Moving a Monument
NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) -- The house where John Glenn built model airplanes as a boy was hauled on a flatbed truck through town to its new location on Main Street, where it will be turned into a museum. Glenn, the former astronaut and senator, and about 500 others watched Monday as the two-story, white frame house his father built in the 1920s traveled through the tree-lined streets of this city about 70 miles east of Columbus. "You have a lot of emotion, when you see the house you grew up in coming down the road," said Glenn, 79.
The crowd included many students from who left classes to see the hometown hero. "He's just cool, I think," said Becca Ratliffe, 10, who stood huddled against the wind with her mother waiting for Glenn to arrive.
The nine-room house, which Glenn donated to Muskingum College in 1999, will be restored to the way it looked during Glenn's boyhood in the 1930s. The house was moved about a half mile from Friendship Drive -- named after Glenn orbited Earth in the capsule Friendship 7. A space exploration complex will eventually be built next to the house.
Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on Feb. 20, 1962. In 1998, at age 77, he returned to space on shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest space traveler in history. Later that year, the Democrat retired from the U.S. Senate after representing Ohio for 24 years. Born in nearby Cambridge in 1921, Glenn moved two years later to New Concord, where he would show a fascination with science. "I was interested in building model airplanes back in those days. This is when you used to cut them out yourself -- you didn't glue plastic pieces together. I had half a dozen of those always hanging from the ceiling of my room," Glenn said.
Glenn returned to this city of about 2,100 for many of the milestones in his career, including to announce his campaigns for the Senate and his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 1984.
Spurring tourism with a spa
ASHEVILLE N.C. (AP) -- A $40 million, 40,000-square-foot spa at the Grove Park Inn and a new hotel on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate are expected to boost tourism in western North Carolina. Grove Park Inn officials claim their spa, which opened in late February, is the best at any resort in North America. Guests will get everything from four-handed massages to facial treatments with champagne and caviar, .
Gene Brothers, an associate professor in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management at North Carolina State University, says a spa is a new twist to lure guests back to a resort or hotel. "If resort destinations don't continue to add to their product, the competition just walks away with their guests," he says.
Meanwhile, at the Biltmore Estate, guests soon won't have to walk away after a visit. They can stay. The Inn on Biltmore Estate, opening March 16 on a hill near the winery, will have 213 guest rooms and a 150-seat restaurant. Room rates will range from $189 to about $279 per night, depending on the season and other factors, said Michael Chaffin, vice president and general manager.
While the inn will have some facilities to handle "the very high end" of small business meetings, its focus is on leisure travelers. Chaffin said the inn allows an affirmative answer to a question visitors have asked for decades: "Can we stay on the Biltmore Estate?"
Those were the days
NEW YORK (AP) -- Today is the 66th day of 2001. There are 299 days left in the year. Here are some business and legal highlights from this date in history:
In 1850, in a speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.
In 1911, the United States sent 20,000 troops to the Mexican border as a precaution in the wake of the Mexican Revolution.
In 1926, the first successful transatlantic radio-telephone conversation took place, between New York and London.
In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.
In 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff's posse.
In 1975, the Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.
In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the copyright holder.
One year ago: The Nasdaq Composite crossed the 5,000 mark for the first time before retreating.
Phoning in a new alphabet
NEW YORK (NYT) -- For many cell phone users, text messaging is a godsend. That is largely because divine intervention is needed to compose an intelligible message on the cell phone's tiny numeric keypad. Motorola has tried to make the task a little easier with two new products, the V100 and the Accompli. Both are GSM cell phones with hands-free headsets plugged into what are essentially the clamshell bodies of pagers with full qwerty keyboards.
The V100 uses the SMS system to send text messages has voice- activated dialing for the cell phone and limited Web browsing. The device, which has been available in Europe for some time, will be available in North America later this spring and will cost under $250. The 4-ounce V100 will come in two colors, Ocean Jaxx and Klub Blue, which should give some indication of the target market.
The Accompli is the older, sterner, all-business version of the V100. The device has the same messaging features as the V100 but also comes with a full-color screen, personal management software, Web browsing and full e-mail capabilities. It will also be released in the spring and is expected to cost under $600.
A novel solution for the lack of a proper keyboard on cell phones comes from Blink.com, a bookmark-organizer Web site. Blink.com has made it possible for users to use their desktop computer bookmarks on Web-enabled phones, hand-held computers and other wireless devices. The service, which requires a free Blink.com membership, will copy the bookmarks from the Web browser into the Blink.com page, where they can be easily organized and labeled. The page is password-protected.
