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F16s – Vintage Sale – Tweenie Invasion – Petrol Prices – Snakes Alive – Run Over By Self – Ritalin – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: F16s

F16S: The Dominion leads today with a report that the United States was concerned about regional security after New ealand’s cancellation of the F16 jet fighter deal, ambassador Carol Moseley Braun said yesterday. “The issue for us is a regional one. So for us the question is that in this vast area how will defence issues be managed,” she said.

VINTAGE SALE: The front-page photo shows a 1920 Minerva NN – beloved of the jazz age’s rich and famous - which is for sale.

Also on the front page:

- FATAL CRASH: a report that a boy 15 is understood to have been at the wheel of a van that crashed in Northland yesterday killing all four occupants;

- TWEENIE INVASION: a report that parents whose pockets have been hit by merchandise from the hit kids television show, Teletubbies, may soon have another craze to contend with – Tweenies.

- PETROL PRICES: a report that Deputy PM Jim Anderton has asked the Commerce Commission to investigate oil companies, saying petrol prices had not fallen in line with an international drop in crude oil prices;

- SNAKES ALIVE: a report that finding two live snakes in two weeks was unprecedented, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said yesterday after the discovery of a snake in a container shipped from Indonesia;

- RUN OVER BY SELF: a report that an elderly Otaki woman died after being run over by her own car in a freak accident yesterday;

- RITALIN: a report that prescriptions for the drug ritalin, often prescribed to children, has jumped in the past year according to Pharmac figures.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Chastened Timberlands lets Richards go;
- WINZ staff face rise in violence;
- Decision to be made on military bases “ithin weeks”
- Pressure on to make Skyhawks last longer;
- Former diplomat Beeby dies while working in Geneva;
- Editors’ fears over disclosure bill;
- $5.5 million set aside for youth training;
- Hunt pushes for Beehive makeover;

EDITORIAL: F16s: Even if the US had given us a squadron of F16s the NZ government would have still found a reason to turn it down.

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