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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Wrestling struggles to attract participants Life: Chocolate Lovers' Festival set for Saturday Dl trror Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2001 newsstand Dale Earnhardt poses with Linda Despot after a 1992 race in the Poconos. Despot sponsored a bonus for winning lap No. 46, in honor of the million she won in a lottery with her then- boyfriend. DALE EARNHARDT: 1951-2001 Area woman remembers Courtesy photo BY WILLIAM KIBLEK Staff Writer Linda Despot of Hollidaysburg pulled out her credit card at the grocery checkout Monday, a Visa imprinted with the likeness of Dale Earnhardt, a card she'd car- ried with pride for years, and it hit her. The Intimidator had checked out. Death had claimed NASCAR's greatest driver. Earnhardt had gone to a place where neither celebrity nor Some blame Sterling Marlin for death PAOE B1_________ money makes a difference but in the early 1990s, he'd shared his celebrity with Despot and razzed her about money something they both had plenty of. A longtime fan of the North Carolinian, Despot first met him with then-boyfriend Don Woomer at a race in Atlanta in the late 1980s. They received an invitation from a NASCAR official who'd read about their winning a million lottery jackpot and their fondness for the racetrack. But Despot didn't really get to know Earnhardt until 1992 when she sponsored a bonus in a race at Pocono for winning lap No. 46, in honor of the lottery vic- tory. She declared Earnhardt was her favorite driver, so officials put her on stage with him before the race. Please see A6 Funeral: Dale Earnhardt's funerals will be held at noon Thursday at Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. The service will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations: The Earnhardt family asks that instead of flowers, donations be sent to the Foundation for the Carolinas, a nonprofit philanthropic organization. The address is: Foundation for the Carolinas In Honor of Dale Earnhardt P.O. Box 34769 i Charlotte, NC 28234-4769 NEW DIGS SET IN STONE W Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett 'orkers continue construction on a new office complex for New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. The million facility on Town Hill Road is expected to be completed this fall- I PAGE A9 Seduction, murder plot results in jail BY MIA RoHAftT Staff Writer EBENSBURG Emotions ran high in the Cambria County Courthouse Tuesday as Michelle Clark of Johnstown was sentenced to 12 to 30 years in a state correction- al institution for her part in the March 1999 mur- der of the father of her two children. Robert Hawks, 35, was shot by Robert Hudson, a juvenile with whom Clark had developed a sexual relationship, according to court documents. "Michelle, you are a cold-hearted murderer. You might as well have pulled the trigger said Roxanne Mosch, Hawks' sister. Mosch was visibly shaking as she addressed the court. Clark read from a prepared state- ment before she was sentenced. Clark "I realize my relationship with Bobby Hudson was wrong and not morally or legally right. I was emo- tionally put of control at the time I into this she saiel. i- "I am not trying to make excuses for my actions, but I admit I was not mentally or emotionally stable when I met Bobby." Just before her trial was sched- uled to begin last month, Clark pleaded no contest to charges 'of criminal solicitation of homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual z She also pleaded guilty-tb multi-' pie accounts of statutory sexual assault. Hudson, now 17, already had pleaded guilty to third-degree mur- der and had promised to testify at Clark's trial that the woman' he used to baby-sit for seduced him and threatened to abandon him'jf he did not help her kill Hawks. Please see AS Student wearing Ten Commandments in school NEW WILMINGTON (AP) A high school student who was told he couldn't hang the Ten Commandments on his lock- er has decided he'll hang them on himself. Chris Cotelesse has been wearing a homemade sandwich board bearing the commandments in the hallways of Wilmington High School since school offi- cials took the piece of paper from his lock- er three weeks ago. "I want the word of God in schools. I want people to see it. And if 1 can't hang it on the walls or the lockers, I'll hang it on whatever I can, which is Cotelesse, a senior, told the New Castle News. Cotelesse and some friends originally posted the Decalogue in their lockers as part of National Ten Commandments Day in November. They remained there for about two months before principal William Lyon told the students to remove them. Cotelesse returned the following day with the commandments taped to his shirt, and two days later with the sand- wich board, which is made out of card- board and string. Despite his opposition to the Ten Commandments being posted in lockers or anywhere else in the school, Lyon said he has no problem with Cotelesse's ready- to-wear religious statement as long as it isn't disruptive. have a lot of respect for Chris. I respect any student who's willing to stand up for his religious beliefs, no matter what they Lyon said. "But using .the sclural itself, the school facilities, to post religious writings, that's just something the school couldn't allow to happen." Some students have hailed Cotelesse as a rebel; he dismissed it. "I'm not rebelling against Mr. Lyon. He told me not to put them on my locker, and I'm not doing Cotelesse said. "But I'm not going to rebel against God either-) which is more important." Cotelesse said he plans to wear the sawi- wich board for the remainder of the sctiM year including when he walks acf.OSS the stage to graduate. Meanwhile, he's getting mixed review! from fellow students. Some tell him not too nicely to lose the sandwich board; others support him, Blair County Airport named crucial travel link Matt Myers, customer service agent with TJS Airways, unloads baggage from a flight Friday afternoon at the Altoona- Blair County Airport. Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 MPOM 1234 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny, flurries, Forecast, C2 The Martinsburg facility is listed among the nation's 100 most needed airports, according to a trade organization. BY KAY STEPHENS StaffWriter may think the sig- nificance of the Altoona-Blair County Airport stops at the county border. But according to the National Air Transportation Association, it's one of the nation's 100 most needed airports. The association, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., represents more than aviation businesses that own, operate and ser- vice aircraft. It recently compiled a list of 100 airports that have significance as regional links in the nation's system of air travel. Larger airports like those in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia weren't considered for the list because the focus was to call attention to the significance of smaller links in the nation's air travel system, NATA spokesman David Kennedy said. On the list, Pennsylvania had three airports selected from nominations filed with the asso- ciation. Other than the Altoona-Blair County Airport, the University Park Airport in State College and the Allentown Queen City Airport in Allentown made the list. Kennedy said the Altoona-Blair County and the University Park airports made the list because of their regional importance in offer- ing air travel. Please see A6 Altoona Ultrror THE GREAT Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBfNATiON of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 The Altoona-Blair County was one of three small aicports itw Pennsylvania recently identified by an air industry group as crucial transportation links: Altoona-Blair County Airport, Martinsburg University Park Airport, State College Allentown Queen City Airport, Allentown Mirror graphic by Tom Worthingtofljl QLOCAL Business Hospitals Obituaries Opinion f3 SPORTS Local Scoreboard Aft A11 A11 AS B4 BS H NATION Classifieds C4-12 UJUFE Comics DS Community news D2 Movies D3 Television D4 The Jaffa Sports ShW special section in today's Mirror. It includes seminar schedt-J ules, feature stories a map of the booths. show starts Thursday; and continues Sunday.   

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