Friday, July 23, 2010

Pa. officials unaware of secret FBI test blast on SUV

HARRISBURG - If a test vehicle is blown up in the remote reaches of central Pennsylvania and nobody hears it, did it really explode?
In what was truly a secret operation - kept under wraps from even Gov. Rendell and various state and federal law enforcement agencies - the FBI rigged a replica SUV with explosives at a still-undisclosed location about 30 miles from State College, and detonated it to simulate what would have happened had the car bomb exploded in Times Square.
Investigators believe the late-June test revealed that the homemade fertilizer bomb would have killed untold numbers of people in the heart of New York.
But in conducting a test that involved re-creating a Manhattan street scene in rural Pennsylvania, the agency apparently did not notify any state or local authorities.
Officials in Centre County, where State College is, said they didn't know about the test. Then again, no one is saying exactly where outside State College the test occurred. So it could have been in an adjacent county.
Asked Wednesday morning if he had heard about the June test, Rendell told The Inquirer that he had not.
Nor did he seem especially irked about being kept in the dark.
"There's probably not a law against blowing up a vehicle on private property, presuming it didn't hurt anyone," Rendell said after testifying before the state Senate Transportation Committee about Pennsylvania's need for new sources of transportation funding.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Philadelphia FBI office said they, too, knew nothing about the blast. Neither did the state police or the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, which generally works closely with the FBI, officials said.
"We don't know anything about that," PEMA spokeswoman Ruth Miller said, replying to a request for information.Read more

Monday, July 19, 2010

Photo of the Day

Took this from the Shawmut Grade about 8:30 PM last night

Libraries facing tough decisions

EMPORIUM - Not much else can be slashed from Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library's budget in the wake of state funding cuts.The $28 billion state budget will leave Cameron County's only public library with only about $68,000.Having the board of trustees examine the local library's budget is something Librarian Anna English calls "very hard" to do."I am not sure what we're going to do," she said. "They're just cuts we really don't need right now."And the news could get worse. English said funds aren't expected to arrive in January as usual.

Motel no longer part of housing plan

EMPORIUM - The Prospect Motel on Sizerville Road, about a half mile north of Emporium, is no longer being considered for use as a transitional housing facility.But putting it elsewhere in Cameron County is not being ruled out, at least for now, said Cindy Zembryki, administrator of the Cameron-Elk Mental Health/Mental Retardation program.She said spots in Elk and Potter counties are also being considered for the facility that would help those with mental or substance abuse problems re-enter society.Within a month, she said, a place could be found for the Comprehensive Regional Adult Forensic Treatment program. Wherever the spot is, Zembryki said, she wishes to get community members' feelings.Cameron County Commissioner Glen Fiebig said he wants it set in stone the facility won't be in Cameron County.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Photo of the Day

A close strike. Click the photo to enlarge!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Photo of the Day

My daughter Cassie and the Donachy Gymnastics team gave a performance at a recent Altoona Curve game. Cassie had the privelege to run into another "homey", Miss Whitney Jones(daughter of Phil and Kim), who is interning at the park for the summer

Mountain Lines by Nelson Haas

Monday, July 12, 2010

Winners of 2010 Powder Metallurgy Competition announced.

July 12, 2010 - Winners of 2010 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, sponsored by Metal Powder Industries Federation, were announced at PowderMet2010. Receiving grand prizes and awards of distinction, winning parts are examples of powder metallurgy's precision, performance, complexity, economy, and innovative design advantages. Grand Prize winners included GKN Sinter Metals, Smith Metal Products, FloMet LLC, and Advanced Materials Technologies Pte Ltd

Grand Prize AwardsGKN Sinter Metals, Auburn Hills, Mich., won the Grand Prize in the Automotive- Transmission Category for a fully integrated planetary carrier and rocker-style one-way clutch assembly, an industry first. Designed and made for Ford Motor Company and used in the Ford Super Duty truck five-speed automatic transmission, the application is a three-piece sinter-brazed planetary carrier. It consists of both PM copper-steel and sinter-hardened materials, assembled with a single-pressed cam plate, which is also sinter-hardened. The application consists of four parts (cam plate, spider, clutch hub, and rocker plate) that are combined with 12 steel rocker struts and springs, a retainer plate, and snap ring to form the one-way clutch planetary carrier assembly. Providing a cost savings of more than 25 percent, the PM assembly replaced a two-piece riveted planetary carrier. GKN achieved a density of 7.25 grams per cubic centimeter in the single-pressed complex sinter-hardened cam form without warm compaction and hightemperature sintering. Secondary operations are limited to machining the bearing journals, oil holes, and pinion holes.....MORE

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Photo of the Day

Kids know how to beat the summer heat....head for the "singing bridge"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Photo of the Day

Found this cute little fellow along the Clarion River just west of Ridgway.