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NATIONAL
April 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
Working undercover, congressional investigators gained unauthorized access to four Atlanta federal buildings and easily sneaked briefcases and packages past security checkpoints. One investigator obtained two different security badges and a guard's after-hours access code, according to a General Accounting Office report obtained Monday by Associated Press. One pass allowed the investigator to carry a firearm in the buildings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2001
Please federalize the airport inspection process. It is likely that the New York World Trade Center destruction and Pentagon attacks by hijacked aircraft could not have occurred if stringent inspection by professionally trained federal officers had taken place. In most countries of the world inspections are done by the government. The inspectors are well trained, follow stringent procedures and have the ability to use deadly force to protect citizens. S.D. Roe San Marino Tuesday's events sicken me, but even more, they make me so angry.
WORLD
June 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The presidents of China, Russia and four Central Asian nations met in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to bolster a security alliance and open an anti-terrorism center. The one-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization marked what Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said was the start of the group's work to become a vital international institution. Chinese President Hu Jintao offered $900 million in credit to alliance countries, which include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy and the Harbor Police will work together to tighten security and improve monitoring of maritime activity on San Diego Bay. The $3-million Joint Harbor Operations Center is slated to begin round-the-clock monitoring in January out of Coast Guard headquarters, where a response to everything from illegal fishing to terrorist threats would be coordinated.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Berlin's Deutsche Oper canceled four planned November performances of Mozart's "Idomeneo" out of concern that the production's reference to world religions, including Islam, raises an "incalculable security risk." "To avoid endangering its audience and employees, the management has decided against repeating 'Idomeneo' in November 2006," the opera house said in a press release.
SPORTS
January 29, 2002 | Associated Press
The federal government agreed to send about 50 more security officers to the Salt Lake City Games, the top Olympic security officer said Monday night. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft agreed with local law enforcement officials that more security was needed in one undisclosed area outside the venues, said Robert Flowers, the commander of the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command. "We're talking about enhancing something that is already there, not creating something new," Flowers said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2005 | From Reuters
Admission prices to Italian museums and cultural sites may have to be raised to pay for new security measures. Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione says Italy is evaluating the levels of risk to determine which sites need metal detectors, stepped-up electronic surveillance, an increase in personnel -- and possibly higher entrance fees. "I don't want to spare any expense on security measures," he said. "And if I don't get money from other sources, then I may have to raise prices of tickets."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
City Councilwoman Jan Perry announced plans Thursday to improve safety at the Slauson Recreation Center, where a man was killed last week when someone fired into an afternoon soccer game. Perry vowed to improve lighting and install bulletproof glass around light fixtures, install video surveillance cameras, open a field office for police at the center and immediately remove graffiti. "This ruthless, systematic cycle of violence cannot and will not be tolerated," Perry said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1988
There's a name for the employees mentioned in the article. It's "throwaway employees." It's the same name used for union workers who go out on strike and are permanently replaced. Years of being a faithful employee don't count. Companies can hardly expect loyalty, high morale, or peak performance from employees who don't feel secure. SUZANNE SCHAFFER San Diego
OPINION
June 14, 2002
The Bush administration's decision to make homeland security a Cabinet position, after months of denying that any changes were necessary, is a turn in the right direction. But as the slim 24-page draft issued by the administration last week indicates, the department is very much a work in progress.
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