Subject: Brazil Factoids
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 97 09:38:14 -0500
From: Miranda Barrows 

Greetings to all on this rainy Monday morning.  (At least it isn't 

I am happy to report that my jury service on Friday went very well. I was 
impaneled on a jury at Marlborough District Courthouse and named 
foreperson.  (I think they do this alphabetically.)  The trial ended that 
day, so I don't have to worry about jury service again for at least 
another three years.  

I got many and varied responses to last week's jury message - too many in 
fact, to send them all as this week's message.  However, I would like to 
share them, so I will try to organize them somehow and perhaps get them 
posted on the mmc web page.  Thanks to everyone who responded!

For today, I have some amusing "factoids" about Brazil, collected by Sue 

And, as always, please make your way to the lounge at 10 for coffee, 
edibles, and fellowship.

-Madam Foreperson


Subject:         Brazil hopes to raise $24 billion in property sales
Date:            Mon, 17 Feb 1997 15:21:05 PST

         BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuter) - The cash-strapped Brazilian  
government hopes to raise up to $24.5 billion by selling off 
property it does not use and in some cases does not even know 
it owns, an official said on Monday. 

Subject:   Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
Date:      Tue, 4 Mar 1997 10:22:14 PST
         BRASILIA (Reuter) - The Brazilian Senate has lifted a  
17-year ban on women wearing slacks in the legislative chamber, 
a spokesman said Tuesday. 
         The spokesman said the upper house's new president, Senator  
Antonio Carlos Magalhaes, who took over at the start of the 
legislative year in mid-February, had ended the trouser 
prohibition because it ``no longer made any sense.'' 
         ``Trousers were banned for women in the Senate in 1980 and  
they were required to wear dresses and skirts. It's not quite clear why,''
he said.