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Impact of Terror Alert Fades as Distance From D.C. Grows

Inside the Beltway, there are missile launchers on the Mall and empty shelves at stores selling duct tape and bottled water. But here in the heartland, attitudes toward the government’s latest terrorism alert tend to be closer to the views of Keith in Littleton, who called a talk show on Denver’s KHOW radio station. “I don’t think I’m going to rush out and buy duct tape,” Keith told KHOW host Scott Redmond. “But if I had some, I’d use it to seal up the mouths of those jerks in Washington who are trying to scare everybody.” Although the government’s new warnings were addressed to the nation as a whole, reaction outside the Northeast corridor has been muted, with many Americans expressing less worry than the jittery residents of Washington and New York. That’s reminiscent of the sharp difference in mood right after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when East Coast residents experienced anxiety that was not felt elsewhere. Full Story

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