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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Nation: Antiques dealers accused of fraud 01 Life: Blending in electronic components at home Dl Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2001 500 newsstand The Associated Press Providence's John Linehan (left) is consoled by Penn State's Gyasi Cline-Heard. Family makes trip in hopes of seeing more BY NEIL RUDEL .Associate Sports Editor NEW ORLEANS The Crispin family has been traveling through- out the season to see their sons and brothers play for Penn State. They even drove hers. Steve and Sue Crispin and their two daugthers drove 14 hours Thursday, staying overnight in LaGrange, Ga., on the state's bor- der with Alabama, and then drove the remaining five hours Friday. "I told Joe and Jon we didn't come all this way just for one Sue Crispin said, smiling. NCAA MEN Penn State 69, Providence 59 Mirror Associate Sports Editor Neil Rudel'and correspondent Mark Brennan have all the deiails from The Big Easy. Complete coverage begins on Page B1 The Crispins got their wish as their sons and the rest of the Nittany Lions defeated Providence, 69-59, in an NCAA South Region game Friday night at the Louisiana Superdome. The victory pushes Penn State (20-11) into the second round against North Carolina That game will be played Sunday at p.m. Steve Crispin said high airplane costs helped make the decision to drive. "We couldn't get a flight out of he said. "We had people checking everywhere." The Crispins, who live in Pittman, N.J., normally fly out of Philadelphia. "We're just happy to be Steve said. If the Lions, seeded seventh in the region, can shock second-seed- ed North Carolina, the Crispins only would have to drive to Atlanta, the site of next weekend's regional finals. "Two wins would sure make for a shorter ride Steve Crispin said, smiling. "But we'll take it one day at a time." Mirror Associated Sports Editor Neil Rudel can be reached at 946- 7527 or INSIDE STUFF Top seeds Illinois in the midwest division and south division Michigan State don't give up any big surprises. Indiana State, Gonzaga and Butler throw a curve at their opponets and sports fans, but was it enough for an upset? See NCAA tourney roundup PAGE B4 In high school action, PIM state basketball playoffs continue. Locally Bishop Guilfoyle and Bishop Carroll remain in action. For preview stories and complete playoff roundup PAGES HOME AND GARDEN SHOW SEYMORE BROS., INC t-st. 1924 A Complete Line of Quality Concrete Product Delivered lo (he Central Pennsylvania Ami Manufacturer of ArNANCHOR WAU SWTEMS Bless Concrete Block 221 Si Mirror photos by Jason Sipes Kaylee Buckreis, 5, of Altoona looks at the fish in the pond at the Seymore Bros, concrete supplies stand Friday at the Home and Garden Show. Below: Jeffrey Lingafelt 10, and Matt Lingafelt, 9, check out the sink waterfall display by Smitty's Kitchen and Bath Store in Duncansville. Got feng shui? BY MICHAEL EMERY StaffWriter "IPhe 2001 Blair County Home I and Garden Show has every- I thing, including the kitchen feng shui, the ancient Asian tradition that aims to create the best home and outdoor envi- ronments for individuals to reach their fullest potential by accentuat- ing the five elements of wood, earth, metal, fire and water. Please-see A7 IF YOU GO. Home Garden Show Today: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. At the Jaffa Mosque Admission: Children 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult. Parking is free. Dow sees weekly low point drop BY SETH SUTEL The Associated Press NEW YORK Blue chip stocks capped their worst-ever weekly point drop and biggest percentage loss in more than 11 years Friday, pummeled by pessimism that the economy and corporate profits will be able to turn around at all this year. Not even hopes for a big interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve Tuesday could ease the pain. The Dow Jones industrial aver- age tumbled 207.87, or 2.1 percent, to The Nasdaq composite index fell 49.80, or 2.57 percent, to and the Standard Poor's 500 fell 23.03, or 2 percent, to The stock market's statistics for the week, which included a 436- point slide in the Dow Monday and another 317-point drop Wednesday, attest to the gloom that pervades Wall Street: The Dow lost 821.21, eclipsing the 805.71 the blue chips lost dur- ing the week ended April 14. The Dow's 7.71 percent slide for the week was its biggest since it lost 7.76 percent the week ended Oct. but it was only 44th on the index's list of worst weekly per- centage declines. The blue chips have now fallen 16.2 percent since peaking at Jan. The Nasdaq fell 161.87 or near- ly 7.9 percent for the week, leaving the index 62.5 percent below its peak of March The Nasdaq also is at its lowest close since Nov. The 500 fell 82.89 or 6.72 percent for the week. It has lost a Market watch March 16, 2001 -207.87 9823.41 -23.03 -49.80 Dow Jonas Industrials Standard A Poors 500 Nasdaq RllSMll 2000 441.80 NYSE diary Advances: 997 New highs Declines: News 109 Unchanged: 221 Compositevolume: Nasdaq diary Advances: Declines: 060 New h'9hs 25 Unchanged: Volume: New lows 389 quarter of its value from its high of a year ago. The declines brought the Dow below for the first time in 27 months and pulled the Nasdaq under for the first time since October. The selling sliced billion from the total value of U.S. stocks, according to Wilshire Associates of Santa Monica, Calif. Please see A7 INSIDE TODAY Duncansvifc authority releases water rates report. Blair Township names Fans remember Dale i a new police chief. Earnhardt Hollidaysburg PMK 8 Community Partnership Racing minorities director's column. 3 NutlNiMfcithHi: Next week: April 21 I Cambria County The Mirror's complete listings of television programming for the upcoming week. Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Cloudy with snow, 37" Forecast, A2 Gay comedian speaks at college classes BY KEVIN OTT StaffWriter HUNTINGDON During a Friday afternoon class in Good Hall, a dozen political science stu- dents had their faces pointed eagerly at the front of the room, grilling a visiting comedian about relationships between gay and straight people. There was some hostility in the room, unmistakable and unavoid- able. But it was edged with schol- arly inquisition. That was fine as far as Juniata College was con- cerned. The students were learn- ing, whether they liked it or not, and that's why Suzanne Westenhoefer was invited to speak to classes. Westenhoefer, billed by Juniata as the "No. 1 les- bian comic in will perform tonight in Oiler Hall. But class Westenhoefer all day Friday as part of the school's Artist Series, dedicated to bringing cultural ele- ments to Juniata that might not otherwise hit rural central Pennsylvania. That's why Westenhoefer was sitting on a desk in Good 320 Friday afternoon, at the business end of a hundred questions begin- ning with student was do gay people complain about see- ing so many heterosexual images on television and in the movies? Why can't they just turn off the tele- vision? Why can't they just choose not to look at those images? Nobody's complaining, Westen- hoefer was trying to tell him. Nobody needs to turn off the tele- vision or move to a commune. All they want, she told him, is for peo- ple to live and let live. "We don't want you to kill she said. "We don't want you to throw things at our houses." It wasn't like that all day. In ah adolescent development class at noon, students were silent. There, Westenheofer read from a list of questions a professor had given her. In two other classes, students asked questions of pure curiosity: Is it tough being out of the closet? What sorts of legal issues face gay people and not straight people? What they found out: Westenhoefer is a lot like them. When she was in high school in Lancaster County in the '70s, she and her friends would go to Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day. Please see A7 Altomta iHtrrnt HQT-ADS.dom We 're white-hot! I [THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 Q LOCAL Movies Obituaries Opinion A10 A8 High schools BS Classifieds C3-14 Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 BUSINESS Rail freight con- tributes billions to Pennsylvania. Martin's recalls grat- ed parmesan cheese. PAGE A9   

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