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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania COMING WEDNESDAY: MIRROR WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW NATION: BARGAINS MAY TAKE TOLL ON ECONOMY Redford speaks out on family and beauty iWtrror Copyright 2001 NOVEMBER 25, 2001 newsstand "It's been a great relationship since the city bought the team." Harrisburg Senators General Manager Todd Vander Woude Harrisburg: A success story in baseball ownership By KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer It's been about five years since the city of Harrisburg bought the Harrisburg Senators Class AA baseball team. Since then, the team has won four Eastern League championships, attracted record-break- ing attendance and generated enough money to pay Harrisburg annually into its gener- al fund. "It's been a great relationship since the city bought the team General Manager Todd Vander Woude said. "We've done quite a few more things in the community since then." Vander Woude has a short list when it comes to the pros and cons of ownership of a Class AA baseball team. "Really, there hasn't been that much differ- ence between private ownership versus munic- ipal he said. "But with the munici- pal ownership, there's a stability. The city isn't going to let us go." For the first time since Altoona got a Class AA baseball team in 1999, Blair County com- missioners have the chance to buy the team or a percentage of it. A clause in a 1998 contract signed by commis- sioners and Altoona Curve owners states that'if the team is sold, the county, which owns the sta- dium, can review the pending sale and decide.if it wants to buy the team. The contract also states that if the county ini- tially declines the purchase and team owners negotiate a sale, then the comity can review trie Please see AS DEER SEASON 2001 Hunter Larry Mock of Williamsburg pauses with his Labrador retrievers, "Jag (left) and Gunner, while showing off a pheasant he bagged Friday. Mock's left arm was amputated after an electrical accident, hut that doesn't keep him from enjoying his sport. The stnte Game Commission issues special permits for disabled hunters, allowing them extra privileges so they can take to the woods. photo by Gary M. Baranec Disabled rise to challenge MORE INSIDE Hunters should use Irec stands properly to avoid injury. PAGE C9 Deer season means big business for gun shops, sporting goads stores, taxidermists, butcher shops and restaurants. PAGE E1 By JOHN KASUN For Ike Mirror Iunters statewide are looking forward to the start of deer season Monday. Their drpams are filled with bagging thatonce- in-a-lifctime wall hanger or maybe mat first buck. Being in the great outdoors is reward enough for some hunters. Because of conditions or circumstances IUK Hi beyond their control, some outdoor enthusiasts thought they might never hunt again. Larry of Williamsburg was 24 when an instant changed his life forever. Employed as a power lineman, Mock was repairing storm-damaged electrical power lines Nov. 5, 1975. In the course of his work, he touched a line that supposedly was inactive. But the line was carrying volts. Please see All WAR ON TERRORISM Pages B1.B2 Hundreds f of Taliban surrender BY The Associated Pi-ess Afghanistan A trickle of surrendering Taliban became a flood Saturday, and those laying down arms were greeted like brothers by northern alliance fighters besieging Kunduz. It was unclear whether a hard core of foreigners loyal to Osama bin Laden would opt to fight to the finish.' By nightfall Saturday, alliance officials said more than Taliban and foreign fighters mostly Arabs, Chechens and Pakistanis surrendered under a deal negotiated with the Islamic militia's senior commanders. Some Taliban fighters crossed the front and promptly joined the alliance. However, thousands of other fighters were believed still to be in the city, including members of bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network. When the siege began Nov. 12, alliance commanders estimated about Taliban and for- eigners were defending the city the last Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan. The surrenders did not always go smoothly. In the alliance held northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, a prisoner await- ing a search detonated a hand grenade, killing himself and two Fighters surrender More than fighters !n the city ol Kuncfuz surrendered Saturday to the northern afliance. Other fighters remained, vowing to light to the end. 0 200ml 0 200km j Northern alliance Anti-Taliban Pashtun Disputed area SOURCES: Associated Press; ESHI AP other Taliban soldiers and serious- ly injuring an alliance officer, according to Britain's 1TN News and CNN. 1TN reporter Andrea Gather- wood, who was hit in the knee with shrapnel, said the attacker was Please see A12 Bureaucrats steer Pennsylvania's booze business with steady hand BY TIMOTHY D. MAY The Associated Press HARRISBURG In a nondescript office building on land once occupied .by a brewery, a small state agency con- jrolsaSlbillion-por-year industry that vfloats upon a sea of white zinfandel, Ifcheap vodka and flavored rum. the repeal of prohibition in J1933, when teetotaling Gov. Gilford Pinchot signed the state law creating the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the agency has monopolized the state's wine and spirits trade. It's a lucrative one that pumps millions of dollars into Penn- sylvania's treasury each year. Last year, for instance, the PLCB raised enough money to cover its million budget, purchase million in goods for its stores and licensees, pick up the state police's million tab for enforcing liquor laws and fund Please see A6 IT'S NOT The Associated Press Michigan State's Charles Rogers (1) scores on a 47-yarij? second-quarter pass play against Penn State's Bruce j Branch Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. But the J-J Nittany Lions scored 21 points in the third quarter claim victory over the Spartans. See stories. Pages Cl, C2, C13, C14. or home Delivery questions: <946-7480 or (BOO) 287-4480 6 Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of storms, Forecast, A2 HOP TODAY NOON-4 PM MON. TUK8. e AM-0 PM HOLIDAY SALE SAVE 50% I-.'- INTEREST UIMTW. LANE DUAt RECMNWO SOW NO FINANCE CHARGES IN 2OO1 SALE NO FINANCE CHARGES IN 2OO2 NO FINANCE CHARGES IN 2Q03 .sw 50% SALE Accidents Obituaries Opinion Politics A13 AS A9 Natiqnjin ajrmiute B5 Strange Brew B3 Puzzle ______________ D4 Couples travel