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Many criminals go to great lengths to conceal their identity. Not James Newsome. He robbed a convenience mart in Fort Smith, Ark., last year wearing a hard hat with his name on it. Unfortunately for him, the store clerk correctly described it to authorities. They traced it to a company where he used to work, where it turned up in a trash bin. Soon, Newsome turned up, too. Said the lead prosecutor after his trial: "Could he have been smarter about the way he tried to cover things up? Yes, he could have."

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That was some gig the Irish pop band Westlife landed last weekend. The setting was a lush tropical palace. The payoff: $4 million for a half-hour's work - just seven numbers. It was a command performance for the Sultan of Brunei, one of the world's richest men, and 49 members of his family. And when not playing, the 20-somethings had the use of one of the sultan's Porsche sportscars.

Survey's final answer: Money can't buy me love

For all the hype of millionaire game shows, Americans are leery of the moral effects of wealth, a recent survey by Modern Maturity magazine revealed. More than 80 percent of the poll's 2,500 adults of all ages said having a lot of money makes people too greedy. And a third answered no when asked if they'd like to be rich; three-quarters said they were at least relatively happy with the lifestyle they can afford. The percentage who said money can't buy:

Love 92%

Family togetherness 76%

Self-esteem 76%

Self-fulfillment 69%

Good health 65%

Peace of mind 52%

- Reuters

(c) Copyright 2000. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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