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January 27, 2002

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Greece: Digs near Athens unearth treasure trove

Enough antiquities and relics to fill 4,000 crates have been unearthed by archaeologists excavating land at Athens' new airport and tracts destined to be covered by a highway, reports say.

Experts digging near the area of Spata, about 18 miles east of Athens, have uncovered such a large number of ancient objects that a nearby museum may be expanded to display them, Greek media say.

Florida: Orlando recovery not expected until 2003

It will take well into next year before Orlando's tourism industry recovers to 2000 levels, area tourism officials say.

Orlando's tourism industry took a hit in 2001, but total visitation is expected to resume growing in the second half of 2002, according to researchers with the Orlando-Orange County Convention and Visitors Center.

The leisure market is expected to recover sooner than the business market, says Kelly Repass, the bureau's director of research.

New York City: Mini Statue of Liberty must find new home

Lady Liberty's kid sister, a 37-foot statue that has stood for a century on top of a Manhattan building, is facing eviction.

The eight-story Liberty Warehouse on the Upper West Side, upon which the blueish woman in rust-tinged robes stands, is to become four floors taller and converted into apartments.

Two of the more likely proposals are from a foundation that hopes to take the statue on tour, and from the Brooklyn Museum, which has a sufficiently large sculpture garden.

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