Security Concerns Close Airports

The Sikh Communications Council says for Sikhs, the removal of a turban is as intrusive as a strip search.

The Federal Aviation Administration says if a handheld metal detector locates an object in religious headgear, the situation must be resolved.

An FAA spokesman says people should not be asked to remove head coverings if nothing has been detected.

—The Associated Press

Administrative Costs Eat into Afghan Child Fund

W A S H I N G T O N, Nov. 1 — A dollar donation to the $1 fund for Afghan children is really about 90 cents — after administrative costs are figured in.

Red Cross Senior Vice President Bill Blaul says the expense of processing the donations — including scanning the letters for anthrax — costs about a dime or so per dollar.

But he says that's a nominal charge because most of the donations have $5, $10 or $50.

Blaul says so far the Red Cross has raised $541 million for the victims and families of September's terrorist attacks.

He also insists that absolutely none of that money is being used to finance other Red Cross activities.

Blaul says since the attacks, the Red Cross has helped 25,000 families with various forms of cash assistance.

—The Associated Press

Feds Produce Handbook on Coping With Terrorism

W A S H I N G T O N, Nov. 1 —

The Justice Department is offering up a handbook to help Americans deal with trauma from terror attacks.

The handbook, "Coping After Terrorism," was released today by the the DOJ's Office for Victims of Crime. It was based on input from terrorism victims as well as mental health, crisis counseling, and victim assistance professionals.

"The raw emotions that victims of terrorism experience can be simply overwhelming," said the office's director, John W. Gillis.

The guide outlines different reactions victims of terrorism have, such as fear, guilt, anger, depression, loneliness, isolation and panic. For each, the handbook offers explanations of why victims might feel that way, so they can understand and cope.

It also describes common physical symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, nausea and sleeplessness.

The handbook is being sent to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Others can get the pamphlet through the Web or by calling (800) 627-6872.


Berkeley, Calif., Feels Sting of Opposing War

B E R K E L E Y, Calif., Nov. 1 —

The cost of free speech may be going up in Berkeley.

This left-leaning city with a proud history of snubbing companies with questionable political ties is now the target of a threatened boycott over its stance on the war against terrorism.

In the two weeks since the City Council passed a resolution urging the government to stop bombing Afghanistan "as soon as possible," hundreds of people have called and sent e-mail vowing to boycott stores and restaurants.

"It feels awful," said Mayor Shirley Dean, who was among the four council members who did not vote for the resolution.

Dean points to the nearly 900 e-mails and letters forwarded to the council this week, the overwhelming majority of which are negative. One writer vowed to "never, I repeat never, buy so much as a bottle of water from your city again."

Brij Misra, general manager of the Radisson Hotel Berkeley Marina, said he lost a banquet because organizers were angry about the vote.

"We need to think locally before we act globally," Misra said.

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