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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 2005, Syracuse, New York                             SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SUNDAY. DECEMBER 4, 2005 GOOD MORNING FROSTING By the time it gets light the world will be whiter today, thanks to a flaky night. Highs will reach in the mid- 30s. By tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. On Monday, the sun should get some rays in edgewise, but the temperature will be about the same. Tuesday, fresh snow will add another layer of frosting. Complete forecast, C-14 HIGH: 34 LOW: 25 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Providi'd photo POST-STANDARD SPORTS writer 1. Michael Kelly and Harley as a pup. HARD TO SAY GOODBYE A much-loved hunting dog leaves behind 13 years of memories. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 EASY WIN FOR SU Basketball team cruises to victory, 80-64, over Texas Christian. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 PREWAR INTELLIGENCE FBI reopens forged-documents inquiry concerning Niger. STORY, PAGE A-12 GUESS WHO'S 60 Diane Keaton, Tommy Lee Jones, Bill Clinton, to name a few. Some say 60 is when life begins. PARADE THE UBERSEXUAL Who is he? Is he you? Think causes, not cosmetics. CNY. PAGE H-1 JOHNLENNON He was killed 25 years ago, but it seems like yesterday. OPINION, PAGE D-1 21 SHOPPING DAYS LEFT Bob Niedt keeps you up to date with daily Web log postings at storefront Aulo Births-. Business.. Classified CNY..............: Dick Case. Editorials Engagements Local Index ......H-6 ......G-l Obituaries..................B-4 ......H-7 Real Estate.................l-l ......E-l Sports..........................C-l ......I-4 Slate.......................A-20 .....H-l Washington .....A-12-15 .....B-l Weddings..................H-5 .....D-2 World............A-4loll .....H-6 TV Week B-l Potade 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 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 For home delivery, call 470-6397 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. Serving Pataki Well Pays Off With Plum Job Nominations By Erik Kriss Albany bureau Gov. George Pataki is trying to get three loyalists high-paying state jobs guaranteed to last long after he leaves office. Only one of the three has the new job nailed down; the other two must still be confirmed by the state Senate. To join the discussion go to the Regional Politics forum at The Senate last week confirmed Pa- taki's nomination of former Assembly Minority Leader Charles Nesbitt, R- Albion, to a term with seven years re- maining as president of the state's Tax Appeals Tribunal. Nesbitt's new job carries a annual salary, up from the he received as Assembly mi- nority leader. Pataki also has nominated his state parks commissioner, Bcmadette Cas- tro, and his deputy secretary, Caroline Ahl, to long-term jobs on state boards. "It's heartening to know cronyism is alive and well in com- mented Robert Spitzer, a political sci- ence professor at the State University of New York at Cortland. But Pataki spokesman Keyin Quinn said all three of the nominations are appropriate. CUOMO, PAGE A-21 MOTHER MARIANNE'S ROAD TO SAINTHOOD The Story Miracle KATE MAHONEY poses in front of the casket of Blessed Mother Marianne with Sister Mary Laurence Hanley, whose prayers for Mother Marianne's intercession with God resulted in what the Roman Catholic Church has deemed a miracle. They are in the Franciscan Chapel at Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer the Sisters of St. Francis on Court Street in Syracuse. Above right: Sister Hanley holds the relic, affixed to a photo (red piece at bottom right) of Mother Marianne, which she used as she prayed for Mahoney, who was near death in 1993. Sister Hanley: 1 never have seen anyone this ill anywhere at any time' By Kence K. Gadoua Staff writer I n the drama that has been Kate Mahoney's life, there's one chap- ter she doesn't remember at all. That's the three months she spent in Grouse Hospital including six weeks in intensive care after her liver, kidneys and lungs stopped working in December 1992. The as- piring actress's unlikely recovery at 14 has cast her in a role that will for- ever link her with a former Syracuse nun who could be named a saint. A papal decree says Kate was healed because people prayed to Blessed Mother Marianne. Chronology A timeline of Kate's life. Prognosis According to (he Roman Catholic Church, Kale's recovery is a miracle: a divine act with no scientific expla- nation. But Kate considers her role no more than a bit part in the story of Mother Marianne, the Franciscan leader who ministered to leprosy pa- tients in the 19th century. This is the first time Kate's role in the story of Mother Marianne has been revealed publicly. It is also the first time Kate has been willing to tell that story from her own point of view. "There's nothing miraculous about said Kate, now 27. "I'm just the vehicle. 