Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2002 · Page 1
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WORLD SETOSE Angels tie it up Page C-1. 86 pages — 8 sections SUNDAY OCTOBER 27,2002 Vol. 99 — No. 66 Who's in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about the following area people: Missie Hall, Natalie Hockenberry, Mike Hill, Kevin Houser, Sean Domer, Fred Duff Davis, Mary Insana Renda, Bill Young, Chrissy Hartz, Paul and Kristin Ztcuis. INSIDE Did you fall back? Did you remember to take advantage of that extra hour of sleep last night? Daylight savings time ended at 2 a.m. ' Saturday's scores IUP 31 Lock Haven 14 Homer-Center 12 Penns Manor 7 Marion Center 28 United : 0 Ohio State .........:.... 13 Penn State 7 Ballot measures Referendums in several states this election will ask voters to decide some very controversial questions. PageB-1. Deaths Obituaries on page A-4 Late deaths HARKLESS, Dorothy G., 84, Indiana RHEA, Katherine E. Rhea, 93, Indiana Forecast Today will be mostly cloudy with a high around 53. Partly cloudy tonight; low 28. PageA-2. Index Business D-l Classifieds B-3-8 .DearAbby _A-9 Family ; D-6 Leisure .E-l-8 Lottery numbers _A-2 Op-Ed A-7 People/Scenes D-8 Today in History A-9 Sports C-1-10 Stocks D-2-5 Viewpoint ~A-6 Teddy "The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night." — Chinese proverb Newspaper contents copyright © 2002 Indiana Printing and Publishing Co.. Indiana, Pa. Blown-In Insulation: M.C. Home Center, (724) 397-2370 - Chicken Pot Pie, Ham And Bean Soup, Reeger's Cafe. (724)4630440. Clearance Sale Storewide! Reeger's Market, (724)463-0440. Your Internet Services, www.yourinter.net, Buy Indiana County First, (724)463^)105. Gazette staff writer Jason Levan took his dog, Cody, to obedience school at Horses and Hounds in White Township. (Gazette photos by Thomas Slusser) Doggie boot camp Obedience class provides dog-training know-how By JASON L. LEVAN Gazette Staff Writer ; . i,,, «• -hougl^undeniably loveable, Cody, my yellow Labrador/ golden-retriever mix, is not what you'd call a well- behaved dog. Nonetheless, I put off signing up for obedience class for almost three years, mostly because, I'll admit, I'm stubborn. My dog didn't need no stinkin' class; I could handle the training On my own. People, pets don't see eye to eye By JASON L LEVAIM Gazette Staff Writer The biggest mislake dog owners make is failing to effectively communicate with their pets. That's usually because humans often do not understand how their dogs think, according to Marie Winters, who has been teaching dog obedience classes since 1979. Winters owns Horses and Hounds, a pet-grooming and supply store along Philadelphia Street west of Indiana. Dogs do not have the ability to reason like humans, Winters said. They only think in terms ofpositive and negative experiences. They learn by repetition and consistency. Most often, if a dog is having trouble learning, she said, it's the human's fault, not the dog's. "You have to say what you mean and mean what you say," she said. The key, she said, is finding something that "trips your dog's trigger," whether it be an edible treat, verbal praise or merely After all, with my far superior intellect, 1 could easily outwit a mere canine. That, as it turned out, was my first misgiving. But after three Jong-years-of trying my patience with his incessant misbehaving, he-^yore me down. I grew tired of his embarrassing antics — exuberandy toppling unsuspecting guests the minute they set foot in the door, gorging himself on a dozen cupcakes left too close to the counter edge, lifting his leg on my in-laws' sofa. So we showed up at Horses and Hounds for the first of six weeks of classes. My ex- p.ectations weren't particularly high, given Cody's short attention span, which I often refer to as attention-deficit disorder. Week one I knew I was headed in the right direction when-I saw a line of cars ahead of me with dog heads jutting out of the passenger-side windows. I looked over at Cody, who was happily doing the same, ears flopping in the wind. Continued on page A-10 extra attention. • "Dogs are the same as people. Different things motivate different people. You have to use that to your advantage," said Winters, 44, who lives in White Township. Winters should know. Over the years, she estimated, almost 1,500 dogs and their handlers have gone through her classes, which include up to 15 at a time. Connie Winters, seen here with her dog, has been teaching obedience classes since 1979. Winters is the owner of Horses and Hounds along Route 422 in White Township. In her 23 years of teaching obedience, Winters has seen a marked change in the way training is handled. Until the mid- to late 1980s, "physical corrections" were the norm, in which handlers would punish their dogs. Now, she said, obedience training is usually taught with a reward system. Equipment, such ;is head collars, Continued on page A-10 ~^n^^Cut out your Halloween mask. Leisure, page E-1. $1 COLEMAN Coleman keeps busy despite free pass this election By CHAUNCEY ROSS Gazette Staff Writer What a difference a term makes for state Rep. Jeff Coleman