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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                WIN IN FINAL MIRROR FOOTBALL CONTEST PAGE B3 BLAIR BUSINESS MIRROR: THE WORD ON BLAIR COMMUNICATIONS FREE INSIDE stir'field issue again Tips on buy! 1 as a gift for the holidays copyright 2001 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2001 EDUCATION 500 newsstand 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 con- struction 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 PHANK Staff Writer TYRONE Vocational students at Tyrone Area High School are learning there is nothing like hands-on experi- ence as they prepare to enter the job market. Twelve seniors and ll juniors in Dan Pluminer's carpentry and design program are the "general contractors" for a single- story 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 sev- eral 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 prefabricat- ing 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 A10 fifi 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 WAR ON TERRORISM More on Pages C1, C4 months i Weir S151! IS Manhunt starts, but aftereffects are felt at home BY RON KAMPEAS The Associated Press 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 sinceSept.il. At home, the horrific attacks cast a pall over the economy and the holiday season. Abroad, backed by U.S. firepow- er, 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 hills. Both men remain very much wanted by the United Stales, 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 hardcore supporters. Marines mobilized near the fallen Taliban stronghold of Kandahar Monday lo cut off escape routes for Tali- ban leaders and fighters from bin Laden's terrorist network. "There are still a lot of senior al-Qaida and senior Taliban peo- ple Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. "Our job has got a long way to go." The war In some respects, it's come a long way. In 66 clays 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 A5 House leader talks terrorism during local visit BY ROBERT Icon Staff Writer One of Congress' top leaders in the war .against terrorism was at the Casino at Lakeinont Park Monday to stump for U.S. Rep. Bill Sinister, R-9lh District, but he couldn't avoid questions about the struggle. U.S. Hep. Henry Hyde, R-I11., chair- man of the House International Relations Committee, spake at a fund-raising dinner for Sinister. Before the reception, Hyde met with media to discuss the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. "I think we ought to make sure that the country establishes itself with a working government, hopefully a demo- cracy, so thai we don't have to go back in another 10 years and do this he said. "We made the mistake of walk- nyae ing away after the Soviets left and the Taliban took over." Hyde said Afghanistan's coalition of governments and tribes must maintain peace and order, hut the United States can supervise the founding of the new government. Hyde was among 10 lawmakers who signed a letter last week urg- ing President Bush to launch a similar offensive in Iraq against terrorists. "I'm not saying make war on 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 manufactur- ing weapons of mass destruction. Please see A5 Short-lived successes test 1996 welf a re-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 liv- ing without welfare. By summer, the cash register Gpsha 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 need- ing 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 Gosha said at the packed, overheated offices of a job-training service. Her in monthly payments will be cut off in June. Please see A7 Judge allows charges to stick in elderly woman's '99 death BY Pan. 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 1201) 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 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 A10 Yon L DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7llllaE910ll00050" W 5 I Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of showers, Forecast, A2 Business Movies Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A6 A7 A9 A8 B4 B5 Classifieds C5-10 State news C5 Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 IN NATION Americans who served in the Gul( War were nearly twice as likely to develop Lou Gehrig's disease as other military personnel, Hie government reported Monday. 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