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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 9, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY Cholesterol drug taken off market after deaths Ci Musical tale of mother, stripper daughter presented Dl Ultrror Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2001 newsstand Private prison plans proceed BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer PHEJPSBUBG A Texas com- pany can restart efforts to con- struct a private prison in Clearfield County, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The million, institu- tion is to be constructed in Morris and Decatur townships on a patch of strip mines and woods a mile west of Philipsburg Borough. It will employ at least 374, with more than 200 coming from surrounding com- munities. In Jiine 1999, The Citizens Advisory Committee on Private Prisons Inc., led hy Chris Bungo of the Philipsburg area, challenged the project in U.S. District Court in Johnstown. Judge D. Brooks Smith concluded then that the Federal Bureau of Prisons violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it gave the go-ahead to Cornell Companies of Houston to begin con- struction. Smith said construction began in 1998 without proper environmental clearance, but he ruled Wednesday that tho bureau "cured" its viola- tion of federal law by stopping con- struction and performing an envi- ronmental assessment. The assessment included nearly every issue raised by. the citizens' group from the effect on land and law enforcement to possible urban sprawl around the prison, and the bureau concluded that the prison would have little effect on the community. The citizens' group was con- cerned about a housing shortage from new families moving into the area, including inmate families. The environmental study shows that more than empty residential unite already exist in Clearfield and Centre counties. Bungo hadn't t'ead the judge's decision when contacted. Please see A7 THE LION'S DEN Mirror pholos by J.D. Cavrich Let's readyto rumble From Mirror staff reports UNIVERSITYPARK Football coach Joe Paterno (at right) peers at the packed house in the Lasch Building for Penh State's annual media day and only could shake his head. '1 can remember when I thought if five of you showed up it was he told the crowd of nearly 200 Wednesday.' 'I could never have believed I would sit here at media day with this many people." But like the games themselves, Penn State football at any time of the year has grown into an event. This season, there's added anticipation. Not only do the Blue and White faithful want to see if or how well the Nitfany Lions can bounce back from a 5-7showing in 2000.....- PStPs first losing season since 1988 and second since 1938 assem- ble in about strong to experience a refurbished and expanded Beaver Stadium (shown above) when Miami visits Sept 1. Seating increased by including 60 skyboxes ami cushioned club seats. So far, the reviews are strong. "It's senior center Mart Schmitt said. Please see story, Page Bl OXYCONT1N MAKER Patent to dupe abusers sought BY CHRIS KAHN The Associated Press ROANOKE, Va. The maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked to a growing num- her. of overdoses and deaths, said Wednesday. that it has come up with blueprints for a "smart pill" that would be tougher to abuse. The new painkiller, which has yet to be named and would not be available for at least three years, would destroy its own narcotic ingredi- ents if crushed into a powder and snorted.or injected the typical manner in which OxyContin is abused. "Addicts and abusers are going to find this very said Dr. J. David Haddpx; senior medical director for Purdue Pharma LP of Stamftml, Conn. "Before long, they're going to say, 'Don't mess with that stuff; that's no Purdue spokesman Jim Heins said the drug could become an alternative to their top-selling painkiller in areas such as rural Appalachian where prescription drug abuse is especially.high. OxyContin is a slow-release narcotic painkiller that is widely prescribed for victims of modei-ate to severe chronic pain resulting from problems such as arthritis, back trouble and cancer. One pill is designed to last 12 hours, but abusers usu- ally crush the medicine and snort or inject It; producing a quick, heromlike high. The drug has been blamed for contributing' to more than 100 deaths nationwide. Purdue, which has become the target of at least 13 QxyContin- related lawsuits in five states, says those esti- mates are unreliable and that in the vast majori-. ty of those cases, the victims were abusing othex drugs atjhe same time. Like OxyContin, which was introduced.in December 1995, the new drug would be for vic- tims of moderate to severe chronic pain. However, it would be embedded with micrcf scqpic "beads" of naltrexone, a narcotic antag- onist that counteracts the medicine. Please see AID Rules strengthened on towers BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Those interested in putting up a communications tower in Logan Township face more than federal rules. They face local rules, too, and as of tonight, maybe the most strin- gent tower rules in Blair County. In May, township supervisors amended zoning regulations and agreed that communications tow- ers could be built only in the town- ship's industrial and agricultural A-l zoned areas. Tonight, supervisors plan to add more rules, limiting height to 150 feet unless property lines provide room for a maximum 200 feet. They also will require dust-free roads leading to the towers, landscaping around a tower's foundation and an 8-foot-high fence to restrict access. Supervisor Diane Meling said tha basis for the ordinance was a sample ordinance she got from the Governor's Center for Local Government while attending a township supervisors conference. Solicitor Larry Clapper used that ordinance to come up with what will be the latest rules governing tower construction in Logan Township. "I'm very pleased that we are being proactive about Meling said. Please see A3 Criticism flows over plan to extend waterlines in Greenfield Township BY MICHAEL EMEKY Staff Writer CLAYSBURG Greenfield Township residents are upset about a plan to alter the means by which they access water. Most in Tuesday night's stand they are satisfied with using wells to access water, and they want to nix a plan to extend municipal waterlines throughout the township. The plan would force residents living within the extension area to pay a flat-rate, per month ing-room only crowd at the town- they hook up ship supervisors meeting to tho system. "We have wells for our water; we don't need [municipal] Ron Ickes said. "They want to force this water system plan down our throats, even though we have n o need for it and we don't want Frances Ickes said. Please see A7 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 The Magazine... Wine Spectator Says: ITALIAN VILLA "Is One of the best Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers" Aug. 3ist Edition Business Comics Obituaries Opinion Local____ Scoreboard D5 THAFSRACIN Steve Park's career on fast track. PAGE 83   

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