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Race of Time To Protect Sites

<br /><br />Yellow netting stretches across blackened acreage and sheets of metal are tacked up to keep winter’s force from archaeological treasures left vulnerable by wildfires.<br /><br />With autumn rains already falling, 50 archaeologists and construction workers are working as quickly as they can among the ancient cliff dwellings tucked into the canyon walls of Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado.

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BANKING

<b><u>Bank of America Gets Good Grades</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Company Earns Highest Overall Mark Given in NAACP Consumer Report Card</i><@SM><@SM><TAB>Bank of America, the largest bank in Maryland in terms of market share, received the highest overall grade given by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in its first consumer report card on the banking industry.

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Venture Capitalists Invest $16 Billion in Start-Ups in Third Quarter

<TAB>Despite mounting pressure to stem the flow from their financial spigots, venture capitalists poured $16.1 billion into startups in the third quarter, with most of the money streaming into Internet-related business.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The venture capital flow hardly qualifies as a drought, but virtually everyone connected to the industry agrees the pattern of investment has changed drastically, moving away from e-commerce businesses focused on selling products and services to consumers and shifting toward startups that are devoted to making the Internet run more smoothly.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Still Critical

<TAB>Eunice Kennedy Shriver remained in critical condition but is showing signs of improvement, her son said yesterday.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy, entered Johns Hopkins Hospital more than a week ago for treatment of a postoperative infection.

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