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Monday, September 11, 2000
Manager of U.S. marching band in opening ceremony injured in car crash

 BATHURST, Australia (AP) -- The manager of the U.S. marching band scheduled to take part in the Olympic opening ceremony was injured in a traffic accident Monday.

 Bill Lutt, head of World Projects Corp. of San Diego, Calif., was injured when two cars collided near the band's practice site in Bathurst, about 100 miles west of Sydney, Olympic organizers said.

 Andrew Woodward, a spokesman for the organizing committee SOCOG, said Lutt had been hospitalized, but had no further word on his condition.

 Details of the accident also were unavailable.

 The marching band was at the center of an expensive and embarrassing dispute for SOCOG last year when it flip-flopped on how many U.S. high school students would be involved.

 Several hundred Americans were dumped from the opening ceremony when SOCOG bowed to local pressure to include more Australians. SOCOG agreed to pay World Projects an extra $650,000 to train an expanded band of about 2,200 from 20 nations, on top of its initial fee of $585,000.

 Some 400 U.S. high school students who had been raising funds to pay for their trips Down Under were cut from the program.

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