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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                NATION: U.S. ECONOMY OFFICIALLY IN RECESSION over trip to PIAA Western Final PAGE Cl nmji Christmas cards share traditions jUtomta iWtmrr Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2001 newsstand Natural father denied visits Court decides law considers mother's husband the child's dad, not boyfriend. BY Pun. RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG An Al- toona mail who fathered a child with a married woman is being barred by the state Superior Court from visiting the boy because state law considers the woman's hus- band the child's father. Steven Passarello, attorney for Jeffrey Fellinger of 3213 Broad Ave., said Monday that he will ask the state Supreme Court to review the case in hopes of striking a bal- ance with what he described as changing times. "The problem is the presumption of paternity [the husband] has been recognized in Pennsylvania law he said. Hollidaysburg attorney Anthony Zanoni, who is representing the woman and her husband, support- ed the court's decision received Monday in the Blair County Courthouse, adding that the hus- band has accepted the responsibil- ity of raising the boy. The Mirror is not publishing the names of Zanoni's clients to pro- tect the boy's identity. Zanoni said the child will be part of a family unit that includes two other children, which is the best arrangement for the child. Zanoni said most men whose wives have children out of wedlock attempt to get out of their mar- riages and away from the responsi- bility of raising the children. But Zanoni said this case is rare because the husband wants to raise the child. "I really think the law should respect Zanoni said. The case began more than a year ago when Fellinger requested visi- tation or custody of the boy he fathered. Please see A10 DEER SEASON 2001 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennell Hunters Richard Loose (left) of Martinsburg and Bob Stephens of Lqudon, Term., drop their deer off at Frederick's Meat Market in Roaring Spring for processing. Thrill of the kill Thousands take to state's woods for opening day BY MIKE CRISSEY The Associated Press PITTSBURGH More than 1 mil- lion hunters are expected to don their day-glow orange vests, shoulder their rifles and wander the woods for Pennsylvania's first buck- and-doe season in almost a century. Monday marked the beginning of Pennsylvania's first combined deer season since 1906. Rather than getting two weeks to hunt antlered deer fol- lowed by three days to hunt antlerless, 1 hunters this year have two weeks to hunt both. More th an hunters had bought licenses as of Nov. 15, up 5 per- cent from the same time last year. Please see A10 MAKING JL REPORTS T Hunters can report their (deer kills by calling 946- 7464 between 9 a.m. and 9 daily. The following information must be provided Nameot hunter, age, hometown, type o1 deer killed, point-size (il of kill, day and time of kill. fiecause of the number of deer kills reported last year and of deer kills that are expected to be reported this year, the Mirror will publish the information only as thoroughly as it is reported by individual hunters. The Mirror will not return calls from those who report incomplete information. Day dampened by warm weather for some hunters BY Ron BUT IGOE Staff Writer Like any other sport, deer hunting success is a proposition. Either one wins or one loses. And so it went Monday when deer season opened in Pennsylvania, with some hunters coming away winners and others wondering what went wrong and practicing their deer calls for another day. Along Skyline Drive just off Route 36, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and cars lined the side of the road, their owners deep in the woods trying to score the elusive trophy. Few reported having any luck Monday aftenioon. Please see A10 WAR ON TERRORISM Pages C1, C4 Fortress fighting injures soldiers BY BUUT HERMAN The Associated Press MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan Northern alliance troops aided by U.S. special forces fought a pitched battle in a sprawling, mud-walled fortress for a second day Monday with captured loyalists of Osama bin Laden. Five Americans were wounded by a stray U.S. bomb. Sounds of fighting could he heard all night from the direction of the fortress, and early today an enormous blast shook windows in Mazar-e-Sharif, 10 miles away. Planes circled overhead. U.S. Marines went into action in southern Afghan- istan, sending helicopter gunships aloft as Navy F-14 Tomcat jets attacked an armored convoy. It was the Marines' first known action since establishing a foothold Monday near the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Fifteen vehicles in the column were destroyed, Capt. David Roinley told reporters. President Bush warned Americans to be prepared for U.S. casualties. Speaking in Washington, he said the war in Afghanistan was "just the beginning" of the fight against terrorism, and he warned Iraq and North Korea there would be consequences for produc- ing weapons of mass destruction. In the north, prisoners captured by the alliance last weekend in the siege of Kunduz rained rocket-propelled grenades and mortars on alliance troops trying to sup- press the uprising. Hundreds of Pakistanis, Chechens, Arabs and other non-Afghans fighting with the Taliban were brought to the fortress here as part of the weekend surrender of Kunduz, the Islamic militia's last stronghold in the north. Once inside the fortress Sunday, the prisoners stormed the armory and continued resisting the next day despite U.S. airstrikes and attacks by alliance forces. One CIA operative was missing in the uprising, said a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity. American special forces troops called in an airstrike, but a U.S. JDAM smart bomb went astray, exploding near the Americans. Five U.S. soldiers suffered serious wounds and were evacuated to nearby Uzbekistan, Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Washington. Their identities were not released. Alliance officers said about 40 of their troops had died .in the uprising along with hundreds of resistors. Alliance commanders said the holdouts, trapped in a tower, were running out of ammunition and wouldn't last long. Rainfall boosts water supplies BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer Sunday's rainfall provided a shot in the arm to area counties under a drought watch. "I don't think it solved the prob- lem totally, but we are moving into a wetter weather said Jack Boston, a meteorologist at State College-based AccuWeatlier. "The jet stream is now moving in a southwest direction in the eastern. United he said. "The stonntrack has shifted fur- ther east. This means more mois- ture will be coming up from the Gulf, which we did not see for the last month and a half." Heavy showers Sunday dumped 0.94 inch of rain at the Altoona- Blair County Airport at Martins- burg, and officials at the Tyrone water treatment plant reported 1.4 inches of rainfall. Please see A10 Burp! Pa. breweries keep chugging along The Associated Press Empty green Rolling Rock bottles whirl along the conveyer at the brewery in Latrobe after being rinsed. BY ALLISON SCHLESINOF.R The Associa ted LATROBE As he watches thousands of shiny green bottles rattle down a high-tech, multimil- lion-dollar packaging line, brew- master Joe Gruss is quick to say that Rolling Rock still is a home- town beer. It's true that Latrobe Brewing, maker of the beer, is owned by Labatt USA a subsidiary of Belgium-based Interbrew. And sure, the company brewed 46.5 million gallons of Rolling Rock last year and spent million to market the beer to the far reaches of North America. But Gruss, whose late father was brewmaster there from 1969-87. said Rolling Rock never will megabrand. "We don't and don't want to mar- ket and compete with Budweiser or those bigger Gruss said. "Yes, 'we're owned by a big com- pany, but we're still smalMown." Please see Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4'! 80 Business Movies Objtuames Opinion Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of rain, 56' Forecast, A2 'Cornjcs_________D5 Community news _D2 Puzzjejs.______D4 television D4 IN BUSINESS J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital is looking for new programs and new fund- ing opportunities to offset a million deficit for'- Ihe 2000-01 fiscal year, PAGE A7   

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