Today's Story Line:

The story of "mass graves" near Ciudad Jurez, Mexico, broke last December. Only nine bodies were found. But if they're not buried there, where are an estimated 200 Americans and Mexicans reported missing since 1993.

The last film in Deepa Mehta's trilogy hasn't been shot yet. But "Water" is already a political lightning rod and a source of daily headlines in India.

No more Hizbullah car washes? It's going to get harder for some 50 terrorist groups in Canada to raise funds.

Truk Lagoon in Micronesia is a diver's paradise. But dynamite fishing is leaving the WWII wrecks in ruins.

David Clark Scott World editor

REPORTERS ON THE JOB

*TEA FOR TWELVE: The Monitor's Robert Marquand was walking in the central market of Varanasi, India, when he ran into one of the leading opponents of filming "Water." Bob and his translator sat down with Ramji Rai, a Sanskrit scholar, just outside one of the tea shops. But over the next hour, the one-on-one interview became a group activity. Three or four people apparently recognized Dr. Rai and sat down. Then a local artist joined them. A student leader was next. Then, Dr. Rai's former professor pulled up a chair. By this time about 10 people had joined the interview. "The depth of passions and wide understanding of the issues was remarkable," says Bob. "I imagine it would be like sitting in a coffee shop in Illinois in 1858 during the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and asking someone what they thought of slavery." But before long the interview spun out of control. Dr. Rai and his former professor got into a shouting match. Bob's translator couldn't keep up. They looked at each other and shrugged.

CULTURAL SNAPSHOT

* WHO WAS VALENTINE? Readers of the The Times of India were asked that yesterday on the paper's Web site. Further evidence of growing Indian interest in this holiday was found in Bombay, where the world's largest Valentine's Day card was erected on Feb. 13. The canvas for sweethearts measures 30 feet by 125 feet.

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