- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 2, 2001

ExciteAtHome cuts Internet service
SAN FRANCISCO After a bankruptcy judge cleared the way, the ExciteAtHome high-speed Internet network cut service to 850,000 AT&T; Broadband customers early yesterday, but said subscribers to other cable companies were not immediately affected.
AT&T; said it had started transferring its customers to its own network, a process that could take up to 10 days for some subscribers.
On Friday, a judge cleared the way for the bankrupt ExciteAtHome, which has more than 4 million subscribers, to turn off its high-speed network. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Carlson said the company, based in Redwood City, Calif., could cancel existing contracts with cable companies as early as midnight Friday.
The ruling affected many of the nation's largest cable companies including AT&T;, Cox and Rogers that sold Internet access through ExciteAtHome's network.
In a message on the company's Web site, ExciteAtHome said it was still negotiating continued service with its other cable company customers, but ended service to AT&T; "after determining that it would not be able to reach agreement."
AT&T;'s 850,000 customers on the ExciteAtHome network lost service after midnight Friday.
About 86,000 customers in the Northwest were transferred to AT&T;'s own network yesterday, and the company planned to move the rest in Chicago; Pittsburgh; Hartford, Conn., and cities in the West over two to 10 days.

Americans OK on liberties curb
NEW YORK An overwhelming number of Americans support the restrictions the administration of President Bush is proposing to impose on U.S. civil liberties, according to a poll released yesterday.
In a telephone poll of 1,002 adults conducted on Nov. 29 and 30 by Newsweek magazine, just 11 percent of those surveyed believe the administration has gone too far in restricting civil liberties in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Seventy-two percent said what the administration has done so far or is proposing to do is "about right."
The Justice Department has extended the period during which immigrants suspected of links to terrorists can be detained without a court order, a decision supported by 35 percent of those polled, down significantly from the 54 percent who supported the move in September.
Fifty-one percent of the poll's respondents believed the protections of the Bill of Rights should be extended only to U.S. citizens, though 62 percent expressed opposition to special surveillance for Arabs and Arab-Americans who are not suspected of crimes.
But support waxed to 68 percent for the use of military tribunals for noncitizens convicted of terror-related crimes.

Radiated mail delivered in N.J.
HAMILTON, N.J. Mail sterilized by radiation was delivered yesterday from a post office that was closed for more than a month after investigators found that anthrax-tainted letters had passed through it.
Postal service spokesman Carl Walton said about 1,000 pieces of mail were being sent out yesterday.
About 800,000 letters, catalogues and packages were detained in the Hamilton facility after authorities found that at least four contaminated letters had been processed there. Three-quarters of that mail still has to be sanitized at a plant originally designed to sterilize medical equipment and industrial devices.

Whitney Museum announces layoffs
NEW YORK The Whitney Museum of American Art says a dramatic post-September 11 drop-off in tourists has forced it to cut staff and exhibitions to save about $1 million.
The 70-year-old facility will trim 14 workers from its 210-person staff and cut back on its scheduled roster of 2002 exhibitions.
The Whitney is the second major New York museum to lay off staff members since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that killed about 4,000 people. Last month, the Guggenheim Museum announced it was cutting exhibitions and 80 persons, about 20 percent of its staff members, to save money.

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