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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKuM.com SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING LET THE SUNSHINE IN We should see seasonable weath- er today, with a good bit of sun- shine mixed in. Enjoy it while it lasts. More snow is headed our way Sun- day and Monday, before the sun makes a return appearance Tuesday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 35 LOW: 24 State delays new math test; students not ready The state Board of Regents on Friday delayed by a year the mandated use of a substantially improved math test because schools haven't adequately pre- pared students for the exam. NEW YORK, PAGE A-IO Red Cross demands U.S. give it access to detainees The International Committee of the Red Cross renewed its de- mand Friday to be allowed to visit all detainees in "undis- closed locations." STORY, PAGE A-6 How two friends get kidneys from same man Two New Yorkers with end- stage kidney disease who be- came friends over weekly dialy- sis sessions end up getting a new kidney on the same night from the same donor. NEW YORK, PACE A-IO Old Newsboys fan out to aid Christmas Bureau About 400 volunteers from civic groups, businesses, govern- ment offices and charities will hit the streets of Central New York today to sell special edi- tions of The Post-Standard for contributions to the Old News- boys campaign that supports the Christmas Bureau. The newspapers, administra- tion and labor for the campaign are donated, so every gift goes to buy toys and books for children of low-income families in Onon daga County. STORY, PAGE B-l Onondogo County votes on Empire Zone areas The Onondaga County Legis- lature is expected to decide Dec. 20 whether to give five areas of land state Empire Zone status. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Camillas police: Con artist targets elderly residents A man posing as a bank worker scammed an 87-year-old Camillus woman out of thou- sands of dollars and has tried to do it again, police warned. IOCAL PAGE B-3 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 Crashes along Route Citizens Bank's Sunday Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Auto..................F-l C-l Bridge...............E-9 Classified Comics ...MO, 11 CNY...................E-l Dick Cose.........B-l Editorials.......A-12 Entertainment. E-4 Letters...........A-13 Local news.......B-l Loltery..............A-2 Movies...............1-4 NewVork......A-IO Obituaries........ B-4 Puzzle Sports...............D-l Slocks...............C-2 Sudoku...........E-ll Television.......E-l 2 Wealbr........D-10 THE POST-STANDARD 284 Airports Lack Safety Zones Fatal crash in Chicago renews calls for buffers, safety stops The Associated Press Nearly 300 U.S. commercial air- ports, including Chicago's Midway, lack a margin at the end of the runway that the federal govern- ment considers adequate for safety. Many are older airports squeezed next to dense city neighborhoods, bodies of water or steep drop-offs that don't have the available space. The deadly accident Thursday night in which a Boeing 737 slid off the end of a snowy runway brought renewed demands Friday for buffer zones or other safety measures to give pilots a wider margin for error. A Southwest Airlines jet making a landing plowed through a fence and into a street, killing a 6-year-old boy in a car. Ten other people, most of them on the ground, were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board said the cause of the accident was still under investigation, and the plane's voice and data recorders were sent to Washington' for analysis. But much of the attention focused on the runaway. a compact one mile EXPERTS, PAGE A-ll Boy, family were heading to grandma's Hancock Airport The longest runway at Syracuse's Hancock Airport: just under feet. The runway at Midway Internationa! feet. Hancock Airport has the longest commercial runway between New York City and Chicago. Hancock Airport was built on old farmland, so no houses or roads sit next to runways'. The airport has no breakwall or barrier. If a plane veered off a runway, airport officials said, it would roll onto the grass and get stuck in the turf. Source: Aviation Commissioner Tony Mancuso OSWEGO COUNTY COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF TEEN VARSITY BASKETBALL players with Phoenix's Birdlebough High School Friday night listen to their coach, Paul Bednarz, talk about their teammate, Joseph Bregg, who died in a car Team, friends pause to remember No. 23 Lauren Marsh photographer crash Thursday. The players, who went up against Notting- ham Friday, put