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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 16, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE. N.Y. GOOD MORNING CLOUDY MINUS OHi If it's cloudy and snowing, it must be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Forecasters say the sun might give us a wink By Thursday, the prognosticators are putting the word "very" in front of cold. Complete___________________ fbS5f' HIGH: 23 LOW: 14 SAY! WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Corrections The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birth Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NewS TWfrW-STANOAM) CNY collecting items for tsunami survivors Fife 2003 FORMER SU basketball star Carmelo Anthony is in a homemade DVD in which threats are made against those who cooperate with police. He says he was unaware a DVD was being shot. NO 'SNITCHING' Street gangs have taken up the Mafia tradition of threatening witnesses who may testify against their members. STORIES, PAGE A-18 ORANGE HANGS ON The SU men's basketball team lets a 14-point lead slip away but still defeats Providence 75-71. Also: The Pittsburgh Steelers win an NFL playoff battle with the New York Jets, 20-17, in overtime. STORIES, PAGE D-1 ISABEL IN ANTARCTICA Columnist Isabel Wolseley Torrey takes us on a voyage to the seventh continent. Plus: Test your knowledge of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. CNY, PAGE H-1 65 NEW RIDES Detroit auto show rolls them out. AUTO, PAGE G-1 COLLEGE SAVINGS Be careful whose name is on the account. PERSONAL FINANCE, PAGE E-5 RISING STAR From "That '70s Show" to the big screen, actor Topher Grace, 26, is a hot commodity. Plus: CNY students' works win scholastic art awards. STARS Residents asked to til gafcR- sheplwtk bags with heahH, persoMi hyojioM By Frank tfneaaay Staff writer Church World Service is wag- ing a campaign to urge school children, churchgoers, families and just about anyone else in Central New York to make small supply kits to be sent to tsunami survivors in south Asia. The goal is to have thousands giene items such as wash cloths and hand towels, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste made locally at kitchen tables, community centers and other gathering places. The campaign provides Central New Yorkers with a small, but tangible way to play a direct role in the tsunami relief effort. Kofnm offhrf was uiciuv lauiiciieu dren were bringing kits to Fair- mount Nursery School at the Fairmount Community Church and a Camillus grandmother ral- lied 13 family members to assem- ble 40 kits. "There's a lot of said Sue Doring, coordinator at the of Cayuga-Seneca. which is serving as a hub for the campaign. ifae Post-Standard is one 01 uie drop-off sites for kits and is a sponsor of the collection effort. When disaster strikes, relief agencies are usually unanimous REQUEST, PAGE A-14 What to put in the health kits and where to drop them raising and collect- ing money in Cen- tral New For some survi- vors, only faith can help them Van Duyn in Crisis; No Easy Cure in Sight Gary Walts Staff photographer MARGBE MASON, a certified nurse assistant at Van Duyn Home Hospital, helps a resident at the nursing home eat on Friday. The Onondaga County-owned nursing home, faced with growing multimillion-dollar losses, is looking into cutting costs by outsourcing food service. The facility is home to nearly 500 people. Medicaid down, pensions up, county struggles s Soldier gets 10 years for abuse He tells court he was ordered j by intelligence agents to i abuse prisoners. The Associated Press i Fort Hood, Texas Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr. was sen- tenced to 10 years behind bars Saturday for physically and sex- i ually mistreating Iraqis in the first coun-maniai stemming I from the Abu Ghraib prison I scandal, an embarrassment to the U.S. military fueled by the re- i lease of graphic photographs. Asked if he felt remorse after the sentence was handed down, Graner said. "There's a war on. I Bad things happen." I Graner, labeled the leader of a band of rogue guards at the Baghdad prison in late 2003, will be dishonorably discharged when his sentence is completed. He also was demoted to private