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Publication: Altoona Mirror December 1, 2001

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 of Trees in Bedford County BG boys, Altoona girls highlight area scheduleAltona Mirror © Copyright 2001 By Phii, Ray Staff Writer The state Supreme Court will decide if the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese must pay more than $1 million in punitive damages to an Altoona native who says former priest Francis Duddy sexually assaulted him. In October, the diocese paid Michael Hutchison, now of Akron, Ohio, $1.2 million in compensator}’ damages. A Blair County civil court jury, in a two-part verdict, awarded both amounts to Hutchinson in 1994 because of buddy 's alleged repeated sexual assaults. In its review of the Duddy verdict more than a year ago, the state Superior Court tossed out the $1 million in punitive damages awarded by the jury. In court cases, juries award punitive damages to punish a guilty party. In the Duddy case, the jury decid ed on punitive damages because of the way the diocese handled the matter. The diocese did not defrock Duddy after discovering there were problems, a circumstance the jury decided required punishment. Altoona attorney Richard Serb in filed a request asking the Pennsylvania 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. Adamec) has not seen the order of the appeal,” spokeswoman Sister Mary Parks said. “Our attorneys are currently reviewing the matter. The bishop will be in a better position to comment after their review is completed.” Please see Appeal/Page A6SATURDAY, DECEMBER I, 2001 SOC newsstand Court to hear Luddy appealmmmmmmmmm WET WEATHER WELCOME Mirror photo by Gary M. Saranac Penn State Altoona students Amanda Macchione (left), 18, of Doylestown and Janelle Shellenhamer, 19, of Hershey walk along Broadway after class Friday afternoon. Huntingdon lifts burn ban; Bedford, Blair may follow By Walt Frank and Beth N. Gray Altoona Mirror Huntingdon County lifted its burning ban Thursday, and Bedford and Blair counties may follow soon. Bedford Emergency Management Director Dan Datesman will recommend county commissioners suspend an outdoor burning ban Tuesday. With more than 2 inches of rain recorded as of Friday morning, conditions warrant ending the 30-day prohibition imposed Nov. 15, Datesman said. While the end of the ban won’t be official until commissioners act. Datesman said fire and law enforcement personnel stopped enforcement of the resolution Wednesday after brush and grass were sufficiently dampened by rain. 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 Ban/Page A6 Police probe death By Mark Lkberfinger 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 Patricia Ross said, An Altoona Hospital spokeswoman said state police ordered the hospital not to provide information 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 Eckenrode said nobody could talk about the “double homicide.” Earlier Friday, state police Sgt. Daniel Krauss of Bedford said a passerby called authorities around 4:30 a.m. Friday because of “some activity” outside the home, a mile east of Queen near the Blair -Bedford county line. Please see Death/Page A6 Mirror photo by Mark Leberfmger State troopers fire investigating the discovery of two injured people in and outside this home on Schellsburg Road in Kimmel Township, Bedford County. Both were taken to Altoona Hospital, where Dana Gates, 31, died. Bon Secours CEO resigning position By William Kibler Staff Writer Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital Chief Executive Officer Barbara Biehner is leaving to take a job in Memphis, Tenn., after 3Vz years. She leaves a hospital that recently reported a $686,000 operating surplus, while larger rival Altoona Hospital reported a $7 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 around,” 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 commitment here, she said. Relations between management and medical staff were strained because the managed-care payment system — “complicated, cumbersome and unbalanced" — put the parties at cross purposes. Now the affiliation seems a source of strength, and administrators and doctors have transcended their mistrust — although the payment system remains. Please see CEO/Page A6 BiehnerA ROUGH NIGHT Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett 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. “He let his music do the talking. dj Jim Price Local fans mourn ex-Beatle’s death By Craig Williams Staff Writer The quiet Beatle, the transcendent one, a musician with one foot in the material world 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 humble Beatle,” 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 DI Harrison Harrison’s music talked to millions, crossing over generational lines and regional borders. Just as great composers of the past have been immortalized in literature, the Beatles continue to be Please see Fans/Page A6 (I DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050    4 FOUR9) 2    8    0 Im Dottery numbers, A2 weather Mostly cloudy, 57° ■ Forecast, A2 HOT-AOS.com We're white-hot!Altoona iHtrror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Amanda Macchione
  • Barbara Biehner
  • Dana Gates
  • Daniel Krauss
  • Francis Duddy
  • Gary Eckenrode
  • George Harrison
  • Jim Price
  • Joseph V. Adamec
  • Mark Lkberfinger
  • Mary Parks
  • Michael Hutchison
  • Nate Crookshank
  • Richard Serb
  • Tyler Laverick

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: December 1, 2001

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