Altoona Mirror, December 8, 2001

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December 08, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania TV MIRROR A LISTING OF THE WEEK'S PROGRAMS FREE INSIDE IN SPORTS: HEISMAN TROPHY RACE UP FOR GRABS PAGE Bl Huntingdon gears up for the Christmas season for holiday decorating Copyright 2001 Charity gifts getting a boost By JoANN LOVIGLIO The A ssociated Press PHILADELPHIA Every Thanksgiving, United Way of Pennsylvania President Tom Folcy and his family help at a soup kitchen or shelter, but this year was different. "We've always found somewhere we were needed that he said. "But so many people were out there volunteering that for the first time, nobody needed our help." Foley sees (hat as a hopeful sign for the state of charitable giving, despite the economic slowdown and the terrorist attacks that have left many Americans scared about the future. Most Pennsylvania charities said they will not have a clear pic- ture until early next year of how they fared this holiday season a crucial time for fund raising but many see a reason for optimism. They point to a recent study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which exam- ined 13 major events of terrorism, war or political or economic crisis during the past 60 years and found people typically become more gen- erous in trying times. But researchers were quick to point ont that because the Sept. 11 attacks were unparalleled in American history, it's unwise to make any assumptions. "There was an unprecedented amount of charitable giving billion according to some figures after Sept. 11 in every commun- ity across Foley said, "If people feel less secure about their job security, will they tighten their belts more? It may be three, six, nine months before we know the answer, but that's where the anxi- ety lies." Pennsylvanians also are not among the top of the list for philan- thropy ranking 20th in adjusted gross income but 38th in the per- centage of that income given to charities, according to 1998 IRS data collected by the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Pennsylvanians give 1.7 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity, below the 2 per- cent national average. The Bread and Roses Community Fund, a Philadelphia social justice group, has seen "a little bump up" in donations, exec- utive director Christie Balka said. Please see A7 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2001 500 newsstand years later Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec Above: Pearl Harbor survivors John Daley (left) of Johnstown, who served in the infantry, and Hyinan Dickman of Cresson, a mechanic during the attack on the Hawaiian base, sit on the steps of the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg Friday for a tribute to Pearl Harbor. Relow: Army Col. Nicholas G. Psaki, 83, of Hollidaystmrg speaks to students of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center at an assembly Friday. Community honors survivors of attack on Pearl Harbor BY LINDA HunKiNs for the Mirror EBENSBURG John Daley is an old man now, but the details of the surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor 60 years ago remain clear in his mind. "I could shut my eyes and see me right there just as plain as he. said Friday after a commemorative cerem-ony On the Cambria County Courthouse plaza. "I experienced what was to be the beginning of World War II." Scores of county workers, towns- folk and passersby gathered for near- ly 90 minutes of patriotic songs, speeches by current and past mili- tary personnel and prayers by local ministers. The event was organized by Ebensburg resident and twice- wounded World War II veteran Charles Viraini. "I was standing in chow line" wait- ing for breakfast, said Daley, a resi- dent of Johnstown's Moxham neigh- borhood. "Over there, you always see tire he said, explaining no one expected that the planes would drop bombs, killing thousands. His initial reaction was amaze- ment, which later turned to anger, he said. The days after the attack were filled with uncertainty, Daley said. "The first couple nights, you were afraid to go he said. "Our own guys were patrolling he said. "But everybody was trigger-happy, so the safest place to be was in the barracks." While parallels have been drawn between the surprise air attacks 60 years ago on Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Daley said, "There is no comparison." In Afghanistan, he said, "It's a com- pletely different kind of war" and one that's too technical for him because of the "sophisticated weapons." Please see A3 WAR ON TERRORISM l> Pages apse in exit M New Afghan leader says Omar must be arrested. lit GANNON The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan.....