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									                                                                                                                                                                                                 Thursday, September 26, 2002 - BUTLER EAGLE 5

                                                                                                                                                                               Activists cheer
                                                                                                                                                                               abortion action
                                                                                                                                                                               Bill would permit                           The Bush administration earlier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in the day offered its support.
                                                                                                                                                                               refusal by hospitals                        “Hospitals and health care pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fessionals should not be forced to
                                                                                                                                                                               BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS                  perform or participate in abor-
                                                                                                                                                                                  WASHINGTON — The House                tions,” the Bush administration said
                                                                                                                                                                               passed a bill Wednesday that would       in a statement. “This legislation
                                                                                                                                                                               let hospitals and insurance compa-       makes clear that they may not be
                                                                                                                                                                               nies refuse to perform or pay for        subjected to discrimination by the
                                                                                                                                                                               abortions      without      forfeiting   federal government, or by any state
                                                                                                                                                                               Medicare and other federal fund-         or local government ... because they
                                                                                                                                                                               ing.                                     oppose or choose not to participate
                                                                                                                                                                                  Anti-abortion activists hailed the    in abortions or abortion training.”
                                                                                                                                                                               229-189 vote as a key action that           It is unlikely the measure will
                                                                                                                                                                               would shield Catholic hospitals and      win enough support for passage in
                                                                        ASSOCIATED PRESS                                                                  ASSOCIATED PRESS     other health providers that oppose       the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher, right, the Republican can-                        Democratic gubernatorial candidate Edward Rendell, right, and running             abortion. Supporters of abortion            Supporters have maintained the
didate for governor, looks on as running mate Jane Earll addresses a                         mate Catherine Baker Knoll campaign last month at a senior citizen cen-           rights accused conservatives of          bill is necessary to clarify entities
rally in the State Capitol Rotunda in July.                                                  ter in Harrisburg.                                                                attempting to scale back women’s         covered by a conscience clause in
                                                                                                                                                                               access to the procedure.                 current law.
                                                                                                                                                                                  The debate provoked strong emo-          The Alaska Supreme Court in

Roles differ for running mates                                                                                                                                                 tions among lawmakers.                   1997 ruled that a hospital in
                                                                                                                                                                                  “The question before us is not        Palmer, Alaska, must allow doctors
                                                                                                                                                                               the question of abortion,” said Rep.     to perform abortions. The court
                                                                                                                                                                               Todd Akin, R-Mo. “The question is        said in its ruling that the Valley
                                                                                                                                                                               whether we protect the various           Hospital, which had adopted an
                                                                                                                                                                               health care organizations, whether       anti-abortion policy, qualified as a
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS                                                                                                              Fisher before the GOP primary, and
                                                                                                                                                                               we want to protect their right to        “quasi-public” entity because it
   HARRISBURG — One of the two
major gubernatorial running mates
                                                      Lieutenant governor candidates                                                 both were unopposed.
                                                                                                                                        When another candidate, former
                                                                                                                                                                               have a choice, to even have an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        received money, land and operating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        funds from state, local and federal
— Catherine Baker Knoll and Jane
Earll — is all but certain to become
                                                     square off tonight in only debate                                               Bellefonte Mayor Candace Dan-
                                                                                                                                     naker, sought to compete with Ear-
                                                                                                                                                                                  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.,
                                                                                                                                                                               countered: “This bill is not about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wednesday’s bill would allow
the state’s first female lieutenant                                                                                                  ll, the state Republican Party for-       religious freedom or protecting the      health providers and insurers to
governor.                                                                                                                            mally challenged her petitions.           right of conscience. This bill is sim-   refuse to perform, pay for, counsel
   But sometimes the two seem to                    campaigns primarily on her west-         vote only to break certain tied         Dannaker abandoned her candida-           ply about making it harder for           or refer patients for abortion serv-
be running for different jobs.                      ern Pennsylvania home turf. Her          votes, and chairman of the state        cy, saying she could not afford an        women.”                                  ices.
   Republican gubernatorial nomi-                   schedule, unlike Earll’s, is not wide-   Pardons Board.                          expensive legal fight. She remains
nee Mike Fisher invokes Earll’s                     ly shared with the news media.             Governors, however, may add oth-      unhappy over what she regards as
name often in his public state-
ments. Huge photographs of the two
cover the Fisher campaign bus.
                                                    Rendell rarely mentions her, and
                                                    his photograph is the only one on
                                                    his campaign bus.
                                                                                             er responsibilities. Former Gov.
