- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 30, 2001

Anthrax fumigation drags on in U.S. Senate offices
Fumigation of the Senate Hart Office Building was taking longer than expected yesterday as cleanup crews attempted to rid the huge edifice of the potentially deadly anthrax bacterium once and for all.
"They've decided to let the process run longer to make sure we have an effective kill," said Lt. Dan Nichols, a spokesman for the U.S. Capitol Police.
The building, which houses the offices of half of the 100 U.S. senators, has been shut since soon after a letter laced with anthrax spores was opened on Oct. 15 in the offices of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat.

Viewing platforms open for WTC wreckage site
NEW YORK New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday announced the opening of several public viewing platforms around the wreckage of the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, citing an "undeniable need" for the public to see the site.
"There is an undeniable need to witness in person the site of the most horrible attack on our nation in history," Mr. Giuliani said during a news conference in the city's financial district. "These platforms will provide a vantage point to do that, while fully respecting the solemnity of this place."
The four raised platforms, slated to open this morning, will allow the public to get a closer look at the cleanup site, where about 3,000 people were killed in the September 11 attacks after hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers and caused their collapse.

Robot attack plane begins taxi tests
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. The first robot plane designed specifically to carry weapons into combat has completed its initial taxi tests and is expected to make a maiden flight in early 2002.
Other unpiloted aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have been modified to carry and fire weapons, most recently in Afghanistan, but the Boeing X-45A is the first such drone designed to do so from the start.
The recent taxi tests showed the sleek, blue-and-white UCAV the C stands for "combat" can operate both when controlled remotely and while using a series of preprogrammed directions. More tests will be conducted at Edwards in 2002.
The Y-shaped, tailless plane is 27 feet long and sports a 34-foot wingspan. It weighs about 8,000 pounds and can carry 3,000 pounds of weapons.
The U.S. Air Force hopes the planes eventually can be produced for about $10 million each, roughly one-third the cost of conventional fighter jets.

Traces of anthrax found at postal facility
NEW YORK Traces of anthrax have been found again on a mail- sorting machine that tested positive in October, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said yesterday.
The machine, at the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center, had been testing negative since October, but a new round of tests conducted Dec. 23 came back positive Friday night, postal officials said.
William Smith, president of the New York Metro Area Postal Union, said he would tell Morgan employees not to return to work until the extent of the contamination was clear.
Postal officials said that despite widespread testing in the facility, which handles 12.5 million pieces of mail each day, the third-floor machine was the only one that tested positive.

Woman may face murder charge
PENSACOLA, Fla. Prosecutors said they will consider murder charges against a woman accused of beating a Roman Catholic priest with a concrete block if his death 11 months later is deemed related to the attack.
The Rev. Oliver Barrett, a native of Ireland, died Friday at Holy Ghost Missionary College in Dublin, where he went a month after the beating. He was 81.
Delta Sue Allen, 33, was charged with attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery in the February attack on Rev. Barrett at St. Anne's Church in Brownsville.

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