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Publication: Altoona Mirror June 7, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Two area players picked in baseball draftLife: Monster musical comes to State College OIAltana Mirror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2001 500 newsstand■■■■■■■■■■■■ TURNING OF THE TASSELS Hollidaysburg twins take top two spots in their class By Jay Young Staff Writer Everybody can’t finish first. Just ask Kirk Donahoe. The Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate listed always finishing second as one of the things he and his classmates learned to overcome during his graduation speech Wednesday evening. The comment drew applause from those crowded into the ballroom at the Blair County Convention Center. Just like he did on the day he was born, Donahoe came in second — to his twin brother, Casey Donahoe. Kirk Donahoe is the class of 2001 salutatorian, while Casey Donahoe was named valedictorian. There’s nothing wrong with second, though, especially because it allows Kirk Donahoe to enjoy life at a little slower pace. “I’m a lot more laid-back. I get out of bed an hour later. I don’t walk as fast to class,” Kirk Donahoe said about the differences between him and his brother. While Kirk Donahoe also said he cares a little less about his appear ance, he has been plenty busy on the road to graduation. Please see Twins/Page Alo At right: Hollidaysburg Area High School graduates march up the stairs of the Blair County Convention Center to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Below: Altoona Area High School boys sit in the stands at Mansion Park under a light drizzle as they get ready for graduation. Execution delay plea is rejected Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Altoona grads dodge raindrops during Mansion Park ceremony “I By Craig Williams Staff Writer 'he first day of school it rained. It rained during the prom. It rained during the after glo. And now, it is raining on graduation day,” principal Sharon Fasenmyer told students, parents and wellwishers huddling together as drops dripped down the mortarboards of Altoona Area High School’s class of 2001 during commencement at Mansion Park Wednesday evening. First it sprinkled. Then it showered. And then the skies opened up. Out came the umbrellas, pieces of plastic and jackets. Please see Rain/Page AIQ By David Johnston New York Times News Service DENVER - The federal judge who presided over Timothy McVeigh’s Oklahoma City bombing trial Wednesday rejected a plea by his lawyers to postpone his execution, even though he said he was shocked to learn about the FBI’s belated discovery of evidence in the case. After a hearing, Judge Richard P. Matsch of U.S. District Court said the discovery of more than 4,000 pages of FBI documents in the case did not mitigate McVeigh’s guilt nor did it invalidate the jury’s death sentence, which is scheduled to be carried out Monday. McVeigh’s lawyers said they would appeal the ruling. Speaking somberly, and at times passionately, from the bench in a marble-paneled courtroom at the federal courthouse, Matsch voiced contempt for McVeigh’s crimes and surprised even some government lawyers who predicted he would grant McVeigh at least a short reprieve. “The prescribed punishment for Timothy McVeigh’s crimes includes death if all of the 12 jurors believe it is justified under all the circumstances and exercise their moral judgment as the conscience of the community,” the judge said. Addressing the tense and silent courtroom, Matsch dismissed the contention of McVeigh’s lawyers that the documents point to the involvement of other potential suspects, saying “it will not change the fact that Timothy McVeigh was the instrument of death and destruction. “For that, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection, and I find that there is no good cause to delay the execution of that sentence.” The ruling allowed the government to resume its methodical preparations for McVeigh’s execution at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where McVeigh is being held, including arrangements for survivors and victims’ relatives to view the execution in Oklahoma City via closed circuit television. But whether the death sentence would be carried out on schedule remained uncertain. After the ruling, McVeigh’s lawyers said they would appeal the order to the loth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but they did not say what grounds they believed they had for an appeal. “We are extremely disappointed in the court’s ruling today,” said Robert Nigh Jr., one of McVeigh’s lawyers. “We will file an appeal on Mr. McVeigh’s behalf.” Attorney General John Ashcroft, who said the government would fight McVeigh’s effort to postpone his execution, said, “The ruling of the court in Denver today is a ruling for justice.” Ashcroft said it “makes unmistakably clear that we not only have a guilty defendant but that the fairness and innocence of the system is sufficient and is complete and that it merits the trust and confidence of the American people." One of the bombing survivors, Paul Heath, said outside the courthouse after Wednesday’s ruling that he was pleased by the judge’s decision. “At least today I am reassured that the Constitution of the United States is still in place,” Heath said. “It gave him every protection that it gives anybody accused, and he was found guilty.” Greenfield proposes waterline extension By Michael Emery Staff Writer CLAYSBURG - The Greenfield Township Municipal Authority is planning a water system expansion that will service 1,100 more homes without a rise in rates. The expansion would address the absence of chlorine at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School, too many dead-end lines, a water tank overdue for renovation, contaminated and dry private wells north and west of the system, an oversized tank and low revenues from an insufficient customer base. In addition, the Greenfield Township supervisors said the proposed project will receive the board’s endorsement only if the new rates are no higher — possibly lower — than those now being paid. Please see Waterllne/Page A5 The proposed waterline extension project in Greenfield Township: Construction picking up on 18-mile stretch of I-99 Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Construction work continues on Interstate 99 near Beaver Stadium in State College. By Ray Stephens Staff Writer Motorists driving Route 220 from State College to Port Matilda may notice an area on the right-hand side of the road, just outside Port Matilda, where trees have been cleared and construction is starting. That’s the start for another leg of Interstate 99 from Bald Eagle to State College. “There will be a lot of earth moving this year,” said Enzo Cerceo of the Dick Corp., State College, PennDOT’s construction manager for the project. “They’ve started on construction on two bridges, piers and abutments, about a mile or so east of Port Matilda.” Construction continues to move forward with much of the work remaining close to State College, including the area around Penn State University’s Beaver Stadium. PennDOT asks that motorists to use caution Work on the stretch of highway between State College and Bald Eagle began in August and will continue for the next five years. when traveling in and around the construction area and on roads that used by construction and delivery vehicles. Traffic sometimes is delayed and traffic patterns sometimes are changed. Speed limits in work-zone areas are limited to 40 mph. Work on the nearly 18-mile stretch of highway between State College and Bald Eagle began in August and will continue for the next five years, Cerceo said. Please see 1-99/Page A12 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    a BIG FOUR 3    0    3    3 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mix of sun and clouds, 74° ■ Forecast, A2 HdT-ADS.tiom We’re white-hot! Altoona mirror Dlocal □ NATION [THE GREAT COMBINATION Business A9 Comics C2 Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of • Hospitals Obituaries Opinion A11 All A8 Classifieds □ life C4-12 MIRROR CI ASSI El EDS and Phone (814) 946-7422 Q SPORTS Local B4 Movies Night Life Planner D3 D4 D2 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 Scoreboard B5 Television D5 ............... I 4 I INSIDE IN NATION Researchers have discovered that damaged hearts can repair themselves by growing new muscle cells. PAGE Cl Ashcroft    Heath McVeigh    Nigh ;

  • Casey Donahoe
  • Enzo Cerceo
  • John Ashcroft
  • Kirk Donahoe
  • Paul Heath
  • Richard P. Matsch
  • Robert Nigh Jr.
  • Sharon Fasenmyer
  • Timothy Mcveigh

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: June 7, 2001

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