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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 22, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona flit mn* © Copyright 2001    SATURDAY,    SEPTEMBER    22,    2001    SOC    newsstandU.S. sends more warplanes to Gulf By David Espo The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon committed more aircraft to the Persian Gulf and the war on terrorism Friday as Afghanistan snubbed a demand from President Bush to turn over Osama bin Laden and others blamed for last week’s death and awesome destruction. “This is not the time for negotiations or discussions,” Bush’s spokesman warned. One day after Bush delivered a nationally televised message of reassurance and resolve came a freshly sobering warning about more terrorist attacks. ‘‘Everybody knows that if you take a look at this group and Osama bin Laden that there will be a next attack.... It’s not a matter of if, but when,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., emerging from an FBI briefing in a secure room of the Capitol. Bush plans to sign an executive order naming terrorist organizations and specific terrorists around the world and freezing their U.S. assets, a senior administration official said. The economy suffered further aftershocks from the attacks — estimated to have killed more than 6,000, brought down the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and damaged the Pentagon. The stock market fell sharply, nearing the end of one of the gloomiest weeks in Wall Street history. The administration debated internally whether to seek fresh economic stimulus legislation in Congress. Please see U.S./Page A12 Economic I recession I appears inevitable By Martin CRUTSINGER . The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Massive airline layoffs. Empty hotels and j restaurants. Wadi Street’s biggest weekly point decline ever. The economic damage from the terrorist attacks virtually has I guaranteed a recession this year, I many economists said Friday. I The only questions remaining: How long and how deep? “I think we will have a mild recession that will end sometime in the first three months of next | year, but we really don’t know ' yet. Things are very uncertain and everybody is nervous,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York. Two closely watched forecasting groups — Blue Chip Economic Indicators and the National Association for Business Economics — surveyed economists in the wake of the Sept. ll terrorist attacks. Both released surveys this week finding that an overwhelming majority of economists believe a recession is unavoidable. The NABE survey, released Friday, found that 18 of its 21 forecasters believe the country is in a recession. Blue Chip Economic Indicators reported the number of economists it surveyed who believe a recession has begun had jumped to 82 percent, up from 13 percent in early September. In both surveys, the new pessimism was pegged to a belief that consumers — who account for two-thirds of economic activity — would clit back sharply on their spending in the wake of the terrorist attacks and rising job layoff announcements. Some analysts said the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official arbiter of recessions in the United States, will end up dating the start of this downturn in May or June — based on when various monthly statistics started to turn down. Please see Recession/Page A12 Bush’s aides burying new security head in paperwork By Sonya Ross The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge soon will shoulder the burden of helping secure the nation against terrorists. But first, on Friday, the White House began finding him office space and feeding him paperwork. Ridge, named to head the new Office of Homeland Security, introduced his successor as governor at the Pennsylvania Statehouse, then went behind closed doors. The govemor-tumed-Cabinet member planned to spend his weekend reading reams of information about his new assignment. “The White House is doing a pretty serious paper dump on him,” Ridge spokesman Tim Reeves said. So were Ridge’s colleagues among governors and members of Congress. One note, from Rep. Tom Carper, D-Del., Ridge’s mentor in the National Governors Association, read: “T-Bone! Congratulations (I think). Keep your head down and your spirits up.” “A big part of this job description is to get people to work together. He aces at that,” Carper said. “And that’s probably what’s needed.” At the White House, aides looked for West Wing space for Ridge, a Republican and longtime Bush friend. Ridge was expected to meet with Bush aides in coming days to talk about a budget and a staff. The White House would not put numbers on either of those functions, other than to say Ridge would oversee a “significant” staff, and his operating costs would come out of the White House budget. “We’ll work with Congress if there’s need for more money,” White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. The lack of specificity about Ridge’s position accompanied the gravity of his mandate — and the fears that more deadly terror could unfold on American soil. Friends and fellow governors said Ridge’s wide range of experience — he served in the Army during the Vietnam War and is a former congressman in addition to being a governor — will help him in marshaling resources. Please see Ridge/Page All MORF fOVFRAf F What local politicians say about President Bush’s historical speech / PA iE AIQ "We will not fail”: The complete text of Bush’s Thursday night address / PAGE INSIDE TODAY:    More    coverage on America’s War on Terrorism /    5    ^1 am A12 Cl. C2 The Associated Press Above: An F-14A Tomcat takes off during flight operations aboard the USS Enterprise Monday. The aircraft carrier group is in the Arabian Sea, south of the Persian Gulf. It had been due to return home earlier this month but instead was ordered to remain indefinitely. At right: Alicia Keys performs “Someday We’ll All be Free” on the live broadcast of “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” Friday in New York. Entertainers united during the benefit show to raise money for victims of the Sept. ll attacks. Please see story, Page C2. Last legal hurdle cleared in prison land sale By Mia Rohart Staff Writer HUNTINGDON - The last legal chokehold on the excess state prison land in Smithfield Township has been dismissed. Commonwealth Court Judge Warren Morgan this week granted the township’s motion to strike the legal hold on the property’s sale. The hold was in place because the 116-acre tract, near routes 22 and 26, has been tied up in legal battles since 1999. Greater Fourth Street Associates Inc., which owns the Ames Plaza and Raystown Lake Mall on Route 22, sued the township, the Smithfield Township Economic Development Corp. and the state to stop the land’s sale. With the legal battle over, the state will sell the land to the township, which will transfer the land to the development corporation. In its lawsuit, Greater Fourth said the state was selling the land without public auction and at a price the company considered too low. Greater Fourth also objected to the development corporation’s formation and its ability to give the land to a developer of their choosing without relying on a bid process. The corporation will submit requests for proposals to the town ship’s lawyers — a necessary step before giving proposals to prospective developers, said Wayne Mateer of the development corporation. “Now we can make arrangements to make a closing on the land,” he said. The lawsuit against the township and development group was dismissed in Huntingdon County Court, and the case against Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services was dismissed in Commonwealth Court. “We view this as a positive element,” Harrisburg lawyer Robert Long said. Long and David Ody of Gill, Ody & McManamon of Huntingdon represented the township. “This should remove the legal roadblocks.” Mirror Staff Writer Mia Rohart can be reached at 949- 7030 or [email protected] on INSIDE ■ Patton man keeps railroad chugging at park ■ Cambria’s fall festival schedule ■ Glendale takes pride in use of computer technology ■ Column by Ebensburg Mayor Charles Moyer PAGES A4-5 I DELIVERY § Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 4 B BIO FOUR6 6 0 1 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 73° ■ Forecast, A2 mmmmmmmmmmmm wmmmmmmmmmmmmm £ , /inc Altoona mirror I THE GREAT COMBINATION I We’re white-hot! mamam Call us today...Make money today. .Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and IOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 OLOCAL wmmm Q nation Business A9 Classifieds C4-14 Movies A12 Obituaries A13 □ im Opinion A8 {?] SPORTS I Comics D5 High schools Bl-4 Community news Puzzles D2 D4 Scoreboard B5 Television 04 INSIDEIN UFI lf you haven’t done it yet, now’s a good time to get your pool closed for the winter. 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