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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Art Taneyhill, 5 others will join Blair Hall next April Half tL1fi.. ji I INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Ripken shines in American League victory LIFE: Cool off this summer with a glass of iced tea Altoona iJKrrnr Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2001 500 newsstand Ban on hunting columns pursued Animal activists ask newspaper editors not to publish pieces that focus on killing wildlife. From Mirror staff and capitolwire.com reports HARRISBURG Outdoors columns in newspapers should focus more on the outdoors and less on killing animals, according to an animal rights group taking aim at media coverage of hunting. The Maryland-based Kund for Animals sent a letter to about daily newspapers across the coun- try asking editors to stop publish ing outdoors columns on their sports pages that focus on hunting or trapping animals. "Hunting is not a the let- ter reads, adding that.it is absurd that such killing is glorified in any outdoors columns. The three-page letter, signed by FFA Program Coordinator Norm Phelps, asks that outdoors col- umns appearing in newspapers focus on outdoors activities such as "camping, wildlife watching, nature photography and similar activities" rather than hunting. "People who do to dogs and cats what hunters do to deer, geese, doves and squirrels are prosecuted for animal cruelty, referred for psychiatric evaluation or both and rightly wrote Phelps, who characterizes hunting as "legal- ized cruelty to animals." 'Some local hunters said if the Mirror agreed to drop outdoors columns dealing with hunting, they would miss reading such columns. "I read John Kasun's columns and Shirley Grenoble's columns, so I would definitely miss the chance to read those hunter Randy Whetstone of Clays- burg said. "And as a newspaper, you would be doing a disservice to your read- ership if you dropped those columns. Please see A7 CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Mirror file pholo by Kelly Bennett Penn State University student Bei Zhu examines watercolor paint- ings during a late-day shower at last year's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. State College readies for event, hopes to prevent another riot BY DAN LEWEKENZ The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE Magicians, musicians and artists of all stripes will con- verge here today for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. But as State College celebrates the festival's 35th year, the community also is bracing for the weekend, hop- ing to avoid a repeat of riots that marred the festival two of the last three summers. "Every arts festival weekend night has been very busy. We have to put on extra staff, we have a lot of alco- hol abuse, and we have for a num- ber of State College Police Chief Thomas King said. "But prior to '98, seemed to have the staff to deal with it." Please see A3 AT A GLANCE Wfial: 35th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival ol the Arts Where: State College and Penn State University When: Through Sunday Admission: Most festival events are Iree, but a special button is required for admission. Parking: Available throughout State College and tlniversily Park. A special festival shuttle runs from Beaver Stadium park- ing lots. Parking is per day on stadium lots. Some Wednesday events: 9 to 10 am Dance Academy at Festival Shell Stage 10a.m. lo 3 Children and Youth Day Sidewalk Sale on South Allen Streel 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children's Craft Workshop at Schlow Library 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WPSX-TV Storytime on Old Main Lawn to National Marionette Theatre pre serits "Beauty and the Beasl" al Schwab Auditorium (bulton Also at 2 p.m. to p.m. Taylor al Central Parklel Stage 1 to 2 p.m. Two of a Kind at Omega Bank Allen Street Stage 1 lo 2 p.m. -.....Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop at Festival Shell Slage to p.m. Fiddle Fantastick at Central Parklet Stage to p.m. Kalhy Gary at Festival Shell Stage 3 to 4 p.m. Twilight of the Gods p.m. Dance al Festival Shell Stage 5 to 6 p.m. Favorite Poems Project at Omega Bank Allen Street Stage lo p.m. 35lh Central Pa. festival of the Arts: A Community Celebration on South Allen Street 7 to 8 p.m. Simple Gifts Duo children's show at Memorial Field (button to 10 p.m. Feats of Comedy by Michael Rosman at Memorial Field (but- ton Anti-bias law must apply to charities Bush nixes proposal to allow religious groups to discriminate against gays in hiring practices. BY FRANK BKUNI AND ELIZABETH BECKKII New York Times News Service WASHINGTON The Bush administration Tuesday declined a request from the Salvation Army, the nation's largest charity, to exempt religious charities that receive federal money from local laws that bar discrimination against homosexuals. The decision came on the same day thai the charity's request was