Altoona Mirror, January 16, 2001

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January 16, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Taking a closer look at the Penguin trade life: Identity theft becoming more common problem Copyright 2001 iWtrror TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2001 newsstand School makes digital pitch Spring Cove is one of six finalists for. million grants. From Mirror staff and wire reports MARTTNSBURG The Spring Cove School District is staking its claim today for one of two mil- lion grants that the state will award for the purpose of "re- inventing education through the use of technology." Spring Cove is one of six finalists still vying for the digital school dis- trict grants with a presentation in Harrisburg. Students, parents, teachers and administrators from the finalist districts are in Harrisburg today and Wednesday to present their plans to an expert panel. The pan- elists will judge each presentation and select the two schools to become Pennsylvania's first digital school districts. The other finalist school districts are the Carlisle School District, Cumberland County; Franklin Regional School District, Westmoreland County; Hatboro- Horsham School District, Montgomery County; Owen J. Roberts School District, Chester County; and Quaker Valley School District, Allegheny County. Some of the ideas proposed by the six finalists include education- al and training programs available to students, teachers and the com- munity 24 hours per day and every day of the year, customized lesson plans for every student and con- stant access by parents to academ- ic information about their chil- dren, such as attendance, course selections, schedules and grades. Spring Cove has teamed up with Penn State University and Schoolwires Inc. of State College to draft a proposal that will "make learning available anywhere, any- time, at your Superintendent James Scott said. Specifically, Spring Cove's digi- tal school district would enable each student to gain access to the best educators in the world. Students could interact with other students, as well as academic and professional experts from around the world. In addition, parents would have the ability to interact with their children's teachers, as well as monitor their children's activities at any time. Please see A8 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Lynne Banks, Loretto, and Dennis Riegelnegg, Ebensburg, hold candles Monday during a prayer and reflection on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at St. Francis University. Diversity focus of Penn State Altoona forum BY MIA ROHART StaffWriter When Holly Gruss came from rural, homogeneous Forest Hills High School to Penn State Altoona as a freshman, she was riot prepared for the diversity she encountered. "There were more minorities here then I ever had to deal with in my life, and quite frankly I was said Gruss, one of four stu- dents who spoke at the event. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings, the campus faculty hosted an event Monday to discuss diversity issues on campus. It was one of numerous events in the region. Gruss, a senior majoring in crimi- nal justice and a member of the var- sity women's volleyball team, said she gained perspective on racial relations through a race and ethnic- ity sociology class, which she sug- gests be made mandatory for all stu- dents. She also gained insight while serving as an orientation leader. Gruss, who has many friends from different backgrounds discuss racial issues comfortably and open- ly, said she has evolved since her freshman year. "The people who go to this school tend to be from areas where they didn't have a whole lot of physics professor Gary Weis.el said. Please see A4 Blair GOP rift reopens Political experts feel county unity is needed to choose a potential candidate for Shuster's House seat. BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter A long-standing rift in the Blair County Republican party is starting to rear its head in the behind-the- scenes race to fill the 9th District congressional seat being vacated by Bud Shuster. Blair County Republican Chairman John Eichelberger, a potential candidate for the House seat, said this week that supporters of Shuster's son, Bill, may be using "strong-arm" tactics to get the Republican nomination for the seat. The Shuster camp quickly denied the accusations. A divided Blair County GOP could lessen the chances of a Blair candidate grabbing the nomination at an upcoming mini-convention. Several area political experts have said county unity and the ability to build coalitions will be the key when the Republicans get together to choose their candidate. Eichelberger has been a longstanding critic of Bud Shuster, dating back to the mid-1990s when the elder Shuster supported other candidates in a county com- missioner race that Eichelberger eventually won. He said he suspects the Shuster family and backers such as state Sen. Pro Tern Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair, and lobbyist Ann Eppard have been reminding people of old favors and promising new favors in exchange for the votes they'll need in a mini-convention of district delegates to choose a candidate. But Jubelirer, arguably Blair County's most powerful Republican and a longtime Shuster ally, said that's non- sense. "There are no favors, no chits, he said. "He's dead wrong." Eichelberger is adamant. "If you can come from