Blink.com members who wish to use their bookmarks on wireless devices can follow the steps on the site to set things up. Blink.com will analyze the bookmarks and will offer WAP versions of sites, when such versions are available. (WAP versions are pared-down pages that conform to the Wireless Application Protocol.) If no WAP version of a site exists, Blink.com will suggest similar sites that can be displayed properly on tiny screens. A user can organize his or her wireless bookmarks and customize the list for the cell phone, all from the Blink.com page on the desktop computer. Once the information has been sent to the wireless device, the user can log on to Blink from the phone or hand-held device and get the bookmarks with one click -- and much less grumbling about typing in URL's on miniature keypads.
Stamping out lending out
SAN FRANCISCO (NYT) -- A new name, if not an entirely new format, has entered the field of reader software for electronic books. The former Glassbook reader, after a small upgrade and a corporate takeover, has re-emerged as the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader.
Michael Looney, the senior director of electronic books at Adobe Systems, which acquired Glassbook last year, said the most obvious difference between Glassbook and eBook Reader was that eBook Reader could display pages side by side. But behind the scenes, changes by Adobe may mean that the new reader will find favor with publishers. Adobe has created the Adobe Content Server, a software system that makes it easy for publishers to transform text and graphics stored as Adobe Portable Document Format, or PDF, files into electronic books that cannot be duplicated or passed around without authorization. Looney said that a large number of book manuscripts were stored as PDF files during editing and production. "Publishers already have PDF," he said.
The new Adobe reader has borrowed some tricks from printer software to improve the appearance of on-screen typefaces, but Looney said an improved version would be released "very, very soon" containing CoolType, a system that Adobe says will improve readability. Like the ClearType system on Microsoft Reader, however, CoolType will make a noticeable difference primarily on monitors with liquid crystal displays. Unlike the Microsoft product, the Adobe reader works only on desktop and laptop computers. Adobe is testing a version of its Acrobat PDF reader for hand-held computers running Palm Computing's operating system.
Jumbo, jumbo shrimp
NEW YORK (NYT) -- They stare up from the plate at Esca, a seafood restaurant in the theater district, like baleful prehistoric monsters, long feelers projecting forward under eyes the size of gray capers, their legs gathered and curled around their fleshy bodies, braised fennel strewn across the top. Their size is striking, as big as the arc made by the thumb and middle finger and as thick as a fat carrot.
Yes, these are shrimp, and not merely jumbo shrimp, as the quaint old oxymoron goes. They are "Chernobyl shrimp," as David Pasternack, the chef at Esca, gleefully puts it, the biggest of the jumbo, served with fearsome heads intact, and they are the outer limit of the giant shrimp that have been adorning plates all over New York.
At Aquagrill in SoHo, the huge shrimp arrive in a tender embrace over earthy cranberry beans and a sweet carrot sauce. At Smith Street Kitchen in Brooklyn, they rear up out of a bowl of bouillabaisse like breaching right whales getting ready to sound. At Oceana in Midtown, they are served in bouillabaisse as well as in a sliced spring roll, their tails spilling out of the wrappers like the ends of footlong hot dogs.
"Attack of the Giant Shrimp" may sound like an awful B movie, but these monsters are winning raves from chefs. Not only are they big, appealing to the American propensity for size, but they taste great, full of the briny, shrimpy quality lacking in many of their lesser siblings. "I'm always trying to get large shrimp," said Rick Moonen, the chef at Oceana. "It's that whole thing, bigger is better."
Until just a few years ago, shrimp distributors reserved their head-on shrimp for the European market, thinking that Americans would be repelled by them. Then one company started to sell the head- on shrimp to a few Portuguese restaurants seven or eight years ago, and they slowly began to show up in other sorts of restaurants, until they took off about two years ago.
The objects of chefs' shrimply affections are most often head-on Pacific white shrimp, technically Penaeus vannamei, caught wild off Guatemala and sold under the Maya brand name. For perspective, ordinary headless shrimp that are sold as "large" are 31 to 35 to the pound. Those called "jumbo" are sold 21 to 25 to the pound, while "super colossals" are fewer than 12 to the pound. The Maya head-on shrimp are about 5 to 10 to the pound, and occasionally even under 5 to the pound. "They are almost the size of lobsters," Pasternack said. "People have a fascination with size, but they are also one of the great products on the market."
