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Publication: Altoona Mirror September 19, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports:Tyrone hires new boys’ basketball coach    Life:    Area    beekeepers    share    their    secrets    of    honey    DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2001 500 newsstand INSIDE OUR VIEW: United States should act to improve cockpit security PAGE A8 Additional security measures implemented at Beaver Stadium PAGE Bl Afghans told to prepare for holy war against the United States PAGE Cl Hope to find survivors dwindles By Larry McShane The Associated Press NEW YORK - One week after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center, the mayor said there was virtually no hope left Tuesday of finding any of the 5,400 missing souls alive. Meanwhile, a federal grand jury has begun investigating the attack. The somber news from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani came just a few hours after the nation, led by President Bush on the White House lawn, paused for two minutes to honor Ute victims. The remembrance came at 8:48 a.m., exactly one week after the first of two hijacked airliners struck the Twin Towers, followed soon after by hijacked planes crashing at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. Nancy Pelaez, an administrative assistant on her way to work in New York, paused and wiped away tears. “When you keep silent these two minutes, it seems like a really long time,” she said. “I’m thinking of people who were looking for their loved ones.” By Tuesday, 218 people had been confirmed dead at the Trade Center and 5,422 still were listed as missing. Five survivors have been found, but none since Sept. 12. Just 135 bodies have been identified—little more than 2 percent of the dead and missing. After a week of round-the-clock digging by thousands of rescue workers, the mayor said the chance of finding any survivors in the smoking ruins of the 110-story towers is now “very, very small.” Mirror photo by Bob Kasun Marty Smith holds his Yorkshire terrier, Harvey, who survived alone for four days after last week’s World Trade Center attacks. Couple reunited with dog 4 days after WTC attack By William Kibler Staff Writer Unless you’ve loved a pet, it probably doesn’t sound like a big deal in the overall context of last week’s catastrophe. But until Altoona Area High School graduate Marty Smith retrieved the little Yorkshire terrier from the apartment where he and his wife, Rim, live — 200 yards from the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center — the family tripod was missing a leg. Harvey — named for the disappearing rabbit in a Jimmy Stewart movie — didn’t react to the jingling of keys as Marty Smith came down the hallway Saturday with a dog officer, who escorted him to his apartment in the restricted area near the site of the terrorist attack. Smith thought, at best, he might have to carry the dog out after four days without water. At worst, the black-and-tan animal may not have survived. Marty Smith left his apartment on the morning of Sept. ll not realizing there was anything more than a serious fire at the World Trade Center. He heard a noise, saw the lights flicker and looked out the window. He turned on the television, saw the smoke from the North Tower, got ready to got to work at a restaurant up town and went downstairs. In front of his building, he stopped to watch the North Tower burn. Please see Reunited/Page AllAltoona-Blair airport cuts one round-trip flight to Pittsburgh By Mark Leberfinger and Ray Stephens Staff Writers MARTINSBURG - One of five round-trip daily flights between the Altoona-Blair County Airport and Pittsburgh is being eliminated as part of cutbacks prompted by a drop in air traffic after last week’s terrorist attacks. Airport officials said Tuesday that the flight arriving at 9 a.m. in Blair County from Pittsburgh — and that plane’s 9:37 a.m. depar ture from Martinsburg to Pittsburgh — will be stopped. Air passengers seeking to travel to and from those airports will need to use another flight, which likely will include a stop at the Johnstown airport. The decision to cut the flight was part of a plan US Airways announced Monday to cut 11,000 jobs and 23 percent of its schedule. “At this time, there’s no plan on returning the flight unless the traffic returns,” said Warren Wilkinson, vice president of marketing and communications for Chautauqua Airlines Inc., the US Airways-affiliated carrier based in Indianapolis, Ind. According to statistics provided by the local airport, 1,530 people flew out of and 1,633 flew into the facility in August. US Airways said its passenger traffic was up about 5 percent in August compared to August 2000. Please see Flight/Page A12Blair launches support group for family of homicide victims By Phil Ray surf Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Even after 14 years, Howard and Sharon Lee find it tough to talk about the loss of their son, who was stabbed to death while working at Ames Department Store in the Clearfield Mall. Donald M. Lee, 19, of LaJose was stocking shelves in April 1987 when another man stabbed him in the back. The killer, Frederick Eugene Wormer of Clearfield, is serving a life sentence. The Lees talked about their experience with a group of survivors of homicide victims in Blair County Tuesday night. “It’s still a very touchy subject,” Donald Lee said. “After 14 years, it doesn’t change. We’ve lost a loved one. “For the most part, we did not expect in our wildest dreams to bury a child.” His struggle to move ahead with his daily life — to raise four other children — was aided by talking about what happened. “Don’t tighten up,” he said. “Don’t withdraw in a shell. Let it out. Not only talk about it, but be a listener. Be a listener for someone who is a listener for you. “You’ve got to get on with your life. 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PAGE Cl f Shanksville site develops into a shrine By Robert Igoe Stcrf Writer SHANKSVILLE — While dozens of investigators silently fight to locate and identify victims of the United Airlines Flight 93 crash, many others are fighting equally hard to ensure those victims are not forgotten. What began at the crash site as a simple wooden cross with an excerpt from the 23rd Psalm and a sign bearing dozens of red, white and blue ribbons and the promise that “Our prayers are with you" has become a shrine — bedecked with hundreds of flowers, ribbons, flags, teddy bears and letters. A letter thanks the victims of the flight “for your incredible and heroic sacrifice. We are mourning and praying with you.” Another promises victims that “you will continue to live in the hearts and minds of all the people who knew you.” To one side is a massive yellow sign with hundreds of signatures and the message “Our Hearts Go Out To America.” Three local clergy members dedicated the site Friday in the company of U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, both of R-Pa. “We accept this responsibility with great honor and great appreciation,” said Rabbi Ronald Bluming of Johnstown’s Beth Shalom Congregation, who quoted from Psalm 121. “I will lift my eyes up onto the mountains, from where shall come my help? My help shall come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Bluming also read from Psalm 23 before continuing. “Indeed these events have all made us keenly aware of the gift of life. Please see Shrlne/Page All Mirror photos by Jason Sipes Above: A shy Abby Jo Krobot, 7, peeks out from under the arm of her mother, Peggy, as she explains to the press her daughter’s contributions to honoring the victims of United Airlines Flight 93. At right: Local residents have placed poems and flowers at the base of the flagpoles at Indian Lake Resort as a memorial to the victims. The passengers and crew were killed when the plane crashed in a field near Shanksville as part of the Sept. ll terrorist attacks on America. ;

  • Abby Jo Krobot
  • Beth Shalom Congregation
  • Diane Whipple
  • Donald Lee
  • Donald M. Lee
  • Jason Sipes
  • Jimmy Stewart
  • Marjorie Knoller
  • Marty Smith
  • Nancy Pelaez
  • Rabbi Ronald Bluming
  • Rick Santorum
  • Robert Igoe Stcrf Writer
  • Robert Noel
  • Rudolph Giuliani

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: September 19, 2001

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