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Feature: Bad and good, all quiet on Bali

The government arrested 17 suspects for setting the car bomb that ripped through this balmy island last October. Workers have cleared away the wreckage of the Sari and Pati clubs along its main strip, and both government and promoters have organized concerts with famous musicians. And yet Bali is empty still. Residents have done just about everything to come to terms with and move on from the Oct. 12 bombings that killed nearly 200 tourists and locals, including performing the Hindu cleansing festival. And while spiritually they may no longer dwell on the violence that marred their tropical haven four months ago Wednesday, business is so bad that everyday life has become a struggle. “I told my children they have to eat dried noodles now for breakfast,” said Martin Sitapu, 46, the owner of an Internet cafe and travel agency. “They used to have fresh bread and jam every morning.” Full Story

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