And there were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terror.
The U.S. Postal Service has bought millions of protective masks for its 700,000 mail handlers to wear, but workers can't use them, at least not yet. The Washington Times says the Occupational Safe and Health Administration requires workers to undergo hours of instruction and pass a so-called fit test before they may use the masks.
The postmaster general told members of Congress this week that the two postal workers who died from anthrax infections, that is, the pulmonary anthrax, probably would have lived if they had been wearing some sort of mask. But one OSHA official defended the training, saying if workers don't wear the masks properly they won't get any protection.
The Red Cross is getting race-faced about its Liberty Fund, which was established to help survivors of the September 11th massacres.
It turns out that Americans were more generous than expected, donating $500 million, $150 million more than the Red Cross needed. So the charity began spending the excess cash on things other than survivors, including educational programs and blood banks. That news has inspired hundreds of donors to ask for their money back. Employees at one California company asked the Red Cross return more than $3 million.
Finally, a West Virginia high school student has been suspended from school after recruiting students to join an anarchy club. As if anarchists has clubs!
The Charleston Gazette reports that the principal of Sissonville High School has told Katie Sira that she can't wear anarchy T-shirts and handwritten messages opposing U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan. A county judge has sided with the school board, saying the principal has the authority to set limits. Now Sira's attorney is going to appeal to the state supreme court. He says his client is merely defending the Constitution.