                                                                                             Tom Ridge, for example, assigned
                                                                                             then-Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker to
                                                                                                                                     unfair tactics.
                                                                                                                                        “They did not give the state
                                                                                                                                     Republicans a chance to choose,”
                                                                                                                                                                               Falls, poison ranked
Fisher touts Earll as “a full part-
ner” in his prospective administra-
tion, with duties that include chair-
                                                       Knoll “is doing exactly what a
                                                    lieutenant governor candidate is
                                                    supposed to do, which is to help
                                                    rally the base,” said Rendell’s cam-
                                                                                             chair the Pennsylvania Emergency
                                                                                             Management Council.
                                                                                               The disparities between Knoll’s
                                                                                             and Earll’s candidacies stem main-
                                                                                                                                     she said Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                        Fisher stresses that the state’s
                                                                                                                                     last two lieutenant governors had to
                                                                                                                                     assume the duties of governor, and
                                                                                                                                                                               top hazards at home
ing the state Education Board and
shepherding property-tax reform                     paign spokesman, Dan Fee.                ly from differences in the way the      contends that Earll is qualified to       BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS                  1,003 households nationwide.
legislation through the General                        Knoll did not return several tele-    Republican and Democratic parties       take over if necessary. In 1993, Mark                                                 “If my plane crashed with 50 peo-
                                                                                                                                     Singel served as acting governor for         WASHINGTON — Home, sweet
Assembly.                                           phone calls this week.                   handled their primary elections in                                                                                         ple on board, it would have been
                                                                                                                                     six months while Gov. Robert P.           home is not always home, safe
   Earll, a second-term state senator                  The campaign spotlight will shift     May, when party members sepa-                                                                                              headlines in the paper. Just
                                                                                                                                     Casey underwent transplant sur-           home.
from Erie, said she demanded —                      temporarily to the running mates         rately picked candidates for gover-                                                                                        because these (injuries or deaths)
                                                                                                                                     gery. And Schweiker was sworn in             That is the upshot of a report
and received — assurances that she                  today when they square off for their     nor and lieutenant governor.                                                                                               happen one at a time in individual
                                                                                                                                     as governor in October after Ridge        being released today that found
would play an active role if they                   only televised debate of the cam-          Knoll, 72, emerged as the winner                                                                                         homes, I think people forget about
                                                                                                                                     was named as the national home-           home accidents caused 20,000
win the election.                                   paign in Pittsburgh. The debate at       of a nine-way free-for-all for the                                                                                         the problem,” said Carol Runyan,
                                                                                                                                     land security chief.                      deaths and nearly 13 million
   “I didn’t want some ribbon-cut-                  Magee-Womens Hospital featuring          Democratic nomination as lieu-                                                                                             who headed the study.
                                                                                                                                        G. Terry Madonna, a Millersville       injuries in the United States each
ting, ceremonial position,” she said.               the other two lieutenant governor        tenant governor, thanks to statewide                                                                                          Many accidents are preventable.
                                                                                                                                     University professor and pollster,        year. The unintentional injuries
“I didn’t (want to) give up my seat                 candidates — Vicki Smedley of the        name recognition from two terms as                                                                                         Recommendations include:
                                                                                                                                     said Fisher may have a point, but         cost roughly $380 billion each year
in the legislature just to become                   Green Party and Henry Haller III of      treasurer and her unsuccessful bid                                                                                            ■ Ensuring entryways, halls and
                                                                                                                                     that his running mate’s qualifica-        in lost wages, medical costs and
some potted plant.”                                 the Libertarian Party — is being         for the same office in 2000. Rendell,                                                                                      stairways are well-lit.
                                                                                                                                     tions will not help him win the           other expenses.
   By comparison, Knoll’s role in                   taped by WPXI-TV and offered to          who defeated state Auditor Gener-                                                                                             ■ Making sure smoke alarms
Democratic nominee Edward G.                        other stations.                          al Robert P. Casey Jr. for the          election.                                    “People are in danger or at risk
                                                                                                                                                                               at home. They may not know it, but       work.
Rendell’s campaign is obscure, if                      By law, the lieutenant governor       gubernatorial nomination, did not          “People don’t vote for the second                                                  ■ Placing safety rails and non-
more traditional. A former state                    has two primary duties — serving         endorse a running mate and was          spot,” he said. “They’re not casting      there are hidden hazards,” said
                                                                                                                                                                               David Oliver, president of the Home      skid strips or a suction mat in bath
treasurer from McKees Rocks on                      as president of the state Senate,        automatically paired with Knoll.        a vote for a ticket ... they’re actual-                                            tubs and showers.
the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Knoll                  where the lieutenant governor may          Earll, 44, was hand-picked by         ly casting a vote for governor.”          Safety Council, a nonprofit organi-
                                                                                                                                                                               zation in Wilkesboro, N.C.                  ■ Installing a carbon monoxide
                                                                                                                                                                                  The University of North Carolina-     detector.

