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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r SWAYS THE LIBRARY CAN SAVE YOU MONEY The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2005 COOLING OFF A cold front will spread cooler air across Central New York today, but sunshine will remain overhead. The colder air will stay in place Tuesday, but the week will eventually warm up as the front leaves. Complete forecast, C-10 FINAL EDITION S 2005 i SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS Aurelius Couple Found Dead Call reported possible suicide; daughter, 13, found bodies HIGH: 53 LOW: 27 Women at NIH describe intimidation Testimony by National Insti- tutes of Health officers and doc- uments show that women at the agency experienced sexual in- timidation and disregard of their concerns for the welfare of AIDS experiment patients. The testimony was given in a court case involving whistle- blower Dr. Jonathan Fishbein. STORY, PAGE A-3 Winter revisits Denver; blizzard strands travelers A blizzard that dumped al- most a foot of snow in Denver and 2 feet in Greenland Sunday left travelers stranded at the air- port and along roads closed in whiteout conditions. Up to 30 inches of snow was possible in the foothills west of Denver. STORY, PAGE A-7 Cardinals maintain silence on upcoming secret vote Cardinals at Masses around Rome Sunday made no com- ments about their upcoming task nf a snrrpssnr to John Paul II. STORY, PAGE A-4 Cemeteries should offer winter burials, bill says A state bill would require ce- meteries to perform winter buri- als at families' requests. Propo- nents say it would save families the cost of finding a vault to store the body until spring and would give more timely emotional closure for their loss. NEW YORK, PAGE A-6 Iraq's new president urges insurgent amnesty Iraqi insurgents who have killed combatants, possibly in- cluding U.S. and Iraqi troops, should be given amnesty to end attacks, Iraq's president says. STORY, PAGE A-4 Dnunl knnovmnnnnrc step out for church Prince Charles and his new wife, Camilla, drew onlookers Sunday when they attended a church service during their Scot- tish honeymoon. STORY, PAGE A-4 Bolton's U.N. envoy bid ____ 1. .t.. IT __ _j, ____ ueiuie Conservative John Bolton's bid to become the U.S. represen- tative to the United Nations is being considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. STORY, PAGE A-3 Corrections Reason for delay in Pnnce Charles' Manlius Pebbfe Hill School Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index j By John Stith i Staff writer A husband and wife were found dead Sunday morning in i their Aurelius home on Over- i brook Drive, a quiet street where j children play together and .neigh- bors watch out for each other. j The bodies were found by the couple's 13-year-old daughter, I who ran crying to a neighbor's tkrt I bors said. I County sheriffs deputies went to 2300 Overbrook Drive re- sponding to a 911 call about a possible suicide. Deputies found the bodies of Bradley S. Foster, 36, and Wendy L. Foster, 37, dead inside their three-bedroom, raised-ranch house. Undersheriff Stephen McLoud said officials were investigating whether the deaths were suicide, homicide or accidental. Cayuga County Coroner Dr. David Kalet pronounced Bradley and Wendy rosier dead at die scene. The bodies were taken to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office. Autopsies Bradley S. Foster Wendy L. Foster note was found or the manner of death. He said a neighbor called 911 at a.m. to report the deaths. The undersheriff said the cou- ple's two children girls aged 13 and 8 were staying Sunday night with relatives. Bradley Foster's father. Don- ald, of 757 Clark Street Road, were to be performed today. McLoud did not disclose where in the house the bodies were found, whether a suicide tragic, especially since they leave the Fosters" children with- NEIGHBORS, PAGE A-5 Husband, wife found dead 2300 Overbrook Dr. The Post-Siandard AT THE ZOO, WASHING THE POWER PLANT? ROMANI, ONE OF SIX elephants at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park relaxes Sunday morning while elephant handlers (from left) Shawn Graham, Mickey Case and Seth Stephen D CannereH Staff photographer Groesbeck give her a bath. Zoo officials are looking into the idea of using elephant dung to produce power. If possible, the herd's half-ton of dung a day would cut energy costs. Elephants may help pay utility bills Rosamond Gifford Zoo receives grants to study idea of converting elephant dung to energy. By Mark Weiner Staff writer Managers at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park say they may have sniffed out a solution to deal with the zoo's rising electric and heating bills. All along, the answer may have been under their noses. The Syracuse zoo wants to become the first in the nation to be powered by its own animal waste specifically, the prodigious amounts of dung produced by the zoo's elephants. The herd of six elephants produces more than pounds of dung per day. an energy-rich, renewable resource that produces methane gas a fuel that could be used to make energy. Zoo Director Anne Baker said the idea is the latest effort to promote a green, sustainable zoo and save money. "This is our second biggest cost after Baker said of the zoo's an- nual electric and heating bill of about ''If there is any way to adjust our power costs downward, it would be really beneficial." Homeland Energy Resources Develop- ment, a New York-city based renewable energy developer, convinced the zoo to look into the idea. Baker said. "We produce pounds of ele- phant manure per day, so it sort of hits you over the head when you think about she said. In many ways, the ele- phants who eat a diet mostly of hay are ideal waste producers for the project. 