There are thoughtless kids and then there's the teenager from Ahtme, Estonia, whose hope of competing in next spring's "olympiad" for young mathematicians may be dashed because of e-mail that he admits he sent. The unidentified student was fooling around in a computer class in school when he decided President Bush was personally responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and so should be issued a death threat - via the White House. Not surprisingly, the youth was tracked down, and the prank could cost him a visa to the US and his parents a fine. Said the school headmaster: "He is not a troublemaker [and] is deeply sorry for what he did."


In the Ukraine port city of Sevastopol, meanwhile, a retiree/ fitness buff has chosen a unique way of demonstrating concern that US retaliation for the attacks might lead to World War III: deep knee-bends - 2,060 of them. In just under 1-1/2 hours. Yes, she also is expected to submit her effort to the Guinness Book of World Records for consideration.

Apartments not easy to find for those in low-wage jobs

The average American must earn at least $13.87 an hour - almost three times the $5.15/hour minimum wage - to pay rent on a small two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. Its study is based on a government assessment of fair-market rent, or no less than 30 percent of gross income. Areas where rental housing is least and most affordable and the hourly wage a worker must earn to afford a two-bedroom apartment:

Most affordable

Gadsden, Ala. $7.37

Anniston, Ala. 7.71

Joplin, Mo. 7.85

St. Joseph, Mo. 7.96

Least affordable

San Francisco 33.60

San Jose, Calif. 30.62

Stamford/Norwalk, Conn. 26.62

Oakland, Calif. 23.90

Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y. 23.65

- Associated Press

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