- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 4, 2001

Democrats slam Bush on air security
New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Green yesterdaySat denounced as misguided the aviation security bill passed by the House and backed by President Bush.
Delivering the Democrats' weekly radio address, Mr. Green also made a plug for a competing plan that won the unanimous approval of the Democrat-led U.S. Senate.
The House bill would put the federal government in charge of airport security. But unlike the Senate measure, baggage and passenger screeners would remain private rather than federal workers.
Both are designed to make aviation safer following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11.

Microsoft concedes 'Passport' flaw
Microsoft Corp. is making repairs after acknowledging that its "Passport" technology for safeguarding purchases on the Internet has a serious design flaw that might have allowed hackers to steal credit card numbers and personal information.
Microsoft said 2 million customers use the vulnerable "e-wallet" feature of Passport, and there was no evidence of actual theft. The company temporarily shut down access to virtual wallets Wednesday, inconveniencing buyers at roughly 70 electronic-commerce Web sites that support the technology, called "Express Purchase."
Up to 200 million people have signed up for Passport accounts, which are nearly impossible to avoid under Microsoft's new Windows XP operating system. Passport promises consumers a single, convenient method for identifying themselves across different Web sites.

Ex-GOP senator to run for House
HUMBOLDT, S.D. Former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler returned to his hometown yesterday to announce his candidacy for the U.S. House, the job that first took him to Washington more than a quarter century ago.
"I have enjoyed my time in private life. I'm refreshed, my batteries are recharged, and I'm ready to go," Mr. Pressler, 59, told about 100 supporters.
"It's a major job. It's a tough job," Mr. Pressler said of South Dakota's only House seat.
He was elected to the House in 1974 and re-elected in 1976, then won his first U.S. Senate term in 1978 and was re-elected in 1984 and 1990. He was narrowly defeated in 1996 by Democrat Tim Johnson, making him the only Senate incumbent who lost that year.
Since then, Mr. Pressler has been lobbying and practicing law in Washington and teaching in South Dakota.

Three soldiers killed in plane crash
WAVERLY, Tenn. Three soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell were killed yesterday when their single-engine airplane crashed in a rural field, authorities said.
The soldiers apparently had been traveling from Fort Hood, Texas, to an airport in Clarksville, Tenn., said Fort Campbell spokeswoman Master Sgt. Kelly Tyler. The trip was not an official military flight.
Officials at the Humphreys County Airport received a distress signal at about 5 a.m., said State Safety Department spokeswoman Dana Keeton.
The wreckage of the plane was found about three hours later, scattered a few hundred feet across an open field.
Miss Keeton said there was fog at the time of the crash and a Federal Aviation Administration official told her his preliminary assessment was that it may have been weather-related.
Officials refused to release the soldiers' names until family members could be notified.

Suspect arrested in lethal shootout
NEW YORK A man wanted by Georgia police in a deadly shootout that authorities believe is linked to last year's slaying of a sheriff-elect was arrested yesterday in New York City.
Theophilus Williams, 24, was captured with a handgun and 10 pounds of marijuana, police said.
Mr. Williams was wanted in connection with a March 18 shootout in front of the Atlanta home of former deputy Patrick Cuffy. After the shootout, the body of 27-year-old Jeffrey George was found at a ball park.


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