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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY BLAIR BUSINESS MIRROR: Meadows finds recipe for success / FREE INSIDE SPORT Tyrone boys, girls capture Mountain Conference track titles / Bl_ LIFE: Victoria Principal releases new book outlining ways to stay healthy / DIAltona mirror © 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 $2 per gallon in Chicago and California, talk from the pump to the Oval Office Monday focused on whether prices could reach a once-unthinkable $3 per gallon this summer. The odds appear to be against it — one industry analyst said $3 gas remains as unlikely for the time being as snow in July. But the White House alluded to the possibility, saying 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 ga^ 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 $2 and higher, bringing back unpleasant memories of last year’s price increases. Motorist Mark Lasser shook his head unhappily at the prices — $2.13 per gallon for unleaded and $2.25 for premium — as he stood filling his sport-utility vehicle at a San Francisco gas station. “This is depressing,” he said as the nozzle shut off at $41.83. “I already pay $250 to $300 a month.” Chicago taxi driver Ikemefun Onwuke said the latest price hikes may force him to look for a different job. “It’s not worth it driving a cab,” he said. U.S. gas prices reached an all-time high in the past two weeks, not adjusting for inflation, according to the Lundberg Survey of8,000 service stations. Overall, the average price covering all grades of gasoline increased 8.58 cents to $1.76 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 —13 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 $2.02 per gallon of self-service regular, a fill-up that used to cost Erika Trujillo $20 for her Nissan Stanza now runs about $30. Please see Gas/Page A6 TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2001 50C newsstand CORPSE FOUND IN NORTHERN BLAIR Anonymous cal led to body 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 Staff Writers Two area women are in Blair County Prison facing murder 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 Clearfield. 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 seriousness of the charges. Seilhamer is charged with criminal conspiracy to commit homicide 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 I 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 documents. 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 Body /Page 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 For the Mirror Pope John Paul II 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 Ach im Congregation, 1306 17th St., about the pope’s request for forgiveness from the Greek Orthodox for transgressions 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 positive tolerance to other religions,” Chorny said. “He [the pope] has ■ Editorial: Pontiff casts seeds of love, hope / Page A8 ■ Pope prays for peace in ruined Golan Heights city / Page C2 embraced the 21st century with a passion, and he is devoting the last days of his life to reconnecting people.” Mohammad N. Dowlut, chairman of the local Islamic Association, agreed. “What the pope is doing is very exemplary,” 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 differing views on Jesus. Muslims see him as a prophet, while Christians believe he’s a savior, he said. Please see Pope/Page A6 The Associated Press Pope John Paul ll speaks to Archbishop Gregorios Laham, head of the Syrian and Lebanese Greek Catholic Church Monday. ■BH ■■MHH Council may draw up city noise ordinance By William Kibler Staff Writer City resident Dean Smith complained 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 resident Theresa Imbrenda came to the council to complain about refrigerator trucks whose steady noise annoys her, especially at night, and the council followed with a discussion of a draft noise ordinance. The council didn’t receive the draft law quietly. There were a barrage of concerns about subjectivity, enforcement, potential stifling 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, concentrating 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 direction to make the proposed ordinance more comprehensive. Please see Noise/Page A6 DELIVERY § Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050    4 BIG FOURH 7 # I ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny, 67° ■ Forecast, A2Altoona itllrror HQT~ADS.dom We're white-hot! THE GREAT COMBINATION j Call us today...Make money today. .Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and IO I Vu Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 { O LOCAL Business A7 Hospitals A9 Obituaries A9 Opinion A8 Q SPORTS Local B4 Scoreboard B5 0 nation Classifieds C4-10 □ LIFE Comics D3 Dear Abby D2 Puzzles D2 Television D2 INSIDE NATION Cincinnati police officer indicted for fatal shooting of black teen-ager. PAGE Cl ;

  • Ammos Chorny
  • Archbishop Gregorios Laham
  • Ari Fleischer
  • Dean Smith
  • Erika Trujillo
  • John Paul
  • John Paul Ii
  • Joseph L. Moran
  • Kristin Edmundson
  • Kristin Marie Edmundson
  • Marie Louise Seilhamer
  • Marie Seilhamer
  • Mark Lasser
  • Mike Eggert
  • Mohammad N. Dowlut
  • Phil Flynn
  • Phil Ray
  • Shari Lee Jackson
  • Theresa Imbrenda

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: May 8, 2001

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