Altoona Mirror, February 12, 2001

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February 12, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Tony Stewart races to Bud Shootout victory life: Good cut, products can help men's bad hair days QJ, Altoona iHtrror Copyright 2001 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2001 504 newsstand THREE RIVERS STADIUM IMPLOSION GONE IN 19 SECONDS "It's just been apart of my life. It seems like everyday life." Spectators look on as Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium is imploded early Sunday morning. Pittsburgh says goodbye to 30-year-old park BY C.T. DOBROWOLSKY Mirror Sports Staff PITTSBURGH Images of glo- ries past and ghosts of great- ness fell with the rubble of Three Rivers Stadium Sunday. There were images of the late, great Roberto Clemente patrolling right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There were ghosts of Steeler greats Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier and the Steel Curtain defense. When the huge concrete structure met its end at a.m., thousands upon thousands of people turned out to say goodbye. The streets on Mount Washington, rising high above the Ohio River, were cluttered with people clad in black and gold, all eager to see the final moments of the stadium so etched in their memories. "That stadium's 30 years old, and I will be 31 in said Jeff Peters of North Hills. "It's just been a part of my life. It seems like everyday life." However, not every spectator was there to wish goodbye to great sports moments. Others came to rekindle different memories. "I actually met my wife at Three Rivers said Tom Rodman of Pittsburgh. "Our first date was at Three Rivers Stadium. We came to see it get tore down. It holds a lot of memories for us." Memories and curiosity were not monopolized by the citizens of the Steel City itself. Many well-wishers and curiosity seekers came from all over Pennsylvania, including more than a few locals who made the early morning, two-hour trek down Routs 22 from Blair County. Please see A4 Residents view stadium's last historic moment BY JEFFREY BAIR The Associated Press PITTSBURGH A cloud of dust went up, and Three Rivers Stadium came down. Sunday saw the end of one of the nation's best-known stadiums home of one of football's most famous plays and a Pittsburgh pro sports resurgence in the 1970s. Several thousand people lined Pittsburgh rivers to cheer the implo- sion of the 30-year-old home of the Steelers and Pirates, some camping out as early as 1 a.m. Sunday to get the best view. The stadium's western wall tum- bled inward and the rest of the structure collapsed into a cloud of dust. The million implosion lasted about 19 seconds. "This is the greatest day of my said 16-year-old Joseph King, who won a raffle to earn the right to push a plunger to start the demolition. "I heard the bangs, and it seemed like forever before it went down." The blast was followed by a round of fireworks about 8 a.m. Experts loaded pounds of dyna- mite into the mammoth circular stadi- um last week to clear the way for sep- arate baseball and football stadiums rising nearby. PNC Park opens with the Pirates and Mets in an exhibition game March 31, and the unnamed Steelers stadium opens this fall. Pittsburgh television stations rigged six cameras inside the stadi- um that captured most of the action before the cables were cut by falling concrete. The cameras were rescued demolition crews combed the debris shortly after the blast. Please see A4 I am trying to find a way to get a proper number of does taken. Deer management specialist Gary Alt Proposal looks to improve deer herd BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer MARTINSBURG A Pennsylvania Game Commission official told about 700 hunters at Central High School Sunday night that the commission wants to work with hunters to improve the deer population in Pennsylvania. "I have never had anything as horrifying as trying to sell deer management, but the future of hunting rests on the decisions we make on deer said Gary Alt, Game Commission deer management specialist. Alt has been touring the state, providing information- al seminars since the Game Commission on Jan. 23 gave preliminary approval to a proposal that would start doe season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving with buck sea- son beginning the following Monday. Seasons for both buck and doe would continue through Dec. 8. Traditionally, a three-day doe season has followed the two-week buck season, although last year the Game Commission started doe sea- son on the last day of buck season. A vote on final approval is expected in April after a peri- od of public comment. The proposal is designed to COMMENTS Anyone wanting to make an official comment on the proposal is asked to send a March 30 to the Game Commission, Attention Deer Season Comments, Bureau of Information and Education, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. stop the underharvesting of ante-less deer and the over- harvesting of antlered deer, increase hunter recreation by opportunity and relaxing restrictive regulations. "I am proposing a 13-day doe season not to wipe out the Alt said. "I am trying to find a way to get a proper number of does taken. Let's" eat the does and grow the bucks. Back off the little bucks so they can grow bigger antlers." Alt said there are too many does and not enough bucks. "We are wiping out bucks faster than any state in the Alt said. "Less than 1 percent of the bucks in Pennsylvania live until 4 years of age. You can't have large bucks if we don't allow them to grow up." Hunters need to feel it is OK to shoot more does.he said. "Does have become consolation prizes, hunters value their Alt said. "We need to convince hunters to shoot does. Buck venison is no better than doe venison." Alt said there would be several advantages to his pro- posal: A Saturday of forests packed with hunters pursuing does also might make bucks more wary when the season on them opens on the following Monday. Please see AS Cell phones making emergency calls tricky Altoona teen who is featured in a national magazine gives behind-the- scenes details of beauty pageants. MMKV Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 Ct i I Lottery numbers, A2 Partly cloudy. C2 911 dispatchers sometimes have trouble finding caller's location. BY MICHAEL RACE The increasing popularity of cellu- lar phones is creating a costly dilem- ma for Pennsylvania's counties. As more people use cell phones to report emergencies ranging from highway pileups to domestic disputes, county 911 dispatchers are facing an increase in calls and the added diffi- culty of finding the caller's location. "We get [cell phone calls] all the said Jeff Fornwalt, director of the Blair County 911 center. "We've gotten calls from southeastern Pennsylvania about accidents in Allentown." When such calls come in, the Blair County dispatchers at the 911 center ask the caller for a location, so if nec- essary, they can transfer the call to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center. "You'd be surprised how many peo- ple can't tell you where they Fornwalt said. Blair County isn't the only county dealing with 911 calls from the own- ers of cell phones. "Anecdotally, every county win tell you the fastest increase in 911 calls is from cell said Douglas Hill, executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. And for counties, that translates into time and money. Hill's group wants state lawmakers to add a 911 surcharge to cell phone bills similar to the monthly fee already pay for stan- dard phone lines. A 1990 state law allows counties to recover costs for 911 systems by assessing a fee on every conventional telephone line in the county. The fees, which range from to per month, are collected by phone compa- nies and passed on to the counties. In Blair County, the fee is per conventional telephone line, which produces nearly annually that the county uses to operate the 24- hour per day emergency answering system. Schuylkill County Commissioner Jerry Knowle said his county's 911 system received nearly emer- gency calls in 1999 and 2000. But the percentage of those calls coming from cell phones jumped significantly. Please see A8 At The Dealership Over 1 Used Cars Trucks AH Supw Sale Priced 2525 800-6-SLY FOX 1 NATION Business_ 1 Hospitals Obituaries Opinion C3-8 Baseball Scoreboard AS i Classifieds A7 A7 i __ i QUR i Comics OS Community news D2 B4 i Puzzles D4 R5 Television D4 IN NATION Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., hints that a second Clinton impeachment could be possible. PAGE C1 I ;