Altoona Mirror, April 13, 2001 : Front Page

Publication: Altoona Mirror April 13, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY _Altoona    Central-Catholic students perform Living Stations. / Nation: McVeigh’s execution for bombing to be telecast. / Cl_. The circus is coming to town. Jaffa opens doors Monday. / DIAltona Mirror © Copyright 2001 Businesses hit by drug use of employees By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer Illegal drugs are taking a toll on local businesses, but more employers are fighting back by establishing ways to help employees. Even though stereotypes picture a drug user as destitute and living on the street, nearly three-fourths of all illegal drug users are employed, according to Drug Free Pennsylvania Inc. But those employees with drug problems are costing businesses. Appleton Papers Inc. mill manager John Showalter believes too many companies turn a blind eye to the problems that could be affecting employees. “You have to assume that a lot of things happening in society are carried into the workplace,” he said. “We know people are impacted by alcohol and drugs. You’d be naive to assume it doesn’t enter the workplace.” As Roaring Spring’s largest employer, the paper mill started a drug program several years ago with union leaders. Employees who have drug problems or are ■ More than 70 percent of all illegal drug users are employed. ■ Workplace drug-related problems cost U.S. companies more than $100 billion each year. ■ Up to 40 percent of all industrial fatalities and 47 percent of industrial injuries are linked to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. ■ 15 percent of drug users have gone to work high in the past year. 18 percent of users skipped work in the past month. ■ Drug-affected workers are less productive, miss three times as many workdays, are more likely to injure themselves or others and are five times more likely to file worker’s compensation claims. Statistics provided by National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. found during random testing first are directed toward rehabilitation, Showalter said. Please see Drug/Page AIQ Crew disputes Chinese account By Barry Schweid The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Navy crew members returning Thursday from ll days of detention disputed China’s account of the collision that brought down their surveillance plane, saying a Chinese pilot was at fault. President Bush said “tough questions” would be put to China at an inquiry next week. His tone stern, Bush said at the White House, “The kind of incident we have just been through does not advance a constructive relationship between our countries.” With clearly different emotions, Bush also spoke by telephone to Lt. ■ U.S. crew back on American soil / Page Cl Shane Osborn, the mission commander. The rest of the crew listened to the conversation on a speakerphone. “Y’all there?” Bush asked. “We’re all here, sir. Thank you for getting us here,” Osborn said. “Welcome home. We appreciate you. You did your duty. You represent the best of America,” the president said. “As an old F-102 pilot, let me tell you, Shane, you did a heck-uva job bringing that aircraft down. You made your country proud.” Please see Crew/Page AIQ FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2001 S0( newsstand ■MMII THEN... "Together I see no limits whatsoever in what we "Bp 3® I 9T ' . can do... I want to amaze the world at how —- Norfolk good this Southern company CEO David can be." R. Goode to Blair County railroad workers June 1,1999 ... NOW “Our plans were made in good faith with the best statistics available at the time." — Norfolk Southern Vice President Richard Timmons to Pa. House Transportation Committee April 12, 2001 More quotes from Thursday’s hearing PAGE AIQ Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec Research analyst Jason Wagner (left) and state Rep. Jess Stairs, R-Westmoreland, (center) listen to a question from state Rep. David Levdansky, D-Allegheny, during a hearing with Norfolk Southern Thursday at Penn State Downtown Conference Center. NS: Boom times gone bust ■ Area officials, unions don't buy railroad's economic reasoning on car shop shutdown. By Craig Williams Staff Writer The president of Norfolk Southern testified Thursday that the railroad giant is closing the Hollidaysburg Car Shop based purely on financial conditions and as a result of making business decisions based on a booming economy. The testimony in front of the House Transportation Committee by Norfolk Southern President David Goode ran into plenty of opposition. “In our view, Norfolk Southern has not shown a correlation between economic conditions and the plant closing because it does not exist,” testified Gary Maslinka, international representative of the Transport Workers Union. The union is the largest collective bargaining unit at the shops and cosigner of a petition now before the federal Surface Transportation Board to review what the union considers contractual statements made by Norfolk Southern before the board and the state during the Conrail