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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syrooisc.coni TUESDAY, AUGUST 16. 2005 FINAL EDITION C SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WISH YOU WERE HERE If you send a post card from Central New York, begin with 'Wish You Were Here' be- cause today, you'll be glad you are. Sunny sky, low hu- midity and there's still three weeks before Labor Day. Complete forecast. D-8 HIGH: LOW: 58 Fort Drum soldier is killed in Iraq A 23-year-old soldier from Maryland, based at Fort Drum, was killed in an ambush in Iraq on Sunday, the Pentagon said Monday. Spc. Toccara R. Green, 23, was killed when bombs deto- nated near her unit during con- voy operations in Al Asad. STORY, PAGE A-6 Tylenol linked to high blood pressure for women Women taking Tylenol were about twice as likely to develop blood pressure problems, accord- ing to a new study, which found that aspirin is still the safest medicine for pain. STORY, PAGE A-9 Police search airline after deadly crash in Greece Police officers in Cyprus raided the offices of Helios Air- ways a day after one of its jets slammed into a mountainside, killing all 121 aboard. STORY, PAGE A-4 Iraq's constitution writers to get seven more days Iraq's parliament agreed to seven more days for leaders to complete a draft constitution, after politicians failed to meet a Monday deadline. STORY, PAGE A-4 Federal deficit likely to drop this year Congressional forecasters said the federal deficit this year, though still huge, won't be as bad as originally projected. STORY, PAGE A-7 Survey says Toyota leads in satisfaction Auto buyers are flocking to discounts, but a survey says cus- tomer satisfaction is more im- portant in the long run, and Toyota is leading. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l You can name a famous novelist's character Noted authors such as Step- hen King and Lemony Snicket are auctioning off the right to name an upcoming character. It's for freedom of the press. STORY, PAGE A-2 Corrections Hannibal driver education State income tax by child care John P. Washo Tax warrant for Footprints of NY Real estate transaction for Van Wie Drive Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index A world away... Tubman Relat Michelle Gabel Staff photographer HONORED WITH A ceremonial stool, Pauline Copes-Johnson, a relative of Harriet Tubman, is surrounded by color- fully clothed Aburi, Ghana, women. The family of Tubman considers Ghana to be the homeland of Modesty, Tubman's ma- ternal grandmother. At left dancing is Mary Tama, of Aburi. Ghana names street for abolitionist By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Aburi, Ghana Pauline Copes-John- son always wanted to see Ghana, the likely ancestral home of her grandmoth- er's famous aunt, Harriet Tubman. She'd heard the family stories about Tubman's grandmother, Modesty, a Ghanaian sto- len from her Ashanti tribe and shipped to the United States. But Copes-Johnson, 77, a retired secre- tary from Auburn, couldn't afford to see Africa until an invitation from a female Ghanaian chief drew donations that sent her across the Atlantic. On Monday afternoon, Copes-Johnson found herself on African soil sur- rounded by a flurry of men draped in multicolored fabric and carrying carved wooden staffs, and women in gilded wraps who spoke an undecipherable Afri- can language. Copes-Johnson was a world away from Auburn, yet suddenly home. "I'm glad you came. You are now part of our the chief told her later, holding Copes-Johnson's hands and looking down. "Where are you stepping? You are now at Aburi, your hometown." This small town greeted Copes-John- son; her sister, Geraldine Copes-Daniels, 73; and a cousin, Laberta Gaskin-Green- lea, 79, both of Rochester, with a crowd of 150 people Monday afternoon, includ- ing African royalty. Hosts consider the GHANAIANS, PAGE A-6 Alleged 'Grandma': I don't bake cookies Drug ring suspect soys she never used code words, i denies" 'Grandma' pve." I By John O'Brien Staff writer I Nancy Booth says she has never talked over the phone about her nephew needing a cookie or for that matter an eight-ball of crack cocaine. "I never in my life made a Booth said in a phone interview Sunday from her home in Utica. "1 made cakes once in a while but never no cookies." I Booth, 77, was arrested in her apartment at 1408 Seymour St. Tuesday in a roundup of 26 ac- cused cocaine dealers. A federal prosecutor says Booth was heard repeatedly in wiretapped phone conversations arranging lor sales of eight-ounce chunks of crack, called an eight-ball. Booth used the code "cook- ie" in the