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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania the Rlair f'r»i intl/ Art Taneyhill, 5 others will join Blair Hall next April I rial ti am INSIDE TODAY SPORTS Ripken shines in American League victory / LIFE: Cool off this summer with a glass of iced tea /DIAltana Mirror © Copyright 2001WEDNESDAY, JULY ll, 2001 500 newsstand Ban on hunting columns pursued ■ Animal activists ask newspaper editors not to publish pieces that focus on killing wildlife. From Mirror staff and capitolwire.com reports HARRISBURG - Outdoors columns in newspapers should focus more on the outdoors and less on killing animals, according to an animal rights group taking aim at media coverage of hunting. The Maryland-based Fund for Animals sent a letter to about 2,000 daily newspapers across the country asking editors to stop publishing outdoors columns on their sports pages that focus on hunting or trapping animals. “Hunting is not a sport,” the letter reads, adding that it is absurd that such killing is glorified in any outdoors columns. The three-page letter, signed by FFA Program Coordinator Norm Phelps, asks that outdoors columns appearing in newspapers focus on outdoors activities such as “camping, wildlife watching, nature photography and similar activities” rather than hunting. • “People who do to dogs and cats what hunters do to deer, geese, doves and squirrels are prosecuted for animal cruelty, referred for psychiatric evaluation or both — and rightly so,” wrote Phelps, who characterizes hunting as “legalized cruelty to animals.” Some local hunters said if the Mirror agreed to drop outdoors columns dealing with hunting, they would miss reading such columns. “I read John Kasun’s columns and Shirley Grenoble’s columns, so I would definitely miss the chance to read those articles,” hunter Randy Whetstone of Claysburg said. “And as a newspaper, you would be doing a disservice to your readership if you dropped those columns. Please see Columns/Page A7 CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Mirror file photo by Kelly Bennett Penn State University student Bei Zhu examines watercolor paintings during a late-day shower at last year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. State College readies for event, hopes to prevent another riot By Dan Lewerenz The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE — Magicians, musicians and artists of all stripes will converge here today for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. But as State College celebrates the festival’s 35th year, the community also is bracing for the weekend, hoping to avoid a repeat of riots that marred the festival two of the last three summers. “Every arts festival weekend night has been very busy. We have to put on extra staff, we have a lot of alcohol abuse, and we have for a number of years,” State College Police Chief Thomas King said. “But prior to ’98, we always seemed to have the staff to deal with it.” Please see Festival/Page A3 AT A GLANCE What: 35th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Where: State College and Penn State University When: Through Sunday Admission: Most festival events are free, but a special $5 button is required for admission. Parking: Available throughout State College and University Park. A special festival shuttle runs from Beaver Stadium parking lots. Parking is $5 per day on stadium lots Some Wednesday events: 9 to 10 a m. — Dance Academy at Festival Shell Stage 10 a.m. to 3 pm. — Children and Youth Day Sidewalk Sale on South Allen Street 10 a m. to 3 p m. — Children’s Craft Workshop at Schlow Library 10 a m to 3 p.m. — WPSX-TV Storytime on Old Main Lawn 11:30 a rn to 12:30 p m. — National Marionette Theatre presents “Beauty and the Beast" at Schwab Auditorium (button required). Also at 2 p.m. 12:15 to 1:15 pm. — John Taylor at Central Parklet Stage 1 to 2 p m. — Two of a Kind at Omega Bank Allen Street Stage 1 to 2 p.m. — Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop at Festival Shell Stage 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Fiddle Fantastick at Central Parklet Stage 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Kathy & Gary at Festival Shell Stage 3 to 4 p m. — Twilight of the Gods 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Centre Dance at Festival Shell Stage 5 to 6 p.m. — Favorite Poems Project at Omega Bank Allen Street Stage 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — 35th Central Pa. Festival bf the Arts: A Community Celebration on South Allen Street 7 to 8 p.m. — Simple Gifts Duo children's show at Memorial Field (button required). 