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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York STOP THE VKHENCf The Rev. A! Sharpton goes after violent rappers. CNY, Page E 2 FANCY FEET Shoemakers offer hot shoes in bigger sizes. CNY, Page E-1 WEEKEND Meet F-M grad who directed the movie 'Robots' Win concert, theater tickets Details on Syracuse's St Patrick's Parade Affiliated with THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2005 AFTER HOURS Art teacher puts on show Cheap Eats visits Zebb's Latest club, concert listings Meet the manager at Sound Garden TOO MANY MOVIE ADS? When does the movie really start? CNY, Page E-1 VI Hoard FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS SOME SUNSHINE Flurries will fly across Central New York this momins, but some sunshine should break through the clouds later in the day. Tem- peratures will remain below normal, but they will get closer to that level on Friday. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 27 LOW: 23 41 bodies found in Iraq; bomb hurts 30 Americans Iraqi authorities found 41 de- composed bodies, some bullet- riddled, others beheaded, at sites near the Syrian border and south of Baghdad. In the capital, a suicide bomb- er killed four people and injured 40. including 30 Americans. STORY, PAGE A4 Studies: Plovix con help stop heart attacks Adding Plavix to other anti- clotting drags typically given to heart attack patients saves lives and prevents second heart at- tacks, two huge studies found. STORY, PAGE A-ll Syracuse fakes on Rutgers tonight at 9 Rutgers beat Notre Dame Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East Tourna- ment. That win puts Rutgers up against Syracuse tonight. SPORTS, PAGE D-l CNY economy odds jobs, unemployment rate down The Syracuse-area job market continued its improvement in January: The number of jobs was up 1 percent over last year and the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, down from 6.7 percent a year before. STORY, PAGE C-1 Michael Jackson accuser: We watched adult sites Michael Jackson's young accuser took the witness stand Wednesday, describing viewing adult Internet sites with Jackson present and said the singer told him to "call me daddy." STORY, PAGE A-4 GOP senators want to reduce Bush tax cut plan Senate Republicans, fearing some members will balk at ex- tending President Bush's tax cuts, pushed back Wednesday against the White House plan, offering a budget proposal for 2006 that would undo more than a fourth of the cuts Bush has re- quested. STORY, PAGIA-U Corrections Steven DeCosa. Red Creek High School B-1 Newspapers In Education Week contest Cali Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Index C-1 lottery_____A-2 ilWIB-------nM Chafed Off __H Mo___M OtowriB__M Sjwls____B-1 Inttrtoinraiil. t-3 Slwfc_____C-1 Ionium_1M MFOST-STWWID 6404n11104 More Graduates Get A Regents Diploma Al Cannpsnis Staff photograph" COURTNEY FINN (left) and Jessica Walto, chemistry students at Westhill High School, watch the results of their experiment. Westhill had the highest percentage of graduates with Regents diplomas in the region. State report shows more First SAT exams with area schools improving essays unveiled Saturday By Debra J. Groom and Maureen Nolan Staff writers A higher percentage of Central New York students graduated with Regents diplo- mas in 2004 than tie year be- fore, according to the annual state "report card" data re- leased Wednesday. Thirty-one of 51 high schools in the five-county re- gion increased the percentage of students receiving Regents diplomas. The state will require all students graduating from high school to obtain a Regents di- ploma beginning with the class of 2006. Schools with the largest percentages obtaining Regents diplomas in 2004 were: West- hill. 92 percent West Genesee and Skaneateles, 90 percent; Baker 87 per- cent; and Cincinnatus. 84 per- cent While achievement has im- proved statewide and at most Regents To graduate with a Regents diploma, a student must: Earn 22 credits Score 65 or higher on five Regents exarns To graduate with an Advanced Regents diploma, a student must: Earn 22 credits Score 65 or higher on eight Regents exams To graduate with a local diploma, a student must: Earn 22 credits Score 55 or higher on five Regents exams suburban and rural districts in Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga, Oswego and Cortland coun- ties, performance still lags at Syracuse's four high schools. A lower percentage of stu- dents at Fowler, Corcoran and Henninger earned Regents di- 2004 than In 2003. By Sapna Kollali Staff writer SAT. These three little let- ters can send shudders through high school students. And now, students have even more to think about when they take the SAT exam; the essay question. Saturday's exam will be the first with a new writing sec- tion, which includes a timed essay and grammar questions. That worries Hamilton jun- ior Tiffany Randall a bit "I'm OK at writing, but I'm she said. "We write in class, and I've done some college essays, but they're different" In the first major overhaul since 1994, the College Board has made writing a mandatory of the SAT. The section' includes a 25-minute persua- sive essay as well as multiple choice questions on grammar and word usage. M SATS, PAGE A-4 Test dwnges Saturday's SAT exam will be the first to include several changes in addition to the essay and grammar questions. Others are: The 70-minute critical