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Publication: Altoona Mirror December 11, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania WIN $500 IN FINAL MIRROR FOOTBALL CONTEST PAGE B3 BLAIR BUSINESS MIRROR: THE WORD ON BLAIR COMMUNICATIONS ► FREE INSIDE Muddy PIAA finales stir field issue again # * ^ Tips on buying jewelry as a gift for the holidaysAltona mirror © Copyright 2001TUESDAY, DECEMBER ll, 2001 50C newsstand HHHHHHHHHHHHHH HI EDUCATION WAR ON TERRORISM ► More on Pages Cl, C4 3 months after 9-11, war shifts Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Mark Carrico (left) measures a board he and Tyson Davinsizer are about to nail a safety rail on scaffolding during construction on a single-story house on Chester Road. The teens are vocational students at Tyrone Area High School. Building a foundation Tyrone high schoolers learning how-to lessons by helping construct one-story ranch house By Walt Frank Staff Writer TYRONE — Vocational students at Tyrone Area High School are learning there is nothing like hands-on experience as they prepare to enter the job market. Twelve seniors and ll juniors in Dan Plummer’s carpentry and design program are the “general contractors” for a singlestory ranch house under construction at 9 Chester Road. Planning for the project, a partnership between the school district and Reliance Bank, began two years ago, said Plummer, who helped resurrect the district’s house building program after it was halted for several years. Reliance Bank purchased the ground and provided materials for the project, Plummer said. Groundbreaking for the house was held in March, and footers and foundation work were completed by the end of the month, Plummer said. Students started prefabricating the walls in the school shop in January. The floor and floor joists were set in April, and at the end of last school year, the house was enclosed and the trusses were up, Plummer said. Please see House/Page AIQ u It [the project] has taught me to do everything.... You can read books, but hands-on is 10 times better. Derrick Moore Tyrone Area High School senior 15 Manhunt starts, but aftereffects are felt at home By Ron Ram pl as The Associated I he ss WASHINGTON From a never-imagined war to a micro-managed manhunt, the pursuit of justice for the terrorist attacks has shifted in the three months since Sept. ll. At home, the horrific attacks cast a pall over the economy and the holiday season. Abroad, backed by U.S. firepower, local fighters routed the Taliban out of their last strong hold last week, forcing the core still loyal to Osama bin Laden and his now-fugitive host. Mullah Mohammed Omar, into the lulls. Both men remain very much wanted by the United States, and officials warned that although the war is on a different footing, it is far from over. U.S. involvement was likely to deepen as emphasis shifts to the hard-core supporters. Marines mobilized near the fallen Taliban stronghold of Kandahar Monday to cut off escape routes for Taliban leaders and fighters from bin Laden’s terrorist network. “There are still a lot of senior al-Qaida and senior Taliban people left,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. “Our job has got a long way to go.” The war In some respects, ifs come a long way. In 66 days since the bombing began Oct. 7, coalition forces have shredded the Taliban as a political and military force. Al-Qaida terrorist training camps have been destroyed, and B-52s are dropping heavy bombs on a network of caves in eastern Afghanistan. Please see War/Page A5 House leader talks terrorism during local visit By Robert Im>e Staff Writer One of Congress’ top leaders in the war against terrorism was at the Casino at Lakemont Park Monday to stump for U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, but he couldn’t avoid questions about the struggle. U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, Rill., chair man of the House International Relations Committee, spoke at a fund-raising dinner for Shuster. Before the reception, Hyde met with media to discuss the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. “I think we ought to rn ake sure that the country establishes itself with a working g o v e r n rn e n t, hopefully a demo-cracy, so that we don’t have to go back in another IO years and do this again,” he said. “We made the mistake of walking away after the Soviets left and the Taliban took over.” Hyde said Afghanistan’s coalition of governments and tribes must maintain peace and order, but the United States can supervise the founding of the new government. Hyde was among IO lawmakers who signed a letter last week urging President Bush to launch a similar offensive in Iraq against terrorists. “I’m not saying make war on Iraq, ’ Hyde said. “I’m saying that we’d better pay attention to what Saddam Hussein is doing. He has had our inspector out for three years, and I believe he is a dangerous dictator and that he is manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. Please see Hyde/Page AS HydeShort-lived successes test 1996 welfare-to-work law From Mirror staff and wire reports In the spring, Deidra Gosha got a job, a regular paycheck and a glimpse of what life could be like living without welfare. By summer, the cash register Gosha ran at a Philadelphia department store sat silent too often, and the flow of customers slowed to a trickle. The store cut her hours in half, so Gosha — needing a bigger paycheck — quit and began to look for one. Fall brought despairing days, waiting at social service offices with no offers. For Gosha, a 30-year-old mother of three who has lived much of the last decade on public money, her journey from welfare to work ran into the recession of 2001. Concerns that her troubles, and the problems of others like her, may undo the successes of the 5-year-old welfare reform act have spread from social service agencies to state capitals to Washington. “I’m tired of even talking about it. I want a real job, paying real money,” Gosha said at the packed, overheated offices of a job-training service. Her $400 in monthly payments will be cut off in June. Please see Welfare/Page A7Judge allows charges to stick in elderly woman’s ’99 death By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has refused to throw out first- and third-degree murder and rape charges against a Logan Township man accused of committing the crimes against an elderly woman two years ago. Arlene Piper, 74, allegedly was smothered as she screamed for an intruder to leave her home on the 1200 block of Rose Hill Drive, Logan Township. Police say 24-year-old Christopher Yon, who at the time lived near Piper on Rutgers Lane, entered the home during the early morning hours of July 18,1999. As the victim screamed, he placed a pillow over her face, smothering her. Yon then took her automobile, which he retained for several days before hiding it in a wooded area near Duncansville, according to charges. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman said he is seeking the death penalty against Yon because Yon raped and killed the victim. Please see Charges/Page AIQ DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BIG FOUR 0    5    3    2 1 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, 48° ■ Forecast, A2 QLOCAL El NATION/WORLD Business A6 Classifieds C5*10 Movies A7 State news C5 Obituaries Opinion A9 A8 □ life Qsports Comics D5 . Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 K Television D4 INSIDE IN NATION Americans who served in the Gulf War were nearly twice as likely to develop Lou Gehrig’s disease as other military personnel, the government reported Monday. PAGE Cl ;

  • Arlene Piper
  • Bill Shuster
  • Christopher Yon
  • Dan Plummer
  • Dave Gorman
  • Deidra Gosha
  • Donald Rumsfeld
  • Henry Hyde
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Mullah Mohammed Omar
  • Robert Im
  • Saddam Hussein

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: December 11, 2001

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