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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                TV MIRROR: A LISTING OF THE WEEK'S PROGRAMS FREE INSIDE IN WORLD: TALIBAN MILITIAMEN GIVE UP WITHOUT A FIGHT PAGE Cl A Symphony in Bedford County BG boys, Altoona girls highlight area schedule Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2001 newsstand BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer The state Supreme Court will decide if the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese must pay more than million in punitive dam- ages to an Altoona native who says former priest Francis Luddy sexu- ally assaulted him. In October, the diocese paid Michael Hutchison, now of Akron, Ohio, million in compensatory damages. A Blair County civil court jury, In a two-part verdict, awarded both amounts to Hutch ins on in 1994 because of Luddy's alleged repeated sexual assaults. In its review of the Luddy verdict more than a year ago, the state Superior Court tossed out the million in punitive damages award- ed by the jury. In court cases, juries award punitive damages to punish a guilty party. In the Luddy case, the jury decid- ed on punitive damages because of the way the diocese handled the matter. The diocese did not defrock Luddy after discovering there were problems, a circum- stance the jury decided required punishment. Altoona attorney Richard Serb in filed a request asking the Pennsyl- vania Supreme Court to overturn the Superior Court decision. Serbin said Friday that he has been notified the state's highest court will hear the appeal. The next step will be for the court to send him deadlines for filing legal arguments. Oral arguments could be scheduled after the legal briefs are filed. "The bishop [the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph V. AdamecJ has not seen the order of the spokeswoman Sister Mary Parks said. "Our attorneys are currently re- viewing the matter. The bishop will be in a better position lo comment after their review is completed." Please see A6 WIT WEATHER WELCOME Mirror pholo by Gary M. Penn State Altoona students Amanda Macchione 18, of Doylestown and Janellc Shellenhatner, 19, of Hershey walk along Broadway after class Friday afternoon. BY WALT FRANK AND BETH N. GIIAY Altoona Mirror 11 untingdon County' lifted its burning ban Thursday, Bedford and Blair counties may follow soon. i B Bedford Emergency Management Director Dan Dalesman will recommend county commissioners sus- pend an outdoor burning ban Tuesday. With more than 2 inches of rain recorded as of Friday morning, conditions warrant ending the 30-day prohibi- tion imposed Nov. 15, Datesman said. While the end of the ban won't be official until com- missioners act, Datesman said fire and law enforcement personnel stopped enforcement of the resolution Wednesday after brush and grass were sufficiently dampened by i-ain. Bans imposed by boroughs and townships will remain in effect until municipal officials suspend them. Until then, violators can be cited and assessed the cost of emergency response, Datesman said. Please see A6 BY MARK LGUEUFINGEK Staff Writer QUEEN At least one person died Friday after two people were discovered injured, one in a Schellsburg Road home and the other outside. Both were transported to Altoona Hospital, where Dana Gates, 31, died, Blair County Coroner Pairicia Ross said. An Altoona Hospital spokeswoman said state police ordered the hospital not to provide informa- tion about the patients and that all inquiries must go through state police at Bedford. A man who witnessed the crime scene told the Mirror he was told over the phone by state police not to speak to anyone about the case and that there is a "gag order" on him. When contacted Friday afternoon, Bedford trooper Gary Kckenrode said nobody could talk about the "double homicide." Earlier Friday, state police Sgt. Daniel Krauss of Bedford said a passerby called authorities around a.m. Frulay because of "some activUy" outside the home, a mile east. Queen near the Blair- Bedford county line. Please see A6 Mirror photo fay Mark Leberflnger State troopers ore investigating the discovery of two injured people in and outside this home on Schellsburg Road in Kimmel Township, Bedford County. Both wore taken to Altoona Hospital, where Dana Gates, 31, died. By WILLIAM Kmr.Eii Staff Writer Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital Chief Executive Officer Barbara Biehner is leaving to take a job in Memphis, Tenn., after 3'A years. She leaves a hospital that recently reported a operating surplus, while larger rival Altoona Hospital reported a million loss. It's a hospital whose advocates feared for its future five years ago, but its future seems secure for now, despite a withering health-care environment. "We came together and turned the facility Biehner said. When she arrived in 1998, the former Mercy Hospital's affiliation with Bon Secours-Holy Family Health System was new, and locals wondered about the parent firm's commit- ment here, she said. Relations between management and med- ical staff were strained because the managed- care payment system "complicated, cum- bersome and unbal- anced" put the par- ties at cross purposes. Now the affiliation seems a source of strength, and administrators and doc- tors have transcended their mistrust although the payment system remains. Please see A6 Biehner "He let his music do the Jim Price Mirror photo by Kelly Bonn Bit Bishop Carroll High School's Nate Crookshank (4) helps teammate Tyler Laverick up after Rochester scored a touchdown in PIAA Class A playoff action Friday. Please see story, Page Bl. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer The quiet Beatle, the tran- scendent one, a musician with one foot in the material vyorld and the other in the spiritual, George Harrison meant many things to many people. He was an important figure in the second half of 20th century pop culture, but to his fans, locally and internationally, Harrison's life meant more. "I remember him as the hum- ble said Jim Price, an on-air personality for classic rock station WBXQ-FM, who has been spinning discs for years. A look back at the life and career of George Harrison PAGE D1 Harrison Harrison's music talked to mil- lions, crossing over generational lines and regional borders. Just as great composers of the past have been immortalized in liter- ature, the Beatles continue to be Please see A6 Subscription or home delivery questions: 948-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BIG FOUR _ -a L _ J 2 8 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly cloudy, Forecast, A2 PTHE GREAT COMB.JMATIOM. Call us today...Make money today. 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