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Blackout Hits Athens a Month Before Games

A blackout swept Athens a month before the Olympics, but the government brushed off the hour-long disruption as a mere glitch and said there was more than enough electricity to power the summer games. Trains, trolley buses and the underground metro system ground to a halt between 1 p.m. (1000 GMT) and 2 p.m., while traffic lights went out briefly on some main roads. The city’s fire department received more than 500 calls to rescue people trapped in lifts. Power returned to more than 90 percent of Athens by late afternoon. The blackout scuttled plans for what was meant to be a triumphant first full trial of the new rail line connecting Athens airport to the city center. The train stopped mid-journey and Transport Minister Michael Liapis and accompanying journalists had to walk through tunnels to the nearest station. Full Story

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