Roadshow for Media in Atlanta

--Not every name on display at the upcoming Democratic National Convention will belong to famous politicians. Most of the blue and white banners designating thoroughfares in the media village in the Georgia World Congress Center will bear names such as Thomas Jefferson Avenue and Woodrow Wilson Boulevard. But there will also be Myers Lane, Podrazik Lane and Latimore Lane. The "streets" run between trailers of electronic equipment and blue-curtained makeshift newsrooms. "We had a huge space," said Neel Latimore, press gallery supervisor. "So we had to come up with something" that would help people find their work areas in about 339,000 square feet of exhibit halls. Jim Thompson, manager of the general contracting firm for the World Congress Center, suggested using presidents' names, Latimore said. But "we ran out of Democratic presidents," he said with a grin. So the side streets are named after himself and co-directors of media arrangements Cindy Myers and Wally Podrazik.

--In 1896, the citizens of Indiana donated a 39-piece silver set for a battleship named after their state. Now Indiana's First Lady Josie Orr wants it back. "The Navy didn't pay for it, the state didn't pay for it, the federal government didn't pay for it. The citizens of Indiana paid for it," the wife of Gov. Robert D. Orr said. When the Indiana was decommissioned after World War I, the set was transferred to the heavy cruiser Indianapolis, which was sunk in 1945. Mrs. Orr believes all 39 pieces should be on display in Indianapolis until the Navy commissions another ship bearing the state's name. Most of the serving set, which was designed by Tiffany & Co., is aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz. Four pieces are on display at the governor's Indianapolis residence, and one bowl, damaged during the Spanish-American War, is at the Statehouse.

--Former Rep. John W. Jenrette Jr. announced that he will be spokesman for the new John Jenrette Center for the Children of Alcoholics in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The center will focus on preteens and direct people to substance-abuse programs. It will also sponsor a summer camp for children who have an alcoholic parent. "I've seen these children. They're generally neglected and cannot communicate," he said. Jenrette, a Democrat, has said his own alcoholism contributed to his involvement in the federal Abscam scandal. He was convicted in 1980 of conspiracy and accepting a bribe. Jenrette, who represented South Carolina's 6th District for six years, lost his bid for reelection in 1980.

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