Altoona Mirror, August 27, 2001

Altoona Mirror

August 27, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Injuries back Steelers into Bl CONTEST: Test your NASCAR knowledge How to snag smallmouths, fall trout mirror Copyright 2001 MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2001 newsstand Clearfield County Spotter killed in accident BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer ..CLEARFIELD A sprint car wanning up on a Clearfield County i'acetrack went off the asphalt and killed a flagman's spotter Saturday evening. C. Pscholka Jr., 20, Dubois probably died instant- ly of blunt force trauma to the head and chest after the car hit him on the infield grass just inside the track apron throwing him about 30 yards at Central Pennsylvania Speedway, officials said. Pscholka, a former racer and a first-year track employee, may have been out of Iris assigned place near a light pole, behind a dirt barrier near Turn 3 of the track, said Craig Wilson of Lance, Clearfield County. But he doesn't know why, Wilson said. The driver whom officials did not identify told Wilson he was blinded for a moment because of the sun. "Whenever he saw Fred, it was just too Wilson said, relaying what the Qotumbus, Ohio, driver told him. "fle tried to miss him, but just couldn't." Pscholka may not have seen the car coining, Wilson said. Lawrence Township police, the speedway and the Clearfield County coroner's office are investigating the death. The word in the pits after the accident was that the sprint car driver had been weaving back and forth on the track in the tradition- al way to clean his tires and heat them, which softens the rubber for .Please see AID THE PRESIDENT IN PENNSYLVANIA Mirror pliotos by Kelly Bennetl President Bush shakes hands Sunday with the crowd before the Little league World Series championship game at Camade Stadium in Willianisport. Bush (below) threw the first pitch in the championship game. Bush traces roots back to Little League basebalI BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer WILLJAMSPORT A city that is used to being turned upside down tliis timeofyeargota further j olt Sunday when President Bush paid a visit to the LitUe League World Series champi- onship game. Bush, who is the only former Little League player to become president, paid a visit to Lamade Stadium to be inducted into the Little League Baseball Hall of Fame. Bush became the First sitting president to attend the championship and threw the first pitch. Years ago, when I was playing on those dusty Little League fields in Texas, I never dreamt I'd be the leader of the United States, and I surely never dreamed that I'd be enshrined in the Little League Hall of Bush said. Please see A3 ALPHA-FRY TECHNOLOGIES Metal workers strike BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter The union representing 130 workers at the Alpha-Fry Technologies plant went on strike Sunday over layoff language in a proposed contract. It contrasts with a company lockout three years ago, when the workers also rejected a contract proposal. Workers are not comfortable with language that might jeopardize jobs, said Don Scanlan; president of the local Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union. It was a close vote Sunday to strike, said Bob Kutz, president of the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council. The workers rejected a new contract to replace a three-year deal that has just expired, Scanlan said. The case will go to a federal mediator, who will set a meeting to negotiate the issue and try to "reach a happy Scanlan said. Neither Scanlan nor workers among the seven picketing Sunday evening in front of the plant entrance on Sixth Avenue in Eldorado would be morefspecific about the objectionable language. A company manager called at home late Sunday didn't return the call. Three years ago, the company then called ,Fry Metals locked out workers when they Rejected a contract proposal. But the sides .worked out their differences with the help of a mediator and signed a new contract days later, ending the lockout, according -i to a 1998 Mirror story. j At contract time three years earlier, tensions between labor and management rose when the company placed a classified ad seeking tempo- rary workers to fill all factory positions, which the union interpreted as the company getting ready to replace them, possibly, in anticipation a strike, according to a 1998 Mirror story. j Please see AID ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? COMING FRIDAY Pern State Gameday, the region's best pregame preview publication, debuts for the 2001 season in Friday's Mirror. You'll get analysis, predictions, statistics, schedules and more in each edition. COMING SUNDAY The morning after each Penn State game, the most experienced team of football journalists in the state will provide the best coverage in Penn State Extra. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Michael Soika, a research technologist in plant pathology, and Bob Hudzik, sta- dium and athletic field supervisor, check the turf at Beaver Stadium last week. They pronounced the field "in great shape" for Penn State's opener against Miami Saturday. For more information on whether the Nittany Lions will be pre- pared for the game, please see Page Bl. COMING TUESDAY The Mirror's annual preseason football preview section will be included free in Tuesday's paper. We've got detailed previews for 24 area high schools, the lowdown on Pitt, Penn State, Noire Dame and all the area college teams, aid a look at the Steelers and the entire NFL. The 64-page section is one fans will wait to tuck away to use for a reference all season long. Teacher crunch an area issue Secondary, special education instructors are in short supply. BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter The great teacher shortage has arrived in central Pennsylvania. While finding qualified people to fill full-time positions has been dif- ficult, the immediate problem con- tinues to be substitute and special education teachers. "We will begin this school year with the smallest number of daily subs in my longtime Altoona Superintendent Dennis Murray said. "The teacher short- age that you're hearing about has hit Altoona." While universities are produc- ing an abundance of elementary education teachers, public schools hurt when it comes to special edu- cation and secondary teachers. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (BOO) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 1 ticket giveaway Read today's Mirror Classifieds to see if you're a winner! Business MovFes Obituaries Opinion Local_ __ Scoreboard A7 A4 A9 A8 B4 Classifieds C2-10 Comics_______ CMS Community news D2 Puzzjes___ D4 Television D4 ;

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