Syracuse Post Standard, December 18, 2005

Syracuse Post Standard

December 18, 2005

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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Pos I-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING UNDER A CLOUD 'It will be mostly cloudy today in Central New York, with a couple of scattered flurries. Heavier lake-effect snow will be limited to locations just east of Lake Ontario. Cold air continues to move into the region tonight and Monday, with a few more flurries. Clouds break for sunshine Monday. No significant snow is expected Complete this week. forecast, C-16 HIGH: 32 LOW: 22 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Rich PRESSWIRE GREG PAULUS a-one-time all-round star at Christian Brothers Academy is making his name in basketball at Duke. PURE POINTGUARD Basketball's his game now and his regrets are few. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 RUDER BY THE MINUTE The sad slate of politeness in the United States. OPINION, PAGE D-1 SPECULATING IN CNY Out-of-towners buying new homes to rent. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 NEST EGGS Analyst says you should pick your own assets. PERSONAL FINANCE, PAGE E-5 BABY SMUGGLING Allegations in China have shaken North American families. STORY. PAGE A-9 CNY HOLIDAY TRIVIA Grab a partner and play. CNY, PAGE H-1 BEST AND WORST OF TIMES Yearyend roundup of events we won't forget. PARADE Index Anniversaries............H-9 Auto...........................G-l Binhs..........................H-9 Classified.....................F-l Dick Case...................B-l Editorials....................D-2 Engagements H-7, 8, 9 Letters........................D-3 Local...........................B-l B-4, S 0-1 1-1 C-1 A-18 Obituaries........... Opinion................ Real Estate.......... Sports................... Stale..................... Washington ..A-12-14 Weather................... C-16 Weddings.........H-5-8 World...............A-4-10 IV Week Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morn- ing until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Placid Lodge Woloszyn of Immaculate Heart of Mary Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS 'THE POST-STANDARD home delivery, call 470-6397 Bush: I Ordered Spying To Protect Nation From Attacks He also says Senate endangered American lives by not reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act. New York Times News Service Washington President Bush ac- knowledged on Saturday that he had ordered the National Security Agency to conduct an electronic eavesdrop- ping program in the United States without first obtaining warrants. Bush said he would continue the highly classified program because it was "a .vital tool in our war against the terrorists." In an unusual Bush delivered his live weekly radio address from the White House, saying his action was "fully Consistent with my constitu- tional responsibilities and authori- ties." Bush also lashed out at senators, both Democrats.arid Republicans, who voted on Friday to block the reauthori- The speech To hear the speech or read it: To discuss the issue: Station of the USA Patriot Act, which expanded the president's power to conduct surveillance in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The revelation that Bush had secret- ly instructed the security agency to in- tercept the communications of Ameri- cans and terrorist suspects inside the United Suites, without first obtaining warrants from a secret court that over- sees intelligence matters, was cited by several senators as a reason for their vole. "In the war on terror, we cannot af- ford to be without this law for a single Bush said from behind a lectern in the Roosevelt Room, next to DEMOCRATIC, PAGE A-7 THERE ARE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS IN CNY; 382 ARE MEN C.W. McKeen Staff photographer FIRST-GRADE TEACHER Mark MacLachlan helps Gabby West with her sneaker and Justin Johnson with a math problem as they get ready for the day at Elbridge Elementary School Monday. MOM, MY TEACHER IS A MAN And dial's a rarity in elementary schools across Central New York and the nation. Here's a look at some of the reasons why. By Dcbra J. Groom Staff writer Central New York school dis- tricts are. doing belter than dis- tricts nationally and in New York state in hiring men as elemen- tary school teachers. But not by much. A survey by The Post-Standard shows 11.21 percent of the kindergarten through grade 5 classroom teachers in the six-county Central New York region are men. That's 382 men in K-5 classrooms out of total K-5 classroom teachers. Nationally, about 9 percent of ele- mentary classroom teachers are men. In New York state, the percentage is about 10 percent. Local education officials say there TEACHER, PAGE A-20 I like him: What one male teacher's pupils say about him A] Campanie Staff photographer SECOND-GRADE teacher Kevin Fields works with Avalon Gupta VerWiebe (right) and Jazne Kearse at Edward Smith School in Syracuse Thursday. He is one of the few men who teach on the elementary level. INSIDE By the numbers: Number of male teachers in the six-county CNY region, by district PAGE A-20 Curly, Larry and Moe: Humor is part of the program in Mr. MacLachlan's class They're lining up to challenge CNYs congressmen Challengers are coming out of the woodwork to take on Walsh, McHugh and Boehlert. By Peter Lyman Washington bureau Last year, for the first time in his long political career, Rep. James Walsh ran for office without a Democratic oppo- nent. Eleven months before the 2006 elec- tion, at least three Democrats arc mak- ing plans to challenge Walsh, a ninc- term Republican congressman from Onondaga. Potential challengers arc also in early campaign stages for the seats now held by John McHugh, R-Pierrcpont Manor, and Sherwood Boehlert, R-Ncw Hart- ford. It's shaping up as an interesting cam- paign year for. Central New York's three GOP incumbents, and for the GOP House majority. Some analysts say Democrats have their best chance in a decade to retake control of the House, where Republicans hold a 30-seat majority. The GOP has had the majority since the 1994 election. They cite such factors as President Bush's declining popularity, opposition to the handling of the war in Iraq, and ongoing debates over GOP-led budget and tax cuts, which critics say help the rich at the expense of the poor. There's also a scandal factor: Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R- Texas, has been indicted on money- laundering charges and former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif, Huge wind farm ready to make power The 120 turbines will generate enough electricity to power homes. By Tim Knauss Staff writer Five years ago, the construc- tion of seven windmills in Madi- son County was such a big deal that the U.S. secretary of energy, Bill Richardson, flew in for the groundbreaking. At the time, Madison Wind- power Project was the only large-scale wind plant in New York, and the biggest of its kind east of the Mississippi River. Now. it seems puny. To see why, travel 70 miles north from Madison County to a ridge overlooking Ihe Black- River valley, just west of Low- villc in Lewis County. There you'll find Maple Ridge Wind Farm, where 117 towering wind turbines have been erected since May amid hayficlds, farmhouses and snowmobile nails. Three more turbines are scheduled to go up by the end of the year, for a total of 120. Soon, perhaps this weekend, the wind farm operators will begin powering up the electronic controls in the machines so they can start producing electricity, said Patrick Doyle, director of development for Horizon Wind Energy, which owns 50 percent of the project. Laced together by 75 miles of underground cable, the wind- mills will send power to a new substation, and from there down a new 10-milc-long transmission line connecting the wind farm to the statewide power grid. Maple Ridge will generate more power in a year than is used by all households in Lewis County plus all households in nearby Jefferson County. 45 WINDMILL PAGE A-l 6 How tall are they? The Post-Standard ;