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Publication: Altoona Mirror June 29, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 29, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY LIFE: Actor Jack Lemmon being remembered for his style, versatility / D3 SPORTS: Curve’s Kevin Haverbusch promoted to AAA Nashville / Bl SATURDAY: Meet the class of 2001 in the Mirror’s graduation tabAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001MEETING ON THICK Federal legislators will come to Blair County July 16 for a field hearing about Norfolk Southern Corp.’s decision to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. The Railroad Subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will convene at 11 a m. at the Blair County Convention Center Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, a member of the transportation committee, said the session will focus on the Surface Transportation Board's impending ruling on whether Norfolk Southern should be required to keep the shop open. The hearing originally had been set for mid-June but was delayed by scheduling problems FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2001 500 newsstand ■■■■■■■■■■I Stock ownership eyed for shop By Craig Williams Staff Writer Norfolk Southern Corp. officials are proposing to sublease the Hollidaysburg Car Shop to a newly created corporation of shop employees through a stock ownership plan, according to a filing this week with federal regulators. Although one local politician thinks the idea has merit, a spokesman for one of the shop’s unions says workers aren’t even considering the plan, focusing instead on keeping the facility open through the ongoing legal battle before the Surface Transportation Board. State Rep. Richard Geist, R-Altoona, who has spearheaded efforts to keep the 375 jobs and $19 million in annual payroll in Hollidaysburg, said the shop’s potential is apparent to anyone with vision. “The bra intrust of Norfolk Southern and the unions really should be looking at Hollidaysburg facility as a stand-alone company — even if it is a subdivision of NS.” said Geist, who chairs the state Transportation Committee. “It looks like it would be a good [prospect for a] employee stock ownership plan.” But a union official says employees are focusing on the present and keeping the shops operating under the current arrangement. “We are still exploring how to keep the shops open,” said Tom Lutton, president of the Transport Workers Union, the largest labor union in Hollidaysburg. Several rail labor experts have specu lated that the STB may rule to keep the shop open for a specific period of time to better measure its profitability prospects. The employee ownership scenario was one of several new pieces of information buried deep inside the 45-page document that the railroad company filed this week, in trying to persuade the STB to allow it to proceed with its plans to close the shop Oct. I. The STB required the filing after the railroad announced plans to close the shop and state and union officials Please see Shop/Page A9 THE SPIRIT MOVES THEM E Mirror photo by Jason Sipes arthsuit performs the last song of its set Thursday on the main stage. Earthsuit, a band that mixes rock, reggae, jazz, rap and creole into their sound, is one of the many bands performing at the Christian celebration Creation 2001 near Mount Union. See story and photos I Page A10 RELIGION: St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates 150 years / INSIDE TODAY Pa. child-care worker checks placed on hold By George Strawley The Associated Press HARRISBURG — A new state policy that critics said months ago should not wait will not be in place next week after all. Democrats are blaming the Republican administration and the administration is citing delays caused by pending legislation. The state Department of Public Welfare had said that in July it would begin regular criminal background checks of small childcare providers — those that receive state payments for looking after three or fewer children. But a DPW spokesman said this week that the checks are not expected to begin until the end of the year. The department needed six more months after pending legislation forced it to delay implementation of the background checks earlier this year, the spokesman said. “The department basically is doing nothing,” said Sen. Ally son Y. Schwartz, D-Philadelphia. “They do not want to do child abuse background checks qp anyone.” Schwartz called the delay a "failure of the department to protect children.” The computer record checks, similar to those already performed on employees of larger, licensed childcare facilities, became a political issue earlier this year A Department of Public Welfare spokesman said this week that the checks are not expected to begin until the end of the year. after Democrats pressed the Ridge administration to make them mandatory. Without the checks, lawmakers said the DPW risked spending taxpayer money to pay for baby-sitting services by convicted criminals who may be a threat to children. They said the state should automatically bar anyone with a criminal record from receiving state money for the services. DPW spokesman Jay Pagni said the agency had expected to begin the checks earlier but delayed the start of the program because lawmakers were discussing legislation outlining how they should do it. Such a bill could have ended up changing procedures that the agency already had put in place, thus wasting money if the department acted prematurely, he said. “We’re moving forward with what we said we’d do. Please see Checks/Page A4 Route 56 project to make road safer PennDOT has started the first of several highway improvement projects slated for a dangerous section of Bedford County highway. From Mirror staff reports PLEASANTVILLE — Mark Grisetti’s family has been touched twice by the specter of tragedy on Route 56. He’s hoping that, with improvements to the road planned by PennDOT, it won’t touch anyone else anytime soon. Grisetti’s wife survived a headon collision along a treacherous stretch of the road four years ago. The other driver, a 17-year-old boy, died in the crash. In November, his grandniece died when the parked car she was in was hit by a garbage truck. Work is about to begin on a pro ject to cut away a portion of a hillside just east of the notoriously dangerous Route 56 intersection with Chestnut Ridge Market and Dunning Creek roads. C.H. & D. Enterprises Inc., New Stanton, contractor for the $531,879 project, began setting up operations this week. Work will begin after the Fourth of July. PennDOT officials said the contractor will concentrate first on installing a drainage pipe under Dunning Creek Road, along with constructing a detention pond between the road and the creek. Please see Project/Page AIQ Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll Software giant’s enemies will have another chance By Hiawatha Bay The Boston Globe It’s a measure of Microsoft Corp.’s legal plight that Thursday’s ruling in its landmark antitrust case could be chalked up as a victory. After all, the company got out of the courtroom in one piece. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out a plan by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to break up Microsoft into two separate companies. It rejected Jackson’s view that Microsoft illegally attempted to ANALYSIS monopolize the browser market. But the appeals court strongly affirmed Jackson’s ruling that Microsoft holds a monopoly in computer operating systems and used its monopoly power to crush competitors. The court even declined to vindicate Microsoft’s favorite argument — that tying an Internet browser to an operating system is a perfectly legal product innovation. The same court had ruled in Microsoft’s favor on this point in 1998, but the judges said that the previous ruling didn’t apply in this case. The court sent this part of the ruling back to the district court level to be re-examined. So Microsoft’s enemies get another chance to prove this part of their case. If they do, the district court might resurrect Jackson’s breakup plan or something like it. Besides, Microsoft’s most important new product in years — the forthcoming Windows XP Please see Microsoft/Page A12 ■MiI DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ?    22910    00050    a : I    f BIO FOUR 0 9    7    5 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 90° ■ Forecast, A22001 CHRYSLER IS HERE! Chrysler - Plymouth - Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd* Altoona. PA 943-6167 □ LOCAL Q NAHON Business A9 Movies C4 Hospitals All Classified C4-12 Obituaries All Q LIFE Opinion A8 Q SPORTS Comics D5 Local B4 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 INSIDEIN NATION State efforts to ban tobacco advertising near playgrounds and schools violates both federal law and free-speech rights, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. PAGE Cl ;

  • Bill Shuster
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Jason Sipes
  • Jay Pagni
  • Kevin Haverbusch
  • Mark Grisetti
  • Richard Geist
  • Thomas Penfield Jackson
  • Tom Lutton
  • Tom Worthington
  • Y. Schwartz

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: June 29, 2001

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