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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY BUSINESS; Phar-Mor seeks bankruptcy protection AT NATION: Drug may keep ex-smokers from relapsing 01 iHtrror 1 Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 500 newsstand Jubelirer ready for changes, decisions BY JEANETTE KREBS HARRISBURG Not many people would con- sider it a promotion to go from No. 1 to No. 2, but that is the scenario before Sen. Rohert C. Jubelirer. The Blair County Republican, who is first when it comes to influence in the Senate, next month will become the second-ranked politician hi the state. Gov. Tom Ridge will leave office at noon Oct. 5 to become director of the nation- 1 al Office of Homeland Security. J Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker will [step into his shoes. Jubelirer 1 will become lieutenant gover- I nor. I In a phone interview from I his office in Altoona last week, I Jubelirer, 64, said he plans I and the constitution allows I him -.....to continue serving in the Senate. He also has every JUDGUiei jjltenUon of running for re- election next year. "I have told Lt. Gov. Schweiker I will do every- thing I can in this position, but it is not my intention to retire he said. The Alto ona native said after being in charge of the Senate so long, it will be1 a challenge work- ing under someone else. "I've always aspired to be he said. As lieutenant governor, Jubelirer will preside over the Senate and serve as chairman of the stale Pardons Bo ard. Ridge also appointed Schweiker chairman of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, but Jubelirer said whether he will take over that responsibility still is not worked out. His new duties also will bring new security he will travel with a state police escort. Given the slipping economy and projections that the next state budget could be difficult to balance, Jubelirer said he believes he should continue working in the Senate. He and Schweiker are planning to meet to talk about the transition Monday. At least one longtime supporter says Jubelirer should stay where he is. Please see A4 AMERICA UNITES Meeting )romotes larmony Islamic Center hosts gathering to share information, understanding among community's religious faiths. nitjj w Mirror photo by Jason Siptss Hena Anwar 10, and Leena Anwar, 11, both of Hollidaysburg, hand out flag-patterned ribbons as community members gathered at the Islamic Center in Lakemoiit Monday night. More than '.10 people representing different religions exchanged information. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer [hat began as a reaction to hate transformed into an opportunity for interfaith sharing and neigh- borly understanding. "For 32 years I have lived here said Dr. Mohammed Dowlut of the Islamic Association of Central Pennsylvania. Late last week and again Monday, Dowlut, an Altoona Hospital physician, has been the target of hateful rumors and e-mail. Dowlut invited the religious community to the Islamic Center on Ixigan Boulevard Monday for an evening of understanding and sharing. The doctor, and m any of his brethren in ________________________ Islam, made one point More coverage PAGES clear terrorism, sui- A5, A6, A8, C1, C2 cide and attack ing the innocent have no place in Islam. "According to the Koran [Muslim holy anyone who commits suicide, they go to Dowlut said. "There is nothing Islamic about them." But beyond the teachings about Fslam, more than 30 people froih the Jewish, Christian and Islamic commu- nities gathered in the small study room just below the center's main prayer hall to discuss things both holy and human. "America is one of the most religious countries in the West, and we would love to hear more about Jews, Christians and Muslims because this would protect us even Dowlut said. Rabbi Burt Schuman, who confided that his commu- nity also is a target of misunderstand ing and hate, said that what makes America great is the diversity of a people free to practice religion as they see fit. "We have come to give our support to our fellow Americans and to our fellow he said. Please see A5 "Justice and fairness have no party affiliation." Donaldson will run as Democrat for DA BY ROBERT IGOE AND JAY YOUNG StqffWrtters attorney Robert Donaldson ended months of speculation Monday by making his candidacy for Blair County district attor- ney official. "Today, even more often than when I first announced my candidacy last win- ter, people approach me with a message: We need a change in the district attor- ney's office. We needed it years Donaldson said. Donaldson, who lost to incumbent Dave Gorman in the spring Repub- lican primary, is on the Democratic ballot as the result of write-in votes. Donaldson But Donaldson tried, to downplay the party affiliation. "I remain, as I always have been, a he said. "But in their generosity of support, members of the Democratic Party have gracefully accepted my candidacy on their ticket, in a spirit of bipartisanship. "Justice and fairness have no party affiliation." Donaldson answered charges of inexperience Gorman leveled against him by saying he has shown himself to be accountable every day of his career. "My opponent can't say any of these he said. "Taxpayers have entirely funded his adult profes- sional life. He has never been judged by his clients based upon his perfor- mance, where the rest of us must strive to succeed every day or at the very least, give it our all or get out of the way if we can't get things done." Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BIO FOUR 07 i 'tt J t 7 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, Forecast, A2 The spread of linked epidemics Obesily rales have skyrocketed over the past decade, with the national average climbing from 12 percent in 1991 to nearly 20 percent in 2000. Trie rise has been accompanied by an increase in diabetes, a disease lhal can be brought on by being overweight. Obesity prevalence in adults D No data 0 Less than 10% More than 15% 1991 Diabetes prevalence In adults O No data 0 Less lhan 4% B More lhan 6% 1990 SOURCE: Centers lot Disease Control and Pievention America slimming down? Fat chance! BY MICHAEL EMEHY StaffWriter Four years ago, Self Magazine rated Altoona residents the fattest in America. The publication named the city as the best place to buy a big- screen TV, a La-Z-Boy recliner and a 10-year supply of pork rinds. Now Alloonans can rest assured that the nation is catching up. Nearly 40 million American adults are obese, new figures show, continuing a decadelong climb in numbers despite health officials' efforts to encourage a sensible diet and plenty of exercise. "Far too many of us are not fol- lowing this simple U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said. The 2000 national obesity aver- age of 19.B percent is up from 12 percent in 1991, according to a gov- ernment survey. Twenty-two states had a rate last year of 20 percent or higher, while no state had a rate that high in 1991, the authors wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In addition, more than half of Americans 56.4 percent were overweight, compared with 45 per- cent in 1991. Dona Baughman, senior clinical dietitian at Altoona Hospital, said the reasons for the growing prob- lem include improper eating habits, improper diets and lack of exercise. In national surveys on exercise and diet, about 27 percent of those surveyed did not engage in any physical activity and only 24 per- cent said they follow the govern- ment's recommendation to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Please see A10 The Area's Very Best Award Winning Fine Dining! ITALIAN VILLA LS LOCAL Hospitals _ Obituaries Opinion '13 SPORTS Local Scoreboard i QNATION A7 I Classifieds C5-10 A9 A8 B4 85 "UTE Comics D5 Community news Puzzles ______D4 Television D4 INSIDE ,v IN SPORTS Michael Jordan holds off on announcing if he'll come out of relirement after a three-year break. PAGE 81   

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