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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York Affiliated with SynKuu.com FRIDAY. DECEMBER 16, 2005 i Post-Standard FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS MESSY MORNING Heavy snow will continue through the morning across Central New York. Flur- _ ries will fly through the area for the rest of the day. Winds tonight could result in some blowing and drifting snow. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 32 LOW: 24 SU hires first director of lacrosse operations The Syracuse University men's lacrosse program has added Lelan Rogers, a former SU player and graduate assistant coach, as its first director of la- crosse operations. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Bush agrees to ban torture by interrogators President Bush reversed course Thursday and accepted a Senate-approved measure to ban cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of lerrorist suspects by U.S. interrogators. STORY, PAGE A-IO New Orleans levees to get billion boost The Bush administration on Thursday pledged an additional 1.5 billion in federal spending to strengthen New Orleans' storm-battered levees, vowing to give Ihe city "better and safer" floodwalls. STORY, PAGE A-9 Radio ads call CNY fliers to Rochester airport Syracuse has been working hard lo market its airport to Cen- tral New York residents. Now, Rochester's airport is trying to appeal to them, too. Monroe County recently began running advertisements on Syracuse radio stations touting Greater Rochester Airport's non- slop flights to Florida. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l Court tosses billion suit against Philip Morris The Illinois Supreme Court handed the tobacco industry a huge victory by tossing out a hillinn fraud judgment against Philip Morris USA over 1 marketing "light" cigarettes. BUSINESS, PAGE D-4 Sheriff's deputy honored for trying to save driver Oswcgo County Sheriff Reuel Todd presented a Medal of Honor to Deputy Jeremy L. Plyler Thursday for diving into the Oneida River on Thanksgiv- ing to try to save a 91-year-old motorist. tOUU PAGE B-2 Online news updates The Posl-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Gel the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Photo caption with Dick Case's Matt Oney's high Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business..........D-l Lottery..............A-2 F-8 F-l Classified... Comics........ CNY...................E-1 Ediloiiok.......A-14 Letters...........A-15 Local news.......B-l Movies New York...... Obituaries.... Sean Kitsl.... Sports............ Stocks............ Sudoku.......... Television...... ..E-4 A-12 1-4 ..B-l C-l ...D-3 E-7 ....E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Teacher Faces Down Stabbing Suspect, 12 Onondoga high school considers metal detectors, officer after stabbing in hall. By Diana LaMattina Staff writer Johnsteven Melfi, a math teacher at Onondaga Central High School, was walking out of a classroom just as students were coming off the morning buses Thursday when a student ne'jr htm screamed 'I've been stabbed. The 15-year-old'was. on the floor with a wound to her right leg. It was, about 7 59 a m in the middle of the crowded .second- floor hallway where the stabbing occurred. Here's what happened, according to Melfi. Melfi asked the ninth-grader. She pointed lo a 12-year-old seventh grade girl standing a few feet be- hind Melfi holding a 12-inch knife. He turned "Who stabbed Melfi around and saw the 12-year-old coming toward him with the knife, Melfi said. "Drop the Melfi de- manded. "She he said. "It was in my firm teacher voice." Melfi held onto the 12-year-old, and picked up the knife, he said. He called for an- other teacher, Steven Louis, who was standing in the hallway. TEACHER, PAGE A-8 HISTORIC ADIRONDACKS LODGE GOES UP IN FLAMES Lou Reulcr, Adirondack Daily Enterprise The Associated Press FLAMES ENGULF the main building of the Lake Placid Lodge, a luxury resort and restaurant In Lake Placid. The fire started about a.m. Thursday, said Greg Hayes, dispatcher for the Lake Placid Fire Department. Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan, 83, a Lodge employee and a former World Championship bobsledder, said an estimated quarter million dollars worth of wine was in the wine cellar of the burning building. See story, Page A-12 Next: Iraqi government must act quickly After a large turnout, momentum for democracy needs to be nurtured. By Hamza Hendawi The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq the heavy turnoul for elections Thursday was a big slep for Iraq's democ- racy, but momenlum could faller if Iraqis can'l quickly pul togeth- er an in6lusive government that lures discontented Sunni Arabs from the insurgency. Similar impetus after the elec- lion of an interim parliament last January was soon losl in political ANALYSIS among Shiite Arabs, Kurds vand Sunni Arabs, who look three months to form a gov- ernmenl. The