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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 26, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                RELIGION: MORE CHURCHES TAKING ROLE ASAFER-SCHOOL HOST FOR KIDS FREE INSIDE 2002 NEW CAR GUIDE: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MODELS FREE INSIDE Hfl m I Baby blues fsief most new moms page Dl in a new direction Copyright 2001 Heating help calls will rise this year BY MARK LEBEKMNGER Staff Writer The slowing economy might lead more Blair County residents to lap into the Low Income Heating Assistance Program this year. LIHEAP, a federal program that helps low-income families with heating bills, also assists families in crisis situations such as a bro- ken furnace, leaking pipes or ter- minated utility service. Homeowners and renters including those whose rent covers heat roomers and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible. Any type of fuel can be used, said George Finch, supervisor of the program at the Blair County Assistance Office. "You don't have to be on public assistance or have an unpaid heat- ing bill to use the Finch said. "They can rent or own their own homes." The office mailed applications this month to last year's program participants. The number of appli- cations received to date is compared with the same time last year, Finch said. He expects more people will use the program this season than last year, when applications were processed. "We think we'll see more appli- cations this year because of the number of layoffs at places like Butlerick, C-COR.net, New Pig, Norfolk Southern. All those added up, plus the general he said. Applicants can receive to in a one-time cash assistance benefit paid to their fuel dealers on their behalf. Please see A5 THE GUIDELINES The federal Low Income Healing Assistance Program begins Nov. 13. Income guidelines for Itie program are: One-person household, Two-person household, Three-person household, Four-person household, Five-person household, For each additional person, add Source: Blair County Assistance Office Wtrrnr FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2001 newsstand Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Glendale Elementary School sixth-graders Dustin Riggleman (left) and Christopher Korlinchak work on laptop computers while elementary schoolteachers from Chile watch. The teachers learned about technology's use in central Pennsylvania's classrooms through a Penn State University program. I SEE STORY, PAGE A4 WAR ON TERRORISM: Pages A5, A8, A10, C1, C3 Officials on alert for food poisons Raw fruits and vegetables and cattle could be among the most likely targets for terrorist attacks. BY PHILIP BKASUKK The Associated Press WASHINGTON After attacks from the air and in the mail, officials worry the nation's food supply could be next. The government considers potential targets to be fruits and vegetables people eat raw and calUe that could be infected with fast-spreading foot-and-mouth disease. To deter potential terror- ists, Congress is consider- ing proposals to hire hun- dreds of food inspectors and lab technicians and empow- er the government to seize or recall tainted products and inspect food makers' records. The Agriculture Depart- ment has put veterinarians on alert and wants more guards to protect its labs around the country that work with food pathogens. "Food security can no longer be separated from our national Sen. Richard Durbin, D-I11., said Thursday. Terrorists could poison a limited amount of food and still "create a general atmosphere of fear and anxiety without actually having to carry out indiscriminate civilian-oriented Peter Chalk of the Rand Corp. think tank recently told Congress. Fresh produce may be the food most vulnerable to attack because it's often eaten raw and is subject to lit- tle inspection. The only known terrorist attack on U.S. food occurred in the 1980s, when a cult in Oregon contaminated salad bars with salmonella bacteria. There are dozens of labs that work with pathogens, but terrorists wouldn't necessarily need to get their bacteria there. Salmonella can be found on supermarket chicken and grown in a lab. A strain of E. coli commonly is found in cattle manure. Please see A5 ON THE NET Food and Drug Administration: fda.gov U.S. Department ol Agriculture .http'VAvww.usda.gov "The had news jUSt keeps On economist Melani Jani Reports point to recession BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER The Associated Press WASHINGTON Home sales and orders to factories for big-ticket items plunged in September, and the number of Americans drawing unemployment benefits stands at an IR-year high the strongest evidence to date that the country has entered a recession. "The bad news just keeps on said Melani Jani, an economist at Salomon Smith Barney in New York. "The economy was already weak before Sept. 11, and these figures show the deterioration has become much more she said. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that orders to factories for big-ticket durable goods fell for a fourth consecu- tive month in September, a decline of 8.5 percent that was six times larger than economists expected. It pushed orders for durable goods down to billion, the lowest level since August 1996. Please see A5 Westvaco plant to close today; Leaders search for new tenant By WALT FRANK Staff Writer TYRONE Local officials are work i ng to replace the 265 jobs th at disappear today with the closing of the Westvaco Corp. paper mill. Officials are having trouble find- ing a new tenant because West- vaco hasn't decided what to do with the property. "We have to find out if we have a place for Mayor Pat Stoner said. "We have some leads, but we don't know if we have anything to sell yet. They need to be more open with us." Martin Marasco, executive direc- tor of the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp., said progress is slow. ABCD is spearheading a task force to gather information about the future of the facility. "There have been some discus- sions with corporate people, and they are in the process of compiling the data we requested so we can Please see A9 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (000) 287-44BO 4 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly sunny, windy, Forecast, A2 t DS 0LOCAI. Business__ Movies___ Obituaries Opinion Local__ Scoreboard "_ A4 All AS J B4 B5 V Classifieds C4-12 Comics __ _ D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 IN NATION The Bush administration is pulling of) three missile tracking tests that might have violated a 1972 Irealy banning nationwide missile defenses, Pentagon officials said. PAGE C1   

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