Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1990 · Page 7
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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,3ttbiana STATE Saturday, September 20, 2003 — Page 7 Supreme Court candidates debate Under-5 population dropping By PETER JACKSON .Associated Press Writer '; > PHILADELPHIA — In the first televised debate of their campaign, Supreme Court candidates Joan Orie Melvin and Max Baer clashed Friday over the role of judges and the wisdom of .mandatory sentences, but Agreed DNA testing should be available to the defense in death- ipenalty cases. ' Melvin, the ;Republican nominee and a judge on the state Superior j£ourt, described her philosophy as ;"strict constructionist." She said the responsibility of justices on Pennsylvania's highest court is to interpret laws the Legislature enacts, regardless of citizens' opinions on the issues before them. , "I believe that public opinion should be separated from the judicial branch of government," she said during the half-hour de- .bate, which was taped at the studios of WPVI-TV and sponsored by the League of Women Voters. It was to be aired locally Sunday morning and later on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Baer, an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge iri Pittsburgh, countered that public < opinion has "a great deal to do with our evolving legal system." - He said the frequency of split rul- ; ings by both the U.S. and state supreme courts reflects the MELVIN BAER "evolving opinion of our dynamic and fluid society." Asked by moderator Wally Kennedy of WPVI. whether mandatory sentences for some crimes should be abolished, Melvin said she supports mandatory minimum sentences that the Legislature has enacted for certain offenses, such as drunken driving or sex crimes against children. "I have a deep respect for the legislative body en acting mandatory sentences and giving us stability across this Commonwealth for uniformity in sentencing," she said. Baer said he supports sentencing guidelines to promote uniform sentencing for similar crimes, but that mandatory standards unfairly deprive trial judges of imposing harsher or more lenient sentences in cases with special circumstances. "I think we have a pretty good judiciary, from the bottom to the top ... and I think the judges should have discretion to deviate from guidelines." Both candidates said they believe defendants in death-penalty cases should have access to DNA testing, which could prove their innocence. This year's judicial campaigns are the first since the state Supreme Court revised its rules on political speech by prospective judges. By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA — The statewide baby bust that contributed to Pennsylvania's stagnant population growth in the 1990s has only deepened with time, new statistics show. • The number of children under age 5 dropped in almost every county between 2000 and 2002, and fell by 1.2 percentin the state as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. The drop continued a trend that is at least a decade old; the 2000 Census chronicled a 9 percent drop in the same age group since 1990. Demographers say there are many reasons for-the bust, including a general shift toward smaller families, but Perm State professor Gordon De Jong said the biggest factors may be economic. Thousands of men and women in their 20s have been leaving Pennsylvania each year for hotter job markets in the West and South, and fewer women of childbearing age has translated into fewer babies, De Jong said. "This is a 30-year problem now in Pennsylvania. We are losing more people in this 20-to-30 age group than we are gaining," De Jong said. Native Pennsylvanians continue to have children at about the same rate as their parents, he said, "but they are having them in Atlanta {or someplace else) and not Philadelphia." The trend is perhaps most present in the state's maternity wards. Some 142,380 children were born in Pennsylvania last year, down substantially from the 171,053 that were born in 1990. The decline has also started to show in the state's schools. The Department of Education reported that the number of public schoolchildren fell by 11,672 between the 2000-2001 and 20022003 academic years. Pennsylvania's population as a whole has grown at a snail's pace in recent decades, and the state has in general become older. It now has the nation's fourth highest mean age (38.9), and the seventh smallest percentage of children under age 5. The figures in our area By The Associated Press • -The"number of children under age 5 has been falling in Pennsylvania for a .decade, according to the U.S. Census ; Bureau. . , - - • . . ' • : |Qh£'numbers continued to drop in Indiana County and its surrounding counties, with the exception of Jefferson, between 2000 and 2002: County 2000 2002 Change Armstrong 3,856 3,677 -4,6% -\ Cambria . 