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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 2005, Syracuse, New York WHO'S AT STATES? Thirty wrestlers from Section 3 shoot for state titles. Also: Previews of state swimming and track. SPORTS, Pages D-7 275- ss cass class d Ker.r.em (Cajr.onich ROUND THE WORLD One man, one plane, one record. STORY, Page A-2 THE COLLECTION Each Friday and Saturday, check out the full-page photo report on a Syracuse University baskeibai! player Today: Saturday: Sarah Wegrzynowlcz 1 iThe Post-Standan atea v. :n FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2005 PINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS A LITTLE LESS o o 0 o r V, A parch of warm- e" :iir in the upper atmosphere should provide a break from fre- quent and y snow show- ers. There will be a few flur- ries bui even those won't be present Saturday. Complete forecast D-12 HIGH: 32 LOW: 18 experts: GiJ price will increase pump prices Oil prices briefly surpassed S55 a barrel Thursday and set- tled at their highest level since late October, causing analysts to predict pump prices to rise in the weeks ahead. tUSINESS.PAGEC-l Martha Stewart gets out after 147 days in prison Martha Stewart Inmate 55170-054 was released early today from federal prison ia Al- derson. W.Va. She boarded a private jet at about a.m. todaj heading for New York City" Next stop: five months under house arrest at her million estate in Bedford in Westchester County State replacing gas masks it bought for million Right after Sept. 1 1. 2001. New York state spent SI million on gas masks for state police. Only problem was that the masks fail to meet federal guide- lines for use against terrorists" poisons or even tear gas. Now the state is spending SI. 6 million to replace them. STORY, A-8 Study: 4 million babies could easily be saved Each year 4 million babies around the world die in the first month of life. More than half the deaths could be avoided with simple measures such as cutting umbilical cords with sterile blades, prescribing antibiotics for pneumonia and keeping new- borns warm. STORY, PAGE A-6 The Shadow Box' runs through March 19 Appleseend Productions presented "The Shadow Box" Thursday night at Atonement Stage. Corrections Arts and Cultural Partners Student Learning 2004 Liberty League ii Heart Ball No Name Motley Crue ticket Syracuse Rim and Video Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn a! 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. questions? tones Index C-l M fcirTdt _ CMK _ M font M Swts _ 0-1 Stefe _ C-3 Lmiswrs 1-1 t-5 S 05 MroST-SUNMtt I East YMCA Bursting, u s tou Plans Expansion in Iraq By Tom Raum Tre Assocatea Press Or chotog-oDher TRACEY FISHKIN (far of Manlius, uses the elliptical machine Thursday at the East Area Family YMCA. She said she sometimes has to wait for a treadmill, but the wait isn't long. Site already among top three in nation, official says By Mike Fish Staff witer The seven-month-old East Area Fami- ly YMCA. which is attracting members at a stunning rate, is now planning a Si million expansion for more workout space. The two-story expansion will provide about square feet to help alleviate me peak-hour crunch at the free weights and cardiovascular exercise machines in On the Web: the health and fitness center. Membership numbers are going through the roof. The branch now has 18.659 members. A marketing study originally predicted the branch would have about members in 18 months. In reality, the facility hit that number in BY THE NUMBERS about six weeks. "We've grown so quickly so said Hal Welsh, executive director of the Greater Syracuse YMCA. "It's taken us by surprise." YMCA USA does not track member- ship enrollments at branches, but the East Area Family YMCA likely ranks among the top three in the nation, said YMCA USA spokesman Arnie Collins. GROWTH, PAGE A-l 2 The number of members projected to be enrolled at the East Area Family YMCA within 18 months of its opening. The number of members as of Thursday afternoon, less than 7'A months after the opening. The size in square feet of the million East Y more recreation area than any YMCA in Upstate New York. The area to be added beginning this spring, at a cost of million. Greenspan: Let's tax both earnings, purchases By Kevin G. Hall Knight Ridder News Services Washington Federal Re- serve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that the nation should create a "hy- brid" tax system that taxes not only income but also personal consumption, as in a national sales tax. Testifying before President Bush's Advisory Panel on Fed- eral Tax Reform, Greenspan