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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY BLA8H Company gives new life to engines SPORTS: Philipsburg, Mount Union eliminated from baseball playoffs Bl UFE: Tattoo artists say they're seeing more women than men in their parlors Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2001 newsstand Norfolk granted deadline stretch Railroad agreed not to close shop until Oct. 1. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS SlaffWriter 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 reason- ing 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 interfer- ing with the process and the fast approaching deadline. In return, the railroad agreed to push back the planned shutdown of the man- ufacturing facility by one month to Oct. 1 in order to'give the labor unions and the state time to pre- pare 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. 1 closing 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 con- tends arc legally binding. By tho end of nearly two rounds of responses from the participating parties, the STB, in a 2-to-l deci- sion, 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 Trans- portation Committee originally scheduled for June 18 will be rescheduled to accommodate the recent representa- tive's office said Monday. The hear- ing is being organized by U.S. Sen. Arlen 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 Shuster aide Darrel Wilson said. Please see A5 OKLAHOMA CfTV BOMBER EXECUTED Photos by The Associated illustration by Tom Worthington 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 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 A8 "I am1 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 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 cam- era, 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 a.m. EOT 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 which concludes with the lines: "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." Please see A8 Clothes maker in jeopardy Warnaco declares Chapter i 11 bankruptcy. Effect on local i plant uncertain. i From Mirror staff and wire reports The Warnaco Group Inc., the maker of Calvin Klein jeans and Speedo swimsuits, with a large distribution facility in Duncansville, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, cit- i ing a weak retail environment and mounting debt. The billion apparel giant said the vol- untary 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 per share in mid-1998 to 39 cents per share Friday. The New York Stock Exchange halted trading of Warnaco stock Monday because of the company's announcement. Warnaco 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 ques- tions for Warnaco 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 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 100. A spokesman for Warnaco's public relations firm could not provide an exact number of employees. Local plant officials were tight-lipped about' the move. We caWt 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 inood was somber Monday after company e-mails notified the workers of the reorganization. "It was really the employee said. "Nobody was talking or goofing oil real somber. "They told us to continue working and this was to the employee said. "They said this was not like a Chapter 13 where we would come to work and fmd padlocks on the door. Why did- n't they tell us sooner? I don't like the feel of it." Warnaco has 10 manufacturing plants, six subsidiaries and 170 local branches throughout the nation. In 1992, the company closed Warnaco Knitwear, a sweater manufacturing plant in Altoona, after acqxiiring it from Puritan Sportswear in the 1980s. Please see A5 Amtran looks for support in high-speed rail study BY WILLIAM KIBLEII 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 Sigh-speed magnetic levitation rail 100 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 head- ing 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 partner- ship 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 million from the U.S. Department Transportation for preliminary engineering and 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 termi- nus, 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. stale Rick Geist, R-Altoona, a long-time high-speed rail advocate. Please see A3 CAM CANNED IN PITTSBURGH Mirror photo by Jason Sipes The firet casually of the Pirates' lost season is General Manager Cam Bonifay who was lired Monday by owner Kevin McClatchy. In Mirror Sports John Metino has the inside scoop on what lo expect from the new era for the Pirates. Cory Girjer lakes a look at what Bonifay's exit might mean to the Altoona Curve. jj'< _ DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BMFOUR 0 8 76 1 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 THE GREAT COMB8MAT8ON Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MiKHOR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax ua at (814) 946-7647 P need warrants for devices to v walls for criminal