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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY RELIQION: Area summer church camps in full swing EMMYS: HBQ's 'Sopranos' tops nomination list with 22 PI LIRE: Too many vitamins can be hazardous to your health Dl Altonna Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2001 500 newsstand fear this! Superstitions survive in case BY LINDA HUDKINS For Mirror Thirteen is considered an unlucky number, and Friday is thought of as a day of woe. Today sits dead center on the cross hairs of Friday and 13, .The mere mention of Friday the 13th sends chills down the spines of triskaidekaphobes people who fear the number 13. Others may laugh it off, feeling a bit too prag- matic to indulge in the fears of their fathers or grandmothers. After all, says Johnathan Teicher, a project manager with Hayes Large Architects, "We like to think of ourselves as really rational and scientific and clear-minded about this stuff." But in reality, he says, the number 13 still holds power over architects, hotel moguls and even the Otis elevator folks. "The industry standard is not to have a 13th Teicher says. "I don't think you'll find any hotel out there that has a 13th says Bob Shepherd, supervisor in Otis Elevator's Easton office. "Thirteen is left out intentionally because no one wants to stay on the 13th floor especially in casinos." People may want to believe they are above the sway of superstition, but Teicher isn't taking any chances. "If you wore rational enough to put in a 13th floor, somewhere along the line you would be corrected." The construction field is full of superstitions, Teicher says. Some workers put a penny in every wall for good luck, and someone always will uphold the tradition of the ancient Druids by Please see A5 WINGING IT AT LAKEMONT PARK At right: Hundreds of hungry customers wait in lines that stretch outside pavilions for the year's' first Wing Off at Lakemont Park. Below: Scott Wetter of Newry fries wings for Ruby Tuesday at Thursday's event. Ruby Tuesday, Bellwood's downtown DIP Grille, Applebee's and Something Italian at the Holiday Inn participated Thursday. The Wing Off is held from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 16. Mirror photos by Kelly Bennell ing flavors can reflect personality types BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer You can tell a lot about a per- son by the wings they eat. Take Russ Shorb. The executive chef at Something Italian restaurant at the Holiday Inn is cool under pressure. With a towel over his loose fit- ting red shirt, Shorb calmly supervises his staff Thursday under a pavilion at Lakemont Park. Dozens are waiting for the food they're preparing at the llth annual Lakemont Park Wing Off. About four tons of wings were expected to be served on the first night of the event. The sweet smell of barbecue sauce and tangy odor of the medium-hot wings makes every second in line seem longer with every step toward the serving tables. Then there's the familiar smell of garlic from a unique taste prepared by Shorb. "I love Shorb says. "If you're true to heart with your wings, you make everything from scratch." And just like his visibly calm approach when one cook puts too much sauce in a container, he prefers his wings on the cool side. Please see A3 Delinquency concerns focus on coffeehouse Mirror photo by Jason Sipss The Daily Grind Cafe in downtown AUoona has been the focus of complaints about delinquency, hut its owner arid customers deny any problems. By WIU.IAM KIIILER Staff Writer Sarah Hammond, 21, virtually is an elder statesman at the Daily Grind Cafe at llth Avenue and 13th Street down- tovvn. And she's an advocate for a place where she was able to start an anti- depression support group, where no one gets into fights and everyone gets along. While downtown property owners, police and city officials are meeting next week to assess downtown delin- quency and maybe try to figure out what to do about it, Hammond doesn't think there's much of a problem at least on the coffeehouse corner. The Daily Grind is not primarily a commercial enterprise, but a less- than-break-even Christian outreach for the "unchurched and the run by ordained minis- ter Jeff Bennett, who holds Wesleyan services there Sundays, said Don Rice, who was filling in for Bennett earlier this week. Please see A9 TRANSPORTATION Chestnut Ave. widening job starts Monday BY WILLIAM Kiuum Staff Writer PennDOT will begin construction on its million widening of Chestnut Avenue Monday. The department will widen the two-lane road from Altoona Hosp- ital to Juniata's business district to four lanes, with an added left-turn lane at intersections and driveways. PennDOT will keep two lanes open on the 1.25-mile stretch during construction. Workers already are doing site preparation work. (See photos, Page AID.) Workers will redo the western side across the highway from the Juniata Locomotive Shop first, which will mean closing off inter- sections with perpendicular streets. An alternate route for the biggest artery among those intersecting streets Juniata Gap Road is west on Fourth Street past the hos- pital to 25th Avenue, then right to Juniata Gap Road near Sheetz in Wehmvood. PennDOT will maintain access to all businesses and the Norfolk Southern Railway parking lot along the construction route, which goes froin Fourth Street in Altoona to North Fifth vStreet in Juniata. Tile name of the highway is not Chestnut, but North Fourth Aven- ue, north of the intersection with Juniata Gap Road. The highway will taper to two lanes to match the existing roadway at North Fifth Street. PennDOT will lower the intersec- tion with Juniata Gap Road to improve sight distance. The Altoona Redevelopment Authority has torn down most of the buildings that needed demolished. Several more need to be torn down. Contractors Charles J. Merlo of Mineral Point and Gordon L. Delozier of HoUidaysburg are doing the project in a joint venture. PennDOT plans to complete the project in the fall of 2002. Funding is 80 percent federal and 20 percent state. PennDOT also will start work on widening Plank Road from Wal- Mart to the Wye Switches next week. Mirror Staff Writer William Kiblercanbe readied at JM9-7038 or Itoonam irrorjcom. Five interchanges selected for road BY MIA ROHAHT Staff Writer PHILIPSBURG PennDOT unveiled Thursday as many as five possible interchange locations for a four-lane highway to link inter- states 80 and 99. The highway, known as Corridor 0, will link the intcrstates along Route 322 between Port Matilda and Woodland in Centre and Clearficld counties. The interchanges will help divert congested traffic and allow residents to gain faster access to major highways. The possible interchange loca- tions need to be evaluated to see which are most effective in terms of environmental impact, engi- neering design, community impact and transportation perfor- mance. They are: Route 53 and Allport Bigler Road, southwest of Oak Grove; Route 53, south of Morrisdale; Route 322, north or south of WalJaceton; MEETINGS SET The Corridor 0 project team will have a series of public (reelings: Aug. 7, West Branch Elementary School; Aug. 8, Philipsburg-Osceola High School; Aug. 9, Port Maiilda Elementary. All meetings are from 4 to 7 p.m. Anyone interested in more informa- tion about Coiridoi 0 can stop in the project office on North Fronl Street in Phitipsburg, call Ihe office loll-free at (877) 499-2480 or visit Ihe Web site at www.corridor-o.com. Allport Bigler Road near Center Hill. On June9, 1998, President Clinton signed the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, which des- ignated Route 322 from 1-99 to 1-80 as an addition to Corridor 0 of the Appalachian Highway System. Please see Corridor A10 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7iiil229AQiiOQQ5Qi 9 2 8) 2 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER' 1 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 O LOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A9 All AS B4 B5 QJ NATION Classifieds C4-12 El LIFE Comics DS Comrnunily news D2 P Lizzies D4 Television D4 INSIDE IN WORLD Ira Einhorn, the fugitive convicted ot killing his U.S. girlfriend nearly a quarter ccntuiy ago in Philadelphia, was ordered extradited to the United Stales Thursday. PAGE C1   

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