- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2002

Ridge prepares terror-alert system
Homeland security chief Tom Ridge said yesterday he is preparing to roll out a five-stage, multicolored alert system to warn the public about terrorism.
The system is a response to criticism that the four broad terror alerts issued by the federal government since September 11 have alarmed the public while providing little or no useful information.
News magazines reported yesterday that the system will begin with green, the lowest status, and move up to blue, yellow, orange and red.

Chief of staff's wife preaches to Bush
President Bush listened from the front pew yesterday as the wife of his chief of staff preached on the power of faith.
The Rev. Kathleene B. Card, spouse of White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr., is associate pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean. She gave an impassioned reading from the Gospel of John. In the passage, Christ restores the sight of a blind man.

Astronauts thrilled repairs went well
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. With the Hubble Space Telescope on its way to new discoveries and their own flight drawing to a close, Columbia's astronauts said yesterday they're surprised at how well the repairs went.
The space shuttle's crew gave the four-story telescope $172 million worth of new equipment last week.

City investigating scaffold collapse
CHICAGO Investigators worked yesterday to determine why scaffolding outside the John Hancock Center plunged more than 40 floors to the ground during a 50-mph windstorm, killing three women sitting in cars.
City building officials said they wanted to know whether the two scaffolding systems were properly secured at the time of the accident.

Businessman to lead Holocaust panel
HOUSTON A Houston businessman has been chosen by President Bush to be the new chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
Fred S. Zeidman will succeed Rabbi Irving Greenberg, the Houston Chronicle reported yesterday. Mr. Zeidman will be the first chairman of the parent organization of Washington's U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum who is not a Holocaust survivor.

Biker Woodstock ends with eight killed
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Bike Week, Florida's yearly festival for an estimated half-million motorcyclists, ended yesterday with dozens injured and eight persons killed in motorcycle-linked collisions.
"We haven't seen numbers like that on the street in years," said Mark O'Keefe, spokesman for the Volusia County ambulance service.


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