- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Air passenger quizzed for having device
LOS ANGELES A man was detained for questioning at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday after security screeners discovered a mysterious but apparently not dangerous device in his luggage, airport officials said.
An airport spokeswoman said the firecracker-sized instrument was actually used as a noisemaker to disperse birds.
There were no immediate details available about the man.
Also yesterday, a terminal at New York's LaGuardia Airport was closed briefly and a Cleveland-bound flight forced to turn back after a breach of security involving a passenger and his luggage, officials said.

Bush robot debuts at Disney World
ORLANDO, Fla. President Bush was given a place in a pantheon of sorts yesterday as the Walt Disney World theme park dedicated a robotic replica of the U.S. president.
The Bush robot, whose inspiration is now on an Asian tour, took its place at Disney's Hall of Presidents attraction among a robotic roster of 42 chief executives dating back to George Washington. The official debut was yesterday, on Presidents Day.
The robotic pols move and turn, occasionally rising to their feet and sometimes speaking to audiences in a patriotic tableau conceived by Walt Disney.

Cheney defends 'axis of evil' statement
SAN DIEGO Vice President Richard B. Cheney yesterday defended President Bush's targeting of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an "axis of evil" as Mr. Bush headed to South Korea to burnish his message.
Mr. Cheney, speaking to troops at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station outside this Southern California city, said while Mr. Bush's branding of the three nations as "evil" had surprised some people, Americans felt safer knowing Washington was targeting "terrorist" countries.
The vice president said Iraq, Iran and North Korea were well-known for "seeking weapons of mass destruction and providing sanctuary to terrorist organizations or selling dangerous capabilities to others."

Colorado Democrat quits governor's race
DENVER State Senate President Stan Matsunaka dropped out of the race for governor yesterday, saying he will instead run for Congress, a suggestion made by national Democratic leaders.
"As the 4th District's next congressman, I'll do everything in my power to create coalitions to address the needs of my constituents, not the privileged interests," Mr. Matsunaka said.
Mr. Matsunaka's decision leaves Boulder businessman Rollie Heath as the expected Democratic challenger to Gov. Bill Owens, who in 1998 was elected the state's first Republican governor in 24 years.
Others running for the 4th District congressional seat include state Republican Sen. Marilyn Musgrave and Republican lawyer Jeff Bedingfield.
Mr. Matsunaka said he changed his mind about the gubernatorial race after House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt called him.
"Congressman Gephardt talked to me about the issues that I care about deeply and which I have championed even before I went into politics," Mr. Matsunaka said.

More women die after bypass surgery
DALLAS Women younger than 50 are three times more likely than men to die after undergoing coronary-artery bypass surgery, new research suggests.
A study led by Dr. Viola Vaccarino of Emory University in Atlanta examined 57,187 patients, 30 percent of them women, who had bypass surgery at 23 medical centers across the country between October 1993 and December 1999.
Among patients ages 50-59, 2.6 percent of women died, compared with 1.1 percent of men. Among patients 80 and older, 9 percent of women died compared with 8.3 percent of men. The study found that the difference decreases with advancing age.

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