- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 18, 2002

In case of attack, U.S. set to evacuate workers
CRAWFORD, Texas The Bush administration has approved plans intended to speed the evacuation of federal workers in the nation's capital if an attack occurs using weapons of mass destruction, officials said yesterday.
Under the plan, the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the General Services Administration would have the authority to order an evacuation of up to 350,000 federal workers in the Washington, D.C., area and 1.8 million nationwide if an attack occurs or if one is deemed imminent.
The three agencies have set up operation centers to allow around-the-clock communication with federal, state and local law enforcement. If an evacuation is ordered, the agencies plan to notify federal workers through a system of bulletins in 15 minutes or less, officials said.
Known as the Federal Emergency Decision and Notification Protocol, the plan is designed to avoid the confusion that followed the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. After the attacks, the administration shut down the federal government without notifying the D.C. mayor and other local leaders, who could not be reached.

Condit's wife sues tabloid for $15 million
SAN FRANCISCO The wife of Rep. Gary A. Condit, California Democrat, seeks $15 million from the Star tabloid, saying it knowingly published a false story claiming she threatened suicide over her husband's relationship with slain federal intern Chandra Ann Levy.
An attorney for Carolyn Condit said yesterday she filed her lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Fresno, Calif., claiming the Star libeled her in a Sept. 11, 2001, cover story that could give readers the impression she "acts wildly out of control."
"They say she picked up the family photo and smashed it on the floor, threatened suicide, trashed the family house and considered going to an abused women's shelter," said lawyer Neville Johnson of Los Angeles law firm Johnson & Rishwain.
"They say it's her own story on the cover, and that's false because it somehow implies she cooperated," Mr. Johnson told the Reuters news agency. "She would never give her story to any tabloid."
Mrs. Condit, in her filing with the federal court, asked for an apology and that a retraction be published in the Star, which is owned by American Media Inc.

Virus victim had illnesses that worsened its effect
CHICAGO An Illinois man who died of West Nile virus one of 11 nationwide to succumb to the illness this year was in poor health that would have worsened the effects of the virus, public health officials said.
Sam Basalone, 67, had emphysema and recurring heart troubles, and he had suffered kidney failure in 1996 that required a transplant followed by dialysis, his wife, Shirley Basalone, told the Associated Press.
He also couldn't stand air conditioning, so the retired used car salesman slept on a patio bed at his home in the Chicago suburb of Westmont, which left him exposed to the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, she said.


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