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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 20, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY IN LIFE: Don't throw in the towel on your floundering relationship just yet Dl Nlll PLAYOFFS: Punchless Penguins skewered by Devils, facing ouster PREAKNESS: Point Given takes Triple Crown hopes away from Monarches Copyright 2001 MAY 20, 2001 newsstand "Had they come in early and believed in us early, the results might have been different." Tor Michaels campaign manager for Scott Conklin 9TH DISTRICT CONGRESS Experts say a little national support might have given Scott Conklin a shot at a political upset for the ages. Did Dems miss their chance? BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer Area political experts representing both parties are saying national Democratic officials missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by not going all out to support Scott Conklin in last week's congressional spe- cial election. Conklin lost the race to Bill Shuster Tuesday by an unexpectedly close 8 percentage points, despite big Republican edges in spending, registration and name recognition and the presence of a Green Party candi- Jubelirer aide wields power in Capitol PAGE A7 date who likely took votes from Conklin. A big push by the Democrats might have given Conklin the upset, many said in the wake of the race. The National Republican Congressional Committee spent lots of money estimates are in the hundreds of a blitz of attack ads in the last two weeks of the campaign that brought Shuster up from a mere 2 percentage point lead revealed in a Republican poll. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Com- mittee gave just to Conklin, while encouraging contributions from members of Congress that netted more, said Tor Michaels, Conklin's campaign manager. "You could probably say the Democrats dropped the ball on this NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said. Forti said when they realized the poll numbers were alarming, the Republican committee stepped in and spent some money to "shore up Bill a little bit" Please see A6 FF 'You could probably say the Democrats dropped the ball on this one." Carl Forti National Republican Congress Committee Filings pile up at STB Hollidaysburg Car Shop case tangled in plethora of pleadings before federal board. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer A Norfolk Southern official said last week the company might file a new pleading with the federal Surface Transportation Board in defense of a petition by rail unions and state officials to keep the Hollidaysburg Car Shop open. If you're keeping score at home, that would be a response to a response to a response to an initial petition that was filed nearly two months and two state hearings ago. As the paper trail in Washington increases, members of the legal community said the patience of the STB is likely to grow thinner. "Generally the rule at the STB is that if a party files a petition, the other party gets to file a explained Richard Wilson, an Altoona lawyer and special coun- sel to the state House Transport- ation Committee. "In most cases you just get one or two filings. But it is not unheard of for both groups to paper the record. And it gets to be a pleading game. Sometimes the board tolerates it, and sometimes not. And the board, made up of three members appointed by the presi- dent and confirmed by the Senate, is the last word on the matter. The STB is an adjudicating body charged with providing an effi- cient forum for the resolution of disputes. Once they decide on an issue, it's final. No public hearings are required for STB rulings, and no other input other than the writ- ten responses, which are legally called pleadings, need to be sub- mitted as evidence. Wilson said that on rare occa- sions the STB will go outside the box and hold a hearing. "I want to have an oral hearing [on the Hollidaysburg he said. "And they can, but they very seldom do." To help the three commissioners make their decisions, a team of lawyers and directors is at their disposal. Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Remembering the lives behind the names BY MICHAEL EMERY Staff Writer The Rev. Paul Johnson's booming Baptist voice was almost godlike, :esonating from above. His voice shook the usually stoic sol- diers and compatriots attending the Armed Forces Day ceremony at The Wall That Heals Saturday afternoon. The minister reminded those at the cer- emony that they were in the company of a crowd that is ever present on the front lawn of the Van Zandt VA Medical Center. The crowd is composed of the In news: Local vets say war blockbuster's plot is pure Hollywood Page A4 In USA Weekend: A special commemorative "Pearl Harbor" poster Inside names adorning The Wall That Heals. The names of those soldiers memorialize the service and sacrifice of all members of the U.S. armed forces, Johnson said. As master of ceremonies Maj. Martin J. Culp n said, every name etched on The Wall has a story behind more importantly, a life behind it. Culp told the story of one soldier whose name is on The Wall. The soldier was someone Culp never met, though his fami- ly and friends said Culp and the soldier were a lot alike and would have gotten along famously. "Maybe it's because 88ers always stick Culp said, though his voice broke as he spoke, indicating that he knew it was something more. Gulp's display of emotion peaked when he announced that the soldier, James A. Barefield killed in the Vietnam War on May was the only brother of his wife, Dale. Later in the ceremony, Gulp and Dale joined other families of soldiers whose names appear on The Wall in laying a wreath to honor their loved ones. Please see A4 __F e s c i v a I IF YOU GO What: Westsylvania Arts Heritage Festival When: Noon to 6 p.m. today Where: Penn State Altoona Admission: Free Sampling of today's events: Symphony Brass Ensemble, mainstage tent p.m. Roosevelt Keith Combined String Ensemble, showcase tent 4p.m. Festival talent showcase, Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre Disney artist: No Mickey Mouse job BY JON FLECK For the Mirror For many years, kids across the world have grown up wide-eyed at the magic of Walt Disney Co. and its cast of characters. Some of that magic made an appearance Saturday at Penn State Altoona as part of the Westsylvania Arts and Heritage Festival. Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin made the cross-country trek from California's Disneyland to pro- vide quick sketches of the well-known characters: "I'm so thrilled to be able to do drawings for the folks of Martin said. "I don't get a lot of opportuni- ties to get out and about like this. I enjoy visiting with the people and answering their questions." A fountain of Disney knowledge, Martin said she lives her childhood dream every day at the Disney studios. "I knew I needed to be a Disney artist from the time I was in third she said. "I've been with Disney 23 years now, and I'm having far too much fun than any one person should be allowed. I'm fortunate my hobby and career have meshed together beautifully." Young children, teen-agers, and adults waited patient- ly for a sketch of their favorite Disney character. The requests ranged from characters popularized more than 50 years ago to ones that just recently debuted on the sil- ver screen. Monica Ingham, Megan Woodley and Jessica Shearer were among the crowd of people who watched in amaze- ment as Martin drew one familiar character after anoth- er. Each of the three Altoona teen-agers had a favorite, although each was a character created by someone else and appropriated by Disney's movie creators. 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