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Publication: Altoona Mirror September 20, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 20, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania STB seals car shop’s fate Railroad unions and state officials have at least 30 days to file an appeal to the Surface Transportation Board decision in federal court. ii The union also may file to keep the shop open until the appeal. rn Norfolk Southern officials say the closing date may be pushed back to late October or November. ■ The fate of the workers' jobs is in the hands of a National Labor Relations Board arbitrator. Regulators won't halt closing planned for this year. Unions ponder court challenge, transfer provisions. . I I jr. i '111 IE JU va! I By Craig Williams Staff Writer One of the largest railroad car repair shops in the world — and a key piece of Blair County’s railroad heritage — will shut its doors later this year. Federal regulators ruled Wednesday that Norfolk Southern Corp, will not be forced to keep the Hollidaysburg Car Shop open. The three-member Surface Transportation Board said forcing the shop to remain open would be a Financial drain on the company and ultimately could do more damage to the careers of the 250-plus railroad workers than transferring them to new jobs. Tile board recognized that the railroad broke commitments to the workers, community and state during the takeover of the former Conrail system in 1999. “NS has presented nothing here to change our prior conclusion that the carrier’s representations both before and during the merger process could not help but reasonably lead state and local interest to believe that NS would keep the shops open and to rely on that commitment in determining how they participated in the merger process,” the board wrote. Please see Shop/Page A9 A capsule look at the Hollidaysburg Car Shop Officials disappointed with the decision but satisfied with their efforts to keep the shop open Complete text of the Surface Transportation Board's decision Car shop workers express feelings of dismay, betrayal PAGE A9 Altoona mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2001 50C newsstand Bush orders planes to Gulf region ■ President will address nation, Congress tonight. By David Espo The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon ordered dozens of advanced aircraft to the Persian Gulf region Wednesday as the ■ More coverage of terrorist attacks / Pages AG, A7, Cl, C2, DI hour of military retaliation for deadly terrorist attacks drew closer. President Bush announced he would address Congress and the nation tonight. “I owe it to the country to give an explanation,” Bush said in the Oval Office. Bush spoke after meeting with congressional leaders to discuss the economy, weak before the attacks and buffeted by thousands of layoffs in the airline industry and elsewhere in the eight days since. “No question, it’s tough times,” he said. “This i9 a shock to the economy, and we’re going to respond.” The president will ask Congress to give the nation’s airlines $5 billion in immediate aid, plus help with their insurance liability, an administration official said, but not $12.5 billion in loans the industry says it needs to avert bankruptcies — at least for now. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan was quoted as telling lawmakers that they should focus on restoring economic confidence and not rush into passing legislation with uncertain impact. The president's announcement that he would go before a joint session of Congress marked a quickening in the pace of events as the administration worked on military, diplomatic and economic responses to the attacks that killed thousands. Please see Bush /Page A7 Senator wants medal awarded to crash victims By Claude R. Marx The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Passengers and crew members of the hijacked plane that crashed in Somerset County, Pa., Sept. ll would receive Congress’ highest civilian honor under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. Specter said giving the passengers and crew the Congressional Gold Medal would recognize the heroism of those on the United Airlines flight whose actions prevented greater losses of life. “They really saved the Capitol, so we ought to express our appreciation,” he said. “All indications are that the plane — and this is speculation — was headed for the U.S. Capitol. The Capitol is the symbol of our nation.” Ceil phone calls made by passengers to relatives Specter before the crash suggested they planned to seize control of the jet from the hijackers to prevent the plane from becoming a missile — like the ones that toppled the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon. Flight 93 went down in rural Shanksville, Pa., after leaving Newark, N.J., for San Francisco. Radar showed the plane on route and heading over Cleveland when it abruptly turned east, began losing altitude and flying erratically toward Maryland before it crashed. Specter’s bill has 15 co-sponsors, ranging from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., has not cosponsored it. Please see Medal/Page A7 Memorabilia to the victims of the World Trade Center lie in the middle of Union Square Park in New York City Wednesday. Communities from around the world are paying their respects at the makeshift memorial. The Associated Press Above: A sailor says a tearful goodbye to his wife before the deployment of the USS Theodore Roosevelt at Norfolk Naval Base Wednesday morning in Norfolk, Va. At left: Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Vernatt of Shady Spring, W.Va., yells and waves his flag from the flight deck of the USS Roosevelt. Misinformation, urban legends spread in wake of trade center disaster By Michael Hill The Associated Press NEW YORK — Did you hear about the police officer who miraculously “surfed” debris down a collapsing World Trade Center tower? How about Satan’s face revealed in smoke billowing from the buildings? Spread by word of mouth and e- mail, a lot of dubious and outright false information has popped up since the Sept. ll terrorist attacks. “I think that people fall for this stuff because people are trying to make sense of these disasters — the idea that there’s some idea or plan to these wrenching events,” said Kevin Christopher of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal near Buffalo. Some tales that have circulated are instant bits of folklore sometimes referred to as urban legends. One story describes a Port Authority officer caught high up in a Trade Center tower as it collapsed. He survived by riding the debris all the way down. In one version of the story, he was on the 82nd floor and broke both his legs. Frank Pita, a spokesman for the Port Authority, said Tuesday that the report is unconfirmed and the agency suspects it is not true. E-mails about Nostradamus, the 16th century French soothsayer credited by some with predicting Hitler’s ascent and the French Revolution, now credit him with foreseeing the Trade Center attack. One version of cited quatrain reads in part: “The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.” And another reads: “In the City of York there will be a great collapse.” Critics say Nostradamus wrote his predictions so vaguely that it is easy to retrofit facts to the prediction after an event. As for the quoted quatrains, Barbara Mikkelson, who with her husband runs the Urban Legends Reference Pages on the Internet, said Nostradamus didn’t write either one. Please see Legends/Page A6 HMH mum HH Dili VERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 \    i BHS FOUR 6    5    9    2 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER im Chance of showers, 67° ■ Forecast, A2 I r > The Area ’n Very Best Award Winning Fine Dining! 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  • Alan Greenspan
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  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
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  • Kevin Christopher
  • Rick Santorum
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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: September 20, 2001

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