AID MONDAY. APRIL 30. 2001 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Rescued doctor arrives in Denver DENVER — A physician airlifted from the South Pole in an unprecedented winter rescue for treatment of a potentially life-threatening gall bladder ailment arrived happy and upbeat Sunday "I want a shower and a shave," Dr. Ronald S. Shemens- ki said, shrugging and smiling after arriving at Denver International Airport. "You keep seeing the same shirt on TV." Shemenski, who passed a gallstone while still at the bottom of the Earth, had traveled from the 24-hour darkness of the Antarctic winter to a sunny Rocky Mountain spring after his rescue from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station by the daring crew of a, twin-engine plane. Shemenski, 59, Oak Harbor, Ohio, had spent Saturday resting at Punta Arenas, Chile, before the long flight to Denver via Santiago and Miami. He came to Denver to be evaluated at Swedish Hospital in suburban Littleton, after being in contact with the hospital staff from the South Pole. Celebrity witnesses build interest in trial ATLANTA — Federal court officials scrambled to accommodate crowds of reporters and spectators wanting to see the trial of a strip club owner accused of building a $50 million fortune in part by providing prostitutes for celebrities. Atlanta's Gold Club is one of the most profitable nude clubs in the country, popular among convention-goers and visiting celebrities. Federal investigators say it is also a high-priced brothel that pumps cash into the Gambino crime family Jury selection was set to begin today for the trial of owner Steven Kaplan and six associates on charges including loan sharking, money laundering and bribing police officers. Prosecutors say Kaplan enjoyed setting up famous athletes with prostitutes. Gold Club employees also are accused of sending women to Miami, Las Vegas and Minneapolis for sex with celebrities or regular paying customers. From Wire Service Reports T ENTERTAINMENT T AUTOIUIOBILES Ford to lobby for booster seats By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. is mounting a campaign to persuade lawmakers in every state to require booster seats for children who are too big for child safety seats but too small to use adult seat belts alone. Three states — Washington, California and Arkansas — have passed laws requiring booster seats for children age 48, and about 20 other states are considering them. Booster seats can vary in appearance, but usually look like the seats children use at restaurant tables. They elevate the child so the seat belt fits properly across the shoulder and lap. Size is more important than rage in determining how long to use a booster seat. The federal government recommends that children from 40 to 80 pounds and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall should always use them. All states require car seats for the smallest children, usually up to 4 years old, but federal data show that less than 10 percent of children between 4 and 8 use booster seats. Ford wiU launch today a $30 million campaign that encourages parents to use the seats. It includes giving away 1 million booster seats. The Associated Press Melody Barnett, owner of Palace Costume and Prop Co., a Hollywood costume rental firm, stands In her men's room of costumes that has hundreds of shirts. Barnett's business has been hurt by the fear of a writers' strike and will continue to be affected even If there Is no strike. Costly dispute Hollywood could come to a halt if writers strike By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Here's a real cliffhanger for the end of the TV season: Will any of your favorite comedies and dramas return in time for the fall season? With a contract deadline looming at midnight Tuesday for Hollywood writers, the fate of scripted television shows and movies hangs in the balance. If the writers walk out, the first victims would be daily soap operas and late-night variety shows, followed by sitcoms and hour-long dramas if a strike drags on. "It might be the winter season before the public starts seeing a lot of new shows," said Doug Lieblein, a writer-producer on the CBS comedy "Yes, Dear." Studio officials and leaders of the Writers Guild of America are in last-minute negotiations aimed at closing a nearly $100 million gap in their demands. Both sides have said they are willing to compromise — but only a little. "The notion, which has been offered by some, that the gap between us can possibly be bridged by simply meeting in the middle is ill-informed and, unfortunately, a nonstarter for us," DreamWorks SKG studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg said. Walkout fears have strained Hollywood for months, with studios preparing for a dead zone in production by rushing film shoots and trying, mostly in vain, to stockpile scripts. Not only is Tuesday the last day of the writers union's contract for its 11,000 members, but agreements for the two performers' unions — the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — expire June 30. Back-to-back strikes could devastate the entertainment industry by delaying the TV season and new movie releases even more. Behind-the-scenes workers are planning for the possibility of a strike. Costume-maker John David Ridge is looking for business on Broadway "I'd have to lay off 18 to 25 really good seamstresses and tailors" if there were a strike, he PnonfoFri mmmmmmHmmmmmmmmmmmm^ Salina. Inc. \vww.proiitoprint.com • (785) 823-2285 •627 E. 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