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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Mirror ooooooo OOOQOOOO Bucks debuts today See page C10 Copyright 2001 INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Questions abound for Steelers Juniata prof's comic generates buzz Dl HJtrror SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2001 newsstand AMiniCORPS Program not just for kids anymore BY KEVIN Orr Staff Writer When people think of Ameri- Corps, they think of crowds of teen-agers and twentysomethings digging holes or fixing trails. That is, if they think of anything at all. Most have never heard of it. If they have, they can't spell it. They don't capitalize the C. Or they leave the a off the end. Behind the scenes of local envi- ronmental and main street pro- jects, that's not the case. Dan Pryor is 32 years old and is challenging what people think about the Corps (as its members call He's got a home of his own (he doesn't live in a he's in a long-term relationship (which means he's not shipped to assign- ments all over the and he's enjoying himself. AmeriCorps is a government-, sponsored program that offers repayment of student loans, and usually a small stipend, in exchange for a year or two of com- munity service. Often, its members are young, just out of or just entering college. But that's changing. Pryor works with Allegheny Ridge Corp., partnering as Corps members often do with a local grass-roots organization. These days, he's working on the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Green- way, a belt of forests, hiking trails and local businesses stretching between the two cities. He spends much of his time not all of it in his Duncansville office, on the phone, on the Web, doing research, making contacts. He's achieved grant funding for ARC, but "I've been trying to form an alliance of trail and environ- mental units across the he said. He wears his "grays" an AmeriCorps uniform of sorts, con- sisting of a gray T-shirt and black pants but not often. A biologist by trade, Pryor joined the Corps last year after graduate Please see A6 MUSEUM GALA Minor phnlos by Gary M. Baranec bove: John Home of Latrobe and Sarah Hall of New Florence examine an Andy Warhol silkscreen painting that was available for auction at a benefit Saturday night for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. At left: Michael and Delores Colameco of Johnstown share a laugh with Ann Benzel. The event, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of the museum, was held at the St. Francis University Pine Bowl in Loretto. It featured cocktails, entertainment, auctions, dinner, dancing and fireworks. NORFOLK SOUTHERN HEARING Locals set to skewer rail giant Unions, politicians say they'll show firm's broken promises, bad faith and double talk. BY ROUEHT IGOR AND RAY ECKENHODE Staff Writers With nearly 400 jobs and mil- lion in annual payroll on the line, area union representatives and lawmakers are expected to launch their fiercest attack yet on railroad giant Norfolk Southern Corp. before a panel of federal legislators who will convene Monday in Blair County. The railroad subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hear local officials present a four- pronged argument against the rail- road's plan to close the Hollidays- burg Car Shop Oct. 1. According to documents ob- tained by the Mirror, those argu- ments will be: the long-standing contention that Norfolk Southern is trying to violate a series of promises and commitments it made to politi- cians, regulators and employees to maintain and enhance Blair County rail facilities; that Norfolk Southern has not acted in good faith, neither in its op eration of the facil i ties sine e tak: ing them over from Conrail in 1.999 nor during its handling of the clos- ing of the Hollidaysburg facility; that the closing should be con- sidered a regulatory matter to be handled by the Surface Transpor- tation Board, an agency of Con- gress, and not a legal issue covered by the New York Dock employee protection agreement; B thai Norfolk Southern's con- tention that government should not get involved in operating a rail- road is ludicrous because of a near endless list of government protec- tions for the railroad industry already in place that benefit large companies, including Norfolk Southern. After Monday's hearing at the t NORFOLK .f-. SOUTHERN IF YOU GO What: Federal hearing on closing of Hollidaysburg Car Shop When: 11 a.m. Monday Where: Blair County Convention Center Note: The session is open to the public, but public testimony won't be heard. IN BUSINESS Kopp Drug continues to reinvent ilseii and focus on customer service to compete with big chains. Harley-Davirison breaks with tradition and introduces a motorcycle designed to appeal to new markets. PAGE E1 Blair County Convention Center, a coalition of labor unions will file similar arguments with the STB in Washington, D.C. The STB then will decide whether Norfolk Southern should be forced to cancel its plan to close the Hollidaysburg shop. Sources familiar with the STB said a decision could come within 30 daj's, although there is no legal timetable in place. Norfolk Southern Chief Exec- utive Officer David Goode is the lone railroad witness scheduled to testify Monday. The railroad has contended that statements made before the takeover of Conrail were projec- tions, not promises, and that eco- nomic conditions have changed, making the Hollidaysburg shop unprofitable and expendable. The company has said it has acted in good faith in trying to find displaced workers new positions and find a tenant for the Hollidaysburg facility. Please see AS An eight-cell embryo is shown three days after insemination in this Eastern Virginia Medical School handout photo. Scientists at the institution have created human embryos for the sole purpose of harvesting stem cells to research their role in treating diseases. STEM CEL1 RESEARCH Complicated politics surrounding debate The Associated Press BY LAORA MKCKI.KK The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church here, the prayers always go out for the aborted, along with the sick and the dying. Last week, there was a special plea on behalf of human embryos that sit frozen in petri dishes. At issue: promising but controversial scientific research using stem cells that can be found only inside these tiny embryos. "Please take a moment to sign an urgent petition to President Bush asking him not to use your taxes for experi- ments that rely on the destruction of liv- ing human the Rev. Joseph Loflus says as Mass concludes. More than 100 sign their names. It's a tiny piece of an intense lobbying cam- paign directed at Bush, who is con- fronting one of the thorniest issues of his presidency whether to allow federal funding for research that uses cells derived from embryos. The science and morality of the issue pose complex questions, but the political ramifications of stem cell research may be just as complicated. Bush has been aggressively courting the Catholic.vote, and Catholic leaders have put the stem cell issue at the top of their agenda. So have Christian conserv- atives and leaders of the anti-abortion movement, who have long suspected Bush was a moderate at heart. It would be politically risky for a Republican president to cross such an important part of his conservative base of support a lesson Bush's father learned when he got battered in the 1992 GOP primaries. Please see AS DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BMFOtlR 9 0 52 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altonna Mirror GREAT Call us today.. .Make money today. Ask for THK GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIERS and MOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 O LOCAL SPORTS Outdoors LIFE Q Strange MORE INSIDE Local religious leaders say destroying an embryo to obtain its stem cells amounts to abortion. Local federal lawmakers are beginning to take sides on stem cell research. PAGE A5 More political coverage. PAGEA4 C9 C8 D4 D3 D4 D6 0 BUSINESS Stocks_____ CDs, Mutuals E4 Q CLASSIFIED P3 COMMUNITY MEWS Couples Q2 Yesteryear G3 1 4   

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