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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 10, 2005 FINAL EDITION A GOOD MORNING IN THE CLEAR An area of moist air will stay to the south and east of Central New York today, keep- ing most of the showers and thunderstorms out of the area. Some thundershowers could pop up Thursday morning. Complete forecast, D-6 Agents say Grandma's 'cookies' were crack HIGH: 91 LOW: 67 6 C Posse' SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS Tubman tribute slated in Ghana Borrowing money just got more expensive The Fed pushed borrowing costs to their highest point in nearly four years Tuesday. NASCAR driver Busch shifts gears, leaves Roush Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch has signed a contract with Penske Racing South and asked to be released from his contract with Roush Racing. SPORTS, PAGE D-l First Time for Everything: Boy, 10, rides horse In the second installment of an occasional series, Xavier Brunner, who is paraplegic, de- clared he was a cowboy at ARISE at the Farm. LOCAL, PAGE M Shuttle crew safely home, future flights in question NASA Administrator Mi- chael Griffin said the agency hoped to return to space this year, "but we're not going to go until we're ready to go." STORY, PAGE A-S Video threatens U.S., appeals for recruits A purported al-Qaida video shows militants in Afghanistan preparing to attack U.S. troops. STORY, PAGE A-7 Tennessee inmate escapes as wife guns down guard Jennifer Hyatte killed a guard escorting her husband Tuesday outside a courthouse. STORY, PAGE A-T 2 U.S. soldier, 22 Iraqis killed in attacks A suicide bomb aimed at a U.S. military convoy tore through Baghdad Tuesday. STORY, PAGE A-6 facility proposed for transferring cargo A couple wants to build a center in Manlius to move cargo containers from trains to trucks. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 Two types of skin cancer tripling in young people The incidence of two forms of skin cancer has tripled among people younger than 40, re- searchers say. STORY, PAGE A-3 Corrections Syracuse Shakespeare Family Health Plus income Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By John O'Brien Staff writer Grandma had a special cookie recipe, according to federal agents. Investigators caught 77-year- old Nancy "Grandma" Booth arrested Tuesday on charges of running a massive crack cocaine- trafficking ring in the Rome and Utica areas for the past two years. One defendant is from Syracuse, two are from Canasto- in Madison County and the repeatedly in wiretapped phone rest from Oneida County, calls making crack cocaine sales Booth appeared in court Tues- day afternoon wearing bright from her Utica home, according to the FBI. Booth was among 26 people afternoon wearing pink slippers and a multicolored housecoat and walking gingerly The 1st Grandma, Peaches, Bo Peep and with a cane. She and the other defendants were in court for their initial court appearance be- fore U.S. Magistrate George Lowe. In the wiretapped calls, Booth refers to eight-balls, or eight- ounce chunks of crack, as according to a feder- al prosecutor. In a wiretapped call on June 17, "Grandma asked Ian to bring a cookie to her house for her according to an affi- davit from FBI Special Agent Anthony "Ian told Grandma he was five minutes Fitzgerald DEA.PAGEA-4 BIG WHEELS AT EMPIRE FARM DAYS Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer STEVEN DeWALL, of Port Byron, carries his son, Steven Jr., 2, as they check out a Claas Jaguar Speedstar at the Empire Farm Days on Route 414 in Seneca Falls. The German-made machine chops and forages corn and hay. Empire Farm Days, the larg- est agricultural event of its kind in the Northeast, continues today and Thursday. CNY hospitals to act earlier to prevent deaths They join nationwide campaign to cut hospital deaths with intervention. By James T. Mulder Staff writer Instead of waiting until pa- dents are at death's door, St. Jo- seph's Hospital Health Center is hustling to save their lives at the first sign of a decline in their condition. Three months ago, the hospi- tal established a team of nurses and doctors available around the clock to quickly intervene when patients experience breathing problems, a spike in blood pres- sure or other symptoms that might be warning signs of cardi- ac arrest or some other fatal medical emergency. Studies show only 17 percent of patients who have a cardiac arrest in a hospital survive. The goal is to halt a patient's downward spiral and avoid the need for an emergency "cart call" or "code blue" to resusci- tate them. Claire Aloan, manager of res- piratory care at St. Joe's, said the new rapid response team has al- ready saved lives. "We have had several patients where it's clear if someone hadn't intervened, they would have gone on to she said. Creating