Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 3, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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By Robert Igoe Staff Writer
Help may be available to C-COR.net employees facing the loss of their jobs with the company’s closing of the Tipton plant.
The U.S. Department of Labor, through the Employment and Training Administration, has named the State College-based technology and communications equipment company’s workers eligible for NAFTA Transition Assistance Act bene
fits, which offer help to workers who have lost their jobs because of a shift in production facilities to Mexico and Canada. C-COR.net is moving its Tipton coaxial cable amplifier production facility to Tijuana, Mexico.
Locally, state Rep. Larry 0. Sather, R-Huntingdon, said the state also is trying to do what it can for the workers.
“I was very unhappy to hear the announcement concerning C-COR’s plans for the Tipton site,” he said. “I am especially concerned for these workers who
have been part of C-COR’s success. They have always been willing to work hard and wanting to work hard. We will do everything we can to help them and to try to bring another business into the area.”
Sather said the Governor’s Response Team and Altoona Blair County Development Corp. have become part of that effort.
The North American Free Trade Agreement was passed by President Clinton and created a tariff-free zone in trade between the United States, Canada
and Mexico. Many critics of the bill said it encourages moves such as C-COR.net’s to countries where wages are lower and environmental and occupational safety regulations are not as strong as those in the United States.
“It bothers me that despite all we have done to encourage business growth and expansion in Pennsylvania, we are losing these businesses and these jobs to Mexico,” Sather said.
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SHUSTER AFTER RETIREMENT
By Mia Rohart
LORETTO — After almost three decades as a successful politician, retired Congressman Bud Shuster dons a new cap, one of a professor. - Shuster will
■ Conklin airing TV ads in heavily Republican area / Page A8
be a visiting professor at St. Francis University in the fall, where he will teach a class on the legislative process, he said at a press conference Monday.
“I think it will be really interesting and insightful to learn about it from a person who actually worked in Congress and passed legislation,” said sophomore political science major Charles Wolfe, who will sign up to take the class in the fall.
Shuster said he is excited about teaching a course and also having his political papers and memorabilia housed at St. Francis, where it can be used for research.
“I think it’s very interesting because Congressman Shuster has had considerable experience in Washington, and in the letters, that experience will be apparent,” said Jared Stango, a junior with a minor in political science.
At the press conference, Shuster and the Rev. Christian Oravec, president of St. Francis, signed an agreement allowing the Shuster archives, personal letters, political documents and photographs to be housed on the fourth floor of the Pasquerilla Library.
Lynn Petrisko, a junior physical assistant major, is looking forward to seeing the archives.
“It helps having so many prominent political figures who influence our small world here,” she said.
The archives have not arrived, said Joseph Melusky, professor and chairman of the History and Political Science departments.
“It’s kind of like a kid on Christmas morning. I just can’t wait to get down there and start opening boxes,” Melusky said.
Melusky is most interested in seeing papers relating to Shuster’s involvement with the Transportation and Intelligence Committees.
“I hope that the archival collection will serve as a resource not only for St. Francis students, but also for scholars from other colleges and universities,” Melusky said.
Melusky is excited about Shuster teaching a course in the fall and hopes he also will teach a course on public policy in the future.
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Mirror photo by Gary M. Saranac Annie Grassi (left) and Kristen Sinisi, both 15, jog at Altoona High’s track.
Exercise season hits high gear
By Michael Emery
Spring is nature’s time for renewal, rebirth and resurgence. Spring has a similar affect on many people. As the weather warms and daylight hours lengthen, many people eagerly break from their winter-long hibernation and are gung ho for outdoor activities, springtime attire and fitness.
For many, spring serves as the time to tone up their muscles, put the finishing touches on their body definitions or downright get back in shape. Joggers and bikers have hit the pavements, tracks and backwood trails once again, and fitness centers seem full.
“We tend to see an influx in enrollment for our fitness classes at this time of year because people want to get back in shape for summer,” said Erie Wilson, trainer at The Summit Tennis and Athletic Club in Altoona. “Let’s face it, people want to look good in their shorts, short-sleeve shirts, swimsuits and bikinis. Summer clothing is a lot more revealing, and that idea inspires people to get fit and look their best.” Summit General Manager Sam Barr said that 12 percent of the current enrollments at the club are short-term or individuals just enroll until summer starts.
