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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 31, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ' Jjirfrfcv* INSIDE TODAY UFI: Keeping kids occupied on the road / DI BUSINESS: Gardners shuts Blair stores IA7 rf. Ijjmfl*# Pirates deal Schmidt and Vander Wal page Bl Altoona mirror © Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2001 50$ newsstand Teen charged in blast ■ Cannon explosion killed a 9-year-old boy; 15-year-old accused of fireworks violation. By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - A 15-year-old boy whose homemade cannon blew apart and killed a young visitor from Delaware during a family Independence Day party July 3 will be charged in juvenile court with violating the Pennsylvania fireworks law. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman said Monday that the pipe, stuffed with black \ > vder and wadding, was used to shoot marbles. On the night that 9-year-old Kyle Dolan of Wilmington died, the galvanized pipe recoiled as it was fired, slipped under its bearings and traveled 40 yards through the air like a rocket, striking Kyle in the head, killing him instantly. Kyle and his parents, Kevin and Shelley Dolan of Wilmington, were visiting a home on the TCK) block of Pottsgrove Road, Logan Township The investigation, led by Logan Township police Sgt. Ron Heller, was complex because of a variety of circumstances. ■ It is not illegal for someone, including a teen-ager, to purchase up to 50 pounds of black powder, Heller said. The black powder used in the homemade cannon came from a friend of the 15-year-old. ■ Police were trying to determine whether the teen-ager was reckless or grossly negligent in his actions, a legal circumstance that would justify serious charges. The investigation determined he was not. Heller and Logan Township police Chief Steve Jackson said the 15-year-old tried to take steps to limit the danger to the group at the outdoor party by placing the cannon behind an old oak tree. Please see Blast/Page A4 Logan Township police Sgt. Ron Heller displays the homemade cannon that killed Kyle Dolan, 9, of Wilmington, Del., while he w as visiting relatives in Altoona July 3. Mirror photo by Bob Kasun FUEL ECONOMY Efficiency may come with price BY H. JOSEF HEBERT The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Technologies exist to boost automobile fuel economy substantially over the next IO to 15 years but not without difficult trade-offs, including more traffic deaths, a National Academy of Sciences report concludes. The findings are expected to be pivotal in a congressional debate unfolding this week in the House. On Wednesday, lawmakers are to debate whether to increase the fuel economy requirements for cars and sport utility vehicles as part of a broader energy bill. President Bush has said he wanted to await the academy’s findings before deciding whether to seek tougher federal standards for automakers. The academy report, a summary of which was obtained by The Associated Press, indicates cost-effective increases in fuel efficiency of cars and sport utility vehicles are achievable without dramatic reductions in vehicle size and weight. But the report concluded that selecting the appropriate fuel economy targets “will require uncertain and difficult trade-offs” among environmental benefits, vehicle safety, cost and consumer preferences for the types of vehicles they choose to drive. Opting not to recommend any specific increase in the federal standard, the report indicates that decision is best made by elected officials. The federal corporate average fuel economy standard, or CAFE, requires cars to achieve 27.5 miles per gallon on a fleet average. Light trucks, a category that includes SUVs and minivans, must achieve a fleet average of 20.7 mpg. The report indicated the federal CAFE rules, imposed after the oil embargo in the early 1970s, have been an effective tool in getting automakers to produce more efficient cars. This has saved an estimated 2.8 million barrels of oil per day, the panel estimated. But the panel said the shift to smaller, lighter cars also may have resulted in 1,300 to 2,600 additional traffic deaths. TOUR DE TOONA 2001 New push to legalize slot machines begins Wednesday The Associated Press CANONSBURG — The newest push to expand legalized gambling in Pennsylvania begins in earnest Wednesday. That’s when state Rep. Tom Petrone, a Pittsburgh Democrat, will hold a legislative hearing at The Meadows harness racetrack in Washington County on his plan to ■ Expanded gambling will stay in forefront / Page A8 legalize slot machines at the state’s four horse tracks. Anti gambling groups already are gearing up to oppose Petrone’s plan and a similar bdl being pushed by state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, a Bucks County Republican. ‘‘Like a zombie rising from the tomb, a casino gambling proposal is once again on the horizon in Pennsylvania,” said Michael Geer of Pennsylvanians Against Gambling Expansion. “And ifs just as bad an idea as ever.” Not so, Petrone says. Anti-gambling groups across the state blocked proposals to legalize riverboat gambling put forth in 1994 and 1995 by fonner state Rep. Frank Gigliotti, another Pittsburgh Democrat. Those efforts failed in part because Gov. Tom Ridge insisted on a statewide referendum on the idea first, and the gambling proponents balked, fearing they would lose the election. But some of the opposition was fueled by fears that once riverboat gambling was approved, the boats and casinos would proliferate throughout the state. But Petrone said his proposal is designed only to help four racetracks that already exist: The Meadows: Penn National near Grantville, Dauphin County; The Downs at Pocono, near Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne; and Philadelphia Park in Bensalem. Petrone said the tracks can’t compete with those in neighboring Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia, where slot machines already are legal. “A lot of Pennsylvanians make their living from the horse racing industry,” Petrone said. “If it continues to suffer and lose business to neighboring states, the livelihoods of these people will suffer.” DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050T 4 BIO FOUR ■BH 0    9    5 I Lottery numbers. A2 WEATHER Partly sunny, 78° ■ Forecast, A2 * Mirror Bucks □ local Q NATION Business A7 Classifieds C3-10 Movies A5 Obituaries A9 □ tire Opinion A8 SPORTS Comics Community D5 news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard V Television D4 INSIDE IN NATION Unless people who use Microsoft's Windows 2000 or Windows NT to run their computers help stop a virulent worm, the Internet could be disrupted by tonight, j    P£GE    Cl Cyclist Tina Skelley is a blur as she rounds the turn near the lith Avenue Tower during last year’s Altoona Mirror Time Trials. Skelley, an Altoona Area High School graduate, competed as a member of the Altoona Bicycling Club. Over the winter, she turned professional with the help of corporate sponsor Talgo America, com, a Spanish maker of high-speed trains. Hundreds of volunteers still being sought for races By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer Help still is needed for this year’s Tour de ’Toona. The event runs each year on about 1,500 volunteers from the area, but this year that number is down significantly, race director Kirk Leidy said. But race officials aren’t concerned yet because each summer is a struggle to meet the demand to fill volunteer positions, he said — sometimes by several hundred people. Although prior recruiting sometimes is slow, the community doesn’t let the race down in the end. “The people come out at the last minute,” Leidy said. Please see Volunteers/Page A5 Mirror tile photo by Jason Sipes Tear de 'Teen# ^oox COMING UP Today: Altoona Mirror Time Trial When; Pro men. 6 p m Pro women, 7:30 p.m. Where: Downtown Altoona Course map on Page AS Wednesday: Crown American Johnstown Circuit Road Race When: Pro men 9 a m.: Pro women, 1 pm Pro cyclists gear up all year for the big event in Altoona By John HARTSOCK Mirror Sports Staff s one of the country’s biggest stage races, Tour de 'Toona has developed massively since its modest inception in 1986. And many professional cyclists throughout the world now circle the week of the Tour on their calendars and plan their trips to Altoona. For Altoona’s Tina Skelley, an Altoona Area High School graduate who has gone from cycling enthusiast to professional cyclist in a short period of time, Tour de ’Toona is one of the biggest races on her yearly racing agenda. “To do well in this race is definitely one of our team’s biggest goals this year,” said Skelley, 26, who is a member of the Talgo Please see Cyclists/Page A5 ;

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