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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 2, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Matthews nets 3 RBIs to help Pirates winUfo: Youth newspaper carriers learn responsibility DIAltoona iMtrror © Copyright 2001TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2001 500 newsstandU.S. alert to counter second wave Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Monday that there is no need for Americans to buy gas masks or stockpile antibiotics to combat any terrorist attacks involving chemicals or germ warfare. The spokesman said the Bush administration is doing “everything possible to make America as safe as can be.” adding: “The government is as prepared as possible 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 remain,” 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 Agency, said his administration continues to be alert to the possibility of a second wave of attacks. “We’re taking any threat seriously here at home,” Bush said, citing an FBI dragnet that has swept up more than 400 people, with “about 150 terrorists and their supporters” being arrested or detained in 25 different countries. 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 serious threat of additional problems now” from suspected terrorists in the United States. Please see Alert/Page AIQWAB ON TERR08ISM ■ Quadrennial Defense Review suggests homeland defense. PAGE AC ■ Jihad manual technical about sabotage ■ Pakistan's president: U.S. strike likely against Afghanistan. PAGE Cl 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 $500,000 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. Duddy was the priest at the parish where Hutchison, his mother, father and two broth ers, worshiped, and he served as the boys’ godfather. 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 $1.5 million in favor of Hutchison, but a protracted 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 $519,000 in compensatory damages Hutchison that was awarded by the Blair County jury. Please see Appeal/Page AIQ WESLACO PAPER MILL Longevity may factor into closing By Dan LEWERENZ The Associated Press TYRONE — For more than 120 years, the smokestacks of the Westvaco Corp. paper mill have defined this town’s skyline. TCie plant survived ups and downs in the paper industry, and it adapted to create new products and use recycled 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 manufacturers concentrate production in newer, more efficient facilities. “The smaller machines in these old paper mills, some of them IOO 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 ’80s,” 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 Westvaco/Page A9 ‘Golden hour’ just got shorter Altoona Hospital opens trauma center By William Kibler Staff Writer In 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 28th trauma center, right on schedule. “We’re out of the closet,” 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 central Pennsylvania from Maryland to New York. State law requires emergency dispatchers to send all trauma victims from within this “catchment area” to Altoona, rather than to distant centers in Johnstown, Hershey, Danville, Krte anti Pittsburgh, which had shared the area. The territory should generate 500 to 800 calls per year, hospital officials said. And it will save lives by saving time. Health officials speak of the “golden hour,” the critical time after a traumatic 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 on 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 being 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 Trauma/Page AIQ 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 Staff Writer Altoona Area School District administrators 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-member Michigan band planked to visit Altoona before playing the Penn State-Michigan game Saturday. Penn State was notified Friday bhat only a pep band will come to Happy Valley. This came as a surprise to the Altoona 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 states the band “was 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 downright unacceptable,” 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 Mlchlgan/Page A7 ■MMI DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BIG FOUR 0    14 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny, 71° ■ Forecast, A2 Altoona iHtrror HOJ-ADS.com We're white-hot! PFhe great combination! Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Ari Fleischer
  • Cheri Rinehart
  • Dan Lewerenz
  • Francis Luddy
  • Jason Sipes
  • John Ashcroft
  • Larry Detwiler
  • Michael Haithcock
  • Michael S. Hutchison Jr.
  • Phil Ray
  • Richard M. Serbin
  • Simon Lampard
  • Tom Bradley
  • William Kibler
  • Willie Stout

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: October 2, 2001

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