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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               SPECIAL SECTION: ORAN-5! The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 8, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING RAIN LOSES A weak high- pressure system will cross Central New York today leaving the race between sunshine and clouds too close to call. Rain will ar- rive Wednesday, but by then Election Day will be over. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 55 LOW: 33 Inside: Voters' guide to Election Day It's time to make a differ- ence. Locate your polling place, find phone numbers and last- minute help before you vote. PAGE B-l Independence Air lands in bankruptcy court The parent company of Inde- pendence Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Mon- day, but said there would be no changes in its flight schedule, which includes three daily flights from Syracuse to Wash- ington. BUSINESS, PAGE C-l Grokster surrenders, shuts down file-sharing Grokster shut down its file- sharing service Monday and agreed to pay million to set- tle piracy complaints by Holly- wood and the music industry. Monday, its Web site staled: "There are legal services for downloading music and mov- the message said. "This service is not one of them." BUSINESS, PAGE C-2 Philadelphia Eagles have had enough of T.O. The Philadelphia Eagles an- nounced that Terrell Owens will not return to the team for the re- mainder of the season. The team extended the suspension of its star troublemaker by three games and said he would no longer play for the Eagles. SPORTS, PAGE D-l Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Liverpool swim Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions'? Call 470-NEWS Index Local news.......B-l Classified.........G-l Lottery..............A-2 Movies...............F-3 CNY...................F-1 New York......A-10 Obituaries........B-4 Dick Case.........B-l Schools.............B-6 Editorials.......A-l2 Sports...............D-l Kid's Page.... G-l0 Sudoku..............F-7 Letters...........A-13 Television..........F-5 THE POST-STANDARD How Bravo Troop Builds Iraq By Hart Seely Staff Writer Baghdad Every few weeks, the soldiers of Bravo Troop journey into the heart of the city, just to listen. On this day, the troops will visit the al-Mansur neighbor- hood, a relatively wealthy area that has been supportive of U.S. troops. Their destination a huge, concrete shell is the mosque Saddam Hussein planned to build for himself, now a carcass of former excess that has been picked over by looters for two years. As the troops set up a security perimeter, 2nd Lt. Robert L. Miller, 23, of Preston, Md., dashes into a former private art gallery for the l-71st Cavalry's third session with community leaders in the area around For- ward Operating Base Indepen- dence, where Bravo Troop is sta- tioned. "Sorry, we were stuck in traf- Miller tells the group, slid- ing into a seat and setting his rifle on the floor. For two hours on Monday afternoon, he re- ceives an earful of opinions hard insights into the complicat- ed relationship between the U.S. mUPAGEA-4 MISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li- Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to Inside When boxing is a break from fighting. The scene in photographs. Excerpt: From Hart Seely's Mission to Iraq Weblog. Developments: Four U.S. soldiers killed in bombing; Rangers charged with abuse; new attacks by insurgents. See Page A-4 WITH CNY'S HELP, GHANAIAN GIRLS FIGHT TRADITION TO ATTEND SCHOOL Michelle Gabel Staff photographer WHEN IT was time for Hamdiatu Mohammed (seated) to go to high school, her mother sold three cows for and sent her stepson to school. She began arranging to marry Hamdiatu for a bride price paid in cattle, but her sister intervened. She contacted Censudi, a group that helps girls pay for school. The organization gets support from Central New Yorkers. The Desire to Learn Burns Inside Them By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Staff writer Bolgatanga, GHANA rowing up in Ghana's impoverish- ed north, Hamdiatu Mohammed had a one-in-three chance of mak- ing it to high school. Her parents, poor fanners, had to pay to send their four sons and three daughters to school. According to tradition, they paid for the boys first. After Hamdiatu's father died when she was 4, the money dwindled and so did her chances. Hamdiatu would have missed elementary school if not for the foreign charities that paid her way. Instead, she became a math and science whiz, among the top three in her graduating class of 120. The other two were boys. "I was smart. I wanted to go to school, and more to the point, I was said the