rapid response teams is one of six steps being taken by hospitals nationwide as part OJ the "Campaign to Save Lives. The campaign was launched in December by Donald Ber- wick, a nationally renowned health-care quality guru who heads the Institute for Healthcare NEW, PAGE A-4 Two great-grondnieces of famed Underground Railroad conductor to fly to Africa. By Beth Beer Cuddy Staff writer Two descendants of Harriet Tubman will fly to Aburi, Ghana, on Friday to attend a street-naming ceremony in Tub- man's honor. Sisters Pauline Copes John- son, of Auburn, and Geraldine Daniels, of Rochester, are at- tending at the invitation of An- cestral Promotions in Brooklyn and the Afrikan Poetry Theatre in Jamaica, N.Y., which are pay- ing their way from New York City to West Africa. The sisters, great-grandnieces of Tubman, will participate in a weeklong itinerary of events honoring the famed Under- ground Railroad conductor, which include a statue dedicat- ion and visits to cultural centers and museums. Aubumian Art Wenzel, who nas served as master of ceremo- nies for numerous local benefits, has helped raise more than to cover other traveling expenses. Johnson had asked Wenzel for his help. "Being on Social Security, it doesn't pay you very said Johnson, 77. Wenzel said a number of com- munity members have come for- ward to support Johnson, and a special presentation will be given in her honor at 9 a.m. Thursday during the weekly City Council meeting at City Hall. The support includes two round-trip plane tickets from Rochester to New York City provided by Deanna Taylor of Auburn Travel, Wenzel said. Wenzel said Tubman, who lived more than 50 years in Au- burn until her death in 1913, is considered a queen in Ghana. "Ironically, we can't get a street named after Harriet said. This will be the first time the sisters have visited the country oelieved by many, including Tubman's relatives, to be the homeland of Modesty, Tub- man's maternal grandmother. "She was stolen from Ghana and forced into slavery over Johnson said. TUBMAN, PAGE A-4 Johnson Daniels Young CNY Catholics begin sacred trip Index Business..... Bridge Classified... Comic___ CNY_____ Crossword Edrtoriak... Utters __ Local news tottery._ ..C-1 G-14 .....E-1 ._. E-8 E-1 __E-8 ...A-10 Movies______E-4 New York.........A-8 Obituaries........B-4 Readers'Pg. A-ll Sports______D-l Stocks______C-3 Sudoku_____E-9 Technology __ H Television____E-7 Weather____D-6 By Lindsay Byrnes Contributing writer More than 80 Roman Catho- lics from Central New York will embark on a spiritual journey this week. They'll explore Europe, wor- ship God and meet young people from across the world at this year's World Youth Day cele- brations in Cologne, Germany. They are arriving early to ex- plore Germany before World Youth Day celebrations Tuesday through Aug. 21. "I'm going to find out how it A-2 THE POST-STANDARD can help my faith and spirituali- said Jessica Henson, 16, of North Syracuse. This year's World Youth Day is the first for Pope Benedict XVI, and it occurs in his home- land. He'll be seen for the first time at World Youth Day cele- brations Aug. 18. Pope John Paul II initiated World Youth Day in 1985, according to the Vatican Web site. It has been held every year since, and this year is expected to draw people. Large World Youth Day celebrations KEYBOARD KIDS Are computers good for ToSers? TECHNOLOGY, PAGEF-1 WHAT THEY'RE SAYING We asked Central New Yorkers who are attending World Youth Day about why it was important to attend. want to gain more faith... and to learn more about the Catholics' mission in life." "That many people coming together to unite for one cause is pretty spiritual and moving." David Schaefer, 16, of Cicero like the one this year occur about every two years; smaller events take place in individual dioceses around the world in the other years. Several groups are attending this year from Central New York, including 31 people from local churches. 17 from Syracuse University and the State Univer- Barbara Scaia, 23, of Camillas sity College of Environmental Science and Forestry and 41 from Cortland County and the Southern Tier. Heidi Buda, of Mexico, Os- wego County, will travel and worship with a group from local churches for her third World Youth Day. Buda was born in Traunstein. hope to come back with a whole new spirituality and look on life." Chris Seibt, 20, of Syracuse HAIRY PLAYERS SUfoorbofl's longhair, dreadkcks GYMNASTIC DYNAMO FrYVsPoul Rugger! at Visa QrafflpMnshps SPORTS, PAGE 0-1 Germany, the hometown of Pope Benedict XVI. She said she sees this journey as a way to give the young people she's traveling with a world view, not just a Catholic view. "I am hoping I can give something to the young people." she said. CATHOUCPAGSW WHAT'S TAUIQUAN? THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE E-10 ;