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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 22, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                NATION: V-22 OSPREY TO RESUME TEST FLIGHTS IN THE SPRING PAGE Cl page Bl pres its Football All-Star Team Light bulbs can change the mood iff of a room as well as the lighting Alt00na mirror Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2001 newsstand Chief says PIAA may shut down BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Alh- lelic Association's top man says the (18- year-old organization is exploring the pos- sibility of shutting down, a move that would forever change high school sports in Pennsylvania. President Wally Blucas told the Mirror he informed the association's executive staff this week that the PIAA's chief legal counsel is examining the legal impact of such a move. "We're going fp have fo look at the worst case Blucas said Friday. When asked if the PIAA can lie saved, Blucas paused. "I don't think I'm in a position to say that's possible, given the recommenda- tions turning into mandates and becoming essentially lie said. Blucas cited as reasons four years of deficits and the ongoing legislative review, partially sparked by the decision to move the 1998 football championships from Altoona to Hershey. Blucas' comments came a week after a state legislative committee issued its first progress report on PIAA operations since tiie state Senate ordered annual reviews of the troubled association. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found that PIAA spent S8.7 mil- lion last year but had revenues of only million and found that it awarded several expensive, noncompelitive contracts, among other problems. Blucas' comments came as a surprise to area leaders, including Altoona's PIAA representative. District G representative Stanley Hem declined to comment Friday night because he was unaware of the announcement because a meeting of PIAA board members in which the issue was discussed this week was optional. Please see A4 WAR ON TERRORISM 1> PAGES C1.C4 Hoaxes net 58 arrests Government issues warning that anthrax threats are violations that won't be tolerated. BY KAHKN GULLO The Associated Press WASHINGTON Postal worker Clarence Lindsey allegedly scrawled "ANTHRAX INCLOSED" on a pack- age at his job as ajoke, but authori- ties found no humor in the mis- spelling or the fieefi. The Illinois man was indicted and, if convicted, could face up to five years in jail. Lindsey is one of 58 people nationwide arrested and charged in connection with an-thrax hoax- es or threats since the anthrax scare began after Sept. 11, the U.S. Postal Service said. .Of the total, 30 face federal charges, 28 state charges. are alleged to have taken advantage of the public's fear of the deadly bacteria either to settle a score or pull off a prank. It's no laughing matter, authori- ties say. "It's kind of like yelling fire in a crowded said Dan Mil- halko, postal service inspector. "There's been too many warnings for people to say, 'I was just kid- ding.'" Five people have been convicted, Millialko said. He said he did not know the precise sentences, but they were getting jail time and also may face fines. On Friday, the FBI released the names of 14 people charged in what the bureau considered "notable" anthrax hoax cases and added a warning: "We will not tolerate these serious violations of federal FBI Director Robert Mueller said. Those arrested for anthrax hoaxes have been charged with obstructing the mail, threatening to use weapons of mass destruction and using the mail to send threatening communications. The maximum penalty carried by each federal charge is five years in jail and a tine. Lindsey, 52, of suburban Bell- wood, 111., had been a postal work- er for 31 years when he was indict- ed on charges of placing threaten- ing material in the mail. Please see A4 M Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec f ike Maher, an Altoona postal carrier, dresses as Santa Clans to deliver mail on his route. Above: Barbara Kimberley of Eldorado sends her Christmas wishes to Maher. Maher, who started this tradition eight years ago, said his customers enjoy the jolly service. Combined deer hunting season results in 3 deaths, 12 injuries From Mirror staff am! wire reports PITTSBURGH first combined buck- and doe-hunting sea- son in a century hart little effect on the number of accidents this year, game officials said Friday. Three people were killed and 12 injured during the two-week hunting season, compared with 13 injuries and one fatality last year, Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser said. The average number of accidents during the past seven years was 18 and the average number of fatalities was two. "I'm happy to see the said Ray Martin of the Pennsylvania Fed- eration of Sportsmen's Clubs. "We would like to see it go lower, but it says a lot for our sportsmen and The only hunting accident reported during deer season in this area was in Huntingdon County. Game Commission Regional Super- visor Don Parr said the accident occurred when a passenger in a vehi- cle driving on state forest lands spotted a deer, left the vehicle and attempted to fire a round at the deer across the roof of the vehicle. Please see A4 ore in have no heat BY MAKK LBGEKFINGKU Slqff Writer Twice as many Pennsylvanians are without natur- al gas or electric service going into winter than last year, according to a state report. State regulators are urging those consumers to contact their utility companies to help restore heat before a serious cold snap hits. And that serious cold snap could be around the cor- ner, said Mark Bacon, an AccnWeather meteorolo- gist in State College. "The mild weather is he said. Slightly below normal temperatures are expected through the end of the month, with colder conditions expected in January. The state Public Utility Commission said more than Pennsylvanians were without service when the state's gas and electric utilities were sur- veyed last week. Most of those residents are in homes heated by natural gas, a commodity that hit high prices last winter. The annual PUC Cold Weather Survey shows 343 dis- connected households are setvetl by Dominion Peoples, while another 125 households without service are served by GPU Energy, a Firs (Energy company. Please see A4 Mirror pholo by J.D. Cavrich Uope, gallows and dishes once used at the Old Stone Jnil in Cambria County are on display as part of a museum at the 19th century prison. Please sec story, Page AlO. r !i DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 94S-74BO or (800) 287-4480 BK5FOOR 61 4 64 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEttHER Mostly sunny, H Forecast, A2 946-7480 or Start that gift subscription T QWCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion SPORTS Local Scoreboard J5 NATION A9 A4 A11 A8 B4 B5 Classifieds C5-12 War on terrorism C4 Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 FREEINWDt   

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