Altoona Mirror, September 15, 2001

Altoona Mirror

September 15, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ATTCK LATEST DEVELOPMENTS !S Federal authorities make first arrest in connection with the attack; details not disclosed a President Bush declares national emergency, gives military authority to call reserves a Nearly people reported missing or confirmed dead at WTC; Pentagon death toll at least 190 S Justice Department releases names of 19 alleged hijackers and says it wants to question 100 people B Congress approves billion in aid to help victims, increase security and track down culprits s Taliban militia warns of revenge if the United States attacks Afghanistan for harboring alleged terrorist Osafra bin Laden a Recorders found of plane that crashed into'Pentagon; voice recorder recovered In Shanksville crash Altmma mirror Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2001 500 newsstand PA. PLANE CRASH Document outlines flight's last moments BY ROBERTIGOE Staff Writer .SHANKSVILLE As a nation comes out of shock over Tuesday's terrorist attacks, new evidence has come to light that offers insight on the last minutes of United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco before it crashed in Somerset Cdunty. In a document prepared for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., Tom Swanton, an assistant U.S. attor- ney, indicated a struggle occurred on the aircraft before the crash. "Swanton wrote that "radar tracks of the jet, as well as eyewit- nesses on the ground, indicate there was a struggle for control of tie aircraft before it crashed. The airplane took some sharp turns in a short period of time. "Additionally, eyewitnesses on the ground stated that the air- plane was wobbling before it crashed." The document also indicated that no passengers on the doomed flight were from Pennsylvania. fii the document, Swanton wrote about cell phone calls placed to Westmoreland County emergency dispatchers, and others placed by at least three people prior to the crash. FBI agents have taken posses- sion of all tapes and are examin- ing them, but they have not come forward with details about them. The first call, which came in to county dispatchers at a.m., vyas from a man who locked him- self in the plane's bathroom. He told dispatchers, "We are being hijacked; we are being and he described the plane as "going down" while reporting an explosion and "white smoke coming from the plane." Please see AH Karen Riser of Altoona lights a votive candle at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Eighth Avenue and llth Street, Altaona, during her lunch break Friday in memory of those who died Tuesday. IN SUNDAY'S MIRROR FULL-PAGE AMERICAN FLAG Bush vows to rid world of evildoers 7 ho Associated Press As rescue efforts continue in the World Trade Center nibble, President Bush raises an American flag while standing on a burnt firetruck during a tour of the devastation in New York Friday. BY RON FOUHNIER The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush, vowing to "rid the world of called military reserv- ists to duty, won power from Congress to wage war on terrorists and waded into the ruins of Tuesday's attack for a flag-waving, .bullhorn-wielding show of resolve. "I can hear Bush told hun- dreds of weary rescue workers Friday at the World Trade Center in New York. "The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." Cheers of "USA! rang out across the scarred landscape a brief moment of exuberance at ground zero of the worst act of ter- rorism on American soil. The nation steeped in sorrow, Bush prayed with his Cabinet and attended services at Washington National Cathedral before board- ing Air Force One for New York. Flanked by U.S. warplanes, the presidential jet negotiated the troubled skies for the first time since Tuesday the day that h ijackers steered four jetliners to a gruesome demise. Millions of Americans, hearing the president's call for a day of prayer, streamed to churches, other houses of worship and civic gatherings. Others found different ways to underscore their sadness and anger. Expressions of patriotism abounded. "God bless the U.S.A." read a sign along one of Bush's motorcade More coverage of the Attack on America PAGES AS, A10, A11, A12, C1, C2_________' routes. American flags, half-staff at government buildings, fluttered from porches across the country. "Today we read another sign. "Tomorrow we avenge." Congress cleared the way for action. Doth houses approved billion, on unanimous votes, to help the victims, to increase secu- rity and to hunt down terrorists who masterminded the attacks. With just a single House member voting in opposition, Congress alst) voted to let Bush exercise "all necr essary and appropriate force" against the terrorists, their spon- sors and their protectors. Bush gave the military authority