Ashtabula Star Beacon (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Ashtabula, Ohio In i ill uni in my Impi a2 Star Beacon 0 it 10m sunday december 5. 1999 a a today a weather National whether the accuse actor forecast for noon sunday dec 5 of a to was new a wot Tow a 900-, mum a or a a a a a a memes m o let a in Flor n Omni Chou a what is y2k? by Anick jes Danu associated press writer new York apr y2k talk is everywhere. The year 2000 Bug has spawned several books countless articles in magazines and newspapers even a to movie. Its enriched computer programmers and advisers. The Commerce department estimates that government and businesses will have spent More than $100 billion by 2001 in the United states alone. So what exactly is y2k, and what should you do about it Here a a Basic guide q. What is y2k All about a. Y2k stands for year 2000 and commonly refers to computer problems that might arise from a programming practice of using Only two digits to represent a year. Programmers adopted the technique decades ago to save memory which was expensive at the time. At the end of this year �?o99�?� will Roll Over to �?o00,�?� much like a car odometer that has reached its limit. If left uncorrected computers might misread a a ooh for 1900 in the new year disrupting systems that run Power grids control traffic lights and perform other key tasks. Q. What is being done about it a. Over several years programmers have examined trillions of lines of computer code looking for Date references and fixing the coding when necessary. Despite All the time and Money y2k experts do not expect to finish the Job. So for less critical systems governments and businesses have come up with alternative ways to do the same tasks. Also they Are planning for the unexpected in Case some Date references were overlooked. With such contingencies in place widespread disruptions Are unlikely although sporadic outages Are possible. Q. I done to even use a computer so i have nothing to worry about right a. No. Older video cassette recorders might not record your favorite shows. Home burglar alarms might cease to function. Some Coffee makers and microwave ovens have chips in them although those appliances tend to care less what year it is. At any rate Check with manufacturers for guidance. Even if All of your appliances Are of you could be susceptible to problems beyond your control. For instance an errant computer elsewhere might Send you a Bill for All charges in the 20th Century thinking your last payment was in 1900. Utilities Banks credit cards phones and air planes All depend heavily on computers. Q. So should i cancel All my travel and withdraw All my Money from the Bank a. That might have been Good advice had private industries not addressed the Issue. But government officials Are confident that the major systems have been fixed to correctly read the year. In fact extreme behaviour such As stuffing Cash under a mattress might cause shortages unrelated to y2k and make you More vulnerable to crime. That is not to say nothing will go wrong either. Minor glitches Are Likely at the local level and with smaller businesses and y2k experts advise planning for temporary disruptions the Way you would for an approaching Winter storm or Hurricane. And if travelling abroad Check the state departments web site at travel.state.gov/y2kca.html. Some foreign countries Are less prepared than the United states. Q. What can i do to help a. Plan for potential problems a and plan Early. That Means making sure you have fresh batteries for flashlights and radio As Well As stocks of nonperishable food and water. This Way should there be actual disruptions you wont tax the emergency response system with your needs. And by planning Early you help prevent lines and shortages that procrastinators might cause. There is no need to overreact either. Hoarding drugs food and other supplies could also cause artificial shortages. One other thing try to avoid picking up the phone just after Midnight to Check for a dial tone. If everyone does that the phone network could be overwhelmed. Q. In be heard that government officials will be monitoring y2k problems All Day dec. 31. Why so Early a. Midnight strikes the Republic of Kiribati in the South Pacific when it is 5 . Dec. 31 in new York. Midnight then hits Australia Asia Europe and eventually the United states. That does no to mean you need to Only pay attention to your local time. Many systems including air traffic control use a Standard of Greenwich time which is five hours ahead of Eastern time. After All planes Fly across time zones so quickly it would be impractical a and even dangerous a for pilots to have to change their clocks while airborne. Area a today occasional rain especially in the afternoon. High in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 80 percent. A tonight