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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Poil-Slondaitl SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING KEEP SHOVELING Heavy snow is expected to fall across much of Central New York early today. Accumulations may reach up to 6 inches. Some sunshine will break through Saturday. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 35 LOW: 24 6-year-old killed when jet hits his vehicle on street A boy was killed when a Southwest Airlines jetliner try- ing to land in snow slid off a Chicago runway into a street. PHOTO, PAGE A-10 Breast-cancer drug looks even better, study shows The drug Herceptin got a boost Thursday with research showing the heart damage it sometimes causes might be avoidable. STORY, PAGE A-15 If you think these times are tough, study history Many might think these limes are our nation's darkest with terrorism, political division and disasters. But the Civil War was worse, some historians say. NEW YORK, PAGE A-14 Old Newsboys fan out to aid Christmas Bureau About 400 volunteers from civic groups, businesses, govern- ment offices and charities hit the streets of Central New York today and Saturday to sell spe- cial editions of The Post-Stan- dard for contributions to the Old Newsboys campaign that sup- ports the Chrisljnas Bureau. The newspapers, administra- tion and labor for the campaign arc donated, so every gift goes directly to buy toys and books for children of low-income fami- lies in Onondaga County. E-mails to us may not have gotten through The Post-Standard's e-mail system was down for at least 25 hours until 1 :30 p.m. Thursday. There is a significant chance e- mails you sent did not arrive. If you sent a letter to Ihe edit- or, submitted a business achiever or news release, entered a con- test, or sent any other e-mail to our company addresses, we may not have received it. If you think that's the case, please try again. Buffalo Bills to honor Hannibal football player Hannibal football player Zach Daniels will be honored by the Buffalo Bills before Sun- day's game. He recovered from cancer and led Hannibal to the Section III Class C title game. SPORTS, PAGE 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 Cookbook in Food No 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 CNV Puzzles Editorials Letters Local news D- 1 F-8 F-l H A-16 A-17 B-l Lottery A-2 Movies t-4 New York Obituaries SeonKirsI Sports Stocks Sudoku Television A-14 B-4 B-l C-l 0-3 E-9 E-7 THE POST-STANDARD Crash Kills Schroeppel Teen Victim, 16, was a basketball player at Birdjebough High School in Phoenix. By Catic O'Toole Staff writer When Joe .Bregg didn't show up for basketball practice Thurs- day afternoon, his coach asked the other players if they had seen him. "He's very punctual. He's right on the said Paul Bednarz, varsity basketball coach at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoeriix. "I asked the kids, 'Where's They said he's probably on his Bednarz said. He never .came. About an hour later, the ath- letic director's assistant told Bednarz why Bregg hadn't shown up: He was killed in a car crash about an hour before prac- tice. "I couldn't catch my breath. It was a total the coach said. "I had the kids go in the locker room. I took a couple min- utes. I had to tell them first before they Bre9? heard it from anyone else. At first, they didn't say a word. Then we had some tearful moments." Joseph A. Bregg III, 16, was riding in the front seat of a Pon- liac Grand Prix when the driver, 17-year-old Kevin Mantor, lost control of the car, state police said. -They were heading east- bound on county Route 12 about p.m. when the car went off the north side of the road, said state police Investigator Terry Bauer. "The car struck the guardrail, then rolled up on the passenger's side and hit the tree with its Bauer said. Volunteer firefighters said the car was wrapped around the tree and they had to use the Jaws of Life and a winch from a rescue vehicle to pull the car off the tree to extricate the teens. Bregg, of 33 Pine Tree Lane, Schroeppel, and Mantor, of 387 Main St., Phoenix, were wearing their seat belts, Bauer said. Man- tor was semi-conscious at the scene and talking to firefighters I PHOENIX, PAGE A-10 FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T GET ENOUGH SNOW DRIFTS OF MACHINE-MADE SNOW pile up Thursday on an intermediate trail at Labrador Mountain in Truxton, as employee Rob Wilson drives by in an all- terrain vehicle. The piles of snow will be spread out on the trail for skiers. The ski area opens today at 9 a.m. Greek Peak, south of Cortland, reopens at rrank Stair photographer a.m. today. Opening Saturday are Toggenburg in Fabius and Song Mountain in Tully. While lake-effect snow has been hit or miss, it's been cold enough