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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 2005, Syracuse, New York DO THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE... WIN A TRIP TO PAGE 29 fie Post-Standard Affiliated with SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 200'j The Post- SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING WARM FOR NOW There's a cold front moving into Central New York today, but until then expect it to be warm with afternoon thunderstorms. The cold front will bring cooler temperatures tonight, with a slight possibility of more rain. Expect Monday to be windy, cloudy and cool with some sunshine, but dry. Complete forecast, C-20 HIGH: 72 LOW: 44 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER The Associated Press A CHINESE HEALTH worker inoculates a chick at a poultry farm. BIRD FLU Another person in Indonesia dies of the virus as global health officials must brace for a pandemic, whether it happens or not. STORY. PAGE A-5 FLU PRIMER. PAGE A-10 MEETG-MAC SU basketball star says he's just a regular, private guy. SPORTS. PAGE C-1 WOMAN'S BODY FOUND Former Skaneateles resident found dead in Ontario after crash. LOCAL. PAGE B-1 LIBBY, LIES SPIES CIA-leak indictment: tip of iceberg for White House? OPINION, PAGE D-1 AUTO MAKES 5 Catholics could become majority on Supreme Court. STORY, PAGE A-11 ELECTION DAY ONLINE r The Post-Standard will 'Syracuse Provide round-the-clock F'tJOM coverage Tuesday at i. The blog. Last minute campaigning, the latest election news. The results. After the polls close, audio updates on the half-hour. The photos. A gallery of images from this year's election. Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Gall 470-NEWS Index Anniversaries............H-8 Auto...........................G-1 Births.........................H-8 Business......................E-1 Classified.................. CNY........................... Editorials.................. Engagements.......... Local Nation...................... F-l .H-1 D-2 .H-5 .B-1 A-14 Obituaries......... Real Estate........ Sports................. State Washington A- Weather............ Weddings World...... TV Week Parade 1-1 ..........C-1 .......A-l 6 .......C-20 .........H-5 A-4to9 THE POST-STANDARD For home delivery, call 470-6397 If the election for the mayor of Syracuse were held today, and the candidates were Democrat Matt Driscoll, Republican Joanie Mahoney and Green Howie Hawkins, who would get your vote, or whom are you leaning toward? Matt Driscoll Joanie Mahoney 42.2% Howie Hawkins Mayor's Race 'Dead Heat' Poll results suggest Driscoll, Mahoney are closer than they were in October. By Frederic Pierce and John Marian! Staff writers Nearly three weeks of relent- less campaigning has knocked some undecided Syracuse voters off the fence, but Matt Driscoll and Joanie Mahoney remain in a virtual dead heat in their race for mayor, results from The Post- Standard's newest survey show. About 43.3 percent of the 500 likely Syracuse voters surveyed Wednesday and Thursday by Zogby International said that if the election were that day, they would vote for Driscoll, a Dem- ocrat, or were leaning his way. About 42.2 percent said they'd go with Mahoney, a Re- publican, or were leaning to- ward voting for her. About 7.4 percent said they preferred or were leaning toward Green Party' candidate Howie Hawk- ins. The remaining 7.1 percent said they were too undecided to say which way they were lean- ing. The result suggests the race has tightened slightly since mid- October, when Zogby Interna- tional conducted its first mayor- POLLSTER, PAGEA-20 INSIDE What the people think of the candidates. More details on the poll, key issues. Late ads focus on undecided voters. Page A-20 U.S. leads major attack against insurgents Push by U.S. and Iraqi troops aims to stop flow of foreign fighters into Iraq. The Associated Press Baghdad, Iraq About U.S. and Iraqi troops backed by jets launched a major attack Saturday against an insurgent-held town near the Syrian border, seeking to dislodge al-Qaida and its allies and seal off a main route for foreign fighters entering the country. U.S. officials describe the town of Husaybah as the key to controlling the volatile Euphrates River valley of western Iraq and dislodging al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Jorda- nian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The U.S.-lcd operation in- cludes about Iraqi sol- diers, and the offensive will serve as a major test of their capability to battle the insur- gents seen as essential to enabling Washington to draw down its mili- tary presence. Thunderous explosions shook Husaybah early Satur- day as U.S. Marines and Iraqi scouts, recruited from pro- government tribes from the area, fought their way into western neighborhoods of the town, 200 miles northwest of Baghdad, residents said. As fighting continued throughout the day, U.S. jets launched at least nine air- strikes, according to a U.S. Marine statement. The U.S. command said there were no reports of casualties among American or Iraqi forces. However, the military said Saturday that three more U.S. troops had been killed else- where in Iraq. AL-QAIDA, PAGE A-l 9 Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer RFC RYAN HAERER, of Dayton, Ohio and Cpl. Douglas Yates, of Oak Grove, La., medics deployed from Fort Drum, treat Samah Yaseen, a kitchen staff worker, who injured her finger, which became infected. In Iraq, happiness is a two-way street Shoes, a simple toy bring grins to children, and to soldiers who are missing their own families. By Hart Seely Staff writer What matters to Robert L. Miller is not what he brings to schools in central Baghdad. It's what he takes away. "You see the said Miller, a U.S. Army second lieutenant with Bravo Company of the 1-71st Caval- ry. 'You see their mistrust and tears begin to give way and, I'll tell you, it's a good feeling, especially when you yourself are homesick." Miller, a 23-year-old from Preston, Md., misses his three younger broth- ers, ages and 6 months. "It's tough, because I love to goof around with them, and I can't any- he said. "This is a good way to think of them and realize that you still can make a kid happy." Making a kid happy: It's not the original mission for Bravo Troop, a unit of 75 soldiers that occupies a re IRAQI, PAGE A-l 8 FFMISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li-Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's Wth Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to Sick of violent computer games, China designs its own Instead of killing people. Communist heroes advance by doing good deeds. Los Angeles Times Fed up with what it sees as the corrupting influ- ence of computer games on youth, the Chinese government plans to introduce to the online world a new cast of characters based on old-fashioned Com- munist values. Instead of heavily armed su- perheroes licensed to kill, the new game will highlight the likes of a model Communist soldier famous for helping other people. To advance in this game, players won't gun down their enemies. They'll mend socks, lots of them, and gain points by tally- ing up appreciation letters for doing good deeds such as help- ing old ladies home in a rain- storm and stopping people from spitting on the sidewalk. The prize is a signed virtual copy of Mao Tse-tung's Little Red Book. This soon-to-be-released video version of a vintage Communist scenario is part of an effort t6 clean up the Inter- net. Sponsored by the govern- ment and developed by the country's biggest online game company, Shanda, the "Chi- nese Hero Registry" aims to re- vive 100 icons of Chinese his- tory and turn them into virtual warriors to combat the negative influence of video games. It's a classic approach: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. But some observers and players doubt that such clean-cut heroes can outdraw the gun-tot- BIG DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS Gary Walts Staff photographer CBA COACH Joe Casamento tells his players to be gracious winners, as they beat Fayetteville-Manlius 49-28 Saturday for a Section III Class AA title. Football i Class AA: CBA 49, F-M 28 i Class A: Whitesboro 35, Nottingham 19 Class B: Homer 41, Cazenovia 14 Class C: General Brown 26, Hannibal 24 Class D: Watertown IHC 25, Onondaga 8 Boys soccer Class AA: F-M Cfass C: MPH 5, Frankfort-Schuyler 0 Class D: Poland 3, Copenhagen 1 Girls soccer Class C: Cooperstown 2, Herkimer 1 Class D: LaFargeville 3, Faith Heritage 2 COMPUTE COVERAGE, SPORTS, J ;