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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 20, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania NATION: FEDERAL AIRLINE SECURITY BILL SIGNED INTO LAW PAGE Cl Bonds wins fourth MVP award 'It's a Wonderful Life' Altoona Ultrrnr Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2001 newsstand Altoona plans to open cyber school BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer Altoona Area School District wants to lead area schools in forming its own Internet-based private school, redefining the battle of public versus pri- vate education. The district unveiled a plan Monday to ask the state Department of Education to approve the Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Foundation. The 69-page application includes super- intendents listed as founding members from the Altoona, Bellwood-Antis, Tyrone and Penn Cambria school districts. The cyber school could serve any Pennsylvania resident and would compete as a private business with'other private businesses already taking students away from public schools. Administrators shared the information with Altoona school board members Monday to set up a public hearing on the matter, as required by state law, within 45 days. Two cyber schools already have enrolled about 10 Altoona school district students, Superintendent Dennis Murray said. The district is billed by those cyber schools, Einstein Academy and Western Pennsylvania Cyber Charter, for educat- ing those students, which costs Altoona about annually. "Initially what sparked it was to have a competitive situation to Einstein iand Western Pennsylvania Cyber Charter. After we got going, the creativity all began to Murray said. "This isn't just a competition, this is a real state-of-the-art, 21st centiu-y delivery system that we can use for our alternative program or home-schoolers or Please see A4 Christmas tree firms anticipate a busy season BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror ft rowing Christmas trees is hard work, 1 n but Susan Bloom wouldn't trade it for wlany other occupation. "I work every day at it, just like my grand- father said Bloom, one of the third-gen- eration owners of the 62-acre Ritchey 's Christmas Tree Farm in Carson Valley, off Interstate 99 and Route 764. "It's hard, but I keep teaching my children this work is good for the she said. "You have to love it" At the 350-acre JB Tree Farm in Alexandria, Evelyn Bookhammer, with. other family members, works "many days a week, many hours a day." They spend then- hours planting, fertiliz- ing and shearing trees, mowing between ing for pests and attending class- es and association meetings. Please see A7 Christmas tree trivia Number harvested annually: 34 million to 36 million of trees harvested 'iHjrTfllana'County, Pa Industry employees: JfenJJef of acres in 1 million 1997 earnings for U.S. tree growers: million ymr Jfrne to, grow a 64fpoftree: up Mirror graphic by Tom Worthinglon II Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Susan Bloom, co-owner of Ritchey's Christmas Tree Farm in Duncansville, checks a tag on a tree to be cut down closer to Christinas. WAR ON TERRORISM Pages C1, 2 f U.S. seeking Afghans' help for bin Laden million offered for information BY JAMES RISEN New fork Times News Service WASHINGTON The United States stepped up its efforts to persuade the people of Afghan- istan to turn over Osama bin Laden, as U.S. military aircraft began broadcasting a new radio message into the country announcing a million cash reward for information leading to his location or capture. The radio broadcasts, which also identified other leaders of bin Laden's al-Qaida organiza- tion thought to be hiding in Afghanistan, are the latest ele- ments of a U.S.'strategy to rely heavily on anti-Taliban rebels and other Afghans to help reveal the whereabouts of bin Laden, a Saudi exile. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made it clear Monday that U.S. special forces soldiers were not planning to mount a cave-by-cave hunt for bin Laden, but they would continue to apply pressure by setting up roadblocks and gathering intel- ligence. Please see A4 Shuster says terrorism war far from over BY RODEHT IGOE Staff Writer Despite what appears to be the imminent collapse of the Taliban after a week' of U.S. military and northern alliance conquests of strongholds in Afghanistan, US; Rep. Bill Shuster, R- 9th District, said.the war on terrorism is far from over. Shuster, who was'jn Altoona Monday, said more needs to be done for the United States to defeat terrorism..' "It is he said. "It's going to be'.a long process." Shuster said some positive things have happened: The Tali-ban have almost been eradicated and their leaders are trying to negotiate.-a surrender of Kunduz, their last stronghold in Afghanistan., However, there are more terror- ists operating outside Afghan- istan: "There are 40 or 50 al-Qaida cells around the world that need to be dealt he said. Please see A4'f Shuster Cold medicines may prompt warning labels about driving BY LAUHAN NEERGAAHD The Associated Press WASHINGTON Some common merJications for colds, allergies or anxiety can impair driving ability as much as alcohol does but in ways so subtle that people may not know they're zonked behind the wheel. The government is debating how to warn people about medicating before driving cars, boats, trains or airplanes. It's also considering whether it's time to test crash victims' blood for legal medications. It's a sticky issue. Today, fine-print warnings on dozens of over-the- counter medications indicate they can cause sedation. But new research using driving simulators and other sophisticated tests suggests sedation is the wrong word: You may not feel sleepy even as the drug slows your reaction time or leaves you weaving across the road. Consequently, people who aren't yawning may falsely assume it's OK to drive, critics told a j oint meeting of the Ration's top drug regulators and driving safety experts last week. As for prescription drugs, experts say doctors rarely warn against dri- ving, although some anxiety reme- dies in particular double the risk of a crash. Please see A4 VALLEV VIEW HOME New behavioral control wing expected to generate 18 jobs BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer its behavioral management wing, Valley View Director Jack Spayd said Tuesday. Once the furnishings arrive, the county will ask the state Department of Health to examine the wing and issue an operating license for the unit, when; staff will focus on behavior control.' Spayd said the furnishings may take three more weeks to arrive, so if the license is not Jssued until December, the wing probably will itart accepting admissions in January. Those who will be admitted include patients .who have medical or mental health conditions such as Alzheimer's or dementia whose behavior likely can change or improve. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) Lottery numbers, A2 Colder, chance of flurries, 39' Forecast, A2 Business Hospitals A7 A9 Obituaries Opinion LocaL_........_ Scoreboard A8 JM Classifieds Movies C5-10 C4 Comics ____ D5 Community news D2 Puzzles_______ D4 Television D4 IN BUSINESS About 300 temporarily furloughed Advanced Glassfiber Yam employees can apply for unemploy-' mentor take unused vaca- tion tfays. PAGEA7