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UK football takes cues

from Tinsel Town

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Digital camera ease in a flash

Celebrating 33 years of independence


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Bomb threats disrupt LCC campus

By Dariush Shafa
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A recent string of bomb
threats at Lexington Community
College has caused the campus “a
lot of frustration. aggravation
and disruption," said LCC presi-
dent Jim Kerley

Since Sept. 13. LCC has re-
ceived six bomb threats, the most
recent just after 11 am. yesterday.

Recap of threats

Six bomb threats have been phoned
into LCC, leading administrators and
police to offer a cash reward ‘
for information.

“The feeling is someone is get-
ting their kicks getting us out of
class." Kerley said. “We assume
we have to take every call serious-
ly. and we do that."

Because each bomb threat is
treated as if it is real. the building
is evacuated. Kerley said. The
evacuations mean that students
and faculty are losing precious
time. he said.

“When you lost that time. it's

1 pm. Sept. 13

The first threat called
in to LCC's switchboard
threatened to detonate

an explosive in the

12:40 pm. Sept. 15

Someone calls
in threatening
”to cause damage
and/or death"
with a bomb.

hard to recapture," he said. “Stu-
dents feel a little cheated and fac~
ulty have planned (schedules). We
lost valuable time in the class-

Kerley said though police are
doing everything possible. includ-
ing tracing phone numbers. no ar-
rests have been made.

Because of the number of
threats. LCC. at the urging of UK
Police. contacted Crimestoppers.

1:39 pm Sept. 23

Caller says
there is a bomb
hidden somewhere
at LCC.

_ the fourth time. No

and a $1.000 reward is being of‘
fered for information leading to
the arrest of the person or people
behind the threats.

“We will prosecute.“ Kerley
said. “It's a felony Someone could
actually go to prison for this."

Though the administration is
taking the threats seriously. some
LCC students don't.

“It’s not really a big deal at
all." said undeclared LCC sopho-

B:05 a.m. Oct. 5

Caller phones in
with bomb threat for

Caller tells
the person
on the line that
this is a “bomb

further details are


5 students charged
in bookstore thefts

Police say cashier rang up items
for less than their sale prices

By Dariush Shafa

Five students have been arrested in connection
with a series of thefts from the UK Bookstore. totaling

more than $1,100 in merchandise.

One of the students. Sheree Cowan. 18. of Lexing-
ton. was a cashier at the bookstore and is being
charged with nine counts of felony theft.

“It was more in-depth than just a
simple theft." said UK Police Maj. Joe


Four men. Christopher Harper. 18.
of Louisville; James Ray Jr. 18. also of
Louisville. Jonny C. Lee. 18. and Steven

Thomas. 18. were arrested.

No address was given for Lee and


All but Thomas are being charged

with counts of felony theft.

Thomas is being charged with re—
a misde-

ceiving stolen property.


Attempts to contact everyone but Harper were un-

Harper declined to comment.

Monroe said that Lee had been arrested. but no
record could be found of him at the Fayette County
Circuit Court and the Lexington-Fayette County Deten~

tion Center.

Monroe said that bookstore managers became sus-
picious last Tuesday and began watching Cowan by us

ing security cameras.

1:11 pm. Oct. 8

more Justin Hamm. “People don’t
take it seriously. They’re slow
about doing things."

But while some students might
be less fazed than the faculty. they
can understand the frustration.

“It is kind of bothersome."
Hamm said. “I think it's pretty

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11:04 am. Oct. 11

Male caller tells
person on the line
that there is a bomb
hidden somewhere "
at LCC.


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Students marked National Coming Out Da on campus
bekah Eleazer, an undeclared junior, and tephanie
Speech Area behind a Sign touting “homosexual acts."

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Carol Behr. general manager of Kennedy‘s Book-

store and the UK Bookstore. said bookstore personnel
observed Cowan pretending to ring up merchandise
worth over $300 but then only charging $10.

Bookstore managers called police and Cowan was

The UK Bookstore will prosecute Cowan and the
other four men involved with the theft charges.

