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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 5, 1990, Altoona, Pennsylvania Error local citizens still fighting Cove school plan Altoona boys girls win coaches track i health computer stress just a Days work �?a6 Altoona pa., May 5, 1990 showers weather Page a4 35 cents Bush says nukes will remain in Europe by David Hoffman the Washington Post Stillwater okla. President Bush said Friday that an expanded North Atlantic treaty organization must remain a the foundation for americans peaceful engagement in Europe and pledged that nuclear weapons would remain in Europe despite pressure to reduce superpower arsenals there. On thursday bowing to pressure from Congress and the allies Bush abandoned plans to modernize Short Range nuclear missiles in Germany that had been made obsolete by the movement toward democracy in Central Europe. Friday mindful of growing sentiment to banish All nuclear weapons from a unified Germany Bush declared in a commencement address at Oklahoma state University Here that the United states a is not going to allow Europe to become Safe for conventional a there Are few lessons so Clear in history As this Only the combination of conventional forces and nuclear forces have ensured this Long peace in Europe a he said. Also Friday Bush said the nato Alliance must remain the Centrepiece of Europe a defense because of uncertainty about the future course of the soviet Union and still incomplete negotiations on reducing nuclear and conventional weapons. See Europe on Page a2 in the Mirror accidents a8 health a6 Astrograph .d6 hospitals. B2 classified .x3-7 local .a3-8 comics.d7. Bl-3 crime.a8 movies b2 crossword and obituaries. B3 other puzzles opinion .b4 .d6 religion .b6-8 Home amp Garden sports dl-5 .cl-2 television. .d7 senior prom swing by Michael race staff writer senior prom took on a whole new meaning Friday night at the Altoona area High school fieldhouse. In most respects it was a typical prom a music dancing gossiping and plenty of laughter. But these seniors were not teenagers celebrating graduation with a sendoff Bash. They were senior citizens out for a night of Good times. A a it a Good to see All of you Nice Young people out there dancing tonight a the bandleader greeted the crowd before launching the seven piece band into an instrumental version of a Blue outside the fieldhouse More seniors were filing off buses that had pulled up near a sign welcoming them to a prom 1990.�?� the event was sponsored by the High schools music department and student Council under the theme of a seniors help see prom on Page a2 Mirror photo by Gary m. Baranec Samuel Weaver and one of his Many dance partners Fanny Spinazzola stepped to the tunes of the swing Era Friday night at seniors prom 1990, an event sponsored by the music students and student Council at Altoona area High school. Rodgers defense stalls on clothing evidence by Phil Ray staff writer Hollidaysburg a the defense in the James Rodgers homicide Case was dealt a blow Friday when two Commonwealth witnesses testified about a pair of brightly coloured shorts or jams that Rodgers owned in june 1988. The testimony could discredit the defense theory that the jams were planted at Prospect Park in Altoona to Frame Rodgers. The blood splattered shorts were found in mid june by Altoona police investigating the murder of Pasquale j. Lascoli 72, of 2109 6th ave. They were taken to life codes inc., a Valhalla n.y., Laboratory that performed tests on the blood and linked them to the scene of the crime. Testimony in the Rodgers trial has not yet gotten to the Dan a a fingerprinting performed by life codes. The Dan testimony the testimony could discredit the theory that the blood stained shorts were planted. Begins next week. But police and other witnesses Friday talked about the Many pieces of evidence they found at Prospect Park including the jams a sweater supposedly owned by Lasa Colin a former wife a Gray Penn state sweatshirt belonging to Rodgers and Rodgers Blue a muscle testimony concerning those clothing items was expected to continue today during a rare saturday session of court. Judge Ellis w. Vanhome is holding the session to keep the trial on a schedule he said. The jams testimony showed were a present from Rodgers former Girlfriend Christy of schea of Altoona. Is. 0 a said she bought them in the summer of 1987, a year before the Lascoli killing. Defense attorney j. Randall Miller in an attempt to show Rodgers was framed for the killing wanted to see a picture of the jams just after they were found by police. Miller maintains the shorts were spread on top of an old Colt .45 Beer Case Well above surrounding weeds hardly a position they would be in if they were being ditched by a Panicky 17-year-old w to had just killed someone by stabbing him 75 times. As the defense sees it someone wanted police to find the shorts which had a a Fri