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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 29, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                THAT'S RACiN': GORDON HALFWAY TO REWRITING RECORD PAGE B3 Double vision for Bishop Carroll page Bl ASO welcomes Horseshoe Chorus for concert page Dl Copyright 2001 WAR ON TERRORISM Pages C1.C4 Officer killed in riot CIA operative first U.S. death in action. BY JOHN J. LUMPKIN The Asspcia ted Press prison- ers killed CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spami at Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, the agency said Wednesday. He was the first American kilted in action inside the country since U.S. bombing began seven weeks earlier. Officials recovered his body from the prison compound Wednesday after northern alliance rebels backed by U.S. airstrikes and spe- cial forces quelled an uprising by Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners. Spann, at the compound to inter- rogate prisoners, was caught inside when the riot began and had been missing since Sunday. The CIA provided few details of the circum- stances of his death. Spann had been in Afghanistan about six weeks, his father, Johnny Spann said during an afternoon news conference in the -family's hometown of Winfield, Ala. The father said his son, upon joining the CIA, told his family. "Someone has got to do the things. no one else wants to do." "That is exactly what he was doing in the father said. The Dag outside CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., was lowered to half- staff. CIA Director George J. Tenet addressed agency employees Wed- nesday morning, saying Spann was an American hero and calling on fel- low officers to "continue the mission that Mike Spann held sacred." "And so we will continue our battle against evil with renewed strength and Tenet said, according to a statement provided by the agency. President Bush said through a spokesman he regretted the death. "The president understands that this battle began Sept. White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. "There may be more injuries, there may be more deaths, and the president regrets each and every Please see A5 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2001 500 newsstand LIQUOR'S LAST CALL The Associated Press Thomas Potter, owner of The Lodge Lounge and Restaurant in MiUlieiin, Perm Townsliip, could lose his liquor license after residents voted the township dry. Trend may be wet, but dry towns abound M1LLHEIM (AP) Separating this tiny Centre County town from Tom Potter's livelihood maybe a mile away is an imaginary line drawn by 124 people, and it is a boundary that could cost Potter his business. Penn Township isn't completely dry yet, but that may be just a matter of time. This spring, people in the rural tovynship about 25 miles east of State College circulated a petition so quietly that Potter whoB owns the only place in the town- ship where liquor is sold know it. In May, they voted 124-35 to stop liquor sales. Months later, Patter still hadn't heard, not until a reporter told him. Now he's got choices: He can give up the Lodge Lounge and Restaurant and sell the liquor license somewhere else in the county. Or, in 2003, he can start selling beer only. Problem is, that's no guarantee his neighbors won't be back in a few years to take that from him as well and that makes him mad. "We're not letting minors drink. We don't have dancing girls on the Potter said. 'That should be up to' people whether they want to go in and drink or not. It shouldn't be up to the township." But it is. Please see A9 Hie following is a Us! ol boroughs and towiisliips in Blair County ihal are dry lor the issuance o( rclail liquor licenses, relail malt beverage licenses, malt beverage distributor licenses and (tie eslablishmenl ol stale slores. The dale stiown is lite year it was voted dry. If no year is shown, il indicates dial the municipality is wet (or the issuance of thai lype of license. Please see Page A9 lor the lisl lor Bedlord, Cambria. Hunlingdon, Clearlield and Cenlie counlies. Borough Duncansvilte Martinsbuig Roaring Spring Townships Frankslown Huslon North Woodbury Taylor Tyrone Woodou.ry Retail liquor 1935. 