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On War's First Day, States Act to Reduce Threat of Terrorism

State and local authorities bolstered security across the nation today, barring recreational boats from a naval channel off Miami, posting scores of new sentries at several Mississippi River freight ports and preparing to deploy the National Guard in Hollywood to protect the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. From California to Washington, D.C., the authorities responsible for security fanned out to power plants, national monuments and bridges to protect against terrorist attacks during the first day of war with Iraq. Airplane flights over Disney World and other Florida theme parks were restricted this week. Governors in several states ordered their highway patrols onto overtime shifts. “We’re anticipating all kinds of problems, preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Gov. Gray Davis of California said here today. Mayor James K. Hahn announced that Los Angeles had doubled the security force assigned to protect the city’s electric power and water plants, and had increased the frequency of tests of the municipal drinking water to guard against the possibility of contamination. Full Story

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