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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 9, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYNAHON: Cholesterol drug taken off market after deaths /Cl UFI: Musical tale of mother, stripper daughter presented / DIAltoona iHtrror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2001 50$ newsstand Private prison plans proceed By Phil Ray Staff Writer PHILIPSBURG — A Texas company can restart efforts to construct a private prison in Clearfield County, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The $40 million, 1,000-bed institution is to be constructed in Morris and Decatur townships on a patch of strip mines and woods a mile west of Philipsburg Borough. It will employ at least 374, with more than 200 coming from surrounding communities. In June 1999, The Citizens Advisory Committee on Private Prisons Inc., led by Chris Bungo of the Philipsburg area, challenged the project in U.S. District Court in Johnstown. Judge D. Brooks Smith concluded then that the Federal Bureau of Prisons violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it gave the go-ahead to Cornell Companies of Houston to begin construction. Smith said construction began in 1998 without proper environmental clearance, but he ruled Wednesday that the bureau “cured” its violation of federal law by stopping con struction and performing an environmental assessment. The assessment included nearly every issue raised by the citizens’ group - from the effect on land and law enforcement to possible urban sprawl around the prison, and the bureau concluded that the prison would have little effect on the community. The citizens’ group was con cerned about a housing shortage from new families moving into the area, including inmate families. The environmental study shows that more than 7,000 empty residential units already exist in Clearfield and Centre counties. Bungo hadn’t read the judge’s decision when contacted. Please see Prison/Page A7 TNE LION’S DEN Let’s get ready to rumble From Mirror staff reports UNIVERSITY PARK - Football coach Joe Paterno (at right) peers at the packed house in the Lasch Building for Penn State’s annual media day and only could shake his head. “I can remember when I thought if five of you showed up it was great,” he told the crowd (rf nearly 200 Wednesday. “I could never have believed I would sit here at media day with this many people.” But like the games themselves, Penn State football — at any time of the year — has grown into an event. This season, there’s added anticipation. Not only do the Blue and White faithful want to see if or how well the Nittany Lions can bounce back from a 5-7 showing in 2000 — PSUs first losing season since 1988 and second since 1938—they’ll assemble in about 106,537 strong to experience a refurbished and expanded Beaver Stadium (shown above) when Miami visits Sept. I. Seating increased by 12,000, including 60 skyboxes and 4,000 cushioned club seats. So far, the reviews are strong. “It’s incredible,” senior center Matt Schmitt said. Please see story, Page Bl OXYCONT1N MAKER Patent to dupe abusers sought By CHRIS KAHN The Associated Press ROANOKE, Va. - The maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked to a growing number of overdoses and deaths, said Wednesday that it has come up with blueprints for a “smart pill” that would be tougher to abuse. The new painkiller, which has yet to be named and would not be available for at least three years, would destroy its own narcotic ingredients if crushed into a powder and snorted or injected — the typical manner in which OxyContin is abused. “Addicts and abusers are going to find this very undesirable,” said Dr. J. David Haddox, senior medical director for Purdue Pharma LP of Stamford, Conn. “Before long, they’re going to say, ‘Don’t mess with that stuff; that’s no good.”* Purdue spokesman Jim Heins said the drug could become an alternative to their top-selling painkiller in areas such as rural Appalachia, where prescription drug abuse is especially high. OxyContin is a slow-release narcotic painkiller that is widely prescribed for victims of moderate to severe chronic pain resulting from problems such as arthritis, back trouble and cancer. One pill is designed to last 12 hours, but abusers usually crush the medicine and snort or inject it producing a quick, heroinlike high. The drug has been blamed for contributing to more than IOO deaths nationwide. Purdue, which has become the target of at least 13 OxyContin-related lawsuits in five states, says those estimates are unreliable and that in the vast majority of those cases, the victims were abusing other drugs atjhe same time. Like OxyContin, which was introduced in December 1995, the new drug would be for victims of moderate to severe chronic pain. However, it would be embedded with microscopic “beads” of naltrexone, a narcotic antagonist that counteracts the medicine. Please see Abusers/Page AIQ Rules strengthened on towers By Ray Stephens Staff Writer Those interested in putting up a communications tower in Logan Township face more than federal rules. They face local rules, too, and as of tonight, maybe the most stringent tower rules in Blair County. In May, township supervisors amended zoning regulations and agreed that communications tow ers could be built only in the town ship’s industrial and agricultural A l zoned areas. Tonight, supervisors plan to add more rules, limiting height to 150 feet unless property lines provide room for a maximum 200 feet. They also will require dust-free roads leading to the towers, landscaping around a tower’s foundation and an 8-foot-high fence to restrict access. Supervisor Diane Meling said the basis for the ordinance was a sample ordinance she got from the Governor’s Center for Local Government while attending a township supervisors conference. Solicitor Larry Clapper used that ordinance to come up with what will be the latest rules governing tower construction in Logan Township. “I’m very pleased that we are being proactive about this,” Meling said. Please see Towers/Page A3 Criticism flows over plan to extend waterlines in Greenfield Township By Michael Emery Staff Writer CLAYSBURG — Greenfield Township residents are upset about a plan to alter the means by which they access water. Most in Tuesday night’s standing-room-only crowd at the township supervisors meeting said they are satisfied with using wells to access water, and they want to nix a plan to extend municipal waterlines throughout the township. The plan would force residents living within the extension area to pay a flat-rate, $23 per month water bill — whether they hook up to the system. “We have wells for our water; we don’t need [municipal] water,” Ron Ickes said. “They want to force this water system plan down our throats, even though we have no need for it and we don’t want it,” Frances Ickes said. Please see Extend/Page A7 fl HHH ■MHMMM 4 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 IM FOUR rn e AA Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, 94° ■ Forecast, A2 The Magazine... Wine Spectator Says:    , tifi/rmI* b ITALIAN VILLA “Is One of the best Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers ”    -    Aug.    31st    Edition $ □ LOCAL ■■ QNAHON Business A9 Classifieds Comics A8 Obituaries A11 Qun Opinion A4 fj SPORTS wmm Movies Local B4 Night Life Planner Scoreboard BS e* ,9 Television C4-12 D3 D4 D2 D5 THATS RAGIN’ eve Park’s career on fast track. 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