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PAGE THREE - FEBRUARY 19 - 25, 2001
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POLLING
Percentage of Understandable
Statistics Declining, Rate of
Decline in Upswing
Downtrend as proportion of total less now than 3 years ago, confusion ratio steady.
(see chart on right)

ENVIRONMENT
Norton Renames Alaskan Wilderness
Now it's "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Oil Drilling Field."
 
EDUCATION
Kansas School Board Votes, 7-3, to Allow Teaching of Evolution
Three "no" votes cast by chimpanzee board members.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
Census Missed Nearly
4 Million People

3,981,722 were not counted.
 
TRAVEL
Airline Mergers on Hold, Meanwhile Passengers Will Merge
TWA passengers will sit on laps of United seat holders.
 
ALSO IN THE NEWS ...
Court Rejects Kaczynski's Request for New Trial
Also rejects his request for bomb-making materials, postage.
PEOPLE
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
D.B. Cooper
(A lot has happened since D.B. Cooper jumped out of a Boeing 727 clutching a bag filled with $200,000. That was 1971, almost thirty years ago, and we thought it was time to catch up with the mysterious Mr. Cooper.)
Today he's a civil engineer, married, with three kids, and lives in a Dallas suburb. "I'm a big Cowboys fan," he told us over the phone when we asked him if he had a favorite football team. However, when we asked what he did with the $200,000, a lot of money in those days, he acted as if he had amnesia. Or maybe he just didn't want to talk about it. That might also explain why he lists himself as D.V. Cooperman in the Dallas phone directory, where we located him in the first place. But he was delighted to hear from us. "This is the biggest thing that's ever happened to me," he said when told this interview might appear on the Internet.

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