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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn and Kristen Broman-Worthington / March 19, 2002



ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?

If you missed it, the world apparently has a new sit-up champion. As physical-education students did the counting, weight-training instructor Edmar Freitas ripped off 111,000 ab crunchers in 24 hours earlier this month in Curitiba, Brazil, pausing each hour for a coconut-milk and energy-bar break. That averages out to – puff – about 77 a minute. He's seeking confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records that he has, in fact, surpassed American Bill Evans, who did 103,000 over the same span.

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Which states do most for small business in Congress

Idaho legislators had a perfect voting score last year on issues important to small businesses and their owners, according to an annual survey by the Washington-based Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC). The group graded each state's delegation on the basis of 12 votes each in the House and Senate – on matters such as limiting regulation, eliminating the "death tax," expanding markets overseas, and affordable health care. The delegation rated most hostile: Massachusetts. The 10 most small-business-friendly states, with their scores, as graded by the SBSC:

1. Idaho 100%

2. Alaska 97%

3. Kentucky 96%

(tie) New Hampshire 96%

5. Oklahoma 92%

6. Wyoming 91%

7. Kansas 88%

8. Alabama 87%

9. Utah 85%

10. Nebraska 82%

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