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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                i. f I Season of our, discontent RudeS assesses the damages INSIDE TODAY SPOUTS: Bethlehem hands Altoona first loss Cl BIZ: Tense times mean more overseas security Copyright 2001 Burn barrels fncity go cold BY WIU.IAM .StaffWriter flame'is guttering and about to go out. Altoona residents, who burn trash in barrels in their back yards, can't do it legally after Saturday. That date marks a year since the city Issued its last burning permits after pass- ing an ordinance-revision prohibiting outdoor trash fires Patton burning fov the sake of dean- legal Pace A9 er air and safety. The city Tire mar- shal's office, with the help of code offi- cers, will enforce the ordinance heavily after the cutoff date. They'll be on the lookout for smoke and will respond to complaints, warning first offenders and citing repeaters. The fines are between and largely at the discretion of district justices. Offenders can be liablefor fines each day they're In violation. There were less than outstand- ing permits at the cutoff of sales last year, fire marshal Randy Isenberg said. About three-quarters of those are valid because many people renewed their permits at the.- last minute, so they could bum for as long as possible. The ban benefits the city, Isenberg said. Some who've burned did it right, but too many others allowed fires in ban-els to smolder, sometimes with materials such as garbage and dog feces, which the total ban will end, Isonberg said. The failure of the city to control the abuse of the burning privilege led to the total ban, said Dalton Dobbins, who's still upset a year after trying to per- suade the council not to impose the ban. Abusers gave burning a bad reputa- tioh, not those like himself who did it carefully and properly, he said. jt's a hardship, especially for those like an elderly neighbor, who has to lug -more trash out each week for the '-Hauler, Dobbins said. whole thing is a he said. Cote argued in favor of the ban Vand is grateful. He's hypersensitive to he's seen and smelled far of it in recent months. feel the people are really better off Cote said. ._Isenberg has taken action againsl --ffipse whose permits have expired but "whose practice of burning has not He encountered much defiance, how- and he doesn't expect to encounter jtafter the final cutoff, he said. Please see A7 iWtrror OCTOBER 14, 2001 newsstand Is this war winnable? MORE WAR ON TERRORISM COVERAGE PAGES A11, B1.B6 The Associated Press A U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist Mate aboard the USS Enterprise watches a CH-46 "Sea Knight" fly past after delivering supplies during a vertical replenishment (VEHTREP) mission on USS Enterprise. The ship and its carrier battle group are conducting flight operations in support of Operation Bnduring Freedom. Veterans speak out about realities a war brings Kennedy OHesh Martinez Bennett Cupn You search, kill They would hirfe. It's just loo bad It's about hu ma He says il's his duty to go, andtiesltoy.Yougoito Vfeviould hide. You [ustlry vie lost so many people ITs unfortunate BiaHlie world even to rtelend Ms country his the job and ge! out to outsmart the enemy. has to suffer ware. life. I'm vayappnteiswG. BY MAHK LEBEIU'INGKII StaffWriter Harry Bennett of Tyrone knows any war isn't romantic. "It isn't about pretty uniforms, marching bands and pretty the Korean War veteran said. "It's about human suffering. It's unfortunate that the world has to suffer wars." The past commander of the Anderson-Denny Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Bennett was part of the llth Infantry Division that saw combat dur- ing the Korean War. He remembers when bullets started flying around him. "It's a scary he said. "I was really scared. You hope to have help all around you. The fact you're not there by yourself helps you survive." The latest war calling America to arms is no exception. The war against terrorism may be unlike any die United States has fought. The Taliban may be one target of America's wrath, but the United States has warned that other countries may be the site of other self-defense attacks. Please see A10 Experts: Success possible, 'victory' may be elusive BY TODD S. PUIIDUM New York Times News Service WASHINGTON It already has become a commonplace, if not a cliche: America's war on terrorism will be the longest, toughest and shadiest battle in the country's experience. President Bush said again last week that, although it may take years, he would pursue terrorists "until (here is no place to run or