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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania jUt00na mirror Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2001 newsstand IN NATION Escaped murderers hold hostages IN BUSINESS Market opens door for Roth IRA switch First of two parts Coming Monday: The day of March 23 in the life ofAltoona Area High School As school rumor snowballs, education takes back seat Editor's note: This is a look back at a week where rumors of school violence grabbed a community's collective ear, while facts went by the wayside. There was no violence in the Altoona schools last week, but just the idea of it occurring was enough to disrupt the educational atmosphere. BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter Brandon Ledford is thinking about ditching school Friday. It will be the first day he's ever missed in high school. The 17-year-old Altoona Area High School junior has high hopes of grad- uating without missing a day, but it may end this week. Word on the street is something's going down Friday. What exactly it is depends on who's talking. If you believe the talk in the halls, the writing on the wall said it will be a bomb. Or is it a gun? Whatever it is, it's going to happen in the afternoon. During fifth period, or was it fourth? Possibly during a weather drill. Ledford isn't sure, but everybody's talk- ing. Classes that once started with the pass- ing-in of homework are now eased into as students pick the teachers' brain to get the inside story. But the teachers aren't talking. "Right now, I don't want to go to Brandon says. "I would really want to be there, but at the same time I'm frightened about the whole thing." It's only Tuesday, but the talk grips the student body a little more each day. It didn't all happen overnight. District administrators and security personnel have been pulling their hair but for the past week responding to anony- mous tips and concerns about Friday.'. _ Please see All Forgione Boyer owner, 55, dies BY CRAIG WILLIAMS StaffWriter Anthony P. Forgione, president of Boyer Candy Co. Inc., died Friday night after being admitted to Bon Secours-Hqly Family Hospital, Boyer Chief Financial I Officer Roger Raybuck I said Saturday. I A close friend and busi- l ness associate of Forgione's for more than 10 years, Raybuck said Forgione, 55, died amidst I close friends and rela- lives. No funeral date has 1 been announced. Raybuck said the Boyer Candy plant will be closed next week in honor of the com- pany's deceased president and chief executive officer. Raybuck confirmed he Please see A3 PSU POST-GAME DISTURBANCE Racket nets 20 arrests STATE COLLEGE (AP) Several thousand people jammed into the street, hurled firecrackers, cans and bottles and tried to tear down lampposts after Penn State lost to Temple in the NCAA Tournament Friday night. Twenty people, 14 of them Penn State stu- dents, were arrest- PSU will try to build on its tourney success PAGE C1 ed early Saturday on public drunken- ________________ness and other charges in the East Beaver Street area, police said. Police used pepper spray to try to move the crowd out of the street. Emergency medical personnel respond- ed to a report of a woman who needed stitches about 1 a.m., and police said at least two officers were struck in the head with beer bottles. People started throwing bottles from the balconies of apartments overlooking .the street shortly after midnight, and the crowd in the street eventually grew to about police estimated. .It took officers until about a.m. to groups trying to topple the light npoles and restore calm to the street. Chief Tom King said the distur- f-bance was less destructive than violence StKat erupted in July and an earlier dis- Tvturbance in 1998, both during an annual festival. Please see A12 9TH DISTRICT CONGRESS PROFILE A place to call his own In shadow of famous father, Shuster seeks political niche Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Congressional candidate Bill Shuster meets Clara Nagle while campaigning door-to-door on 21st Avenue in Altoona. Editor's note: This is the second in a series of profiles on the candi- dates for the 9th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter Bill Shuster is leaving the Veeder-Root plant in Altoona after the first stop of the day for his congressional campaign. It's just a few hundred yards from the plant to Interstate 99. That's 1-99, as in the Bud Shuster highway. Bud Shuster, as in Bill Shuster's father and the region's longtime congressman. Bud Shuster, while in office, rounded up millions of dollars for the 80-mile stretch of 1-99 from Bedford to Milesburg. He corralled the money in Washington and sent it to central Pennsylvania, where it employed construction workers to build it and paved the way for other businesses to expand or improve their operations. Is that immovable ribbon of con- crete a political advantage for the son? You bet, political experts say. Haying swept the Republican nomination with a first-ballot miniconvention victory last month, Shuster is a heavy favorite to beat Democrat Scott ConklMn a special election May 15, says Dan DiLeo, political science professor at Penn State Altoona. It's unlikely that even a big cam- paigning mistake can hurt Shuster, DiLeo says. "I can't imagine what he could do to he says. It's a tad frosty at Veeder-Root as union workers trickle in around 6 a.m. Please see A4, INSIDE TODAY.. The big screen's biggest stars will be shining brightly tonight as Hollywood turns out for the Oscars. 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