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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 18, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                THAT'S RACIN': FOR THE LATEST NASCAR NEWS AND FEATURES PAGE B3 Weekend'games, playoff races Lipizzaners gallop into BJC Altmma Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2001 newsstand Threat of anthrax rattling area, nation Federal, state guidelines put Blair County hospitals on same page. BY MARK LEBERFINGEU worried about suspicious mail and Staff Writer possible exposure to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsyl- vania Department of Health have issued protocols for hospitals to fol- low when handling anthrax threats. In Blair County, Altoona Hospital, Officiate at Blair County hospitals say they are on the same page as far as handling potential exposure to the bacteria that causes anthrax. During the last week, hospitals across the region have seen people Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital, Tyrone Hospital, Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring and Van Zandt VA Medical Center arc following the standards. "All hospitals are trying to follow the said Garrett Please see A12 More than 30 Senate employees exposed as business is curtailed. WASHINGTON (AP) Thirty- one Senate employees tested positive for anthrax exposure, officials said Wednesday as the threat of bioter- rorism rattled Capitol Hill. Hund- reds more lined up nervously to be tested and leaders ordered the shut- down of the House and three Senate office buildings. "We're in a battle with terrorism, a new form of human House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt said. Officials confirmed evidence of exposure in a second Senate office adjacent to Majority Leader Tom Daschle's suite where an anthrax- spiked letter was opened earlier this week as well as spores in a cen- tralized mailroom in a building across the street. House leaders shut down opera- tions through the weekend to allow for extensive testing. Please see All Lawsuit targets Jubelirer BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer Robert C. Jubelirer once again is under fire from opponents critical of his dual role of. Pennsylvania lieutenant governor and Senate president pro tern, but he vows this latest attempt to remove him from the Senate will fail. Rep. John Lawless, R-Montgomery, called a press conference Wednesday to announce he has joined Joseph Wiede- mer of Altoona and Charles Pascal of Leechburg in filing a lawsuit against Jubelirer, saving the lawmaker's dual positions goes against the Pennsyl- vania Constitution. "I believe I am here to uphold and defend the Lawless said. "I think that our major problem is sepa- ration of powers. You have someone who is now sitting in the executive branch who now controls a legislative body in the Senate. The Senate pro tempore determines who is chairman of committees, who sits on committees; he then takes that power and controls the Senate as to what the executive branch wants or needs in law and can use that power in the Senate. "Why allow one person to enjoy that much power? There are plenty of people to serve. There are plenty of people in Altoona who will serve." Please see A4 Gov. visits Curve, reveals tourism grant BY ROBERT IGOE Writer front of what he considered an appropriate backdrop, Gov. Mark Schweiker kicked off the state's fall tburism campaign Wednesday amid the colors of the foliage surrounding the Horseshoe Curve. Schweiker used the event to announce million in matching grant funds for Pennsylvania's 45 tourism promotion agencies, including for the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau, which was represented by Executive Director Cheryl Ebersole. "We are so honored that you are Ebersole told Schweiker. "Tour- ism is so vital to all of Pennsylvan ia, and we are thrilled that you are carrying on Governor Ridge's support for tourism andmakingthe investment in an indus- try that is so needed now, especially in such a difficult time to travel." Please see A5 PROMINENT SPORTS ATTORNEY BUYS ALTOONA BASEBALL FRANCHISE Curve sale near As the Curve turns... The ownership saga of Ihe Altoona Curve: rea automobile dealer Mark Ttiorras says lie wauls a multimillion-dollar baseball sladium built al Lakemonl Park to hosl a minor league baseball loam. At the same time, Tafe DeWeese, a partner with TTramas in Hie minor league venture, says he has field discussions wilh (be Piltsburtjti Pirates abou! alfilialing with me major league team. EHUDdlXBI Investors submit an application lo buy a minor league baseball franchise. Alloona native 8ob Lozinak whu owis lite Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A farm learn in Albuquerque, N.M., pins DeWeese and Thomas in the venlure. Lozinak and Ihwuas form a limited liability company called Alloona Baseball Properties. As the main partner in tfiei compa- ny, Lcmnak is responsible la Ihe baseball cilice. The Mirror learns Ttanas has sold his ownership share ol the leam to msjof ity (Miter Lofl'naL Thomas, says wilh his top goals ol getting a team fn Alloona aid gdlincj Ifie necessary stadium approvals nearly accomplished, he considers tits woik done. Local officials announce thai Alloona's ifior league team will affiliate wilh Ihe Pittsburgh Pirates through the 2002 season. DeWeese is not in attendance at the press conference. I LozinaV and Allcona Baseball Properties 1 file a federal lawsiiil against DeWeese. his holding company and his son, claiming, among other lUings, DeWeese pioviiled false financial statements and made a