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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 5, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Williamsburg girls edge B-A to stay perfect 81 Life: Five easy ways to lose those extra five pounds DIAltona Mirror © Copyright 2001    FRIDAY,    JANUARY    5,    2001    50C    newsstand in limbo By Ray Stephens Staff Writer When PennDOT spokesman Asbury Lee first learned that U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster was retiring, his first thought was: “Things are going to change now.” On second thought, Lee realized nothing will happen immediately because Shuster’s work will allow current projects to keep moving forward during the next couple of years. “1-99, the Plank Road widening, the Chestnut Avenue project — those projects are funded; the federal money is committed,” he said. “The same for Convention Center Boulevard, the Water Street bypass ... the Route 865 Bellwood bridge project.” But some other projects likely will get caught in the transition from Shuster to his successor. While funding is in place for widening Altoona’s Chestnut Avenue, no federal funds have been promised to build the connector linking it to the Pinecroft interchange of Interstate 99. Funding is in place to develop and provide access to the Greenfield Township site where Sheetz Inc. plans to build a $20 million warehouse, but local officials had hopes of additional development at that site and of Shuster coming through with federal dollars to improve Business Route 220 and the Sproul interchange. Please see Projects/Page A3 By William Kibler Staff Writer Political analysts said a Republican is almost certain to replace Bud Shuster in the GOP-dominated 9th Congressional District. Which Republican will be dec id* ed by a small band of political operatives, not popular appeal as in a regular election. With county party chairmen ; picking delegates to a mini-con- -vention, the nomination process favors experienced and well-connected people, said Bob O’Connor, a political science professor at Penn State University. For the candidates, the key issue is: “Who are the people going to that convention?” he said. “You don’t care about anybody else.” State Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, and Blair County Commissioner John Eichelberger are interested in the job and are politically wellconnected Republicans in Blair County. Blair is largest among the district’s ll counties and Franklin County is second most populous, so one of those two counties may be the source for the eventual winner, observers said. Blair has another well-connected potential candidate, but the connection is familial: Bill Shuster, the congressman’s son. His father didn’t do him any favors by his unusual resignation just after re-election, denying the political novice son the opportunity to appeal to the people. Please see Successor/Page A3 Punt Courtesy photo At left: A photo of congressional candidate Bud Shuster driving a tractor on his farm in West Providence Township, Bedford County, appeared in a 1972 campaign brochure. At right: Shuster shares a laugh with U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., during a press conference in April 1992. Bill Shuster    Hess Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Elected: 1972 (15th term) Hometown: Everett Bom: Jan 23 1932 Glassport, Pa. Religion: United Church of Christ Family: Wife, Patricia; five children Education: U. of Jjttsbuigh, B.S. 1954: Duquesne U., M B A. 1960; American IJ., Ph.D. 1967 Military Service: Army, 1954-56 Carom: Computer industry executive Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1973-present From 19Q? Mirror Sunday Spotlight: Pet peeve: Wasting time Favorite movie “Pride of the Yankees" Favorite music: Strauss waltzes Tchaikovsky’s works “Tm not a big fan of rock and roll. I don’t understand it." Little known claim to tamo: “I was the worst basketball player on the best basketball team that Glassport High School ever had.” I Shepherded major ground transportation (TEA-21) and airline (AIR-21) legislation through Congress that ensures funding for major improvements well into the 21st Century. I Secured millions in funding to rebuild and rename Route 220 as Interstate 99, the 53-mile Bud Shuster Highway, a move which unlocked enormous economic potential for central Pennsylvania. I Spearheaded a major 1980s campaign to improve seatbelt safety after he recovered from injuries he suffered in a serious traffic accident ■ Locked horns with federal transportation officials and consumer advocate Ralph Nader during the 1980s over mandatory airbag requirements. ■ Shuster's campaign returned $9,000 in contributions in the early 1990s after an Altoona Mirror story raised questions about