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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY NATION: Expert: Woman planned drowning LIFE: Honrie gyms becoming more popular Dl Wisconsin at Penn State: Noon, ABC Line; Penn State by Vh I Walk-ons make an impact Rudel: Recruiting weakness shows I Beano Cook: Schools made right call IKtrror Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2001 500 newsstand President Bush draws line in sand By DAVID Esro The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush sum- moned all nations to wage war on terror- ism Thursday night and vowed "justice will be done" against those who killed thousands in last week's attacks. o law icers tour site of crash BY RUUKKT IGOE Staff Writer SHANKS VILLE........The nation's top law enforcement officers met with Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer Thursday to praise the unity and cooperation between state and federal authori- ties investigating last week's crash of United Airlines Flight 93. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and state Attorney General Mike Fisher, toured the crash site Thursday and briefly addressed the media. Fisher, who was a stand-in for Gov. Tom Ridge, credited all agen- cies involved. _ "This terrible tragedy has not only united this Fisher said, "It has united law enforce- ment across tin's country and across the world. "We stand committed to get to the bottom of this terrible disas- ter, and I am pleased to see that Attorney General Ashcrofl and FBI Director Mueller are here to look at the he said. Fisher also praised state police, the state's Emergency Response Team, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army for their .work. "They have been here day after day and never said that they're too he said. "We will not give up until we get to the bottom of this terrible tragedy." Ridge, who also had been sched- uled to meet with Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, was unable to attend because heavy rains prevented him from flying in from Washington, D.G., and because he was commit- ted to testify before Congress con- cerning steel dumping, Ashcroft introduced several members of his team, including Justice Department Victims Service agent John Gillis, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan and Pittsburgh FBI agent in charge Jack Shea. Please see All With warplanes and ships on the move, he urged an anxious America to be calm, "even in the face of a continuing threat." Bush issued a series of demands not open to negotiation or discussion to Afghanistan's rulers to turn over Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the attacks, and his al-Q_aida network. "The Taliban must act, and act immedi- ately. They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their he said. Bush spoke as American military per- sonnel began moving from bases around the country, fully aware they soon could be in harm's way. Fighter pilots and jets from Colorado, bombers and crews from Idaho, Marines from North Carolina all were called to duty. Nine days after the attacks that leveled the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon, Bush addressed a joint ses- sion of Congress and a nationwide TV audience counted in the millions. "Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend he said. "Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution." Security concerns were high enough to keep Vice President Dick Cheney away from the Capitol. Please see All Above: President Bush holds the badge of New York police Officer George Howard, who died while trying to save others in the World Trade Center, during his address to a Joint Session of Congress on Capitol Hill Thursday. At right: FBI Director Robert Mueller America Red Cross National Chairwoman for Disaster Services Linda French and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft look at photographs while vie whig the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93. MORE COVERAGE: Pages A6, A3, A10.A11, C3 The Associated Press Ridge picked to head new Cabinet post Pa.'s governor to resign Oct. 5; Schweiker advances to top state postition, Sen. Jubelirer becomes state's new lieutenant governor. BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer The political status quo for Pennsylvania was turned on its ear Thursday night when President Bush appointed Gov. Tom Ridge to a new Cabinet- level position of secretary of homeland security. As a result, state Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Juhelircr, R-Blair, moves to the state's executive branch of government as lieutenant governor. In the announcement, which came during the presi- dent's nationally televised address to Congress, Bush introduced the federal Office of Homeland Security, which will oversee the govern- ment's efforts to fight domestic ter- rorism and report directly to the Oval Office. He announced Ridge as the office's first secretary, calling the two-term governor "a true patri- ot and a trusted friend." Ridge's resignation, which takes effect at noon Oct. 5, elevates Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker to the gover- nor's office, and, through Article 4, Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, elevates Jubelirer to lieutenant governor for the remain- der of the term, which expires in January 2003. Ridge had been mentioned during the Bush campaign as a possible choice for vice president and secre- tary of defense. "It is an honor to serve your coun- try at any said Ridge, who also serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "But more so now than ever. To the president, I am humbled by your faith in me. You have inspired us with your leadership, and I am honored to join your outstanding team." Ridge's voice cracked with emotion as he offered his best wishes to the people he served as governor for seven years. "To the people of he said, "I hope you've detected over the past seven years that I love my job, and I love you. "This is an extraordinary state with some of the finest people in the world. I was honored, proud and privileged to serve you. Now 1 ask for your prayers and your he said. Please see A10 Jubelirer STB chair: Car shop workers may have been worse off Morgan BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer The chairwoman of the Surface Transportation Board says workers could have faced a worse fate if the government had forced Norfolk Southern Corp. to keep the Hollidaysburg Car Shop open. Linda Morgan, one of three drafters of the decision, said if the shop stayed open, and a year from now, those workers are laid off, they would not have been automatically guaranteed New York Dock protec- tion. Morgan said under that scenario, the company could deny employees pro- tection under the New York Dock agreement, which can provide work- ers who lose their jobs as a result of a merger up to six years worth of wages and benefits. The New York Dock protection is supposed to extend to all workers of an absorbed company. But Morgan said by the time Norfolk Southern furloughs one employee at a time, it'could claim workers are not entitled to protection because the lay- Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-74BO or (800) 287-4-180 BIG FOUR 8 Lottery numbers, A2 HP fc Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 plustatos, lags, not fees Base ion straight sale Myrtmuth offs occurred too long after the origi- nal merger agreement. "If the company laid one off at a time, it could go to an arbitrator, who might decide they are not entitled to New York Dock she said. By allowing Norfolk Southern to close the Hollidaysburg shop, the STB was able to guarantee the merger pro- tection to the employees. "Plus, there was no specific condi- tion in the merger that said the shops should be kept open indefinitely. And by the time you go to court and we are in a recession no court would say you have to keep the shops open under these economic Morgan said. Please see A12 Q LOCAL Business __ Hospjtals '__ Objtuaries_ Opinion Local __ Scoreboard A7 A9 A9 AS _B4 B5y 13 NATION Classifieds C5-12 Comics __ ___ D5 Community news D2 Movies Television D4 ;