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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Snowstorm causes 116-car pileup near D.C. S Altoona doctor uncovers breast cancer link UKrrur Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2001 500 newsstand Car shop's closing has regional economic impact BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer Pat Miller was ready. Though he admits he isn't a crystal ball gazer, solid common sense led the deputy director of the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. to plan ahead and add the Hollidaysburg Car Shop to the state's latest tax abatement program in an effort to attract new businesses. When the Hollidaysbury Car Shop closes, about million will be lost in the local economy. But now, with Norfolk Southern Corp. committed to abandoning the shop, ABCD must refocus their marketing efforts as the economic impact of the loss of work spreads far beyond the midwinter shadow of Brush Mountain falling on the vacant rail yards. "As soon as the governor [Tom Ridge] announced the second round of Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone designations in December, and it coincided with the first announcement of the plant closing in November, it made all the sense in the world to include the car Miller said. Late last year, when Norfolk Southern first hinted they would close the shops, ABCD Executive Director Martin Marasco estimated the economic impact would go way beyond losing jobs. Marasco said for every dollar in lost wages, the community would lose another In current terms, that means a total loss of about million to the local economy. But responding to economic adversity is what ABCD is all about. Miller saideven if the plant hadn't closed, the tax incentives, which include real estate and corporate income tax abatements, could help to attract new developers to the facility, something the railroad admitted it has failed to do. "We felt if we leaked the KOEZ designa- tion, it would help the railroad to entice other companies to the land, which is Please see A9 DALE EARNHARDT: 1951-2001 Funeral director offering tribute BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer An Altoona funeral director is offering area NASCAR fans a chance to pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt. Fans can visit Jones Funeral Home, 1222 13th Ave., today and Saturday, where they can sign a memorial book that will be sent to the Earnhardt family to share con- dolences and prayers. Earnhardt, 49, was killed Sunday dliring a crash on the final lap at the Daytona 500. Earnhardt is my gjid Bob Jones, owner of the funer- al home. "He was my driver. Winston Cup racing will never be the same. Thousands gather in Charlotte church to mourn PACE B1 "When I'd tune in on Sundays, I'd always be looking for the black No. 3 car to see where it was run- ning." For much of his career, that car, Earnhardt's trademark, was at or near the front of the pack, posting more than 70 victories and seven Winston Cup championships. gThat kind of success inspired a loyalty that few athletes in history can match. I'.'He.was just the best driver said Sbnya Wible of Tyrone, who visited the funeral home Thursday. "He was a great person." That loyalty inspired Altoona NASCAR fan Marsha Cox to sug- gest the memorial service to Jones. "I heard on the radio that a funeral home in Cumberland, Md., was doing it for Cox said. "When I did, I decided to ask Mr. Jones if he was interested in stag- ing this, and he agreed." The book will be in one parlor, wjiere it is surrounded by feementos of Earnhardt, including pfiotbgraphs, flowers, balloons and souvenirs of his career. Please see A14 JAFFA SPORTS SHOW Bob Sarp from the Philadelphia area shows Jon Bartley of Altoona a Marlin 43-70 double anniver- sary limited edition rifle that will be raffled off during the Jaffa Sports Show. Outdoor oddities Expo exhibits range from unique to bizarre BY KEVIN OTT StaffWriter On a table in the basement of the Jaffa Mosque is a bladed weapon. It sits among several of its cousins, but it stands out: It's held in the fist like brass knuckles, and a curved blade juts out from the flat part of the fist. You can't help but wonder what you'd do with it. "Whatever you jokes Joseph Ghallager, owner and operator of Big G Knives, which maintains one of about'250 booths at the Jaffa Sports Show. At the show, it's easy to get lost in the guns and ammo and bows and arrows and taxidermy and fishing you'd expect to see at an outdoor But tucked among the camouflage and steel, a few eye-catchers sit Big G offers dozens of hunting and carv- ing knives, some with impressively long blades. Behind the counter, there are knives for the serious collector. One has the head of one of the creatures from "Alien" on its hilt. Another is a repli- ca of the double-sided throwing weapon Wesley Snipes used when he played a