“If you make a judgment call you can get into trou
ble." Behr said. stating that it‘s the bookstore‘s policy
to prosecute to the fullest extent.

“You have to be consistent."

Monroe also said this is not a typical case for UK

“This is not a common occurrence as far as an in-
ternal theft problem." he said.

Since the five charged in connection with the thefts
are students. if convicted they could face repercus-
sions from the Office of Student Affairs as well.

Dean of Students Victor Hazard said the students
could face a variety of consequences. and if a student
has a history of disciplinary problems with the stu-
dent affairs office. they could face harsher conse
quences than they would with a clean record.

Overall. Hazard said he believes the accused will be
treated fairly throughout the process.

“We will move appropriately when it is placed in
our hands." Hazard said.

“Depending on that‘s involved. it could be anything
from a letter of warning to suspension (or dismissal)?

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86 senator seeks administrators' records concerning SAB

By Tricia McKenny

Student Government Sen-
ate President Braphus
Kaalund has requested docu-
ments from administrators
about Referendum One.
which concerns the election
of Student Activities Board

()n Oct. 6. Kaalund filed
an Open Records request
with the Office of Legal
Counsel. which requested
documents frotn several ad-

in the request. Kaalund
asked to receive any docu-
ments. memos. personal
notes or emails between ad.
ministrators and anyone else
regarding SAB or Refereng
dum One.

in the copy of the request
forwarded onto the people
whose information was re-
quested. UK legal counsel
said personal notes and e-
mails did not have to be re-


The referendum. which
was passed by 1.614 votes to
571 votes in the SG elections
last spring. asked students if
SAB leaders should be elect-
ed since they use student
fees. It has been a source of
debate between 80 and SAB
leaders since.

Leaders of both groups
met with administrators last
Friday to try to come to a
resolution. but the meeting
ended with no solution.

Kaalund also asked for
documents from the Univer-
sity Budget Office regarding
“the financial condition of
the Student Activities Board
and ’or the University Bud~
get Office‘s statemeims) as to
the recordkeeping practices
of the Student Activities

Student Services Director
Rhonda Strouse was one of
the administrators named in
the request and said she has

no documents regarding any
of these things.

”if I had any documents.
I Would provide them." she
said. “There are no docu-
ments to provide."

Also named in
the reqtiest were
Barbara Jones.
UK's general
counsel; Provost
Michael Nietzel;
Pat Terrell. vice
president for stu-
dent affairs; and
Chris Poore. stu-
dent publications

Poore said he
also did not have
anything to give

“i haven't
found the need or
desire to corre-
spond with anyone about ref-
erendum whatever-iris."
said Poore. who is adviser for
the Kernel and The Kentuck»

“If I had any
documents, I
would provide
them. There are
no documents
to provide."
Rhonda Strouse

student serwce director

ian yearbook. “If I had. I
would certainly be happy to
share it."

Kaalund also requested
copies of the Terrell‘s profes
sional calendar. including
any meetings in-
volving SAB.

He could not
be reached for
comment on his

Terrell was
delegated by Pres-
ident Lee Todd to
present an opin-
ion on the issue.
On Sept. 29. she
tried to present
her opinion to SG
members before
they voted unani-
mously to propose
changes to SAB's
constitution but
was not allowed to speak be-
fore the vote was taken.



2 Jessamine men accused of stealing UK Hospital’s linens

By Dariush Shafa


Two Jessamine County men ac-
cused of stealing $10,000 in hospital
linens were arrested at the UK
Chandler Medical Center on Satur-
day and charged with felony theft.

James R. Gates Sr. 49. and his
son. James R. Gates Jr. 19. were ar»
rested in connection with a series
of linen thefts over the past three
weekends. said UK Police Maj. Joe

After two consecutive weekends
of heavy thefts. hospital security
became aware of the situation.
Monroe said (in the third week-
end. security caught the two on
camera and police made the arrest.
he said.

