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Sicily - A Bridge Too Far?
Sicily: A Bridge Too Far? by Mary Spicuzza What is the Frontline World Fellows Program?
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For nearly 3,000 years -- probably longer -- the Strait of Messina, which separates Sicily from mainland Italy, has been notorious as one of the more volatile places on Earth. In the Odyssey, bloodthirsty sea monsters devoured those who tried to cross the passage. And over the millennia, it has been the site of ship-swallowing whirlpools and catastrophes like earthquakes, not to mention Mafia scandals.

But Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vows that the strait will soon be the home of a new legend -- the world's longest suspension bridge. As the Italian government prepares to begin construction next year, FRONTLINE/World Fellow Mary Spicuzza traveled to Sicily to explore the storm building over the plans for a bridge across the Strait of Messina.
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Mary Spicuzza was selected as a FRONTLINE/World Fellow in 2003. She will finish dual master's degrees in journalism and international studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 2004.
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FRONTLINE/World Fellows
Part of the Web-exclusive FRONTLINE/World Fellowship program. FRONTLINE/World is exploring partnerships with some of the leading graduate schools of journalism around the United States with the goal of identifying and developing the best of an emerging generation of journalists. The FRONTLINE/World Fellowship program is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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