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ARE RECENT BOMBINGS OF LOWES LINKED TO MAY 1 IRL CRASH?

          Police are investigating a "possible link between" the
     bombing of a Lowe's store in Asheboro, NC, and the May 1
     crash during an IRL event that killed three spectators at
     Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS), according to Leslie Gross Klaff
     of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.  Federal officials said that "new
     evidence confirms that the same person or group" bombed the
     Asheboro store, "also bombed" Lowe's stores in Salisbury,
     NC, and "planted a bomb" in the Concord, NC, store.  LMS
     execs said that they will "rely on their normally heavy
     security" for next week's UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR event
     and the event's leading up to it.  LMS President Humpy
     Wheeler: "We have an intense amount of security here when we
     have a race.  I don't see us doing anything significant over
     that" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/1).  But in Greensboro, Stan
     Swofford writes that LMS "intensified security preparations"
     for next week's events.  Swofford also reports that a source
     "close to the investigation" said that someone "claiming to
     be 'an aggrieved relative' had contacted Lowe's corporate
     offices to complain that the company 'had not done enough'
     for the victims" of the May 1 accident.  LMS VP/PR Jerry
     Gappens said, "To our knowledge, we have received no threats
     from anyone" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 10/1).          

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