Neither of the two is employed
at the (‘handler Medical Center. but
James (Bates Sr, is a physical plant
employee. he said.

Attempts to contact both Gates
and his son were unsuccessful.

Mary Skeen. director of materi-
al management at the hospital. said
that because of the budget crunch.
any theft. especially one this large.
is a cause for worry.

“Any loss right now is a sizable
chunk because we're being held ac.
countable every minute of every
day." she said.

The hospital‘s linens vary in
price. Sheets are $6.85 a piece. fitted
sheets are $8.18. towels are $2.80.
pillowcases are $1.45. and wash-

cloths are 19 cents each. UK Hospi-
tal spends about 3300.000 a year
buying linens. Skeen said.

Because of the recent thefts.
Skeen also said security personnel
would be on guard more so than be.

“My security in the area will be
a lot stricter than it has been." she

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Running mates: Cheney's wife inspires him on the trail

By Lisa Rein
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ST. JOSEPH. Mo. Lynne Cheney
w brainy policy wonk. crusader
against political correctness and talk
show host who used to sign off from
Crossfire with "From the right. and
right on every issue" , is gushing
over her high school sweetheart.

“I've known Dick since he was 14
years old. and he was a good-looking
14-year.old. too!" the wife of the sec-
ond most powerful man in the country
confides to a crowd of 2.000 people.
“When I first knew him. he was work-
ing at the Ben Franklin store in
Casper. Wyoming. And his job was
sweeping out the store."

The vice president‘s wife is wean
ing a crimson jacket. It‘s the color she
wore on their first date in 1958. As she
tells audiences on the campaign trail.
her grandmother sewed her a strap-
less red crinoline dress for the occa-
sion “with a million yards of ruffles
on it."

Now 63. Lynne Cheney credits the
dress with getting her a second date
with the boy who had moved to town
in eighth grade and. in high school.
would rather read a book on military
history than drive to the local A&W
Root Beer stand.

The war leader who declares at
every campaign stop that it's only a
matter of time before terrorists hit us
again has been quietly standing downv
stage from his wife. with his hands
clasped. He looks almost sheepish.

“It‘s true she‘s known me since 1
was 14. but she wouldn't go out with
me until I was 17." Cheney. 63. says
when it's his turn at the Iectern. and
the audience breaks into knowing
laughs. "I often tell people that the
reason we got married is because
(Dwight Eisenhower got elected presi-


Cheney’s father. who worked for
the Agriculture Department‘s Soil
Conservation Service. was transferred
to Casper when Eisenhower reorga-
nized the government. “And that's


where I met Lynne.“ The couple cele-
brated their 40th wedding anniversary
this fall. the vice president says.

Political wives can humanize their
husbands. But Lynne Cheney does
more. While Elizabeth Edwards. Tere~
sa Heinz Kerry and Laura Bush criss
cross the country solo. Lynne Cheney
is almost always with her husband
aboard Air Force TWO.

“It‘s almost as though Lynne Ch»
eney is the vice president's muse."
says .luleanna Glover Weiss. who was
the vice president's press secretary in

“He almost levitates in his public
appearances when she's around."

With Lynne Cheney o;. a stool next
to him at town hall meetings. he will
indulge in a full smile. For Dick Chv
eney. that is buoyant.

“We have other surrogates." says
Mary Matalin. one of the vice presi-
dent's advisers. “But no one can do
what Lynne does for him. He likes to
have her around. He‘s happier. The
events come off better."

Matalin denies Lynne Cheney is
trying to soften her husband's edges.

“One thing you should never do
with a strong personality is make it
into something else." Matalin says.
“He‘s all business."

Liz Cheney. who with her sister
Mary is working on the campaign.
says of her father. “He's not a big
showman. He just doesn't pretend to
do the backslapping stuff. His interest
is always the substance."

This is why some voters find it re-
freshing when the couple sits side by
side and gets personal. Lynne and
Dick Cheney come across a lot like the
voters they're wooing.

"I like the idea that she watched
him grow up." says Darryl Hammond.
a minister who came to hear Cheney
speak in St. Joseph. Now it). he met
his wife in 11th grade.

