9/11 Group Opposes
Air Security Change
A group representing victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001 said it opposes a plan expected to be announced today that will allow scissors and other sharp objects on board commercial airplanes again.
Carie Lemack, a spokeswoman for the Families of September 11 and whose mother died aboard American Airlines Flight 11, said she does not understand why such items once considered potential weapons are no longer considered dangerous.
"I don't think any security should be relaxed," Lemack said. "It's great they are going to focus on explosive detection, but it should not come at the expense of [searching for] conventional weapons."
U.S. to Allow Donors'
Names on Park Features
The Interior Department is poised to begin naming benches, bricks and rooms in national parks after private donors, a practice that critics say sends mixed signals about industry influence on public lands policy.
Park Service officials say the new guidelines, which could be approved by early next year, would simply make it easier for the agency to recognize corporations and individuals who are already giving. Names already appear on plaques around parks, but the new policy would make donors more prominent.
Corporate logos would be forbidden in most cases, officials say.
"We hope to create a positive tone for philanthropy," said John W. Piltzecker, chief of the parks' partnership office.
Jeff Ruch, executive director of the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, says the policy "starts a slow-motion commercialization of the national park system."
-- Compiled from reports by
staff writer Sara Kehaulani Goo
and news services