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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 17, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                aitoona SlRittor VOL. 183 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Thursday Evening, Jan. 17, 1980 Founded Junt 13, 1874 20t a COPY Utility Firm Plans Met-Ed, Penelee Link By TOM GIBB Staff Writer General Public Utilities Corp. wants to combine the management of Pennsylva- nia Electric Co. and Metropolitan Edison Co., its two electric companies in Penn- sylvania. The move, officials said, was not a proposed corporate merger, but rather a merger of (he management of both com- panies. The announcement was made before the Public Utility Commission in Har- risburg this morning by GPU president William G. Kuhns, who also proposed that GPU Form a seperate member company to operate its nuclear power generating facilities. GPU operates the temporarily- closed Tnree Mi3e Island station and a nuclear generating station at Oyster Creek in eastern New Jersey. Before any merger or formation of a seperate nuclear station operating com- pany can be made, the move will have to get PUC approval, approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission and probably approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory and ihe Nuclear Regu- latory commissions. The approvals are anticipated, Penelee spokesman James Johnson said this morn- ing "by the end of this year." In a statement released by Penelec, Mr. Kuhns said the move "will not involve a corporate merger as such and none of the outstanding securities of either com- pany will be affettetl by the management combination.'1 A formal merger, he said, "is not neccesary to achieve the objectives of the planned moves. What the management merger will involve, Mr. Kuhns stated, are "common boards of directors and officers." Corporate headquarters for the pro- posed company, which has not been named yet, would be in Reading, where Met-Ed is currently located. GPU chose Reading over Johnstown, where Penelec headquarters are. (See UTILITY, Page 3) Photo by Don Baker Winter Sport These teen-agers shed their winter attire Wednesday and headed for the feisketftaii it'the Eldorado Kiwanis Club. The weatherman says il will be colder Friday the high temperatures will be in the   The adminis- tration appears to he moving toward a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games as a response to the Soviet invasion of Af- ghanistan amid signs the Soviets are afready beginning to feel the pinch in grain feed for livestock. The U.S. ban on the sale of grain and high technology is designed to make the Soviets pay an economic cost in return tor any military profit they might get out of Afghanistan. Among the additional sleps being rec- ommended to ihe president by his top advisers including Vice President Walter Mondale and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance 7- is a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games tWs summer. Vance, in making his personal recom- mendation, compared the current' situ- ation to 1936, when the world sent its athletes to the Berlin Olympics, despite clear warnings the Nazis were preparing aggression against their neighbors. Officials said that the president, who was reported by his spokesman Jody Powell to be personally in favor of a boycott, is expected to make his form decision within a matter of days. U.S. officials said a close reading of local newspapers in the Soviet Union reveals the Soviets are in a "precarious" position, in terms of grain to feed cattle this winter. reporters individually or to the embassy for relay to the journalists. Press reports indicated there were 30 to 50 American reporters and cameramen in Afghanistan, invaded Christmas week by Soviet troops that back new strongman Babrak KarmaL It was the second time in the week American news organizations were or- dered out of a foreign trouble spot. Cor- respondents were told Tuesday to leave Iran. A Western diplomatic source in New Delhi, India, quoted the order as saying that "the American journalists' in- terference in the internal affairs of Af- ghanistan and their biased reporting" was the cause of the expulsion. The correspondents were kept in the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel Wednesday night by Afghan authorities and the U.S. Embassy was informed today that the government planned to expel all Ameri- can journalists, the source said. The source said he did not know if any correspondents actually left Kabul or where they would go. An almost total lack of communica- tions with the Afghan capital made it impossible to get first-hand verification of the government action or lo learn about the fate of the correspondents. Because of the breakdown in com- munications, all news copy and photo- graphs have been hand-carried from AC- giiani-stan to neighboring nations. Much of the information about fighting in Afghanistan has come from Moslem rebels based in Pakistan, The Moslem insurgents fighting Soviet and Afghan troops claimed Wednesday to have captured a provincial capital and (See AFGHANISTAN, Page 3) MAYOR EUGENE HOLLAND of Moscow, Ohio, fits Sen. Howard Metzen- baum, D-Ohio, with a special T-shirt after the senator gave his support to Mayor Holland's plan to move the Olympics to his town. Stiffer Penalties Possible Harmful, Senators Told Jump HARRISBURG (UPI) Gasoline prices have jumped 6.5 cents a gallon since mid-December, the most dramatic one-month boost since last summer's fuel shortage, but fuel remains available, the Pennsylvania AAA Federation said Wednesday. The AAA said prices at full-service across the Commonwealth aver- aged SI.OSS cents a gallon for regular, cents per gallon for unleaded, for premium, 51-157 for premium un- leaded and for diesel fuel. In the northwest area