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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 5, 1991, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Section previews local winter sports season -Inside Mike Reid's mom: He's just one of my boys -Cl Altoona Tomorrow: Partly cloudy ttror Keep the shovel handy Mirror photo by Rosemary Fama THE .FIRST REAL SNOW of winter meant shoveling for Ken Potter at the Penn Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday morning. A meteo- rologist with Air Science Consultants in Pittsburgh said the area could see an inch or so of snow tonight. Also, he said, temperatures will grad- ually rise, to 30 or 35 degrees Friday and into the 40s this weekend. Blair to eliminate tax-exempt status of 400 properties By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLL1DAYSBURG Church parking lots and parsonages will be put back on the tax rolls, according to the Blair County commissioners, who reviewed about 400 tax-exempt properties in the county this morning. Commissioners William C Stouffer, John J.'EbersoIe and Donna D. Gority are aware the ruling may be controversial but as Mrs Gonty explained, the county board has been "overly generous" with its tax exemp lions in the past and it has decided the time has ebm'e to reverse the process. The commissioners held an informal meeting with Assessor Charles McGram, whtt has been reviewing the county's tax exemptions. McGrain said many counties already tax church parking lots and par- sonages and other buildings owned by non- profit groups that Blair County has long exempted. For example, McGrain said convents are not eligible for exoneration, despite Blair County policy'allowing it. Ebersole said he thinks Blair County should begin conform- ing more strictly to tax laws. "There is going to be some angry people, but it's the Ebersole said. "If we have been overly generous, and it appears to me we have, we have to trust Bud (McGrain) to give us that informa- Mrs. Gority said. Stouffer said the commissioners sent McGrain to a seminar recently and found put that in many Blair was exempt- ing property that other counties have long taxed. McGrain said the properties headed back to the tax rolls are worth about million, according to county property tax figures. Since the values the county uses are based See Tax exempt on Page AZ Altoona, Pa. Dec. Forecast A4 50 cents Wonder drug? Aspirin may fight cctlon cancer., studies suggest By David Brown The Washington Post To the ever-expanding list of aspirin's medical uses, researchers have an astonishing new candidate: the humble tab- let may slow, or even prevent, colon cancer. Several epidemiologieal studies, bolstered by experiments in labpralory animals, are building a convincing, though still unproved, case that regular, low doses' of aspirin may cut nearly in half the risk of death from the country's second deadliest cancer. If further research bears .out recent find- ings, aspirin's reputation as. the biggest pharmaceutical bargain..of the century mil seem unquestioned. The drug is used widely in the prevention of heart dis- ease and strike, is the first-choice therapy in some forms of arthritis ,and has shown pre- liminary benefit .in preventing certain com- plications of pregnancy, :in. addition to its traditional role as mild {Iain-killer and fever- reducer. i The newest findings came, in a study of "risk factors" for cancer among 1.2 miilion men and women whose' health is being fol- lowed by the American Cancer Society. The study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, 'examined the1 experi- ence of about people between 1982 and 1988. Women who reported taking aspiria at least 10 times a month in the year before'the study started had a 42 percent lower rate 'of death from colon cancer over the next six years. Hen with similar aspirin consumption had a 40 percent reduction in death rate from that cancer. People who took aspirin less frequently had a smaller reduction in risk but still had colon-cancer death rates lower than those who never took aspirin. Acetaminophen, often sold as "non-aspirin pain had no effect on colon-cancer See Aspirin on Page A2 Terry Anderson reunited with his 'incredible' sister By Mark Fritz Associated Press. '-rVA jubilant ferry Anderson was reunited way station for freed hostages' Say, who had pressed presidents and prime ministers' in a him (feed.. "What canT'say? It's just great, It's been so said the 44-year-old journalist, the last American hostage in Lebanon, from the steps of the U.S. military hospital.' In an intermittent pre ram, more than 200 shpuling and whooping people greeted the chief. Middle East correspondent for The Asso dated, Press, who was freed Wednesday after days in captivity He responded with waves and large, toothy grms He held the hand of, his 6-year old daughter Sulome, born three months after