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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 5, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                SENIORS: HOSPICE GIVES LIFE DIGNITY FREE INSIDE WORLD SERIES: DIAMONDBACKS RALLY IN BOTTOM OF THE 9TH PAGE Bl Emmys at last to honor its best Steelers boot away chance at victory iiltrrar Copyright 2001 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2001 50C newsstand Report: State lottery losing money PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pennsyl- vania Lottery will run out of money in two years unless the state overhauls senior cit- izens' programs it supports, a Pittsburgh newspaper reported Sunday based on a state report. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review obtained a copy of a report by the state Department of Aging that says the lottery will use its reserves, which totalled million a year ago, and go 187 million in debt by July 2003. The report blames the state's ballooning prescription drug program, where costs are. increasing 22 percent each year because of increasing drug costs. Pennsylvania's lottery is the only one nationwide dedicated to helping the elderly exclusively. Onfrthird of lottery revenue covers prescription drug program, while the rest is used for home care and rebates on property taxes and rent. Pennsylvania has the second-largest elderly population in the nation behind Florida. The report, ordered by the Legislature, comes as some lawmakers are considering legislation to expand the state's mil- lion prescription drug program that serves senior citizens. "1 think they [legislators] now sense this is a train wreck said Tim Murphy, chairman of the state Senate Aging Commit-tee. The Upper St. Clair Republican was a member of the panel that drafted the report. The report also suggests measures that could save the lottery as much as mil- lion a year, including increasing the copayment low-income seniors pay for medications. "Anything less than million to million [in annual savings] is probably not worth enacting. It gets you a couple years and lakes some steam out of said Richard Browdie, secretary of the state Department of Aging. Robert F. Mars III, who became execu- tive director of the lottery last year, declined to comment. Meanwhile, the state Department of Revenue, which oversees the lottery, said it was considering measures to raise money; including joining a multi-state lottery. Please see A3 WAR ON TERRORISM: i Pages A6, C1, C3 Pentagon uses weapons from past and future BY ROBERT BURNS The Associated Press WASHINGTON U.S. fight in Afghanistan is relying on an odd mix of weapons from the past, present and future for a military that before Sept. 11 already was making the transition from arming for the Cold War to tooling for new threats. B-52s of Vietnam War vintage some older than the Air Force pilots flying them lumber hundreds of miles from an island in the Indian Ocean to drop tons of "dumb" bombs on Taliban trenches. Million dollar Tomahawk cruise mis- siles launched from Navy ships and sub- marines are aimed at turning terrorist camps into dust clouds. Army helicopters and Air Force AC- 130 gunships watch warily for Stingers, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles that the CIA provided to Afghan rebels in their 1980s war against the Soviet Union. Billion-dollar B-2 bombers, built to evade the Soviets' sophisticated radar networks, fly 44-hour missions from Missouri to drop the latest version of a "bunker buster" bomb first used in the Gulf War. Aircraft carriers, derided by some as irrelevant relics ready for retirement, launch dozens of fighter-bombers daily from the Arabian Sea, their sights set on decrepit but still dangerous Taliban air defenses and other targets. Please see A3 Weapons of war: E-S JSTARS The Pentagon announced on Friday Ihe deployment oEthe E-B JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar The JSTARS aircraft was iirst used in Desert Storm in 1991 -while it was still in development-and the Pentagon's announcement marks me first use of theaircralt in Afghanistan, The JSTARS is used to perform surveillance and targeting of enemy ground forces and became fully operalional in 1996. Covering f nearly squaro miles, Ihe JSTARS radar can deled, dassily. track and largot ground forces from an altitude of feet and a range 155 miles. Information on enemy ground forces and movamenls is relayed to ground forces in near real-time Intelligence and lanjfit- frig data can, also bo relayed directly 01 via satellite to attack aircraft, navy ships and command facilities. SOURCES: U.S Air Force; Noittiiop Gtwunan Cotp. The Associated Press A Navy seaman works to re-arm an Hornet on the aircraft car- rier USS Theodore Roosevelt just after dawn Sunday in the Arabian Sea. Man with local ties found in WTC rubble BY MICHAEL EMEKY Staff Writer Growing up in Manhattan as the youngest of four children, and the only b oy, Joseph Gerard Leavey always agreed to play house! with his older sisters as long as he could be the firefighter. Leayey's passion for being a firefight- er continued throughout his life, leading him to become one of New York's bravest. After joining the Fire Department of New York City in 1982, he earned his way up the ranks, culminat- ing in his appoint- ment to lieutenant of FDNY Ladder 15 three years ago. "Joe loved the life of being a firefight- Tim Simmer of people from the law, said. World Center. Leavey's life ended Sept. 11 rescuing people from the World Trade Center. The lieutenant led seven firefighters from' Ladder 15 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center immediately after it was attacked by terror- ists. After the collapse of the Twin Towers, all seven firefighters from Ladder 15 who responded to the emergency remained missing until Oct. 27. The Leavey family including Leavey's sister Patty Sumner and Tim Simmer of Martinsburg received word th at the body of Lt. Joseph G. Leavey, 46, had been recovered from the rubble. Please see A3 LT. JOSEPH GERARD LEAVEY' Who lost his life Sept. 11 Bills to better children safety seats introduced BY MARK LEBEHFINGKH Staff Writer Two Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced bills this week to close perceived loopholes in child safety seat laws. The first bill, sponsored by Rep. Connie Williams, D-Montgomery, would require children 4 to 8 years old and weighing 40 to 80 pounds to be buckled up and fastened in a child safety seat. "Given the grade of 'P that Penn- sylvania received from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, I feel that the current'law should be extended to require children under 18 to be buck- led up at all times to ensure their safety while riding in a Williams said in a news release. Pennsylvania was one of 24 states to receive a failing grade from the campaign for not protecting chil- dren in motor vehicles properly. Please see A7 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Hollidaysburg Trooper David McGarvey secures a car seat. The SAFE KIDS Campaign found Pennsyl- vania had three flaws in its child restraint laws. Few Cambria municipalities adopt comprehensive plans BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror Ninety percent of Cambria County's 63 municipalities collect cash for build- ing permits from residents wanting to make additions or alterations to their properties. The percentage plummets when it comes to municipalities that have adopted ordinances on compreheasive planning, zoning or the subdivision of properties. A survey by the Cambria County Planning Commission indicates 19 municipalities, or about 30 percent, have adopted comprehens ive plan s. When it comes to zoning, 32 percent have ordinances that regulate construc- tion location. Only 38 percent officially regulate the subdivision of properties, and 38 percent of Cambria's governing bodies have planning commissions to assist them in making decisions on development Cambria County officials urge munic- ipal officials to adopt ordinances regu- lating land development. Please see A3 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4-180 3 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly cloudy, Forecast, A2 Mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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