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MARATHON ROUTE

Court rejects residents’ appeals against Olympic project The plenary session of the Council of State has rejected appeals by conservationists and residents of Mesogeia, eastern Attica, for the reversal of government decisions to broaden the marathon race route for the Olympic Games, court sources said on Saturday. Protesters argue that the government’s decisions to make expropriations and landscape alterations, which include the cutting of many trees, between Marathon and Stavros, Aghia Paraskevi, are unconstitutional and illegal. But the court ruled that protesters did not have a lawful interest in challenging the decisions in some cases, and rejected the other objections. Hit-and-run at sea Two people were in an Athens hospital yesterday after a speedboat they were in on Saturday night collided with another boat off Almyropotamos Bay in the southern Euboean Gulf, the Merchant Marine Ministry said, adding that the second boat disappeared after the incident. The extent of the injuries sustained by Angelos Tolias, who was steering the Elissavet, and passenger Fotini Tolia, was not clear yesterday. Three other Elissavet passengers were unharmed, the ministry said, adding that local port police were seeking the second boat in which four people were believed to be traveling. Bus crash Four children were slightly injured after a Thessaloniki bus collided with a passenger car on the Thessaloniki-Panorama road yesterday afternoon. No one in the bus was injured. It was yesterday unclear which vehicle had veered out of its lane.