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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                THE HALFTIME SHOW: AREA BANDS, CHEERLEADERS STRUT THEIR STUFF PAGE D2 )w wdmen who work nights are more likely to get breast cancer Snacks find a home in Pennsylvania Altomra dHtmtr Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2001 50 C newsstand Precautions taken worldwide Protocol renewed for authorities, Hoaxes will not be tolerated, Guidelines for area departments reviewed so procedures in sync BY MASK LEBERFINGER StaffWriter Blair County police were given new guidelines Monday on how to handle suspicious mailings. The protocol fine-tuned in recent days comes in the wake of numerous mail and package scares across the country. "We want to make sure Department A handles it the same way as Department said Rodney Bohner, director of the Blair County Emergency Management Agency. The hazmat team is the Altoona Fire Department, but they also respond to any hazardous materi- als incident in the county. "We want to make sure all the police know and handle this the same Bohner said. County residents should look for suspicious mailings, keeping in inind that solicitations and adver- tisements are sent through the mail routinely. Taking standard precautions such as wearing gloves, respirato- ry protection and eye protection if necessary, is addressed in the otie- p'age document. Please AS Blair courthouse employees modify handling of open mail during sorting BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG To sort and open mail at the Blair County Courthouse, employees are wearing disposable gloves. "I don't mind it says Paula Rilcy, who sorts hundreds of pieces of mail daily that come into the courthouse. "The gloves are real easy to put on, and it's the idea that you just never know." County Chief Clerk Terry Wagner issued a memo Monday advising offices to appoint an employee to pick up and open mail while wearing gloves and to have that employee on the lookout for suspicious packages or envelopes containing unknown substances. "We feel we're taking precautions to be on the safe Wagner said. With letters contaminated by the potentially deadly anthrax arriving at offices nationwide, it's not unusual for mailrooms and delivery services across the country to con- sider changing procedures on handling mail. Please see A8 MORE WAR ON TERRORISM COVERAGE PAGES A12, C1, C3 Letter to Tom Brokaw The Associated Press Mexican post office worker Domingo Aguirre wears a mask as he sorts international mail at the Mexico City airport Tuesday. The U.S. Postal Service is taking special precautions in handling mail because of the anthrax scare. Federal officials announce indictment in one of several anthrax hoaxes WASHINGTON (AP) Assailing recent anthrax hoaxes as "no joking Attorney General John Ashcroft said Tuesday that those who perpetrate anthrax or other terrorist scares will he prosecuted. With the FBI chasing down thousands of reports of possi- ble anthrax exposures most turn out to be false alarms or practical jokes Ashcroft said such scares are unlawful and "gross transgressions of the public trust." "They create illegitimate alarm in a time of legitimate con- Ashcroft said. The warning came as suspicious letters, unmarked packages and nonstop hoaxes have spread anthrax anxiety around the globe. No anthrax cases have been confirmed outside the United States. With FBI Director Robert Mueller at his side, Ashcroft said a rash of hoaxes across the country have taxed the resources of an already burdened law enforcement system. An FBI warning last week about possible terrorist attacks within the next few days still is in effect, so authorities can- not afford to be diverted by phony scares. "The threat of bioterrorism is no joking the attor- ney general said. Please see A8 Photos released Tuesday of envelopes containing letters and anthrax sent to NBC's Tom Brakaw and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. SEE STORY PAGE A12 Airport carrier seeking a break BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer MARTINSBURG The ail-line carri- er serving the Altoona-Blair County Airport has asked for a price break on its monthly rental fee as it attempts to recover from financial woes since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Airport officials, however, are show- ing little interest, saying they're hurt- ing, too, and flight changes by the carri- er have done little to help the situation. At risk in the disagreement is the future of air passenger service to and from Blair County. "We're in this to make Warren Wilkinson, vice president of marketing and corporate communica- tions for Chautauqua Airlines Inc., told the Blair County Airport Authority Monday night. "What that means in the long-term, I couldn't tell you. For the short-term, we're going to be here." Chautauiiua Airlines pays per month to offer passenger service at the airport. A letter from Jerry Balsano, vice pres- ident of customer service, requested the price break for six months so the! airline could maintain and continue service to the Martinsburg RD airport. "Is there a threat airport authority member Lanny Ross said. Wilkinson said it's not a threat. He said Chautauqua lost million in 13 days and continues to lose money because nights are down 38 percent and fares are down 23 percent. The federal government offered relief of about million, far short of what the carrier needs to recover, Wilkinson said. "Every little bit he told the authority. Authority members looked to airport Manager Charles Pillar for some advice because Pillar's firm, American Airports, collects the monthly fee and uses it to pay expenses. After American Airports col- lects in revenue, it begins shar- ing a portion of its income with the air- port authority. Pillar said if the federal government comes through with some financial relief for companies such as his, then it might be willing to pass on some of that relief to Chautauqua. Otherwise, Pillar and some members of the Blair County Airport Authority said Chautauqua is contributing to the airport's financial problems. Please see A14 Diocese pays million in damages of Luddy suit 1W T rif" a tact (n votrimv tliti ll Court rules individuals have right to bear arms New York Times News Service In a case that had drawn intense nation- al attention from supporters and oppo- nents of gun control measures, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Tuesday that the Constitution guarantees individuals a right to have firearms. But the court, in wading into one of the most contentious issues of constitutional law, disappointed pro-gun groups by declar- ing that the right is subject to some regula- tions, leaving open the door for gun control provisions. Ever since an unusual pro gun ruling from a Texas federal judge in 1999, the case had become the central legal battleground over the Second Amendment guarantee of a right "to keep and bear which has been a political rallying cry for the National Rifle Association and other groups. Please see A14 THE REAL DEALP Steelers' big test comes Sunday against Tampa Bay page B3 BY MARK LBBERFWGER Staff Writer The Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese has paid more than million to fulfill a portion of the verdict won by a former Altoona man who a civil jury found was sexually assaulted by former priest Francis Luddy. The diocese's move follows the Pennsyl- vania Supreme Court's rejection this month of a request to further review the jury's 1994 verdict. "We of the Diocese of Altoona- Johnstown have accepted with regret that portion of the recent decision of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court dealing with the claim for compensatory the Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, the diocese's bishop, said in a written statement. Please see All Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (BOO) 287-44BO 5 V_t' Lottery numbers, A 2 Cloudy with showers, Forecast, A2 1 THE GREAT COMBIMATIOPfl Call us today...Make money today. 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