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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                THE HALFTIME SHOW: AREA BANDS AND CHEERLEADERS STRUT THEIR STUFF PAGE D2 Get medieval -1 r Wfl" Madrigal chef shares recipes page JVitoona UKrror Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2001 newsstand RESULTS (Complete, unofficial) Blair County District attorney (1) Daue Robert S. Donaldson (D) Please see story at right Judicisl retention Judge Norman D. Callan Yes Please see story at right City ot Altoona Council (3) fe.MarX E jaeis'iDl Brent (R) Scott Cessna (R) Please see story at right Township (1) Frank J. Borneo J. DeBartolome (L) 719 ''3 Jf Please see story on Page A6 I Tyrone Borough Mayor (1) Patricia Stoner' (D) B15 J. Please see story on Page A6 Altoona Area School District School director (4) Daniel J. Barry David A. (flffl) Richard 1. Brent Everhart (NP) Please see story on Page A6 Statewide Supreme Court Justice (1) of precincts, 96 percent Mike Eakln Kale Ford Elliott (Of Please see story on Page A11 Superior Court Judge (3) of precincts, 95 percent Richard B. Klein jVlary JatujjjpwesJH David John T. Bender (R) Jm.ZfiT 796.274" Stephanie Domilrovich LyiJia Y. KirklanTjSy........ 788.77T Please sees tory on Page A11 Commonwealth Court Judge (3) of precincts, 96 percent Robin Simpson 889.530 James J. Doilaio (0) Irwin W. Aronson Re nee Co tin (R) Mary Hannah Leavitt (R) Jetry Langan (D) Please see story on Page A11 Gorman retains DA post; Verdict's in: Callan's out Judge loses retention by votes BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Judge Norman D. Callan lost his bid for retention Tuesday. The unofficial vote was to against a second 10-year term for the judge. Callan, 53, a Blair County Common Pleas Court judge, said the loss was unexpected because he believed he was well-received by voters when he went during the last few weeks of the campaign. His campaign manager, former Altoona Mayor Ray Volte, was shaking his head at the end of a long night in which the vote totals see-sawed, creating a tense atmos- phere at the Pleasant Valley Boulevard Days Inn headquarters, where CaDan supporters gathered. "I would never have dreamt this would have been close, much less a said Vpltz, a veteran city politician. Like Callan, he thought voters' feedback was favorable. As the night closed and Callan, carrying his 2-year-old daughter, Sarah, prepared to go home, Voltz approached him and said, "Now I'm going to leave you with one thought. You gave it your best shot." "I don't have any said Callan, adding he didn't lose the vote because of the lack of effort Under state law, Callan's term will end in January. A successor will lie named to fill the position temporarily by a committee com- prised of five attorneys that Gov. Mark Schweiker will appoint. The committee will make recom- mendations as to whom should fill the vacancy. The nominee requires Senate approval. In 2003, an election will be held, and a new judge will be elected for a 10-year term. Despite the disbelief, Callan faced hefty opposition for retention: The committee for Judicial Fairness put together by former Blair County District Attorney William J. Haberstroh and former City Councilman Len Bettwy. Please see A7 Mirforpholo by Kelly Bennett Incumbent Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman gets a hug from assistant district attorney Jackie Bernard after it was clear Gorman won the race Tuesday night. Cessna odd man out in city BY WILLIAM KIBI.ER 'Staff Writer Scott Cessna was left in the cold among four Altoona City Council candidates, but he had a warm feeling nevertheless Tuesday evening. Cessna received unofficial votes, which was less than fellow newcomer Brent Fisher's and incumbents Wayne Hippo's and Mark Geis', the only Democrat, "An uplifting Cessna said. It crystal- lized Tuesday at the Jaggard United Methodist Church polling place, where he shook the hands of more than 300 people arid heard from many who are convinced that despite recent job losses, the city will rebound. Although he lost, he gave residents a choice in the Republican primary, he said. With him in the primary, Incumbent Tom Shaheen, troubled with legal problems, droppe d out. Please see Council AB Incumbent survives 2nd Donaldson challenge BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman was brimming with satisfaction and relief Tuesday night. "It's a feeling, just a feeling of the incumbent said at Republican campaign head- quarters, where he heard applause from Republicans who campaigned to keep him on the job for four more years. Blair County voters in Tuesday's election provided Gorman with unofficial votes. His chal- lenger, Robert Donaldson, a Republican who ran on the Democratic ticket, got unof- ficial votes. "We fought a good Donaldson said early in the evening when vote totals indicat- ed (lie candidates were close, but Gorman was leading. "No matter what the result, I think we really heightened the awareness as to the performance of the district attorney's office." At the Republican party at the Duncansviue Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Gorman returned from a TV interview and walked into a room where Republicans and supporters clapped and cheered for him. Dressed in a dark suit, with a patriotic tie dangling from his neck, the tall, lanky candidate offered a thank-you speech by acknowledging it has been a long year. "When we started this race back in November, December, quite frankly, it looked Gorman said. He knew his opponent was some- one with name recognition and money to spend on a campaign. But with Tuesday's decision in, Gorman appeared relaxed and relieved as he thanked Republicans and other supporters. Please see A8 Ashcroft takes aim at assisted suicide BY SAJI HOWE VERHOVEK New York Times News Service SEATTLE......- Taking square aim a at a measure approved twice by' voters in Oregon, Attorney Gen- eral John Ashcroft Tuesday autho- rized federal agents to take action against doctors who prescribe leth- al drugs for terminally ill patients. Oregon is the only state nation- wide and one of the few places in the world where people are allowed to kill themselves with a doctor's prescription. Under the state's so-called Death with Dignity Act, a terminally ill patient may take the lethal drugs if two doctors agree the person has less than six months to live and is menially competent to make the decision to end his or her life. Please see A14 The Associated Press Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion In Dying Federation, reacts Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's directive on assisted-suicidc doctors. Commissioners await sale notice for Curve BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County commissioners said Tues- day that they will await notice of a pending sale from Altoona Curve owners before they consider buy- ing the baseball team. The county, under its 1998 contract with Curve owner Bob Lozinak, has first option to buy the team. The county must decide before plans move forward to sell the team to Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg. Commissioner John H. Eichel- berger Jr. is the only one who has made up his mind on the issue that surfaced last week after Commis- sioner John J. Ebersole found the contract clause and showed it to county solicitor J. Michael Dorezas. 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