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IOC official says Athens was never asked to do more than it agreed to

...preparations for the 2004 Games expressed surprise Thursday about angry comments by the culture minister concerning Olympic construction projects. Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos said earlier this week that the International Olympic Committee...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/02/15/oly_333646.shtml
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Slow sales but no drop in Olympic ticket prices

...drop despite worries of sluggish sales and empty seats at some venues. Fani Palli-Petralia, Greece's deputy culture minister, suggested last week she might ask Olympic officials to cut ticket prices to try to fill stadiums during the Aug...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/06/23/oly_419929.shtml
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Government: Athens Olympic budget running into the red

...spending, a top planner for the games said Tuesday. "A first inventory shows there are overruns," said Deputy Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia. "I cannot give a total estimate this minute." The final price tag for the Aug. 13-29...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/31/oly_410633.shtml
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Olympic security budget hits $1.2 billion

...security, we are not cutting any corners. Whatever is possible to do is being done," Palli-Petralia, deputy culture minister coordinating Athens' preparations, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Plans to safeguard the Aug. 13-29...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/04/29/oly_413880.shtml
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Latin Grammys spreads appreciation for Latin music

...members of seven groups - were unable to receive the proper visas to attend the show, according to Cuba's Vice Culture Minister Abel Acosta. Among those who will not be in attendance are jazz pianist Chucho Valdes, guitarist Rey Guerra and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/09/19/liv_353362.shtml
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People in the News

...force of American cinema and the power of emotions that he invites us to share on screens throughout the world," Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres said Wednesday as he presented the award to Willis. Willis, 50, thanked both France...

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New Greek leader takes charge of troubled Olympics

...and series of vital test events. Premier-elect Costas Caramanlis announced his new cabinet and appointed himself culture minister, which oversees most projects for the Aug. 13-29 Olympics. He placed trusted aides in other key posts for the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/10/oly_408321.shtml
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People in the News

...to The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Announcement of the winners was made Monday. Gil, who also is Brazil's culture minister, and Fischer-Dieskau will each receive $137,043. They are expected to travel to Sweden to collect the award...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/26/ent_432389.shtml
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Security increased in Athens after Spain bombs, but overall Olympic plan won't change

...Olympics will stay the same, officials said. "Security has already been heightened; nothing will change," Deputy Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia said. She attended the first Olympic planning meeting held by Premier-elect Costas Caramanlis...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/12/oly_408555.shtml
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Archaeologists approve shot put in Ancient Olympia

...Olympia, where the flame lighting ceremony takes place for each games. Premier Costas Caramanlis, also serving as culture minister, must approve the council's decision. There was no official date for the final decision, but no snags were expected...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/06/oly_414742.shtml
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