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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Two area players picked in baseball draft Life: Monster musical comes to State College iMtrror Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2001 newsstand TURNING OF THE TASSELS Hollidaysburg twins take top two spots in their class BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer can't finish first. f Just ask Kirk Donahoo. fcThe 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 ball- room 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 200) salutatorian, while Casey Donahoe was named valedictorian. There's nothing wrong with sec- ond, though, especially because it ah1 ows 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 Kirk Donahoe said about the differences between him and his brother. While Kirk Donahoe also said he cares a Httle less about his appear- ance, he has been plenty busy on the road to graduation. Please see A10 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. Mirror pholo by Jason Sfpes Altoona grads dodge raindrops during Mansion Park ceremony BY CRAIG WIITIAMS rirnnfi ririrmprl rinwn thp iimi-tar- BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer 44The first day of school it I rained. It rained during the prom. It rained dur- ing the after glo. And now, it is raining on graduation principal Sharon Fasenniyer told students, parents and well- wishers huddling together as drops dripped down the mortar- boards 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 A10 Execution delay plea is rejected BY DAVID JOHNSTON New York Times News Service DENVER The federal judge who presided over Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bomb- ing trial Wednesday rejected a plea by his lawyers to postpone his exe- cution, 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 pages of FBI documents in the case did not mitigate McVeigh's guilt nor did it invali- date 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 govern- ment 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 circum- stances and exercise their moral judgment as the conscience of the 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 sus- pects, 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 1 find that there is no good cause to delay the execution of that sentence." The ruling allowed the govern-, ment to resume its methodical preparations for McVeigh's execu- tion at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where McVeigh is being held, including arrange- ments for survivors and victims' relatives to view the execution in Oklahoma City via closed circuit television. McVeigh Nigh But whether the death sentence would be carried put on schedule remained uncertain. After-the rul- ing, McVeigh's lawyers said they would appeal the order to the 10th 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 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 hi Denver today is a rul- ing for justice." Ashcroft said it "makes unmisr takably clear that we not only have a guilty defendant but that the fair- ness and innocence of the system is sufficient and is complete and that it merits the trust and confi- dence of the American people." One of the bombing survivors, Paul Heath, said outside the court- house 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 Slates is still in 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 expan- sion that will service 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, contami- nated and dry private wells north and west of the system, an over- sized tank and low revenues from an insufficient customer base. In addition, the Greenfield Township supervisors said the pro- posed project will receive the board's endorsement only if the new rates are no higher possibly those now being paid. Please see A5 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-44GO The proposed waterline extension project in Greenfield Township: Mirro; graphic by Tom Worthinglon I Construction picking up on 18-mile stretch of 1-99 Mirror pholo by Kelly Bonnetl Construction work continues on Interstate 99 near Heaver Stadium in State College. BY KAY STEPHENS StaffWriler 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 con- struction 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 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 ot 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 pat- terns 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 A12 BIO FOUR o (a) 3 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mix of sun and clouds, Forecast, A2 THE GREAT COMBIMAT8ON Call us today..Make money today. 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