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AUSTRALIA Court dismisses cardinal’s convictions CANBERRA — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday unanimously dismissed the convictions of the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse. Cardinal George Pell soon will be released from Barwon Prison outside Melbourne after ...

Easter brings mixed blessings for businesses

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Easter usually means a lot of extra business for area restaurants, candy stores and flower shops. The National Retail Federation estimates that customers spent about $5.74 billion on dining out for Easter in 2018 and 2019. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, diners won’t be able to ...

Mirror launches digital subscription

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Effective April 3, the Mirror launched a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

Virus causes election struggles

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At least we’re not Wisconsin. Election authorities in Pennsylvania and the other states where this year’s primaries haven’t happened yet are contending with coronavirus challenges — but they have some time to prepare. In Wisconsin, by contrast, an election still set for Tuesday was ...

McKeegan ‘thrilled’ to come back to Pa., lead the Mount

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Dr. John McKeegan was named Mount Aloysius College’s 15th president. Dr. McKeegan spoke to the Mirror by phone from his home in Oregon. Q: What attracted you to Mount Aloysius? A: The more I learned about the Mount, its students and faculty, and the care and compassion that the faculty ...

State sets new cleaning rules

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s health secretary issued new standards Sunday for cleaning large buildings that remain open during the COVID-19 shutdown. Dr. Rachel Levine’s order, which applies to building that are at least 50,000 square feet, requires building owners to maintain usual ...

AssureTech developing app for food allergies

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HUNTINGDON — Assure­Tech LLC, a software startup from Huntingdon and Kdan Mobile Software Ltd. — a global software service as a provider — have announced a partnership to develop EpiCenter App for people affected by food allergies. The software is scheduled for release in the ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges waived to court Sept. 12: Stacy A. Ayers, 23, 309 S. Market St., Martinsburg, charged by Allegheny Township police with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of drug ...

Sentencing

Public Records

The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendant pleaded guilty to charges listed and was sentenced as shown: William S. Thompson, 53, 118 E. ...

UK PM Boris Johnson hospitalized

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LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, because he is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Johnson’s office said the admission to an undisclosed London hospital came on the advice of his ...

Palm Sunday Masses held sans public

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in the shelter of St. Peter’s Basilica without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, while parish priests elsewhere in Rome took to church rooftops and bell towers to lead services so at least some faithful could follow the ...

Biden raises idea of Dems holding online convention

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden said Sunday that the Democratic National Convention, already delayed until August because of the coronavirus, may need to take place online as the pandemic continues to reshape the race for the White House. The party “may have to do a virtual convention,” the ...

Quote of the day

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“Any kind of knowledge that we get on how it’s transmitted, how different species react to it, that knowledge somehow is going to provide a greater base resource for people.” — Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny on tiger testing positive for coronavirus

Health care jobs a victim of virus

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HARRISBURG — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor’s offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning. Even ...

Digital subscription launched

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Effective April 3, the Mirror launched a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

‘I’m scared for my son’

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The parents of 16-year-old Owen Southerland — who is charged as an adult for allegedly shooting 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching in the head in late February — say they only want their son to get a fair shake. His arrest Feb. 26, along with 16-year-old Logan Persing and 15-year-old Damien ...

Health Dept. facing 2 fights

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The COVID-19 takeover of the national consciousness may have shoved the nation’s widespread drug addiction disaster out of mind, but it hasn’t erased that earlier crisis, state Health Secretary Rachel Levine reminded viewers on her daily coronavirus webcast Saturday. “Opioid and ...

Property tax discount sticking to deadline

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County property owners interested in a 2 percent discount on real estate taxes owed to the county should plan on paying by the April 30 deadline. Commissioners do not have the power to extend the discount deadline, Com­missioner Amy Webster said this week. In ...

Prisons cope with COVID-19

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Pennsylvania, the state has aimed to keep people apart — to achieve social distancing needed to prevent or slow “community spread.” The challenge of trying to do that when the “community” consists of 44,000 inmates locked in close ...

Seeking health care workers

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The Mirror invites local health care workers to share their experiences during the corona­virus pandemic. Interested parties can email Bill Kibler at bkibler@altoonamirror.com.