The Cheneys have campaigned
side by side since 1978. when Dick Ch<
eney. fresh from being President Ger-
ald Ford's chief of staff. ran for
Wyoming's House seat. The couple.

their two daughters. their dog and
Dick Cheney‘s father piled into the
family RV and drove from small town
to small town.

That summer. at age 37. Cheney
had the first of four heart attacks. He
was off the campaign trail six Weeks
and Lynne campaigned for him.

Now on the stump. the former
head of the National Endowment for
the Humanities makes the first policy
pronouncement. telling crowds that
one lesson her husband learned doing
manual labor as a young man “is how
important it is for hard-working peo-
ple to get to keep as much of their
paychecks as they can." That would be
a plug for the tax cuts President Bush
signed into law.

(In education iSsues. the vice pres-
ident defers to his wife. a former col-
lege professor with a doctorate in
19th-century English literature.

“Lynne's really the expert in that."
he told a dozen voters recently at a
diner in Green Bay. Wis. when one
asked about No Child Left Behind.
Bush's signature education law.

In 2000. Lynne campaigned for the
Bush-Cheney ticket on her own be-
tween appearances with her husband.
The solo stumping is gone this year.

"We all know it's my father‘s last
campaign." daughter Liz says. “If ei-
ther one of them had to choose. they
would rather campaign together."

When her mother had a cold last
month. Liz filled in. introducing her
father in Reno. Nev: “My dad is of the
American West." his daughter said.
“He‘s got a firm handshake. He looks
you in the eye. And his word is his
bond." Then she left the stage.

“I'm delighted to be here with my
daughter Liz. who is filling in for my
wife. Lynne." Dick Cheney said. “Liz
didn't do too bad today. did she?"

But the vice president was off his
game. He spoke in even more of a mo-
notone than usual.

Laugh lines fell flat. The half-
closed smile returned. He looked as
though he couldn‘t wait for his muse
to return.





A story in last Friday‘s Kernel incorrectly stated Vice President Dick Cheney's stance on gay marriage. He advo
cates that gay marriage remain an issue for the states to decide.
To report an error. call the Kernel at 257-1915.





Kernel, WRF H M to host political debate

Student issues will be at the forefront of the firstever
Kentucky Kernel/WRFL—FM 6th District Congressional
Debate. The event is tomorrow at 6:30 pm. in the Black
Diamond Room at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. 369 W Vine
St.. downtown. State Sen. Tom Buford. R. Nicholasville;
Constitution Party candidate Stacy Abner. Berea; and Lib-
ertarian candidate Mark Gailey. Berea. will take part in
the debate. The event is free and open to the general pub-
lic and will be broadcast on WRFL. 88.1 FM. immediately
following its completion tomorrow night. Send questions
for the candidates to siveyru kykernelcom. Call 257-1915
for more information.

Nobel Prize laureate to lecture

Nobel Prize laureate and University of Kentucky
alumnus Dr. William Nunn Lipscomb will deliver the 2004
Blazer Lecture at 7:30 pm. Thursday in Memorial Hall.
Lipscomb's talk. “The Pursuit of Ideas in Science.“ is free
and open to the public. The lecture is the academic cen-
terpiece of the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame
Week. slated Thursday through Saturday.

For more information. visit the Arts and Sciences
Web site at www.as.ukyedu. or contact Nancy Smith at
(859) 257-8124.

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Health career fair set for Oct. 22

The UK College of Health Sciences. in conjunction
with the UK James W Stuckert Career Center. will hold
its first Health Professions Career Fair from 10 am. to 2
pm. Friday. Oct. 22. in Room 127 of the Charles T.
Wethington Jr. Building. For a complete list of employers.
visit wwwukyedu«’careercenter. Internships. externships.
and part-time and full-time positions are available. Dress
is business casual.

For more information. contact Deedie Lutz at (859)
323-1100. ext. 80546.

