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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY LIFE: MTV’s celebrating 20 years on air / DI contest Pick winner of Sunday's race / EL Kids, get the scoop on ice cream 'jiL page D3Altoona mirror 0 Copyright 2001MONDAY, JULY 30, 2001 Cameras roll on streets By Tiffany Shaw surf Writer Don’t be paranoid — those eyes in the sky aren’t watching you as you drive down Interstate 99,17th Street or Plank Road. The eye is nothing more than a video camera that eventually will be used to monitor traffic and congestion problems. Twelve to 14 cameras are being installed in the Altoona area and will be connected by fiber optic cable to monitors in the PennDOT District 9 office in Hollidaysburg. Many drivers who notice the cameras for the first time probably wonder what the devices are filming. But PennDOT is not zooming in on particular drivers. “They are not for enforcement or surveillance. They are for us to use to gather information in somewhat heavy traffic areas,’’ PennDOT spokeswoman Kelly Whitaker said. The video camera systems used by PennDOT differ dramatically from red-light traffic cam eras, which are drawing a lot of attention and outcry across the country. At least 50 cities use the traffic system, in which cameras snap photos of vehicles that drive through red lights. Then the registered owners are sent citations. That system is illegal in Pennsylvania, said state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona. Chairman of the state House Transportation Committee, Geist and other members took a trip to Baltimore this spring to see the red-light cameras in action. The committee may have hearings on the subject later this year in Philadelphia, which has expressed interest in using the cameras to enforce stoplight laws. Although the cameras may have a positive effect on driving safety, the problem is caused when revenue is raised in the process of enforcing laws, Geist said. Please see Cameras/Page A6 50$ newsstand A camera mounted on a light post on 17th Street will monitor traffic and potential congestion problems on the busy thoroughfare. Don’t worry* it’s illegal in Pennsylvania to use the cameras to catch motorists violating traffic rules. Mirror photo by Jason Sip*THEY’RE COMING! A pack of cyclists rolls over 12th Avenue during the 2000 Tour de Toona. The 2001 event begins Tuesday w ith the Altoona Mirror Time Trial. INSIDE TODAY A preview of the week’s racing and a look at last year’s results inside a special Tour de Toona supplement —free inside today’s Mirror. Tew Pe Toena 2001 THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE Tuesday: Altoona Mirror Time Trial. Pro men start at 6 p.m. pro women start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Crown American Johnstown Circuit Road Race. Pro men start at 9 a.m.; pro women start at 1 p.m. Thursday: Pontiac GMC Hollidaysburg Circuit Road Race. Pro men start at 9 a.m.; pro women start at 1 p.m. Friday: Hoss’s Circuit Road Race. Pro men start at 8 a m.; pro women start at 10:15 a.m. Saturday: Verizon Pro-Am Road Race Pro men start at 8 a.m.; pro women start at 8:10 a.m. Sunday: Coca-Cola Fresca Criterium. Pro men start at 1 p.m.; pro women start at 3 p.m. For more information on this year's races, please see Page 6 of our special Tour de 'Toona supplement. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes OUR COVERAGE Each day of the 2001 Tour de 'Toona. the Mirror’s photography, news and sports staffs will bring you complete coverage of the events with stories of the people behind the races as well as the results and the winners. COMING TUESDAY: Cyclists discuss how to become a professional and if the Tour is facilitating an emergence of pro cyclists in this area. COMING WEDNESDAY: A growing body of research shows spending too much time on bicycle seats can cause fertility problems for male cyclists. Riders share what precautions they take. COMING THURSDAY: After a two-year struggle in State College. Johnstown seems to embrace the event. A look at why the attitude is different there. Altoona resurrecting Main Street program By William Kibler Staff Writer The Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. is getting ready to revive the Main Street program for downtown — even if die state doesn’t come through with $80,000 in seed money. In a few weeks, GAEDC will advertise for a Main Street manager — tentatively called manager of commercial reinvestment — to be hired as soon as the fall. GAEDC is looking for someone •with education and experience in economic development, marketing and retailing; someone with a vision for adaptive reuse of buildings; someone who can work with governments, agencies and businesses; someone who can coordinate events and get things happening in places like the Southern Alleghenies Art Museum, the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Heritage Plaza and the Heritage Discovery Center, Executive Director Pat Miller said. Please see Program/Page A5 You talked; we listened Based on responses to a comics feedback line, Alley Oop and Frank & Ernest return to the Mirror today. Since Alley Oop is a continuing strip, we will run two each day this week to catch up. For that reason, the TV question-and-answer feature that normally runs at the bottom of the comics page will not appear this week. It will return Aug. 6. The Mirror thanks all the callers for their responses. Mellon customers urged not to leave PITTSBURGH (AP) - The chairman of Citizens Financial Group wants Mellon customers worrit'd about the takeover of that institution’s branches not to worry and not to leave — he knows how to run a bank. “We’re a really good retail bank and a good business bank,” Larry Fish said. “And we don’t do much else.” In fact, he said, the change could be good news for Mellon customers, who may see more competitively priced products in the months to come. Announced two weeks ago, Citizens Financial, based in Rhode Island, plans to purchase Mellon’s retail and small-busi-ness banking businesses in four states — including Pennsylvania, where Mellon is based — for $2.1 billion. The deal will make Citizens, the U.S. arm of Royal Bank of Scotland Group, one of the nation’s 20 largest commercial banks. Please see Mellon/Page A6 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 ' '22910 00050 a 1    I BIO FOUR 9    17    3 I Lottery numbers. A2 WEATHER Mostly cloudy, 76° ■ Forecast. A2 □ local Business Movies Obituaries Opinion SPORTS Local Scoreboard A7 A5 A9 A8 B4 B5 Q nation Classifieds    C3-10 E LIFE Comics    D5 Community news    D2 Puzzles    D4 Television    D4 INSIDE IN NATIDN Most Americans believe children are more spoiled than they used to be, and two-thirds of parents surveyed believe they spoil their own children. PAGE Cl ;

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