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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania I___ Parents should keep guns under wraps INSIDE TODAYBUSINESS: Phar-Mor seeks bankruptcy protection / A7 NATION: Drug may keep ex-smokers from relapsing / ClAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 SOC newsstand Jubelirer ready for changes, decisions Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Hena Anwar (left), IO, and Leena Anwar, ll, both of Hollidaysburg, hand out flag-patterned ribbons as community members gathered at the Islamic Center in Lakemont Monday night. More than 30 people representing different religions exchanged information.AMERICA UNITES Meeting promotes harmony■ Islamic Center hosts gathering to share information, understanding among community’s religious faiths. By Craig Williams Staff Writer What began as a reaction to hate transformed into an opportunity for interfaith sharing and neighborly understanding. “For 32 years I have lived here peacefully,” said Dr. Mohammed Dowlut of the Islamic Association of Central Pennsylvania. Late last week and again Monday, Dowlut, an Altoona Hospital physician, has been the target of hateful rumors and e-mail. Dowlut invited the religious community to the Islamic Center on Logan Boulevard Monday for an evening of understanding and sharing. The doctor, and many of his brethren in _ Islam, made one point ■ More coverage / Pages clear - terrorism, sui- A5, A6, A8, Cl, C2 cide and attacking the   - innocent have no place in Islam. “According to the Koran {Muslim holy book], anyone who commits suicide, they go to hell," Dowlut said. “There is nothing Islamic about them.” But beyond the teachings about Islam, more than 30 people from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic communities gathered in the small study room just below the center’s main prayer hall to discuss things both holy and human. “America is one of the most religious countries in the West, and we would love to hear more about Jews, Christians and Muslims because this would protect us even more,” Dowlut said. Rabbi Burt Schuman, who confided that his community also is a target of misunderstanding and hate, said that what makes America great is the diversity of a people free to practice religion as they see fit. “We have come to give our support to our fellow Americans and to our fellow God-fearers,” he said. Please see Harmony/Page A5 By JEANETTE KREBS capitolwire.com HARRISBURG—Not many people would consider it a promotion to go from No. I to No. 2, but that is the scenario before Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer. The Blair County Republican, who is first when it comes to influence in the Senate, next month will become the second-ranked politician in the state. Gov. Tom Ridge will leave office at noon Oct. 5 to become director of the national (Mice cf Homeland Security. Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker will step into his shoes. Jubelirer will become lieutenant governor. In a phone interview from his office in Altoona last week, Jubelirer, 64, said he plans — and the constitution allows him — to continue serving in Tiihpiit-pr the Senate. He also has every intention of running for reelection next year. “I have told Lt. Gov. Schweiker I will do everything I can in this position, but it is not my intention to retire here,” he said. The Altoona native said after being in charge of the Senate so long, it will be a challenge working under someone else. “I’ve always aspired to be first," he said. As lieutenant governor, Jubelirer will preside over the Senate and serve as chairman of the state Pardons Board. Ridge also appointed Schweiker chairman of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, but Jubelirer said whether he will take over that responsibility still is not worked out. His new duties also will bring new security — he will travel with a state police escort. Given the slipping economy and projections that the next state budget could be difficult to balance, Jubelirer said he believes he should continue working in the Senate. He and Schweiker are planning to meet to talk about the transition Monday. At least one longtime supporter says Jubelirer should stay where he is. Please see Jubelirer/Page A4 “Justice and fairness have no party affiliation. ’ Donaldson will run as Democrat for DA By Robert Igoe and Jay Young Staff Writers HOLLIDAYSBURG — Altoona-area attorney Robert Donaldson ended months of speculation Monday by making his candidacy for Blair County district attorney official. “Today, even more often than when I first announced my candidacy last winter, people approach me with a message: We need a change in the district attorney’s office. We needed it years ago,’ Donaldson said. Donaldson, who lost to incumbent Dave Gorman in the spring Republican primary, is on the Democratic ballot as the result of write-in votes. Donaldson But Donaldson tried to downplay the party affiliation. “I remain, as I always have been, a Republican,” he said. “But in their generosity of support, members of the Democratic Party have gracefully accepted my candidacy on their ticket, in a spirit of bipartisanship. “Justice and fairness have no party affiliation.” Donaldson answered charges of inexperience Gorman leveled against him by saying he has shown himself to be accountable every day of his career. “My opponent can’t say any of these things,” he said. “Taxpayers have entirely funded his adult professional life. He has never been judged by his clients based upon his performance, where the rest of us must strive to succeed every day—or at the very least, give it our all or get out of the way if we can’t get things done.” Please see DA/Page A4 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 *22910 00050\ 4 BIG FOUR 0    7    6    2 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, 57° ■ Forecast, A2 TI The spread of linked epidemics Obesity rates have skyrocketed over the past decade, with the national average climbing from 12 percent in 1991 to nearly 20 percent in 2000. The rise has been accompanied by an increase in diabetes, a disease that can be brought on by being overweight. Obesity prevalence in adults □ No data Li Less than 10% ■ 10%-15% ■ More than 15% 1991 Diabetes prevalence in adults C No data Ll Less than 4% ■ 4%-6% ■ More than 6% 1990 V 2000 -rn ■ftSUi# 2000 SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aMMMMn • .ult* The Area*s Very Best Award Winning Fine DiningI ITALIAN VILLA AP America slimming down? Fat chance! By Michael Emery Staff Writer Four years ago, Self Magazine rated Altoona residents the fattest in America. The publication named the city as the best place to buy a big-screen TV, a La-Z-Boy recliner and a 10-year supply of pork rinds. Now Altoonans can rest assured that the nation is catching up. Nearly 40 million American adults are obese, new figures show, continuing a decadelong climb in numbers despite health officials’ efforts to encourage a sensible diet and plenty of exercise. “Far too many of us are not following this simple prescription,’’ U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said. The 2000 national obesity average of 19.8 percent is up from 12 percent in 1991, according to a gov ernment survey. Twenty-two states had a rate last year of 20 percent or higher, while no state had a rate that high in 1991, the authors wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In addition, more than half of Americans — 56.4 percent — were overweight, compared with 45 percent in 1991. Dona Baughman, senior clinical dietitian at Altoona Hospital, said the reasons for the growing problem include improper eating habits, improper diets and lack of exercise. In national surveys on exercise and diet, about 27 percent of those surveyed did not engage in any physical activity and only 24 percent said they follow the government’s recommendation to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. 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