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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 4, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altona mirror© Copyright 2001    SATURDAY,    AUGUST    4,    2001    50$    newsstandINSIDE TODAY 3»7 COATI l/*LTT P, *S?r7    Cove    Dairy    Show    highlights/ iv' LIFE: Yellow tags ticket to fuel efficiency / DI Tee Martin’s TD scramble leads Steelers to win SMOKING STUDY Counseling proves key to helping women quit PITTSBURGH (AP) — Women who wanted to quit smoking but were concerned about gaining weight quit smoking more easily — and gained less weight than other women who quit — if they received counseling, a study shows. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study is published in the August issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. “Quitting smoking tends to be harder for women than for men, and part of this disparity is attributable to women’s greater fear of gaining a lot of weight if they quit,” said Dr. Alan I. Leshner, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. “It would be an important clinical advance if we find a way to successfully address those concerns.” The researchers recruited 219 women who were afraid they’d gain weight if they quit smoking and divided them into three groups. All three groups were counseled on stopping, but the first group was not given advice about weight gain. The second group was given weight control advice and a diet to follow. The third group was told not to diet, but received counseling about their weight gaining concerns. After a year. 21 percent of the women who received weight counseling quit smoking with no relapses, compared with 13 percent who received the diet information and 9 percent who were given no information about weight gain. Women in all three groups gained weight, but those who got counseling gained less. The group that received weight counseling gained an average of 5.5 pounds, compared with 11.9 pounds for dieting group and 16.9 pounds for those who got no weight or dieting advise. The researchers expected that counseling would help the women quit smoking and gain less weight, but they were surprised that it was more effective than the more straightforward advice on dieting. “We thought that women wanted help keeping the weight off, and that would be the most successful approach. But that is not what we found,” said Kenneth A. Perkins, a psychologist who worked on the study. The women chosen for the study had experienced more depression than the general public and tended to have heightened concerns about weight gain. For example, they feared gaining five pounds would make them look horrible, even though most people would not be able to tell the weight gain by looking at them, Perkins said. “Many times their concerns were extreme,” Perkins said. “We challenged those attitudes in counseling and helped them see that maybe it wouldn’t be as bad as they thought. We helped them see that no weight gain they experienced would override the benefits of quitting smoking.” On the Net: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology: http://www.apa.org/joumals/ccp.html, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine: http://www.dean-med.pitt.edii/ ■ Those behind-the-scenes workers help keep week’s events running smoothly. TOUR DE TOONA 2001 By Tiffany Shaw and Bob Kasun Staff Writers Am Lichtman makes a living out of taking tiny black and white photos with no detail. His job is very important, however. Lichtman operates the photo-finish cam era for Tour de ’Toona and other cycling, boating and track races throughout the nation. Lichtman is part of an army working behind the scenes to produce a professional event equal to the caliber of the competition. From the officials on the course to the public address announcer, all play a vital role in the race’s success. Officials watch the finish line of each race to name the winner and runners-up. But Lichtman’s camera captures the moment in shadows of ghostly black and white. The camera snaps the image at one mil limeter of the finish line — so races that look too close to call can be decided. “For all the finishes that are too close, you can’t distinguish them with the eye and tell who won. You need special equipment to do that,” Lichtman said. Lichtman, of Allentown, started 17 years ago as a volunteer photographing cycling at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown near his home. An avid swimmer, Lichtman was familiar w ith photo-finish equipment and soon adapted the changes for cycling. He now totes his own $25,000 camera and other digital cameras with computer equipment to races he photographs across the United States, Canada and Mexico between 25 and 30 cycling races each year. For Tour de ’Toona, Lichtman takes pho tos of each race’s finish as well as each lap where racers get points for the first six places. He uses the same kind of camera used at the Kentucky Derby. Getting the timing right is most important in a sport where mere fractions of a second can make the difference. In last year’s Tour de ’Toona, the first-place lead was three seconds, he said. Lichtman credits officials who make the call from the opposite side of the finish line, estimating they are right about 95 percent of the time. Please see Spokes/Page A7 Above: Arn Lichtman operates the camera at the finish line for the men’s race during Thursday’s Pontiac GMO Hollidaysburg Circuit Road Race. At left: Race officials keep a close watch as cyclists led by Jonny Sundt of Broadmark Capitol climb a hill near Chimney Rocks Thursday. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes c J cur de 'Teen a 2001 MORE INSIDE ■ Course map for today's Verizon ProAm Road Race in Altoona ■ How male cyclists deal with health problems of their sport PAGE A7 ■ Gord Fraser takes fourth straight in Martinsburg PAGE Bl Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Ibuprofen maker acquires ChemFirst By Craig Williams Staff Writer With little fanfare, the former FirstChem plant in Tyrone became part of Albemarle Corp. after the closure of a $74 million deal. The new owners said nothing will change beyond the payroll and computer systems. Baton Rouge, La.-based Albemarle is best known for manufacturing ibuprofen, which it sells to various marketers across the nation who use the drug in their own brands. ■ Albemarle reports second-quarter results/ Page A9 The acquisition of the chemical manufacturing plant in Tyrone is a move to help the company grow its new Fine Chemistry Services division. “We are creating a whole new division,” Albemarle spokesman Ray Kozakewicz said. “A lot of what they do in Tyrone is on a proprietary arrangement with specific drug companies.” Please see ChemFlrst/Page AIQ Mirror photo by Mia Rohart Deanna Merrow, 15, pf Morrisdale relaxes Friday afternoon at the Clearfield County Fair with her steer Nitro. The fair concludes tonight. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ?    2291000050    4 BIG FOUR 5    6    <9    2 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of a.m. showers, 82° ■ Forecast, A2 $ Steer, handler receive awards in 1st showing By Mia Rohart Staff Writer CLEARFIELD — It’s the age old story of a girl and her faithful... steer. Deanna Merrow led Nitro, a black angus, to win several ribbons at the Clearfield County Fair. The pair won three third-place ribbons and a fifth-place ribbon. Not bad considering it was Merrow’s first time showing a steer in competition. She’s only 15 and the 1,200-pound steer was practically wild when purchased in November. ■ Bedford County Fair begins Sunday/ Page A4 In the showmanship competition Wednesday, in which she won a third-place ribbon, a judge complemented her on how well she handled Nitro. “That felt so good,” Merrow said. After showing pigs for seven years, Merrow said she was up to the challenge of training and showing a steer. She wakes up at 4 a.m. every day to feed him. Nitro is fed again at noon and around 6 p.m. Please see Falr/Page A6 0 LOCAL Q NATION Business A9f10 Classifieds C2-12 Movies A5 Obituaries All ElUFE Opinion A8 £ SPORTS Comics Community news Puzzles D5 D2 D2 Local B4 Scoreboard B5 Television D2 INSIDE IN NATION The new Senate Finance Committee chairman said Friday the $300 billion Congress set aside for Medicare must be used solely to provide a prescription drug benefit. PAGE Cl ;

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