Public Opinion from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on May 15, 2002 · 6
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CA Intuc Opcmou Wednesday, May 15, 2002 m NRA campaign asks for support of Robert Casey Jr. Shanksville seeks volunteers for human flag SHANKSVILLE (AP) - The people. of Shan ksnlle are organizing an Independence Day celebration that is to include a "living flag" made up of 260 people dressed in red, white and blue. The town, however, has only 245 residents. Donna Glessner, who is organizing the event, said she has 68 people signed up for the flag. She said she needs at least 200 by the end of May to go forward. "Ve would like to know that we're very close so we can go ahead and order the shirts," said Glessner, who said she needs $5 from each participant to cover the cost of the red, white and blue T-shirts. Thousands of people have visited the site of the Flight 93 crash, where it is believed on Sept. 11 that passengers overtook hijackers who planned to use the aircraft to strike a site in Washington, D.C. All 44 passengers and crew, including the four hijackers, were killed. On the Nee Project Web site: hnp:www.geocities.co(W$hanksvitldhririgflag Ban on poultry exhibits has fair officials squaw king HARRISBURG (AP) - A ban on poultry exhibits at agricultural fairs in Pennsylvania means that fairgo-ers won't get to take on the game-playing chickens named Tic, Tac and Toe this year. "We are so bummed," said Carole Morganti, a spokeswoman for The Pennsylvania Fair, which opens Thursday in Bensalem, and the Philadelphia County Fair, which opens in Fairmount Park on May 30. The chickens, supposedly undefeated in the tic-tac-toe game that they play for 25 cents at state fairs around the country, were apparently stolen from the Bensalem fair last year but were replaced by other specially trained chickens. This year, because of an outbreak of avian influenza in Virginia, state Agriculture Secretary Samuel Hayes has banned poultry exhibits at all Pennsylvania exhibitions to protect the state's $700 million poultry industry. The ban was expanded Monday to include eggs and dressed poultry products. Judge declares woman dead; missing since 1995 HONESDALE (AP) - The son of a woman missing for seven years said a judge was right to declare her dead this week even though her body has never been found. Katherine M. VanDine, of Beach Lake, vanished in March 1995. Wayne County President Judge Robert Conway on Monday approved a request by estate attorney Ronald Bugaj to let him to execute her will. VanDine's son, Richard, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he also believes his mother is dead. ; State police said VanDine's disappearance was still being investigated, but that authorities believe she was murdered. . HARRISBURG (AP) - The National Rifle Association is stepping into the fray between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Robert P. Casey Jr. and Edward G. Rendell, putting out mailers and a radio commercial criticizing Rendell's support 5.SSr ELECTION The NRA is fcf. asking supporters to vote for Casey, the state's auditor general, over former Philadelphia Mayor Rendell, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam at NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va. These mailers will probably be formulated and out the door in the next few days, and I'm sure they'll be in pretty wide circulation," Arulanandam said. A radio ad that began airing statewide Tuesday warns that, if Rendell wins the Democratic primary on Tuesday, "it could mean harsh new restrictions on your rights and freedoms." Rendell favors limiting handgun sales to one a month, but would exempt rifles and shotguns. Casey opposes any new laws restricting sale or ownership of guns and has called Rendell's plan a gimmick. The radio ad also criticizes Rendell for supporting a "baseless lawsuit" against gun manufacturers. As mayor of Philadelphia, Rendell looked into filing lawsuits against gun manufacturers over the social costs of gun ownership but decided to work with manufacturers instead, said Rendell campaign spokesman Dan Fee. Also, the NRA once congratulated Rendell for a program that increased penalties for crimes committed with guns by transferring cases from state court to federal court, Fee said. "This ad is almost completely false," said Rendell spokesman Dan Fee. t's designed only to scare people, and what people need to do is look at the real records. ... Law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear from Ed Rendell. Period." The state has 2 million gun owners, according to gun advocacy groups. Pro-gun voters could make a difference if Casey narrows the 10-point edge that Rendell has, said G. Terry Madonna, the chairman of the MillersvUle University political science department, who directed a poll of 406 registered voters released last week. The sample had a margin of error of 4.9. Arulanandam would not say how many NRA members are in Pennsylvania. Nationally, the organization has 4.2 million members. Arulanandam also would not divulge if the NRA planned to air television commercials in the race, saying the organization does not discuss its future plans. In other campaign happenings Tuesday: Rendell took to a Philadelphia subway platform and food court Tuesday to encourage a big enough turnout in the city where he once was mayor to win a tough primary fight. When one man addressed him, "governor," he replied, "Not yet "It's all about turnout now," he said, as he began the final week of campaigning before the May 21 pri mary, "These are the core primary voters we've got to get out." Casey spent much of Tuesday in his hometown of Scranton, focusing on health care and senior citizens, two of his most prominent campaign themes. He remained upbeat about his chances of winning, despite Rendell's consistent fund-raising edge and the release earlier this month of a new Keystone Poll that found Rendell opening up an apparent lead as wide as 10 percentage points. Package bomb not linked to Mideast terrorists PHILADELPHIA (AP) - There is no evidence that a package bomb found in a Postal Service mailbox was related to Middle Eastern terrorists, despite a note on the parcel that said "Free Palestine now," authorities said Tuesday. "No terrorist group has owned up to it. There is no indication at this point that it was terrorist related," said John Sinnen, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Philadelphia. The device, which contained a foam box packed with nails and an explosive charge, was detonated Monday when a police bomb squad shot the package with a water cannon. The blast hurled shrapnel 100 feet, but injured no one. 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