Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 20, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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“Had they come in early and believed in us early, the results might have been different ”
Tor Michaels campaign manager for Scott ConklinMAY 20, 2001
9TH DISTRICT CONGRESS
Experts say a little national support might have given Scott Conklin a shot at a political upset for the ages.
Did Dems miss their chance?
By William Kibler
Area political experts representing both parties are saying national Democratic officials missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by not going all out to support Scott Conklin in last week’s congressional special election.
Conklin lost the race to Bill Shuster Tuesday by an unexpectedly close 8 percentage points, despite big Republican edges in spending, registration and name recognition and the presence of a Green Party candi-
■ Jubelirer aide wields power in Capitol / Page A7
date who likely took votes from Conklin.
A big push by the Democrats might have given Conklin the upset, many said in the wake of the race.
The National Republican Congressional Committee spent lots of money — estimates are in the hundreds of thousands—for a blitz of attack ads in the last two weeks of the campaign that brought Shuster up from a mere 2 percentage point lead revealed in a Republican poll.
But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gave just $5,000 to Conklin, while encouraging contributions from members of Congress that netted $7,000 more, said Tor Michaels, Conklin’s campaign manager.
“You could probably say the Democrats dropped the ball on this one,” NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said.
Forti said when they realized the poll numbers were alarming, the Republican committee stepped in and spent some money to “shore up Bill a little bit.”
Please see Dems/Page A6
“You could probably say the Democrats dropped the ball on this one. ”
Carl Forti National Republican Congress Committee
Filings pile up at STB
■ Hollidaysburg Car Shop case tangled in plethora of pleadings before federal board.
By Craig Williams
A Norfolk Southern official said last week the company might file a new pleading with the federal Surface Transportation Board in defense of a petition by rail unions and state officials to keep the Hollidaysburg Car Shop open.
If you’re keeping score at home, that would be a response to a response to a response to an initial petition that was filed nearly two months and two state hearings ago.
As the paper trail in Washington increases, members of the legal community said the patience of the STB is likely to grow thinner.
“Generally the rule at the STB is that if a party files a petition, the other party gets to file a response,” explained Richard Wilson, an Altoona lawyer and special counsel to the state House Transportation Committee. “In most cases you just get one or two filings. But it is not unheard of for both groups to paper the record. And it gets to be a pleading game. Sometimes the board tolerates it, and sometimes not.
And the board, made up of three members appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, is the last word on the matter.
The STB is an adjudicating body charged with providing an efficient forum for the resolution of disputes. Once they decide on an issue, it’s final. No public hearings are required for STB rulings, and no other input other than the written responses, which are legally called pleadings, need to be submitted as evidence.
Wilson said that on rare occasions the STB will go outside the box and hold a hearing.
“I want to have an oral hearing Ion the Hollidaysburg closing],” he said. “And they can, but they very seldom do.”
To help the three commissioners make their decisions, a team of lawyers and directors is at their disposal.
Please see STB/Page A5
Mirror photo by Jason Sipes
Color guard members find some shade at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center Saturday afternoon during Armed Forces Weekend ceremonies at The Wall That Heals.
Remembering the lives behind the names
By Michael Emery Staff Writer
T he Rev. Paul Johnson’s booming Baptist voice was almost godlike, resonating from above.
His voice shook the usually stoic soldiers and compatriots attending the Armed Forces Day ceremony at The Wall That Heals Saturday afternoon.
The minister reminded those at the ceremony that they were in the company of a crowd that is ever present on the front lawn of the Van Zandt VA Medical Center. The crowd is composed of the 58,214
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names adorning The Wall That Heals. The names of those soldiers memorialize the service and sacrifice of all members of the U.S. armed forces, Johnson said.
As master of ceremonies Maj. Martin J. Culp II said, every name etched on The WaU has a story behind it — and, more
importantly, a life behind it.
Culp told the story of one soldier whose name is on The Wall. The soldier was someone Gulp never met, though his family and friends said Culp and the soldier were a lot alike and would have gotten along famously.
“Maybe it’s because 88ers always stick together,” Culp said, though his voice broke as he spoke, indicating that he knew it was something more.
Culp’s display of emotion peaked when he announced that the soldier, James A. Barefield — killed in the Vietnam War on May 24,1972 — was the only brother of his wife, Dale.
Later in the ceremony, Culp and Dale joined other families of soldiers whose names appear on The Wall in laying a wreath to honor their loved ones.
Please see Names/Page A4
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IF YOU GO
What: Westsylvania Arts & Heritage Festival When: Noon to 6 p.m. today Where: Penn State Altoona Admission: Free
Sampling of today’s events: 12:45 p.m. — Altoona Symphony Brass Ensemble, mainstage tent 1:30 p.m. — Roosevelt & Keith Combined String Ensemble, showcase tent 4 p.m. — Festival talent showcase, Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre
By Jon Fleck For the Mirror
For many years, kids across the world have grown up wide-eyed at the magic of Walt Disney Co. and its cast of characters.
Some of that magic made an appearance Saturday at Penn State Altoona as part of the Westsylvania Arts and Heritage Festival.
Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin made the cross-country trek from California’s Disneyland to provide quick sketches of the well-known characters.
“I’m so thrilled to be able to do drawings for the folks of Altoona,” Martin said. “I don’t get a lot of opportunities to get out and about like this. I enjoy visiting with the people and answering their questions.”
A fountain of Disney knowledge, Martin said she lives her childhood dream every day at the Disney studios.
“I knew I needed to be a Disney artist from the time I was in third grade,” she said. “I’ve been w ith Disney 23 years now, and I’m having far too much fun than any one person should be allowed. I’m fortunate my hobby and career have meshed together beautifully.”
Young children, teen-agers, and adults waited patiently for a sketch of their favorite Disney character. The requests ranged from characters popularized more than 50 years ago to ones that just recently debuted on the silver screen.
Monica Ingham, Megan Woodley and Jessica Shearer were among the crowd of people who watched in amazement as Martin drew one familiar character after another. Each of the three Altoona teen-agers had a favorite, although each was a character created by someone else and appropriated by Disney’s movie creators.
Please see Disney/Page A5
Mirror photo by Jason Sipes
Fantasia Mickey comes to life.
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