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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               r The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syratusc.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING STAYING SOGGY A storm system will quickly move through the area today bringing a couple of showers in Central New York. There will be more sun- shine Thursday, but clouds will return on Friday and stay through the weekend. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 64 LOW: 40 Thief steals equipment, damages Syracuse church Someone broke into Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church's office building in Syra- cuse, stole items worth more than and caused thou- sands of dollars in damage, the Rev. Aaron James said. LOCAL, PAGE 1-1 Four topless women won't be prosecuted The Cayuga County District Attorney's Office has decided not to pursue charges against four women accused of going topless in Moravia this summer. LOCAL, PAGE B-2 SU student TV show may be pulled from air Syracuse University's stu- dent-run television station man- agement is considering canceling "Over the a show that makes light of issues such as eating disorders, date rape and lynching. LOCAL, PAGE 1-1 Papers: Miers opposed abortion, favored ban Supreme Court nominee Har- riet Miers pledged opposition to abortion as a city council candi- date, backed a constitutional amendment to ban it in most cases and promised to appear at "pro-life according to documents released Tuesday. Stem cell group forms to get around U.S. ban Scientists in South Korea will help their American col- leagues create new lines of em- bryonic stem cells in an unusual partnership in the contentious field, researchers in both coun- tries announced today. STORY, PAGE A-4 Soccer star talks about journey from war to CNY Nottingham soccer star Sha- man Mason lost his grandmother and his parents in his native Sierra Leone, and survived four years in a refugee camp before making it to the United States. STORY, PAGE D-l Corrections Photo of Abba band Police officer in purse Adirondack guide boat South Onondaga Pete Seeger Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business....... Classified..... Comics......... CNY............... Puzzles........ Editorials..... Letters Local news.. Lottery......... C-l G-14 G-l E-l A-12 A-13 B-l A-2 Movies.......... New York..... Obituaries... Sean Kirst... Sports........... Stocks Sudoku......... Technology. Television..... Weather....... E-6 A-8 B-4 B-l .D-l C-3 ..E-9 F-l .E-7 D-8 THE POST-STANDARD If the election for the mayor of Syracuse were held today, and the candidates were Democrat Matt Driscott. Republican Joanie Mahoney and Green Howie Hawkins, for whom would you vote? Matt Driscoll Joanie Mahoney 37.4 0 Howie Hawkins Mayor's Race Up for Grabs Stephen D. Cannerelli Staff photographer JOANIE MAHONEY, the Republican candidate for mayor in Syracuse, pre- pares to tape a commercial near her home Tuesday. Peter Chen Staff photographer MAYOR MATT DRISCOLL, the Democratic candidate, talks to residents at One Franklin Square Wednesday during a candidates' forum. Pollster: 'The deal has not been closed by any stretch' By Frederic Pierce and John Mariani Staff writers The race for Syracuse mayor was close enough at the end of last week that either Matt Dris- coll or Joanie Mahoney could claim to be ahead, a survey of likely city voters shows. The survey, conducted Fri- day and Saturday for The Post- Standard by the Zogby Inter- national polling firm, also showed that a sizeable pool of undecided voters remained out there for the candidates to sway, and that neither candi- date was viewed unfavorably by a large percentage of voters. Nearly half of those sur- veyed, however, felt the city was moving in the wrong di- rection, and a similar percent- age said it was time for some- one new to be mayor. "This is a very close said John Zogby, the head of the polling firm. "It's bad news for the incumbent, but the deal has not been closed by any stretch. Syracuse likes Matt Driscoll on a personal level." According to the poll, 39.5 percent of the voters surveyed said they would choose Dris- coll, a Democrat, if the mayor- al election were held the day they were asked. About 37.4 percent said they would choose Republican challenger Mahoney. Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate, received 3.6 percent. Since the survey of 509 registered voters had an Post-Standard Poll The Post-Standard hired Zogby International to poll Syracuse voters on their choice for mayor. INSIDE: Poll details, including how people would vote by gender, DriscolFs campaign accuses The Post-Standard of hiring pollster John Zogby to skew the results for Join the discussion in the CNY Politics forum at Stay up to date with the Political Notebook blog at COMING THIS WEEK THURSDAY: What do voters think of the job Driscoll is doing? FRIDAY: Should DestinyUSA be built? Pair missing after baby's death found in California Ex-Boldwinsville parents to be brought back on manslaughter charges. By Meghan Rubado Staff writer Fourteen months ago, a Bald- winsville couple disappeared with their 2-year-pld in the mid- dle of the night after their infant son died in their home. Police nationwide have been looking for them ever since. They were spotted in Virginia, Tennessee and California, but police never caught up with them. The couple's run ended Friday when police found them at a hotel in Anaheim, Calif., said Sgt. John D'Eredita, a spokes- man for the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office. In September, Quan David Nguyen, 37; Jade Nguyen, 22; and their 3-year-old girl, also Jade Nguyen, were spotted in Phoenix, Ariz. Information about their car was sent to a national database, and it was spotted by an Anaheim police officer who was looking for a stolen car. The couple are charged with second-degree manslaughter in the Aug. 28, 2004, death of Quan David Michael Nguyen, who was 9 weeks old when he died of starvation in the family's home at 41 E. Oneida St. Their Have you seen Jade Nguyen DOB: CrttfOOZ Age: 3 lit: 2'5" (si age WL: 25 Ibt w 7t Hair Black Eyes: Brown Datemtesbifl: From: BaMwinwille, Wr- iest seen with: Jade Nguyen DOB: Age: 22 Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Sex: F Date missing: From: Batdwinsvile, NY 1-800-THE-LOST A POSTER from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led police to find Quan David Nguyen and Jade Nguyen in California Friday. daughter was placed in the care of Orange County Children and Family Services, D'Eredita said. Here's how the case unfolded, according to D'Eredita: Last month, The National Center for Missing and Ex- ploited Children put together posters and cards with informa- tion on the family and featured the information on its Web site. A caller to the national center reported that a couple matching the Nguyens' description was seen in the Phoenix, Ariz., area. The caller gave a description of the car and a partial license plate number. Onondaga County Sheriffs warrant Investigator Daniel Jade Nguyen Quan Nguyen Fahey and Deputy U.S. Marshal Julie Gossin used the informa- tion to determine the exact li- cense plate information. They figured out the plate number on Sept. 29. COUPLE, PAGE A-7 Saddam's trial tests new Iraqi government Observers watching to see if new rulers can be fair to former leader. By Hamza Hendawi The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Nearly two years after his capture, Sad- dam Hussein is finally facing trial for-alleged crimes against fellow Iraqis. In some ways, Iraq also will be on trial, with the world watching to see whether its new ruling class can rise above politics and prejudice and give the former dictator a fair hearing. Saddam's lawyer said Tues- day he would ask for a three- month adjournment at his cli- ent's trial for a 1982 massacre, and challenge the court's compe- tence to hear the case. The trial was to begin today. Khali] al-Dulaimi's comments appeared to suggest that his de- fense strategy will focus not on the details of the massacre but rather on the broader question of the legitimacy and competence of a court set up under U.S. oc- cupation in 2003. Iraq formally became a sovereign nation again in June 2004, but the United States continues to wield vast in- fluence. Saddam and seven senior members of his regime are fac- ing charges that they ordered the killing in 1982 of nearly 150 people in the mainly Shiitc vil- lage of Dujail north of Baghdad after a failed attempt on the for- mer dictator's life. The ousted Iraqi leader and his co-defendants were expected to hear the charges against them in today's session. The session was to be held under tight secu- rity in Baghdad's heavily forti- fied Green Zone, home to Iraq's government, parliament and the U.S. and British Embassies. If convicted, the men face the death penalty by hanging. Prosecutors are preparing other cases to bring to trial against Saddam and his officials including for the Anfal Oper- ation, a military crackdown on the Kurds in the late 1980s that killed some people; the suppression of Kurdish and Shiite revolts in 1991; and the deaths of Kurds in a 1988 poison gas attack on the village of Halabja. If a death sentence is issued in the Dujail case, it is unclear whether it would be carried out regardless of whether Saddam is involved in other trials. He can appeal a Dujail verdict, but if a conviction and sentence are upheld, the sentence must be car- ried out within 30 days. A stay could be granted to allow other trials to proceed. DEFENSE, PAGE A-7 UPDATES: The trial was scheduled to start at 3 a.m. EOT today, and is likely to be delayed. For updates, see www.syracuse.com DAVE BARRY' TAKE ON INSURANCE Humorist visits CNY. BUSINESS, PAGE C-1, C-4 I N S I D E WORLD TRAVEL Web sites match travelers, hosts. TECHNOLOGY. PAGE F-1 10 RECIPES FOR YOU CNY, PAGES E-2, E-4 HOW TO EAT RIGHT new expert. CNY, PAGE E-1 COVERS TO REMEMBER What are the top magazine covers of the last 40 years? CNY, PAGE E-6 J   

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