State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

Forum to discuss light rail tonight

JUNEAU - A transportation specialist will take part in a forum tonight about light rail in Juneau.

Frank Guzzo, marketing and business development manager for Siemens Transportation Systems, has been meeting with state and local officials this week to learn about the community and share his expertise about light rail.

"Light rail is a mode of transit or transportation using a fixed-guideway system. Normally it means a steel wheel running on a steel rail," Guzzo said.

The forum will include a video, panel discussion and time for questions. The meeting starts at 6:30 tonight at Centennial Hall.

Man who fell is in serious condition

JUNEAU - The man who fell from a storm drain near the roof of the downtown Elk's Lodge early Wednesday was listed in serious condition today at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

The Washington man, 52, fell 30 feet onto a concrete sidewalk when the drain pipe he was holding onto broke. He was taken to Harborview around 10 a.m. Wednesday with a fractured pelvis and a dislocated hip.

Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said the police are not releasing the man's name. Porter said he doesn't think police will press charges against the man.

Virus hits computers

FAIRBANKS - A new computer virus has begun striking computers in Alaska and sending private documents to anyone found in the computer's address book.

The virus, known as W32.Sircam, infiltrates users' computers via an e-mail attachment. The virus appears as an e-mail message. The subject line of the e-mail will be the same as the file name of an attachment within the message, a file ending with the extension .bat, .com, .lnk or .pif.

The message begins with the line "Hello! How are you?" followed by a request for advice about the attached file and the final line "See you later. Thanks."

When the attachment is opened, the virus sends e-mails containing copies of the virus to all the addresses in the user's address book, as well as e-mail accounts of recently visited Internet sites.

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