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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 2, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania RELIGION WHAT KIDS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT GOD FREE INSIDE WORLD SERIES: ANOTHER EXTRA-INNINGS RALLY PULLS YANKEES AHEAD ► PAGE Bl ■IN McCoo helps in a variety of ways jftt Astor Be bold when choosing neckwearAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 Inmate backs Blair judge ■ However, Michael Black and his fellow prisoners won't be voting on Tuesday. By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - In his battle to win another 10-year term on the bench, Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan got an unexpected endorsement Thursday. It came from the escapee Callan was sentencing. "I got something to say, Mr. Callan. You are doing a fine job,” Michael David Black, clad in an orange prison jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists, said. Black ‘i’m going to tell my people to vote for you,” he told the judge. After a long silence, Callan cracked, “That’s a fine endorsement” Then he added, “Thank you.” With the politics out of the way, Callan sentenced Black, 26, of Hill Crest Estate to serve ll V* to 23 months in prison for his escape from an Altoona Hospital room while under guard by a sheriffs deputy earlier this year. Despite the endorsement, Black won’t be voting for Callan. Please see Endorse/Page A4 ELECTION COVERAGE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2001 50$ newsstand INSIDE TODAY: Previews of races in Huntingdon. Bedford and Blair PAGES A3, A5 ON SUNDAY: An in-depth look at Callais 10 years on the bench FLU INOCULATIONS Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Nurse Shirley Bezilla draws a dose of flu vaccine Wednesday at Blair Medical Associates on Eighth Avenue.A shot in the arm Officials say vaccine in short supply again this year From Mirror staff and wire reports Exercising, eating and sleeping well, taking vitamins and washing hands frequently are a few ways people can stay healthy and avoid influenza. Oh, and don’t forget a flu shot. As soon as cool temperatures become the norm, cold and flu season isn’t far behind. Doctors and health-care professionals are getting the word out that it’s time to schedule flu shots — if the vaccination is available. For the second straight year, there is a delay in the availability of the flu vaccine. The delay has required health-care professionals to request healthy individuals to wait until mid-November or early December to get their flu vaccinations to allow high-risk individuals to receive flu shots from the limited supply of vaccine available. Please see Shot/Page A4 WAR ON TERRORISM: ► Pages A7, Cl Anthrax fears keep spreadingSpores found in Missouri and Indiana By David Esto The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The fear of anthrax spread to the Midwest Thursday with a preliminary finding of contamination at a Kansas City, Mo., postal facility. Investigators established a link between the death of a woman in New York and more than a dozen cases of the disease elsewhere in the country. The bacteria that killed Kathy T. Nguyen were “indistinguishable from all the others,” including the strain in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said Dr. Steven Ostroff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said they haven’t learned how the woman became sick. Nearly one month into America’s bioterrorism scare, the threat seemed to be receding in the nation’s capital as .the Supreme Court reopened to employees today. But New Jersey asked the Bush administration for hurry-up help to test more than 1,000 postal facilities. It appears the state “is the front line of the anthrax attack on our nation," acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco wrote. In a cruel irony, officials said the suspected spores found in Kansas City likely were exported from the nation’s capital. “The assumption at this point is that this is a contamination process from Brentwood,” the main postal facility in Washington that has been shut down for more than a week, said Rex Archer, the Kansas City health director. Please see Spores/Page A7Bioterrorism preparations begin in Blair By William Kibler Staff Writer Blair County emergency and health managers gathered Thursday at Altoona Hospital to determine how to identify and coordinate a response to a bioterrorism attack. “It’s a work in progress,” Dr. Robert Barnes of the hospital staff said after the symposium called by the newly formed Bioterrorism Readiness Planning Group. Identifying a bioterrorism attack may be the trickiest part, county Emergency Management Coordinator Rod Bohner said. Once identified, an emergency can turn a terrorist attack into a hazardous materials incident with familiar protocols. But until it’s identified, an incident can keep inflicting damage without society being aware of it. If a hazmat incident is like spilling a pot of stew that goes under cabinets and gets tracked into the living room, bioterrorism is like a leaky kitchen pipe that rots floor joists and shows up later as a wet spot on the living room carpet. You find the wet spot and still have a lot of work to track the source of the problem, Bohner said. Coordination is key to identifying and dealing with a terrorism attack, Barnes said. Experts have known about anthrax, bioterrorism, communicable diseases and epidemiology, said Dr. Wafa Rizk of Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital. They need to put it all together to answer the threat, he said. Please see Prepare/Page A7 The Associated Press Penny Kris-Etherton, professor of nutrition at Penn State University, holds cups of semi-sweet dark chocolate chips and cocoa powder Thursday. ■■■■■Hi DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 *22910 00050    4 ¥ ——mr 0 0    7    9 1 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers. 68° ■ Forecast, A2 One sweet discovery Penn State study finds cocoa helps reduce cholesterol’s damage By Dan Lewerenz The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE — Eating cocoa can help reduce the harm caused by cholesterol, according to a study conducted at Penn State University. But the researchers warn against trading cauliflower and collard greens for candy bars. The study, funded by the chocolate industry, found that flavonoids in cocoa and dark chocolate can help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a process that contributes to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. “It’s the oxidation of the fatty acids in the LDL particle that causes a whole cascade of events that leads to atherosclerosis,” said Penny Kris-Etherton, a Penn State professor of nutrition and the lead researcher in the study. “The antioxidants protect the LDL from becoming oxidized.” Flavonoids are a category of antioxidant, like beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and selenium. These substances can absorb free-floating particles in the blood that cause oxidation of fatty acids in LDL cholesterol. In the study, IO men and 13 women, ages 21 to 62, ate one of two experimental diets for four weeks, either an average American diet altered to be low in flavonoids or a diet containing 22 grams of cocoa powder and 16 grams of dark chocolate — about the same amount of cocoa in a chocolate bar. After a two-week break, during which participants returned to their usual eating habits, participants then switched to the other - * diet for four weeks. Please see Sweet/Page A4 2002 PT Cruiser 2.9%! limited Term Requires credit app/uv^t Extended Til Nor. 17. 2001 Plymouth - Jeep Pleasant Valley Blvd. PA 943-6167 Q LOCAL Business A9 Hospitals All Obituaries AU Opinion A8 U SPOUTS Local B4 Scoreboard BS St 0 NATION Classifieds C5-12 Movies CS Dun Comics OS Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 IN NATION The House passed aviation security legislation Thursday after rejecting a Senate version that would have turned airport screening operations over to federal employees. PAGE Cl ♦ * ;

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