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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY UFEi Revolutionary fun at Fort Roberdeau PI Litterbugs plague landscapes Altnnna iWtrair Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2001 newsstand NS roasted at union picnic BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer Local lawmakers and union lead- ers Saturday pledged to continue the fight to keep open the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. US. Rep. Bill Sinister, R-9th District, and stale Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, were speakers during the Altoona Federation of Railroad Labor at Lakpmont Park. "I believe we will have to fight Mid fight hard to keep the shop Shuster told about Hollidaysburg Car Shop and Juniata Locomotive Shop workers and family members. Shuster said there is nothing new in Norfolk Southern's final defense for dosing the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, which arrived at the federal Surface Transportation Board late Monday. "They are just muddying up the Shuster said. "I believe they [Norfolk Southern] bargained in bad faith, I feel confident what the STB has done puts us in the driver's seat. We will hold Norfolk Southern's feet to the fire on July 16.1 am commit- ted to turning this around." Federal legislators will come to Blair County July 16 for a field hearing about the rail company's decision to close the car shop. The Railroad Subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will con- vene at 11 a.m. at the Blair County Convention Center. Sinister, a member of the trans- portation committee, said the ses- sion will focus on the Surface Transportation Board's impending ruling on whether Norfolk Southern should be required to keep the shop open. Both Shuster and Jubelirer said Norfolk Southern has failed to honor commitments it made before Conrail was divided in 1997 and 1998. "The3r said our shops would be the centerpiece of the Norfolk Southern Shuster said. "They said they would invest million in growing the shops; they haven't done lhat." "I hope the true story begins to come out, there is a story of com- Jubelirer said. "As a lifetime member of the communi- ty, I feel violated. The railroad industry has been the backbone of our community. All of you are Please see A7 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennetl Jl fter a brief downpour, a rainbow forms over the inaugural All Pennsylvania State Football Coaches' Association's East- West Football All-Star Game Saturday at Mansion Park. The East team's Mike Connor of Strath Haven threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Marian Catholic's AlDonadi ran for 68 yards. For stats and. complete coverage of the game I PAGE C1 Neighbors remain nervous. Victim's father offers new details. Experts: Police silence not unusual. Murder has many on edge Buchanan BY WlUJAM KlIlLEI! Staff Writer In the Juniata neighborhood where Randy Buchanan was mur- dered June 21, many residents reinained skittish though most think it was an isolated killing, unlikely to be followed by others. Many believe police are justified in having publi- cized only a few details of the case, but some are frustrated and worried by the near silence. Some residents are being extra careful to lock their house or car doors, to look around before going out, to watch their friends safely into homes or cars or to look after kids who don't seem to be out and about as much, they said. Nancy Muir, secretary at Gibboney and Gibboney law office, is uncomfortable about parking her car in her usual spot in front of Handy Buchanan's old apartment. But she trusts the district attorney and police to reveal what they should, when they should. "They might jeopardize the case by letting something she said in the anteroom. "The public is better off by letting them do what they think is right." Gary Corson, a customer at Triple S Variety store, is worried but confident in police. "You got little kids running around he said. "Any one of them could be next." But police are the best judges of what to say and when, he said. Rich Courtot, a corrections vyorker who lives across the street from Randy Buchanan's apart- ment, isn't worried, hasn't changed his habits and figures police know what they're doing. Courtot's neighbor Marcella Kaplonski now looks out to see who's knocking, is glad neighbors have been checking on her, likes it COMING MONDAY Alloona police are offering a four- hour course, complete with follow- along workbook, designed to help you stay safe. Look for all lhe details in Monday's Minor. that friends who drop her off wait in their cars until she makes it safely inside the house and notices that neighbors are keeping better track of their kids. "Once they find somebody, I guess it will ease she said, sit- ting on her porch. But garage owner Charlie Bonn isn't worried. "1 don't think they have any- thing to do with he said. "I don't think I'd be involved with any of those people." Since Randy Buchanan's girl friend found his body in his apart- ment about 14 hours after the mur- der, police have said only that lie died of blunt force trauma above the waist, his death probably was quick, there were markings on the body and there are suspects. Rumor and speculation have painted more detailed pictures that may or may not be accurate. Most involve the extent of the vio- lence involved and characterize the markings on the body as writ- ing or carving. Speculations about motive run an equal spectrum of possibilities. Randy Buchanan's father, Bob, owner of a gunshop around the cor- ner, saw his son's body shortly before police came. He said Friday that there WHS no blood or puncture wound and that his son's body was shirtless, but otherwise clothed. There were bruises on the chest, the side of the head and neck, but otherwise, just a scratch on the face. The body was lying on the liv- ing room floor. There was no sign of struggle or forced entry, he said. Please see A6 IN MIRROR SPORTS TODAY Pittsburgh Pirates The Pirates blew a four-run lead to the Montreal Expos in Saturday's loss. PAGE C1 Ted Beam enjoys his l'ol> as the Curve's offi- cial scorekeeper. PAGE C2 Andre Agassi and Venus Williams will advance to tha Round of 16 at Wimbledon. PAGE C5 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 346-7480 or (BOO) 287-4480 BIG FOUR 3 5 64 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of storms, Forecast, A2 DOME sweet DOME At budget crunch time in Harrisburg, legislators get very familiar with the House Editor's note: Minor political reporter Robert Igoe spent a clay last week in Harrisburg with the, area's state legislators as they rushed to close their spring sessinn. BY ROBERT IOOE Staff Writer "Mr. Stern just left for his committee meet- ing." State Rep. Jerry Stern's assistant, Laura Wagner, to take a guest to Room SOB, where Stern, R-Martinsburg, and the rest of the Veterans' Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee are just minutes MORE INSIDE A closer look at Pennsylvania's U.S. senators Inside polities'. News, notes, votes and quotes Western Pa. lawmaker learns the bald truth Page A4 away from beginning their a.m. meeting the beginning of a long day for the members of that committee and the remainder of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Wagner and her fellow staff are plugging in the coffee pots for the day, which will end (sometime) with (he passage of the 2001-02 bud- get, one of the last steps in ending the House's first session of the year before the summer recess begins. If you think having to get that last project done before vacation is hard, try a day in the halls of state government. "We'll get this Stern said. "But it might take us until midnight." In fact, the budget gets passed about p.m., meaning that Stern and his staff have been on the job for nearly 14 hours 14 hours that allow for just about anything to happen. Please see A4 JUtPona T HE GREAT COJV1B5M ATtOM Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GUM AT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS' and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 01- fax us at (814) 946-7547 f3 SPORTS Hospitals Obituaries A9 H LIFE 0 Movies World C9 CO D4 D3 D4 D6 BUSINESS Stocks CDs, Muluals E4 Q CLASSIFIED COMMUNITY NEWS Couples Yesteryear G2 G3   

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