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Russian siege inspires drill

The suicide bomber crumpled against the gym wall at the former Galesburg Elementary School, anthrax leaking from the vials strapped to his chest. Other terrorists, demanding prisoners be freed from Guantanamo Bay, brandished firearms as the volunteers portraying children and teachers cowered in classrooms. Police crouched behind armored shields with headlights, zig-zagging like giant bugs through the darkened hallways. Shots rang out and smoke hung in the air. But the anthrax was really cocoa, and the bullets were rubber. A weapons-of-mass-destruction specialist was munching a bologna sandwich nonchalantly shortly before the rescue operation was to begin. The mock terrorist attack in Galesburg Wednesday was designed to give state and local law enforcement agencies practice in coordinating a response in case they ever have to handle a real attack. Full Story

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