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DON'T RECOGNIZE ME, DO YOU?

Hospital patients in Zarqa, Jordan, were giving their visitor an earful. The place, they complained, was run-down. The delays in treatment were lengthy. "Hmmm, too bad," the fellow said. No word, though, on what new King Abdullah intends to do about the gripes - except that aides expect him to continue stopping by in disguise at facilities around the country to see how things are going through the eyes of ordinary Jordanians.

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WE'RE ALL IMMIGRANTS HERE

Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker has been hit with another sanction for expressing harsh feelings about the ethnic makeup of his least-favorite city: New York. The heavy metal band Twisted Sister is asking that its tune "I Wanna Rock" no longer be played when he enters a game. "We have Hispanics in this band," one member said, "[and] Italians, Polish, Russians.... This is our way of saying his comments were not acceptable."

TEENS TELL RESEARCHERS: WE WANT CAREERS IN THE SCIENCES

America's mentors apparently are making inroads in encouraging teenagers to choose careers in the scientific disciplines. A nationwide survey by the Lemelson-MIT Program in Cambridge, Mass., with the help of Roper Starch Worldwide, found almost 50 percent of the male teenagers interviewed were interested in two science-related fields - inventing and medicine; 35 percent of females said they'd like to be doctors. The fields teens could choose, and the percentage for each:

Boys

Inventor 26%

Lawyer 24%

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Doctor 23%

Teacher 12%

Politician 4%

News reporter 3%

Girls

Doctor 35%

Teacher 26%

Lawyer 19%

News reporter 9%

Inventor 4%

Politician 2%

- PR Newswire

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