lalse financial commitment to the team. DeWeese files a cqurrfersurt against Lojinak in federal ecu rt.Ttie countersuit accuses Lozinak of an underfunded ailempl lo oust DeWeese from the ownership learn ami claims Lozinaft suit chargi ng fraud and mismanagemenl is in error. i a federal court hea ring, il is announced thai Lozinakand DeWeese will try to settle Iheir differences outside ol court. DeWeese attorneys withdraw from Itie case, saying only that disagreements p revenled Ihem from being abte to represent OeWeese in accordance with previous UMteistodng and in the best interest ol the partiis. In a notation, lederal Judge D. Brooks Smith says the two sides are not dose to reaching a settlement. I At a glance M-Ofc Altoona'i class M minor 'eague baseball tesm vss bom In October j-1897 vttien Ihe expansion cwwrattee ol the National Association, ol Professional pJseSa! [Leagues unanimously approved AlloWs bid for a team over a rival _ _____i A federal fudge dismisses large chunks ol the reciprocal lawsuits brought mo re than two years ago by the owiiers of the Altuona Curve, and lie declares Ihe issues that remain will go before a [ury in Way. imiriilijJBB A week before Opening Oay, anothei lo sellie tne lawsuit fails, sending the litigation into its third year of exislence. liMlinj'HiliMBAIIoona Baseball Propedies LLC agrees loselllheAltoonaCup.BfrajicliisetoaQroup headed by Pitlstxirtjii attorney Chuck Greenterg. SM named lor the city's f-railroad and tvSebalft biealing tali, designed Blair County Ballpart, wSeh opened in 1999 RalpliJ Sons handled Ihe 1 construction wxk IWa are tsm-Mr-M Pirates otter af i Lyrrctibwij (Va.j Hitols G.) CriVdJads WaiiamjRorf; 1 (Pa.) Bradent BY Wll.T.IAM AND NKIL UUPKI, Staff Writers The Curve were sold. But don't worry, the team isn't going anywhere. In a pending deal that settles a three-year court battle between majority owner Bob Lozinak and minority owner Tate DeWeese, the baseball team will transfer to an ownership group led by Pittsburgh lawyer Chuck Greenberg. Greenberg isn't related to the great Tiger slugger Hank Green- berg, but he helped Mario Lemieux buy the Penguins and another group buy the Florida Panthers hockey team earlier this year. "I'd like to be involved with own- ing this team Greenherg said from his office at Pepper Hamilton, a national firm. "I'd never even dream of moving it." DeWeese got Greenberg, 40, involved a year ago after a federal court encouraged him and Lozinak to settle their suit and countersuit in which they accused each other of claiming more than their rightful team shares. They could have settled it by one partner buying the other's interest, but there was too much animosity for that, DeWeese said. So he went after a neutral third party to buy Lozinak's interest, being determined keep his owner- ship share. DeWeese said he admires Greenberg for his work with Lemieux, respects his knowledge of Mirror graphic by Tom Wortliington II Subscription or home delivery questions: MB-748D or (800) 287-4480 J Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny SJ. and cool, -i Forecast, A2 Altoima Mirror HOT-ADSiQom We're white-hot! I THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax ua at (814) 946-7547 MORE INSIDE Blair County contracts expected to remain with sale of Altoona Curve. PABEA7 The Curve's front office, fans expect ctianoes vvtlti ownership transfer. PAGE B1 Associate Sports Editor Neil Rudel's commentary PAGE B1 The Pittsburgh Pirates believe the sale won't affect the relationship. 'PAGEB2 sports management and finance and believes Grecnberg will respect his position as minority owner. According to the recently signed deal, the whole ballclub goes to Grccnberg's but DeWeese in a side agreement with Green berg has the option to buy back anything up to 49 per- cent.-DeWeese said. He'll probably just reinvest his 39-percent take from the sale and get a similar 39 percent stake, DeWeese said. As part of the agreement, Green- berg gave Lozinak and DeWeese the option of reinvesting to become minority partners, but Lozinak declined as he made clear he would before the deal went down, Greenberg said. Please see A6 Greenberg's known as sports deal maker BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer The Horseshoe Curve lasted 110 years before an ownership change with the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads. The baseball team named for Altoona's most famous landmark lasted just three years before an ownership change was announced Wednesday. But like the Curve that winds through our mountains, the Curve at Blair County Ballpark should continue a long time in its mutual embrace with the area. New majority owner Chuck Greenberg seems eager to become Business. C6-14 Opinion Movies Up Coming Night Lffe D3 "D4 part of that embrace. A Pittsburgh-area native, Greenberg wants to own the Curve because he loves baseball, believes in minor league baseball especially, is comfortable with the concept of sports ownership and likes what he sees in Altoona. He first went to Forbes Field at age 4 with his great-aunt Florence in 1965, a 3-2 Pirates victory. And he played hardcore baseball trivia with his uncle Abbot, information so esoteric it would cause a nor- mal citizen to shake his head. He played real baseball, too, includ ing h i s fi rst two years at Please see. A6 IN BUSINESS HID economy has showfi signs of recovering since the terrorist attacks, but it js loo soon to say how much long-term damage there is', Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said. PAGE A9   

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