman He was riding that an intoxicated man was damaging cause this involves one ot their oi'fi- near Route II and vehicles. he said. Caughdenoy Road Cicero police Chief Joseph Snell Authorities refused to identify the when a police car said the Onondaga County Sheriffs officer. Snell said he was alone in the heading north on Office Accident Investigation Team is car Route 11 hit him, investigating the crash. Snell said the officer has worked at Cicero police said. It is protocol for Cicero police to full time for three The Cicero police turn over the investigation on any sen- and worked part time before officer was on his ous accident to the sheriffs oftice, way to Brewerton to said Sgt. Chuck Ames, speaking for investigate a report the sheriffs office. "It's not just be- Home Schooling Al Campanie Staff photographer BIRD IN HAND: Nancy Keleher, of Manlius, carries a stuffed hen pheasant she purchased at the Madison-Bouckville Outdoor An- tique Show. She has a male stuffed pheasant at home to go with the hen. Story. Page B-2 MILITARY BASE CLOSINGS Pentagon officials say plans do not overestimate savings. WASHINGTON, PAGE A-16 BEAUCOUP SUDOKU We've got both monster and regular puzzles plus five books of Sudoku puzzles to give away. STARS, PAGE 41 ONE MOTHER'S PROTEST Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, shares why she was camping out in Crawford, Texas. OPINION, PAGE C-1 HUNTERS. THOMPSON The ashes of late literary icon Hunter S. Thomson were blasted out of a cannon Saturday. PHOTO, PAGE A-11 BASEBALL HEAVEN If stats are your thing, don't miss this guide for fans and non-fans of America's favorite pastime. PARADE MJCKANDTHE BOYS Rolling Stones have been in the business for 43 years. OPINION, PAGE C-4 7A CURRENT AFFAIR7 Skaneateles resident Tim Green, consummate multi-tasker. CNY.PAGEE-1 Corrections No Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Frank Ordonez Staff photographer CHANAH GRIFFITH, 9, gets some help researching a term paper from her mother, Louann Griffith and her grandmother Andrea Branagan at the Weetisport Public Library. Chanah is home-schooled by her mother, who was home-schooled by her mother. More and more parents are choosing to educate their children at home. Local parents talk about the. experience and experts weigh in with logistics. By Michele Reaves Staff writer When school opens in September, more Central New Yorkers than ever are likely to school their children at home, state Education Department statistics suggest. The numbers show families in a five- county Central New York area chose to educate their children1 at home during the 2004-05 school year. That's up 33 percent from 10 years earlier, when 823 families did. The move to home-school comes despite the fact that the state's education regulations are among the strictest in the country, according to Thomas J. Schmidt, an attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association. The most common reasons parents choose to home-school are religious ideology and a dif- fering philosophy on how children should be EVERY PARENT, PAGE A-10 Heating costs going up Propane, natural gas, oil: None is exempt. Conservation urged. By Tim Knauss Staff writer The heat of summer still blan- kets Central New York. Don Woods, of West Monroe, said he hasn't given much thought yet to winter, or to filling the 275-gallon tank in his basement with heating oil so he can stay warm in February. The tank is nearly empty, and Woods said he prefers not to think about the cost of filling it. Last year, he paid about for a fill-up. This year, the price is likely to exceed "I'm not looking forward to he said. Although cold winter nights might seem far off, energy ex- perts are already looking ahead to the cost of winter heating. They don't like what they see. Unless something surprising happens between now and No- vember, the cost of heating fuels such as oil, natural gas and pro- THIS WINTER'S, FROM PAGE A-l 3 FAIR SEASON OPENS Central New York's end-of- summer bash starts Thursday as the turnstiles at the New York State Fair start swinging. best of everything the Empire State has to offer, and then some, will be on display. Dennis Staff photographer SIMON SMITH has a session in math with his father, Mark Smith, at their Syracuse home. Both parents participate in the 11-year-old's education, with some help from tutors and distan- ce-learning programs. INSIDE THE NUMBERS A county-by-county look at home schooling THE LOGISTICS What a parent needs to know to begin QANDA An expert talks about the trend TIPS Pointers and resources for parents taking the plunge PAGE A-10 Northwest Airlines weathers first day of strike Today, we start you off with the Post-Standard's 20-page Visi- tors' Guide. It lists every sin- gle event for every single day at the Fair. Whether you're looking for the butter sculpture or Bengal tigers, find it there. INSIDE STARS Also today H The panache and politics of Toby Keith (a headliner at the STARS, PAGE 4 Business E-l H H-l Editorials local news Nation C-2 ._ B-l __ A-2 E-l New York.... f-1 A-18 ..B-4 H-l Opinion (-1 D-l B-l Stocks A-2 Woshington Worid _...A-16 _____ THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery. call 470-6397 The Washington Post Washington Northwest Airlines Corp. encountered picket lines and some flight delays as it weathered the first day" of a strike by its 4.400 me- chanics'and maintenance workers. The first major airline strike in seven years has set the stage for a confronta- tion that could reshape labor relations in a struggling industry. Northwest maintained operations largely because its other labor groups, representing pilots, flight attendants and baggage handlers, ignored the strikers and reported to work. Northwest in Syracuse One of six arrivals and six departures by Northwest Airlines at Hancock Airport was canceled Saturday a a.m. flight to Detroit because of an "aircraft maintenance" issue. Airline officials claimed victory Sat- urday, saying 14 months of preparations for the walkout were paying off. They added that no further negotiations with the union were planned. Smooth operations in the morning turned bumpy. A flight from Detroit to Boston scheduled to depart at a.m. left at p.m. because of me- chanical problems. Another Detroit-to- Boston flight was delayed nearly an hour because of a problem loading lug- gage. A New York-to-Tokyo flight with a departure at p.m. was resched- uled to leave at p.m. because of an "aircraft change due to according to the airline. The disruptions were not on the scale of previous walkouts. In the past, sym- pathetic unions commonly launched slowdowns or strikes of their own. Christian rockers Jars of Clay certainly don't have feet of clay. STARS. PAGE 5 See the Fair through the eyes of a storyteller, and she's got j some doozies. STARS, PAGE 11 A Q and A with Fair Director peter CappuccHH Jr. PAGE A-18 The Post-Standard will be there every- day. SEE YOU THERE!   

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