Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 3, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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50( newsstandCourt grants car shop stay
By Craig Williams Staff Writer
“Motion for stay is granted.”
With a one-sentence decision issued late Friday afternoon, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals propped open the doors of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop.
It is unclear whether workers will be
called back to the shop, be given a paid vacation or continue the transition to new work assignments.
“We are weighing our options,” Norfolk Southern Corp. spokesman Rudy Husband said Friday.
The stay came at the request of the Transport Workers Union, the common
wealth of Pennsylvania and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. The coalition filed for a stay last month while the court hears its appeal of the Surface Transportation Board's decision allowing Norfolk Southern to close the shop.
When the court did not respond by Oct. 26, the railroad sent the car shop workers
home that day to await their new assignments within the 22-state system. The original scheduled closing date was Friday.
“A lot of the workers are leaving right now for jobs in Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina,” local TWU President Tom Lutton said Friday.
“They have got to report to their new jobs Monday, and they are out looking for houses this weekend,” he said.
Because the stay request asked the railroad be “barred from carrying out the planned closing,” all parties are waiting for further court clarification to determine
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Blair DA hopefuls spending
By Phil Ray
This year’s campaigns for the Blair County district attorney candidates will cost more than $100,000.
Incumbent Dave Gorman said he is spending to get out his message that “experience counts,” emphasizing that he has been assistant district attorney or district attorney for the past 14 years.
Challenger Robert S. Donaldson said he is- passionate in his opinion that the county needs a new district attorney.
“I think it is very important to spend whatever necessary to get a job that you want,” he said.
For Tuesday’s general election, Gorman spent $18,656, while Donaldson spent $26,186.
Spending reports don’t reflect the money each has invested in media advertising during the past two weeks as the election nears.
Gorman is running as a Republican, while Donaldson is on the Democratic ticket. The two faced each other in the May primary, both running as Republicans.
Gorman won the Republican nomination by about 1,100 votes, while Donaldson won a write-in contest in the Democratic primary by 23 votes.
Gorman outspent Donaldson in the spring, $31,311 to $28,891. Until Oct. 22, Gorman spent $49,966 compared to Donaldson’s $55,077.
“My only reason for spending is to get the message out to the voters,” Gorman said.
Donaldson said there was an impression in the spring that he far outspent Gorman in a losing effort, which wasn’t true.
The district attorney’s race is not the only one costing Blair County a substantial amount of money.
Judge Norman D. Callan is asking voters to return him to office for a second 10-year term.
Please see Spend/Page A5
WORKS OF WAR
Claim rate for jobless skyrockets
Mirror photo by Jason Sipes
Don Traub of Exhibit Design of Pittsburgh pulls photographs from shipping containers at the Heritage Discovery Center. The exhibit contains more than 170 images captured by photographers who died during the Vietnam War and other southeast Asian conflicts. Please see story, Page A10.
By Craig Williams
It’s a sign of the times.
And the sign is posted outside the Butterier Co. Inc. plant in Altoona: “Public auction Saturday.”
Signs of the region’s manufacturing slide are all around, and none is more poignant than the sell-off this morning of the remaining assets of the longtime Altoona pattern-making company.
■ National economic picture worsens / Page Cl
The loss of Butterick drained 250 jobs from the Blair County economy, one chunk of the thousands lost during the past year. Now the hard statistics are catching up with the hard facts.
A new study commissioned by the state AFL-CIO shows that claims for unemployment are rising, with factory workers hit the hardest.
The study by the Keystone Research Center indicates that in the five weeks ending Oct. 20, first-time claims for unemployment insurance in the state hit 111,421. That’s a 54 percent increase over this time last year, when the it was 72,466.
For the first nine months of 2001, the number of workers in the state filing for unemployment because of layoffs increased by 53 percent
First-time unemployment claims: 111,421
Sept-Oct 2001 Sept-Oct 2000
Manufacturing workers filing initial clams
Jan -Sept 2001 Jan -Sept 2000 Source Keystone Research Center
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to 103,066 from 67,288 during the same period in 2000.
“Pennsylvania’s long economic expansion is grinding to a halt” said Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center and author of the paper.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry was quick to point out that comparing this year’s numbers with last year’s is like comparing apples to oranges.
The year 2000 was an economic high point of growth and expansion for business.
Please see Jobless/Page A6
JoePa in bronze:
Statue of coach erected outside Beaver Stadium
By Dan Lewerenz
The Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE — Joe Patemo already is the Winn ingest coach in major college football. Now he’s been bronzed.
Workers erected a 7-foot sculpture of the Penn State University football coach outside Beaver Stadium Friday, the day before the Nittany Lions’ homecoming game against Southern Mississippi.
The sculpture shows an aged Patemo with one hand in the air, index finger raised, running as if he’s leading his team out of the tunnel in the stadium.
Paterno is wearing his trademark
blazer, his tie blown to one side, his pant legs rolled up and Nike sneakers.
“Looks good,” said Patemo’s wife, Sue. "His pants need pressed.”
Joe Paterno could not attend the event, but Sue Patemo said the two might stop by Friday night.
Joe Patemo came to Penn State in 1950 as an assistant to coach Rip Engle. After 16 seasons under Engle, Patemo became head coach in 1966.
Patemo has coached Penn State to 30 bowl games, and his 20 bowl wins are more than any other coach.
His teams have finished undefeated five times and won national championships in 1982 and 1986.
On Oct. 27, Patemo got his 324th win, a 29-27 victory over Ohio State, moving him past Paul "Bear” Brown as the winningest coach in major college football. Patemo is the only coach to record 300 or more wins at one school and reached 300 wins faster than any other coach, taking just 380 games.
The Paternos have donated more than $4 million to the university, and a wing of Penn State’s library is named for Joe Patemo.
The sculpture was created by Angelo DiMaria of Bush Designs in Reading. It was kept secret from Patemo and his wife until after the coach’s record-breaking win.
The Associated Press
Tom Eckberg cleans excess adhesive from the foot of a new 7-foot bronze sculpture of Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno in State College Friday. Patemo, the winningest coach in major college football, is in his 36th season as the Nittany Lions’ coach.
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