The strike-bound Daily News trudged ahead Sunday, handing out free samples and using ``hawkers' to sell papers where vendors feared union intimidation.

But spokeswoman Lisa Robinson would not say how many papers were printed, distributed or sold.Vendors at 10 midtown Manhattan newsstands chosen at random Sunday said they had no Daily News; many said they hadn't seen the paper in several days.

``We're still publishing,' said Robinson. ``We're still seeing gaps in distribution. Many, many people support us. Some people don't.'

The News was struck by eight of its 10 unions Oct. 25 charging unfair labor practices. The Newspaper Guild joined the strike the next day.

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