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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Balanced BG boys down Hollidaysburg Life: Setting the stage for romance at home Dl iitrror Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2001 newsstand GOP selection may lead to lawsuit Jubelirer feels court action may be imminent. BY KAY STEPHENS StaffWriter The decision to have a single Blair County Republican party official select delegates for a mlniconvention where party members will decide who runs for the 9th District con- gressional seat could be ripe for a court chal- lenge. But as of Friday, the likely chal- lengers were not committed to such action. "I really don't want to do said Bill Shuster, one of the Blair County candidates seeking the congressional seat recently vacated by his father, Bud Shuster. State Senate President Pro Tern Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair, a Bill Shuster support- er, said he believes a lawsuit is imminent if delegates, or conferees, are not selected by a vote of all GOP committee members. At issue is whether the county GOP's bylaws specify that delegates should be picked by a vote of all committee members. Republican committeeman and former Blair County District Attorney William J. Haberstroh, the most vocal critic of the process, said Friday that he has not yet decided to file a lawsuit. "There are election laws that apply here, that apply to the activities of the county com- mittee and the bylaws of the county commit- tee. If they're required to be followed and the court decides they were not followed, then the court would probably have the power to see that they are Haberstroh said. Blair County GOP Chairman John H. Eichelberger Jr., also a candidate for the seat, was unavailable for comment Friday. Haberstroh was among the Republicans angered by Thursday night's closed-door meeting of the Blair County Republican Party executive committee. At that meeting, a decision was made to have the party's Senior Vice President NJ Dan Beck name Blair County's 28 dele-; gates to the miniconvention slated for Feb. n at Juniata College in Huntingdon. Those who disagreed with that decision insist that according to the bylaws governing the Blair County Republican Party, the 63 Blair County Republican committee mem- bers should be naming the 28 delegates. Please see A4 Norfolk closing wheel shop BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Stiff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Norfolk Southern will move one of the com- ponents of the railroad car shops here to another facility in Tennessee, displacing 10 workers in the process. Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband said, the company posted a 90-day notice Friday at the shops for the closure of the axle and wheel assembly operations on freight cars by May. That work then will be moved to shops in Knoxvllle, Tenn., which the compa- ny said is more centrally located in its massive rail network. The company reported all 10 workers displaced Husband by the move will be offered jobs in the Juniata locomotive shops by the time of the transfer. Currently, 385 employees work at the Hollidaysburg car shops. The other workers there will not be affected by the move, Husband said. Husband said the jobs in the wheel shops were not protected under agreement with the Surface Transportation Board, the con- gressional committee which over- saw the breakup of Conrail, and the transfer of work to Knoxville had been in the planning stages for awhile. "The move was already identi- fied in our application with the Surface Transportation Husband said. "There were certain efficiencies we needed to achieve with the merger." Other changes identified by the railroad Friday Include transfer- ring work from a paint shop in Chattanooga to the Juniata shops though no firm date was given for the move. The Hollidaysburg facility has been under threat of complete shut- down since late last year. The shops, where workers construct and rebuild a variety of freight cars for the railroad and outside contractors, are hanging by a tenuous thread while the railroad looks for new con- tracts. None have been forthcoming. "There haven't been any new contracts come in despite our Husband said. Contracts for hoods for hopper cars and work on cement cars, which the company procured in December, are being fulfilled. The company expects the work to last until late spring._____________ Mirror Staff Writer Craig Williams can be reached at 946- 7460 or at ror.com. Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 LATE NIGHT WITH Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Lisa Russley, a nurse at Altoona Hospital, does paperwork along a darkened corridor during her night shift. Third shift workers found in variety of occupations BY KEVIN OTT StaffWriter Sometimes, when Beth Marlin is working at the darkened Blair County Prison in the wee hours of the morning, she doesn't feel quite so alone. In 1885, a man named Louis Beach was executed at the prison. Sometimes, prison employees comes by to visit. One time, in the mid- dle of a hot August night, the room Marlin was in suddenly became cold and drafty. "In 10 seconds, I was out of she said. Beth Marlin works third shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night at the prison, as she's done for the past two years. Like millions of work- ers across the nation, Marlin works in- a different world than her daytime counterparts, a world of noontime naps and starlight lunches. "It takes a special kind of person, Marlin said of third-shift work. "Someone that's flexible. Someone that can stay awake." That special kind of person isn't as scarce as many might think. When many folks think of night-shift work- ers, they think of factory workers at round-the-clock plants. The graveyard shift isn't something commonly associated with white-collar work. But as watchers of "ER" can attest, the nighttime hours occupy a wide variety of people. "Almost every job category has jobs that require some sort of overnight work, from hospitals all the way down to retail said Scott Burkett of the state Department of Labor and Industry. Please see A6 Employees wtjb work alternative shifts do so for a nurnber of reasons: ature of the job 51% Mandated by employer ..13% Better pay 6% Couldn't get another job ....6% "Better child care 4% time for school 3% Better care of family .3% commute 1% !0ther reasons 14% Department o[ Labor Statistics Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington II Drug prices vary widely Study found comparison shoppers can save money on many prescription drugs. BY HOPE YEN The Associated Press HARRISBURG Prescription drug prices on average varied about 40 percent among Pennsylvania pharmacies, a finding that shows consumers who comparison shop can start saving money without Awaiting for state or federal aid, a psychologists'' group said. The study by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association showed price differ- ences in the state as much as 123 percent between pharmacies, with less expensive drugs typically found online or at discount stores such as Costco. "It was very surprising. I thought we would find a couple of drugs that were a few dollars apart in price between said Salvatore Cullari, -professor of psychology at Lebanon Valley College and the association's chairman. "It really pays to shop around." The study, conducted in November, com- pared the cost of six drugs at 88 pharmacies across the state: Avandia, which is used to treat diabetes; Lipitor, for high blood pressure; Prilosec, for reflux disease; Zyprexia, for bipo- lar disorder and schizophrenia; Wellbutrin, for depression and smoking addiction; and Zoloft, for depression. It .found the greatest price disparity for Wellbutrin, a 30-day supply of which ranged from at the Costco in King of Prussia, to at Wegman's pharmacy in Scranton. Online through drugstore.com, the prescription sold for Also greatly priced apart was Lipitor, which cost at the Girard Family Pharmacy in Philadelphia but jumped to at the Long Lane Court Pharmacy in nearby Upper Darby. The drug was the cheapest online, costing Please see A6 THREE RIVERS DEMOLITION Health concerns surround implosion BY ANDY LEFKOWTTZ The Associated Press PITTSBURGH Spectators who plan to stand outdoors Sunday to watch the implosion of Three Rivers Stadium may come away with more than they expected. An unpublished study by a doctor in Baltimore said dust from build- ing implosions may pose a health risk to those watching and to nearby residents. Dr. Timothy Buckley, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins INSIDE Pile of debt from stadium will outlast rubble PAGE A4 One last look at Three Rivers Stadium PAGE B1 Look for complete coverage of Sunday's implosion in Monday's Altoona Mirror. School of Public Health, added that staying indoors helps but does not eliminate risk altogether. "The demolition projects have increasingly been considered by many as a spectator he said. "We wanted to provide the commu- nity with information about what we found, relevant to protecting the public during these events." Three Rivers Stadium, the former home of the Pirates and Steelers, is slated to come down at 8 a.m. Sunday. Buckley and other researchers tested the air in a four-block radius around the site of a 22-story housing project in Baltimore following its implosion in August. Please see A4 WARMING UP Mirror ptioto by Gary M. Baranec John Balliet and Joe Orr, members of the Roosevelt Junior High wrestling team, take advantage of warm temperatures Friday afternoon by running laps around the intramural field across from the field house. 7 8 6 Lottery numbers, A2 Mix of sun I and clouds, Forecast, C2 Altoona iHlrror [THE GREAT COMBINATION. Call us today... Make money today. 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