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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                THE HEAT: MIRROR'S WINTER SPORTS TAB FREE INSIDE IN SPORTS: PATERNO SAYS SATURDAY'S PERFORMANCE KEY PAGE Bl 'layers' Juniata to Final Four Holiday cheer make nutritious jgei II Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2001 50C newsstand Blair won't pursue Curve ownership BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter County com- missioners said unanimously Tuesday that they are not interested in purchasing the Altoona Curve Class AA baseball team. Commissioners said they want the team's sale completed as soon as possible, but they acknowledged the county's option to buy the team has complicated matters. Altoona Baseball Properties, owned by majority owner Robert Lozinak and minority partner J. Taylor DeWeese, has decided to sell the Curve to a group head- ed by Pittsburgh attorney Charles E. Greenberg. But according to a contract signed by Lozinak, DeWeese and county commis- sioners in 1998, the county has an option to match any offer the present owners receive. The city of Harrisburg Five years ago purchased the Eastern League's Senators, but county Commissioner Donna Gority pointed out that the Senators were about to be moved from Harrisburg, a step that would have pulled the rug out from under major development plans the city was undertaking. No such situation exists in Altoona, and Greenberg has said he will not move the Curve. "I don't think any of us are seriously interested in purchasing a said. "It seems to me it would operate more efficiently with private owners." Gority said the county would have a major financial problem if it purchased the team. It would cost several million dol- lars, and Gority isn't sure that commis- sioners would have the borrowing power to come up with such a large sum. Please see A9 County weighs in with new fee Blair businesses now must pay for each device used for measurements. BY PHIL HAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County's million budget does not'contain a real-estate tax increase in 2002, a new fee has been added so consumers get what they pay for when they go to the store or purchase gasoline. The county has few sources of local revenue other than the real- estate tax, Commissioner John J. Ebersole said. Jail, court costs blamed for Huntingdon tax hike PAGE A7 Cash-strapped Bedford votes to increase PAGE A10 The county had to do something to help pay for its Department of Weights and Measures after Al- toona City Council de.cided it no longer would help pay for the pro- gram under which scales in stores and gasoline pump computers are checked for accuracy. So commissioners Tuesday passed an ordinance that requires annual registration of commercial weighing and measuring devices. The ordinance will require busi- nesses to pay for each mea- suring device. Ralph P. Diehl Jr., the county's sealer of weights and measures, said the fee should raise about half the cost of the department The fee stems from City Council's attempts to save money by refusing to help fund weights and measures. Please see A9 SEEING THE LIGHT Mirror pholo by J.D. Cavrich Light-emitting diode traffic signals, including the one pictured above at Union and Margaret avenues, have green arrows that shine brighter than incandescent ones. Traffic signals save electricity BY MARK LEBEOFMGER Stuff Writer New, more-efficient traffic signals are a part of the Altoona landscape. During the last two years, the .city of Altoona has replaced red and green arrow incandescent lights for light-emitting diodes. The replacement project cost between and city public works Director David Dietrich said. PennDOT, which approved the LED signals for statewide use, says the signals are not only brighter than incandescent traffic signals, but Please see A9 WAR ON TERRORISM Pages C1, C4 U.S. planes hit leaders' compound BY THOM SHANKEK AND JAMES DAO fieui.York Times News Service TAMPA, Fla. American war- planes bombed a compound south- east of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday that the Pentagon said was used by leaders of the Tali ban, al-Qaida and tWafa; an Islamic1 foundation accused of terrorist activities. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the compound was damaged and fatalities were likely, but he added that it was too early to know who might have been killed in tire attack. Officials said they did not know whether Mullah Muhammad Omar, the leader of the Taliban, or Osama bin Laden was present at the.com- pound when it was struck. "Whoever was there is going to wish they Rumsfeld said after visiting the U.S. Central Command, which is overseeing the war in Afghanistan. "It was clearly a leadership he said, and. he explained the site was bombed after surveillance had picked up evidence of "nontrivial leadership activity." Providing their most explicit details to date in the hunt for bin Laden, senior Pentagon officials said Tuesday that the military was focusing its search for the al-Qalda leader and the Taliban leadership on the region around Kandahar in southern Afghanistan and a nar- row band of mountainous, cave- riddled terrain stretching from Kabul to the Khyber Pass and including areas outside Jalalabad. Senior military officials also said the Pentagon had identified 40 Afghan laboratories and industrial facilities, some of them in areas still controlled by Taliban or al-Qaida Whoever was there is going to wish they .-weren't. Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense 9? forces, that are suspected of having the potential for producing biologi- cal or chemical weapons. American officials have visited some of the sites and begun tests to determine whether biological or chemical weapons, or their precur- sors, had been produced there. The officials said the sites would be destroyed if conclusive evidence were found, but they said the chem- icals uncovered so far could be used for making fertilizer and other nonmilitary products. "We have acquired a great de'al of samples, and now what we need to do is be very 'thorough in the Gen. Tommy R. Franks, commander of American forces in Afghanistan, said Tuesday in, a news conference at a hotel near hia headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base here. Franks said that, thus far, tests had not confirmed the presence of chemical or biological weapons. "HI thought I had my hands on a vial of sarin gas, then I'd be a bit more circuitous in my he told reporters. "And so no, we have not found something that we believe is a specific thing. Please see A12 Philadelphia quietly operates as major moonshine market BY JOANN LOTIGLIO The Associa ted Press PHILADELPHIA If the word "moon- shine" conjures images of hillbillies filling a few little brown jugs with homemade hooch for their friends, think again: Illegal liquor is big business, authorities say, and Philadelphia is a major market. "These people aren't like Snuffy Smith with the corncob said Bart McEntire, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Roanoke, Va. "Moonshine is very profitable; it's run like a corporation, and the people at the top are very rich." Philadelphia most recently entered the public eye as a moonshine hub in March 2000 when 27 people from North Carolina to Philadelphia were indicted as part of a federal crackdown on the illegal whiskey trade called Operation Lightning Strike. The popularity of "white lightning" in Philadelphia surprised some, but authori- ties say the city has been a popular stop on moonshiners' maps for decades. There are no firm figures on how much illegal liquor is made in the United States each year. But investigators say modern-day moon- shiners make millions of dollars by pro- viding whiskey for illegal "shot houses" in Philadelphia and other East Coast cities where the clear corn liquor is sold for as little as per shot. "It has a distribution network and a hierarchy of people working to make as much money as they McEntire said. "It operates like a drug cartel." Please see A12 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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