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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
“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
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
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
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