al-Qaida                                                                                     Scientists claim stem cell                                                        Chapel Hill’s Injury Prevention
                                                                                                                                                                               Research Center was commissioned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The release of the report was to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coincide with the opening of the

■ From Page 1                                       Kurdish area of northern Iraq,
                                                    which he doesn’t control. The dis-
                                                                                             rules hamper their research                                                       by the council to do a study on
                                                                                                                                                                               home safety. The report found the
                                                                                                                                                                               leading cause of death and injury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        council’s interactive exhibit on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        National Mall in Washington. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        exhibit offers a virtual home
in North Africa. U.S. intelligence                  closure is part of an effort to                                                                                            in homes is falls, followed by poi-      designed to teach families how to
                                                                                                WASHINGTON — Federal rules           cell lines has been inordinately dif-
also has received information that                  strengthen the case against Sad-         limiting research on embryonic          ficult, several researchers com-          sonings, fires, inhalations (mostly      detect and correct safety hazards.
some al-Qaida leaders are hiding in                 dam, the officials said.                 stem cells are hampering efforts to     plained, citing costs, problems           smoke), suffocations and drowning.          The exhibit is also slated for dis-
Iran, and the U.S. government is                       Previously, it’s been known that      find new treatments for conditions      negotiating agreements with the              Those 64 and older were most          play in Maryland, South Carolina,
looking into reports that al-Qaida                  Ansar al-Islam, an Islamic extrem-       ranging from diabetes to spinal         cells’ owners and restrictions            likely to die or be injured in a fall.   Washington and Colorado.
operatives are conducting training                  ist group in northern Iraq, sent         cord injuries, a panel of scientists    imposed by governments of foreign            Roughly 6,750 people die from            The Home Safety Council was
just over the Iranian border from                   about a dozen of its members to bin      complained.                             countries, where many of the cells        falls each year and about 5,750 from     founded by Lowe’s Home Improve-
Afghanistan.                                        Laden’s camps. The group is large-          “The existing restrictions are       are located.                              poisonings, according to the report      ment Warehouse in 1993 but is now
   “And there are some al-Qaida                     ly composed of ethnic Kurds and          keeping advances from being real-          Responding to the complaints, Dr.      based on statistics from the federal     an independent nonprofit organiza-
personnel who found refuge in                       had experimented with biological         ized,” Dr. George Daley of the          Elias Zerhouni, director of the           government and a random survey of        tion.
Baghdad,” Rice said.                                weapons, U.S. officials have said.       Whitehead Institute at the Massa-       National Institutes of Health, said
                                                    But any links to Saddam’s govern-        chusetts Institute of Technology told   his agency is “diligently working
   Earlier in the day, Defense Sec-
retary Donald Rumsfeld made ref-
erence to links between Iraq and
                                                    ment were tenuous.
                                                       Bin Laden has sought chemical,
                                                                                             the Senate Appropriations subcom-
                                                                                             mittee on labor, health and human
                                                                                                                                     with as many sources as we can to
                                                                                                                                     make more cell lines available.”
                                                                                                                                                                               Commuters voice opposition
                                                    biological and nuclear weapons for
al-Qaida during a NATO meeting in
Warsaw, Poland, but didn’t offer
                                                    a decade, U.S. intelligence officials
                                                    have said.
                                                                                                President Bush, citing ethical
                                                                                             considerations, last year limited
                                                                                                                                        Stem cells form very early in an
                                                                                                                                     embryo’s development and later dif-
                                                                                                                                     ferentiate into numerous types of
                                                                                                                                                                               to proposed commuter tax
details.                                               Saddam’s military used chemical       federal funding for embryonic stem      cells to form various organs and          BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
   Administration officials, speaking               weapons against Iran in the 1980s                                                                                                                                   involve a state takeover of the city
                                                                                             cell research to 78 already existing    other     parts   of    the    body.
on the condition of anonymity, said                 and on rebelling Iraqi Kurds. He         lines of cells.                         Researchers hope to use these cells          PITTSBURGH — Carl Staiger             and a recovery plan could involve a
Rice’s disclosure was significant                   also has researched biological and          But Daley said that far fewer cell   to repair damaged organs and cure         doesn’t have fond memories of            commuter tax.
