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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 26, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Once upon a time t, )ryteller has way with words INSIDE TODAY NAiCAi; Tony Stewart wins Sharpie 500 POWERBALL 17 22 42 Altoona iittrrnr Copyright 2001 Little League World Series Pushing for more than win BY DAN LEWERENZ The Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT Close your eyes, and you could be in any of hundreds of ballparks around the country. The smell of hot dogs on the grill, the roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat they're all signs America's pas- time is alive and well. But open your eyes here and you find yourself in a baseball wonder- land that's almost unimaginable In this age of college sports gambling, player-agent scandals and multi- million-dollar signing bonuses. Florida team upsets Baby Bombers PAGE C1 Even under the bright lights and the glare of TV cameras, the Little League World Series shines as an example of what sport was meant to be, where children both on the field and off play virtually without a care. The first sign of the event's inno- cence comes at the gate or the lack thereof. Tickets to Little League World Series games, are free. Most are awarded in advance, but a handful are held back each game for walk-up customers. No tickets left for the stadium? No problem. Come championship today, tens of thousands of fans will watch from the terraced hill that overlooks Howard J. Lainade Stadium. That same hill serves as the pri- mary distraction for kids who tire of the on-field action. With the first good snowfall months away, chil- dren use cardboard boxes as makeshift sleds (or surfboards, for the more careening down the hill with reckless abandon. Their devil-may-care attitude stands in sharp contrast to that of the kids on the field, who play as if their lives depend on making just one more out, s coring one more ran. Please see A6 AUGUST 26, 2001 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL newsstand Mirror pholos tiy Gaiy M. Baranec Above: The Southside Steppers of York work their way through the heritage festival crowd Saturday on their way to the stage. Below: Lavelle White and her "L" Men sang their Austin, Texas-based rhythm and blues sound. Event brings many customs together BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Tyrone English of Hollidaysburg summed up the African-American Heritage Festival Saturday at Penn State Altoona by saying, "This is beautiful." The sun was shining and the the ribs was good. But those amenities which no doubt helped make the festival a success for the eighth consecutive year were only part of what English was talking about. The festival, he said, "is good for the kids to learn about differ- ent heritages." And there were plenty of chil- dren at the festival. "You've got gospel out there. The kids need he said, referring to the steady blast of music coming from a nearby tent. He summed it up by saying the festival for the community was "really positive." The heritage festival began late Saturday morning and continued until sundown. It featured a talk by Eric L. Smith of the state Historical and Museum Commission, a discussion of gospel music by Funteller Jackson and music by the Gospel Lights of Pittsburgh, Lavelle White, the Southside Steppers, Carolyn Lee and E'Layne. Among the festival leaders, Harriett Gas ton, a native of Charlotte, N.C. an acade- mic adviser at Penn Stale said the crowd was not large. That may have been disappoint- ing, but the crowd was steady throughout the day and night, which was positive. Please see A3 PSU influx has 2 sides Residents, businesses around Altoona campus see return of students from different points of view. BY WILLIAM KIBLF.R Staff Writer Good, bad or indifferent? The students have returned to Penn State Altoona. It's an annual ritual that boosts businesses and riles neighbors. Good? Businesses on 25th Avenue in Wehmvood say it's a boost. Some say a little 5 percent or 10 percent. One says BO percent. Some just say significant. Even discounting the campus, Video Update has a good location and lacks competitors on its side of town, Manager Mark Dunn said. The proximity of the campus only makes it better. "It's what puts us over the Dunn said. Weekends are the busiest times for students to rent Dunn's movies. They favor party movies and cult favorites such as "A Clockwork Orange." They don't cause trouble. But they tend to hang out a bit at the store, chatting with the young crew, which includes some of their own, talking about professors and school and joking. They spend the most money early in the school year, less after they begin to run low on cash. They look for specials then grow frugal. They're all right about returning the rented movies since the store imposed a rule that doesn't allow a card holder to include any additional peo pie on an account, except family members. Before the rule change, students often put roommates on their accounts, and the room- mates sometimes abused the accounts, failing to bring back movies and not paying late fees. "They'd leave the main card holder holding the Dunn said. Please see AID ticket giveaway The Mirror is giving away two tickels to each Perm State home game this season. The best part is that if you're a Mirror subscriber, you're already entered to win. Here's how il works: On the Monday before each Penn State home game, we'll draw a winning name from a list of active subscribers and run an ad several times in our classified section announcing the winner of that week's tickets. You simply have to read the Mirror classifieds and, if you see your name, slop at our offices with valid idenlificalion by 5 p.m. Wednesday to claim your tickets. Our first Penn State ticket giveaway is for next weekend's big Saturday night game against Miami. To subscribe to Ihe Mirror, call 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480. If you're already a subscriber, just read.the Mirror classifieds, starting Monday, for your chance to win. Tuesday Get the region's best football preview in Tuesday's Mirror. We've gol 64 pages of information on high school, college and pro teams. Get the scoop on 24 area high schools, the teams to beat in area and regional conferences, all the details on Penn Slate, Pitt, Notre Dame and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference teams and the lowdown on the Sleelers. II promises to be a challenging but historic season for Penn State football, and no one prepares you for each week's game like the folks behind the Mirror's Penn State-Gameday. You'll get pre- views, features and analysis from Neil Rudel and the most experi- enced team of PSU football jour- nalists in the state. Gameday debuts Friday with a look at the Nits' huge opener against Miami. Once you've digested all the information in our football tab, lake a crack at winning each week in our Gridiron Gold football contest. Each Tuesday, turn to the Mirror Sports section and lake a crack at predicting the winners in five high school, five college and five NFL games. Our panel of experts will even help with their own picks on key games. Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A 2 Mostly cloudy, showers Forecast, A2 A11 Obituaries Opinion__ Politics A11 AS World news Strange Brew B4 B2 Outdoors Scoreboard Puzzle C9 CB Astrograph______D4 Movies D3 D4 Travel D6 Stocks Coupjes Yesteryear 03   

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