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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Penguins begin season with three losses / Bl NATION: Solar system model new D.C. attraction / Cl My Oh my Violinist to star at classical concertAltoona Minot © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, OCTOBER ll, 2001 50C newsstandCar shop fight lands in federal court ■ Lawyers from the state and unions ask for another stay of the Sept. 19 STB ruling. By Craig Williams Staff Writer In a last ditch effort to keep Norfolk Southern Corp. from closing the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, lawyers for the Transport Workers Union and the state are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for a stay of last month’s Surface Transportation Board ruling. The STB decided Sept. 19 to allow Norfolk Southern to proceed with plans to close the shop this month and transfer the work elsewhere in its system. Arguing that the STB decision was contradictory and unfounded, the stay asks the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to require the railroad to keep the shop open through the appeals process, which lawyers said should take only a few months. “This petition for review concerns a textbook case of arbitrary and capricious agency action and unreasonable and stan dardless decision making,” the request for a stay states. But within the legal community, the argument as to what the outcome of an appeal will be, even if the stay were granted, remains gray. The railroad only needs clearance from an arbitrator for the STB, which is looking into the equity of the transfer of jobs for workers. The jobs are being offered under New York Dock conditions, which provide workers who lose their jobs as a result of merger up to she years worth of wages and benefits. Less than a week ago, the STB denied a similar request for a stay of its September decision. lawyers for the state and unions said they expected the STB to deny a request to hold off implementation of its previous decision. “You can understand why the STB denied that stay,” said Richard Wilson, an Altoona attorney and the state as special council to the House Transportation Committee. “They are not going to signal to the court of appeals that they made a mistake. It would be like shooting yourself in the foot. “It is the general procedure to file a stay. And there is a tough test. You have to show irreparable injury, public interest in the case and a strong likelihood of success.” Please see Appeal/Page A14 BATTLE FRONT Tapes may contain hidden messages ■ White House asks TV networks to go slow when airing al-Qaida videos. By Sandra Sohi lr a. j The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Suspicious that Osama bin Laden is using American TV to send coded messages, the White House asked the networks Wednesday to think twice before airing his terrorist organization’s videotaped messages. “At best, this is a forum for prerecorded, pre-taped propaganda inciting people to kill Americans," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. At worst, the broadcasts could contain signals to “sleeper" agents, he added. “The concern here is not allowing terrorists to receive what might be a message from Osama bin Laden calling on them to take any actions." After a conference call with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and Fox agreed they would not broadcast transmissions from bin Aden’s al-Qaida group without first screening and possibly editing them. In a statement that echoed those of its counterparts, Fox News said: “We believe a free press must and can bear responsibility not to be used by those who want to destroy America and endanger the lives of its citizens." One day earlier, CNN and NBC’s cable network aired unedited a tape of al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith praising the Sept. ll terrorist attacks on the United States and warning there would be more. Please see Tapes/Page AIQ By Michael V. Emery Staff Writer Q teve Center and his wife, Jessica, had ^ their bags packed and their airline IP tickets in hand. They were headed for a European vacation, along with Jessica’s parents. They were scheduled to fly from New York City to Portugal Sept. 12. Sept. ll changed those plans. The terrorist attacks changed many plans —■ in Altoona, across America and around the world. After the attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Somerset County, plans, perspectives, daily routines and people changed. One month later, area residents talked about how those events changed their lives in everything from family time to socializing, from faith to hopes, attitudes to emotions, daily routines to vacations and perspectives to prayers. “It just makes you more aware of how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away from you,” said JoAnn Kyper of Altoona. "It makes you more thankful for each day you have, and you want to make the most out of each day. It also makes you sad to know that there are such evil people on Earth that would cause such destruction and end the lives of innocent people.” Michele Fiore of Altoona said, “Ifs a human need to make meaning out of suffering. This tragedy has drawn me closer to my family and friends, and it has made me appreciate them more.” Likewise, Sharon Temple of Altoona said she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren. Please see Month/Page AIQ Railfest attendance down this year By Walt Frank Staff Writer Although total attendance was down from last year, rail fans from around the world and across the country turned out for Railfest 2001. “We had approximately 10,000 visitors, which is down about 15 percent from last year,” said R. Cummins McNitt, executive director of the Altoona Railroaders’ Memorial Museum. “I consider it a success. We did better than I anticipated us doing.”2001 tBllffST McNitt cited three reasons for the drop in attendance from the all-time Railfest record of 12,000 in 2000: the reluctance of the American people to travel after the Sept. ll terrorist attacks; a number of rail fans waiting for the return of the K-4 next year; and no tours because of the upcoming closing of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. However, rail fans from IO nations and 30 states did turn out for Railfest 2001. “We had people from Alaska, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and up and down the east coast,” McNitt said. “We also had people from Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, France, Russia and Great Britain.” Please see Railfest/Page A14 Blair supervisor apologizes for actions at plane crash site By Ray Stephens Staff Writer DUNCANSVILLE — A Blair Township supervisor apologized publicly for his recent actions at the United Flight 93 plane crash site in Somerset County, saying he made a mistake in the way he handled his grief. “I wasted valuable police officer time,” Supervisor Terry Claar said Tuesday at the township supervisors’ monthly meeting. “They have more to do than to take care of an old man who found a difficult way to grieve the bombing.” State police at Somerset arrested Claar Sept. 24 at the site of the plane crash when he returned there after being escorted off the site. Police said Claar became emotionally upset at the crash and lied about having family on the plane that crashed in Shanksville. When state police arrested Claar, he became unruly and dented a Salvation Army vehicle, leading police to file a summary charge of criminal mischief. Please see Claar/Page A14 I DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050b    4 L    L BIG FOUR 3    0 |7 14 Lottery numbers, A2 IS? WEATHER Mostly cloudy, 73° ■ Forecast, A2 HOT-ADS.dom rn: , y We're white-hot!Altoona mirror 'THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Abby Astrograph
  • Ari Fleischer
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Joann Kyper
  • Michael V. Emery
  • Michele Fiore
  • R. Cummins Mcnitt
  • Richard Wilson
  • Sulaiman Abu Ghaith
  • Terry Claar

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: October 11, 2001

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