Altoona Mirror, August 10, 2001

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August 10, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY REUGION: Families enjoy time together at church festivals FREE INSIDE SPORTS: Thomas Chevrolet claims its third straight City League title Bl LIFE: Destiny's Child outshines other teen pop acts on MTV's 7RL' tour Dl Altmma mirror Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2001 newsstand Bush OKs limited stem cell research From Minor staff and wire reports CRAWFORD, Texas President Bush announced support Thursday night for federal funding for limited medical research on embryonic stem cells, a deci- sion he said balanced concerns about "protecting life and improving life." "I have made this decision with great care, and I pray it is the right Bush said in the first prime-time speech of his presidency. Citing the promise of breakthroughs in fighting diseases such as Alzheimer's and 'diabetes, Bush said he would approve fed- eral funding but only for existing lines of embryonic stem cells. That would restrict research to cells from embryos that already have been destroyed. Stem cells offer dislant promise of dazzling medical advances PAGE C1 The president, an opponent of abortion, said he would prohibit the use of federal funds to create any new lines of human embryonic stem cells. He said it was important that "we pay attention to the moral concerns of the new frontier." Even though he sought middle ground on the complex political and moral issue, Bush's remarks triggered criticism, muted from supporters of research, force- fill from opponents. "The trade-off he has announced is morally said Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, president of the TXS. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "It allows our nation's research enterprise to culti- vate a disrespect for human life." U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., a supporter of research, welcomed Bush's decision as "an important step forward." But, he added, "it doesn't go far enough to fulfill the life-saving potential of this promising new medical research." Please see A6 Event's wings won't be clipped Liquor control turnaround helps secure future of Wing Offs BY TIFFANY SHAW AND CRAIG WILLIAMS Stqff Writers The Lakemont Park Wing Offs are likely to fly high again after state liquor control authorities turned up new legal research Thursday and reversed a previous ruling banning teen-agers from the event. While the ruling didn't come in time to bolster a below-average crowd this week, it almost certainly will affect next week's summer finale and helps ensure the traditional summer event will continue. "We are very excited about the recent change in said Jim Bronson, general manager of Boston Concessions, the park's food and beverage supplier. "It's absolutely amazing, and we are very happy to see it." manager Barry Kuinpf worried that event orga- nizers would have a hard time finding restaurants to sell wings if customers were limited by admission rules. But Bronson said Thursday that the reversal would keep the event alive. "We're certain it he said. That was good news to the Wing Off faithful. "This is a family event, and everyone should be wel- said Natalie Voytko of Hollidaysburg. "People should be able to bring the family. There's no trouble here, and there are never any fights." All visitors were allowed hack in the Wing Off area Thursday after minors were banned last week following action by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. The LCE had ruled that alcoholic beverages had to be kept separated from minors in the Wing Off pavilion area. The park obeyed the'ruling by restricting access to the event to adults over 21 or children under 10 with a parent. The initial LCE ruling created a logistical double stan- dard for event organizers and confusion among families. The LCE reversal came too late for some families who already made plans for the evening. "We normally do bring our three teen-age one woman said. Please see Wing A5 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennotl Don Smith Altoona, checks IDs Thursday night at the Wing Off at Lakemont Park as Steve Salsgiver, Altoona, waits in line to have his identification checked. Group judges Callan unfit for retention Judge says he'll stand on his record in quest for 10 more years on bench. