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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY LIFE: MTV's celebrating 20 years on air Dl _ I Pick winner of Sunday's race B3 Kids, get the scoop on ice cream page D3 Altnima illtmir Copyright 2001 MONDAY, JULY 30, 2001 500 newsstand Cameras roll on streets BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer Don't be paranoid those eyes in the sky aren't watching you as you drive down Interstate Street or Plank Road. The eye is nothing more, than a video camera that eventually will be used to monitor traffic and congestion problems. Twelve to 14 cameras are being installed in the Altoona area and will be connected by fiber optic cable to monitors in the PennDOT District 9 office in Hollidaysburg. Many drivers who notice the cameras for the first time probably wonder what the devices are filming. But PennDOT is not zooming in on par- ticular drivers. "They are not for enforcement or surveillance. They are for us to use to gather information in somewhat heavy traffic PennDOT spokeswoman Kelly Whitaker said. The video camera systems used by PennDOT differ dramatically from red-light traffic cam- eras, which are drawing a lot of attention and outcry across the country. Al least 50 cities use the traffic system, in which cameras snap photos of vehicles that drive through red lights. Then the registered owners are sent citations. That system is illegal in Pennsylvania, said state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona. Chairman of the state House Transportation Committee, Geist and other members took a trip to Baltimore this spring to see the red-light cam- eras in action. The committee may have hearings on the sub- ject later this year in Philadelphia, which has expressed interest in using the cameras to enforce stoplight laws. Although the cameras may have a positive effect on driving safety, the problem is caused when revenue is raised in the process of enforc- ing laws, Geist said. Please see A6 A camera mounted on a light post on 17th Street will monitor traffic and potential congestion problems on the busy thoroughfare. Don't worry, it's illegal in Pennsylvania to use the cameras to catch motorists violating traffic rules. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes A pack of cyclists rolls over 12th Avenue during the 2000 Tour de 'Toona. The 2001 event begins Tuesday with the Altoona Mirror Time Trial. INSIDE TODAY A preview of the week's racing and a look at last year's results inside a special Tourde 'Toona supplement free inside today's Mirror. THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE Tuesday: Altoona Mirror Time Trial. Pro men start at 6 p.m.; pro women start at p.m. Wednesday: Crown American Johnstown Circuit Road Race. Pro .men start at 9 a.m.; pro women start at 1 p.m. Thursday: Pontiac CMC Hollidaysburg Circuit Road Race. Pro men start at 9 a.m.; pro women start at 1 p.m. Friday: Hoss's Circuit Road Race, Pro men start at 8 a.m.; pro women slart at a.m. Saturday: Verizon Pro-Am Road Race. Pro men start at 8 a.m.; pro women start at a.m. Sunday: Coca-Cola Fresca Criterium. Pro men start at 1 p.m.; pro women start at 3 p.m. For more information on this year's races, please see Page 6 of our special Tour de 'Toona supplement. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes OUR COVERAGE Each day of the 2001 Tour de 'Toona, fhe Mirror's photography, news and sports staffs will bring yoj complete coverage of the events with stones of the people behind the races as well as the results and the winners. COMING TUESDAY: Cyclists discuss how to become a professional and if the Tour is facilitating an emergence of pro cyclists in this area. COMING WEDNESDAY: A growing body of research shows spending too much time on bicycle seats can cause fertility problems for male cyclists. Riders share what precautions they take. COMING THURSDAY: After a two-year struggle in State College, Johnstown seems to embrace the evenl. A look at why the atlilude is different there. Altoona resurrecting Main Street program BY WILLIAM KIDLEU Staff Writer The Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. is getting ready to revive the Main Street program for downtown even if the state doesn't come through with in seed money. In a few weeks, GAEDC will advertise for a Main Street manager tentatively called manager of commercial reinvestment to be hired as soon as the fall. GAEDC is looking for someone education and experience in economic development, marketing and retailing; someone with a vision for adaptive reuse of huildings; someone who can work with gov- ernments, agencies and businesses; someone who can coordinate events and get tilings happening in places like the Southern Alleghenies Art Museum, the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Heritage Plaza and the Heritage Discovery Center, Executive Director Pat Miller said. Please see AS DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (BOO) 2874480 V B1QFOUR 9 1 7) 3 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly cloudy, Forecast, A2 You talked; we listened Based on responses to a comics feedback line, Alley Oop and Frank Ernest return to the ft Minor today. Since Alley Oop is a continuing strip, we will run two each day this week to catch up. For that reason, the TV question and-answer feature that normally runs at the bottom of the comics page will not appear this week. It will return Aug. 6. The Mirror thanks ail the calters for their responses. Mellon customers urged not to leave PITTSBURGH (AP) The chair- man of Citizens Financial Group wants Mellon customers worried about the takeover of that institu- tion's branches not to worry and not to leave he knows how to run a bank. "We're a really good retail bank and a good business Larry Fish said. "And we don't do much else." In fact, he said, the change could be good news for Mellon cus- tomers, who may see more compet- itively priced products in the months to come. Announced two weeks ago, Citizens Financial, based in Rhode Island, plans to purchase Mollon's retail and small-busi- ness banking businesses in four states including Pennsylvania, whore Mellon is based for billion. The deal will make Citizens, the U.S. arm of Royal Bank of Scotland Group, one of the nation's 20 largest commercial banks. 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