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TALK TO OUR LAWYERS It was OK with an elder of New Zealand's Maori people to be photographed pressing noses with President Clinton last week when the latter attended a regional economic conference there. And it's fine with the White House if the host country's Tourism Board wants to use the picture of the traditional tribal greeting to promote travel. Apparently, however, it's not OK with leaders of the indigenous people. Seeking to protect Maori intellectual property rights, they're insisting that royalties be negotiated first. No word yet on whether that shot is still as appealing to the tourism folks as it first was.

IT WON'T BE A SNEAK ATTACK In Argentina, the Navy is keeping close watch on a potential threat homing in on the southern coast. But although the thing is huge, rising 180 feet out of the sea, and has been assigned a code name - B10A - no military intercepts are planned. That's because the menace is an iceberg that broke off from Antarctica and is still 300 miles away.

Who's paid what among top leaders in nonprofit world The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a biweekly publication, recently conducted a survey of salaries in 246 US nonprofits - mainly by selecting from its own list of 400 organizations with the most private donations, but also making sure to include the nation's 20 richest private foundations. The highest-paid leaders in various nonprofit sectors, as revealed by the study (including reported 1998 pay, plus bonuses, benefits, and expenses for each):

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Private foundations: Linda Strumpf, Ford Foundation $852,911

Community foundations: Lorie Slutsky, New York Community Trust $469,502

Arts groups: Leonard Slatkin,

National Symphony Orchestra, Washington $838,174

Colleges/universities: Wayne Isom, Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, Cornell University $1,772,556

Environmental/animal-related groups: Matthew Connolly Jr., Ducks Unlimited of Memphis, Tenn. $408,913

- Associated Press

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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