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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Taking a closer look at the Penguin trade Life: Identity theft becoming more common problemAltona mirror© Copyright 2001    TUESDAY,    JANUARY    16,    2001    SOO    newsstand School makes digital pitch ■ Spring Cove is one of six finalists for $5 million grants. From Mirror staff and wire reports MARTINSBURG — The Spring Cove School District is staking its claim today for one of two $5 million grants that the state will award for the purpose of “reinventing education through the use of technology.” Spring Cove is one of six finalists still vying for the digital school district grants with a presentation in Harrisburg. Students, parents, teachers and administrators from the finalist districts are in Harrisburg today and Wednesday to present their plans to an expert panel. The panelists will judge each presentation and select the two schools to become Pennsylvania's first digital school districts. The other finalist school districts are the Carlisle School District, Cumberland County; Franklin Regional School District, Westmoreland County; Hatboro-Horsham School District, Montgomery County; Owen J. Roberts School District, Chester County; and Quaker Valley School District, Allegheny County. Some of the ideas proposed by the six finalists include educational and training programs available to students, teachers and the community 24 hours per day and every day of the year, customized lesson plans for every student and constant access by parents to academic information about their children, such as attendance, course selections, schedules and grades. Spring Cove has teamed up with Penn State University and Schoolwires Inc. of State College to draft a proposal that will “make learning available anywhere, anytime, at your fingertips,” Superintendent James Scott said. Specifically, Spring Cove’s digital school district would enable each student to gain access to the best educators in the world. Students could interact with other students, as well as academic and professional experts from around the world. In addition, parents would have the ability to interact with their children’s teachers, as well as monitor their children’s activities at any time. Please see Digital/Page A8 Blair COP rift reopens ■ Political experts feel county unity is needed to choose a potential candidate for Shuster’s House seat. By William Kiblfr Staff Writer A long-standing rift in the Blair County Republican party is starting to rear its head in the behind-the-scenes race to fill the 9th District congressional seat being vacated by Bud Shuster. Blair County Republican Chairman John Eichelberger, a potential candidate for the House seat, said this week that supporters of Shuster’s son, Bill, may be using “strong-arm” tactics to get the Republican nomination for the seat. The Shuster camp quickly denied the accusations. A divided Blair County GOP could lessen the chances of a Blair candidate grabbing the nomination at an upcoming mini-convention. Several area political experts have said county unity and the ability to build coalitions will be the key when the Republicans get together to choose their candidate. Eichelberger has been a longstanding critic of Bud Shuster, dating back to the mid-1990s when the elder Shuster supported other candidates in a county commissioner race that Eichelberger eventually won. He said he suspects the Shuster family and backers such as state Sen. Pro Tem Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair, and lobbyist Ann Eppard have been reminding people of old favors and promising new favors in exchange for the votes they’ll need in a mini-convention of district delegates to choose a candidate. But Jubelirer, arguably Blair County’s most powerful Republican and a longtime Shuster ally, said that’s nonsense. “There are no favors, no chits, nothing,” he said. “He’s dead wrong." Eichelberger is adamant. “If you can come from a position of power and call in chits or promise other things to people and control three, four, five or six county chairmen, you can control the votes for this election,” he said. “The bottom line is a lot of people involved in the party process — the county chairmen — resent trying to have their arms twisted.” Mifflin County Republican Chairman Rocco Soccio, whose county will take the largest number of delegates to the convention, said he’s not aware of any Shuster-driven pressure campaign. The Shuster camp hasn’t approached Mifflin County, which is neutral, he said. “We’ve never had any problems,” Soccio said. Jubelirer said he thinks Bill Shuster has become the frontrunner among about a dozen candidates and people are taking potshots at him. He added that Bud Shuster told him that he isn’t even making phone calls on his son’s behalf. Jubelirer said he’s disappointed with Eichelberger. He admitted there was a rift over Eichelberger’s Shuster criticism, but he said he and the commissioner had made peace and established a working relationship, which he hopes continues. It’s appears that the rift still exists as Eichelberger said it’s not surprising that the Shuster family would resort to pressure tactics because Bud Shuster has operated that way for years, calling in chits and promising favors to sway the outcomes of elections. Please see Rift/Page A8 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY Diversity focus of Penn State Altoona forum By Mia Rohart Staff Writer When Holly Gruss came from rural, homogeneous Forest Hills High School to Penn State Altoona as a freshman, she was not prepared for the diversity she encountered. “There were more minorities here then I ever had to deal with in my life, and quite frankly I was scared,” said Gruss, one of four students who spoke at the event. