Jennifer Capriati won the A Classic over Chanda Rubin yesterday to continue her summer revival tour a tour that has seen the 23 year old show flashes of her past phenom form and a tour that now targets the U.

S. Open.

“When I started working with Harold (coach Harold Solomon) we figured it would take some time,” Capriati said after her 6 1, 3 6, 6 2 victory in Ma nike id hwah, N.

J. The relationship paid immediate dividends when she won a tournament in Strasbourg in the spring and followed that up with a round of 16 showing at the French Open.

Since that time, she has frequently displayed the explosive ground game that once had her ranked as high as sixth in the world before personal problems drove her from the game. This is Capriati’s first full time year on the tour since 1993.

“That’s the hardest part,” said Capriati, 23. “Just feeling like I have to catch up and waiting for that moment when I say I’m actually there. After blitzing through the first set like she’d left her iron on at home, Capriati failed to capitalize on a 2 0 lead in the second. Rubin rallied to take the set, but Capriati’s game returned in the third. The title was Capriati’s third at the Classic, an exhibition event.

“I thought I played really well. I lost the second set but it was more because of her play,” Capriati said. “I feel pretty confident. I’m maybe 70 or 80% of where I want to be. While citing the Open as a goal, she admitted to not wanting to overemphasize the event.

“I believe I can be higher ranked than I am now (43rd),” Capriati said. “Right now I don’t want to put pressure on myself. I’ll know when I can’t get any better. We’ll see when that is. I feel I can only go up from here. Cheney defeated Patricia Stuhler, 6 4, 6 0, to win the U.

S. National Women’s 80’s singles title. The women took the court at noon with the thermometer at 105 degrees. The victory marked the 303rd U.

S. national title for Cheney, who won the 1938 Australian championsh nike id ip.

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If you are environmentally conscious, you might feel that plastic grocery sacks are public enemy No. 1. However, cities attempting litter and waste reductions by imposing bans on plastic bags are seeing serious unintended consequences that are proving to be more troublesome and more damaging to the environment than the original problem.

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Perhaps most troubling is evidence that where local bans on plastic bags have been implemented, there has been an exponential increase in the use of paper bags. Sadly, the anti plastic lobby and public policymakers are now ignoring the fact that a single use paper bag requires cutting down and shipping trees to be manufactured, using millions more gallons of water, energy and chemicals. The process emits staggering amounts of industrial pollution and destroys animal habitats. Yet, this is somehow now an acceptable alternative to plastic bags.

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Here in California, we send an estimated 150million pounds of agricultural plastic straight to landfills every year. Instead, we can implement a common sense and sustainable solution that moves us forward by recycling plastic for the purpose of making reusable, recyclable bags.

Continuing to vilify plastic or ban items because they are not being recycled, even when they can be, is a dead end. Reducing the number of bags, and recycling with a purpose, are the answer.

To make this a reality, this solution must be embraced, whether by legislation or by grass roots community action. Grocers must demand their plastic bag suppliers produce affordable reusable plastic bags. Plastic bag manufacturers must embrace recycling and create the next generation of smarter reusable grocery sacks. The consumer must also make the effort to bring their reusable bags when on any shopping trip.

These changes will be good for the environment, the consume, and the economy. The policy already works in Europe. It can work here too.

Pete Grande is CEO of Command Packaging and Encore Recycling, a new venture in Salinas.

Christine Flowers is executive director of Keep California Beautiful and an adjunct lecturer in environmental studies at California State University, Sacramento.