Altoona Mirror, April 19, 2001

Altoona Mirror

April 19, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Penguins fall to Capitals in overtime Life: 19th-century artist's work displayed at college Dl jUtmma iNtmir 0 Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2001 newsstanc NS: We made projections, not commitments NUTS NOT The state House Transportation Committee will hold the second in a series of fact-finding hearings on the Hollidaysburg Car Shop closing April 26 at the Capitol building in Harrisburg. Railroad's response to STB petition claims that the Hollidaysburg Car Shop lost nearly million during 2000. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer "At no time... did Norfolk Southern com- mit to operating the Hollidaysburg [car] shops in perpetuity or without regard for economic circumstances or market condi- tions." That's the core of the case Norfolk Southern Corp. made this week to the Surface Transportation Board in response to a petition filed by union and state officials. The petition is aimed at sidetracking the company's plan to close the local facility later this year and idle more than 300 workers. The railroad also disputes claims made by the unions that the shops are profitable. "Far from making a profit, the Hollidaysburg shops in the [calendar] year 2000 operated at a loss of nearly mil- the railroad said in the report that included a balance sheet prepared by the company's budget planning and analysis manager. Tom Lutton, president of the local Transportation Worker Union of America, representing about 250 workers at Hollidaysburg facility, said his group 1 not yet reviewed the document that faxed to his office late Wednesday. Lawyers for the STB said late Wednesi that because of the volume of materi involved in the case, no date has been set reviewing the matter, and no timetable'. been set for rendering a decision. Please see AS Interest rate drop pleases local advisers BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror The stock market soared Wednesday morning in the wake of an unexpected half-percent cut in the federal interest rate designed to boost a sagging economy. Bill Rossrnan, regional president for Bank, is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the interest rate cut, which he hopes will generate jobs or at least stem the loss of jobs that's hit Blair County so hard in recent months. The rate cut was passed to com- mercial customers "almost imme- Rossman said. Retail cus- tomers waiting to buy a car or house are in luck, too, he said. Interest rates for retail cus- tomers will be adjusted over the next one to three weeks, which means people will be more likely to buy, build or add on to their homes, he said. That stimulates economic growth when they buy furnishings such as appliances, carpets and kitchen utensils. And when homeowners refi- nance mortgages, it means they have lower monthly payments and MORE INSIDE Economists divided over whether a recession is inevitable even if the Federal Reserve cuts rates PAGEA10 Editorial: Despite market rally, economic worries are mounting PAGEA8 more spending money in their pockets, Rossman said. "That creates an economic bene- "That's the immediate impact you are going t6 see." Some local financial advisers approve of the cut, but they said it may not be all that significant over the long run. "This is really good said J. Martin Koomati of J. Martin Kooman and Associates, 517 Logan Blvd. "We felt all along that the Federal Reserve got overly enthusiastic and slowed the economy too much." The last increase in the federal rate came in May as a way of slow- ing the'soaring economy. Please see A10. BOYED BOTTLE Court order sought BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer U.S. District Judge D. Brooks Smith was asked to appoint a trustee or receiver to.monitor Boyer Candy Co. Inc.'s business operations because of the March 23 death of its president, Anthony Forgione! The request for an injunction and for court action to oversee Boyer's operations was filed Wednesday in federal court by Altoona attorney Thomas M. Dickey, representing Deborah Forgione of Boca Raton, Fla. Deborah Forgione was married to Anthony Forgione for more than 26 years. A Florida judge signed the Forgiones' divorce decree March 22, the day before Anthony Forgione's death of complica- tions from heart surgery. His poor health and subsequent death kicked off a struggle for control of the Altoona candy com- pany, involving Deborah Forg- ione, Roger Raybuck, the chief Please see A6 TOUR DE TOONA '98 Civil lawsuit tossed BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter JOHNSTOWN An elderly Allegheny Township man who alleges he was roughed up by city police during the 1998 Tour de "Toona won't get his day in court. U.S. District Judge D. Brooks Smith said the lawsuit brought by Clyde E. Burket of Sugar Run Road was served on the city police department 121 days one day late after being filed in the federal courthouse in Johnstown, i While Smith had the option to extend the deadline, he decided not to because Burket's attorney, Thomas M. Dickey of Altoona, was notified by Smith's deputy clerk eight days before the dead- line that the case would be dis- missed if an affidavit of service was not filed by Nov. 29. "Despite notice, Plaintiff wait- ed until Nov. to obtain summonses from the clerk's office and to effect Smith stated in an opinion he prepared last week. Please see A6 9TH DISTRICT RACE Candidates face tough questions from panel Mirror photo by Jason Slpes Democratic candidate Scott Conklin (left) makes his opening statement as Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok and Republican candidate Bill Sinister await their turns at Wednesday's debate at the WPSX-TV studio in State College. Debate analysis 9th District candidates Wednesday in State College i aeon uonKim i nanzoK snuster Republican A campaign based upon an intimate knowledge of the policies and problems (acing the -9lh most coherent theoretical perspective on politics and A campaign based upon support for President Bush's tax cut and associating Conklin with Dick Gephart, Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. Supports construction of correctional facility in Philipsburg to spur employment and support local construction of the correctional facility as she believes far too many people many of whom are of color have been unfairly with the proposed construction of this facility but generally opposes using tax dol-, !ars to create employment. Demonstrated knowledge of !he issues and "fire in the belly" as a political alternative perspectives on issues facing the 9th District in ways that appear fresh and himself tightly in the banner of the Republican Parly. 'When businesses consider moving here, they don't ask about Ihe cost of land or the availability of sewers. They ask about the work have buill the roads, now we have to build the Bud Shuster's reproval by Congress was a failed attack by the Green "My father spent 28 years in Congress; lhat is the kind of record 1 will have. Next debate: AARP candidates forum, a.m. May 1, Jaffa Mosque Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington II BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter STATE COLLEGE Comparing Monday's deb; to last night's 9th Congressional District candidat showdown at Penn State University's WPSX-TV was sim lar to comparing a day in the la batting cage to facing a Major League pitcher. Republican Bill Shuster, Democrat Scott Conklin and Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok faced tough challenges from the panel, the broadcast audience and one another durir the second of three scheduled debates. And although none of the thn hit a home run in their cam- paigns, none of them struck out either. Hartzok, who many feel made the biggest impact in Monday's showdown in Chambersburg, faced tough questioning from 01 "panelist concerning her stance against building a new federal prison in Centre County. "Are you suggesting we shoul have no place to put these crim: she was asked. Hartzok replied that while shi understands the need for prisor for dangerous felons, "many of these people in prisons are not getting the help that they need and could get in other treatmen programs and facilities." Conklin faced criticism from Shuster, who twice said that du ing Conklin's first year as a Centre County commissioner, property taxes in the county increased 25 percent. Conklin did not directly resp< to the tax issue, but he said thai his record as commissioner should be judged on the positivi under his term. "I want to talk about the fact that Centre County has been ranked second in the state in all tax Conklin said. "I want to talk about the fact that Centre County's senior citi zens home is ranked as the best its kind in the state. I want to b about how we've been able to bring major improvements to many of our communities whic badly needed them." It wasn't an easy night for Sinister, either, as he was aske< about the legacy of his father, retired Congressman Bud Shuster. "My father set the standard ft whoever follows he said. proud of my father, who 1 done so much for the area, so many positive things. I'm very proud of what he accomplished and I want to work hard to help Please see A9 BOJVBY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altnmui THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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