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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania uwu Fall foliage blazes across our hills page Dl INSIDE TODAY NATION; Supreme Court returns Monday Bl BUSJMESS: Schulman family recognized El Altoona Copyright 2001 SEPTEMBER 30, 2001 newsstand Drug busts a team effort BY-MARK LEBHRFINGRR Staff Writer A patrol car pulls to the front doors of a Logan Township fire hall with a drug sus- pect in the back seat. The handcuffed man is escorted past a group of waiting photographers. More than 40 more suspects are brought into the processing station for finger- printing. Behind the scenes, a mountain of paper- work is processed for a series of court hearings to follow. Thursday morning's raid was one of the largest efforts undertaken by the Blair County Drug Task Force. For a maj or ding raid to succeed, precision, cooperation and teamwork are critical. Thursday's raid was unique because police from three other counties, Cambria, Centre and Clearfield, were involved. Normally, state police offer a larger contingent of troopers than they did Thursday, state Attorney General Mike Fisher said. But troopers have been diverted to Somerset County since Sept. 11, when United Flight 93 was "hijacked and crashed near Shanksville. Please see A6 OH NO! 0-3 The Associated Press Iowa's Matt Stockdale (21) breaks up a pass intended for Penn State's Tony Johnson (11) during the first half of the Hawkeyes-Nittany Lions game. MORE INSIDE Lions start 0-3 for first time since '83 C1 >r Commentary: Nits face uphill battle C1 Highlights, lowlights on contest C2 A RECOVERY WORKER'S STORY Jim Singer never will forget his time at ground zero n m Life among rums Courtesy photos Altoonan James Singer took this photo of firefighters surveying the rubble of the World Trade Center while he was helping the recovery effort. Altoonan returns a changed man after two days at trade center BY WILLIAM KIIILER Staff Writer Poking, pulling and sifting through the rubble of brutality has softened the heart of Jim Singer. An officer at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Singer volunteered to work at the debris pile of the World Trade Center in New York City. There he found two bodies and parts of others. Singer, a single father, always has told his two young boys it's all right to cry, but he never allowed himself that luxury. He does now. He recovered the body of a man who had been stay- MORE TERRORISM COVERAGE: PAGES AS, A19, B1, BB ing in the Marriott Hotel between the towers. It took Singer and six firefighters three hours using gas-powdered saws and torches to free the man's body from the steel, concrete, conduit, wire and duct work that were everywhere in the pile. Singer, who's divorced, said he'd always guarded his feelings, always tried to stay in control with his family. But he's begun to invite compassion in. Please see A9 Alcohol-related deaths increase nationwide BY MARK LEBEKFINGKR StaffWriter A new report by the federal government shows alcohol-related traffic deaths increased nationwide in 2000 but dropped in Pennsylvania. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a report last week that shows overall highway deaths increased slightly in 2000 to up from in 1999. Forty percent of those, or involved alcohol, an increase from 38 per- cent, or the previous year. Eight people died in Blair County last year in alcohol-related crashes. It's only the second time alcohol-related deaths have increased since 1986, when people were killed. The number of Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 287-4480 _ BMFOUR 4f% 4 e 2 3 o i I Lottery numbers, A2 wumot Mostly sunny, 61 Forecast, A2 COLUMBUS THE GEM OF THE OCEAN SAYS, FIORE'S COLWBUS DAY CELEBRATION JN PROGRESS" SAMPLE VALUE SAVE 50% deaths rose 4 percent from 1994 to 1995, although an overall rise in the number of deaths kept the percentage that involved alcohol at the same level. Pennsylvania had 510 alcohol-related fatalities in 2000, compared with 537 the year before. "From my viewpoint, one is. too many when it's something that can be prevent- said Janie McConnell of the Blair A13 A13 AS A4 B2 County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. McConnell, whose son was killed by a drunken driver, said attention needs to be focused on the problem, just like the attention given to improving security and laws in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Please see A12 Crime Obituaries Opinion Politics Strange Brew (ft? SPORTS Outdoors __ Scoreboard Aslrograph Movies Puzzle Travel C12 C11 D4 D3 D4 D6 Slocks _ CDs, Mutuals E4 'Q ,v Couples G2 Yesteryear G3 ;