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Loose Change

Bidding at last week's benefit auction (see story, page 2) got competitive as the night wore on, with charitable party-goers vying for one unusual item: lasik surgery. At one point, a specs-wearing dealer with his eye on the prize asked that all other vision-impaired party-goers "just clear the room." Then, as the stakes got higher, he offered to go Dutch with a fellow bidder. "What's your top price?" he asked. "I'll go $1,000. If we win, we'll each get one eye done."


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