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VICKI MOSCHOLIOU

Popular Greek singer dead at 62 Singer Vicki Moscholiou, whose distinctive husky voice characterized popular Greek music in the 1960s, died of cancer yesterday at the age of 62. Politicians, singers and composers paid tribute. «We grieve the loss of one of the most important representatives of Greek song,» Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said. Moscholiou is to have a state funeral tomorrow at Athens’s First Cemetery. Factory blaze A Thessaloniki prosecutor yesterday ordered an urgent preliminary investigation into why dangerous chemicals had not been removed from the site of a former pesticide factory in Stavroupolis where a fire broke out last Friday. Prosecutor Panayiotis Ioannidis is to establish whether charges need to be brought against Diana factory officials for obstructing efforts to ward off a public hazard. He is also to investigate press claims that the factory failed to renew a contract with a security services firm. Killer remanded A 23-year-old Veria man believed to have killed his 20-year-old girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage four months ago was yesterday remanded in Thessaloniki’s Diavata Prison. Damianos Mouratidis earlier allegedly told an investigating magistrate and prosecutor that he regretted strangling Kyriaki Kousoglou in April. Mouratidis’s 40-year-old cousin, who allegedly helped him bury the victim’s body, was released. Aircraft hiccup A Greek aircraft that had been en route to Paris from Istanbul yesterday morning was forced to land in Thessaloniki instead of Corfu for refueling due to bad weather in the Ionian Sea. No harm came to the 212 passengers aboard the Greece Airways Boeing 757 flight. Switching airports for refueling is common, Thessaloniki’s airport chief was quoted as saying.