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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Future of sports looks extreme INSIDE TODAY NATION: Black Hills more sacred than money Bl UFE: Reunions keeping connections strong Dl Altoona iKtrror i Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2001 newsstand Heading off heat-related problems Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Williamsburg High School football players take a break and get a drink during a break in practice. Because of recent fatalities and hospitaliza- tions from high temperatures during practices, football coaches go the extra mile to make sure players aren't struck with heat-related problems. COMING I" "Areajooiliairfajjs f L'cah cifcle tfiejollowng -J F dates gnjthelr j i x I gricjironJblble when the Coaches, trainers have game plans to help prevent health risks to players i, j s'ectfojtis tthe Also on Aufl f .Gridiron Gold foo 'contest debuts.'The J i" contest off 500 M p irj'prizes this season. Adjust 31: .3 return of Penn State V Garheday, the region'? f most comprehensive Nittany Lion pregarne i publication, BY PHILIP CMOR Mirror Sports Staff John Kutz knows firsthand about the dangers of heat exhaustion on the prac- tice field. "I actually went down with heat exhaus- tion once, back when I was in said Kutz, the Glendale High School varsity foot- ball coach who was an offensive lineman at Rutgers University in the mid-1980s. "It was pretty much a helpless feeling. "Basically, your body shuts down, but your mind is still working. And it thinks you can keep going." With the, heat stroke death of Minnesota Vikings' All-Pro lineman Korey Stringer and fatal ities or hospitalizations of several other professional, college and high school players concerns about heat-related WhenJ was a kid playing high school football; school coach put a bucket 'of water on the field so you could wipe, the sweat' off, but he put a bag of oatmeal in it i: so you couldn't drink it. -Joe Paterno; Penn State cwcti health problems on the football field are at an all-time high. But coaches and trainers have been aware of the dangers for some time. "We have always practiced with the idea that the heat was a Penn State coach Joe Paterno said on the team's media day. "Our doctors go out there with a machine with a bulb and every once in awhile they will say, 'It's 99 degrees. It's 102 degrees.' We take a break, have a drink and continue to practice. "We have always been very careful about the team. We have had that little thing with the bulb on it for 20 years out there. We know exactly what the heat index is and when we should do certain things. Our med- ical people have been just super about that. That doesn't mean that it couldn't happen here or any place else. "It is amazing that we had kids back in the late 50s that collapsed on the field and survived with no water. Please see A6 Private prison measure brewing BY Pan RAY Staff Writer PHILIPSBURG A state senator from Centre County says he will do what he can, including sponsoring legislation, to spur the construction of a jiew private prison near here that would house federal inmates and cre- ate almost 4DO jobs. "I certainly am going to do whatever I can to help the people of the Moshannon Valley to put this facility in their said Jake Gorman, R-Bellefonte. "If it needs legislation, I will be happy to do that." A federal judge's recent ruling that developers of the prison have met environmental concerns and can proceed with construction puts the fate of the project back in the legislative arena. The question of whether private prisons can locate in the state promises to be a political hot potato. Judge D. Brooks Smith spent two years mulling over a lawsuit filed by the Citizens Advisory Committee on Private Prisons, a group formed to fight the construction of the private prison near Philipsburg by Cornell Corrections Inc. of Houston. Cornell started construction on the private facility in 1997, only to have the U.S. Bureau of Prisons issue a stop-work order so environmen- tal concerns could be addressed. Since Smith has given the project the go-ahead at least from the standpoint of the federal court system many old issues have resurfaced. Ail issue that looms over the project is Penn- sylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher's claim that there is no provision in Pennsylvania law for the construction of a private prison. On the heels of Smith's ruling, a spokesman for Fisher said that the attorney general would take legal action to stop construction if Cornell moves ahead. Cornell is taking a cautious approach, saying it will not do anything until all the legal issues are resolved at the state level. That's where officials like Gorman, Sen. John Wozniak, D-Johnstown, Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, state Rep. Camilla "Bud" George, D-lfcufedale, and Gov. Tom Ridge join the fight. Gorman said last week he intends to work with Fisher and Wozniak to see that the prison is built. Gorman has been working on another plan to possibly avoid the legal issue that Fisher has raised. He said if the U.S. Bureau of Prisons agrees to take ownership of the facility and con- tract with Cornell to operate it, the legal bar against the prison would be removed. As it stands now, Cornell proposes to build a million prison and has contracted with the federal Bureau of Prisons to supply the inmates. Please see A9 Well explodes at elderly couple's Pittsburgh home From Minor staff and wire reports PITTSBURGH In a scene famil- iar to Lakemont area residents, a buildup of naturally occurring gas from the soil was blamed for a well explosion that leveled a suburban home Saturday, injuring four peo- ple, one critically. The explosion in Cfflara Township was sparked when two workers were replacing the waterluie, state Department of Environmental Protec- tion spokeswoman Betsy Mallison said, adding that the gas has leaked into the well for years. Robert Stauffer was listed in criti- cal condition with burns to 50 per- cent of his.body, hut his wife, Phyllis, was treated and released, according to a spokesman at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Please see A9 COMING TUESDAY The Altoona Mirror's annual homeroom listing special section will be inserted in Tuesday's newspaper. It will have listings (or the following schools: Altoona Area High School, Keilh Junior High, Roosevelt Junior High, Bellwood middle and high schools, Myers Elementary Bishop GulKoyle High School, Central High School, Spring Cove Middle School, Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary, Claysburg-Kimmel High School; Glendale Elementary, Glendale junior and senior high schools, Hollidaysburg Junior High School, Hollldaysburg Senior High School, Norton Bedford Elementary; Northern Bedford Middle School, Northern Bedford High School, Penn Cambria Middle School, Penn Cambria High School, St. John's Elementary Tyrone elementary, middle and high schools, Williams burg Elementary. Williamsburg High School. Web could help group track domestic violence From Mirror staff and wire reports When it conies to counting victims of deadly domestic violence incidents, a Berks County group hopes a Web site can assist Pennsylvania counties in offering a more accurate picture of what's happening. Saying there is a disturbing trend of vic- tims being overlooked, the Berks Women in Crisis has created,, a Web site designed to list county-by-county informa- tion on deadly domestic violence incidents. "During the course of our research to bet- ter understand the toll of domestic violence on Berks County, we discovered glaring and shocking inconsistencies between Pennsyl- vania's major tools to track domestic vio- said Rachelle Kucera Mehra, execu- tive director of Berks Women in Crisis. Please see A6 Subscription or home delivery questions'. 946-7480 or (800) 2874480 ii 3 I Lottery numbers, A2 Occasional showers, Forecast, A2 CHAFB45ES aeooaa "FURNITURE FREE OF ANY INTEREST Lane Wall Saver Rediner Retail Sale Opon Todny Mon.-Frl. 0-0, National news Strange Brew A4 A9 Newsmakers Obituaries Politics A4.5 Transportation A7 1 Outdoors A9 Scoreboard Astrograph Movies B3 j Puzzle Travel AS D4 D6 CDs, Mutuals E4 Couples .Yesteryear G2 O3 ;