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SPORTS SHRINE'S AFTERLIFE The old Municipal Stadium, demolished so a new home could be built on the same spot for pro-football team, is still attracting hundreds of visitors - and offering some great views to sportsmen. All for free. Rubble from the old structure has been converted into artificial reefs in the Lake Erie basin, creating a new habitat for fishes and divers.

FISHING FOR ANSWERS Meanwhile, officials of ABC's new quiz show were diving into reference books last week after a prime-time mistake cut short grad student David Honea's shot for $1 million. He had already won $32,000 on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" when asked which of the Great Lakes is second-largest in area to Lake Superior. Honea said Lake Huron; the show said Lake Michigan. After hours of fact-checking, it was decided he was on the mark. He'll be on-air again Aug. 29.

Caltech takes top spot in new survey of US colleges

The 1999 ranking of "America's Best Colleges" is in the issue of US News & World Report that goes on sale today. In its 13 annual rankings, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., has always been among the top 10. It was considered the No. 3 institution of higher education in the 1989 edition. But this year - for the first time - it's at the top of the list. The magazine used such criteria as a school's reputation among academics, the percentage of its students that go on to graduate, faculty pay, class size, financial resources, student-faculty ratios, and other indicators to measure its status. This year's Top 10:

1. California Institute of Technology

2. Harvard University

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4. Princeton University

(tie) Yale University

6. Stanford University

7. Duke University

(tie) Johns Hopkins University

(tie) University of Pennsylvania

10. Columbia University

- Associated Press

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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