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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Eberhard Van Der Laan
The Dutch capital is known for boozy stag nights and pot-smoking tourists. But for what could be the nation's party of the decade _ the abdication of Queen Beatrix and accession to the throne of her son Willem-Alexander _ Amsterdam wants to keep things low key.
Amsterdam plans to raise the minimum age for prostitutes from 18 to 21 and force brothels to close during the early morning hours.
Long famous for "coffee shops" where joints and cappuchinos share the menu, the Netherlands' famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke.
A woman died Sunday of injuries a day after two trains collided head-on in Amsterdam — a crash a top rail official described as one of the worst train disasters in the Netherlands' recent history.
And there will be no giant firework show to crown the day's festivities _ Van der Laan said it wouldn't be dark enough when the royals finish their boat trip.
"If you want to get a really good view, maybe the best place is watching on television," he said.