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Publication: Altoona Mirror July 27, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYSPORTS: Martin Oil goes 1-1 in NABF / Bl BUSINESS: Pa. has peachy harvest / A9Altana mirror © Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2001 SOC newsstandLakemont liquor license rejected By Ray Stephens Staff Writer Lakemont Park’s food and beverage supplier has lost another quest to secure a liquor license. Logan Township’s supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to turn down a request from Boston Concessions Group Inc. for permis sion to transfer an Altoona license into the township for use in the pavilion area of Lakemont Park. Supervisors questioned the motive behind the request and pos sible changes over which they would have no control Their vote allows Lakemont Park’s current practices to continue. Groups booking catered events at Lakemont Park’s pavilion area are allowed to bring their own beer and wine. Groups also can obtain special event liquor licenses for activities such as the annual Wing Off fund raisers. The vote has no effect on liquor licenses at the Casino at Lakemont or at Blair County Ballpark. Jim Bronson, general manager of Boston Concessions, said the vote left him surprised and disappointed. “Our plan is a good one," Bronson said. The supervisors’ decision could be appealed to the Blair County Court of Common Pleas, Boston Concessions attorney Robert Don aldson said. Boston Concessions could try again to purchase a license from another license holder inside Logan Township. If it could do that, then it could bypass the need to have a transfer approved by Logan Township supervisors. Boston Concessions sought approval on the transfer so it could add beer and w me to tho beverages offered at catered events Bronson said bartenders would dispense the beverages and card consumers served at picnic pavilions. No sales of beer or wine were planned at the park's food booths “Well have a very controlled. managed service,” Bronson told supervisors before they voted. Please see License/Page A6 SUMMER MOVIE MENAGERIE Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Above: Christopher Wojcik, 6, and sister, Ashley. 3, relax with their dog. Lady. 11 it J> Mirror photo by J D Cavnch At left: Lindsey Spahn, 12, holds Treasure and her sister, Lauren. 9. holds Barney. The truth about cats and dogs......and donkeys, dinos and apes ■ Hollywood capitalizes on the popularity of pets.    ■ Animals of all sorts take over at the box office. By Mia Boh art Staff Writer As mankind’s faithful companions, cats and dogs capture imaginations daily with their antics. This summer, they’ve captured imaginations on the big screen as the film “Cats and Dogs’’ where man’s best friends wage a fictional battle for pet superiority —• has grossed more than $60 million since a July 4 weekend debut. Although the movie plot is pure fantasy — your dog is more interested in having its belly scratched than fighting ninja cats and your cat is content to rule your home instead of the world — pets play an important part in the lives of their human companions. According to the 2001-02 American Pet Products Manufacturers Association Survey, there are 68 million pet dogs in the United States and 73 million pet cats. On average there are 1.7 dogs per household and 2.1 cats. One way to classify someone is as a cat or dog person, and locals who attended the movie are no different. Lauren Spahn, 9, and her sister, Lindsey, 12, like cats. Dena Spahn. their mother, considers cats to be more convenient because they are more independent and can be left at home for longer periods of time. Barney is Lauren’s white, black and brown calico. He is a friendly animal that runs to the door to greet strangers, a behavior usually associated with dogs. Please see Cats/Page A4 By Kevin OTT Staff Writer When it’s over, they might call it the Summer of the Animals. There were movies about companion animals (“Cats and Dogs”), human animals (“The Animal"), mythical animals (“Shrek”) and talking animals (“Dr. Doolittle 2”). There were animals farther down on the Darwinian ladder (“Evolution”) and farther up (“Planet of the Apes”). There were extinct animals (“Jurassic Park 3”). There were even animals that had nothing to do with the movies they were named after (“Swordfish”). This weekend, millions of homo sapiens will pour into theaters nationwide to see Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter dressed as simulated simians in “Planet of the Apes." In the previous weeks, they watched Sam Nidi get his Jurassic kicked in Jurassic Park 3" and Jeff Goldblum’s attempt to make man’s best friend nothing to sneeze at in “Cats and Dogs." Somehow, no matter how famous the human, they’re nothing without the animals. “It’s the absurdity. To anthropomorphize them so strongly, it’s almost like intellectual slapstick on a subconscious level.” said Jay Hostler, a Juniata College neorobiologist and creator of “Clan Apis,” an Eisner Award-nominated comic book about bee society. Most of us hang out around humans all day and consequently have ourselves pretty well figured out as a species, Hostler said. Please see Movies/Page A4 Sentence for drug leader upheld ■ An appeals court allows the 60-year minimum prison term imposed on Efrain G. Hidalgo Jr. PHU Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG A