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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 6, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                1 Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2001 Inmate sues for release from solitary confinement :BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOUTZDALE An inmate at the State Correctional Institu- tion at Houtzdale serving a life for killing a prison guard wants the, opportunity to earn his way out of isolation, where he's been kept for 2S years, according to a federal lawsuit. Daniel Delker, 53, said in the suit that he has been housed away from other prisoners since he was 25 years' old. His attorney, Jere Krakoff, said such long-term solitary confinement is "extraor- dinary arid highly unusual." Krakoff is a member of the Institutional Law Project, a pri- vate, nonprofit group that repre- sents institutionalized individu- als in civil cases. asking the federal court to order the state to at least move Delker into a pro- gram where he could earn his way out of isolation and into the general population based on good behavior. "They Have a fixed mindset where they are not going to let him out as long as he Krakoff said. Mike Lukens, a spokesman for, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, defended Delker's isolation, saying he has been seen as a danger to the staff because of his crime. Lukens said Friday that he had not seen .Delker's lawsuit and couldn't comment on its specifics. Delker is-serving a life sen- tence for killing a member of the corrections staff at Western State Penitentiary in Pittsburgh. Lukens said Delker was impris- oned in 1967 and sentenced lo serve 6 to IB years. He was sen- tenced from Northampton County. Krakoff said Delker's constitu- tional right to due process is being violated by continued isolation. Please see A6 newsstand SETTING THE MARK Barry Bonds hits record-setting home run No. 71 to right-center field at Pacific Bell Park in the first inning. PAGE B1 Warplanes, troops get green light to air base 1 Former Soviet republic OKs US. access to in Uzbekistan, rules out some offensive strikes. BY ROBERT BURNS Associated Pi-ess TASHKENT, Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov granted permission Friday for U.S. warplanes and troops to use an Uzbek air base to support President. Bush's campaign to root out terroris'fs'in neighboring Army dispatched infantry soldiers skilled at search-and-fescue, humanitariah missions and helicopter assaults. -The deal struck by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gave the Pentagon a foothold it needs Sever, 1 boa, corn join fund-raismg effort to Uc on Afghanistan's help PACE A10 northern border. But it was nbt clear Scorn Kariri'iov's comments if it provided the wide latitude U.S. officials had sought for putting a mili- tary squeeze on Afghanistan's Taliban. have offered one airfield in Uzbekistan, all the surrounding faculties, in order to deploy a limited number .transport air- plincs and Karimov said through ah interpreter at a. news conference with Rumsfeld. I iKarimov quickly added, "In Uzbekistan, we against the use of our territory for land 'operations against Afghanistan, and we are against air strikes from the territory of "I envisage that the equipment will be used 'for humanitarian operations and for search- ;and-rescue he said.. Furthermore, the president said no U.S. spe- operations forces such as Army Rangers or Berets whOi specialize in operating behind enemy lines would be allowed to oper- from Uzbek territory. '_; 5 Please see A10 SEAT SWAPPING Jubelirer takes on dual role Schweiker sworn in as gov. BY ROBERT IGOB Staff Writer HARRISBURG Robert C. Jubelirer reached the high- est level of state government ever for a Blair County politician nearly 15 years ago when he was named President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate. Jubelirer topped his own stand- ard Friday by b ecoming lieu- tenant governor of Pennsylvania. The Republican became the state's second highest official dur- ing a ceremony at the Senate Chambers, just two hours after former Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker was elevated to the position of gov- ernor, replacing Tom Ridge, who resigned to become the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, a cabinet-level "The titles are changing Jubelirer said. "But the formula for Pennsylvania progress and success remains the same. There is a special unity of purpose in evidence since the events of Sept. 11, but bipartisanship has been evident well before. "This will be a time of uncom- mon challenge. Because of the progress of recent years, expecta- tions are high on what might be accomplished