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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York WARMING TRENDS 5 ways to jazz up that mug of cocoa THE DAILY DOSE, PAGEE-8 SYRACUSE SURVIVES Orange edges WaAottan 87-82 in overtime. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 The tatsPSton QUEEN SEEKS KING We debunk three stubborn myths about finding true love PAGE E-1 THE NUTCRACKER conies to fife delightfully once again WEEKEND Affiliated with Syri THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 200S The Pest-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING DROPPING Colder weather will gradually take hold over Central New York today and through the weekend. Some snow showers may fall tonight with lake-ef- fect snow possible Friday. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 41 LOW: 30 SU committee reinstates student-run HillTV A panel of professors has re- instated HillTV, the Syracuse University student-run station that Chancellor Nancy Cantor shut down jn October because of offensive content. STORY, 1-1 Pastor now faces rape charge in Connecticut Pastor Jaree Jones of the Ref- uge Temple of Syracuse was charged Wednesday with raping a teenage girl in Connecticut, less than u month after facing similar charges in Syracuse. STOUT, PAW 1-1 Peres leaves Labor Party to join Sharon's effort Shimon Feres announced Wednesday that after more than four decades of membership, he was leaving the Labor Party and would back Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new centrist party In parliamentary elections in March. STOUT, N.H. abortion law goes before Supreme Court Te Supreme Court Wednes- day wrestled with a New Hamp- shire law that requires a parent to be told before a daughter ends her pregnancy, with no hint the justices were ready for a dramat- ic retreat on abortion rights under their new chief. STOUT, PAGE A4 Donations adding up for Bears' trip to Super Bowl Support was pouring in Wednesday for the Eastwood Bears in their attempt to raise to pay for a trip to play in the Pop Warner Super Bowl Championships next week. SPORTS, PACt 0-1 Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Oneida police e-mail Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Classified____F-l CNY E-1 Pwzles........ Dick Cose Editorials liners..... 1-1 A-14 A-15 Local news....... 1-1 lottery..............A-2 Movies............Wkd NewJwk A-12 Obituaries........ 1-4 Sports 0-1 Stacks C-3 Sudoku.............1-7 Television......... 1-5 THEFOST-STANDAltD Infusion Keeps NPG Jobs in DeWitt Equipment for new product is expected to arrive at plant site Hi January. By Rick Moriarty Staff writer In a move that will save at least 500 local manufacturing jobs, Magna International Inc. has agreed to invest million into its New Process Gear plant in DeWitt to .make a new generation of transfer cases for. sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, state officials said Wednesday. Magna, an independent auto parts maker based in Canada that bought the New Process Gear plant from Chrysler a year ago, will spend million on ma- chinery to make the new transfer cases, million on site work and million to train workers to operate the equipment, the of- ficials said. The plant employs peo- ple. The state will give the compa- ny an incentive package worth nearly million. It consists of a million loan, million in Empire Zone investment tax credits and a training grant. Gov. George Pataki and Em- pire State Development Corp., the state's economic develop- ment arm, have been working with Magna for months on the deal, the officials said. An official announcement of the Magna deal could be made today. Pataki is expected to be in Syracuse this afternoon to an- Colleges target children at risk Students from U Meyne, OCC Jon program to encourage success. By Greg Munno Staff writer A Syracuse program is ex- pected to announce two new collaborations today that will put students from Le Moync College and Onondaga Com- munity College in the same classrooms as middle and high school students at risk of dropping out of school. The college students will work with Syracuse Choice, a program created three years ago to provide one-on-one mentoring, tutoring and super- vision to middle school stu- dents. The program was de- signed to steer the students from gangs and violence. "Onondaga Community College is involved with the program to give our students the opportunity to practice and teach what they have learned and to further engage in ser- vice learning that last year to- taled more than hours in support of the OCC President Debbie Sydow said. Local business leaders and a concert featuring the Marsa- lis family raised more than to start the program in response to gun violence in city neighborhoods. In its first year, the program served 27 children. It had 37 last year and has 45 middle school students enrolled so far this year, said