for ski areas to make snow. A few inches of natural snow are ex- pected to fall today. Weather: Page C-10 CNY lags in use of generic drugs By James T. Mulder Staff writer Every time a Central New Yorker fills a prescription for a brand-name heartburn medica- tion, officials at Excellus Blue- Cross BlueShield get indiges- tion. That's because a 30-day sup- ply of brand-name Prilosec costs The generic version of the same drug costs The over- the-counter version of Prilosec is even cheaper for the same dosage. Despite the big cost differ- ence, only about 18 percent of the health insurers' members in Central New York get the gener- ic version. Excellus released a study Thursday showing Central New Yorkers could save million a year if they opted for generics more frequently. "They arc not making any more health-care saidJocl Owerbach, chief phar- macy officer at Excellus. "We all have to be savvy andtecome smart buyers in terms of what's going to help us save money for ourselves." USE, PAGE A-10 Brand-name drugs vs. generics A study by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield shows that Central New Yorkers use generic drugs less frequently than people in other parts of the state. They could save million a year by using generic drugs, according to Excellus. Percentage of prescriptions for heartburn drugs filled with generic medications Western New York 35.7% Finger lakes 27.9% Central Hew York Southern Tier Country 14.4% What a 30-day supply of heartburn medication costs PrevorJd30mg Bason Nexium20mg IHMBM Aciphex 20 mg mwum Prilosec 20 mg BHflBU ProtoniHOing I I I Omeprazole (generic) 20 mg Omeprazole (Piilosuc ovei-lhe-ownlei) 20 mg SB Source: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield The Post-Standard Regents want all-day kindergarten Staff and news service reports Albany Plans to require 5-ycar-olds to attend full-day kindergarten statewide in com- ing years gained support Thurs- day among the state Board of Regents and key officials in the Legislature and governor's of-' fice. The change of the compulsory age for school from the tradition- al start at age 6 is part of an early childhood education initiative that includes providing the op- portunity for pre-kindergartcn for 3- and 4-ycar-olds statewide. A legislative proposal for the early childhood initiative will be reviewed by the Board of Re- gents in January and could be considered by the Legislature in the session beginning that month. The measures would be phased in over .three years from the date of any legislative ap- proval, said state Education Commissioner Richard Mills. Of the 52 school districts in the five-county Central New York region. 42 have full-day kindergarten, a September sur- vey by The Post-Standard found. Dona Mclntyrc, principal of Grimshaw Elementary School in LaFayctlc, said requiring chil- dren to enroll in full-time classes earlier will help their develop- ment. Her school has full-time kindergarten. "They.all need to start on the same playing she said. "I PARENTS, PACE A-10 Local tech workers adapt toys for disabled kids Inficon puts its engineering skills to work to ensure toys ore fun for Enoble's children. By Frank Bricaddy Staff writer The assistive technology pro- gram at Enable loans out hun- dreds of items a year, mechani- cal and electronic gadgets and toys that have been adapted for use by adults and children with a variety of disabilities. Over the years, the agency has relied on a few volunteers, one client adept at tinkering, even the spouse of an employee, to fix that stuff when it breaks. But, according to Sandi Nelson who runs the program, there was no single reliable system to address that problem until Inficon came knocking on the door in Febru- ary. Employees at the East Syra- cuse technology company that specializes in analysis, measure- ment and control equipment, were looking for a volunteering opportunity not just one of those paint-thc-confcrcnce room or landscape-the-entrance blitz- es, but a long-term relationship. Nelson turned over to them 10 big cartons of adapted toys that were broken, most of which were returned in working order ENGINEERS, PACE A-10 Jim Commentucci Stafl photographer SARAH HAMLIN, 7, tries out a tricycle Thursday in a hallway at Enable on Court Street. Em- ployees at Inficon in East Syra- cuse volunteer to adapt toys for disabled children. WE HAVE A WINNER Meet the grand prize winner of a trip to Toronto in The Post-Standard's Sudoku Challenge. CNY, PAGE E-4 UP FOR A GRAMMY Who's on the list and how to vote for your favoriti CNV, PAGE I N GIVE HER A DOLL Boy monkeys ike cars and gin monkeys Redds. CNY, E-1 S I REVIEWS 'Syriana' NoniKi One fine, the other foncM CNY. PAGE E-1 SWAP MEET How to put on your first cookie exchange. DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 ;