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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania WIN IN THE MIRROR'S WEEKLY FOOTBALL CONTEST SEE DETAILS ON PAGE B3 'Make your nursing home visits count page Dl Pens replace Hlinka with Kehoe page Bl Altmnta mirror Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2001 500 newsstand Anthrax fears hit home Daschle Letter sent lo Senate leader tests positive Jjv ALAN FRAM 'The Associated Press WASHINGTON A letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom -Daschle tested positive Tor 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 dis- ease was announced in New York. The 7-month old child of an ABC News has tested positive for ABC News President David sa id. The child is expected to -rjecover. New York police commissioner "Bernard Kerik said news agencies city were being inspect e'd 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 A6 fl Disease strikes panic ;in Pennsylvania residents. ;fiy MARK LEBERFINGER '.Staff Writer It wasn't anthrax that sent seven Altoona res- '.idfcnts to the hospital Monday. C Two residents in the 200 block of East Grant Ave- :flue came down with symptoms after open ong a suspicious letter last week, city police said. TThe two women and their next-door neighbors ;were taken to Altoona Hospital as a precaution. All seven were released from the hospital evaluation, Altoona Hospital officials say. Please see A10 The Press 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. MAIL HANDINGi TIPS BE SUSPICIOUS IF MAIL OH PACKAGE: Is unexpected or from an unfamiliar address. Has outdated mailing address. Has rib return address Has stains, discol- oration! or odor. Marked with restrictive- endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential." 'a city or state In the postmark that does not match the return address. Lopsided or uneven. I' IF SUSPECTED: Handle With care'.pon't sriake; or bump letter or 'v Place'envelope or package InJ a plastic bag or other container to leakage of contents tfon'f open, smell o'r taste. Treat jt as suspect. Call 911. Wash hands'with soap and warm water. Postal Inspection Service Health spokesman: Anthrax comes in .3 forms BY MARK LEDEIIFINGER Staff Writer Anthrax. It's a word that fell out of use for nearly 311 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 communi said Dr. Wafa I. Rizk, a specialist in emei gency medicine at Bon Secours-Holy Family Hos- pital in Altoona. "There's no need for hysteria." Please see A10 Mirror photo by' Jason Slpes Emergency room physician Matthew Bouch: ard speaks about precautions to anthrax. Barnes and Tucker Coal Co. dismisses final employees BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror EBENSBURG Barnes and Tucker Coal Co., which employed 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 com- pany's headquarters hi Ebensburg. But he, too, will be looking for a j ob 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 com- panies, selling land, managing ben- efits payments for its former employees and pumping and treat- ing 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 compensa- said Jimmy Smith, benefits service'director for the United Mine Workers of America, Belle Version. Please see A3 PROMOTING STArt 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 Land- mark Wednesday to announce the annual awarding of Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism Grants, including to the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau. State President Pro Tern and Lt. Gov. Robert C. Jubelh-er is scheduled to be in Harrisburg presiding over the Senate and is hot expected to attend, but He is excited by the news; according'to Jubelirer's aide David Atkinson. "Whenever the governor announces a biggrant for your county, that's a very good says AtkinsoK "The fact that he chose to come to Blair County very good sign because there are a lot of worthy prjg jects in the works and we.'re happy to extend the wel; come mat to'Gov. Schweiker." Last year, former Gov. Toni Ridge approved million in grants. Of last year's total, was awarded to the bureau. The program was renewed for this year. Please see A10 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 I Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly cloudy, showers, Forecast, A2 ,v HOT-APS.dom We're white-hotf IITHE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROIl CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 Business AT Counterfeit money AS Obituaries_______A9. 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