Altoona Mirror, May 17, 2001

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May 17, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Greater City Baseball League preview Life: Carnegie Museum explores science of light Dl ilttrror Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2001 newsstand House panel may hold NS hearing Before he was even elected, Bill Shuster asked the railroad subcommittee to conduct session on car shop. BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer At the request of Congressman-elect Bill Shuster, the chairman of the U.S. House railroad subcommittee may hold a field hearing in Blah- County soon on whether Norfolk Southern Corp. can justify closing the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. "We're said Michael Tetuan, press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jack Quinn, R-N.Y., chairman of the subcom- mittee. The hardest part will be working out an acceptable date for the hearing, which could involve 22 committee members, Shuster, the federal Surface Transportation Board, Norfolk Southern and its unions, Tetuan said. On May 1, Shuster asked for the hearing to determine how Norfolk Southern ended up needing to downsize and why it's not keeping earlier promises to expand the car shop. Maybe there's an alternative reason for the proposed shutdown and loss of almost 400 jobs, he wrote in a letter to Quinn. "We believe the true reasons have not been Shuster wrote. The hearing also could evaluate the future of the Juniata Locomotive Shop and its jobs, he wrote. Norfolk Southern is making no long-term promis- es about the future of that plant. The company maintains that it was making projections and not promises when it talked about expanding the shops at the time of the Conrail merger. A subcommittee field hearing could complement the Surface Transportation Board's evaluation of the car shop's planned closing, Tetuan said. Labor unions and the state already have asked the board to check out the situation, and the board will "address this important matter in a timely board Chairman Linda Morgan told Quinn in a letter. The board adjudicates, disputes and reg- ulates interstate surface transportation through various laws, according to the board's Web site. Please see A9 Conklin says he won't be trying again BY ROBERT IGOE AND KEVIN Orr StaffWriters PHILIPSBURG didn't take Democrat Scott Conklin long to end the speculation and say that he will not seek the 9th District seat next year. "I think that I'll just work on being a good [Centre County] com- Conklin said. "It's the job that I love doing, and I'm going to focus on it." Conklin was philosophical after the David vs. Goliath challenge of battling Bill Shuster in the heavi- ly Republican district closed with- out the fairy tale ending. "In retrospect, though I am dis- appointed about losing, I still get to do the things I he said. "I got to watch my son play base- ball today, which I couldn't have done if I won. Those are the things that truly make me happy." Pennsylvania Democratic Committee Chairwoman Christine M. Tartaglione praised Conklin for his aggressive race, which kept him close in the polls with the heavily favored Shuster. "Scott Conklin ran a strong race in a district that is always difficult for the she said. "Although he did not win, his close final tally makes this one of the closest elec- tions in the district in almost two decades shows that this is a dis- trict in which Democrats can be competitive. "The closeness of the contest should be a warning to Bill Shuster that his re-election in 2002 is anything but assured." Tartaglione is particularly dis- appointed by the outcome because of the "questionable circum- stances" surrounding Shuster's nomination. "The special interests handed the nomination to Shuster in a backroom deal, and the relentless- ly negative tone set by the Shuster campaign and its supporters did a disservice to the she said. Conklin's votes, combined with those of Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok, presented a hefty competition to Shuster, however. Please see A5 192 261 860 412 To the left are the unofficial, final returns by county in the special election for U.S. House District 9 327 Bedford Franklin Fulton Shuster gets acquainted with new job vujj n Hi Mirror photo illustration by Tom Worthington Bennett BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer I is name isn't even on the answering machines at the 9th Congressional District office yet, but that isn't stopping Bill Shuster from charting his course as the newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Shuster spent Wednesday meet- ing with congressional leaders and colleagues and learning his way around. He is scheduled to be sworn in this morning. "I am still trying to figure out how to get the keys to my office and my he said in an inter- view while walking between meet- ings on Capitol Hill. Shuster will work in his father's old office until the end of next year. If he is re-elected in November 2002, then he will par- ticipate in a housing lottery. More Primary 2001 PAOEsAS, AS, A12 Shuster, a car dealer who never has held an elective office, said he spoke to his father, former Congressman Bud Shuster, briefly after winning the election and said the only advice he received was "work hard." The representative-elect said he is "excited and ready to hit the ground running." He attended a meeting of Republican House members and met briefly with House Speaker Dennis Hasten, R-H1, and other leaders to discuss his committee assignments. Bill Shuster, who was accompa- nied by his father's former chief of staff, DarreU Wilson, said his staff would have a mix of old and new faces. "We have a lot of experience we want to make use of, but some people will want to do other the younger Shuster said. Wilson said he probably will serve as Bill Shuster's chief of staff. Before Shuster can tackle any of these goals, however, he must be sworn in by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this morning. Please see AS ARMED FORCES DAY WEEKEND EVENTS FRIDAY One-year anniversary of The Wall That Heals All day Military equipment on display at Van Zandt VA Medical Center, including a Black Hawk, a Huey helicopter and possibly a Cobra a.m. Flyover by two Thunderbolt Warthogs from Willow Grove Naval Air Station 6 p.m. Two-man skydive, Skydive Bouquet p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3 Band concert SATURDAY Armed Forces Day All day Military equipment on display at medical center 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open house at U.S. Army Reserve 298th Maintenance Company headquarters next to medical center 11 a.m. Ceremony to honor Altoona native Glenn English, Vietnam War posthumous winner of Medal of Honor, at Veterans Plaza, 11th Avenue 1 p.m. 28th Division Band concert in front of The Wall That Heals 2 p.m. Armed Forces Day ceremony, the Wail. 7 p.m. 28th Division Band concert at Westylvania Arts Festival, Penn State Altoona, sponsored by Fire Base Eagle p.m. Candlelight ceremony, the Wall INSIDE TODAY: House lawmakers pushed through a bill Tuesday that would put the World War II Memorial project on a faster track PAGE C1 THE SUSPECTS Hearing to decide venue in woman's beating death Sellhamer Speicher BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter HOLLIDAYSBURG A hearing to deter- mine if homicide charges stemming from the death of a 20-year-old Hollidaysburg woman should be heard in Blair County or Clearfield County will be held May 31 before Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva. The judge will hear arguments from attor- neys representing the suspects in the killing of Shari Lee Jackson, whose body was found May 7 in a wooded area off Route 453, Janesville Pike, north of Tyrone. Later that day, police arrested Kristin Marie Edmundson, 20, of Duncansville and Marie Louise Seilhamer, 19, of Ashville RD and charged them with criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and conspira- cy to abuse a corpse. Please see A10 DEUVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BMFOUt 2568 Lottery numbers, A2 WUlHtK Mostly cloudy, Forecast, A2 y HQT-ADS.dom We're white-hot! HE GREAT COMBLMATION 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 of problems with County s vote-counting machinery, results from night's election were by several tots, which turn delayed the Mirror's [3 SPORTS Movies Night Life i D4 start by 90 minutes. 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