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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY NATION: Car mileage down from last year / Cl BUSINESS: Aztek tops SUV rollover rating / A9 - Packing or buying nutrition counts unch page DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER IO, 2001 50C newsstandMORE COVERAGE ► PAGES A13, Cl Bush scolds Congress Third day of airstrikes leaves American warplanes flying without challenge The Associated Press An EA6-B prowler takes off Tuesday from the USS Enterprise in the northern Indian Ocean. WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States hit Afghan-istan with a third day of airstrikes, crushing Taliban air defenses, radars and airports to the extent that American warplanes can fly virtually unchal-lenged night and day, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “The skies are now free,” President Bush said. The administration pushed for the surrender of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network and the ouster of the Taliban regime that shelters him. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged Afghan dissidents to “heave the al-Qaida and the Taliban leadership... out of the country .” This morning, jets dropped three bombs near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar in the second straight morning (rfdaylight raids, Taliban sources said. Bin Laden's spokesman called for a holy war against U S. interests and praised the hijackers who flew jetliners into the World Trade Center the and Pentagon Sept. ll. “The storm (rf airplanes will not stop,” Sulaiman Abu Ghaith said. In a home-front scolding, Bush accused Congress of leaking information about the global investigation into the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. “You have a responsibility, and some members did not accept that responsibility,” Bush said. He warned lawmakers not to talk about troop deployments, either. In the skies over Afghanistan, U.S. bombs streaked day and night toward sites connected with the ruling Taliban. Please see Bush/Page A12 COMMONWEALTH CAUCUS Some disclaim letter By Robert Igoe Staff Writer A member of the Commonwealth Caucus is disclaiming the use of his name on a letter from the caucus to Lt. Gov. Robert C. Jubelirer urging him to resign from his elected seat. The caucus, a part of the Commonwealth Foundation made up of state representatives, wrote a letter to Jubelirer urging him to surrender his seat as state senate president pro tem, calling the dual position a conflict of the principle of separation of powers. That letter also was sent to members of the media, many of whom published its contents without rebuttal from Jubelirer, who succeeded to the post upon the resignation of Tom Ridge as governor. The resignation also promoted former Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker to the governor’s seat. Although the Oct. 3 letter’s signature included the typed names of all members of the caucus, one member, state Rep. Richard Stevenson, R-Grove City told Jubelirer in his own letter that his name was included without his knowledge or approval. “I do not agree with either the approach used or the method of dissemination of this letter,” he wrote in a letter dated Oct. 5. “Further, the issue itself is one upon which I have taken no position. I am sure that constitutional experts have fully examined the issue to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.” Stevenson said the letter probably was approved at a Caucus meeting, which he left early for a prior commitment. Please see Caucus/Page AIQ Officials targeting accident fatalities By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer PORT MATILDA — Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross hopes a new effort to “put the brakes on fatalities” will prevent weekends from becoming as deadly as last weekend. Four people died as the result of weekend traffic crashes on routes 220 and 22 in Blair County. Three were pronounced dead at the scene by Ross. The fourth, Megan L. Smith of Greensburg, died Monday at Altoona Hospital. Ross, Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers, Pennsylvania State Police and PennDOT offi cials attended a news conference Tuesday on Route 220 south of Port Matilda. Today has been declared “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” in Pennsylvania and in the rest of the nation. It’s a day dedicated to reducing the number of motor-vehicle accidents and fatalities. According to PennDOT, 39 people died during 2000 in crashes in Blair and Centre counties. More than 1,500 people died statewide last year. “Who wants to have to make notifications to the family of somebody who just lost someone from maybe something that was preventable?” Ross asked. “Something that we could have changed that outcome if we had just been talking to our kids while they’re young about alcohol and drug use, about fast driving, if we obey the laws that are given to us.” Someone dies on America’s highways every 13 minutes. That adds up to nearly 42,000 traffic-related deaths each year. PennDOT, police and coroners are focusing on three areas: safe driving behaviors, safe driving environments and safer vehicles. Please see Fatalltle»/Page A5 BELLWOOD-ANTIS SCHOOL DISTRICT Residents want $3.7M spent to improve education By Walt Frank Staff Writer BELLWOOD — District residents Tuesday night told Bellwood-Antis School Board members they aren’t in favor of a proposed $3.7 million project to improve the district’s athletic facilities and to create additional parking. About 60 residents attended the meeting, and all nine who addressed the board said they oppose the project. Some residents said they would rather see the money spent on education. “What does this thing do for education?” asked Clyde Flaugh, who circulated more than 300 letters in the community asking residents to attend the meeting to voice their opinions. “What are we doing about education? That is my big gripe. Let’s forget about all this other stuff.” Willard Edmiston said the board put too much money in football field renovations several years ago. “When I look at the million-dollar football field, why did we have to go Cadillac?” Edmiston asked. “This [project! is not a Cadillac, it is more like a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Put it [moneyl where it is need ed, in the education of our kids.” “There has to be a bottom to your pocket; you can’t keep reaching into people’s pockets,” Charles Sunderland said. “Education should come first, not athletics.” In August, board members reached sales agreements with M&T Bank to purchase about IO acres for $188,000 and with CRH Catering Inc. for about one acre of land for $23,500. They ajso authorized solicitor David Andrews to negotiate rights of way purchases with Link Computer Corp. and Art and Mary Shriver. Please see Residents/Page A5 WORLD WAR ll B-24 LIBERATOR Mirror photos by Jason Sipes Dale Falk, a co-pilot, stands on top of a B-24 bomber after a couple of preflight checks. One of the four engines is shown in the foreground. Below is a view from the bombardier seat in the nose of the plane, which looks down at the ground. A norton bomb sight is bookended by two sets of legs looking in from the outside. Bomber on displayBATTU BEGINS Babe Ruth’s records broken this year don’t even put a dent into his record book. PAGE Bl GAME 1 ROUNDUP: Indians vs. Mariners, who blanked whom... Braves have Astros’ number... Diamondbacks slip by Cardinals PAGE B2 By Ray Stephens Staff Writer MARTINSBURG — Grade school students got a chance Tuesday to pretend they were shooting the gun of a World War II bomber airplane. Their grandfathers got a chance to remember what it was like. “That silver thing is an escape hatch. That’s where I went out, just before the plane blew up,” said Ira Clare of Lewistown. Clare, who just turned 80, was one of many veterans and area residents who showed up Tuesday at Altoona-Blair County Airport to see a restored B-24 Liberator. Please see Bomber/Page A5 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ? '22910 00050" a * RIA SN4    9    9    4 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER I Sunny and 1 warmer, 67° Forecast, A2 v HdCT'ADS.Qom We're white-hot!Altnnna mirror I THE GREAT COMBINATION! Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT TUM BINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547  1 fl LOCAL 0 nation Business A9 Classifieds C5-16 Hospitals Obituaries Opinion A15 A15 A8 Movies C4 □ UFI MNI Q SPORTS M Comics D5 Local B4,B6 Community news Puzzles D2 EM Scoreboard B5 Television D4 INSIDE IN STATE State at fault in personal-care homes, report finds PAGE i ;

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