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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 18, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania & THAT’S RACIN’: FOR THE LATEST NASCAR NEWS AND FEATURES ► PAGE B3 Lipizzaners gallop into BJC Altona mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2001 50$ newsstand ■ Threat of anthrax rattling area, nation ■ Federal, state guidelines put Blair County hospitals on same page. By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer Officials 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 worried about suspicious mail and possible exposure to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have issued protocols for hospitals to follow when handling anthrax threats. In Blair County, Altoona Hospital, Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital, Tyrone Hospital, Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring and Van Zandt VA Medical Center are following the standards. “All hospitals are trying to follow the protocols,” said Garrett Hoover, Please see Guides/Page 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 bioterrorism rattled Capitol Hill. Hundreds more lined up nervously to be tested and leaders ordered the shutdown of the House and three Senate office buildings. “We’re in a battle with terrorism, a new form (rf human warfare 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 centralized mailroom in a building across the street. House leaders shut down operations through the weekend to allow for extensive testing. Please see Anthrax /Page All Lawsuit targets Jubelirer By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Robert C. Jubelirer once again is under fire from opponents critical (rf his dual role of Pennsylvania lieutenant governor and Senate president pro tem, 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, saying the lawmaker’s dual positions goes against the Pennsylvania Constitution. “I believe I am here to uphold and defend the Constitution,” Lawless said. “I think that our major problem is separation (rf 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 (rf 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 Jubellrer/Page A4 Gov. visits Curve, reveals tourism grant By Robert Igoe Staff Writer In front of what he considered an appropriate backdrop, Gov. Mark Schweiker kicked off the state’s fall tourism campaign Wednesday amid the colors of the foliage surrounding the Horseshoe Curve. Schweiker used the event to announce $11.5 million in matching grant funds for Pennsylvania’s 45 tourism promotion agencies, including $189,926 for the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau, which was represented by Executive Director Cheryl Ebersole. “We are so honored that you are here,” Ebersole told Schweiker. “Tourism is so vital to all of Pennsylvania, and we are thrilled that you are carrying on Governor Ridge’s support for tourism and making the investment in an industry that is so needed now, especially in such a difficult time to travel." Please see Tourism/Page A5 PROMINENT SPORTS ATTORNEY BUYS ALTOONA BASEBALL FRANCHISE Curve sale near As the Curve turns... The ownership saga of the Altoona Curve: 11 pifcv-iArea automobile dealer Mark Thomas says he wants a multimillion-dollar baseball stadium built at Lakemont Park to host a minor league baseball team At the same time Tate DeWeese a partner with Thomas rn the minor league venture says he has held discussions with the Pittsburgh Pirates about affiliating with the major league team June 18,1997 I Investors submit an application to buy a minor league baseball franchise Altoona native Bob lannak, who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A farm team rn Albuquerque N M , loins DeWeese and Thomas in the venture br;' .liilMEJH DeWeese, Lozinak and Thomas form a limited liability company called Altoona Baseball Properties. As the main partner in the company Lozinak is responsible to the baseball commissioner's office April 23.1998 I The Mirror learns Thomas has sold his ownership share ol the team to majority owner Lozmak. Thomas says with his top quais of getting a team rn Altoona and getting the necessary stadium approvals nearly accomplished he considers his work done. P    Local officials announce that Altoonas minor league team will affiliate with the Pittsburgh Pirates through the 2002 season DeWeese is not in attendance at the press conference. |!£KJU££H Lo/mak and Alt m Basdiei' Pi perties file a federal lawsuit against DeWeese, his holding company and his 20-year-old son, James, claiming, among other things DeWeese provided false financial statements and made a false financial commitment to the team Nov. 7.1998 I DeWeese files a countersuit against Lozinak in federal court. The countersuit accuses Lozinak of an underhanded attempt to oust DeWeese from the ownership team and claims Lozirtak's suit charging fraud and mismanagement is in error. Dec. 10,1998 _________________I    After    a    federal court hearing, it is announced that Lozinak and DeWeese will try to settle their differences outside of court At a glance __I Two DeWeese attorneys withdraw from the case, saying only that disagreements prevented them from being able to represent DeWeese in accordance with previous understanding and in the best interest of the parties In a notation, federal Judge D. Brooks Smith says the two sides are not close to reaching a settlement EMXEiOH A federal judge dismisses large chunks of the reciprocal lawsuits brought more than two years ago by the owners of the Altoona Curve, and he declares the issues that remain will go before a jury in May. __IA week before Opening Day, another attempt to settle the lawsuit fails, sending the litigation into its third year of existence. E533BE3HI Altoona Baseball Properties LLC agrees to sell the Altoona Curve franchise to a group headed by Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg. AA-OK: Altoona's class AA minor league baseball team was born in October 1997 when the expansion committee of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues unanimously approved Altoona's bid for a team ow a rival bid by Springfield, Mass What else?: The team was nicknamed the Curve to 1996. named for the city’s railroad landmark and baseball breaking ball Build it: The architectural firm of L D Amorino Cos, designed Blair County Ballpark, which opened in 1999 Ralph J Albarano & Sons handled toe construction work. Fans galore: The team has drawn more than I million fans in its first three seasons, more than 320,000 in 1999, more than 330,000 in 2000 and more than 340,000 in 2001. We ara fam-f-ly: The Pirates other affiliates are the Nashville {Term.) Sounds (AAA), Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcals (A), Hickory 'N C) Crawdads (A), Williamsport (Pa.) Cross-Cutters (Short A), Bradenton (Fla.) Pirates (rookie). By William Kibler AND NEU. RUDEL 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 Greenberg, 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 owning this team forever," Greenberg 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 ownership share. DeWeese said he admires Greenberg for his work with Lemieux, respects his knowledge of MORI INSIDE Blair County contracts expected to remain with sale of Altoona Curve. PAGE A7 The Curve’s front office, fans expect changes with ownership transfer PAGE Bl Associate Sports Editor Neil Rudel's commentary PAGE Bl The Pittsburgh Pirates believe the sale won’t affect the relationship. PAGE B2 sports management and Finance and believes Greenberg will respect his position as minority owner. According to the recently signed deal, the whole ballclub goes to Greenberg’s group, but DeWeese in a side agreement with Greenberg — has the option to buy back anything up to 49 percent, 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, Greenberg 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 Curve/Page A6 Greenberg’s known as sports deal maker Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll 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 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 normal citizen to shake his head. He played real baseball, too, including his First two years at Please see Greenberg/Page A6 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 ‘22910 00050 «    I : H BIO FOUR MM 7    9    3)5 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER | Mostly sunny and cool, 56° ■ Forecast, A2 V Altoona mirror HOT-A DS. pom We 're white-hot! THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Alan Greenspan
  • Bob Lozinak
  • Charles Pascal
  • Cheryl Ebersole
  • Chuck Greenberg
  • D. Brooks Smith
  • Dick Gephardt
  • Garrett Hoover
  • Hank Greenberg
  • John Lawless
  • Joseph Wiede
  • Mario Lemieux
  • Mark Schweiker
  • Mark Thomas
  • Neil Rudel
  • Pepper Hamilton
  • Robert C. Jubelirer
  • Robert Igoe
  • Tate Deweese
  • Tom Worthington

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: October 18, 2001

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