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UH, DRUG-FREE ZONES?

More teens have seen drug deals at school than in their neighborhood, a new survey says. Want the scary statistics? The survey, conducted for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, found this: 41 percent of high schoolers and 18 percent of middle schoolers had witnessed drug deals on school grounds.

Compare that with the 25 percent of high schoolers and 12 percent of middle schoolers who had seen drug deals in their neighborhoods.

Also, one-fourth of high school students said a kid in their school had died from an alcohol- or drug-related incident in the past year.

THIS IS ONLY A TEST

Chelsea Clinton's dad, the president, is pushing for fourth- through eighth-graders to have national tests. He says schoolkids should have to meet set standards before they can advance. He wants fourth-graders across the United States to be tested in reading and eighth-graders in math. Opponents say the government shouldn't butt in on school business like that.

HOME, SWEET HOME

If any of you sports stars make the 2004 Olympic team, you'll be going to Greece! The Greek city of Athens has been awarded those Summer Games, sending the Games back to their birthplace.

HE'S IN THE BOOK

The recently published comic book "Squadron Supreme" reportedly contains the ashes of late Marvel Comics editor Mark Gruenwald. Before his death of a heart attack last year, he asked that his ashes be blended with ink and turned into a book.

-- Knight-Ridder

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