vam- pire hunter in "Blade." There are mock samurai swords and bodkins made to look like Medusa. There are daggers for display, knives that weigh too much to be used for anything other than show, Do people buy a lot of them? "As a rule, he says. "You don't usu- .ally sell them because people don't want to shell out the cash." The "Blade" weapon costs Others are comparable. Please see All IF YOU GO What: The 19th annu- al Jaffa Sports Show Where: Jaffa Mosque, Broad Avenue, Altoona When: noon to 9 p.m. today, iO 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: for ages 13 and older, for children ages 4-12 and free for children under 4 with an adult DIGITAL DISTRICT Computer coverage coming to Cove A total of million will be used for improvements during the next two years, Gov. Tom Ridge announced. BY MICHAEL EMERY Staff Writer ROARING SPRING The Spring Cove School District rolled out the red carpet Thursday as Gov. Tom Ridge announced Spring Cove is one of Pennsylvania's first Digital School Districts. One of three winners in the state competition, Spring Cove will receive up to million during the next two years for technology improvements. Carlisle Area and Quaker Valley school districts also were selected. "These will be the first digital school districts in the Ridge said in the student-packed middle school auditorium heavily decorated with red and white balloons. "Together, they will teach us powerful new ways to make sure all our children learn and hrhelp our communities to learn with them. Each district will be a dynamic model of 21st century education." The governor said the challenge for the digital school districts is to utilize technology to help students better attain the best possible education. Superintendent James'W. Scott thanked Ridge for providing the district with a huge opportunity, and'SE said Spring Cove plans on putting the project in motion as soon as the money is released. "You've also given us some great Scott said. "Thanks to this wonderful Initiative, we are on the threshold of something truly exciting." Spring Cove's partnership with Penn State University and Schoolwires Inc. of State College laid the groundwork for the grant. A plan was drafted to "make learning available anywhere, anytime, at your Scott said. Specifically, Spring Cove will enable each student to gain access to the best educators in the world. Technology will allow students to have their work immediately analyzed and critiqued by other students, teachers, college professors, corporate executives or anyone worldwide. .In addition, distance learning will provide access to classes taught anywhere in the world. Parents will have, the ability to interact with their children's teachers as well as monitor their children's activities. Please see A12 Roker extends olive branch to green mascot BY KEVIN OTT StBff Writer now it's over. For real this gttavial TV weatherman Al Roker finally apologized for his unpro- fpked assault on Altoona Curve Steamer Thursday in an eeirly morning televised appearance. would never call anyone's 'stupid' that looked like a Igg, green, pregnant he said. "I'm so sorry, Steamer. So very sorry." Roker called Steam- er "stupid" on national television in front of millions of people on Groundhog Day, when the kelly-hued mascot appeared on "The Today Show" along with other mascots from Pennsylvania. Please see AH 1MSIDI TODAY Induction shines spotlight on quiet Catholic cardinals From Mirror staff and wire reports ROME They belong to a tiny group of elderly elite, these "princes" of the Roman Catholic Church known as cardinals, who lead a faith that has 1 billion believers worldwide. Among them, one might eventually become pope. This week, Pope John Paul II in church par- lance "created" 44 new cardinals by granting them their red hats, bringing to 184 the number of men comprising the College of Cardinals, where the average age is 71. Bishop Joseph V. Adamec of the Altoona- i Johnstown Catholic Diocese noted three of the new cardinals are from the United States Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, D.C., Edward Michael Egan of New York City and Jesuit Father Avery Dulles, professor at New York's Fordham University. j Cardinals have been the sole electors of the pon- tiff for nearly years. For centuries, they have chosen from theiv own ranks, locked away in a secret conclave. Please see A6 DEUVEKY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BMFOMt o Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, Foreifst, C3 LOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion QSPORTS Local Scoreboard A9 A10 A13 AS i NATION Classifieds C5-14 QJUFE I Comics D5 I Community news D2 B4 I Puzzles D4 I Television D4 IN STATE Police in suburban Pittsburgh arrested a man wanted in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old child. i PAGE A10   

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