FDA denies early knowledge
of flu vaccine shortage

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration
yesterday again denied the agency had any early indica-
tions that there were serious problems at a British vac-
cine company that was supposed to supply half of the
US. flu vaccine.

Lester M. Crawford. the FDA‘s acting commissioner.
made the statement during a telephone briefing in re-
sponse to reports that the agency had been alerted before
last week that Chiron Corp.‘s flu vaccine plant in England
was experiencing major difficulties. Friday: British health
officials said US. officials were informed Sept. 13 that
problems at Chiron's plant could disrupt supplies.

Crawford denied that was the case. Although the FDA
was in regular contact with Chiron and British health of
ficials. he said. the agency was not alerted to any serious
concerns until last week. when British officials abruptly
announced they were shutting down the plant.


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but true tales, and the ironic twists his life has taken. From
studying for the priesthood to being on a chain gang to then
becoming a VP of a Fortune 500 company, this man has lived it
all and loves to talk about it.


Oct. 12, 2004

By Jeff Patterson

Forget about running out
on the field.

James “Radio" Kennedy
really wanted to eat with the
UK football team.

“He’s a big eater." said UK
receivers coach Joker

Kennedy. the subject of
the Cuba Gooding .Ir. movie
Radio. ate eggs. bacon and
pancakes before UK's game
Saturday against Alabama.
Then. clutching freshman
running back Rafael Little‘s
hand. he led the team out on
the field.

“He‘s never experienced
anything like that, coming
out with somebody , hand in
hand." Little said.

Kennedy. who has been a
fixture at T.L. Hanna High
School in Anderson. SC. for
more than 40 years. became a
celebrity after a movie about
his life debuted in 2003.

While lighting up the TL.
Hanna scoreboard. Little be-
came friends with the lovable
football assistant.

When Phillips signed the
Anderson. S.C.. back in Feb-
ruary. he went to lunch with
Little and Kennedy. They dis»
cussed the possibility of
Kennedy visiting Common-
wealth Stadium and running
out on the field with the Cats.

"That's something that he
has always wanted to do."
Phillips said.

However. Kennedy didn‘t
roam the sidelines like he
does at T.I.. Hanna. Instead.
he sat in a booth tip in the
press box.

“He said the next time he
comes. he doesn't want to go
to the (press) box. He wants to
stay down with me." Phillips
said. “I think I've got him sold
on this place. "


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Cats search for inspiration from Hollywood



After UK's offense strug-
gled to gain only 177 yards in
its 4517 loss Saturday to Al-
abama. senior quarterback
Shane Boyd looked for an-

He hoped to find them in
the movie Friday Night

Before watching the
movie Saturday night: "I'm
going to see if there are any
plays we can use." Boyd said.

And on Monday. apparent-
ly he didn't like what he saw.

I don't think it was all
they hyped it up to be." Boyd
said. “It seemed like a gloomy-
type movie.

"Football is supposed to be
fun that didn't seem like a
fun movie. seemed like there
was too much trouble going
on. “

The relationship between
one of the running backs and
his father (played by Tim Mc-
(iraw ) was concerning

After the son had trouble
holding on to the football, the
father duct-taped his son‘s
hands to a football.

Boyd and redshirt fresh-
man quarterback Andre
Woodson better watch out and
hope none of their coaches
have seen this movie.

Boyd fumbled once
against ‘Bama. Woodson fum-
bled twice.

It might serve as a good
strategy for the UK coaching
staff to act that scene out.

“Me and Dre had three
fumbles. so we might have to
do that to hold on to the ball,"
Boyd joked.

UK head coach Rich
Brooks doesn't plan to go Mc-
(Iraw on his quarterbacks to
stress ball security. He has a
much simpler plan.

“I‘m going to tell them not
to fumble." Brooks said.

Block Party

With Lonnell Dewalt's

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Freshman receiver
Lonnell Dewalt
blocked his fifth
field goal of the
season in the first
quarter of UK's loss
to Alabama Satur-
day. UK has blocked
a kick in all five of
its games this year.
UK hosts South Car-
olina Saturday at 7
pm. at Common-
wealth Stadium.

