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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with FINAL EDITION SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2005 SYRACUSE. N.Y. GOOD MORNING PERFECTLY NORMAL Now this is the kind of weather that brings out May flowers. We'll see loads of sunshine, so temperatures will rise to nearly 70. But it'll get a bit breezy in the afternoon, and it'll get chilly soon after sunset. After all, it's still springtime. But wait just a day. Monday is supposed to be so nice that you might want to stay home for it. Complete ____________________ forecast HIGH: 47 IOW: 43 D- SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Old Boy Beat Back R )y Meghan Rubado taff writer Neighbors say a 3-year-old boy killed in a fire Saturday afternoon was yelling for his mother as they tried to reach him through smoke and flames. Jonathan Files was one of three children who lived at 162 Jasper St. with their mother. The boy was dead when city firefighters carried him from the kitchen in the rear of the single-family home, said Syracuse police spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan. Authorities would not identify the mother. However, a police report from a domestic incident earlier Satur- day afternoon at the same address identified the woman as Melissa M. Spagnualo, 31. Police would not comment on whether there is a connection to the earlier inci- dent and the fatal fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Syracuse Fire Chief John Cowin said. Spagnualo's boyfriend, Peter J. Parrillo, 38, of 508 Valley Drive, said Spagnualo was cooking chicken wings in oil on the stove at the same time she was giving Jonathan a bath in the sink. "There was no tub in the house, so that's where he took his FIREFIGHTERS, PAGE A-22 PERSONNEL remove a bag con- taining an ambu- lance mattress and the body of Jona- than Files, 3; they're leaving his yard at 162 Jasper St. in Syracuse Sat- urday. Firefighters fought their way through flames to get to the boy, but he was dead when they found him, police said. Pamela Chen Contributing photographer Peter Dejong The Associated Press GRAVES OF U.S. military World War II personnel were marked with flags this weekend at the Netherlands American Cemetery in the town of Margraten, southern Netherlands. V-E DAY, 60 YEARS AGO CNY veterans remember where they were. Excerpts from Truman's V-E speech. President Bush, in Latvia, apologizes for Yalta agreement. STORIES, PAGES A-8, A-9 MOM TAUGHT ME... Central New York men share what they learned from their mothers. CNY, PAGE H-1 LONG-SHOT WINNER Giacomo, a 50-1 shot, captures the 131st Kentucky Derby in a gigantic upset. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 RACE FOR THE CURE About runners take part in the 5K event to fund research. SPORTS, PAGE D-14 DON'T LET 'EM GO Upstate cities are competing for college graduates before they find jobs elsewhere. OPINION, PAGE C-1 DIPLOMAS AND DOLLARS Commencement time means money for CNY businesses as relatives arrive for the big day. STORY, PAGE B-1 CURRANT EVENT Black currants, banned in 1911 from state farms, return with, their many health benefits. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 Index The Chosen Few IF YOU WANT YOUR 4-YEAR-OLD IN STATE PRE-K, YOU'D BETTER BE LUCKY N.Y. towns I get tougher on sex offenders I The Associated Press i Albany In Binghamton, a convicted sex offender would be prohibited to even walk within a quarter-mile of a school, day- care center, playground or park, under a bill expected to be signed in days. In Westchester County, satel- ite tracking devices are ready now for use to constantly moni- tor a freed sex offender's move- ments. To some civil libertarians, these are extreme measures. But supporters are heartened that similarly tough local laws adopt- ed two years ago effectively ban- ishing offenders in Albuquerque, N.M., have survived legal chal- lenges. BINGHAMTON, PAGE A-20 Lawmaker wants tracking de- vices on all sex Dennis photographer AT PORT BYRON'S A.A. Gates Elementary School, secre- determine which children get the chance to attend pre- tary Sandy Howell writes down a child's name that was kindergarten classes next year. There are 27 names m draW f rom a hat Wednesday as secretary Susan DeVal! the hat all of duldren whose parents want them m the reaches in for another. The district holds a lottery to class. Fifteen children will make the cut. State government has reneged on its promise of pre-kindergarten for everyone. If you live on the wrong side of a line, make too much money or sign up too late, you're on your own. Some school districts, lacking enough state money to accept everyone, resort to a lottery. The winners get to go to school. Anniversaries Auto Births Business Dick Case Obituaries G-l Real Estate M H-8 Sports D-1 E-1 State ___ A-20 B-1 Washington .....A-12 -14 M Weather D-1 6 CNY _______ Editorials ___ local ______ Notion __ Weddings.. H-5 C-2 World B-1 TVWeek Parade Corrections Open house. Clay Historical Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS THE POST-STANDARD READY TO READ? The first in an occasional series of stories about whether Central New York's preschoolers are prepared to learn. Inside The state's broken promise of pre-k especially hurts children of the working Page A-18 Talk about the story Join the discussion at For home delivery, call 470-6397 It's 10 a.m. Wednesday at A.A. Gates Elementary School in Port Byron time for the lottery. Principal David Parker holds a painter's cap re- trieved from the office safe. The cap's grayed canvas reads "Port Byron and contains 27 slips of paper, a child's name on each. Secretary Susan DeVall reaches in and picks the first member of next year's pre- kindergarten class. Before they're done, she will choose 14 more. Forced to dole out universal pre-k. principals in six local dis- tricts pick names from bas- kets, cardboard boxes, plastic containers and, in Port Byron, a hat By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer "It's a situa- Parker said. "It's sad because I can't serve all the families who want to be in the program, but it's happy because people know the value of the program and want to be in it." One paper in the hat reads "Jessica O'Connell." Jessica is an energetic 3-year-old who loves the idea of school, her mother says, and wants to read, write and do home- work. If she doesn't win the lot- tery, Jessica will return to day care and start kindergar- ten at a disadvantage, her mother said. She didn't send Jessica's brother to pre-k. He struggled in elementary school and hated to read, she said. Parker sets aside three prc k seats for needy families, but has made no other excep- tions in six years. One year, a twin was chosen. His brother wasn't. Their parents didn't send the winner. Two slips stick to De- Vall" s fingers. "Make sure there's just Parker says. She shakes a student back into the hat. No Jessica yet. A teacher's assistant ar- rives to witness. By DeVall has picked all 15: seven boys and eight girls, most from two-parent fami- lies, a third with parents who once attended the school. But not Jessica. Parker will mail the O'Connells a form letter the next day. He returns to the safe and replaces the hat until next year. Gary Walts Staff photographer HOMER NATIVE Sgt 1st Class Jeffrey Reynolds says his com- rades in Iraq joked about not wanting to ride with him: His patrols were hit six times by roadside bombs. Six months, sk bombs, one lucky man ByHartSeely Staff writer From day one in Iraq, he viewed every road, side street and rutted path as a potential minefield. Maybe, he thought, he'd be lucky. Then, in an instant, the floor- board bucked, the landscape dis- appeared and he found himself reaching to feel if his legs were still there. Near Fallujah. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey A. Reynolds had met the enemy's weapon of choice: the roadside bomb. I 'Every unit, every soldier. faces said Reynolds. 38, a native of the Cortland County village of Homer. "The Marine Corps, the Air Force, the Navy. the civilians they all face them. I'm no different." But Reynolds faced more than many. In his six-month combat tour, Reynolds" patrols survived six roadside bombings. For a THERE WAS, ;