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April 8, 2002

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Florida: Napkins carry message of awareness campaign

Watch your drink.

That is what the Florida Department of Health is warning bar and nightclub patrons this month by distributing 200,000 napkins imprinted with the slogan.

The napkins are an effort to prevent the spread of date rape drugs as part of the agency's Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign.

About 80 percent of sexual assaults occur while the victim is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the health department.

"Watch your drink. Stay safe from club drugs," is imprinted on the front of the napkins. Inside, drinkers can find information on how to prevent sexual assault and help lines for victims.

San Francisco: Study: baby aspirin lowers colon cancer risk

A daily baby aspirin modestly reduces the risk of colon cancer by preventing the growth of ominous polyps, according to a major study released Sunday.

Based on a variety of indirect evidence, scientists have long speculated that aspirin protects against this kind of cancer. But the new study is the first to put the idea to a rigorous test.

The experiment was intended to see if aspirin prevents a recurrence of polyps after the growths have been removed during routine colonoscopies. It found the 80-milligram baby asprin size taken daily reduces this risk by 19 percent.

The dose is the same one already taken by millions of Americans to prevent heart attacks.

Indiana: Fire damages dorm at DePauw University

More than 300 DePauw University students were evacuated Sunday morning when a fast-moving fire burned through a residence hall built in 1917. None of the students was injured, authorities said.

The fire at Rector Hall apparently began on the fourth floor, which later collapsed from the fire and intense heat. The blaze sent thick, black smoke rising above the school in Greencastle.

Students in two adjacent buildings were evacuated as a precaution, and authorities went from room to room to check that everyone got out safely. Rector Hall houses 116 students.

Colorado: Dust storm suspected in 30-car pileup on I-70

Nineteen people were treated for minor injuries Sunday after a 30-car pileup that police believed was caused by a dust storm.

Police briefly closed a six-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in both directions after a series of accidents, Grand Junction police spokesman Dave Krouse said.

The injured people were all released from the hospital by late afternoon.

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