hide or rest." Still, no American official has yet suggested this war will not end eventually or that the end will not he "victory." But is victory, iu the usual sense, possible in such an unusu- al war? And how will the nation know it has won? "When you and I and our children get up and walk out the door and don't worry that an airplane is going to come down and hit us or a truck bomb is going to drive into a building or the World Trade Center is going to fall Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld crisply told Dan Rather of CBS News last week. In the world after Sept. 11, that suddenly seems a very high bar. Thursday, two days after Rumsfeld spoke, the FBI issued a stark warning that there could be new attacks on American targets at home or abroad in the coming days, and by week's end, a new case of anthrax was confirmed in New York. "It depends how you define the said Joseph S. Nye, dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a for- mer assistant secretary of defense in the Cl in ton admi n istration. "If you define it as getting rid of Osama bin Laden or disrupting al-Q_aida, you can have measures of success. But that's not victory in the war on terrorism, that's victory against a particular objective." The Allied victory in World Wai-H was total and unconditional. The West's eventual triumph in die Cold War was similarly decisive inarket capitalism prevailed even in closed soci- eties. But terrorism, unlike a fascist or commu- nist state, cannot be "ended" in the same way. So there will be an enduring tension between the government's pledge to win a war on terrorism and the daily levels of threat, accommodation and anxiety with which the nation will have to live. And noth- ing might be riskier, or politically more humiliating, than to declare victory, only to have a new wave of attacks. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., the ranking member of the intelligence committee, said .simply: "I think we shouldn't declare victory too soon." Terrorism is as old as poverty or pestilence, and experts note that no modern society has succeeded in eradicating it completely. Please see A10 Ballpark plays catch with idea to host events Photo by Paul Jenkins, Erie Times Jerry Uht Park, Brie, hosts the 98 Degrees concert Sept, BY MtcHAEL EMERY StaffWriter Ninety-eight degrees at the Blair County Ballpark means only one thing: It's going to be a scorcher out at the old ball game. It can mean the same thing at Jerry Uht Park, where the Eastern League's Erie Seawolves play their home games. Or it can mean some- thing entirely different. Ninety-eight Degrees at Jerry Uht Park also can mean a popular boy band will he perform a concert. In fact, 98 Degrees is one of many bands that have pel-formed at minor league ballparks nationwide. Blair County Ballpark, however, isn't one of them. Since it was built in 1999, Blair County Ballpark has been used almost exclusively for the Altoona Curve's 71 home games each year. There have been a few college, high school and AH-American Amateur Baseball Association baseball games played at Blair County Ballpark. The Curve host an annual Thanks- giving food firive at the park. But most days, the million ballpark sits empty. By comparison, the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority "entertains any opportunity to have Oldsmobile Park in said Linda Frederickson, Lansing Entertainment vice president of sales and mar- keting. Oldsmobile Park is home to the Lansing Lugiiuts, the Midwest League's Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Oldsmobile Park also is used occasionally by the Michigan State University baseball team and high school teams. -In addition, Oldsmobile Park is home to other entertainment events throughout the year, including pop, country, gospel, tejano and Christian music concerts; symphonies; the "Park After Dark" feature film series; cultural and ethnic festivals; charity organl2ation bene- fits; special social and family events such as "Play Catch With A Kid" in which parents and guardians can take youth onto the field to play catch; an annual haunted house for Halloween; and an ice skating rink. Please see A7 Subscription or home 'delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 2874480 o m I Lottery numbers, A2 Occasional showers, 67" Forecast, A2 THE STORE MFC Retail Ll.t or Equivalent. In Stock Only. PULL MOB AD MOB A-3 FOft COMM.KT1I SHOR TODAY NOON G MONDAY 1 O AtVl PM r SKW _ A1j3 Opinion _ _A8 Politics A4 CDs, Mutuals E4 World news Strange Brew B3 j Astrograph Movies Puzzle Travel   

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