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In brief for March 7, 2007

Olympics 2016: They're only temporary In contrast to traditional Olympics bids that have would-be host cities constructing massive structures, both Chicago and Los Angeles--vying to host the 2016 Games--have proposed the construction of temporary stadiums. Chicago's plan would build a temporary stadium holding 80,000 that after the Games would be transformed into an open-air amphitheater seating just 5,000. L.A.'s plan would add a removable superstructure to the Coliseum, site of the both the 1932 and 1984 Games ...

Spring forward--fast! If you find it hard to remember when to set clocks forward an hour for Daylight Saving Time, this year will be tougher. Daylight-saving begins this Sunday, March 11-- three weeks earlier than usual--in most of the U.S. and Canada. The change was mandated by Congress to save energy, but it may cost business due to computer glitches affecting travel schedules and bank transactions. Companies with BlackBerrys and older computer applications must make manual adjustments or run software "patches" to revise internal clocks, says Time magazine. Even if fears of the millennium's "Y2K" hysteria are overblown, many companies will be aggravated by out-of-synch e-mail and Microsoft Outlook calendars, Time says ...

Quite an after-party Russian party planner Sergei Knayazev has gone far beyond ice sculptures and caviar. Helping the super-rich "relieve the pressure of money and its obligations," the planner known as "the producer" arranges for outrageous games for well-heeled clients, including reality games where players are bums--whoever has the most money at the end wins--and prostitutes, the L.A. Times reports.

Photo by© Kristian Gehradte

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