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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                RELIGION D'VILLE MAN HELPS TO BUILD CHURCHES FREE INSIDE IN BUSINESS: REGION'S BANKRUPTCY FILINGS HIT RECORD LEVEL PAGE A9 alternative medicine Galiczyhskils'a shooting star at Northern Cambria page Bl Altocna iKtrror Copyright 2001 Dealers seek to reclaim rec sales H Conventions seen as key to entice boat, RV buyers. From Mirror stafftmd wire reports Boat and RV vendors are depend- ing on conventions to woo cus- tomers back after H year of uneven sales punctuated by the Sept. 11 ter- rorist attacks. Nationally, retailers who were already struggling with the eco- nomic downturn when the attacks sunk sales, are finding hope between aisles of fold-out tables and display cases, all impressing customers with the latest models and features. Industry officials say that while projections for 2002 are promising and cite unproved consumer confi- dence and low interest rates it's ultimately the conventions that draw people and drive sales. "A lot of people that come to the boat shows come to said Dan Green of Chicago-based National .Marine Manufacturers Association, which puts on 17 boatshows across the country. Please see A5 Number of owners: B.6 million Average cost lor travel trailer: Average cost lor motor home: Source: Recreational Vehicle Industry Association Minor graphic by Tom Worthlngton II FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2001 Mirror photo by Kelly BenneU Tussey Mountain's Tiffany Neville (left) and Bishop Guilfoyle's Angela Greaser battle for the ball Thursday during the first round of the Huntingdon Lions Holiday Shootout at Juniata College. BG came away with o 60-33 victory to advance to tonight's final. I PAGE Bl newsstand Bin Laden: BY TAIIEK ISSAWI The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates The world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, appeared in a videotape Thursday, calling for the destruction of the U.S. economy as the surest way to bring down America. Looking gaunt but smiling occa- sionally, the terrorist leader appeared in front of a brown cloth, dressed in military fatigues. Though thinner than in past tapes, his voice was strong and clear. He spoke deliberately, often leaning into the camera. "I concentrate on the importance of continuing holy war actions against America, ihilitarily and economically, and America is retreating with God's he said in a videotape sent anonymously by air courier from Pakistan to Qatar- based Al-JazeeraTV, which aired it in full Thursday night. "This economic hemorrhaging continues until today but requires more blows. And the youth should by to find th e j oints of the American economy and hit the enemy in these joints, with God's permission." In an apparent appeal to Muslim youths, bin Laden repeatedly referred to the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as martyrs. He said they "struck deep in the heart of America's economy." The tape has raised new ques- tions about where bin Laden is or if he is alive. A spokesman for Afghanistan's new defense min- istry said bin Laden was in a bor- der area of Pakistan. Other Afghan officials said his whereabouts were unknown. Please see AS BPE EKOERPTS DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Excerpts pi Osama bin Laden's video- taped comments airerj Thursday on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV: If their economy ends, they will busy themselves away from the enslavement of oppressed people. It is important to concentrate on the destruction of the American economy. H Our terrorism is against America. Our terrorism is a blessed terrorism to prevent the unjust person from com- mitting Injustice and to stop American support for Israel, which kills our sons. If America had sound evi- dence that those who carried out the attacks were Europeans, such as the IRA [Irish Republican then it would possess many ways to solve this problem. But since there was a mere suspicion that indicated the Islamic world, the real ugly face and the Crusader hatred against the; Islamic world were revealed, Please see A5 PENNSYUMA POtlTICS Gubernatorial race tab could top WAR CHEST The amount of money raised so far by the (our leading candidates in the 2002 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race: Murtha shrugs off speculation BY PKTER JACKSON The Associated Press HARR1SBURG Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race will likely be one of the most expensive in the country next year, and spending by the four major candidates could set a state record of million, political insid- ers said. The price tag, however, is unlike- ly to set a national record. Millionaire businessman Jon Corzine invested nearly mil- lion of his own money in winning a Senate seat in New Jersey in 2000, and the four major candidates for the California governorship in 2002 raised million even before the end of 2001. But campaign officials and consul- tants agree the Pennsylvania cam- paign probably will cost more than the million state record set in 1994 the last previous gubernator- ial election in which no incumbent was the races in the other 35 states that will elect governors next year. "One of the 10 most expensive races in the predicted Neil Oxman, a political consultant who is working for the campaign of Edward G. Rendell. The former Philadelphia mayor is competing with state Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. for the Democratic nomination. Please see A6 Casey M.2 MS11IOH HMIUIOH BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer JOHNSTOWN U.S. Rep. John Murtha broke his silence Thursday concerning the state's redrawing of its Congressional District map. He insists talk of his Quitting if his district isn't preserved is premature. Murtha, D-12th District, spoke to reporters at the Holiday Inn before a scheduled reception for the area's military academy students and said he is confident lie will not be pitted against U.S. Rep. Frank Mascara, District, for a new 12th District as the state Senate plan would have him. "We still haven't worked out a plan that every- one is satisfied he said. "I've been through this four times, and they always worked it out. It changes day by day. There have been about 30 plans, and I'm not sure which one will pass, and I'm also not sure if that one will be the one that is finally implemented. Please see A6 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes U.S. Rep. John Murtha addresses reporters Thursday. r v MivERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 9-16-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BIO FOUR 3 0, I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy with snow, Forecast, A2 LOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A9 A7 A13 AB B5 Classifieds C3-14 War on terrorism C2 Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 IN NATION United States to take Taliban, al-Qaida prisoners to a Navy base in Cuba. PAGE C1   

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