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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 31, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania IN NATION: PLATFORM OPENS TO GIVE PUBLIC VIEW OF WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE ► PAGE Cl • Y • IU Steelers clinch home-field advantage despite lossAltona mirror © Copyright 2001 ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■HiMONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002 500 newsstandSafety advocates’ drunken driving fears spike on New Year’sARIA PROGRAMS Area companies are sponsoring designated-driving programs to promote safety New Year's Eve. ■ 'Take a Cab, We’ll Pay the Tab,” (888) 694-9996 ■ “Get Towed," 946-1939 or 944-7928. ■ “Coffee Break for Designated Drivers" free coffee and doughnuts PAGE A8 By Judy Holland Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON — Safety advocates say they are worried that heavier drinking linked to Sept. ll anxieties may make the New Year’s holiday a particularly lethal time to be on the road. “Mental health experts tell us that people are going to use alcohol to try to calm their fears about the world." said Millie I. Webb, 54, of Franklin. Term., national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "Our concern is that these same people will choose to get out on the roadway after drinking," she said. “We have no control over the terrorists, but there is a terrorist among us that we can stop, and that is the drunk driver. This is one crime, unlike ter nor ism, that is IOO percent preventable.” Highway safety advocates already are on alert because of a nearly 2 percent spike in alcohol-related traffic fatalities last year when alcohol linked driving deaths rose to 16,853, compared with 15,976 in 1999. according to the National Highway Safety Administration The jump in drunk driving fatalities fob lows a five-year period in which the statistics had leveled off after falling steadily from the 198<)s to the mid-1990s. Auto traffic will be about the same this season as it was last year, according to the American Automobile Association, with about 42 million people hitting the road between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Mental health officials say they are wor ried some Americans will respond to stress from the attacks by medicating themselves with alcohol and other drugs. “People are looking for an escape," said Mark Weber, director of communications Please see Spike/Page AS KWANZAA CELEBRATION Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett Members of the Senior Choir sing during the Kwanzaa Celebration Sunday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Fifth Ave. The celebration was held on the day of Nia (purpose). Left: Kaila Taylor (front), 13, and Paige Lightner, 9, dance with a group during the celebration. The Kwanzaa Celebration included worship, spoken word, prayer, songs by the Senior Choir and Voices of Zion and dance. Michelle Jones of Duncansville lights one of the candles of the Seven Principles, which include: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibilityI Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imam (faith). 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But he would not provide further specifics about the deal, which followed long and complicated negotiations with the peacekeepers and among different factions of the Afghan leadership. Abdullah also said Sunday that U.S. airstrikes would be needed “as long as terrorist cells are in Afghanistan.” The first deployment of peacekeepers — British Royal Marines — arrived days before the Dec. 22 inauguration of a six-month administration. But discussions had bogged down over how many more troops will come and what their duties will be. Some within Afghanistan’s interim Cabinet wanted as many as 5,000 peacekeepers with a visible, proactive role. Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim, however, thought international troops should be limited to 1,000 and perform peacekeeping duties with a low profile. Please see Accord/Page A8 Recession takes toll on business NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Samawova slumped out of the state unemployment office, stared down at the pavement and reminisced about the good old days when the economy was sweet. “I wish I’d graduated last year,” groaned Samawova, who has netted more than IOO rejection letters from potential employers, but not a single job offer since earning a degree from Syracuse University in May. “Last year, I found a summer job, and it was easy. I just went in, and I got the job,” said Samawova, who is 22 and trained as a studio technician. “I went back, and they said now they don’t have any openings.” Samawova joins scores of Americans — including the newest entrants to the job market as well as the most experienced veterans — confronting a harsh new reality. As the curtain comes down on 2001, they’ve been written out of the script for an econom- vear iii review ic drama that suddenly has more actors than parts. 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