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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sportsrtyrone-hires new boys' basketball coach Life: Area beekeepers share their secrets of honey Altoona mirror Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2001 newsstand I INSIDE OUR VIEW: United States should act to. improve cockpit security PAGEA8 Additional security measures implemented at Beaver Stadium PAGEfll Atgtans told to prepare lor holy war against the United States PAGE C1 Hope to find survivors dwindles BY LARRY McSiiANE The Associated Press NEW week after ter- rorists brought down the World Trade Center, the mayor said there was yh-tually no hope left Tuesday of finding any of the 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 hy President Bush on the White House lawn, paused for two minutes to honor the victims. The remembrance came at 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 she said. "I'm thinking of peo- ple who were looking for their loved ones." By Tuesday, 218 people had been confirmed dead at the Trade Center and still were listed as missing. Five survivors have been found, but none since Sept. 12. Just 135 bod- ies have been more than 2 percent of the dead and miss- ing. '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 tow- ers is now "very, very small." Please see AH t Mirror ptirHo 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 KIBLEH Staff Writer you've loved a pet, it probablj' 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 ter- rier from the apartment where he and his wife, Kiin, 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 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 morn- ing of Sept. 11 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 televi- sion, 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 All r< w tS-'S Shanksville site develops into a shrine BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer SHANKSVILLE -.....While dozens of investigators silently fight to locate and identify victims of the United Airlines Plight 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 hun- dreds 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-Fa. "We accept this responsibility with great honor and great said Rabbi Ronald Bluming of Johnstown's BethShalom Congregation, who quoted from Psalm 121. "1 will lift my eyes up onto the mountains, from where shall come my help? My help shall come from the Lord, who marie 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 All Minor pholos 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: Ijocal 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. 11 terrorist attacks on America. Altoona-Blair airport cuts one round-trip flight to Pittsburgh By MAKK LEBERFINGER KAY STIiNIErfS siafTWriters i' lyJARTINSBURG One of five round-trip daily flights between the Altoona-Blair County Airport and Pittsburgh is being eliminat- ed as part of cutbacks prompted by a drop in air traffic after last week's terrorist attacks. officials said Tuesday that the flight arriving at 9 a.m. in Blair County from Pittsburgh and that plane's a.m. depar- ture from Martinsburg to Pittsburgh will be stopped. Air passengers seeking to travel to and from those airports vyill 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 jobs and 23 percent of its schedule. "At this time, there's no plan on returning the flight unless the traffic said Warren Wilkinson, vice president of mar- keting and communications for Chautauqua Airlines Inc., the US Airways-affiliated carrier based in Indianapolis, Ind. According to statistics provided by the local airport, people flew out of and 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 A12 Blair launches support group for family of homicide victims BY PHU. RAY Staff 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 LaJqse 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 expe- rience with a group of survivors of homicide victims in Blair County Tuesday night. "It's still a veil' touchy 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 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. We had four daughters we had to live for." Please see A5 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or 7I11IZ2910I10005 f BWFOUR '..4; 2 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly cloudy, Forecast, A2 [THE GREAT COMBIMATIOM i Call us today...Make money today. 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