Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Charity gifts getting a boost
By JoAnn Lomglio
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - Every Thanksgiving. United Way of Pennsylvania President Tom Foley and his family help at a soup kitchen or shelter, but this year was different.
“We’ve always found somewhere we were needed that day,” he said. “But so many people were out there volunteering that for the first time, nobody needed our help."
Foley sees that as a hopeful sign for the state of charitable giving, despite the economic slowdown and the terrorist attacks that have left many Americans scared about the future.
Most Pennsylvania charities said they will not have a clear picture until early next year of how they fared this holiday season — a crucial time for fund raising but many see a reason for optimism.
They point to a recent study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which examined 13 major events of terrorism, war or political or economic crisis during the past 60 years and found people typically become more generous in trying times.
But researchers were quick to point out that because the Sept. ll attacks were unparalleled in American history, ifs unwise to make any assumptions.
“There was an unprecedented amount of charitable giving — $1 billion according to some figures — after Sept. ll in every community across America," Foley said. “If people feel less secure about their job security, will they tighten their belts more? It may be three, six, nine months before we know the answer, but that’s where the anxiety lies.”
Pennsylvanians also are not among the top of the list for philanthropy — ranking 20th in adjusted gross income but 38th in the percentage of that income given to charities, according to 1998 IRS data collected by the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics. Pennsylvanians give 1.7 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity, below the 2 percent national average.
The Bread and Roses Community Fund, a Philadelphia social justice group, has seen “a little bump up" in donations, executive director Christie Balka said.
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60 years later
Mirror photos by Gary M Baranec
Above: Pearl Harbor survivors John Daley (left) of Johnstown, who served in the infantry, and Hyman Diekman of Cresson, a mechanic during the attack on the Hawaiian base, sit on the steps of the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg Friday for a tribute to Pearl Harbor. Below: Army Col. Nicholas G. Psaki, 83, of Hollidaysburg speaks to students of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center at an assembly Friday.
Community honors survivors of attack on Pearl Harbor
By Linda Hudkins
For the Mirror
EBENSBURG — John Daley is an old man now, but the details of the surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor 60 years ago remain clear in his mind.
“I could shut my eyes and see me right there just as plain as day," he said Friday after a commemorative cerem-ony On the Cambria County Courthouse plaza. “I experienced what was to be the beginning of World War II."
Scores of county workers, townsfolk and passersby gathered for nearly 90 minutes of patriotic songs, speeches by current and past military' personnel and prayers by local ministers. The event was organized by Ebensburg resident and twice-wounded World War II veteran Charles Vizzini.
“I was standing in chow line” waiting for breakfast, said Daley, a resident of Johnstown’s Moxham neighborhood.
"Over there, you always see the airplanes,” he said, explaining no
one expected that the planes would drop bombs, killing thousands.
His initial reaction was amazement, which later turned to anger, he said.
The days after the attack were filled with uncertainty, Daley said.
“The first couple nights, you were afraid to go out,” he said.
“Our own guys were patrolling around,” he said. “But everybody was trigger-happy, so the safest place
to be was in the barracks.”
While parallels have been drawn between the surprise air attacks 60 years ago on Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. ll, Daley said, “There is no comparison.”
In Afghanistan, he said, “It’s a completely different kind of war” and one that’s too technical for him because of the “sophisticated weapons.”
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WAR ON TERRORISM ► Pages Cl ,2
Taliban collapse in exit
■ New Afghan leader says Omar must be arrested.
By Kathy Gannon The Asstxiated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan Taliban forces abandoned their last stronghold Friday without a fight but with their weapons, freeing Kandahar from the Islamic militia’s harsh grip. U.S. forces battled to block their escape, and Afghanistan's new leader vowed to arrest the fugitive Mullah Mohammed Omar.
In the east, American warplanes pounded the towering mountains around Tora Bora, where tribal commanders spotting a tall man on horseback and intercepting radio traffic inquiring about “the sheik" were increasingly certain Osama bin Laden was hiding.
Backing away from their vow to defend Kandahar to the death, the Taliban had agreed Thursday to hand their weapons to a tribal leader and surrender the city, the Taliban’s birthplace and last stand. But when tribal forces moved in Friday to implement the agreement, most of the Taliban were gone and Omar’s whereabouts were unknown, said the new Afghan interim prime minister, Hamid Karzai.
Andrew Card, President Bush’s chief of stall", told reporters on Air Force One that U.S. officials didn’t think Omar had left Kandahar.
“We’re pretty sure he’s in Kandahar,” he said.
A report from one Pakistan news service with a correspondent in Kandahar said Omar and his spokesman were still in the city, where rival factions were quarreling over control.
Karzai vowed to arrest Omar if the Afghans can find him, after the United States made clear it would accept no deal allowing him to remain free.
"The Taliban ran away with their weapons,” Karzai said. “The leaders and the soldiers, they have all run away from the city.”
Gen. Tommy Franks, chief of the U.S. Central Command, said U.S. forces were blocking Taliban troops fleeing from the city, using ground and air forces. He didn’t give details.
“We have engaged forces who are leaving Kandahar with their weapons,” he said in Tampa, Fla.
Some residents, however, reported some departing Taliban turned in their weapons. I/)oting and gunfire were reported in some parts, but by nightfall, a commander overseeing the handover said peace had returned.
“The process of surrender has been completed, and now the city is calm and peaceful," Haji Bashar said.
U.S. warplanes bombed areas around the city — presumably pockets of resistance or Taliban and al-Qaida fighters trying to escape.
“As we see emerging targets and we see good opportunities, we’re going after them,” Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said.
Please see Tallban/Page A7No prison sentence for former CIA agent in road-rage case
By Phil Ray
HOLLIDAYSBURG - A former CIA agent was spared a prison sentence Friday on road-rage charges after he told a Blair County judge he reacted angrily in April when his truck was passed by another truck during a rainstorm.
Robert L. Horton, 62, of Everett will spend six months on the electronic monitoring program, which means probation
officers will know where he is at all times.
Judge Jolene G. Kopriva also sentenced Horton to 500 hours of community service and to attend anger-management classes. He also is not to possess weapons during the six-month period.
“It was an unfortunate incident. I reacted angrily. It never happened before, and it will never happen again,” Horton, a Blair County real-estate agent, told the judge.
Kopriva responded, “You made more than an error of judgment. You made moreRobert L. Horton of Everett will spend six months on the electronic monitoring system.
than a mistake. This is serious, serious criminal behavior.”
According to charges against Horton, he was driving in the Hollidaysburg area
about 8:30 p.m. April 15. Another truck passed his truck during a heavy rainstorm, and Horton said he became upset by the speed the individual was driving.
He followed the driver, an 18-year-old Lakemont resident, to Different Strokes Billiards on Route 764. Horton entered the pool hall waving a handgun and ordered the 18-year-old to the floor.
He kicked the teen-ager on the hip and slapped him in the head while holding the gun within inches of the back of the vic
Court records show Horton threatened to shoot off various parts of the victim’s body including his nose.
Horton then struck the victim with a pool cue.
“You kicked him. You called him names. You hit him with a pool cue because he was driving too fast in the rain?” Kopriva asked in disbelief.
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