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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-SUndard SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING BUNDLE UP A high-pressure system will bring 1 more cold air into Central New Q York today along with some sunshine. There may be a stray flurry in some spots. Temperatures will re- main cold Wednesday. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 20 LOW: 8 Governor, Supreme Court won't stop execution California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the execution of Stanley "Too- kie" Williams, rejecting the no- tion that the founder of the mur- derous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption on death row. With the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting his final appeal, Wil- liams, 51, was set to die by in- jection at San Quentin Prison at a.m. today. For the latest updates, see GOP to Pirro: Drop out; Pirro: You can't stop me Leaders of the New York Re- publican Party urged Jeanine Pirro to quit her bid to unseat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and run for state attorney general next year. Pirro, the district attorney of Wcslchcster County, immediate- ly issued a statement rejecting (he suggestion, saying, "I re- main a candidate for U.S. Sen- ate, but I greatly respect the opinion of the county chairs and their confidence in my abilities as a statewide candidate." STORY, PAW A-7 Mizpah developer begins work on building The Washington stale compa- ny developing Mizpah Tower expects to see the first hotel guests in two to three years. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Federal Vioxx case ends in hung jury Merck Co. Inc.'s latest Vioxx trial ended in mistrial with a hung jury Monday, a po- tential setback in the drug-mak- er's plan to deflect billions of dollars in claims over its recalled pain-reliever. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Read along with NIE's serial "Sooner or Later" tells the story of a former slave family after the Civil War. SPORTS, PAGE D-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 BB Workers at JGB Admission to MasterWorks Chorale Christmas Concert Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business... Bridge Classified.. Comics...... CNY........... Puzzles..... Dick Case. Editorials. ......C-l ......F-7 ......H ......H ......B-1 ...A-12 Letters...........A-13 Local news. Lottery........ Movies........ New York... Obituaries.. Schools.............B-6 Sports...............D-l Sudoku..............E-7 Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD What's at Stake as Iraqis Vote News service reports Iraq's first parliamentary elec- tion since the country's constitu- tion was ratified in October is choosing legislators this week to form a government to run the country for a full four-year term. During that time, the United States and its coalition partners are expected to start reducing their troop presence and handing over more control to Iraqi forces. A close look Number of seats: 275. Voters and candidates: More than 15 million registered voters, including expatriates in 15 coun- tries; more than candi- dates, either running as indepen- dents or as members of political parties in 19 broad coalitions. Prime minister: The new par- liament will choose the next prime minister, with a two-thirds majority vote. The prime minis- ter will then form Women: At least 25 percent of seats must be filled by women. The insurgency: Supporters of three major Sunni Muslim par- ties are expected to cast ballots despite threats from the Sunni Arab-dominated insurgency, probably increasing the Sunni share of parliamentary seats. Kurds: Like the Sunni Arabs, they make up 20 percent to 25 percent of Iraq's population of 27 million. In January, the Kurds won the presidency, the Foreign Ministry and a significant say in shaping the constitution. In- creased competition from Sunni Arabs could reduce Kurds' seats at a time when they are trying to secure control over oil-rich Kir- kuk. Role of Shiites: The United Iraqi Alliance, a coalition of Shiite religious parties with strong Iranian ties that swept the January elections, has agreed to stay unified, which could ensure it remains a force in the next par- liament. What's next: New government: The newly elected parliament will select a government, which must take of- fice by Dec. 31. Much negotia- tion and coalition-building is ex- pected. Constitutional amendments: Sunni Arabs were promised they could, propose amendments dur- ing the first four months of the new parliament's tenure. Amendments need two-thirds approval in parliament and a ma- jority in a national referendum. Michelle Gabel Staff photographer KAFI AHMED, of Syracuse, will vote this week in the Iraqi par- liamentary A-4 INSIDE: Iraq's voting demo- graphics... compare Mideast governments..! players to watch... A-4 MOTHER'S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: SLOW DOWN David Lassman photographer MONICA BROWN stands near a billboard at South Salina Street and East Brighton Avenue showing a picture of her son, Johnny Rice, Jr., who died in an accident Dec. 25, 2004. Lost life leads mom to saving others Her three billboards caution motorists on the dangers of driving fast and how her teen son died. By Diana LaMattina Staff writer Monica Brown hopes drivers slow down, at least enough to read the bill- boards. Brown is paying for three billboards to he displayed on the South Side as memo- rial for her son, Johnny Rice, 19, who died Dec. in a car crash caused by his speeding. Her billboards carry messages for driv- ers such as: "Slow Down. Speeding Takes Lives. Even on Christmas." 