a position of power and call in. chits or promise other things to people and control three, four, five or six county chairmen, you can control the votes for this he said. "The bottom line is a lot of people involved in the party coun- ty chairmen resent trying to have their arms twist- ed." Mifflin County Republican Chairman Rocco Soccio, whose county will take the largest number of delegates to the convention, said he's not aware of any Shuster- driven pressure campaign. The Shuster camp hasn't approached Mifflin County, which is neutral, he said. "We've never had any Soccio said. Jubelirer said he'thinks Bill Shuster has become the frontrunner among about a dozen candidates and peo- ple are taking potshots at him. He added that Bud Shuster told him that he isn't even making phone calls on his son's behalf. Jubelirer said he's disappointed with Eichelberger. He admitted there was a rift over Eichelberger's Shuster criticism, but he said he and the commissioner had made peace and established a working relationship, which he hopes continues. It's appears that the rift still exists as Eichelberger said it's not surprising that the Shuster family would resort to pressure tactics because Bud Shuster has oper- ated that way for years, calling in chits and promising favors to sway the outcomes of elections. Please see A8 VITAMIN POPPING II" I L J J J J for Public gets updated advice s? Cj 1 900mtcrog m rllher rtarfr., BY LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON Call it vitamania: About 40 percent of Americans pop vitamin pills. But just how much of each vitamin does your body need? When does food provide enough? And how much is too much? A prestigious science group has just updated national guidelines on how much of every vit- amin and mineral Americans should eat daily for good health plus a never-before-com- piled list of which popular megadose vitamins could harm them. But consumers will be hard-pressed to use the guidelines to make more nutritionally savvy food and supplement purchases. Don't expect food labels to be updated with the new "recommended dietary allowances" any time soon. The Food and Drug Administration hasn't begun considering whether to force vitamin bot- tles to list the safe upper doses. It may take questioning a dietitian to learn that more than milligrams per day of vit- amin E or international units could cause uncontrolled bleeding. Or that many people over age 50 have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 from natural food sources and thus should eat fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals or a daily supplement to ensure they get 2.4 micrograms per day. Please see AS New vitamin guidelines Here -are "the recommended dietary allowances for selected vitamins and minerals, according to the Institute of Medicine. It crograms for men. 700 for .women: found in carrots and other dark-colored vegetables and fruits; upper limit. micrograms. 75 milligrams for women. 90 for men; 8 ounces of orange juice yields a day's supply; smokers need 35 more milligrams; upper limit. milligrams more can cause diarrhea. titan E 15 milligrams: upper limit. 1.000 milligrams; higher, levels risk uncontrolled bleeding. RDA for most adults. 1.000 milligrams daily; for ieen-agers. 1 .300 milligrams; for those over age 50. 1 .200 milligrams: high- est food sources are dairy and calcium-fortified orange juice. 8 milligrams for men and posimenopausal women; pre- meoopausal women need 18 milligrams; pregnant women zfc'friif ligtanis; upper limit, 45 milligrams or stomach upset can occur. r men 8 for women upper iimii 40 milligrams more can WocK absorption of another vital nutrient, copper. Source: Institute of Medicine Local restaurant evacuated because of possible gas leak BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter Dream Restaurant at the intersection of Route 22 and Allegheny Street was evacuated Monday night and as many as 10 people were transported to area hospitals for treatment because, of a possible gas leak. Brian Seiler, the chief of Hollidaysburg's Phoenix Fire Department, said three area ambu- lance companies were called to the restaurant to transport those feel- ing the effects of the leak. While there may have been a minor leak of natural gas, Seiler said the biggest problem had more to do with carbon monoxide. The source of the leak or leaks as of late Monday had not been found. Restaurant general manager Calvin Russell said representa- tives of Dominions Peoples Gas Co. and a heating and refrigera- tion service were in the restau- rant checking to determine the source. He predicted the restau- rant will open today. Employee Dave Kite, who as part of his duties does the dish washing, said he noticed that a couple of the cooks at the restau- rant were feeling "really bad." He said he smelled gas. Please see A3 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7iin22910ii00050iiiiA 7 050 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly sunny, 37" Forecast, C2 Altoona iHtrror Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THK GREAT COMBINATION of MIKHOR CLASSIMEDK and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 13 Business Hospitals Obituaries Opinion High schools Scoreboard j QNMION AS Classifieds A7 I A7 AS Qure B4 BS Astrograph Comics Puzzles Television C3-8 D2 D3 D2 D2 HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE Because of the Martin Luther King Day holiday, stocks do not appear in today's Mirror. t ;