Altoona Mirror, April 24, 2001

Altoona Mirror

April 24, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Bush defers request for destroyers Life: Imagination rules in kids' play coming to area Dl JUt00na Copyright 2001. TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2001 newsstand PSU hate mail postmark only narrows hunt to 114 Because the letters had an Altoona postmark doesn't mean the letters came from the city AT A GLANCE m BY TIFFANY SHAW StaffWriter One of the few clues investigators have to recent threatening racist letters at Penn State doesn't really narrow down the search' except to central Pennsylvania. The last mailed letter received Friday which contained a death threat against a black student bore an Altoona postmark. Officials said that four letters sent in October also were postmarked Altoona and could be linked to last week's letter. The threats touched off protests this weekend at the university, including a protest by more than two dozen students who rushed the field before Saturday's Blue-White football game. Campus black lead- ers have scheduled rallies and talks to try to head off the racist com- ments. But just Because the letters had an Altoona postmark doesn't mean the letters came from the city. The letters could have been mailed from any one of 114 post offices in seven counties. Altoona Postmaster Charles Burford said any mail sent from ZIP codes starting with 166 or 168 are canceled with an Altoona post- mark. That even includes State College, he said. Since the new Altoona Processing and Distribution Center in Duncansville was opened about two years ago, mail from Blair and parts of Centre, Clearfield, Cambria, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton counties gets an Altoona cancella- tion, Burford said. The Altoona police haven't been notified by the FBI or Penn State police about 'any investigation in the city, Police Chief Janice Freehling said. She said harass- ment by communication incidents can be investigated from either the sending or the receiving end. The recipient of Friday's letter, was Daryl Lang, a reporter for the school newspaper, who got the let- ter in his campus mailbox that threatened the life of a black stu- dent and threatened to bomb a cere- mony honoring black graduates. A second letter also criticized Lang for reporting race-related campus events. Please see A2 there are 114 offices with postmark of Altoona counties include Blair, Clearfield, Cambria, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton reward leading to arrest and conviction has reached with Penn State alumni match- ing the university's reward students to hold a march tolerance on campus today LOGAN RENOVATIONS Cooler times included in plans BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter It's hot days like Monday when the staff and students at Logan Elementary think of the years of construction ahead. The junior-high-turned-elemen- tary building has a reputation across the district as being the hottest school building in town. YiTien the sun makes a strong appearance like it did Monday, students start count- ing the minutes until the final bell, and teachers dream of working in an air-conditioned building. There is light at the end of the overheated tunnel for those who call Logan home. More than million in contracts are in place for a major renovation of Logan Elementary, which will include the installation of air condition- ing. "We're the hottest elementary principal Jeanne Hair said. "It's nothing to be over 110 on a warm day after 11 a.m." The capital improvement plan at the 301 Sycamore St. building also calls for a. new roof and windows, which both leak, and a two-story addition that would bring four new classrooms to the structure. The project also includes a new eleva- tor, sidewalk repair and an all-pur- pose activity field. The classroom location for kinder- garten children also will move to make to make dropping children off safer, Hair said. The current setup is dangerous because young students often exit cars among car and bus traffic. Please see AS SUMMER TIMFS A Mirror photo by Jason Sipes radfordpear trees bloom in down- town Hollidaysburg on Allegheny Street. As the season for April showers passes, summertime weather is felt in the air. Monday's high temper- ature hit the 82-degree mark, warmer than any day in April last year, which never hit the 80-degree mark. The high for this month a year ago was 77 degrees April 16. As for the summer last year, the warmest days came with 85-degree weather June 10 and 16 and again Sept. 3. Crew teams (right) take advantage of the weather Monday as they row down the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, where the temperature also reached into the 80s. For complete weather, please see Page A3. The Associated Press Students come together to help classmate diagnosed with disease BY MIA ROHART StaffWriter CRESSON Caitlin Mayes, 14, doesn't bother to put a hat or wig over her shaved head when she goes outside. "I'm pretty enough without the Penn Cambria High School freshman told her mother, Georgia Mayes, who is amazed at her daughter's strength. Caitlin was diagnosed in March with Acute Lymph- ocytic Leukemia. She is in remission but even with a best-case scenerio, she will undergo treatment for the next three years, Georgia Mayes said. Penn Cambria students and teachers will come together Friday at a student-organized dance to raise money for Mayes and her family. Caitlin loves to read and write. She wants to be a librar- ian and writer and have a col- umn like syndicated colum- nist Dave Barry. Her favorite class is English. Caitlin loves 'N Sync. Even her e-mail address is'a testa- ment to her admiration for the popular band. The money raised will pro- vide a limousine ride for Caitlin and her mother to see 'N Sync at a May concert in Hershey. Please see A5 IN SPORTS... MIAMI, nmmii HSAT Penguins go into overtime against Washington for chance at second round in NHL play- offs! PAGE B1 Miami Heat upset at home for second- straight time by Charlotte Hornets in first round of NBA playoff action. PAGE B1 Rainfall helps to lift water supply BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror Municipal water supplies are in good shape, local officials say. But spokesmen for the state Department of Environmental Protection urge everyone to con- serve water, even when the supply is plentiful. "We are as full as we want to said John Anthony on behalf of the Altoona City Authority. "It's been a fairly good year." The city's 12 reservoirs contain 3 billion gallons of water to supply the r.egion between Tyrone and Hollidaysburg; he said. In Gallitzin, "Everything is full and operations supervisor John Brute said. And his capacity as technical instruc- tor with a statewide outreach pro- gram, he said, "Wherever I have been, everybody in general is in the same condition." MEETINGS-. Bedford hosting one of 15 state- wide public forums on water resources PAGE AID Pennsylvania State Grange announced schedule for water resource forums and foot-and-mouth disease meetings held statewide over next several weeks PABEAZ AprilHutcheson, spokeswoman at DEP's Harrisburg office, said water levels across the. state particular- ly in the Susquehanna River basin were low as recently as March. But calculation of April's rainfall may show some improvement. The winter failed to produce a good snow pack that could have improved the groundwater level, she said. Please see A10 City gets second shot at PennDOT headquarters BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter The city will get another shot at PennDOTs proposed new 320- employee District 9 headquarters, thanks to a late change in specifi- cations for a rebid. PennDOT first proposed the pro- ject in November, giving 45 days for private developers to respond with plans to build the building within 2 miles of Interstate 99 between Leamersville and the 17th Street interchange. It might have been enough time for a developer to get something together for virgin land in a town- ship but hardly enough for one to pull together a more complex city project, where land is scarce and obstacles numerous, Councilman Wayne Hippo said. But PennDOT .rejected all of the about 10 bids it received and rebid the project. The problem was, the sp-cifica- tions for the second round of bid- ding shifted the eligible territory southward, with a northern stop- ping point at Frankstown Road. The new eligible territory stopped a critical half-mile short of 17th CITY COUNCIL... State funds for Baker Mansion may be cut in half. PAGE A4 Street, taking the most eligible city land out of contention. When Hippo found out about the new territorial requirements, he shared it with state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, who got the department of General Services to restore the original northward stopping point to 17th Street. It should make the Station Mall area and downtown eligible. At least one developer is interest- ed in proposing city land for the project. And the state's recently leg- islated preference for brownfield development should help the city. The deadline this time is May 26, which should be enough time, with the bid request having been pub- lished two weeks ago and with devel- opers having had the prior warning with the announcement last fall. Please see A4 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 V v 4636 I Lottery numbers, A3 Breezy with rain, Forecast, A3 Altoona Ultrrnr THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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