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CULTURE CLASH

Ex-minister calls for resignation of current deputy over museum suit PASOK deputy and former Culture Minister Theodoros Pangalos yesterday called for the resignation of the current deputy culture minister, Petros Tatoulis, for his having lodged a suit – before he entered the Cabinet – against officials involved in plans to build the new Acropolis Museum. The charges were linked with the alleged destruction of antiquities to allow preliminary construction work. «Now Tatoulis is ordering his own legal advisers to fight the suit which he himself lodged,» Pangalos declared in Parliament. CHILDREN’S RIGHTS Teachers, parents, children form NGO for the protection of minors Teachers, parents and children are to meet in Athens today for the inaugural session of a governmental organization to focus on protecting the rights of children. An initiative of PASOK Euro MP Myrsini Zorba, the «Network for the Protection of Children’s Rights» aims to inform children about the institutions that protect their rights on a national and international level, to protect them against discrimination and exploitation and to make the public aware of problems faced by children. PASSPORTS STOLEN More than 100 disappear Unidentified robbers yesterday removed about 100 passport applications, each with a blank passport book, from Thessaloniki’s prefectural passport issuing offices, police said. The thieves gained access to the first-floor offices after breaking into the building via its front entrance, according to police. Cox visit European Parliament President Pat Cox yesterday met Greek Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki at the first Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly in Kavouri where Olympic security was among the subjects discussed. Cox also met with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and visited Archbishop Christodoulos. Agricultural claims Agricultural Development Minister Savvas Tsitouridis yesterday asked for 300 million euros in European Union funds to cover losses and damages sustained by farmers during last month’s cold spell. The Commission said it would examine Greece’s appeal. Subsidies for oil and tobacco will be discussed next month. Hands-on learning A Thessaloniki prosecutor is to investigate charges that an associate professor of business administration at Macedonia University accepted money from students to ensure they got the grades they needed, after the university’s senate lodged an official complaint yesterday. The charges against the enterprising teacher were first aired Sunday on the «Kitrinos Typos» television show. The senate is to conduct an internal probe into the activities of the professor, who was not named. Journalists awarded President Costis Stephanopoulos yesterday presented journalists with the Botsis Foundation’s annual awards. Among those honored were Kathimerini reporter Dimitris Kapranos and its Thrace correspondent Dimitris Petrovic. Veteran foreign correspondent John Rigos as well as Alekos Mailis, Anthos Lykaugis, Dimitris Tsalapatis, Giorgos Vlavianos, Pavlos Nerantzis and Ilias Georgakis and others also received awards. Airport fog Fog over Thessaloniki airport yesterday resulted in many flights being delayed and two canceled due to reduced visibility. The installation of the ILS-II landing system at the airport has resulted in a 60 percent drop in the number of flights canceled due to fog. Fans hurt Two fans of PAOK soccer team who were seriously injured when they fell from the stands at Sunday’s match in Thessaloniki against AEK were yesterday in critical condition, doctors at the city’s Ippocrateio Hospital said. Evangelos Vlachopoulos, 30, and Giorgos Antoniadis, 38, sustained serious head injuries after a 3.5-meter fall onto a cement partition in the stands. Tanker fire All but one of the 25 crew members of a Greek-owned, fuel-laden tanker – including five Greeks – abandoned the Maltese-flagged vessel safely when a fire broke out after a collision with a fishing boat. A Filipino member of the Everton’s crew was still missing yesterday, according to the Merchant Marine Ministry.