how a Bedford County road contractor raised the money. ■ Received a letter of reproval from the House ethics committee for questionable ties to a lobbyist who was formerly his chief of staff and for accepting gifts from groups who had legislation before his committee Shuster’s Democratic opponents during his 15 terms: 1972 1974 1976 1971 1989 1982-1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 -1998 -2000 - - Earl P. Conins - Robert D. Ford -Unopposed - Blaine L. Hsrvice -Unopposed -Fugene Duncan - Nancy Culp - Unopposed - Unopposed - Unopposed ■ Unopposed Unopposed Monte Kemmier Monte Kemmler Unopposed Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll Tyrone chief moving on amid controversy By Walt Frank Staff Writer TYRONE — Dale Frye’s homecoming didn’t last as long as he had hoped. Frye, 56, who returned to his hometown in August 1999 to take over as borough police chief, submitted a letter of resignation Thursday. Today is his last day on the job. “My initial intention was to stay here until I retired,” said Frye, a 1962 graduate of Tyrone Area High School. But he has accepted a position as a police policy specialist with the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services in Harrisburg. He will begin his new job Jan. 22. Frye had returned to Tyrone after retiring from the FBI, where he worked as a special agent for 29 years, 21 of them in the Johnstown office. But his term as police chief has been marked by ongoing disagreements with borough officials about how the department is staffed and operated. Please see Chief/Page A7 I DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 0005T |    BIG FOUR 7    4    16 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Periods of snow, 31° ■ Forecast, C2 Our STARTING SUNDAY It’s not as high-profile as drug-related crime. It’s not as basic as the economy. That’s why the specter of sprawl may be the biggest problem facing the nation, state and region that you’ve never heard of. Beginning Sunday, Staff Writer William Kibler takes a look at how this big-city problem may be creeping up on Blair County, and what, if anything, we should do about it. Look for it every Sunday this January, only in the Mirror. They love you, yeah, yeah, yeah Beatles land fab four albums in top IO of VHI’s all-time list From Mirror and wire reports “Revolver,” which bridged the Beatles’ moptop era with their experimental years in the studio, was judged the best album in rock ’n’ roll history by experts in a VHI poll released Thursday. The Beatles accounted for four of the top IO on VHI’s list of the IOO greatest albums, and at least one local music aficionado isn’t crazy about the top IO choices. “I could probably name 25 albums off the top of my head that a lot of people would think should be on that list,” said Dave Parry, who teaches philosophy ■ Complete list of the top 10O albums of all time/ Page D6 at Penn State University and plays blues guitar. He would have picked The Beatles’ 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” as top on the list, but he felt the Fab Four were overrepresented on VHI’s list. “Revolver,”    which    was released in 1966, included “Eleanor Rigby,” “She Said She Said,” “Taxman,” “Here, There and Everywhere” and "Tomorrow Never Knows.” “‘Revolver’ is just invulnerable,” said Bill Flanagan, VHI executive producer. “Every track is great. Every track is like a polished jewel.” The album’s reputation has grown recently, particularly when its compact disc re-release restored songs left off the original American record. It has eclipsed the better-known “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which was No. IO on VHI’s list but judged only the fourth best Beatles album. Please see Beatles/Page A8 UMI I ll I ■' III Hill —MM 0 LOCAL Business A4 Hospitals Obituaries A7 A7 Opinion A6 €3 SPORT! I Movies B3 Scoreboard B5 i Q NAHON Classifieds C3-8 □ UK Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 POSSIBLE SUCCESSORS Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, stands in his office in Washington, D.C., in this February 1999 photo. Shuster’s announcement sent shock waves through the political community.SHUSTER QUITS: The fallout Coy    Eichelberger Funded projects OK, others GOP insiders, not voters, likely to tab successor ;

  • Arlen Specter
  • Bill Flanagan
  • Bill Shuster
  • Blaine L. Hsrvice
  • Bud Shuster
  • Dale Frye
  • Dave Parry
  • Earl P. Conins
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Fugene Duncan
  • J.D. Cavrich
  • John Eichelberger
  • Kelly Bennett
  • Nancy Culp
  • Ralph Nader
  • Rick Geist
  • Robert D. Ford
  • Tom Worthington
  • William Kibler

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: January 5, 2001

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