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Thursday, September 28, 2000

Researchers use a computer to study dynamics of crowd panic
Mob stampedes have killed thousands of people in recent years, but they are usually explained in terms of psychology. Now, European scientists say they can predict and prevent crowd panic via computer simulations using the laws of physics.

Officials probe ferry sinking in Greece
PAROS, Greece - As investigators sought to unravel why a ferry sank and killed at least 66 people, questions were raised today about the age and safety of the coastal fleet that carries tourists to Greece's holiday islands.

Officials probe ferry sinking in Greece
PAROS, Greece - As investigators sought to unravel why a ferry sank and killed at least 66 people, questions were raised today about the age and safety of the coastal fleet that carries tourists to Greece's holiday islands.

Researchers use a computer to study dynamics of crowd panic
Mob stampedes have killed thousands of people in recent years, but they are usually explained in terms of psychology. Now, European scientists say they can predict and prevent crowd panic via computer simulations using the laws of physics.

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Weddings

Names
Graduations, honors and enlistments.

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Weddings

Pet of the week
Gussie is a 2-year-old spayed female rottweiler.

Pet of the week
Gussie is a 2-year-old spayed female rottweiler.

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Names
Graduations, honors and enlistments.

Landscaping in Alaska
Hundreds of years ago the muskeg meadow next to the Auke Bay school was beachfront. Ten thousand years ago it was underwater, as was most of the Mendenhall Valley. Any area that has underlying strata of Blue Clay was once ocean floor. Gradually the land rises, the sea retreats and the tidal estuaries become drier and drier.

Landscaping in Alaska
Hundreds of years ago the muskeg meadow next to the Auke Bay school was beachfront. Ten thousand years ago it was underwater, as was most of the Mendenhall Valley. Any area that has underlying strata of Blue Clay was once ocean floor. Gradually the land rises, the sea retreats and the tidal estuaries become drier and drier.

Theater Review
"Wit," at one level, is a juxtaposition between the medical and academic worlds, complete with their world views, foibles and jargon. The heroine is a professor whose area of expertise is John Donne the most convoluted, esoteric poet ever to tax an undergraduate brain. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D. (Anita Maynard-Losh) is an uncompromising, prickly academic who is dying of ovarian cancer.

Arts Profile
Heaton

Pioneer of New Age music to perform in capital city
Pianist and composer David Lanz has been a key player in the genre of New Age music since the term was first coined in the early 1980s. With more than 15 albums to his credit, his compositions have been some of the genre's biggest hits.

Theater Review
"Wit," at one level, is a juxtaposition between the medical and academic worlds, complete with their world views, foibles and jargon. The heroine is a professor whose area of expertise is John Donne the most convoluted, esoteric poet ever to tax an undergraduate brain. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D. (Anita Maynard-Losh) is an uncompromising, prickly academic who is dying of ovarian cancer.

Arts Profile
Heaton

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Artist who defies age
At an age when many folks have been retired for more than a dozen years, Juneau painter Rie Munoz, 79, is still going strong.

Pioneer of New Age music to perform in capital city
Pianist and composer David Lanz has been a key player in the genre of New Age music since the term was first coined in the early 1980s. With more than 15 albums to his credit, his compositions have been some of the genre's biggest hits.

Artist who defies age
At an age when many folks have been retired for more than a dozen years, Juneau painter Rie Munoz, 79, is still going strong.

Prop. 2 pays for hospital expansion
The largest part of ballot Proposition 2, which asks voters to renew the city's temporary 1 percent sales tax for five years, would fund major changes at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Commission nixes Tee Harbor resort
Despite support from the city Community Development Department, a conditional use permit for the development of a Tee Harbor resort was denied at Tuesday's Juneau Planning Commission meeting.

Prop. 2 pays for hospital expansion
The largest part of ballot Proposition 2, which asks voters to renew the city's temporary 1 percent sales tax for five years, would fund major changes at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Princess plugs in to cut smoke
Princess Cruises intends to reduce its air emissions in Juneau by plugging into city power while its big ships are in port.

Pilot in fatal crash lost license due to accidents
A Sitka pilot killed in a Juneau Airport crash last month lost his license in 1991 because of two previous accidents.

