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CRACK TEST DUMMIES: L.A. COLISEUM PRESS BOX GETS TESTED

     Before an exhibition soccer game is to be played in the L.A.
Coliseum, testing began Tuesday on the stadium's press box after
flaws in welds were discovered during inspection at a steel
plant.  David Willman of the L.A. TIMES writes that "delayed
cracking," which makes the welds susceptible to earthquakes, was
observed by inspectors from Smith-Emery Co. in welds later used
in the construction of the press box.  Assured that the welds had
been repaired, Coliseum Commissioner GM Patrick Lynch said, "We
believe we have acted prudently throughout this matter, but as
there is doubtless public perception that an unsafe condition may
exist."  Smith-Emery inspectors will "revisit" what occurred
during construction (L.A. TIMES, 5/7).  An L.A. TIMES editorial
claims Smith-Emery's re-inspection "does not provide adequate
reassurance" considering "the firm has yet to certify that the
steel work was properly done" in the first place and calls the
"gall" of the Coliseum renovation team "frightening" (L.A. TIMES,
5/8).
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