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STATE NOTES RISE IN PEOPLE SIGNING UP TO DONATE ORGANS

The number of New Yorkers willing to donate an organ has tripled over the past eight months, according to Health Commissioner Antonia Novello.

Novello and Commissioner Raymond Martinez of the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced that as of June 1, 103,674 New Yorkers were enrolled in the state's Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.

The would-be donors range from 3 to 90 years old. The largest number -- nearly 11,000 -- were 21 or 22 years old.

The Organ and Tissue Donor Registry was created in June 2000 so individuals could inform their families of their wishes to be donors.

New Yorkers can enroll by checking a box on their driver's license or nondriver identification card, enrolling online or by sending a Uniform Donor Registry form to the state Health Department or an organ procurement organization.

Street where 2 died called
popular with drag racers

OCEANSIDE (AP) -- The street where two drag-racing sports cars careened out of control, killing two people, is a popular spot for racing, residents say.

Sunday's wreck left the cars unrecognizable twisted lumps of metal, with debris strewn along the roadway.

Residents in this Long Island suburb said racing, and wrecks, were common on that strip of road.

Witnesses told police that the drivers of a Lamborghini and a Corvette were speeding and weaving in and out of traffic for several blocks before the Lamborghini smashed head-on into a Volvo.

The Corvette, which had a vanity plate that read, "LOV2XLR8" (Love to Accelerate), lost control and hit a parked school bus, police said. Its driver, Kevin Hart, 27, was treated for minor injuries. He was charged with two counts of manslaughter.

Police said the Lamborghini crossed into the northbound lanes to pass a Cadillac but could not get back into the southbound side fast enough to avoid hitting the Volvo, killing both drivers.

Long Island physicist called
top choice as Bush adviser

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Long Island physicist has emerged as the leading candidate to be President Bush's science adviser, the New York Times reported Monday.

John H. Marburger III, the director of Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, was president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1980 to 1994.

The science adviser is director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and nominees are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

One of the first tasks for the new adviser will be to review the nation's energy efficiency. The adviser also is expected to counsel Bush on stem cell research, the human genome, nuclear weapons, bioterrorism, space, endangered species and the Internet.

Marburger, 60, told the Times he is a Democrat but not active in politics. He did not confirm that he has been chosen for the job but said the selection process was "nearing its end."

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