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China Crisis Is Over – Stadium Stampede – Cyclone Sose – Spring Storms In The US – China Crisis Continued – Ruapehu Warning – Torbay Rapist Warning

CHINA CRISIS IS OVER: America’s captive airmen and airwomen are on their way home. They were let go after a letter with the words “very sorry” was sent to the Chinese Government. The spy-plane itself remains at home.

STADIUM STAMPEDE: Ellis Park was the scene of a tragedy today when 120,000 people tried to get into a stadium built for 60,000. Far too many tickets to the Soweto Darby had been sold. Injured were ferried to hospital in a helicopter. Around 50 people were killed. The disaster reminded people of Hillsborough.

CYCLONE SOSE: No longer a Cyclone, Sose has arrived in Auckland bringing heavy rain and heavy winds. Three lows are expected to merge near Taranaki around midnight and then cross the country. Police have warned motorists to take care on the roads. Ferry Crossings are already disrupted. The rain will be good news for drought stricken farmers. Augie Auer says it is “nuisance weather”. There is a Super 12 rugby match in Whangarei tomorrow night, it looks like being wet.

SPRING STORMS IN THE US: Blizzards and tornadoes have struck the US.

CHINA CRISIS CONTINUED…: The crew were finally allowed to leave after a letter saying “very sorry” from George Bush was received by Chinese officials. The words “very sorry” made all the difference to the Chinese. A Chinese Government spokesman is shown announcing the decision. The Air Crew have been able to speak to their relatives.

RUAPEHU WARNING: A huge mudslide is threatening on Mt Ruapehu. The crater lake has filled up far more quickly than expected by scientists. An early warning system is to be installed which will give emergency services an hours warning. People living around the mountain shouldn’t fret say scientists.

TORBAY RAPIST WARNING: An anonymous flyer has been distributed in Torbay warning that Mark Stevens (the Parnell Panther) is living in the area. Stevens has not reoffended in the last eight years. Peter Williams Q.C. says the flyer lacks humanity. Police say they monitor released criminals.

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