of Apollo, the freshman Republican from the 60th District. Two years after a spectacular upset victory in his first run for the slate House, Coleman's campaign for re-election is more a Cakewalk than a plank walk. Instead of defying an entrenched veteran legislator, Coleman is running unopposed. Rather than facing a 2-1 Democratic voter-registration edge, Coleman now has a nearly even mix of Republicans and Democrats in a realigned district. The toughest thing this year for Coleman may simply be following his own act. His campaign promises to serve district residents, shun a state- leased car and to vote against tax increases have all been kept, Coleman said. "I've had a very focused and committed team of people who have reached out to every constituent and to make sure their concerns are handled with professionalism, promptness and an eagerness to serve," Coleman said. "We've tried to conduct ourselves in a way that people are comfortable with." Coleman has put 70,000 miles on his own vehicles the past two years and collected the standard mileage reimbursement, and says he started accepting living-expense reimbursements — known as per diems — after he got married. "I was cutting it close on mortgage and student loans," Coleman said. "It was a practical matter. "When 1 stay in Harrisburg, I live with five other House members and my share of the rent is $275 a month. Originally, I was dividing it out and ... we were getting $8 reimbursement checks. So the easiest thing was to take a per diem for the days 1 am here in Harrisburg for legislative work." When the Legislature considered the 2002-2003 state budget, Coleman said, he ruffled party leaders' feathers by voting against the accompanying increases in cigarette taxes and landfill tipping fees. "I represent people who take the trash out, and I represent people who smoke," Coleman said. "I think that as a legislator I have an obligation to do what I can to reduce the tax burden on businesses, workers and retirees in my state. "It wasn't a popular decision and it probably cost my district some perks and benefits, but in the end my conscience is clear. I didn't vote to raise taxes." Coleman also pledges to vote his conscience when a proposal comes before the House to allow slot-machine Continued on page A-3 Boundary shift changes district The 203 districts of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were reconfigured after the 2000 U.S. census to ensure that the districts have nearly equal populations. For voters, the boundary changes take effect with the Nov. 5 general election. Although incumbent legislators informally have been serving residents of their reconfigured districts for several months, the new boundaries go into force when representatives who are elected Nov. 5 are sworn into office. Portions of the 60th District that are unchanged from the 1990s apportionment are, in Indiana County, Armstrong and Washington townships and Creekside and Shelocta boroughs and, in Armstrong County, Burrell, Kiskiminetas, North Buffalo, South Bend and South Buffalo townships and Apollo, Ford City, Freeport and North Apollo boroughs. Areas added to the district for at least the next 10 years are, in Indiana County, Brush Valley, Green and Rayne townships, the first district of Cherryhill township and Ernest borough and, in Armstrong County, East Franklin, Kittanning, Manor, Rayburn, Valley and West Franklin townships and Applewold, Ford Cliff, Kittanning, Manorville, West Kittanning and Worthington boroughs. The district has a population of 61,015. Tracing trajectory of despair Sniper suspect seemed to seek place in life Inside • More about John Allen Muhammad. Page B-1. • Wifness to shootings arrested. Page B-2. • Letter seen as vital clue. Page B-2. By JEFF DONN Associated Press Writer SEATTLE — John Muhammad was looking for something solid and steady. He looked for it in the regimen of a military career and the self-discipline of exercise, karate and Islam. He looked in the bonds of marriage, in the obedient eyes of children, even in a new name. He looked from Washington to Tacoma, from Antigua to Iraq. F.verywhere, it was always the same: flux and frustration. Finally, if authorities are right, he looked down the barrel of a rifle. He saw ordinary people, people who seemed to find meaning in the reassuring routines of their daily lives. And he dissolved their seemingly stable worlds with the twitch of a finger. Though a teeziagcr, John Lee Malvo, stands accused too, it is the 41-year-old Muhammad who, by virtually all accounts, would be the tortured force behind the unexplained immolations of the capital area's serial sniper. If he is guilty, it is his story that will probably yield the most profound lessons of the dividing line between good and evil. Was there one event, one moment when Muhammad became Continued on page A-4 CLOWNING AROUND Lindsey Jenkins, 7, of Brownie Troop 850 visited Saturday with Cherryhill Manor resident Catherine Maruschak of Dixonville daring a Halloween party at the nursing home, where th^ girls handed out treat bags. (Photo by Thomas Slusser)

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