Jitters After a Bomb Blast

New security measures are put into effect at the Capitol

The bomb that ripped into a corridor outside the Senate chamber last week was eerily predictable. "I was sort of anticipating something," said a shaken Senate Minority Leader Robert Byrd, who lost his office doors to the blast, "especially in light of other occurrences that have taken place around the world recently."

The bomb, with the force of about two to three sticks of dynamite, exploded around 11 p.m.—in time to interrupt a previously announced night session on defense appropriations. Merely by chance, the Senate...

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