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O ther than a story about the media's role in organ transplants and a look back at John Glenn's space flight, there's not a whole lotta News in News & Opinion this week. Instead, the scales are dizzyingly tipped toward Opinion.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with having opinions as long as you can back them up with details, articulate arguments and, most importantly, attitude. So prepare to enjoy the following opinionated offerings.

We start off with a piece in praise of Casey Martin, the disabled golfer who won the right to use a golf cart during PGA competitions. Sure, a piece in favor of this "coup for the crippled" is hardly controversial, but reading it's still more exciting than actually watching golf.

If you've managed to read this far, you're probably not the sort of person who will appreciate this column about ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder. The piece contains some hilarious lines, but I can't remember them right now, and besides, I really should be moving along to....

A couple of articles on lying: Captain Opinion tells the truth about lies in his (her?) editorial regarding President Clinton's behavior, while Michael Ventura, whose Letters at 3 a.m. columns often read as if they were written during the middle of the day, weighs in on both lying and the Indonesian food riots. Talk about hard to swallow!

On the home front, be sure to check in on Margaret Renkl's discussion of her toddler's talking habits, or Walter Jowers's tall tales about radioactive pigeons. (Does Walter flip through an urban-legend book when brainstorming ideas for his columns?)

Or you could just cut to the quick stuff and read the tantalizingly brief Odds & Ends and Mr. Smarty Pants. AADD or no, they're always worthy of one's scattered attention.

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Volume I, Issue 38
February 23 - March 2, 1998

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Waiting on the News
Patients needing organ transplants often see the media as their last resort. [2]
Lauren Mutter

John Glenn Orbits Earth
36 Years Ago This Week. [3]
Sue Schuurman

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Casey Martin's Triumph
The disabled golfer's legal win was good for the game, too. [4]
Mary Webb

I Can't Wait to Get ADD!
In the fast-paced modern world, it's the people without Attention Defecit Disorder who suffer. [5]
Marion Winik

Letters at 3AM
Sins in the numbers; the Indonesian food riots. [6]
Michael Ventura

With Liberty and Lying for All
Angry young man or cranky old fart? You decide! [7]
Cap'n O

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Vocabulary Tested
Margaret Renkl finds that communication breakdown is easy when when you're talking to a toddler. [8]
Margaret Renkl

Save the Hot Pigeons
Radioactive pigeons get the drop on Walter Jowers. [9]
Walter Jowers

Odds & Ends
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside. [10]
Devin D. O'Leary

Mr.Smarty Pants
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia. [11]
R.U. Steinberg

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