to call reservists to active duty for homeland defense and recovery missions. In doing so, he declared a nation- al emergency based on Tuesday's carnage and "the continuing and immediate threat of further! attacks on the United States." Though not part of a military mobilization, the activation was" meant to signal Bush's intent td wage a war on terrorism that advisers say could take several years and involve far more than the perpetrators of this week's attacks. "This nation is peaceful, but- fierce when stirred to Bush said in his prayer address. Please see A10 .Local residents observe National Day of Prayer Mirror pholo by Gary M. Baranec BY JAY YOUNG AND WILLIAM KIIILKR Staff Writers It's been GO years since Maryann Brown's father guard- ed the streets of Altoona during the nights of World War II. On Friday, the Broad Avenue resident returned to the streets her father walked on a similar noble mission. Brown was one of about 35 peo- ple who came together outside Cheryls Whipple's house on the dark, chilly night. "I just felt it was my Amer- ican Whipple said of hav- ing a gathering at her 17th Street home. Her husband, a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, is with his unit in Germany. there. I'm she said. I "Well, you won't be alone any- Brown said. Brown's father was an air raid warden during World War II, when Brown was a little girl. It's nights like this that spark the memories of a day when her father stomped the pavement, making sure all lights were out after air raid sirens sounded. On the dawn of a conflict like no other, Brown joined strangers as they recited the Pledge of Allegiance at 17th Street and 21st Avenue to the sound os car doors shutting. More people were marching toward the small home. It was at the end of the day that the healing began. Children and their elders looked to the sky Friday to gaze at a flag or to reach for a higher power to guide them toward an uncertain future. While many of the 423 stu- dents at Pleasant Valley Ele-' mentary School don't under-: stand what occurred, they, learned of its importance. "Something has happened in our country that is not principal Vince DiLeo told the, students gathered around the school yard flagpole. In the middle of the huddlel students were Kayla DeCrisch- io and Madeline Berry, dressed in red, white and blue. Please see A10 Tuesday's attack won't affect STB decision on local car shop BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer week's terrorist attack in Washington, D.C., will not affect the timetable on the Surface Trans- pbration Board's decision on the planned closing of the Hollidays- burg Car Shop. STB board members and staff flfere back on the job Wednesday. the STB, a regulatory arm of Congress, could make a decision next week. "It is business as usual for the said Dennis Watson, spokes- man for the federal agency that regulates railroad mergers. "The board is continuing to issue deci- sions daily." Shop owner Norfolk Southern Corp. plans to close the facility Oct: 1, idling about 300 workers. The railroad giant cites declining economic conditions for the shut- down. The closing is being fought by state and union officials, who claim Norfolk Southern is violat- ing promises it made to gain regu- latory approval for the takeover of Conrati in to keep the shops open and invest in Blair County. Please see A3 Appeals court upholds conviction, sentence in 1998 fatal car accident BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld the conviction and sen- tence for an Altoona man who killed three young Cambria County men in a 1998 traffic accident. In December, James Wolfe was sentenced to 13 to 42 years in state prison for the deaths of Leonard McConnell, 21, and Franco Del- Grande, 18, both of Cresson, and Ryan O'Neill, 22, of Lilly. Wolfe's pickup truck crossed the centerline of Route 36 at Skyline Drive, Logan Township, Nov. 28, 1998, and slammed head-on into a car driven by O'Neill traveling in the opposite direction. Rachel Kaminski, 19, of Gall- itzin and Randi Jones, 18, of Cresson, who were passengers in the O'Neill vehicle, survived the Subscription or home delivery questions: 948-7480 or (800) 287-44 80 71' 8 Lottery numbers, A2 crash but were severely injured.- Logan Township police said Wolfe was driving while drunk. But the defense, led by Altoona attorney Steven P. Passarello, told a Blair County jury that Wolfe, although he may have been drink- ing at a bar in Loretto before the accident, was not driving his truck. Please see A3 isieEssasaBJHSSESiSsssassmssssi Altoona Mirror Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 [THE GREAT COMEHMATIOM Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us qt (814) 946-7547 Business Hpspjtals___ Obituaries Opinion Local_ _ Scoreboard _A9 A13 A13 "A8 B1-4 B5 0 HATMH Classifieds Comics Movies Puzzles Television C4-14 D5 D4 D4 ;