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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Area summer church camps in full swing / EMMYS: HBO’s ‘Sopranos’ tops nomination list with 22 / DI LIFE: Too many vitamins can be hazardous to your health / DI IMI mr I Ll llAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2001 SOO newsstandFear this! Superstitions survive — just in case By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror Thirteen is considered an unlucky number, and Friday is thought of as a day of woe. Today sits dead center on the cross hairs of Friday and 13. The mere mention of Friday the 13th sends chills down the spines of triskaidekaphobes — people who fear the number 13. Others may laugh it off, feeling a bit too pragmatic to indulge in the fears of their fathers or grandmothers. After all, says Johnathan Teicher, a project manager with Hayes Large Architects, “We like to think of ourselves as really rational and scientific and clear minded about this stuff.” But in reality, he says, the number 13 still holds power over architects, hotel moguls and even the Otis elevator folks. “The industry standard is not to have a 13th floor,” Teicher says. “I don’t think you’ll find any hotel out there that has a 13th floor,” says Bob Shepherd, supervisor in Otis Elevator’s Easton office. “Thirteen is left out intentionally because no one wants to stay on the 13th floor — especially in casinos.” People may want to believe they are above the sway of superstition, but Teicher isn’t taking any chances. “If you were rational enough to put in a 13th floor, somewhere along the line you would be corrected.” The construction field is full of superstitions, Teicher says. Some workers put a penny in every wall for good luck, and someone always will uphold the tradition of the ancient Druids by Please see Fear/Page A5 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 BIG FOUR 9    2    8    2 I Lottery numbers. A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 76° ■ Forecast, A2 W "ITT7 W ¥ I Miiiiirii rn rn Kl □ local □ nation Mw .4* Business A7 Classifieds C4-12 Movies Obituaries Opinion A9 All I A8 Q LIFE SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 INSIDE IN WORLD Ira Einhorn, the fugitive convicted of killing his U.S. girlfriend nearly a quarter century ago in Philadelphia, was ordered extradited to the United States Thursday. PAGE Cl TRANSPORTATION Chestnut Ave. widening job starts Monday By W illiam Kibler Staff Writer PennDOT will begin construction on its $12.5 million widening of Chestnut Avenue Monday. The department will widen the two-lane road from Altoona Hospital to Juniata’s business district to four lanes, with an added left-tum lane at intersections and driveways. PennDOT will keep two lanes open on the 1.25-mile stretch during construction. Workers already are doing site preparation work. (See photos, Page Alo.) Workers will redo the western side — across the highway from the Juniata Locomotive Shop — first, which will mean closing off intersections with perpendicular streets. An alternate route for the biggest artery among those intersecting streets — Juniata Gap Road — is west on Fourth Street past the hospital to 25th Avenue, then right to Juniata Gap Road near Sheetz in Wehnwood. PennDOT will maintain access to all businesses and the Norfolk Southern Railway parking lot along the construction route, which goes from Fourth Street in Altoona to North Fifth Street in Juniata. The name of the highway is not Chestnut, but North Fourth Avenue, north of the intersection with Juniata Gap Road. The highway will taper to two lanes to match the existing roadway at North Fifth Street. PennDOT will lower the intersection with Juniata Gap Road to improve sight distance. The Altoona Redevelopment Authority' has tom down most of the buildings that needed demolished. Several more need to be tom down. Contractors Charles J. Merlo of Mineral Point and Gordon L. Delozier of Hollidaysburg are doing the project in a joint venture. PennDOT plans to complete the project in the fall of 2002. Funding is 80 percent federal and 20 percent state. PennDOT also will start work on widening Plank Road from Wal-Mart to the Wye Switches next week. Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler can be reached at 949- 7038 or bkibleria altoona rn irror.com. Five interchanges selected for road By Mia Rohart Staff Writer PHILIPSBURG — PennDOT unveiled Thursday as many as five possible interchange locations for a four-lane highway to link interstates 80 and 99. The highway, known as Corridor O, will link the interstates along Route 322 between Port Matilda and Woodland in Centre and Clearfield counties. The interchanges will help divert congested traffic and allow residents to gain faster access to major highways. The possible interchange locations need to be evaluated to see which are most effective in terms of environmental impact, engineering design, community impact and transportation performance. They are: ■ Route 53 and Allport Bigler Road, southwest of Oak Grove; ■ Route 53, south of Morrisdale; ■ Route 322, north or south of \A7o 11 oonfnn • MEETINGS SH The Corridor 0 project team will have a series of public meetings: ■ Aug. 7. West Branch Elementary School; ■ Aug. 8, Philipsburg-Osceola High School; ■ Aug. 9, Port Matilda Elementary. All meetings are from 4 to 7 p.m. Anyone interested in more information about Corridor 0 can stop in the project office on North Front Street in Philipsburg, call the office toll-free at (877) 499-2480 or visit the Web site at www.corridor-o.com. ■ Allport Bigler Road near Center HUI. On June 9,1998, President Clinton signed the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, which designated Route 322 from 1-99 to 1-80 as an addition to Corridor O of the Appalachian Highway System. Please see Corridor O/Page AIQ Delinquency concerns focus on coffeehouse By William Kibler    quency and maybe try to figure out a,nfr Writpr    what to do about it, Hammond doesn’t ourJ    a oi    ic    think there’s much of a problem — at Sarah Hammond,,21, virtually is an jeast on the coffeehouse corner. elder statesman at the Daily Ct md ate ^lie Daily Grind is not primarUy a at lith Avenue and 13th Street down- commerciai enterprise, but a lessor1 j * ,    than-break-even Christian outreach And shes an advocate for a pla e ^    ^ “unchurched and the where she was able to stait an anti rtpchurched” run bv ordained minis- SrSKS to JefT B«nnett! who hoWs Wesleyan Mirror photo by Jason Sipes    Lf    g    •    services there Sundays said Don Rice, he Daily Grind Cafe in downtown Altoona has been While downtown property owners, Jj*° *as mhng ln ,or Bennett t>ar ler ie focus of complaints about delinquency, but its police and city officials are meeting - ivner and customers deny any problems.    next week to assess downtown delin- Please see Concerns/Page A9 WINGING IT AT LAKEMONT PARK Wing flavors can reflect personality types By Jay Young Staff Writer You can tell a lot about a person by the wings they eat. Take Russ Shorb. The executive chef at Something Italian restaurant at the Holiday Inn is cool under pressure. With a towel over his loose fitting red shirt, Shorb calmly supervises his staff Thursday under a pavilion at Lakemont Park. Dozens are waiting for the food they’re preparing at the lith annual Lakemont Park Wing Off. About four tons of wings were expected to be served on the first night of the event. The sweet smell of barbecue sauce and tangy odor of the medium-hot wings makes every second in line seem longer with every step toward the serving tables. Then there’s the familiar smell of garlic from a unique taste prepared by Shorb. “I love wings,” Shorb says. “If you’re true to heart with your wings, you make everything from scratch.” And just like his visibly calm approach when one cook puts too much sauce in a container, he prefers his wings on the cool side. Please see Wings/Page A9 At right: Hundreds of hungry customers wait in lines that stretch outside pavilions for the year’s first Wing Off at Lakemont Park. Below: Scott Wetter of Newry fries wings for Ruby Tuesday at Thursday’s event. Ruby Tuesday, Bellwood’s downtown OIP & Grille, Applebee’s and Something Italian at the Holiday Inn participated Thursday. The Wing Off is held from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 16. Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett ;

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