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Publication: Altoona Mirror June 12, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYp .AIP HUHN*’ss MIRROR: Company gives new life to engines / IEE INSIDESPORTS: Philipsburg, Mount Union eliminated from baseball playoffs / 31_ LIFE: Tattoo artists say they’re seeing more women than men in their parlors / OIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 a ■’I    ■    if' Norfolk gra nted deadline stretch■ Railroad agreed not to close shop until Oct. I. By Craig Williams Staff Writer Norfolk Southern Corp. will get a two-week extension to show the Surface Transportation Board why they should not shut down the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. Previously scheduled to submit its final reply to the board by Monday, the company now has until June 25 to defend its reasoning for closing the shop. The state and labor unions, who initiated the petition, will have until July 16 to rebut. The board said Monday that it based its decision on concerns with summer vacations interfering with the process and the fast approaching deadline. In return, the railroad agreed to push back the planned shutdown of the manufacturing facility by one month to Oct. I in order to give the labor unions and the state time to prepare their response. But Richard Edelman, attorney for the labor unions, isn’t buying any of it. “Norfolk Southern created the time pressure in the first place by creating the Sept. I closing date," he said. “We were looking for an early decision." In mid-May, the STB ruled in a timely fashion on the unions and state petition. The petition requested the board make the railroad adhere to promises made during the Conrail merger to continue operations in Altoona and Hollidaysburg and invest heavily in the community — commitments that the petition contends are legally binding. By the end of nearly two rounds of responses from the participating parties, the STB, in a 2-to-l decision, found the railroad must show why the board should not force NS to keep the shop open. Meanwhile, a field hearing in Altoona by the U.S. House Transportation Committee originally scheduled for June 18 will be rescheduled to accommodate the recent changes, the representative’s office said Monday. The hearing is being organized by U.S. Sen. Aden Specter, R-Pa., and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District. “We are looking at a date that will better coincide with the STB’s current schedule,” Shuster aide Darrel Wilson said. Please see Norfolk/Page A5TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2001 OKLAHOMA CfTY BOMBER EXECUTED 50C newsstand Photos by The Associated Press/Mirror illustration by Tom Worthington ll Poetic justice McVeigh defiant until the bitter end■ Witness to last execution at Rockview notes similarities. By Kevin OTT Staff Writer Peter Jackson remembers the only time he watched a man die. The man was Gary Heidnick, who in 1986 imprisoned five women in the basement of his home, killing two of them and feeding their remains to the survivors. Heidnick was sentenced to death in Pennsylvania courts. On July 6,1999, he died by lethal injection at Rockview state prison. Jackson was there, reporting for The Associated Press. When Heidnick died, Jackson was on the clock. The situation was similar to Monday’s execution of Timothy McVeigh, with selected members of the media allowed to witness the execution alongside survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing and their families. When Jackson arrived at Rockview, he was shuffled into a room — not too large, not too small, he said — with a couple of dozen other people. Please see Rockvlew/Page A8 ii “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” Final line of poem read before Timothy McVeigh’s death “I think I did see the face of evil today.” Kathy Wilburn, grandmother of bombing victims ff■ Dies with no trace of remorse for lives lost. By Sharon Cohen The Associated Press TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Stony-faced to the end, Timothy McVeigh was put to death Monday without uttering a word. More than 600 miles away, those whose lives were shattered by his bomb watched the execution via a video camera, finding neither the apology they hoped to hear nor the suffering some wanted to see. McVeigh’s eyes rolled back, his lips turned slightly blue and his skin appeared jaundiced as he was pronounced dead at 8:14 a.m. EDT at the U.S. Penitentiary. In his last moments, his face was as blank as it was that April day six years ago when America first saw him escorted out of an Oklahoma jail. Instead of speaking, McVeigh released a handwritten copy of the 1875 poem “Invictus," which concludes with the lines: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” Please see Trace/Page A8Clothes maker in jeopardy■ Wamaco declares Chapter ll bankruptcy. Effect on local plant uncertain. From Mirror staff and wire reports The Wamaco Group Inc., the maker of Calvin Klein jeans and Speedo swimsuits, with a large distribution facility in Duncansville, filed for Chapter ll bankruptcy protection Monday, citing a weak retail environment and mounting debt. The $2.25 billion apparel giant said the voluntary bankruptcy court filing “was the only way to secure additional operating liquidity, stabilize the company and maintain sufficient flexibility to restructure its debt and continue its operating turnaround.’’ The company’s stock plummeted from a high of $44 per share in mid-1998 to 39 cents per share Friday. The New- York Stock Exchange halted trading of Wamaco stock Monday because of the company’s announcement. Wamaco said its international subsidiaries largely will be unaffected by the filing, and day-to-day business operations will continue without interruptions. A public relations company handling questions for Wamaco said the company’s men’s apparel division in Duncansville is expected to continue operating as normal, but workers are skeptical about that contention. “This is a major distribution center,” said Howard Rubenstein of Rubenstein Associates Inc. from New York. “In recent months, they have actually added to the jobs, and they don’t expect to be cutting back anytime soon.” It was unclear Monday how many people are currently working at the distribution facility. A Blair County economic development official put the number around 400, but an employee estimated the number at slightly more than IOO. A spokesman for Wamaco’s public relations firm could not provide an exact number of employees. Local plant officials were tight-lipped about the move. We cafti’t talk to any newspapers, Diane Trindle, vice president of the local distribution center said when asked about any possible staff reductions. One employee, who asked not to be identified, said the mood was somber Monday after company e-mails notified the workers of the reorganization. “It was really strange,” the employee said. “Nobody was talking or goofing off ... real somber. “They told us to continue working and this was to regroup,” the employee said. “They said this was not like a Chapter 13 where we would come to work and find padlocks on the door. Why didn’t they tell us sooner? I don’t like the feel of it.” Wamaco has IO manufacturing plants, six subsidiaries and 170 local branches throughout the nation. In 1992, the company closed Wamaco Knitwear, a sweater manufacturing plant in Altoona, after acquiring it from Puritan Sportswear in the 1980s. Please see Maker/Page A5 Amtran looks for support in high-speed rail study CAM CANNED IN PITTSBURGH By William Kibler Staff Writer If you take the Amtran bus seven miles from East Juniata to downtown for a Heritage Plaza concert, it will take you 30 minutes. If you take high-speed magnetic levitation rail IOO miles to Pittsburgh for a Mellon Arena concert, it will take you just 27 minutes. Don’t go for a ticket — the 315-mph line isn’t built — but the Blair County Chamber is heading a campaign that could help make it hap pen, and it wants Altoona City Council, other local governments and the public to start pushing, too. Those groups want a public-private partnership in Pittsburgh to extend its proposal for a Pittsburgh-Greensburg maglev line eastward through Johnstown to Altoona. The Pittsburgh-Greensburg proposal and a Baltimore-Washington projects are the finalists of seven original proposals to get $950 million from the U.S. Department Transportation for preliminary engineering and $3 billion for con struction of a national-showcase maglev line. Extending the Pittsburgh proposal to Altoona could enhance the chances of being the final U.S. DOT choice because it would go halfway to Philadelphia, a logical main terminus, officials said. And it would demonstrate that maglev could conquer the main obstacle for the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia connection — the Allegheny Front just west of here, said Rep. state Rick Geist, R-Altoona, a long-time high-speed rail advocate. Please see Rail/Page A3 HHMMNMMMMMHMMMHNNHMMHHMHMNMMMNMMMMHHRHHI DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 /    22910    00050    a BIO FOUR 0    8    7    6 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER UTF® Sr EttH i. 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  • Aden Specter
  • Bill Shuster
  • Calvin Klein
  • Cam Bonifay
  • Cory Giger
  • Darrel Wilson
  • Diane Trindle
  • Gary Heidnick
  • Howard Rubenstein
  • Jason Sipes
  • John Mehno
  • Kathy Wilburn
  • Kevin Mcclatchy
  • Kevin Ott
  • Peter Jackson
  • Richard Edelman
  • Rick Geist
  • Timothy Mcveigh
  • Tom Worthington

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: June 12, 2001

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