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Notice to EDGAR Filers:
New EDGAR Filing Hours

Beginning on Monday, July 28, 2003 and continuing for a six month trial period, the SEC will accept and disseminate electronic filings two hours earlier, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time each business day rather than at 8:00 a.m. As a result of the change, filings that are submitted to, and accepted by the EDGAR system between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time will have the current business day’s date. Section 16 filings (Forms 3, 4 and 5 and amendments to these Forms) as well as filings under Securities Act of 1933 Rule 462(b) will have the current business day’s date if they are submitted and accepted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. A decision on whether to retain the 6:00 a.m. start time will be made by the end of the six month trial period.



Modified: 07/25/2003