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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 26, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                NATION: SCIENTISTS CLAIM EARLY SUCCESS IN HUMAN CLONING PAGE Cl Scott interception seals Steeler victory Yoga catches on with kids Altmma Ultrror Copyright 2001 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2001 500 newsstand Tyrone may face sewage fate hike Bills could go up as much as 49 percent, according to a memo to council members, BY WALT FRANK Itaff Writer TYRONE Borough residents won't see an increase in taxes in 2002 under a proposed budget, but they may face a hefty increase in sewer rates. Council members approved a proposed bud- get that calls for residents to continue to pay 29 mills in real-estate taxes meaning a homeowner whose assessed property value is will pay in taxes. Council members gave tentative approval to the general fund, water fund, capital expen- diture fund and state highway aid fund but have yet to reach a consensus on the sewer fund. Borough Manager Al Drayovitch said he is optimistic that council members can hold the lino on taxes, but- a sewer rate increase appeal's inevitable. The question is how high the hike will be. Although Drayovitch has not released any numbers, an earlier memo to council mem- bers said sewer rates could increase 49 per- cent. That means the average residential cus- tomer who uses gallons per month would see his bill increase to per month, up from the current Drayovitch previously said completion of a million project to improve and expand the 26-year-old Tyrone wastewater treatment plant probably would lead to a rate increase. The recent closing of the Westvaco Corp. paper mill and subsequent loss of about annually in sanitary sewer service billings also was expected to affect rates. Council members are expected to address the sewer fund at its Dec. 3 meeting, Dray- ovitch said. Council members have been working to hold the line on taxes and have made several budget cuts. The first draft of the general fund budget submitted to members Nov. 1 showed a deficit of I The proposed budget call s for no increase in I pay for borough employees. However, the 1 rionunifonned members of the police depart- ment, represented by District Lodge 98 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, are entitled to a 4 per- i cent raise in 2002 under their contract. The union would have to give its approval to accept a wage freeze. Also, the contract for nonunifonned, non- administrative employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees expires Dec. 31. Please see A4 WAR ON TERRORISM More coverage on Page G2 U.S. troops in Kandahar Tlio Associated Press Defecting Taliban fighters, mostly foreigners, ride from the front line toward the northern alliance-controlled village of Qurbraugh Sunday. The alliance took over the Taliban's last northern stronghold of Kunduz Sunday. WWII Curve plot precedent for Bush trial order BY MARK LBDERFINGER Staff Writer The case of the Nazi saboteurs who plotted to blow up Horseshoe Curve and other key sites during World War n has become the legal precedent for President Bush's recent order to try the Sept. 11 ter- rorists in front of a secret military tribunal. The Curve was on the list of targets for the sabo-. teuvs who were captured in June 1942 shortly after they landed by U-boat in New York and Florida when one of their leaders, George John Dasch, betrayed the mission. However, it wasn't until three years after the case was settled in secret that the government made pub: lie its version of what occurred. After the arrest of Dasch, Richard Quirin and their six co-corispirators, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed a military commission to try the oase. The .saboteurs were tried for offenses against the laws of war and the Articles of War enacted by Congress. Please see A4 A crew member services a S-3B Viking In the hangar of theUSS Carl Vinson Sunday at an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean. Bv ELLEN KNICKMEYER The Associated Press BANGI, Hundreds of U.S. Marines- landed by helicopter Sunday near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the spiritual home and power center of the Taliban, senior U.S. official said. As many as troops could be on the ground there within days. The offic i al, who spoke in Washington Sunday night on con- dition of anonymity, would not- disclose the troops' mission, but their arrival was the largest deployment of U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led war began Oct. 7. The war thus far has been conducted pri- marUyfromtheair. Kandahar has come under fierce bombardment during the war and the Taliban have vowed to fight to the death rather than abandon it. Abdul Jabbar, an anti-Taliban Afghan tribal official in Pakistan, said his colleagues in Kandahar confirmed that U.S. troops were on the ground there. The Marines, numbering in the "low were to be fol- lowed by several hundred more from Navy ships in the Arabian Sea, the official said. The Marines landed by helicopter southwest of Kandahar, the official said. The deployment was the largest announced U.S. mission on the'-, ground in Afghanistan since the war began. Hundreds of U.S. spe- cial forces are believed to have been in the country for some time. The arrival of U.S. troops came as the northern alliance claimed to have seized Kunduz, the Taliban's last northern hold, after a two-week siege. Also Sunday, hundreds of foreign fight- ers who had been captured in the area died in a chaotic prison Vl uprising put down in part by U.S. airstrikes. The fall of Kunduz, which came two days before talks were to begin in Germany on forming a broad-based government, leaves the Islamic militia with only a' small slice of Afghanistan still. under its control, mostly around Kandahar. Thousands of Taliban troops as well as Arab, Chechen, Pakistani and other foreign fighters linked to Osama bin Laden had been holed up in Kunduz, which the alliance said fell almost without a Tight. Please see A4 Colleges say student drinking not as bad as perceived to be .BY DAN LEWERENZ '-1'lie Associated Press JLOOMSBURG Nearly a year after a student drank himself to death at a fraternity party, Blooms- Burg University President Jessica S. Kozloff says the challenge is not to stop drinking, but to make sure it doesn't get out of hand. "Students are going to drink. No matter what we do, we're not going to stop Kozloff said. "What we want is if they're going to drink, that they do it responsibly." Although a handful of students persist in drinking irresponsibly, here and at college campuses nationwide, officials say irresponsi- ble drinking is the exception, not the rule. According to the National Social Norms Resource Center at North- ern Illinois University, more than 60 percent of students have four or. Please see A8 Amtran riders mostly satisfied, but not with safety, punctuality BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer Amtran recently surveyed its customers about its perfor- mance, and while overall satis- faction remains high, safety and punctuality marks have slid. Business development direc- tor Tom Klevan can only guess why safety satisfaction is down .11 points to 86 percent and on- time performance marks are down 19 points to 74 percent in the last three years. At least this year, there have been no incidents on buses or at stops that justify customers feel- ing less safe, Klevan said, adding that Altoona and its buses are safe. The survey change simply may reflect that people every- where are feeling less safe since the Sept. 11 terrorist said. It also may reflect uneasiness among older riders, who are Amtran's traditional customers, Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 287-4480 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 jUtomra THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7647 Business Movies Obituaries Opinion NFL_____ Scoreboard AS A4 A7 A6 B2 Classifieds C3-8 Comics ____D5 Cpmmunity' news D2' Puzzles____JM television D4 IN BUSINESS Shoppers mobbed across the country this weekend, but high sales' aren't expected by most retailers PAGE AS 1   

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