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July 10, 2000



Second round of voting opens
In an event expected to make former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide more powerful than ever, Haitians voted Sunday in a final round of legislative elections that have inspired international criticism and a boycott by nearly every opposition party.
Despite their own doubts, many voters said they felt Aristide's Lavalas Family party was their only hope of restoring a working government to the impoverished Caribbean country.
Crowds were gathered outside polling stations when they opened at 6 a.m., but turnout appeared to be lower than the 55 percent seen during first-round elections May 21. Elections operations director Luciano Pharaon said he expected about 40 percent participation.
The first results of the vote are not expected for several days.


Four injured in bull run
Four men were injured and several others suffered cuts and bruises from stampeding bulls Sunday the third day of Spain's immensely popular San Fermin Fiesta bull runs in Pamplona.
Six bulls trotted through Pamplona's crowded cobblestone streets in a three-minute dash to the arena where they later faced bullfighters.
The run was far more crowded than in previous days, increasing the danger to the runners.
One of the thousands of runners slipped in the middle of the street and was trampled first by the herd of bulls and then by other runners. He was taken to a hospital with head injuries.
Another was stabbed in the back by the horns of a bull. Details of the other two injured people were not available.

West Virginia

Open coffin funeral shows grisly crime
An open coffin at a funeral displayed the battered body of a gay black man who was beaten to death and then repeatedly struck by a car.
The father of Arthur "J.R." Warren Jr. ordered the open coffin Saturday at Mount Beulah Baptist Church in Grant Town, "so they could see what they had done to his son," said mourner Rick Ravenscroft.
Two white 17-year-olds allegedly confessed and are charged with first-degree murder.
Authorities have said the suspects apparently beat the slender, 5-foot-9 Warren in a vacant house they were painting last Monday night, then dumped his body on a highway and drove over him several times. The boys then allegedly returned to the house and wiped up some of the blood.
Investigators thought it was a hit-and-run case until a third teen-ager told them he had helped clean up the crime scene.


Agreement signed to end hostage crisis
Rebels who have held Fiji's government hostage for 52 days got much of what they were looking for Sunday, signing a deal to release their captives in return for destruction of the country's multiracial democracy.
The agreement between the rebels and Fiji's military government calls for the captives to be freed Thursday. But Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the military head of state, was not celebrating: He looked morose as he bowed to indigenous Fijian rebel leader George Speight's demands to disenfranchise Fiji's ethnic Indian minority.
Speight acknowledged Fiji would be shunned by the international community as a result of his actions, but he was unrepentant. He smiled as he signed the deal Sunday.


Oil industry raising export capacity
Kuwait will work to raise its export capacity to 3 million barrels a day over the next three years, the director of the Kuwait Oil Co. said Sunday.
Abdullah al-Toura declined to give an exact figure for Kuwait's present export capacity, but said it was the same as its production capacity, which is estimated at more than 2.2 million barrels a day.
He said the project, which would take up to 3ars to be finished, will include expansion of export facilities in southern Kuwait, building a pump complex and increasing the number of piers.


American arrested in hit-and-run
Police arrested a U.S. Air Force serviceman on suspicion that he drove through a red light Sunday and hit a pedestrian on the southern island of Okinawa.
Sgt. Johnny S. Miller, stationed at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, was arrested later in the day when he returned to the street corner where he allegedly hit 27-year-old Takeya Higa, said police official Jun Yogi.
Miller, 21, allegedly fled after hitting Higa, who was knocked unconscious but did not require hospitalization.
Prosecutors must now decide whether to charge Miller with involuntarily inflicting injury and traffic violations. He could face three years in prison if convicted.


Rolls-Royce restores its old car smell
After sniffing a number of older models, the manufacturers of Rolls-Royce cars have discovered what is worrying some of the owners of newer cars. They just don't smell right. Not wooden enough.
Now S.G. Gordon Ltd. has distilled the woody tang of a traditional Rolls-Royce in a bottle and is applying it to newer cars.
All the vehicles are lined with leather, but newer models include more plastic, which emits an odor unfamiliar to Rolls-Royce owners, said Hugh Hadland, managing director of the company based at Luton, north of London.
Hadland said he began investigating the problem about two years ago, after complaints from a number of customers.
Assisted by a friend who works in the food flavoring industry, he discovered that the newer models include a lot of molded plastic in places where wood was used in the older cars.
The two men worked on a chemical solution that mimicked the smell of the older cars, using a classic 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud as the model.

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