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blocked field goal in the first
quarter against Alabama, UK
now has blocked a kick in
each of its five games this sea-

Dewalt, a Moot-6 fresh-
man receiver. has five of
them. Junior linebacker Ray-
mond Fontaine blocked an ex-
tra point against Indiana.

“I’ve never been around
anything like it." Brooks said.

While the credit has gone
to Dewalt and Fontaine. the
push from linemen Vincent
Burns. Trey Mielsch, Ricky
Abren and Jason Leger sets it
all up.

With basketball season
starting this weekend. De-
walt, who plans to walk on to
that team. will have other
things on his mind than Fri-
day night's Big Blue Madness.

“I ain’t going to go." De-
walt said. “I'm going to be
worried about the game.“

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Sincere apologies for UK football’s sad state


After listening to Rich
Brooks speak at his weekly
press conference. I realize I
am the prob-
lem here.

You see.
the UK head
football coach
explained yes-
terday how
like me (and
possibly fans
like you) are
holding the
Cats back.

said it's all
about perception.

“One of the problems in
digging out of this hole he»
comes where are we headed.
and are we headed there to-
gether?" Brooks said. “01‘ are
we going to fracture and dis-
integrate when things aren’t
going exactly as some fan or
some person in the media
wants them to go?”




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See. you re either with us.
or you're against us.

“If the perception is fire
the cmirdinator. fire the coach.
these guys don't know what
they‘re doing and what a ter-
rible place to go play. then
that‘s another problem you
have in recruiting." he said.

This makes perfect sense.
Mien things are bad. we can‘t
let on that we see the prob-
lems out there. That would
only make things worse. If we
act like things are good.
they'll have to get better.

I am sorry for pointing out
mistakes IlK’s coaches may
have made anti for writing
about UK‘s weaknesses. I have
to start pulling my weight if
things are going to get better
around here.

This time. I‘ll try to do bet-
ter. so I'm giving it the ol‘ col-
lege try.

Here are the talking points
for UK fans and media from
last weekend's game. so we

faculty a. serum:

with their "It a. we l.lt.'sl
call 253-4638 for detalls.

can all have a positive per—

A) UK held Alabama to a
measly seven completions for
83 yards anti no passing
touchdowns. This was the
first time the Cats had held an
opponent to under 100 yards
passing since allowing 81
yards against South Florida
Sept. 9. 2000. (If things are go
ing to improve we have to for-
get about the Tide's 1304 rush-
ing yards.)

B) UK junior kicker Tay-
lor Begley nailed a career-
long 52-yard field goal. (We
must emphasize this instead
of the fact that UK totaled just
177 yards of offense.)

C) Through five games.
UK ranks first in the South-
eastern (‘onference in red
zone defense. allowing oppo-
nents to convert 15 of 24 at-
tempts for 62.5 percent. (Don't
mention [I K has allowed more
red zone attempts than any
other school in the conference
or that UK has given up five

touchdown plays of 40 yards
or more.)

D) Don‘t speculate or fan-
tasize about a dream coach for
the Cats.

“We could bring in (Steve)
Spurrier. We could bring in
Bill Walsh (Huh? Isn't he like
80 years old?) We could bring
whoever you want to bring in.
and they still have to line up
and put these players in posi.
tion to execute with the cur-
rent situation." Brooks said.
(See. it‘s OK for Brooks to say
his players aren‘t that great.
but you can't.)

“This is a total problem
that belongs to me right now."
Brooks said. “I didn‘t create it
~~ I'm trying to fix it."

Sorry. Coach. for creating
this problem.

From now on. we (the fans
and media) will just follow
your lead.

You tell us when things get
really bad.





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TECHCHECK I not just for geeks

Crystal Little
Features Editor
Phone: 2574915

E-mail; clittleeiliyliernelcom


Choosing digital cameras is a snap

Eds. note: This is the first
of a two-part series on cam-
eras and camcorders.