7,570 7,366 . -2.7% Coalfield • 4,482 4,059 -9.4% • Indiana 4,350 4,096 -5.8% . Jefferson-' - 2,501 2,591 +3.6% Westmoreland 16,988 18,079 -4.8% ,"•'•* , — Source: U.S. Census Bureau Nationwide, the number of children under age 5 increased by 2.1 percent between 2000 and 2002, according to Census officials. Pennsylvania's rural counties experienced the biggest decline in the number of infants and toddlers. Largely undeveloped Forest County, in the northwest corner of the state, was estimated to have only 142 children under age 5 in 2002, down from 173 two years earlier. Pike County is one of the fastest-growing spots in the state and has added thousands of new residents over the past decade, but saw an 11 percent drop in children under age 5 in the past two years, the Census estimates showed. A few places defied the trend. Philadelphia, for example, added about 4,400 toddlers between 2000 and 2002, an increase of 4.5 percent. Chong will appeal prison sentence By DAN NEPHIN Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH — Attorneys for actor and comedian Tommy Chong are considering appealing his nine-month prison sentence for conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia on the grounds that a federal judge sentenced Chong based on the character he played and not the person he is. "The United States attorney made a big deal about Tommy's movies and how he portrayed drug usage and law enforcement," Stanton B. Levenson said Friday. "We didn't think it would be appropriate to consider his public persona.... That's not him." Levenson said attorneys were still researching possible appeal issues, but they were concerned mat U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab didn't separate Chong from the hippie stoner he portrayed in movies he made with comedy partner Cheech Marin. An appeal notice was filed Friday. At his Sept. 11 • sentencing hearing, 'Chong, 65, said he got carried away with the fictional persona, but had quit smoking pot and wanted to use his celebrity to help people stay off drugs. While not seeking a specific sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Houghton had argued that Chong grew wealthy glamorizing drug use and trivializing law enforcement in his films and said Chong used his characters to promote his business. His attorneys argued he should be sentenced no harsher than other defendants in the national drug- paraphernalia probe that netted Chong. Levenson said six months' house arrest, work release and six months probation would have been suitable. Convention center's 2-day bash draws criticism i By JUDY LIN 'Associated Press Writer • PITTSBURGH — The city is ' throwing a two-day bash to celebrate the completion of Pittsburgh's new $375 million convention center, but critics say a state grant being used to fund the event would be better spent ; on restoring social services pra- •|grams andbusservices. >•••• ;> A conservative think tank and a [bus riders advocacy group are ;kmong those that say it's irresponsible to throw an open house at the David L. Lawrence ^Convention Center during economically troubled times. "It's a waste of taxpayer money without a doubt," said Frank Gamrat, a senior research associate at the Allegheny Institute for JPublic Policy. ' '•: Organizers of the Pittsburgh Powers Up event say this weekend's festivities will boost city ;pride by showcasing what is to •be the nation's first "green" contention center and help re-energize downtown businesses by bringing attracting throngs of people. A $500,000 community rede- , velopment grant from the state is helping the convention center "An open house for us taxpayers is certainly appropriate but it doesn't take a half million dollars to hold it" — Stephen Donahue, , /;, . >.••;,, i • co-founder of Save Our Transit host an open house Sunday featuring magicians, a marching band and a 30-foot tall dinosaur. Organizers budgeted $622,500 for the open house with foundations covering the remaining cost, according to Susan Santa- Cruz, a spokeswoman for Pittsburgh Powers Up. A $500-per-ticket black tie gala also will honor the region's movers and shakers, some including Gov. Ed Rendell, former Gov. Mark Schweiker and former Gov. Tom Ridge, who is now dire cto r of Homeland Security. The Saturday night gala is being privately funded with proceeds to benefit the Pittsburgh arts, Santa-Cruz said. "It's a very positive thing for Pittsburgh. It's going to give people a chance to be proud of the city," Santa-Cruz said. Stephen Donahue, a cofounder of Save Our Transit, said protesters planned to greet gala guests as they arrive outside the convention center today. He said protesters planned to dress up as a clown, a fat cat .and (Cinderella, i : M*vi • ' "• "We're calling it a 'Letthem eat cake' party. What we want to: do is contrast what's going on inside with what's going on with our city, county and state in terms of budget cuts,". Donahue said. Gamrat said the state grant would be better used to restore transportation or health and social services cut during the recent budget. "An open house for us taxpayers is certainly appropriate but it doesn't take a half million dollars to hold it," Donahue said. Backers of the open house argue the money is being well spent. "The convention center will and has already proven to be an economic engine for Pittsburgh," Santa-Cruz said. (On the Net: Pittsburgh Powers Up, www. pittsburghpowersup. comlindex.html) The FRICK Advisory Board Introducing LINDA GWINN as a volunteer member of the FRICK ADVISORY BOARD. Mrs. Gwinn serves as the President of the Blairsville Improvement Group. She is on the Board of the Indiana County Comprehensive Planning Committee, and also a Board Member of the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy and serves as the Vice Chair of the Cambria-Indiana Trail Council. She and her husband own and operate their own business. Mrs. Gwinn will serve as liaison between the citizens of the Blairsville area of Southern Indiana County and Dave Frick if/when he is elected as an Indiana County Commissioner on Nov. 4. IMPROVING TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION ... to make Indiana County EVEN BETTER! Linda Gwinn Board Member David Frick Commissioner Candidate Punt for hy lilt: Kriuiuls of I'rick fur Commissinitrr Cnmnlitlrr. Cliim: lln^un. 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