Wayne O'Con- nor, the program's executive director. The program's annual re- port shows students attending Mike Greenlar Staff photographer MIKE COLLINS, of Westvale, a youth advocate with Syracuse Choice, plays a movie-title word game after school with Carissa Vader (center) and Jeronna Williams, both 12. The pro- gram is held at St. Anthony's School. classes more often, improving their grades and getting into trouble less. Each child has an "advo- cate" that checks on him or her three times a day, starting with first-period homeroom, O'Connor said. If the pupil isn't in class, the advocate immediately calls the child's parents, O'Connor said. The children, their parents and their advo- cates all have each other's cell phone numbers, and contact is made as soon as there's a problem day or night, seven days a week: The pro- gram also helps the pupils get summer jobs, and tutors them i Mike photographer SYRACUSE CHOICE Director Wayne O'Connor helps eighth- grader Gabriel Quiles, 14, prepare for an upcoming social studies test at Lincoln Middle School. O'Connor is a former area superintendent for Syracuse schools. French perform first partial face transplant By Carole Bianchi The Associated Press Lyon, Doctors in France said they had performed the world's first partial face transplant, forging into a risky medical frontier with their opera- tion on a woman disfigured by a dogbitc. The 38-year-old woman, who wants to remain anonymous, had a nose, lips and chin grafted onto her face from a brain-dead donor whose family gave consent. The operation, performed Sunday, in- cluded a surgeon already famous for transplant breakthroughs, Dr. Jean-Michel Dubemard. "The patient's general condi- tion is excellent and the trans- plant looks said a statement issued Wednesday from the hospital in the northern city, of Amiens where the opera- tion took place. Dubemard would not discuss the surgery, but confirmed that it involved the nose, lips and chin. "We still don't know when the patient will get he said. A news conference is planned for Friday. Scientists in China have per- formed scalp and ear transplants, but experts say the mouth and hose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant. In 2000, Dubcrnard did the world's first double forearm transplant. The surgery drew both praise and sobering warnings over its potential risks and ethical and psychological ramifications. If successful something that may not be known for months or even years the procedure of- fers hope to people horribly dis- figured by bums, accidents or other tragedies. The woman was "severely disfigured" by a dog bite in May that made it difficult for her to speak and chew, according to a joint statement from the hospital in Amiens and another in the southern city of Lyon where Du- bemard works. Such injuries are "extremely The Associated Press PRESIDENT BUSH pauses dur- ing a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy as he reads a letter written by a Marine before he was killed in Iraq. The Marine wrote he had no regrets if he dies because he was helping the people of Iraq. How Bush plans to win the Iraq war A look inside the 35-page strategy report outlining the administration's war plans. News service reports Annapolis, Md. Two and a half years after the American invasion of Iraq, President Bush laid out what he called u strategy for on Wednesday, yowing not to pull out on "arti- ficial timetables set by politi- cians" but at the same time of- fering the first glimpse of his plun for extricating American forces. The speech to cheering mid- shipmen at the U.S. Naval Acad- emy coincided with the release of a 35-page document outlining his administration's strategy for winning the war. Administration officials said the report was compiled from declassified por- tions of longstanding war plans. Here are excerpts: Victory defined Short Teem: An Iraq making steady progress in fighting ter- rorists, achieving political mile- stones, building democratic in- stitutions, laying foundation for sound economy, training and equipping security forces. Medium Term: An Iraq taking the lead in defeating terrorists and providing its own security, with a constitutional government and making economic gains. Longer Term: An Iraq that has defeated terrorists and neutral- ized the insurgency, and has de- veloped into a peaceful, united, stable, secure nation that is part of the international community and a partner in the war on ter- rorism. The enemy Rejeetionists: The largest U.S.rTfRIIOIIISTS, PAGfA-6 Inside The speech, the scene, the What people are A fact-check on the A-6 What Iraqis think about Bush's war More onMM To read the White House report "National Strategy for Victory in go to the News Tracker blog at You can also read: A transcript of the president's speech A report by military historians at the Strategic Studies Institute. To join the debate, enter the Newswatch forum at