SPORTS\ U.S. ``Dream Team' rolls in Olympic preliminaries

The United State's Olympic basketball ``Dream Team' began its competition Sunday with a 136-57 rout of Cuba. The team, composed of NBA All-Stars and college MVP Christian Laettner of Duke, dominated Cuba from the opening tap, with seven Americans scoring in double figures. Charles Barkley led with way with 22 points.C1Olympic Basketball: Tournament of the Americas, USA 136, Cuba 57

ON THE AIR\ SAL: Savannah at Greensboro, 7 p.m. on WTHP (98.3 FM)

Baseball: N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 2:10 p.m. on WGN

Milwaukee at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. on HTS

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. on WGN

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

Atlanta at San Francisco, 9:30 p.m. on TBS

TRIAD & STATE\ Alamance County closes recycling drop-off sites

Alamance County has closed nine free recycling centers, just days before starting the state's first mandatory countywide recycling program. Residents now will have to pay from $1.39 to $3 a month for curbside service from Brown-Ferris Industries, or drive miles to one of the four drop-off sites still open to the public.A1

Baseball league offers youths more than sports

A new baseball league for children in High Point public housing expands sports opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods. But organizers want to share more than the fundamentals of the game with the youngsters. ``We try to teach them discipline, leadership and to have some wholesome fun,' said James ``Spence' Spencer, a coach in the new league.B1

Hayes-Taylor YMCA opens to offer limited programs (City Edition)

After being closed for almost six years, the Hayes-Taylor YMCA has reopened. The facility is only three-quarters complete, however, and only limited summer programs are being offered. ``The staff is working on trying to use the facilities that are available and as more space opens, we will add programs,' executive director Tom Scott said. ``In short, we are just doing what we can with what we have.'B1

Gubernatorial candidates differ on prison programs

Gov. Jim Martin has proposed issuing $87.5 million in bonds to build more high security prisons. But the legislature has delayed issuing the bonds because the two gubernatorial candidates - former Gov. Jim Hunt and Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner - favor building less-expensive prison work farms. Although the bonds were approved by voters two years ago, lawmakers say it's best to wait to issue them until the new governor is elected.B1

Baseball league offers youths more than sports

A new baseball league for children in High Point public housing expands sports opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods. But organizers want to share more than the fundamentals of the game with the youngsters. ``We try to teach them discipline, leadership and to have some wholesome fun,' said James ``Spence' Spencer, a coach in the new league.B1

NATION & WORLD\ California desert rocked by severe earthquakes

Southern California was shaken by two strong earthquakes Sunday. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in 40 years, was centered in the Mojave Desert. A second quake, measured at 6.5, was centered near the San Andreas Fault. One person was reported dead and more than 150 injured.A1

Court ruling may place restrictions on abortions

The first significant effort to impose restrictions on abortions is expected to be decided before Friday, when the Supreme Court adjourns for the summer. If the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act is upheld, a woman wanting an abortion in that state would be required to obtain permission from a parent or tell her husband. A 24-hour waiting period also would be imposed.A1\

Body of missing executive is found in remote forest

The body of Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso, who was kidnapped two months ago, was found buried in a remote forest in southern New Jersey, authorities said Sunday. Reso died of natural causes shortly after the kidnapping. Investigators learned of the location of the body from a woman charged with the kidnapping.A4\

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TODAY'S EVENT

Eastern Music Festival Young Artists piano recital will be presented at 8 p.m. in Sternberger Auditorium on the Guilford College campus. $2. 333-7450, 316-2415. COMING TOMORROW Bell ringers from across the state are meeting in Greensboro. Why go to a bell ringing convention? To talk about clappers and brass polish? To see the newest thing in white gloves?

BUSINESS\ Greensboro snack maker finds U.S. market difficult

Greensboro's Carolina Fine Snacks has increased its business considerably since it was founded by three food scientists in 1982 - no thanks to competition from conglomerates. Most of the company's pork skins and cheese curls are shipped to overseas markets because the U.S. market is so tough. But the company has found domestic success by making its own niche with ``nutritionally correct' snack foods made for Weight Watchers.The Business Weekly

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