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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 2005, Syracuse, New York Academic All-Stars on applicants who hive All-CNY Baseball The Post-Standard Affiliated with fyrawMm TUESDAY, JUNE FHUUEMTKHI SYRACUSE, N.Y. M CENTS GOOD MORNING NICE START Summer officially begins today with a gust of very warm air arriving from the west and a good amount of sunshine hanging overhead. A cool front is expected to drop the temperature a bit Wednesday. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 88 LOW: 61 Death penalty overturned by Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Mon- day said a death-row inmate's lawyers failed to investigate child abuse and mental illness that mighi have resulted in life imprisonment. Vietnomese premier, Bush mark 10-year relationship The prime minister of the United Stales' once bitter enemy, Vietnam, meets with President Bush today. STOUT, PAGE A-7 Public may not get to see Destiny plan before vote Despite requests for details of a proposal for the bil- lion Destiny USA Research Development Park, an Onomlaga County agency may not release them before a possible vote. BUSINESS, PAGE M Rice urges reform during Middle East trip U..S. Secretary of State Con- dolcczza Rice told Middle East- ern leaders Monday that the U.S. was no longer willing lo accept regional stability at the expense of political freedom. STORY, PAGE A-5 Violence clouds meeting of Sharon, Abbas today Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli motorist Monday and Is- raeli iroops caught an alleged homher on the eve of today's meeting on the Gaza Strip with- drawal. STORY, PAGE A-6 Afghanistan thwarts plan to kill U.S. ambassador Afghan intelligence foiled a plot to assassinate U.S. Ambassador Zalmay officials said Monday. SrORr, PAGE A-6 Bombings kill at least 37 Monday across Iraq At least five suicide bomb- ings swept Iraq Monday, includ- ing one that killed 15 traffic po- licemen and wounded 100 others al a police headquarters. STORY, PAGE A-6 Corrections Denise Sdmilzer's Teens of AchievementyA-2 Map on Oswego Speedway Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index BIBJMSS _......C-l ..6-1 _ E-l Lottery Ham-.. CHY ....._ Comic.. E-4 ..A-10 .G-10 _l-1 Obittwte... Sports Stods Tefewofl ..A-2 .E-4 -M -D-l .C-S _E-5 THEWST-SMIttMD I Two New Police Teams For City Trouble Spots ON LIFE SUPPORT "Suppression sqwd" is roMptedbyslnotMgs, a wounded tedder. By Frederic Pierce Staff writer Syracuse's mayor gave the city's police chief permission Monday to pay an unlimited amount of overtime to create two flexible teams of uniformed offi- cers to strengthen patrols in areas plagued by youth violence, street crime and gangs. .The 19-member "suppression squad" would not respond to routine calls, freeing its mem- bers to focus on problems that left unchecked could esca- late into gunfire and bloodshed, Chief Gary Miguel said. "Often you'll have a com- plaint of people gathering on a corner, for example, but the pa- trol officer is so busy responding to calls, he can't get to Mi- guel said. "An hour later you have shots fired, someone's hit and you have a situation. This wiil let us address it before it gets to that point." The creation of the new squad was inspired by a recent spate of violence on the West Side of the city, including the wounding of a 2-year-old Saturday when a storm of bullets hit his Wall Street home and the fatal, day- light shooting of a man near SJciddy Park last monlh. The squad's two teams will be deployed throughout the city, de- pending on what the police de- partment's weekly analysis-of crime statistics and service calls suggest will be hot spots, Miguel said. Team members are being chosen, and the squad will start as soon as possible, he said. The team's flexibility includes the time of day it will be de- ployed and the specific assign- ments of its marked patrol cars, fOUO, PAStW Syracuse Police Department NYQUEST GOLDEN, 2, is on life support and in critical condi- tion at University Hospital; he may have suffered spinal cord injuries, police said Monday. The child was hit by a bullet Saturday that entered his back, traveled up through his neck and palate and exited through one eye, Syracuse police Sgt. Tom Connellan A-4 Jennifer photographer LONGSHOREMEN join riggers ancl crew members from the Beluga Revolution unloading parts of a windmill tower Monday at the Port of Oswego. The turbines are destined for the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County. Windmill pieces arrive at Port of Oswego By Dclen Goldberg Staff writer One by one, giant cranes plucked huge cylinders from the deck of the Beluga Revolution. The loads dangled in midair and then, guided by longshoremen squinting into the afternoon sun, descended slowly, carefully, to flatbed trucks. These, the first of 120 wind turbines to be erected on the Tug Hill Plateau, arrived Monday in (he Port of Oswego. By the lime the