March 19th, 2003


Oh, rats!

People must be REALLY bored in Detroit...

Rat lovers bash new Hollywood film
By Associated Press, 3/19/03

FERNDALE, Mich. -- Rat lovers say the furry creatures often get a bad rap, and Hollywood isn't helping things.

Pet rats are intelligent and loyal, owners and breeders say. But they fear those virtues are being obscured by "Willard," the new remake of a 1971 horror film about a young man who trains an army of killer rats.

"The funny thing is, I've had mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and I've been nipped by all of them. I've never been bitten by a rat," said Pat Hunt of B'wana Don's Pet Center in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale.

Rats often serve as classroom pets because they get along with children and they're smart enough to be trained. They're nothing like the bloodthirsty beasts portrayed in "Willard," said Christine Reed, manager of a pet store that caters to rat owners.

"Professionally speaking and as a pet owner of rats, I can say this movie is generating people wanting rats for the wrong reason," Reed said.

Kesha Greenwood, 20, of Detroit saw "Willard" last weekend and said the movie did nothing to improve her view of rats.

"Rats. Rabies," she said. "Rats as pets? That's just not right."

A few rat fans have embraced "Willard." A group called the Rat Fan Club staged a look-alike contest for rats resembling the stars of the movie.
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Tractor Terror

This is HILARIOUS!! My favorite line: "Many asked how law enforcement could possibly stand up against a terrorist attempting a serious biological or chemical attack." doesn't address what to do in the event of a Terrorist Tractor Strike...

Tractor standoff complicates life in nation's capital
Disgruntled farmer holds police at bay
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 Posted: 8:45 AM EST (1345 GMT)

Disgruntled farmer Dwight Watson waves a flag from his tractor.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What does it take to create havoc in the capital of the most powerful country in the world? Anthrax? An orange terror alert? Massive anti-war protests? Another day like September 11, 2001?

These days, it's a disgruntled farmer in a tractor.

"We live in a whole new era. You have to make a mental switch or you'll drive yourself insane," said Catherine Randazzo of North Potomac, Maryland, shaking her head in disbelief. "There's only so much you can do."

Dwight Watson, 50, of Whitakers, North Carolina, drove his tractor into a pond near Washington's monuments Monday. Since then he has kept law enforcement at bay. Streets remained closed for blocks, traffic was snarled for miles and several bus routes were altered.

As daylight broke on the third day of the drama, there were some signs of police impatience.

"Come on Dwight," a female police negotiator could be heard pleading over a megaphone. "You said you were coming out. You gave me your word. Come out now."

A police helicopter kept watch from above and there were signs of increased maneuvering by police tactical teams in the area around the tractor.

Wondering about attacks
People who live and work in Washington -- already jittery about the prospect of war, the possibility of retaliatory attacks and memories of jammed streets from the September 11 attack on the Pentagon in Virginia -- are wondering how one farmer has created so much chaos for commuters.

Many asked how law enforcement could possibly stand up against a terrorist attempting a serious biological or chemical attack.

"It shows there's got to be a more defined way to get in and out of the city," said John Roellke, 43, of Arlington, Virginia, one of many whose daily commute turned into an excruciating journey. His usual 15-minute drive took an hour and 45 minutes.

"It's hard to figure out the best options in a situation like this," he said. "People are scared to take the Metro (Washington's subway). Driving will just put them at a standstill. The best thing must be staying at home and telecommuting."

Watson, a tobacco farmer, said government policies were forcing him out of business. Police, armed with automatic weapons, said he had claimed to have explosives, and they cordoned off an eight-block area around the large pond in Constitution Gardens, including the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Phil Anderson, senior fellow for the International Security Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies, vouched for the way law enforcement was handling the standoff.

"It's disruptive and there is no easy solution, but there is no better way to protect the public than to establish a safe zone and to assume an explosive device is there," he said. "They want to resolve the issue peacefully, but the key question is how long do you let this go on?"

It's not the first incident of its kind in the capital.

In December 1982, Norman D. Mayer, a 66-year-old nuclear arms protester from Miami Beach, threatened to blow up the Washington Monument. Police evacuated nearby buildings and closed all streets in a several-block area around the National Mall during a 10-hour siege.

Mayer abruptly started driving away from the monument and threatened to become "a moving time bomb in downtown Washington." He was killed by a barrage of police gunfire. The truck was later determined not to contain explosives.

In the current standoff, police SWAT team members are positioned on an armored personnel carrier on Constitution Avenue, one of the main arteries through Washington. Several officers had rifles with sniper scopes aimed at Watson.

"It sounds like Washington police are following standard operating procedures," said Gerard Hoetmer, executive director of Public Entity Risk Institute, a Virginia-based organization.

"This is not unusual, it will happen again," Hoetmer said. "Washington is a place where people will make peaceful public demonstrations and sometimes go beyond the law."

Still, people are wondering how they'd evacuate in an emergency.

"We're definitely going to get stuck downtown and not get out fast enough," said DeAnn Kenney of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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