Big trucks searched near San Francisco; dogs sniff cargo and patrol airports. Bay Area bridges, ports and roads came under heightened security Sunday moments after Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge raised the national terror alert to its second-highest level, citing possible terrorist attacks that could rival Sept. 11 in scope. At the request of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Highway Patrol set up two checkpoints on Highway 101 to divert and inspect large trucks and trailers before entering San Francisco. The checkpoints were set up at the Spencer Avenue off-ramp north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and at the Sierra Point Parkway exit just north of Candlestick Park. “That way we can check all trucks that would come over the Golden Gate or the Bay Bridge,” CHP Sgt. Wayne Ziese said. Full Story
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