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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY UFE: Williamsport cooking show reaches out /Pl NADON: Adolescent girls report dating abuse / f// mtrm mum rummm L.S. Fiore drops first-round gameAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001WEDNESDAY, AUGUST I, 2001 50 C newsstand Michael F. Brown is escorted into District Justice Kenneth L. Carman *s office on charges of hindering the apprehension of escaped Blair County inmate Michael David Black. 26. Escaped inmate nabbed By Phil Ray Staff Writer The Blair County prisoner who allegedly stuffed pillows under his bed covers as a ruse to escape from Altoona Hospital early Friday was apprehended Tuesday in the car of a friend on Haggerty Street near Walton Avenue. Meanwhile. Blair County Sheriff Larry Field vowed that the sheriffs department will take tougher measures to assure that inmates in the Mirror photo by Keiiy Bennett future don’t pull a scam sim ilar to the one used to escape from the hospital. "It happened, and it won't happen IT    again.” Field said Tuesday evening. I    Altoona    police, sheriffs deputies RI *91anf* several constables were alerted that fugitive Michael David Black. m VIL 26. of Hill Crest Estate was in the Black back seat of a car being driven by a friend. The friend, identified by city police as Michael F. Brown. 226 E. Crawford Ave., was driving his vehicle on Haggerty Street around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Law enforcement officers blocked the street, forcing Brown to stop while others closed in the car from behind. Both were taken into custody, and sheriffs deputies immediately whisked Black back to Blair County Prison. Field said Black actually was in the custody of the county prison, which is why he was placed back in the prison without being for mally arraigned on the escape charge. Please see Nabbed/Page A5 “This bill provides much-needed modernization to the railroad retirement system and expands benefits to workers and their families.— U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster House passes railroad benefits By Robert Igoe Staff Writer WASHINGTON — It was just a matter of time. After several intense days of private and public debate, the House of Representatives voted to approve a railroad retirement benefit enhancement bill Tuesday. The bill, HR 1140, passed the House 384-33 Tuesday evening and is designed to aid workers and management by: ■ reducing the years required for vesting of retirement benefits from IO years to five; ■ reducing the payroll tax on railroad workers; ■ reducing the age for eligibility to collect benefits to 60 years old with 30 years of service; ■ reduces restriction on survivor benefits for widows; ■ creates a Railroad Retirement Trust Fund and a Railroad Retirement Investment Trust. U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, one of the main supporters of the bill, celebrated the bill’s passage. “I support this bill because it helps to ensure the health and future of railway workers and their families,” said Shuster, R-9th District, who was one of 368 co sponsors. “This bill is a priority for me, and I pledged to work to ensure its passage here in Washington. “This bill provides much-needed modernization to the railroad retirement system and expands benefits to workers and their families. This is a critical issue for many people back home in Pennsylvania, and I want to make sure their concerns are well represented here in Washington.” Please see Benefits/Page A12 TOW DE TOOM 2001INSIDE COHIRAGi ■ A course map and a roundup of events and start times for today’s Crown American Johnstown Circuit Road Race. PAGE A5Teur de 'Teem 2001 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Ryan Nenninger bikes down 12th Avenue during the Altoona Mirror Prologue men's time trials Tuesday. For complete coverage and a column on the prologue not being a fan favorite, see Page Bl. For a list of results and the daily diary of pro women's cyclist Tina Shelley; see Page B3. Possible murder-suicide investigated iv Tiffany Shaw toff Writer SCHAEFFERSTOWN — Betty nd William Swab were devoted to ach other, but old age was start-ig to concern the couple who loved from Tyrone July 20. After 50 years of marriage, they iff their longtime home in Blair bunty to move to their daughter’s house in Lebanon County. Friends said the Swabs were happy while planning the move, but something happened in the week-and-a-half they were gone. Thursday evening, after their daughter left for work, the couple sat side-by-side in lawn chairs in the backyard and died in what police say was an apparent murder-suicide. They were anxious about becoming a burden to their daughter, police said. Betty Swab, 79, shot her husband William Swab, 83, in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun then turned the weapon on herself, Heidelberg Township police Chief Ellwood Noll said. Please see Investigated/Page A5Butterick begins slashing jobs By Craig Williams Staff Writer Tuesday was the last day of a 32-year career for Joe Eckels. The graphics arts worker was one of IOO Butterick employees whose careers with the company came to an end Tuesday. Nearly IOO workers remain in the plant, although their jobs are expected to be termi nated in the coming months. "I won’t miss work as much as I’ll miss my fellow workers,” he said. “I’ve never been laid off much, so I don’t know what I’ll do yet,” said Eckels, who worked in the printing department. The Butterick plant, which makes dress patterns, opened in the Beale Avenue factory in 1947. The plant was bought this year by McCall’s Pattern Co. At the time, the new owners announced the plant would close with some of the work being sent to a McCall’s plant in Manhattan, Ran. More than 250 workers were employed with Butterick in Altoona at the time of the takeover. Please see Jobs/Page A5 ak* DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BKI FOUR | I # s ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 82° ■ Forecast, A2 Mirror oooooo ooo ooo Bucks QLOCAL Q NATION Business A9 Classifieds C3-12 Movies A5 Obituaries A11 □ life Opinion A8 0 SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 INSIDE IN BUSINESS ’N Sync parking rates out of sync with what Steelers fans will pay to park at Heinz Field. PAGE A9 ;

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