'This was one thing 1 Uiought I could do as a mother who lost her only son, not only to honor him but to bring help to Brown said from her home in Nedrow. "I'm a mom on a mission." Her son died when he lost control of his 1995 Oldsmobile 98 on Route 11 A, about three-quarters of a mile from his home. He struck a utility pole and then a large tree, splitting the car in half. Brown said her son was speeding, but she did not know how fast. A billboard at 2704 S. Salina St. is al- ready up. The others are scheduled to go up on or before Thursday The billboards, by LaMar Outdoor Ad- vertising, will be at 2704 S. Salina St., 4000 S. Salina St., and 600 Valley Drive, said Michael Centore, senior account ex- ecutive with LaMar Outdoor Advertising. "Those were his stomping Brown said. "Those are the same streets John would fly up and down." Brown had wanted one to go near the site Rice crashed, but LaMar does not service that far south of the city. She signed a contract beginning in June Rice's birth month to rent these three billboards for about a month in June and December for the next few years. Neither she nor LaMar would re- veal the cost. The reaction has been positive so far. In June, friends of Rice's used spray paint to sign the billboard at Valley MOTHER'S LIFE, PAGE A-4 Agency's last meeting doesn't include Destiny Deadline looms, according to city, but a special meeting might be called. By Rick Moriarty "taff writer The Syracuse Industrial De- velopment Agency this morning will hold its last regularly sched- uled meeting of the year. But Destiny USA which is "acing an important end-of-the- year deadline for its tax agree- nent with the city is not on its agenda. David Michel, the city's eco- nomic development director, said Monday the city's attorneys have been meeting with repre- sentatives of the Destiny USA development team since the mayoral election Nov. 8 to dis- cuss ways to move the project forward. The conversations have been "going but they have not produced an agreement that would enable the city's develop- ment agency to issue bonds today for the project a neces- sary action to activate a 30-year property tax agreement for the project. way of economic development in Syracuse. Driscoil said he was However, a special meeting just looking out for taxpayers, could be held before the end of The mayor has said the deal for the year if need be, Michel said. "The mayor has emphasized we'd like to work this he said. "We'd like the project to move ahead." Mayor Matt Driscoil, a Demo- crat, was re-elected after a cam- paign in which Destiny USA was a major issue. Republican challenger Joanie Mahoney tried to paint Driscoil as an obstruc- tionist who was getting in the 30-year property tax Destiny expires if it is not acti- vated by the time a 15-year tax deal for Carousel Center expires, at the end of the year. DESTINY EXECUTIVES, PAGE A-4 KONG REVIEWED "The popcoraiesr CNY, PAGE E-4 VOICES Get out of school early? Not me, writes Robin Gignifcrt. INSIDE OUR SCHOOLS, PAGE B-6 I N S SO NOT SINGLE Blogger finds love, with the help of The Daly Dose. PAGE E-8 D E DON'T READ our story on holiday calories... UNTIL YOU READ our story on how to find a gym. CNY, PAGE E-1 SU SHOOTERS are hitting their long shots. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 Alcohol may have role in fatal crash State police believe driver of car in which teen died had been drinking. By Charles McClicsncy Staff writer Investigators are focusing on the role of alcohol in last week's crash that killed a Phoenix high school junior on county Route 12 in Schrocppel. "We believe that the operator had been consuming state police Investigator Terry Bauer said Monday. Kevin Mantor was driving on Route 12 at about p.m. Thursday when, police said, he lost control of the Ponliac Gran Prix and it went off the north side of the road. The car hit a tree, killing Manlor's passenger, Joseph A. Bregg III, 16, of 33 Pine Tree Lane, Schrocppel. Brcgg, a junior at J.C. Birdie- bough High School, was a mem- ber of the Phoenix school's bas- ketball team. Mantor, 17, of 387 Main St. Phoenix, remained hospitalized Monday at University Hospital in Syracuse. Hospital officials would .not release his condition. A blood sample taken from Manlor was sent to the state po- lice lab in Albany for analysis, Bauer said. Bauer, leading the investiga- tion into the crash, said he is seeking information on what the two boys were doing immediate- oil to stay, says energy forecast By H..Josef Hcbert The Associated Press Washington Oil prices will persist near or above a barrel for years and force a shift to more fuel-efficient cars and alternative fuels, the government said Monday, discarding earlier predictions that costs would drop to around a barrel. The Energy Department fore- cast was more positive on natu- ral gas prices. It said they would retreat from the recent spikes to more than per thousand cubic feet and settle at under in the long term as demand weakens, especially for electrici- ty production. The analysis reflected a signif- icant change from the depart- ment's projections a year ago when it predicted oil prices in constant dollars not counting normal inflation would retreat in the long term' and settle at about a barrel by 2025. The report issued Monday said oil prices will remain in the range or higher in com- ing years and average a bar- rel by 2025, increasing to an av- erage of a barrel by 2030 NEW POUCIES, PAGE A-4