Bond would pay to patch schools
A vote Tuesday for school bonds could disappoint some crows, but it would remove the water buckets from classrooms, take the cracks out of gym floors and move Floyd Dryden Middle School out of the 1970s.

Schools might get hot lunches
The Juneau School Board tentatively approved plans for a large kitchen at the proposed Dimond Park high school during a work session Tuesday night.

Web site becomes 1 man's effort to ease bear trouble
Photographer Pat Costello is putting his Web site where his mouth is, taking a stand on Juneau's bears.

Commission nixes Tee Harbor resort
Despite support from the city Community Development Department, a conditional use permit for the development of a Tee Harbor resort was denied at Tuesday's Juneau Planning Commission meeting.

Knowles sets deadline for cruise lines
Gov. Tony Knowles has set Nov. 13 for cruise industry officials to meet in his Capitol office to discuss pollution problems with their ships.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and Alaska State Troopers reported...

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City's top crime worry: speeding
Speeding, substance abuse, litter and poor lighting are the top crime issues concerning Juneau residents, according to a survey conducted by the Juneau Community Policing Project.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Pilot in fatal crash lost license due to accidents
A Sitka pilot killed in a Juneau Airport crash last month lost his license in 1991 because of two previous accidents.

Candidate's accusations anger, embarrass others
Responding to criticism about "vicious" comments made at a candidate forum, mayoral hopeful Patty Zimmerman today said her remarks must have been misunderstood by the audience.

Kensington permit wins extension
The Juneau Planning Commission extended Coeur Alaska's large mine permit to develop the Kensington Mine and continued action for Thunder Mountain Minerals in its effort to obtain a small mine permit for a placer mining operation at Tuesday's meeting.

Web site becomes 1 man's effort to ease bear trouble
Photographer Pat Costello is putting his Web site where his mouth is, taking a stand on Juneau's bears.

Rollover victim remains stable
Accident victim Jeremy Nelson, 9, remains in serious condition, but there are positive indications for his recovery, his mother said today.

Bond would pay to patch schools
A vote Tuesday for school bonds could disappoint some crows, but it would remove the water buckets from classrooms, take the cracks out of gym floors and move Floyd Dryden Middle School out of the 1970s.

Rollover victim remains stable
Accident victim Jeremy Nelson, 9, remains in serious condition, but there are positive indications for his recovery, his mother said today.

Princess plugs in to cut smoke
Princess Cruises intends to reduce its air emissions in Juneau by plugging into city power while its big ships are in port.

Schools might get hot lunches
The Juneau School Board tentatively approved plans for a large kitchen at the proposed Dimond Park high school during a work session Tuesday night.

Farmer out of mayor's race
Mark Farmer withdrew from the Juneau mayor's race today and threw his support to candidate Sally Smith.

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Knowles sets deadline for cruise lines
Gov. Tony Knowles has set Nov. 13 for cruise industry officials to meet in his Capitol office to discuss pollution problems with their ships.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and Alaska State Troopers reported...

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Kensington permit wins extension
The Juneau Planning Commission extended Coeur Alaska's large mine permit to develop the Kensington Mine and continued action for Thunder Mountain Minerals in its effort to obtain a small mine permit for a placer mining operation at Tuesday's meeting.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Farmer out of mayor's race
Mark Farmer withdrew from the Juneau mayor's race today and threw his support to candidate Sally Smith.

Candidate's accusations anger, embarrass others
Responding to criticism about "vicious" comments made at a candidate forum, mayoral hopeful Patty Zimmerman today said her remarks must have been misunderstood by the audience.

City's top crime worry: speeding
Speeding, substance abuse, litter and poor lighting are the top crime issues concerning Juneau residents, according to a survey conducted by the Juneau Community Policing Project.

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Gore's loose lips
The following editorial was published in Tuesday's USA Today: What's the harm in a little hyperbole? Al Gore is quickly finding out. The vice president's looseness on details, whether talking drug prices, oil supplies or lullabies, threatens to make him his own worst enemy.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Letters
The Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are documents which define us as Americans. We are not defined by race, religion, language, ethnicity, or national origin. We are defined by common commitments to the ideals contained in those documents. We are held together by our shared beliefs in such values as liberty, equality, and justice.

