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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Altoona boys dump Hollidaysburg Life: A look at new flowers available this year Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2001 newsstand Missile defense moving ahead Rumsfeld says plans will proceed regardless of other countries' objections. BY ROBERT BURNS The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush intends to move ahead with a national missile defense plan despite objections from Russia and other countries, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday. j "The president I has not been [ambivalent about Rumsfeld Itold a Pentagon I news conference las he closed out I his first week on the job. "He j intends to deploy." Bush pledged during his campaign to build a national shield to protect against limited attack from ballistic mis- siles, the secretary said. As to the landmark 1972 Anti- Ballistic Missile treaty that rules out such defenses, Rumsfeld" said, "we are in a very different world" from when the treaty was signed. "It was a long time ago that that treaty was fashioned. Technologies were noticeably different. The Soviet Union, our partner in that agreement, doesn't exist any more." Asked whether a decision would be made within the next few months on deploying such a sys- tem, Rumsfeld said, "I don't want to put a time limit on myself." Rumsfeld held forth in the Pentagon briefing room shortly after he took a ceremonial oath of office. Rumsfeld, 68, returned to the office he occupied as President Ford's defense secretary. On other matters, Rumsfeld said: He will hold meetings next week on the defense budget and it is still "an open question" whether the Bush administration will ask for additional funds. A review will be held on whether to recommend closing additional military bases as a cost- cutting measure. "One has to be respectful of taxpayers' he said. Still, he added, "I'm realistic." In recent years, Congress has over- whelmingly refused to approve additional rounds of base closings. He still agrees with a letter he signed as a private citizen support- ing efforts by the Iraqi opposition to topple Saddam Hussein. "It is not helpful" to have the Iraqi leader's regime in office, he said. Please see A6 Rumsfeld MAKING A CASE Mirror photo by Jason Sipes University of Pittsburgh students (left) and St. Vincent College students go head to head in a mock courtroom trial Friday at Penn State Altoona campus. The trial involved a mountain climbing accident and the alleged negligence of a guide. PSU Altoona hosts mock trial event BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer Quinten Steenhuis has his hand on the chair as he watched a Penn State Altoona student badger his witness just about long enough. the Carnegie Mellon University student rises to his feet. Steenhuis tells the judge there is speculation in the questions being asked by Theresa Linn Pauley. the annoyed judge roadblocks Steenhuis' wishes. Steenhuis slowly sits down. Pauley continues firing questions at the witness. Seconds later, Steenhuis grabs the arm of his chair. He looks at the judge. Then his colleagues. The judge looks up and watches Steenhuis soak up the silence. the judge states. "And I'll give you the same answer every time to that objection, counsel." Steenhuis slowly sits down, "Yes, your honor." Pauley and Steenhuis are among dozens of students in Altoona this weekend who are participating in mock trials sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association. The event, hosted by Penn State Winners from the regional tournaments advance to national competitions in the spring in DBS Moines, lorn, and St. Paul, Minn. Altoona's criminal justice program, is the first of 17 regional tourna- ments that will be held throughout the country this winter. Winners from the regional tournaments advance to national competitions in the spring in Des Moines, Iowa, and St. Paul, Minn. Carnegie Mellon and Penn State Altoona are two of about 20 teams trying a civil case that involved the death of a man who was attempting to climb Mount Everest. The plain- tiffs claim the tour guide Roger Holman was responsible for the death of one of his clients while he led a group up the mountain. While Holman, played by a Carnegie Mellon student, basically conversed with the defense attor- neys, the questions from the Penn State Altoona prosecuting team were brutal. Back and forth they went, each side continually object- ing to the other's questioning of the witnesses. It's not much different than the events found daily in courtrooms across the country. It's a game of asking the right questions while staying within the rules and keep- ing the judge content. In this case, the judge is played by Hollidaysburg attorney Ben Claar. Instead of rendering a ver- dict at the end of this trial, he will award points for performance. While each team wants to win, it's the experience that really counts. As a veteran attorney, Claar pro- vides the students with the experience of what if s like facing a real judge. "In any trial, there is an element of unpredictability. The judge is going to throw you a curve at he said. "Sometimes the judge's demeanor is going to be unappropriate." Prior to appearing in the class- room courtroom, the students have spent many hours learning about the case and how to follow the prop- er procedures. Training the two Penn State Altoona teams was par- tially the job of Mary Ann Probst. Probst is a clerk for Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan. Please see A3 County wins two labor disputes BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG A Blair County sheriffs