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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Bush defers request for destroyers 'Life: Imagination rules in kids’ play coming to area OIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 •TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2001 50( newsstandPSU hate mail postmark only narrows hunt to 114Because the letters had an Altoona postmark doesn't mean the letters came from the city AT A GLANCE By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer One of the few clues investigators have to recent threatening racist letters at Penn State doesn’t really narrow down the search except to central Pennsylvania. The last mailed letter received Friday — which contained a death threat against a black student — bore an Altoona postmark. Officials said that four letters sent in October also were postmarked Altoona and could be linked to last week’s letter. The threats touched off protests this weekend at the university, including a protest by more than two dozen students who rushed the field before Saturday’s Blue-White football game. Campus black leaders have scheduled rallies and talks to try to head off the racist comments. But just because the letters had an Altoona postmark doesn’t mean the letters came from the city. The letters could have been mailed from any one of 114 post offices in seven counties. Altoona Postmaster Charles Burford said any mail sent from ZIP codes starting with 166 or 168 are canceled with an Altoona postmark. That even includes State College, he said. Since the new Altoona Processing and Distribution Center in Duncansville was opened about two years ago, mail from Blair and parts of Centre, Clearfield, Cambria, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton counties gets an Altoona cancellation, Burford said. The Altoona police haven’t been notified by the FBI or Penn State police about any investigation in the city, Police Chief Janice Freehling said. She said harassment by communication incidents can be investigated from either the sending or the receiving end. The recipient of Friday’s letter was Daryl Lang, a reporter for the school newspaper, who got the letter in his campus mailbox that threatened the life of a black student and threatened to bomb a ceremony honoring black graduates. A second letter also criticized fang for reporting race-related campus events. Please see Hunt/Page A2 ■ there are 114 offices with postmark of Altoona ■ counties include Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Cambria, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton ■ reward leading to arrest and conviction has reached $10,000 with Penn State alumni matching the university’s reward ■ students to hold a march for tolerance on campus today LOGAN RENOVATIONS Cooler times included in plans By Jay Young Staff Writer It’s hot days like Monday when the staff and students at Logan Elementary think of the years of construction ahead. The junior-high-tumed-elemen-tary building has a reputation across the district as being the hottest school building in town. When the sun makes a strong appearance like it did Monday, students start counting the minutes until the final bell, and teachers dream of working in an air-conditioned building. There is light at the end of the overheated tunnel for those who call Logan home. More than $5.5 million in contracts are in place for a major renovation of Logan Elementary, which will include the installation of air conditioning. “We’re the hottest elementary building,” principal Jeanne Hair said. “Ifs nothing to be over 110 on a warm day after ll a.m.” The capital improvement plan at the 301 Sycamore St. building also calls for a new roof and windows, which both leak, and a two-story addition that would bring four new classrooms to the structure. The project also includes a new elevator, sidewalk repair and an all-purpose activity field. The classroom location for kindergarten children also will move to make to make dropping children off safer, Hair said. The current setup is dangerous because young students often exit cars among car and bus traffic. Please see Logan/Page A5 SUMMER TIME’S A COMIN’ Mirror photo by Jason Sipes JBradford pear trees bloom in down-Jc town Hollidaysburg on Allegheny wJ Street As the season for April showers passes, summertime weather is felt in the air. Monday's high temperature hit the 82-degree mark, warmer than any day in April last year, which never hit the 80-degree mark. The high for this month a year ago was 77 degrees April 16. As for the summer last year, the warmest days came with 85-degree weather June IO and 16 and again Sept. 3. Crew teams (right) take advantage of the weather Monday as they row down the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, where the temperature also reached into the 80s. For complete weather, please see Page A3. Rainfall helps to lift water supply By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror Municipal water supplies are in good shape, local officials say. But spokesmen for the state Department of Environmental Protection urge everyone to conserve water, even when the supply is plentiful. “We are as full as we want to be,” said John Anthony on behalf of the Altoona City Authority. “Ifs been a fairly good year.” The city’s 12 reservoirs contain 3 billion gallons of water to supply the region between Tyrone and Hollidaysburg, he said. In Gallitzin, “Everything is full and * overflowing,” operations supervisor John Brutz said. And his capacity as technical instructor with a statewide outreach program, he said, “Wherever I have been, everybody in general is in the same condition.” MEETINGS ■ Bedford hosting one of 15 statewide public forums on water resources PAGE A10 ■ Pennsylvania State Grange announced schedule for water resource forums and foot-and-mouth disease meetings held statewide over next several weeks PAGE A2 April Hutcheson, spokeswoman at DEP’s Harrisburg office, said water levels across the. state — particularly in the Susquehanna River basin — were low as recently as March. But calculation of April’s rainfall may show some improvement. The winter failed to produce a good snow pack that could have improved the groundwater level, she said. Please see Water/Page AIQ City gets second shot at PennDOT headquarters The Associated Press Students come together to help classmate diagnosed with disease IN SPORTS. By Mia Rohart Staff Writer CRESSON — Caitlin Mayes, 14, doesn’t bother to put a hat or wig over her shaved head when she goes outside. “I’m pretty enough without it,” the Penn Cambria High School freshman told her mother, Georgia Mayes, who is amazed at her daughter’s strength. Caitlin was diagnosed in March with Acute Lymph ocytic Leukemia. She is in remission but even with a best-case scenerio, she will undergo treatment for the next three years, Georgia Mayes said. Penn Cambria students and teachers will come together Friday at a student-organized dance to raise money for Mayes and her family. Caitlin loves to read and write. She wants to be a librarian and writer and have a col- umn like syndicated columnist Dave Barry. Her favorite class is English. Caitlin loves ’N Sync. Even her e-mail address is a testament to her admiration for the popular band. The money raised will provide a limousine ride for Caitlin and her mother to see ’N Sync at a May concert in Hershey. Please see Help/Page A5 MIAMI, HEAT Penguins go into overtime against Washington for chance at second round in NHL playoffs. PAGE Bl Miami Heat upset at home for second-straight time by Charlotte Hornets in first round of NBA playoff action. PAGE Bl By William Kl blur Staff Writer The city will get another shot at PennDOT’s proposed new 320-employee District 9 headquarters, thanks to a late change in specifications for a rebid. PennDOT first proposed the project in November, giving 45 days for private developers to respond with plans to build the 55,000-square-foot building within 2 miles of Interstate 99 between Leamersville and the 17th Street interchange. It might have been enough time for a developer to get something together for virgin land in a township but hardly enough for one to pull together a more complex city project, where land is scarce and obstacles numerous, Councilman Wayne Hippo said. But PennDOT rejected all of the about IO bids it received and rebid the project. The problem was, the st cifica-tions for the second round of bidding shifted the eligible territory southward, with a northern stopping point at Frankstown Road. The new eligible territory stopped a critical half-mile short of 17th CITY COUNCIL.. State funds for Baker Mansion may be cut in half. PAGE A4 Street, taking the most eligible city land out of contention. When Hippo found out about the new territorial requirements, he shared it with state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, who got the department of General Services to restore the original northward stopping point to 17th Street. It should make the Station Mall area and downtown eligible. At least one developer is interested in proposing city land for the project. And the state’s recently legislated preference for brownfield development should help the city. 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