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan's retention for another 10-year term will be challenged by a group that says ho is ill-tempered and often callous on the bench. Callan said the members of the group "are enti- tled to their opin- ion, but he added that he'll run for retention on his record this fall. The judge soon vvill form a reten- tion committee to present his side of the story. The anti-Callan group, the Comm- ittee for Judicial Fairness, filed reg- istration papers in the county court- house Thursday. It is headed by for- mer Altoona City Councilman Bettwy. Former Blair County District Attorney William J. Haberstrph figures to be one of the most visible members of the group. Stephen H. Hess, a certified public accountant, is the group's treasurer. The committee will urge voters in the fait to vote no on Callan's retention, a decision that would create a judicial vacancy in January. If a vacancy is declared, Gov. Tom Ridge will name a judge to serve the remainder of 2002. Voters then would elect a judge for a full 10-year term in 2002. Callan, who announced late last year that he intended to run for Callan retention for a second term, learned Thursday about the group opposing his retention. "These individuals are entitled to their opinion. It's the he said. "I'll stand on my The opposition group is citing Callan's temper on the bench as the primary reason for asking vot- ers to reject retention. The judge often has confronted lawyers in court and is known for his sharp questioning of clients and their attorneys. Callan was cited by the Pennsyl- vania Court of Judicial Discipline a year ago for being "impatient and discourteous" during a profec- tion-from-abuse hearing in 1998. The court did not take action against Callan, but he was required to attend a hearing in Philadelphia. Bettwy said he supported Callan 10 years ago but changed his mind about him when the judge became angry with Bettwy's daughter dur- ing an appearance for a domestic relations case. "She was treated very, very he said. Bettwy said he wrote the judge a four-page letter protesting the way he handled the case. Hess said he was in the court- room during Callan's handling of a domestic relations case. "I have seen Judge Callan in he said. "With this type of demeanor, he doesn't belong on the bench, I don't know Judge Callan personally. He may be the finest gentleman in the world." Please see AS Logan Township supervisors place communications tower rules on hold BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Logan Township supervisors Thursday night put proposed rules for communications towers on hold until refinements are made. After hearing concerns about tower height and property setback requirements, supervisors agreed to delay adopting an amendment to its zoning ordinance. That will give solicitor Larry Clapper time to rework the language. "I think we've got the basics township Supervisor Diane Meling said. She and supervisors Frank Meioy and James Patterson backed away from adopting the amendment after hearing that taller towers might improve wire- less communications in areas of the township where it is not possi- ble. They also heard a concern that the ordinance's property setback requirement may be too strict. Larry Lahr of Chambersburg, rep- resenting Nextel Partners of State College, said that while the town- ship designated the industrial zone as one of two zoned areas for towers, the amendment makes meeting the setback requirement difficult. "Your industrial districts are built up, so it's difficult to meet the Lahr said. Under the proposed the foundation and base of any tower should be at least 100 feet from a property line. Please see A5 Bud Shuster uses campaign funds to help pay legal fees Bv CLAUDE R. MARX The A ssociated Press WASHINGTON Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9Jh District, who was rebuked by the House ethics committee for being too close to lobbyists, used in cam- paign funds to pay for his legal fees incurred during the investigation. Shuster paid the funds to three Washington law firms from his campaign treasury in January and February, according to disclo- I sure forms filed with 1 the Federal Election I Commission. House rules and fed- leral law permit such use of campaign funds, though some members choose to set up sepa- rate legal defense funds. Shuster did not return phone calls seeking comment. His campaign treasury had at the beginning of 2001 and at the end of June. Sinister Though Shuster's use of cam- paign funds to pay his lawyers is legal, itvlolates the spirit of the law, Millersvlllc University political sci- entist G. Terry Madonna said. "This is a frequent practice but not a good one. Individuals make contributions to fund the running of campaigns, but because of the laxity of the law, members have a lot of discretion in how they use the he said. Please see A6 V DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 HAFOUR 0 Lottery numbers, A2 Cloudy, showers, Forecast, A2 J 2001 CLEARANCE SALE Going On Now! See Page C-11 Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blud. Altoona, PA 943-6167 .QLOCAI Business Hospitals A9 Classifieds C3-12 Obituaries Opinion A8 UFE D5 Movies Scoreboard I Cojnics_________ Community news D2 _B4 i Pozzies_____ D4 B5 j Television D4 INSIDt ,i IN BUSINESS The slowdown in ihe economy has not cul into (lie steady pay raises enjoyed by U.S. workers. PAGE A9 ;