8:30 to 10 p.m. — Amazing Feats of Comedy by Michael Rosman at Memorial Field (button required), Anti-bias law must apply to charities ■ Bush nixes proposal to allow religious groups to discriminate against gays in hiring practices. By Frank Brim and Elizabeth Becker Sew York Times News Service WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Tuesday declined a request from the Salvation Anny, the nation’s largest charity, to exempt religious charities that receive federal money from local laws that bar discrimination against homosexuals. The decision came on the same day that the charity’s request was made public in an article in The Washington Post, which obtained an internal Salvation Army document that asserted the administration already had made a com mitment to the charity’s request. That revelation outraged some civil rights groups and lawmak ers and raised fresh questions about one of President Bush’s top legislative priorities. It also threatened to amplify perceptions among many voters that Bush was catering too slavishly to his conservative base. Although administration officials said around midday that they were considering the Salvation Army’s request, the White House announced early Tuesday night that it had decided to deny it. The announcement followed a flurry' of meetings and telephone calls Tuesday afternoon between Bush’s senior aides, who said they had not been aware of the charity’s request until the news of it broke. As soon as it became known, lawmakers who could play a key role in the congressional passage of Bush’s initiative to funnel more federal money to religious groups that provide social services said that any such exemption seriously jeopardized the legislation. “It just puts a cloud over the president’s intention to expand a faith-based initiative and unfortunately might terminally wound it in Congress," said Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn. INSIDE ■ Conservatives are pushing for a constitutional amendment to make same-sex marriages illegal. PAGE Cl m Census 2000 data on same-sex partner households cannot be compared to 1990 statistics, the federal government says. PAGE C4 Work will start at the top of Red Hill and proceed toward the city it, bn % Traffic will be restricted to one lane during the work, except at the railroad mainline underpass, where it temporarily will be stopped. Motorists may want to avoid Mill Run Road This weeks planned resurfacing of Mill Run Road could cause some traffic headaches for area motorists. The project involves resurfacing miles of the road (rom Route 36 at Red Hill to Beale Avenue Work on the $435,838 project began Tuesday sd Route 36 and will proceed toward the city. The contractor, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., will be milling during evening and night hours and paving during the day. One lane will remain open during construction, except when work takes place through the tunnel at the railroad mainline underpass During work at the underpass, the road will be temporarily closed to traffic Traffic congestion also can be expected between the railroad underpass and Broad Avenue, an area where the road is narrow Motorists are advised to follow Route 36 between Red Hill and the city of Altoona to avoid delays. Most of the work is to take place over the next two weeks, with completion in early August. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington il/photo by Kelly Bennett Bedford government offices closed for last week of 2001 By Beth N. Gray For the Mirror BEDFORD — Nonessential Bedford County government offices will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. I Dei what county commissioners say is a cost-cutting measure that could save $12,000 to $15,000 in this cash-strapped year. Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. I remain paid holidays. Employees will have to take off Dec. 26-28 and 31 without pay unless they have unused vacation days to claim. Several department directors said many workers traditionally take vacation during that week. Commissioner Dick Rice estimated that most of the savings likely will be The shutdown is expected to save the cash-strapped county between $12,000 and $15,000. in utility costs and outlays for maintenance such as snowplowing parking lots and cleaning offices. Essential services, including the 911 center and county jail, will remain staffed, and those employees will be paid their regular rates. Prothonotary-Clerk of Courts Cathy Fetter said her office will remain open in case court is sched- itfMMHHi MM- DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 71122910 00050 ^ 4 BIG FOUR 2    6    3    9 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Scattered showers. IT M Forecast, A2 V Altoona itJtrror [THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for of JVI J, IV I CL J I. % * - 4    J.    *    I    I    * and Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 □ local QI NATION Business A9 Classifieds C4-14 Movies All Obituaries A13 QI LIFE Opinion A8 SPORTS Comics D5 Local B4 Community news Puzzles D2 D4 Scoreboard B5 JR Television D4 uled. The holidays are a busy for filing protection-from-abuse orders her office handles. The register-recorder’s office maintains a skeleton crew during the last week of December, Register-Recorder Faith Zembower said. She urged attorneys and real estate brokers to take note of the closing because they often file sales documents at year’s end for tax purposes. Commissioner Ira Claycomb said the notice was given now so people who do business with the county can plan ahead. Children and Youth Services maintains a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a week on-call schedule at all times, Please see Office/Page All - -■ . INSIDE IN NATION The Senate approved $6.5 billion more this year for defense and other programs Tuesday. PAGE Cl ;

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