Numbers: May 15, 2000

$762,000 Amount the Justice Department has spent thus far on the custody battle over Elian Gonzalez

$8,000 The Justice Department's cell-phone bill, as of April 30, for Elian-related calls made by agents who specialize in mediating community conflicts

182 Years since Mississippi became a state

94 Years Mississippi has been without an official state flag, judges ruled last week, owing to a legal technicality

438 Years until the five naked-eye planets--Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune--again reach alignment with the sun and the moon, as they did last week

74 Scrabble score for the word syzygies--alignments of three or more...

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