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Posted: January 19, 1993

ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR OF LATE PUBLICATION

Just as we prepare to swear in the first sitting governor elected president in 60 years, a book that's been gathering dust since the administration of the last such president has arrived in Texas bookstores.

The book is the Works Progress Administration's Dallas Guide and History, one of hundreds created by Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal agency for cities across the nation.

The guide was to have been released in the 1940s, but a little thing called World War II got in the way.

The manuscript sat on a shelf at the Dallas public library for decades, consulted frequently by writers, historians and scholars but unknown to the public.

Now, finally, the University of North Texas Press has printed it.

Maybe they should've called it the Works-in-Progress Administration.

CONTEST BREAKS ONE OF THE LAST GREAT WALLS OF CHINA

Mr. and Miss Beijing. Come out, come out, whoever you are.

As part of its campaign to capture the 2000 Summer Olympics, China's capital is holding a competition to choose the man and woman who best ''exemplify the spirit and style of Beijing's people." So says the Beijing Evening News.

Only high school graduates 18 to 30 years old, in good health with ''regular features" are deemed worthy candidates, the report emphasizes.

The winner will be selected based on etiquette, physique and ability to speak English. Knowledge about the Olympic Games counts, too.

However, the newspaper carefully refrains from calling the contest a beauty pageant.

It describes it instead as an event to welcome representatives from the International Olympic Committee who will inspect Beijing as a potential site for the games.

The winners will be given top-grade imported stereo and photographic equipment.

Let the pageant - er, contest - begin!

AUSTRALIA TAKES LOW ROAD TO REPTILIAN REDISCOVERY

Road kill. It's more than just grist for a funny cookbook. It's science!

Yes, a poor, brown snake that met an unfortunate end under a car in Australia has become a posthumous smash in the world of reptiles.

The contents of the snake's stomach revealed a pygmy blue tongue lizard, a species that scientists thought was extinct. It had last been seen in 1959.

Scientists subsequently located a colony of the lizards thriving under grass tussocks. And now, a group has been transported to the Adelaide Zoo as part of a breeding program.

Despite its name, the pygmy blue tongue lizard has a pink tongue.

Sure, next they'll be telling us about pink elephants. That fly.

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