By Stephen M. Silverman
October 12, 2001 01:59 PM

Delayed nearly for about 45 minutes by a primetime presidential news conference Thursday night, “Survivor” returned to the air for its third round of 16 contestants vying for the $1 million prize, this time in Africa. To be precise, the location is Kenya’s dry, grassy Shaba National Reserve. The competing tribes: Boran and Samburu. There were the usual differences. “Excuse me! Africa!” barked Samburu member Frank Garrison, a telephone technician from upstate New York. “We’re not down at the mall sitting outside with a latte.” “Frank, like, he was trying to hurry us along,” said Kim Powers, a freelance marketer from Conshohocken, Pa., “and that’s not my style. I like to talk to people.” The first immunity challenge — won by Samburu — was a race to light three fire towers. The eight Boran members therefore had to appear before host Jeff Probst at tribal council. Voted out: Diane Ogden, a mail carrier from Lincoln, Neb. She and Clarence Black, a high school basketball coach, had sneaked a can of beans, which raised the ire of their fellow tribe members. Ogden was blamed, so out she went. Twelve more weeks to go.

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