A n a -
logue is defi-
nitely out 7
digital is de-
cidedly in.

W i t h
things con-
stantly be-
c o m i n g
s m a l 1 e r.
faster and
more ad-
vanced. it
can be diffi-
cult to keep
up. (That's where having a lo-
cal tech guy who keeps up
with these things can save
you time. money and the
headache of all the research
you have to do to make a
smart choice 7— this is where
I come in.)

There are many advan-
tages to going with digital
pictures over the old 35mm.
You can review a picture on
the camera's LCD screen
right after taking a shot.
which means no more awk<
ward pictures of your shoe
or the inside of your camera
case. Best of all. that also
means you never miss a good
shot ~ if it‘s messed up. you
can retake it.

Digital photography also
equals privacy: You can print
pictures from your home
computer or from a photo
printer with a built-in memo-
ry card reader. Newer print-
ers have Bluetooth « you can
print pictures wirelessly
from a cell phone or personal
digital assistant. (Anyone
who‘s seen One Hour Photo
can appreciate the comfort of
this feature).

While it's true that digital
equipment costs more than
instant Polaroid models. digi»
tal will save you money over
time. You'll never purchase
film again. and you develop
only the pictures you want.
as opposed to paying for



every single print on a roll.
Your only costs are ink. pa-
per and batteries.

When looking for a digital
camera. ask yourself. "What
am I really going to do with
this camera?“

If you print pictures. also
ask. “How large will I print
my pictures?" The three most
common sizes are 4-by45. 5-by-
7 and 8-by-10.

Once you know the an-
swer to these questions. find.
ing a model becomes a lot

The measure of resolu~
tion for a digital camera is
the "megapixel." Megapixel
means “million pixels.“ so it
is the number of little col-
ored dots that makes up your
image. The more tnegapixels
your camera has. the higher
the resolution.

But before you spend too
much on a camera. let me
clarify a point: The human
eye is incapable of discern-
ing the difference between
pixels at a certain scale. so if
you only print small pictures
or only view images on your
computer. you don't need as
many megapixels as someone
who prints larger ones.

In general. if you are the
type who only prints out a 4
by-6 the picture size you
normally get from a photo
lab W then you need to look
for a two-to-three megapixel

This will allow you to dig-
itally zoom. crop and still
print out a quality product.
The larger your prints be-
come. the more megapixels
you Will need. (‘urrently you
can find cameras with any
where from two megapixels
to 11.1 megapixels.

Another feature people of
ten look for is zoom There
are two types of zoom in a
camera. optical and digital.

You'll want to look for op
tical zoom. as it doesn‘t hurt
picture quality. With optical
zoom. the camera lens bends

light to enhance it before it
ever enters the camera's sen~

Think of it as "glasses"
for your camera because
it‘s just light bending. not a
digital alteration. each pixel
remains unique for the best
outcome. Most cameras will
feature a 3x optical zoom; it
enhances what your eye can
see by three times. You can
get tnore than this. but be
prepared to limit your selec
tion and pay more.

Digital zoom. on the other
hand. hurts picture quality.
Essentially digital zoom
crops pictures the outside
edges of your shot are re-
moved. leaving the area in
which you wish to "zoom" in.

The picture is then
stretched to fill the print area
with fewer pixels. anti the im—
age appears larger at a lower
resolution. Because many
free software titles will allow
you to do this after you im~
port the picture to your com
puter. don‘t let digital zoom
be a real selling point when
you’re shopping around.

The last major feature is
the type of battery used. and
the two main types on the
market are AA and lithium

With AA batteries. expect
30 to 40 shots for every two
batteries in the camera. or
roughly an hour with the
LCD screen powered on. If
you opt to go with AA. it‘s
wise to pick up a set of
rechargeable ones they'll
end up saving you money

Lithium batteries will
last about 2:30 to 300 shots per
charge. with tnost charging
in as little as 30 minutes. The
downside: running out of
juice. You either have to car»
ry a spare battery or stop
what you're doing an