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Publication: Altoona Mirror April 19, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Penguins fall to Capitals in overtime Life: 19th-century artist’s work displayed at college DIAltoona © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2001 50C newsstandNS: We made projections, not commitmentsWHATS NIXT 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 $7 million during 2000. By Craig Williams Staff Writer “At no time ... did Norfolk Southern commit to operating the Hollidaysburg [car] shops in perpetuity or without regard for economic circumstances or market conditions.” 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 $7 million,” 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 the Hollidaysburg facility, said his group has not yet reviewed the document that was faxed to his office late Wednesday. Lawyers for the STB said late Wednesday that because of the volume of materials involved in the case, no date has been set for reviewing the matter, and no timetable has been set for rendering a decision. Please see Response/Page A5 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 Rossman, regional president for M&T 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 commercial customers “almost immediately,” Rossman said. Retail customers \yaiting to buy a car or house are in luck, too, he said. Interest rates for retail customers 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 refinance mortgages, it means they have lower monthly payments and MORI INSIDE Economists divided over whether a recession is inevitable even if the Federal Reserve cuts rates PAGE A10 Editorial: Despite market rally, economic worries are mounting PAGE A8 more spending money in their pockets, Rossman said. “That creates an economic benefit for that person,” he said. “That’s the immediate impact you are going to see.” Some local financial advisers approve of the cut, but they said it may not be all that significant over the long rim. “This is really good news,” said J. Martin Kooman 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 slowing the soaring economy. Please see Advisers/Page AIQ BOYER BATRE Court order sought By Phil Ray Staff Writer JOHNSTOWN — 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 complications from heart surgery. His poor health and subsequent death kicked off a struggle for control of the Altoona candy company, involving Deborah Forgione, Roger Raybuck, the chief Please see Order/Page A6 TOUR DE TOOM ’98 civil lawsuit tossed By Phil Ray Staff Writer 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. 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 deadline that the case would be dismissed if an affidavit of service was not filed by Nov. 29. “Despite notice, Plaintiff waited unto Nov. 30,2000... to obtain summonses from the clerk’s office and to effect service,” Smith stated in an opinion he prepared last week. Please see Tour/Page A6 MHI DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 ■'22910 00050    4 v    P BIG FOUR $    X8    9 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 56° ■ Forecast, A2 9TH DISTRICT RACE Candidates face tough questions from panel Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Democratic candidate Scott Conklin (left) makes his opening statement as Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok and Republican candidate Bill Shuster await their turns at Wednesday’s debate at the WPSX-TV studio in State College. Debate analysis A report card by L A Wilson. Penn State Altoona political sci it ce proiessc r 9th District congressional candidates Wednesday in State College Scott Conklin Democrat A campaign based upon an intimate knowledge of the policies and problems facing the 9th District Hot topic Helping their cause Best line Supports construction of correctional facility in Philipsburg to spur employment and support local economy Demonstrated knowledge of the issues and “fire in the belly" as a political candidate "When businesses consider moving here, they don't ask about the cost of land or the availability of sewers They ask about the work force." Alanna Hartzok Green The most coherent theoretical perspective on politics and policies Opposes construction of the correctional facility as she believes far too many people — many of whom are of color — have been unfairly incarcerated Presented alternative perspec fives on issues facing the 9th District m ways that appear fresh and sensible. “We have built the roads, now we have to build the communities." Bill Shuster Republican A campaign based upon support for President Bush's tax cut and associating Conklin with Dick Gephart, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore Unfamiliar with the proposed construction of this facility but generally opposes using tax dollars to create employment Wrapped himself tightly rn the banner of the Republican Party (Claiming Bud Shuster s reproval by Congress was a failed attack by the Green Party) My father spent 28 years m Congress; that is the kind of record I will have Next debate: AARP candidates forum, 10:30 a m. May 1, Jaffa Mosque Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll Haw / \ HQT-ADS.cfomAltoona Mirror We're white-hot! THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 □ MAL Q NAHON Business A10,11 Classifieds C5-14 Hospitals A13 Comics C4 Obituaries A13 ■MMI Opinion A8 □ LIFE P SPORTS Movies D3 Night Life D4 Local B4,6 Planner D2 Scoreboard B5 Television D5 By Robert Igoe Staff Writer STATE COLLEGE — Comparing Monday’s debate to last night’s 9th Congressional District candidate showdown at Penn State University’s WPSX-TV was similar to comparing a day in the local 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 during the second of three scheduled debates. And although none of the three hit a home run in their campaigns, none of them struck out, either. Hartzok, who many feel made the biggest impact in Monday’s showdown in Chambersburg, faced tough questioning from one panelist concerning her stance against building a new federal prison in Centre County. "Are you suggesting we should have no place to put these criminals?” she was asked. Hartzok replied that while she understands the need for prisons • for dangerous felons, “many of these people in prisons are not getting the help that they need and could get in other treatment programs and facilities.” Conklin faced criticism from Shuster, who twice said that during Conklin’s first year as a Centre County commissioner, property taxes in the county increased 25 percent. Conklin did not directly respond to the tax issue, but he said that his record as commissioner should be judged on the positives under his term. “I want to talk about the fact that Centre County has been ranked second in the state in overall tax fairness,” Conklin said. “I want to talk about the fact that Centre County’s senior citizens home is ranked as the best of its kind in the state. I want to talk about how we’ve been able to bring major improvements to many of our communities which badly needed them.” It wasn’t an easy night for Shuster, either, as he was asked about the legacy of his father, retired Congressman Bud Shuster. “My father set the standard for whoever follows him,” he said. "’Tm proud of my father, who has 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 Tough/Page A9 INSIDEIN WORLD The United States is threatening to break off talks with China on U.S. surveillance flights unless the Chinese start discussing the return of the Navy reconnaissance plane. PAGE Cl ;

  • Alanna Hartzok
  • Anthony Forgione
  • Bill Clinton
  • Bill Rossman
  • Bill Shuster
  • Bud Shuster
  • Clyde E. Burket
  • D. Brooks Smith
  • Deborah Forgione
  • Dick Gephart
  • Hillary Clinton
  • J. Martin Kooman
  • Jason Sipes
  • Phil Ray
  • Roger Raybuck
  • Scott Conklin
  • Thomas M. Dickey
  • Tom Lutton
  • Tom Worthington

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: April 19, 2001

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