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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Spotlight on TELEVISED WEDDING: COUPLE WITH LOCAL TIES TIE KNOT ON ABC PAGE A4 PSU FOOTBALL: NEIL RUDEL OPENS THE NITTANY LION MAILBAG ► Bl McDowell vs. Altoona Hollidaysbug vs. Huntingdon :• ■ v WK-mm- WES Mo Valley vs. Bellwoo No. Bedford vs. Williamsbu IrPfTllAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2001 500 newsstandNS car shop closes a week early By Craig Williams and Michael V. Emery Staff Writers HOLLIDAYSBURG — Friday was the last day of work for the 250 workers at the Hollidaysburg Car Shop. Norfolk Southern Corp. management told workers to pack up and go home one week before the Nov. 2 official closing date. An hour before quitting time, union officials confirmed that Mike Ricardo NS superintendent of the shop, called the NORFOLK SOUTHERN remaining workers into the cafeteria. “They told them to go home and not come back,” said a union official, who asked not to be identified. “We found out today at 2 p.m.,” said Joe Gailey of Ashville, who will transfer as carman to the Juniata Locomotive Shop Nov. IO. “They just called us in and said we’ll be paid for the next week.” The railroad traditionally has given workers a week off before closing shops, according to the union. With arbitration settled between the unions and management, and with the closings sanctioned this fall by the Surface Transportation Board, NS legally was clear to proceed with closing the shop's doors. The final chapter on the Hollidaysburg Car Shop hasn’t been written, though. A request for an appeal of the STB decision is before the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. To keep things in place, a request for a stay on the STB ruling also is awaiting the court’s decision. Rich Edelman, lawyer for the Transportation Workers Union, said workers will collect unemployment after Nov. 2 until the railroad finds new jobs for the workers, a requirement under the New York Dock agreement and binding arbitration last month. “The railroad effectively abolished the jobs, so the workers will be on unemployment until they identify their new jobs,” he said. The closing arguments for the stay were presented in the 3rd Circuit Court Friday, Edelman said. The union attorney again emphasized that the railroad should be bound to the commitments made to the state and the union during the Conrail merger process. Please see N S/Page A 5 ► WAR ON TERRORISM: Pages A9, A11, ClGETTING ON THE RIGHT TRACK accident By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer FISHERTOWN — Jeremy Weyant, 13, of Osterburg was part of the Secret Agents program at the Chestnut Ridge Middle School working to improve the school’s atmosphere by doing good deeds. . Now the good deeds are being done on —-Weyant’s behalf as school district worked to pull together and mourn _his death after an accident Thursday afternoon at the school. Weyant died late Thursday from injuries suffered after he fell through a cafeteria window at the middle school. “He was a nice boy and a good athlete,” Chestnut Ridge Superintendent Tom Otis ■ See obituary / Page A13 said Friday. Please see Student/Page A6 Make a Difference Day hits 11 years By Mark Leberfinger ' * Staff Writer The world has changed since Sept. ll, but work continues to make a difference in other    m    n people’s lives. Today marks the lith annual Make A Difference Day. The nation’s largest day of volunteering is sponsored by USA Weekend magazine in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation. The Altoona Mirror is a local sponsor. Please see Difference/Page A5 SUNDAY IN... Maria Shriver on making a difference. •If DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ■■MI ■■HMrani HRHNMHHM TIME TRAVE! Check your watch Set your timepieces back one hour this Sunday morning - from 2 to 1 a.m. aum NMM mom 22910 00050,; a F Ii    BMI FOUR 0    7 f 9 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy with flurries, 39° ■ Forecast. A2 --N. Altoona mirror HOT-ADS.aom We 're white-hot! TUURI"TP .ta*****- V... .. I THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 Landmark falls to fire By Beth N. Gray For the Mirror SCHELLSBURG — A 1920s historic landmark that skeptics said never would maintain its precarious perch on a mourn tainside succumbed early Friday at the age of 74, not to gravity, but fire. Herbert Paulson chuckled at the scoffers in 1927, explaining that he’d lived in Pittsburgh, where every structure hung from a hillside. So he constructed The Grand View Ship Hotel on the eastern cliff of Allegheny Mountain about five miles west of here. He anchored the four-story ship-shaped hotel and restaurant with cables and girders drilled into the mountain’s rock face. Girders, melted and bent by the heat, remained after the 2 a.m. fire, which was reported by a passerby on a cell phone. Allen Shaffer, chief engineer for the first fire unit on the scene, Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company, said only girders were visible through the soaring flames as the initial hoses were unrolled. Please see Landmark/Page A5 D local 0 NATION Business Movies Obituaries Opinion A9 A5 A13 A8 Classifieds C2-14 0 UFI □[sports Comics D5 High schools Bl-4 Community news Puzzles D2 D4 Scoreboard B5 ¥ rn Television 04 INSIDE IN NATION Navy launches exhaustive effort to recover Japanese fishing vessel victims. PAGE Cl Anti-terror bill passes By Sonya Ross The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush signed an anti-terrorism bill Friday that gives police unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists. “This government will enforce this law with all the urgency of a nation at war,” he said. Federal officials said they plan to use the new powers right away, prompting civil libertarians to voice anew their concerns that cherished American freedoms will be sacrificed in the interest of safety. The American Civil Liberties Union pledged to monitor police actions closely and it scheduled a meeting with FBI Director Robert Mueller. “This bill goes light years beyond what is necessary to combat terrorism,” said Laura Murphy, ACLU Washington director. “While we are ourselves concerned for the country’s safety, we are also concerned by the attorney general’s apparent gusto to implement certain provisions in the bill that threaten liberty.” John Ashcroft, who pressed hard for its passage, said Thursday that he would use the new powers quickly. Please see Bill/Page All Student dies after Mirror photo by J.D. Cavricht%udy Bilka of Bellwood, a Norfolk Southern Corp. engineer, talks about railroad safety with kindergarten and first-grade It students at St. Michael’s Elementary in Loretto. I See story, Page A6 ;

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