squabble gave a new push to Ihe insurgency. Il may be no beller ihis lime. In the eight months since the interim government took office, many of the country's troubles have deepened Shiile-Sunni tensions are worse, talk of Iraq breaking up along religious and ethnic lines has caught on, the Sunni-lcd insurgency shows no signs of abaling. Shiite Arabs are a majority of Iraq's population, and the United Iraqi Alliance a collection of Shiile religious parties is like- ly to again hold the far biggest bloc in parliament. Alliance offi- cials predict they will win 120 of the 275 scats. Sunni Arabs and Kurds, two minorities that together account for 30 percent to 40 percent of Uie estimated 27 million Iraqis, are jexpcclcd lo win 35 to 50 seats each. FORMING, PAGE A-4 Ithaca College offers cell phone video contest By William Kates The Associated Press Bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger portions at the local fast food joint. In America, the guiding maxim is to think big. Really big. At Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications, Dean Dianne Lynch is encourag- ing students to think small. ReaU ly small. And she's offering a prize to do it. The school has invited high school and college students from across America to submit a 30-second film shot entirely with a cell phone. It may come off like an atten- tion-grabbing gimmick, but Lynch leaves no doubt of the contest's academic purpose. In today's media markelplace where cell phones can lake pic- lures, play music and games, be a personal secretary or connect lo Web sites it's all about thinking small and mobile, she said. "Historically, we've always had students thinking bigger and bigger. It's gone from radio to television to the movie screen, to the era of blockbuster films. All of a sudden, things have reversed and everything is getting small- said Lynch. IIG DREAMS, PAGE A-6 Kevin Rivoli Associated Press SUDHANSHU SAFtIA, a senior in filmmaking at Ithaca College, is participating in a cell phone film contest. Ithaca College has in- vited high school and college students from across America to submit a 30-second film shot entirely with a cell phone. Saria likes the novel challenges presented by working with a cell phone and a 1- to 2-inch screen. INSIDE: Get the contest ONLINE: Find out more at www.cellflixfestival.org for Hotel Syracuse Upscale ambiance includes pedestrian-friendly streetscape, outdoor cafes. By Tim Knauss Staff writer Looking for an upscale home downtown? An Israeli company that bought the darkened Hotel Syra- cuse says that during the coming year il will build 70 condomini- ums in the 22-year-old tower section of the hotel, which it has renamed Symphony Place at Hotel Syracuse Square. Three model condos are scheduled to be built by April. Prices will range from about to The condo project is the first phase of a plan to transform the shuttered, historic hotel complex into a mixture of condos, apart- ments and a new, much smaller hotel. Omul Investment Co. Ltd., an Israeli company, bought the hotel for million in Sep- tember and plans to spend million or more renovating it, said Avi Ooldenbcrg, the compa- ny's regional director for U.S. operations. "We believe that there is a great potential in the downtown Syracuse residential Goldcnberg said. While the newer section of the complex will be turned into con- dos, the original hotel, built in 1924, will be divided into a 155-room business hotel and about 100 apartments. The de- velopers plan lo restore the old hotel's grand banquet fucilitics and its street-level storefronts. HOTtl OWNIR, PACT A-6 INSIDE: What Symphony Place would look COR works with housing partner at Cherry Hill By Mike Fish Staff writer A Manlius developer and a Syracuse nonprofit housing agency Thursday revealed plans to tear down .the 30-year-old Cherry Hill complex on the city's East Side and build a million lownhouse project for low- and moderate-income fami- lies. The new complex, called Maple Heights, will accommo- date 50 families in 12 town- houses containing 50 units with one lo five bedrooms in each unil, said Kenyon M. Craig, presidenl and co-founder of Housing Visions Unlimited Inc. Housing Visions is a partner with COR Development Co., the Manlius developers who have built more than 3 million square feel of commercial, retail and of- fice projects, including the Towne Center at Fayelteville in Ihe (own of Manlius. Maple Heighls will be COR's first venlure in housing. "We were interested in diver- sifying into somelhing that could benefit the city of Syracuse, and we felt we needed the expertise of Housing Visions Unlimited to be successful, given their extcn- WANUUS, PAGE A-6 INSIDE: What Maple Heights would look DE 'BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN' Are audiences ready for 'gay cowboy' Mm? CNV, PACE E-1 FAMILY TV New package of channels coining to cable. CNY, PAGE E-1 SNOW- MOBILING An investment in fun. DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8