Inspecting Iraq

* The first United Nations weapons inspectors arrived in Iraq yesterday, and began their work to make sure the Middle Eastern country is not hiding dangerous weapons.

U.S. President George W. Bush has said that if Iraq doesn't go along with the inspections, the United States and other countries will attack Iraq and disarm it.

Inspectors were last in Iraq in 1998. Now, they will restart their surveillance cameras and install communications equipment.

How do the inspectors know where to look? Iraqis who fled the country, former U.N. weapons experts and U.S. and British spies have given them some ideas.

Over the next two months, the inspectors will focus on more than 100 sites, including an old nuclear power plant and a chemical plant. They probably also will visit at least one of the eight presidential compounds to see if Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is hiding anything there. When the last inspectors were in Iraq, they were not allowed to visit the presidential palaces.

The inspectors also will test soil, water and air samples for tiny traces of chemicals or other dangerous substances.

After the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Iraq was required to let U.N. inspectors look for and destroy certain very dangerous weapons. But in 1998, the inspectors left because they were not being allowed to visit all the sites they thought should be seen.

Winter Arrives Up North

* A fierce ice storm hit parts of New England and the Northeast over the weekend.

Ice-covered pavement and downed trees made it difficult to get around. Dozens of Connecticut schools were closed yesterday and tens of thousands of people in the Northeast still were without power. Some might have to wait until Wednesday until the lights come back on.

-- From staff and wire reports

A Connecticut man in his icy backyard.