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The Future of 'RU 486' is Assured

At first I thought this was in reference to a Russian model of the 486 WinTel PC, but it turns out that it concerns the so-called 'abortion pill,' developed in France. Until now manufactured by Hoechst subsidiary Roussel-Uclaf - the parent company has given the green light to give away the license to whoever wants it, and will cease manufacture of the pill.

The companies have been plagued in the US and France by anti-abortion groups, and it looked like continued marketing of it was going to be a headache for them.

The original developer of the molecule that is the secret of RU 486, is quite happy with this turn of events. For one thing, while it was under control of the pill giants, no further research was done on it - and this can now continue from where it left off.

The other thing is that a small company has bought up the existing two year's worth of stocks from Hoechst and is busy putting them into new boxes, for sale to the public. This new company has no great number of stockholders and should not, in principle, be subject to financial pressure from groups of objectors.

Getting Ready for the World-Cup

Paris did this on Thursday by having a strike of newspaper distributor employees. Journalists must have taken the day off too, because there is not much news - fit for Metropole - in Friday's editions.

However, I was on the job and 50 percent alert. On the way back from taking my family to Roissy, I noticed the new stadium - 'Le Stade de France' - being built for the football games next year. Since it is about as big as Texas, I don't know how I missed seeing on the way to the airport - only 50 percent alert!

Friday's Le Parisien, therefore, features it in a full-color double-page spread, and a darn good thing too - because I would have forgotten that I'd seen it while all my colleagues were on strike or asleep.

All I can think of to say about it is, if it rains and the rain falls straight down, the players will get wet. The spectators will stay dry. If bullfights are ever held in it, there will be far more 'Sombre' seats than 'Sol.'

And Now the Sports News for Unserious Fans

The traditional Paris-Roubaix bicycle race takes place tomorrow. This race is unusual for several reasons. It usually rains on the day Paris-Roubaix paving stones of the race and I do not think it will tomorrow - Sunday Update! It didn't.

Would you trade this for forty miles of barbed-wire?

The other reason the race is unusual, is that a large part of it is run over very rough cobblestone roads - 50 kilometres of them. The last reason the race is unusual, is that it starts from Compiègne, not Paris, and goes to Roubaix, and not the other way around.

This year's race - the 95th edition - will cover 266 kilometres and the average speed will be about 45 km per hour. Lack of wet, slippery, greasy cobblestones will no doubt dampen the true bike racing fans' joy, but will allow a greater number of ordinary fans to see their favorite racers for a change.

24 Hour Motorcycle Race, at Le Mans?

This may be totally erroneous despite the TV-Sports news photo. I saw this on TV tonight before tomorrow's race, Moto: 24 Hours at Le Mans? but on checking the paper I find no mention of any motorcycle races, except in Malaysia.

The 'big cubes' may be racing somewhere, nearer you than here.

Sunday Update! - Somebody won this race on some sort of motorcycle, somewhere. No matter where you are on this little planet of ours, you can be sure that somebody, somewhere, is winning some sort of sporting competition, probably at this very moment. But I never know the score.

Also on Saturday, I received an eMail from a reader in Malaysia, and if such a race did take place there and the score is known, they should send it to me as quickly as possible, because there may be other Metropole readers who do not care for my cavalier treatment of SportsNews - and I may be able to buy them off with a true score.

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