-Taliban forces abandoned their last stronghold Friday without a fight but with their weapons, freeing Kandahar from the Islamic militia's harsh grip. U.S. forces battled to block their escape, and Afghanistan's new leader vowed to arrest the fugitive Mullah Mohammed Omar. In the east, American warplanes pounded the tow- ering mountains around Tora Bora, where tribal commanders spotting a tall man on horseback and intercepting radio traffic inquiring about "the sheik" were increasingly certain Osama bin Laden was hiding. Backing away from their vow to defend Kandahar to the death, the Taliban hart agreed Thursday to hand their weapons to a tribal leader and surrender the city, the Taliban's birthplace and last stand. But when tribal forces moved in Friday to implement the agreement, most of the Taliban were gone and Omar's whereabouts were unknown, said the new Afghan interim prime minister, Hamid Karzai. Andrew Card, President Bush's chief of staff, told reporters on Air Force One that U.S. officials didn't think Omar had left Kandahar. "We're pretty sure he's in he said. A report from one Pakistan news service with a correspondent in Kandahar said Omar and his spokesman were still in the city, where rival factions were quarreling over control. Karzai vowed to arrest Omar if the Afghans can find him, after the United States made clear it would accept no deal allowing him to remain free. "The Taliban ran away with their Karzai said. "The leaders and the soldiers, they have all run away from the city." Gen. Tommy Franks, chief of the U.S. Central Command, said U.S. forces were blocking Taliban troops fleeing from the city, using ground and air forces. He didn't give details. "We have engaged forces who are leaving Kandahar with their he said in Tampa, Fla. Some residents, however, reported somo departing Taliban turned in their weapons. Looting and gun- fire were reported in sonic parts, but by nightfall, a commander overseeing the handover said peace had returned. "The process of surrender has been completed, and now the city is calm and Haji Bashar said. U.S. warplanes bombed areas around the city presumably pockets of resistance or Taliban and al- Qaida fighters trying to escape. "As we sec emerging targets and we see good opportunities, we're going after Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said. Please see A7 No prison sentence for former CIA agent in road-rage case BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOLUDAYSBURG A former CIA agent was spared a prison sentence Friday on road-rage charges after he told a Blaiv County judge he reacted angrily in April when his truck was passed by another truck during a rainstorm. Robert L. Horton, 62, of Everett will spend six months on the electronic moni- toring program, which means probation officers will know where he is at all times. Judge Jolene G. Kopriva also sentenced Horton to 500 hours of community service and to attend anger-management classes. He also is not to possess weapons during the six-month period. "It was an unfortunate incident. I react- ed angrily. It never happened before, and it will never happen Horton, a Blah- County real-estate agent, told the judge. Kopriva responded, "You made more than an error of judgment. You made more Robe ft L. Horton of Everett will spend six months on the electronic monitoring system. than a mistake. This is serious, serious criminal behavior." According to charges against Horton, he was driving in the Hollidaysburg area about p.m. April 15. Another truck passed his truck during a heavy rain- storm, and Horton said he became upset by the speed the individual was driving. He followed the driver, an 18-year-old Lakemont resident, to Different Strokes Billiards on Route 764. Horton entered the pool hall waving a handgun and ordered the 18-year-old to the floor. He kicked the teen-ager on the hip and slapped him in the head while holding the gun within inches of the back of the vic- tim's head. Court records show Horton threatened to shoot off various parts of the victim's body including his nose. Horton then struck the victim with a pool CUB. "You kicked him. You called him names. You hit him with a pool cue because he was driving too fast in the Kopriva asked in disbelief. Please see A3 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7-! 80 or (800) 287-4-I BO BKS FOUR I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Periods of rain, Forecast, A2 4 Altomta Mirror 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) 946-7547 10CH. Business Moyjes Obituaries Opinion" SPORTS Local Scoreboard A9 AS A11 A8 [3 NATION National news C3 Classifieds C3-12 0ure I Comics D5 Community news D2 B4 I Puzzles D4 B5 j Television D4 INNATIOH Unemployment shot to 5.7, percent in November, the wors! performance in more than Iwo decades. PAGE C1 ;