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Rape Lie – Stolen Guns – Avalanche – Elective Surgery – Barbra Streisand In NZ – Kitten Killer – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Cannabis

RAPE LIE: The Dominion leads today with a report that three men in prison for the 1996 “pack” rape and sodomy of a woman have had their petitions for a pardon rejected despite a written admission by the woman that she lied.

STOLEN GUNS: The front page photo shows a ESR scientist conducting forensic examination in a room containing a firearms collection. An accompanying story reports that police information technology experts will begin combing the Wanganui computer today after accusations that criminal gangs using police information are behind recent firearms robberies.

Also on the front page:

- AVALANCHE: a report that climbers Ben Gaston and Paul Hannah knews what they were supposed to do in an avalanche, but all that “went out the window” when they were swept away in the Southern Alps;

- ELECTIVE SURGERY: a report that about 5700 more people on waiting lists will get surgery after the Government announced a health funding boost of $21.5 million yesterday;

- BARBRA STREISAND IN NZ: a report that even on a clear day no one seemed to recognise American superstar Barbra Streisand as she holidayed in New Zealand;

- KITTEN KILLER: a report that a woman who bought at least 28 kittens and allegedly crushed them to death is to be prosecuted by the SPCA.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Aussie treasurer pours cold water on idea of Anzac dollar;
- Union bosses argue for wider power to strike;
- Free-trade deal “disaster” warning;
- Early education fund boost;
- Clark pledges $200,000 gift for quake victims;
- Leave could cost jobs – papers;
- New Cambodian Ambassador (pictured).

EDITORIAL – CANNABIS: Drugs can affect people so much that they outstrip the moral ability of people to control their urges.



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