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DAILY DISPATCHES FROM TURIN

JROMANO: The general mood around here is that the average Italian citizen is not exactly fired up about these Olympic Games. The crowds have been small, the enthusiasm seems lacking. For me, the best example may have been Thursday evening. Women's figure skating is the premier event of the Games, yet when I walked into the snack room, the Italian volunteers gathered around a television were not watching Sasha Cohen. They had a soccer game on.

GSHELTON: The small woman with concern in her eyes approached me cautiously. "Bombe," she said in a heavy accent. "No," I said. "No bombe." She sighed. "Grazi." Police had rushed to the street just outside of the media center Thursday afternoon, concerned that an empty red Honda Civic with the engine running and Spanish license plates constituted a threat. They blew the doors open, but later said there had been no threat. On the other hand, don't you wonder what the driver is going to tell his insurance company?

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