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Thursday, August 3, 2000
Torch lights up scene of Australia's darkest crime

TORCH  PORT ARTHUR, Australia (AP) -- The scene of Australia's worst mass murder, in which 35 people were shot to death, was alight with the Olympic flame Thursday.

 Survivors of a man's shooting rampage four years ago joined in a special observance before the Olympic torch continued its 100-day journey around Australia. The flame will be used Sept. 15 to ignite the cauldron during opening ceremonies for the Sydney Games at Stadium Australia.

 Former tour guide Wendy Scurr, who escaped the massacre, said the torch was a symbol of hope and peace.

 "It's the best day of my life," she said of her leg with the torch on day 57 of the relay.

 The torch relay made a detour to visit this tourist town, arriving from Hobart, capital of the island state of Tasmania, by catamaran ferry and departing via helicopter. The flame will return to the Australian mainland later this week to continue its journey to Sydney.
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