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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 2005, Syracuse, New York Academic Affiliated with SATURDAY, JUNE 25. 2005 All-CNY Track Field FINAL EIITtON SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING THE HEAT IS ON .Plenty of sun- shine and a passing warm front will help bring tempera- tures to record levels today. And despite the threat of after- noon thunderstorms on Sun- day, we'll remain hot into next week. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 94 LOW: 73 New test confirms second mad cow case New tests have; confirmed that a Texas animal that federal officials earlier declared to be free of mud cow disease actually did have the bruin-wasting ail- ment, the U.S. Agriculture De- partment announced Friday. STORY, PAGE A-4 Italian judge orders arrest of 13 CIA officers An Italian judge on Friday ordered the arrests of 13 CIA of- ficers for secretly transporting a Muslim preacher from Italy to F.gypl as part of U.S. anti-terror- ism efforts a rare public ob- jection to the practice by a close American ally. STORY, PAGE A-5 Poor call president-elect Iran's 'Robin Hood' Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hard-liner who will become Iran's president in August, is hailed hy the devout poor as a Robin Hood figure who will give them a slice of the Islamic Re- public's abundant oil wealth. STORY, PAGE A-3 Iraq ambush kills six soldiers, one female A suicide car bomber and gunmen ambushed a convoy car- rying female U.S. Marines in Fallujah, killing two Marines and leaving another four Ameri- can troops presumed dead, the military said Friday. At least one woman was killed and 11 wounded were female. STORY, PAGE A-3 first Afghan cadet enters West Point this summer Like other new cadets report- ing to VVesl Poini (his summer, Shoaib Ynsoufxai is bracing for the ice-wnier shock of a military education the marching, the drilling, the cramming, the shouting. But the trim 20-year-old ac- knowledges carrying an addi- tional burden as the academy's first cadet from Afghanistan. NEW YORK, PAGE A-12 OPiC's influence is down, but it's still there OPEC's inability to bring down the cost of oil has helped push U.S. gasoline prices above a gallon for the past three months. But don't jump to any hasty conclusions about the car- tel's influence or intentions in the market. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Corrections Day of Party in the Plaza Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Classified..........E-5 Comics Editorials.... A-10 ........E-1 local news..-.1-1 Lottery.............A-2 Movies.._.........E-4 New York. Obituaries Sports..... Stocks..... Television. A-12 1-4 ..D-l ..C-3 THE POST-STANDARD NiMo To Get New Name By James .T.Mulder Staff writer The Niagara Mohawk name will be re- tired later this year by the British compa- ny that took over the Upstate electric and gas utility three years ago. It will be renamed National Grid, its parent company's name. The name Niagara Mohawk NiMo for short has been around since 1950 when Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. was formed from the merger of four Upstate utility companies that evolved from 500 predecessor companies dating back to 1823. "We believe that by moving in this di- rection we can build an even more valu- able said Michael Jesanis, presi- dent and chief executive officer of National Grid USA. National Grid Transco, a London- based international energy delivery busi- ness, also owns Massachusetts Electric, Narragansett Electric, Granite State' Electric and Nantucket Electric, all in New England. Each will adopt the Na- tional Grid name this fall. The parent company also plans to shorten its name to National Grid. The name change advances the process of identifying our company as a global energy leader with the service of a SINGlifAWA-5 Hot times in Syracuse Here's a look back at the city's hottest days: 1 July 9, i Syracu; 102'r1 -I hottesl 1936 ise's hottest day on record Aug. 14, 2002; July 8 and 10, 1936 9, 2001; June 2, j_, 1934; July 2, 1 1931 None Lon record July 22 and Aug. 21, 2002; June 21, 1953; Aug. 28, 1948; July 23, Most 90-degree days in a year 28 26 25 24 23 '55 '49 '59 Clirissie photographer STEPHANIE DAHLEM, of Nedrow, reaches up Friday to catch her son, 8-year-old Zachary, at Syracuse's McKinley Pool. Really like the heat? You're in the right place Central New York is poised for a long stretch of hot weather with temperatures in or near the 90s through Thursday, the National Weather Service said. The big warm-up began Friday, when the high reached 90 degrees in Syracuse. FOR KOBE ON SEE PAGE D-8 90-degree tluys by month Normal 1955 2005 June July 14 August September 12 June 24 4 1 1 Fewest 90-dcgree days in a year The number of days i in the 90s in 2004. The number of days in the 90s in 2003. Sources: Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University; National Weather Service The number of days in Most consecutive 90-degree Most 90-degree days the 90s so far this year. days (Aug. 29 to Sept. in a month (July Compiled by Mark Weiner session By Erik Kriss Albany bureau The first on-time budget since 1984 and a raft of government reforms made the just-concluded Jobs A-12 2005 state leg- islative ses- sion the most productive in years, politicians and reform ad- vocates said Friday. Bui others argued Ihiii dismal sessions in recent years lowered expectations, and that the deep- seated problems of runaway spending and special-interest in- fluence remain. Most observers agreed No- vember's reform-dominated elections motivated lawmakers this year. The campaigns were waged in the shadow of a New York University study labeling the Legislature the most dys- functional in ihe nation. A few candidates, including Democrat David Valesky, of Oneida, were swept into office under the re- form banner. The session that ended Friday evening suggested anything but the usual Albany gridlock. Legislators approved reforms ON-TIME, PAGE A-5 What lawmakers did, tfidn't do What they did Approve reforms to public authorities, the budget process and legislative rules. Require reporting of lobbying for state contracts. Enable reconstruction plan for Syracuse schools. Establish tougher penalties for drunken driving, hit-and-runs. Increase penalties for crimes involving methamphetamine labs. Approve easier access to morning-after birth control pills. Require Internet posting of prescription drug prices. What trwy didn't do Reform the school aid formula Settle Indian land claims Reform campaign financing and legislative redistricting Rewrite the death penalty, which was ruled unconstitutional how it scores Citrissie photographer IA77 KCT ADEMCt5tanleyclarkePer- jRLL rCjl Urtnj.formswithTRIO! Fri- day night at the COUPLE TAKE 53 YEARS TO MARRY STORY, PAGE A-2 INSIDE NISSAN HEARS CUSTOMERS' DEMANDS AUTO, PAGEM BRITAIN'S DESIGN QUEEN CNY, PAGE E-1 Reports of much-lower scores lead state to change scoring chart. Scores rise. By Dcbra J. Gronin Staff writer The Math B Regents exam taken Thursday was so difficult that the stale Education Depart- ment had to issue a new scoring chart Friday afternoon. "Our staff reviewed the diffi- culty level of the questions on the test and compared it with previous tests and determined that the conversion chart needed to be changed as you see it said Tom Dunn, a depart- ment spokesman. A conversion chart is used to equalize scores from year to year. "It seems Uiere were more difficult questions this year, and they were not adjusted correct- said Jessica Cohen, superin- tendent of Onoudaga-Cortland- Madison BOCES. Superintendents across the state were in an uproar Friday morning when- test results showed more students failed die test than in previous years. The test is normally taken by high school sophomores and juniors. The exact number of Central New York teens who had taken the test could not be determined. common rue A-s ;