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League to honor award winners

| Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, 12:00 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh will hold its annual Good Government Award Dinner tonight at the Pittsburgh Hilton and Towers, Downtown.

This year's honorees include:

Christine Altenburger, former assistant dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, for a lifetime of work in local government; Marc Cherna, director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, for a program that combined five human services offices into one division with shared goals; David M. Matter, chairman and chief operating officer of Oxford Development Co., for his civic and governmental work; Celeste Taylor, NAACP board member, for work with the NAACP Voter Education Fund; and the Pittsburgh Foundation for 'its overall contribution to the local community and proactive role in addressing public issues.'

The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 6:45 p.m. Admission costs $50 per person. For reservations, call (412) 261-4284.


The state House Education Committee voted Wednesday to approve science standards for Pennsylvania's schools. The Senate Education Committee approved the standards Tuesday.

The committees passed the standards approved in July by the state Board of Education, omitting language that critics feared could have led to the teaching of creationism in public schools.

The standards must be reviewed by an independent regulatory review panel and the state attorney general's office before they can take effect. Mathematics and language arts standards were adopted by the state in 1999; standards for other subjects are still waiting to complete the review process.


The Pittsburgh Public Schools likely will appeal in state commonwealth court a decision issued by the state Charter School Appeal Board.

On Tuesday, the board overturned the city school board's February decision to deny the charter application of Renaissance Academy of Pittsburgh Alternative of Hope, a proposed charter school in Larimer.

The city school board had rejected the application because officials believed the school's building required significant renovations and its educational program was no different than the district's own elementary schools.

In other matters, the school board will vote Oct. 24 to close four schools in September. Those schools are McCleary, Overbrook and Roosevelt elementary schools and South Vo-Tech High School.

The closings are part of the district's 2001 budget. Eight schools closed this year as part of a plan to eliminate a $36.5 million budget deficit.

South Vo-Tech will remain open unless district officials find a site to build a new career high school.

The school board also will vote to reaffirm the first eight school closings.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is expecting 400 members and friends to attend the Atlantic Regional Leadership Conference today through Sunday at the Marriott City Center Hotel.

This will be the 49th Regional Leadership Conference with participants from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. today.

The sorority, founded at Howard University in 1920, is an international nonprofit service organization.

Strip District

Students from across western Pennsylvania have been getting a first-hand look at U.S. history at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.

Concluding today, students visiting the Strip District center are working on projects for a National History Day competition that includes examining historical documents and listening to people who lived through the events.

'They can go to a booth and see World War II vets and see a letter signed by George Washington,' said John Ford, regional director for National History Day for western Pennsylvania.

Also available to students will be a holocaust survivor, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, coins from the Civil War-era and a display showing how the country's flag has changed over time, Ford said.

About 135 students from five counties conducted research yesterday and another 135 are expected today, he said.

The theme of the contest this year is 'Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History.' The projects will be judged on March 23 and the winners will be entered in a statewide competition in May. Those winners will compete in a national competition at the University of Maryland in June.

Allegheny County

Several Allegheny County row officers and county council members are expected to endorse state Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. for governor today, Casey's campaign announced.

A news conference is scheduled for noon at the City-County Building, Downtown.

Casey is expected to face former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell for the Democratic nomination for governor next spring.

  • Allegheny County residents who need absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election must apply before 5 p.m. Oct. 30, according to the county elections division.

    Absentee ballots are available to registered voters who will be away from their municipality on Election Day or those who can't get to the polls because of an illness or physical disability.

    Applications may be made by mail or in person at the Elections Division, Room 601, County Office Building, 542 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Applications also can be requested by calling (412) 350-4520.

    Absentee ballot applications should be requested as soon as possible to complete the process before the deadline. For fastest results, voters are advised to visit the elections office and complete an application in person.

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