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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Altoona, Pennsylvania In nation King assassination found to be conspiracy Altoona i horror a copyright 1999thursday, december 9,1999 soc newsstand coming sunday Tyrone football extra a special four Page Section of coverage analysis and color photos of tyrones quest for a state class a football title it inside today John Hartsock on one of tyrones Unsung heroes by Tyrone trying to end d-6 drought by Jim Lane Mirror sports editor District 6 has won its share of state championships Over the years. Several District basketball teams particularly girls squads have earned state titles. Area athletes have garnered Gold medals on the state level in wrestling volleyball Cross country and track and Field. But none in football. Tyrone area High school Hopes become the districts first football King when it takes on mount Carmel in the Pennsylvania interscholastic athletic association class a title game saturday at Hershey. Since the Pisa initiated statewide football playoffs in 1985, Only two District 6 schools Tyrone and Forest Hills have reached the finals. Saturday Marks tyrones second appearance in the championship game. The Golden eagles lost to mount Carmel 25-6 in the 1996 final at mansion Park. Forest Hills also played mount Carmel in the a final in 1994 at mansion Park and lost in double overtime 20-14. Please see Tyrone Page a4 fingers pointed in crash defense a truck company blames Road design. Penn Dot blames the Driver weather. By Jay Knarr staff writer Ebensburg the defendants in the civil lawsuit filed Over a fatal 1994 pileup on icy Cresson Mountain placed the blame for the Accident squarely on one another wednesday in Cambria county court. A jury will try to determine whether faulty design by Penn Dot of a 100-Yard portion of route 22 near the Cresson Summit exit or Driver error was responsible for the deaths of four members of the same family in the Accident feb. 24,1994. The victims died when the Van they were Riding in was struck by a National freight trucking co. Tractor trailer driven by James c. Jones in whiteout conditions in the last of a series of Chain reaction crashes. Gerard Cipriani the Pittsburgh attorney representing National freight Vineland n.j., and its Driver said during his opening statement wednesday that he plans to show major questions about the a land Bridges Section of the Highway where the Accident happened were not addressed by Penn Dot during and after design and construction. Penn Dot attorney Brian Baxter of the state attorney general a office said his witnesses will show the design of the new route 22 is safer than that of old route 22 and that the weather a an act of god and Driver error Are to blame for the crash. A it is a Legal principle that Penn Dot cannot be held liable for accidents caused by natural Winter weather events a Baxter said. Please see blame Page a8 land development Mirror file photo the state has stepped up efforts to preserve Farmland similar to this area in Blair township. Sprawl crawl development of farms open space doubles during 1990s Philip Brasher the associated press Washington a americans have doubled the development of Farmland forests and other open space during the 1990s, according to a government report that is Likely to fuel the debate Over suburban sprawl. Nearly 16 million acres of land were converted to development Between 1992 and 1997 a a rate of 3.2 million per year the agriculture department said this week. Between 1982 and 1992, the development rate was 1.4 million acres per year. The development has driven up land values providing a Windfall to Many Farmers who live near please see sprawl Page a4 the associated press a Farmer pauses to Check his tractor while harvesting Corn near Circleville Ohio. Drying up acreage taken out of cropland forests and other open spaces for development from1992-97 1,219,500 1.123.200 1.053.200 945,300 781,500 �?�8,700 15,966,000 source . Department of agriculture 1. Texas 2. Pennsylvania 3. Georgia 4. Florida 5. North Carolina 51. Hawaii total Gardner Black Case Bank settles schools lawsuit a Tyrone area Clearfield area and Penn Cambria Are among districts that Are not included. By Phil Ray staff writer Zzz Keystone financial inc. Has agreed to pay $30 million to Settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of 43 Pennsylvania school districts that lost Money after investing with Tyrone financier John Gardner Black. The agreement must be approved by the insurance company for Keystone financial inc., the Parent company of Altoona a mid state Bank and Blair county judge Hiram Carpenter. A we Are not admitting to any wrongdoing As part of the settlement a Keystone spokeswoman Elizabeth Braungard said. In a statement issued wednesday Keystone chairman and chief executive officer Carl l. Campbell said the Bank was As much a victim of Black As the school districts were. A we reached this decision because of the uncertainties of litigation not to mention the time Cost and distraction associated with such cases a he said. A we were concerned that this Case could have taken our attention away from serving our the settlement will not have detrimental effects on the company a financial stability Campbell said. Pittsburgh attorney Richard Finberg who is representing the school districts said wednesday if the a agreement in principles is approved the districts will recoup about 65 percent of their $70 million in loses. With other lawsuits pending that figure could change to about 90 percent. A we Are fairly pleased with it a Finberg said. He said victims in financial fraud cases normally Are Lucky to get 20 cents on the Dollar. The 65-percent figure Finberg said is after the payment of attorney fees and other expenses associated with bringing the lawsuit. Area school districts covered by the settlement include Bald Eagle area in Centre county $1.9 million Curwensville school District $500,000 Moshannon Valley $800,000 and Laurel Highlands $1.4 million. Please see Settle Page a4 on the Market fast facts about Keystone financial inc. Stock Market Nash a Symbol Ksn close wednesday 22 a vie 52-week High 37 Jan. 1, 1999 52-week Low 22 nov. 30, 1999 he a Steele crazy ring vet has mixed feelings about today a product by Philip Cmor Mirror sports staff Tyrone a pro wrestling has undergone a lot of changes in 40 years a going from the cheesy studio shows relegated to the uhf dial in the 1950s to the glitzy gone Sleazy sports entertainment spectacle of the 1990s a but George a the animal Steele a popularity has remained constant. Steele never had to curse to get a a Over with the fans and his a a gimmicks is simple. As any Good wrestling fan knows Steele is mostly hairy and completely loopy a a he a a funny hairy dude always sticking his Tongue out a said 14-year-old Jim Mcelwain of Bellefonte during Steele a recent appearance in Tyrone. And that was even before the Bald Green tongued hairy backed Steele brought the crowd alive by stripping his Warmup top to reveal a Tyrone football t shirt and proceeding with his trademark routine of eating the wrestling rings turnbuckles. Not bad for a 62-year-old. Please see Steele Page a14insight pro wrestling professional wrestling has come out of americans pop culture closet emerging As a controversial cultural phenomenon Complete with an a amp a documentary and front Page coverage from the staid Wall Street journal. Here a a look at one of its old time heroes and its new wave movers and shakers. Behind the curtain script writers Are the Industry a hottest superstars by Alex Kuczynski n. Y. Times news service on a recent monday 11,000 fans gathered in Conseco fieldhouse in Indianapolis to watch world championship wrestling so monday Nitro a a live wrestling match with More plot twists than an italian opera. Behind a Silver curtain near the ring the scriptwriters Vince Russo and de Ferrara stood with earphones clamped to their Heads staring into television monitors following the action As 3.5 million people watched on Turner network television a unit of time Warner inc. On a screen above the ring videotaped scenes played of a wrestler stalking a woman through a parking garage. A Kimberly in a going to find you no matter where you hide a on stage the Nitro girls dance troupe gyrated to rap music by House of pain. Three Hundred Pound men with stage names like Sid vicious Lex Luger and sting shouted threats at one another. A How about a game of hide and seek you hide. I seek. 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