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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Posl-Slartdaid SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING TURNING COLDER Cold air will blow some snow (lur- ries inlo Central New York early today. There will be a break on Sunday, but more snow will begin to fall over the area Saturday after- .noon and continue into the new year. Complete forecast C-10 HIGH: 31 LOW: 16 Wal-Mart clears hurdle for site north of Liverpool The Salina Planning Board approved Wal-Mart's environ- mental impact statement for a new SuperCenter. tOCAL, PAGE 1-1 SU's architecture school moves to downtown digs Syracuse University's School of Architecture is housed at the old Dunk Bright warehouse. tOUU PAGE B-l Police: Man says he shot his Syracuse drug dealer A Madison County resident said he shot a Syracuse man he identified as his drug dealer be- cause he feared lie would murder him, authorities say. tOCAL PACE B-l Bizarre final play, but no win for Mike Hart Mike Hart, Michigan's run- ning back from Onondaga, pick- ed up the football after a zigzag- ging play at the Alamo Bowl to the surprise of many who thought the game was over. SPORTS, PACE C-l International group sends team to check Iraqi vote The International Mission for Iraqi Elections is sending ob- servers back to Iraq to investi- gate allegations of voting fraud. STORY, PAGE A-i New York state closes its largest conservation pact The state completed a deal Thursday to pay International Paper Co. to preserve acres of Adirondack land. NEW YORK, PAGE Home sales down, labor market stable Analysis say economic re- ports Thursday show good news for home buyers 'and job seekers. BUSINESS, PAGED-! Scientist's stem-cell lines called nothing but lies Seoul National University says all 11 stem-cell lines cre- ated by Hwang Woo-stik were faked. STORY, PAGE A-7 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 Fluoride is a Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and.Technology E-1 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 Lollery.............A-2 Bridge...............F-7 Movies...............E-4 Classified..........F-l New York.........A-8 Obituaries........B-4 CNY...................E-1 Sports...............C-l Slocks...............D-3 Editorials.......A-10 Sudoku..............1-7 Letters...........A-11 Television.........E-5 local news.......1-1 Weather....... C-10 THE POST-STANDARD State Police: Teen Driver Drank During School Dennis Nett Staff photographer KEVIN MANTOR, 17, of Schroeppel, leaves Fulton state police barracks Thursday after being charged with drunken driving in the crash that killed his friend, Joseph Bregg III, on Dec. 8. Others will be arrested, state police say Kevin Mantor is charged with drunken driving three weeks after a fatal crash. By Douglass Dowty Staff writer The teenage driver in the fatal Schroeppel crash three weeks ago drank alcohol at school that morning, police said Thursday after arresting Kevin Mantbr, 17, on drunken' driving charges. More charges are expected in the crash (hat killed 16-year-old Joseph Brcgg 111, of 33 Pine Tree Lane, Schroeppel. "There will be other people that will be said state police Investigator Terry Bauer. Bauer' said Mantor could also face vehicular man- slaughter charges, a felony, if the district attorney presses more charges once the acci- dent reconstruction is com- plete. Mantor, of 387 Main St., Phoenix, and Brcgg each drank alcohol on die grounds of John C. Birdlebough High School the morning of Dec. 8, just hours before the crash, Bauer said. "I believe they were drink- ing in the he said. Bauer said the teens left the This story was first'reported at For breaking news, go to school or were dismissed be- tween 11 and a.m. on Dec. 8. "They were not thrown out of he said. The teens went to Mantor's house and drank liquor and beer, Bauer said. At around p.m., they hit the road to go to a friend's house. On the way, Mantor lost control of the Pontiac Grand Prix with Brcgg in the passen- ger seat. The car went off the road, struck a guardrail, turned on its passenger side and hit a tree with its roof along county Route 12 in Schroeppel. Bregg was killed. Mantor was treated at University Hospital for chest and lower torso inju- ries. Mantor was arrested Thurs- day on charges of drunken driving, driving with a blood- alcohol level of 0.08 or above, failure to keep right and driv- ing loo fast for conditions, stale police said. Mantor turned himself in about p.m. at the Fulton state police barracks, where he was fingerprinted and ticket- ed. Mantor walked with PHOENIX, PAGE A-4 ONLINE: Join the discussion in the Oswego forum at Teen leaves home, finds himself in Iraq By Jason Straziuso The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Maybe it was the time the taxi dumped him at the Iraq-Kuwait border, leaving him alone in the desert. Or when he drew a crowd at a Baghdad food stand after using an Arabic phrase book to order. Or the moment a Kuwaiti cab driver almost punched him in the face when he balked at the fare. But at some point, Farris Has- san, a 16-year-old from Florida, realized that traveling to Iraq by himself was not the safest thing he could have done with his Christmas vacation. And he didn't even tell his parents. Hassan's dangerous adventure begins with a high school class on "immersion journalism" and one overly eager or naively idealistic