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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY BLAIR BUSINESS MIRROR; Meadows finds recipe for success FREE INSIDE SPORTS: Tyrone boys, girls capture Mountain Conference track titles Bl UFE: Victoria Principal releases new book outlining ways to stay healthy Dl Copyright 2001 Gas prices pumped up again BY DAVE CARPENTER The Associated Press CHICAGO Just what motorists didn't want to hear on the eve of summer vacations: Gasoline price shock is back. With U.S. gas prices at record highs and motorists paying per gallon in Chicago and California, talk from the pump to the Oval Office Monday focused on whether prices could reach a once-unthinkable per gallon this summer. The odds appear to be against it one industry analyst said gas remains as unlikely for the time being as snow in July. But the White House alluded to the possibility, say- ing President Bush will not act to stop any increase even if prices top that amount. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Bush opposes price controls and has not supported calls to repeal or cut the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax. "The worst may already be over because refiners are getting caught up" with supplies, said Phil Flynn, senior energy analyst for Alaron Trading Corp. in Chicago. "The bad news for consumers is we don't have one extra drop of to fall back on. "If one more refinery goes out of service, it could have an impact on consumers of as much as 75 cents a gallon." Drivers in parts of the nation are being confronted by gas prices soaring to and higher, bringing back unpleasant memories of last year's price increases. Motorist Mark Lasser shook his head unhappily at the prices per gallon for unleaded and for premium as he stood filling his sport-utility vehicle at a San Francisco gas station. "This is he said as the nozzle shut off at "I already pay to a month." Chicago taxi driver Dcemefun Onwuke said the lat- est price hikes may force him to look for a different job. "It's not worth it driving a he said. U.S. gas prices reached an all-time high in the past two weeks, not adjustingfor inflation, according to the Lundberg Survey of service stations. Overall, the average price covering all grades of gasoline increased 8.58 cents to per gallon as of Friday. Factoring in inflation, that is a full dollar less than the average cost of gasoline in March 1981. It is also significantly less than motorists pay in much of the rest of the world. That is small consolation to many, especially in the Midwest, which saw the highest increase cents and the West, where prices rose 8 percent since April 20. Those two regions fared the worst in part because of the reformulated gasoline they rely on to limit pollution. In Chicago, which has the nation's highest average price at per gallon of self-service regular, a fill- up that used to cost Erika Trujillo for her Nissan Stanza now runs about Please see A6 TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2001 500 newsstand CORPSE FOUND IN NORTHERN BLAIR Anonpous cal led to body Area where body was found Seilhamer Saturday night Kristin Edmundson slits Shari Lee Jackson's throat with box-cutting knife. Early Sunday Marie Seilhamer and Edmundson load Jackson's body into bed of truck and dump it in the woods. Sunday Edmundson returns to scene and burns body. Monday 1 a.m. State police are told where to find body. Monday-Jackson's body is found severely burned. Monday 8 p.m. Edmundson and Seilhamer placed in Blair County Prison. Source: Court documents Edmundson GRIM DISCOVERY The body of a 20-year-old Hollidaysburg woman was found Monday morning by two state police officers responding to a tip called in to state police at Clearfield. 2 women charged with third's death BY MIA ROHART AND PHIL RAY StaffWrilers Two area women are in Blair County Prison facing mur- der charges after the body of a Hollidaysburg woman was found Monday morning. The body of Shari Lee Jackson, 20, of Hollidaysburg was found by state troopers acting on a tip called into the state police at Clear-field. Kristin Marie Edmundson, 20, of Duncansville and Marie Louise Seilhamer, 19, of Ashville were placed in the prison last night. The pair appeared separately in handcuffs in front of District Justice Joseph L. Moran Monday night where bail was set though neither will be allowed to post bail because of the serious- ness of the charges. Seilhamer is charged with crim- inal conspiracy to commit homi- cide and criminal homicide. Edmundson faces both of those charges as well as the charge of conspiracy to abuse a corpse. State police received a phone call around 1 a.m. Monday .and were told they would find a body in the wooded area along the Janesville Pike, also known as Route 453. Jackson's body was found a short time later severely burned and lying on a charred set of box springs, according to court docu- ments. Edmundson and Seilhamer had driven Jackson up Janesville Pike in a white Ford pickup truck late Saturday night or early Sunday morning to a remote area just inside the Clearfield County line, according to court documents. Please see A6 Locals applaud pope's conciliatory spirit While nearly all praise John Paul's intentions, some church leaders want to see specifics. BY LINDA HUDKINS Fpr the Mirror :.Pope John Paul n touched the hearts of local religious leaders this weekend when he apologized for centuries-old sins against Orthodox Christians, called for peace in the Middle East and became the first Catholic pontiff to step into a mosque. Rabbi Ammos Chorny preached Friday night at Agudath Achim Congregation, 1306 17th St., about the pope's request for forgiveness from the Greek Orthodox for trans- gressions that occurred hundreds of years ago. John Paul, he said, exemplified the theme of tolerance. "He has gone to great lengths to stretch his hand to other traditions and to express the church's new pos- itive tolerance to other Chorny said. "He [the pope] has Editorial: Pontiff casts seeds of love, hope PAGE AS Pope prays for peace in ruined Golan Heights city PAGE C2 embraced the 2ist century with a pas- sion, and he is devoting the last days of his life to reconnecting people." Mohammad N. Dowlut, chairman of the local Islamic Association, "What the pope is doing is very he said, adding that while John Paul was making world headlines as the first pope to enter a mosque, Muslims and Catholics were together in Juniata discussing issues of faith, including their dif- fering views on Jesus. Muslims see him as a prophet, while Christians believe he's a savior, he said. Please see A6 The Associated Press Pope John Paul n speaks to Archbishop Gregorios Laham, head of the Syrian and Lebanese Greek Catholic Church Monday. Council may draw up city noise ordinance BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer City resident Dean Smith com- plained to Altoona City Council last year about teens who ride around blasting their stereos, and the council promised to look into the problem. On Monday, Eighth Avenue resi- dent Theresa Imbrenda came to the council to complain about refriger- ator trucks whose steady noise annoys her, especially at night, and the council followed with a discus- sion of a draft noise ordinance. The council didn't receive the draft law quietly. There were a barrage of concerns about subjec- tivity, enforcement, potential sti- fling of business and athletics, the need for exemptions and the need to close loopholes. Former interim solicitor Mike Eggert started many months ago by consulting other municipalities and checking other ordinances to make a comprehensive anti-noise document. But when he checked with the police department, he simplified it out of their concern with petty complaints using up too much scarce manpower, concen- trating instead on types of noise that generates complaints in the city. It's not good to micromanage the issue because the law could become a vehicle for neighborly grudges, he said. But after the council's comments, he's going to have to reverse direc- tion to make the proposed ordi- nance more comprehensive. Please see A6 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 IN raw 7 ife 1 t I HIP Lottery numbers, A2 Sunny, Forecast, A2 Mirror HOT-ADS.dom GREAT We're I Call us today... Make money today. Ask for and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 D Busjness Hospitals Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A7 Classifieds A9 A9 I A8 i I Comics i Dear Abby B4 Puzzles 185 I Television C4-10 D3 D2 D2 D2 NATION Cincinnati police officer., indicted for fatal shooting of black teen-ager. PAGE C1
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