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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 2005, Syracuse, New York WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY? The Daily Dose, Page E-8 DO SUDOKU AND WIN CNY, PAGE E-2 WHO IS THE BETTER COACH? SPORTS, PAGE D-1 ADDICTED TO SHOPPING? Take the quiz to see if you have a problem. CNY, PAGE E-1 tan 452 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND WEEKEND, INSIDE Affiliated with THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING BRUSH IT OFF Lake-effect snow will be present in many areas today, getting closer to Syracuse by to- night as the winds blow more from a northwesterly direc- tion. Flurries will begin to di- minish Friday and tempera- tures will rise a bit. Complete forecast, 0-10 HIGH: 41 LOW: 25 China reports first human bird flu cases, one death China reported its first human cases of bird flu on the mainland Wednesday, including at least one fatality. STORY, PAGE A-4 Police say Syracuse man choked daughter to death A 26-year-old Syracuse man was accused Wednesday of kill- ing his 8-month-old daughter by choking her throat with his hand, according to court papers. LOCAL, PAGE 1-1 Alumnus gives million to expand SU's TV center Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Wednesday an- nounced a donation of close to million to expand its Center for the Study of Popular Televi- sion. CNY, PAGE M Where you con see Harry Potter film tonight "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" opens Friday across the nation and several Central New York theaters will be offering midnight showings tonight. REVIEW, UST, PAGE E-1 Who won the Notional Book Awards last night? And the winners are... STORY, PAGE A-2 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 Hannibal assistant SU fiscal Recycling essay contest Address of 8-month-old girl who Dispute over Onondaga town InterReligious Council's Interfaith Thanksgiving Erie Canal Museum's Gingerbread Gallery Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business...........C-l Local news.......B-l Bridge...............F-8 Lottery..............A-2 Classified..........H Movies............Wkd New York......A-10 CNY...................E-1 Obituaries........B-4 Sports...............D-1 Dick Case.........B-l Stocks...............C-3 Editorials.......A-14 Sudoku..............E-7 Letters...........A-15 Television..........E-5 THE POST-STANDARD New Rules Unveiled For Public Authorities Comptroller aims to rein in agencies who are billions in debt without oversight. Jy Erik Kriss Albany bureau Public authorities across New York would have to open more of their financial dealings to public scrutiny under regulations )roposed by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi Wednesday. Authorities that run the Thru- Centro, the State Fair and the Port of Oswego are among 215 that would have to report detailed budget and investment information regularly and follow accepted accounting and inves- ting standards under the pro- posed rules. Authorities are created by the state not only to run such entities but to borrow money for various tasks, and they have borrowed billions with little oversight. More than 700 authorities have been created, but Hevesi is focusing on 215 that are statewide or regional in nature. Those 215, plus 40 others he sur- veyed, have run up bil- lion in debt, costing bil- lion annually in interest. He said New Yorkers spend more than 6.5 percent of their gross personal income to pay off state debt, most of which is au- thority debt. He argued the num- ber should be 5 percent or lower. "It is absolutely absurd that these public authorities are still not answerable to any public body and that even after all the irregularities we have uncovered, there remains no central account- ing for the billions of dollars that flow through these He- vesi said. "The public deserves to know how all this money is WATCHDOGS, PAGE A-10 CHILDHOOD FRIENDS, ARMY BUDDIES SGT. JASON THOMAS (left) of Baltimore, fvld., leans on Spc. Brian Taylor, of Nashua, N.H., while watching a stand-up comedy show with Sgt. Jim Lambert (right) of Statesboro, Li-Hua Lan Staff photographer Ga. Thomas and Taylor are childhood friends who have been deployed together four times. Now the soldiers in Bravo Troop are in Iraq. Side by side with God-brothers in arms By Seely Staff writer They met as kids. They played together and became fast friends. They