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Publication: Altoona Mirror October 13, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Erie Prep vs. Hollidaysburg hestnut Ridge vs. Bellwood-Antis Mount Union vs. Bishop Guilfoyle Philipsburg-Osceola vs. TyroneAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2001 500 newsstand Norfolk Southern will close shop Nov. 2 By Craig Williams Staff Writer Norfolk Southern Corp. officially set the date. The Hollidaysburg Car Shop will close Nov. 2. By revealing its plan to close the facility in early November, the railroad alerted the federal courts to the immediacy of the profr lent, said Rich Edelman, counsel for the Transportation Workers Union. As of Friday afternoon, the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals had not set a hearing date for the recently fifed stay or appeal. Edelman said by setting the closing (fete, Norfolk Southern helped move the case forward. A stay request to keep the shop operating while a federal court hears a separate request for a review of the Surface Transportation Board’s decision, allowing the railroad to close the shop, was Tilt'd Tuesday in federal court. The stay request filed by the TWU and the state would help keep the shops operating during the appeals process. Norfolk Southern this week said it will respond to the ^tay request Ort 19. In addition. NS told the courts when it will close the shops: Exactly two weeks later on Nov. 2. "Since the labor issues have been resolved, the transfer process will begin sometime next week," NS spokesman Rudy Husband said. The transfer of jobs for TWU, the shop's largest union, also has been approved bv a federal arbiter and agreed upon by the union, since issues with positions were settled (kl. 9. With the official go-ahead from the STB, NS expects to post the available openings on employee bulletin boards next week as it prepares to disperse the 250-employee work force throughout the 22-state rail system. Please see Norfolk/Page A6 WSt& ,\ , • ; -__WHATS NIXT ■ Transfer process begins next week. ■ Jobs will be posted on the company’s bulletin boards 15 days from closing date. ■ Stay is the last chance to keep the shop and workers in place. ■ All employees will be given new jobs equitable to their present positions. DETOURS CONTINUE ROUTE 22 When: 7 a rr Sunday Where Route 21 beTv/eer Wee Snitches and Qsfncansv He intersect v-Why: Cor tractors,.. I aplace 'aljfed crossing at toe Wye V.vdcbeu How long: All day Sunday t " ay h/-ut id a to d e ever tng Or e-iaoe traff o expected until Tjesday Sour ie. ikutnUiii Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Sewer pipe is laid in sections near the Juniata Gap Road intersection. Detours on the road could continue through spring. Road repairs on schedule By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer ltoona-area drivers hoping a Juniata Gap Road detour around the Chestnut Avenue 1 construction project will be lifted soon probably can expect it to remain in effect until spring. A ii Paving operations may be finished on the southbound lanes of Chestnut Avenue within several weeks, PennDOT project engineer Frank Stahl said. But not enough of the lanes will be done to allow the detour to be dropped. “It looks like [it will be] May before we can get the detour taken off,” Stahl said. Please see Road/Page A6 Judge to decide if rights were violated by police By Ray Stephens Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Attorneys for two women charged with killing 20-year-old Shari L. Jackson of Hollidaysburg in May contend their clients’ rights were violated when they were held as long as 14 hours at state police headquarters before being charged. Attorneys for Marie L. Seil-hamer, 19, Ashville, and Kristin M. Edmundson, 20, Duncansville, said Friday that state troopers held their clients to wear them down in an attempt to secure additional incriminating statements. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman had state troopers spell out what they did that day, including the work involved to prepare charges against Seilhamer and Edmundson, whose versions of what happened didn’t always match. Please see Rights/Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Spotlight on ■ 9-year-old makes tracks in motocross racing ■ Courthouse mainstay Judy Beck retiring after 20 years ■ COMMUNITY VOICE: Ann Foor ■ Community news in brief PAGE A4 Anth rax worries widening By Larry McShane The Associated !