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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altnona Mirror k. 4 © Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2001 $1.50 newsstand IN SPORTS I* Ravens, Giants face off in Super Bowl [J ^ Film fest offers movies with emotionmillion-dollar run in the 9th National parties may help fuel congressional challenge. By William Kibler Staff Writer Though it would be simplistic to say money is the main factor in determining who wins elections, statistics show that candidates who spend the most usually win. Yet it is possible that in the fight to replace U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, money might not be decisive. It is certainly not a big factor in the party nominations, which are being handled not by a traditional voter primary, but through selection by county and state political committees. And it might not be a major factor separating the parties in the special election if Republican candidate John Eichelberger Jr. is right, and the national parties will provide as much money as necessary for candidates to make their best case to voters. ■ GOP chairmen discuss special election Saturday / Page A14 It seems the national parties are willing to chip in — but they’re only going to pay if the money will make a difference. On the Republican side, the national party thinks it might not be necessary to kick in funds to help win because the GOP has such a big edge in the district — 58 percent of registered voters. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is allegedly $5 million in debt and probably can’t afford to help much, said Carl Forti of the National Republican Congressional Committee. The Republican committee, though, will keep a close watch on the race and could contribute as needed, he said. “Obviously, we’ll give the candidate full support,” Forti said. The national Democratic Party will help if likely nominee Scott Conklin can show he can win, said Shannon Bilger, Mifflin County Democratic chairman and chair man of the meeting at which the district’s county committees recommended Conklin. Conklin already has demonstrated his ability to compete in a Republican-dominated area by unsuccessful, but impressive, showings in tries for the state House and state Senate, Bilger said. If Conklin makes the same 20-percent inroad into Republican votes that he made in the state Senate race, he’ll win, Bilger said. Please see Million/Page A6 Last of four parts THE SPECTER OF SPRAWL ► For complete report, please see Pages A9-11 Today Arguments for and against smart growth Wanted: Customers with giant appetites By Mike Emery Staff Writer In its 35-year history, the Super Bowl has grown into a super social event. The Lombardi Trophy and the Pizza Party Pack now go hand in hand. Without the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game, however, the Super Bowl does not generate the same level of party mentality locally — a fact that keeps Super Bowl Sunday from being a boon for local businesses. As the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants prepare to square off today in Super Bowl XXXV, local grocers, watering holes and pizza parlors are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday with a blitz of food and drink specials. Super Bowl parties are being hosted in homes, taverns and night clubs throughout the area. But from the standpoint of local business owners, it’s not the same without the Steelers vying for their fifth NFL championship and playing in their sixth Super Bowl. “In my 20 years in the pizza business, the single busiest day I’ve experienced was Super Bowl Sunday [1996] when the Steelers played the Cowboys,” said Steve Dinicola, owner of Steve-O’s Pizza in Duncansville. Please see Wanted/Page A14 More plans may cover birth control ■ Local insurers say federal ruling should speed trend of paying for contraceptives. By Kevin Ott Staff Writer A December ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could result in greater coverage of contraceptives in employer-offered health plans across the nation. But local health-insurance providers said the ruling may be unnecessary. The ruling is an enforcement of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a law adopted by Congress in 1978. The PDA states discrimination based on pregnancy constitutes sex discrimination. Now many businesses that offer coverage of drugs that prevent illnesses also must offer coverage of birth control. Contraceptives, the EEOC ruling said, prevent pregnancy in the same manner that other medications prevent other medical conditions. Please see Change/Page A14 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    2291000150    1 BIG FOUR 3    7    •    3 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 33° ■ Forecast, B2 Altoona Mirror [the great combination^ Call us today...Make money today. Ask for the GREAT COM RI [NATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and 1E G » Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547_ J > □ “KAI. £3 SPORTS Q BUSINESS Crime/accidents A13 Outdoors C9 Stocks E2f3 Hospitals A13 Ohituarips A13 Scoreboard C8 CDs, Mutuals E4 vyUllUui iww ^ Opinion A8 Q* Q CLASSIFIED HI NATION I IIIN# '•'if! Astrograph D4 Movies D3 Puzzle D4 £] COMMUNITY NEWS Newsmakers BG Couples Q2 Strange Brew B5 I Travel D6 Yesteryear Q3 jt i Altoona’s Knickerbocker area is a classic example of traditional neighborhood development, where many daily needs are within walking distance. There’s a fine line between promoting, managing or hindering development. It’s a line that local officials are looking at now. GROWING CONCERNS ometimes it seems there are as many viewpoints about sprawl as there are neon lights on Pleasant Valley Boulevard. And the debate can get spirited and contusing. For example, when talking about sprawl, the liberals vant to conserve and the conservatives to liberate, liberals want to save traditional ways of city and town iving threatened by recent development patterns. Conservatives want to keep the forces of progress and hange unfettered. Yet liberals who hate suburbs are true to traditional orm in claiming government regulation can fix the prob-3m. And the conservatives who like suburbs are true to irm in wanting government to keep its hands off. Both sides claim the high ground on the subject of nature: the anti-sprawlers want to preserve open space and farmland from despoliation by developers. The sprawlers want to let the natural human desire for elbow room take its course. There are proponents of both arguments in Blair County, where the issue of sprawl is just starting to get a foothold. When they look for answers, they can turn to examples of successful growth in Blair County and across the state in Lancaster County. They are the movers and shakers who will help decide how the county grows and changes over the next generation. Some advocate strictly monitored growth, some advocate total freedom and some find a sensible compromise somewhere in between. Stories by William Kibler Photos by Kelly Bennett Graphics by Tom Worthington ll Layout/design by Ray Eckenrode Our shrinking a city ^1 suburbs Sprawl as a social phenomenon pf rj Jan. 7 Jan. 14 Jan. 21 How Blair County grew and how it’s developed Life in the city versus life in the suburbs ;

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