Letters
Imagine no more duct tape holding the gym floor together and no more students getting wet from leaking ceilings. Imagine a school built in 1972 renovated to serve for another 25 years of useful life.

Let them eat cable
The following editorial appeared in Washington Post: Between January and July this year, the 13 local TV stations owned by General Electric, the corporate parent of NBC, ran 15,819 political ads and pocketed $23.5 million. Over the same period, Rupert Murdoch's Fox stations ran 14,532 political ads and earned $9.2 million. Now that the campaign is heating up, both companies are raking in money at an even-faster rate. And yet despite profiting so much from this barrage of sound bites, NBC's flagship broadcast channel is not going to carry the first presidential debate, which could have brought more-substantive election information to their viewers. Fox's broadcast channel isn't going to carry any of the debates. Both companies offer instead their cable channels, which are available only to paying subscribers and which reach far fewer voters.

Letters
Judging from the Empire's front-page headline, "Mayoral race takes on bears," the four mayoral candidates represent an interesting cross-section of leadership styles and priorities. On the bear issue specifically, Sally Smith seems otherwise occupied with "tax reduction issues," Patty Zimmerman appears similarly pressed with "money making" concerns and Jamie Parsons doubts even the existence of bear-proof containers.

Letters
In a front page story Sept. 21 on another lamentable bear killing by Juneau police, State Fish and Game biologist Polly Hessing seems to be criticizing the police for protecting people. She is quoted: "We encourage people to come here to see our spectacular wildlife. Do we want to have the reputation of killing that wildlife?"

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Reno, FBI fumbling for an explanation
This editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh insist the prosecution of Wen Ho Lee was correctly handled at every stage. In their testimony before congressional committees, they argued that his indictment on charges that could have resulted in life imprisonment was reasonable and could have won conviction on every count. It was reasonable then to hold him without bail. But after nine months of coercive detention, it was also right to settle the case for no jail time beyond what the former Los Alamos scientist had served. The nation's top law-enforcement officers can't have it all ways at once.

Letters
Kathleen Monahan would like to know who has "forced" candidates to spend large sums of money to get elected to local office. I think I can answer her question.

Letters
Have you noticed that when Gov. Tony Knowles takes a position contrary to popular opinion on any given issue he justifies it based on what other politicians might do if his approach is not taken?

Letters
Marc Wheeler is no more a conservationist than I am an environmentalist. I've noticed some of the Juneau Empire, Anchorage Daily News and TV reporters often confuse these terms when referring to groups or individuals associated with environmental causes.

Proposition 2 provides many benefits
Having been associate with Bartlett Regional Hospital for the past 25 years, as a former employee, board member, for many years a volunteer and just this summer an inpatient off and on for 20 days, I would urge the residents of Juneau to vote for Proposition 2.

Letters
I was amazed when I read Princess Cruises representative Kirby Day's letter to the editor in Monday's paper, "Metcalfe-Helmar boggles the mind." He said that when Kim comments on what is best for downtown Juneau, she doesn't speak for him. To the best of my knowledge Mr. Day doesn't live downtown and I'm sure Kim never meant to speak for Kirby Day or Princess Cruises. She does, however, voice my sentiments and those of many other downtown residents. She did, after all, carry all downtown precincts when she ran for the assembly three years ago.

Letters
Have you noticed that when Gov. Tony Knowles takes a position contrary to popular opinion on any given issue he justifies it based on what other politicians might do if his approach is not taken?

Letters
We already have a highway to Juneau. Our marine highway provides safe and reliable access to Juneau and contributes to a quality of life that is second to none. It is no coincidence that we enjoy a pedestrian- and transit-friendly community with minimal traffic congestion, qualities that other cities in America only dream of.

Gore's loose lips
The following editorial was published in Tuesday's USA Today: What's the harm in a little hyperbole? Al Gore is quickly finding out. The vice president's looseness on details, whether talking drug prices, oil supplies or lullabies, threatens to make him his own worst enemy.

