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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyrKust.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 "Hie Poll-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING BUNDLE UP A high-pressure system from the Arctic continues to control weather in Central New York today. There will be some sunshine, but tempera- tures will remain well below normal for this time of year. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 20 IOW: 9 Bomb kills Fort Drum soldier patrolling Baghdad A Fort Drum soldiers was killed in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near his Hum- vee. Army Sgt. 1st Class James "Shawn" Moudy, 37, was a member of the 71st Calvary Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division. STORY, PAGE A-4 Donations pour in for man who lost wife in childbirth Fort Drum soldiers, CNY businesses and others in the area are reaching out to donate to a man who lost his wife during childbirth, leaving him to raise a newborn and the baby's four sib- lings. lOCAl, PAGE t-1 MTV, Microsoft will offer online music service MTV Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to launch early next year. It will be called URGE. BUSINESS, PAGE C-4 Deal signed to control Great Lakes water use Representatives of eight stales and two Canadian prov- inces formally approved an agreement Tuesday in Milwau- kee that would prevent outsiders such as the booming cities of the Southwest from raiding Great Lakes water. NEW YORK, PAGE Painkillers' affect on heart problems studied The Cleveland Clinic will lead a huge international study to learn whether painkillers taken by millions of Americans for ar- thritis are safe for those at risk of heart problems. STORY, PAGE A-17 A famous New Yorker: Joan Whitney Payson Meet the woman who helped make the Mcts baseball team a reality. PAGEA-M 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 Web address for the American Lung 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......... Editorials...... Letters.......... Local news... Lottery.......... C-l G-12 G-l E-l A-18 A-19 B-l A-2 Movies..............E-6 Hew York......A-16 Obituaries... Sean Kirsl... Sports.......... Stocks.......... Sudoku........ Technology......F-l Television..........E-7 Weather...........D-8 THE POST-STANDARD Report Finds Blacks and Poor More Likely To Breathe Bad Air Risks based on 2000 data 'fslde By David Pace The Associated Press Chicago Kevin Brown's most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up wasn't anoth- er kid. It was the polluted air he breathed. "I would look outside and I would see him just leaning on a tree or leaning over a pole, gasp- ing, gasping, trying to get some breath so he could go back to recalls his mother, Lana Brown. Kevin suffered from asthma. His mother is convinced the fac- tory air that covered their neigh- borhood triggered the attacks that sent them rushing to the emergency room week after, week, his panic filling the car. "I can't breathe! I have no air, I'm going to Maps and charts: Of at-risk neighborhoods in Onondaga The worst: Lists of the worst counties, polluters in the The air in the neighborhood where Kevin played is among the least healthy in the country, according to a little-known gov- ernment research project that as- signs risk scores for industrial air BAD AIR, PAGE A-6 CNY defies national trend By Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writer A report released Tuesday ranked five Onondaga County neighborhoods as having some of the worst industrial air pollu- tion in the country. The report, by The Associated Press, compared federal data about toxic industrial pollution in 2000 against data from the 2000 Census. The five local neighborhoods had pollution that ranked in the worst 5 percent of census tracts across the nation. The worst is in DcWitt, near Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., New Process Gear and Carrier Corp. The four oth- ers are near Onondaga Lake two in Salina and two in Syra- cuse. ONONDAGA RANKS, PAGE A-6 BALDWINSYILLE VS. OSWEGO, WITH MUCH ON THEIR MINDS BALDWINSVILLE hockey players Chris Lane Kevin McMahon and Kirk Kwaczala sit in the locker room after the first period of Tuesday night's game against rival Oswego at Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer Lysander Radisson Arena. The team still hangs the No. 11 jersey of senior captain Bobby Conklin, who died in a car ac- cident in November. No. 11 Is Missed but Not Missing By Dave Raliinc Staff writer Bobby Conklin and his C.W. Baker High School hockey teammates were counting down the days to their 2005 home opener, a December night on which they planned to settle a score with the team that had defeated them for the 2005 Section III title. "Oh, we talked about senior for- ward Adam Slyer said. "We talked about it all the time, how sweet it was going to