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The New York Times

PETROL ADDITIVES -A panel is set to report that use of an additive in gasoline, which is meant to make the air cleaner, should be reduced because it dissolves easily in water and turns up in tap water when gasoline has leaked or spilled.

CHINA - As part of an expanding political campaign, Chinese authorities have detained government officials who are members of a spiritual movement that has been officially outlawed.

POT EATING FUNGUS - Florida's Office of Drug Control hopes to kill Florida's marijuana business by dusting suspected areas with a marijuana-eating, soil-borne fungus.

WOODSTOCK II - For almost three days, Woodstock 99 was in many ways what the promoters had hoped for: young people listening to music under sunny skies. Then came a rampage by thousands who looted and burned vendor's trailers and hammered their way into ATM machines.

SHIP CRIMES - Cruise-ship industry officials said the industry had developed for the first time a uniform standard requiring that all reports of crimes on board ships be relayed to law-enforcement authorities.

TOBACCO FIGHTBACK - In its largely successful campaign to defeat anti-smoking measures in Albany, the world's biggest cigarette maker has engaged in a lavish behind-the-scenes effort to win favor in the New York Legislature by buying gifts for lawmakers.

SCHOOL BUILDINGS - A decade after the State Legislature created the School Construction Authority and joined it with the New York City Board of Education, the breakdown in their relationship has been an obstacle in mending and expanding the school system by century's end.

CAB ERA ENDS -After three engines and nearly 1 million miles on the odometer, the last Checker cab in New York City is retiring.

IT TAX CREDIT - Executives in Silicon Valley are watching Congressional action on several tax cut proposals, hoping to build support for a permanent extension of a research and development tax credit that benefits many technology companies.

MURDER - A motel handyman who was dismissed as a suspect in the deaths of three sightseers last February at Yosemite National Park has confessed to the decapitation of a park naturalist last week and to the other three killings.

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