Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Iraq tops potential target list
By Eun Kyung Kim
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Iraq tops the list of countries where the United States might take its war on terrorism next.
Some other places — Somalia, Sudan and Kashmir — also could face military attacks if Osama bin Laden flees there.
Beyond that, America’s next steps probably won t involve bombing runs. Instead. U.S. officials will work with police and armies to find suspects, as they’ve done in the Philippines and Germany; work to cut off money for terror, as they have in Somalia and Saudi Arabia; and urge governments to end support of terrorists, as they have with Syria.
In all, after Afghanistan, the United States will turn to another 40 to 50 — perhaps 60 — countries where global terrorist networks operate, top Bush administration officials say.
“Any government that supports or harbors terrorists should be very worried right now," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, the main Bush administration supporter for hitting Iraq, said recently.
In recent days, Wolfowitz and other top officials, including national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, again have hinted Iraq soon may be a target, regardless of whether the United States can
The United States is looking into reports that Saddam Hussein ottered Osama bin Laden and Taliban leaders sanchiary in his country.
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definitively tie the nation to the Sept. ll attacks.
That has led America’s Arab allies, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to warn once again that they could not support a strike on a fellow Arab country because they fear it would further agitate the volatile Middle East.
U.S. officials had put any consid eration of hitting Iraq aside for weeks while the military concentrated on disrupting the Taliban and bin Laden’s network inside Afghanistan.
But earlier this week, the United States identified Iraq and five other countries as states that are developing germ warfare programs and said it worried one might help bin Laden acquire biological weapons.
They called the existence of Iraq’s program “beyond dispute stopping just short of making a direct link to bin Laden.
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At left: Kami Eberhart of Altoona started her shopping at 6:30 a.m. and was going strong into the afternoon Friday at Wal-Mart.
Below: Deb Pifak) of Pittsburgh
shops at A Different Drummer on the Diamond in Hollidaysburg. The National Retail Federation predicts total holiday retail sales, excluding restaurant and auto sales, will rise 2.5 percent to 3 percent to about $206 billion.
Mirror photos by Gary M Saranac
Slowing economy fails to put brakes on bargain hunters
By Regina Mazzocco For the Mirror
It’s 4:56 a.m.
Children are nestled all snug in their beds. Frost collects quietly on darkened windowpanes.
And a tangled mob of ravenous bargain stalkers wait bundled and shivering beneath the red beacon of a Kmart sign.
Black Friday descended, and in a wink of Santa’s eye, peace and goodwill were 50 percent off.
Automatic doors surrendered at 5 a.m. to dedicated gift-givers like Tom and Amanda Reeve, who waited in line for more than two hours.
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Tighter security, weak sales fears in nation’s malls
By Anne D'Innocenzio The Associated l*ress
Shoppers looking for things like Harry Potter games and Microsoft’s Xbox hit the nation’s malls at first light Friday as the Christmas rush began amid tight security and fears this could be the worst holiday shopping season in a decade.
In a scene played out across the country, 300 people lined up outside a Toys R Us store in Little Rock, Ark., before the doors opened at 6 a.m.
Among the crowd was Elizabeth Phifer, who was in search of a Diva Starz pet plush dog for her 8-year-old daughter.
Please see Malls/Page A9
CITY OF ALTOONA
State could throw wrench into budget plans for 2002
By William Kibler
In the spring, the state shrank the amount needed for the city of Altoona’s worker’s compensation trust fund, giving the city a $700,000 windfall it relied on last week to balance its 2002 budget.
But there’s a potential catch: The state will conduct its annual re-evaluation of the trust fund this winter, which could mean an
order to put money back by the end of April.
If that order happens, with no expected budget surplus, the city will be short on cash.
Councilman Wayne Hippo, who helped a committee manage the trust fund to help create the windfall, is not too concerned about that order happening.
“Anything is a possibility,” Hippo said, adding it’s not a significant concern because of the
trust fund’s strong recent record.
But Councilman Ron Reidell seems less confident.
“Is it a worry? Yeah,” he said, adding the potential for an order to increase the trust fund is one of many uncertainties.
If the state orders the city to restore a sizeable amount to the trust fund, it wouldn’t necessarily be a disaster, Councilman Mark Geis said.
Please see Budget/Page A12
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M Itoona Area High School foot-ball players celebrate as Erie Prep's Clinton Chati (69) walks off the field at Mansion Park after Altoona’s victory in the PIAA Class AAAA Western semifinals Friday night. Bishop Carroll advanced to the Western finals in Class A action. / Page Bl
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