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EAT UP WHILE YOU CAN: There will be no more free lunch for employees at J.P. Morgan & Co. The investment bank, which provides its 1,500 Manhattan employees with a free meal, will discontinue the practice this fall. Not a surprise, considering the company has announced layoffs, reflecting weaker earnings.

AQUAMAN'S NEMESIS, THE FED: This would surely lull the kids to sleep: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has issued a new comic book. The Story of Foreign Trade and Exchange is the latest in a series of books the bank publishes to explain complex economic topics to America's high school and college students. The next two comic books are on inflation and consumer credit.

SUPERMAN'S PUBLISHER MEETS ITS MATCH: Maybe the Fed could give some advice on comic books to the folks at Marvel Entertainment Group. The New York Stock Exchange has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to delist Marvel, the publisher of the superhero comic books, for failing to meet asset requirements.

WHERE'S YOUR MONEY GOING? The Census Bureau is conducting its Consumer Expenditure Survey this spring. Census workers will be quizzing U.S. consumers about their spending on groceries, clothing and housing. Households picked for the survey will get a letter from the bureau explaining the survey.

LINCOLN TRIES FOR THE BOOM: Ford is trying to win over baby boomers with a new line of Lincolns. The LS models will go on sale in about a year and carry price tags between $30,000 to $40,000.

MAKING A BUCK FROM THE BIBLE: Israeli entrepreneur Dani Yasoor, who bottled Jordan River water and sold it to Christians in the United States, is now selling unleavened bread in the Bible Belt. The food importer and a partner in Galilee Splendor Ltd. of Miami figures matzo can be a hit with Christians. He calls his crackers "Bible Bread." So far, the Pop Tart-size crackers show sales of just $120,000.

GEORGIA GOES INTO PLAY: The former Soviet republic of Georgia should open stock and bond markets for the first time this year. The government currently raises most of its revenues from taxes.

_ Compiled from staff and wire reports.

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