1 have no special power or authority. I have nothing but grati- tude." KATE'S, PAGE A-l 6 Intercession Definition The story so far Mother Marianne Cope, former leader of the Franciscan women's religious community based in Syracuse, was beatified May 14 in Rome. The Catholic Church has recognized the woman, now known as Blessed Mother Marianne, for heroic virtues and says a miracle the inexplicable recovery of a 14-year-old girl occurred after prayers to Mother Marianne asking for her intercession with God. Beatification is the second of three steps toward sainthood. Today, the Syracuse woman who recovered from multiple organ failure tells her story publicly for the first time. Kate Mahoney's chance Other cures of survival was less than attributed to 4 percent, said a doctor intercession who treated her. with God. Page A-16 Online What is a The Post-Standard's Renee K. Gadoua miracle? and Stephen D. Cannerelli traveled to Hawaii and Rome to cover this story. See the full report and a photo gallery at Study: Syracuse senior citizens 2nd in hypertension drug use By James T. Mulder Staff .writer Chalk it up to the weather, aggressive doctors or people spending too much time sit- ting on their duffs. Whatever the reason, older Syracusans are reaching for high-blood pressure medica- tion more frequently than senior citizens in most other major U.S. cities, according to a research firm that tracks consumer shopping patterns. An analysis by Scarbo- rough Research shows Syra- cuse is the second-hottest U.S. market for high-blood pressure drug purchases by people over 65 on Medicare, the federal health insurance program. Sixty-two percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Syracuse, compared with 52 percent nationwide, bought that type of medicine in the past year, according to Scar- borough. Scarborough surveyed the top 75 U.S. markets. The only city to surpass Syracuse was Lexington, Ky., where 64 percent of Medicare bene- ficiaries bought high-blood pressure drugs. The slowest market was El Paso, Texas, where only 34 percent purchased it. The analysis was based on a random national survey of adults. Nearly one in three U.S. adults has high blood pres- sure, according to the Ameri- can Heart Association. Un- controlled high blood MEDICARE, rAGEA-11 Oswego port: few ships, lots of state aid State taxpayers spend millions on iacility that most years gets handful of ships. By Dclcn Goldberg Staff writer The Port of Oswego is a rarely used, debt-ridden facility that has floated for years on financial help provided by New York tax- payers. In 2006, the slate will pour million into a new round of ren- ovations at the port, despite doubts that the outlook will get any better soon. The port was conceived as an engine of economic develop- ment, though that boost has been measured in small increments: One ship arrived in 2002, five ships in 2003, three in 2004. "We frankly don't have peo- ple knocking at our Exec- utive Director Thomas McAus- lan said. By recent standards, 2005 has been a good year: The port lost just under a quarter of a million dollars its smallest loss since 2001. Through this weekend, it handled 17 ships with one more due this month. That's more ships than it handled in the previous four years combined. The port made the minimum payment this year on its COMPETITION, PAGE A-l 8 State aid State taxpayers funnel money into the Port of Oswego every year, while the port continues to owe millions on its debt to the state. Money owed to state 2001 2002 2003 2004 gBSISlSHa 2005 The port's debt to the state dates back to the 1950s and has never been paid off. The state no longer gives loans to the port. From 2002 through 2004, the port deferred pay- ments on its state loans, cit- ing "extraordinary financial conditions." This spring, the port authority made a payment to the state its first debt payment in more than three years. State grants Here's how much the state government has given the Port of Oswego Authority. money is used for build- ing and grounds improve-. ments and is not counted in the debt owed to the state. 2001 EH 200? g 2003 fflSlKiiSi 2004 2005 i The Post-Standard INSIDE Report: Port could be a boom for area How many ships use the port each year How much money the port loses Windmill shipments put people to work PAGE A-18   

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