Letters
Over the years, plenty of mean-spirited and irrational letters have surfaced in the Letters to the Editor column of the Juneau Empire (and the latest practice of publishing cowardly, anonymous sniping and ranting in the Word of Mouth column has intensified this trend), but the letter by Kimberly Ryan deserves some sort of special award.

Letters
Will the Empire ever stop treating Mark Farmer as a second-class candidate? He's a Coast Guard veteran, one of America's top military-aviation photojournalists, a cancer survivor and the only mayoral candidate who seems able to answer direct questions, but your selective reporting continues to marginalize him.

Letters
The Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are documents which define us as Americans. We are not defined by race, religion, language, ethnicity, or national origin. We are defined by common commitments to the ideals contained in those documents. We are held together by our shared beliefs in such values as liberty, equality, and justice.

My turn
Never in Alaska's history as a state has a governor (not Govs. Egan, Hickel, Miller, Hammond, Sheffield, or Cowper ) publicly inserted himself in a local political issue. In planning our advocacy for a pro-road vote, we decided to make as little mention of Gov. Knowles' actions as possible and to take the high road in the campaign. We didn't, and don't, want feelings about the governor, whatever he has done, to be mixed up in this Juneau debate. This is a local issue and should be left to we locals to settle.

Letters
Will the Empire ever stop treating Mark Farmer as a second-class candidate? He's a Coast Guard veteran, one of America's top military-aviation photojournalists, a cancer survivor and the only mayoral candidate who seems able to answer direct questions, but your selective reporting continues to marginalize him.

Letters
I was very disturbed to receive the news that the Juneau School Board made the decision to make pledging allegiance to the United States flag optional! To what flag do the Juneau School Board and the children in their district pledge allegiance: China's, Iran's, Russia's, Cuba's?

Reno, FBI fumbling for an explanation
This editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh insist the prosecution of Wen Ho Lee was correctly handled at every stage. In their testimony before congressional committees, they argued that his indictment on charges that could have resulted in life imprisonment was reasonable and could have won conviction on every count. It was reasonable then to hold him without bail. But after nine months of coercive detention, it was also right to settle the case for no jail time beyond what the former Los Alamos scientist had served. The nation's top law-enforcement officers can't have it all ways at once.

Letters
John Lucas was generous in choosing to open the books of Wings of Alaska in his effort to explain the importance of their summer tourism operations to their year-round economic viability. Hopefully he will continue to engage the dialogue by responding to the following questions raised by his Sept. 24 My Turn:

My turn
Never in Alaska's history as a state has a governor (not Govs. Egan, Hickel, Miller, Hammond, Sheffield, or Cowper ) publicly inserted himself in a local political issue. In planning our advocacy for a pro-road vote, we decided to make as little mention of Gov. Knowles' actions as possible and to take the high road in the campaign. We didn't, and don't, want feelings about the governor, whatever he has done, to be mixed up in this Juneau debate. This is a local issue and should be left to we locals to settle.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

It's past time for some peace and quiet
In mid-August of last year I attended a hearing in Douglas conducted by a committee of the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board. The meeting was for ERA Aviation to present its proposal to lease the "Little Rock Dump" from the city and receive public testimony. It was a memorable night.

Letters
Kathleen Monahan would like to know who has "forced" candidates to spend large sums of money to get elected to local office. I think I can answer her question.

Letters
I was very disturbed to receive the news that the Juneau School Board made the decision to make pledging allegiance to the United States flag optional! To what flag do the Juneau School Board and the children in their district pledge allegiance: China's, Iran's, Russia's, Cuba's?

Letters
Marc Wheeler is no more a conservationist than I am an environmentalist. I've noticed some of the Juneau Empire, Anchorage Daily News and TV reporters often confuse these terms when referring to groups or individuals associated with environmental causes.

Letters
John Lucas was generous in choosing to open the books of Wings of Alaska in his effort to explain the importance of their summer tourism operations to their year-round economic viability. Hopefully he will continue to engage the dialogue by responding to the following questions raised by his Sept. 24 My Turn:

Letters
I was amazed when I read Princess Cruises representative Kirby Day's letter to the editor in Monday's paper, "Metcalfe-Helmar boggles the mind." He said that when Kim comments on what is best for downtown Juneau, she doesn't speak for him. To the best of my knowledge Mr. Day doesn't live downtown and I'm sure Kim never meant to speak for Kirby Day or Princess Cruises. She does, however, voice my sentiments and those of many other downtown residents. She did, after all, carry all downtown precincts when she ran for the assembly three years ago.

