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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 WF       . TV finally has chance to honor its best DI Steelers boot away chance at victoryAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2001 500 newsstandReport: State lotteiy losing money PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pennsylvania Lottery will run out of money in two years unless the state overhauls senior citizens’ 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 $118 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. One-third 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 $290 mil lion prescription drug program that serves 227,600 senior citizens. “I think they [legislators] now sense this is a train wreck coming,” 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 $100 million a year, including increasing the $6 copayment low-income seniors pay for medications. "Anything less than $40 million to $42 million {in annual savings] is probably not worth enacting. It gets you a couple years and takes some steam out of inflation.” said Richard Browd ie, 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 Lottery/Page A3 Man with local ties found in WTC nibble WAR ON Pentagon uses weapons from past and future TERRORISM: ► Pages A6, Cl, C3 The Associated Press A Navy seaman works to re-arm an F/A-18C Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt just after dawn Sunday in the Arabian Sea. By Michael Emery Staff Writer Growing up in Manhattan as the youngest of four children, and the only boy, Joseph Gerard I .cavey always agreed to play house with his older sisters as long as he could be the firefighter. Leavey’s passion for being a firefighter 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, culminating in his appointment to lieutenant of FDNY Udder 15 three years ago. “Joe loved the life of being a firefighter,” Tim Sumner of Martinsburg, Leavey’s brother-in-law, said. Leavey’s life ended Sept. ll 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 terrorists. 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 Sumner of Martinsburg — received word that the body of Lt. Joseph G. Leavey, 46, had been recovered from the rubble. Please see Body/Page A3 Lt. Joseph Gerard Leavey Who lost his life Sept. 11 rescuing people from the World Trade Center. SOURCES: U S. Ak Force Northrop Grumman Corp By Robert Burns The Associated ITess WASHINGTON - The 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 ll 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 Hying 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 sties launched from Navy ships and submarines 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 Gulfwar. Aircraft carriers, derided by some as irrelevant relics ready for retirement, launch dozens of fighter-bombers daily fh)m the Arabian Sea, their sights set on decrepit but still dangerous Taliban air defenses and other targets. Please see Weapons/Page A3 Weapons of war: e-8 jstars The Pentagon announced on Friday the deployment of the E-8 JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System). The JSTARS aircraft was first used in Desert Storm in 1991 - while it was still in development - and the Pentagon's announcement marks the first use of the aircraft in Afghanistan. The JSTARS is used to perform surveillance and targeting of enemy ground forces and became fully operational in 1996. O Covering nearly 19.300 square miles, th* JSTARS radar can detect, classify, track and target ground forces from an altitude of 42,000 feet and a range of 155 miles Information on enemy ground forces and movements is relayed to friendly ground forces in near real-time "TP ©intelligence and target ing data can also be relayed directly or via satellite to attack aircraft, navy ships and command facilities Bills to better children JT ( #    '*•    I safety seats introduced By Mark Leberfinger 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 ‘F that Pennsylvania received from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, I feel that the current law should be extended to require children under 18 to be buckled up at all times to ensure their safety while riding in a vehicle,” Williams said in a news release. Pennsylvania was one of 24 states to receive a failing grade from the campaign for not protecting children in motor vehicles properly. Please see Safety/Page A7 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Hollidaysburg Trooper David McGarvey secures a car seat. The SAFE KIDS Campaign found Pennsylvania 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 building 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 comprehensive planning, zoning or the subdivision of properties. A survey by the Cambria County Planning Commission indicates 19 municipalities, or about 30 percent, have adopted comprehensive plans. When it comes to zoning, 32 percent have ordinances that regulate construe 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 municipal officials to adopt ordinances regulating land development. 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  • Connie Williams
  • Joseph G. Leavey
  • Joseph Gerard
  • Joseph Gerard Leavey
  • Linda Hudkins
  • Mark Leberfinger
  • Patty Sumner
  • Richard Browd
  • Robert Burns
  • Robert F. Mars Iii
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Tim Murphy
  • Tim Sumner

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: November 5, 2001

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