- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 2, 2003

Inspectors probe travelers for radiation

Federal inspectors are checking all travelers arriving in the United States for radiation as part of an expanded effort to screen for terrorist activity, a customs official said yesterday.
Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the new Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, said inspectors began using small, pagerlike detectors yesterday at U.S. ports of entry to check passengers for radiation. He said the inspectors, who ask incoming travelers for their passports, carry the detectors on their belts.

Democrats attack Bush economic plan
Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, joined the growing chorus of Democrats in Congress who are attacking President Bush's economic policies.
"Each week we get more proof that Bush-a-nomics is failing American families," Mrs. Murray said yesterday in the Democrats' weekly radio address.
She was particularly critical of the president's proposed $695 billion tax-cut package that he says will stimulate the nation's stagnant economy. "He's not telling the whole story," she said.
When Mr. Bush says his plan will provide an average tax reduction of $1,000, "what he doesn't say is that half of all taxpayers would get less than a hundred dollars," Mrs. Murray said.

Investigators didn't consult with rape clinic
COLORADO SPRINGS An Air Force investigative team that spent 10 days looking into rapes at the Air Force Academy did not talk with the city's primary rape and domestic abuse clinic, where 22 of the purported victims sought help.
Cari Davis, executive director of the TESSA rape-crisis clinic, said cadets had been coming to the clinic for the past 15 years because they feared retribution at the academy.
Some of the purported victims have said they were punished for reporting the assaults and in some cases expelled.
"Our clinical staff, and former clinical staff, can state with reasonable certainty that they worked with 22 cadets who were assaulted," said Jennifer Bier, head of clinical services.
Academy spokeswoman Sgt. Marlise Wood confirmed that the investigative team left Friday. She did not rule out that they would talk later with the clinic. "The fact that the team has left doesn't mean that the investigation is over."

Patient suffers eye infection
LOS ANGELES Doctors in California are trying to determine how an adult's eye became infected with the same virus used in the military's smallpox vaccination program.
The patient, who has not been identified, had been in close contact with someone who had been inoculated, health officials said. However, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County's director of public health, said it was not clear exactly how the patient became infected.
The vaccine is made with a live virus that can be spread by touching a vaccination site before it has healed or by touching bandages, clothing or other material contaminated with the live virus.
"We really don't know how it happened. It could have happened in a variety of ways," Dr. Fielding said. "What's important is they had direct contact with the person, rather than this being something that was just in the air."
The patient's health was said to be improving.

Navy chief says forces are ready for war
Adm. Vern Clark, chief of U.S. naval operations, says he's confident the six carrier groups deployed in the Persian Gulf, and the thousands of sailors and marines on those warships are "sufficient to do the job" if there is a war with Iraq.
"That is the size of the force that has been requested by Gen. [Tommy] Franks, and I absolutely believe that it's sufficient … if we're called upon to go into conflict," Adm. Clark said yesterday during an interview on CNN's "The Novak Zone."
Show host Robert Novak said he understands that there are 60,000 naval personnel in the "potential war zone." Other reports have put the number of naval forces in the Persian Gulf at 41,000 and have noted that 23,000 are in the European theater, including those aboard two aircraft carrier battlegroups in the Mediterranean.

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