Altoona Mirror, March 19, 2001

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March 19, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Amtrak train carrying 210 people derails Cl Life: Christian artist brings message to Bryce Jordan Dl Copyright 2001 MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2001 newsstand Parents urged to attend meeting on violence BY TIFFANY SHAW StaffWriter The Blair County Drug and Crime Awareness Committee wants par- ents to attend its semi-annual spring meeting Thursday at Logan Elemen- tary School to discuss school vio- lence. The hour-long meeting is free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers, including fea- tured speaker state Attorney General Mike Fisher, will talk about the recent trend of violence among young people. "This needs to be a full-community effort. Parents are a key element in promoting school said Kathy O'Rourke, coordinator of compre- hensive programs in the Altoona Area School District. School staff and student peers also are important as a student goes from elementary school to high school, she said. O'Rourke said violence can progress from taunting and name- calling in elementary school to phys- ical argument in junior high to assault or weapons in senior high school. She plans to tell parents what her school district is doing to prevent violence by getting kids help when they are young. The school should provide a foun- dation for all kids through the edu- cation year and intervene early when problems arise, she said. "There certainly are early warn- ing signs you need to look O'Rourke said. That can mean helping victims become more assertive and develop social skills and counseling bullies to deal with anger appropriately, O'Rourke said. If problems continue with students at risk, more intervention would be made. Studies have shown that at-risk students include those considered loners, those rejected by peers or some who do poorly in school. "We think kids have to be getting the same message from parents and school hitting and bulSying are not O'Rourke said. One of the specific prevention ideas the district is trying is a char- acter education program to teach and reinforce positive traits. Please see A8 IF YOU Blair County Drug and Crime Awareness meeting 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday Logan Elementary School, Greenwood Discussion: School Violence What can' we do? Speakers include state Attorney General Mike Fisher, Dr. Kathy O'Rourke and Dr. Frank Meloy of the Altoona Area School District PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS Officials examine ballot process BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter HUNTINGTON Pennsylvania election officials are adamant that the upcoming fight for the region's open seat in all other have a clear winner. A statewide call for examination of voting procedures, influenced --------------------by the month- Studies slow long controver- search for better sy in Florida voting machines that prevented PAGE C3 declaration of a --------------------new president, will Find its way to the area this morning. Blair County Director of Elections Janice Blair said elections officials from the 11 counties that make up the 9th Congressional District will meet at 11 a.m. at Hoss's Steak Sea House in Huntington. Their goal is to dis- cuss the physical layout of the ballot for the upcoming special election to fill the district's seat in Congress vacated by former Congressman Bud Shuster, who retired last month. "There are no specific problems that called this she said. "We're just trying to keep ahead of anything that could create a prob- lem." Election procedure reform became a nationwide issue in November with the controversy over presiden- tial election returns in Florida. Florida's vote eventually determined the winner to be George W. Bush. The first counts were considered too close to be decisive and resulted in a series of recounts. During these recounts, the question of what consti- tuted a legal ballot involved lawyers, courts and judges at the federal level. Please see AS WHO'S UPSET? Penn State's Brandon Watkins (10) and teammate Titus Ivory (rear) react during the second round of the NCAA South Regional game against North Carolina Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. INSIDE The Mirror's PSU guru Neil Rudel has all the details from game in New Orleans. See what lies ahead for the Nittany Lions. Complete cov- erage of The Big Easy begins on Page B1. BY NEIL RUDEL Associate Sports Editor NEW ORLEANS Ivory's day ended happily on two counts. First he got the news that his mother, Carlenia, would be released from the hospital Sunday afternoon after suffering severe stomach pains Saturday night. Then Ivory went out and scored a team-high 21 points to help lead the Penn State University basketball team to an 82-74 upset over North Carolina in the NCAA South Region's second round Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome. "I've been through adverse times in the last 24 hours, and my team- mates and my coaching staff really helped me through Ivory said. Penn State's senior and tri-cap- tain visited his mom prior to Sunday afternoon's game, along with Lion head coach Jerry Dunn. "I didn't get a lot of rest Jast he said. "My mom and I are tight