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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard O 2005 Ttw Post-sundjid Affiliated with TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING BLUSTERY A strong storm will blow rain into most areas today, but chilly temper- atures could mean several inches of snow covering higher-eleva- tion areas. Some wet snow could be seen elsewhere to- night. Complete forecast, D-6 HIGH: 47 LOW: 36 'Anybody could be turned. You can trust no one.' How Fort Drum's soldiers hold Baghdad's front lines Wilma sweeps across Fla. leaves at least 6 dead Hurricane Wilma hit Florida at daybreak Monday and quickly swept across Florida with winds up to 125 mph. It left at least six people dead and a third of the state without power. MORE, PAGE A-16 A fire in Pompey destroys a 180-year-old home A fire Monday destroyed a 180-year-old home on Sweet Road in Pompey. Firefighters fought the fire from shortly after 4 p.m. until just after 8 p.m. lOOl, PAGE B-l Bush picks his economic council chief for Fed choir President Bush chose Ben Bernanke Monday to head the Federal Reserve when Alan Greenspan retires in January. Bernanke, 51, is an Ivy League economist who is Bush's economic council chairman. More U.S. troops, medics go to aid quake victims Trucks carrying more than 100 American soldiers and the U.S. Army's only remaining MASH unit arrived in Pakistan to help the injured. STORY, PAW A-S No high-def World Series for CNY coble customers If you are a cable TV cus- tomer and want to watch the World Series in high-definition, you are out of luck. The high- definition signal is only avail- able over the air. Staff writer William LaRue explains why and offers tips on what you would need to get the signal. SPORTS, PAGE D-4 SkyChief s name manager with a winning record Syracuse SkyChiefs have a new manager, Mike Basso, who in nine years as a minor league manager has guided his team to six playoff appearances, three' championship series and one league title. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 Corrections Car and license plate Syracuse police are looking Valley neighborhood Pop Warner cheerleading Last show of Theatre '90's "The Sound of Music' Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By Hart Seely Staff writer Over the wall, they hear it in the distance, the solemn grinding of human voices. It comes five times a day: The Muslim call to prayer. In the place beyond the wall. "The outside world, it's to the north, said Josh Champi- on, 24, of Chenova, JJl., motion- ing to the giant concrete barrier that separates two sides of the war in Iraq. "That's the real world." Every day, Champion a corporal with the Army's 10th Mountain Division mans the gate of Camp Liberty, waiting to inspect every car, truck and mo- torcycle that enters the sprawling military base on the outskirts of Baghdad. In an average day, about 100 vehicles will come his way. Each will have passed an outer checkpoint, where sentries will have taken a preliminary look. Champion said he has confi- dence that the first perimeter has done its job. But this is the reality check. This is the car body search. This is where a terrorist would know no other recourse than to push the button. And this is where the nerves jangle, because each day brings a fine line between tedi- um and potential disaster. "Sometimes, you'll see a guy, and you'll just get a funny feel- said Sgt. First Class Ga- briel C. Vasquez, 34, of Stam- ford, Ct. "You'll say, 'Let's check this one at the front, in- stead of going through the pro- cess here.' Sometimes, 'GEARS, PAGE A-10 On Find staff writer Hart Seely's blog, photo galleries from Li-Hua Lan and more online at: Inside: The scene in Developments: Attackers bomb hotel that houses CNY IS HELPING GHANA FIGHT FLESH-EATING DISEASE Index Business.... Bridge........ Classified.. Comic....... CNY............ Puzzles..... Dick Case... Editorials.. Kid's Page Letters ..C-l .G-9 .6-1 E-1 .....B-l .A-14 G-10 .A-15 Local news.. Lottery......... Movies......... New York.... Obituaries... Schools........ Sports.......... Stocks Sudoku Television... B-l A-2 .....E-3 A-12 B-4 B-6 D-1 C-3 E-7 .....E-5 THE POST-STANDARD Michelle Gabel Staff photographer THE ROMAN Catholic Diocese of Syractlse plans to send medical supplies to St. Martin's Catholic Hospital in Ghana to help buruli patients like Emmanuel Amadu, 29, a farmer whose leg was infected and amputated. Read more about Amadu's battle with buruli at It takes buruli patients at least six months to recover. Drops of water, gallons of misery By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Agroyesum, GHANA y the time Mary Nsiah Boamah, 29, found out what the bumps on her 3-year-old son's hand meant, it was too late. She noticed them in December. It took three months, five hospitals and near- ly a year's income for the plantain farmer to find a doctor who recognized the symptoms of buruli ulcer. Buruli Boamah had never heard of the flesh-eating disease. She never suspected it might lurk in the river where she .gathered water and washed her only child, or that they would end up in Agroyesum, at St. Martin's Catholic Hospital, having his hand amputated. "The child never asks what's wrong, just looks at his hand and doesn't Boamah said in her Ghanaian language, Twi. St. Martin's became a national buruli treat- ment center after witnessing Ghana's first out- break a decade ago. The village hospital at the end of a dirt jungle road attracted support from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Syracuse. In January, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse plans to begin sending medical supplies to help buruli patients at St. Martin's. Doctors don't know much about buruli. There's no known cause, although they sus- pect standing water. Buruli is not contagious and rarely fatal, but there's no cure or vaccine. A symptom of lacking hygiene, health care and clean water in developing countries, buru- li has spread to more than 27 nations with more than cases reported last year. About a sixth of those infections were in NO CURE, PAGE A-6 BOUND TO GHANA This is the second of five stories about Central New York's connec- tions to Ghana, a West African nation notable for its role in the slave trade to America and for its leadership in African indepen- dence. Reporter Molly Hennessy- Fiske and photographer Michelle Gabel's stories will appear each Tuesday for the next three weeks in The Post-Standard. Go to specialreports if you missed the first installment of the series. Follow the series and find additional photos, audio files, blogs, links and more at INSIDE FEAR OF WEIGHT TRAINING How to get over it, CNY. PAGE SNOW Bring it on, writes F-M junior. VOICES, PAGE B-6 REESE'S SECRETS Get the candy scoop. CNY, PAGE E-1 COMING WEDNESDAY Local marching bant can't wait. SPECIAL SECTION Parks Rosa Parks Dead At 92 Her refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped inspire the civil rights movement. The Associated Press Detroit Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man helped spark the modern civil rights move- ment, died Monday. She was 92. She died at her home of natural causes, said Karen Morgan, a spokeswoman for Rep. John Conyers, D- Mich. Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title "mother of the civil rights movement." At that time, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separa- tion of the races in buses, restau- rants and public accommoda- tions throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North. The Montgomery, Ala., seam- stress, an active member of the local chapter of the National As- sociation for the Advancement of Colored People, was riding on a city bus Dec. I, 1955, when a PARKS, PAGE A-4 IN SYRACUSE: Rosa Parks spoke at SU in ALSO: Politicians, other lead- ers remember Storm with heavy snow, rain aims for Upstate In Central New York, higher elevations could see several inches of snow by morning. By Mark Weiner Staff writer A powerful early season storm was expected to slam into the Northeast today and dump up to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow on Central New York's higher ele- vations by Wednesday morning. Syracuse and lower elevations will likely be soaked with heavy rain and high wind gusts from a Nor'caster that will gain strength from Hurricane Wilma, the Na- tional Weather Service said. Meteorologists warned the storm has the potential to bring damaging, wet snow to higher elevations, especially those above feet. The snow, combined with high winds, could topple trees still weighed down by their leaves and cause power failures. Lower elevations such as Syr- acuse could also pick up a few inches of snow by Wednesday morning, meteorologists said. The highest wind gusts up to 30 mph will sweep across the hilltops as a rare combination of three powerful storms merge into what some meteorologists called a "super storm." AccuWeather, a private fore- casting company based in State College, Pa., said Hurricane ;