Results from "Third Report on Nutrition Monitoring the United States" found:
■ About one-third of adults and one-fifth of adolescents in the United States are overweight:
■ 20 percent of Americans still have high serum cholesterol levels;
■ hypertension remains a major public health problem in middle-aged and elderly people:
■ many Americans are not getting the calcium they need to maintain optimal bone health and prevent age-related bone loss;
■ less than one-third of American adults meet the recommendation to consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day;
■ about one in 10 people living in low-income households or families experience some degree of food insufficiency.
But even some diehard fitness fanatics want to do added fitness training and muscle toning come springtime.
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U.S. told to wait for crew access
By Tom Raum
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - In a tense standoff with China, President Bush demanded the prompt return of 24 crew members of a Navy spy plane Monday and the release of their crippled plane “without further damaging or tampering.” China said there would be no access at least until today.
Bush, reading a sober statement at the White House, said, “Failure of the Chinese government to react promptly to our request is inconsistent with standard diplomatic practice and with the expressed desire of both our countries for better relations.”
The emergency landing of the turboprop EP-3 surveillance plane on the Chinese island of Hainan after its collision with a Chinese fighter jet early Sunday brought a new chill to already frosty U.S.-Chinese relations just as Bush was nearing a decision on an arms-sale package for Taiwan that Beijing has opposed.
The crew, in one of its last communications from the plane, told U.S. authorities the aircraft was being boarded by the Chinese, a senior U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. But Mary Ellen Countryman, a White House spokeswoman, said: “We have no confirmation that they boarded the plane.”
As a result, U.S. officials had no information on the extent to which the plane, laden with high-tech surveillance equipment, might have been searched. The United States considers the aircraft sovereign U.S. territory and not subject to search or seizure.
China blamed the collision on the
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Pacific Command Web site on the
American pilot, saying the U.S. plane veered into one of its F-8 fighters.
Navy spy planes fly routinely off China’s southeastern coast to monitor military activity, especially any that might threaten Taiwan, and they often are shadowed in turn by Chinese fighter planes.
As tensions grew Monday, the United States ordered three Navy destroyers to remain near Hainan island instead of continuing their journey home from the Persian Gulf. Later, Pentagon officials said the three ships no longer were needed and continuing with their original plan to return home via Guam.
The United States sent three diplomats to the island in hopes of meeting with the crew.
“Our priorities are the prompt and safe return of the crew and the return of the aircraft without further damaging or tampering,” Bush said on the White House lawn.
Later, during a picture-taking session in the Oval Office with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Bush sidestepped questions on whether the crew members were viewed as hostages or whether he believed the accident to be a provocation by China.
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CAMPAIGN FINANCEGEARING UP -
The Major League Baseball season kicked off Monday with several games. The Pirates open today in Cincinnati. For details, please see Page Bl.
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College basketball crowned a national champion Monday as its two top teams, Duke and Arizona, squared off. For details, please see Page Bl.
Landmark legislation approved by Senate; vote moves to House
From Mirror staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON - The Senate approved landmark legislation Monday to reduce the influence of big money in political campaigns, capping a fierce, six-year struggle that catapulted Sen. John McCain to national prominence.
The 59-41 vote sent the measure to the House, where a tough fight is expected, even though similar bills have been approved twice in recent years.
Whether a bill is passed, it is an issue likely awaiting the candidate who will be elected next month from Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District.
Republican candidate Bill Shuster said there’s no doubt that something needs to be done about the way campaigns are financed.
“We need to make sure we don’t violate anyone’s First Amendment rights in the process,” Shuster said. “I’m glad
that the issue is being addressed, but I can’t support a measure that limits anybody’s right to free speech. Ifs unconstitutional for the government to tell us who can place an advertisement and who can’t.”
Democratic candidate Scott Conklin said he hopes by taking special interest groups out of the process more power will be given to the people.
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