student who's lucky to be alive after going way be- yond what any teacher would ask. As a junior this year at a Pine Crest School, a prep academy of about 700 students in Fort Lau- dcrdale, Hassan studied immer- sion journalism where a writ- er lives the life of his or her subject to better understand it. Diving headfirst into an as- signment, Hassan, whose parents were born in Iraq but have lived in the United States for about 35 years, hung out at a local mosque. The teen, who says he has no religious affiliation, added that he even spent an en- tire night until 6 a.m. talking politics with a group of Muslim men, a level of "immersion" his teacher characterized as danger- ous and irresponsible. The next trimester his class was assigned to choose an inter- national topic and write editori- als about it, Hassan said. He chose the Iraq war and decided to practice immersion journalism there, too, though he knows his TEEN TAKES, PAGE A-6 Charlie Brown's last hours were violent Callers pleaded for clemency. SPCA official says beaten pit bull had to be euthanized. By Sue Weibezahl Staff writer "Charlie the abused pit bull euthanized Thursday morning, had one last meal be- fore he died a steak loaded with tranquilizcrs. Officials at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to. Ani- mals decided Wednesday to euthanize the dog after he at- tacked two employees. That night, he attacked a third worker. SPCA officials had de- termined the dog shouldn't be adopted because of his vicious tendencies, said Patricia Richards, SPCA execu- tive director. But to ad- minister the le- thal injection, someone Charlie Brown would have to get in the cage with him. Hence, the final, medicated meal. Richards said the tranquilizer in the steak three times the normal amount for a 50-pound dog wasn't enough to sedale animal, and staff still couldn't enter the kennel. Pit bulls are notoriously diffi- cult to slow down, particularly in situations when their adrenaline is high, she said. "You give them enough to put down a horse, and it won't make a dif- she said. Veterinary assistants then waited until the dog came close enough to the cage door, so they could inject him with a hypoder- mic needle through the metal mesh. That tranquilizer worked quickly and once the dog calmed down, they went in the cage and administered the final dose to euthanize him at a.m. "It was peaceful; it was Richards said. "We did it the same way the vets do it." A number of people who heard the dog was going to be euthanized made last-minute phone calls, pleading for clem- ency, she said. Some offered to try to adopt the dog and rehabilitate him. Others simply objected to the an- imal being destroyed, Richards said. "We really feel like we had no she said. "We did SPCA OFFICIAL, PAGE A-4 Syracuse may lose cheap D.C. flights Independence Air tells workers it needs investor to avoid closing Jan. 7. By James T. Mulder Staff writer The days of cheap air fares from Syracuse to Washington, D.C., might be numbered. Independence Air, an airline that provides low-cost service between Syracuse and Washing- ton Dulles Airport, told employ- ees in a letter this week it will eease operating Jan. 7 if it can- not find a major investor or buyer. The carrier's parent company, FLYi Inc., based in Dulles, Va., filed for bankruptcy in Novem- ber. Fares from Syracuse to Wash- ington plunged when Indepen- dence entered the market here in 2004 with roundtrip ticket prices as low as The carrier's lowest current fare is If Independence shuts down, fares to Washington might in- crease, according to Kevin Schwab, an aviation consultant to the Metropolitan Develop- ment Association. Independence operates three daily flights between Syracuse and Washington. The carrier had operated six flights daily but re- duced its schedule as part of a systemwide cutback. The letter to union employees, according to a story in The Washington Posl, said that 'without significant external in- .the airline would stop flying in 10 days and lay off workers at all of its locations bc- iwecn Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Valerie Wunder, an airline spokeswoman, said the company TRAVEL PAGE A-4 Read this before going into space By Darlcnc Supervillc The Associated .Press Washington Thinking of spending that next vacation on the moon or Mars or circling the Earth? Before liftoff, there's a list of things the would-be "space flight participant" should know. More than 120 pages of pro- posed rules, released by the gov- ernment Thursday, regulate the future of space tourism, touching on everything from passenger medical standards to preflighl training. Before taking a trip that liter- ally is out of this world, compa- nies would be required to inform the "space flight participant" known in more earthly .settings as a passenger of the risks. Passengers also would be re- quired to provide written consent before boarding a vehicle for takeoff. Legislation signed a year ago by President Bush and designed SPACE PASSENGERS, PAGE A-12 How to become a space traveler To get the government's proposed rules for space travel, see the News Tracker blog at COLLECT THEM ALL Fid page on SU's Eric Devendorf. SPORTS, PAGE C-6 INSIDE KRAMER'S TOP 12 STORIES CNY, PAGE E-1 BEST FILMS OF 2005 CNY, PAGE E-1 SONS TURN IN BANK ROBBER FATHER STORY, PAGE A-5 COOKING WITH CHAMPAGNE THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 rrrr-i- ;