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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 16, 1990, Altoona, Pennsylvania Bedford county commissioners Nix food service bids a3 lakers kicks out bucs lose to reds Al major league baseball Everett area tentative budget raises school tax -a3altoona error Altoona pa., May 16, 1990 Clearing Breezy weather Page a4 35 cents. Bedford students shunning drug use by David oilman staff writer Loysburg a alcohol and drug use among Northern Bedford county students is considerably below state and National averages or. John Herdman told a Small group of parents tuesday night. Herdman a psychologist and certified drug and alcohol Counselor who operates the encouragement place in Duncansville presented the findings of a drug and alcohol use the numbers Are Well below National and state averages for drug use. Survey conducted in Bedford county schools in january. The numbers Are encouraging he said but the problem is still there. A your teenagers Are still using drugs and alcohol and the goal is to eliminate the use Quot he said. Alcohol is the drug of Choice at Northern Bedford according to the Survey. One third of the students say they drink alcohol once a month but Only 60 say they get drunk at least once a month. The numbers Are Well below National and state averages. Other a a Gateway drug use a uppers Downers cigarettes smoke less tobacco and marijuana a account for the majority of illegal drug use in the Rural school District Herdman said a there Are hardly any hard drugs being used in the District a a Herdman said. Five students admitted to using a hard Quot drugs cocaine or heroin. Herdman said heroin is almost impossible to obtain in the area but cocaine and cracked cocaine is available. The one area where Northern Bedford was above state and National averages was in the use of smokeless tobacco the Survey indicated. Nineteen percent of the seniors surveyed said they use smokeless tobacco at least weekly. Herdman said that problems could be remedied with the right educational program at the right time. A the Survey is the Best we have a Herdman said. A it is accurate because it is Anonymous and contains internal checks that Monitor Over and the Survey also questions Stu dents about what is right with their school and no was above average in most categories. The students who participated in the Survey like their school their teachers and their classmates according to the Survey results. It Points to a positive program Herdman said. The drugs and alcohol the students Are using Are being used at parties at friends Homes and at hangouts. That creates other problems Herdman said. Rodgers mom says son Wasny to living at Home would no Hafer seen Hurt by thin Edge Casey scores a lop sided win Over his opponent by Phil Ray staff writer Hollidaysburg a homicide suspect James f. Rodgers Mother told a Blair county jury tuesday that her son was not living with her when Pasquale j. Lascoli was killed that she once had him committed to a local detention Home and that she Wasny to As suggested a afraid he would use Money from her Quot to buy Christine Houtz 36, also said she is an alcoholic who at times would get a trip roaring Quot drunk with Lascoli who was 72 when he died at Russo a bar on 8th Avenue. Is. Houtz said that two or three weeks before the murder she and Rodgers had a fight Over Money. Rodgers lost his sneakers while at Adelphi Village s Hilltop House a juvenile shelter near Hollidaysburg. Hilltop gave mrs. Houtz $43 to buy Rodgers a new pair but he wanted a pair of British knights shows which Cost More than $43. The fight occurred because is. Houtz would not come up with the extra Money for the sneakers until she got paid. Rodgers took his clothes and went to live with his Friend Thomas Bowling at 1000 3rd ave. District attorney William j. Haberstroh however suggested that is. Houtz did no to want to give Rodgers the sneaker Money because she was afraid he would a buy a bag of is. Houtz denied that. Emphasizing another Point is. Houtz said that about june to two Days after the killing she had her son committed to the Blair county detention Home because his not living at her Home was a violation of his probation. When Rodgers was freed from detention june 13, he and his Mother stopped at Bowling s to get his clothes. Bowling refused to give him the clothes is. Houtz said. Public defender j. Randall Miller wanted to stress that Rodgers clothes were at Bowling a Home both before and after the killing to show that someone else not Rodgers put his clothes at Prospect Park where police found them two weeks after see Rodgers on Page a2 from Mirror and a reports Republican Barbara Hafer won her party a nomination for governor but Hurt her credibility As a serious candidate with a Down to the wire win against a political unknown two political scientists said today. Hafer the states auditor general inside incumbents win state . House races Page a3vote totals Page a3murtha�?Ts beatable losers say Page a4haluska wins Page a4freind, Deweese win Page a4 Hayes wins in a cakewalk Page by squeaked by Marguerite Luksik of Johnstown who raised Little Money but scored Points among cop voters with her opposition to abortion. In november Hafer will face incumbent Robert p. Casey who scored a lopsided win Over Montgomery county lawyer Philip Berg in tuesdays democratic primary. Despite her Strong showing Luksik told the Mirror this morning that she is not planning a write in Campaign and has no plans for