Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 22, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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500 newsstandChief says PIM may shut down
By Jay Young
Staff Writer The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s top man says the 88-year-old organization is exploring the possibility of shutting down, a move that would forever change high school sports in Pennsylvania.
President Wally Blucas told the Mirror
he informed the association’s executive stair this week that the PIAA’s chief legal counsel is examining the legal impact of such a move.
“We’re going to have to look at the worst case scenario," Blucas said Friday.
When asked if the PIAA can be saved, Blucas paused.
"I don’t think I'm in a position to say that's possible, given the recommenda
tions turning into mandates and becoming essentially law," he said.
Blucas cited as reasons four years of deficits and the ongoing legislative review, partially sparked by the decision to move the 19% football championships from Altoona to Hershey.
Blucas comments came a week after a state legislative committee issued its first
progress report on PIAA operations since the state Senate ordered annual reviews of the troubled association.
The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found that PIAA spent $8,7 million last year but had revenues of only SH I million and found that it awarded several expensive, noncompetitive contracts, among other problems.
Blucas’ comments came as a surprise to area leaders, including Altoona’s PIAA representative. District 6 representative Stanley Bern declined to comment Friday night because he was unaware of the announcement because a meeting of PIAA board members in which the issue was discussed this week was optional Please see Pl A A/Page A4
WAR ON TERRORISM
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Hoaxes net 58 arrests
■ Government issues warning that anthrax threats are violations that won’t be tolerated.
By Karen Gi’LLo The Associated ITess
WASHINGTON — Postal worker Clarence Lindsey allegedly scrawled “ANTHRAX INCLOSED" on a package at his job as a joke, but authorities found no humor in the misspelling or the deed.
The Illinois man was indicted and, if convicted, could face up to Five years in jail.
Lindsey is one of 58 people nationwide arrested and charged in connection with an thrax hoaxes or threats since the anthrax scare began after Sept. ll, the U.S. Postal Service said.
Of the total, 30 face federal charges, 28 state charges.
Many are alleged to have taken advantage of the public’s fear of the deadly bacteria either to settle a score or pull off a prank.
It’s no laughing matter, authorities say.
“It’s kind of like yelling fire in a crowded theater,’’ said Dan Mil-halko, postal service inspector. “There’s been too many warnings for people to say, ’I was just kidding.’”
Five people have been convicted, Milhalko said. He said he did not know the precise sentences, but they were getting jail time and also may face fines.
On Friday, the FBI released the names of 14 people charged in what the bureau considered “notable” anthrax hoax cases and added a warning: “We will not tolerate these serious violations of federal law,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said.
Those arrested for anthrax hoaxes have been charged with obstructing the mail, threatening to use weapons of mass destruction and using the mail to send threatening communications.
The maximum penalty carried by each federal charge is five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
Lindsey, 52, of suburban Bellwood, 111., had been a postal worker for 31 years when he was indicted on charges of placing threatening material in the mail.
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Mirror photos by Gary M Baranec
ike Maher, an Altoona postal carrier, dresses as Santa Claus to deliver mail on his route. Above: Barbara Kimberley of Eldorado sends her Christmas wishes to Maher. Maher, who started this tradition eight years ago, said his customers enjoy the jolly service.
Combined deer hunting season results in 3 deaths, 12 injuries
From Mirror staff and wire reports
PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s first combined buck- and doe-hunting season in a century had little effect on the number of accidents this year, game officials said Friday.
Three people were killed and 12 injured during the two-week hunting season, compared with 19 injuries and one fatality last year, Game Commission
spokesman Jerry Teaser said.
The average number of accidents during the past seven years was 18 and the average number of fatalities was two.
“I’m happy to see the results,” said Ray Martin of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. “We would like to see it go lower, but it says a lot for our sportsmen and women”’
The only hunting accident reported
during deer season in this area was in Huntingdon County.
Game Commission Regional Supervisor Don Parr said the accident occurred when a passenger in a vehicle driving on state forest lands spotted a deer, left the vehicle and attempted to fire a round at the deer across the roof of the vehicle.
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More in Pa. have no heat
By Mark Leherhngkr
Twice as many Pennsylvanians are without natur a1 gas or electric service going into winter than last year, according to a state report
State regulators are urging those consumers to contact their utility companies to help restore heat before a serious cold snap hits
And that serious cold snap could be around the corner. said Mark Bacon, an AccuWeather meteorologist in State College.
“The mild weather is over,” he said.
Slightly below normal temperatures are expected through the end of the month, with colder conditions expected in January.
The state Public Utility Commission said more than 12,000 Pennsylvanians were without service when the state’s gas and electric utilities were sur veyed last week. Most of those residents are in homes heated by natural gas, a commodity that hit high prices last winter.
The annual PUC Cold Weather Survey shows 343 disconnected households are served by Dominion Peoples, while another 125 households without service are served by GPU Energy, a FirstEnergy company.
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