Americana: Don't Cough, Please

Alaska's only Congressman, Republican Don Young, is tired of environmentalists in Washington protecting so much of Alaska's wilderness from commercial development—and possible pollution. But he is even more furious that they have not done a better job in D.C. His lungs were so accustomed to breathing the 49th state's pure air that the capital's fume-filled version induced a violent coughing spasm—and a hernia. "I'm just not used to breathing this stuff," said Young.

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