Let them eat cable
The following editorial appeared in Washington Post: Between January and July this year, the 13 local TV stations owned by General Electric, the corporate parent of NBC, ran 15,819 political ads and pocketed $23.5 million. Over the same period, Rupert Murdoch's Fox stations ran 14,532 political ads and earned $9.2 million. Now that the campaign is heating up, both companies are raking in money at an even-faster rate. And yet despite profiting so much from this barrage of sound bites, NBC's flagship broadcast channel is not going to carry the first presidential debate, which could have brought more-substantive election information to their viewers. Fox's broadcast channel isn't going to carry any of the debates. Both companies offer instead their cable channels, which are available only to paying subscribers and which reach far fewer voters.

Letters
We already have a highway to Juneau. Our marine highway provides safe and reliable access to Juneau and contributes to a quality of life that is second to none. It is no coincidence that we enjoy a pedestrian- and transit-friendly community with minimal traffic congestion, qualities that other cities in America only dream of.

Letters
Over the years, plenty of mean-spirited and irrational letters have surfaced in the Letters to the Editor column of the Juneau Empire (and the latest practice of publishing cowardly, anonymous sniping and ranting in the Word of Mouth column has intensified this trend), but the letter by Kimberly Ryan deserves some sort of special award.

It's past time for some peace and quiet
In mid-August of last year I attended a hearing in Douglas conducted by a committee of the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board. The meeting was for ERA Aviation to present its proposal to lease the "Little Rock Dump" from the city and receive public testimony. It was a memorable night.

Proposition 2 provides many benefits
Having been associate with Bartlett Regional Hospital for the past 25 years, as a former employee, board member, for many years a volunteer and just this summer an inpatient off and on for 20 days, I would urge the residents of Juneau to vote for Proposition 2.

Letters
Judging from the Empire's front-page headline, "Mayoral race takes on bears," the four mayoral candidates represent an interesting cross-section of leadership styles and priorities. On the bear issue specifically, Sally Smith seems otherwise occupied with "tax reduction issues," Patty Zimmerman appears similarly pressed with "money making" concerns and Jamie Parsons doubts even the existence of bear-proof containers.

Letters
Imagine no more duct tape holding the gym floor together and no more students getting wet from leaking ceilings. Imagine a school built in 1972 renovated to serve for another 25 years of useful life.

Letters
In a front page story Sept. 21 on another lamentable bear killing by Juneau police, State Fish and Game biologist Polly Hessing seems to be criticizing the police for protecting people. She is quoted: "We encourage people to come here to see our spectacular wildlife. Do we want to have the reputation of killing that wildlife?"

Local fishing tails off as summer comes to end
Sport fishing effort in the Juneau marine boat fishery continues to drop off as more people are switching to hunting or pulling their boats out for the season. However, anglers still venturing out in pursuit of coho are encountering some success.

Third time's a charm as Sitka blitzes ACS
It was worth the wait for the Sitka High School football team.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

FROM THE SIDELINES
It's times like these when I really wish I'd gotten that degree in rocket science.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Third time's a charm as Sitka blitzes ACS
It was worth the wait for the Sitka High School football team.

Vandals spoil Juneau football bonfire party
Some of the fun and frolic went out of Spirit Week early this morning when vandals prematurely ignited a football team bonfire.

Local fishing tails off as summer comes to end
Sport fishing effort in the Juneau marine boat fishery continues to drop off as more people are switching to hunting or pulling their boats out for the season. However, anglers still venturing out in pursuit of coho are encountering some success.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Vandals spoil Juneau football bonfire party
Some of the fun and frolic went out of Spirit Week early this morning when vandals prematurely ignited a football team bonfire.

FROM THE SIDELINES
It's times like these when I really wish I'd gotten that degree in rocket science.

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