Thai-language newspapers – December 9, 2004

Where frost is front page news - December 9, 2004
Today several Thai-language dailies had front page photos of leaves covered with frost at Doi Inthanon. Even the English-language Nation does not seem to know the word "frost," instead reporting "thin ice sheets formed on wet surfaces surfaces and tourists enjoyed the sight of frozen dew in a tropical country" (Ice sheets form at Doi Inthanon - The Nation, December 10, 2004).

Also: The day it snowed in Thailand

Matichon - December 9, 2004

* In Supunburi province, a fire burned Talad Banpoepraya which has row houses that are over 100 years old. The damage is estimated at more than 10 million baht. During the fire, some people shopping in the market ran from the fire and three old men jumped into the river. A police officer helped them by throwing a rope to them and pulling them to shore. [Kom Chad Lek has a good photo of the conflagration on their front page.]

* Mr. Kreu Wongboonsin, vice rector of Chulalongkorn University, disputes that the rent at Siam Square is expensive. In the past 10 years, the rental costs have been 30-50% lower than the market price. The brokers make it higher. Those who want to rent in this area should contact directly to the university. He and the Chulalongkorn rector will have a press conference on this issue on December 13. [The Siam Square area is part of the Chulalongkorn University campus and many leases are held through a labyrinthine series of subcontracts - Bangkok's Crucible of Construction]

Thairath - December 9, 2004

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] - December 7 at Phuket, Mrs. Janet Singer, a 61-year -old Swiss businesswoman who stayed at Horizon Hotel was hit by a blunt instrument and died inside her room. The robber took some of her belongings, but a golden necklace was still on her neck. The police assumed the robber may have cooperated with an ex-employee of the hotel and they noted that the woman stayed alone.

* On December 8 at Pratumthani Province, Mr. Chanchai Ngammee, a 32-year-old, was arrested. He is a football coach accused of creating pornographic images of six students by order them to perform sex acts with him. He tricked the 12-15 year old students saying he would buy new sport shoes or sport suits for them.

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