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Payment of a financial obligation earlier than is expected or required.


A heavy metal shown to cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, seizures, and even death in children.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 3 to 4 million children had elevated lead levels in their blood in 1978. The number has now been reduced to several hundred thousand, but elevated lead levels in blood is still the leading environmentally induced illness in children.

Federal law that went into effect in 1996 requires sellers and landlords of properties built before 1978 (when lead-based paint became illegal) to do the following before any contract or lease becomes final:

1. Provide a copy of the EPA booklet, “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.”
2. Disclose any known information concerning lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards.
3. Provide any records and reports on lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards.
4. Include an attachment to the contract or lease (or language inserted in the lease itself) that includes a lead warning statement and confirms that the seller or landlord has complied with all notification requirements.
5. Provide home buyers a 10-day period to conduct a paint inspection or risk assessment for lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards.

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homered off rookie Santiago Ramirez leading off the ninth, and the Dodgers later loaded the bases on a four-pitch walk to Nomar Garciaparra, but Drew then grounded out on the first pitch to end the game.
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Yankees starter Shawn Chacon had retired the first nine Angels hitters of the game before Figgins reached on an error by left fielder Hideki Matsui leading off the fourth.
Erstad was hit by a pitch leading off the fourth inning, went to third on Garret Anderson's single - the Angels' first hit of the night - and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bengie Molina.
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The winning rally began when Alex Cora was hit on the right hand leading off the third.
In the ninth inning, Dan Uggla was left stranded after leading off with a triple.