planned to always be together, as all kids do. Then one of them moved away, and they learned what grown-ups know too well. In life, friends come and go. But there aren't many like Jason Thomas and Brian Tay- lor. "This here is my God- said Thomas, 26, of Baltimore, Md. "Our families are added Taylor, 26, of Nashua, N.H. Thomas and Taylor sol- diers in Bravo Troop, the 1-71 Cavalry could inspire a new definition of the phrase "Arrny buddy." What started in grade school continued through three U.S. Army de- .ployments and still goes strong now in Iraq. "We keep each other out of said Taylor, a spe- cialist. "We added Thomas, 'WE'LL ALWAYS, PAGE A-6 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: How Bravo Troop packs up. DEVELOPMENTS: Sunnis tell of CNY doctor heading home to help Pakistan quake victims By James T. Mulder Staff writer When Dr. Syed Zaman, a vas- cular surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, goes home for Thanksgiving it won't be a joyous occasion. He's flying to his native Paki- stan to provide medical care to survivors of the massive Oct. 8 earthquake that left an estimated dead, in- jured and 3 million homeless. Watching coverage of the dis- aster left him feeling deeply troubled and helpless. So Zaman, who grew up about 250 miles from the earthquake's epi- center, decided he had to go and volunteer. "Here I am in the business of trying to save people's lives and he said, closing his eyes. "I can't imagine thousands of people under the rubble. You shudder." Zaman was going to go to Pa- kistan sooner, but was advised to wait a few weeks by his friend Dr. Saeed Bajwa, a Binghamton neurosurgeon and professor at SUNY Upstate Medical Univer- sity. Bajwa went to Pakistan a week after the quake and spent two weeks volunteering his ser- vices. He thought the need for Zaman's specialty, reconstruc- tive surgery, would be greater a RECOVERY, PAGE A-5 Photo by Dr. Afzal Aral NEUROSURGEON Dr. Saeed Bajwa, (left) a SUNY Upstate Medica University professor, and an unidentified British relief worker care for Mohammad Alam, a Pakistani hurt after an earthquake. Man, 53, shot, killed on street corner olke: No suspects or motives known yet hi city's 6th homicide of 2005. Jy Delen Goldberg taff writer A 53-year-old man was shot nd killed Wednesday evening n the corner of Midland and -age avenues. Syracuse police aid. Officers found Ronnie Collins bout p.m.. bleeding in ront of a house at 1605 Midland Ave., Sgt. Tom Connellan said. An ambulance took Collins to Jniversity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. "We don't know what the motive Connellan said. Wednesday night, police had dentified no suspects in the shooting. Officers closed down several clocks of Midland Avenue late nto the night while they can- vassed the area for evidence. They laid out several cones to mark spent bullet casings and lagged a black beanie lying on the street near West Colvin Street. Police did not say what Col- !ins, whose last known address Disappointed citizen sues, gets campaign donation back Jy Frederic Pierce 'taff writer Patrick Strodel was so disap- jointed by the performance of a local politician that he demanded i refund of his campaign donation. And he's going to get it. Strodel two weeks ago won a default judgment in Syracuse small claims court against Mayor Matt Driscoll and his campaign committee. Founda- tion for the Future. A small claims arbitra- tor ruled for Strodel be- cause Dris- coll's side didn't show up. "It's not the money I can't even fill Strodel up the tank for it's the Strodel said Wednes- day. If he doesn't receive a check soon, Strodel, who runs a lead testing and consulting firm, said he'll try to have the mayor's paycheck garnished. That won't be necessary, said Ted Limpert, a Driscoll cam- paign adviser. Strodel will get his money. This isn't the first time Dris- coll's campaign has returned money to Strodel's company. In June, 2004, the campaign re- turned donated by Lead Safe LLC after Strodel and his wife, Rebecca Marcus, told the campaign that the mayor did not meet their expectations. Lead Safe LLC, lost three city contracts shortly after opening its main office in Little Italy at City Hall's urging, Strodel said. The city began doing the work in-house, and hired some of his employees, he said. Since then, Strodel has crit- icized the administration in the forums, on his Web site www.syracuse and in let- ters to the editor. J ;