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When, oh when? Finally, the U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded a contract for economic recovery, reform and sustained growth. Unfortunately, it''s for Iraq, not the United States.

Amen. "What would Jesus drive?" That irreverent slogan for opponents of big, heavy, low-mileage sport utility vehicles is getting an even more irreverent answer. Jesus drives a 1995 SUV and his son drives a 1999 SUV, according to the new advertisements that the SUV Owners of America placed in newspapers. Jesus Rivera (his first name is pronounced hey-SOOS, the press release says) is representative of 24 million motorists who need their Blazers and Explorers. The SUVOA even found a man of the cloth to slam the coiners of the WWJD slogan. "The anti-SUV crowd is much more interested in promoting a ''green'' agenda than it is in serious theological reflection," said the Rev. Robert A. Sirico, an SUV-driving Catholic priest who heads the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Mich.

It''s a boy. Council of Logistics Management Executive Vice President Maria McIntyre and husband Don are grandparents twice over. Their daughter gave birth to Clayton McIntyre Merker on July 23 at 2:41 a.m. He weighed in at 9 lbs., 2 oz. and 22 inches long. Mom and Dad are doing well. Cameron, two years old, is transitioning to being a big brother. "I thought you would like the name!" Maria said. "Good strong masculine name."