Altoona Mirror, October 27, 2001

Altoona Mirror

October 27, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Spotlight on TELEVISED WEDDING: COUPLE WITH LOCAL TIES TIE KNOT ON ABC PSU FOOTBALL: RUDEL OPENS THE NITTANY LION MAILBAG Bl Mit rot Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2001 500 newsstand NS car shop closes a week early :By CRAIG WILLIAMS AND MICHAEL V. EMERY HOLLIDAYSBURG Friday was the last day of work for the 250 workers at the -Hollidaysburg Car Shop. Norfolk Southern Corp. management told workers to pack up and go home one week before the Nov. 2 official closing date. An hour before quitting time, union offi- 'cials confirmed that Mike Ricardi, NS of the shop, called the NORFOLK SOUTHERN remaining workers into the cafeteria. "They told them to go home and not come said a union official, who asked not to be identified. "We found out today at 2 said Joe Gailey of Ashville, who will transfer as carman to the Juniata Locomotive Shop Nov. 10. "They just called us in and said we'll be paid for the next week." The railroad traditionally has given workers a week off before closing shops, according to the union. With arbitration settled between the unions and management, and with the clos- ings sanctioned this fall by the Surface Transportation Board, NS legally was clear to proceed with closing the shop's doors. The final chapter on the Hollidaysbuvg Car Shop hasn't been written, though. A request for an appeal of the STB decision is before the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. To keep things in place, a request for a stay on the STB ruling also is await- ing the court's decision. Rich Edelman, lawyer for the Transpor- tation Workers Union, saict worker's will collect unemployment after Nov. 2 until the railroad finds new jobs for the work- ers, a requirement under the New York Dock agreement and binding arbitration last month. "The railroad effectively abolished the jobs, so the workers will be on unemploy- ment until they identify their new he said. The closing arguments for the stay were presented in the 3rd Circuit Court Friday, Edelman said. The union attorney again emphasized that the railroad should be bound to the commitments made to the state and the union during the Conrail merger process. Please see A5 WAR ON TERRORISM: Pages A9, A11.C1 Anti-terror bill passes BYSONYAROSS The Associated fress WASHINGTON President Bush signed an bffl Friday that gives police unprecedented ability to search .seize, detain or ea vesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists. "This government will enforce this law with all the urgency of a nation at he said. XFederal officials said they plan to use the new powers right away, prompting civil lib- ertarians to voice anew their concerns that ,'cherished American freedoms will be sacri- ficed in the interest of safety. The American 'Civil Liberties Union pledged to monitor ''police actions closely and it scheduled a meeting with FBI Director Robert Mueller. "This bill goes light years beyond what is nec- 'essary to combat said Laura Mur- phy, ACLU Washington director." While we are .ourselves concerned for the country's safety, we are also concerned by the attorney general's apparent gusto to implement certain provisions in the bill that threaten liberty." John Ashcroft, who pressed hard for its passage, said Thursday that he would use the new powers quickly. Please see All Student dies after accident BY MARK LEDERFINGEH Siqff Writer FISHERTOWN Jeremy Weyant, 13, of "Osterburg was part of the Secret Agents pro- at the Chestnut Ridge Middle School to improve the school's atmosphere Jby doing good deeds. J- Now the good deeds are being done on r----------------------Weyant's behalf as See obituary I school district worked to -pAGE A-J 3 Pu'l together and mourn death after an acci- dent Thursday after- 'noon at the school. T Weyant died late Thursday from injuries 'suffered after he fell through a cafeteria win- <-d6w at the middle school. was a nice boy and a good -Chestnut Ridge Superintendent Tom Otis ;-said Friday. Please see A6 R Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich udyBilka of Bellwood, a Norfolk Southern Corp. engineer, talks about railroad safety with kindergarten and first-grade students at St. Michael's Elementary in Loretto. I See story, PAGE A6 Make a Difference Day hits 11 years COMING SUNMY1H- Maria ShhVer on'making a difference. BY MARK LEHERPINOKR Staff Writer The world has chang- ed since Sept. 11, but work continues to make a difference in other people's lives. Today marks the llth annual Make A Difference Day. The nation's largest day of volunteer- ing is sponsored by USA Weekend mag- azine in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation. The Altoona Mirror is a local sponsor. Please see A5 TIME TRAVEL Check your watch Set your timepieces back one hour this Sunday morning from 2to 1 a.m. AP Landmark falls to fire BY BETH N. GJIAV For the Mirror SCp.ELLSBURG A 1920s historic landmark that skeptics said never would maintain its precarious perch on a moun- tainside succumbed early Friday at the age of 74, not to grav- ity, but fire. Herbert Paulson chuckled at the scoffers in 1927, explaining that he'd lived in Pittsburgh, where every structure hung from a hillside. So he constructed The Grand View Ship Hotel on the eastern cliff of Allegheny Mountain about five miles west of here. He anchored the four-story ship-shaped hotel and restaurant with cables and girders drilled into the mountain's rock face. Girders, melted and bent by the heat, remained after the 2 a.m. fire, which was reported by a passerby on a cell phone. Allen Shaffer, chief engineer for the first fire unit on the scene, Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company, said only girders were visible through the soaring flames as the initial hoses were unrolled. Please see A5 Subscription or home i delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 Lottery numbers, A2 Cloudy with flurries, Forecast, A2 V Altonna THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. Ask for- THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFD2DS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 Business Movies Obituaries Opinion r- _A9 i Classifieds C2-14 A13 I AS High schoojs__ B1-4 Scoreboard B5 Cormri_u_mly_riews__D2 Puzzles__ _ D4 Television D4 IH NATION Navy launches exhaustive effort to i recover Japanese j fishing vessel PAGE'C! ;

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