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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Altoona Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2001 newsstand Norfolk Southern will dose shop Nov. 2 BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer Southern Corp. officially set the date. The'.HoUidaysburg Car Shop will close Nov. 2. "By revealing its plan to close the faciliiy in early. November, the railroad alerted the federal courts to the immediacy of the prob- Said Rich Edelman, counsel for the Transportation Workers Union. Friday afternoon, the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals lad not set a hearing date for the I'ecently filed stay or appeal. Edelman said by setting the closing date, Norfolk Southern helped move me 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 filed Tuesday in federal court. The stay t'cquest filed by the TWU and the state woidd help keep the shops operat ing during the appeals process. Norfolk Southern this week said it will respond to the stay request Oct. 19. In addi- tion, 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 NS spokesman Rudy Husband said. The transfer of jobs for TWU, the shop's largest union, also has been approved by a federal arbiter and agreed upon by the union, since issues with positions were settled Oct. 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 A6 WHAT'S NEXT Transfer process begins next week. 8 Jobs will be posted on the company's bulletin boards 15 days from closing date. H Stay is trie last chance to keep the shop and workers in place. a Ail employees wiH be given new jobs equitable to their present positions. DETOURS CONTINUE Mirror pholo by Jason Sipes Sewer pipe is laid in sections near' the Juniata Gap Iload intersection. Detours on the road could continue through spring. Road repairs on schedule BY MARK LKHERFINGER Staff Writer Itoona-area drivers hoping a Juniata Gap Road detour around the Chestnut Avenue construction project will be lifted soon probably can expect it to remain in effect until spring. A! Paving operations may be finished on the southbound lanes of Chestnut Avenue within several weeks, PennDOT project engineer Frank Stahl said. Out not enough of the lanes will lie done to allow the detour to be dropped. "It looks like [it will be] May before we can get the detour taken Stahl said. Please see A6 Judge to decide if rights were violated by police BY KAY STEPHENS StqffWriter rHOLLIDAYSBURG Attorneys fot two women charged with killing 20-year-old Shari L. Jackson of'HoIlidaysburg in May contend their clients' rights were violated when they were held as long as 14 hours at state police headquarters before being charged. Attoineys for Marie L. Seil- hamei, 19, Ashville, and Kristin M. Edmundson, 20, DuncansviHe, said Friday that state troopers held their clients to wear them down in an attempt to secure addi- tional incriminating statements. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman had state troopers spell out what they did tliat day, including the work involved to pre- pare charges against Seilhainer and Edmundson, whose versions of what happened didn't always match. Please see A5 INSIDE TODAY Spotlight on lev A t w. t- 9-year-old makes tracks in motocross racing a Courthouse mainstay Judy Beck retiring after 20 years COMMUNITY VOICE: Ann Poor B Community news in brief PAGE A4 Anthrax worres widening BY LAIIKY MCSHANE Tim Associated Press NEW YORK An assistant to NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw con- tracted the skin form of anthrax after opening a "threatening" let- ter 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. 20 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 genii. Initial tests had been negative, but authorities said the sample was so small they were reluctant to inter- pret 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 con- tents. Both were anonymous let- ters with no return address. The case sent a chill through a city still reeling from the World Trade Center disaster. Emergency roonis reported a higher number of patients ask ing for anthrax tests or requesting antibiotics. News orga- nizations across the country shored up mailroom security. And the postmaster general advised everyone to watch for suspicious let- ters anil packages. There have teen anthrax scares from Connecticut to Nevada during the past week but no known cases except in Florida and New York. President Bush said the govern- ment was doing all it could to pro- tect the public. "The American people need to go about their lives. We cannot let terrorists lock our country Bush said, addressing the anthrax case at a White House event cele- brating Hispanic heritage. "They MORECOVERABE j News in brief from the home front and the battle front. I Bush: 'Nation still in danger' PAGE fO. Embracing or lleeing Afghan war Life after Taliban: Not all problems solved. PAGE C1 will not take this country down." The anthrax case, the nation's fourth in a week, was reported early I'Yiday 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 con- tents were under way. "The most likely explanation is it was linked to this particular let- said Dr. Steven Ostroff of the CDC. "It makes sense." The CDC said it was possible the NBC employee was contaminated by something other than the enve- lope. NBC News reported the enve- lope also contained a "threaten- ing" letter. NBC employees were evacuated from part of the 70-story GE Building in Rockefeller Center, which is home to Brokavv's "Nightly "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with Oman O'Brien." "Living in New York and work- ing in this building for this com- pany, you're already on said Brian Rolapp, 29, a business devel- opment manager for NBC. "I think everyone is a little startled that it's this close to home." The NBC employee who tes ted pos- itive 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 broad- cast 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 col- league. "She has been as she always is a rock. She's been an inspiration to us 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." Subscription or home delivery questions: 346-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BtfiFOUH 6) 6 Lottery numbers, A2 .WEATHER ,_ Cloudy, Forecast, A3 Altoona THE GREAT Call us today...Make money today. 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