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Sharemarket Crisis: Don’t Panic – Homer The Seal – Misreading Biopsies Widespread – South Korean Wanted – Police Cars – Rowdy Party – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Biosecurity

SHAREMARKET CRISIS – DON’T PANIC: The Dominion leads with a report on the Wall St Slump. Prime Minister Helen Clark is urging investors not to panic today as world sharemarkets teeter and investors brace for the shock waves of the Wall St collapse to hit New Zealand. The story is accompanied by a graph showing the path of the Nasdaq high technology stock index. Helen Clark and David Lange are pictured giving their views.

Also on the front page:

- HOMER THE SEAL: a report that Homer the hell-raising teenage elephant seal is finally staying out of trouble, the Conservation Department says;

- MISREADING BIOPSIES WIDESPREAD: a report that the misreading of cancer biopsies is a national problem going well beyond Gisborne and Wanganui, ACC figures show, but the agency is not reporting the other cases to medical authorities;

- SOUTH KOREAN WANTED: a report that a $10,000 bounty has been offered for information leading to the whereabouts of a South Korean man and his young family who are believed to be hiding in New Zeland from South Korean authorities;

- POLICE CARS: a report that Police Minister George Hawkins has ordered a revamp of police cars, saying they look too much like taxi cabs;

- ROWDY PARTY: a report that a 16-year-old boy and his drunk parents were arrested when his birthday party got out of control on Saturday night, Upper Hutt police said.

Inside Political Headlines:

- POLITICAL WEEK: Quite British Clark loosens Mother England’s ties;
- Hope bee mite confined to upper North Island;
- Powerful Kiwi women get French bravo;
- One market inevitable says PM;
- Nine vie to fill Beyer’s shoes in mayoral role;
- Bishop gives qualified support to contraception;
- Unionist leaves job after 15 years;
- Dalziel orders report on asylum seekers.

EDITORIAL – BIOSECURITY: If bee mites were smuggled in then that is an indictment of a lack of priority given to Biosecurity by the government.

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