in education, in health care, in environmental pro- tection and many other areas. We will have to work hard to make these goals fit into the tighter financial picture we willhaye to live with for some time." Jubelirer called the Sept. 11 ter- rorist attacks a rallying point for all Penn sylvanians, including the general he promised to help the common- wealth answer the challenge of an unpredictable future. "Taking an oath of office in ordi- nary times is a solemn and hum- bling he said. Please see A5 Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrtcfi Judge D. Brooks Smith congratulates Robert C. Jufaelirer after the ceremony swearing in the President Pro Tempore as lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer HARRISBURG In becoming the 44th governor of Pennsylvania Friday, Mark Schweiker issued a subtle call for unity while also calling for compassion and community during the next 15 months. Schweiker until Friday was the State's lieutenant governor. He assumed his new post because of the resignation of Tom Ridge, who was chosen by President Bush to head the new cabinet- level Office of Homeland Security. Schweiker gave a hint of what is required of Pennsylvania and the nation when he'stressed the word "united" in reciting the line, "Constitution of the United States of America" while taking the oath of office on the steps of the state Capitol building. "I have an unyielding trust in the strength of my family, your family and the family of he said." "And I am committed to the ideal that public service is indeed the highest call- ing, the greatest contribution one can J make to the greater good." In talking about the accomplishments p'f past administrations, Schweiker also stressed unity, repeating the word "together" three times in saying that "over the last seven years, we have made government more responsive and busi- ness more competitive. We face chal- lenges, to be sure, but we do so now from a position of strength. And we'll work to make that position even stronger." Please see AS BflND BLAST 2001 Wictors overcome absence ;BY MICHAEL V. EMERY Staff Writer "Hail! to the victors valiant. to the conquering heroes..." University of Fight S ong The victors Friday .night at Park the conquering the six bands thatcon- quered the absence of the University Band to enable Band Blast 2001 to live up to its billing. :The fourth Band Blast now can be remembered for the six bands not the one that didn't. Bands from Altoona Area High School, Roosevelt and Keith junior high schools, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State Univer- sity and the 28th Infantry Division filled Mansion Park with upbeat vic- tory marches, show tunes and patri- otic melodies that were indeed, a Hast. "The music and inarches have been fantastic said Larry Derwiler, director of Altoona high school band. "We have a very good spectator turnout, and the audi- ence has really shown their appre- ciation for the bands. Please see A7 Mirror pholo by Gaiy M. Baranec Penn State University's band performs during Band Blast 2001 Friday at Mansion Park. K-4 chugging to town CJ for restoration work BY WALT FRANK StaffWriter As- rail fans celebrate Railfest 2001, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum officials are optimistic a restored K-4 steani engine will return home for the 2002 event, K-4 No. 1361, built at the Juniata Locomotive Shop in 1918 and retired in 1956, is undergoing restoration work at the Steamtowri National Historic Site in Scranton, and it is scheduled to be back in Altoona in mid-2002, said R. Cummins McNitt, museum executive director. A similar project was under- taken in 1986, and after several excursion runs, the locomotive again fell into disrepair. McNitt hopes the K-4 will be ready for more excursion runs nextyear. "We are anticipating excursion runs when it comes back. We plan to run several times a McNitt said. "We know it will run on the Bald Eagle Nittany Railroad i line and are exploring other sec- i ondary track line operations to see where we can run it." Please see A6 I Subscription or home delivery questions'. 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly cloudy, Forecast, A2 We're white-hot! Altoona jfllirror I-THE GREAT Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MTRIIOR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS' Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 948-7547 Business Movies Obituaries Opinion A9 _AS AS High schools _ B Scoreboard B5 Classifieds C3-12 Comfcs____'_ __D5 CpmmLinityjiews P2 Puzzles_____.___P4 Television D4 SPOTLIGHT COVE-BEDFORD COUNTY" Hauhiing gaod times planned at Royer Mansion" and Bedford Village. PA6EM   

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