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T his week we lead things off with a report by Austin Chronicle intern, Allison Lince-Bentley on her high school physics class' adventure riding NASA's infamous "Vomit Comet." Yep, you read that correctly. Students from LBJ High School were invited by NASA to be a part of "FlyHigh '98"--a program letting high-schoolers take a ride on the KC-13 aircraft. Passengers experience both zero-g and double-g during the stomach churning flight. You get the whole story here. Plus if this picques your interest there's a companion piece offering information on how and where you too can blow chunks in the Stratosphere. Hint: eat a light breakfast.

From the NewCity Chicago, we have a bizarre story on a man who was just convicted and sentenced to twelve years in a Wisconsin penitentiary for the killing of five cats--the stiffest sentence ever handed out for animal abuse in this country. Why is this bizarre? The same man was convicted of first degree sexual assault on his daughter in 1989. His sentence was six months in county jail and five years of probation, with an order to undergo a sex-offender treatment program. Read "Cat Killer."

We have a number of computer related stories this week. Of special interest, take a look at "Terror 2000" where Nashville Scene's Michael K. Anderson explains the so-called Millenium bug. Computers around the world will be effected to a greater or lesser degree when Jan 1, 2000 rolls around. Find out why and what is being done here.


Columns
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Tongue Twister [11]
We need a new word for congress of the oldest kind.
— Jeff Smith, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Home Invasion [12]
Why Walter Jowers doesn't like yard sales.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Mr. Smarty Pants [13]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
— R.U. Steinberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Odds & Ends [14]
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
U.S. President Resigns [15]
24 years ago this week.
— Sue Schuurman, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Volume II, Issue 8
August 17 - August 24, 1998  
 
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Heavenly Hurl [2]
A team of LBJ High School students take a ride on the Vomit Comet.
— Allison Lince-Bentley, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
For the Ride of Your Life [3]
How to take your own trip to the stratosphere, or beyond.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Cat Killer [4]
Barry Herbeck goes to jail for 12 years because he killed five cats, but that's more time than he served for child molestation.
— Sam Weller, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
The DARE Debate [5]
Austin won't DARE to keep kids off drugs.
— Erica C. Barnett, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Technology
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Naked Into the Millenium [6]
The Alibi staff sounds off. Subject: Playboy.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Out With the Old ... [7]
Upgrading your PC may be easier than programming your VCR.
— John Avignone, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Cheap and Easy Upgrades [8]
How much you can expect to pay for component upgrades.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Terror 2000 [9]
Fear of the Millenium Bug reaches fever pitch.
— Michael K Anderson, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Nosing in on the 'Net [10]
The issue of protection for Internet users looms ahead.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Now What? [16]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.
WEEKLY WIRE
 

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