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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 30, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyracuM.com SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING SOME SUN, SOME CLOUDS The temperature may climb all the way up to the freezing point today, or it may fall a few degrees short. Monday Foil Inori Ifntoo IIUUIIUIO I Ullf II VU1U0 TT PVnHsiQw Ktast Inllv: twrv millinrK to HIGH: 30 LOW: 6 Complete forecast, D-12 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER By Hamza Hendawi The Associated Press Baghdad Iraqis voted today in their country's first free election in a half- century, defying threats of violence from insurgents determined to sabotage the bal- loting. As he cast his vote, President Ghazi al-Yawer called it Iraq's first step 'toward joining the free Before votins mortar fire boomed across Baghdad and the world awaited the results of an event that will echo from militant Islamic Web sites in the Mideast to the halls of the White House. Insurgents fired a rocket into the U.S. Embassy in downtown Baghdad late Saturday, killing two Americans. Al-Yawer was among the first to cast his ballot, voting alongside his wife at hcsdcjimrtcTS in the herr.ilv forti- fied Green Zone in central Baghdad. As poll workers watched, he marked two bal- lots and dropped them into boxes, and then walked away with an Iraqi flag given to him by a poll worker. "I'm very proud and happy this morn- al-Yawer told reporters. ''I congrat- ulate all the Iraqi people and call them to vote for Iraq." The election is a major test of President Bush's of promoting democracy in the Middle East. If successful, it also could hasten the day when the United IRAQIS, PAGE A-4 INSIDE on how the election Iraqis have lots to be proud of. but what happens after the election will tell the real C-1 One National Guard unit's For the latest on the election, go to www.syracuse.com Dennis Nett Staff photographer GERRY McNAMARA directs traffic dur- ing the SU-Pittsburgh game Saturday. i SU FALLS TO PITT Pittsburgh rallied Saturday to defeat Syracuse University's men's basketball team, 76-69. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 SLOW RECOVERY After tsunami, some aspects of life return to normal. STORY, PAGE A-10 PARENTS ON CAMPUS CNY colleges help parents when kids go off to school. CNY, PAGE H-1 TAX-FREE WEEK Clothing under SI 10 not taxed Monday through Sunday. BUSINESS, PAGE E-1 rwnu How three actresses got buff. CNY, PAGE H-4 EXECUTION DELAYED Man who first killed in Ithaca set to die Monday night. NEW YORK, PAGE A-18 DEAN FAVORED FOR DNC Seven vie for national chairmanship. STORY, PAGE A-12 FEW FEMALE RAPPERS Hip-hop has little room for women these days. STARS YO-YO MA Cellist keeps a global outlook through his music. PARADE Index Auto _________________________ G-l Real Estate _______________ 1-1 Business M Sports D-1 Dick Case _________________ B-l State A-tt Classified F-l Washington A-12, 13 CNY _______________ H-1 Weddings ___________ H-5 Editorials ___________ C-2 WWeek Local _______________ B-l Parade Stars Corrections Chefs night at Sacred Heart Parish V_C1UC1 ill 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 MWM HHMMNIIHMM BI96404T31047li For home delivery. it 470-6397 STOPS OM THE ROAD TO In recognition of Black History Month, The Post-Standard will publish a story every day in February about sites in Central New York that were significant to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement. Today: Researchers are beginning to work to preserve sites on the Underground Railroad after years cf neglect Time runs out on hotel deal Monday I Onondaga County Legislature chain Deal won't happen. City, county still talking. By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer I Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Dale Sweetland said he feels it in his gut: The deal for a new convention center hotei in downtown Syracuse is dead. "I just know Sweetland said Saturday. But the other thing his gut is telling him is that even if this hotel deal fails, there will be a new convention center hotel next to the Oncenter. "'It's not the end of the world. If this deal doesn't work, we'll still have a Sweetland said. He said the county will go back to the drawing board and come up with another plan if the city doesn't approve the current proposal for a 350-room, S65.3 million Marriott attached to the Oncenter. While Sweetland thinks the county and the city will be un- able to bridge their disagree- ments over the benefits of the hotel, officials of both aren't Syracuse was an openly abolitionist city in the 1850s and scattered across Central New York are places, many iong since torn down or forgotten, where heroic deeds were done in the name of freedom By Mike McAndrew Staff writer For years, the Underground Rail- road has been portrayed in his- tory textbooks as a secret opera- tion by former slaves and abolitionists to help blacks escape slavery. But 150 years ago, abolitionists running the Central New York section of the Underground Railroad were open about their efforts. Syracuse and Boston were the most openly abolitionist cities in the coun- try in the 1850s, according to author Fergus Bordewich, who recently wrote a comprehensive history of the Underground Railroad. The Rev. Jermain Loguen an es- caped slave who was called the "Un- derground Railroad King" placed notices in Syracuse newspapers an- nouncing that he was the stationmas- ter in Syracuse, and that all runaway slaves could find sanctuary at his home in the 1400 block of East Genesee Street. The 1851 rescue of fugitive slave William "Jerry" Henry in Syracuse which Loguen and two dozen other men planned ranks among the most defiant anti-slavery acts in America before the Civil War. And therein lies a paradox. UNDERGROUND, PAGE A-19 IMAGE KEY Clockwise from top left: the.Starr and Harriet Clark tin shop in Mexico; abolitionists gather in Cazenovia to protest Fugitive Slave Act; poster offering a reward for slave Harriet Powell who escaped while traveling through Syracuse with her owner; Jermain Loguen, former slave and "Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman, escaped slave who returned South 19 times to help others to freedom. COMING TUESDAY: The Starr and Harriet Clark tin shop in Mexico, Oswego County yet. They say they are still trying to come to a resolution before Monday, which is when the clock runs out. Friday, Mayor Matt Driscoil asked for more time after state Sen. John DeFrancisco said he thought he could get a firm com- for state funding for the project in a week or so. If that happened, it would re- ANY CHANGES, PAGE A-16 INSIDE Monday is the deadline for Syra- cuse to approve a deal to build a million convention hotel. which would take more than million in public money. A good or bad deal. Two ex- perts disagree on whether the tax deal is good for The deal. Exactly what's in the deal and what will it cost Pros, cons. 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