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Publication: Altoona Mirror September 28, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Serving two churches is twice the pleasure for pastors / WEE INSIDE SPORTS: Williamsburg woman named Blair County’s first female athletic director / LIFE: Altoona Community Theatre presents patriotic musical “SwingTime Canteen" / OI to secu re airports ■ Pentagon says it has authority to shoot down hijacked airplanes as a last resort to limit damage. Bv Ron Fournier The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Governors pledged Thursday to mobilize National Guard troops against terrorism at airports, where jobs are drying up because of travelers’ jitters. The Pentagon said it has authority to attack hijacked airliners as a last resort. Talking about military pilots’ new rules of engagement 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 commercial 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 administration moved on several fronts to calm a still-fearful nation, bolster the U.S. economy, identify the killers and forge a wartime coalition 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 IOO employees — all but IO or so borrowed from agencies outside the White House — and he would have significant input on budgets for the 40-plus agencies involved in counterterrorism. “Others will tire and weary; I understand that. But not our nation,” Bush told hundreds of flag-waving airline workers in Chicago, their industry and jobs in danger because of the Sept. ll attacks. Amid a swirl of diplomatic activity, Bush met with European Union leaders, who cautioned him to retaliate with precision and focus. The president, by contrast, has talked about a broad war. Despite words of caution from Europe, there was fresh evidence that Bush is fashioning a unique antiterrorism 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 Airports/Page AIQ Shelton Mirror photos by Jason Sipes 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 $16 million rail yard in Philly From Mirror and wire reports Norfolk Southern Corp. will build a 136-acre, $16 million rail yard at the former Philadelphia Navy Base, the company announced Thursday — one week after the federal government gave the company the OK to slash hundreds of Blair County jobs. The yard will handle cargo transported 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 Camden, N.J., and the southern Philadelphia 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 Transportation Committee in May on the fate of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. Although the company also agreed to a $4 million investment in the 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 Yard/Page A9Region’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 Thursday to make their cases for funding to PennDOT. The Pennsylvania Transportation Commission held a hearing for the 2003 fiscal year at the Blair County Convention Center, where delegates presented a wish list of projects ranging from highways to mass transit as part of PennDOT’s Sather Geist 12-year transportation improvement program. The biggest highway project mentioned was the proposed Corridor O, which will connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 80 via Interstate 99. “We need to complete that link to Interstate 80,” 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 repeated by other speakers, but state Rep. Please see Wish/Page A7 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ■■■■Ml *2910 00050 BIG FOUR 3    7    5    0 I Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of showers, 56° ■ Forecast A2 2Q02 FT (Cruiser Stat ting At *17.190 pius tules, ta#*, ttec. fees. Based on straight sale. Cff] o    Chrysler - Plymouth - -AJ Ay AMM 1549 Pleasant Valley ^ AA £Altoona, PA _  94; - Jeep Blvd. nLOCAL H NATION - "W ; Business A9 Classifieds C4-12 Movies A4 Obituaries AU IU LIFC Opinion AS C SPORTS Comics D5 Local B4 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard BS, Television D4 MHM IN WORLD A man enraged with local officials opened fire with an assault rifle and tossed a grenade in Switzerland, killing 14 people and himself. PAGE Cl * vAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 WAR ON TERRORISM MORE COVERAGE: PAGES A8, A10, Cl, C2, C3 National ^inrnFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2001 HHHNHHHHHMHHHHNMH 500 newsstand BLAIR COUNTY DRUG BUST Sweep nets 44 arrests By Mark Leberfinger and 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 399 Beaver St., Hastings, were arrested during a sweep that nabbed most of the 53 suspects. The brothers each were charged with possession and delivery of heroin. Jeremy and Jessey Borruto also face charges of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communications facility. The sweep began before dawn when officers from Blair, Cambria, Centre and Clearfield counties were given warrants and the names of individuals to be arrested. The effort was coordinated by representatives of the office of state Attorney General Mike Fisher. The officers made arrests and booked suspects at Grandview fire hall. The suspects then were taken to Altoona’s Central Court for arraignment before District Justices Ken Garman and Todd Kelly. Some suspects were sent to an already-swamped Blair County Prison, where the population jumped by 20 inmates to 280. The prison gym/all-purpose 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 German's courtroom. Please see Sweep/Page A6 ;

  • Henry H. Shelton
  • Jason Sipes
  • Jeremy Borruto
  • Ken Garman
  • Larry O. Sather
  • Manuel Stamatakis
  • Mark Leberfinger
  • Mike Fisher
  • Phil Ray
  • Todd Kelly
  • Tom Ridge

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: September 28, 2001

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