Now it's time to check out some unheralded political stories we found this week below the fold.
America Online President Raymond Oglethorpe sees a silver lining in the post-September 11 cloud. He says the recent anthrax attacks have been, quote, "incredibly positive for the Internet." He does, of course, consider the deaths of two Washington-area postal workers unfortunate.
Rob Manning (ph), a reporter at WTVF-TV in Nashville, recently showed on camera how easy it would be for terrorists to sneak in and poison the city's water supply. Quote, "A security guard pulled up in his truck but didn't question us," he told viewers. The guard had his reasons. The TV sleuth, he'd raided a natural sewage treatment plant by mistake.
Washington's Metro system is offering this reassurance to passengers on the capital city subways: "Ninety-nine percent of the substances that may seem foreign or suspicious at first glance are in reality harmless."
And David Dewhurst, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Texas, is a former Air Force officer, CIA operative, and he also heads Texas' office of homeland defense. He tried to show off these qualities in an ad featuring a uniformed soldier standing before a giant American flag. One problem, the soldier was German. When asked about the gaffe, Dewhurst's campaign manager reported somewhat chillingly, "The graphics consultant has been dealt with appropriately."