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"The reality is, you need an event such as London for people to realize this is a procedure put in place for their safety. Searches are intrusive. The issue is what the public will accept. You still need an event to get public support."
"There are three reasons for doing this," said Mark Juergensmeyer, a security expert at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "First, that you actually hope to discover a bomb. Second, to give the impression to a bomber that it will be difficult to succeed. And third, to give the appearance or illusion of security to make the public happy."
"Probably the third is the most important," added Professor Juergensmeyer, the director of the university's global and international studies program. "Don't discount the importance of that."
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly acknowledged as much in an interview yesterday, saying deterrence was not the only intention of the program.
"I see it also as giving some comfort to the riding public," he said. "We actually had people who came over and volunteered to have their bags checked - kind of supporting the process."
"I don't feel like giving the terrorists any more victory than they already have. This is World War III, the war against terrorism. We are about to be tested in ways we've never been tested before."
The rock musician Huey Lewis will make his first appearance on Broadway in "Chicago" at the Ambassador Theater beginning Nov. 1. The singer will play the slick-as-an-oil-spill lawyer Billy Flynn. Mr. Lewis, the front man of the band Huey Lewis and the News, is no stranger to acting. He had small roles in the films "Back to the Future," "Shortcuts," "Sphere" and "Duets," and the television shows "Just Shoot Me" and "One Tree Hill." November will mark the 10th year on Broadway for this staging of "Chicago." The revival of the musical won six Tony Awards in 1997.
Amy R, a recent graduate of the University of Delaware, shows Feig her senior thesis: a treatise on "Freaks" irresistibly titled "Revenge of the Nerds." For which she got an A, thank you.