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Columbus lighthouse inaugurated

A Dominican Republic soldier keeps watch over the mammoth multimillion dollar Columbus memorial lighthouse, which was solemnly but quietly inaugurated Tuesday. The daylong ceremony included the transfer and reburial of the purported remains of the explorer, whose son once governed the country. Spain also claims to have his bones. The structure was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for blind octogenarian President Joaquin Balaguer. The lighthouse has drawn bitter criticism for displacing thousands of slumdwellers.

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