made public in an article in The Washington Post, which obtained an internal Salvation Army docu- ment that asserted the adminis- tration already had made a com- mitment to the charity's request. That revelation outraged some civil rights groups and lawmak- ers and raised fresh questions about one of President Bush's top legislative priorities. It also threatened to amplify perceptions among many voters that Bush was catering too slav- ishly to his conservative base. Although administration offi- cials said around midday that they were considering the Sal- vation Army's request, the White House announced early Tuesday night that it had decided to deny it. The announcement followed a flurry of meetings and telephone calls Tuesday afternoon between Bush's senior aides, who said they had not been aware of the charity's request until the news of it broke. As soon as it became known, lawmakers who could play a key vole in the congressional passage of Bush's ini- tiative lo funnel more federal money to religious groups that provide social services said that any such exem'p-. tion seriously jeopardized the legislation. "It just puts a cloud over the president's intention to expand a faith-based initiative and unfortunately might terminally wound il in said Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn. INSIDE Conservatives are pushing for a constitutional amendment to make, same-sex marriages illegal. PAGE C1 Census 2000 data on same-sex partner households cannot be compared to 1990 stall sties, the federal government says. PAGE M Traffic will be restricted lo one lane during Ihe work, except at theiailtoad mainline underpass. il temporalily will be stopped. Motorists may want to avoid Hill Run Road This sveek's planned resurfacing ol Mill Run Road coufd cause some traffic headaches for area motorisls. The project involves resurfacing miles ol Ihe road Irom Route 36 at Red Hill lo Beale Avenue. Work on the prnjecl began Tuesday al Route 36 and will proceed toward ine city. The contractor, Mew Fnterprise Slone Lime Co., will be milling during evening and night hours and paving during the toy. One lane will remain open during constaic- licwi, except ivtien woric tafces place trough the lunnel al (he railroad mainline underpass. During work at Ihe underpass, Ite road will be temporarily lo trallic. Traffic congestion also can be expected betvsten the railroad underpass and Broad Avenue, an area where the road is narrow. Motorisls are advised to follow Route 36 between Red Hill and Ihe city of Altoona lo avoid delays. M of tfie work is lo lake place over Ihe next t.vo useks, completion in early August. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthinglon by Kelly Bennett Bedford government offices closed for last week of 2001 By BETH N. GRAY For tlte Mirror BEDFORD Nonessential Bed- ford County government offices will be closed Dec. through Jan. 1 in what county commissioners say is a cost-cutting measure that could save to in this cash- strapped year. Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1 remain paid holidays. Employees will have to take off Dec. 26-28 and 31 without pay unless they have unused vaca- tion days to claim. Several department directors saici many workers traditionally take vacation during that week. Commissioner Dick Rice estimated that most of the savings likely will be The shutdown is expected to save the cash-strapped county between in utility costs and outlays for main- tenance such as snowplowing park- ing lots and cleaning offices. Essential services, including the 911 center and county jail, will remain staffed, and those employees will be paid their regular rates. Prothonotary-Clerk of Courts Cathy Fetter said her office will remain open in case court is sched- uled. The holidays are a busy for fil- ing protection-from abuse orders her office handles. The register-recorder's office main- tains a skeleton crew during the last week of December, Register- Reeovdcr Faith Zcmbowcr said, She urged attorneys and Veal estate brokers to take note of the closing because they often file sales documents at year's end for tax pur- poses. Commissioner Ira Claycomb said the notice was given now so people who do business with the county can plan ahead. Children and Youth Services main- tains a 2'1-liour-a-day, seven-day-at week on-call schedule at all times; Please see All i> DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7430 or (800) 287-44 BO BKJFOUR 9 ft O I Lottei-y numbers, A2 WEATHER Scattered showers, Forecast, A2 Altomta Mirror ITHE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THK GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 ESLOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion J3 SPORTS Local Scoreboard A? All A13 AS B4 B5 La NATION Classifieds C4-14 Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 INSIDE IK NATION The Senate approved billion more this year tor defense and olrier programs Tuesday. PAGE C1   

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