and ordered to forfeit all pay and benefits. Graner did not testify during his trial, but during the sentenc- ing phase Saturday he took the witness stand to repeat the de- fense claim the jury clearly re- jected: that he had been ordered by intelligence ageats at Abu Ghraib to abuse the prisoners to make them easier to interrogate. A day after convicting him, the jury of four Army officers and six senior enlisted men de- liberated about two hours to de- By Elizabeth Doran Staff writer The future of Van Duyn Home Hospital is in jeopardy as the nursing home faces a crippling fin- ancial crisis with no apparent relief in sight. The county-owned nursing home has been he- morrhagmg money since 2002, when it lost S2.3 million- It has lost money each year since, and of- ficials project a million deficit this year and a nearly 10 million shortfall in 2006. Adding to the crisis, the nursing home's re- serves will be gone by year's end, meaning county taxpayers may be forced to start subsidizing Van Duyn next year. "In four years we're going to eat up the re- serves that took us 12 years to said Dale I. Parsons, commissioner for the Department of Long Term Care Services at Van Duyn. He said that at the end of 2001, the home had reserves of million and that it will have virtually none after this year's bills are paid. COUNTY, PAMA-12 Van Duyn in crisis Van Duyn Home Hospital, Onondaga County's taxpayer-supported long-term care facility, last made a profit in 2000. It lost about million in 2004, and is projected to lose million this year and million in 2006. Here's a closer look at Van Duyn's financial woes. IN MILLIONS _______________________________________________ Expenses 32 terrmne Gra -IIVA d OC 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004' 2005! 20063 (1) Preliminary (2) Budgeted (3) Projected Source: Van Duyn Home Hospital The Post-Standard could have received 15 years. Graner. a 36-year-old reservist from Unionfown, Pa., who had been free prior to trial, was taken into custody after the sentence was read. He gave his mother, Irma, a big hug and his father, Charles Sr., a firm handshake before the jury foreman read the sentence. "He's scared to Irma Graner said later. Graner was accused of stack- ing naked prisoners in a human pyramid and later ordering them to masturbate while other sol- diers took photographs. Under military court rules, Graner s case will be automat- j ically appealed to the Army i Court of Criminal Appeals. He also could request clemency. 1 More on ....G-1 New Business Classified.. M Obituaries F-1 Real Estate. _.H-1 Sports __H _____ D-1 Editorials.. Loco! ____ C-2 Weddings... ______ 1-1 World ____ IV H-5 A At the sea, family and Mends say a last goodbye to Dee Abort the series for nearly two years, Post- Standard reporter Janet Gramza and photographer Michelle Gabel chronicled DM Barney's struggle with cancer and the faith that helped her meet the challenge, Barney died Jan. This article tells the story of Barney's final goodbye. The full series, cat Win God's Basket, is By Janet Gramza Contributing writer On Dee Barney's 43rd birthday, 23 people who loved her met at a beach in Florida and walked out on a long pier over the Atlantic Ocean. Dee's husband, Neil, and sons, Cassidy, 11, and Gra- ham. 8. dressed for the occa- sion in rainbow tie-dye T- shirts the boys made at Camp Rainbow of Hope, an Oswego camp for bereaved children. Neil held a clipboard and his dad, Neil Sr., carried a green Nylon bag containing a clay pot of Dee's ashes. Halfway down the pier, Neil .1----4 around. Neil gaveabrief eu- logy and led a chorus of "Happy Birthday" to Dee. Then he helped the boys scoop out handfuls of their mother's ashes and release them over the railing to the waves below. This was Dee Barney's funeral, held days after her death three years ago Monday. It also was a Flan loved, because a bunch of people traveled thousands of miles to observe it together. Three years before, Dee had celebrated her 40th and last birthday with a fancy party at an Oswego banquet hall, so sick from an aggres- sive form of breast cancer Michefe Gabel Staff photographer NEIL BARNEY and his sons, Graham (right) and Cassidy, at the beach in Daytona, Fla., where they had cast Dee Barney's ashes ;