willowy teenager with searching brown eyes. When the time came for Hamdiatu to start high school, her mother sold three cows for a total of and sent her stepson to school. Then she began arranging to marry Hamdiatu for a bride price paid in cattle. "Because we are in the Muslim commu- nity, they said it was better for me to Hamdiatu said. "My elder sister didn't agree." The 32-year-old sister, married off as an adolescent, intervened. She contacted the Centre for Sustainable Development Initia- tives, nicknamed Censudi, a Ghanaian group that's keeping girls in school with help from Syracuse. In Ghana and the rest of Sub-Saharan Af- rica, 44 percent of girls don't attend elemen- tary school, according to UNICEF. Five years ago, the United Nations and Ghanaian government announced a plan to enroll as many girls as boys in primary school by this year. Yet for every 10 boys, only seven girls enroll. TWO STRONG, PAGE A-6 BOUND TO GHANA This is the fourth 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 independence. Reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske and photographer Michelle Gabel's last stories will appear next Tuesday in The Post-Standard. Go to www. if you missed earlier installments. Follow the series and jj-i find additional photos, audio files, diaries, links and more at www. Orange to go green in buildings By Nancy Buczek Staff writer Syracuse University is grow- ing greener. The university plans to an- nounce Wednesday that it will join eight organizations to come up with ways to protect the envi- ronment. The plans call for con- structing buildings that don't harm the environment and inte- grating so-called green princi- ples throughout their organiza- tions. At SU, the announcement will mean that all new construction or renovation projects totaling million or more will follow U.S. Green Building Council guidelines and seek the council's Leadership in Energy and Envi- ronmental Design certification. Chancellor Nancy Cantor said. Projects under million will be built using green principles but may not be submitted for certification, she said. "This is one of the more sub- stantial statements any organiza- tion can make because what they're saying is, 'We want to walk the talk. We want to do this across the said Rick Fedrizzi, U.S. Green Building Council president. The council is a coalition of building industry leaders dedicated to promoting environmentally responsible construction. Fedrizzi will introduce the ini- tiative Wednesday at the coun- cil's annual Greenbuild Interna- tional Conference Expo, held this year in Atlanta. Fedrizzi, who lives in Westvale, plans to bring Cantor on stage to repre- sent the nine organizations. CANTOR, PAGE A-3 Green group The nine organizations that will work with the U.S. Green Building Council to design "green" building guidelines and a rating system for organizations that want to adopt principles to protect the environment: Syracuse University Bank of America California Department of General Services CitiGroup Toyota North America Thomas Properties Group USAA Realty Wells Fargo Inside: How other CNY colleges are going Curfew set as French riots spread; attacks reported in 274 towns Monday By Jamey Keaten The Associated Press Le Blanc Mesnil, France "It's the start of cried one teenager. "We hate the yelled another. Shouting over each other to be heard, the young toughs vented about their lives in Paris' tough suburban projects and the rioting that has set them ablaze and grown into a nationwide insur- rection of angry suburban youth. All French-born children of Arab and black African immi- grants, this group of a dozen or so teens at Les Tilleuls housing project north of Paris complain of being marginalized by French society. None said they participated in arson attacks, but their sympa- thies are clearly with the rioters who have shaken France to its core, prompting the government to say Monday that it will im- pose curfews under a state-of- emergency law. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin also said France would call up police reservists to reinforce the police and gendarmes already on guard against the rioting that has spread from places like Les Till- euls to nearly 300 cities and towns across the country. Asked on TF1 television whether the army should be brought in, de Villepin said "we SHOCK WAVE, PAGE A-l 4 INSIDE DOGGIE SNACKS WON'T HURT YOU But people snacks might hurt your dog. CNY, PAGE F-1 CHILDHOOD FRIENDS GROW APART, Laments Nottingham junior Henry Flournoy. VOICES, PAGE B-6 SUDOKU CHALLENGE Win a trip to Toronto. CNY, PAGE F-2 50 CENT'S MOVIE Is about 75 percent true, the rapper says. CNY, PAGE F-4   

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