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The idea was to brighten Chicago's O'Hare Airport by seeding wildflowers along its runways as part of a beautification program. They'd bloom in profusion, lending welcome natural color to the world's busiest transportation hub. Everyone would be pleased. One man even saw an opportunity to get a jump on the plan by doing a little seeding of his own. But police found his cultivated marijuana plants adjacent to the field, then the planter himself when he showed up to check on them.


As a new member of NATO, the Czech Republic sees an opportunity to downsize its Soviet-style armed forces. And, indeed, the chief of staff has just such a plan. But it's voluntary; those targeted can choose whether to go or stay. Lt. Gen. Jiri Sedivy has given his staff one year to learn English so they can participate in alliance meetings - or be fired. As it stands now, he says, all they report on returning from such trips is that "it was nice there."

Silicon Valley, Dallas top the list of US high-tech centers

After a survey of more than 300 metropolitan regions, the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, Calif., has released a ranking of the leading US high-technology centers. The study evaluates the density and output of 14 industries - from computers, electronics, and data processing to pharmaceuticals, communications, and aerospace. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the ranking is the No. 2 spot given Dallas as a result of its concentration of communications firms, among them GTE Corp. It is also the US headquarters for such foreign-owned telecommunications firms as Nortel, Ericsson, and Fujitsu. The study's top 10:

1. Silicon Valley (California)

2. Dallas

3. Los Angeles/Long Beach

4. Boston

5. Seattle

6. Washington

7. Albuquerque, N.M.

8. Chicago

9. New York

10. Atlanta

- Reuters

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