1935 1934 1934 Retail liquor 1935 1983 1983 1934 1935 1934 Retail beer 1935 1934 1934 1934 Retail beer 1935 1934 1934 1935 934 1934 Distributor Slate stores 1953 Distributor 1985 1985 1953 State slores 1985 1985 Source. Pmsyttina liquor Cattail Board Mirror graphic by Tom Worthtagtort tl Felony charges tossed Reckless endangerment against father bound over in death of 6-month-old son. BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror CRESSON Samuel Burda didn't smile or breathe a sigh of relief Wednesday when manslaughter and child endangerment charges against him were dismissed. Even without a lengthy prison term hanging in the balance, he knew it wouldn't bring back his 6-month-old son Joseph, who died three months ago while the two of them slept on the couch in their Portage home. "I just want to get it over said the 32- year-old Burda after his preliminary hearing in front of District Justice Charity Nileski. Nileski dismissed two felony charges that were filed by Portage police Chief Donald Kehn and Ronald Portash of the Cambria County District Attorney's office. She bound to court a second-degree misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment that also stemmed from the child's death Sept. 3. Burda's estranged wife, Alyshia Burda, was "devastated" by the dismissal, assistant dis- trict attorney Lisa Swope said. A pathologist testified the baby died, of asphyxiation and suffocation and that it may have occurred while the child was face-down on the couch under his sleeping father. Alyshia Burda adamantly believes Samuel Burda's drinking caused the baby's death, Swope said after the hearing. No evidence was presented to prove Burda was drunk when performing his nightly baby- sitting duty while his wife worked the night shift as a nurse in a Johnstown hospital. Swope argued that observations indicated Samuel Burda drank at least seven beers that night; defense attorney Thomas Dickey argued his client drank only a few beers earlier in the day. No blood-alcohol test was administered. Dickey said the cmestion foremost in his mind was: "What separates an accident from He also pursued a line of question- ing that revealed the child was taking medica- tion to control seizures, a condition he suggest- ed may have contributed to the child's death. In emotional testimony, Alyshia Burda said she argued with her husband about his drink- ing while she was getting ready for work the evening of Sept. 2. During a period of years, he'd been the baby sitter and took in neighborhood children on occas ion, she testified. Please see AS Sexual misconduct guidelines modified by medicine board BY MARK LEBERFINGER StaffWriter The State Board of Medicine has unveiled new rules regarding cases of sexual misconduct by doc- tors and other licensed profession- als it oversees. Although Commonwealth Court has upheld decisions regarding sexual misconduct and the Amer- ican Medical Association's Code of Medical Ethics denounces sexu- al conduct between doctor and patient, patients still are filing sexual misconduct complaints against state physicians and other licensed professionals, the board said. "These are simply new regula- tions publishing what the board believes are existing standards of Jill Goodrich, spokes- woman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said Monday. The American Medical Associa- tion's Code of Medical Ethics indi- cates sexual contact that occurs concurrent with the physician- patient relationship constitutes sexual misconduct. "Sexual or romantic interactions botwcen physicians and patients detract from the goals of the physi- cian-patient relationship, may exploit the vulnerability of the patient, may obscure the physi- cian's objective judgment concern- ing the patient's health care and ultimately may be detrimental to the patient's accord- ing to the AMA code. Please see A6 Burglars target churches BY MARK LGBERFINGER Staff'Writer OSTBRBURG Burglars have struck a church in East St. Glair Township for the third tune in more than a year. State police at Bedford said the burglary took place at Pine Grove United Methodist Church Friday or Saturday. The Rev. Edward C. Patterson, Pine Grove's pastor, said damage is estimated at A steel door with three locks was pried open Once inside, the burglar smashed a copy machine and stole a TV set and a stereo equalizer, police said. You have to.be charitable on one haqd.'but justice has to be served on the otherhand. TheRev. Edward C. Patterson, Pine Gtoye pastor Holes were put in a wall and ceil- ing. Paper towels were stuffed into a toilet and the burglar turned on the water. The overflowing water caused severe damage to the floors, police said. "We're just wondering why has to happen and why this has 16 go Patterson said Wedries- day. The pastor said the latest bur- glary isn't related to burglaries at his church because the people responsible for those crimes are in Patterson said it's ajiaid thing for his congregation'to balance Christian love with the desire for justicejn these cases. Please see A7 Subscription or home delivery questions: 346-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Showers likely, Forecast, A2 Business Comics Obituaries Opinion Hoops du [our Scoreboard A13 A4 B2 BS firSI Classifieds Nation Movies JS5-14 C5 D3 NighU-ife_______D4 Up and Coming D1 ,D4 IN NATION Supreme Court weighs online pornography and free speech. PAGE C1   

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