state appeals court has upheld the 60-year minimum prison sentence imposed by Blair (ountv Judge Norman D. Callan on the leader of a Buffalo, VY., drug gang that distributed heroin in Altoona two years ago. Callan sentenced Efrain G. Hidalgo Jr.. 27. to a iso* to 120-vear sentence, one of the longest nonhomicide sen fences ever handed down in Blair County. Hidalgo appealed the sentence and several other decisions made by Callan during his weeklong trial last year to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, but the court rejected most of the appeal questions out of hand. not even commenting on them. Callan s decision to impose lengthy and consecutive sentences on each of nine charges against Hidalgo was within the judge's discretion, a three-judge Superior Court panel said. The question that most concerned the higher court was whether Callan clearly stated why he imposed such a long sentence. Earlier this month, the Superior Court vacated one of Callan’s sentences because a presentence investigation was not conducted. The appeals court ordered resentencing, even though the defendant, Jacob A. Ritchey of Martinsburg, had waived his right to the preparation of a presentence report. Ritchey was sentenced last year to serve IO to 20 years for firing ll shots into the home of a Roaring Spring-area couple and their children. Please see Hidalgo/Page A7 Hidalgo Embalming fluid offers different high From Mirror staff and wire reports PHILADELPHIA — A chemical used to preserve the dead is becoming an increasingly popular drug for users looking for a new and different high, one which often comes with violent and psychotic side effects, officials said. The chemical is embalming fluid, and users — mainly teens and twentysome-things — are buying tobacco or marijuana cigarettes that have been soaked in it, then dried. They cost about $20 apiece and are called by nearly a dozen names nationwide, including “wet,” “fry” and “illy.” “Some people around here think it’s just a city problem, but it’s not,” said Julie Kirlin, ■ OxyContin maker faces at least 13 lawsuits from addicted patients / Page Cl a juvenile probation officer in Reading. “Whether they live in a million-dollar house or a $5,000 house, kids who are smoking pot or crack and are looking for a different type of high are turning to wet.” The high that users experience depends on what they’re really getting. Many users who want embalming fluid often get it with phenylcyclidine (PCP) mixed in. Embalming fluid is a compound of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents. “We test for heroin, cocaine and marijua na but not for this,” Kirlin said. “Numbers-wise, I think we’re missing a whole lot.” Adding to the confusion is that PCP has gone by the street name “embalming fluid" since the 1970s. “What they’re getting is often PCP, but the idea of embalming fluid appeals to people’s morbid curiosity about death,” said Dr. Julie Holland of New York University School of Medicine, who has studied drugs including wet. “There’s a certain gothic appeal to it.” Mixing embalming fluid with drugs hasn’t yet caught on in central Pennsylvania, drug law enforcement officers said. Please see Wet/Page A7 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 BIG FOUR3    5^5 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 75° ■ Forecast, A2 #2502 NOW IN STOCK! Prices As Low As Power win do ws/L ocks/Mirrors, Sunscreen Glass, CD & More Chrysler - Plymouth - Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-6167 Power windows/Locks/Mirron £)&7h Sunbather gets surprise visit Somerset County woman licked by black bear in her yard BERLIN (AP) — A Somerset County woman found more to worry about than sunburn while lying out in her yard. Wendy Boyer was sunbathing at her house just outside of Berlin when she heard something moving in the grass behind her lawn chair. “I just thought it was my husband trying to sneak up on me,” she said. “Then I realized that he wasn’t back from town yet.” Boyer said she felt a tongue on her arm and opened her eyes to see a black bear licking her. “I jumped up and yelled, and then it yelled, and then I must have hit it with my hand, and then ran into the house and never looked back.” she said. Boyer said she since has seen the bear, which she said may only be a cub. rooting around the yard. “It’s still hanging around, tearing clothes off the clothesline and digging around in the garden,” she said. Boyer said she may call the state Game Commission to have the bear trapped and taken elsewhere. HHHHHI □ local Q NATION Business A9 Classifieds C3-12 Movies A4 Obituaries All j Opinion A8 GJufe I SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 INSIDEIN NATION President Bush said Saddam Hussein remains a menace, and the United States issued a warning after Iraqi attempts to shoot down a spy plane. PAGE Cl ;

  • Christopher Wojcik
  • Efrain G. Hidalgo Jr
  • Efrain G. Hidalgo Jr.
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Jacob A. Ritchey
  • Jay Hostler
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Jim Bronson
  • Julie Holland
  • Julie Kirlin
  • Kelly Bennett
  • Kevin Ott
  • Lauren Spahn
  • Lindsey Spahn
  • Norman D. Callan
  • Ray Stephens
  • Robert Don Aldson
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Sam Nidi
  • Tim Roth
  • Wendy Boyer

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: July 27, 2001