On the Home Front: Postal Fear and Face Scanners

Firefighters had entered the building to make sure it had been evacuated. They found Harris acting suspiciously and turned him over to police, Morgenthau said.

Harris took police to a seventh-floor apartment where he said he lived, and officers noticed marijuana on a living room table, Morgenthau said.

"Despite the fact that the Trade Center towers were collapsing right across the street, he didn't leave his post," special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan said.

Police later obtained a search warrant and seized more than 3,000 Ecstasy pills, hashish, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two guns and numerous rounds of ammunition. —The Associated Press

Senator: Protect the Food Supply

W A S H I N G T O N, Oct. 25 —

The government should start preparing for where bioterror might strike next, and that means strengthening the safety of the nation's food supply, Sen. Bill Frist says.

"My responsibility is to prevent the next thing," Frist, a surgeon before he was senator, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

As such, Frist, R-Tenn., pledged to fight for increased "vigilance in areas that touch our lives" such as protecting food from contamination.

Frist's comments came as the nation's casualty toll reached six cases of confirmed inhalation anthrax, including the deaths of two postal workers in Washington and a tabloid photo editor in Florida. Most apparently are linked to an anthrax-laced letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle that passed through mail facilities from Trenton N.J., to Capitol Hill.

In the time since the Daschle letter was discovered, Frist has been a key manager of Capitol Hill's anthrax scare, explaining the public health consequences to worried lawmakers and members of the public.

He has offered a bill with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to provide $1.4 billion for bioterrorism preparedness. Most of the funds would help local and state officials upgrade computers, plan for disasters, increase staffing, train workers and improve health laboratories. —The Associated Press

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