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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 2005, Syracuse, New York                             The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyricuM.com TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2005 FINAL EDITION 02005 The Kosl-sundaid GOOD MORNING A FEW FLAKES A few snow flur- ries could pass through Central Q Q New York at any Q time today, but some sunshine may also break through the clouds. It will be breezy today, but the wind will decrease during the night. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 35 LOW: 25 Kwanzaa begins for many families in CNY Gatherings across Central New York begin a weeklong cel- ebration of black culture with the first principle of Kwanzaa unity. STORY, PAGE B-2 Terrorists tried repeatedly to hit London, mayor says Terrorists tried to attack Lon- don eight times between the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and last July 7, Mayor Ken Livingstone said Monday. He said there had been two attempts since July 7. STORY, PAGE A-4 Israel's Sharon to have heart catheterization Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel has a small hole in his heart that apparently contributed to his mild stroke last week, and he will undergo a catheterization procedure within three weeks to repair the problem, his doctors said Monday. STORY, PAGE A-4 How NYC's transit strike hits Upstate communities The three-day illegal walkout highlighted an issue with ramifi- cations far beyond New York City, writes E.J. McMahon, di- rector of the Manhattan Insti- tutes Empire Center for New York State Policy. That issue is the cost of pensions for govern- ment employees. NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 Clock runs out on ABC's 'Monday Night Football' The second-longest run by a prime-lime program in network television history ended Monday night. After 36 years, ABC will boot "Monday Night Football" to ESPN next season. The long- est? "60 with 38 years on CBS. SPORTS, PAGE C-I Coach's secret plan: Shaq vs. the sumos Miami Heal coach Pat Riley says he has a plan for preparing Shaquille O'Neal for the rough treatment the star center gets in NBA games: Bring on the sumo wrestlers. SPORTS, PAGE C-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 il at: Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business.......... Bridge.............. Classified.. B-6 E-7 E-l CHY..................D-l Dick Cose.........B-l Editorials.......A-IO Kid's Page........E-8 Letters....... Local news Lottery....... Movies....... New York.. Obituaries........B-4 Sports...............C-l Sudoku.............D-7 Television.........D-5 A-ll B-1 ,.A-2 D-3 A-8 THE POST-STANDARD How Fluoride Makes A Difference in CNY Mike photographer CYNTHIA KLOCK, 9, (lift) of Auburn, and her brother, Eric, 10, brush their teeth before chewing a 1 mg tablet of fluoride. Cayuga County is the only one in Central New York that does not have fluoridated water. Cayuga County lacks fluoridation, and has a higher rate of cavities By Marnic Eiscnstadt Staff writer Dentist Thomas Hogan (houghl he had seen bad leclli when he treated poor and uninsured patients in the Buffalo area. But he said it was nothing compared with what he saw when he opened a prac- tice in Auburn. "The amount of damage is tremen- Hogan said. "The people who have lived around here all of their lives they're a mess." Whenever he has patients with no cav- ities, he assumes they have grown up somewhere else. And he is usually right, he .said. Cayuga County is the only one in the six counties of Central New York that has no fluoridated public water. It also has tiie highest percentage of children with cavities, according to data from the state Department of Health. That information, from a report ihnt will be released by the department in the spring, shows 72 percent of Cayuga County third-graders surveyed had at least one cavity. In Onondaga County, where 93 percent of the population gets EVEN MOM, PAGE A-4 What is fluoride? Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that inhibits and can reverse dental decay and disease. It was first added to water systems in the United States in 1945. Now, 67 percent of the people in the United States and 73 percent of people in New York who are on public water systems receive fluoride in their water. Source: Centers for Disease Control. Inside In Cortland County, the village of Homer gives up its fluoridated water. "It seems unfair that a medical decision should be put on a mayor and a village says Homer Mayor Mike Chart shows fluoride and Rochester study seeks newlyweds, happy or not The Associated Press Rochester Wanted: new- lyweds willing to divulge what really irritates them and what works in their marriages. A new University of Roches- ter study seeks to survey 800 newlyweds in the United States Canada over four years to find out why some new