CALIFORNIA The 30-by-10-foot display of maps and artifacts highlights the little-known role that Mexicans of African descent played in the early settlement of California. African Mexicans were present throughout California when the state still was a part of Mexico. Africans in Mexico and Alta California were physically assimilated into Mexican society by the end of the 18th century.

CYBERIA The arrangement of the graves could reveal the culture's view of interpersonal relationships, Garman said. THE GRAVEYARD business is just not what it used to be. So Green-Wood Cemetery, the huge and historic burial ground in Brooklyn, is taking its first slow steps toward a new identity: tourist attraction. There are many reasons -- historical, sociological and financial -- for these efforts. Then there is the belief that graveyards full of visitors may discourage thieves intent on stealing their Tiffany glass windows or bronze statues. David Pollack, staff archaeologist for the Kentucky Heritage Council, estimates that there were no more than 5,000 to 10,000 people living in what is now Kentucky when the current millennium began. To follow the Trail, request a map of the National Park Service's automobile route from the Trail of Tears Association, 1100 N. University, Suite 133, Little Rock, Ark. 72207-6344. Researchers examined four cores containing ice between 500 and 140 000 years old from three sites in Greenland. Sure enough, the telltale RNA was present. The frozen viruses were probably still infectious. The team says that a brief rise in temperature could unleash the entombed viruses. If released, they could cause outbreaks of disease. Viruses might be a complex mishmash of highly evolved ones and others that have taken a holiday from evolution in cold storage. The Vermont Historical Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the return of the former first lady's ring and the arrest and arraignment of the person responsible for the theft. Financial Times 02-Sep-1999 Scientists have discovered a mathematical curve that seems to explain seemingly random events. The breakthrough could have far-reaching consequences. A study suggested that the worst incidents occurred more often than indicated by official predictions, which were based on the bell-shaped curve. The new curve tails off less steeply than its bell-shaped counterpart, suggesting that the rarest events will occur more often than predicted by the Gaussian model.