deputy is promising to file a civil lawsuit after the county won two disputes that an employee union last year took to the state Labor Relations Board. In the charges, the union said the county disciplined sheriffs deputy Michael Kozak and denied a promotion to a probation officer because of their union affiliations. The Labor Relations Board hearing examiner recently decided there'was not enough evidence to support that claim or a separate one filed by the United Mine Workers of America. Kozak said Thursday that he plans to file a civil lawsuit in his case. One of the questions that could go before the county Court of Common Pleas is whether the commisr sioners have the power to discipline employees who work under other elected officials. Blair County Board of Commissioners Chairman John J. Ebersole said he expected the county to prevail and was satisfied with the rulings. "There was no basis for those Ebersole said. The state labor relations hearing examiner did not address that question last year during a hearing in Pittsburgh. Instead, the hearing examiner set aside that issue, claiming it had no bearing on whether Blair County commissioners disciplined Kozak because of his union activities. Commissioners last year suspended Kozak for a week without pay after he was involved in a two-vehicle acci- dent, resulting in damage to the county vehicle he was driving and to the other vehicle. At the time of the suspension, commissioners said their policy allowed them to discipline employees for accidents where they conclude the employee is negligent, Kozak questioned why that's fair when he observed traffic laws by stopping befpre entering the intersection and when Altoona police didn't cite him because of poor visibility at the intersection. Ebersole said the collision should not have happened. W. T. Williams, Blair County personnel director, said the blind intersection cannot be used as an excuse. "That's reason to be even more Williams said. Kozak said he was disappointed with the hearing exam- iner's decision but was glad the union challenged the action. At the hearing in Pittsburgh, commissioner John IL Eichelberger Jr. testified that he and the other commis- sioners were not aware of Kozak's involvement with the union. Eichelberger said they suspended Kozak in line with the county's policy to protect county property and that other employees have been disciplined for the same reason. "My feeling is that they discriminated against me for some Kozak said. On the other unfair labor ruling, the hearing examiner cleared the county of discriminating against a county parole officer when it didn't promote him to another job in the department. The officer had been involved in union organizing activities, said the union. County officials maintained that they were not aware of. his union-related activities when they were filling the job and chose to hire someone else. Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens can be reached at 7456 or Sub guy gives low down on diet BY MIA ROHART AND KEVIN OTT StaffWriters Jared Fogle, the man who lost 245 pounds by eating low-fat sub shop sandwiches, signed autographs and shared his inspiration at the Logan Valley Mall Friday. At 20 years old, the 6-foot-2 Indiana University junior business management major weighed 420 pounds, he said. He now weighs about 190 pounds. "For me to walk from my apartment to my car was Fogle said. Friends and acquaintances didn't even ask if he wanted to participate when they played sports. Physically he would not have been able to, but it would have felt nice to have been asked, he said. "I was ignored when I was that heavy. People don't know how to deal with you so they ignore Fogle said. There came a point when it was just too much. "I was sick and tired of Fogle said. As graduation neared, job interviews joined health as a reason to diet, Fogle said. First impressions are important, and heavy indi- viduals are subject to stereotyping, he said. Fogle had been heavy since childhood, he said. He was not genetically predisposed to be fat, nor does he have any medical condition or eating disorder that he is aware of, he said. He just ate far too much fast food and did not exercise enough. Please see A3 Jared Fogle holds a pair of his old pants from his heavier days Friday at the Logan Valley Mall. Fogle lost 245 pounds by eating low-fat sandwiches from Subway and getting more exercise. Mirror photo by Mia Rohart Mother trying to keep son's spirit alive with keepsakes BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter The grieving mother of Alt.iona murder victim John W. Eichelberger IV, who maintained the rides at Lakemont Park, wants to keep his name alive by distributing replicas of a carousel horse a ride that Eichelberger loved. "The first thing on the midway is the carousel. It's always been the symbol of the amusement park. He always loved the music of the said his mother, Jackie W. Washburn of Phoenix. Although Eichelberger, 41, died as the result of a stabbing more than six months ago, Washburn said she still cries daily and has found no clo- sure in the death of her son. City police have not made an arrest in Eichelberger's death, and Washburn said she won't be able to rest until the killer is known. While Washburn waits for the investigation to conclude, she wants to remember her son and to thank Altoona residents for the Please see A3 ;_; DELIVERY: Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 V BttFOUR 5 2 H 9 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy snow, Forecast, C2 Altonna mirror I THE GKlAT CpMBEMATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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