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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania rn WF Site® INSIDE TODAYSPORTS: Injuries back Steelers into corner / CONTEST: Test your NASCAR knowledge /f (Ed {Minil” How to snag smallmouths, fall troutAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2001 500 newsstand COMING FRIDAY Penn State Gameday, the region’s best pregame preview publication, debuts for the 2001 season in Friday’s Mirror. You’ll get analysis, predictions, statistics, schedules and more — in each edition. COMING SWINGY The morning after each Penn State game, the most experienced team of football journalists in the state will provide the best coverage in Penn State Extra. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? FOOTBALL 19 i ■ 4 'J A - A # MU COMING TUESDAY Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Michael Soika, a research technologist in plant pathology, and Bob Hudzik, stadium and athletic field supervisor, check the turf at Beaver Stadium last week. They pronounced the field “in great shape” for Penn State's opener against Miami Saturday For more information on whether the Nittany Lions will be prepared for the game, please see Page BL The Mirror’s annual preseason football preview section will be included free in Tuesday’s paper. We’ve got detailed previews for 24 area high schools, the lowdown on Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame and all the area college teams, and a look at the Steelers and the entire NFL. The 64-page section is one fans will want to tuck away to use for a reference all season long. Teacher crunch an area issue ■ Secondary, special education instructors are in short supply. By Jay Young Staff Writer The great teacher shortage has arrived in central Pennsylvania. While finding qualified people to fill full-time positions has been difficult, the immediate problem continues to be substitute and special education teachers. “We will begin this school year with the smallest number of daily subs in my memory,” longtime Altoona Superintendent Dennis Murray said. “The teacher shortage that you’re hearing about has hit Altoona.” While universities are producing an abundance of elementary education teachers, public schools hurt when it comes to special education and secondary teachers. Please see Teachers/Page A4 ■■■■■■MI ■■■■■■MMI ■Mi DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 IS 4 MO FOUR • 826 Lottery numbers, A2 Cloudy with showers, 79° ■ Forecast, A2 □ IflCAL Of NATION j Business A7 Classifieds C2-10 Movies A4 Obituaries A9 Opinion A8 Q UFI □ sports Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard Television D4 ■MHI ... Minor photos by Kelty Bennett President Bush shakes hands Sunday with the crowd before the Little League World Series championship game at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport. Bush (below) threw the first pitch in the championship game. Bush traces roots back to Little League baseball By Robert Igoe Staff Writer WILLIAMSPORT — A city that is used to being turned upside down this time of year got a further jolt Sunday when President Bush paid a visit to the Little League World Series championship game. Bush, who is the only former Little League player to become president, paid a visit to Lamade Stadium to be inducted into the Little League Baseball Hall of Fame. Bush became the first sitting president to attend the championship and threw the first pitch. “Years ago, when I was playing on those dusty Little League fields in Texas, I never dreamt I’d be the leader of the United States, and I surely never dreamed that I’d be enshrined in the Little League Hall of Fame,” Bush said. Please see Buth/Page A3Clearfield County Spotter killed in racetrack accident By William Kibler Staff Writer CLEARFIELD — A sprint car warming up on a Clearfield County racetrack went off the asphalt and killed a flagman’s spotter Saturday evening. Fredrick C. Pscholka Jr., 20, Dubois RD, probably died instantly of blunt force trauma to the head and chest after the car hit him on the infield grass — just inside the track apron — throwing him about 30 yards at Central Pennsylvania Speedway, officials said. Pscholka, a former mr and a first-year track employee, may have been out of his assigned place near a light pole, behind a dirt barrier near Turn 3 of the track, said Craig Wilson of Lance, Clearfield County. But he doesn’t know why, Wilson said. The driver — whom officials did not identify — told Wilson he was blinded for a moment because of the sun. “Whenever he saw Fred, it was just too late,” Wilson said, relaying what the Columbus, Ohio, driver told him. “He tried to miss him, but just couldn’t.” Pscholka may not have seen the car coming, Wilson said. Lawrence Township police, the speedway and the Clearfield County coroner’s office are investigating the death. The word in the pits after the accident was that the sprint car driver had been weaving back and forth on the track in the traditional way to clean his tires and heat them, which softens the rubber for Please see Spotter/Page AIQ ALPHA-FRY TECHNOLOGIES Metal workers strike By William Kibler Staff Writer The union representing 130 workers at the Alpha-Fry Technologies plant went on strike Sunday over layoff language in a proposed contract. It contrasts with a company lockout three years ago, when the workers also rejected a contract proposal. Workers are not comfortable with language that might jeopardize jobs, said Don Scanlan, president of the local Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union. It was a close vote Sunday to strike, said Bob Kutz, president of the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council. The workers rejected a new contract to replace a three-year deal that has just expired, Scanlan said. The case will go to a federal mediator, who will set a meeting to negotiate the issue and try to “reach a happy medium,” Scanlan said. Neither Scanlan nor workers among the seven picketing Sunday evening in front of the plant entrance on Sixth Avenue in Eldorado would be more specific about the objectionable language. A company manager called at home late Sunday didn’t return the call. Three years ago, the company — then called Fly Metals — locked out workers when they rejected a contract proposal. But the sides worked out their differences with the help of a federal mediator and signed a new contract two days later, ending the lockout, according to a 1998 Mirror story. At contract time three years earlier, tensions between labor and management rose when the company placed a classified ad seeking temporary workers to fill all factory positions, which the union interpreted as the company getting ready to replace them, possibly, in anticipation of a strike, according to a 1998 Mirror story. Please see Strike/Page AIQ TUE PRESIDENT IN PENNSYLVANIA ;

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