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Publication: Altoona Mirror September 29, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 29, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania I; jMfi, Altoona ifs! Erie Central Central vs. Penn Cambria mirai vs. renn tamona k it ■<? t'M e nighTchool football coverage Hollidaysburg vs. Punxsutawney Central Cambria vs. Bedford Pi mm Wmm Pi urn PPI mm mf ml mm I PPLAltoona mix*rot* © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2001 500 newsstandSenator, state appeal STB decision Specter By Craig Williams Staff Writer The state and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., filed an appeal FYiday claiming the federal government last week made a 180-degree reversal of its May decision demanding proof from Norfolk Southern Corp. of financial hardship. The Surface Transportation Board Sept. 19 decided to allow Norfolk Southern to pull out of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop if it gave all the employees jobs or severance pay, which the state says was not in keeping with the board’s May ruling. “The board’s decision refusing to enforce the prior order binding NS to its promises was arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law,’’ according the petition filed in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Because the unions were not mentioned in the appeal, Rich Edelman, a lawyer for the Transport Workers Union, the largest labor group at Hollidaysburg, said his clients will request to be included. “We will be filing a motion to intervene,” Edelman said. Taking over the reigns in the fight to keep the car shop open, Specter said Friday that this may be the beginning of a long battle. “Today’s filing before the court is the first step in our fight to appeal the Surface Transportation Board’s decision to allow the closure of the Hollidaysburg Car Shops. I will work closely with the commonwealth and unions representing the affected workers to overturn this unfair decision,” Specter said. STB spokesman Dennis Watson said the board’s lawyers were not surprised a judicial stay is being sought. But Tom Lutton, president of the local TWU shop, isn’t so sure the appeal will save the day. Please see Appeal/Page A6 JUBELIRER’S TWO JOBS Scholars debating legality of dual roles From Mirror and wire reports HARRISBURG — Constitutional experts disagree whether state Senate President Pro Tem Robert C. Jubelirer’s plan to serve in the Senate and as lieutenant governor is legal under state law. Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker will replace Gov. Tom Ridge Friday when Ridge moves to Washington, D.C., as President Bush’s head of the Office of Homeland Security, a Cabinet-level position. Because of Schweiker’s promotion, Jubelirer will step in as lieutenant governor. Jubelirer said he plans to remain Senate president pro tem and — as called for in the state constitution — also become lieutenant governor. He also plans to run for re-election as the Republican senator representing Blair, Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties. Constitutional experts offered differing opinions about whether Jubelirer’s plan is legal. “It’s impossible for him to be a member of both the executive and legislative branches,” said Gerald Grimaud, a Tunkhannock attorney who has argued constitutional issues before the state Supreme Court. “I feel strongly about it because of the separation of powers and the essential nature of checks and balances.” Ken Gormley, who teaches law at Duquesne University, called it a “complete blurring of lines,” adding that what Jubelirer is doing is akin to “trivializing the office of lieutenant governor, as if he can do it on a part-time basis.” John Gedid, a law professor at Widener University, isn’t so sure. “There is a more than respectable argument to be made... that he retains both positions,” Gedid said. Jubelirer Please see Roles/Page A8 Bush: U.S. In hot pursuit The Associated Press Workers being lowered by a crane examine the rubble at the Site of the World Trade Center Friday. Proper flag etiquette is not being followed By Mia Rohart Staff Writer An American flag is carried horizontally across a baseball field preceding a game in New York, and a man camping at Beaver Stadium drags his flag along the ground before affixing it to his tent. In the past, if a flag touched the ground, it was retired, buried or burned in a dignified ceremony. “The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free,” according to “Our Flag, House Document 209,91st Congress Second Session.” Please see Etiquette/Page A5 Mirror photo by Mia Rohart This flag on a porch of an area home is hung incorrectly. Flags should be hung so the blue is on the observer’s left. Flags hung on houses should face the street or sidewalk. For more on flag etiquette, please see Page A5. By David Espo The Associated Press WASHINGTON —The United States is in “hot pursuit” of terrorists behind the Sept. ll attacks, President Bush declared Friday as officials said Pentagon special forces had been operating inside Afghanistan. Democratic calls for expanded jobless benefits gained ground amid fresh signs of a sputtering economy. MORE TERRORISM COVERAGE: PAGES A5, A10, Cl and special section El-24 White House officials said Bush decided to support an economic stimulus package with possible tax cuts for people and businesses. These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the president also decided to back an extension of unemployment benefits for la id-off workers, although far less than the 52 additional weeks congressional Democrats want. The military and economic developments unfolded as New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said it could take as long as a year to clean up the site of the World Trade Center. Seventeen days after the deadliest terrorist attacks ever on American soil, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said Reagan National Airport would “definitely reopen.” The airport, just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Va., sits in the shadow of the Pentagon; the White House and Capitol are seconds away by air, and authorities have kept it shut because of security concerns. Bush, in remarks to reporters, said, “Make no mistake about it, we’re in hot pursuit of terrorists.” He did little to flesh out his remark, but he understood it was “very hard to fight a guerrilla war with conventional forces.” Please see Pursuit/Page A5Altoona Hospital’s layoffs prompted by fiscal deficit By William Kibler Staff Writer The 90 jobs abolished at Altoona Hospital this week came after an audit showed a financial swing of $6.9 million for the hospital from the previous year. The audit shows the hospital had a $3.5 million deficit for the fiscal year that ended in June. The previous fiscal year, the hospital was in the black by $3.4 million. The difference between this year’s negative $3.5 million and the previous year’s positive $3.4 million is the $6.9 million swing. The difference from three years ago was even greater. In the fiscal year ending in 1998, operations earnings of $3.2 million coupled with investment earnings of $15.6 million made for a positive bottom line of $18.9 million. Please see Deficit/Page A6 alto ta hospital CENTER FOB MEOCWELawmaker decides to withdraw bill lowering hunting age to IO From Mirror and wire reports YORK — A bill that would have lowered the minimum hunting age from 12 to IO has been withdrawn by its sponsor, in part because a local man petitioned vigorously against it. Donald Coe of Weigelstown collected 400 signatures against the proposal during the last three months. He said he took action because in 1978, his then-25-year-old son, Roger, a newly ordained minis ter and the father of a 2-year-old girl, was shot and killed by a 12-year-old hunter. Coe, 79, said he doesn’t want to see the same thing happen again. “It was five days after we had a big Thanksgiving get-together,” Coe said, “and the last time we had a big family get-together with the whole family.... I’m not a crusader, but that was too much not to do anything about it.” The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Bruce Smith, R-York, removed his support from the bill. “Due to the overwhelming testimony in opposition to House Bill 1510, it’s not my intention to call House Bill 1510 up for a vote,” Smith said. Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said the pullout of the legislation was prompted by residents making their voices heard. 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  • Arlen Specter
  • Bruce Smith
  • Craig Williams
  • Dennis Watson
  • Donald Coe
  • Gary Haluska
  • Gerald Grimaud
  • John Gedid
  • Ken Gormley
  • Mark Schweiker
  • Mia Rohart
  • Norman Y. Mineta
  • Rich Edelman
  • Robert C. Jubelirer
  • Rudolph Giuliani
  • Tom Lutton
  • Tom Ridge

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: September 29, 2001

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