he was cap tured. Also with him 'was Madeleine Bassil, Sulome's Lebanese molherj i Although she never met Anderson until Wednesday, Sulome knew him as "Daddy" from photos Over the years, she had sent poignant written and videotaped greetings to him, expressing hopes that he would be home soon On the ground in Wiesbaden, the little girl leaned against Anderson, smiling, his big hand on her shoulder. As Anderson stepped from the helicopter, that shuttled him from a nearby US. air base, Mrs Say dashed forward, gave him a huge hug and stroked his face They held each other tightly and rocked back and forth. On the hospital steps She stood at his side, wiping tears of joy from her eyes Asked about the tenacious efforts of Mrs Say to get him freed, Anderson said: "Fantastic, wasn't it? It's great to have a sister like that" "You get yourself in trouble and she just comes along and gets you he joked, and the crowd .laughed. Mrs Say's unrelenting" quest to free her brother made her arguably the best-known cam- paigner for the hostages' freedom! She wrote a: See Anderson on Page A2 Associated Press FORMER HOSTAGE Terry Anderson greets his sister, Peggy Say, upon his arrival at Wcisbaden, Germany, early today. Steen, Cicippio carry Evidence oif captivity WIESBADEN, Germany (AP) least two of' the three Americans freed in Beirut this week will forever carry physical1, reminders of the, cruejty they endured in captivity L, Alann Stee'n.t released Tuesdsyr faces'a lifetime medication to con- trol seizures and blackouts, eausediiy b.ram he 'suffered when he was beaten. by his. Lebanese. captors, a US military doctor said Wednes- day "He is coming out slightly differ said Dr. Uwe Fohlmeister, the -hostages' physician. But Steen's wife, said todav he would cope with the injury See Hostages on Page A2 Blair eyes central 911 setup Emergency system may based in Hollidaysburg By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Jerry L. Stephens, a-dispatcher with the Hollidaysburg .Police Department, knows that sharing information, can make police a lot more effective, He remembers that quick retrieval of information led police to crack a bur- glary ring.. He points out that a good information sys- tem would make it a lot easier, for, instance, to catch the culprits who are vandalizing the property of Aitoona Councilman James P Covino, a recent high-profile case Stephens is, a member of a county task fprce that is studying Ihe installation of an enhanced 9jl Emergency telephone system to serve the entire county, The would.be expensive; up to 2 million, but it would be worth it, Ste phens and the other members of the task force concluded Wednesday. Technical experts on the task force will meet next week with the director of the county's emergency management program, Lawrence Carroll, to decide which options to in.an enhanced system. Wednesday a report was presented by the consultants for the project recommending, that all dispatch operations in Blair County be in the'Emergency Management Opera- -tions Center in Hpllidaysburg, that police forces adopt compatible radio frequencies an information records system be included in the new 911 system. With the new system, a police officer stop- ping a car' on the highway would know See 911 system on Page A2 Bush weighs whether to curb robot phone dialers In the Mirror By David Hawkings Mirror Washington Bureau WASHINGTON It is up to Pres- ident Bush whether the dinner hour will remain prey to the sales appeals of robotw telephone callers Among the final acts of its 1991 session, Congress last week cleared a measure virtually banning the use of automated dialing machines to send messages to American homes. It also would allow people, some- time next year, (o avoid human sales forces, probably by putting their names on a new national "do not call" list that telemarketers would have to obey. As of Monday afternoon, the for- mal papers had not yet been deliv- ered to the White House. Once they arrive the president must either sign the bill within 10 days, or else it is killed by a "pocket veto" because Congress will not reconvene for. aiiother month. No decision has been made yet on: what Bush will do with the bill, said a White House spokesman, Gary Foster The president has never explicitly' threatened a veto. But, as. Congress debated the measure, the Office of Management and Budget issued a statement' objecting to it as unneces- sary, saying the1 current patchwork of state laws, regulating telemarketing. It also said a complete ban on See Phones op Page A2 Astrpgraph..Dlo: Births Classified ;.C7-12 Comics..........DM Crossword and other puzzles'.' .......DID Dr. Hospitals........B2 Lifestyle..........Cl Movies.............C6 Obituaries ,.....B3 Opinion............B4 Sports..........Dl-9 Stocks..............A2 Television ....Oil   

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