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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania NATION: BARGAINS MAY TAKE TOLL ON ECONOMY ► PAGE Bl Redford speaks out on family and beauty Altoona Mirror © Copyright 2001NOVEMBER 25, 2001 $1.50 newsstand "It’S been a great relationship since the city bought the team. ’’—Harrisburg Senators General Manager Todd Vander WoudeHarrisburg: A success story in baseball ownership By Ray Stephkns Staff Writer It’s been about five years since the city of Harrisburg bought the Harrisburg Senators Class AA baseball team. Since then, the team has won four Eastern league championships, attracted record-breaking attendance and generated enough money to pay Harrisburg $315,000 annually into its general fund. “It’s been a great relationship since the city bought the team,” team General Manager Todd Vander Woude said. "We’ve done quite a few more things in the community since then.” Vander Woude has a short list when it comes to the pros and cons of ownership of a Class AA baseball team. "Really, there hasn’t been that much difference between private ownership versus municipal ownership," he said. “But with the municipal ownership, there’s a stability. The city isn t going to let us go." For the first time since Altoona got a Class AA baseball team in 1999, Blair County commissioners have the chance to buy the team or a percentage of it. A clause in a 1998 contract signed by commis sioners and Altoona Curve owners states that lf the team is sold, the county, which owns the sta dium, can review the pending sale and decide if it wants to buy the team. The contract also states that if the county ini tially declines the purchase and team owners negotiate a sale, then the county can review the Please see Owners/Page A5 DEER SEASON 2001WAR ON TERRORISM ► Pages Bl, B2 COMING WEDNESDAY: MIRROR WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW Bureaucrats steer Pennsylvania’s booze business with steady hand By Timothy D. May The Associated Press HARRISBURG — In a nondescript office building on land once occupied by a brewery, a small state agency controls a $1 billion-per-year industry that floats upon a sea of white zinfandel, cheap vodka and flavored rum. Since the repeal of prohibition in $*33, when teetotaling Gov. Gifford LIQUOR IN PA First of five parts Pinchot signed the state law creatin the Pennsylvania Liquor Contro Board, the agency has monopolized the state’s wine and spirits trade. It’s a lucrative industry, one that pumps millions of dollars into Pennsylvania’s treasury each year. Last year, for instance, the PLCB raised enough money to cover its $222 million budget, purchase $560 million in goods for its stores and licensees, pick up the state police’s $16 million tab for enforcing liquor laws and fund Please see Booze/Page A6 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BIO FOUR 8* 6 13 9 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 It 7' *: *j WEATHER Chance of storms, 61° ■ Forecast, A2 r I    See store JL    for details ifyrnitvr* HOLIDAY SALE SAVE 30% ™ 50% -INTEREST FREE UNTIE 200-4- NO FINANCE CHARGES IN 200JL NO FINANCE CHARGE5» IN 2002 NO FINANCE CHARGES IN 2003 SAMPLE VALUE! ■I    A    TMM}    'im - * Nj* ' I ; . ^ LANE DUAL RECLINING SOFA Upholstered in durable Mfrr ulon fabric soft and comfort abl*', (without tray) Retail sms SALE $684 MATCHING stationary love seat Retail mow ■ Sava SO'- SALE $51 5 Q LOCAL QSPORTS Accidents A13 Outdoors CB Obituaries A13 Scoreboard C8 Opinion A8 Politics A9 0 LIFE jjfr'. g] MABON Astrograph D4 Movies D3 Nation in a minute B5 Puzzle D4 Strange Brew B3 Travel DB n fiiuffiiw I.. y •wfwnWB Stocks CDs, Mutuals □ Couples Yesteryear Disabled rise to challenge MORE INSIDE ■ Hunters should use tree stands properly to avoid injury. PAGE C9 ■ Deer season means big business for gun shops, sporting goods stores, taxidermists, butcher shops and restaurants. PAGE El By John Kasun For the Mirror Hunters statewide are looking forward to the start of deer season Monday. Their dreams are filled with bagging that once-in-a-lifetime wall hanger or maybe that first buck. Being in the great outdoors is reward enough for some hunters. Because of conditions or circumstances beyond their control, some outdoor enthusiasts thought they might never hunt again. Larry Mock,-49, of Williamsburg was 24 when an instant changed his life forever. Employed as a power lineman, Mock was rep iring storm-damaged electrical power lines Nov. 5, 1975. In the course of his work, he touched a line that supposedly was inactive. But the line was carrying 7,200 volts. Please see Disabled/Page All Hundreds of Taliban surrender By Ellen Knickmkykk The Associated Press BANGI, Afghanistan — A trickle of surrendering Taliban became a flood Saturday, and those laying down arms were greeted like brothers by northern alliance fighters besieging Kunduz. It was unclear whether a hard core of foreigners loyal to Osama bin Laden would opt to fight to the finish.* By nightfall Saturday, alliance officials said more than 1,100 Taliban and foreign fighters — mostly Arabs, Chechens and Pakistanis — surrendered under a deal negotiated with the Islamic militia’s senior commanders. Some Taliban Fighters crossed the front and promptly joined the alliance. However, thousands of other fighters were believed still to be in the city, including members of bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. When the siege began Nov. 12, alliance commanders estimated about 10,000 Taliban and 3,000 foreigners were defending the city — the last Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan. The surrenders did not always go smoothly. In the alliance-held northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, a prisoner awaiting a search detonated a hand grenade, killing himself and two Fighters surrender More than 1 .OOO fighters in the city of Kunduz surrendered Saturday to the northern alliance. Other fighters remained, vowing to fight to the end. Herat A rn Kandahar 0    200mi 0 200km Fill Northern alliance ■ Anti-Taliban Pashtun CSM Disputed area SOURCES: Associated Press ESR!    AP other Taliban soldiers and seriously injuring an alliance officer, according to Britain’s ITN News and CNN. ITN reporter Andrea Cather-wood, who was hit in the knee with shrapnel, said the attacker was Please see Tallban/Page A12 Hunter Larry Mock of Williamsburg pauses with his Labrador retrievers, Jag (left) and Gunner, while showing off a pheasant he bagged Friday. Mock’s left arm was amputated after an electrical accident, but that doesn’t keep him from enjoying his sport. The state Game Commission issues special permits for disabled hunters, allowing them extra privileges so they can take to the woods. Mirror photo by Gary M SaranacIT’S NOT ENOUGH Michigan State’s Charles Rogers (I) scores on a 47-yai second-quarter pass play against Penn State’s Bruce Branch Saturday in East lansing, Mich. But the Nittany Lions scored 21 points in the third quarter t claim victory over the Spartans. See stories, Pages Cl, C2, C13, C14. The Associated Press ;

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