'Because the elephants are not in a big pasture for most of the year, it's very concentrated and it's easy to pick Baker said of their dung. "And the ele- phants are very inefficient digesters, so their feces is likely to have a high energy content." FEASIBILITY, PAGE A-5 Republican support for DeLay ebbing Moderate House member says leader's actions are hurting the party's chances, By Lou Kesten The Associated Press Private GOP tensions over Tom DeLay's ethics controversy spilled into the public Sunday, as a Senate leader called on DeLay to ex- plain his actions and one House Republican demanded the major- llj 3 "Tom's conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for Rep. Chris Shays. R-Conn., told The Asso- ciated Press in an interview, call- ing for DeLay to step down as majority leader. DeLay, R-Texas, who was ad- monished by the House Ethics Committee last year, has been dogged in recent months by new reports about his overseas travel funded by special interests, cam- paign payments to family mem- bers and connections to a lobby- ist under criminal investigation. A moderate Republican from Connecticut, Shays said efforts by the House GOP members to change ethics rules to protect DeLay only make the party look bad. "My party Is going to have to i decide whether we are going to continue to make excuses for Tom to the detriment of Republi- cans seeking he said. Rick Santorum, the No. 3 Re- GOP, PAGE A-5 Most area hospitals in the black, finish year in good financial health Classified ____ CNY Comics Movies D-4 D-1 New York A-4 j D-6 Obituaries B-4 1 A-8 Science B-6 tUMUllUtj Local news Lottery Sports C-i A-2 Television D-5 THE POST-STANDARD DJ james i.ivuuaer Staff writer The financial health of Central New York hospitals continued to improve in 2004 as nearly every one finished the year in the black. University Hospital posted a surplus of S15.7 million, the largest of any local hospital, fol- lowed by St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, which generated an SI 1.01 million surplus. Grouse, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2003, and Community General hospi- tals also posted modest gains for the second year in a row. Auburn Memorial was the only hospital to end the year in the red. The hospital, which is still auditing its books, estimates its 2004 operating loss at S2.7 million. TIGER WOODS WINS MASTERS It seems like it's been ages i since he won a tournament, 1 but he comes out on top in I a thrilling finish. SPORTS, PAGE 01 The bottom lines Nearly every hospital in Central New York Auburn Memorial was the exception finished 2004 in the black. But experts say the operating margins should be between 4 percent and 6 percent higher than the local hospitals posted. 2004 Operating results margin i.H St Community Auburn Lee Oneida Inpatient market shares '01 Source: Hospitals. Some results are unaudited. Hospital Executive Council '04 St. Joseph's 34.2% Grouse 29.5% University Hospital 22.6% Community General 13.8% The Post-Standard The financial vital signs for many hospitals across the state and nation improved in 2004 and should continue getting better this year, according to Liz Swee- ney, who tracks the health-care industry for Standard Poor's, a credit rating agency. She attributes the improve- ment to increases in hospital business volumes and Medicare reimbursement rates. Also, the labor shortage and medical mal- practice insurance crisis have eased, Sweeney said. Syracuse hospitals also bene- fited from a 4.5 percent increase in patient volume. While the outlook for hospi- tals has brightened we're not feeling like it's party time in any Sweeney said. That's because Medicare and get cut in 2006 and 2007 as the federal government looks for ways to curb the growing deficit, according to Sweeney. She also said operating mar- gins for many New York hospi- tals are too small. Ideally, hospi- tal operating margins should be in the 4 percent to 6 percent range, according to Sweeney. All Central New York hospital mar- gins are below 4 percent. ''It's not enough for hospitals to just break said Ron Lagoe of the Hospital Executive Council, a Syracuse hospital planning agency. "Even not-for- profits need to make some money so they can replace facili- ties and equipment." Inpatient volume, emergency room visits and outpatient visits IHPAT1EHT, PAGE A-6 INSIDE DAILY DOSE What's it like to own your record company? Plus, with corporate culture. PAGE D-8 PRO SOCCER IN SYRACUSE? The man who's buying properties in Marcellus is negotiating to bring pio soccer back to Syracuse. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 GREAT ABS That's what we want, the fitness experts say. CNY, PAGE D-1 J   

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