Year 2000: Laser To Send Digital 'Time Capsule' At ETs
- Source:The Akron Beacon Journal,
Briefs from Louisville, Lexington, Ashland
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Looking ahead to New Year's Eve, the city of
Louisville is planning an eight-block-long downtown party as well as
something out of this world.
The Millennium Photonic Transmitter, a fancy name for a laser that will
send into space a digital "time capsule" aimed at extraterrestrial beings,
will be featured at the event.
It's based on the same principle behind fiber optic telephone lines, which
use intense light beams to transmit information, said James Graham, a
University of Louisville computer engineer.
Graham said technicians will convert into digital bits everything from
information on world history to poems from school children. The laser will
then "slingshot" the data into deep space.
Based at the Commonwealth Convention Center, the green laser will be
visible from as far away as 40 miles, Graham said.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- After 24 meetings during the last two years, the
Water Supply Planning Council chose a pipeline from Louisville as its
preferred alternative to augment Lexington's water supply.
The vote Thursday was a victory for Kentucky-American Water Co., which
wants to build the $48 million pipeline.
But the decision on how Lexington ultimately will overcome periodic low
flows in the Kentucky River will come either from the state Public Service
Commission or from the outcome of lawsuits that are expected to follow that
Kentucky-American said it will ask the PSC late this year for permission to
build a pipeline to bring treated Ohio River water into the city. A PSC
decision is expected next year.
Kentucky-American, which expects PSC approval, said water could flow
through the pipe in 2002.
But Linda Bridwell, a council member and Kentucky-American engineer, said
legal challenges could add years to that target.
The state attorney general and several groups oppose the pipeline,
contending that it would be too expensive. The water company says its
numbers show the pipeline would be the cheapest alternative.
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital is seeking state
permission to add 20 beds to its 194-bed medical center.
The application for a certificate of need was filed Wednesday with the
Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services, said spokeswoman Lori Wilt.
The expansion would require no additional construction, Wilt said, because
the beds would be put in existing areas throughout the building.
Last winter, during the peak season, the hospital had to send patients to
other hospitals, Wilt said.
"We went for weeks with being full," Wilt said. "At times, we had people
waiting overnight in the emergency room for a regular room."
An unusually high number of respiratory infections kept the hospital at
capacity from November through April.
Admissions from the hospital's five outreach centers have increased by 16
percent since last year, Wilt said. The hospital has added nine physicians
in the past year as well.
In January, the hospital opened a cardiac catheterization lab, a new service.
The state will decide on the hospital's request administratively, unless
the request is challenged. In that case, the state will schedule a hearing.