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May 4, 2002

Airport security still lacking
The arrests of 104 workers at two Washington-area airports recently exposes how far the nation still has to go to meet the security challenges of Sept. 11. That people who screen passengers and load aircraft still could conceal their true identities and criminal histories seven months after the terrorist attacks is a chilling picture of security in the airspace over the nation's capital. The government needs to speed the processing of background checks, routinely follow up and give airports the ability to share the results.

Stoking the fire
Congress' pandering pro-Israel resolutions complicate the Bush administration's efforts to reverse the cycle of violence in the Middle East.

Why do we keep throwing money at big business?
Re: GOP senators seek corporate tax package, May 2.


Columns today
Steve Bousquet
A career in dark, brought to light
TALLAHASSEE -- His official portrait hangs prominently in the Senate chamber with other former Senate presidents, as if he's still watching over the proceedings below.

Darrell Fry
If Sampras is content with his game, so be it
It was hot and humid in Houston that day, and Pete Sampras was dying another slow death. The shoulders were slumped and his movements were a tad slow, the result of trying vainly to keep up with an opponent more than 10 years his junior.

Sandra Thompson
City begins to take a careful look at its face
I'd picked up my daughter from the airport, and we were driving home on West Shore Boulevard, a familiar route for her, and as we were entering Sunset Park she suddenly cried, "What is that?"


Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.

Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.

Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.

Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.

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