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CALL BACK IN ABOUT SIX YEARS

Making plans to attend the 2008 Olympic Summer Games now that they've been awarded to Beijing? Well, you can relax: Good lodging is still available. In fact, except for a block of 500 rooms promised to the official Olympics party, the city's hotel managers report that they aren't accepting reservations this far in advance. Not that would-be ticket-holders haven't already been inquiring, mind you. The upscale Beijing Hotel alone has logged 100 calls so far, many of them from US residents.

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IT'S OUR TURN NOW

Speaking of looking ahead, an innovative wall calendar is in the works for next year. Orders already are being accepted for "Lobstering Women of Maine," some of whom reportedly are "stunningly beautiful." No skimpy attire, however: The models pose in work clothes aboard their boats or on the piers where they ply their strenuous trade. Will the calendar sell? There's no reason to think it won't. It was inspired by the success of this year's "Bachelor Lobstermen of Maine."

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Webby Awards highlight 2001's best Internet sites

The popular and powerful online search engine Google won the Best Practices category in the fifth annual Webby Awards - the dot-com version of the motion picture industry's Oscars. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, among them movie director Francis Ford Coppola and rock star David Bowie, and announced in San Francisco Wednesday. Selected winners of the fifth annual Webby Awards:

Commerce: www.travelocity.com

Education: www.nationalgeographic.com

Fashion: www.hintmag.com

Finance: finance.yahoo.com

Humor: www.theonion.com

Kids: www.factmonster.com

Music: www.sputnik7.com

News: www.inside.com

Politics: www.opensecrets.org

Science: plus.maths.org

Sports: www.swell.com

Travel: www.expedia.com

- Associated Press

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor

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