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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ATTACK LATEST DEVELOPMENTS a President Bush brushes olf reported Osama bin Laden denial of involvement in Pakistani official says senior delegation sent to Afghanistan to deliver U.S. message: Hand over bin Number missing at World Trade Center reaches 190 confirmed dead, 115 identified H Authorities arrested a second man on a mater- ial witness warrant in New York; no other details released m Congress discusses swift cooperation on budget and domestic issues as attention shifts to terrorist threat t) Patriotic songs mix with gospel at Sunday services; Pope John Paul II says he is urges restraint in retaliation Two killed as Hindu nationalists march in Muslim area of southern India to protest terrorism, decry Altaona Copyright 2001 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2001 newsstand CRISISAHDTHEDOWJONES Common sense urged as markets reopen Reaction Dales Percent Change 22 days later V_S I Evinl Reaction Dales Pearl Harbor Bombing 12-6 to 12-10-41 Cuban Missile Crisis John F. Kennedy Assassination U.S. Bombs Cambodia Nixon Resigns Financial Panic 011937 Gull War .Ultimatum World Trade 8-23to 10-23-62 11-21 10 11-22-63 4-29 lo 5-26-70 8-9 ID 8-29-74 10-2tolO-19-87 12-24-90101-16-91 Center Bombing -9.4 -2.9 -14.4 -15.5 -34.2 -0.5 Experts: Attack could be worse BY JOSEPH B. VEHIIENGIA The Associated Press As devastating as Tuesday's ter- rorist attacks were, national secu- rity and public health experts know this much: Something even worse could happen. There are weapons that are invisible and next-to-impossible to trace. A whiff of nerve gas. A droplet of anthrax. A particle of smallpox. Infectious or toxic weapons in skilled hands could cause consider- ably more casualties among ordi- nary Americans than the estimated dear! and missing at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The use of biological or chemical weapons described by some as the poor man's atomic bomb is a sensitive topic, especially now. Experts caution that a bioterror- ism attack here is not inevitable. Their opinions are the products of war games rather than an imme- diate and real threat. And there are those who say that few terrorists could pull this off, that this would be a much more complicated and difficult feat than it may seem. Hut the science exists to launch such an attack and, obviously, so does the hatred. President Clinton said as much as early as 1999 when he said a biological or chem- ical attack on the United States is "highly likely." Seattle thought so, too. Before the World Trade Organization meeting there, hospitals stock- piled antidotes, just in case. A commander of Afghanistan's Taliban told The Associated Pi-ess last year that Osania bin described by administration officials as the prime suspect in Tuesday's training his fighters in the use of chemical weapons. Please see A6 22 days laler 3.8 15.1 7.2 9.9 -7.9 11.5 17.0 2.4 BY CHAIG WILLIAMS StaffWiHer Silence lias reigned on Wall Street since Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the United States, giv- ing the market a chance to recu- perate and investors a chance to heed the warning of investment advisors: Don't panic. Today, with the air still thick with dust and tinged with bitter smoke, a city still patching togeth- er phone lines and electricity will try to get back to business. The New York Stock Exchange and Lhe Mercantile Exchange are set lo reopen al a.m., even as much of lower Manhattan remains inaccessible. "We think we're ready for Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Sunday. "Some of it obviously... is trial and error." Investors anxiously awaited the markets' reopening. As the country tries to normal- ize, financial advisers everywhere are telling people not to make mat- ters worse by rushing to sell. In fact, throughout history, Ihe mar- ket has been the one factor of American civilization that seem- ingly has weathered good times and bad like no other institution. For instance, within days of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 6.5 percent. The week of the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, the Dow saw a dramatic 9.4 per- cent loss. And when the U.S. bombed Cambodia in 1970, the market dropped by 14.4 percent. But within 22 days after the event, all the markets recovered to see positive gains within just points away from where the market was just one day before the disaster. In fact, according to statistics collected over a 60-year period, financial cri- sis are precipitated more by erratic investor behavior than by real- world events. A prune case in point is the financial panic of 1987, which saw the Dow drop by 34 percent. Less than three weeks later, the market recovered by 11 percent from the October low for that year. Please see A7 Bush says bin Laden key suspect t UK flMU Wi The Associated Press Workers continue to remove rubble Sunday from the site of Ihe World Trade Center collapse in New York. Both towers fell after a terrorist attack Tuesday. BY TOM RAUM The Associated Press ASHINGTON Vowing not to be cowed, President Bush pledged a crusade against terror- ists Sunday as top administration officials zeroed in on Saudi exile Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan's Taliban militia for possible retribution for last week's terrorist attacks. "No question, he is the prime suspect. No question about Hush said, brush- ing off a reported denial of responsibility by bin I.aden. As Bush sought lo rally Americans to get on with their lives and jobs, administration officials asserted on the Sunday talk shows that nations .that harbor terrorists would face the "full wrath" of the United States. They emphasized the battle against terrorism would be long and include legal, diplo- matic and economic offensives as well as military action. Vice President Dick Cheney disclosed that after suicide hijackers slammed planes into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon Tuesday morning, Bush ordered the military to shoot down any commercial aircraft that disobeyed orders to turn away from Washington's restricted air space. Bush, upon returning to the White House from Camp David, said: "I gave our military the orders necessary lo protect Americans. Of course, that was difficult." Bush, who was in Florida at the time of the attacks, added: "Never did I dream we would be under attack this way." The president also said die nation and its limping economy were resilient and would bounce back. Please see A6 A1SO INSIDE Pakistan to deliver warning to Taliban PAGE A6 Americans pack churches Flight 93 hero's familiar phrase rings out Pennsylvania tragedy, victims remembered PACE C1 Pentagon rescuers knew just wlial to do alter attack PAGE C3 Sleelers game post- poned Sunday Ryder Cup pushed back to next year PAGE B1 Baseball resumes today PAGE B4 Confusion surrounds tax relief checks BY CHAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer For many taxpayers who didn't receive or more back from the federal government this summer, it may be tempting to crumple up that disappointing letter from the federal government and throw it in the trash can. But don't. Area tax preparcrs said the letter may be as good as money in the bank. The confusion, according to Jackson Hewitt Tax, Block and other tax preparers, is that the check most Americans received from the treasury this summer often was called a rebate. Thai's incorrect. liven the fine print from the Internal Revenue Service Web site calls it an "advanced tax refund." In reality, the money is a return on taxes that haven't been paid yet, not money back from the 2000 income tax return. The check was an advance on the expected tax sav- ings from income tax cuts voted into the law this year by Congress. Nancy Fellabaum, general man- ager at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Altoona, said she has received many telephone calls ask- ing, "Why didn't 1 get a "It was not an addition to the tax refund of she said. "The advanced refund was only based on the 2000 tax return." The confusion was compounded by an IRS programming error where some taxpayers were sent inaccurate notices overstating the amount they were to receive. Although the idea was simple, the execution left many perturbed. Because the economy is sagging, Congress and President Bush were eager to get some of the money saved through tho tax cut into circulation. 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