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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 2, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania RELIGION WHAT KIDS WANTTO KNOW ABOUT GOD FREE INSIDE WORLD SERIES: ANOTHER EXTRA-INNINGS RALLY PULLS YANKEES AHEAD PAGE Bl Back of all trades variety of-ways Be bold when choosing neckwear Copyright 2001 Inmate backs Blair judge However, Michael Black and his fellow prisoners won't be voting on Tuesday. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG In his bat- tle to win another 10-year term on the bench, Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan got an unexpect- ed endorsement Thursday. It came from the escapee Callan was sentencing. "I got something to say, Mr. Callan. You are doing a fine Michael David Black, clad in an orange pris- on jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists, said. Black "I'm going to tell my people to vote for he told the judge. After a long silence, Callan cracked, "That's a fine endorse- ment." Then he added, "Thank you." With the politics out of the way, Callan sentenced Black, 26, of Hill Crest Estate to serve 11 Vi to 23 months in prison for his escape from an Altoona Hospital room while under guard by a sheriffs deputy earlier this year. Despite the endorsement, Black won't be voting for Callan. Please see A4 ELECTION COVERAGE INSIDE TODAY: Previews ON SUNDAV: An ol races in Huntingdon, in-depth look at Bedford and Blair Callan's 10 years PAGES A3, A5 on Hie bench FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2001 FLU INOCULATIONS newsstand' Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Nurse Shirley Bezllla draws a dose of flu vaccine Wednesday at Blair Medical Associates on Eighth Avenue. A shot in the arm Officials say vaccine in short supply again this year From Minor staff and wire reports Exercising, eating and sleeping well, taking vitamins and washing hands frequently are a few ways people can stay healthy and avoid Influenza. Oh, and don't forget a flu shot. As soon as cool temperatures become the norm, cold and flu season isn't far behind. .Doctors and health-care professionals are getting the word out that it's time to schedule flu shots if the vaccination is available. For the second straight year, there is a delay in the availability of the flu vaccine. The delay has required healthcare professionals to request healthy individuals to wait until mid- November or early December to get their flu vaccinations to allow high-risk individuals to receive flu shots from the limited supply of vaccine, available. Please see A4 WAR ON TERRORISM: Pages A7, C1 Anthrax fears keep spreading Spores found j Bioterrorism in Missouri preparations and Indiana j begin in Blair BY DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON The fear of i anthrax spread to the Midwest Thursday with a preliminary finding of contamination at a Kansas City, Mo., postal facility. Investigators establishe d a link between the death of a woman in New York and more than a dozen cases of the disease elsewhere in the country. The bacteria that killed Kathy T. Nguyen were "indistinguish- able from all the includ- ing the strain in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D- S.D., said Dr. Steven Oslroff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said they haven't learned how the woman became sick. Nearly one month into Amer- ica's bioterrorism scare, the threat seemed to be receding in the nation's capital as .the Supreme Court reopened to employees today. But New Jersey asked the Bush administration for hurry-up help to test more than postal facil- ities. It appeal's the state "is the frontline of the ahthrax attack on our acting Gov. Donald T. DiFranccsco wrote. In a cruel irony, officials said the suspected spores found in Kansas City likely were exported from the nation's capital. "The assumption at this point is that this is a contamination process from the main postal facility in Washington that has been shut down for more than a week, said Rex Archer, the Kansas City health director. Please see A7 BY WILLIAM KIBUGR Stuff Writer Blair County emergency and health managers gathered Thurs- day at Altoona Hospital to deter- mine how to identify and coordi- nate a response to a bioterrorism attack. "It's a work in Dr. Robert Barnes of the hospital staff said after the symposium called by the newly formed Bioterrorism Readiness Planning Group. Identifying a bioterrorism attack may be the trickiest part, county Emergency Management Coordin- ator Rod Bohner said. Once identified, an emergency can turn a terrorist attack into a hazardous materials incident with familiar protocols: But until it's identified, an incident can keep inflicting damage without society being aware of it. If a hazmat incident is like spilling a pot of stew that goes under cabinets and gets tracked into the living room, bioterrorism is like a leaky kitchen pipe that rots floor joists and shows up later as a wet spot on the living room carpet. You find the wet spot and still have a lot of work- to track the source of the problem, Bohner said. Coordination is key to identify- i' ing and dealing with a terrorism attack, Barnes said. Experts have known about I anthrax, bioterrorism, commuhj- cable diseases and epidemiology, said Dr. Wafa Rizk of Bon Secours- Holy Family Hospital. I They need to put it all together to answer the threat, he said. Please see A7 One sweet discovery Penn State study finds cocoa helps reduce cholesterol's damage The Associated Press Penny Kris-Etherton, professor of nutrition at Penn State University, holds cups of semi-sweet dark choco- late chips and cocoa powder Thursday. BY DAN LEWERENZ The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE Eating cocoa can help reduce the harm caused by cholesterol, according to a study conducted at Penn State University. But the researchers warn against trading cauliflower and collard greens for candy bars. The study, funded by the choco- late industry, found that flavonoids in cocoa and dark chocolate can help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a process that con- tributes to atherosclerosis, or hard- ening of the arteries. "It's the oxidation of the fatty acids in the LDL particle that causes a whole cascade of events that leads to said Penny Kris-Etherton, a Penn State profes- sor of nutrition and the lead researcher in the study. "The antioxidants protect the LDL from becoming oxidized." Flavonoids are a category of antioxidant, like beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and seleni- um. These substances can absorb free-floating particles in the blood that cause oxidation of fatty acids in LDL cholesterol. In the study, 10 men and 13 women, ages 21 to 62, ate one of two experimental diets for four weeks, either an average American diet altered to be low in flavonoids or a diet containing 22 grams of cocoa'; powder and 16 grams of dark Iate about the same amount of cocoa in a chocolate bar. After a two-week break, during which participants returned to their usual eating habits, partici- pants then switched to the other- diet for four weeks. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 IL I Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of showers, Forecast, A2 PI Cruiser Limited Term. Requires credit appia btendeiTTi! Ffymooth 154? PhMMiri VoUcy Blvd. _ _ A9 Hospitals 'All Obituaries __ A11 Opinion A8 B4 Local______ Scoreboard B5 Comics_______DS CgrmTTunjty news JD2 Puzzles ___D4 Television D4 V- The House passed avlatftin security legislation Thursday after rejecting Senate version that would have turned airport screening operations over to federal employees. PAGEC1 v
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