on No. 23 bands. That was Bregg's number, and that of his basketball hero, Michael Jordan. Fans clap as players of both teams hug mom of boy killed in car crash. By Charles McChcsncy and Catie O'Toole Staff writers Fresh-fallen snow had filled in the car tracks, leaving a softly contoured line in the snow along Route 12 in Schroeppel. The line ended at a guiderail, where'the violence of the crash that killed Joseph Bregg and left Kevin Mantor in critical condition defied the weather. Just beyond the twisted guiderail, stood a tree, gouged high up where it was struck by the car in which the two Phoe- nix High School students were traveling. Next to one of the gouges was a cellophane- wrapped bouquet of dark red roses. On Uie bouquet, a note begins, "Joe, I still can't be- lieve you are gone..." MEMORIALS, PAGE A-ll tauren Marsh Staff photographer PHOENIX basketball coach Paul Bednarz places Joseph Bregg's jersey on a chair hear the home team's chairs Friday night before the team's game against Nottingham. Rome twin tells police: You've got wrong man By Sapna KoIIali Staff writer When Richard Nash was ar- rested on a cocaine possession charge, he showed Rome police his twin brother's license. Who would know? Except maybe his twin brother, who wasn't very happy about it. After seeing his name in the news this week, William Nash told police Thursday night about his brother's exploits. Richard Nash now faces the additional charges of criminal impersona- tion and forgery. "They're identical, so until the one brother came forward, we didn't said Rome Police Chief Gary DeMattco. Nash, 25, of 213 Elm St., Rome, was arrested Thursday along with Jonathan Castro, 20, and Daniel Hernandez, 24, after a bar argument spilled onto the street. Police said Castro fired shots nl current and former Onci- da County corrections officers. Castro was charged with at- tempted murder and all three men were arrested and charged with possession after police found cocaine in their car. Nash told police his name was William Nash and that he lived in the Liberty Gardens apartment complex in Rome. "He had his brother's license, his ID, he forged his brother's DeMattco said. "People must have called William or he must have seen his name and picture on the news well, his brother's picture that looked just like him." Richard Nash, Castro and Hernandez all arc in Oncida County Correctional Facility. Sapna KoIIali can be reached at 470-3257 or Senior citizens needed calendars, so she found a few volunteers istribute calendars to people n nursing homes. y Zach Babo ontributing writer Doris Jones has seen more lian days in her 69 years. Lately, she says, it can be a lallenge to tell them apart. "1 have a hard time keeping ack of she said. It's a complaint shared by mma Wright, 59, another resi- ent at Vivian Teal Howard Res- lential Healthcare Facility in yracuse. "If you don't have a calendar, ou don't know what day it "right said. Diane Adams, the facility's ombudsman, heard a similar complaint from another resident eight years ago. Her efforts to solve that problem have' since grown into a program that dis- tributes calendars to senior citi- zens throughout Onondaga County. "I saw a need in a nursing home for having a Adams said. Last year, Adams and other volunteers with the InterReligi- ous Council's ombudsman pro- gram collected and distributed more than calendars to 14 nursing homes and 28 adult care facilities. Adams won an Above and Beyond volunteer award from the IRC last year for her work as a long-term care om- budsman. "Everybody's entitled to sec what day it said Linda Kashdin, director of the Long- term Care Ombudsman program. Adams began the program at Vivian Teal, then called Castle Rest Nursing Home. She ex- panded the program by putting notices in community newspa- pers and enlisting other ombud- smen. She now has drop boxes at eight locations in Onondaga County. The boxes appear at the beginning of November and re- main until mid-January. "People usually throw away Adams said, but now they save them for the pro- gram. Over the years, Adams has Dick Blume Staff photographer DIANE ADAMS who gives calendars away to senior citizens, shows William Hodges one Wednesday at the Vivian Teal How- ard Residential Healthcare Facility in Syracuse. William DeCatur BUSINESSES, PAGE A-5 (standing) and Bernice Stroman check out other calendars. THE FAMILY BEHIND THE MODERN POINSETTIA HOW DO SU, COLGATE MATCH UP SPORTS, PAGES D-1, 4 N S I D E TIPS ON SETTING THE PERFECT HOLIDAY TABLE CNY, PAGE E-1 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS CBA beats Bishop Ludden, 65-55. Phis other scores. SPORTS, PAGES D-7, 8, 9