phone calls to refer to crack, according to Assistant U.S. Attoniey Lisa Fletcher. Booth says she never sold crack or any other drug to anyone, and that it must've been someone else the police heard talking about cookies. "1 swear to God, 1 never baked a cookie, and that's the truth from here to she said. "I don't have no kids, and I don'teat cookies." The other defendants refer to Booth as according federal investigators. POLICi, PAGE A-6 Michelle Gabel Staff photographer A STATUE HONORING Harriet Tubman was unveiled Monday at the Aburi Bo- tanical Gardens in Aburi, Ghana. Three of Tubman's great-grandnieces from Auburn and Rochester traveled to Ghana to attend the ceremony and other events throughout the week. Is your baby a suspected terrorist? Israeli forces begin Gaza push vith a nudere to tearful settlers F-9 Business C-l Goss M Comic E-6 CNY Crossword Editorials Utters Local news M A-10 ...A-ll B-l Lottery..............A-2 Movies...............E-4 New York.........A-8 Obtomries.. Sports...............D-l Stocks........... C-3 Sudoku_____E-7 Television..........E-5 Weather____M By Leslie Miller The Associated Press Washington Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the govern- ment's "no-fly list." It sounds like a joke, but it's not funny to parents who miss flights while scrambling to have babies' passports and other doc- uments faxed. Ingrid Sand- en's 1-year-old daughter was stopped in j Phoenix before boarding a flight home to Washington at Thanksgiving. j "I com- Baby suspect i pletely under- I stand the war on terrorism, and I completely understand people wanting to be safe when they 1 fly." Sanden said. "But focus- ing the target a little bit is proba- bly a better use of resources." By Steven Erlanger New York Times News Service Gan Or, Gaza Strip Thousands of Israeli policemen and soldiers moved to surround the Israeli settlements of Gaza on Monday, warning residents that they had until Wednesday morning to leave before they were pulled out of their homes. The police and military pres- ented a show of force but avoid- ed confrontation with the settlers and their supporters, many of them young and emotional. But there were some fierce ar- guments between the Gaza set- tlers and some demonstrators who have moved in from the West Bank in the last few weeks. While some settlers demanded that moving vans and the army be allowed to enter this set- tlement and Neve Dekalim to help them pack up and move, young West Bankers tried to block the roads and sometimes to slash the tires of official vehi- cles with knives or nail-studded Tsafrir Associated Press A GIRL IS COMFORTED by her mother on Monday as army offi- cers remove the seats of the synagogue of the Jewish settlement of Nissanit in the Gaza Strip. NYPIRG: Community college cost on the rise Cayugo one of three in state that won't see a tuition increase, report says. By Michael Gormley The Associated Press Albany The New York Public Interest Research Group reported Monday that despite an increase in state aid, community- college tuition is scheduled to rise an average of this fall at all but three schools. That would make the average tuition for the two-year, career- based colleges about For example, tuition at Adi- rondack Community College would increase to up in September or over the last two years; while West- chester Community College's tu- ition would increase to up this year or over the last two years, according to NYPIRG's study. There are no tuition increases planned this year at Cayuga, Erie or Monroe community colleges. The State University of New York Board of Trustees tradi- tionally approves the final tui- i tion figures in the fall. I TUITION, PAGE A-6 Community college tuitions School Cayuga 2004-05 2005-06 Up blocks of wood. cers said they would not try to _______________________________ The sales to most of the set- enter mem "ow- Bm the7 neSoti: i Onondaga demons were closed and locked. throughout the day with and the soldiers and police offi- PAGE A-6 i Tompkins- Cortland THE POST-STANDARD i The government's lists of peo- pie who are either barred from flying or require extra scrutiny before being allowed to board airplanes grew markedly since i the Sept. H attacks. j Critics, including the Ameri- i can Civil Liberties Union, say the government doesn't provide PASt A-6 SEARCH THEiPOD Criminals hide data inMP3 i players. i PAGEA-3 QUIET, PIEASE I'm VOICES, PAGEB-3 INSIDE ITHACA CASHES IN How "hippie becamea hit. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-8 FIT TIPS For rock- hula- hooping. HEALTH FITNESS, PAGES   

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