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WILL THE TORCH RELAY HAVE TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS IN SANTA FE?

     Olympic volleyball fan and New Mexico resident Wade Miller
recently tried to order Olympic tickets by phone, but found out
operators for the '96 Games were "geographically impaired,"
according to the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.  After telling the
operator he was from New Mexico, Miller was put on hold.  The
operator then came back and said she couldn't sell tickets to
someone who lives outside the country.  Miller spent half an hour
trying to convince the agent that New Mexico is a state.  She
then transferred him to her supervisor who responded, "Sir, New
Mexico, old Mexico, it doesn't matter.  I understand it's a
territory, but you still have to go through your nation's Olympic
committee."  ACOG officials said the incident was a one-time
occurrence (Lyle Harris, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/29).
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