heartily endorsed Bush's call to simplify the tax code. He said the coming retirement of the baby boom generation and the strain that will place on the fed- eral budget make changing the tax system an urgent priority. "Many economists believe that a consumption tax would be best from the perspective of promoting economic growth particularly if you were design- ing a tax system from scratch because a consumption tax is likely to encourage saving and capital Greenspan said. Neither Greenspan nor mem- bers of the advisory panel dis- cussed specific taxes on con- sumption. But one long-studied option would be a national sales tax on retail purchases, which could be levied on everything from food, drink and movie-the- ater tickets to cars. Another option is a so-called Value-Added" Tax or VAT to re- place the corporate income tax. Instead of taxing gross profits, as Washington Two Ameri- can soldiers died in Baghdad of injuries from a roadside bomb and another killed in Babil province south of Baghdad, the military said on Thursday. That brought to 1.502 the number of U.S. troops who died since President Bush launched the in- vasion in March 2003. according to an AP count. There are other milestones, other important numbers, some reached, some soon to be, as the conflict in Iraq nears its third year. Roughh 60.000 National Guard and Reserve troops are deploj. Iraq. As of Wednes- day. 300 had died there since the war began, will be the second anniversary of Bush's "mission accomplished" aircraft carrier speech in which he announced an end to major combat opera- tions. The price tag is over billion and climbing, in- cluding SSI.9billion more just requested from Congress. The money also coiers operations in Afghanistan and the broader war on terror, but the bulk is for Iraq. When Lawrence then chairman of Bush's National Economic Council, predicted in September 2002 that the cost of war with Iraq could range from SI00 billion to S200 billion, the White House openly contra- dicted him and said the figure was far too high. He eased out in a shake-up of Bush's eco- nomic team. InCNY Syracuse University Thursday opened an exhibit featuring nearly portraits of U.S. soldiers who died in iraq. The exhibit's 5-inch by 7-inch portraits were done by students, faculty and staff from SU and the College of Marin in California. The paintings eventually will be given to the families of the soldiers. What: "To Never Forget: Faces of the Faiien." Where: First fioor, Shaffer Art Buiiding, Syracuse University. When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Runs through April 1. Information: 3 or exhibrts.cftn. In Camden, you could pay all your bills with this rare stamp Bv Sapna KollaJi Staff writer Talk about splurging. Don Sundman went on a shopping spree in New York Gty 3ast njoslii as-d spent S3 million on stamps. as. 01 corner from lie 5oca5 McDrr.- ald's. where the Mysac Stamp Co. employs 125 people in a mail-order operation that sells to 300 THE 1M7 ONE-CENT Z GMU stamp is worth more than SZ5 million- For more on the Mystic Stamp Co, of Cwnden, with an oniine catalog a took at the Jenny Invert, the world's most famous error stamp, see stamp auction :o beneffi fee Sxmlhsonian Institoti-f tkna] Posial Musenni Jr. inrton. D.C Bat then, OeBt of one ]arf ea retailers in the world. Sandman spends aboot SID HIIJJXMI a year on stamps including, in 3998. the purchase of the rarest stamp h: America. And where, exactly, is this in- tenustkinai hob of philately It's in the small Oneida Coon- tv of Caroder.. arocnd die "Don is one of the largest- most successful dealers just in the United Sates, bat in the said Wiison Huime. tu- T2lcr of philately for Poaal Museum. At a aoctioa. Holme said of Mystic's recent jTurciases. "for a major deajer. S3 minion is noi lhat creation of a stamp: ibe 3 ore-cent 2. GriJi. ifae rarest and nost valuable Ameri- can stamp. Purchased by San- dman in 399S. the stamp is val- ued zl Jha-i 52.3 million. Cteiv tao copras exist, the other 25 zl New York Public Li- 5C. said tie stccies behind fte stamps are part of what makes coikctrng fun. "The history is very erdi- ins." he said. "I've aiways been interested in history." In fact, an entire luiiway at Mvsoc is Jeroted to the historv voa se33 them. yea don't know if Ton're somj so ga them back." Sanfcian sad don't think I'll Se23 OiK." He oir.e donated ;o she 195-i ar.d 197S. pirated with iSs sosi of a Ccrtiss-Jenny air- The cetzpaaty carrealJy lists coe 59iSJennj In- vest for saJe 02 si> Web site. The siena described as jmosed with ilasri. nss a porchase Trice ihe retail price of the new ict ie said each set is woiui