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May 27, 1998 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a capital where gunfights erupt in the streets, the tap water reeks like sewage, and mosquitoes carry a strain of malaria that can kill you overnight. But what makes visitors really fear for their lives? The elevator at the Hotel Le Meridien Presidente, which has a nasty habit of dropping 20 stories at a time. An erratic elevator in a developing nation ravaged by three decades of civil war may seem as ordinary as a traffic jam on a Los Angeles freeway.
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May 27, 1998 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a capital where gunfights erupt in the streets, the tap water reeks like sewage, and mosquitoes carry a strain of malaria that can kill you overnight. But what makes visitors really fear for their lives? The elevator at the Hotel Le Meridien Presidente, which has a nasty habit of dropping 20 stories at a time. An erratic elevator in a developing nation ravaged by three decades of civil war may seem as ordinary as a traffic jam on a Los Angeles freeway.
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