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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 31, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania IN NATION: PLATFORM OPENS TO GIVE PUBLIC VIEW OF WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE PAGE Cl ffl Steelers clinch home-field advantage despite loss page Bl -----s- at s entertainment Reviewing-' music Altomta Copyright 2001 MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002 500 newsstand Safety advocates' drunken driving fears spike on New Year's AREA PROGHflHS Area companies ate sponsoring dBslgnatBd-rJ ri- ving programs to promote safety New Year's Eva. 'Take a Cab, We'll Pay the (888) 694-9996. 946-1939 or 944-7928. "Coffee Break for Designated Drivers" free cof- fee and doughnuts. PAGE A8 BY JUDY HOLLAND Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON Safety advocates say they arc worried that heavier drinking linked to Sept. 11 anxieties may make the New Yew's holiday a particularly lethal time to be on the road. "Mental health experts tell us that people are going to use alcohol to try to calm their fears about the said Millie 1. Webb, 54, of Franklin, Tenn., national president of Mothers Against Drank Driving. "Our concern is that these same people will choose to get out on the roadway after she said. "We have no control over the terrorists, but there is a terrorist among us that we can stop, and that is the drunk driver. This is one crime, unlike ter- rorism, that is 100 percent preventable." Highway safety advocates already are on alert because of a nearly 2 percent spike in alcohol-related traffic fatalities last year when alcohol-1 inked driving deaths rose to compared with in 1999, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. The jump in drunk driving fatalities fol- lows a five-year period in which the sta- tistics had leveled off after falling steadily from the 1980s to the mid-1990s. Auto traffic will be about the same this season as it was last year, according to the American Automobile Association, with about 42 million people hitting the road between Christmas and New Year's Day. Mental health officials say they are wor- ried some Americans will respond to stress from the attacks by medicating themselves with alcohol and other drugs. "People are looking for an said Mark Weber, director of communications Please see A8 Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett t embers of the Senior Choir sing during the Kwanzaa Celebration Sunday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Fifth Ave. The celebration was held on the day of Nia Left: Kaila Taylor 13, and Paige Lightner, 9, dance with a group during the celebration. The Kwanzaa Celebration included worship, spoken word, prayer, songs by the Senior Choir and Voices of Zion and dance. Michelle Jones of Duncansville lights one of the candles of the Seven Principles, which include: Umoja Kujichagulia Ujima (collective work and responsibil- Ujamaa (cooper- ative Nia Kuurnba (creativity) and Imani Subscription or home delivery questions: 9.16-7'IBO or (800) 287-1-180 THE GREAT COMB1MATIOM 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 Mostly sunny, flurries, Forecast, A2 V LOOM. Business Movies A4 A3 Obituaries Opinion NFL roundup Scoreboard A6 B2 B5 reaches accord BY KATHY GANNON The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan The new Afghan govern- ment has reached an agreement with international peacekeepers on how they will function in the com- ing months, the country's interim foreign minister said Sunday. Dr. Abdullah, who uses only one name, said multi- national troops could operate in various Afghan cities, working with Afghan authorities to provide security. But he would not provide further specifics about the deal, which followed long and complicat- ed negotiations with the peacekeepers and among different factions of the Afghan leadership. Abdullah also said Sunday that U.S. airstrikes would be needed "as long as terrorist cells are in Afghanistan." The first deployment of peacekeepers British Royal Marines arrived days before the Dec. 22 inauguration of a six-month administration. But discussions had bogged down over how many more troops will come and what their duties will be. Some within Afghanistan's interim Cabinet wanted as many as peacekeepers with a visi- ble, proactive role. Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim, however, thought international troops should be limited to and perform peacekeep- ing duties with a low profile. Please see A8 Recession takes toll on business NEW YORK (AP) Anthony Samawova slumped out of the state unemployment office, stared down at the pavement and reminisced about the good old days when the economy was sweet. "I wish I'd graduated last groaned Samawava, who has netted more than 100 rejection let- j ters from potential employ-1 ers, but not a single jab offer j since earning a degree from Syracuse University in May.' "Last year, I found a sum- mer job, and it was easy. I just went in, and I got the said Samawova, who is 22 and trained as a studio technician. "I went hack, and they said now they don't have any openings." Samawova joins scores of Americans including the newest entrants to the job market as well as the most experienced veterans confronting a harsh new reality. As the curtain comes down on 2001, they' ve been written outofthescriptforan econom- ic drama that suddenly has more actors than parts. Please see A4 Classifieds C4-B War on terrorism C2 Comics D5 Cqrnrnunilynews D2 Puzzles JD4 Television D4