- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2001

Candidates face off in final debates
NEW YORK In their last scheduled appearances together before Thursday's vote, Democratic candidates Fernando Ferrer and Mark Green sought to distinguish themselves in a mayoral race that polls show as a dead heat.
During two televised debates yesterday, the candidates clashed over integrity and the city's transition after the World Trade Center attacks.
The winner meets Republican nominee Michael Bloomberg in the Nov. 6 general election.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, is barred by term limits from running for a third consecutive term. His term ends Dec. 31. The Democratic leader of the state Assembly said yesterday that his chamber would not consider any legislation to extend Mr. Giuliani's term.

Congressman breaks airport security rules
OKLAHOMA CITY Rep. J.C. Watts who supports the aviation security bill scheduled for a vote this week violated security measures at a local airport, the Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman reports.
Mr. Watts, Oklahoma Republican, was so angry about receiving a parking ticket outside the Will Rogers World Airport on Sept. 28 that he shoved the ticket under an Oklahoma City police officer's badge, two of his aides confirmed.
Mr. Watts received the ticket for leaving his car unattended in a loading zone. One of the new security measures implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks bans unattended vehicles in loading areas.
In a statement Saturday, Mr. Watts said he apologized and has "the highest regard for law enforcement and appreciates the added burden they are under at this time."

Small tremor shakes Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES A small earthquake shook Los Angeles yesterday, with a preliminary magnitude of 2.9 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicenter was in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles, about 11/2 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
The tremor was felt from North Hollywood to southern Los Angeles, rattling the nerves of residents as it occurred shortly after the U.S. confirmed it had attacked Afghanistan in retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Production starts on 'safer' cigarette
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. A tobacco company has begun producing a cigarette it says has fewer cancer-causing ingredients.
The new Omni cigarette brand, made by Durham-based Vector Tobacco, is expected to arrive in retail stores later this month. The cigarettes are made with a chemical treatment that the company says reduces certain cancer-causing elements in cigarette smoke.
A second product, Omni Free, will come out next year. It uses the treatment, plus a new type of tobacco genetically engineered to contain virtually no nicotine.
Vector Tobacco, owned by Miami-based Vector Group Ltd., is a sister company to the Liggett Group Inc., the smallest of the major tobacco companies. Liggett, based in Mebane, was the first cigarette-maker to break ranks with the industry and settle lawsuits brought by the state attorneys general.

One dead, two injured in hospital shooting
TEMPLE, Texas One person was killed and at least two were injured yesterday when a gunman walked into the cafeteria of a veterans hospital and opened fire on guests and staff having lunch, police said.
The gunman was injured when cafeteria workers at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Center wrestled him to the ground. The suspect, a 73-year-old man, was in police custody at another hospital, Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT reported.
Police told the station they believe the man was a recent patient at the hospital.
The two injured persons were hospitalized in stable condition.

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