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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 5, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Williamsburg girls edge B-A to stay perfect Bl Life: Five easy ways to lose those extra five pounds Dl illtrrnr Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JANUARY 5T 2001 50C newsstand SHUSTER QUITS: The fallout Funded projects OK, others in limbo BY KAY STEPHENS StaffWriter 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 fed- eral money is he said. "The same for Convention Center Boulevard, the Water Street bypass... the Route 865 BeUwood 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 con- nector 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 million warehouse, but local offi- cials had hopes of additional development at that site and of Shuster coming through with fed- eral dollars to improve Business Route 220 and the Sproul inter- change. Please see A3 POSSIBLE SUCCESSORS Mirror KeNy 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. At left: A photo of congressional candidate Bud Shuster driving a tractor on his farm in West Providence _ 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. Courtesy photo Bill Shuster ElNM: 1972 (15th term) GOP insiders, not voters, likely to tab successor BY WlLUAM ElBLER StaffWriter Political analysts said a Republican is almost certain; to replace Bud Sinister in the OOP-dominated 9th S Congressional District. Which Republican will be decijfe ed by a small band of political operatives, not popular appeal in a regular election. With county party chairmen picking delegates to a mini-con- vention, the nomination favors experienced and well-con- nected people, said Bob O'Connofc; a political science professor at f Penn State University. For the candidates, the key j issue is: "Who are the people t going to that he said. "You don't care about any- body else." State Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altooria; and Blair County Commissioner'- John Eichelbergef are interested in the job and are politically well- connected Republicans in Blair County. Blair is largest among the dis- trict's 11 counties and Franklin County is second most populous, so one of those two counties may be the source for the eventual win- ner, Blair has another well-connect- ed potential candidate, but the w; connection is familial: Bill -J j Shuster, the congressman's His father didn't do him any favors by his unusual just after re-election, denying the political novice son the opportuni- ty to appeal to the people. Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Please see A3 Shutter's Democratic oppontMt during his 15 terms: Hess Mtsportaferi fTEA-21) and iMto (AIR- 1960 ensures funding'for major improvements well into the 21st Century. Secured millions in funding to rebuild and rename Route 220 as Interstate 99, the 53-mile Bud Shuster Highway, a mow unlocked tnwmous KO- afrptayeronthr best basketball team that Gteport High School ever had." a rmfor 1980s amprign to tatty aflv he recovered from innate suffered in a serious traffic accident Bsttfi contributions in the Mirror story raised questions about how a Bedford County road contractor raised the money. ftetHHd MM at reproval from the House 1984-Nancy Gulp 1986 Unopposed 19M Unopposed 1990 1992 Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington (I Tyrone chief moving on amid controversy BY WAIT FRANK StaffWriter TYRONE Dale Frye's home- coming 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, sub- mitted a letter of resignation Thursday. Today is his last day on the job. "My initial intention was to stay here until I 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 disagree- ments with borough officials about how the department is staffed and operated. Please see A7 suburbs STARTINB 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 10 of VHTs all-time list From Mirror and wire reports which bridged the Beatles' moptop era with their experimental years in the stu- dio, was judged the best album in rock 'n' roll history by experts in a VHl poll released Thursday. The Beatles accounted for four of the top 10 on VHl's list of the 100 greatest albums, and at least one local music aficionado isn't crazy about the top 10 choices. "I could probably name 25 albums off the top of my head that a lot of people would think should be on that said Dave Parry, who teaches philosophy Complete list of the top 100 albums of all 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 overrep- resented on VHl's list. which was released in 1966, included "Eleanor "She Said She "Here, There and Everywhere" and "Tomorrow Never Knows." "'Revolver' is just invulnera- said Bill Flanagan, VHl 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 origi- nal American record. It has eclipsed the better- known "Sgt. Pepper's Lonety Hearts Club which wait No. 10 on VHl's list but judget only the fourth best .Beatles album. ;j Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Periods of snow, Forecast, C2 Business Hospitals Obituaries Opinion A4 Classifieds A7 I C3-8 Movies Scoreboard A6 B3 B5 muM Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4   

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