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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                GAMEDAY PSUIN MUST-WIN GAME FREE INSIDE SPORTS: RICK HATCH NAMED BISHOP GUILFOYLE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR PAGE Bl Youth is served Jr t role m success page Bll ii11 j-i mm the season Gang's all here for holidays! age 111 Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2001 500 newsstand APPROACHING KANDAHAR The Associated Press U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gillows (left) of Ohio attaches the U.S. flag to a bamboo pole as Rodney Nevinger of Killeen, Texas, assists Thursday during a brief "colors" ceremony as the flag is hoisted at the U.S. Marine forward base in southern Afghanistan. Alliance says anti-Taliban forces descending BY KATHYGANNON The Associated Press KABUL, fighters bat- tled the hard-line militia Thursday on the out- skirts of Kandahar, the ousted regime's last bas- tion, a key commander said. The Taliban's supreme leader declared the decisive battle "has now begun." Witnesses described heavy bombing around the southern city over the past two clays, and the WAR ON TERRORISM: >.Pages C1, C2 Taliban reportedly hanged an Afghan man there Thursday after accusing him of helping Americans call in airstrikes. The northern alliance's deputy defense minister, Bismillah Khan, told The Associated Press anti- Taliban fighters reached the eastern edge of Kandahar the Taliban's birthplace and the only city still under their control and "there is heavy fighting going on." hi Washington, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem said lie could not confirm or deny that anti-Taliban fighters had entered He indicated'northern alliance troops might be in the province of the same name, which covers a large area of southern Afghanistan. Please see A4 Butchers hit hard by simultaneous harvest From Mirror staff and wire reports With plenty of deer roaming the state's forests and significantly loosened hunt- ing laws this year, hunters have plenty of chances to bring home a deer. Eating it might be a problem, however. Just several days into the two-week deer season, some deer processors already are complaining they are overwhelmed by the number of carcasses being brought in. "It's just said Tom Gearhart of Butchers are paying the price for what some consider a bad idea by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Gearhart's Meat Market in Hollidaysburg. Butcher Bob D'Angelo saw 175 deer car- casses hauled into his Lackawanna County business, The Deer Place, Monday, the season's opening day. "We had more deer brought in the first day than we usually get the first D'Angelo, 60, said. "Usually, we get 90 the first day. I had to refuse people. I hated to do it, but 1 simply couldn't process the amount of deer being brought in." Monday marked the beginning of Pennsylvania's first combined deer sea- son since 1906. Rather than getting two weeks to hunt antlered deer followed by three days to hunt antlerless, hunters this year have two weeks to hunt both. Gearhart isn't particularly happy about the overabundance of business. He said butchers are paying the price for what he considers a bad idea by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Please see A10 Case backlog worries judge Lawyers were sent a letter informing them continuances will not be granted. BY PHIL RAY Stcff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County's top judge has notified local lawyers that cases will not be continued next year unless unusual cir- cumstances warrant it, a way to avoid a back- log of cases when the county loses one judge. President Judge Thomas G. Peoples and Court Administrator Michael D. Reighard are trying to prevent a backlog in the justice sys- tem after voters didn't retain Judge Norman D, Callan, whose term ends Jan. 7. The county experienced a major Backlog of cases in the, 1970s and '80s and Rslghard and Peoples, who worked through those times, don't want to see another similar situation develop. Court officials don't know how long the county will he without four judges, although some esti- mates indicate up to seven months before Gov. Mark Schweiker makes an appointment. The Senate must approve that appointment. Reighard has petitioned the state court admin- istrator to send visiting judges. He said Thursday mat the administrator's office under ths state Supreme Court already has found help. Centre County Judge Thomas K. Kistler and a senior judge to be named will he sent to Blair in January to help with the caseload. Clearfield Comity Judge John Reilly, who helps in Blair regularly, available for duty in February. More judges will be needed. Reighard has requested a larger amount of money for jury trials in 2002. The amount budgeted in 2001 was com- pared with the shown in the county's proposed 2002 budget. Reighard said the county court system faces at least three death penalty cases and a first-degree homicide case in 2002. Reighard said continuances have been a major cause of backlogs because there are no future dates to reschedule the continued cases. Peoples this week sent a letter to Blair County lawyers telling them that continuances will not be granted. "A change of circumstances here represents a change in a number of Peoples said when asked about the no-continuance policy Thursday. "We don't want people to lose their court time. We've got to restrict continuances and deny them really because rescheduling is not going to happen after the beginning of the year." Please see AID Schweiker presents defense plan BY MARTHA RAFFAELE The Associated Press HARRISBURG Pennsylvania needs to bolster its defenses against terrorism on a wide range of from coordinating emer- gency response plans among gov- ernment agencies to recruiting more volunteers for public safety programs, Gov. MavkS. Schweiker said Thursday. Schweiker released the recom- mendations of an ant i-terrorism task force he appointed to respond to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, one of his first official acts after he was sworn in as governor last month. He made his announcement at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Friedens, about 10 miles southwest of a Somerset County field where United Flight 93 crashed during the attacks. All 44 people on board were killed. "We couldn't save those passen- gers then, but we can save our fam- ilies and our friends now. It's our time to act, our time to fight Schwoiker said. Please see A5 Study: Women more vulnerable to brain damage from Ecstasy LONDON (AP) Ecstasy, the increasingly popular party drug, may cause more brain damage in women than in men, new research suggests. A study published this week in The Lancet medical journal com- pared brain scans of people who had taken 50 or more Ecstasy tablets in their lifetimes with those of a' group who had never taken the drug. The findings indi- cated women but not men lost a significant number of brain cells, even though the men had taken more Ecstasy over the years. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480. _J Lottery numbers, A2 Rain likely, Forecast, A2 Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pfeasant Valley Blvd. AHoona, PA 943-6167 Credit approval required. Laredo Sport not eligible. tl> A ISSS Business______A7 i Obiluaries A9, A1II Opinion AS Movies C4 C4-1 2 Local____ Scoreboard B4 B5 Classifieds" Comics ______ D5 Community rjews_ O2 Puzzles. ____ D4 Television D4   

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