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By United Press International  |  Nov. 14, 2005 at 6:00 AM
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Officials mull Hitler buildings

VIENNA, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Buildings associated with Adolf Hitler used to be ignored, but now Austrian officials are attempting to preserve them as warnings to future generations.

"What is important is the role these buildings played in our history, not what ideologies they stood for at the time," said Eva-Maria Hohle, of the Austrian Federal Office for the Care of Monuments.

The Vienna Volkstheater -- which destroyed its "Fuhrer's Room," built for Hitler who used it to entertain loyal Nazis -- has been ordered to rebuild the room, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Other sites under consideration for preservation are: Vienna's anti-aircraft towers; the "Hermann Goring (steel) Plant" in Linz; and the Meldemann Strasse hostel where Hitler lived from 1910 to 1913 after he was rejected by the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts.

Some opponents of the policy say they are against "commercialization" of Nazi buildings, and that it might encourage "Hitler tourism."

Town bell ringer faces complaint, fine

PADDOCK, England, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A British man signed a legally binding document to ring church bells when he bought and made a church into his home, but now the town is complaining.

Twenty years ago, David Aveyard signed a covenant to keep the village clock ticking and its bells chiming the hour as they had done since 1888.

However, local officials say they've had a complaint about the bells ringing at night, the Sunday Telegraph reported. Aveyard faces a noise abatement order and a possible fine of almost $9,000.

"It's flaming stupid," said the former chauffeur. "Twenty years ago, if someone complained about the noise of the bells, the council would have laughed."

Aveyard's lawyer said the homeowner could face proceedings from the Church of England if he breaches the contract to keep the clock in good working order.

Local government officials say they have a statutory duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to investigate noise complaints -- even if the noise has been going for many years.

Vehicles important factor in dating

DETROIT, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Eighty-nine percent of men and 95 percent of women said they were extremely or somewhat likely to notice their date's car, a U.S. survey says.

The survey of 400 single men and women, conducted by Ford Motor Co., said it's not just the make and model of a car that's noticed; 58 percent said the condition of their date's car would have an impact their attraction to the person, CNN/Money reported.

Sixty-nine percent of the women said the condition of their date's vehicle would at least somewhat affect their attraction to their date compared to 47 percent of men.

About 20 percent of respondents said they had been "asked to chip in for car-related expenses by their date" -- 15 percent said they were asked to contribute for gas followed by 9 percent for parking and 6 percent for tolls.

Twenty-two percent said their "most embarrassing car date moment," was being told by their date that they were a bad driver.

Teens rather see dentist than do math

WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Math has negative image among U.S. teens -- they would rather clean their rooms, eat vegetables or go to the dentist than do math homework, says a survey.

However, 67 percent of sixth- to eighth-graders polled on behalf of the Raytheon Co., say they want to do better in math and 94 percent say that doing well in math is important to them.

"These young students said they would be more interested in math if they saw how those skills could lead to exciting careers," said William H. Swanson, chief executive officer Raytheon Chairman.

"Our challenge is to show them how math and science could be exciting in their own worlds and on their own terms."

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