future elections. A right now Quot she said a a in a just thinking about getting a Good nights it. Gov. Mark Singel also had an easy time dispatching former state democratic chairman Edward Mez Vinsky. State rep. Harold Mowery of Cumberland county was the Only Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. A Chafer has a major embarrassment on her hands a said g. Terry Madonna director of the Center for politics and Public affairs at Millersville University. A this was against a woman who had Little Money and was not Well known. Lots of rank and file republicans just reacted by casting a protest with 99 percent of the precincts reporting Hafer had 316,702 votes or 54 percent to 266,073 votes or 46 percent for Luksik. Luksik did better than even her staunchest supporters predicted. Luksik won the race in her Home county Cambria receiving 6,162 votes to Hafers 3,121 votes. But in Blair Bedford Huntingdon and Clearfield counties Hafer won the race. In Blair Hafer garnered 4,479 votes or 53.6 percent of the Republican ballots. Luksik received 3,869 votes or 46.3 percent of the Blair Republican ballots. In Bedford Hafer captured 1,808 votes. Luksik got 1,170 votes. In Huntingdon county Republican voters gave 2,141 votes to Hafer and 1,252 votes to Luksik. Clearfield county voters provided Hafer with 2,048 votes and Luksik 1,919. Hafer bucked conventional Republican politics with a pro Choice abortion stand while Luksik is opposed see governor on Page a2 Cambria tops area turnout with voter turnout across the Region was Low tuesday ranging from 25 percent in Bedford county to As much As 47 percent in Cambria. Blair county a turnout was 30 percent. Blair reported 30 percent with 28.9 percent of the registered democrats casting their votes and 32.7 percent of the registered republicans going to the polls. Turnout in Huntingdon county was 35.6 percent and Clearfield county tallied 31.9 percent. Blair county Republican committee chairman Marga ret Burket was hardly surprised. A i think the people had muted emotions about a lot of the candidates locally and statewide a she said. A a every one has experienced primaries As being the lighter voter turnout Between the general and the a i really feel it was a Lack of interest and not enough Competition in the party a Patricia Trexler acting Blair county democratic chairman said. Quot and its a shame. They got the right to vote and they re not exercising if Jubelirer Mikula to pair off in fall in the Mirror i accidents.a8 hospitals. B2 births.b2 neighbors.c1-2 classified .c4-9 local. .a3-Io comics.e7 .bl-3 crime.a8 movies. B6 crossword and obituaries b3 other puzzles opinion. B4c3 sports. .el-6 or. Gott.c3 stocks. A2 food do television e7 by Mary Haley staff writer it almost seemed As if state Senate president pro tem Robert c. Jubelirer a Blair and democratic Altoona City councilman Alan Mikula compared notes As the two state Senate candidates talked about their showings in tuesdays primary. Both appeared pleased with the vote totals giving them their party a nominations for the fall election. The candidates pledging to run clean campaigns for the fall agreed that Low voter turnout throughout the four county 30th senatorial District kept their totals smaller than the two agreed that Low voter turnout throughout the four county 30th District kept their totals smaller than expected. Expected. A everybody stayed Home today a Jubelirer said tuesday night. A this was an election where people just did no to Mikula said he Wasny to dismayed that More democrats did no to support him in the primary. In Blair county he pulled a Little More than half of the democratic votes cast. A a lot of democrats voted for the governor and the lieutenant governor and that a it a Mikula said. A a that a obviously the contest people were interested the former Altoona mayor said he so very encouraged that he trailed closely behind the total votes received by incumbent democratic state committeemen Charles Grant and Patricia Stoner whom Mikula said Are popular with county committee members. Jubelirer had his own theory on the Lack of party backing for Mikula. The incumbent said he has bipartisan support from his own party and disgruntled democrats. A was in be travelled around the District in be run into republicans and democrats alike perhaps democrats especially who express anger that the democratic party supports Alan Mikula As a candidate a he said. A and frankly i believe a lot of democrats support me in Light of the record in be the senators record will be the target of Mikulas Campaign the democratic nominee said tuesday. Mikula also countered Jubelirer a claim of support from his opponents party with a similar claim. A i consider his record a legitimate Issue for discussion a Mikula said. A and i hear the same things from republicans about him that the Republican party is very Jubelirer said his party will work hard in the next six months to buoy Republican candidate Barbara Haler who carved out a narrow win tuesday. But Mikula said he a expecting a big win for democratic gov. Robert Casey based on the incumbents sizable vote count in the primary. Waiting for the count Allegheny township resident Beverly Cunningham who works in the Blair county courthouse s microfilm office passes the time with some Bubble Mirror photo by Gary m. Saranac gum on primary election night while waiting to Check Transfer cases containing voted ballots and spoiled or rejected ballots

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