acquisition hearings three years ago. State Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, chairman of the House State Transportation Committee, called upon the railroad, the workers, unions Jay Strawmire and Steve McKnight with Altoona Blair County Development Corp. listen to proceedings.NIXT ON TAP A hearing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in Harrisburg and the community to testify on the state of the former Conrail operations during the hearings at Penn State Downtown Conference Center. At issue, Norfolk Southern’s plans to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, and with it, transfer more than 300 jobs to other facilities in the company’s multistate rail system. According to the unions, some jobs already have been moved to the Juniata Locomotive Shop, and many of the remaining workers do not want to move. There are about 230 TWU workers at Hollidaysburg with the remainder from a variety of other unions. The union contends that Hollidaysburg Car Shop is profitable. The railroad said they are not profitable enough. In response, six unions associated with the railroad and the state have petitioned the STB to review statements made to the board during the merger process, which unions said outline a retention and growth of jobs in the Altoona area. For Geist, Thursday’s hearing was just the start of a possible series of fact-finding sessions. Appearing before the committee for the railroad was Richard Timmons, Norfolk Southern resident vice president in Harrisburg, who told the panel of seven state representatives, including Jerry Stem, R-Martinsburg; Larry Sather, R-Huntingdon; and Dick Hess, R-Bedford, that the railroad based its statements of growth during a more prosperous economic climate. Please see NS/Page AIQ Got fish? Don’t eat it all at once By Timothy May The Associated Press HARRISBURG — A month after assuring the public that Pennsylvania’s hatchery-raised trout are safe to eat in unlimited quantities, the state reversed course Wednesday and warned people not to eat more than one meal of trout or other sport fish per week. The advisory came just three days before Saturday’s opening of trout season. A spokeswoman at the state Department of Environmental Protection said the statewide warning includes all sport fish caught in state waters and advises that people consume no more than one “meal” — a half-pound of fish for a 150-pound person — per week. The DEP advisory is intended to protect Pennsylvanians from mercury-contaminated fish, but officials said it also would help ran MMI INFO More information about PCBS and trout is available at: http ://www.f ish. state. pa. us http://www.epa.gov/mercury.fish.html shield them from any threat posed by contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls — amid lingering disagreement over the size of the PCB threat. An environmental group that performed its own analysis of data used by the state to determine the PCB content in hatchery trout this week had questioned the state’s decision to announce that the fish were safe to eat. Please see Eat/Page AIQ Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Robert Sollenberger watches as his grandson Vincent Saylor, 13, both of Williamsburg, puts a brown trout into Clover Creek, near Williamsburg, after the fish had fallen onto the ground as they were putting others into the stream. ■■■I ■MHR Family, friends unite for fishing By John Hartsock Mirror Sports Staff It’s the 21st century, and in our high-tech society, times certainly have changed. One thing that has endured through the test of time, however, is the allure of trout fishing and its -ability to bring family and friends together for a day of fun. That was the plan as area fishermen perused through the fare at bait and tackle shops to make preparations for the opening day of trout season Saturday. Erie Dellinger, 39, of Queen plans to spend the first day of trout season with his son, Seth, 9, on Bob’s Creek in Pavia. Please see Unite/Page AIQ ■ Bait and tackle merchants keep busy / Page Bl DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050 BIG FOUR 5    7    8    4 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER v A mix of sun ? and clouds, 62° ■ Forecast, A2 Bt .Cafe* Chrysler - Plymouth - Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd* Altoona, PA 943-6147 □ LOCAL Q] NATION Business A7 Classifieds C4-10 Hospitals A9 Obituaries A9 Opinion A4 [j] LIFE 0 SPORTS Comics BS Community news D2 High schools B4 Movies D3 Scoreboard BS Television D4 INSIDE INSTATE State Supreme Court reinstates driver’s license suspension of Chester County motorist’s New Jersey conviction. PAGE A5 ;

  • David Goode
  • David Levdansky
  • Dick Hess
  • Erie Dellinger
  • Gary M. Baranec Robert Sollenberger
  • Gary Maslinka
  • Jason Wagner
  • Jay Strawmire
  • Jerry Stem
  • Jess Stairs
  • John Hartsock
  • John Showalter
  • Larry Sather
  • R. Goode
  • Richard Timmons
  • Rick Geist
  • Shane Osborn
  • Steve Mcknight
  • Vincent Saylor

Share Page

Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: April 13, 2001

RealCheck