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Troubled waters

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Millions of dollars from fishing and boating used to pour into the small towns surrounding Lake Okeechobee. That flow has slowed to a trickle as the lake's level has dropped to a 12-year low, courtesy of water management officials and Mother Nature. But a fish biologist says it's good for the lake in the long run.

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'Hi, it's me. Just letting everyone know I have a cell phone'
Awaiting takeoff aboard a recent Delta flight from San Francisco to Tampa, I witnessed the high-tech cultural equivalent of Olympic synchronized swimming. In unison, dozens of passengers in row after row found their seats, immediately slapped cellular phones to their ears and pretty much said the same thing.

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Loose change
NOT JUST STUFFED SHIRTS: A survey released along with a PR book reveals many Fortune 1000 chief executives are just average guys. Thirty-three percent could name more members of television's Survivor cast than President Bush's Cabinet nominees. And 21 percent regularly watch the Simpsons.

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