TRY IT AGAIN, SAM

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Beleagured financial writers constantly struggle for interesting ways to say that prices rose, fell or went nowhere. But someone at Knight-Ridder really scraped bottom Wednesday reporting a slow day on the German stock market. The story, datelined Frankfurt, began: "Lethargic and stuck in a 3-point range, the DAX shares index was about as lively as Dean Martin before closing unchanged from Friday in its first floor session following the death Monday of the singer and Hollywood celebrity."