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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY RELIG80M; Simpson Temple United Parish marks 30th anniversary FREE INSIDE NATION; Attorney general will not postpone McVeigh's execution again Cl LIFE: Have a red face? It could be a case of a skin condition called rosacea Dl Altmma Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2001 500 newsstand Nixons to report to jail, appeal again D. Nixon L. Nixon BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Dennis and Lorie Nixon must report to ilie Blair County Prison next week. But their Pittsburgh attorney will contin- ue to seek a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on the Nixons' faith-heal- ing beliefs that prosecutors said cost the couple's 16-year-old daughter her life. Shannon Nixon was ailing in the summer of 1996. She was weak and prone to con- suming large amounts of water. Instead of taking her to a doctor, the Nixons including Shannon Nixon turned to the leader of the Faith Tabernacle Congregation, the Rev. Charles Nixon, who anointed Shannon. She eventually lapsed into a coma and died as a result of juvenile diabetes. Altoona police and the Blair County dis- trict attorney charged the parents with endangering the welfare of a child and involuntary manslaughter, beginning a trek through the judicial system that didn't come to an end until April 30 when the Supreme C9urt announced it would not hear the Nixons' appeal to their convic- tions and sentences. Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan imposed to 5-year jail terms on the Nixons in 1997, and he stated that they were to report to prison within 31 days of their final appeal. On Thursday, the Nixons' attorney, Sally A. Frick of Pittsburgh, Blair District Attorney Dave Gorman and Callan met behind closed doors to review the Nixons' status. Frick and Gorman said there was no dis-. agreement that the Nixons will be requilSsfl- to report to the county prison by June 1 at the latest. Gorman said the Nixons can report to prison any time they want to begin serving their sentences. Please see A3 VIETNAM WAR MUSEUM Project taking flight Fire Base Eagle members working hard on dream center BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter The local veterans group that proposed a Vietnam War History Center at Westfall Park plans to ask Congress to des- ignate it as the definitive U.S. museum for that war. "That would be a great feather in our said Don Traub, a Pittsburgh museum consultant who has been working with Fire Base Eagle to develop the project. Vietnam vet speaks to junior high PAGE A11 There are smaller, less compre- hensive Vietnam museums in New Jersey, Texas and California, but there are no museums exist- ing or proposed that would be a rival for the distinction of nation- al Vietnam War museum, Traub said after an Altoona City Council meeting this week at which Fire Base Eagle officials updated the project. '.Fire Base Eagle President and fpunder George Montgomery hopes to begin the million-plus project next construction season and finish it three years later, but that timetable remains vastly uncertain. The center could include an exhibit building; a high-tech, sen- sory "contact" building to re-cre- ate the experience of patrolling in the bush; replicas of a fire base, a mountain village, a South Vietnamese village, an enemy tun- nel complex and a prisoner of war camp; a river patrol exhibit; a courtyard and garden area; an entry complex; a parking lot; and an access road. Please see A12 Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Artist Don Traub's rendering of the proposed Fire Base Eagle Vietnam War History Center at Westfall Park (clockwise from top the entrance to the museum, the history center building and an exhibit featuring U.S. soldiers. A PEARL HARBOR CONNECTION Former Altoonan proud to oversee Hawaiian port Edwards BY MICHAEL EMERY StaffWriter Two words will be on the lips of Americans everywhere this weekend: Pearl Harbor. Sixty years later, spurred by the debut of an expected summer block- buster of the same name, the famous World War II sneak attack is the hot topic this Memorial Day weekend. Television remembers Pearl Harbor this PAGE D1 Altoona has a Pearl Harbor connec- tion in the form of Capt. John A. Edwards, a former resident recently named commander of the Navy ship- yard in the famous Hawaiian port. It is Edwards' responsibility to ensure his crew provides efficient maintenance and repair of all ships and submarines at the site. But he knows the ghosts of war are nearby. "I've had the opportunity to serve in many wonderful capacities through- out my career, and this is certainly the pinnacle of my career so Edwards said. Please see A12 BEDFORD AIRPORT Runway work could prompt seizure of land BY BETH N. GRAY For the Mirror CESSNA Home and business owners are questioning why their properties must be taken as part of a runway extension project for .Bedford County Airport. The airport will expand its run- way to feet to accommodate heavier aircraft. Jim Watkins, representing the Watkins Family Trust, wonders why long-range planning didn't take into account a possible need for more ground. The trust owns RG's, a gas sta- tion and convenience store at routes 220 and 56 a site the Federal Aviation Administration declares must be free of businesses where 50 persons-might congre- gate. Gas pumps and underground fuel tanks also are considered a danger within a takeoff and land- ing protection zone. The Watkins family operated Five Gables Restaurant since 1947 before RG's was built on the site several years ago. "We were here before the air- Watkins said. But Ray Jennings, Bedford County Air Industrial Park Authority spokesman and airport manager, said a 1980s federally approved master plan called for the 900-foot runway extension for the airport, which opened in The extension was perceived from the beginning, but the date of its construction was Clarissa McGraw objected to tak- ing Hickory House Tavern, which she and her husband have owned for eight years. She said the tavern may cater to as many as 200 cus- tomers on a Saturday night. Another commercial property, a used car business, also is targeted, as well as eight homes. "This could all be Jennings said. "If the community doesn't want the airport to expand limiting the capacity and economic development of the com- munity you'll reverse what's already here." He said local opposition could scuttle plans for the million to million project. Please see A7 Restaurant plan upsets residents BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Logan Township residents told supervisors Thursday that the township is failing to protect their neighborhood, where a Cracker Barrel restaurant is slated to be built. "How is it that [developer Greg] Morris is allowed to take down that Goods Lane resident Beverly Hargreaves asked supervi- sors at their bimonthly meeting. "It was put up to protect us." In plans under review by town- ship officials, the embankment built four years ago as a barrier between the Hampton Inn and the neighboring residential area is expected to be leveled, paving the way for construction of the restau- rant, gift shop and surrounding parking lot. While local leaders recently wel- comed news about Cracker Barrel opening and the 160 jobs it will ate, residents in that area are riot happy. About a half dozen attended Thursday's meeting to see the plans. Pat Shellenberger said that when Morris first proposed development in her neighborhood, it consisted only of a Hampton Inn and a restaurant. Morris and his partners later put an addition onto the Hampton Inn, which is rented by Paine Webber. "What's to stop him from building onto Shellenberger asked. "He Paul Hargreaves said. Supervisor Jim Patterson saidif Morris' plans for a Cracker Barrel meet all township ordinances, then supervisors are obligated to approve them. Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 1176 I Lottery numbers, A2 WBMMH Cloudy, showers, Forecast, A2 Business A11 C2 SPORTS Area High School, High School to District 6 JFJ PAGE B1 1 tt   

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