Today's Millennium Stew --------
by Matt Markovich
Pick up the phone Boris! The Russian-US hotline in case of a missile launch has a bug we're not talking about a listening device. Assistant Secretary of Defense Edward Warner says the U-S and Russia have uncovered a Y2K bug in six of seven the Cold War-era "hotlines." Officials are scrambling to correct the computer glitches before the end of the year.
The two nations have also set up direct links between President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, as well as a joint center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs just in case the bug hits. What a great excuse if a missile gets launched... Oh sorry Bill, it must have been Y2K, oops.
In a move that is decidedly more fan-friendly than many other artists' New Year's Eve high-priced concert plans, B.B. King will perform a free outdoor concert on Beale Street in Memphis to ring in the New Year. B.B. began his career in Memphis 50 years ago, as a DJ and performer on the pioneering Memphis radio station WDIA.
And if you thought a ticket to see Streisand on New Year's Eve was hard to get, look what they are doing in Australia just to see dawn's first light. A national ballot will determine who will witness the first 2000 sunrise from one of the first spots in Australia.
Sixty people whose names are drawn will be given the chance to climb to the summit of World Heritage-listed Mount Warning near Murwillumbah, in northern New South Wales, to welcome the sunrise. The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service says hundreds of people have inquired about securing a place on the peak but safety and conservation concerns will restrict the number.
Rumor has it, the tickets will be auctioned later on Ebay.
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