occasional in the mid 30s. Chance of rain 80 percent. A monday Cloudy. Chance of rain or Snow in the morning. High in the upper 30s. State a today occasional rain especially in the afternoon. A thunderstorm is possible in the South. Highs 55 to 65. A tonight occasional rain. Lows 35 to 40. A Rio weather sunday dec. S a f or act for airy n a study Oaty a own two Tori my a Fla Lia la extended a monday night fair. Low around 30. A tuesday mostly sunny. High in the mid 40s. A wednesday fair. Lows in the lower to mid 30s. Highs in the upper 40s. Marine a today Southwest winds 15 to 25 knots becoming West. Occasional rain in the afternoon. Waves building to 4 to 6 feet. A tonight West winds 15to 25 knots becoming North. Occasional rain. Waves 4 to 6 feet. Clothes for kids collection am West i Star Bageon the Geneva United methodist preschool students collected gently worn Winter apparel for the Geneva Madison clothing Bank. Left to right Are Kristen Schupska . Kowalski and Nicole Bowins. Volunteers come Forward to help test promising leukaemia memorial Hospital of Geneva admissions a Adams Mary Jane Jefe son a z1ma, Zygmunt Austinburg dismissals a Powell jo6eto, huhs Brown memorial Hospital births a Jyurovat Janet and Mark Matthews boy North Kingsville admissions a none dismissals a Holden Christina and girl Jefferson a Shaffer Candi and girl Conneau Ashtabula county medical Center births a none admissions a none discharges a Clugh Kay r., Ashtabula by Janet Mcconnaughey associated press writer new Orleans a news that a Pill might someday replace daily shots As the Standard treatment for a common form of leukaemia prompted a spate of Calls from hopeful volunteers for a second round of tests. The first human tests of Sti-571 began Only 10 months ago so researchers say there a no Way to know whether the drugs effects will last or if the blood cancer will develop a resistance. But the pills Success so far a and its creation As a Way to turn off the biochemical switch that causes chronic Myel Genous leukaemia cml a seems promising to researchers. It could prove to be the first major treatment for the disease in 13 years. A this is very exciting a said or. Nancy Berliner an associate professor at the Yale University school of Medicine. All 31 patients taking at least 300 milligrams a Day have had Normal White and red blood cell counts for As Long As eight months said or. Brian j. Druker of the Oregon health sciences University. Moreover 30 had Normal blood counts within a month of beginning treatment. Most important the Medicine apparently eliminated cancer causing cells in three patients and reduced their number in six others. News about the preliminary tests prompted so Many Calls to the hospitals where they were held that the manufacturer announced its plans for second round tests and its toll free clinical trials hotline number. Like the first tests the second round will take Only patients who have cml and for whom interferon shots Are not working. Cml mainly strikes adults and accounts for about 15 percent of the 28,700 new leukaemia cases each year in the United states. Interferon cures about one third of All cml patients and can add years to other patients lives. The first of 200 second round patients will Start taking the new Pill later this month at 19 Sites throughout the United states and Europe Novartis pharmaceuticals announced Friday. Later trials will test Sti-571 together with chemotherapy for patients who either have advanced cml or who have acute Lymphocyte in leukaemia and test positive for the faulty chromosome that causes cml. Tests in children also will begin Early next year the company said. The chromosome in question is called the a Philadelphia chromosome a after the City where it was first identified in 1960. It shows up Only in leukaemia cells. Later research revealed that the problem was a protein called bar Abl a member of a family called Tyrosine Kinase. A this abnormal enzyme drives the growth of White cells in this particular leukaemia a Druker said. A this compound shuts Down the enzyme thereby shutting Down the growth of leukaemia Druker who is to present his findings on sunday to the american society of Haematology in new Orleans said he has been working for a decade to find that compound. He and Novartis researchers created the first version six years ago and have been testing and refining it Ever since. Youth chess club forms at Jefferson Community Center Jefferson the Jefferson Community recreation Center is starting a youth chess club for students in second through sixth Grade. Instruction will be held from 3 45 to 4 45 . Each tuesday beginning dec. 7. Sessions will be held dec. 7 and 14 and break for the holidays. They will resume Jan. 4. The club will meet each week through february at the Center 11 e. 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