and a a Frank written on a tag inside. Police detective Anthony Sassano however told Miller he never took a picture of the jams. Police he said were collecting bits of evidence in an arca that is frequently see Rodgers on Page a2 Bush blocks National rail strike by Karen Ball a labor writer Washington a president Bush trying to avoid a a crippling nationwide rail strike a named an emergency Board Friday to help Settle bargaining disputes Between 11 unions and most of the nations major railroads. Rising health care costs had been a major Holdup in contract negotiations which had been going on for two years. Nearly 300,000 trackman engineers signalman and other Railroad workers at about 15 of the nations largest freight railroads Are affected. Bush s move was hailed by organized labor As a sign that the administration is concerned about workers medical coverage. A few months ago labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole appointed a commission to study health care costs within the Coal Industry a key Issue in last years bitter Pittston strike. The presidential emergency Board in the Railroad dispute will come into existence on saturday presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said in a statement. A the creation of this Board. Is necessary to forestall the possibly of a crippling nationwide rail strike a Fitzwater said. He noted the National mediation Board has concluded the situation is a extremely Bush was criticized by labor leaders last year when he declined to appoint an emergency Board in the strike by machinists at Eastern irem air lines. That was the first time to the mediation boards knowledge a president had failed to act once the Board notified him of a potential emergency within the transportation Industry. Bush created the new Board under the presidential authority in the railway labor act administration officials said the Railroad impasse is different from the airline strike. Both sides in the Railroad dispute were seeking White House help they said but Texas air corp., Eastern a Parent company did not want an emergency Board named in that dispute. In addition the Eastern walkout disrupted Only a portion of the airline Industry while a Railroad strike would affect the entire nation. Bush a action blocks the possibility of an imminent rail strike effectively imposing a 60 Day Cooling off period on management and labor. See railroads on Page a2 warm Welcome freed hostage Frank Recd right is hugged by former hostage Robert Polhill As Reed arrives at Andrews air Force base in Maryland on Friday. Reed held captive for 42 months whispered to Polhill a a we re going to get the rest of them out. Arentt we a see Page a2. Latvia declares its Independence by Michael Dobb the Washington Post Riga . A the Baltic Republic of Latvia declared its Independence from the soviet Union Friday but set an unspecified transition period before the Assumption of full sovereignty by a new latvian legislature. As the latvian supreme soviet voted to re establish the prewar latvian Republic thousands of demonstrators broke out into chants of Quot Latvia Victory in the twisting streets of Riga sold town. Adoption of the Independence declaration came after a Public Roll Call vote that kept the whole City in suspense until the final moments. Fridays decision effectively Means that a Driver pinned a port Matilda a 71 year old port Matilda Man was in Good condition at Philipsburg Hospital Friday night after being pinned against a tree by his car according to state police at Philipsburg. Walter Spackman was driving West on route 322 about 4 . Friday. We Hen his 1976 Dodge Sedan began having engine trouble about one fourth mile West of port Matilda he pulled off onto the Northern berm. The two month constitutional conflict Between the Kremlin and Lithuania has broadened to include All the Baltic states. The Legislatures of Lithuania Estonia and Latvia have now formally denounced the soviet annexation of their countries in july 1940 As illegal and set out on the perilous Road to full Independence. The precise form of the Independence declaration has varied in each state with Latvia opting for a Middle course Between Lithuania a total break and the More diplomatic approach of Estonia. But the political nuances can be of Little Comfort to soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev As he struggles with the most serious constitutional crisis that has confronted the soviet Union see Latvia on Page a2ainst tree while Spackman was attempting to open the Hood a 1977 Ford Sedan driven by Wayne Czerwinski 36, of Osceola Mills struck the rear of Spademan s car. Spackman held onto the Hood of his car while it was pushed Over an embankment and rolled several feet. The car pinned Spackman still holding onto the Hood against the tree. Spackman suffered injuries to his head and shoulders police said

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