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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY A listing of television programming for the upcoming week FREE INSIDE Spy crew destroyed classified material after landing on Chinese airfield Cl Tips from designers to make your home lighter and brighter Dl Altmma iJKrror Copyright 2001 flair files Nixon brief The county's DA responds to couple's request for a hearing in nation's top court. Bv PHIL RAY Staff Writer Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman has asked the US. Supreme Court to deny a hearing for an Altoona couple who failed to seek medical care for their gravely ill 16-year-old daughter. Instead of med- ical treatment, the parents allowed the youngster to be anointed by an elder of the Faith Tabernacle Congregation. If the nation's highest court accepts Gorman's plea, then Dennis E. and Lorie A. SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001 newsstand Gorman Nixon of Altoona, members of the Faith Tabernacle, will have exhausted their appeals. They then will be required to serve 2'A to 5 years in prison on their convictions of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. Shannon Nixon, their daughter, who was just shy of her 17th birth- day, died from complications of diabetes in 1996. The young woman requested that a church elder anoint her and pray for her recovery. Then-District Attorney William Haberstroh and Gorman, then Haberstroh's top assistant, con- tended that the, Nixons should have sought medical care for Shannon despite her wishes and their religious beliefs. The Nixons did not seek medical care for Shannon even after she went into a coma, Gorman said. In November, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the Nixon's defense that their daugh- ter was a "mature minor" who had Please see A7 ALL WOUND UP Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett yason Schmidt throws a pitch Friday as part of his rehabilitation ment with the Altoona Curve. Schmidt, a righthander for the Pittsburgh Pirates, says he's happy to be back on the mound. I PAGE B1 Solid pitching helped lift the Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday in Chicago. PAGE B1 Most of the Pittsburgh Penguins took the day off ahead of today's Game 2 with the Capitals. PAGE B1 An Altoona man will box in tonight's Regional Golden: Gloves competition at Roosevelt Junior High. PAGEB1 Handgun industry collapsing BY JEFF DONN The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The American handgun market has dropped off so steeply that some industry experts worry it may never fully recover. Observers and critics cite a num- ber of factors for the decline, including tougher rules for pur- chasing handguns, a possible growing disenchantment with firearms because of the stream of horrific workplace and school shootings, and the fact that Americans already may 'own all the handguns they need. The handgun business is "a dying said Cameron Hopkins, editor-in-chief of Amer- ican Handgunner magazine. "It seems to me like everything's wrong with the handgun indus- said Dave Tinker, founder of the Firearms Business newsletter. Combined production for domes- tic and overseas handgun sales tumbled by 52 percent between 1993 and 1999, according to an Associated Press analysis of the Smith Wesson branches out its product line PAGE A3 latest data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Industry experts foresee more rough going in the future for the country's 50 handgun manufactur- ers, many in New England's Connecticut River Valley, where firearms have been made since George Washington established his armory there during the Revolution. _ Handgun imports also are way down, ATF figures indicate. Among possible factors: The market may be Handguns aren't like cars that wear out in a few years or have built-in obsolescence. John Rosenthal, chairman of Stop Handgun Violence, said malt ers have "oversaturated the male market and failed in engaging women." Larry Flatiey, who runs specialty manufacturing for Smith Wesson handguns, preferred to call it a "mature industry." Please see A3 Altoona housing projects planned BY WILLIAM KIBLER Stuff Writer The Altoona Housing Authority plans to spend million for cap- ital projects over, the next five years, mainly for upkeep and repairs on its Fairview Hills fami- ly project and the Green Avenue and Eleventh Street elderly hous- ing towers. The expenditures are part of a five-year plan required by the Department of Housing and Urban Residents required to perform community service PAQE A7 Development, a plan for which the authority held a hearing Thurs- day. i The plan calls for a total of million on Fairview Hills, million for Green Avenue and at Eleventh Street. It also calls for spending at other sites and an additional for authoritywide work. Please see A7 High tension keeps Easter pilgrims away BY LAHRY KAPLOW Cox News Service JERUSALEM Tucked between pillars at the doorway of the hulking Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Palestinian Christian Fadi Abu Manneh watched the worshippers enter. The 28-year-old business manag- er for a Canadian foreign aid agency is one of about Jerusalem Christians. They can usually count on Easter pilgrims from around the world to shore up the faith's presence in the Holy Land. But Abu Manneh said he saw too few pilgrims and too few fellow local Christians this Good Friday. "It is a sad Abu Manneh concluded as he held his two-year- old son. "This is no atmosphere for a holiday. It is mostly just prayers." Nearly seven months of Israeli- Palestinian fighting, which has killed about 370 Palestinians and about 70 Israelis, have cast gloom over the season. The number of foreign pilgrims is far fewer than normal. Please see A6 Virgin Mary image draws in hundreds The Associated Press About people line Pioneer Avenue in Brookline past mid- night Friday waiting to enter the home of the Semplice family (far right) to see an alleged version of the Virgin Mary on an attic door. BY ALLISON SCHLESINGER The Associated Press PITTSBURGH A family allowed hundreds of people to file into their home Friday morning to view a glowing image of what they claim is the Virgin Mary. Pittsburgh police estimated about people stood in line to get into the Pittsburgh home, where the Semplice family says the image appeared on an attic door Tuesday night. Mark Semplice, son of the home's owner, said the glowing image is a sign from God on the eve of Good Friday. -v "I think she's telling us to pray to Semplice said. "Her son died for our sins, and we should respect that People forget that there is a God." Some described the image vivid- ly: a warm, yellow and white image of the Virgin Mary, with her hands held .in a prayer position and. fish on each side. Others said they simply saw something. The image reportedly only appears at night and when the win- dows to the second floor are Please see A6 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7936 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 iUtrror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today... Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIllUOR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 Q LOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A9 I Classifieds C3-12 AS A11 A8 I Comics OS j Community news D2 B4 i Puzzles D4 Norfolk Southern Corp.' President David Goode did not testify at a state House Transportation Committee' hearing in Altoona Thursday as indicated 'ma story on Page A1 .of Friday's was an editor's erj
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