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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 2, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Matthews nets 3 RBis to help Pirates win Life: Youth newspaper carriers learn responsibility Dl Aitoona 1 Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2001 newsstand U.S. alert to counter second wave Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON White House spokes- man Ari Fleischer said Monday that there is no need for Americans to buy gas masks or stockpile antibiotics to combat any ter- rorist attacks involving chemicals or germ warfare. The spokesman said the Bush adminis- tration is doing "everything possible to make America as safe as can adding: "The government is as prepared as possi- ble to do as much as can be done." Fleischer's words of reassurance came a day after Attorney General John Ashcroft cited "a very serious threat of additional" terrorist attacks and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card urged Americans to be alert to a follow-up attack with chemical or biological weapons. The Bush administration has been forth- right with warnings that "threats Fleischer said. "The government is taking all steps necessary to counter those threats, including planning domestically at home." But Fleischer said he didn't know of any federal agencies providing federal em- ployees with gas masks or vaccinations against contagious maladies such as anthrax or small pox.........or of any federal agency urging the public at large to take the same precautions. President Bush, speaking to employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agen- cy, said his administration continues to be alert to the possibility of a second wave of attacks. "We're taking any threat seriously here Bush said, citing an FBI dragnet that has swept up more than 400 people, with "about 15Q terrorists and their sup- porters" being arrested or detained in 25 different conn tries. The comments by the president and Fleischer followed a day of warnings by senior administration officials. Ashcroft said in a nationally televised interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that "there is a very seri- ous threat of additional problems now" from suspected terrorists in the United States. Please see A10 Quadrennial Defense Review suggests -_ .'homelanddefense. -PAGE AS: Jihad manual technical about sabotage.' Pakistan's president. U.S. strite likely i against Aighanlstan. Diocesan appeal denied BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer A sexual-abuse case against the Altoona- Johnstown Catholic Diocese is near the end after the state Supreme Court, Monday refused further review of a jury verdict awarding more than to a former Altoona man who says he was abused sexually by a priest, an Altoona attorney said Monday. Attorney Richard M. Serbin said the time has come to provide funds so 34-year-old Michael S. Hutchison Jr., now of Akron, Ohio, can receive treatment and care to help him deal with the abuse that occurred at the hands of the Rev. Francis Luddy. Luddy was the priest at the parish where Hutchison, his mother, father and two broth- ers, worshiped, and he served as the boys' god- father. Years later, Hutchison revealed he had been abused by Luddy, and in 1987, a lawsuit was brought against Luddy, St. Theresa's parish and the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese. In 1994, A jury returned verdicts of more than million in favor of Hutchison, but a pro tracted court battle has been waged since .then, with the case moving several times between the state Superior and Supreme courts. In the latest series of rulings, the Superior Court upheld the in compensatory damages Hutchison that was awarded by the Blah- County jury. Please see A10 WESTVACO PAPER Mitt Longevity may factor into closing BY DAN LEWERENZ The Associated Press TYRONE For more than the smokestacks of the Westvaco Corp. paper mill have defined this town's skyline. The plant sur- vived tips and downs in the paper industry, and it adapted to create new products and use recy- cled materials. But with the industry beset by cheap imports and a slowing economy, Westvaco decided to shut down the plant, one of many century-old mills being closed around the country as manu- facturers concentrate production in newer, more efficient facilities. "The smaller machines in these old paper mills, some of them 100 years old, it's just not feasible to put the money in them to try to compete with the newer mills built in the 1970s and said Willie Stout, central Pennsylvania representative for the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Electrical Workers International Union, which represents most of the Tyrone mill workers. Please see A9 'Golden hour' just got shorter Altoona Hospital opens trauma center I! BY WILLIAM KIBLEH Staff Writer n November 1999, Altoona Hospital announced plans to create a trauma center and got a scolding from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, which doesn't like hospitals trumpeting trauma centers before they exist. Monday, after two years of speaking in code about expand- ing and upgrading the emergency department's building, equipment and staff, the hospital received the foundation's formal designation as the state's ?.8lh trauma center, right on schedule. "We're out of the said Simon Lampard, trauma surgeon and director of trauma and critical care. "Finally we can admit it." Starting Monday, Altoona is the closest trauma center for a an area Including parts of 14 counties, running through cen- tral Pennsylvania from Maryland to New York, Slate law requires emergency dispatchers to send all trauma from within this' 'catchment area" to Altoona, rather; than to "Pf .distantcenters in. Erie atid Pittsburgh, which had shared the area. The territory should generate 500 to 800 calls per year, hospital qffipialsSaid] v And it will save lives by saying time: Health officials speak of the "golden the critical time after'atrawnatic injury by vehicle, industrial or farm accident or gun or knife injury when patients have the best chance to survive if they'get help. Before now, the sometimes erratic weather oh the mountain between here and Cambria County kept emergency helicopters from flying to Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, officials said. Now a helicopter flight to Altoona or even a ground ambulance ride could save "significant" time, they said. People in rural, underserved north central Pennsylvania often wait much of the golden hour before beuig discovered, said Cheri Rinehart of the Hospital Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. And some injuries don't allow as much as an hour, said Kathy O'Donnell, spokeswoman for the American College of- Surgeons, which accredits trauma centers nationally but not in Pennsylvania. Please see A10 Mirror photos by Jason Sipes The trauma center (shown above) at Altoona Hospital is open for patients. At right: An overview of the hospital is shown from the STATMedEvac helicopter. Michigan marches out of Band Blast at last minute BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter Altoona Area School District adminis- trators and those associated with the high school band program are furious over the University of Michigan's last- second decision to pull out of Friday's annual Band Blast. In an unexpected move, Michigan band director Michael Haithcock called high school band director Larry Detwiler Thursday night to say Michigan would not make the trip to Altoona. Haithcock cited the expense of the trip and claimed Michigan never officially approved it. The 275-membsr Michigan band planned .to visit Altoona before playing the Penn State-Michigan game Saturday, Penn State was notified Fridayfthat only a pep band will come to Happy Valley. This came as a surprise to the Alloona school music parents, who organized the event for several months. The district's athletic department had agreed to move the Mountain Lion-Erie Prep football game to Saturday to make Mansion Park available Friday. A four-page fax from the Michigan band dated July 24 slates the band "vyas looking forward with great anticipation to our upcoming visifto Altoona High School." "Notifying us one week before an event that has been carefully planned and marketed since August-was very unprofessional, unethical and down- right district spokesman Tom Bradley said Mon-day. "We thought we had the official word, but apparently it wasn't official enough." Haithcock did not return a call to his office early Monday afternoon, a message was left with his secretary, who said he would be available later in the afternoon. Please see A7 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 2874480 Lottery numbers, A 2 HQf-ADS.com We're white-hot! I THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 846-7422 __ or fax us at (814) 946-7547 Business Movies___ Objtuanes_ Opinion Local____ Scoreboard AS A4 A9 A8 B4 B5 Classifieds Comics C4-10 D5 Commuriity_news_ D2 Television D4 IN BUSINiSS Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again- when Open Market Committee meets today. PAGE AS   

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