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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania THE HALFT1ME SHOW: AREA BANDS, CHEERLEADERS STRUT THEIR STUFF PAGE D2 Paterno sizes up Ohio State page Bl Halloween goodies from the kitchen Aitoma mirror Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2001 500 newsstand Anthrax hits off-site White House center BY DAVID Esro The Associated Press WASHINGTON The nation's anthrax hit the White House Tuesday with the discovery of a small concentration of spores at an off-site mail processing center, "We're working hard at finding out who's doing President Bush said as bioter- rorisra claimed fresh victims along the East Coast Bush said the executive mansion was safe and twice said "I don't have despite the discovery of spores on a machine at the mail site a few miles from the White House. Spokesman Ari Fleischer said all employees at the site, as well as inailroom workei-s in the White House, were being "swabbed and tested" for the disease. The startling disclosure capped a rapidly unfolding series of events in which officiate announced additional confirmed and sus- pected cases of inhalation anthrax, Congress returned to work and the administration pledged a more aggressive testing and treat- ment program if additional tainted letters are discovered. Before the current outbreak, "We had no cases of inhalation anthrax in a mail sorting said Jeffrey Koplan, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For his part, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson pushed Bayer Corp. to lower its price for Cipro, a front-line anti-anthrax drug. Outside the White House, House Demo- cratic Leader Dick Gephardt said "weapons- grade material" was responsible for spread- ing infections. Six weeks after terrorists killed thousands in Washington and New York, administra- tion officials drew a rhetorical connection to the outbreak of anthrax. The FBI released the text of three anthrax- tainted letters each of them dated Sept. 11, the date that hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. Bush believes the spread of anthrax "is another example of how this is a two-front war: that there are people who would seek to do evil to tliis country; that there are people who mean us Fleischer said. "And they have mailed letters, obviously, to high impact news media, to Majority Leader [Tom] DascWe, perhaps, in this case, to the White House." The administration has been buffeted by criticism for waiting several days after the discovery of the letter addressed to D-S.D., before ordering testing at the central; postal facility for the nation's capital. Without acknowledging any shortcom- ings, several officials pointed to changes their outlook. Please see A4 Chocolate company sues Boyer BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter A Chicago-based chocolate company has sued Boyer Candy Co. of Altoona for more than million, hut Boyer's pros ident says the lawsuit is about issues that are resolved. "I am not really concerned about it. My only concern is you have to respond to Boj'er President Roger Raybuck said. Raybuck has been Boyer's president since March after long- time owner Anthony Forgione died. K will cost Boyer attorney's fees and time to answer the lawsuit brought by the Blommer Chocolate Co. of Chicago, Raybuck said. The Blommer lawsuit, fded in the Blair County Court of Common Pleas last week, is one more suit that Raybuck said represents a dis- traction from the company's primary business goals. The company this year has been in and out of court as Forgione's former wife, Deborah, and the couple's three children tangle over who will guide the company. Those lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court in Johnstown and Palm Beach, Fla., County Court in Palm Beach, where Deborah Forgione lives. Two of the children also reside in Florida. Despite the legal wrangling, Raybuck said the company is doing well, although there is .a pro- duction lull at the moment after the Halloween candy-making season. The company, a longtime Altoona business, makes Mallow Cup, among many other products. According to the Blommer lawsuit, Boyer Candy and one of its divisions, Geoffrey Boehin, contracted with Blommer on several occasions between Oct. 22, 1997, and Feb. to pur- chase coca beans and more than 1 million Please see All Safety in school zones Motorists sail through police's speed check near two Altoona schools xuu I: Mirror photo by Mark LeberfEngor Altoona patrolman Mark Marlino points a radar gun at a driver on Fourth Street during a safety patrol Monday. The radar clocked the driver traveling 32 mph, and the pasted speed limit on Fourth Street is 25 mph. Altoona police are working to remind motorists to slow down on city streets, particularly in 15 mph school zones. BY MARK LEBERFINGEH Staff Writer t was foggy Tuesday morning" at Fourth Street and Avenue. But that didn't many motorists from speeding by-, an unmarked Altoona police car'--' conducting a safety radar The safety campaign took place. near Irving Elementary and Keith; Junior High. It's a good thing city police were running radar instead of their normal VASCAR stops because those motorists traveling 31 mph or faster each would have paid a healthy speeding ticket. City police are prohibited by state law from using radar for speed enforcement. Tuesday's patrol was part of the city's effort to promote safe speeds through various school zones and other trouble spots across the city. Police set up a sign atop a patrol car that advis.ed motorists of their speed. Some were clocked at more than 40 mph. The posted speed limit on .Fourth Street is 25 mph. Please see A6 SAFETY ZONE Obey reduced speed limits posted in school zones: Stop (or school buses that are loading and unloading students Reduce speed In residential areas and be alert for students running to catch the bus. Watch for children riding bicycles to and from school.. Expect the unexpected. Source: AM West Central Ohio. State House passes moment of silence BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter State lawmakers are attempt- ing to use the increasing spirit of patriotism sweeping the country since the Sept. 11 ferroristattacks to mandate "a brief period of silent prayer or meditation" in public schools. As pail of a recently passed House bill requiring the U.S. flag to be displayed in each class- room, state Rep. Thaddous Kirk- land, D-Delaware, attached an amendment requiring "a brief period of silent prayer or medita- tion." "At a time when our nation is standing together against hate, it is essential that we put prayer back in our Kirkland said. "Now that the prayer-in- schools amendment has passed the House, I will be contacting Please see A6 Mirror pholo by Kelly Bennett group of children dressed as pumpkins ride the "Grace's Little Pumpkin Patch" float Tuesday during the Bellwood Halloween Parade. Trick-or- treating in Blair County is Thursday. Antique burglars nabbed by chance BY MAKK LKBKRFINOF.R StaffWriter CRESSON A chance traffic stop this summer led police to break up a antique burglary ring this week. Six people were jailed Monday for their roles in the burglaries, which occurred in Cambria County between August 2000 and June. But the crime spree may have reached into Blair and Clearfield coun- ties, state police said. The investigation involved troopers at the Clear- field and Ebensburg stations and officers in Gallitzin and Gallitzin Township. 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