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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY UFE; Williamsport cooking show reaches________ NATION: Adolescent girls report dating abuse Cl L-S- Fiore drops first-round game Altmma dNtrtar i Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2001 500 newsstand Michael F. Brown is escorted into District Justice Kenneth L. Carman's office on charges of hindering the apprehension of Blair County inmate Michael David Black, 26. i.......i ii m Escaped inmate nabbed BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer The Blair County prisoner who allegedly stuffed pillows under his bed covers as a ruse to escape from Altoona Hospital early Friday was apprehended Tuesday in the car of a friend on Haggerty Street near Walton Avenue. Meanwhile, Blair County Sheriff Larry Field vowed that the sheriff's department will take tougher measures to assure that inmates in the Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett futui'e don't pull a scam similar to the one used to escape from the hospital. "It happened, and it won't happen Field said Tuesday evening. Altoona police, sheriffs deputies and several constables were alerted that fugitive Michael David Black, 26, of Hill Crest Estate was in the back seat of a car being driven by a Mend. The friend, identified by city police as Michael F. Brown, 226 E. Crawford Ave., was driving his vehicle on Haggerty Street around Black p.m. Tuesday. Law enforcement officers blocked the street, forcing Brown to stop while others closed in the car from behind. Both were taken into custody, and sheriffs deputies immediately whisked Black back to Bl ai r County Pr ison. Field said Black actually was in the custody of the county prison, which is why he was placed back in the prison without being foi> matty arraigned on the escape charge. Please see AS "This bill provides much-needed modernization to the railroad retirement system and expands benefits to workers and their families." U.S. Rep. Bill Sinister House passes railroad BY ROBERT IGOE Stuff Writer WASHINGTON It was just a matter of time. After several intense days of private and pub- lic debate, the House of Representatives voted to approve a railroad retirement benefit enhancement bill Tuesday. The bill, HR 1140, passed the House 384-33 Tuesday evening and is designed to aid work- ers and management by: reducing the years required for vesting of retirement benefits from 10 years to five; reducing the payroll tax on railroad workers; reducing the age for eligibility to collect benefits to 60 years old with 30 years of service; restriction on survivor benefits for widows; creates a Railroad Retirement Trust Fund and a Railroad Retirement Investment Trust. U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, one of the main sup- porters of the bill, celebrated the bill's passage. "I support this bill because it helps to ensure the health and future of railway workers and their said Shuster, R-9th District, who was one of 368 co-sponsors. "This bill is a priori- ty for ma, and I pledged to work to ensure its pas- sage here in Washington. "This bill provides much-needed moderniza- tion to the railroad retirement system and expands benefits to workers and their families. This is a critical issue for many people back home in Pennsylvania, and I want to make sure their concerns are well represented here in Washington." Please see A12 TOUR DElOONft 2001 INSIDE COVERAGE A course map and a roundup of events and start times for today's Crown American Johnstown Circuit Road Race. PAGE A5 Mirror pholo by Kelly BenneN Ryan Nenninger bikes down 12th Avenue during the Altoona Mirror Prologue men's time trials Tuesday. For complete coverage and a column on the prologue not being a fan favorite, see Page Bl. For a list of results and the daily diary of pro women's cyclist Tina', Skelley, see Page B3. Possible murder-suicide investigated Bv TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer SCHAEFFERSTOWN Betty and William Swab were devoted to each other, but old age was start- ing to concern the couple who moved from Tyrone July 20. After 50 years of marriage, they left their longtime home in Blair County to move to their daughter's house in Lebanon County. Friends said the Swabs were happy while planning the move, but something happened in the week-and-a-half they were gone. Thursday evening, after their daughter led for work, the couple sat side-by-side in lawn chairs in the backyard and d led in what police say was an apparent murder-suicide. They were anxious about becom- ing a burden to their daughter, police said. Betty Swab, 79, shot her husband William Swab, 83, in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun then turned the weapon on herself, Heidelberg Township police Chief Ellwood Noll said. Please see A5 Butterick begins slashing jobs BY CRAIG WIUJAMS Staff Writer Tuesday was the last clay of a 32- year career for Joe Eckels. The graphics arts worker was one of 100 Butterick employees whose careers with the company came to an end Tuesday. Nearly 100 work- ers remain in the plant, although their jobs are expected to be termi- nated in the coining months. "I won't miss work as much as I'll miss my fellow he said. "I've never been laid off much, so I don't know what I'll do said Eckels, who worked in the printing department. The Butterick plant, which makes patterns, opened in the Beale Avenue factory in 1947. The plant was bought this year by McCall's Pattern Co. At the time, the new owners announced the plant would close with some of the work being sent to a McCall's plant in Manhattan, Kan. More than 250 workers were employed with Butterick in Altoona at the time of the takeover. Please see A5 DEUVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 346-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BMFOW (e; i 6 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Mirror 000.00 INSIDE i IN BUSINESS 'N Sync parking rates out of sync with what Steelers' fans will pay to park at Heinz Field. PAGEA9 DoHoo-oo Bucks Movies p! news D4   

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