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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York Affiliated with FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005 IINAI EDITION O 2005 The Post -Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING CHANGE OF SCENERY Parts of the Cen- tral New York landscape will turn white today as cold air rush- ing across Lake Ontario brings snow to the region. Take a pic- ture because the temperature will be mild this weekend. Complete forecast. C-16 HIGH: 46 LOW: 29 ESF buying properties for housing, future needs The State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry has spent million for 11 buildings. BUSINESS, PAGE D-l Jordan buries victims, condemns hotel bombers Hundreds of Jordanians marched Thursday, chanting, "Oh, terrorists, listen! We will not bow down to STORY, PAGE A-4 Birth-control patch maker warns of deadly clots Ortho McNeil warned Thurs- day that Ortho Evra patch users get 60 percent more estrogen than those on the pill. STORY, PAGE A-9 SU professors run ad criticizing HillTV closing Some Syracuse University professors are criticizing the re- vocation of the student-run tele- vision station's status. IOOU. PAGE 1-6 Onondoga Lake's cleaner, saving county S12.4M State and federal officials say Onondaga County won't have to pump oxygen to the bottom of Onondaga Lake. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Ex-SkyChief Carpenter wins NL Cy Young Award Cardinals pitcher Chris Car- penter received the NL Cy Young Award Thursday. SPORTS, PAGE C-l Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Women's Voices Radio Open B-1 Jack Schultz's party Page B-1 Venue of meeting with Richard B-1 Identification of Ceili Corey in B-1 Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 555-1212 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 555-1213. Index Business..........D-l Lottery..............A-2 Bridge F-8 Movies...............E-4 Classified..........F-1 New York.........A-8 Obituaries........B-4 CNY E-l Sean Kirst........B-1 Sports...............C-1 Editorials.......A-10 Stocks...............D-3 Letters...........A-l 1 Sudoku..............E-7 Local news.......B-1 Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD State Police: Couple Stole from Little League Ex-treasurer of Gcero organization and wife accused of diverting funds. By Tom Leo Staff writer State police have accused a Former Cicero Little League board member and his wife of taking about from the league. The theft is one of the biggest from a local youth organization, according to a review of The Post-Standard archives over 10 years. Other thefts have ranged from to Robert G. Kolcun, 44, of Cic- ero, and his wife, Rene Kolcun, 43, of Corning, have been charged with felony grand larce- ny. They were charged and ar- raigned Nov. 3 in Cicero Town Court and released on their own recognizance. Both pleaded innocent. Robert Kolcun is a former Cicero Little League treasurer who oversaw the league's funds and paid its bills, league presi- dent Duwayne Newton said. Kolcun no longer is involved in the league's administration, Newton added. OFFICIAL, PAGE A-l 2 BEFORE IRAQ, SOLDIERS VISIT DYING MOTHER LEON O'CONNELL visits with his mother, Maryann O'Connell, at her Pompey home. She.has a terminal illness and request- ed a visit with her four children. Three are in the military David Staff photographer and will be serving in Iraq. The flag on the wall was brought from Iraq by daughter Patricia, where it flew over her head- quarters. Family gathers for final goodbyes By Pedro Ramirez III Staff writer Maryann O'Connell last gathered with her three sons and daughter two years ago for a wedding in Long Island. This week, the O'Connell children Mark, 29, Leon, 26, Patricia, 25, and Chris, 24 to Pompey to visit their mother one last time as a group be- fore her liver fails and she dies. Within the next few weeks the three youngest will be leaving for Iraq in the Army. Sgt. Leon O'Connell, Sgt. Patricia O'Connell and Pfc. Chris O'Connell all will be serving in different parts of the war zone. Patricia O'Connell, a logistics ser- geant, was serving her second tour there last week, when she received word of her mother's deteriorating health. She came home this week on emergency leave. Thursday looked to be the last time the siblings and their mother's partner, Nancy Clement, would share together with Maryann O'Connell. "Whether it's just sitting around look- ing at each other or playing a game of chess or having conversations, it's just (about) enjoying what we have right said Leon O'Connell, an Army medic. SIBLINGS, PAGE A-6 First action in war brings medals to Bravo Troop ,0" "96404" 1145 9 By Hart Seely Staff writer They arrived to a scene com- mon to old-style war, though rare to this one. They saw a gun- fight. The Iraqi army already had lost two soldiers, and a third lay wounded, maybe dead. Today, the memory of Sept. 21 brings pride to the soldiers of Bravo Troop, 1-71 Cavalry. They can laugh about rusted rounds in a machine gun or a bullet gash on a Humvee wind- shield. But that day welcomed them to war, the old-style kind, offering their first measure of the opposition and of themselves. "In this war, you don't get many opportunities to take the fight to the said 1st Lt. Michael Egan, 25, of Chevy Chase, Md. "When the opportu- nity comes, you take it... All that day, I was thinking, 'Final- MISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li-Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to ly, we got them! We're not going to let them get Thursday, U.S. Army brass visited Forward Operating Base Independence, the Bravo Troop's tiny outpost in central Baghdad, to commemorate the events of Sept. 21. That was the day Bravo Troop met this war. BRAVO TROOP, PAGE A-6 VETERANS DAY 2005 The veteran at 22 Lance Cpl. Shaun Portaleos, of Salina, is a Marine veteran re- turning to Iraq. Get his story in his own words: "I went to the mall in my uniform and a couple of people stopped to say thank you. A couple of ex-Marines shook my hand. It feels good. It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something people The veteran at 91 Floyd Ecker, of East Syra- cuse, keeps alive the memories of World War II: "I fought in six countries and got wounded from my head right down to my toes and I never backed off or nothin' At West Genesee, students de- signed a stained glass window for the Veterans In Central New York, eight veterans receive In Seneca County, a cemetery will be a "lasting tribute" to New look for VFW plates New Yorfe "ii The Post-Standard Lysander crash kills teen hockey player By Delcn Goldberg and Pam Greene Staff writers A senior hockey player at Baldwinsville's C.W. Baker High School was killed Thurs- day afternoon when his car crashed into trees in Lysander, Onondaga County sher- iff's deputies said. Robert T. Conklin III, 17, of 504 Crandun Terrace, Van Buren, was pro- nounced dead at the scene. Conklin Deputies said a passing mo- torist noticed Conklin's smashed Pontiac Grand Am entangled in trees about p.m. That driver called 911, Onondaga County sheriffs Sgt. John D'Eredit'a said. TEAMMATES, PAGE A-7 Counseling for students CW. Baker High School Superintendent Jeanne Dangle said grief counselors will be at the high school from 10 a.m. to noon today even though no classes will be in session to help students cope with the tragedy. The counselors will return Monday. INSIDE FREE NO. 44 POSTER SPORTS, PAGE C-7 State officials hope a newly redesigned Veterans of Foreign Wars license plate will attract more takers than the previous offering. The new plate replaces the old black and red design with the VFW's updated logo. There are now about 700 active VFW plates in New York. Standard number plates cost while customized plates cost A fee is also charged annually for personalized plates. Sean Kirst writes of a phone call 38 years in the Dear Abby says letters from soldiers are a part of history. Her example is from the 1 Oth Moun- tain What's open and KRAMER IN CHARGE Oswego's new acting-acting mayor CNY, PAGE E-1 IT'S iN THE CARDS HOW to play Pitch DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 HOLIDAY MOVIES CNY, PAGES E-1, 2, 3 'Iff" I J ;