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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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Shortstop Starlin Castro led off the inning with a sharp ground ball over third base and into the left field corner for a double.
The New York Times Week in Review for Sunday, July 16, led off with a piece entitled, "Honor, Too, Is Put to Flight in Bosnia.
Robinson Medrano led off the bottom of the second with a homer to put the Volcanoes back ahead 3-2.
Kotchman led off the third with an opposite-field double into the left field-corner, and was bunted to third by Gonzalez.
Then in the second inning, the Rangers went right back to work when Mark DeRosa led off with a base hit and he took third on a double by Ian Kinsler.
Metzler and Sam Tidaback led off the 10th with back-to-back singles off Eugene reliever Michael Knighton, and a sacrifice moved the runners up a base.
Russell Martin led off the second with a double but didn't score.
Eugene took the lead with two runs in the first, when Yeiler Peguero led off with a double and went to third on a single by Bruno.