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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania SPORTS: THREE CURVE PLAYERS PROMOTED TO PIRATE ROSTER PAGE B I S quarterback for Michigan State FresHlpproach .v, _ 3i. ,j..__ Organic'fdol growing more popular Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2001 500 newsstand Cyber school control wanted Superintendents say that was reason behind starting up an area charter site. BY JAY YOUNO StaffWriter Area superintendents say they're fed up with paying thousands of dollars annually to cyber charter schools that are taking their stu- dents. That's why they're trying to start fheir own private, Internet-based school. "We're not happy with the arrangement we have with the cyber schools outside of our area over which we have no influence, let alone Perm Cambria Superintendent Russell Strange said. Penn Cambria, along with the Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis school districts, are joining the Altoona Area School District in a bid to start a cyber school for the 2002-03 school year. State law requires all public dis- tricts to pay tuition to cyber schools their students attend. The amount is determined by a state equation that represents the average amount spent to educate each student in a particular district. In Penn Cambria, that's for each of the four students attending either Einstein Academy or West- ern Pennsylvania Cyber Charter. Bellwood-Antis is paying for two students to attend cyber schools, and Altoona pays about for 10 students. District superintendents say the state is forcing them to pay compa- nies that aren't accountable to any- one. "We have no input whatsoever, except for the Strange said. "If we don't get a control over the cost, that will have a negative impact on the education that we can provide other students." Please see A9 ILLEGAL DUMPING Mirror pholo Jason Sipes Trash Is strewn among grapevines about 25 feet from Janesville Pike near Reservoir Park in Tyrone. Lack of convenient sites contributing to problem BY MARK LEBERFINGER StaffWriter Alack of disposal options is compounding the problem of illegal dumping in Pennsylvania's state parks and forests, according to a new state report. The report found that those who must travel a great distance to recycling or disposal facili- ties are almost twice as likely to dump trash illegally and three times as likely to have waste accumulation problem s. "In order to stop illegal dumping in our woodlands, we must address disposal options, particularly in rural said Secretary John C. Oliver of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Six illegal dumps have been identified in the Buchanan and Gallitzin state forests, accord- ing to PA CleanWays of Bedford County. Please see A7 CAMBODIAN ADOPTION U.S. refuses visa for area couple's girl INS claims children of 11 couples were stolen or bought from their biological parents. BY WILLIAM KIBLEII Stuff Writer An investigation on the other side of the world has worsened prospects for a Blair County cou- ple to see their adopted daughter, little Isabel Fleming, now 2 'h, waiting for a school bus, playing in a park or walking into a store here. Within the past few days in Cambodia, a U.S. ambassador has told 11 American families, includ- ing Jeff and Karen Fleming of Hollidaysburg, the United States will deny visas to Cambodian chil- dren they've adopted because evi- dence shows the children were stolen or bought from then' biolog- ical parents. But the fight is far from over, said Joe Cavrich, law partner of Jeff Fleming, who remains in Phnom Penh with his wife and daughter. The U.S. Immigration and Nat- uralization Service claims to have found irregularities in adoption practices in Cambodia, but it hasn't shown the families evidence that their babies were stolen or bought; Cavrich said. He said he wonders whether such evidence exists. The ambassador told the families Friday that there was information about "corruption in general" in the Cambodian adoption process, Cavrich said. But the INS will need specifics on individual cases to make the visa denials stick, he said. To deny the visas legally, the INS needs to prove the children are not "orphans" under a definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act, Cavrich said. The act defines "orphan" as a child younger than 16 whose par- ents have died, disappeared, aban- doned or deserted the child or have been separated from the child. An orphan also can be a child whose single surviving parent can- not care for the child and has irrev- ocably released the child in a writ- ten document for emigration, and adoption, according to an excerpt Cavrich provided. Originally, the burden of proof to show the children were orphans was on the parents and adoption agencies, but since Cambodia approved the adoptions, the bur- den is on the INS, Cavrich said. Please see Ad A7 Jeff Fleming holds a photo of his adopted daughter, Isabel. U.S. officials are denying a visa for Isabel to leave Cambodia because they claim she is not a legal orphan. File courtesy photo Blair, Huntingdon issue burning bans By KAY STEPHENS StaffWriter HOLLIDAYSBURG Weather conditions have forced Blair and Huntingdon counties to join the increasing number of municipal governments banning outdoor burning. Blair County's ban will be effec- tive Friday after commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday re- quiring a minimal 48-hour notice. A ban on burning in Huntingdon County took effect Saturday, Dis- trict Forester Gary Rutherford said. Because of abnormally dry weather and windy conditions, Blair firefighters have been busy battling brush fires, which prompt- ed area municipalities to impose a ban. The ban extends to all Blair resi- dents and subjects those who start fires to a fine. The resolution excludes the use of propane or gas stoves or char- coal briquette grills. Violators will be subject to a fine for the first offense, for the second and for the third or subsequent offenses. Please see A3 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 9 I Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, 44" Forecast, A2 Environmental impact concerns prompt additional options for Corridor 0 route Making changes Proposed alternative routes (or Corridor 0 project through Rush Township, Centre County: BY MAKK LEDERFINGER Staff Writer PHILIPSBURG Public con- cerns about environmental and neighborhood issues have led PennDOT to add two options for the proposed Route 0 between interstates 99 and 80. But die chairman of a Clear- field County water authority said this week that one option pro- posed to protect the authority's water supply still would serious- ly impact people. One option takes Route 322 near r graphic by Tom worthington ii Thompson's Curve and Black Bear Run near Philipsburg and fur- ther away from the Cooper Town- ship Municipal Authority water supply at Pine Hill Spring. The other new option unveiled Tuesday avoids cutting through a community along Route 3020 in Clearfield County and impacting Alder Run. Project manager Christopher J. Sokol of PennDOT said a pre- ferred alignment for Corridor 0 is expected by 2003. Construction could begin in 2007 with comple- tion targeted for 2011. Please see A7 iEtrror H6T-ADS.6om We're white-hot! I THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) Business__ Hospitals Obituaries Opinion Local______ Scoreboard _ A13 A13 A8 B4 B5 Comics___ PS Community news DZ Puzzles.______ D4 Television D4 IN BUSINESS Tuesday marked the precloslng on a bank loan to Smithfield Township for a controversial 116-acra tract of land near routes 22 and 26. ,Jf PAGEA11 ;