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Giant telescope begins search
TENERIFE, Canary Islands — One of the world’s largest and most powerful telescopes opened its shutters yesterday, turned its 34-foot-wide mirror toward the skies and captured its first light on a mountaintop on one of Spain’s Canary Islands.
The $179 million Great Canary Telescope, designed to take advantage of pristine, clear skies at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory atop the Atlantic island of La Palma, should be fully operational by May 2008.
Slowly, 12 of the telescope’s eventual 36 mirrors aimed at a twin star close to the Earth’s northern axis, near the North Star. Twelve images merged into one as the telescope focused.
PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday led his first Bastille Day celebrations since taking office, giving pride of place to regiments from across Europe in the traditional military parade.
Mr. Sarkozy waved and smiled to the crowd as he rode in an open-top military vehicle down the Champs Elysees in central Paris, escorted by mounted regiments of the Republican Guard.
He momentarily brought the procession to a halt and stepped down from the vehicle to shake hands with bystanders, breaking with protocol and causing a bit of commotion in his entourage.
Three found dead in refrigerated truck
ROME — Three men thought to be Iraqis were found dead early yesterday in a refrigerated truck transporting watermelons in northern Italy, police said.
A fourth would-be immigrant was taken to a hospital in serious condition, the ANSA news agency said.
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
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