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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                'GAMEDAY ADAMS, PSU D-LINE HOLDING THEIR OWN FREE INSIDE IN NATION: HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE HITS RECORD LEVEL PAGE Cl encourages Ip lay down burdens suffering hand injuries Aitofltta itttrror Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2001 504 newsstand MORE HARRY POTTER JM ice Review: Potter movie will LlH bewitch serious fans. PAGE 01 TODAY IN RELIGION Christians question the influence Harry Potter has on children. PAGE 4 COMING SUNDAY Exclusive 'Harry Potter' brain teasers Harry Potter, orphan of humble origins, on screen From Mirror staff and wire reports Better show up at the theater early, or you'll have trouble finding a place to park your broomstick. But no camping out will be permitted at the Logan Valley Mall. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" hits theaters in a colossal way today, with' nearly one-fourth of the nation's movie screens showing the hoy wizard's adven- tures. The film will be shown at the Cannike 8 in Altoona. An employee, who asked not to be identified, said camping out will not be allowed on mall property, recalling that many fans tried to do that for "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" but were thrown off by mall security. Eleven-year-old Chris Baiun of Pittsburgh plans to see "Harry Potter" at an after- school showing Friday with his parents and about 50 classmates and their families. He's most excited to see the quidditch sport Harry and other students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry play on flying broomsticks. "I think that will probably be the hardest for them to do lots of people flying around at intense Chris said. The year's most anticipated film opens in breaking the previous record of for "Mission: Impossible 2." And it will play on a record-shattering screens, about more than "Mission: Impossible 2" and the previous widest film releases. There are about 3G.OOO movie screens nationwide. "There's not an exhibitor who has a mul- tiplex that wasn't interested in playing this said Dan Fellman, head of distrib- ution for Warner Bros., which is releasing "Harry Potter" and plans to have the first sequel in theaters a year from now. Some theaters will run the movie on half a dozen screens. Some scheduled their first showings at a.m. Friday for fans who just can't wait until normal matinee hours. Online buyers have snapped up "Harry Potter" tickets at record rates. Not bad for an orphan of humble origins who spent his formative years sleeping in a cupboard beneath the stairs. Harry Potter was dreamed up by British single mother J.K. Rowling during a train ride in which she formulated plans for a seven-book series. Please see A6 AVIATION SECURITY The Associated Press Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., raises his hands and looks skyward on Capitol Hill Thursday as he expresses gratitude that conferees reached agreement on an aviation security bill. Bush will sign bill if passes BY JIM ABHAMS The Associa ted Press WASHINGTON Ail-port screen' ers would become federal employees under a compromise aviation security bill aimed to restore the confidence in flying unhinged by the terrorist hijackers. After weeks of impasse, House and Senate leaders said Thursday that they planned to vote on the legislation today, WAR ON TERRORISM V Pages C1.C4 sending it to President Bush for his signa- ture in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest Hying times of the year. "Safety comes Bush said, announcing in a statement that he would sign the measure. He had balked at mak- ing airport screeners federal, employees. The goal, said Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, who helped craft the compromise, is to give Americans "peace of mind when they get on air- planes across the country, especially as we approach Thanksgiving." The votes will come a little more than two months after the hijacker attacks on the World Trade'Center and Pentagon. Please see A6 Blair United Way short of goal BY MARK LEBERFINOER Staff Writer United Way of Blair County has raised more than in its 2001 campaign, less than 50 percent of the charity's goal of million. Although the fund raising effort technical- ly closed Thursday, United Way Executive Director Kay Griffin said she's optimistic the Blair County campaign will reach its goal because some companies have yet to run their campaigns and some individuals haven't mailed in their contributions. "We're not anticipating not reaching goal because what has happened to date has been very she said. Griffin said United Way doesn't expect to reduce funding to its member agencies. Campaign success statewide has, varied, according to Anthony Ross, a spokesman for United Way of Pennsylvania, who pointed to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the weaken- ing economy as factors. "In some areas, it's been tough not only because of Sept. 11, but also because of the overall economy with plant closings and Ross said. "Sept. 11 only exacerbat- ed the problem. But in other places, cam- paigns have been right on target. Those communities are not having the same kind of economic pressures as in other commu- nities." In Blair County, more than manufac- turing jobs have been lost in the past 18 months. Not surprisingly, the sectors show the biggest drops in Blair's United Way shortfall. Please see A6 TO DONATE i Contributions still are I being accepted for the Blair Coiinty 2001 t t'-Donations', r can be. sent to v J I United Way of !'1216 Pleasant Valley Altoona, PA'16502- Prison plans begin Commissioners set juvenile detention home, Blair .County Prison expansion at million. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County Commis- sioners sa id Thursday th at they have earmarked million for a new juvenile detention home and an expansion project at the county prison. Commissioner John H. Eichelberger Jr. dis- cussed the two projects after a county prison board meeting in which overcrowding at the jail was raised again by a member of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. The county refinanced its .bond issue this month at a lower interest rate, leaving an addi- tional million available for the construction projects. Charles Leiden of Altoona, a member of the society, asked if anything was being done to alleviate overcrowding. Eichelberger said the county has asked Ebensburg architectural and engineering firm L. Robert Kunball and Associates to make sug- gestions regarding the two county facilities. Eichelberger said commissioners have made no decisions about what they will do, not only about prison overcrowding but also about the out-of-date detention home. The commissioner said a plan to improve the facilities will be in place soon. Commissioners Eichelberger, John J. Ebersole and Donna D. Gority are not consider- ing a huge construction program, but they rec- ognize something rnust be done to improve the detention centers, Eichelberger said. Gority said the jail in Hollidaysburg is in for "a slight expansion." ,As.for'the juvenile detention home on the 1000 block of Grant Avenue in Altoona, Gority said, "It is a very old building, not at all accom- modating for the program for which it Is used. We have been talking about it [the construction It's time to stop talking and do." The Pennsylvania Prison Society is a non- profit group whose members visit the prison monthly to talk to inmates. Two months ago, a prison society member complained about over- crowding. Since then, prison authorities have stopped housing inmates in the gymnasium and creat- ed more bed space by converting the chapel to a dormitory for up to 14 inmates. As of Thursday, there were 263 inmates in Blair's prison, including 223 males and 40 females. Please see A6 -3. J-SSaiSSL Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4-180 1 9   Lottery numbers, A2 Partly cloudy, Forecast, A2 ENDS SATURDAY, NOV. 17th, 2001 credit approval required not available for all, terms. Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. 943-6167 Busmess Movies Obituaries Opinion Nation in a minute C2 Comics DS Cprrjrriunify news JD2 Puzzjes______ D4 Television D4 Altoona Blair County' Development Corp.' looks to purchase land to lure distribution facility to the area PAGE A9   

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