reading section (formerly verbal) now includes sentence completion, passage-based reading and vocabulary in context. Analogies have been eliminated. The 70-minute math section now includes nth gYade-level algebra, absolute value, fractional exponents and exponential growth, statistics and probability, and data analysis. Quantitative comparisons have been eliminated. The exarn wil! be 3 hours, 45 minutes, including an unscored 25-minute variable section. The SAT II: Writing exam will no longer be offered. Source: The College Board Intruders access more identity data LexisNexh soys records of i ts may petpfc mflY BinnS BCCB By Elkn Simon The Associated Press New York Using stolen i passwords from legitimate cus- l toroers, intruders accessed per- sonal information on as many as i U.S. citizens in a data- base owned by the jnforzsaaon i broker LexisNexis, the company said The announcement Wednes- i day comes on the heels of a se- I ries of similar high-profile breaches, the most serious affec- iing anolher large data broker, ChoicePoint Inc. in which scores of identities were stolen. The ChoicePoint case, as well as other data losses including one affecting some 1.2 million federal employees with Bank of America charge cards, have prompted an outcry for federal oversight of a loosely regulated commercial sector. In the data- bus'nsss data about nearly every adult American is bought and sold. The first in a series of Capitol Hiii hearings are scheduled for today. At LexisNexis, criminals found a way to compromise she log-ins and passwords of a hand- ful of legitimate customers to get access to the database, said Kurt Sanfbrd, the company's chief ex- ecutive, told The Associated Press. The FBI and the Secret Ser- ff' vice are both investigating the breach. The database that was com- promised, called Accurint, sells reports for each that in- clude an individual's Social Se- curity number, past addresses, date of birth and voter registra- tion information, including party affiliation. No credit history, medical re- cords or financial information were accessed in the breach, LexisNexis parent company Reed Elsevier Group PLC said in a statement. The Accurint database is part of the Seisint unit, which Lexis- Nexis bought in August Sanford said a team examining Seisint's data security routines in Febru- ary noticed abnormal usage pat- terns and suspicious billing on some accounts. He said the team told superi- ors, who notified law enforce- ment. Both internal and external investigations continue, he said. "What we're doing now is trying to act as quickly and re- sponsibly as possible to lend a helping hand to consumers who might have been adversely im- pacted by these incidents." San- ford said. Sanford refused to name the law agencies involved, saying that could only compromise the investigation: "We are trying to catch the bad guys here.'' But the FBI and Secret Ser- vice confirmed they were inves- tigating, though they declined to HI PMC Installer charged thefts He sold the stolen units to people after they reported dishes missing, pdke say. By Meghan Rubado Staff writer It took satellite television viewers a long time to get the picture. For six months, the guy who installed their satellite dishes was the guy stealing their satel- lite dishes, sometimes as they were watching television. i lus police said Wednesday. I The man then offered them a I deal on dishes to replace the sto- len ones, police said. I Several Onondaga County po- lice agencies Tuesday arrested Richard N. Spagnola. 43, of 162 Minerva St.. Syracuse, a contrac- i tor who installs satellite dishes for different companies. Spagnola was accused of ille- i gaily removing at least eight I dishes in various parts of the j county, Camillus police Capt. Thomas M. Winn said. I According to police, Spagnola removed satellite dishes, waited to be called by the satellite com- I panics that hired him and then j 'returned to the homes to sell the I residents the used dishes he had I taken. Other times, residents would call Spagnola directly and he would bypass the satellite com- parties. Spagnola was charged with several counts of petit larceny, a I SYRACUSE, PAGE A-6 i _ j FAA may I reduce I hours at (Hancock Federal agency is looking to i dose some control towers I between midnight and 5 a.m. By Peter Lyman Washington bureau i Syracuse's Hancock Intema- tional Airport is among more than 40 airports around the coun- try whose control towers could i close between midnight and 5 a.m. daity under a still-develop- i ing plan by the Federal Aviation Administration. i Also on the FAA list for pos- sible tower staff cats are airports in Rochester and Albany. Buffa- lo was originally on the list but has since been removed, accord- ing to an aide to Sen. Charles Schumer. D-N.Y. Schumer and Hillary Rodham I Clinton, the state's other Demo- cratic senator, have written to I FAA Administrator Marion Bia- urging him Jo reconsider the plan. "In recent years, air travel has grown dramatically ia Upstate New York, thanks to the advent j senators wrote. "We fear these closures will deter carriers from expanding their services, espe- cially those low-cost carriers that tend to schedule early-morning and late-night flights." Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the FAA in Washington, con- firmed Wednesday that" the three Upstate cities are on the list, but "we're not even close to any proposal on reduced hours yet SEVBMrPMEA-4 ;