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| Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003

Major League Baseball is discussing the addition of an extra wild-card team per league to play in a best-of-three series. Winners would advance to an expanded best-of-seven divisional series that's now the best-of-five. And who said baseball and Christmas carols don't mix• ... That great big new federal bureaucracy known as the Transportation Safety Administration pushed prospective baggage-screeners through training by effectively giving them final exam answers, a Homeland Security review concludes. Feel more "secure"• ... The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Work Force says college tuition costs have risen so high so fast because of, ta-da , government subsidies. Such "free" money has emboldened institutions of higher education to jack up their prices. Gee, we've been saying this for years. ... Not quite three weeks after One of America's Newspapers issued a Chicken Little editorial page warning about the effects of OPEC's production cut -- the economy "teeters" on it, the Toledo, Ohio, P-G clucked -- the Energy Department said heating oil prices could decline by 8 percent. Mr. Little also wrung his hands over potential higher gasoline prices and took a swipe at "affluent" SUV owners. But the Energy Department says gasoline prices, which have fallen markedly in the past month, should remain stable through the winter. These loosey-goosey mud hens must think the public is a bunch of Henny Pennys.

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