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TV channel, 2 journalists must pay ex-PASOK MP 100,000 euros each Private television channel Alpha, its chief investigative journalist, Makis Triantafyllopoulos, and journalist Themos Anastasiadis must each pay former PASOK deputy Alexandros Chrysanthakopoulos 100,000 euros in compensation for libel, a Piraeus court ruled yesterday. Chrysanthakopoulos was expelled from his position as head of a parliamentary committee on illegal gambling in January 2002 following the screening by Alpha of footage purporting to show the MP using a video game machine that had been tampered with to function as a one-armed bandit. WIND PARKS Ungainly generators to be banned from Attic landscape Wind parks should not be built in Attica as they will cause more problems than they solve, according to a decision by the Athens Town Planning Agency which was made public yesterday and overturns earlier approval by the Regulatory Authority for Energy. The energy-saving contribution of wind parks with a capacity of 109.06 megawatts would be minimal and disproportionate to the negative environmental impact, according to the agency, which is part of the Environment and Public Works Ministry. CAR SHOOTING Furniture dealer attacked Police were yesterday waiting to interview a 30-year-old man, hospitalized on Tuesday night with non-life-threatening injuries, after an unidentified gunman shot him at close range in his car in the Athens district of Aghios Panteleimonas. Iakovos Syrigos, a furniture dealer, and a female friend were sitting in Syrigos’s car in a traffic jam when a man aged around 25 stopped his motorcycle next to the car, opened the driver’s door and shot Syrigos in the stomach and arm, police said. The assailant then tried to drag Syrigos’s friend out of the car but fled when she shouted for help. Bus lane A trial launch of a new bus lane on Harilaou Trikoupi Street, which started yesterday, will disrupt traffic on the central Athens road between Solonos and Xifiou streets between midnight and 5 a.m. daily. The new bus lane will start operating properly in about a month. Actor dies Acclaimed theater actor, director and playwright Dimitris Potamitis died in hospital yesterday at the age of 58. The actor, who founded Athens’s Erevna Theater in 1974, was a proponent of children’s theater, once saying that «children’s theater helps prepare tomorrow’s conscientious citizen, but chiefly tomorrow’s Greek prime minister.» His funeral is to be held at Zografou cemetery tomorrow. South Korea Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis yesterday met South Korea’s new president, Roh Moo Hyun, in Seoul. The two discussed bilateral ties and relations between the European Union and South Korea. Yiannitsis stressed the common position of the EU and South Korea regarding North Korea’s nuclear program. Church doors Police in Limassol were yesterday seeking to determine whether two carved wooden church doors, found in the southern Cypriot port last week, had been stolen from a church in the island’s Turkish-occupied north after talks with senior Church of Cyprus clerics failed to resolve the mystery. The doors, which led through the wooden screen of the iconostasis to the chancel, are of exceptional archaeological value and in excellent condition, experts said. Armed robbery Two armed men, one wielding a Kalashnikov assault rifle, made off with 30,000 euros after robbing the central post office in the Cretan port of Iraklion yesterday evening. Damage inspection Environment and Public Works Minister Vasso Papandreou will tomorrow lead a government delegation on a two-day visit to the Peloponnesian towns of Tripolis and Kalamata to brief local officials on state compensation and measures to repair damage to roads and crops following recent bad weather.