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Dirty Laundry Stays In-House

<TAB>St. Agnes Hospital and its chief executive officer are not affiliated with a laundry facility that was one of the planned targets of a demonstration yesterday by Johns Hopkins University students, according to a hospital spokesman.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Members of the Student-Labor Action Coalition at Hopkins yesterday planned to protest at Up-to-Date Laundry in South Baltimore to encourage local hospitals

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TECHNOCATION: High Tech Quandary: Help or Hindrance?

Technology is here to help us. It is not an end unto itself.<@SM><@SM><TAB>We all know this is true, but what does it really mean? How do we learn when to embrace technology and when to leave it alone? Recognizing its limitations while accepting the ubiquity of technology is increasingly becoming a necessary part of being human in the year 2000.

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Congress Stuck on Sick-Worker Comp

<TAB>Congressional negotiations on a compensation plan for thousands of people made sick by their work at nuclear weapons plants broke down Monday, less than a week after ill workers came to Capitol Hill and begged lawmakers to find a compromise.<@SM><@SM><TAB>House and Senate conferees negotiating differences on the Defense Authorization Act reached an impasse on the compensation issue and dropped it from their discussions.

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Vodafone Sets Up Internet Fund

<TAB>British mobile telecommunications company Vodafone Group PLC yesterday said it plans to create a fund for Internet and wireless investments.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The fund initially will be capitalized at $145 million with the average investment ranging from $2.9 million to $14.5 million, the company said. The funds will be targeted initially at first- and second-stage investment opportunities.

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Study: Irregular Heartbeats Signal Group At-Risk for Dying of Stroke

<TAB>Apparently healthy men with frequent out-of-sync heartbeats during stress testing run more than twice the usual risk for dying of heart disease or stroke, a study shows.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Such people have generally been viewed as healthy. The study shows they need more evaluation and extended follow-up for any early symptoms of cardiovascular disease, doctors said.

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Gays, Others See Better Benefits

More companies are offering employee health benefits to same-sex couples, including 22 organizations in Maryland, according to a <a href="http://www.hrc.org/pubs/SOW_execsumm2000.asp">Human Rights Campaign report</a> released yesterday.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Domestic partner health benefits are making life easier for both homosexual couples and unmarried heterosexual couples at Maryland companies like Discovery Channel Inc. and Marriott International, both based in Bethesda.

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Students to Renew Laundry Protest

A group of Johns Hopkins University students has planned a demonstration today at a Baltimore laundry as part of an ongoing protest against what students say are substandard working conditions at the facility they consider to be Hopkins-related.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Student-Labor Action Committee said protesters will appear at 3 p.m. at the Up-to-Date Laundry on Wilkens Avenue in southwest Baltimore.

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Joke’s Over: Baltimore Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases

<br /><br />Once the brunt of a late-night parody, the city’s infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases are plummeting and now a source of pride for health officials.<br /><br />The city’s top health official said syphilis rates have plunged 66 percent in the last two years, a far cry from when “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno took shots at what was then the highest rate in the nation.

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