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Let's say you're a man who happily spends fall Saturday and Sunday afternoons in front of a TV set, watching football. That pretty much makes you a couch potato, right? Not in Austin, Texas. Later this month, when the hometown Texas Longhorns play their annual showdown game against Texas A&M, male viewers will instead be "performance artists." A columnist for the American-Statesman plans to set up big-screen TVs in the newspaper's parking lot visible from 100 recliners on the nearby Congress Avenue Bridge. The scene is to be entitled "The Remote."

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Then there's Carly Stipe, whose contribution to an exhibit at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minn., has been stolen. But she's not upset. In fact, the theft apparently illustrates exactly what she was trying to express. Her work: a dress made of $1 bills. The show was an exploration of "the seven deadly sins," and the garment was supposed to arouse greed in the viewer.

New study finds Atlanta is most-segregated US city

University of Michigan researchers studying residential segregation in the 107 largest US cities report that in one-third of them blacks were extremely isolated. David Williams, a co-author, says racism is largely to blame for the segregated housing patterns. "Because of good historical reasons, many African-Americans are afraid to live in mixed racial areas," he said, noting that segregation levels in major cities have declined only slightly since the late 1960s, when the federal government passed laws designed to eliminate housing discrimination. The nation's most racially segregated cities, according to the study:

1. Atlanta

2. Cleveland

3. Detroit

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4. Chicago

5. Gary, Ind.

6. Jackson, Miss.

7. Baltimore

8. Washington

9. St. Louis

10. Birmingham, Ala.

- The Detroit News

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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