Nation: Nowhere to Go

Nearly 2,000 New Yorkers die every week, having seen the last of big-city woes—among them bad service, infuriating transit breakdowns, crowded public facilities, garbage strikes that bury their streets in offal. Since Jan. 12, they have had to submit to one final posthumous outrage. With Local 365, Cemetery Workers and Greens Attendants, out on strike, 42 of the city's cemeteries have been closed down. In mortuary storage rooms, tool sheds, warehouses and cemetery driveways, thousands of coffins are stacked like cordwood, awaiting a settlement. If the strike goes on for another few weeks,...

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