Treehouse resort amid banyan trees
HILO, Hawaii (AP) -- A Big Island developer is planning to build as many as 40 treehouses in artificial banyan trees near Waipio Valley. Tom Heers said the small resort will be built on the wooded grounds of a former plantation manager's mansion at Kukuihaele. Heers acquired the home last year and now lives there with his wife and two younger daughters.
Each of the treehouses will have a kitchens and bathroom and will be 14 feet off the ground on concrete and steel structures that will look like banyan trees, Heers says. The artificial trees would be set in a 20-acre grove of natural trees planted in 1911. Heers says he plans to remove as few of the existing trees as possible. The project will cost $8 million to complete, he says. Heers hopes to have the first unit built and occupied by the end of this year.
At the heart of the battle
NEW YORK (NYT) -- Last week, while lawyers for the Justice Department and the Microsoft presented their oral arguments in the appeal of the antitrust case against the company, the judges hearing the appeal used laptop computers to communicate with their clerks and to study legal documents during the proceedings. The computers were equipped with the Microsoft Windows operating system and Internet Explorer as well as the Netscape Navigator Web browser -- software programs at the center of the case.
It was the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which is hearing the case, that requested -- for the first time -- that the government and the software maker submit their court filings on CD-ROM's. The four discs included nearly 15,000 links to relevant case law, exhibits, legal motions and video testimony. Mark Langer, the court clerk, said that while developing CD-ROM's could be expensive, it was important in an enormous case like this to have documents that could easily be searched. "It was a success," Langer said.
Six of the seven appellate judges routinely use laptops on the bench, which also provide access to Lexis and WestLaw legal databases. Instant messaging software enables the judges to correspond quickly with their law clerks. (Judge David S. Tatel, who is blind, does not use a laptop in the courtroom.) In addition to that technology, reporters and interested Internet users could be alerted to orders or filings for the case by e-mail. And audio of the arguments was broadcast on the Web and picked up by many news sites.
Legal experts say that new technology is changing the face of the court system. Gov. John Engler of Michigan has proposed the creation of a cybercourt for cases involving technology and high-technology businesses, where virtually all proceedings would occur by computer rather than in a courtroom.
Schooled on farming
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In Pennsylvania, a state where agriculture plays an important role in the economy, a high school that turns out future farmers or florists might not seem like a big deal. What makes W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences unusual is its location just minutes from the skyscrapers of Philadelphia -- and a student body drawn from inner-city neighborhoods where cows and pigs are merely what's for dinner. It can be a bit of a culture shock.
"I have them milk the cows and when the kids first walk alongside that cow, they're just scared to death. But they get used to it real quick," said Robert Holley, director of Saul's agriculture program.
The school sits on 100 rolling acres of farmland in the northwest corner of the city where cows, horses, sheep and even a llama graze. Its facilities include a dairy barn, two greenhouses, a one-hole golf course and an aquaculture center with several species of fish. Vegetable crops include tomatoes, peppers, peas and beans; there's even a small apiary for beekeeping.
Saul's 660 students are required to become members of FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, and the school boasts the second-largest FFA chapter in the country. Yet, Saul isn't just about plows and cows. Course titles include turfgrass management, laboratory animal care, agricultural engineering and landscape horticulture.
Philadelphia isn't the only city with an agriculture high school. According to FFA, 10 of the 15 largest U.S. cities have such schools or ones with an ag division. And 34 percent of students enrolled in an ag course live in an urban or suburban area. About 70 percent of Saul graduates attend college, and they go into hundreds of fields - - from landscaping to floral arranging to golf course management to supermarket meat departments. Pharmaceutical companies hire Saul grads to care for their lab animals, and the school has graduated a few future veterinarians.
Smeared with spam
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hotmail, the free e-mail service from Microsoft, is divulging subscribers' e-mail addresses, cities and states to a public Internet directory site that combines the information with telephone numbers and home addresses. Hotmail customers are automatically added to Infospace's Internet White Pages directory unless they remove the check from a box in their registration form and "opt out," company officials said.
Critics say users may be putting themselves at risk of receiving junk e-mail, known as spam, because they overlook the check box. Once their information makes the directory, it is easily obtained by advertisers. "Once your e-mail addresses get into the spammers' databases, you can't get it out again," said Internet activist Bennett Haselton, who made the discovery.
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