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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Catholics celebrate legacy of diocese's roots FREE gNSSPE________ SPORTS; Pittsburgh Pirates, Altoona Curve record wins on the diamond Bi______- LIFE: Getting ready for school should include a medical checkup Dl Altoona iKtrror i Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2001 newsstand Logan looking to add officers But supervisors want a study done first to find out if the hires are justified. BY MARK LEBERFWGER For The Mirror Logan Township police Chief Steve Jackson would like to add five new offi- cers to the township's force during the next five years. But township supervisors said Thurs- day that they may conduct a police study first to determine if the recommendation is justified. Supervisors Frank Meloy, James Patterson and Diane Moling didn't object to Jackson's recommen- dation, but they asked (for more data to back j the proposal. "I see some numbers, (not a lot of 1 Meling said. "I would be j comfortable in having I some kind of study done. expressed my concerns about the operating the police department in the most efficient The issue was raised during a prelimi- nary discussion on the 2002 municipal budget. Sixteen officers, including Jackson, serve in the Logan Township Police Department. The chief also wants to replace the department's K-9 unit. .Any township police study would be similar to one conducted several years ago for the township's volunteer fire ser- vice. That study led to major structural changes in the way the fire service oper- ated. Jackson told supervisors he wants to keep up with the growth and develop- ment of the township. "I based my recommendation in part on per capita Jackson said. "For us, the number would be one-and-a- half officers per people." Nationally, police staffing usually is between one-and-a-half and two officers per people, Jackson said. After the meeting, Jackson said the township's crime rate also justifies the increased police presence. Please see A4 NS: Job offers for all Awaiting STB ruling, the railroad giant is moving full steam ahead on plans to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop by Oct. 1. Most Hollidaysburg workers will hear about transfer opportunities 15 days before they lose their current jobs. Mirror file photo by J.D. Cavricfi Hollidaysburg Car Shop workers labor on the inside of a rail car in tills Nov. 29 file photo. While Norfolk Southern Corp. has promised jobs to all 380 employees if the shop closes, only 156 opportunities have been identified so far. Managers receive transfers From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG As both sides of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop closure await a final hearing from the Surface Transportation Board, compa- ny leaders are advising work- ers not to wait until the last minute to be ready to relocate. Union officials confirmed this week that there was dis- cussion within the plant that managers already have received their assignments. When contacted Thursday, company spokesman Rudy Husband said supervisors and management at the shop have been issued transfer assign- ments, which will take effect Oct. 2, pending the STB's final decision. The federal agency is review- ing the company's proposal to close the shop Oct. 1. "This is all part of the Husband said. "We have been telling every- one from the beginning that the shops will be closing on Oct. 1 and let it be known that they will all be offered jobs within the company. That's part of the procedure." Mirror filo pliolo by Jason Sipes Norfolk Southern Chief Executive Officer David Goode speaks at a hearing before the railroad subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee July 16 at the County Convention Center. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff-Writer Norfolk Southern Corp. is plowing ahead with plans to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop Oct. 1, assuring federal regu- lators this week that other jobs in the system will be available to all of the plant's 380 employees if the shutdown occurs. The company said it would pro- vide specifics about transfer opportunities 15 days before clos- ing the Hollidaysburg shop. Union officials greeted the news with rancor and skepticism. "This whole thing about the other jobs is an absolute said Rich Edehnan, a union lawyer. "Either they have half the jobs or all the jobs they are sup- posed to tell us." The number of laid-off workers getting unemployment benefits hits a nine-year high PAGE C1 Edehnan was referring to the fact that Norfolk Southern has provided specifics about only 156 transfer opportunities so far. "And the employees have a right to make a decision on what you do and where you he said. "And they have a right to have their union participate on that agree- ment." Other key points made public Thursday in the railroad's response to questions from federal legislators about the planned clos- ing include: The revelation that million in improvements to the Hollidaysburg facility were bud- geted for 2002. But company offi- cials contended that those invest- ments would not have helped improve the economic equation at the plant. The railroad's reasoning for the closing remains firmly focused on the inability for the rail car refu rb ishing shop to attract work from other compa- nies. The company's claim that it cannot feasibly compare the eco- nomic conditions at Hollidays- burg with other smaller repair shops in its system. Please see A12 Nursing experts discuss shortage BY MARTHA RAFPAEI.E The Associated Press HARRISBURG Penn State University nursing professor Rebecca Beatty worries about how well her students can make the transition from classroom to real life under Pennsylvania's nursing shortage. former student recently called her for advice after taking a job in a hospital where she quick- ly: found herself overwhelmed on the 3 to 11 p.m. shift, taking care of 30 cancer patients with no one to help her. "She said, 'I was calling to ask you if my job was Beatty said. "I have a sense of guilt right now that I'm leading the lambs to slaughter. I didn't even know what to say to her. I did recommend that she quit." Beatty was among 40 nursing educators and administrators who met Thursday to discuss ways to solve the shortage at a Please see A7 St. Francis gives out laptops to freshmen Minor photo by J.D. Cavrich Nichole Chicklo (left) of the St. Francis University admissions office gives Stacy Farabaugh, a freshman from Ebensburg, her new laptop computer at the Stokes Athletic Complex. BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror LORETTO St. Francis Univer- sity bustled with activity Thurs- day as faculty and staff welcomed 354 freshmen each of whom received a slack, new laptop com- puter. Students were grateful they didn't have to invest time in shopping for or packing a computer to take, to college. Parents liked the idea of staying in touch with their chil- dren by e-mail. And university faculty and staff were delighted, realizing their longtime ambition of providing students with around-the-clock wireless access had been fulfilled. The plan to provide computers for St. Francis students has been in the works since 1994, said Kathleen Owens, vice president for academ1 ic affairs. Putting computers in students' hands was the finishing touch on the technological infrastructure that connects them to resources in the campus library and the Internet. Please see Laptop A10 Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Mix of sun and clouds, Forecast, A2 2001 CLEARANCE SALE Going On Now! Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-6167 [P 3 Business I A4 Obituaries A8 news D4 j IN NATION Rep. Gary Condit said Thursday night that he had nothing to do wilh the disappearance ot Chandra Levy but refused to tell whether he had a sexual affair with her. PAGE C1
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