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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 22, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Central Mountain vs. Altoona Hollidaysburg vs. Erie McDowell Penn Cambria Altonna iHtrror i Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2001 newsstand U.S. sends more warplanes to Gulf By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Pentagon committed more aircraft to the Persian Gulf and the war on ter- rorism Friday as Afghanistan snubbed a demand from President Bush to turn over Economic Osama bin Laden and others blamed for last week's death and awesome destruction. "This is not the time for negotiations or Bush's spokesman warned. One day after Bush delivered a nation- ally televised message of reassurance and resolve came a freshly sobering warning about more terrorist attacks. "Everybody knows that if you take a look at this group and Osama bin Laden that there will be a next attack.... It's not a matter of if, but said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., emerging from an FBI briefing in a secure room of the Capitol. Bush plans to sign an executive order naming terrorist organizations and spe- cific terrorists around the world and freezing their U.S. assets, a senior admin- istration official said. The economy suffered further after- shocks from the attacks estimated to have killed more than brought down the World Trade Center's Twin Towers and damaged the Pentagon. The stock market fell sharply, nearing the end of one of the gloomiest weeks in Wall Street.history.'' The administration debated internally whether to seek fresh economic stimulus-, legislation in Congress. Please see A12 recession appears inevitable BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER The Associated Press WASHINGTON Massive air- line layoffs. Enipty hotels and restaurants. Wall Street's biggest weekly point decline ever. The economic damage from the terrorist attacks virtually has guaranteed a recession this year, many economists said Friday. The only questions remaining: How long and how deep? "I think we will have a mild recession that will end sometime in the first three months of next year, but we really don't know yet Things are very uncertain and everybody is said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard Poor's in New York. Two closely watched forecasting groups Blue Chip Economic Indicators and the National Association for Business Economics econo- mists in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Both released surveys.this week finding that an overwhelming majority of economists believe a recession is unavoidable. The NABE survey, released Friday, found that 10 of its 21 fore- casters believe the country is in a recession. Blue Chip Economic Indicators reported the number of econo- mists it surveyed who believe a recession has begun had jumped to 82 percent, up from 13 percent in early September. In both surveys, the new pes- simism was pegged to a belief that consumers who account for two-thirds of economic activity would cut back sharply on their spending in the wake of the ter- rorist attacks and rising job layoff announcements. Some analysts said the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official arbiter of recessions in the United States, will end up dating the start of this downturn in May or June based on when various monthly statistics started to turn down. Please see A12 MORE COVERAGE INSIDE TODAY: What local politicians say aboul President Bush's historical speech PAGE A10 "We will not The complete text of Bush's Thursday night address PAGE C3 More coverage on America's War on PAGES A10. A11. A12. C1, C2 The Associated Press Above: An F-14A Tomcat takes off during flight operations aboard the USS Enterprise Monday. The aircraft carrier group is in the Arabian Sea, south of the Persian Gulf. It had been due to return home earlier this month but instead was ordered to remain indefinitely. At right: Alicia Keys performs "Someday We'll AH be Free" on the live broadcast of "America: A Tribute to Friday in New York. Entertainers united during the benefit show to raise money for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Please see story, Page C2. Bush's aides burying new security head in paperwork BY SONYA Ross The Associated Press WASHINGTON Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge soon will shoulder the burden of helping secure the nation against terrorists. But first, on Friday, the White House began finding him office space and feeding him paper- work. Ridge, named to head the new Office of Homeland Security, introduced his successor as governor at the Pennsylvania Statehouse, then went behind closed doors. The governor-turned-Cabinetj. member planned to spend his weekend reading reams of information about his new assignment. "The White House is doing a pretty serious paper dump on Ridge spokesman Tim _., Reeves said. mage So were Ridge's colleagues among governors and members of Congress. One note, from Rep. Tom Carper, D-Del., Ridge's men- tor in the National Governors Association, read: "T-Bone! Congratulations (1 Keep your head down and your spirits up." "A big part of this job description is to get peo-. pie to work together. He aces at Carper said. "And that's probably what's needed." At the White House, aides looked for West Wing space for Ridge, a Republican and longtime Bush friend. Ridge was expected to meet with Bush aides in coming days to talk about a budget and a staff. The White House would not put numbers on either of those functions, other than to say Ridge would oversee a "significant" staff, and his oper- ating costs would come out of the White House budget. "We'll work with Congress if there's need for more White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. The lack of specificity about Ridge's position accompanied the gravity of his mandate and the fears that more deadly terror could unfold on American soil. Friends and fellow governors said Ridge's wide range of experience he served in the Army during the Vietnam War and is a former con- gressman in addition to being a governor will help him in marshaling resources. Please see All Last legal hurdle cleared in prison land sale BY MIA RoiiAitT Staff Writer HUNTINGDON The last legal chokehold on the excess state prison land in Smithfield Town- ship has been dismissed. Commonwealth Court Judge Warren Morgan this week granted the township's motion to strike the legal hold on the property's sale. The hold was in place because the 116-acre tract, near routes 22 and 26, has been tied up in legal battles siiice 1999. Greater Fourth Street Associates Inc., which owns the Ames Plaza and Raystown Lake Mall on Route 22, sued the township, the Smithfield Township Economic Development Corp. and the state to stop the land's sale. With the legal battle over, the state will sell the land to the town- ship, which will transfer the land to the development corporation. In its lawsuit, Greater Fourth said the state was selling the land with- out public auction and at a price the company considered too low. Greater Fourth also objected to the development corporation's for- mation and its ability to give the land to a developer of their choos ing without relying on a bid process. The corporation will submit requests for proposals to the town- ship's lawyers a necessary step before giving proposals to prospec- tive developers, said Wayne Mateer of the development corporation. "Now we can make arrange- ments to make a closing on the he said. The lawsuit against the town- ship and development group was dismissed in Huntingdon County Court, and the case against Penn- sylvania's Department of General Services was dismissed in Comm- onwealth Court "We view this as a positive ele- Harrisburg lawyer Robert Long said. Long and David Ody of Gill, Ody McManamon of Huntingdon represented the town- ship. "This should remove the legal roadblocks." Mirror Staff Writer Mia Rohart can he reached at 945-7030 or mro- Itoona mirror.com. WHflTS on INSIDE Patton man keeps railroad chugging at park Cambria's fall festival schedule Glendale takes pride in use of computer technology Column by Ebensburg Mayor Charles Moyer PAGES A4-5 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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