because it marked the first time                    nuclear weapons.                         lines are actually available for        diseases such as diabetes, Parkin-        Philadelphia’s commuter tax and he         Pittsburgh Public Schools offi-
that the White House claimed that                      Saddam’s government denies hav-       study, “perhaps only a handful.”        son’s and Alzheimer’s.                    doesn’t want one in Pittsburgh.          cials said Wednesday that they
al-Qaida operated in areas of Iraq                  ing any of these weapons.                   Gaining access to those limited                By The Associated Press            “When I left Philadelphia, I was      would be willing to help the city
controlled by Saddam. It was an                                                                                                                                                paying $3,500 a year in (commuter)       pull out of a projected $40 million
effort to counter suggestions that al-                                                                                                                                         taxes. I don’t want that to happen
Qaida operatives were solely in the                 Graffiti                                                                                                                   again,” said Staiger, a tax attorney
                                                                                                                                                                               at the downtown firm Meyer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to $50 million deficit next year by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        shaving a half percentage point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from the district’s 2 percent wage
                                                    ■ From Page 1                            said four of those arrested are         said.                                     Unkovic & Scott who lives in Pine.       tax if the city would make up the
Heroin                                              hours from those individuals has
                                                    been used to cover graffiti at areas
                                                                                             adults and the other four are juve-
                                                                                                                                        Lewis said most of the graffiti in
                                                                                                                                     Cranberry has cropped up in the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Many suburban commuters were
                                                                                                                                                                               overwhelmingly opposed to a pro-
                                                                                                                                                                               posed one-half percent income tax,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        district’s lost revenue through a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        one-half percent commuter tax.
■ From Page 1                                                                                   Lewis said most of them are          past two years.                                                                      City officials say they are looking
                                                    like the water tower in Forest Park,     Cranberry Township residents.                                                     or a $250 annual commuter tax for
                                                                                                                                        The supervisors passed a resolu-                                                at all options, not just the com-
                                                    the bridge on Executive Drive and           The graffiti problem is not                                                    someone with a $50,000 salary, to
death conviction carries a manda-                                                                                                    tion allowing the police to take the                                               muter tax.
                                                    private buildings.                       unique to Cranberry, Lewis said, as                                               help generate much-needed rev-
tory 5-year and maximum 40-year                                                                                                      program to private property as well                                                  Dan Basso of North Strabane
                                                       He said the township has also         an estimated $8 billion a year in                                                 enue for Pittsburgh. The tax would
prison sentence.                                                                                                                     as public when the owners of those                                                 said a tax would be one more detri-
                                                    contributed 52 hours of manpower         such damage is now caused nation-                                                 affect more than 173,000 people.
   District     Attorney     Timothy                                                                                                 properties are interested.                                                         ment to working in the city, along
                                                    to the project thus far, but he said     wide.                                                                                Pittsburgh has the option of seek-
McCune said having charges pend-                                                                                                        Unlike some municipalities,                                                     with traffic, road construction and
                                                    the cost to taxpayers is almost non-        He said the locations chosen by                                                ing assistance under the Financial-
ing in three of 10 deaths is a pretty                                                                                                Cranberry Township does not force                                                  parking costs.
                                                    existent because those caught and        the artists are often off the beaten                                              ly Distressed Municipalities Act, or
good average for a normally diffi-
                                                    charged with public vandalism have       path because it is less likely some-    property owners to clean up graffi-       Act 47. If the court approved the act      “If it wasn’t for us, who’d be
cult crime to investigate.
   “The number (of people charged)                  to make restitution for those costs.     one will come across them while         ti within a given time frame.             for Pittsburgh, it would essentially     working in the city?” Basso said.
is increasing because the police are                   Lewis said the Cranberry police       they work.
                                                    have made six arrests in these cas-         “Water towers are prime loca-

doing a better job,” McCune said.
“They know what to look for, and                    es with two more to come soon. He        tions because they’re hidden,” he                                                                              BUTLER
they do it a lot more quickly.”                                                                                                                                                                        CARDIOLOGY CLINIC
   McCune stressed that every hero-
in overdose will be investigated to
the fullest extent possible — a the-
ory Dalcamo endorses.
   “We investigate every drug over-
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dose as far as we can,” Dalcamo
said. “It’s just a matter of what’s at
the scene, who’s at the scene and
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