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RESPONSE TO TERROR | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Senate Office Building Reopening Is Delayed

January 18, 2002|Times Wire Services

Today's planned reopening of the Hart Senate office building was postponed for at least a day as tests for anthrax were performed on a bag of cleanup gear found in a hallway ceiling.

The building, across the street from the Capitol, was to reopen at noon to the public and Senate staffs. It has been shuttered since Oct. 17, two days after an anthrax-laden letter was opened there in the suite of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).

An initial test for anthrax on the bag's contents was negative and final results were expected today, said Capitol Police spokesman Lt. Dan Nichols.

Congress is out of session until Wednesday.

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