Altoona Mirror, September 20, 2001

Altoona Mirror

September 20, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 20, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania STB seals car shop's fate urrionsinrt stats at leastJ3 0 days Jo Wan. f -appeal to Boaroi decision in federal court- 2-Bthe'uhion also may file to Keep f tjhe shop open until trie appeal. p Norfolk Southern officials say the closing'tlato niay be pushed 'i to late OploSer or a The fate'of the workers' jobs' is In ths hands of a National Labor Relations Board arbitrator. Regulators won't halt closing planned for this year. Unions ponder court challenge, transfer provisions. 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 shut its doors later this year. Federal regulators ruled Wednesday that Norfolk Southern Corp. will not he 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 transfer- ring them to new jobs. The 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 repre- sentations 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 the board wrote. Please see A9 Itlf "t5l A capsule look at.thY-' Hollidaysburg Car Shop n Officials disappointed .with (he decisjon but satisfied with, their efforts to keep the shop Complete text of the transportation Board's decision -1 Car shop workers express. feelings of dismay, betrayal I PAGE fi9 Altoona UKrror Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2001 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 A6, A7, C1, C2, D1 hour of military retaliation for deadly ter- rorist attacks drew closer. President Bush announced he would address Congress and the nation tonight. "I owe it to the country to give an expla- Bush said in the Oval Office. Bush spoke after meeting with congres- sional leaders to discuss the economy, weak before the attacks and buffeted by thousands of layoffs in the airline indus- try and elsewhere in the eight days since. "No question, it's tough he said. "This is a shock to the economy, and we're going to The president will ask Congress to give the nation's airlines billion in immedi- ate aid, plus help with their insurance lia- bility, an administration official said, but not 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 lawmak- ers 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 A7 Senator wants medal awarded to crgsh victims BY CLAUDE R. MARX The Associated Press WASHINGTON Passengers and crew members of the hijacked plane that crashed in Somerset County, Pa., Sept. 11 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 ex- press our he said. "All indications are that the plane and this is spec- ulation was headed for the U.S. Capitol. The Capitol is the symbol of our nation." CeU phone calls made by passengers to relatives 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 ihe 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 abrupt- ly turned east, began losing altitude and fly- ing 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 co sponsored it. Please see A7 Specter 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. 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 The Associated Press waves his flag from the ttight deck of the USS Roosevelt. Misinformation, urban legends spread in.wake of trade center disaster BY MICHAEL HH.L The Associated Press NEW YORK Did you hear about the police officer who miraculously "surfed" debris a collapsing World Trade Center tower? How about Satan's fate 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. 11 terrorist attacks. "I think that people fall for this stuff because people are trying to make sense of these d idea that there's some idea or plan to these wrenching said Kevin Christopher of the Comm- ittee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal near Buffalo. Some tales that have circulated are instant bits of folklore some- times referred to as urban legends. One story describes a Port Authority officer caught high up in a Trade Center tower as it col- lapsed. 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 uncon firmed and the agency sus- pects 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 gvoat collapse." Critics say Nostradamus wrote his predictions so vaguely that it is easy to retrofit facts to the pre- diction 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 cither one. Please see A6 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 207-4400 v. (6- 5 I Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of showers, Forecast, A2 'V The Area's Very Best Award Winning Fine Dining! ITALIAN VILLA 13 NATION Business Hospitals Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A11 A12 A12 AS B4 B5 Classifieds C5-C14 Comics C4 Movies D3 Planner Television JJ5 D5 BUSINESS Verizon Communications Inc. can offer Pennsylvania customers long-dislancc service, the Federal Communications Commission ruled Wednesday. PAGE A11 V ;

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