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Publication: Altoona Mirror October 16, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania WIN $700 IN THE MIRROR'S WEEKLY FOOTBALL CONTEST ► SEE DETAILS ON PAGE B3 WH ( reline Make your nursing home visits count Pens replace Hlinka with Kehoe The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tested positive for anthrax Monday as the bioterrorism scare rattling the nation reached the halls of Congress. The discovery of anthrax in Washington followed earlier instances in Florida, New York and Nevada in which at least 12 people were exposed to spores of the potentially deadly bacteria. Monday night, another case of the disease was announced in New York. The 7-month-old child of an ABC News employee has tested positive for anthrax, ABC News President David Westin said. The child is expected to recover. New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik said news agencies throughout the city were being inspected for anthrax contamination. The piece of mail in Daschle’s office, which contained a powdery substance, was dispatched to an Army medical research facility at Fort Detrick, Md., for further examination, Capitol Police Lt. Dan Nichols said. Please see Senate/Page A6 Daschle■ Disease strikes panic in Pennsylvania residents. By Mark Leberfinger Stuff Writer It wasn’t anthrax that sent seven Altoona residents to the hospital Monday. Two residents in the 200 block of East Grant Avenue came down with flu-like symptoms after opening a suspicious letter last week, city police said. The two women and their next-door neighbors were taken to Altoona Hospital as a precaution. All seven were released from the hospital after evaluation, Altoona Hospital officials say. Please see Panic/Page AIQ MAH HANDLING TIPS BE SUSPICIOUS IF MAIL OR PACKAGE: ■ is unexpected or from an unfamiliar address. ■ Has outdated mailing address. ■ Has no return address. ■ Has oily stains, discolorations or odor. ■ Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Personal” or “Confidential." ■ Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address ■ Lopsided or uneven. IF SUSPECTED: ■ Handle with care. Don’t shake or bump letter or package. ■ Place envelope or package in a plastic bag or othei container to prevent leakage of contents. ■ Don’t open, smell or taste. ■ Treat it as suspect. Call 911. ■ Wash hands with soap and warm water. Source: FBI, U S. Postal Inspection Service.I Health spokesman: Anthrax comes in 3 forms By Mark Leberfinger Stctff Writer Anthrax. It’s a word that fell out of use for nearly 30 years. Now it strikes fear into people who have no idea what the disease is or can do. “We should be concerned, but not hysterical about any bioterrorism attack on our communities,” said Dr. Wafa I. Rizk, a specialist in emergency medicine at Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital in Altoona. “There’s no need for hysteria.” Please see Health/Page AIQ Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Emergency room physician Matthew Bouchard speaks about precautions to anthrax.Altoona Mirror © Copyright 2001    TUESDAY,    OCTOBER    16,    2001    500    newsstandAnthrax fears hit home Letter sent to Senate leader tests positive By Alan Fram Firefighters hose down personnel after they inspected for possible hazardous materials on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday. A letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tested positive for anthrax Monday. Barnes and Tucker Coal Co. dismisses final employees By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror EBENSBURG — Barnes and Tucker Coal Co., which employed 1,600 employees in the 1980s, recently handed out pink slips to its last 15 employees. Company Vice President Rick Weinzierl, a 25-year employee, is the last man standing at the company’s headquarters in Ebensburg. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 ' 2?910 00050    4 But he, too, will be looking for a job as soon as he oversees a transition of the company’s assets into four separate trust funds. Barnes and Tucker had not been involved in mining since 1986, when it closed its last mine. From then until last month, the company was involved in managing its assets, including leases to coal companies, selling land, managing benefits payments for its former BIG FOUR MMI 5    3    5 employees and pumping and treating drainage from two closed mine properties in northern Cambria County. By all accounts, Barnes and Tucker was doing a good job. “They paid everybody they should, as far as we know, for compensation,” said Jimmy Smith, benefits service director for the United Mine Workers of America, Belle Vernon. Please see Coal/Page A3 PROMOTING STATE TOURISM Gov. to visit Horseshoe Curve By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Less than two weeks after becoming Pennsylvania’s 44th governor, Mark Schweiker will visit Blair County to promote* the state’s tourism opportunities. Schweiker, who took office Oct. 5, announced he will visit the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark Wednesday to announce the annual awarding of Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism Grants, including $184,720 to the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau. State President Pro Tem and Lt. Gov. Robert C. Jubelirer is scheduled to be in Harrisburg presiding Lottery numbers, A2 ar WEATHER Mostly cloudy, showers, 54° ■ Forecast, A2 V Altoona tUtrror [THE GREAT COMBINATION I HOT-A OS. nom We're white-hot! Call us today...Make money today Ask for THE CHEAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and iOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 i&'I “J* O LOt*L Q NATION Business A7 Classifieds C5-10 Counterfeit money AS State news C2 Obituaries A9 Opinion A8 □HHH,’4 -rn#mm* . , V (J SPURTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Local B4 Scoreboard B5 V Television D4 over the Senate and is not expected to attend, but he is excited by the news, according to Jubelirer’s aide David Atkinson.    Z' “Whenever the governor announces a big grant for your county, that’s a very good thing,” says Atkinson. “The fact that he chose to come to Blair County is a very good sign because there are a lot of worthy projects in the works and we’re happy to extend the welcome mat to Gov. Schweiker.” Last year, former Gov. Tom Ridge approved $11.25 million in grants. Of last year’s total, $179,000 was awarded to the bureau. The program was renewed for this year. Please see Tourism/Page AIQ IN NATION Supreme Court to rule on door-to-door activity by Jehovah’s Witnesses and others.    ZZ PAGE Cl ;

  • Alan Fram
  • Bernard Kerik
  • Dan Nichols
  • David Atkinson
  • David Westin
  • Jason Sipes
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Linda Hudkins
  • Mark Leberfinger
  • Mark Schweiker
  • Matthew Bouchard
  • Rick Weinzierl
  • Robert C. Jubelirer
  • Robert Igoe
  • Tom Daschle
  • Wafa I. Rizk

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: October 16, 2001