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings, the campus faculty hosted an event Monday to discuss diversity issues on campus. It was one of numerous events in the region. Gruss, a senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of the varsity women’s volleyball team, said she gained perspective on racial relations through a race and ethnicity sociology class, which she suggests be made mandatory for all stu dents. She also gained insight while serving as an orientation leader. Gruss, who has many friends from different backgrounds discuss racial issues comfortably and openly, said she has evolved since her freshman year. “The people who go to this school tend to be from areas where they didn’t have a whole lot of variety,” physics professor Gary Weisel said. Please see Diversity/Page A4 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Lynne Banks, Loretto, and Dennis Riegelnegg, Ebensburg, hold candles Monday during a prayer and reflection on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at St. Francis University. VITAMIN POPPING Public gets updated advice BY LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Call it vitamania: About 40 percent of Americans pop vitamin pills. But just how much of each vitamin does your body need? When does food provide enough? And how much is too much? A prestigious science group has just updated national guidelines on how much of every vitamin and mineral Americans should eat daily for good health — plus a never-before-compiled list of which popular megadose vitamins could harm them. But consumers will be hard-pressed to use the guidelines to make more nutritionally savvy food and supplement purchases. Don’t expect food labels to be updated with the new “recommended dietary allowances” any time soon. The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t begun considering whether to force vitamin bottles to list the safe upper doses. It may take questioning a dietitian to learn that more than 1,000 milligrams per day of vitamin E — or 1,500 international units — could cause uncontrolled bleeding. Or that many people over age 50 have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 from natural food sources and thus should eat fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals or a daily supplement to ensure they get 2.4 micrograms per day. Please see Vitamins/Page A8New vitamin guidelines Here are the recommended dietary allowances for selected vitamins and minerals, according to the Institute of Medicine. Vitamin A 900 micrograms for men, 700 for women found in carrots and other dark-colored vegetables and fruits, upper limit, 3,000 micrograms Vitamin C 75 milligrams for women, 90 for men; 8 ounces of orange juice yields a dayls supply smokers need 35 more milligrams upper limit, 2,000 milligrams — more can cause diarrhea Vitamin E 15 milligrams: upper limit, 1,000 milligrams, nigher levels risk uncontrolled bleeding Calciiim RDA for most adults, 1.000 milligrams daily for teen-agers 1,300 milligrams; for those over age 50. 1,200 milligrams highest food sources are dairy and calcium-fortified orange juice Iran 8 milligrams for men and postmenopausal women; premenopausal women need 18 milligrams, pregnant women 27 milligrams upper limit, 45 milligrams or stomach upset can occur Zinc 11 milligrams for men, 8 for women; upper limit, 40 milligrams — more can block absorption of another vital nutrient, copper Source Institute af Medicine Local restaurant evacuated because of possible gas leak By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Dream Restaurant at the intersection of Route 22 and Allegheny Street was evacuated Monday night, and as many as IO people were transported to area hospitals for treatment because of a possible gas leak. Brian Seiler, the chief of Hollidaysburg’s Phoenix Fire Department, said three area ambulance companies were called to the restaurant to transport those feeling the effects of the leak. While there may have been a minor leak of natural gas, Seiler said the biggest problem had more . MMM) HI I DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    2291000050    a BIG FOUR 7    0    #    0 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Partly sunny, 37° ■ Forecast, C2 HOT-A OS. dom We're white-hot! Altoona lHtrror I IHE GREmT COM8INATION I Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE CHEAT COMBINATE of and »C j ■ A' Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 □ local Q NATION Business A5 Classifieds C3-8 Hospitals A7 Obituaries A7 □ life Opinion A6 □ SPORTS Astrograph D2 High schools B4 Comics Puzzles D3 D2 Scoreboard B5 i Television D2 to do with carbon monoxide. The source of the leak or leaks as of late Monday had not been found. Restaurant general manager Calvin Russell said representatives of Dominions Peoples Gas Co. and a heating and refrigeration service were in the restaurant checking to determine the source. He predicted the restaurant will open today. Employee Dave Hite, who as part of his duties does the dish washing, said he noticed that a couple of the cooks at the restaurant were feeling “really bad.” He said he smelled gas. Please see Gas/Page A3 INSIDE HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE Because of the Martin Luther King Day holiday, stocks do not appear in today's Mirror. ;

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