Beluga Revolution weighs anchor later today, crews will hoist 10 windmill lowers split into 40 parts from the freight- er's deck. From here, trucks will cany the turbines to a windy plateau in Lewis County, where workers will piece them together, adding rotor blades and cement bases, to FIRST, PAGE A-4 Democrats again block Bolton for U.N. post By James Kulinhenn Knight-Ridder Mows Service Washington Senate Democrats on Monday once again blocked the nomination of John Bolton to be America's am- bassador to the United Nations, setting the stage for President Bush to consider bypassing Sen- ate confirmation by appointing Bolton while Congress is on a wecklong July Fourth recess. Democrats complained that the White House has refused to turn over information about Bol- ton's activities while he was an official at the State Department, which (hey say is crucial to de- termining his fitness for the U.N. post. Only three Democrats sided with Republicans in an attempt to end debate and bring up the nomination for a final vote. Sen. George Voinovich, of Ohio, a Republican who opposes Bol- ton's nomination, voted with the Democrats. Under Senate rules, Republicans needed 60 of the senators' 100 votes to end de- bate, but they mustered only 54. "They put partisanship ahead of the Constitution and the Sen- ate's right to receive information from the executive branch of Senate Democrat- ic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday of the Bush admin- istration. "Unless the president comes forward with information What's a rtcess Student to student: My advice "In our the special report every Tuesday in the Local section, ends for the season today. During the year, 39 students submitted viewpoints for the page. Today, we invited Fowler High School senior Cornelia DeLee to reflect on her school career. DeLee plans to study psychology next fall at St. Lawrence University. Staff writer Maureen Nolan asked DeLee what advice she'd give next fall's kindergarteners. Here are edited excerpts of her advice: Have fun at school, and make sure you stay focused. When you're in elementary school, you're not worried about what's going on the next 12 years of your life and stuff until you get there. Don't fall off track. This is very important. Because when you get in high school, it's like the real world. When you first begin, you're like, ugh, I've got four more years. But then when you get there, like 1 llh grade, it re- ally hits you, and you're like: "Make sure I'm going to graduate, this is life, I'm going lo go to college and then I have to pay bills." It's very, very different. I was able to stay focused but there were times that, you know, I had down- falls. Nobody is perfect. Nothing is going to be easy. Even for the top students of your class, things nre hard. It may seem like they don't have prob- lems going on, but really they do. I talked with many kids in my school, and many of them were going through things in their life like getting kicked out of their homes or they had to move on their own. Working ali (he lime, or they can't even come to school be- cause they have to pay their own bills. Some students were getting pregnant. And it's really hard, especially when you're working and try- ing to go to school and you have problems at home. It's really tough. The hardest thing is probably peer pressure. Other students would try lo knock them off- focus. But if they stay focused ancl have it in their mind, "I really want to do this in life, I re- ally want to go ahead and go through school, and I really want to accomplish my if they focus in, they'll do what they have to do. It's a struggle when you go through all these things, and you have a lot of work (o do, and sometimes you fall behind, and you're stressed out and you feel like you're never going to catch up. But when you stay focused and you put your mind to it and you finally bring your- self back up, it's a very good feeling. Very good. You can't imagine. It's unex- plainable, because when you accomplish every- thing, ail the goals thai you wanted to accom- plish, and you get all the rewards, and you're like "Oh my God, it's finally over." You're over that part, but it's like a new be- ginning starting. THREE MORE VOICES A parent, a teacher and a superintendent talk about the end of B-6. STAR-STUDDED TRIO JnrUc Pottv, SNAPSHOT What soys am Daily C.W. photographs LISA COLEMAN continues her physical therapy to help her leg heal after a car accident. Tough year doesn't beat graduate By David L. Shaw Staff writer It started with a devastating house fire last July that de- stroyed all of her clothes and possessions. Then came an unexplained auto accident in March that in- jured her to the point that she had to be home-tutored. She went to her senior prom in a wheelchair. If that wasn't enough, her be- loved grandmother on her fa- ther's side died in May. It's been a year that Auburn High School senior Lisa Cole- man won't forget But despite it ;