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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 29, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Central vs. PennCambna Hollidaysburg vs. Punxsutawney Central Cambria vs. Bedfo Ultrror Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2001 500 newsstand Senator, state appeal STB decision Specter BY CRAIG WILLIAMS StaffWriier The state and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., filed an appeal Friday 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 Hollidays- burg Car Shop if it gave all the employ- ees 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 according the petition filed in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Because the unions were not men- tioned 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 inter- Edelman said. Taking over the reigns in the fight to keep the car shop open, Specter said Friday that this may be the beginn tog of a long battle. "Today's filing before the court is the first step in our fight to appeal the Surface Transportation Board's deci- sion to allow the closure of the Holli- daysburg Car Shops. I will work closely with the commonwealth and unions representing the affected workers to overturn this unfair 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 A6 JUBELIRER'S TWO JOBS Scholars debating legality of dual roles From Mirror and wire reports HARRISBURG experts disagree whether state Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer's plan to serve in the Senate and as lieu- tenant 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. I Because-of Schweiker's promo tion, Jubelirer will step in as lieu tenant governor. JubelSrer said he plans to remain ;.Senate president pro tern and as called for in the state constitution also become lieutenant governor. He also plans to run for re-election the Republican senator rcprc senting Blair, Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties. Constitutional experts offered dif-' -fei'ing opinions about whether Ju- Ibelirer's plan is legal. "It's impossible for him to be a member of both the and legislative said Gerald Grimaud, a Tunkhannock attorney who has argued constitutional issues before the state Supreme Court. Tfeel strongly about it because of the separation of powers and the essential nature of checks and bal- ances. Ken Gormley, who teaches law at Duquesne University, called it a "complete blurring of Adding that what Jubelirer is doing is akin to "trivi- alizing 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 Gedid said. Jubelirer Please see A8 Bush: U.S. In hot pursui Workers being lowered by a crane examine the rubble at the f. 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 horizon- tally, but always aloft and according to "Our Flag, House Document 209, 91st Congress Second Session." Please see AS The Associated Press ite of the World Trade Center Friday. This Hag on a porch of an area home is hung -incorrectly. Flags should he 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 AS. Mirror photo hy Mia Roriart BY DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON United States is in "hot pursuit" of terrorists behind the Sept. 11 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, AID, C1 and special section E1-24 White House officials said Bush decided to support an economic stimulus package with possible tax cuts for people and businesses. These officials, speaking on con- dition of anonymity, said the presi- dent also decided to back an exten- sion of unemployment benefits for laid-off workers, although far less than the 52 additional weeks con- gressional 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 dead- liest terrorist attacks ever on American soil, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said Reagan National Airport would "definitely reopen." The ail-port, 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 A5 Altoona Hospital's layoffs prompted by fiscal deficit BY WO.UAM KIBI.EB Writer The 90 jobs abolished at Altoona Hospital this week came after an audit showed a financial swing of 9 million for the hospital from the previous yeai audit shows the hospital had a million Deficit for the fiscal year that ended in June. The previous fiscal year, the hospital was in the black by million. The difference between this year's negative million and the previous year's positive million is the million swing. The difference from three years ago was even greater. In the fiscal year ending in 1993, operations earnings of million coupled with invest- ment earnings of million made for a positive bottom line of million. Please see A6 altogiajiospjla! Lawmaker decides to withdraw bill lowering hunting age to 10 From Mirror and wire reports YORK A bill that would have lowered the minimum hunting age from 12 to 10 has been withdrawn by its sponsor, in part because a local man petitioned vigorously against it. Donald Coe of Weigelstown col- lected 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 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 testi- mony in opposition to House Bill 1510, it's not my intention to call House Bill 1510 up for a Smith .said. Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, one of the bill's co-sponsors, said the pullout of the legislation was prompted by residents rnaking their voices heard. Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 i BJO FOUR i 3 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly, sunny, 57" Forecast, A2 Mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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