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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TOD AY Serving two churches is twice the pleasure for pastors Williamsburg woman named Blair County's first female athletic director I LIFE: Altoona Community Theatre presents patriotic musical "SwingTime Canteen" Alt00na mirror Copyright 2001 WAR ON TERRORISM MORE COVERAGE: PAGES C2, C3 National Guard to secure airports Pentagon says it has authority to shoot down hijacked airplanes as a last resort to limit damage. BY RON FOURNIER The Associated PIVSS WASHINGTON Governors pledged Thursday to mobilize National Guard troops against terrorism at airports, where jobs arc drying up because of travel- ers'jitters. The Pentagon said it has authority to attack hijacked airliners as a last resort. Talking about military pilots' new rules of engage- ment in the war against terrorism, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Henry H. Shelton said, "The last thing in the world that one of them wants to do is engage a com- mercial aircraft. "Don't get. the impression that anyone who's flying around out there has a loose trigger finger." Sixteen days after attacks that killed thousands, the Bush adminis- tration moved on several fronts to calm a still-fearful nation, bolster the U.S. economy, identify the Shelton killers and forge a wartime coali- tion of disparate nations. Bush's new anti-terrorism chief, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, carved out a commanding role in the administration. Officials said he would oversee as many as 100 employees all but 10 or so borrowed from agencies outside the White House and he would have signif- icant input on budgets for the 40-plus agencies involved in counterterrorism. "Others will tire and weary; I understand that. But not our Bush told hundreds of flag-waving airline workers in Chicago, their industry and jobs in danger because of the Sept. 11 attacks. Amid a swirl of diplomatic activity, Bush met with European Union leaders, who cautioned him to retal- iate with precision and focus. The president, by con- trast, has talked about a broad war. Despite words of caution from Europe, there was fresh evidence that Bush is fashioning a unique anti- terrorism coalition of disparate nations. A U.S. official disclosed that Sudan, long accused of harboring terrorists, quietly has rounded up as many as 30 foreign extremists since the attacks. Please see A10 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2001 newsstand BLAIR COUNTY DRUG BUST Sweep nets 44 arrests BY MAKK LKREKPJNGEH ANII PHIL RAY Staff Writers Blair County's latest drug raid nabbed 44 suspects Thursday, including two mothers who took their daughters on drug sales and a trio of brothers. Jessey, Brian and Jeremy Borruto, all of Beaver St., Hastings, were arrested dur- ing a sweep that nabbed most of the 53 sus- pects. The brothers each were charged with pos- session and delivery of hero in. Jeremy and Jessey Borruto also face charges of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communi- cations facility. The sweep began before dawn when offi- cers from Blair, Cambria, Centre and Clearfield counties given warrants and the names of individuals to be arrested. The effort was coordinated by representa- tives of the office of state Attorney General Mike Fisher. The officers made arrests and booked sus- pects at Grandview fire hall. The suspects then were taken to Altoona's Central Court for arraignment before District Justices Ken Carman and Tbdd Kelly. Some suspects were sent to an already- swamped Blah- County Prison, where the population jumped by 20 inmates to 280. The prison area was used as a sleeping space Thursday night. Some of the new inmates suffered drug withdrawal symptoms throughout the day. One suspect became jittery and sick in Carman's courtroom. Please see A6 Mirror photos by Jason Sipos Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher speaks at a press conference at the Blair County Courthouse in Hollidaysburg Thursday after the arrest of 44 street-level drug dealers. A suspect is led into Grandview fire hall Thursday morning to be booked on drug charges. Norfolk Southern set to build million rail yard in Philly F'rom Mirror and wire reports Norfolk Southern Corp. will build a 136-acre, million rail yard at the former Philadelphia Navy Base, the company announced Thursday one week after the federal gov- ernment gave the company the OK to slash hundreds of Blair County jobs. The yard will handle cargo trans- ported in large steel containers that can be transferred between a rail car and a truck or ship. Delaware River Port Authority Chairman Manuel Stamatakis said Norfolk Southern needs the facility to compete with rival rail company CSX Corp. in Carnden, N.J., and the southern Philadel- phia region. Norfolk Southern cited planned investments in Philadelphia as a way to fulfill commitments made to the state during the proposed takeover of Conrail. This was alluded to in a hearing before the state House Transpor- tation Committee in May on the fate of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. Although the company also agreed to a million investment in (he car shop, a decision by the Surface Transportation Board last week allowed the company to close that facility and with it the requirements of further financial Please see A9 Region's transportation wish lists presented to PennDOT at hearing BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer Representatives from about 30 entities armed with transportation project requests gathered Thurs- day to make their cases for funding to PennDOT. The Pennsylvania Transport- ation Commission held a hearing for the 2003 fiscal year at the Blair County Convention Center, where delegates presented a vyish list of projects ranging from highways to mass transit as part of PennDOT's Sather Gcist 12-year transportation improve- ment program. The biggest highway project mentioned was the proposed Corridor O, which will connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Inter- state 80 via Interstate 99. "We need to complete that link to Interstate said state Rep. Larry O. Sather, R-Huntingdon. "It is a significant generator of the economy. I think it is a reward that this area has deserved for many, many years." Sather's comments were repeat- ed by other speakers, but state Rep. Please see A7 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 I Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of showers, Forest, A2 plus fees. -Based on siralsh! sain'. xler- Plymouth -Jeep ___J Pleasant Valley Blwd.' AHoona. PA. 13 LOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A9 A4 A11 AS 1 B4 ;ta HMKW n i j Classifieds C4-12 {0 LIFE J 1'. "I Cqrnics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 IN WORLD A man enraged with local officials opened tire with an assault rifle and tossed a grenade in Switzerland, killing 14 people and himself. PAGE C1