marriages are so full of bliss and others are so full of battles. About 40 percent of all di- vorces occur in the first five years of marriage, said Ronald D. Rogge, an assistant professor of psychology who is conducting the study. He already has a gen- eral idea of what he'll find be- cause of a doctoral dissertation he did on the same topic. "It boils down to what you learned in kindergarten: You need to be nice to each Rogge said. "It turns out it's not as important what the topic of the problems are. What's more important is how you handle those problems." Couples taking part in the study must be married for six months or less and have to sub- mit to a 20-minute phone inter- view. They then take an online survey and complete another on- line survey each year for three more years. Rochester-area par- ticipants are asked if they'd like to be videotaped discussing a subject that might be sensitive to them. The study has about 200 cou- ples so far. The university plans to quadruple that number through ads in newspaper classi- fied sections all over the coun- try. SHOPPING IN OVERTIME SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS Minimum wage will rise in NY Sunday Legislature provided for increase over three years, ending in 2007. The Associated Press Albany The state's min- imum wage will increase Sunday from to an hour, affec- ting some New Yorkers. Part of a three-year increase approved by the state Legislature over the veto of Gov. George Pa- taki, New York's minimum wage increased last Jan. 1 by 85 cents an hour. It will reach an hour on Jan. 1 2007. "We don't get paid said Jackie Murray, a sandwich maker at Subway in Troy. "I can't live on an hour." The increase Sunday is wel- come but not much better, Mur- ray said. "1 live with a room- male and still I don't have any money left over." For tipped workers like res- taurant wail staff, the minimum wage will increase Jan. 1 from to an hour, and a year later to an hour. "Our members are saying, 'Why should I pay them more money when the average lipped employee makes between and an said Rick Sampson, president of the New York Restaurant Association. For employers, il also means costs like payroll taxes, workers compensation, liability insurance and unemployment insurance will rise, he said. When the measure was de- bated last year, proponents ar- gued that many minimum wage earners were their households' major bread winners, while op- ponents said those jobs are often filled by teenagers living at home or supplemental earners. Opponents also argued that the measure would chase some businesses to states like Pennsyl- vania where the minimum wage is at the federal level of an hour, though lawmakers there arc debating the issue. In another change next year, state income lax for those earn- ing belween and will drop from 7.25 perccnl lo 6.85 percent, while those who make more than will see their taxes de- cline from 7.7 percent to 6.85 percent. Mike photographer AL CARDOSA, of Sandy Creek, holds more than worth of videos, DVDs, CDs and PlayStation equipment as he waits in line Monday at Best Buy in Carousel Center. Many merchants are re- lying more than ever on post-holiday business to meet their sales goals this winter. They are wooing customers with deeper dis- counts, expanded shopping hours and fresher wares at regular prices. See Business, Page B-6. DISAGREEING IS PATRIOTIC Writes Marcellus senior Joseph Boskovski. VOICES, PAGE B-3 DRINKING CALORIES What's in those bubbles? CNY, PAGE D-1 SIDE BIG SISTERS AND BROTHERS Tell in their own words why they became mentors. THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE D-8 HOMECOMING Preview tonight's SU-Towson game in G-Mac country. SPORTS, PAGE C-1 Iraq sees its worst violence since voting By Marian) Fam The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq Violence increased across Iraq after a lull following the Dec. 15 parliamen- tary elcctipns, with at least two dozen people including a U.S. soldier killed Monday in shoot- ings and bombings mostly tar- geting the Shiile-dominated se- curity services. Officials blamed the surge in violence on insurgent efforts to deepen the political turmoil sur- rounding the contested vole. Pre- liminary figures including some returns released Monday from ballots cast early by expa- triate Iraqis and some voters in- side Iraq have given a big lead to the religious Shiitc bloc that controls the current interim government. The violence came as three opposition groups threatened a wave of protests and civil dis- obedience if fraud charges arc not properly investigated. The warning came from the secular Iraqi National List, headed by former Shiitc Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, and two Sunni Arab groups. Iraq's Electoral Commission said Monday that final results for the 275-seat parliament could be IRAQ'S FINAL, PAGt A-4   

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