*ress NEW YORK — An assistant to NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw contracted the skin form of anthrax after opening a ‘‘threatening” letter to her boss that contained a sus picious powder, authorities and the network said Friday. Officials quickly said there was no known link to either the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks or the far more serious inhaled form of anthrax that killed a supermarket tabloid editor in Florida last week. The 38-year-old NBC employee was being treated with antibiotics and is expected to recover. The letter was postmarked Sept. and opened Sept. 25, authorities said. A federal criminal investigation was launched to find the source of the anthrax, and health officials scrambled to retest the powder to see if it contained the germ. Initial tests had been negative, but authorities said the sample was so small they were reluctant to interpret the results. The letter to NBC and a letter containing an unknown powder received Friday by The New York Times were postmarked from St. Petersburg, Fla., said Barry Mawn, head of the FBI office in New York. The Times’ letter was postmarked Oct. 5. There was some similarity in the handwriting on both letters, Mawn said, declining to discuss the contents. Both were anonymous letters with no return address. The case sent a chill through a city still reeling from the World Trade Center disaster. Emergency rooms reported a higher number of patients asking for anthrax tests or requesting antibiotics. News organizations across the country shored up mailroom security. And the postmaster general advised everyone to watch for suspicious letters and packages. There have been anthrax scares from Connecticut to Nevada during the past week but no known cases except in Florida and New York. President Bush said the government was doing all it could to protect the public. “The American people need to go about their lives. We cannot let terrorists lock our country down,” Bush said, addressing the anthrax case at a White House event celebrating Hispanic heritage. “They MORE COVERAGE ■ News in brief from the home front and the battle front. ■ Bush; 'Nation still in danger1 PAGE A2 ■ Embracing or fleeing Afghan war ■ Life after Taliban Not all problems solved. PAGE Cl will not take this country down.” The anthrax case, the nation’s fourth in a week, was reported early FYiday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after tests were completed on a skin sample from the victim. Further tests on the envelope and its contents were under way. “The most likely explanation is it was linked to this particular letter,” said Dr. Steven Ostroff of the ODC. “It makes sense.” The CDC said it was possible the NBC employee was contaminated by something other than the envelope. NBC News reported the envelope also contained a “threatening” letter. NBG employees were evacuated from part of the 70-story GE Building in Rockefeller Center, which is home to Brokaw’s “Nightly News,” “Saturday Night Live” and “I.ate Night with Conan O’Brien.” “Living in New York and working in this building for this company, you’re already on edge,” said Brian Rolapp, 29, a business development manager for NBC. “I think everyone is a little startled that ifs this close to home ” The NBC employee who tested positive was a Brokaw assistant NBC officials said on ' condition of anonymity. One official said that Brokaw, who has appeared on NBC’s evening newscasts for the last 18 years, was being tested for anthrax. The “Nightly News” was broadcast Friday from the ground-floor “Today” show studios, instead of its usual third-floor home. At the end of the broadcast, Brokaw thanked viewers for their concern and then spoke of his colleague. “She has been — as she always is —a rock. She’s been an inspiration to us all,” he said. “But this is so unfair and so outrageous and so maddening, it’s beyond my ability to express it in socially acceptable terms. So we’ll just reserve our thoughts and our prayers for our friend and her family.” wmmmmmmmmmmmmm f DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 r mamwmmWWMmiMSMtm&sKm 7 *22910 00050u 4 X    V BIG FOUR 6    6    7    4 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy, 71° ■ Forecast, A3 HOT-A OS. dom We’re white-hot! Altoona ill in* or I THE GBE NT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547_ Q LOCAL 0 NATION Business A13 Movies C2 Hospitals Obituaries Opinion A10 A10 A12 Classifieds C4-14 QUFE 4 rrj sports Comics D5 High schools Bl-4 Community news Puzzles D2 D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D3 INSIDE IN LIFE Begin preparing your home for winter, an important necessity. PAGE 01 ;

  • Barry Mawn
  • Brian Rolapp
  • Dave Gorman
  • Frank Stahl
  • Jason Sipes
  • Judy Beck
  • Rich Edelman
  • Rudy Husband
  • Shari L. Jackson
  • Steven Ostroff
  • Tom Brokaw

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: October 13, 2001

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