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Perhaps you recall an item in this space last month about Brazilian soccer superstar Romario, whose luxury car, cash, and cell phone were stolen by thieves who recognized him on a Rio de Janeiro street. Aiming higher still, would-be robbers in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, approached a chauffeur-driven limo stopped at a traffic light. They demanded the valuables of all those inside. But, recognizing one of them as Pelé, the top star in Brazilian soccer history, they apologized and left empty-handed.

LIQUID REFRESHMENT

Despite the highly competitive nature of the hotel industry, a German chain openly admits there's something fishy about the amenities it offers. But it hopes that will be a lure for business travelers. The Derag Group is installing an aquarium in each room, stocked with goldfish. After a long day of doing deals, Derag ads say, they're calming and "better than watching television."

Children still missing out on health insurance, study finds

A report released this week by Families USA says in 12 states with the most uninsured children health-coverage losses stemming from welfare reform have canceled out many of the gains of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program. Established in 1997, that program allows states to bring low-income children into Medicaid or to create other health programs for those not covered. The Families USA study found that enrollment of youngsters in health-insurance programs in the 12 states with the most uninsured children has declined by nearly 220,000 since 1996. Those states:

Arizona

California

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Louisiana

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Texas

- Reuters

Compiled by Robert Kilborn,

Lance Carden, and Ross Atkin

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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