of Pennsylvania, gasohol prices averaged cents per gallon, the federation reported. WASHINGTON (UPI) A Senate committee may take a tougher stance on criminal penalties for marijuana use now that scientific experts say heavy pot smoking con affect the brains, lungs, heart and reproductive systems. Sen, Charles Mathias, R-Mct., said ihe two days of hearings on medical effects of the drug, which end today, win help the Judiciary Committee decide whether it needs to take another look at the mari- juana provision in the criminal code re- form bill it approved last year. The legislation would reduce ine penal- ty for possession of up to five ounces under federal jurisdiction from a one-year pris- on term and a fine to only a fine and no prison term. "Because of the existence of new scien- tific knowledge, holding these hear- ings so that we can review that very question" of dropping the severe penal- ties, Mathias said in an interview. Asked if the question of "decriminaliz- ing" marijuana use was being put on the back burner, Mathias replied, "It's on the front burner; (he question is whether we ought to kficp it there." Opponents of removing strong criminal penalties were bolstered by testimony today from Mitchell Rosenthal, head of the Phoenix House Foundation, the na- tion's largest residential program for drug abusers. He said he has changed his position from accepting decriminalization to op- posing H after seeing Us effects in New York, where he said'nearty one-third of all seventh and eighth graders have puffed pot. "If current trends continue if the number of regular users and daily users continues to increase then our nation is well on its way to acquiring an un- manageable number of emotionally or intellectually handicapped Rosenthal said. William Pollin, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said iliere are about 15 million regular marijuana users in tnc United States. He also said there are more cancer-causing agents in mari- juana than in lobacco. One of several parents scheduled to testify was Joe Hamilton husband of actress Carol Burnett who has had four ot his 11 children addicted to drugs. Two panels of scientists testified Wednesday that marijuana use can affect Die human reproductive system. Hospital Studies 8 Parking Options By REBECCA BENNETT Staff Writer Construction of a parking garage at the Altoona Hospital would cost J3.5 million to 14.5 million, a recently completed feasibility study by a New York state firm estimates. The study by Ramp Consulting Ser- vices Inc. of Manhasset. N.Y., was pres- ented in final form to hospital trustees last week, although administrators and buildings and grounds committee mem- bers saw preliminary drafts and got the linal draft In December. Assistant Administrator Joseph Man- cari said Tuesday that the firm presented the hospital eiSh' alternatives to the continuing parking squeeze. "In each instance, a parking garage was he said, noting that Ihe size proposed varied from stories with 337 spaces lo stories with 640 spaces. The garage would be built on the site of the hospital's new parking- lot at Ihe corner of Howard Avenue and 8lh Street. The firm proposed different ways of using existing parking areas in conjunc- tion with Ihe construction of a garage, Mr. Mancari explained. Ramp Consulting Services projected a need of 934 parking spaces; 554 spaces are available in parking areas and on the streets. Associate Administrator Robert E. Tribeck said the parking study is now under consideration by the buildings and grounds committee of the board of trustees. Thai committee will make a recom- mendation to Ihe finance committee, and the two committees will present a report to Ihe hospital board. "One of Ihe issues is how is a parking garage going to be paid Mr. Tribeck noted. "Ultimately, the people in Ihe community are going lo pay for il." He explained that the hospital could either charge for parking or increase hospital bills. Mr. Tribeck said the Ailoona Parking Authority volunteered In 1974 to help Ihe hospital wilh a garage, but Ihe authority wanted the hospital to guarantee any loss incurred and it wanted to set the parking rales. "My feeling is Ihat if we enter into an agreement wilh the Parking Authority, we should not have to make up for any loss incurred by the authority at other parking he noted. "We also want some say in setting Ihe rales for parking." Mr. Mancari said the Parking Author- ity presented the hospital with two op- tions. Under the first option, the hospital could finance the project in conjunction (See PARKING, In the Mirror Gray Power! At a time in life when older people are expected to while their lime away in front of a television set and depend on their children am! friends, a Brookes Mills woman has declared independence. Kalhy Mellon tells her story on the page today........Page 16. Joe Wins Again "If I thought it would hurt football, I wouldn't have taken Ihe job." says Joe paterno of PSU's athletic direc- tor post. The move doesn't exactly make former AD Ed Czekaj look good, but he isn't bitter, saying what's best for the university is best for htm. The Mirror's Neil Rudel takes a look at the complex power moves in Lionland............Page a. Yesterday's Circulation: Housing Killed? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has re- jected two proposals for a 26-iinit family housing complex in Bellwood. Criticisms of the plans were released Wednesday night by the Blair County Housing and Re- development Authority......Page 27. INDEX Accidents......11 Area.............27 Crime.............S Features.......28 N.Y. Slocks.i.lS Obituaries.......4 Opinion...........8 Sports.......22-25 TV Listing.....12 WEATHER Showers, low in TONIGHT: mid-30s. TOMORROW: Scattered showers, high In the 40s. Details......Page II.   

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