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It may have been exhilarating, but it was also embarrassing. Last week actress Molly Ringwald - grinning and glamorous in a red gown - showed up at the premire in Los Angeles of "Love Stinks." After chitchatting with the media for a while, Ringwald realized something was distressingly wrong. It turned out that the gala for the new movie Ringwald was starring in, "Teaching Mrs. Tingle," was going on at the same time just around the corner. A chauffeur had dropped her off at the wrong theater.

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Speaking of embarrassment, we haven't been able to get something right this week to save our lives, so to speak. On Monday in this space, we gave the wrong Web site address for voting on whether Nabisco should replace the pineapple flavor in its Life Saver candy roll with watermelon or strawberry. On Wednesday, our correction was also flawed. So here is the Internet address again: Whew!

Poll indicates education is public's top funding priority

In a survey released Tuesday by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, respondents said they believe the federal government should put education at the top of its list for future funding. In the poll of 2,832 Americans conducted last year, 73 percent said they favored more funding for education - and only 7 percent said they wanted to cut such spending. In the annual poll, education has topped the list of respondents' spending priorities in two previous years, 1990 and 1996. Americans' 10 top funding priorities, as reflected in the survey:

1. Education

2. Health

3. The environment

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4. Crime fighting

5. Preventing drug use

6. Aiding big cities

7. Aiding blacks

8. Military defense

9. Space

10. Foreign aid

- Reuters

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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