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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2001 newsstand IN SPORTS Ravens, Giants face off in Super Bowl IN LIFE Film test offers movies with emotion mm A million-dollar run in the 9th National parties may help fuel congressional challenge. BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer party nominations, which are being han- dled not by a traditional voter primary, Though it would be simplistic to say but through selection by county and state money is the main factor in determining who wins elections, statistics show that can- didates who spend the most usually win. Yet it is possible that in the fight to replace U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, money might not be decisive. It is certainly not a big factor in the political committees. And it might not be a major factor sepa- rating the parties in the special election if Republican candidate John Eichelberger Jr. is right, and the national parties will provide as much money as necessary for candidates to make their best case to vot- ers. GOP chairmen discuss special election Saturday PAGE A14 It seems the national parties are willing to chip in but they're only going to pay if the money will make a difference. On the Republican side, the national party thinks it might not be necessary to kick in, funds to help win because the GOP has such a big edge in the per- cent of registered voters. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is allegedly mil- lion in debt and probably can't afford to help much, said Carl Forti of the National Republican Congressional Committee. The Republican committee, though, will keep a close watch on the race and could contribute as needed, he said. "Obviously, we'll give the candidate full Forti said. The national Democratic Party will help if likely nominee Scott Conklin can show he can win, said Shannon Bilger, Mifflin County Democratic chairman and chair- man of the meeting at which the district's county committees recommended Conklin. Conklin already has demonstrated his ability to compete in a Republican-dom- inated area by unsuccessful, but impres- sive, showings in tries for the state House and state Senate, Bilger said. If Conklin makes the same 20-percent inroad into Republican votes that he made in the state Senate race, he'll win, Bilger said. Please see A6 Last of four parts THE SPECTER OF SPRAWL Altoona's Knickerbocker area is a classic example of traditional neighborhood development, where many daily needs are within walking distance. There's a fine line between promoting, Managing or hindering development. It's a ;line that local officials are looking at now. GROWING CONCERNS Sometimes it seems there are as many viewpoints about sprawl as there are neon lights on Pleasant Valley Boulevard. And the debate "can. get spirited and confusing. For example, when talking about sprawl, the liberals want to conserve and the conservatives to liberate. Liberals want to save traditional ways of city and town living threatened by recent development patterns. Conservatives want to keep the forces of progress and change unfettered. Yet liberals who hate suburbs are true to traditional form in claiming government regulation can fix the prob- lem, And the conservatives who like suburbs are true to form in wanting government to keep its hands off. Both sides claim the high ground on the subject of nature: the anti-sprawlers want to preserve open space and farmland from despoliation by developers. The sprawlers want to let the natural human desire for elbow room take its course. There are proponents of both arguments in Blair County, where the issue of sprawl is just starting to get a foothold. When they look for answers, they can turn to exam- ples of successful growth in Blair County and across the state in Lancaster County. They are the movers and shakers who will help decide how the county grows and changes over the next genera- tion. Some advocate strictly monitored growth, some advocate total freedom and some find a sensible compro- mise somewhere in between. For complete report, please see Pages A9-11 Stories by William Kibler Photos by Kelly Bennett Graphics by Tom Worthingfon II by Ray Eckenrode Our shrinking Jan. 7 Jan. 14 Jan. 21 Today suburbs Sprawl as a social phenomenon How Blair County grew and how it's developed Life in the city versus life in the suburbs Arguments for and against smart growth Wanted: Customers with giant appetites BY MIKE EMERY StaffWriter In its 35-year history, the Super Bowl has grown into a super social event. The Lombard! Trophy and the Pizza Party Pack now go hand in hand. Without the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game, however, the Super Bowl does not gen- erate the same level of party mentality local- fact that keeps Super Bowl Sunday from being a boon for local businesses. As the Baltimore Ravens arid New York Giants prepare to square off today in Super Bowl XXXV, local grocers, watering holes and pizza parlors are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday with a blitz of food and drink specials: Super Bowrparties are being host- ed in homes, taverns and night clubs throughout the area. But from the standpoint of local business owners, it's not the same without the Steelers vying for their fifth NFL champi- onship and playing in their sixth Super Bowl. "In my 20 years in the pizza business, the single busiest day I've experienced was Super Bowl Sunday [1996] when the Steelers played the said Steye Dinicola, owner of Steve-0's Pizza in DuncansvUle. Please see A14 More plans may cover birth control Local insurers say federal ruling should speed trend of paying for contraceptives. BY KEVIN OTT Stuff Writer A December ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could result in greater coverage of contraceptives in employer-offered health plans across the nation. But local health-insurance providers said the ruling may be unnecessary. The ruling is an enforcement of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a law adopted by Congress in 1978. The PDA states discrimination based on pregnancy constitutes sex discrimination. Now many businesses that offer coverage of drugs that prevent illnesses also must offer coverage of birth control. Contraceptives, the EEOC ruling said, pre- vent pregnancy in the same manner that other medications prevent other medical conditions. 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