be. Oswego at home. All the lime." The anticipation began back in late February when the Lakers defeated the In his honor Those wishing to honor the memory of Bobby Conklin can give to the Robert T. Conklin II! Scholarship Fund. Checks payable to the Baldwinsville Hockey Booster Club can be mailed to P.O. Box 872, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 13027. Bees 5-Q to win the Section III crown. Never mind that B'ville rebounded from the loss to reach the stale tournament as an at-large team and advanced all the way to the title game. There was still unfinished business ahead with Oswego, and Conklin, a sen- ior captain and star left winger, never let his teammates forget il. The countdown was on. Then, tragically, il was interrupted. Conklin, 17, was killed on the after- noon of Nov. 10 when he lost conlrol of the Pontiac Grand Am he was driving to the Bees' first practice of the season and slammed into a stand of trees nol far from Ihe team's home rink in Lysander. At that moment, time seemed to stand still for the teammates, classmates, friends and family he left behind. RIVALS STAND, PAGE A-8 She fell to Earth, but lived to tell Video image KFSM-W via APTN SHAYNA RICHARDSON tells KF5M television station about her first solo skydiving jump in October in Siloam Springs, Ark. The Associated Press Siloam Springs, Ark. Shayna Richardson was making her first solo skydiving jump when she had trouble with her parachutes and, while falling at about 50 mph, hit face first in a parking lot. Although badly hurt, she sur- vived and doctors treating her injuries discovered she was preg- nant. Four surgeries and two months later, Richardson said she and the fetus are doing fine. "Just this last week, we went and saw the doctor and we've got arms, we've got legs. We've got a full face. The baby is mov- ing around just fine. The heart rate looks good. So not only did God save me but he spared this she said. Richardson, 21, of Joplin, Mo., was skydiving in Siloam Springs on Oct. 9 when her main parachute failed. "I heard a snap and I started spinning and I didn't know why. I didn't know what to do to fix it. I didn't know how to make it Richardson told Fort Smith, Ark., television stalion KFSM. She cut away her primary chute so her reserve could de- ploy, but it didn't open all the way. She spun oul of conlrol, heading slraight for the asphalt. "At the end I said, 'I'm going to die. I'm going to hit the ground. I'm going to she said. "I don't remember il. I don't remember hitting the ground. I don't remember the impact or anything that came with it." Rescuers got her lo a hospital in Fayelleville, Ark., where Richardson underwent surgery. She broke her pelvis in two places, broke her leg, lost six teeth and now has 15 steel plates. Her fall was videolaped and Richardson said she was able lo watch it, without qualms. Richardson said her due date is June 25. She plans to make her next parachute jump in Au- gust. Car throws deer at van; Port Byron driver killed By Dclen Goldberg Staff writer A Port Byron man was killed Tuesday evening by a deer car- cass (hat Hew into his van, Cayu- ga County Sheriff Rob Outhouse said. Felix Revettc, 70, of King Street, was pronounced dead at the scene. "This was the first time in my 28-plus years in law enforcement that I've seen a fatal car-deer ac- cident like Outhouse said. Rcvette had been driving east on Route 31 in the village of Wecdspoit when the carcass of a partially dismembered deer crashed into his 2000 Dodge Caravan, Outhouse said. The deer's head and chest entered the van's pillar the part that sepa- rates (lie side-door window from the front windshield, Outhouse said. The carcass struck Rcvette and killed him. IMPACT SENT, PAGE A-8 Troopers: ESF student's pot weighed 240 pounds By Meghan Ruhado Staff writer Slate police busted a 22-year-old State University College of Environmental Sci- ence and Forestry biology stu- dent who police say had more than 240 pounds of processed marijuana and at his Marietta home. Adam N. Haincr, of Oti- sco Valley Road, had the marijuana in plastic baggies in varying amounts. In- vestigator Jose Figueiredo, who works with the slate police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, said Tuesday. "We've had large seizures be- fore, but 1 can't really recall one we've had with this much weight, especially for that Figueiredo said. The bags were stored in hock- ey equipment bags that when stacked on the floor reached chest level on Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Fer- SUSPECI, PAGE A-8 Hainer 1 in How to moke sure your precious cord, letter or package gets there by Christmas. PAGE B-1 AN OFFER SHE WON'T REFUSE Primer on proposing marriage. PAGE E-10 I N S I FRUITY IDEAS... ...FORWHATTODO WITH THAT CAKE (phis, how to make one that's actually good.) PAGE E-1 D E LORD OF THE FILES One-upmanship, the soul of a geeky Christmas. PAGE F-1