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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard SUNDAY. JUNE BMUI ENflfW 0 2005 The Sttndud SYRACUSE. N.Y, GOOD MORNING HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? Sony for the bad joke, but don't look for any respite until at least Wednesday from the torrid weather that's try ing the patience of Central New Yorkers. Some relief may come in the promised' 'chance of but only while it's actually raining. Complete HIGH 82 D-14 LOW: 61 SAVE WITH COUPONS W TODAY'S NEWSPAPBl CORNELL PRESIDENT QUITS File Associated Pies, October 2003 JEFFREY LEHMAN, shown with U.S. Su- preme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gins- burg, was named the 11th president of Cornell University in 2003. Saturday, Lehman announced he's leaving at the end of PAGE A-20 RYAN'S MOMENT After 18 years of striving to fit in, Ryan Belflowersel aside his errand- running duties in the final minutes of his high school team's hist home game and swished the final hasket. STORY, PAGE A-16 GUY HUGS The Bear Hug isn't the only way men greet men there's also the Hip-Hop and the Half-and-Half. CNY, PAGE H-1 RE1RO BREWS TweiUysomethings arc taking to the old-school beers their grandparents may have enjoyed. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 NEW BATMAN Fringe actor Christian Bale creates a brooding character in "Batman opening Wednesday. STARS DOWNING STREET MEMO Secret British memo alleging U.S. doctored intelligence to justify Iraq war reaches Washington. STORY, PAGE A-13 CONING MONDAY A series begins exploring how Army National Guard members make personal sacrifices and face a system overworked, understaffed and short on supplies. Index Anniversaries... Auto________ BirHis.................. Business............ Bid COM........... OasM____ Off- Loaf................. 6-1 E-1 M H l-l A-U A-20 1-1 D-l New York... Obituaries.. Red Estate. Sports........... Washington Wwtbr.................0-14 Wtddigs.................H-S World_______.....A-4 TV Week Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? CalUTWKWS IffOST-STAMMU I For home delivery, call 5 470-6397 When the state threatened to close Shea Middle School, it was a wake-up call for district and community alike. For years, they looked the other way as scores fell. The community rolled up its sleeves, and its efforts are paying off: Test scores are improving. But will the state agree? A SCHOOL RGHTS FOR ITS LIFE Gloria Wright Staif photographer SHEA MIDDLE SCHOOL on'South Geddes Street in Syracuse has been warned it must raise its pupils' test scores or the state will close it down. Exam scores key to keeping Shea open By Maureen Nolan Staff writer Syracuse's Shea Middle School is ending the year without knowing whether four years of unprecedented school and commu- nity effort will pay off or whether the help arrived loo late. The state Education Department warned Shea in 2000 that it could close the school if Shea's test scores did not hit the state's target, and this year, lime is up. Principal David Cecile has told his staff there's no way the state will close Shea because it's made pro- gress. Syracuse district officials agree. COMMUNITY, PAGE A-IO THE EXTRA HELP Syracuse helped bring in health clinics and outreach workers. PAGEA-11 Gloria Wright Staff photographer DIANE SCHULMUN, a reading specialist at Shea Middle School, points to a sign with questions about a book the students are reading. The students are (from top left clockwise) Malaysia Thomas, Lameshia Carswell, Cheniya Frank and Lydia Velez. THE PRINCIPAL Meet the man who teachers say helped them make the school hetter. PAG5A-11 THE CHANGES What the school is doing to fix its problems. PAGEA-10 THE PROGRAM One new program helps steer students inlo advanced classes. PAGEA-11 A small town's big case and the man who won it photographer IRA SACKS, a Man- hattan lawyer, talks about arguing for thedtyofSherrill in Sherrill vs. Onei- da Indian Nation before the U.S. Su- preme Court. By Glenn Coin Staff writer A wooden-framed "Wis- dom of Yoda" poster hangs on the wall of Ira Sacks' office. Many are the phrases of the Star Wars gum. Sacks points out one in particular. "Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." Sacks, the man who brought victory to the Yoda-sized city of Sherrill in the U.S. Supreme Court this year, explains. "It's not about he said, from his corner office over- looking Herald Square in New York City. "You either do it or you don't do it." Sacks does. A top litigator in a top New York law firm, Sacks, 56, has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He won both, by a combined vote of 17-1. A shopkeepers' son who grad- uated from Georgetown Univer- sity Law Center, Sacks has rep- resented Columbia Pictures, TriStar Entertainment, Nike, (OUUMRPMiA-ll Sherrill argued the outcome Oneidas should pay taxes. Nation The SuprttM Court officials said the land not in March ruled for subject to any local authority. Shwrill, 8-1. Frank photographer ALLAM AFFIFY stands by the front desk of his hotel, the Dixie 2000, in Binghamton. About a dozen sex offend- ers live there. A new city law effectively bans sex of- fenders from living in the city. sex offender bills: Will any make us safer? By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer When Allam Affify bought the Dixie 2000 hotel in Binghamton, he kicked out the 22 hookers who lived there but opened his doors to a group more de- spised by society: sex of- fenders. He counts about a dozen of them among his tenants. They and the others who live there have to live by strict rules no alcohol, no visitors under 18, no one coming or going after p.m. Everyone signs in at the front desk. "We have zero toler- Affify said. "I have an iron fist." But a new law passed by the city will make his vig- ilance irrelevant. The most Number of sex offenders in CNY, by How to find out if any live near Fulton man drowns in Oswego Canal Witnesses said Aaron Quinones was rescuing boy, 11, who survived. By Charles McChcsney Staff writer A 35-year-old Fulton man drowned in the Oswego Canal Saturday as he was trying to save his girlfriend's son, police and fire officials said. Witnesses said Aaron Qui- nones jumped in to rescue 11-year-old'Joel Darling, who was struggling with the current in the canal, said Darling's brother Billy Darling, 12. Qui- nones managed to get Joel onto a rock and out of danger, but could not save himself, he said. "He was bobbing up and down saying 'help' and went into the said Tom Dar- ling, the boys' brother. Billy Darling said he got a big stick and tried to reach for Qui- nones, but "he wasn't there." At about p.m., Fulton firefighters responded to the scene about 200 yards down- stream from Lock 3 on the Os- MM.ntlMl ;