No one is suggesting that Clarence Dupnik does nothing but sit around all day waiting for the phone to ring. But he could be forgiven if he did. That's because his office number isn't in the Tucson, Ariz., directory issued by Qwest Communications. So what, you ask? Well, Dupnik is the sheriff of Pima County. At that, he may be better off than last year, when the book misspelled his name and listed the department under "sewers." Qwest promises to correct the problem in the new edition, which is due out Sept. 1.


As you may know, this is the Golden Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Obviously, Britons are aware of that. Alas, as results of a new survey show, they don't seem especially excited about it. Six in 10 respondents to the poll by Market Opinion & Research International said they expect to regard her four-day ceremonial weekend in June as just another holiday. In the young-est cohort, 16 to 24, only 18 percent even cared about the lives of the royals, compared with 66 percent interested in the lives of "The Simpsons." Yes, the TV cartoon family.

That's rich; London leads as Europe's wealthiest 'region'

Inner London, where many of Britain's largest banks have their headquarters, is the European Union's richest region. That's according to a study by Eurostat, the EU statistics office, which ranked 211 regions by gross domestic product, using 1999 statistics. Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the EU, came in second. Réunion, a French territory in the Indian Ocean, and Ipeiros, Greece, tied for last. Eurostat's 10 richest EU regions:

1. Inner London

2. Brussels

3. Luxembourg

4. Hamburg, Germany

5. Ile de France (Paris)

6. Oberbayern, Germany

7. Vienna, Austria

8. Darmstadt, Germany

9. Utrecht, The Netherlands

10. Bremen, Germany

- Associated Press

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