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Publication: Altoona Mirror October 6, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 6, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania v.i ;; Beford vs. Central Hollidaysburg vs. State College Everett vs. Claysburg-Kimmel I, Penn Cambria vs. Cambria HeightsAltana ifltrmr © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2001 500 newsstand HHH Inmate sues for release from solitary confinement By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOUTZDALE — An inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale serving a life sentence for killing a prison guard wants the opportunity to earn his way out of isolation, where he’s been kept for 28 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 “extraordinary and highly unusual.” Krakoff is a member of the Institutional Law Project, a private, nonprofit group that represents institutionalize! individu als in civil cases. He is asking the federal court to order the state to at least move Delker into a program where he could earn his way out df isolation and into the general population based (Mi good behavior. “They have a fixed mindset where they are not going to let him out as long as he lives,” 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 sentence fc t billing a member of the corrections staff at Western State Penitentiary in Pittsburgh. Lukens said Delker was imprisoned in 1967 and sentenced to serve 6 to 16 years. He was sen tenced from Northampton County. Krakoff said Delker’s constitutional right to due process is being violated by continued isolation. Please see Inmate/Page A6 SETTING THI MMK Barry Bonds hits record-setting home run No. 71 to right-center field at Pacific Bell Park in the first inning.PAGE Bi Warplanes, troops get green light to air base ■ Former Soviet republic OKS U.S. access to in Uzbekistan, rules out some offensive strikes. By Robert Burns The Associated Press 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 terrorists in neighboring Afghanistan. The Army dispatched 1,000 infantry soldiers skilled at search-and-rescue, humanitarian missions and helicopter assaults. The deal struck by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gave the Pentagon a foothold it needs —--—;   inside Uzbekistan, a ■ Several local companies former Soviet repub-join fund-raising effort to jfo on Afghanistan’s help families/ Page A10 northern border.   But it was not clear from Karimov’s comments if it provided the wide latitude U.S. officials had sought for putting a military squeeze on Afghanistan’s Taliban. “We have offered one airfield in Uzbekistan, with all the surrounding facilities, in order to deploy a limited number of [U.S.] transport airplanes and helicopters,” Karimov said through an interpreter at a news conference with Rumsfeld. Karimov quickly added, “In Uzbekistan, we are against the use of our territory for land operations against Afghanistan, and we are against air strikes from the territory of Uzbekistan.” “I envisage that the equipment will be used for humanitarian operations and for search-and-rescue operations,” he said. Furthermore, the president said no U.S. special operations forces such as Army Rangers or Green Berets who specialize in operating behind enemy lines would be allowed to operate from Uzbek territory. Please see Warplanes/Page AIQ SEAT SWAPPING Jubelirer takes on dual role ■ Schweiker sworn in as gov. By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Harrisburg-Robert c. Jubelirer reached the highest 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 standard Friday by becoming lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. The Republican became the state’s second highest official during a ceremony at the Senate Chambers, just two hours after former Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker was elevated to the position of governor, replacing Tom Ridge, who resigned to become the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, a cabinet-level position. “The titles are changing today,” 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. ll, but bipartisanship has been evident well before. “This will be a time of uncommon challenge. Because of the progress of recent years, expectations are high on what might be accomplished in education, in health care, in environmental protection and many other areas. We will have to work hard to make these goals fit into the tighter financial picture we will have to live with for some time.” Jubelirer called the Sept. ll terrorist attacks a rallying point for all Pennsylvanians, including the general assembly, and he promised to help the commonwealth answer the challenge of an unpredictable future. “Taking an oath of office in ordinary times is a solemn and humbling moment,” he said. Please see Jubelirer/Page A5 Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Judge D. Brooks Smith congratulates Robert C. Jubelirer 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 Pennsylvania,” he said. “And I am committed to the ideal that public service is indeed the highest call ing, the greatest contribution one can make to the greater good.” In talking about the accomplishments of 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 business 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 Schweiker/Page AS BAND BLAST 2001 Victors overcome absence By Michael V. Emery Staff Writer “Hail! to the victors valiant. “Hail! to the conquering heroes...” “The Victors,” University of Michigan Fight Song The victors Friday night at Mansion Park — the conquering heroes—were the six bands that conquered the absence of the University of Michigan Band to enable Band Blast 2001 to live up to its billing. The fourth Band Blast now can be remembered for the six bands that performed, not the one that didn’t. Bands from Altoona Area High School, Roosevelt and Keith junior high schools, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University and the 28th Infantry Division filled Mansion Park with upbeat victory marches, show tunes and patriotic melodies that were indeed, a blast “The music and marches have been fantastic tonight,” said Larry Detwiler, director of Altoona high school band. “We have a very good spectator turnout, and the audience has really shown their appreciation for the bands. Please see Band/Page A7 Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Penn State University’s band performs during Band Blast 2001 Friday at Mansion Park. K-4 chugging to town for restoration work By Walt Frank Staff Writer As rail fans celebrate Rainiest 2001, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum officials are optimistic a restored K-4 steam engine will return home for the 2002 event. KA No. 1361, built at the Juniata Locomotive Shop in 1918 and retired in 1956, is undergoing restoration work at the Steamtown 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 undertaken 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 next year. “We are anticipating excursion runs when it comes back. We plan to run several times a year,” McNitt said. “We know it will run on the Bald Eagle Nittany Railroad line and are exploring other secondary track line operations to see where we can run it.” Please see K-4/Page AB rn wmmmmm DELIVERY J Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 "'22910 00050; 4 BIG FOUR I 2 (3 2 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Partly cloudy, 58° ■ Forecast, A2 rn HOT-A OS. dom We're white-hot! 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  • Daniel Delker
  • Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • Islam Karimov
  • Jere Krakoff
  • Larry Detwiler
  • Mark Schweiker
  • Mike Lukens
  • R. Cummins Mcnitt
  • Robert C. Jubelirer
  • Tom Ridge

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: October 6, 2001

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