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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY USA WiEECEND; Special pullout poster on men's health issues SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche takes Game 7 Stanley Cup home Ci LIFE: Local musicians jam today for Jimmy Rossi Memorial Trust benefit show DJL Copyright 2001 JUNE 10, 2001 newsstand Nursing inspectors target local home I Most of Blair County's other 11 nursing homes fared better than the national average. Number of nursing homes in Blair Counly National'average number of deficienc lound in nursing home inspections Number of counly homes with more than the national average of deficiencies Highest number of deficiencies found-al Beverly I lealthcare-nillvow Number of county homes with urie Fewest number of deficiencies found-at Morrisons Cove Home See complete list of mosl recant inspections on Page A 7 Mirror graphic by Tom Worthlngton II BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer All but one of Blair County's 12 nursing homes fared well in their most recent state inspections. State officials found 14 deficiencies at Beverly Healthcare-HUlview, and the facility was placed .under a tenuous second provisional license because of recurring violations. An Altoona Mirror review of other facilities' recent inspections showed: Eight of 12 homes, where about elder- ly residents are cared for, had fewer than the national average of six violations. One Morrisons Cove Home had no violations. Most violations reported were in the two least severe of the four categories inspectors use. No violations were found countywide in the most severe category. Beverly Healthcare-Hillview, 700 S. Cayuga Ave., first was placed on a provisional license in November. Richard McGarvey, a spokesman for the state Department of Health, said the facility initially made progress in working on its problems when inspectors visited in December and February, but the home "slipped back" in the March review, prompting the issuance of the second provisional license. More inspections will take place this sum- mer. If Hillview is given a third poor rating, it could face the loss of its license and state and federal funding, officials said. Chad Evans, who has been the administrator of Hillview for six months, said the home will appeal the March inspection report. "The residents are getting good he said. But the state's report concluded that, among other problems: residents weren't given care and services to maintain a high quality of life; residents weren't given proper treatment to prevent bedsores; the rate of medication errors wasn't kept to less than 5 percent. Please see A7 TEEN FEST 2001 BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer One youth at Saturday's Teen Fest took his BMX bike down a 6-foot ramp, then up a pyramid box ramp 30 feet away, popped into the air 5 feet, then rolled hack down the other side all under control. Another took his UMX bike over a single, smaller ramp a few feet high and crashed onto Seventh Avenue, which was closed for the four hour event. The first youth made it look easy. The second showed the con- sequences for the unskilled. It also illustrates why organiz- ers of Teen Fest say the event can help prevent delinquency. Teens who turn delinquent turning to drugs, drink or crime often are risk-takers. Using drugs or alcohol is a risk, a challenge, a dare for them, said Marian Fifer, executive director of the Altoona Hospital Partnership for a Drug-Free Community, co-sponsor with Open Doorways of Teen Fest. The BMX, skateboard and in- line skating activities the teens were doing, however, are a healthy alternative. "ft sounds kind of said Corey Pruyn, 18, who lives near the Jaffa Mosque and is one of the best skateboarders in town, one of his Teen Fest colleagues said. But in Altoona, teens turn to drugs because there's not much to do, Pruyn said. He's been skate- boarding for three years and is so consumed with it, he hopes to turn professional. Jason Caputo of Hollidaysburg wants to stay out of trouble, too. "That's why I'm he said, sitting cm a curb near Roosevelt Junior High School in front of his BMX bike in between two bud- dies, who like on dirt mounds in woods near their home. It seems that the risk-taking kind of teens prone to do drugs also are more likely to go for the individual-oriented, alternative sports such as skateboarding, Fifer said. The corporate, group-competi- tion sports such as baseball, foot- ball and basketball tend to appeal to them less, she said. An annual event, Teen Fest by itself isn't going to turn anyone around, but in its six years of exis- fence, it may have helped show some teens the healthy alterna- tives to risk-taking, organizers said, Please see A9 Mirror photos by Jason Sipes The band Electric Blue of Tyrone performs at Teen Fest. The sixth annual event near Altoona Area High School drew more than young people this year. Healthy choices Youth event promotes alternative risk-taking PlfPI IffiStSM Above left: Joey Luke 13, and Eric Moore, 11, play a little one-on-one basketball Saturday. Above right: Krystal Davis, 15, and Christine Moore, 14, run through a shower created by an Altoona Fire Department ladder truck. MCVEIGH EXECUTION Feds oppose court appeal on videotape BY ANNE GEARAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON Videotaping Timothy McVeigh's execution could sensationalize what ought to be a solemn event, the Justice Department argued Saturday in opposing a Supreme Court appeal. Lawyers for a man who could face the same method of execution as Timothy McVeigh's asked the court's permission to tape it and offered assurances that footage of the Oklahoma City bomber's death would not be released to the public. But Acting Solicitor General Barbara Underwood urged the court to reject the last-minute tap- ing request as misguided and con- trary to federal prison regulations. "In light of the ubiquitous inter- est in the Oklahoma City bombing, the mere creation of a videotape of McVeigh's execution would pre- sent the government with unique Underwood wrote. Lawyers for Joseph Mincrd, a Pennsylvania man charged in a bombing that killed his pregnant former girlfriend and her daugh- ter, said they want the tape for pos- sible use in their legal argument that federal execution by lethal injection is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment, y Federal prosecutoi-s indicated they will seek the death penalty in Minerd's case. If convicted and sentenced to death, Minerd would be executed in the same Terre Haute, Ind., death chamber where McVeigh is scheduled to die Monday morning. Please see A6 Local clergy differ on death penalty BY JON FLECK For the Mirror Two wrongs don't make a right. An eye for an eye. Those stances exemplify the dif- fering opinions of area religious leaders regarding Timothy Mc- Veigh's pending execution. The spotlight shining on the Oklahoma City bomber's execu- tion has given those opposing the death penalty a platform from which to speak out against capital punishment. Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese Bishop Joseph Adamec made strong remarks opposing McVeigh's death sentence. "His scheduled execution is seen by many as a restitution of sorts for the senseless loss of 168 human lives in Oklahoma City-six years Adamec said. "A 169th death does bring Adamec Dull back 16fl lives. All life, even Timothy McVeigh's, is a God-given precious gift." McVeigh's execution, the first to be carried out .by the federal gov- ernment in 38 years, speaks vol- umes about what little value soci- ety has for human life and only serves to perpetuate what Pope John Paul II has called a "culture of Adamec said. Please see A6 fr, DELIVERY; Subscription or home 1 delivery questions: 946-7-) 80 or 207-4-180 BKS FOUR 6 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER f-4 Partly cloudy, Forecast, A2 Sula fnilant Rcbala Final Price S184S HICKORY HILL 3 PC, CASUAL LIVING ROOM With scatter-back pillows deep seat cushions. All 3 PCS: Sola, chair ottoman. SHOP TODAY NOON-4, MON.-FFU. 9-3, SAT. 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