since my dad passed away [in 1998] and it didn't sit well in my stomach." Ivory left the Superdome quickly afterward and headed for Tulane University Hospital where he said, "I know my mom has a big hug waiting for me." Ivory's mother was taken to the hospital Saturday night but was expected to return to the family's North Carolina home today. She will be accompanied by a friend and the mother of PSU reserve guard Brandon Watkins. Please see A3 Investors see hard recovery Many may not realize long haul to bouncing back from falling stocks. BY GRETCHEN MORGENSON New York Times News Service Trillions of dollars in household wealth has vanished in the sickening stock market fall of the past year. College education funds have been pounded and plans for early retirements probably pushed back as a result. But apart from some finger-pointing and gallows humor in investing chat rooms, investors seem commendably stalwart about the pain they have endured in this bear market, the worst in Nasdaq's history. Such investor stoicism Planning retirement becomes harder with latest market woes PAGE C2 something of a puzzle to many veteran market observers. Since many novices entered the stock market in the 1990s, it was assumed these newcomers would panic and scream bloody murder when their beloved bull was gored. But calm and quiet prevails, at least on the surface of the market. There are signs of suffering in indicators such as con- sumer confidence and purchases of consumer goods and capital goods, said Peter Tanous, president of Lynx Investment Advisory Inc., a money management concern in Washington. "My sense is that the anguish that people are feeling, they are keeping to themselves because the losses are so he said. "Investors are internalizing the pain, but it's being reflected in the economy. People are sitting on their hands and their Tanous, author of "Investment Gurus: A Road Map to Wealth From the World's Best Money makes investor psychology something of a study. He fears that many investors are holding onto decimated stocks in the hopes that they will make a quick comeback, as some have in the past That can be a big mistake, in Tanous' view. And he pro- vides a bit of arithmetic to demonstrate why. Take a popular stock such as Intel, which has fallen 62 percent from its high of in August. Many invest9rs feel that Intel's dominance in microprocessors makes it a prime comeback candidate. Assume that Intel's shares rise 15 percent per year going forward, an enviable return by any investor's reckoning. How long would it take for the shares to get back to their high of just seven months ago? Seven long years. Please see AS Huntington offices to relocate this decade Study shows additional space will be needed in county. BY KEVIN OTT StaffWriter HUNTINGTON Sometime within the next five years, Huntingdon County's probation cffice will be on the top floor of a new annex, the local district jus- tice will move into the court- house and the emergency man- agement agency will move into the district justice's old office. And that's only part of the administrative movements that will hit the county's offices over the coming decade. Commissioners announced the moves this week in the wake of a space-needs study that revealed many county offices will grow enough over the next 10 years to need additional space. The study also confirmed scientifi- cally the conventional wisdom that offices such as prothono- tary and recorder of deeds are in dire need of storage space. The study addressed the needs by reassigning much of the county's office space. "We didn't create any said Denson Groenendaal, architect with Boalsburg's Hoffman and Poppvich consult- ing firm. "We're just allocating it in the best way possible." To do so, they analyzed every inch of every county building: The courthouse and both its annexes, as well as space rented by the county for other offices. They also asked what the heads of all the county depart- ments needed in their offices. "Some things are commission chairwoman Alexa Cook said. "There are filing cabi- nets in the hallway on the first floor [of the county Those filing cabinets are stor- age for the offices of prothono- tary and register and recorder of deeds, two offices right across the hall from each other on the main floor of the courthouse. By, their very nature, the two offices generate more paperwork than any other county office the prothonotary's office filed documents last year alone. .Some of those documents were one page long, some were 200. "It's not something that's just cropped up, it's an ongoing Prothonotary Kay Coons said. She's been making a concerted effort to file away many of her office's documents on microfilm lately. Please see A3 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes KEEPING COPLAND ALIVE Wilhelmina Smith, cellist, plays Sonate pour violoncelle et piano by Claude DeBussy with accompani- ment from Michael Boriskin on the piano Sunday at the Roosevelt Junior High School auditorium dur- ing the Music From Copland House performance, presented by the Blair County Civic Music Association. Boriskin is co-director of the ensem- ble and artistic director of The Copland House, home of American composer Aaron Copland before his death in 1990. 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