Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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SOC newsstandAnthrax hits off-site White House center
By David Espo The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The nation’s anthrax scare hit the White House Tuesday with the discovery of a small concentration of spores at an off-site mail processing center.
“We’re working hard at finding out who’s doing this,” President Bush saki as bioterrorism claimed fresh victims along the East Coast.
Bush said the executive mansion was safe — and twice said “I don’t have anthrax”— despite the discovery of spores on a machine
at the mail site a few miles from the White House. Spokesman Ari Fleischer said all employees at the site, as well as mailroom workers in the White House, were being "swabbed and tested” for the disease.
The startling disclosure capped a rapidly unfolding series of events in which officials announced additional confirmed and suspected cases of inhalation anthrax, Congress returned to work and the administration pledged a more aggressive testing and treatment program if additional tainted letters are discovered.
Before the current outbreak, “We had no
cases of inhalation anthrax in a mail sorting facility,” said Jeffrey Koplan, head (rf the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For his part, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson pushed Bayer Corp. to lower its price for Cipro, a front-line anti anthrax drug.
Outside the White House, House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt said “weapons-grade material" was responsible for spreading infections.
Six weeks after terrorists killed thousands
in Washington and New York, administration officials drew a rhetorical connection to the outbreak of anthrax.
The FBI released the text of three anthrax-
tainted letters — each of them dated Sept. ii, the date that hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.
Bush believes the spread of anthrax "is another example of how this is a two-front war: that there are people who would seek to do evil to this country; that there are people who mean us harm," Fleischer said. “And
they have mailed letters, obviously, to high impact places - the news media, to Msyority Leader [Tom] Daschle, perhaps, in this case, to the White House.”
The administration has been buffeted by criticism for waiting several days after the discovery of the tetter addressed to Daschle, I) S.D., before ordering testing at the central postal facility for the nation’s capital.
Without acknowledging any shortcomings, several officials pointed to changes in their outlook.
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Chocolate company sues Boyer for $1.5M
By Phil Ray
A Chicago-based chocolate company has sued Boyer Candy Co. of Altoona for more than $1.5 million, but Boyer’s president says the lawsuit is about issues that are resolved.
“I am not really concerned about it My only concern is you have to respond to it,” Boyer President Roger Raybuck said. Raybuck has been Boyer’s president since March after longtime owner Anthony Forgione died.
It will cost Boyer attorney’s fees and time to answer the lawsuit brought by the Blommer Chocolate Co. of Chicago, Raybuck said.
The Blommer lawsuit, filed in the Blair County Court of Common Pleas last week, is one more suit that Raybuck said represents a distraction from the company’s primary business goals.
The company this year has been in and out of court as Forgione’s former wife, Deborah, and the couple’s three children tangle over who will guide the company.
Those lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court in Johnstown and Palm Beach. Fla., County Court in Palm Beach, where Deborah Forgione lives. Two (rfthe children also reside in Florida.
Despite the legal wrangling, Raybuck said the company is doing well, although there is a production lull at the moment after the Halloween candy making season. The company, a longtime Altoona business, makes Mallow Cup, among many other products.
According to the Blommer lawsuit, Boyer Candy and one of its divisions, Geoffrey Boehm, contracted with Blommer on several occasions between Oct. 22,1997, and Feb. 12,1998, to purchase coca beans and more than I million
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Altoona patrolman Mark Martino points a radar gun at a driver on Fourth Street during a safety patrol Monday. The radar clocked the driver traveling 32 mph, and the posted speed limit on Fourth Street is 25 mph. Altoona police are working to remind motorists to slow down on city streets, particularly in 15 mph school zones.
■ Obey reduced speed limits posted in school zones.
■ Stop tor school buses that are loading and unloading students.
■ Reduce speed in residential areas and be alert tor students running to catch the bus.
■ Watch for children riding bicycles to and from school.
■ Expect the unexpected.
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State House passes moment of silence
By Robert Igoe Staff Writer
State lawmakers are attempting to use the increasing spirit of patriotism sweeping the country since the Sept. ll terrorist attacks to mandate “a brief period of silent prayer or meditation” in public schools.
As part of a recently passed House biff requiring the U.S. flag to be displayed in each class
room, state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-Delaware, attached an amendment requiring “a brief period of silent prayer or meditation.”
“At a time when our nation is standing together against hate, it is essential that we put prayer back in our schools,” Kirkland said. “Now that the prayer-in-schools amendment has passed the House, I will be contacting
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Antique burglars nabbed by chance
By Mark Leberfinger
CRESSON — A chance traffic stop this summer led police to break up a antique burglary ring this week.
Six people were jailed Monday for their roles in the burglaries, which occurred in Cambria County between August 2000 and June. But the crime spree may have reached into Blair and Clearfield counties, state police said.
The investigation involved troopers at the Clearfield and Ebensburg stations and officers in Gallitzin and Gallitzin Township.
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The rising cost attending college again outpaced the rate of inflation this year, the College Board reported.
Safety in school zones
Motorists sail through police’s speed check near two Altoona schools
By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer
t was foggy Tuesday morning at Fourth Street and Cherry Avenue. But that didn’t keep many motorists from speeding by an unmarked Altoona police car conducting a safety radar stop.
The safety campaign took place near Irving Elementary and Keith Junior High.
It’s a good thing city police were running radar instead of their normal VASC AR stops because those motorists traveling 31 mph or faster each would have paid a healthy speeding ticket. City police are prohibited by state law from using radar for speed enforcement.
Tuesday’s patrol was part of the city’s effort to promote safe speeds through various school zones and other trouble spots across the city.
Police set up a sign atop a patrol car that advised motorists of their speed.
Some were clocked at more than 40 mph. The posted speed limit on Fourth Street is 25 mph.
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